Friday, October 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Week 1

The first week of the blog tour is complete! Thank you so much to the ladies who took the time to post and review and share At the Corner of Magnetic and Main with their followers. You can find their posts at the links below.

Blame it on the Books

That's What Mo Read

Jan Morrill Writes

Rusty's Reading

Write on Purpose

Spoonful of Happy Endings

Adventures in Publishing

And there were two other posts this week that were not officially part of the blog tour, but I'll share them anyway because I'm always grateful when someone wants to help promote my work.

Tome Tender

Catherine Bennett

Not every blogger was ga-ga over the book, we had one no-show, and some of them are such prolific posters I am already buried under a dozen other books, but overall, it was a successful week. I'm especially grateful to Diane at Tome Tender for this line in her amazon review:

"Meg Welch Dendler has written a beautiful and gentle tale, far from the usual ghost fare we have come to expect. This is a tale of love, for life, for others and for doing the right thing, even if it is by unconventional methods. It is a tale of moving on to the next chapter and leaving the comfort zones behind for a chance at a better future. Delightful women’s fiction to savor and enjoy!"

And for this from MC at Blame it on the Books:

"I was actually disappointed when I reached the end of this book, because I wanted to spend more time with the characters in their cozy little world. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Meg’s next book, because I have found a new author whose storytelling I absolutely love!"

We are taking the Halloween weekend off the tour because it's not that kind of ghost book. Enjoy your spooky and scary. We will be back on Tuesday, November 3 with Platypire Reviews. At least 8 more stops to go!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blog Tour Begins!

Today is the start of my blog tour for 

At the Corner of Magnetic and Main

First stop: That's What Mo Read. Click on the link to read her comments and review. The amazon version hasn't shown up yet, so I'll have to share that later.

The rest of the tour is lined up from now until Thanksgiving vacation, with a fast and furious pace for the next week. Thank you so much to each of these ladies for taking part and supporting my book release!

Oct. 23  MC at Blame it on the Books
Oct. 24  Jan at Jan Morrill Writes
Oct. 25  Lorrain Masterson at Rusty’s Reading
Oct. 26  Jen at The Crafty Cauldron
Oct. 27  Ronda DelBoccio at Write on Purpose
Oct. 28  Jody at Spoonful of Happy Endings
Oct. 29  Marianne Sciucco at Adventures in Publishing
Nov. 3  Moxxley at Platypire Reviews
Nov. 4  Diane Coto at Fiction Zeal
Nov. 5  Blanche Day Manos at Blanche’s Blog
Nov. 7  Tara Schiller at Absolutely Tara
Nov. 10  Holly Kilminster at Bookaholic Confessions 
Nov. 13  Debbie Alvarez at The Styling Librarian
Nov. 18  Paris Baker at Paris Baker’s Book Nook
Nov. 19  Linda Apple at The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen
Heather Davis and Karen Nelson are still figuring out their best dates.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

War Eagle Fair Update

Early morning photo, when it was still chilly.
As with last year, the War Eagle Fall Craft Fair was our best event of the year. The mornings were chilly, but every day warmed up and was sunny and beautiful. Perfect fall days for kids and parents and grandparents to head home with copies of my books and smiles on their faces. We saw license plates from Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, and Nebraska in the parking lot. The whole fair is a real party.

This is the view outside my tent. Throngs of shoppers!

I'd like to thank Jarrett, Rachel, Emily, Ben, Ava, Leah, Reagan, Barb, Claire, Chasin, Isabel, Melissa, Elliot, Adelaide, Myleshia, Laney, Adelynn, Erin, Jadyn, Benjamin, Nicholas, Peyton, Laney, Kate, Mackenzie, Chole, Kinlee, Elijah, Abby, Amanda, Jacque, Legend, Harmon, Sandy, Danijo, Caitlin, Elise, Abs, and baby Olivia (along with all the names I didn't get) for becoming new readers.

What was also thrilling beyond belief was to connect with fans who already have the Cats in the Mirror books, love them, and came by to get the new ones or just say hi because they already have them all. One grandma yelled, "There she is!" across the crowded aisle and grabbed up a Miss Fatty Cat toy to go with the book, along with Max's Wild Night and his toy. A pair of grandmas, who were vendors near us at the spring fair, stopped by to say how much the grandkids love the books and carry their Kimba and Hiro toys around with them. My writer-heart could not be prouder.

This was our view for the four days of the fair. Awesome neighbors with cool, handpainted stuff.
Can you find Kimba and Hiro? 
We also found out that the owners of the booth that moved across the aisle from us this fall are fans, and we even got to meet the kid readers briefly before packing-up time on Sunday afternoon.

Can you find Kimba and Hiro now?
Our older daughter and her roommate came up from Fayetteville for the afternoon and enjoyed shopping and a giant smoked turkey leg, as one must at the fair. Yes, "Mindy" has pink in her hair. It matches my new book, doesn't it?

Dottie wasn't allowed over on the mill side of the fair, so she hung out with us for a bit. Booth neighbors came looking for her later. Such a sweet dog. I should write a book about her. Soon!

You never know who will stop by to visit. Miller the dog from the Saddlebock Brewery Beer Garden booth across the way came by to show off his new outfit from the fair. Yes, there is a bit of everything.

I would kind of like to sleep for a week now, but it was well worth every minute of it. One of the most interesting moments came near the end of the fair. A woman stopped and asked if At the Corner of Magnetic and Main was set in Eureka Springs. We chatted a bit and she picked up a copy. When I asked if she had ever been to Eureka Springs, she smiled and admitted that she owns the Crescent Hotel (featured in the book and home of Katie, the Irish maid). If that wasn't fun enough, she came back a while later, after thumbing through the book some, to ask if it was set at the diner on that corner of town. She knows the owners and promptly bought a copy for them. That's outstanding! I hope they like it.

We have a break from in-person events for a couple of weeks, but the blog tour for At the Corner of Magnetic and Main starts on Thursday. You'll be seeing all kinds of posts about that. Early reviews have been fantastic, so I hope it will be a great tour with new bloggers and readers to meet.

I'll leave you with one of the reviews that's not a part of the official tour, from Diane at Tome Tender:

It’s the time of year for ghost stories, want to read along with the crowd but aren’t too crazy about scary tales? Pick up Meg Welch Dendler’s At the Corner of Magnetic and Main and settle in to discover the real story of what goes on when ghosts haunt a town, because there can be life after death.

Penny is the friendly waitress, serving up ice cream in the old diner at Magnetic and Main. Although she looks seventeen, she’s been doing her job with a smile and a kind word for sixty years. Penny is a ghost, safely ensconced in her small town in a place that gave her comfort in life. For decades she has helped others go on into the light and eternal joy.

In struts Jake, the hot, biker bad boy with a devilish streak and zest for living life on the edge. Can she guide him into the light or has Jake got a few adventures left on his bucket list to take care of first? Life as a ghost will never be the same for Penny and the other resident ghosts once Jake cuts loose, but one thing happens she could never see coming…

Meg Welch Dendler has written a beautiful and gentle tale, far from the usual ghost fare we have come to expect. This is a tale of love, for life, for others and for doing the right thing, even if it is by unconventional methods. It is a tale of moving on to the next chapter and leaving the comfort zones behind for a chance at a better future. Delightful women’s fiction to savor and enjoy!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

War Eagle Fall Craft Fair Booth

We are gearing up and getting super excited for the War Eagle Fall Craft Fair on Thursday - Sunday. Thousands and thousands of people swarm through our little Ozark Mountain area, visiting a number of different craft fairs and events. The War Eagle Fair is really special because it is outside and in a historic area, with the mill and the bridge and War Eagle Cavern right around the corner.

We have two new books to offer since last year (both Max's Wild Night and At the Corner of Magnetic and Main). It should be a great weekend! Our booth is normally located on the first aisle across from the bridge in Sharp's Field. Come on by and say hello!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Blue Hydrangeas: New Cover Reveal

New Cover Reveal!
Blue Hydrangeas
by Marianne Sciucco
Cover design by Perry Elisabeth

What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn't remember your name? A pair of retired Cape Cod innkeepers struggle with the wife's Alzheimer's. A beautiful love story written by a masterful storyteller who happens to be a nurse.
Amazon-rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Goodreads rated 4.11 out of 5 stars

Readers say:
Heartbreakingly beautiful.
I felt drawn to Jack and Sara from page one and find myself wondering about them even now.
The book is very well-written and believable.
A heartfelt tender story that is entertaining and emotionally gripping!
A real page turner and it gives you insights of the daily life events living with this crushing disease called Alzheimer’s.
While not a "happily ever after" love story, Blue Hydrangeas is sure to be one you will ponder for some time after you have finished reading it.

Purchase Blue Hydrangeas in ebook, paperback, and audiobook

About the Author

Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. Her debut novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, a Self-e Selection, a 5-star Readers Favorite, and winner of IndieReCon’s Best Indie Novel Award, 2014. She's currently working on a YA novel, Swim Season, about the new girl on the team who challenges a longstanding school record, to be released in 2015. A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college. She loves books, the beach, and craft beer, and especially enjoys the three of them together.

Connect with Marianne Sciucco
Why did I Write a Book about Alzheimer’s?

Connect with Perry Elisabeth

Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Book Is Here!!

I've been waiting for amazon to sync up the kindle and paperback pages, but they are taking way too long. I at least have to blog about the fact that At the Corner of Magnetic and Main is available and beautiful and ready to order! I can be quiet no longer.

 kindle amazon link

Click on the cover above for the kindle version.

paperback amazon link

Click on the cover above for the paperback version.

Click here to order a signed paperback and matching bookmark directly from Meg. The first shipment should be going out on Thursday. Yay! 

And it even has a review already at amazon, sort of. You can't see the text yet, but I found it through my author central page. Here's what Susan had to say about this book: 

"I'm so excited to see this title out on Kindle. Full disclosure, I was asked to be a beta reader for this work several years ago. Meg is a friend of friends who know we both write. I started it and then some major events in my life interrupted any "fun" reading for a long while. I lost the link and life went on. But these characters and the small town setting have stayed with me all this time. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all comes out for Penny and Jake. So, I'm cheating here, not having read the whole book, but I wanted to be the FIRST of what I'm sure will be a raft of good reviews. I figure any plot line and group of characters that can stay in my head for this amount of time deserve four star recognition."

Yes, it takes several years to do a book right. It has been a long and involved process. Publishing any book is. But having it ready to share with the world has been worth every step. 

My first event to officially share this book with the world starts on Friday, October 9th, at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference here in town, and I can't wait! I'll blog all about that next weekend, right before we head into four days at the War Eagle Fall Craft Fair. 

That's all for now. I just wanted to shout out that IT IS HERE!!