General Updates

Snow And Sunshine

I’m sitting here at the dining room table with KLOVE playing on my iPad, my daughter bouncing a balloon around the house enjoying her winter break from school, my two dogs lying in the bright warm sun shining through the sliding glass doors. Several more inches of snow fell last night, upon which the warm sun shines and threatens to melt over the next couple of days. The snow is pretty and I don’t mind it all that much, but I must say I am itching to get outside in the warm Spring sun and feeling the warm sun and light winds on my skin while listening to the birds chirping and the dogs playing in the yard.

I have been quite busy lately. Still working on updating my poetry and Sackets Harbor books. I am checking to make sure the covers, book descriptions and manuscripts are all up to date and satisfactory. I am working on one book at a time and then will be adding them to Smashwords.

I am also updating the books information and covers on Goodreads.

I am still also working on my novel writing course through Winghill Writing School, and I am planning on writing a review on this as well.

Then recently I was contacted to do a book edit for a woman in the medical field. I have agreed to do a one chapter evaluation to see if we will be a good match for each other and if my editing skills will what she needs.

Then I have a couple of book reviews I am thinking of and will post them in the next couple of weeks.

So busy, but I’m taking my time and enjoying the creative process. Of course, the creative process doesn’t just apply to writing. I’ve been in my kitchen as well and posting pictures and recipes on another one of my blogs Happy Bellyz Cafe

I’m off for now. Have a great day and God bless!

~Janis

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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
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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!

 

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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.

 

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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

 

Camp NaNoWriMo, Sackets Harbor, Writing Updates

Kindle Books

I’ve been busy today putting together some small poetry manuscripts for Kindle. The three that I published today were: Heat of the Night: A Collection of Poetry on Love, Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry, and Everlasting Arms: A Collection of Religious Poetry. I think I had them set to sell for $0.99 but I will have to double check that. I also published, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York. Once the links become available for these works I will put up another post. Now that those are done I am going to get to work on Facade. I still need to work on some background information for characters and the bare bones of an outline all before tomorrow when Camp NaNo starts. Shall be fun! Sure can’t wait for tomorrow! I check back in then!

 

~Janis~