Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Blog Tours

 
First I want to remind everyone about the new book, 
The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, prepared by the BBT Cafe Authors, an online group of which I'm happy to be a member. This month, our group is on tour, promoting The Corner Cafe, and a full list of blog stops can be found by clicking the link.
I have a short story in this collection and tomorrow I will be at Pat Bean's blog, introducing the central character in my story. Actually, the central character will be introducing himself. Cheeky fellow, Frank is.

If you don't have a kindle, go to http://amzn.to/CCKindleApps
for free apps to download this book.
 
Next, I want to mention that Stephen Tremp is hosting a Breakthrough Breakout Party this week.

Today and tomorrow, June 18th and 19th, his thriller

will be available as a free download from Amazon. 
Stop by his blog, say hi, and tell him thanks for your free copy.
 
Now I want to thank my blogging friend, LD Masterson, for giving me the Lucky Seven Meme. This is a bit different from other blog awards in that it asks the blogger to share from a story they are currently working on. It was fun to read LD's excerpt, and I hope you will go by her blog and read it. 

Here are the rules for the meme:
1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript
2. Go down to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines.
4. Tag 7 others. 
 
Okay, here is the excerpt from the book I just finished writing and am doing a final revision on. It is titled, Boxes for Beds. 
 
'"Heck! They don't want me. They only take babies." Mandy patted Leslie's hand and Leslie almost laughed at the motherly gesture. "Come on. Help me with my English paper."

Leslie was grateful for the diversion that ate up a couple of empty hours. But after Mandy went to bed, the loneliness and discontent settled back in like an unwelcome guest.

In those empty hours of late evening, Leslie recognized her need for someone to talk to. Being afraid and uncertain was bad enough, but having no one to share it with made it harder to bear.  There was too much silence, during which her mind was busy playing frightening games with her.

I hope Lucky Seven does not turn into bad luck, but I may not tag seven people. I know how busy everyone is, and not everyone has time to play, but here are just a few of my cyber buddies.

Morgan Mandel - who always makes time to play

Ginger Simpson - who may have time
 
Patricia Stoltey - who will probably make time to play

7 comments:

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Maryann -- thanks for including me in the Lucky Seven meme -- Yes, I'm getting very good at making time to play these days. I have three different manuscripts waiting for me to stop playing and get back to work, so I'll have to see which one has the most interesting stuff on page 77. :D

Maryann Miller said...

You're welcome, Patricia. I think it is good for us all to make time to play. Look forward to your excerpt.

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Morgan Mandel said...

Morgan Mandel - who takes too much time to play, it should read. (g)

Morgan Mandel
http://morgansbooklinks.blogspot.com

Maryann Miller said...

Morgan, you don't take too much time to play, unless you don't sleep. LOL You manage to get more done in a day than almost anyone else I know, except Dani Greer.

Grover said...

I just finished reading The Corner Cafe and wanted to stop by to say thank you again for pointing me in the direction of a free book!

I'm not much of a fan of short stories (normally they stop just when I'm getting interested and want to read more!) but I was pleasantly surprised!

I really liked the idea of having lots of different stories about different people, but with a central place which featured in every story.

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by, Grover and for your kind words about our collection.