Weekend Coffee Share, 10/19, books, family, paperwork, and paperwork…

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at http://eclecticali.wordpress.com Photo by Image Apothecary, because books go well with coffee! Pull up a chair and have your favorite beverage. No coffee for me today, mine is V8!

Friday, a day off for students. Peace and quiet. My workday:
Planning day…Grades done! Bulletin board up. Straightened my room. Now to plan a novel study! Oops, gotta check my CAST online list so the test data I am judged by won’t be incorrect. Yada, yada, yada. Oh, better send some parent emails before lunch. Yay! Lunch out with coworkers! Hurry, don’t be late to the meeting. Yada, yada, yada, DATA. Yada, yada, make a spreadsheet of your data. Now you can go home. Nope, I can’t. I have to do that PMP today. Yada, yada, yada, PMP: paperwork based on data and strategies. Hmm, let me find a good Langston Hughes poem to go with the Walter Dean Myers novel. I could do this for hours, let me find three poems! Oops, better make sure I know what I’m teaching about writing Monday and Tuesday. Yada, yada, yada, should’ve gone home an hour ago…and I’m still not done, y’all. THE STATE OF FLA AND THEIR FREAKING RREQUIREMENTS made this day feel like nothing but data aand paperwork. 😦 Learning is Social and Emotional! Also the title of a book I plan to read.

On the writing front, my books Detours in Time and Undercurrents in Time have been on sale this week for just 99 cents. I have sold a few, but I would like to sell more. As I type this, I am listening to the chapters completed so far by my narrator for Undercurrents in Time. She lost her voice this week and is having to pace herself. The timing is fine for me as I barely have any time outside of work lately. Still, I love the creation of my work into an audiobook. It is exciting!

I enjoyed dinner with my mother and my son last night. Though I normally do the trivia by phone app at this wing place where we like to eat, I only did half a game last night, and spent the rest of the time talking with my son, responding to his observations of the crowd in the restaurant and a few comments about his job. I so enjoyed that quality time with my adult son who spent a lot of time between age 17 to 20 not talking to me. Hey, he also pays rent now! (I won’t tell you what a great deal he is getting) 🙂

Today, my significant other and I are taking a little road trip to Georgia. This is not for fun, it is for family, who needs him right now. It is hard to watch your parents age. He and I are both getting to that point in life. By the way, I will not have access to work or anything writing related or work related while on that trip. Well-done plan, if I say so myself!

So, I’m editing this by phone while I while I exercise on the porch. There is a lot to be said for outdoor exercise, including the view: (No, not the fence. Keep looking…)

He had one leg up comfortably and only left when it started to rain. My dog sniffed around in the morning air but never noticed the majestic owl. My little secret stalker, though, who was watching who?

How do I get everything done? I don’t know. I’ve had no coffee today, just V8. On a full cup yesterday, I got a lot done but got really wired about all that was on my plate. I am looking forward to a quiet one hour drive to Georgia. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Travel on a Shoestring Budget #bookdeal #scifi

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Do you enjoy time travel?  You can currently get either of the Kindle books in my Detours in Time series for just .99 on a Kindle Countdown deal in the U.S. right now.  These books are also on Kindle Countdown in the U.K. this week.  Act now!

You’ll find a little bit of romance as a sweet friendship grows, a lot of future oddities, a dystopian feel, some tension, and a bit of fun as they travel to the future and get lost for a while and grapple with many split-second decisions that seem to drastically change the future they are seeing.  Laugh as these characters from 1997 encounter “swipe right” and other technology we take for granted.

Find Detours in Time here:

https://www.amazon.com/Detours-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B0711ZW6XF

“Canepa does an outstanding job of moving the plot along with vivid images that really bring this story to life. The banter between Milt and Pinky is always light-hearted as their relationship progresses.” -Reader’s Favorite review

How do Milt and Tabitha deal with an enemy they have not yet met in the present? Find the sequel, Undercurrents in Time, here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DCCQS3N  

” ….this is a thrilling science fiction adventure! While it is mostly from Tabitha’s point of view, I liked escaping the present with her. She’s a wonderfully complicated character, so different from myself. Her reasoning and the resulting consequences make this a page turner.” -N.N. Light review

DetoursInTimeAudibleRevisedwithNarrator  Detours in Time is now in audiobook, and Undercurrents in Time will soon follow.  If you purchase a book in Kindle format, you can get the audiobook at a discounted price on Amazon.  Check it out after purchasing the Kindle….You just may like that deal!

Fun with Self-Promotion. #photoshoot

I like the fact that most of Stephen King’s author photos include him wearing a t-shirt and sometimes a leather jacket.  They don’t always shows his pants, but I assume they are jeans except for the one photo I saw with him in a tux.  He is a good example of what the author business is really about.  It is about the writer being a good writer, and I am aspiring to that.  It doesn’t matter that my hair can’t be symmetrical!

Seriously, I have no business wearing a power suit for my author photos.  It is just not me.  I wore those briefly as a retail manager in the 1990s, at a time when I could still wear heels and pantyhose didn’t make me feel claustrophobic.  I also had a better waistline.  Twenty years later, sciatica sometimes bites (as well as robbing me of comfortable sleep), and I am not built like I used to be.  I also believe, in all my earned wisdom, that I deserve to be comfortable.  So, here are my most current author photos.  Sarah at Pace Photography did a great job, and we went to shadier spots when the sunlight and greenery made my eyes water; that’s also when we decided on some cool looks or fun shots.  We battled the eye bags and puffiness as well as my allergies.  The right lighting was everything.  Her pricing was quite reasonable!  This is who I am now.  My author photos were last taken in 2016; my hair was darker and longer and I look a bit different now.  Time to show the world, this is who I am, please read my book! 🙂

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DetoursTimeRevisionV6[1625] with logo Would you like a free sample of my book, Detours in Time, with an exclusive chapter?  Go to this link:  Detours in Time Exclusive Sample

Detours in Time is now available in Kindle, paperback, and Audiobook!  Watch for a new installment in the series in Spring, 2020.

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It’s Here! #audiobook

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Another ‘author’s firsts’ challenge unlocked!  Detours in Time, the sci-fi time-travel novel, is now available in audiobook!  I have been so excited about this, and editing was a bear!  I think the narrator and I were both a little perfectionistic with this project. Hopefully that means a better product for the reader, err, listener.  Check out the audiobook, get your copy, or start your trial or membership at this link: Detours in Time Audiobook

Detours in Time has earned thirty positive reviews so far, and has earned critical acclaim:

2017- Earned the Literary Titan award

2018- Received Reader’s Favorite 5 star sea;

2018- Earned the title of ‘Official Selection’ in New Apple Summer E-book awards, Young Adult Sci-fi/Horror

Detours in Time pairs professor Milt Braddock with the younger Pinky (Tabitha), a dancer and artist, on a trip to the future that will test their resolve and their steadfast friendship.  Hailed by reviewers as “a great way to spend a few hours in both another world and another time!” –Tome Tender Book Blog

The narrator is Emory Stegmer, a musician, reporter, and Flight Software Lead with NASA.  He is fairly new to fiction narration, but his accents are the bomb!  You can check out his Twitter at @VAXHeadroom if you’re curious.

The sequel to Detours in Time, just .99 through 7/14! #RRBC

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If you read and loved Detours in Time, you’ll love to see what’s next for Tabitha and Milt in Undercurrents in Time!  Get it this week on a Kindle Countdown deal in the U.S. and U.K., and you’ll pay just .99 for the Kindle version, a full-length book (Or the equivalent in the U.K.)

Why you should read Undercurrents in Time, from one of the most recent reviews:

“A slow, but character driven start changes into a faster-paced thriller as we follow Tabitha’s adventures in the future where she encounters a cluster of interesting characters and even the enemy Milt had been preparing for himself.
Overall, Undercurrents of Time was a good mix of sci-fi, thriller and character focus, and it looks like there may be a sequel too.”

Undercurrents in Time also ties up some loose ends for the main characters, such as the dangerous enemy they’ve both never yet met, while diving into their pyschology a little bit more.  Read it and see what happens!

Get your copy and start reading it today:

U.S. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DCCQS3N

U.K. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DCCQS3N

If you haven’t started the series yet, go here: Detours in Time Book Series

Weekend Coffee Share. Summer Days and Ways

 No coffee needed for Bixby!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at http://eclecticali.wordpress.com

Summer is in full swing, and I’m adjusting to sleeping in, more time with the dog, and a lot less stress! On the topic of stress, I’ve been making an effort to have at least two days weekly where I only drink half a cup of coffee. Let me be honest, yesterday was the second day this week, and my ability to focus was really lacking. I was working on a few of my goals as an author, but I was pretty distracted and quite slow to gain traction.  I did make it to yoga, though, and, wow! That is always good for my mood and relaxation.

I’ve been attending yoga twice weekly since summer’s start and going to Stretchzone in addition to more frequent walks. Stretchzone is a place where you do assisted stretch with a person who is usually licensed in Sports Medicine or physical therapy. I really like it, and I’m trying it because having butt in chair to write or laying around reading ( both of which I’ve been doing) can bother my lower back and sciatica.

Seen on Thursday’s walk. Colorful Shrooms!

So what am I up to as an author? Why am I sitting in that chair? I’ve got Detours in Time in audiobook production with an awesome narrator, I’m working on Malachi (work in progress), and I’m starting Undercurrents in Time on the audiobook process. I have to prepare files of scenes from Undercurrents that lend themselves to narration. ( Starting that this week). I’ve had Detours in Time on a Countdown deal for .99 this week which ends Sunday. Detours in Time is a fun, yet thought-provoking read of a woman and a scientist who travel to the future, then back and forward again,  and as a result, they learn a lot about their own families and themselves, as well as encountering some moral dilemmas.  Can you just observe a train-wreck?  That was metaphorical, but think about it.  Find out about Detours in Time or download it here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

BTW, Undercurrents, the continuation, will also be on a Countdown deal in two to three weeks. I’ll keep you posted, because someone might be interested!

Today, my dog, Bixby and I are on the road with my boyfriend, Kenny. We’re going to Brunswick, Ga to see his dad and stepmom. It will be a low key visit, with conversation and lunch at his house. We’ll be quite entertained watching my dog and their little poodle chase each other around, though!

Road trip photo!

The author tasks and goals will wait until tomorrow, after I’ve enjoyed some sunshine!  Thank you for stopping by for our coffee chat, and have a great summer week!

Detours in Time Birthday Sale!

When you’re so proud of your baby, you want to show it off, and sure, the cover’s pretty cool, but I’m responsible for what’s inside of it.  What better way to get eyes on my story than by having a celebration sale?

It’s been two years since this baby was loosed upon the world! I am a proud mama who wants more people to be exposed to it, so I’m celebrating with a Kindle Countdown deal. Detours in Time, my first full-length sci-fi novel, is only .99 for Kindle format in the US and UK until 6/23! It is also available in Kindle unlimited, if you have a subscription.  Please also share the deal with a friend today!

Detours in Time could be considered a fun read full of adventure, but it also involves some serious matters, such as what our world will be like in the future, what operating a cell phone is like to someone who was stuck in the late nineties, and where our loved ones might end up.  There is also sequel, and I’ll be offering that on a Countdown deal toward the end of this month.  Both have earned the Reader’s Favorite 5 star seal of approval.  Detours in Time has earned some appreciation and acclaim.  Thank you to those who have posted reviews!

“With some clever plot twists and attention to “future” details, Ms. Canepa has created a science fiction tale that is equal parts fun, fascinating, and thought-provoking!…An unlikely pair, their (Tabitha’s and Milt’s) personal takes on what they witness and their witty repartee makes Pamela Schloesser Canepa’s DETOURS IN TIME a great way to spend a few hours in both another world and another time!” Tome Tender Book blog

From recent reviews:  “Loved this book. A page turner for sure, with some unexpected twists and turns. You feel for the two main characters.” -Maria

“An enjoyable read and look forward to the next book in the series.” -Karen

I almost forgot the link!  Here you go: Download your copy today at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF or https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0711ZW6XF (in the U.K.).