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Read an Ebook Week begins today!

Twilight Times Books, publisher of critically acclaimed Literary, Mystery and SF/F books, is offering a special during ‘Read an Ebook Week,’ from March 4-10, 2012.

A FREE ebook will be given away each day.

Some of these books include:

How I Wrote My First Book: The Story behind the Story
Twenty authors tell amazing stories about the efforts that went into writing their first book.

Book Reviewers Talk about their Craft
A series of interviews with 22 publishing professionals regarding book reviewing including Magdalena Ball, Judi Clark, James Cox, Lesa Holstine, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Cheryl C. Malandrinos, Sharyn McGinty, Alex Moore, Stephanie Padilla, Andrea Sisco, Irene Watson and others.

Thirty popular titles are available for $3.50 or less via Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, and OmniLit until March 10th during Read an E-Book Week.

In addition, ebook ARCs now available for the following upcoming releases:

Divided, historical novel by Ralph Freedman
Equity of Evil, medical thriller by Rudy Mazzocchi
Essentially Yours, mystery by Aaron Paul Lazar
Griffin’s Fire, fantasy by Darby Karchut
Shadows of Kings, epic fantasy by Jack Whitsel
The Patriot Spy, military historical by S. W. O’Connell.

Happy reading! Feel free to spread the word via Facebook or Twitter!

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Hi all,

I’d like to announce Voice in the Dark Ezine’s new home at http://voice-in-the-dark.com

For the past 3 years the ezine had been sent to subscribers via email, but since it kept growing and growing, we decided that perhaps it should have its own website.

I’m still relatively new at web design so I’d love your feedback.

We welcome articles, reviews, guest columns, etc.


In this issue…

Interview with Children’s Author Donna McDine, author of The Golden Pathway
Interview with Judith Graves, author of Under My Skin
“FTC Regulations and What They Mean to You–the Reviewer,” by Mayra Calvani
“Secrets for Your Success: Goal Setting Tips for Writers,” by Suzanne Lieurance, the Working Writer’s Coach
The Writer’s Corner, by Anne K. Edwards
The Writing Life, by Irene Roth
Whodunit, by Billie Williams
Seedlings, Aaron Lazar
Short Fiction
“It Happened in Kansas,” by Anne K. Edwards
“A Ming and a Prayer,” by Lad Moore
Book Reviews
Shattered, by Kathi Baron
The Golden Pathway, by Donna McDine
Eat the Cookies, Buy the Shoes, by Joyce Meyer

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For the next two weeks I’ll be touring the Latino blogosphere with BronzeWord Latino Authors!

I invite you to check out the schedule and stop by the hosts’ blogs if you get a chance. I’ll be giving away print copies of my children’s books and ebook copies of my other books. To be eligible, just leave a comment at the end of each post on the appropiate date.


Latino Book Tour Schedule:

Monday, September 7 – Behind Brown Eyes – Paranormal Short Story: "Deja Vu"

Tuesday, September 8 – Spanglish Baby – Interview

Wednesday, September 9 – Mama Latina Tips – Interview

Friday, September 11 – Writing to Insanity – Article: "How to Write a Great Blurb"

Monday, September 14 – Efrain’s Corner – Guest Post: "I Hated Reading When I Was a Kid"

Wednesday, September 16 – Christina Rodriguez’s blog – Guest Post: "On the Author & Illustrator Relationship"

Thursday, September 17 – Unloaded – Guest Post: "The Responsibilities of Owning a Dog"

Friday, September 18 – Chasing Heroes – Guest Post: "Heroes Must be Angels and Demons"



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August 4, 2009 For more information, contact:

Adriana Domínguez, Former HarperCollins Executive Editor,
Joins Full Circle Literary

Adriana Domínguez has joined Full Circle Literary as its newest agent, effective immediately. Ms. Domínguez has over ten years of experience in publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Latino imprint, Rayo.

Prior to her work at HarperCollins, Ms. Domínguez was Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. She is also a professional translator, and has worked on a number of Spanish-language translations of best-selling children’s books.

At Full Circle Literary, Ms. Domínguez will continue her strong list of children’s picture books, middle grade novels, and literary young adult novels. She will also represent authors writing for adults in the following genres: literary fiction, women’s fiction, and historical fiction. For her adult nonfiction list, she will seek women’s interest, multicultural, pop culture, and how-to books.

Full Circle Literary founder Stefanie Von Borstel says, “We are very excited to have Adriana on board. Her eye for spotting and developing authors is unparalleled and we feel her taste is very much in tune with our global interests. Adriana and I met while working on Latino-interest projects at Rayo. I was impressed by her detail-oriented editing and her strength as an advocate for authors throughout the publishing process. I am certain that those skills, among others, will make her an excellent agent.”

“I am very much looking forward to helping published and unpublished authors develop their work and navigate the complex world of publishing from concept through publication, and beyond,” adds Ms. Domínguez. “I am particularly excited about having joined an agency that shares my interest in publishing the work of Latino authors, and that has the awards and recognition to prove that it does it well.”

Ms. Domínguez will be based in New York City and will serve as Full Circle Literary’s
East Coast representative. She can be contacted by e-mail at Adriana@fullcircleliterary.com.

Full Circle Literary is a California-based literary agency. Founded in 2004 by Stefanie Von Borstel and Lilly Ghahremani, the agency represents a wide range of children’s and adult authors. For more information, visit their website: www.fullcircleliterary.com.

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Across the Pond: A story for the young and young at heart

Seymour, CT – (June 1st) – Since the book came out in September 2008 “Across the Pond” has
become a huge hit. Storyheart has been compared by some as “a modern day Judy Blume,” and “Across the Pond” has been placed in the same category along side books like “Harry Potter” and “Twilight.” Enjoyed by people all over the world, with over a hundred interviews and reviews already received, the book, while intended for the Teen/Young Adult market, has become popular with people of all ages.

Until very recently “Across the Pond” was only available for purchase online, it will now available at a book store near you. With romance, adventure, humor, first love and even a little sport thrown in for good measure Storyheart takes the readers on magical trip that all will enjoy,
“Across the Pond.”

Protagonist, Fred Squire, leaves England for a vacation in the USA and he’s definitely not happy about it. Everything changes when he meets Brit, the attractive American girl who helps him adapt to the US way of life and awakens his pangs of affection. Struggling with his feelings for Brit and the language, Fred’s world is turned upside down when, after a confrontation with the
neighborhood bully, Steve Harris, Brit tells Fred her dark secret.

Life continues to throw Fred a curveball when he catches a baseball worth a small fortune. Further run-ins with Harris, a crazy family BBQ, and a chase through a mall all add to Fred’s American adventure.

Will Fred and Brit’s budding romance stand through the test of time? What happens when Fred goes back to England? Witness the unexpected yet thrilling twists and turns as their story unfolds. For more information on Across the Pond, log on to www.Xlibris.com

About the Author

The author, Barry Eva, also known as “Storyheart”, was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England. In 2000, he left his beloved country and went to the USA to be with the woman he’d met and fallen in love with on the Internet. With his whit, oratory, and old-fashioned English charm, Barry is a much sort after interviewee on radio and TV. He at present is living in Connecticut, with his wife and two children.


Book Site:http://across-t-pond.com
Follow my daily blog at: http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.comFollow my Blog Talk Radio Show at :http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond
Amazon Reviews: http://tinyurl.com/o7sokp

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slippery_small(Kingsport, TN – May 15, 2009) — We are pleased to announce The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, written by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards, is a 2009 Next Generation Book Award Finalist.


PRLog (Press Release) – May 15, 2009 – The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody-be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist-who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a one-of-a-kind book written to compile as much information on book reviewing as possible in one place for the convenience of new and experienced book reviewers. Written to serve as a guide, it is also an amalgam of resources for those aspiring reviewers who wish to have their reviews published in print and online.

A Foreword Magazine’s Best Book of the Year Finalist, EPPIE Finalist, and US Book News Finalist, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is currently required reading at Loyola College, and Kent and Claremont Universities.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is the product of Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards’ tireless research on the subject and written in an informal language to make it easy to understand for anyone aspiring to become a book reviewer. It will be updated periodically to include new information on reviewing as it becomes available.

This book is available through all book sellers online and may be ordered from brick and mortar bookstores as well.

Sample of content, blurb, reviews and authors’ bios can be found at http://slipperybookreview.wordpress.com.

Contact: Lida Quillen, Publisher, at Publisher@twilighttimesbooks.com

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On behalf of Hachette Book Group, I’ll be hosting a Latino Book Month giveaway for the whole month of May!

Not here, but on TheExaminer.com.

In order to be eligible to win, all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of my Examiner post or any of my posts from May 1-31. You can leave as many comments as you wish and as many as you wish. The more you comment, the higher your chance to win.

I’ll be drawing a winner at the end of each week (on Sunday) and each winner will receive the whole set of 5 books listed here.

I hope you’ll stop by TheExaminer for a chance to win these great books!

Mayra Calvani

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Former Simon & Schuster editor Marcela Landres will be presenting two workshops for both aspiring and experienced writers.


Saturday, April 25


How Editor Think workshop – 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Publishing for Latinos workshop – 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


UNM Continuing Education, Albuquerque, NM


Workshop Descriptions:

1st Workshop: How Editors Think

Do you think editors spend their days reading manuscripts?
Think again! If you want to understand why editors choose to
publish certain writers and reject the rest, learn how they think.
Topics discussed include: the three most common mistakes
writers make when trying to get published; the two most
important jobs of an editor (editing isn’t one of them!); and the
number one quality editors look for in a writer.

2nd Workshop: Publishing for Latinos

Finding the right publisher is difficult for any writer, but Latinos
face unique challenges–and opportunities. Topics discussed
include: the significance of Latinos to mainstream publishers;
writing in Spanish vs. English; dealing with the label of "Latino
Writer"; how to find a good agent and editor in a non-Latino
industry; overcoming cultural and social barriers, especially for
Latinas; and the most important thing you can do to ensure the
future success of Latino publishing.

About Marcela Landres (from her website):

Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You, and is the Publisher of Latinidad®, an award-winning e-zine which was chosen as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers by Writer’s Digest Magazine. She is also an Editorial Consultant who works one-on-one with writers providing developmental editing for manuscripts, critiques of book proposals, and strategic advice on how to launch and manage a successful writing career. She works with writers of all backgrounds in fiction and nonfiction, and specializes in helping Latino writers get published.
Raised in the projects of Long Island City, Queens as the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, Marcela is one of the few Latina editors in book publishing. She can be reached by visiting: Contact.


Request a workshop from Marcela Landres:


List of Marcela’s upcoming workshops:



—Mayra Calvani, www.MayraCalvani.com


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BronzeWord’s Blog
One Place for All Things Writer
Jo Ann Hernández – BronzeWord1@yahoo.com

Please visit: http://bronzeword.wordpress.com

Does anyone know the name of the star in the original movie: “The Blog.” Post it on the contact page.

BronzeWord’s Blog is a new entry in the field of Latino news. The blog offers writers information on publishing news especially with an impact on Latinos/as, Latino/a book awards, Latino/a author’s new releases, agents and editors views and needs, writing techniques, contests guidelines and conferences information and marketing and promotional strategies. BronzeWord is passionate about helping Latinos/as maximize their writing potential. Articles will be provided to relevant writing news and to inspire and assist you to achieve your writing goals this year.

BronzeWord’s Blog invites guest bloggers to submit articles in categories pertinent to the publishing industry. Guest bloggers are welcome to announce new services or opportunities for Latino/a authors and writers.

BronzeWord’s Blog invites new writers to ask questions, seek guidance, and announce their victories, no matter how small or how big. Young Adults are invited to make comments, ask questions and be published. They can post their poetry and short stories. Also names of magazines and online publishers are provided where Young Adults can post their writing, so they can see themselves in print. I want young people to see they have a voice and the ability to broadcast that voice to the world before somebody puts them into vocational training.

BronzeWord’s Blog invites published authors to talk about their experience, their marketing plans, ask for helping in getting word out on their books, and anything that would make their book life a more prosperous venue..

BronzeWord’s Blog main goal is to provide the one place any Latino/a can come to for full coverage of the Latino/a book world and publishing industry. Soon free books will be given away.

BronzeWord’s Blog is run by award-winning author, Jo Ann Hernandez. Her two books, The Throwaway Piece (2007, Arte Público Press) won first place and White Bread Competition (1997, Arte Público Press) won second place at the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize contest at the University of California, Irvine.

Ms.. Hernández hopes to make BronzeWord’s Blog the one stop information site for all things in writing.

RSS feed and email subscriptions are provided.

Please visit: http://bronzeword.wordpress.com

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Bitten by Books is having a truly spooktacular event this Halloween Season. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes. For full details and list of prizes, visit Bitten by Books.

Good luck!
The Phantom

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