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OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “BUCKLAND GAP,” BY CHARLES WILTSHIRE, “THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE,” BY DYAN deNAPOLI AND “A BETTER TRUTH,” BY VALERIE JOAN CONNORS, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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Have you published a book? Do you know anyone who has, and would like to see it get a little more attention?

Like everything else, Snowflakes in a Blizzard has its periods of ebb and flow. Right now, it’s ebbing a bit in terms of attracting authors.

I’m not sure why, because this seems like a pretty good deal to me.

First of all, Snowflakes in a Blizzard is free. Absolutely. No hidden agenda, no editing service hiding behind the curtain. And it will always be free. I do this because I like helping other writers and because I enjoy exposing our blog followers — and other potential readers — to books they may not have known about otherwise.

Each week, we feature three books. They could be novels, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, or short story collections. These posts go out to over 3,200 potential readers, many of whom share them on their own social media.

Once the week is over, the posts are archived on the “Authors” page of our site. Forever (or until Amageddon, whichever comes first).

I’m not promising you that this will sell books for you. I’m not promising you anything except that Snowflakes will send what amounts to a one-on-one pitch to quite a few people on your behalf — and that can’t be a bad thing. There is no downside to this.

If you have something you’d like featured, all you have to do is fill out our template with questions about your book and you as an author. It should take about 15 minutes, tops.

Most of our writers have an Amazon page. If I can see a sample chapter of your book there, fine. If not, I’d appreciate your sending me one. I don’t want to become just another gatekeeper, but our need for credibility means I’m reluctant to take in a book sight unseen.

I’m looking for work that isn’t written merely to sound like somebody else or latch on to a current trend. If you’ve been told your book doesn’t have a definable genre, that’s a plus.

Nor do I care if what you’re offering came out a few years ago. The torrent of new books rushes past so quickly that previous work quickly gets washed out of the public consciousness. If you’ve got something out now, you may be too busy promoting it to worry much about yesterday’s book. We’d like to address that as one of our “niches,” something that sets us apart from the gazillion other sites and blogs purporting to help writers.

Go to the site, snowflakesarise.wordpress.com. You can find a template there, or I can send you one. Check out the current posts. Go to the Author’s page to look at some of the 258 books we’ve featured so far.Read the testimonials. And if you have any questions, my e-mail is writersbridge@hotmail.com.

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Darrell Laurant

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, FEB. 21-27.

“DREAM EATER,” BY K. BIRD LINCOLN.

Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams.

Her whole life, she’s avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact—a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee—transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit.

But Koi’s getting her act together. No matter what, this time she’s going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it’s not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor’s hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi’s father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.

“CHOCOLATES AND CYANIDE,” BY MIKE LORD.

A man is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and considers surgery, until a friend notices ayurvedic medicine as an alternative. This involves ingesting cyanide related food and seeds. At the same time a box of chocolates given to him are delivered to the wrong passenger, and she dies after eating one chocolate. The police enquiry worries him as he has a bag full of seeds containing cyanide salts.

“DROPPING ANTS INTO POEMS,” BY DAVID NAVARRO.

Consists of 27 contemporary poems, an additional 18 Zen poems, and 1 piece of flash fiction that all work together to develop the main theme of exploring the Timeless Lore of our past and cultivating it to bring forth the new seeds of thought and knowledge to sow and plant for future generations. The book also contains an article on contemporary poetry, and there is a final surprise bonus at the end of the book to spice up life.

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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