Read an E-Book Week

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This is Read an E-Book Week!  To celebrate I have cancelled my KDP exclusive e-book contract on Amazon and have  published my three novels on Smashwords. They are now available in all formats for any e-reader. Better yet – they are on sale! To add to my excitement, I have launched newly designed covers created for me by Biomance Entertainment. The next printing of books will have the new  cover.

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Click on the cover to be directed to my Smashwords Author Page. When ordering use  coupon code new25. The discount is only valid during Read an E-Book Week, March 3 – 9, 2013.

Prologue from The Life of Meyer

“Tradition tells us that forty days before a male child is conceived, the name of his bride-to-be is announced from heaven.

There is a soul mate for everyone—however, not everyone finds his or her soul mate. We can spend our lives searching for our true partner. If we are one of the lucky ones, we find the match that was made in heaven just for us, the one we are meant to be with, and we will live a long, happy, and productive life together.

Finding that perfect partner  goes beyond the coupling of two hearts destined for oneness, beyond two half-souls joined in completion.  It is our fate,  our destiny.

I’m Meyer Minkowski and this is my story of love, life, and my struggle to find my  soul mate. In order to give you the whole picture, I have to start at the beginning, when I was four years old, because that is when destiny found me, although I didn’t know it then.

Now, you have to understand, no one’s life is just a single strand of thread. On the contrary, each of our lives are a tapestry, woven intricately with the lives of those with whom we cross paths and with whom we share history, destiny. In these pages you will find the strands that make up my life’s tapestry; my history; my struggle—and the path that led me home to my soul mate.”

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The “Meant to Be” series  is a family saga that explores life, love, relationships and finding that one person who we are meant to spend our lives with.

Some families are born and others are born of circumstance, but the bond of family is the same either way, for it is not about blood—it is about taking care of each other. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, cousins, neighbors and friends—they will all have a part to play in each other’s lives and the lives of total strangers.

These incredible families endure. With faith and family values they thrive.

Through love and laughter, tragedy and tears, they band together—it’s all meant to be.

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growing_together-richard_alan copyGrowing Together, the fourth book in the “Meant to Be” series will be coming out later this month. This will be followed by writing an historical trilogy set in mid-1800 — 1900s about the previous generations of the people you have grown to love in the “Meant to Be” series; their journeys to the United States and on the Oregon Trail. It has been so much fun researching the history of that time period and visiting several places along the Oregon Trail. These were amazing people  who crossed the continent to start  new lives. I hope you will enjoy these novels as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

I hope you will check out the many authors at Smashwords (starting with me, of course) who are participating in Read an E-Book Week by discounting their e-books.  Let me know what titles or genres of books you like to read. Happy reading to all!

 

Challenge Accepted

I wrote in my last blog that I was participating in the Fourth Writer’s Platform-Building Challenge.   Today @RachelHarrie posted the first challenge.

“Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem.

Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:

  • end the story with the words: “everything faded.” (also included in the word count)
  • include the word “orange” in the story
  • write in the same genre you normally write
  • make your story 200 words exactly!”
Being someone who never backs away from a challenge, following is my 200 word entry.
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Shadows crept across the wall.  The orange sun set.  She was nervous.  Her fiancé was coming home.  They hadn’t seen each other since entering the Army.  The last time, eighteen months ago, was in Fiji, spent mostly in swimsuits.  She was proud of her looks, which made heads turn.

She drove Army trucks until the IED.  Badly burned, it was a miracle she survived.  Her soft skin was replaced with scar tissue.  What would he think?  She desperately wanted to be held by him.  Would he want to spend their lives together now?  She had written him about her disfiguration, suggesting he reconsider their relationship.

He replied that they would talk when he got home.

His car pulled up.  Looking sad, he walked to the door with a pronounced limp.  She opened it.  He immediately threw his arms around her, kissing her.

“I have something to show you,” he said, revealing titanium leg braces.  “I lost my legs below the knee.  If you want to breakup, I’ll understand.”

“Look at me.  What do you see?”

“I see the woman I want to marry.  And you?”

Crying, she replied, “I see my strong legged fiancé.”

Except for their love, everything faded.

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This was a very interesting assignment.  My first draft was 483 words.   I didn’t think there was any way this story could be edited down to 200 words without loosing its essence.  It took me a while, but I did it.  A lot of words can be superfluousness.  Live and learn.

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My next blog will have three book reviews and more helpful links.  Happy reading!

Richard Alan


What We Did When the Power Went Out

If you were housebound with no power, how would you spend your time?  We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest; specifically the Seattle area.  As many of you probably have heard, it snowed this past week.  In typical PNW fashion, after it snowed, it rained, and then it froze, and then it snowed some more, and then it rained, and then it froze, and so on…

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Pine Tree, Top Half Broken Off

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Another Formerly Tall Pine

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Dwarf Weeping Cherry Tree Encased in Ice

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Closeup - Ice is 1/2" Thick

My wife and I have been spending so much time everyday working on my novels.  While I’m writing the next book, she is editing, arranging for publishing of my third book and marketing all of them.  Reading has always been a joy for each of us.  Our house is like a library, with shelves of books in almost every room.  Neither of us has read all of them (yet), but every book has been read or is on a shelf for “to be read” books.  We decided to take advantage of the downtime and pass the time doing our favorite activity (well, maybe second favorite).  We strapped on forehead flashlights and read.  We each read two books in the two days.  It felt so good to be able to hold a book someone else wrote and savor the journey it took me on.

Carolynn Reading by Flashlight

The power came back on Saturday afternoon and we went right back to work.  I hope we manage to allow ourselves some reading time without having to wait for another blackout!

Happy reading,

Richard Alan