I am a first time author learning what it's like to go through publishing a book. I have been an avid reader my entire life and decided to try to tell my own stories. 'Old Acquaintances' is my first story to be published, but not to worry, there are many more to be told.
Author Ed Schetzsle's poems both inspire and encourage. Uplifting, moving, touching and spiritual, poems that speak to your heart, soul and to life in general. Some of the poems pack quite a wallop in such a short verse, a talent indeed! Not everyone has the gift to write poetry. Some are born with the talent, others learn it and for others, it is something to read, enjoy, feel but not create. For those that can't create it themselves, they are blessed by the works from authors such as Ed.
Poetry is subjective and open the individuals interpretation...There were a couple of Ed's poems that didn't speak to me, but most were wonderfully moving and worth sharing with others. If you enjoy poetry, I'd recommend From the Poet's Hand-Life Lessons by Ed Schetzsle.
My next scheduled book signing is Sept. 10th at The Mudhouse in Springfield, MO. It is from 1-3 pm. Come out and pick up your own copy of Old Acquaintances and have a great cup of coffee. Check out The Mudhouse at http://www.mudhousecoffee.com/ It's also not too early to think about Christmas. Old Acquaintances would make a great gift! I'll keep you posted on any other events coming up, but you can always check out my website, http://ursulagorman.tripod.com for the most up to date listing. Hope to see you there!
Sorry it has been so long since I've posted! I have been very busy. I have started a new job, and I got in on the ground floor of a new business, so there has been a ton of start up work too! It has been fun, adventurous, exciting and a challenge...but I'm excited about the new opportunity! As for the rest of my 'free time', haha, I've taken on the fun of doing book reviews for the blog, "Romancing the Book". I am super excited about this new avenue as well. If you have never checked out the blog, I encourage you to do so. Old Acquaintances is still my passion, but sometimes it gets put on the back burner for a bit while life intervenes...But I always come back to it. I have two blog interviews coming up next month, one on July 4th through July 9th at the blog, Operation Encourage an author. http://encourageanauthor.blogspot.com/, I encourage you to stop by. We will be doing a book giveaway as well. The other is on July 10th at Romancing the Book. This one is a one day event and there will be a book giveaway on this one too! http://www.romancing-the-book.com/. Please stop by and visit me during one, or both of these events. Leave a message, ask a question or just say hi! Happy Summer!!
It's been a little bit since I've been able to post! Sorry, life gets busy sometimes. As an update on what I've been up to...I have enjoyed the last 3 1/2 weeks unemployed! But, no worries, it's not bad news. I'm actually starting a new job either next week or the week after. I've really enjoyed the time off and am a little sad to see it end. Now, for the reason of this post...I am looking for any fans of Old Acquaintances, that owns their own paperback copy, to send me pictures. I would like to post pictures of all the places the book has been. So, if you have a copy and want to help, I'd love pictures of you with the book in a recognizable local...such as by your city limits sign, by your state line sign, by any tourist attraction sign, etc...etc...etc... You can mail pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, (Just first name is okay if you prefer!), what state the picture was taken in, and any other information you want to include! Thank you!
Wisp by Kevin R. Maze is not a book I normally would have picked up to read. Don't get me wrong, it sounded good, but it didn't have the formula I usually look for in a book...That being said, I am thankful for the opportunity to read Wisp! I actaully won a copy of the ebook and am so glad I did!
The story starts out with a great hook and doesn't let go throughout the story. It is over 200 pages, and with each page, I couldn't wait to get to the next to see what was going to happen. Wisp is a well thought out and well written story that pulls you and and doesn't let go. While you realize something 'super natural' is happening, the ending was still a surprise.
I couldn't quite give it 5 stars, even though it is a great story...The only thing that kept it from getting the 5th star was the fact that some 'bad' people got away with being 'bad' in the end. There was one in particular that I would like to have seen, at the least, arrested. But I would still highly recommend this book to anyone that likes suspense, mystery and the paranormal!
I have people ask me quite often,"Can I get your book at Barnes and Noble?" My answer has always been the same, "They can order it for you, but until it is requested numerous times, they don't usually carry unknown or unproven authors on their shelves." So, one day I was in the area and decide it might be a good idea to go into B&N and make sure I was telling people accurate information. I went up to the service desk and explained to the lady behind the counter that I had written a book. Before I was even done explaining myself, she got this look of..."Really?" That almost 'whatever' face or 'here it comes again' face. But I continued...I told her I had been informing people that they could get my book ordered if they came in and asked. I explained that I didn't want to misinform people. She, kind of snobbishly, agreed that it was a good thing to check on. She punched in the title of my book and kind of paused. I figured maybe she had a few different books to look through so I gave her my first name since it is so unusual, thinking that would help. She didn't punch anything in though so I was concerned that I had been telling people wrong. She said, "Well, we actually have six of them in stock." I think you could have knocked me over with a feather! Not only did her attitude improve, but she introduced me to the store manager, then went to get my books off the shelf to see if I would sign them. I couldn't quit smiling..."Absolutely" I said! My day, week, month...had just been made! Barnes and Noble in Springfield, Mo., has my book IN STOCK!!!! Wow! The woman turned out to be very nice. So I'm not sure if I had misread her reaction to me or if she gets a lot of kooks in there asking weird questions! lol It was a stop well worth the time!
Old Acquaintances and I will be featured on two blog posts in July. The week of July 4th, I will be the spotlight author on the blog Operation Encourage an Author. I will be checking in periodically throughout the week to respond to posts left. Then on July 10th, I will be featured on the blog, Romancing the Book. I will be checking in during most of the day to respond to posts left. Please check in...post a question or two...leave a comment...I know there will be a book giveaway during one of them, hopefully both! Look forward to seeing you there! Tell a friend to stop by and visit too!
Have you ever wanted a Kindle? Well, here is your chance. A group of authors that I am part of is having a contest. To enter, all you have to do is purchase two copies of Old Acquaintances! If you've been thinking about getting your own copy, or need a gift, this is the time to buy...and get in on the chance to win your own Kindle!! You can use the paypal button to purchase your copies and be entered in the drawing or you can e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll respond with other options on how you can purchase without using the paypal button. The drawing is May 15th!! Good Luck!!!
Feb. 26th- KGBX Women's Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex, Springfield, Mo 8 am to 4 pm...Tons of fun...bring your girlfriends and spend a few hours checking out all the Women's Show has to offer. And since you're there, swing by and meet the author of Old Acquaintances and pick up your own signed copy!
March 5th- Borders Book Signing, S. Glenstone, Springfield, Mo 1 pm to 3 pm...come by and pick up your own signed copy of Old Acquaintances and meet author Ursula Gorman
March 12th- ABC Books, N. Glenstone, Springfield, Mo 11 am to 3 pm...Another chance to get your own copy of the new, debut novel by Ursula Gorman...Pick up Old Acquaintances and meet Ursula...
It's common for people to make resolutions for the new year...and they usually last for a few days to a few weeks...Why not make a resolution that you can keep? In the world today, people seem to be getting more self absorbed and too busy to enjoy life. My resolution is to have a better attitude and to do more things I find myself too busy for. 1. Spend time with my family...quality time. Not just watching tv...but doing things together. 2. Spend time doing the things I enjoy...reading and writing. 3. Take care of myself...eating better, exercising and getting plenty of rest. 4. First and foremost, I plan to work on my relationship with my Lord and Savior. He is always there for me, always patient, kind and loving...I tend to come to Him during stressful, worrisome, troubled and desperate times...I need to work on coming to Him to rejoice, be thankful, joyous and in humble servitude. My life belongs to my Savior...the rest will follow. So, for 2011, my resolution is simple...but not easy...follow the word of God, live as well as I can and enjoy those around me and the special moments that God always sends my way. To God be the glory, great things He hath done...