Thursday, September 10, 2015

Venosta, Quebec Writers' Retreat

I am off on a Writers' Retreat Sept. 25th to 27th in gorgeous Venosta, Quebec. I have never taken a retreat before due to lack of time and money and a deep-seated insecurity about the work. None of which has changed but I'm a sucker for a heritage farm house in the Gatineau Hills and I have a new series I'm struggling to get locked down for 2016.  

Mark Frutkin is the artist-in-residence. I read Erratic North and loved it. Thus, I am excited by the work ahead, tempered with rational dismay by the work ahead. 

Here is where the retreat is being held:
What else is happening in my writing life?

I'm trying to zero in on the titles that did well since I began self-publishing, the titles that show promise and the titles I should put to bed. It's finding what interests me, what appeals to the market (readers) and the time I have available all in one place and then directing my energy there. Some writers nail this out of the gate and others (me) are slow learners. Onward!

Have a blessed weekend and don't forget to download your free copy of Heathcliff today on Amazon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Heathcliff" Free Days this September

Meh. Maybe it's the rain. Maybe it's my age. This blog has been nothing but Rants Against the Machine lately. Free books always make me feel better.

Heathcliff by N J Dorrian is Free on Sept. 10th, 16th and 29th. 

Heathcliff is the first book in A Wuthering Heights Variation Series. Earnshaw was just released. Novella-length historical fiction that revisits the love story of Cathy and Heathcliff from an intriguing perspective that does not violate the original classic.

Available on Amazon only, folks. (Kindle Unlimited subscribers, you can borrow the book right now and read it quickly before it is zapped off your reader.)

Please consider leaving a review. It is impossible to acquire new readers without reader reviews. I don't like to be bullied into reviewing and I assume most readers feel the same. But to keep book prices low, we need to participate in reviewing independent titles because mainstream media won't. Think of it as grass roots curating. And niche fiction especially needs all the help it can get from its fans.

Okay! On to the free book link! (Mark the date on your calendar or Follow N J Dorrian's Author Page to hear of sales, new releases, other fun stuff.)

HEATHCLIFF on Amazon. Free Sept. 10, 16 and 29.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dear Facebook

Why you are stupid:

1) My real name is Nadine Doolittle. It is my actual name given to me at birth. It is the name you rejected over and over when I tried to join your strange and irritating club.

2) I made a name up. This is the name you accepted. You wanted me to PROVE that I was Nadine Doolittle and I declined due to not having the technology required (scanner) or the interest when making up a name was easier. (Proof of identity was needed to prove I was the account holder which I could not do as I didn't have an account. Read Catch 22 for more info on why this is stupid.)

3) Although intriguing, the suggestion I now look for my "friends" with the fake name, is a stupid one.

4) Fake Name has no online presence. Real Name does. Fake Name has no government ID or pays taxes. Real Name gave birth, pays taxes, writes books, the whole catastrophe.

5) You sternly remind folks it is wrong to pretend to be someone else. In that spirit, I am not Fake Name.

That is all.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wuthering Heights Variation Series New Release!

N J Dorrian has released the second novella in the Wuthering Heights Variation Series.

Earnshaw opens on the day Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights and Cathy, disappearing for three years.

From the author:

"Where he lived, how he acquired his wealth and education is a mystery that Emily Bronte makes no attempt to clear up for the reader. She doesn't gloss over it though. We are meant to wonder, as Nelly does, and she deliberately keeps us in suspense. The genius of this literary trick is so bold, it leaves me breathless even on my umpteenth reading of the book. In my imagined version of what happened to Heathcliff in those three years, I tried to take into account the man who returned, the man Emily created, and follow her emotional logic. Mixing fact and fiction, Earnshaw tells the story of happened between Cathy and Heathcliff from the day he vanished from the Heights to the day he abandons Cathy a second time to run off with Isabella Linton."

Currently available for purchase on Amazon in ebook and in print everywhere.

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