Read an E-Book Week


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.”


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.


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!



Welcome + Win a Book!

Dear Friends, Family, and Readers of all Types (no pun intended),

Welcome to my blog of random thoughts.  I write novels about people trying to find their life-partner, their soul-mate; the person they are meant to be with for life.  I look forward to us sharing our thoughts about writing, reading, life imitating art, and all things literary.  I plan to blog about once a week.

I will be giving away one autographed set of my “Meant to Be” series (“Meant to Be” and “The Couples”) on February 7; just in time for Valentine’s Day.  To enter, subscribe to my blog, “Like” my Village Drummer Fiction Facebook page, and/or follow me on Twitter.  You will receive one entry per action.  Good luck!

My first blog was inspired by the snow and ice storm Western Washington State experienced last week.  I hope you enjoy “What We Did When the Power Went Out” and my future posts.

Richard, author

Happy ramblings.

Richard Alan