PRESS RELEASE. New Book By Author, Joe Siccardi and Paperback Now Released…

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My Name Is Sam: … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through
June 11, 2019 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1071097202/ 

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (June 11, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1071097202

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact the author, Joe Siccardi:

Telephone: (207) 279-0448

E-mail: wisdomfromafather@gmail.com

 

Local Author Pens Third Book

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                DOVER-FOXCROFT, ME Local Author Joe Siccardi has completed his third book, My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through.

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A Facebook Live hard launch is scheduled at July 2, 6 p.m. at Thompson Free Library, Dover-Foxcroft. Both e-book and paperback copies are available on Amazon. For a signed copy, contact the author at wisdomfromafather@gmail.com.

  My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through is a follow-up to the breakout novella, Heaven Shining Through. It introduces Sam (Samantha), her family and friends in more detail than the original, and picks up where the original novella left off. It has already generated pre-release buzz, including one reviewer commenting, “I LOVE the ending of your book. It was probably the strongest ending I’ve read in my entire life!”

In between the novella and novel, Siccardi published a non-fiction book, Wisdom From a Father … One Dad’s Thoughts on Life. It was published in November and is an update of posts made on his blog, wisdomfromafather.wordpress.com. The 52 essay chapters include reflections on life, love, and family. All are written from the heart, sometimes seriously and sometimes with a touch of humor.

Siccardi is a 52-year newspaper publishing veteran, most recently as publisher/editor of a community weekly newspaper in Seneca County of the Finger Lakes in New York.

Siccardi credits the quiet of Maine as the impetus for completing his writing projects. He moved to Dover-Foxcroft almost four years ago while commuting to and from upstate New York until his publication was sold. He retired permanently to Piscataquis County in July 2017.

The novel is a response to reviewers’ comments Heaven Shining Through could have been a full novel with more character development.

“In my entire writing career,” Siccardi laughed, “I had never been told my writing was too short. But I took their constructive criticism to heart. My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through is the result. It is written in the first person and reads like a fictional memoir. “I hope readers get to meet Sam as a friend, a life long friend.”

As in the novella, the presence of God in ordinary life is the underlying theme. “I tried to keep it real with appropriate language and activities,” said Siccardi. “I purposely stayed away from being ‘preachy’ but rather told a story that showed the presence of God in every day, sometimes messy lives. My hope is readers will be able to see that.”

A lot of the early activity inside the pages takes place in the greater Paterson, NJ, area, where Siccardi called home as a youth. Some of the backdrops will be familiar to fellow Patersonians who grew up in the mid-60s. The later activity takes place in the greater Dayton, OH, area.

My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Shining Through will be available at book signings and presentations, which are currently being scheduled. All of his books are available online through Amazon.com or at his website, wisdomfromafather.wordpress.com.

            Siccardi is the retired owner/publisher of Reveille/Between the Lakes, a weekly newspaper in Seneca County, NY, right smack in the middle of the Finger Lakes. He worked in the newspaper industry all his life including stops in New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Washington, DC, Maryland, New York and now Maine. He and his late wife raised five children and currently have 18 grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and another great-granddaughter due in the fall.

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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 …
Courtesy of Welcome to Father Says …

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 … 

Tour Event 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.
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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

Cat’s PR Friends Show us How To Social Media For ‘Building Your Brand and Use It To Grow Your Small Business Too.

Cat’s amazing friends of Strong Social – Media Blog is a great place to visit as they are a growing PR media site that helps “the little guys” become better at branding themselves as authors, writers, and if you are like me, run a small media marketing and book promoting brand and business.

They know the importance and power of Social Media to help authors build their brand and gain exposure, sales, and reviews for all their books. Let’s see what they are teaching us today about Branding and Using Social Media for your small business …~Cat Lyon

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4 Easy Tips to Apply Social Media Strategies to get your Brand Noticed

Social Media is no longer something that companies can go without. We’ve long past that time when small business owners thought that communicating with their key audience was more of a choice, rather than a mandatory necessity.

It so happens that being present on social networks has become a must in almost every sector of activity, and here are the top 5 social media must-haves for every brand:

5. A Social Media Manager

Sure, it sounds redundant, but trust us. Having a social media manager is mandatory if you want to get optimal results from your entire digital communication strategy. You can start by creating the social media accounts for your brand by yourself and try to keep them constantly updated, but sooner or later, you’ll realize that this activity is taking up more and more of your time.

This could lead to you getting distracted from your company’s core focus, making it necessary to hire a professional social media manager to take care of the work and to take things to the next level.

4. Instagram and Youtube Are a Must-Have

Even if you’re not activating in a very dynamic domain, your brand needs to be present on Instagram and Youtube. Assuming you already have a Facebook and a Twitter account, you should start placing a strong focus on the visual like book trailers or more about your craft as a writer.

When it comes to visual, Instagram (for photos) and Youtube (for videos, of course!) are the key social networks to focus on. More and more companies are shifting their communication efforts to visual content, because, we all know it, people have less and less time to read.

Keep it social with strong visual content!

3. Focus on Understanding Social Media Management Tools

If your brand has a lot of things to communicate, you can easily forget to post certain updates or news because you are present on too many platforms. This is why opting for a social media management tool that helps you organize and schedule posts on different social networks is a life-saver.

Hootsuite is one of the most popular choices out there, but feel free to look around to what best suits your needs, or consults with your social media manager (if you already have one) on what tools you should start using.

2. Try Getting More into The Analytics

Sprout Social is a very special social media solution for every brand. It’s being used by top worldwide companies because not only does it make social media easier to manage, but it also provides detailed-customized reports to help you improve your digital communication. And save time posting by automating your posts on social media by using Buffer (dot) Com. They are an affordable Social Media Management Platform.

“Buffer makes it easy for businesses and marketing teams to schedule posts, analyze performance, and manage all their accounts in one place.”

They both can also be considered strong lead generators for your business if you analyze all the reports carefully and make the necessary adjustments in order to achieve your business goals.

It’s definitely worth giving it a shot!

1. Focus on hashtags

Hashtags are as important today as they were the first time they were introduced by Twitter. It helps people search and index a certain topic, making it easier for you to connect with your core audience.

Use websites like hashtagify.me to get the best relevant hashtags you need to send out your message. Hashtags are one of the easiest ways to make your message visible to a wider audience, so be sure to include them in your updates.

Now let’s talk about to grow your business on Social Media!

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5 Tips on How to Use Social Media for Small Businesses

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It’s no longer a secret that social media helps any business in reaching its targeted audiences. Not only that, but social media has become a must-have for any business, be it big or small. It’s a very fast, efficient and easy to use way of getting in touch with your current and future possible clients.

It helps in raising awareness about your company, it helps in getting leads for your business, and it’s a way of letting people know what your company is doing on a regular basis.

Sure, everything sounds good in theory, but let’s look over 5 tips on how to use social media for small businesses. A more practical approach.

5. Start by setting up a social media plan for your business

First thing’s first. Set up a social media plan where you do an audit of your company and try to figure out which social networks work best for your industry. We’re not going to lie to you, research does take up a lot of time in the beginning. Help is out there, and affordable if you “just want to WRITE,” look to our friend ‘Cat’ of lyonmediaservices.com and she can surely help. WHICH?

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The good news? That it’s worth it and you only have to do it once. At least to that extent. After that, it’s all about her trying to keep you relevant in your field and do constant check-ups on what the competition is doing. Which brings us to our next tip…

4. Research your competition and keep up to date with the latest news

In the digital age, not knowing what your competition is doing is a definite disadvantage. Especially since doing research or checking updates from your competitors has never been easier.

Start by following their social media accounts and see what they’re posting. Analyze their content and try to identify a pattern. See what works with their audience and how they engage with people who approach them. You can even take it a step further, by subscribing to their newsletters, webinars, conferences and so on, just to be sure that you’re always in the loop.

Take whatever works from their social media communication and add it to your plan.

 

3. Master one social media platform

Spreading too much, too fast is almost never a good idea. Sure, start by creating social media accounts for your business on all the relevant social networks, but try to master one platform before being “too social” on all of them.

Time is a limited resource and most likely, you will not be able to invest the same amount of time on all social networks. Rather than having 3-4 accounts with less developed content, try on focusing on one and get yourself noticed there. After that, it’s easy to scale and take a part of your audience with you. This blends with the next tip we have in store for you.

2. Engage with your audience. See what they have to say

This tip is probably the most important one of them all, however, this does not mean that you should skip all the other steps. Engaging with your audience can prove to be crucial, especially when you are a small business or a company that’s just starting out.

Your customers and the relationship you build with them is all you have. This is why you need to nurture it and put almost as much time in it as you would put in your products and services. Establishing a loyal fan base is key in taking your business to the next level. Answer questions and ask questions. This will get the ball rolling.

1.Create Your Brand Recognition

If you manage to create a strong brand recognition, you can already consider yourself a winner. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should leave your guard down, but it does mean that you will need to put less effort into your communication activities and you can focus on taking your business even further.

You’ll be able to focus more on developing your product, think about scaling up and how to acquire more customers, once your company has established itself as a strong brand.

You’ll be able to communicate more, by saying less. You’ll appear professional, but also close to your audience.

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If you’re interested in learning more about social media management, or if you have any questions about social media for small businesses, do not hesitate to contact our specialized consultants. CAT SURE Highly Recommends Them!!

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WOOOOO HOOOOO! It Has Taken Time But Cat Has Finally Reached 500 Book Blog Posts on WordPress About All My Fine Authors and Their Books …Thank You, Readers, and Friends.

OH, HAPPY CAT DAY!! 

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Congratulations on writing 500 posts on “Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den”!

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Couldn’t Have Done It Without All My Readers, Friends, and New Visitors Asking For More Authors and All Their #BOOKS! THANK YOU!

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Have You Heard Comedy Fiction Readers? Author, Rusty Blackwood Has a New Release to her Adult Comedy Series. Book Three of “DERWOOD” Now out!

 A newly retired government official, Derwood J. Tugbottom, an English bachelor is a man who fancies the ladies … An adult fiction comedy series and the character of Mr. Tugbottom, he both audacious and eccentric! Amazingly Hilarious and a FUN SERIES TO READ! ~Review

 

Let’s Start With BOOK ONE: “The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom” Kindle – $2.99!

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The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom is an adult comedy short centering around newly retired government official, Derwood J. Tugbottom, an English bachelor who fancies the ladies but never found one that could take his attention from his appointment until he travels to an active Canadian Retirement Centre.

Throughout a series of misunderstandings, mostly brought on by himself, the over-bearing retiree finally retaliates, leaving the retirement center reeling in his wake.

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Now BOOK TWO: “DERWOOD RETURNS – Kindle $2.99”

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Derwood Returns

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The audacious and eccentric, retired London City Hall senior official, Derwood J. Tugbottom, who was first introduced to readers in 2012’s unforgettable adult comedy short, The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom, is back in this hilarious follow-up, entitled, Derwood Returns.

The bubbling and pretentious Englishman, known for his staunch outlook and demanding ways, decides to return to the picturesque village of Vinehaven on the Lake, where he takes up residence in the swinging Sunset Villa Retirement Center, located directly across the road from the infamous Anchors Away, of which he hastily departed two years earlier. Now he is back, with a hard learned lesson beneath his belt, and hopes of finding the life that escaped him on his initial try.

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The austere and proud Derwood Justice Tugbottom, dejected by a defunct love affair at his current residence, the swinging Sunset Villa Retirement Center, located in the picturesque village of Vine Haven On-the-Lake, convinces his best friend, down-to-earth Scotsman Robert McEwen – also wandering through life searching for the same contentment as Derwood – to join him on a new adventure.

Christmas of 2014 is fast approaching, and an intrepid Derwood talks Robert into taking a single’s cruise to the Caribbean with him, which sends them on another eccentric adventure.

Will they find what they hope to aboard ship?

Will happiness present itself in one the ports of call, or will it avoid them altogether? 

*** Derwood Goes Caribbean is the third installment in the well-received Derwood Tugbottom comedy series, beginning with, The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom, followed by Derwood Returns.

Watch for the fourth installment, Derwood Comes Home, coming in late 2019! ***

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Canadian Indie author, Rusty Blackwood, has written an array of titles and genres. Miss Blackwood resides in the city of St. Catharines, located on the southern shores of Lake Ontario, Canada. (Photo courtesy of her dear friend Sammy who passed).

Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood believes the flair for fantasy is anything the mind wishes it to be, and she is a master at this. Within her expressive mind is found an endless array of romance, passion, textures, and colors to sweep the reader to exotic, faraway places where anything is possible, proving that her words really do leave you breathless.

Canadian born Blackwood, who chose her plume de nom by combining both the colour of her russet hair with her estranged husbands’ great, great, Scottish grandmother’s maiden name, grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in southwestern Ontario, Canada where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and to the late Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher. Although unprofessionally trained in the field, Rusty has always had an affinity for the written word, a gift to express it, and has demonstrated this talent many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001.

Miss Blackwood is a bronze medalist winner in the 2006 Annual International Library of Poetry, sponsored through PoetryPoem.com, for her 2005 poem, Desire. She enjoys writing adult fiction comedy as well. 
Her work is available on all Amazons online worldwide.
Visit her official website: Author, Rusty Blackwood and connect with her on Social Media.

Amazon Author Page   GoodReads Author   Official Facebook Author Page and on Twitter.

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