My Thanksgiving this year was very quiet, since I was sick. So, no turkey and dessert for me...I had mine two days later. I spent my Thanksgiving on the couch watching the FIFA world cup, taking medicine every few hours. It wasn't too bad...the soccer made up for it. Anyway, I'm starting to see some decent book sales at Cabin Lake which is awesome and I also have my Christmas on the Hill Book event this weekend! This will be my fourth book event this year...there was a time, especially during COVID, when I wasn't sure if I was able to have an event. So, the fact that I've had 4 is just amazing. I'm also looking to do some book promotion/advertising next month...maybe I'll get some of the Christmas shoppers to purchase my books. If you have any readers that you need a gift for, please check out my website www.authormaggiecasteen.com and check out my books. Another thing that I'm looking into is finally getting my Kathy Hamilton series into audiobooks. Audiobooks is the 'next step' for me as an author, so we'll see what happens, but hopefully it won't be too much longer until I can start adding Audiobooks as a format option.
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My event at the Duplin County Events Center was on October 29th and it was very exciting. I was there from 9:30 am until 6 pm. I wasn't sure, at first, how I was going to do, but my table and books went really well. I got the chance to show off my books, pass out some cards, and I got the chance to talk to about 30 people. I received a lot of wonderful comments about my books and I appreciate every one. One of the vendors told me about another event in December, and so I'm working on getting ready for that one. It's called Christmas on the Hill and it is on December 3rd. I'm so excited to have had so many event opportunities. Some days it felt like I would never get a chance to be apart of an event and now I've had 3 so far. Hopefully, this December event will go just as well as my last one.
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It's been awhile since my last post, but so much has happened. I am getting ready for my next book event next Saturday, I am almost ready to publish my next book: Ruff Rewards: Spiritual Lessons I learned from my pets, I finished writing my next Kathy Hamilton mystery, and I am working on a new bible study book idea. I am so pleased with how my new Kathy mystery came out, it definetly has twists and turns. Anyway, my event next Saturday at the Duplin Events Center is fast approaching and I am hoping for a good turnout. With all the writing progress I've made I realize that other things have been backing up, the blog being one of them, but when the ideas are flowing I have to go with the flow. My new book, Ruff Rewards, is an excellent Christian study for pet-owners of all ages. The stories and the spiritual lessons they illustrate will be an insightful look into the Bible from an unique and furry angle. If you want to know the latest information on my writing progress and what's coming up, don't forget to subscribe to my monthly newsletter by clicking this link - Newsletter Signup
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I know I haven't posted in a while. I have been busy with several things: getting my next non-fiction book ready for publishing, writing my next mystery novel, and also some marketing for No Good Deed. It's amazing how much time it takes to do all these things. Anyway, I am very excited about my next book event at the Ed Emory Auditorium on August 30. It will be here at my local events center. There will be two other local NC authors there at this event. There will be a meet-n-greet and a chance to purchase books. This particular event had to be rescheduled twice, so I am relieved that it is finally happening. I look forward to seeing everyone that can make it. I hope to do more book events soon.
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It feels a little daunting every time I sit down to write to new story. There are so many choice or ways that the story could end up. But that is exactly what I am doing right now. I have an idea for book 4 of the Kathy Hamilton Mystery series, and I am trying to figure out which path this story should take. I have to admit it is fun trying to figure out what will happen to all the characters in the next book. What storylines will have new twist or turns in them - nothing too drastic I don't think. Anyway, just wanted to throw a line out there that I am in the process of book #4 and I am hoping that it will be just as good as its predecessors.
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It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy getting my sales page ready and lining up my promotions (library mailers, Facebook ad..) for No Good Deed. However, my first professional review of No Good Deed from the Prairies Book Review is finally in and I'm very excited. They described my latest book as, "Swift, gripping, and entertaining…" Click the link below to read the full review.
No Good Deed Review
Don't forget No Good Deed is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my Bookshop page. If you enjoy the review of No Good Deed just wait until you actually read it. Just go to www.authormaggiecasteen.com/books and click the button you prefer to purchase from.
Last Saturday was my first book event at the Cabin Lake Vendor Fair. I met a lot of people and even sold some books. I was a little nervous because I was afraid that I might have forgotten something, but it turned out great. I passed out several business cards along with information on how to purchase my books online. It was a nice day for an outdoor vendor fair, although around noon it started to get a little hot. That's the way it goes here in southeastern North Carolina....so I didn't stay the whole time. However, I am pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait for my next event, which I planning on being in July. Thank you to everyone who came out and stopped at my table. It was wonderful to meet each one of you.
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I am so excited to announce that my third book, No Good Deed, is available for pre-order on Amazon! The eBook version is already available and the paperback will be available to ship in July. Don't miss out in the next chapter of the Kathy Hamilton Mystery series! This book will pick up where Hush Now, Don't Cry left off and you will finally know what happens to Charlie and get swept up in another case. Kathy will soon find out if no good deed goes unpunished.
\I just wanted to say a few words for today because memorial day is special. We need to stop a take a moment to remember those that have fallen so that we could be free. Without their sacrifice we would not have the life we have. So, during the war movie marathons, the hotdogs, and good times, please don't forget to take a moment and remember the reason you have all these things is because someone decided to fight a battle so you wouldn't have to . Never forget the fallen.....Memorial Day 2022.
I am so excited about this particular post...this is a true milestone for me as an author and I couldn't be happier. In February, I received a call from Wordsmith Magazine. They had received a recommendation from Amazon for my book 'Killer Deception' and wanted to know if I would be interested in contributing an article to their publication. Writing magazine articles seemed like something bestselling authors did, not an indie author who has only published three books. Anyway, by the end of the conversation my Wordsmith representative had sent me an email with information and article requirements. So, I took a deep breath and looked through the information, selected a topic, and finally wrote my first article: Crimes & Clues: the essential parts to writing a mystery. I submitted my article in March and it was published in their April edition. Now, I am a featured contributor for Wordsmith Magazine, and they are interested in me contributing more articles for their magazine. So, lots of interesting things are happening and I am looking forward to writing more articles because that's what I do....I am a writer. If you would like to check out the article, head on over to my website at www.authormaggiecasteen.com and click on the Author Articles section or sign-up to my On-the-Scene newsletter to get the full scoop.
A North Carolina author who published her first novel, Killer Deception, in 2020. She doesn't profess to be a professional blogger, just a writer with many thoughts.