Another New Release!

Just because I’m full of surprises, I’d like to announce my latest release, Lessons of Hope and Light! The cover was designed by my very talented son, Michael Berliner, and the book is dedicated to my Aunt Catherine who was very dear to me and passed away in 2016.

Lessons of Hope and Light is a thought-provoking collection of three inspirational short stories – The Lucky One, The Gift, and The Journey. While this isn’t my usual writing genre, I am proud of these stories and hope you will enjoy them.

One of the stories, The Gift, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story Category. The Lucky One was a short story I entered in another Writer’s Digest Competition. The Journey is my favorite of the three though, because I still wonder to this day why I was so compelled to write it and where the idea even came from. I woke up one morning with the story fully formed in my head and dashed downstairs to put it first on paper and then on my computer. The Journey teaches five spiritual lessons in a one-page story. When a local priest I know read it, he said it was “as powerful as the poem Footprints.”

As an added bonus, the collection also includes a sneak peek at the first chapter of my award-winning debut book, THE GHOST CHRONICLES.

The book is available on Amazon as an ebook: LESSONS OF HOPE AND LIGHT

I’m also on a Virtual Book Tour for THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 which was just released! What does that mean? It means you should stop by one of the websites on the tour, check out all the great bonus content, and enter to win a $20 Amazon e-giftcard just in time for the holidays! You can find all the tour stops here: Prism Book Tour

Have a Happy Halloween!

3 Special Announcements for Summer 2017!

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re enjoying your summer! I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be on an internet radio show on 7/25 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. You can find more info about the show here: The Geri Petito Show 

When the show starts at 5:00 you can simply go to the website and click at the top on Listen Live. I will also be posting direct links to the show on my website soon, but you can also listen by calling in to this number: 641-793-9469, or if you want to talk with us or offer words of encouragement during the broadcast you can call this number: 609-807-2492.

I would love to hear from some fans during the broadcast!

I’m also proud to announce that THE GHOST CHRONICLES has been shortlisted for Book of the Year by Books Go Social! Book of the Year Shortlist Announcement

If you like, you can upvote the book here: Books Go Social 

And I’m also excited to announce that I’ve joined the authors of YA Outside the Lines! Jennifer R. Hubbard, Lea Nolan, Patty Blount and many other fantastic YA authors are part of the blog! Each author is assigned a different day to blog and I’ll be blogging about various topics on the 30th of each month. My first blog recently went up and you can read it here: The Discovery of Heat

Soak up the sun and talk to you soon!

~Marlo

Cover Reveal for THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 and a Giveaway!

Big news to share! I’m revealing the cover today for THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2

at the RT Convention in Atlanta!

First, here’s the back cover blurb about the book:

What’s there to fear if you’re already dead?
Plenty.
Michael and Sarah now know for certain,
there is a destination after death.
They also know they better find their way out of the afterlife fast,
before the devil claims Michael’s soul.
What they don’t know?
Before they can get to heaven…they may just have to go through hell.

Behold the cover of THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2!

It was designed by the fabulous S.P. McConnell!

THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 FRONT COVER (Final)

And the pre-order for the ebook is up on Amazon!

THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2 ON KINDLE

To celebrate I’m also doing a giveaway for the first book in the series:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

The Ghost Chronicles

by Marlo Berliner

Giveaway ends May 09, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

The RT Convention is Almost Here!

I’m super excited to be attending the Romantic Times Convention 2017 in Atlanta! The RT Convention is the book industry event of the year and if you want to learn more you can check out their website here. It’s my first time attending as a published author and I’ll be there from May 1st through May 7th. Can’t wait to meet author friends both old and new! I’m also especially looking forward to meeting new reader fans! I’m going to be giving out tons of free swag, goodies, and books! I’ve even promised author friend C.M. McCoy that I’ll be joining her for some spontaneous Irish Dancing! Lord only knows what else I may be caught doing!

Here are just a few of the events I’ll be attending and/or participating in:

Tuesday May 2nd 9:30 – 11:00 PM YA Spooky Slumber Party!

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Wednesday, May 3rd 1:30 – 2:30 pm YA Book-tionary!

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Also on Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 PM I’ll be attending Pistols & Petticoats.

On Thursday evening from 5:15 – 6:15 PM I’m planning on going to the Peaches & Cream Party thrown by Kensington. And then from 8:45 – 11:45 PM I’ll be at the Spec Ops, Spies & Speakeasy: Roaring 20’s Costume Party.

On Friday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM I’ll be at the RT Awards Ceremony followed by the RT Awards Reception. After that, I’m planning on going to Magnolias & Moonshine.

I’m especially looking forward to Saturday, because from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM I’ll be meeting readers and signing THE GHOST CHRONICLES at the Giant Book Fair! You can buy your copy ahead of time and I’ll be happy to sign it at the Book Fair. Or you can purchase a copy at the Fair that day. I’ll be seated near the end of Row 18 in YA Alley. To find me, just look for this awesome banner designed by my son, Michael:

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Also on Saturday, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM I’ll be participating in the Teen Day Party! Be one of the first 500 to register and receive one of these bags + swag! RT Teen Day 

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After that I’ll be kicking up my heels at Heather Graham’s Dancing Dead Southern-Style Dinner Theater! I’m coming in costume as a ghost, but that’s all I’ll tell you for now!

And last, but not least, on Sunday I’ll be meeting readers and signing at the RT Roundup Meet & Greet from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM!

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Hope to see you there!

All my best,

~Marlo

 

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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