[New Post] Blogging 101 . Your Dream Reader . Part 1… Brides

As an author, I have penned two categories of books to date. Both genres are introduced, sometimes, together, on this blog as my regular followers already know. My point being; two genres, two audiences, two parts to satisfy for yesterday’s blogging assignment. Keep in mind, I am a day behind. Continue reading

Olivia To The Rescue

Being the helpful little orple that she is, Olivia is hanging posters for me to announce my new Brides Series. Even though only two of the three books in the trilogy are complete at this writing, she insists I should be getting the word out. In the meantime, Oscar is the one drooling over the pages of what’s about to happen next. Who’d have thought Oscar would even open a book? Hmm, these books must be pretty good to attract Oscar’s attention. He’d usually rather be out running around, exploring the physical world, or sleeping. Then again, Oscar likes to eat, too. The Orples books tell you all about Oscar and Olivia.  Or you can check out the topic in the margins of my blog page to get a glimpse into the world of orples, in general.   Brides_Ad_103014 Olivia was pretty upset when I told her she had competition.  However, at this point, I’ve convinced her to read my books before she discounts them.  Besides, the way Olivia loves to read, you’d think she would eagerly pounce on the story of the Sanderson family and their adventures. She snooped a little,  and decided to give my ‘other’ books a try. I think she was a little shocked at some of the language, since orples are not accustomed to such colorful words as Roger sometimes uses, especially if Yvonne has been pushing his buttons again.  Plus, Olivia and Oscar both like horses, which are abundant throughout the Brides books.  The orples have even been horseback riding themselves, and have a picture to prove it!

Weekly Photo Challenge . Cover Art

The covers for these book are actually comprised of several photographs,  some have been turned into bitmaps, then combined to create an original cover designs, as is true for all three of my Brides books. The cover for Book 1 . Sarah and Yvonne replicates a mural described within the story. Sarah is a very talented artist, and this particular mural plays a definite role in the story, thus is used as a prop to support the interior text. There are widgets in the side margin of my blog page utilizing the covers for my first two books, showing the front cover of their designs for anyone interested in viewing them. Or if you want to check out my Amazon listing, just click the cover(s) to check out my page on that site. Click away PLEASE. Bk1.cvr The cover for Book 2. Sharon & Carmine, incorporates an actual map of central Virginia, with the estates marking their locations (on the rear cover) showing the relationships between the various settings within the book itself. A picture is worth 1000 words, and personally, I think a book should work in unison, inside and out, to tell the whole story. Bk_2 Finally, the cover shown, here, announcing Book 3 . Topeka, utilizes ‘The Big House’ , also shown on the covers of the preceding books in the series. The color of the spine on each book varies, creating a rainbow effect, adding a touch of color to your book collection as a whole. While this book is not available quite yet, I will make an announcement when it becomes available.

The Cover for Book 3 of my Brides Trilogy. This book is still in the works, but the 1st printing of Books 1 & 2 are available on Amazon right now.

The Cover for Book 3 of my Brides Trilogy. This book is still in the works, but the 1st printing of Books 1 & 2 are available on Amazon right now.

To summarize: Brides is an ongoing love story of a close knit family living in Covesville, Virginia. The Homestead, the Sanderson family’s heirloom estate, founded in 1821, grew with the family’s changing needs over the passing years. The farm consisted of one hundred and twenty acres, kept in tact, and passed down through the generations ever since. In the beginning of the series, Rogers’ parents are the heads of household. Book 1 of the Brides saga technically begins in 1988 and ends in 1996. Book 2 picks up where Book 1 leaves off, and Book 3 obviously follows Book 2, beginning in 2007 and ending in 2010. The peopling varies, but remains consistent throughout the trilogy. The series is designed so that each book stands alone, but all three books  work together in a lineal fashion to create the ‘big’ picture. Book 3 is still in ‘tweak stage’, so has not yet been made available for sale yet.  Honestly, I need to go back and tweak books 1 & 2, but am trying to advertize them as I go in the hopes that one day an actual ‘big’ publisher will be swept away by my storyline (every budding author’s dream come true), and polish the content, then promote the story for the best seller I deem it to be. I am a one man show, and my punctuation sucks, I admit.  However, I do have faith in this story, even if I do spend the majority of my time chasing commas. Ugggh! I’ve left this series open for satellite books, which will branch out with the family tree, leaving more of a spatial time line to work with. No matter, there are plenty of characters worthy of stories of their own within the pages of these first three books. We’ll see how the story finally ends when the story finally does end, which won’t be for awhile, hopefully.

Sarah’s Horses

Recently, Brides, Books 1 & 2 (of 3) became available for sale to the public. If you would like to check them out, just click the cover in the side margin to check out my Amazon listings. Since I am a new author in the gene of ‘romance novels’, this is an early attempt at feeling my way through the beginning stages of ‘marketing’ and making people aware that this book even exists, so please bear with me as I fumble my way through the newness of it all.

While I’ve tagged my books as ‘romance novels’, for lack of knowing how else to list them, I hesitate to classify these books as such, since really, my story involves the whole family and several romances, along with a variety of other situations: good and bad, replicating life in general. This tale is more of a family ‘saga’, than a romantic love story involving only two people.

In this particular book series, horses are the glue that bring, and hold, the characters together. Trail riders, especially, should be able to identify with this family’s equestrian lifestyle. Book 1 starts out in a typical love triangle and branches out from there as the story unfolds and the character’s mature.


Some of these ‘steeds’ play a prominent role in the story line, thus are worthy of their own introductions.

Book 3 . Topeka is still in the editing stages. I am doing it all, so hopefully I’ll catch my errors prior to publication. The books offered on Amazon today are in their first printing. I imagine I’ll need to make ‘some’ corrections in punctuation, and when I do, I will reprint the books, making the first few books sold that much more valuable, should this series take off. Personally, I’ve worked hard to bring you a story worth reading, and, of course, as is the case with any author, I hope my books become best sellers—I hope, I hope!

In the meantime, ‘Happy Reading’ to one and all.

The Sanderson/Trist Family Tree

Dependent on the number of members a family might have, some family trees have more branches than others, but all have roots that run deep. In an effort to introduce my fellow bloggers to my newest book series—Brides; a family saga told in a trio of books spanning from 1988 through 2007, collectively,  I introduce to you an early family tree. The story begins with Ralph and Bethany Sanderson sitting at the heads of the table, still living in ‘The Big House’, on ‘The Homestead’; the ancestral home passed down for the past 160+ years. Unlike the family it supports, this tree shows shallow roots.


Although, shown here in partial color, the family tree/s as printed in my books. are black & white.

Brides, books 1 & 2, available on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=searchalias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Brides%2C%20book%201%2C%20Sarah%20%26%20Yvonne Greetings All, I know, long time, no hear. I’ve been busy writing more books, while trying to stay afloat in general. Thus, I took a break from blogging In the event anyone is curious as to where I’ve been. I’ve posted a link to Book 1, of my 3-part Trilogy. Book 3 is still in the works, but books 1 & 2 are available on Amazon for anyone who might be interested in checking them out. E-books will be coming soon on all three titles, although for now, these books are only available in soft cover. Happy reading everyone!.