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Newsletter Dated: 2/17/2002 1:05:47 PM
Subject: AD Newsletter – Vol. 2 Issue #1 -- February 17, 2002
In This Issue:
Recent Reviews for "Desert Dreams" and "Flames Past"
Awe-Struck Flash! Fiction
February Issue of The Pen Is Mightier
This Month's Spotlight Site
This Month's Colleague in the Spotlight
Odds and Ends
I just received the news earlier this week that "Desert Dreams" is a finalist in the 2001 World Romance Writer's Crystal Globe Awards for Best Overall Romance Novel. Can you say doing the Snoopy Dance and The Cabbage Patch? My printed entry has been popped in the snail mail as of Wednesday and it's off to the final round of judging now, so keep your fingers crossed for me…again .
The complete list of finalists will be made public by February 28, 2002
The winners will be announced June 6th, 2002 at an Awards Ceremony during the World Romance Writers conference in French Lick Indiana, where The Crystal Globes will be presented.
The paranormal djinni romance, released November 12, 2001, is also a 2002 Nominee in the Independent e-Book Awards (http://www.e-book-awards.com/indie-intro.shtml).
"Desert Dreams" is available now, in digital and print formats, from NovelBooks, Inc. (http://www.novelbooksinc.com). Order your copies now (and often)…and tell a friend !
Of DESERT DREAMS: "Many twists and turns in this story! Nothing was as it seemed! Therese and her relatives used many slang words that often confused me as much as Kane. So parts of the story were rough for me. Eventually the surrounding situations or the emotions the heroine used got the point across to me though. A very good story and well worth your time to look into! " Detra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews
"Gracie has an outstanding ability to make a story become so alive! Especially with her being an expert with Paranormal stories. She has made me like this genre more and more. If you like stories that are a bit out of the ordinary, then try 'Desert Dreams' on for size." 5 Coffee Cups, by LISA, Book Review Café (http://www.bookreviewcafe.com)
"Desert Dreams is a fun-filled romantic suspense novel that expands the genre by mining under-used Middle Eastern myth and folklore for its material. The paranormal elements, especially the djinn, are so well-handled I had no trouble accepting the possibility. In fact, I want to know where I can find a hunk like Kane. He's priceless as both the fish out of water in modern New York and the man who wields a frightening but possibly inadequate power. Both main characters are engaging and sympathetic, with good chemistry between them, and equally well-drawn secondary characters add depth to the story. The setting in New York is brought to life in a remarkably vivid way," 4 Stars, Karen McCollough, for Scribes World, 1/02
"Ms. McKeever has a wonderful talent for writing witty, natural dialogue. Therese is a strong and spirited heroine, and the perfect foil for the stoic Kane." 3 Stars, Gina Bernal, Romantic Times, 2/02
"Gracie McKeever has written a fantastic story, one full of multicultural flavor that pulls you in from the beginning. You will fall in love with Kane and Therese. If you like a mix of paranormal romances, and a hint of suspense then you'll enjoy reading Desert Dreams." 4 Stars, Charlene Smith, SimeGen.com
Of FLAMES PAST: "…a heart felt story of two people who refuse to get through the past mistakes and admit their desire for the future. The author gives each character a true-life situation which drives the plot to its conclusion. The emotional drama that the characters grow through grip the reader and keep them turning the pages. The authors use of pyrokinetics adds a different feel to the plot along with an unusual taste of the paranormal.
Gracie McKeever entwines the paranormal with romance. The characters come alive to the reader as they struggle with their lives, balancing emotions with desires and responsibilities. Three bells to Gracie as she successfully builds an out of control fire in the readers hearts. " Jan Crow, The Word On Romance – 1/02 http://www.thewordonromance.com
"I truly enjoyed this story and Gracie C. McKeever is fast becoming a favorite of mine. I highly recommend this read!" 4 Stars, Charlene Smith, SimeGen.com
"What an exciting book! …when the book got moving the momentum never stopped. What a heart warming story. Excellent job!" 4 ½ Coffee Cups, Contributed by CYNTHIA, for Book Review Café 2/3/02
"Echo and Sean are two great characters. Their emotions and actions ring true. The paranormal activity is described in such a way that it is very believable… I expect to read more and more of Ms. McKeever's books. In this day and age, having the hero be a firefighter is wonderful. Could it be that Ms. McKeever also has a touch of ESP?" Rita Hyatt for RCRG (Romance Club Readers Group)
Released February 6, 2002, Flames Past is now available from Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc. http://www.awe-struck.net
Ad: Meet the authors that make Awe-Struck tick, read the interviews, the articles, the inspirational stories behind the books, and find out what Awe-Struck Awe-thors are up to. But most of all, sign up for the Awe-Struck Flash, Official Newsletter of Awe-Struck E-Books http://www.awe-struck.net, and get Awed!
Awe-Struck Flash! Fiction – "Final Resting Place"
"Melly, wake up. It's time to go."
Melora squeezed her eyes tight, even half asleep realized she was being a coward, but she couldn't help it. She didn't want to open her eyes and confirm her dementia.
She wanted to believe he was just a manifestation of her hankerings when she'd seen him in the dayroom during her last few therapy sessions. But she had a feeling her wishing had become a fell-fledged nightmare. The deep male voice in the dark was proof of that.
Today had been such a lucid day for her too, a good day. One of those rare twenty-four-hour periods of clarity that made her look forward to tomorrow with optimism instead of dread. She should have known better, especially at this stage of her illness. At eighty-eight with one foot on a banana peel and the other one in the grave, and this Alzheimer's eating away at her, every day presented a surprise--not always pleasant…"
An Alzheimer's patient in a nursing home experiences the ultimate wish fulfillment in this paranormal short by Gracie C. McKeever. Read the rest in Issue #17 Awe-Struck FLASH, online now at http://www.awe-struck.net.
The Pen Is Mightier:
Latest issue is up! http://members.aol.com/RitrsPulse/Pen.html
My review of the contemporary romance "Secrets" by Elaine Hopper is live on the site. Check it out under COLUMNS. But don't stop here. There are other book reviews, movie reviews, short stories, novel excerpts, poetry and much more from the other talented authors and staff members at The Pen!
This Month's Spotlight Site
http://www.knowbetter.com -- Revamped and picking up the baton dropped by Ebooks Net's closing, this is a worthwhile site, your e-book information source (as well as a general resource for publishing).
Ad: There's always a sale or a special going on at Awe-Struck, so if you haven't visited recently, check it out! In February it's Take A Little Piece of My Heart SALE -- Go ahead! Take some of our hearts! A BUNCH of the sweetest Romances (downloads) are on sale from February 11-21 in honor of the big day for hearts and flowers! You can pluck them like long-stemmed roses--and only for $2.60--$2.85 each! That's 40 cents off the SALE price! Buy six in one order and get a free download! Check the Awe-Struck FRONT PAGE for the LINK to this sale... http://www.awe-struck.net
This Month's Colleague in the Spotlight:
The Twisted Goddess http://www.geocities.com/Paris/LeftBank/4266/ is home page of gothic artist, poet, writer Valerie Hardin. Valerie has overcome dyslexia to become a prolific author whose work includes the inspirationally fun and positive children books: Two Turtles, and I'm With Mom On Sunday just to name a couple of her multiple and cross-genre releases.
NovelBooks, Inc. announced the winners of its first annual Novel Romance Short Story Contest!
These stories will all be included in an up-coming anthology, titled for the First Place Winner -- PLEASURE OF THE HEART And Other Stories.
All winners and finalists are listed at http://www.novelbooksinc.com/contest/winners_1st.html
NBI's next Short Story Contest will be open for submissions in May, 2002
And the winners of my December Contest at Road to Romance http://www.roadtoromance.dhs.org were: Ellen Parodi won Third Prize, signed copy of Desert Dreams
Jeanette Jackson won second Prize Desert Dreams Tote Bag
Nadine Smith won first Prize, Desert Dreams Sweatshirt.
Representative of entries far and wide, the winners originated from the U.S., Canada and Australia, respectively.
Congratulations to the RTR Desert Dreams winners and I hope you all enjoy your prizes!
This Month's Newsletter Contest:
For all you reincarnation and paranormal fans (and if you're subscribed to this newsletter, I'm gathering that's most of you , I will be giving away an original Dreams Unlimited edition (3.5 diskette) of my debut release, New Age paranormal urban romance NEW LIFE INCOGNITA. Originally released through the cross-genre publisher in 1998, this Dream Realm Award 2000 Finalist (Fantasy Category) is now available from Canadian small press publisher LTDBooks (http://www.ltdbooks.com).
To enter the contest, just send a blank e-mail to email@example.com with "New Life Incognita Contest" in the subject line. Contest runs until March 17, 2002. One entry per e-mail address, and per person. Winner will be notified by e-mail. I reserve the right to publish winner's name on my site(s) and in the newsletter. Tell a friend about the contest and if they sign up for my AD Newsletter by March 17, 2002, they'll automatically be entered in the NLI contest!
Another Shameless Promotion
Visit NovelBooks, Inc. Cyber Shops at http://www.cafepress.com/nbi where you'll find your favorite NBI cover (yes, Virginia, even Desert Dreams!) on a slew of different products—from tees and totes, to mousepads and mugs. You can also choose to purchase official NBI gear perfect for showing off to your friends or wearing out and about. Keep an eye out for new products and specials. And if were not lucky enough to win one of the "Desert Dreams" prizes up for grabs in my December contest, well then you might have to break down and BUY the gear. Did I mention, affordable gifts, just in time for…any time?
Odds and Ends
If you haven't yet stopped by Gracie's Gallery http://hometown.aol.com/gwiz10/myhomepage/index.html please do check it out. Learn more about my books and me. Peruse the links of interest for writers and readers. Pore through the available articles, poems, short stories, novelettes and free book excerpts, and…Happy Reading!
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