#WeekendCoffeeShare. Of Books, Dogs, and Yoga.

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com.  It goes like this, If we were having coffee today, on the 24th of June, I’d tell you that:

I actually worked on a book manuscript today!  (Not the one I just published).  Well, the draft is already written, but little bits and pieces have been coming to me, and today I finally decided to add them in.  I can’t tell you my word count, because I only do that during NANOWRIMO.  I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this one.  It felt so good, because it seems such a long time since I’ve done that.  You see, I’ve been working on promoting my new sci-fi release, and most of my writing efforts have gone into that.  I must say, though, I really miss entering the Flash fiction challenges, and I need to get back into it.  The Weekend Coffee Share has been my one semi-regular post in the blogger community.   DetoursPaperback_5211604616564778768_n  Photo:  Detours in Time is my new sci-fi release.  Buy link is in my footnote!

You see, I’ve been writing blog guest posts and answering interview questions in order to get featured on other blogs.  I’ve been contacting book bloggers about reviews and writing those e-mails, as well as searching my book for some really good teaser quotes to add to my Canva graphics.  I published a post earlier this week that explores part of the background in Detours in Time, which is the 1990s.  Find it here:  https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/10-reasons-the-1990s-were-not-so-bad/ This week, I was also part of a blog tour that I signed up for through a blogger in Ireland.  Each day, a different part or element of my book was revealed. Friday, my first page was featured at https://thefirstpageblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/419/  Please do go and check it out!

DetoursMeme1 (2) The book promo graphic that I made on Canva and posted Thursday.  It’s a quote teaser from Detours in Time.  If you couldn’t tell, it’s a time-travel book. 🙂

You may also want to visit this link this weekend, where my book is being featured and a giftcard giveaway takes place when you sign up for my newsletter (a once or twice monthly update) and follow my social media:  https://eskiemamareads.blogspot.com/2017/06/eskiemama-dragon-lady-reads-saturday_24.html

Other than writing and book promo, I’ve been reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  The social dynamics from that era are interesting.  I have also been going to yoga class and trying some yoga at home.  I go to the studio at least twice a week, get some cardio at some point, and then try to get on the mat at home a few days.  The yoga at home doesn’t last long.  My dog thinks I’m just having fun, so he comes and rolls around on the mat.  It’s a little distracting, but I get what yoga  I can until he just has to have attention.

IMG_0312Dog on the mat!  Not distracting at all. 🙂

So, all the writing and typing gets my shoulders in knots.  Therefore, I had to have a massage yesterday.  It was great!  Later today, I am headed to St. Augustine Beach with my boyfriend Kenny.  We’ll get some beach time, and then later, we’ll have a really good dinner.  It’s his birthday weekend!  I so need a little getaway.  We may get to the shops, unless it’s too hot.  This heat has been overwhelming at times.  Even lukewarm coffee gets to me.  My room also has thin curtains so the sun comes in, full force and bright.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world, though.  My corner should be and needs to be sunny to maintain my state of mind.  I can always go to another room to cool off!

On the home range, things are still going well.  I had to catch my attitude, as I am the only driver in my family right now.  I am not used to being a caretaker for the family.  For my child, yes, I’m used to that.  I had to check my attitude, though.  It left me feeling petty.  I gifted my mom with a pack of Klondike bars, though, and she was so appreciative.  Everyone seems to be on the uphill climb lately.

Well, that’s my week.  How about yours?  Please leave me a comment, and visit Emily’s Coffee Share.  You may even want to post your own #weekendcoffeeshare.    http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-life-just-keeps-being-fun/

Have a great weekend!

Re-blogged, See the Book Trailer for my new #scifi novel, Detours in Time

Watch the book trailer for my new sci-fi novel, Detours in Time! Now available in Kindle format, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

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#WeekendCoffeeShare. Ah, Summer! Goals and Plans

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Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com.  It goes like this:  If we were having coffee today on the 17th of June, I’d tell you:

*Summer is truly a time to renew and catch up!  I’m promising myself I’ll go to yoga twice a week.  There are so many kinks in my shoulders, and I’ve totally fallen off the exercise wagon.  So far, I am meeting my twice a week goal.  In fact, I wrote about it, in my imagining of “Yoga” as a deep-voiced, patient man who always leaves the door open and keeps me going back.  Find it at   https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/if-yoga-were-a-guy-my-exercise-evolution-contd/  I’ve also been to the beach for a relaxing day that was great until I later discovered the spots I’d neglected when I applied sunscreen.  Forida sun= great potential for pain.

*I have been busy, though.  I have a new sci-fi book release, Detours in Time, that came out on 6/16, Woohoo!  I’ve been trying to do the prep work to get this one seen before it drops.  This means I’ve put it up for pre-order, contacted endless book reviewers and bloggers, and I’ve gotten several who offered to do an interview or spotlight on their blog, with just a few who can review my book at this time.  At any rate, I have a busy schedule of blog appearances for June, and July is getting planned right now; I think there are three.  Maybe I’ll take a little getaway in July?  One more thing I’ve done is contact many in the Goodreads and Library Thing community in the hopes of gathering reviews that way.  If you haven’t yet discovered Library Thing, check it out at librarything.com.  I’m not totally sure if it is only in the U.S., but do check it out.  You can also Google Library Thing for authors to find out how it could help you as an author.  Visibility is my aim right now, because the hope is that this will motivate people to buy my book.

DetoursTimegraphicSuggested VersionGraphic by Kat Mellon, who also did my cover.  I got this graphic printed through Vistaprint as postcards, and I’m leaving them in random places all over town. Visibility! 🙂  New book available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Here is one of my Author Interview Posts on a fellow sci-fi and satire writer’s blog:  https://vrcraftauthor.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/interview-with-author-pamela-s-canepa/

While we’re at it, here is an article I wrote to introduce myself on another writer’s blog, if you’re interested:  https://mylife428.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/self-publishing-with-pamela-schloesser-canepa-pamscanepa1/

*Back to Summer time relaxation.  I have to make time for this, daily.  You see, I am a teacher and summer is a necessary time to rest and rejuvenate.  Things have also been a little tense in my family, so I am somewhat a caretaker or manager lately, too.  So I relax, care for others, seclude myself to write/promote, then relax again, write again, etc.  I have to force myself off of the computer to let my brain relax.  My mom is at home with a broken arm.  We live in the same house, so I am here to help if she needs driving somewhere, and I’m mostly handling the meals.  However, I also have a mostly constant companion this summer, and she is watching a LOT of TV.  So, I introduced her to Bridget Jones via Netflix.  We’ve seen two of the movies so far, and, oh, why not see the third?  I think she is team Darcy, just like I am, and we love the somewhat naughty rom-com genre.  There are lots of laughs, for sure.  I’ve always loved the clumsy, flawed character of Bridget Jones!

Thank you for stopping by my Weekend Coffee Share!  Feel free to share about your week or your summer in the comments.  While you’re at it, think about writing your own Weekend Coffee Share!  Visit Emily’s bog at http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-im-in-wilmington/ for her Coffee Share, and leave a link to your coffee share by clicking on the inlinkz button.  Have a great week!

New Release! #scifi novel, Detours in Time

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Today is the day!  Detours in Time, my most recent novel, is now live and available for purchase at Amazon.com for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback!  Please check it out,  purchase the book, read it, or add it to your Goodreads Want to Read or Currently Reading shelf if you decide to purchase or even just want to read it later.  If you read the book, please leave a review, no matter how brief, on Amazon and consider sharing it on social media.  Perhaps you might share this post on your social media?  All of these things help me gain visibility as an indie author and are greatly appreciated!

Goodreads link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35261459-detours-in-time-1

Amazon link:

Independently Published.

Genre:  Sci-fi, time-travel/adventure   221 pages (e-book), 301 pages (paperback)

Read the book that early readers have called “Captivating!”  Here is a blurb:

On a whim, feisty Tabatha takes a trip to the future with Milt, an awkward science professor. The supposed fun trip turns intense and presents some moral dilemmas when they make discoveries about their future selves and learn that while their actions may save one life, they could destroy another. Amid the turmoil, the two must decide if their actions have drastically altered the lives of the people they have met.  Can Milt and Tabatha agree on a course of action?

Teaser:

“He was twenty years her senior, but from his childlike curiosity and goofy sense of humor, one wouldn’t know it, and they got along very well.  Of course, traveling back in time and meeting his twenty-two-year-old-self did not help matters for Pinky at all. ”

See how a fellow blogger and author supports indie authors at: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-geoff-le-pard-and-pamela-schloesser-canepa/

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare The Switch-over

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Welcome, members of the blogosphere, to my #WeekendCoffeeShare!  If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that:

I am starting to feel the shift, that shift from my school year frame of mind to my summer frame of mind.  This used to mean something different, but now what it means is that I’ll be living in the blogosphere a bit more, writing more, and talking about my self-published books a bit more.  I have two months to eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff, and let me tell you, I love living in this world of words!

And why not?  Reality is stressful enough.  I’ve had a few family crises.  One involved a loved one getting a broken arm and shoulder in a freak slip-up, the other involving a loved one needing a medication adjustment, and all of the lead up to that decision which implies many sleepless, worrisome nights wondering why this person isn’t sleeping, and days of debating how I could make them eat.  I’ve been lax about reading the book, I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help, since I’ve been reading and writing so much of my own, but I glean little helpful bits here and there.  Such as:  “…no amount of arguing has previously changed your lvoed one’s opinion about being mentally ill….The first step, therefore, is to stop arguing and start listening.”  So, when said loved one made a seriously off the wall statement, I said, “Would you like me to take you somewhere to get help.”  To which I recieved an affirmative nod.  Sometimes you have to fish for an answer, but it’s worth it.  Sometimes you have to listen to the silence as well.  I think things are looking up now.  It’s all been hectic, though.  I don’t write about this in detail because I am just not ready, and it’s not fully my story to tell.

Which leads to my love for escaping reality.  I won’t lie; reality seeps into my imaginative machinations, and I let it.  Perhaps this gives my writing meaning.   I haven’t been doing enough flash fiction challenges, so I look forward to more of that this summer.  They are great for gathering followers and following new bloggers.  I’ve been editing my novel, Detours in Time,  for publication this summer, shopping for fitting online graphics (Kat Mellon is wonderful, by the way.  Find her online), and looking for images and ideas to fuel my online Facebook launch of my novel.  It takes place on 6/16, the release date.  I encourage you to follow my author Facebook and join the event! See https://www.facebook.com/pamelacanepablog/ and join it just for fun.  I am trying to make it interesting, and my book trailer should be ready by then.  It’s been fun searching for just the right visuals.

On the subject of escape, I’ve been reading and reviewing a lot of books, the most recent are Letters to Eloise and Fail to the Chief.  The first: contemporary fiction of a mother-to-be and her drama with the father of her child, told in letters, love letters, letters to her unborn child, etc.  It values the written word and takes place in a time before texting and social media ruled our lives.  Very heart-warming.  Fail to the Chief was political satire and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It pokes fun at political candidates, and since I think none of them can be trusted, I loved this book.  On the subject of reviews, I’ve been trying to send out my new manuscript Advanced Review Copies to a few blogger/reviewers and only had a few respond saying they’ll review it.  Many of these sites are “Not currently accepting submissions” and overall, backlogged.  Well, I can certainly say I tried!

That sums it up, mostly.  School’s out.  I just need to clean my classroom next week.  Then, I’m free for the summer!  We had a great faculty get-together with lunch and I got to play laster tag for the first time.  I’m looking forward to reading, writing, reviewing, seeking reviews, searching for ways to promote and represent my upcoming novel.   Maybe I’ll get one or two little summer getaways. It’s EXCITING!  Life is good.  Not easy, but good.

*Weekend Coffeeshare is hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com, so hop on over there and see some of her shares, won’t you?  See her post for this week at http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-things-are-coming-along/ You may even decide to create your own.  I’ve rambled about myself enough today.  I’m off to see what others are up to!

Upcoming sci-fi release available on pre-order!

DetoursTimeBookcoverV6[1625]  Book cover by Kat Mellon.

Detours in Time, my upcoming sci-fi novel of time travel and the ethical dilemmas it entails, will be published on June 16th!  It is now available for pre-order at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF   Please go and check out the book description.  Perhaps it will intrigue you and urge you to pre-order or follow my Amazon author site for reminders of the publication date and notice of other future publications.

Disclaimer:  This is the first time I have registered a book for pre-order.  If you are experienced with this and have any suggestions, I welcome your comments and advice!  The indie author community is very supportive, and I for one am very thankful.