Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Have a very happy holiday and please stay safe! One of my early Christmas presents was the offer to be advertised, for free, in a local news magazine. If everything falls into place, the ad will be in the February issue!
Stay tuned for details on when the printed copy will be available from the printer!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My first interview is now up!

Please check out my first interview about Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal on Author Wendy Swore's site here!

Thanks everyone!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The reviews are trickling in...

So, the reviews of TRANSCENDENT are slowly trickling in and they are good!

--"Looking for your fix of sirens, vampires, angels and things otherworldly? These eight short stories will delight you with touches of humor and a shiver or two. These stories have it all, if you like romance, suspense, and a good old dose of spooky this is the book for you."--Cathy Witbeck
--"This is a compilation of short stories, all with a paranormal twist. What's better than ghosts and hugging? Blood and romance? Vampires and kissing? Nothing! What a fun read. Each story has a little fear and an enticing love interest. Enjoy!"--Canda Mortensen

I'm very excited to see the stories being passed onto people we don't even know. I love seeing comments like this one on one of our reviewers blogs, "I'm reading this now. Fun stuff." Word of e-mouth is a great and powerful tool!

Speaking of "great and powerful tools"--reviews. Reviews are one of those things that authors love and hate, all at once. I came across a wonderfully written blog about how one author, Michelle Davidson Argyle, deals with them. If you have the time, I suggest you take a look at her blog here.

My view on reviews is similar to Argyle's. I appreciate each and every review. Negative, positive, neutral. You have a "write" to post what you want, but I do hope the reviewer takes the time to point out what they liked/didn't like about it. I've read thousands of reviews from my years in the fan-fiction reading and writing world and have seen authors fall into the "flamers" hands and retaliate on a review. A war breaks out and it upsets the author (and probably reviewer) but it does give everyone reading them good fodder for a few minutes. So far, I haven't run into this issue but I have seen it, and it can get ugly very fast!

So, if you read one or all of the short stories, please share which ones and tell us your thoughts. You can do this here on Amazon, on the Facebook page here or even on this blog. Thanks so much!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Introducing...the final copy of the cover of TRANSCENDENT!

Prizes, Contests and Freebies...oh my!

Please take a moment and tour the blogs of the authors who worked hard on the book, Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal. You can find them here:

Also, numerous blogs are going to read and review the book, and you can follow their thoughts here (each blogger will promote the book on a different day):

Now, onto the words in the title! I will be offering a free copy of my book to readers, Wendy has some great gift baskets to readers and the other authors are coming up with some contests of their own! I'm waiting until the printed copy is available then I will unveil my contest on this blog and my facebook page: Author Heather McCubbin.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hmm, where did my followers go? And...a Poll!

I can't see who my followers are...I had 10 of them and now there aren't any? If you still follow this blog, please let me know if you can see who the followers are. Thanks!

On a different note, feel free to take part in a poll if you've read the stories in our anthology. Thanks!
Poll: Favorite Story <--click on the link to take the poll!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Please LIKE Us On Facebook!

The publisher created a Facebook page, so please visit and LIKE us here! Each author also has a Facebook page and most have a Goodreads profile that you can peruse as your leisure as well.

If you happen to read the ebook version, please leave us a review! The printed one is coming soon :-)

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2011

The E-Book Is Here!

You can now buy the ebook of Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal for only $2.99! Printed copies will be coming in the next few weeks :-) Please, if you read, leave a review on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com.
Thanks everyone!

http://www.amazon.com/Transcendent-Tales-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B006JV1NM8

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fairy Tales...

So, my daughter and I have been watching "Once Upon A Time". She is nine years old and I'm...well, a little older. When she was a toddler, she was never into the Disney Movies. She watched Cinderella a few times, but that was it. Even when her best friend was into Snow White, she made no effort to watch the movie. I would try to show her Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians or Little Mermaid but she soon became bored.
I wasn't upset by this at all. Having two older brothers probably helped her become more interested in other shows or to play Rescue Heroes instead.
Fast forward to the show "Once Upon A Time"and while she loves the storyline, she hasn't any idea who "Rumplestiltskin" is, or what the storyline is behind Pinnochio and what Jimney Cricket's job was in the movie. I remember learning about these stories in school, but I guess they don't do that anymore, or they don't pick the ones that I learned about.
Today she came home with a Fairy Tale book and over the next few days, we'll be brushing up on Ol' Rumple, his friends "Little Red Riding Hood", "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" and "Sleeping Beauty."
So, add Grimms Fairy Tales to my list of books TBR= book to be read!

Below is a photo of Robert Carlyle who plays "Rumplestiltskin" in the TV Show "Once Upon A Time". He is fantastic!



   

Friday, December 2, 2011

The back of Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal

I took this straight off Goodreads as I was too excited to wait for the PDF file. It was resized a bit to fit on the GR website:

Favorite books as a child?

For two years in a row, I've read in my daughter's classes in her elementary school. I'd go in once a week or so, read a book of my choice and entertain the kids for a half hour. I try to pick books they normally wouldn't choose themselves. No Harry Potter, The Lightning Thief or Andrew Clements books as I know they can get easy access to those. Instead, I've read Chocolate Fever (which a child managed to find in the library and read along with me the last few chapters. That's the greatest gift!), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Lucy Rose and the latest one Mrs. Piggle Wiggles Treasury. For some reason, when I say the last one, I hear brakes squealing to a stop. "What kind of name is that?" you ask.

It's a book published in the 1940s, so many of the terms are dated like: "davenport", "mush" and one of the character's name is "Dick". When I read the first story to the 3rd grade class last year, they asked for more. I only got through a few stories as it was the last book I read during the school year. I began with it in 4th grade and the day I walked into the school, one of the girls who heard it last year stopped me and asked if I was reading it. She and my daughter were the only ones who had heard any of the stories from their shared 3rd grade class.

It takes 30 minutes to read two stories. Each one teaches a lesson about a common annoying habit children have: not wanting to bathe, not eating much at dinner, not wanting to clean their bedroom, talking back to people etc.

I chose to read this book because my 4th grade teacher read it to me back in 1982. When my oldest child hit 4th grade I found the book on Amazon and immediately bought it...and it's been on our bookshelf ever since. So, what are some books that you read/that were read to you back in elementary school? In addition to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle I distinctly remember (and most of these are in 4th grade, so I must've had a teacher who read to us ALOT): Rivets and Sprockets, Danny Dunn books, Dr. Doolittle, A Wrinkle in Time and in Kindergarten I distinctly remember The Giving Tree.

I will finish Mrs. Piggle Wiggle in the next few weeks and I'm not sure what books I will read next. I may have to dig deep into my memory, or take ideas...