My newest edition, Master of Disguise, is out online. Please go to Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. Please click on:
9781728342108_hrdlow Master of Disguise has gone to the printers today! It will be released in two weeks to online websites. I will keep you updated.
May 2020 be an even better year than in 2019. I’ve already made some Near Year’s resolutions. Let’s just say they have to do with better (improved) health, healing and getting stronger, preparing for surgery on my other foot, companionship, and hopefully marriage.
Here’s wishing you a great New Year with lots of happiness, love, and joy to all!
Sorry to be amiss for a while. I have been on a long journey in the past several months. Recovering from surgery and extensive physical rehabilitation for four weeks, I can say I’m alive. Last summer, I had surgery to correct my left foot and ankle. I’ll be having surgery next year to correct my right foot and ankle. I was in personal care for a few months, coming home on Thanksgiving Day. It feels so good to be home.
I knew from the beginning that surgery would be a high risk. It was a difficult decision whether to have surgery or not. The autoimmune condition turned both of my feet in severely over the past nine years. The thought of walking better and improved mobility never left me. In addition, I wanted to walk without pain and release pressure from walking on the side of my foot.
The foot is straight now and healing. I’m having physical therapy at home twice weekly. The stretching exercises and ice on the foot help with swelling and pain. It took several years to find relief, but I can say it’s worth it. I first thought that maybe the surgery was a mistake. It was rough and physically challenging. I underestimated the healing process.
I was in a leg cast below the knee a little over four months. I had five surgical pins in my foot and ankle for ten weeks. The doctor says I’m a very slow healer, but I thank God that my leg did heal. It was scary for a few weeks that my ankle surgical wound would close up. But it did and I am blessed!
I’ve also been away from writing, but have just submitted materials for my latest book, Master of Disguise, to be published. Due to the holidays, it may take a few weeks for publication. Master of Disguise is a historical novel, the sequel to my previous two books, Saga of the Ages and Trail of Betrayal. Front cover design – the artist is Dannie Michelle Wright. She is very talented and does beautiful artwork.
I’m getting comments from new writers and from those thinking about writing a new book. I spent five years gathering knowledge and information about the writing process. No one taught me these things. Rather, it is a step-by-step process, triggered by my own interest in writing and communicating with others. It was indeed a learning process. It takes years to learn the rules and even then, there is always more to learn. Actually, you never learn “all of the rules.” More importantly, is there any one right way to rules in writing?
I want to explore the writing process. My intent is to give advice to new writers and authors. Fueled by my own challenges, I am physically disabled due to a health/medical condition. As I read Stephen King’s On Writing, I am impressed that he is nearly legally blind, yet he writes consistently. He creates and produces movies; he has been a screenwriter for many years. His plot is death, horror and suspense. Although some of his movies reach a terror stage, he is consistent in what he writes. That is the aim, to be consistent in what you write and bring to the table.
Next week, I will be advising on naming your creation. You have an idea and want to put it into words. What do you title it? I have personally struggled with choosing a good name for a few of my past books; however, there are some suggestions I can make. It all starts with an idea. Remember, there is nothing as a stupid idea. Some of the most bizarre creations, started from an idea a writer once had in the back of his or her mind. Now they are multi-million dollar movies or adventures. In addition, you as the reader will be able to make comments and feedback to other writers and authors on this blog. All correspondences are welcomed, negative or positive. What better way to communicate and learn?
I have a new shipment of books arriving for my newest publication, Lingering Shadows. Softcover will be $17.99 + $6.95 shipping, a total of $24.94. Hardcover will be $26.99 + $7.95 shipping, a total of $34.94. The book is 406 pages and weighs 1.5 lbs. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing of all other books; prices and shipping charges will vary.
For those that love to pay by check or cash, I have set up a new PayPal account. Please go to my link at https://www.paypal.me/AnneRMurray for payment information. Please note that it will take up to 7-10 business days for checks to clear the bank. I recommend paying by credit card for faster receipt of the book. In addition, I will need your full shipping address via email to send the books(s).
I have a limited amount of books coming. Please order today as books will not last. You can go to my author website at http://www.elizabethaphilips.com (pen name) to see a description of all books.
I just talked to AuthorHouse Publishers. Softcover (paperback) is $17.99 with a 37.94% discount. You are saving $11.00. Hardcover is $26.99 with a 37.22% discount. You are saving $16.00.* I have a new shipment of books arriving within two weeks. You can email me at email@example.com to order.
If you buy online, it is a little more expensive; however, you have a seller’s book return program. Also, if you order through Amazon, it is my understanding there is free shipping if you order two or more books together.
*Please note this doesn’t include shipping charges on all books.
I am in midst of another storm in life. Life has seemed to be stressful lately. I see my elderly parents, well into their 80’s now, as fragile and immortal ‘beings’ on this planet. A once strong and empowered mother, is now the victim of her age and senility. My six-foot father shows his age physically with a deteriorated and weaker body. It makes me wonder what will happen when they both pass this earth.
I became a stronger person when I divorced many years ago. I learned to be independent and work for a living. I earned a doctorate degree and obtained a well-earned retirement by age 52. Maybe bragging on myself, but I have accomplished some things I feel I wouldn’t have done if still married. I had all the comforts of home then and a husband that could financially support me. I wanted more and my own identity for some reason.
At times, I just want to cry. It wouldn’t solve the problem, but would make me feel a hell of a lot better. Over the past couple of months, our mother hasn’t been feeling good. We know the difference. Scared that she has suffered another stroke, my sister tried to get her into the car this morning to take her to her doctor. My mother would not budge. I am waiting on the doctor to call back to see the next step.
It is terrible to see your aging parents medically ill. My beloved mother, who is normally a bright and positive person, is now determined to stay away from doctors and the hospital at all costs. I feel helpless that I can not help her – physically that is. She has gone to medical clinics and doctors who say her medicine is okay and she is cleared of infection. I am really concerned of her refusal to seek medical help at this time.
In the midst of this storm, I am getting medical tests of my own this week. There is far too much pollen in the air, which hinders breathing. Doctors are not sure why I am short of breath, but I believe it has something to do with the high pollen count at this time of year. Georgia is probably the worst state to live in during springtime if one suffers from seasonal allergies. I am one of those people.
Hope everyone has a good week with lots of sunshine and warmth. Spring is definitely here now!
I received an email this morning from my friend Susannah Bianchi over at athingirl.com. She said she had not realized it was Memorial Day weekend and the library was now closed until Tuesday – without her having attained her usual stash of reading material for the long weekend. Oh yes, Susannah, it will be a long weekend without that stash!
This got me to thinking about the way we all read these days in this 21st century. Electronically is the not-so-new thing, but it is catching on with a vengeance. I for one, have a kindle, a kindle fire, and a kindle app on my laptop. I also have an audible app on my phone for audio books I listen to while traveling. With one-click on Amazon my book is in my hot little hands in a few seconds!
I love my kindle fire because I can read in bed with…
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