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Wordsmith’s Collective Thursday – Podcast Chat with Opal Writer’s Magazine

February 2, 2023
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I enjoyed this podcast chat with Cindy of Opal Writers Magazine. We talked about my recent article in regards to being a panelist at a conference. There are many aspects to not only accepting an invitation to attend, but also what you should and shouldn’t do during the panel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWjQI1ZIGPg&t=14s

You can find me on a panel at Wordbridge on 25th February 3:00 – 3:50 pm in the Theater Gallery of the Lethbridge library

Panel – Writing Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries

I hope you find the podcast and the article usage. And, as always, I am open to questions.

Subscribe to the magazine here: https://opalwritersmagazine.ca/

Creative Edge – Press Release – The Backside of Hades – Ann Charles & Sam Lucky

January 26, 2023
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“This here place? Worse than the backside of Hades.”
~ Hank Varney

First let me say, this here trip to Slagton weren’t my idea. This place is chock full of bad company done helped itself to a double dose of bad medicine.

Slagton needs cleanin’, accordin’ to Miss Clem, and I know the crew to do it. I’m one of ’em. Hank Varney’s the name. Miss Clem and me, along with the two Sidewinders from Santa Fe—we’ll get the sharp-toothed vermin cleared out.

Now, some people say I’m lucky, but I don’t know if’n it’ll do me any good, what with the army of trouble me an’ the crew are facin’. If’n we don’t live through it, well, there goes Deadwood. Maybe even the whole of the Black Hills.

We’ll all be down the privy hole then, lookin’ up at the Backside of Hades.

Amazon.com: The Backside of Hades (Deadwood Undertaker Series Book 4) eBook : Lucky, Sam, Charles, Ann: Books

The Backside of Hades (Deadwood Undertaker Series Book 4) eBook : Lucky, Sam, Charles, Ann: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store

PRAISE FOR THE DEADWOOD SERIES:

A Fantastic new series you will Love’ by Enchanted

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a visit to the past world of the Deadwood Violet Parker lives in. I am amazed at how real it feels!. Will definitely read more!!!,” by LisaReadsALot

Other Books in The Series:

There was a lot to love about the book. The characters are deep and interesting. The authors do a great job of giving the story an authentic wild west feel. The pacing was good and kept me turning the page_ Markus Matthews

I guess I’m hooked on Ann Charles books, especially her Deadwood series. They’re quick reads, about 300 pgs but with murder mystery, romance, paranormal situations and comedy, interesting eccentric characters… they’ve got it all _ Polly Picklez

Like Paranormal, Western, Mysteries or a mix containing all of them, you’ll like this book. Western comes first with 2 guys riding into old Deadwood circa early mining days. Supernatural strikes next with a nasty critter. Mystery unfolds as the expected person is missing. You will like this book as read alone, but you will love it if you read the series in order! Start with “Life at the Coffin Joint”, written by 2 of my favorite authors _ Morgue Rabbit

Sweet, touching and funny all the way through. I loved every moment! _ Black Hills Belle

About The Duo!

Ann Charles is a USA Today Best-Selling author who writes spicy, award-winning mysteries full of

Junction Mystery Series, Dig Site Mystery Series, Deadwood Undertaker Series (with her husband, Sam Lucky), and AC Silly Circus Mystery Series. Her Deadwood Mystery Series has won multiple national awards, including the Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Ann has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Western Writers of America.

Ann Charles’s Website: http://www.anncharles.com

Sam Lucky likes to build things—from Jeep engines to Old West buildings to fun stories. When he is not writing, feeding his kids, attempting to seduce his wife, or attending the goldurn cats, he is planning food-based book signing/road trips with his wife and working on one of his many home-improvement projects.

Sam Lucky’s  Website: http://www.samlucky.com

Wordsmith’s Collective Thursday – Book Fame is False

January 19, 2023
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As writers/authors, we want our books to become well known, best sellers, and even made into movies. It is a dream that most of us will never accomplish and that’s okay. I feel that my stories are my legacy into the future, where they will be read by future generations and enjoyed. That is true fame to my way of thinking.

Best seller lists are a false statistic anyway – it is the retail orders volume that put such books on the various lists not their imaginative plots or narratives, but perceived sales. Most celebrities will have ‘best sellers’ because the general public want to read about them – for good or bad. Thus the bookstores will order more to accommodate the promotional machine afforded such tomes.

So my message to you is don’t be disheartened, and certainly don’t think ‘success’ can only be measured with these false statistics or lists created by the media. If you have sales and reviews, receive congratulations, and comments on your stories that is true fame.

If you look at the following list, you will see more modern books have made record sales thus proving the promotional circus works. The book industry is now global and this contributes to these sales figures.

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time

#1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold)
#2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold)
#3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold)
#4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold)
#5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (107 million copies sold)
#6 – And Then There Were None (100 million copies sold)
#7 – The Dream of the Red Chamber (100 million copies sold)
#8 – The Hobbit (100 million copies sold)
#9 – She: A History of Adventure (100 million copies sold)
#10 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (85 million copies sold)
#11 – The Da Vinci Code (80 million copies sold)
#12 – Think and Grow Rich (70 million copies sold)
#13 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (65 million copies sold)
#14 – The Catcher in the Rye (65 million copies sold)
#15 – The Alchemist (65 million copies sold)
#16 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (60 million copies sold)
#17 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (55 million copies sold)
#18 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (55 million copies sold)
#19 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (55 million copies sold)
#20 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (50 million copies sold)
#21 – One Hundred Years of Solitude (50 million copies sold)
#22 – Lolita (50 million copies sold)
#23 – Anne of Green Gables (50 million copies sold)
#24 – Charlotte’s Web (50 million copies sold)
#25 – Black Beauty (50 million copies sold)

Be happy with your ‘success’ no matter what shape it takes. After all, you wrote and published a book (or books) and that is worth celebrating for its own worth. Many people dream of doing it and never do. Chasing a pipe dream makes us disillusioned and that is not good – pat yourself on the back for what you have achieved. It is remarkable.

Wordsmith’s Collective Thursday – Research Rabbit Holes

January 12, 2023
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We have all experienced the research rabbit hole, when gathering information for a story. Some will takes us to extraordinary places expanding our knowledge in a fascinating way, while others can drag us into dark and hidden places, we wish we’d avoided.

With my fantasy series sited in medieval times, I have discovered a wealth of information for medical methods. Each of my novellas center around a sorceress able to heal others. In The Rython Kingdom the grandmother passes on her knowledge to her successor, her granddaughter and in the sequel, Rython Legacy, the granddaughter harnesses her powers. As I write the prequel to the series, I am once again returning to this specific subject.

What is most interesting is that even today some of these medieval cures are used today. This is remarkable in its own way, as we think modern medicine has advanced through technology alone. For example, for pain a potent mix of hemlock, henbane and opium poppy – all plants which can be lethal in high doses were used in carefully measured amounts. These mixtures were also used as general anesthetics before surgery, such as amputations, cauterization, removal of cataracts, dental extractions, and even trepanning. For the treatment of wounds maggots were applied to debride necrotic skin and honey applied as an antibacterial to prevent infection.

Other rabbit holes I have dived into include:

Barrel racing – pending manuscript – Willow Tree Tears

Reincarnation – t be honest a life long interest – The Twesome Loop novel

Corpse desiccation, hermits & voodoo dolls – pending manuscript – The Giving Thief

University courses pending manuscript – Seasons of An Affair

Police procedures – current crime trilogy – The Delphic Murders

Forest animal habitats – Ockleberries to the Rescue – children’s chapter book.

What strange rabbit holes have you been propelled down?

Mandy Eve-Barnett – Blog Schedule 2023

December 29, 2022
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My posting days will continue as Tuesday and Thursday of each week as follows:

Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday

Stories behind my published books and also from works in progress.

Update on events I will be attending – whether in-person or virtual in 2023

Glimpses at my current writing project.

Sharing short stories or poem’s I have written from prompts or workshops.

Character Interviews

My book reviews

Wordsmith’s Collective Thursday

Writing Tips

Writing contests

Literary Birthdays

Author Interviews and Press Releases for Creative Edge Publicity

Also I am happy to host an author interview for anyone interested in doing so.

I welcome your suggestions for inclusion of a topic or a theme, so please comment below.

I will also continue with my monthly newsletter, so please sign up when prompted – Sneek Peeks & Glimpses. Thank you in anticipation.

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