Cat Sharing a Few New Marketing Tips For Authors and Other Stuff…


It has been a while since I have shared some Marketing and Promoting Advice/Tips with all the authors and writers who stop by and visit the “Reading Den.” I always get good tips and also do my own research on what is trending and hot in book promoting or large book sites that offer low-cost or FREE promoting. I want to share some changes as well that have made in regards to my small literary business. Readers seem to be back to reading all formats and not just e-books and audiobooks.

More and more authors are also releasing new books like crazy and my business is finally picking back up after last year and due to the COVID virus. So let me start with a fantastic new place I came across that covers and promotes your books through Twitter and it’s FREE to register and promote your books! Who doesn’t love free? The book site is called “Book Club Pro” and the link to Register is >>>> https://www.bookclubpro.com/users/sign_up and it really is free to use. All you do is fill out the form, create a Author Profile, then start adding your books! Pretty Simple!

When you begin listing your books, they don’t have to be on promo sale. But this IS a great place and tool to use if are reducing the price of your e-book for a promo sale. Either way? Your books will great exposure. And make sure you ADD your Amazon Link to your e-book listing. I forgot at first and could not understand why my books were not being tweeted automatically! Yes, they do all the tweet posts for you! So go now and get your books listed.



Now about Cat’s business changes. I have changed my business name to Lyon Literary Services & Marketing Plans and the “GUY” who runs my official website of the same name is working hard to get the changes done that I need for the domain and what I am now offering.

So, I made a temporary page for what I’m offering and doing now here this website. So instead of Cat putting it all here? You may visit my page that has the three Marketing Plans we offer and all come with free consulting, referrals, and book ad discounts.

VISIT: https://catlyonsreadingden.com/welcome-readers-and-authors-to-cat-lyons-reading-den-blog-home-of-lyon-media-services-literary-consulting/

If you are looking for help or would like to purchase a plan and work with Cat? Just send my an EMAIL: lyonmedia@aol.com and we can set an appointment to chat and discuss what your goals are for your books. My testimonials and current authors we have custom made marketing plans will be finished soon, but check out my sidebar Photo Gallery to see who are working with or our former recent clients.

Cat’s main goal for our clients is of course, great exposure, increased sales and book reviews! Put Cat to work on your next book release and will make it SHINE!


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Author Roger Stark Garnishes a 5-Star Awarded Book Review by Readers Favorite. ‘The Next Great American Wartime Novel.’

Lyon Literary Services Announces Roger Stark, a prolific SW Washington Author and Writer is Awarded a 5-Star Book Review For His Soon To Release Novel of “They Called Him Marvin,” & Destined to Become The Next Great American Classic Novel of Our Generation Honoring Military Family Life and Honoring Those Who Never Came Home From War.

~Lyon Literary Services & Consulting




For Immediate Press Release:

An author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Non-Fiction – Historical book “They Called Him Marvin” by Roger Stark, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578855283.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

They Called Him Marvin is a work of non-fiction in the historical, biography, and family history sub-genres, and was penned by author Roger Stark. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and contains some very mild references to adult themes and wartime life.

Told in prose with diary-style sections of narration as well as central figure 1st Lt Dean Harold Sherman’s own personal correspondence, this is a beautiful tale of enduring romance and the heroism of those who fought and flew during the latter part of World War Two during the United States’ conflict with Japan. What results is a touching family saga that also foreshadows the great horrors and sacrifices of life in war.


Author Roger Stark has crafted an emotive work of non-fiction with plenty of historical richness, pathos, and heart to offer readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the heartfelt presentation of the unshakeable bond between Dean and Connie, both through the curation of their own words to one another and the contextual gap-filling which Stark achieves with facts, but also emotionally sensitive additions and details.


When you juxtapose this against the bare brutality of war, the incredible innovations of flight, and the dangerous politics at play, what forms is a special capturing of this moment in time, and what it meant for real people trying to raise families and find love. Overall, I would highly recommend They Called Him Marvin to fans of accurate wartime non-fiction accounts and for enthusiasts of World War Two first-hand reports everywhere.”

This Book is a Non-Fiction Cross Genre of Historical History, Wartime, Military, Love Story, Biography, Tribute, Honoring Veterans and Military Family Life, and The Lives We Lost in World War II . . .


Cat’s Readers can learn more about Roger Stark and “They Called Him Marvin” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/they-called-him-marvin where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages as the author is available for interview requests.


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They Called Him Marvin

by Roger Stark  | Sep 1, 2021
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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY


I am, by my own admission, a reluctant writer. But there are stories that demand to be told. When we hear them, we must pick up our pen, lest we forget and the stories are lost.

Six years ago, in a quiet conversation with my friend Marvin, I learned the tragic story his father, a WW2 B-29 Airplane Commander, shot down over Nagoya, Japan just months before the end of the war.

Such a man was Marv’s father. A father he never knew. The telling of the story that evening by this half orphan was so moving and full of emotion, it compelled me to ask if I could write the story. The result being “They Called Him Marvin.”

My life has been profoundly touched in so many ways by being part of documenting this sacred story. I pray that we never forget, as a people, the depth of sacrifice that was made by ordinary people like Marvin and his father and mother on our behalf.

My career as an addiction counselor (CDP) lead me to write “The Waterfall Concept; A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery,” and co-author “Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain.” After my counseling retirement, I decided I wanted to learn more about the craft of writing and started attending classes at Portland Oregon’s Attic Institute.

My wife & I raised seven children, and have eleven grandchildren. We love to travel and see the sites and cultures of the world. I still get on my bicycle whenever I can.


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Author & Advocate Receives Warm Welcome From Readers Favorite With a 5-Star Book Review! Tony Kelly & His New Book, “Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Non-Fiction – Biography book “Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!” by Tony Kelly, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1528970578.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Reviewed By Edith Wairimu for Readers’ Favorite

“Red Card: A Bet You Can Win! documents the fascinating journey of a UK former professional (soccer) football player, Tony Kelly, including his struggle with gambling and his experiences with racism. Kelly was born in 1966 and grew up in Coventry, UK. His family, especially his twin brother Mel, remains a constant source of support for him. At the time, he saw football not only as his ticket to a better life but as his escape from the streets of Coventry that were marked by frequent cases of racist attacks and violence.

Unfortunately, these would not be his last encounters with racism. Kelly went on to achieve football stardom playing for clubs such as Stoke City, Leyton Orient, Bury FC, and Swedish club, Gimonais CK, even playing at Wembley Stadium in 1992. Despite his success in football, his career was marred by a costly addiction to gambling.

Red Card: A Bet You Can Win! by Tony Kelly is a story of hope and redemption. It paints a shocking but realistic picture of the cost of gambling. Kelly explains how he gradually got into overwhelming debt and how the problem cost him his football career and his long-term relationship. He later decided to get professional help and now assists others affected by gambling through his support project, Red Card.

Other important topics arise in the book including the existence of racism in football and other areas. Without his twin brother playing alongside him, Kelly felt isolated. In school, he also faced racism from other students. The book shares important lessons for aspiring and professional players. Red Card: A Bet You Can Win! is a memoir that contains impactful lessons from a former professional footballer.”

You can learn more about Tony Kelly and “Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/red-card where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

Readers’ Favorite LLC
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Tony Kelly, Former Pro UK Soccer Star
Now Author, Speaker
, CEO of RED CARD


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tony Kelly is a former KU professional (footballer) soccer star who played for six teams within his nine-year career. He is also a recovering gambling addict. In his first book, Tony wrote and shared his story in “Red Card: The Soccer Star Who Lost It All To Gambling” in 2013. Now has released his much anticipated second book titled “Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!” in April 2021, published by Austin Macauley Publishers and is available on Amazon Kindle, Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and other fine online book stores in both the UK and USA.

Tony was crazy about (UK Football) soccer from the age of seven. At sixteen, he was the youngest player ever on the first team at Bristol City, UK. In his twenties, Tony turned professional and went on to play for clubs such as Stoke City, Cardiff City, Leyton Orient, and Bury in the second and third divisions of the Soccer (Football) League. He also enjoyed playing for a team in Sweden.

In 2015, Tony founded the ‘Red Card Gambling Support Project’ (Non-Profit), sharing prevention of problem gambling and addiction with individual one on one therapy, awareness, prevention, educational workshops throughout London.

Tonys’ work has grown to become well-respected within the gambling harm reduction and prevention sector throughout the United Kingdom.

Born Nyrere Anthony Kelly in England, Tony resides in London; his books are his journey of ‘Redemption and Recovery’ as he is living proof that this is a Bet You Can Win!

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Cat Presents An Exclusive Cover Reveal & Book Releasing This September 2021 By Author Roger Stark. “They Called Him Marvin”. . .

“They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.” ~Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton



New Book Coming In Sept. 2021 By Author Roger Stark





An Introduction of The Book By Author and Writer Roger Stark

Roger Stark


“They Called Him Marvin” crosses the boundaries of several genres.

New Adult readers can read the letters and a story of someone their own age being in love trying to make a family and fighting a war. Military readers can follow the development of the B-29 and join Dean and the crew on a few missions and even learn what being a “Special Prisoner” in Japan was like. History buffs can expand their knowledge of World War 2 and the interactions of nations.

Looking for a love story? Dean and Connie have a passionate love for each other, that is why their is a Marvin. Their passion is described with dignity. Finally, the reader interested in religion and spirituality will learn Dean attended a new church with a soldier friend. He liked the church so much he joined it and met a girl he liked so much he married her. His faith carries him through the difficult things he has to endure.

Bill Clinton said it best: “They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.”


Let us remember them and honor the sacrifice of all the Dean’s, Connie’s, and Marvin’s. 



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2nd Lieutenant Dean Sherman pictured here in August of 1942.




MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I would describe myself as a reluctant writer. But when a story comes along that demands to be told, you pick up your pen. Six years ago I heard the story of a friend’s father in World War II. I was so moved by his telling of the story that I asked if he would allow me to write it. The result is the soon to be published “They Called Him Marvin.” My life has been touched in so many ways by being part of documenting this profound story.

My career as an addiction counselor (CDP) now retired, lead me to write “The Waterfall Concept; A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery,” and co-author “Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain.” After my counseling retirement, I decided I wanted to learn more about the craft of writing and started attending classes at Portland Oregon’s Attic Institute. What I learned is that there are an mazing number of great writers in my area and they were willing to help others improve their skills.

Please read “They Called Him Marvin” when it releases this September, 2021 and NOT because I need book sales, rather because we all need to remember what they gave for us.

My next project is already underway, a memoir of growing up in Southwest Washington state called “Life on a Sorta Farm.” My wife of 49 years, Susan and I still live in the southwest Washington area. We raised seven children, and have eleven grandchildren. We love to travel and see the sites and cultures of the world. I still get on my bicycle whenever I can.


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MORE ABOUT THE BOOK and THE BEAUTIFUL BACKSTORY

Such a man was 1st Lt Dean Harold Sherman, B-29 Airplane Commander.

“They Called Him Marvin” is a history. A history of war and of family. A history of the collision of the raging politics of a global war, young love, patriotism, sacred family commitments, duty and the horrors and tragedies, the catastrophe that war is.

It all starts when Dean accepts an innocent invitation to attend Church with his friend Stanley, who’s girl friend happened to be the best friend of Constance Baldwin, who also just happened to attend the same Waterloo Ward of the Mormon Church, who also didn’t have a boy friend, and who was also more than happy to make a visitor feel welcome.

Lt Sherman enjoyed the experience so much he joined the church and married the girl.

Not all the characters are human. The B-29, it’s development and history assumes a role as a main character.

The war, as all wars do, has two sides. The lives of a Japanese family, the Kiyoshis, and their interactions with the B-29s is woven throughout the narrative.

At first glance, the story does not seem to end well for Lt Sherman his wife Constance and the newly born Marvin. His B-29 is shot down over Nagoya, he is captured and labeled a war criminal for the incendiary bombing of the city. But that is definitely not the end of their story.

Their history is partially documented through the sixty seven letters exchanged between a twenty year old Dean and his still teenaged pregnant wife. The un-edited letters provide their own words to help tell the story. When Marvin was born, 18 Feb 1945, Dean without knowledge of the Marvin’s birth wrote:

“Whenever I hear nice soft music, I think of you. And when the sun comes up so bright and fresh in the morning, I’m reminded of you. When I take a short walk in the moonlight I have the pleasantest memories of you and all the wonderful times we have spent together. Darling, those things mean all the world to me, an I keep thinking of the something new that has been added to us, and the blessings that have been ours continuously all being added up to make the future all ahead of us better to live for and more to be desired.

I guess you know from these things that I am ever so glad I married you, although it never could have been any different because we were just meant for each other. All the incidents and happenings that brought us together, though they may seem like accidents, seem to me to have just been part of a plan that been so plain that we just couldn’t see it. I just keep getting more and more in love with you all the time too, Honey.”

The day Dean was shot down Connie, again without knowledge of his situation confesses in her 14 May 1945 letter:

“I’m in a rather odd mood tonight Honey, and it is most all about you and Marvin and me. I have been trying to decide whether or not I would write to you tonight most all evening. I wanted to, but I didn’t know if I could express my feelings as I would want to, and, as I feel them. As you can see Honey, I have made up my mind to try. How well I succeed remains to be seen.”


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I will add that you may read many of the early ARC reads and reviews already coming in for this amazing book even before it’s release on Goodreads here>>> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56853641-they-called-him-marvin?ac=1 and there are many! I will be sharing more updates and new about the Author, Roger Stark. I think the beautiful letters exchanged between Dean and Connie could be another ROMANCE book. What a amazing opportunity to be privy to those 60+ love letters. As Roger said, “those love letters are part of HISTORY”…

~Catherine Lyon of Cat Lyon’s Reading Den

Message From My Friends & Team At AllAuthor.com …COVID is Hitting Them Hard in Their Country & Suspending Activity Until Mid/Latter May 2021. Prayers as Several Tested Positive…


As most of my author friends know, one of my favorite “go to” places for readers and a promo site that I add all my author clients on? Of course, it is my friends of All Author here>>> https://allauthor.com/

Many of you may NOT know they are located out of the country in India as Mady, Vaveen, and the team work hard to provide exceptional promotion and marketing for DIY authors.

Sadly, many of the team have tested positive for COVID-19 and could really use some help from the Reader, Writer, and Author Community Right Now and why I am sharing the notice they sent out. We have seen on the news here in States just how DIRE it is in India right now. The have to suspend the services for a few weeks due to so many have tested positive.

Here is what All Author sent out and shared. I hope all my friends will help out a little with a DONATION.
I just made one and I hope you will too! 💝✝✨✨✨📚 Please keep the team in your PRAYERS TOO!



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Hi Catherine,

The last year has been tough on all of us with the pandemic taking a toll on our physical and mental health.

As you might have heard on the news, the situation in India is worsening every day with the coronavirus spreading rapidly.

Today we are coming to you with some unfortunate news — our co-founder, Naveen Joshi, and most of our staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to this dreadful situation, We’ll be pausing our operations and development work until May 12 to give time for our team to recover fully. So, there’ll be a delay from our side in responding to the support queries. We request you to please bear with us until our team recovers.

That said, our platform will be functioning as usual and you can continue using our tools and features.

Things are getting extremely tough as many of our employees’ family members have also been tested positive for COVID-19. So, we need all the support we can get to recover and get back to work in full force.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers for the speedy recovery of our team and their families.

If you wish to donate to the medical expenses of our AllAuthor team and their families, please use the below link.

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Every small gesture and action would mean so much to us.

Thanks ahead for your gifts and for your understanding.

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Cat Shares a Big Congrats To Our Author Peggy Hinaekian For a 5-Star Awarded Book Review From Readers Favorite.


Cat sure enjoys sharing our author friends when they receive well deserved literary accolades and what this post is all about. Big congrats to Peggy Hinaekian for just receiving a 5-Star awarded book review by Readers Favorite! They are a big literary influencer for exceptional authors, writers, and their written works.

Peggy is also an internationally known artist, so it didn’t surprise me too much that she was given 5-STARS from RF as her book titled “Collection of Short Stories and Essays “Of Humans and Animals” includes some of her art sketches within the pages of her new book. If you have not read this release yet by Peggy, I highly suggest you do.

It is a fun, sexy, flirty package of short stories and even her book reviewer shared a personal message with her of how much he really enjoyed reading her book, so let’s get to sharing it with you and right from Readers Favorite
here: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/collection-of-short-stories-and-essays-of-humans-and-animals


Book Review Press Release




For immediate release:

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Literary book “Collection of Short Stories and Essays “Of Humans and Animals”” by Peggy Hinaekian, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1646206827.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Jon Michael Miller for Readers’ Favorite

“In the thought-provoking and enjoyably engaging Collection of Short Stories and Essays: “Of Humans and Animals” by Peggy Hinaekian, you will meet an amazing array of characters from a variety of locales and points of view. Direct, guileless, with ironic humor, Peggy Hinaekian demonstrates her virtuosity as a writer and a visual artist.

There are 29 easy-to-read and much-to-think-about stories, most preceded by enigmatic Picasso-like drawings, an ideal volume to keep by your side or on your coffee table to fill those idle spaces in your daily life. There is even a piece written by a zoo gorilla named Bella, and two poems penned by house cats. And every presentation opens an area that we often think about but seldom have the pluck to express.

A common theme is sexual unease, whether in marriage or simply the malaise of relationships turned tepid without romance and adventure, of bored partners quietly seeking replacements, of erotic unfulfillment. It might be a man thinking about picking up a woman in a coffee shop, or vice-versa.

Or a lonely traveler, or a disgruntled housewife, or an erotic dream. Nothing very graphic, but strong feelings, a woman seeking her “Rhett Butler,” or a wealthy man searching for a suitable mother for his imagined child. There are several child personae too. But every story is a challenging gem of frank insight into our tightly held but seldom spoken viewpoints.

Taken all together, we find a fine writer speaking profoundly about the loneliness and yearning of being alive. The slices of life in Collection of Short Stories and Essays: “Of Humans and Animals” by Peggy Hinaekian is like a huge bouquet of hidden truth that will amuse and sometimes sadden the reader, but always enliven one’s inner joy at exuberantly expressed reality. Every story hits its target.”

You can learn more about Peggy Hinaekian and “Collection of Short Stories and Essays “Of Humans and Animals” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/collection-of-short-stories-and-essays-of-humans-and-animals where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Of Armenian origin author, Peggy Hinaekian was born and raised in Egypt. Her paternal grandfather had the largest private library in Egypt, and Peggy was introduced to books in three languages (English, French, and Armenian) at a very young age.

Peggy grew up in a very cosmopolitan environment and was an avid reader. Since the age of ten, she kept a journal and always wrote short stories, essays, and children’s picture books.

She immigrated to Canada with her first husband and then went on to the United States, where she pursued a career in fashion designing in New York in fine arts. After her divorce, she left that behind and moved to Geneva, Switzerland, and continued her career as an artist.

Peggy Hinaekian is a writer and author; she is an internationally recognized, well-established artist living and working in the United States and Switzerland.

Now with three literary works to her credit, you may purchase her books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and many fine online book stores. She is married, raised three beautiful sons, and resides with her husband part-time in Florida & California.

Peggy Hinaekian

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Literary Spotlight: Dawn Hill Publishing’s New Author Soleil Collins & a Peek of Her Soon to Release Book of Short Stories~ He Came On A Summers Day…


Book by Author Soleil Collins




Here we go Readers & Visitors!

My amazing UK friends of Dawn Hill Publishing is sharing with Cat an exclusive Sneak Peek of a brand new author they represent and some of the first chapter of her “Coming Soon” new release titled “He Came On A Summers Day.” Dawn Hill has some fantastic authors and writers.

I am confident Soleil Collins is as well. I’m honored Dawn Hill Publishing chose Cat and her readers for this opportunity to have the first preview of Soleil’s which I hear is packed with action, thrills and a splash of romance.

I’d highly suggest you give Dawn Hill a visit as they have more amazing authors, writers, and BOOKS
here: https://www.dawnhillpublications.com/ & make sure you tell them Cat sent you!


Here is more about the book:

“Randi Moffatt, bounty-hunter extraordinaire, is looking for an escaped convict – a pirate.

She goes undercover at a popular seaside bar in San Diego, where her prey is known to have frequented, hoping to catch him.

There, Randi encounters several interesting characters, but which of them is her prey? Or is she going to return empty-handed?”


Important disclaimer: 

Just so you know that the content in this new book follows themes and therefore require you to be above the age of 18. These themes are:

– Profanity
– Violence 
– Sex
– Drugs


An Excerpt From the Short Story: 

Days turned into weeks. Joe still hadn’t cracked a smile at me, although Bob did warm up a little. It was understandable that Joe had turned up his nose at the trash that passed for female companionship. I’d even made friends with few of them, mostly hookers who wanted my help setting up customers or warn them of the weirdos.

The daily ritual of sharing my tips was at the end of each day was my opportunity to flirt without interrupting work. It was nearing spring when I decided that enough was enough. It was a quiet night – a Monday, not that it made a huge difference at a Seattle bar by the docks.

      “What’s up, Joe?” I asked him, fluttering my eyelashes at him as I handed him a roll of bills. “Here’s your share.”

He grunted and accepted it, stuffing it into his front jeans pocket.

      “Is that a roll of bills or are you just happy to see me?” I joked.

Nothing. Not even a derisory curl of his lip, which I knew that he was more than capable of issuing. “Go get cleaned up, why don’t you? You stink.”

      That’s the most he’s said since we met. Progress indeed.



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So, who is Author, Soleil Collins? Let me share a little more about her in her own unbridled words…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bonjour.

Ciao. Namaste. And a big, big, hello to everyone. First off, I’d like to thank Dawn Hill Publications for this wonderful opportunity. I was asked to write an introductory piece about my upcoming series of short stories and a little bit about myself.

I wasn’t given a title for this blog, so I’ve decided it to call it fun facts. Now, here’s a disclaimer. I think they may be fun, but you, the readers, obviously decide and let me know.

Let me start by saying that English is not my first language. In fact, I grew up learning and speaking five different languages. Also, I learned to read and write in four of them. Ironically, I understand only three of them reasonably well. I speak only two of them fluently. And I write really well in only one of them. Guess which one?

I’m a bit of a brat. Middle child, spoilt rotten, not by my parents but by a host of cousins, aunts and uncles who forgave my every prank, laughing at my irreverence, egging me to get even more outrageous. I haven’t changed one bit! I’ve enjoyed classical education in a private school where equal importance was given to extra-curricular activities including sports, drama, debate, elocution and politics. Oh, yes, politics. Our teachers were amazing, liberal and broadminded, and allowing us the same liberties to express our views without fear of prejudice or reprimand. The majority of my life has been split between the US and UK, although I’ve travelled widely. I began writing at an early age, mostly short stories, although they were fairly childish, a queer mix of romance and thriller.

They’re not necessarily my favourite songs. In fact, there are a couple in there that I don’t particularly like. They do, however, have a bearing on the stories themselves, which is why I selected them. Either there’s a scene in the video rendition of the song or the lyrics, or perhaps the story the song is trying to tell. The first of them is a song by Looking Glass about a girl who works in a bar who’s in love with a sailor. The protagonist of the story is Randy Moffatt, a slightly slutty, cage-fighting, foul-mouthed bounty hunter who isn’t afraid of a brawl.

Randy’s smart (like me, I think), physically active and able (unlike me – I’m a little lazy), highly sexed (I’d rather not say), sassy (definitely me) and brazen. Which is why DHP have started a new series titled Brazen just for little me, yay! Brazen is the one word which is truly representative of my writing. Who knows? They may even create a new genre called Brazen.

I hope you enjoy my stories. Please do tell me what you think in Cat’s comment section as we’d would love feedback.

Au revoir. Arriverderci. Alvida, for now.

Sol Collins



And to close is a message from the fine folks of Dawn Hill Publishing:

Yay, it’s finally here! 

We’re so happy that Soleil’s first short story is ready to go. Soleil’s titles can be described as action thrillers with romance thrown in to spice things up. Soleil has already written all 12 so we’ll be slowly sending them out to Cat.
She’s now started working on her first book with us and that will be in your inbox very soon.

Her 12 short stories is a great way to set up her very own genre at DHP. Which is, Brazen.

~Dawn Hill Publishing Team

Interview with Author Marilyn L. Davis Courtesy of Deb at Book Goodies. It’s Where Readers & Authors Meet…



Meet Author Marilyn L. Davis, a tireless advocate of addiction and recovery and an extraordinary writer. Deb from Book goodies caught up with her as her new book, “Finding North: From Addict to Advocate,” has released on Amazon. So I wanted to share this fantastic interview with all my readers so you can learn more about the woman behind the book. 

I just happened to finish reading and gave her a 5-stars! My review is now on Amazon. Readers Favorite thought her book was also fantastic and gave Marilyn a 5-star awarded book review too. 

Give her author profile visit to read the review! https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/finding-north
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ABOUT Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate

New in recovery, a chance encounter with Gray Hawk, a 74-year old Native American, showed her that healing would include looking within, taking Steps, and creating a house of healing for other women.

Today, Marilyn is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist, recently celebrating thirty-two years of abstinence-based recovery. From 1990-2011, she opened and managed North House, an award-winning residential facility for women.

Before reaching this milestone, she was a desperate woman on drugs, managing rock bands at night, pretending to be okay, but ultimately giving up on herself, losing her husband, children, family, and friends due to her addiction.

This book is that journey.




In-Depth Author Interview With Marilyn L. Davis


Marilyn L. Davis is the author of the memoir Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate. A chance encounter with a 74-year-old Native American helped her find her purpose. From 1990-2011, she opened and managed North House, an award-winning residential recovery home for women.

She is also the Editor-in-Chief at her recovery blog, From Addict 2 Advocate. She recently celebrated 32 years of abstinence-based recovery and is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist.

Before her recovery, she was a desperate woman on drugs, managing rock bands at night, pretending to be okay at PTA meetings, but ultimately giving up on herself, losing her husband, children, family, and friends due to her addiction.

Marilyn is widely known for her writing in many literary communities, including her award-winning website, Two Drops of Ink, where she encourages collaborative writing and is the Editor-in-Chief. The site’s writers are poets, problem-solvers for writers and bloggers, as well as those who educate, entertain, and enchant us with the written word. The writers represent different countries, viewpoints, and opinions.

When she is not writing, Marilyn is an avid reader, enjoys gardening and cooking. She has raised two beautiful grown daughters, both in recovery, and is a Nana to four grandchildren. None of her grandchildren have ever seen their mother’s or their Nana use, so maybe the addiction cycle is broken. She resides in an Atlanta suburb with a controlling cat named Jackson.


What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write as I believe that writing helps us heal. Whether it’s a journal or a memoir that we publish, writing allows us the emotional safety to fully explore our thoughts and feelings.

Since I was a child, I’ve scribbled down words once I understood that those black squiggly lines on a page told a story. I was bullied as a child, and these passages helped me feel better about myself and my isolated world.

I don’t know that it was ‘inspiration’ that helped me create a recovery curriculum for my recovery home. It felt more like desperation. I got tired of saying the same thing, so I decided to write it out. The response to Therapeutic Integrated Educational Recovery System (TIERS) gave me the confidence to start writing at Two Drops of Ink and ultimately write my memoir.

What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Each of the following authors helps me learn the craft of writing: Joan Didion, Vladimir Nabokov, Roshani Chokshi, Neil Gaiman, Anne Lamott, Natalie Goldberg, Annie Dillard, William Zinsser, Roy Peter Clark and others.

Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process starts with an idea, topic, or subject that I want to write about, prompted by a conversation, a question from one of my recovery groups, or emails with other writers.

Taking the idea and doing some looping, brainstorming, prewriting, and then creating a first draft complete that phase.

Next, I research the topic, taking into account whether the subject is saturated or is there an aspect of it that I could develop further. At this point, I decide if I’ll write from breadth or width on the topic.

Writing for two blogs, one on recovery and one on writing means there’s always a deadline, and those add incentive to get the writing done.

So the process can be most accurately be described as, “You’ve got to get a post done. Now write.”


What advice would you give other writers?
Advice:
1. Don’t be afraid to write.
2. Don’t call yourself aspiring, soon-to-be-best-selling, or wanna-be. If you’re writing, then you are a writer.
3. Stay with it.
4. Read books on how to improve your writing.
5. Find a website that takes guest posts and submit a post to them.
6. Once you see your writing on a site, let that encourage you to write more, start that novel, write the definitive how-to, or finish your memoir – whatever is your big book.
7. Never throw away your darlings. Keep them in a file and review them monthly. You wrote those for a reason, even if you couldn’t use them at the time.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’d been encouraged to publish Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate by my family, friends, recovery professionals, and writers I’d shown drafts to over the past three years. Fear kept me from publishing it until this year.

However, while procrastinating on publishing my memoir, I also wrote a how-to on memoir writing called Memories into Memoir: The Mindsets and Mechanics Workbook that will be published later this spring.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that traditional publishing will still factor, but with new and emerging platforms for authors, I think we’ll start seeing self-publishing increase.

I published on Amazon and found the experience straightforward. I hired a formatting specialist; my sister is an artist and designed the cover, and I followed the directions once the manuscript and cover were ready.

I also see more diversity in the books that are published. We have lacked diversity for some time. While that may read as “jumping on the bandwagon”, I know that living a counter societal lifestyle in my addiction meant that my memoir did not meet the criteria for certain publishing houses.

I think a problem with traditional publishing is that there’s not a connection to the reader. In contrast, Amazon understands what readers want and takes the time to recommend similar books. While not publishing sites, Goodreads and ThriftBooks do, also.

I also think that print-on-demand factors for the author, reader, and environment, and it would be a mistake to discount those factors when choosing which route to take as an author. Plus, it means not having 75 autographed copies of your book gathering dust in the attic.

What genres do you write?:
Memoir, How to Write a Memoir, primarily non-fiction


What formats are your books in?:
I publish in both eBook and Print


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