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David Gaughran

So, as I near the completion of my new novel, I’ve been investing much time lately in that most unfortunate of necessities that every self-respecting self-publishing author must invest in – marketing research.

Yeah…

Marketing is something of which I detest greatly and something at which I fail miserably.

Fortunately for me, however, in my quotidian research for marketing excellence, I stumbled upon (whatever happened to StumbleUpon anyway?) a publishing and marketing guru named, you guessed it…

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LEAVE: And Other Stories Short and Shorter

I’m happy to announce the release of my fifth book, a short story collection entitled: LEAVE: And Other Stories Short and Shorter.

Within the collection, there are 30 stories new and old. Some are short in length as are traditional short stories, and some are shorter in length, as are the more contemporary flash fiction stories. Some were written as recently as this past winter; others, as long ago as the early ’90s. Many have been published previously on my website and other places, but there are several new stories that have not yet been released until now.

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TALKING ABOUT WINE WITH EASE: A Guest Post by Author Linda Foxworth

Author Linda Foxworth

Last spring a friend in my wine tasting group, who is also a certified specialist of wine, asked me if I would be interested in co-authoring an introductory wine book with him. After thinking about it for roughly three seconds, the amount of time it took me to consider how much I love wine and how much I love to write, I said, ‘yes, yes I would.’

The writing process went very smoothly. We took turns writing a few chapters each month. Within six months the first draft was complete. Then came the tedious work of editing; checking and re-checking the pronunciation guides, re-working the maps multiple times, until we finally gave up and found another source (drawing maps is much harder than I ever imagined) and debating the usefulness of the Oxford comma. After another six months, yes, the editing took as long as the writing, but wasn’t nearly as much fun, the final 138th draft (I exaggerate…a little) was ready to be shipped off to the publisher.

We self-published and used Trafford. They put out a quality product, have reasonable prices, include an isbn, and have many covers from which to choose. After learning at a writers’ conference that blue covers sell more books than any other color, we changed our cover to blue.

Our book is available on amazon. It is an introductory book. If you are already deeply in the throes of wine study, this book will do you no good. But if you know very little about wine and would like to know a little something without having to work too hard, this is the book for you. It includes the basics on wine regions and grapes as well as fun facts and talking points. Each chapter opens with the bare essentials for that region, the three or four or five things you should know about a region in easy-to-reference quick tips.

I will be giving out free copies of the book, Talking About Wine With Ease, to the first five people who contact me, Linda Foxworth, at foxress@charter.net and put ‘free book’ in the subject line. If you are the sixth person to contact me, the book is available on amazon for $10.99.

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In Celebration of the End of Procrastination

To celebrate the release of my poetry collection Poems from the River as a print edition, you can get a free copy of the Kindle edition from now until approximately 23:59PM (PST) Sunday, December 14, 2014.

GET YOUR FREE EBOOK >> UNITED STATES | WORLDWIDE

 

Poems from the River

Photo courtesy of the lovely and loving Megi of HappyNest In America

The print edition is now available for purchase directly from the publisher HERE.

It will be available for purchase at Amazon US in 3-5 days and from distributors worldwide in the days thereafter.

Thank you so much for your support. I truly hope you enjoy the poetry.

 

The Field

Photo courtesy of the lovely and loving Megi of HappyNest In America

Veteran’s Day Giveaway

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to download a copy of my novel The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor during yesterday’s giveaway. I am totally flabbergasted by how many were downloaded. It is my most sincere hope that you enjoy the story.

Also, just a reminder that Leave: A Short Story is still available as a free download for about three more hours (until approximately Midnight (PST) or 3:00am (EST)). The number of downloads for this story were equally amazing. In fact, the story ranked number one in its category until just recently. It is now ranked number two. :) So please, continue to download it while it is still available for free.

US Amazon customers can get their free copy of LEAVE: A Short Story right here.

All other cool customers around the globe can get their copy right here.

And if you have a chance, please let us know what you think of the stories by writing an Amazon Review.

Thank you, my friends!

 
 

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In Honor of All who Serve in Defense of Freedom & Liberty

On Sunday, the fam and I visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

It’s a beautiful place.

Spiritual.

Haunting.

Usually when we go there it’s almost always on a whim, a spur of the moment thing.

As if its spirit overcomes us and compels us to visit.

But on Sunday, we wanted to go knowing that Veteran’s Day was forthcoming.

And we wanted to put ourselves in the presence of the most honorable of veterans.

True heroes fighting for the truest of causes.

But we also went knowing that it wasn’t just a reflection for today, the day my country honors all who serve and have served in defense of Freedom & Liberty.

We went knowing that Sunday was Remembrance Day. A day which our good friends in the United Kingdom reserve for reflecting on the sacrifices of their heroes.

During my years of service, I was fortunate enough, honored, to be able to serve closely with many fine soldiers and sailors, veterans in defense of Freedom & Liberty, from the United Kingdom. I made many good friends.

I also served closely with those from Canada, Australia, Japan, and other countries. I made many more good friends.

I am a lucky old sailor who is honored to have served with such honorable men and women from all over this fine yet feisty planet of ours…

It’s not much, but to honor all veterans around the globe who serve in defense of Freedom & Liberty, I offer my novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR and LEAVE: A SHORT STORY to all for free. The novel will be available for free until Midnight tonight (PST) and the short story will be available until Midnight tomorrow night (PST).

Those in the United States can get their copies here

All others around the world can get theirs here

And you can always find a free selection of stories right here

PEACE …through superior fire power