Poetry, Sackets Harbor

Audiobook Winner!!!

Mary C. of Watertown, NY answered both quiz questions correctly and wins free audiobooks of The History of Sackets Harbor, NY and Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry! Congratulations, Mary and thanks for participating!

 

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Question #1 – The History of Sackets Harbor, NY

Where is Sackets Harbor located in NY?

A) Off the Eastern End of Lake Erie, B) off the Eastern end of Lake Ontario, C) Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, D) Near the Hudson River

 

Please use the form below to submit your answer. Thank you for participating! New question released tomorrow evening.

 

 

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Free Audio Book – The History of Sackets Harbor, NY

Are you a history buff, or someone who likes to travel, and is looking for a some place new to explore? Then my audio-book, The History of Sackets Harbor, NY is just what you are looking for!

I have 5 promo codes for free audio versions of my book.

For the next five days, I am going to ask a question and whoever is the first person to get it right, will win a promo code.

Look for the first question coming later today!

 

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Preparation

Here I am, sitting at my desk, in the early evening, feel happy, but exhausted from the busy day with Church and then a family gathering and adventures outside. It is that time again. Camp NaNo is going to be starting in several hours and I am preparing myself to finish a novel I started last two years ago during my first Camp NaNo called Facade. I am planning to finish the story this time around. If you visit my page: http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/jimonroe you will be able to see information about me and a link to my story. Here is a brief on what Facade (title in the works) is about:

Wesley and Keith Pierce are born in Tupelo, Mississippi on June 6, 1935. Wesley goes on to become a rock star while Keith remains a farmhand. After a few years of touring, Wesley demands a vacation and travels north to New York. He is in New York City but the rush of the city becomes more than Wesley can handle. He longs for quiet and solitude. He jumps in a car and drives into Northern New York. His car breaks down on Sulpher Springs Road. With a leather jacket slung over his shoulder, he walks three miles down the road to the nearest house. This is where Wesley meets Christine Duncan, a good old country girl. Wesley becomes so involved in Christine’s life on the family farm that he pushes his music career out of his mind. He has found something more important to him than music.

Wesley’s brother Keith becomes concerned when Wesley doesn’t come home in the time frame he said he would be home. Keith sets out to find Wesley and tracks him down. Keith is already jealous of Wesley’s fame, but becomes enraged with jealousy when he finds Wesley with a girl (Christine). Keith feels Wesley gets everything so easily when he, Keith, has to fight for everything. Keith gets his brother to return home and continue his singing career saying that he would bring Christine on the next flight back to Tupelo. Wesley agrees to return home. However, Christine is blind to what’s happening. Wesley returns home, but Keith remains at Christine’s side and pretends to be Wesley. At first Christine believes in Keith’s facade, but the longer the relationship goes on, the more Christine sees things that are not characteristic of Wesley. It’s not until Christine watches a televised concert at one of her friend’s place does she spot Wesley on TV. It is then she puts things together and uses her friend’s phone and calls Wesley’s home. She leaves a message with Wesley’s dad, but will Wesley receive her message and save Christine from Keith’s destructive grasp?

 

I am reworking some names that I didn’t quite like the first time around but am more comfortable with now. Just need to rework one name and then I’ll reread what I had written last time around and see what I need to do to pick up where I left off. I am shooting to write 50,000 words this coming month.

What is your word going to be for April’s Camp NaNo? Are you working on fiction, nonfiction, poetry? I’d love to hear from you!

Best of luck to everyone participating this month! I am also going to have daily updates on my progress.

Book News

Free Kindle Book

Yep! You read the title of this post correctly. You’re not seeing things! The History of Sackets Harbor, New York is free until February 6th 2013. If you like history and learning about places you have never been to, then I urge you to read this book. You may just find yourself packing your bags and heading to this historic village. Take it from one of my reviewers:

 

5.0 out of 5 stars
A fantastic read for a history buff & on my wish list for places to visit!, January 25, 2013
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

This author from Watertown, has really done her homework on the History of Sackets Harbor, New York. This is the best researched and most well-written book on the history of a mid Atlantic state that I have had the pleasure to read. It is worthy of textbook material for high school and college students because the history lessons are rich, including highly detailed accounts of the Sackets Harbor regions and shipyards, and its national importance during the War of 1812. Lots of important and notable people are covered within the history accounts of this famous village, founded by Augustus Sackett over 200 years ago. The author brings the history up to date, with descriptions of the area sites, museums and shops that are tourist attractions today. With the beautiful lake views and railroad, I’m ready to take a trip to this historical place myself and I have placed it on my wish list of places to visit. What a great learning tool this book is, that gives new nuggets of info with each re-read of it — lots of information that can be studied and enjoyed. It’s a five-star hit for me!

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This book was written not just for those who love history, but also for younger generations, or teachers who might use this for educational purposes. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did researching and writing it. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

 

General Updates

Book Formatting & Entry Into Contest

Tonight I am working on re-formatting a book for my friend (Phyllis Georgina Rose) who wants to put her book (The Rose Garden)  into the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest this year. When I am finished with her book, I will be making some minor adjustments to my book, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, which I will be entering into the same contest. I am so excited about entering my book. I don’t usually enter into contests, but I found I wanted to try something different and exciting.

I’ll probably be spending the next several days working on these books, but I’d rather spend time and make them look as professional as I can. I know how professionalism make an impression on people and how they can tell if you really care about your work by how much time you spend tending to even the smallest detail. i

With that said, I best be off and get back to work. Have a good night!

 

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Busy Promoting The History of Sackets Harbor, NY

 

Earlier today, I sent out a press release for The History of Sackets Harbor, NY to pr.com as well as published it on the Yahoo Contributor Network.

I also sent out letters to places in Sackets Harbor, NY, Watertown, NY and Martinsburg, NY to see if they will stock my book. Also sent letters to some book clubs.  These places include:

Calla Lillies – Sackets Harbor

Sackets Harbor Visitor’s Center

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site

Bev and Co.

The Handmaiden’s Garden

Hay Memorial Library

East Hounsfield Memorial Library – Watertown, NY

Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library – Watertown, NY

William H. Bush Memorial Library – Martinsburg, NY

Book of the Month Club

History Book Club

A Second Look Bookstore – Watertown, NY

Seaway Trail Discovery Center – Sackets Harbor, NY

 

Whew! I had tried contacting several places via email but have heard nothing back. I figured my  mail may have gotten into the spam box, so I decided to write letters and mail them the old fashioned way. I sent them a letter, with an author biography and picture, and page detailed with book information and a picture. I pray God has His hand on these efforts. We shall see what happens. I’ll keep everyone posted.

 

General Updates

Busy days!

The last few days I have been busy reading and writing and researching information for some of my blogs I write besides this one. Been updating my allergy and adrenal fatigue blog and have come across some interesting information lately. So will be busy with writing some articles for a while.

I also, have all six of my books on facebook, each having their own page.

Just mailed several people about The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, to see if anyone in the village is interested in stocking the book and selling it. So we’ll what will come of that.

But for now, since it is after 1Am and I have a three year old to watch in the morning, I should get my butt in bed.

Night all and I’ll be back again soon.

General Updates

The Ultimate Decision

In this day in age when you have self publishing, print on demand publishing and traditional publishing on really has to decide which is best for them. For some it is self publishing and print on demand. I’ve done both. I have six books published on Kindle and through CreateSpace, problem is I don’t feel “published”. I don’t feel the great joy that comes with making it with a traditional publisher.

So I have made the great decision to pull two books, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, and A Daughter’s Reflection, off the market to try and get them traditionally published. I know this will take longer and probably will go through several rejections. I’m no stranger to this process as I first tried this before any other type of publishing. I also have two other books not yet finished but working on: Secret Anguish: A Journey to Better Health, and The History of Watertown, New York, I would also like to publish traditionally.

Today begins the hunt for a literary agent. Time to grab some Teeccino and open the Writer’s Market. Wish me luck!

 

Have a great day everyone and God bless!

Janis

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Press Release – The History of Sackets Harbor, New York

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Glenburn, Maine, March 27, 2012 – Have you ever visited the historic village of Sackets Harbor, NY, located off the eastern end of Lake Ontario? If you have, then know about the village’s rich historical background. If you haven’t, there is a world to explore in the village, not only in its present state, but in its history.

 

In her new book, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, author Janis I. Monroe, formerly of Watertown, New York, talks about the various areas of the history of the village of Sackets Harbor. She begins with the founding of the village in 1801 by New York City lawyer Augustus Sackett. Further chapters explore the village’s role in the War of 1812, The Battle of Big Sandy, when railroads came to the villages, fires that broke out, and the forts of the village.

 

The book will enlighten readers to Sackets Harbor’s history and the people who helped to build the village. Photographs accompany the writing and take you deeper into the history. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle editions.

 

Ms. Monroe created this book when she found there was not a book written about the history of Sackets Harbor and wanted to show people the history of the village and the importance of its existence in War History and American History.

 

Her connection to the village came when she went to school there and spent time there with friends. She picked up pieces of history along the years and continued to become even more curious about the full history behind the village. Sackets Harbor, NY is one of Ms. Monroe’s favorite places to be when she visits her family back in her hometown, of Watertown, NY.

 

Ms. Monroe currently lives in Maine and has published several articles for the Yahoo Contributor Network and has four poetry books published, and one memoir, besides The History of Sackets Harbor, New York. She has been writing since 1999, and continues to pursue this career while helping other authors along the way, by offering to interview other authors, review their books, and offers some light editing on their manuscripts. Monroe’s current project is The Gluten Free Directory which she hopes to release sometime next year, at the latest.

 

Monroe is available for interviews via phone, Skype, email, snail mail, or instant messenger (Yahoo, Google Talk). To follow Monroe on her writing journey visit her blog at http://janismonroe.wordpress.com

 

The History of Sackets Harbor, New York can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1463684428 or to request review copies please email the author at jimonroe05@gmail.com.

 

Press Contact:

Janis Monroe

Jimonroe05@gmail.com