Happening Today Only! Meet Rusty Blackwood Now Hosted By The Ladies of Coffee Time Romance…

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Link to Rusty Blackwoods “Take Over” of Coffe Time Romance Blog:
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Here is a Little PREVIEW and Hope You Stop By!

Author Rusty Blackwood is Pleased to Be Here Today!

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Greetings everyone!

I am so excited to have been invited by Coffee Time Romance to take part in their interesting Blog feature surrounding me and my work, answer your questions – hopefully, you will have lots to inquire about in different areas – and I will be most happy to accommodate you as best I can.

I have loved to write but did not get the chance to seriously do so until 2001, when I threw my hat in the ring and began to write with the intentions of seeing where it might take me. I am not professionally trained in the field, but I have always possessed a natural flair for expressive written word accompanied by an endless imagination to support them. I self-published my first title in 2009, my first poetry collection, titled Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought. This title – which unfortunately is no longer available – was the first of twelve titles thus far.

I write in four genres, poetry, children’s short stories, adult comedy, and romantic fiction drama – my favorite genre and the one for which  I am best known.  As you can see in the photo above, I am at a bustling Indigo – in Ancaster, Ontario – signing for my newest romance/drama, The Perils of Autumn, published by Tellwell Talent, a Readers Favorite Books 5-star-award-winning novel, and now a Finalist in this year’s International Book Awards …

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Summer Is Time For Change, Recharge, Reboot, and a Life Awakening Makeover With ‘Find The Seeker: A Pathless Path’…

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“Don’t Judge This Book By Its cover! Simple and Life Changing!” ~Amazon Reader

If a book could authentically transform you back to a peaceful mind, body awakening, and to a happy stressless soul like no other, would you read it?
Of course, you would! This and much more is what you will find within the pages of and, No, not another wishy-washy Zeny Meditation-ish BOOK …

It is a powerful well-written practical read by Master Genro Xuan Lou Laoshi (Author) and Co-Author, Clifford Stevens. It is a book filled with inspiration, life-changing empowerment, and more. If you are planning a Staycation close to home, going to the beach or lake? Bring this book along and feel refreshed as clear running cool stream when done reading this one.

The best part? They have both the E-book now only .99 CENTS! and now for the first time the Paperback now on SALE for $9.99 on “Amazon Kindle and Amazon Books” for readers to enjoy!

Here is a little more about the book and a must visit is in order to Master Genro and Cliff’s website for their  “Weekly Wisdom & Reader Discussions!”
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Find the Seeker! by Zen Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and his pupil, Zen teacher Clifford Stevens, takes us on an inner pilgrimage, compassionately picking us up where we are, whether beginners or longstanding seekers. Based on the wisdom and profound, first-hand experience of a modern-day Master as well as the teachings of enlightened ones, a book that reboots our search of the “the mysteries” and our ‘spiritual side in order to renew our limiting, thought-driven and ego-dominated lives. Focusing on the spiritual dimension underlying Existence which all of us share, the book addresses people of all faiths who suffer, are unhappy and seek to lead more fulfilling lives.

“Find the Seeker!” is not a wishy-washy, feel-good book offering a quick fix or esoteric porridge or pandering to those who want a spiritual baby rattle to rely on. Instead, it serves as a traveling companion and guide, enticing readers with the vision of what we really are – Absolute, eternal and unconditional Being, whole and divine – which can only be directly experienced and embodied. It serves as a powerful wake-up call for those who mistakenly believe in their being separate from the Oneness and living in a state of duality, reminding us that the Kingdom of God is really within us.

Although written by a Zen Master and using some Zen stories, the focus is not on explaining Zen, its tenets or history. The book is in stark contrast to the majority of books which indulge in superficial descriptions or sayings and provide seemingly “precise” instructions, lists of goals or steps to take which trap us into continuing our dependency on intermediaries and religious institutions or our self-delusion of being less than we really are. Instead, accompanying the authors along the age-old pathless path we have always been on, we are called upon to empty ourselves and “drop” all our preconceptions and expectations and the limited “self” which thinks it has a life of its own, as well as the heavy backpack with all our experiences and learnings.

The book holds up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering and the intricate workings of the ego, which entraps us in the never-ending soap opera and the roller coaster of life’s ups and downs. We are led to live mindfully in the here-now, delve more deeply into ourselves and to be Self-reliant – enabling our inner guru to unfold our true nature so that we can abide in the one Self. In this way seekers become finders, and we can become the Oneness we already are, enjoying the true vibrant bliss and lightness of Being that is inherently ours …

Amazon Review:

A Practical Guide to Trusting the Mystery of Life
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Learning The Difference! READ THIS Before You Enroll in KDP Select! by Reedsy…

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I enjoy having Guest Posts often here at “The Reading Den” as many of my followers are writers and authors, not only Readers. This post for you. I get asked often if Cat knows the differences between Kindle Unlimited and KDP Select. Well, I DO NOW thanks to this amazing blog post on “Reedsy – Blog.”  HERE WE GO!

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READ THIS Before You Enroll in KDP Select!

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We get it: writing a book requires a lot of your time, effort, and money. Taking a book from inception to completion is intense work, and by the time you’re ready to publish you might find yourself referring to your manuscript as “my baby.”

Of all the big decisions you have to make in your journey as a self-publishing author, one of the biggest is whether or not to enroll your ebook in Amazon’s KDP Select: a program which offers authors bonus incentives in exchange for granting Amazon exclusivity.

But going exclusive is a big deal. Are you sure you want to let Amazon put a ring on it before your book has had a chance to test out the other options? Is KDP Select the right choice for you? That’s what we’ll answer in this post, covering all the points in the table of contents (to your left).

Let’s get started with the basics.

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What is Kindle Direct Publishing?

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is Amazon’s ebook publishing unit, which allows authors to sell their books directly to Amazon’s readers. The Kindle and KDP were launched concurrently in 2007, laying the groundwork for Amazon’s ebook empire which now holds more than 80% of the market in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Success stories from authors self-publishing through Amazon KDP began to roll out around 2011, with the popularity of Andy Weir’s The Martian and Wool by Hugh Howey. But they’re not without company: in 2018, Jeff Bezos revealed that over 1,000 authors had earned over $100,000 through Kindle Direct Publishing.

While numbers like these are not the norm for the average writer, KDP has become the heavily preferred route for self-publishing authors — many of whom also decide to enroll in KDP Select. Speaking of which…

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What is KDP Select?

KDP Select is a program available to all authors willing to grant Amazon exclusive rights to sell their ebook through the Kindle store only. By agreeing not to sell the digital file of their book through any other retailers, authors are given access to a variety of promotional tools — the most significant of which is Kindle Unlimited — and the opportunity to earn higher royalties (in some cases, more on that later).

The KDP Select program lasts 90 days, after which authors can either choose to opt out of the program, or auto-renew for another 90-day commitment.

While digital copies of the book must only be sold through Amazon:

  • A 10% sample of the book can be made available outside of the Kindle Store;
  • Print (or any other non-digital) versions can be distributed elsewhere; and
  • Copies of the book can be emailed to reviewers for editing purposes.

So, a higher percentage of sales and additional book marketing tools: sounds pretty good, right? Why would an indie author not want those things? Well, the question of whether to grant Amazon exclusivity or to “go wide” is a constant talking point amongst self-publishing authors, as both options come with their own sets of pros and cons. The biggest and most important proof enrolling in KDP Select is undoubtedly the access to Kindle Unlimited. So before we get too far into discussing the pros and cons, let’s quickly cover exactly what Kindle Unlimited is.

What is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited (KU) is an “all-you-can-read” service that allows subscribers to read as many ebooks as they’d like for $9.99 a month (if you’re thinking “Netflix for books,” you’re on the money). When authors enroll in KDP Select, their books are automatically made available to readers on KU.

Because of the ease with which readers can find books (KU customer receive emails suggesting books based on their reading history), and the ability to “test-drive” many books without having to pay full price for them all, KU has become an extremely popular program. In fact, it has become such a go-to for readers that for many genres, it’s basically impossible for a book to rank well on Amazon if it’s not listed in Kindle Unlimited.

With this major pro of KDP Select in mind, let’s discuss how authors actually make money with KU, and look a little closer at the other perks authors can expect when they marry their ebook to Amazon for 90 days.

The Pros of Enrolling in KDP Select

The main benefits of enrolling in KDP Select include access to:

  1. Kindle Unlimited
  2. Kindle Countdown Deals
  3. Kindle Free Promotions
  4. Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
  5. Increased royalties for sales in select countries

The crown jewel of KDP Select’s incentives is, without a doubt, the access to Kindle Unlimited (KU). It’s a topic we covered extensively in our weekly marketing newsletter(to sign up, select “book marketing”), but we’ll start by giving you the KU highlight reel here.

1. Kindle Unlimited

Here’s how authors make money on Kindle Unlimited: at the end of each month, a Kindle Direct Publishing Global Fund is announced. This fund determines how much each title available on KU has earned it authors. For instance, in January 2019, the KDP Global Fund was $24.7 million.

Amazon then determines how this money is split between authors and publishers with a per-page-read royalty — so the more pages of your books are read by KU subscribers, the more money you stand to make.

So let’s say an author has a 300-page book in Kindle Unlimited. In January 2019, the payout per page was $0.0044, so the author will have earned $1.32 for every reader who borrowed and read their title cover-to-cover. (This is regardless of the actual retail price of that book).

You can keep track of the monthly KDP Global fund and per-page-payout amount in this helpful post by Written Word Media.

Kindle Unlimited can be a truly great resource for self-publishing authors, depending on your genre. But it’s not the only incentive KDP Select offers authors. Let’s take a look at some of the others.

2. Kindle Countdown Deals

For one week every 90 days, authors have the ability to discount their book by putting it on a “countdown deal.” Authors continue to earn a 70% royalty on the discounted price, even if it’s priced below $2.99. (Note that authors who run price promotions outside of KDP Select only earn 35% royalties on books priced below $2.99).

There are a couple of eligibility requirements to take part (head here to read them all):

  • The price before the countdown must be between $2.99 – $24.99 on Amazon.com or £1.99 – £15.99 on Amazon.co.uk;
  • The minimum discount is $1 on Amazon.com or £1 on Amazon.co.uk;
  • The title must be enrolled in KDP Select for at least 30 days; and
  • You cannot run a deal if the end of your KDP Select enrollment is 14 days away or less.

3. Kindle Free Promotions

For five days every 90 days, authors can set their book to free. (Note that it can’t be in the same 90-day period as a countdown deal). Both countdown deals and free promotions allow books to appear on the Kindle Store Deals page, promising a boost of visibility.

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4. Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

This is a program open to Kindle owners with an Amazon Prime subscription. Each month, they can choose to borrow one book for free from over 800,00 titles  — with no due date or late return fee to pay.

As with Kindle Unlimited, authors earn a per-page-read royalty for books enlisted in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library program (KOLL), based on the KDP Global Fund.

5. Increased royalties for sales in select countries

KDP and KDP Select authors can earn a 35% royalty on sales both in the US and internationally if their book is priced below $2.99, and 70% royalties on books priced above $2.99 in the US and other select countries. Only with KDP Select can authors earn a 70% royalty for sales in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and India.

Suffice it to say, Amazon offers some pretty enticing perks for enrolling in KDP Select. However, as with anything, there is another side to the coin. Let’s take a look at why self-publishing authors might want to cast a wider net.

 

The Cons of Enrolling in KDP Select

The primary reason for an author to go wide is so that they can list their book on as many e-retailers and library distributors as they want, in addition to selling and distributing it through their own author website.

While Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play are the main “competitors” to Amazon, there are literally hundreds of more e-retailers and ebook distributors around the world. You can view them all in our complete guide to ebook distribution.

But if these other distributors and retailers only represent under 20% of the market, should you really bother going wide, if it means missing out on all the incentives KDP Select offers to keep your exclusivity?

Here are some reasons why you might (or should) want to go wide:

  1. In some countries, Amazon isn’t as dominant as it is in the US
  2. You can build a presence outside of Amazon (which can be fickle)
  3. You will have the ability to hit bestseller lists (outside of Amazon)
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1. Access a larger portion of the international ebook market

With around 80% market share, Amazon undeniably wears the crown when it comes to control of the ebook market in the US and the UK. However, this isn’t the case across the globe:

  • In Canada, Kobo alone controls over 25% of the ebook market;
  • In Germany, Tolino and Amazon have equal ebook market share; and
  • In Australia, Apple Books controls about 30% of the ebook market.

So by not going exclusive with Amazon, you allow yourself the opportunity to tap into these markets and better reach a worldwide audience.

Also, while Amazon’s presence in the US is going to be hard to challenge, Kobo’s recent partnership with Walmart does open a new door to readers in America.

2. It’s harder to build a wide presence… but harder to lose it as well

While Amazon might get the most digital foot traffic, you’re also competing with a huge number of other authors and books. Though you might be catering to a smaller pool of customers on other retailers, you might also have better luck gaining a competitive advantage — and grabbing the attention of those readers.

Furthermore, non-Amazon stores (Apple Books, Kobo, B&N, Google Play) are curated in a different way. While Amazon is all about automated algorithms — which can change from one day to another, along with your books’ rankings — these stores are more about human curation. Top visibility spots are curated by merchandising teams (another topic we covered in our marketing newsletter). What this basically means is that, while it generally takes longer (and requires you to publish more books) to get a strong stream of sales from non-Amazon stores, it’s also a much harder position to lose — that is, if you don’t pull your books away and into KDP Select, of course.

3. The ability to hit Bestseller lists (outside of Amazon)

As Nicholas Erik mentions in his helpful post on the topic, the chances of an indie author hitting The New York Times’ Best Sellers list are razor-thin. But other lists, such as the USA Today one, are a lot more within an indie author’s grasp and can be just as much of a boon to a writer’s career.

However, many of these lists — The New York Times and USA Today both included — require that the author is not exclusive to Amazon and is selling their book on at least one other retailer.

Fundamentally, one of the first rules of investing is to not put all your eggs in one basket. If you’re exclusive to Amazon, you’re entirely at their mercy. If they suddenly change their algorithms and your books stop ranking, you might lose a huge portion of your income overnight.

At the end of the day, the decision to go wide or exclusive with Amazon depends on your marketing plan for your book. Which brings us to…

 

Making the call: should you enroll in Amazon KDP Select or not?

Ultimately, the decision on whether you go into KDP Select or distribute wide will be a personal decision. The main factor influencing it is whether you feel okay trusting Amazon 100% with “your babies.”

That said, it’s important to also consider factors like genre and your own marketing strategy.

Luckily, the terms of enrolling in KDP Select only last 90 days, so you can rest assured in the knowledge that it’s not a permanent or years-long commitment. However, whatever your decision is, you should try to stick to it as much as possible. While trying KDP Select for 90 days is certainly worth it, you shouldn’t be jumping in and out of Select. Going wide is a long-term game, and not only does it take years to build a presence on other stores, marketing strategies and best practices also differ between Select and wide books.

Who should consider KDP Select?

If you answer “yes” to the following questions, you should consider enrolling in KDP Select:

  • Are you planning on selling only through the Kindle Store?
  • Does your target market primarily consist of digital readers in the US and the UK?
  • Does your marketing strategy consist of big promotions bolstered by big ad blasts (as opposed to more of a “slow and steady” effort)?
  • Do the bestsellers in your genre include a healthy selection of Kindle Unlimited titles?

That last point is very important and should be a major factor in your decision.

Finding out whether KU is integral to your genre is fairly simple: head to Amazon’s Best Sellers in Kindle Ebooks and narrow it down to just your categories. Go through the top 20 to 100 titles and see what percentage of those books are in KU. If the percentage is high, you might be better off enrolling in KDP Select.

For example, at the time of this article’s writing, the top 20 fantasy, science fiction, romance, and crime fiction books all include over 14 KU titles. (While the top 20 mystery, historical fiction, thriller, and literature and fiction books only contain 12 or fewer KU titles — and self-help, art, and photography, and biographies and memoirs contain less than ten.)

Who should consider going wide?

If large parts of your target market are ebook readers outside of the US and UK, you’re publishing your first book, or you’re writing in a genre with few KU titles in its bestsellers list, going wide might be your best bet.

Going wide is a good choice for patient authors who are thinking of their career in the long-term. As David Gaughan explains in his comprehensive post on the topic, it’s an option that requires long-term growth marketing strategies, such as:

  • An up-to-date author website
  • Growing mailing lists and tested reader magnets
  • Targeted campaigns (such as Facebook ads)
  • Permafree or heavily discounted books/series

Going wide is all about building a readership — and hanging onto those readers. This requires more of a slow but steady mindset: you need to regularly communicate with your readers and invest time and energy into researching and executing email marketing strategies in order to hold their attention. Because, while KDP Select might take advantage of algorithms to help bring readers to your book, going wide is all about finding ways to connect readers to your books yourself.

What’s great about this strategy (which David coins the “drip strategy”) is that, if you do it well, it can result in smaller but steadier reader growth and sales from a number of different places — which eventually adds up to a strong stream of income.

This is not to say you can’t — or shouldn’t — put these drip strategies into effect if you’re exclusive with Amazon. But it’s tougher because you’re at the will of the Amazon algorithm, which has been known to change fairly regularly.

And seeing as your ideal distribution method boils down to your marketing strategy, here are a few final resources to help you make the most of your book launch.

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Bonus Resources

How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon [blog post]
The Complete Guide to Ebook Distribution [blog post]
EPUB to MOBI converter [tool for Amazon uploads]
50+ Book Marketing Ideas to CRUSH Your Book Launch [blog post]
Winning Amazon’s Secret Popularity Contest [webinar]
How to Launch a Bestselling Book in 7 Steps [webinar]
Book Promotion Services [directory]
Vetted Freelance Marketers for Hire [marketplace]

With all of this in mind, remember that whether you decide to go with KDP Select or open publishing, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. If you use KDP Select’s Countdown Deals or Free Promotions but don’t spend any time advertising your promotions, they won’t lead to much exposure — the whole point of these tools.
If you decide to forgo the increased visibility that can come with Kindle Unlimited, make sure you spend time getting acquainted with the aggregators out there or developing various book marketing strategies — or else the benefits of going wide will end up falling flat.

We hope this post has been helpful in considering the pros and cons of KDP Select vs. going wide, and that you feel more confident in leveraging the route you choose for your book’s success.

 

 

Let’s Celebrate With Author, Joe Siccardi By Sharing His Cover Reveal of His New Release, ‘My Name Is Sam’… Share It On Your Book Blog!

New Pre-Order Release and Cover Reveal for Author, Joe Siccardi …
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Today’s the day!

Ready to take a peek at this summer’s reading sensation {hopefully}?

Announcing my new release and a cover reveal of My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through as it is now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle online.  The latest effort is a novelization of my March 2018 debut release of the novella Heaven Shining Through, which has been claiming rave reviews by book reviewers and book bloggers alike.

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While some of the core information from Heaven is incorporated in My Name Is Sam, the new venture expands the characters and extends the story beyond the novella. It is written in the first person, more like a memoir — a fictional memoir. I tried to incorporate that feel from the start. In fact, the introduction reads like a letter directly from Sam.

I have to tell you, for the past six months or so, I have been Samantha {I know that sounds weird}. Each time I sat down to write a scene, my thought process included was what would Sam do? What would Chad do? How would her mother react?

Like the first novella, this novel isn’t always pretty … but I think it is real. Samantha (the lead) is strong-willed and had a lot of dates, leading to some confrontations with her mother. She was equally strong in her resolve to remain pure. There is a scene when she and her then-boyfriend make love; however, the focus is the aftermath — the remorse, the regret by both Sam and Chad.

I try to promote a dash of faith within my writing. No matter what, God loves us and forgives us. Honestly, neither the novella nor the novel was intended to be “Christian” literature, but rather reading material everyone could enjoy without an overt Christian message. I intentionally did not want to preach to the choir. They are stories of reconciliation, self-awareness, and accomplishment. And they do deal with the sometimes messiness of life.

I am planning a formal book launch July 2, 6 p.m., at the Thompson Free
Library, Dover-Foxcroft, ME. It is my intent to live stream the event in hopes you might join and share the fun. I hope you will take advantage of the exclusive e-book pre-order sale and order your copy today at only $2.99 on Amazon Kindle!  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SRX1HGV/

Other presentations around Maine and possibly New Jersey, Ohio and New York are being contemplated. If anyone is interested in hosting or suggesting a venue, let me know at wisdomfromafather@gmail.com.

I would be willing to address your book club or group. for a visit. If you 2wanted to invite a few friends for coffee or iced tea, we could gather to just meet and greet, catch up, talk about My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through and the publishing process, maybe sign and/or sell a few books and bring you up to date with projects planned.

Exciting times!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: We’re not guaranteed tomorrow. This is the only day we know for sure.

 

Author, Rusty Blackwood Virtual Book Blog Tour for ‘The Perils of Autumn’ Begins June10th, 2019 by ‘Enticing Journey’…

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Hello and Welcome Avid Readers and Friends!

What reader doesn’t love an amazing Virtual Book Blog Tour of a new book release?

Well, this one begins for Ms. Rusty Blackwood on Monday, June 10th, 2019 and runs through June 14th, 2019 and is being run by The Fine Team at “Enticing Journey Book Promos!” Here are all the details and links readers and book bloggers need to “Be In The Know” and JOIN ALL THE FUN!
Event and Blogs Hosting Schedule … 

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Title: The Perils of Autumn
Author: Rusty Blackwood
Genre: Romance Suspense/Drama
Release Date: January 17, 2019

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From the author of the riveting romantic fiction drama, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary, and the celebrated, 5-star award-winning romantic fiction drama, Willow’s Walk, comes the intense romantic drama, The Perils of Autumn.

This page-turner, set primarily in the early 1970s, centers on a young Kentucky woman, Autumn Leeves, born in 1946 to Abigail Leeves, an unwed mother who struggles to make ends meet. By 1970, Autumn graduates nursing school and is sent on assignment by the local hospital to care for the terminally-ill wife of middle-aged English equestrian master, Cyril Landon, owner of Landon Lawns Stables, a most successful thoroughbred racing stable located just outside Lexington, Kentucky in a posh community known as The Meadows.

Duff Taylor, world renown jockey who is tops in his field, lives full-time above the tack room at Landon Lawns and enjoys the many benefits it brings, but he also has a dark secret surrounding an unsolved racing incident from his past that he will go to any length to protect.

Autumn arrives at Landon Manor in time to be thrown into the chaos and finds herself caught in the ongoing disruption that ensues.


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Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood, who chose her plume de nom by combining the colour of her russet hair with her husband’s great, great, Scottish grandmother’s maiden name, was born in St.Thomas, Ontario, Canada on October 5th, and grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in the County of Elgin, located in the south-western portion of the province of Ontario.

She acquired her love of literature while still in elementary school where she entered her original compositions into county fairs, school contests, and whatever venue allowed participants in the writing field. She has carried that love ever since and has put it to use many times since becoming a professional writer in 2001.

From the time of youth she has loved the Arts in their many unique forms, she is a graduate with honors in Interior Decorating & Design. She spent many years on the south-western Ontario stage performing with her family’s country music band: The Midnight Ramblers, followed by the country – rock – blues band: ‘MIRAGE’ as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist. She now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario.
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Rusty Blackwood Updates: In-Person and Now Virtual Book Blog Tour is Happening The Month of June…

Hello Readers and Friends!

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If you enjoy contemporary romance drama and set in beautiful Kentucky horse country, this is the new book release by Rusty Blackwood just for you readers! If you have yet to visit her Official Author Website,  it is a must. She has a summer book signing and “Meet The Author Tour” for her the new release of “The Perils of Autumn” now available on Amazon.

Here is a share of her newest “Newsletter” with all the updates of this FABULOUS Spring/Summer book tour event that now includes a “Book Blog Virtual Tour!” Make sure you take a little time and visit her website to see all her amazing books and her new comedy release and series too.

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“I cannot say enough good things about the Perils of Autumn.” 

“Please do not pass up The Perils of Autumn, you will not be sorry.”

“This book has it all and more”

“A beautiful story.”

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Niagara author Rusty Blackwood’s May Newsletter 2019 …

 

End of month greetings everyone! I hope these words find each of you doing well and coping with this constant damp, overcast, wet weather. It has gotten to be a bit much, at least in my opinion, but I refuse to allow it to get me down, nor should you, however, as I am a bit under the weather, this Newsletter is a bit short this month.

This month has been spent doing my second signing in my Initial Niagara Launch/Signing Tour for The Perils of Autumn, networking for the novel, and working on the follow-up novel, Return to Autumn. I had a couple of cancellations, which I will get to in a moment, but as it is always said, when one door closes, another opens, and this is very true.

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The second leg of The Perils of Autumn’s launch tour found us at the busy Pen Center Coles on Sunday afternoon, May 5th. It was so nice returning to this bookstore with its efficient and welcoming management and staff. They know how to treat an author, self-published or standard, and I applaud their every gesture. Please take this secure link for photographic coverage.

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The May 5th Pen Center Coles signing was my only event slated for the month of May. The early June signing for the 2nd at Ancaster Indigo was canceled, but has been rescheduled for June 30th from 1 – 4:30, so I hope readers in and around Ancaster, and the Hamilton area, will drop by my table at the front of the store located in front of the Local Author display. It is a nice feeling to find one’s name and work among other fine local authors throughout the area. Willow’s Walk is presently gracing their local author shelf with her lovely self, and The Perils of Autumn will soon be joining her. Also, paperback copies of Willow’s Walk and The Perils of Autumn are on the shelves at Pen Center Coles.

Both titles can be ordered at the cash or order desk at all Coles – Chapters- Indigo.

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Earlier in June, on the 15th, I will be doing my 3rd signing in the launch for Perils at St.
Catharines Fairview Mall Chapters from 1 – 4:30 pm at the front of the store inside the main entrance. I look forward to whomever I may meet, chat with, and discuss the new, 5-star, page-turning novel.

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A Blog Tour is a new concept for me having never done one before, but there is always a first time for everything. During the week of June 10th to the 14th., The Perils of Autumn will be making the rounds of different Blogs that have signed up for this online tour being sponsored by Enticing Journey Book Promotions. It will finish the day before Autumn and I are to appear at Fairview Mall Chapters in St. Catharines. Works out well. Do watch for updates on this tour, web addresses, etc. so you may follow along. If you are a Book Blogger and would like to Host for  “Perils” on your book blog, please click here Host “Perils” and fill out the form toward the bottom as it starts JUNE 10th, 2019!

It will also be available for NetGalley Readers on June 21st, 2019 for 30-Days!

 

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JUNE BOOK SIGNING CALENDAR

June 15th, 1 to 4:30 pm, Fairview Mall CHAPTERS 3-285 Geneva Street Unit G, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2N 2G1

June 30th – 1 to 4:30 pm Ancaster Indigo 737 Golf Links Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1L5

Please visit my official website www.rusty-blackwood.com for further news, videos, book reviews, and information.
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I hope everyone is looking forward to a great summer, vacation, time to yourself doing whatever it is you enjoy. Before we know it, it will be behind us and packed away in our memory vault, so enjoy it. I also encourage you to support your local authors as well as all your local talents in the Arts. Remember, those in their assorted fields of the Arts that have become a household name were once unknown, that is, until someone took the time to listen, look, and read.

I thank you for taking the time to read my monthly news, and I hope you share it on, comment, or inquire.

See you next month.

Cheers!  ~Rusty B