Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kindle eBook Sale!!

All Kindle eBooks by M. R. Pritchard are on SALE this weekend 12/28-12/30 
(Saturday to Monday)


SARATOGA is FREE!
Young Adult Paranormal Romance. 
4.3 out of 5 stars

Demi has it all figured out. She is going to be a ballerina just like her mother wants. Since the dance studio is the only place she feels like she fits in, it’s the perfect plan. All she wants is a normal life, one where she and her parents aren’t moving to a new place after another one of her accidents. But Demi knows she is far from normal because she can feel it every time she walks near a park, or a tree, or a flower. Demi has a gift-or a curse; green things call to her. They tug at her soul and she has no idea how to control it. That is, until she meets a young man with a similar gift who shows Demi the path to discovering who she is and what she and her gift are meant for.






THE PHOENIX PROJECT is on sale for $0.99
Contemporary Science-Fiction
4 out of 5 stars

The United States is crumbling under the weight of the worst recession in decades, and The Reformation has been causing a stir. It started with promises of overthrowing the election under the premise of change. But change starts where we least expect it in Phoenix, a small lakefront town, hidden in the backwoods of upstate NY.
Andie's life is about to change forever. She thought making it home was the hard part, but much worse is to come. She needs to find her family, she needs to find out what's happening to her town, and she needs to find someone she can trust.






THE REFORMATION (THE PHOENIX PROJECT BOOK II) is on sale for $0.99
Contemporary Science-Fiction, Dystopian
4.8 out of 5 stars

Andromeda Somers is recovering from her attempted escape out of the Phoenix District. While in exile she witnesses the dawn of a new age as hundreds of missiles descend up on the United States. This is the Reformation, the fracturing of society and the beginning of changes to come. Now the secret is out, more Districts exist and the Funding Entities have decided to unite these Districts through Andie. With all hopes of escape demolished, Andie fights to protect her daughter from whatever the Funding Entities have in store for the future. This is one trip that she will never forget.





Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

As we are getting our White Christmas here in upstate NY,

I will miss spending this holiday with my family since

I'm off to spend the Holiday's with some teeny, tiny babies who need a lot of support in the NICU.


Happy Holidays!



Friday, December 20, 2013

Sparrow Man - Update

I've updated the SPARROW MAN page, check it out for a preview of Chapter 2 and get excited with me for the SUMMER 2014 release!!

http://secretlifeofatownie.blogspot.com/p/sparrow-man.html


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway Results are in

Congratulations to Abby and Malea who won the Goodreads Giveaway!!

I will be mailing out your books this week!!

I can't wait to hear what you think! So far the reviews are great!




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Saratoga by M.R. Pritchard

Saratoga

by M.R. Pritchard

Giveaway ends December 14, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Signing, the day after.

So yesterday was the big book-signing. I was a bundle of nerves for an entire week and the night before I couldn't even sleep a wink. Here's what happened, before, during and after:

The biggest part of your book signing will be getting the word out. So I spent hours promoting. I did this by posting event links on all of the local news channels' event calendars. And then to take it a bit further, I posted on all of their Facebook pages. I was afraid this kind of pestering was going to get me blocked, but guess what... It got me TV time! Sunday morning one of the local news channels did a thirty-second blurb on the book signing!

The second biggest aspect of your book signing will be being prepared.
My husband has a contact in the printing industry and had this banner made:


What else did I bring? Business cards with my webpage, Facebook and contact info on it, bookmarks for each book and Sell Sheets (one page with my info, book cover images, blurbs and ISBN information for each book, since I have 3 books, they all fit nicely on one 8.5 x 11" page), a basket to do a drawing, a handful of pens, a piece of scrap paper to write the names down on in case people wanted their book personalized, and 2 brand new Sharpie pens.

What am I missing?... Oh, books! How many books should you bring? I scoured the internet to find this answer. Some people said 5, some people said 20. Some people said they only sold 2 books at their book signing. Reading that made me want to barf, because you know how many books I had ordered? Over 100! So part of me was afraid I was going to be left with boxes of unsold books and part of me was anxious I was going to sell them all and have to express ship more in for Christmas presents.

Let's move on.

When my alarm went off for the third time, I figured it was best to stop feigning sleep and get in the shower. Thankfully, I have the world's best husband who loaded the truck and got breakfast before I made it downstairs. We got to the event at 10am and started setting up. I got the spot next to the Christmas tree, which was perfect because I love the holidays! Doors opened at 11 am and the tables were ready!







And... It was snowing in upstate NY. Bummer!!! I figured due to the snow and waiting for patrons to get out of Church, that we wouldn't see many people before noon. And I was right. But not long after noon people started trickling in.

At the end of the day, the book signing was a success! I talked for almost 5 hours straight to people who stopped by the table. And I had the best book seller ever, no one can say "no" to a sweet little 7yr old who blatantly asks, "Do you want to buy some books?"
My daughter helped me bag and hand out bookmarks, coupons, business cards and reminded people to enter the drawing to win free books. My husband handled the money and the receipts.

My favorite part of the book signing (besides seeing so many friends and family come out to support me!) was when a fan sent her father down with a note on which book to buy because she couldn't make it.

So, down to the numbers. How many books did I sell?
Over 60! I have just enough stock left for Christmas presents and to fulfill orders for people who couldn't make it but definitely wanted the books. So it worked out perfectly.

Will I do this again? Definitely. I sold more paperback books face-to-face than I have with all of my online promoting.

So, fellow Indie Authors, find a Vendor/Crafter Fair and get a table. Word of mouth is the best way to spread the news of how awesome your book (or books) are, so get out there.





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

First Book Signing Jitters...

So this Sunday, December 8th, 2013 

Will be my first book signing!

Enter nerves, sweating, and lots of rum and cokes.

I bought my table cloth, a new pen, stickers, bookmarks, business cards, and a boxes of books!!

Stay tuned for updates!

And if you live in Upstate, NY, Swing on by!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Zombie Friday

FYI:

My book is being featured Sunday at The Fussy Librarian

My book is being featured Sunday at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 40 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. It's pretty cool -- check it out! www.TheFussyLibrarian.com


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Enter to win a paperback of SARATOGA!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Saratoga by M.R. Pritchard

Saratoga

by M.R. Pritchard

Giveaway ends December 14, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Monday, November 4, 2013

Waiting is hard to do.

So my December release, SARATOGA, is out to beta-readers and the response has been amazing!

So amazing that I'm having a hard time sticking to my timeline and waiting until December to click "submit"

I can't wait to hear what everyone else has to say about the book. 

Until then, I guess we'll just have to stare at the cover....



Saratoga

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cover Revamp!

So I'm trying out some new covers this month for The Phoenix Project eBooks.






















Thursday, October 24, 2013

First Snowfall!

If you know me, you know I love the snow!
So guess what I woke up to...


That's right, it's only October 24th and we have had our first snowfall. 
And it's not even Halloween!
I feel like this hasn't happened since I was a kid.

Good thing I cleared the garden beds the other day
Except for that lone zucchini plant. 
I was hoping to get another harvest off of it.





Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dream tank


I just finished watching a "Tanked" marathon on Netflix at the request of my seven year old daughter. And since we
have two large tanks and I love building my tanks and maintaining them, I'm glad to see the aquarist bug is hitting her.

So watching all of these episodes got me to thinking what would be my dream tank?

 I started thinking about all of the things I love and what would be interesting and inspiring (Oh yeah, and if I had an unlimited budget and a house larger than a shack...)

So what would I want?

I'm thinking Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic Library overgrown with vegetation and fish.
Don't forget to add the Apocalypse smog.

I even created my own rendering of my dream tank:



It's okay, you can laugh. I'm obviously not an artist, but a girl can dream!







Friday, October 18, 2013

My life as an author

 
My life as a writer.
I have been a writer my entire life. How do I know this? I remember as a kid my parents got me this book on how to draw animals step by step. I went around for weeks making books about farm animals (specifically goats, hey we lived on a goat farm at the time). I would illustrate them and write them, then bind them with a cardboard cover. Maybe that was when the bug hit me. I’m not sure.

Read the rest here

Zombie Friday

I should just change this to Zombie Sunday Night...
But I'm busy on Sunday nights.










Monday, October 14, 2013

SARATOGA is coming this December!


Some of you may be as excited as I am about my upcoming release SARATOGA
This novel is very different from The Phoenix Project Series
actually, it's in a whole different Genre:
Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Greek & Mythology


Want to know what it's about?
Think a little dancing, superpowers, coming-of-age, and sprinkle with a little Greek Mythology!

So... here's the cover!!!

Front



Back



Monday, October 7, 2013

My social awkwardness...

If I just learned to keep my mouth shut I'd have fewer moments like this...




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Stevie is real!

If you've read The Phoenix Project books you are familiar with Stevie, Andie and Lina's pet dog. 
But did you know, Stevie's character is based on a real, live dog? 
Our own dog, Stevie!



She's a Shepadoodle 
(that's German Shepard and Standard Poodle mix)
She's just as loyal and protective as she is in the book!
We LOVE Stevie!



Monday, September 30, 2013

Seasonal Inspiration

Nothing is more inspiring than fall foliage. 
(Well...the snow is a close second!)
I love to curl up with a cup of coffee and my laptop and write my day away.


Sci-fi Movie weekend!


So this past weekend I was on vacation, which meant barely any writing/working on books (very hard to do!). I also had a hard time reading out in the wilderness. I only read one book last week. Usually I read 3.
So after a week of camping in the wilderness the only way to further distract ourselves from work was to go to Redbox and gorge ourselves on all the latest movies we've been too busy to see.



Star Trek: Into Darkness
-This brought on a lot of reminiscing. We interrupted the movie to talk about how we used to watch Star Trek every evening as kids. There was lots of action, a little love, and some crazy science (Khan's blood can do what!) 









Oblivion
-To be perfectly honest, I was nervous that this movie was going to be a total flop. Some of the reviews weren't the greatest. And I have to admit, within the first twenty minutes I was distinctly reminded of the movie Wall-E... And Tom Cruise was Wall-E. He even watered a little plant and had a collection of trinkets. And then I made a bet with the husband at the halfway point. I told him, "I bet this is going to be a mashup of Wall-E, Moon, and the Matrix." And you know what? It kinda was. But! It was still pretty good. However I felt like there were a few loose ends, like where the hell did the Tet come from and where was Earth's water getting sent to...


 
World War Z
 -As you all know from my previous posts I am a lover of zombies and I've been waiting to see this movie since I read it was being produced. Did you read the book? I did. And guess what... The movie is nothing like the book... It's BETTER! Loved World War Z the film. Loved World War Z the book. Probably shouldn't have let my seven-year old wander the house while this was on, she'll probably never sleep tonight. And my husband kept complaining about Brad Pitt's hair, he said Brad has girl hair in this movie. I didn't mind. I think he did a great job.







Looper
-You ever watch previews for a movie and expect one thing, then watch the movie and get something totally different? Well, that's what happened when I watched Looper. It was a pleasant surprise. The acting is great. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's face was freaking me out a bit, he barely looked like himself. But this was good. I was expecting some chasing, some violence, and a little time-travel. What I got was a grand helping of humanity and sacrifice from the characters. Watch this, it's worth the two hours.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Helping out the local artists: Michelle Roberts Design

 

 

If you're interested in heartfelt, handmade crafts check out these Messenger Birds, crafted by a talented young friend of mine. 

 

 


If you're as impressed as I am, vote for her in the Martha Stewart American Made Choice Awards. 

 

Go crazy and use your votes for her. I did...

Here's the link: Messenger Birds




Friday, August 23, 2013

Second Edition Paperback is ready!





The Phoenix Project
 

Authored by M. R. Pritchard
Edition: 2

The Phoenix Project Book 1

The United States is crumbling under the weight of the worst recession in decades, and The Reformation has been causing a stir. It started with promises of overthrowing the election under the premise of change. But change starts where we least expect it in Phoenix, a small lakefront town, hidden in the backwoods of upstate NY.

Andie's life is about to change forever. She thought making it home was the hard part, but much worse is to come. She needs to find her family, she needs to find out what's happening to her town, and she needs to find someone she can trust.

Paperback $12.99 (Includes sneak peek of book 2!)

Kindle eBook $1.99

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The hardest part of being a writer

I've had this blog post written and in the archives for a long time, waiting for the right time to press publish. I guess now is as good a time as any since most of it still applies. 

One Writer's Dilemma:

What's the hardest part of being a writer?
Time, recognition, money.
The list can go on and on and on.

What's hardest for me?

Telling people.

 

Not just any people, people I know.
I haven't even told my mother.  
True story folks.

I've been a closet writer for almost a year now. I have three completed novels under my belt and I have plans to get started on two more this year. 
No, they aren't published, yet, but soon. 
Which excites and scares me.

Why?

I can sum it up in one word: 
Failure


It's not that my writing may not get recognition, 
or that big publishers and agents continue to shoot me down. 

It's the failure in the eyes of people close to me that scares me the most.

It's that moment when you walk into a room and everyone eyeballs you and things get all uncomfortable and awkward because they know you've done something different

But no one wants to talk about it. 
Because you're not a super success. 





That's my fear. 

That's why I haven't told my mother, or most of my closest friends, or even my co-workers.

My New Year's resolution was to tell everyone what I've been doing.

Now ask me if I've done it...

Nope.

I know. I know. I need to grow some balls.

Until then I'll just continue drowning my worries with liquor.





What part of writing do you find the hardest?

(Update -- my secret has been out for about 5 months. That doesn't make it any easier. The self-doubt is still there, but at least I finally told my mother )