Giving away my book, signed by Stephen Amell!

20161114_233258So a funny thing happened on the way to Heroes and Villains Fanfest (#HVFF) back in January…a blizzard. And not just any blizzard. An epic, once-every-hundred-years kind of blizzard. Four feet of snow, blinding white-out conditions, man-eating wolves, etc, etc. So there we were, snowed in at the hotels surrounding the Meadowlands Exposition Center, tired and starving. Hey, it’s a lot of work playing in the snow and the hotel hadn’t planned on having to feed all of us.

So we went on foot in search of an open restaurant. (Yes, we ventured out despite the wolves.) We happened upon a Carrabba’s and lo and behold, who should be inside but Stephen Amell of Arrow. Apparently, he and his cast and friends had gotten hungry too. Serendipity. Just my luck I had a signed copy of my debut book, THE GHOST CHRONICLES, with me and I wanted to gift it to Stephen. Now, if you’ve never met him or watched Arrow on CW, put both on your bucket list this minute. I’ll wait.

Done?

Good. So I went up to Stephen to chat (yes, he’s that nice and approachable) and give him my book. But he decided to do one better. He said let me sign it and you can keep it. 20160123_142459Now, truth be told, I’ve met him before. And I have an item or two signed by Stephen and others from his Arrow cast. So, I decided right then and there to ask him if I could raffle it off for charity. Of course, it was a bit hectic in the restaurant and I probably babbled it, so I don’t remember if he gave me a straight answer or not, or if my question even came off the right way. So when I saw him again at HVFF in July, I asked him again to be sure I had his blessing. And being the gracious soul that he is, he agreed to let me raffle off the book to help benefit a charity, and I’ve picked his FCancer Campaign. Having had friends and family battle cancer, (and having had a few lose that battle) I think it’s a very worthy cause. So as much as I hate to part with the book (and I do hate to part with it, believe me) I figure giving the book away is a win-win for all.

So, please enter the raffle. It’s pretty simple and straight forward. There are many ways to get entries – give to Stephens FCancer campaign and enter your order ID#, follow letsfcancer’s Facebook page, follow @fcancernow on twitter and instagram, etc.The more things you do, the more entries you get and the better your chances of winning. I only ask that you try to do the first one on the list, since that’s the most important. (And the best part…if you’ve already donated to Stephen’s FCancer campaign, you can get five entries in this giveaway just by putting in your order ID#!) Here’s the direct link to the campaign and a few videos from Stephen (scroll down the page) if you want to hear what it’s all about: Stephen Amell’s Represent Page

I will send the book to whoever wins, anywhere in the world. Yeah, I’m kinda nuts like that.

Remember, there can be only one! May the odds be ever in your favor…(And in case you were wondering, I don’t capture any of your emails or Facebook info. All Rafflecopter will give me at the end is the email of the winner so that I can coordinate shipping their prize. I get nothing out of this, except for maybe a few follows here and there. That’s it.)
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The giveaway will run a little longer than Stephen’s campaign because I want to give people who ordered t-shirts and things earlier to find the giveaway and get their chance to win the signed book. All anyone needs to enter is their order ID# once they’ve ordered from the FCancer Campaign.

Thanks for stopping by, don’t be a stranger.

~Marlo

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Amazon Prime Members Can Read THE GHOST CHRONICLES for Free!

You heard that right! Amazon is concentrating on being a bookseller again with its latest Prime perk. If you subscribe to the company’s $99-a-year Prime membership, which provides free two-day shipping on many products (among other things), your newest benefit is called Prime Reading. Just announced in October, Prime Reading gives US Prime members unlimited access to a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics, and shorter reading materials.

And guess what? THE GHOST CHRONICLES is one of those books! I’m not sure how long this offer will last, but take advantage while you can. Not all books are included in Amazon’s new program, so I’m honored that my book was chosen.

You can read all about Amazon’s new program here:

Amazon Adds Free Books to the Ever-Growing List of Prime Benefits

And you can grab THE GHOST CHRONICLES by clicking on this link:

THE GHOST CHRONICLES on Kindle

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This is a limited time offer, so hurry!

All best,

~Marlo

Winner of the 2016 Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book!

glbadgewinner_2016smallI am beyond thrilled to announce that THE GHOST CHRONICLES won the 2016 Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book this past Friday night! This was a dream come true for me. When I attended my first New Jersey Romance Writers Conference back in 2008, I remember being at the award ceremony and thinking, someday I want to be up there. And now it’s happened. I am officially an award-winning author. With my very first book too. I am one happy writer right now. Congratulations to all my fellow Golden Leaf Winners!

img_3648And I am so grateful to everyone who helped me achieve this wonderful goal. First, much love and thanks go to my family: my husband, Chris, my sons, Michael and Andrew, and to my Mom, Dad, sister and brother for their unwavering support and faith in me. To my dear friend Beth-Ann Kerber, who first heard my crazy idea to write a book and didn’t tell me I was crazy. To all my writing friends, but especially to Brynn Chapman, Dan Krippene, Natalie Zaman, Charlotte Bennardo, KT Hanna, Jami Nord, Veronica Blade, Katia Raina, and Robin Haseltine for reading, critiquing and generally sharing your knowledge. To Amy Deluca, who sent me the most encouraging email about this manuscript at the exact moment I needed it most.

To all of my early beta-readers, but especially to my friends, Andy Morris, Laura Lee Morris, and Ellen Armstrong for their keen insights and fierce loyalty. To my fabulous cover designer, Sean P. McConnell, for his incredible talent and patience. To Carol Van Den Hende, for lending her opinions and additional expertise on my cover. To all the fantastic writing organizations and groups that have brought me so much knowledge and comradery over the years, New Jersey Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, NJ-Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, TeenLitAuthors, WritingGIAM, and WritingYoungAdult. And last but certainly not least, to Ronald and Theresa Stanton, owners of The Angel of the Sea, for their friendship and for allowing me to use the name and image of their ‘beautiful angel’ in THE GHOST CHRONICLES.

More wonderful announcements about this series to come along shortly :)

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Don’t Miss These Two Giveaways!!!

Hi everyone,

I’m gearing up for several important announcements about the release of THE GHOST CHRONICLES II, so I decided to do a giveaway of Book I on Goodreads. Enter for a chance to win three paperback copies! Open to residents in US, GB and CA! Hurry because this giveaway ends October 5th!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

The Ghost Chronicles

by Marlo Berliner

Giveaway ends October 05, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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And also, if you’ve thought about doing it, now would be a great time to join my VIP author newsletter! I’m giving away a beautiful gift box filled with goodies including a $50 gift certificate to the Angel of the Sea bed and breakfast in Cape May, along with a t-shirt and coffee mug from the Angel!

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The winner will be announced on Halloween October 31, 2016.

All my VIP newsletter subscribers will be entered into the drawing. However, to increase your chances of winning, each subscriber who gets a friend or relative to subscribe to my newsletter between now and October 31st gets their name put in the hat 15 more times! All you need to do is have your friend or relative email me at marloberliner@gmail.com with “subscribe me” in the email subject line and in the body of the email give me your name as the person who referred them. So for every friend or relative you refer, you get 15 more entries! Easy-peasy!

If you have any questions about either giveaway, just email me through my website and I’ll be happy to answer :)

(Incidentally, I’ve decided to do giveaways monthly for my VIP newsletter subscribers. Some of the giveaways will be for books, some will be for gift cards, some will be for swag, and some will be bigger than others, but all the giveaways will be loads of fun! So be sure to read your newsletters!)

You can sign up for my newsletter here: Marlo’s VIP Newsletter

By signing up you will periodically (but not too often) receive:

– News about contests and giveaways
– Sneak peeks and teasers
– Early cover reveals
– The most up-to-date book news and new releases
– Advance notice of book signings and appearances
– Special Online events for readers
– Upcoming sales and discounts on my books

Stay tuned for announcements about the release of THE GHOST CHRONICLES, BOOK II !!!

~Marlo

XOXO

Welcome Guest Author Maggie Tideswell!

I’m pleased to welcome guest author Maggie Tideswell to the blog today!

acm-mtideswell-release-bannerThe idea of two complete strangers getting hitched has always intrigued me, for one simple reason—why would they do such a thing? Could such a relationship succeed? By successful relationship, I understand not only the longevity of the marriage…but is it possible for the participants to actually fall in love with each other in such a strange arrangement? Love is found in the most unexpected places.

A Convenient Marriage grew over a number of years. The basic story was simple—a divorcee with two children, an ex-husband being difficult over visitation, as well as a fiancée unable to commit. Holly’s friends suggested that she needed a new husband, placing an advert in the paper for one behind her back. Joshua was struck by a simple plan when he saw the ad and responded to it.

Why would Holly marry a man she’d never met, and why would Joshua respond to an ad for a husband, then actually propose to a woman he had never clapped eyes on? So, in came the dawdling fiancée, Nicole. Both Holly and Joshua were justified in not planning the marriage to be a real one, because they each had an agenda of their own, but Nicole was the injured party. For their plan to succeed, they had to marry—the real kind, down to that all-important piece of paper married—and they had to seem to be totally in love with each other. That it is all a scam, only they would know.

And here comes the ‘but’. Holly and Joshua’s plans go awry from the moment they meet on the steps of the chapel where their fake marriage is to take place, when both recognize the immediate attraction. Back at Joshua’s wine estate—yes, he is a rich landowner where Holly expected him to be a pauper—Holly meets Joshua’s mother, his brother and sister-in-law, and Nicole, the fiancée, who found out about Joshua’s duplicity in a room full of people. No one can blame Nicole for being a tad upset. Or can they? To add to Holly’s woes, she seems to have acquired a ‘ghost’ demanding she tell a story.

Amidst Nicole’s shenanigans, Joshua’s mother’s disapproval, Holly’s ex’s aggression, and the ghost following Holly around, will these two accomplish what they set out to do? Or will life get in the way?

Joshua’s and Holly’s journey through the uncharted seas of a blind marriage, where no rules apply, is a stormy one. Place your order here:

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About the Author

Maggie Tideswell lives in Johannesburg—South Africa, with her husband, Gareth. Shemom began writing when her kids were still very young, squeezing a few paragraphs at a time between the hectic schedule of raising three children, and working full time in the catering industry. She wrote many books before considering having them published. Now that the children have all made lives for themselves, there is more time for writing.

 

After much experimentation, Maggie writes passionate paranormal romance, of varying levels of heat. The paranormal, things that happen for which there are no logical explanations and ghosts are of particular interest to Maggie. What events in a person’s life would prevent that person from ‘resting’ after death? The ‘Old Religion’ is another special interest. And love, of course. Why do people fall in love? What keeps them together for a lifetime when so many relationships fail?

Maggie’s advice to aspirant novelists is two-fold. Never give up, and write every day. Writing is a craft that has to be honed with practice. And the only way to practice writing is by doing it. And a bonus, never stop reading your favorite genre. Reading it and writing it is the only training for a writer.

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“Maggie Tideswell’s latest novel, A Convenient Marriage, will have you turning pages as her characters cope with a marriage of convenience, well-meaning but nosy friends, a meddling ghost, jealous exes, and more. My advice: Make room on your Keepers shelf for this story!” (Loree Lough, best-selling author of 107 award-winning books, including Harlequin Heartwarming’s “Those Marshall Boys” series.)

Please leave any comments or questions for Maggie below.