The recreated copper page is here. I will not be doing a separate website.
Updated 5/11/13 - I was so delighted by the nearly 100 birthday greetings at Facebook yesterday! That really made my day.
Here is the blog on Marshall Field's I've been promising. I hope it stirs your own memories of visiting that iconic department store, and if you have anything to share that's not here, or that makes what I've written sound wrong, please let me know.
I've been getting "Dinner at Marshall Field's" ready for a contest so have updated the first chapter here. But that's all I'll be sharing until it gets a publishing contract.
Thanks for visiting and until next time - make it a happy one!
Newly reduced - I have an overstock and you can benefit. For a limited time, due to expire at my whim, you can get either book for only $10 plus postage.
(Yes, Mystic Fire IS a bigger book!)
Buy a copy of each of my Bonanza novels and get a third complete novel FREE! "Cartwright Saga" is an 8-story anthology novel free with your purchase of "Mystic Fire" is $14 and "Felling of the Sons" is $12. Use my contact here to buy copies of either book direct from me and/or to request your free book. Currently I have no copies so if you want to pick one up from me as a gift, you'll need to give me a month's notice. I can get more copies if I think people are going to order from me, but author copies seem to have dropped off.
BIG NEWS - I plan to have my fourth Bonanza novel, "Passion of the Sons," done in time for the 2014 Bonanza Convention at Lake Tahoe. It will be my second novel available free for ordering Mystic Fire, and it means now you can request a copy of "Cartwright Saga," whether or not you've bought the other two.
I now have Paypal to accept international orders! If you've been waiting to get you autographed copy of either Bonanza novel, contact me today! Postage to Canada and Mexico is $5 and to overseas is $10.25.
I had asked on Facebook if we should just edit for people who want to self-publish, but I got no response. The problem is that these writers think that for $1.50 a page we're going to make it a best-seller. I always tell a client that while I can clean it up for them to make it readable, and point out problems they need to address, the value of the project and its sellability is all theirs.
Is that unfair? I didn't think so. I've done a lot of work on all these projects and to be held accountable for the project's inability to sell seems a little arbitrary to me. If you have those expectations of an editor, I suggest you find someone who charges $10 a page, and have them rewrite it for you.
Should I read it first and tell them whether it will sell? No--because who am I to make that kind of judgment? So really, the best projects for me would be for those who want to self-publish. But be warned, I will keep the edited piece until after payment. You will get the first 30 pages free if you are a new client, so you can see what it is I do for you.
Trade Networks & Cultural Connections - in progress
Copper Artifact Resource Manual - in progress
Guarding America in the 1800s: story of the provost guard - in progress
For Heavens Sake, ultimate struggle for dominance of the planet between men, women and their gods and goddesses, with a reader - thanks Sam!
Dinner at Marshall Fields, a fiction memoir, first draft completed.
Passion of the Sons, a free Bonanza novel, in first draft.
If It Rains In Paris, a semi-autobiographical movie script, in draft.
Dead Man's Pass, a former Rawhide script now with original characters, entered in Cinestory.
Awakened, a script based on Vrykolakas Journal, entered into Austin Film Fest May 2013.
Graveyard, a script of marital disharmony that leads to murder, in edit.
Updated 5/3/13 - New Blog available for all you who might be having or will have problems with gallstones - warning - don't bend to the surgeon just yet! Read this article first! Maybe what works for me will work for you. Maybe. But only you can figure that out. I share my experiences here.
I have updated the Vrykolakas Journal per a new edit of the movie script that I just send to Austin Film Fest. Very nice people there, happy to do business with them. I'm also reducing the Henry book, and have replaced some material there.
Lots to do and see, please stay and visit! And for next time, I'll be adding new pages to the Guild Writers Bible and my first chapter of "Dinner at Marshall Fields," so stay tuned!
Updated 4/23/13: Getting ready to head out of Albuquerque after going to the Maxwell Museum this a.m. What a great trip this has been! Capstoned by a lecture by Stephen Lekson, who I've always wanted to meet. And he's just as gracious as I expected, allowing me to quote him in a coming article based on little pieces of a puzzle I picked up along the way. What was really great was in knowing that in my presentation in Silver City, I sounded just like an archaeologist! He talks faster than me, because there's always so much to talk about.
I am getting ready to move all copper materials to a new website, so if you don't find it noted here, you'll find it there - http://copperarchaics.webs.com - I think you can leave the http stuff off. And SOON I will be updating the Guild page, too. AND the Civil & Indian Wars page - lots going on!
3/6/13 - LOTS going on! I'm busy compiling the biggest ever copper artifact database, and are there ever a lot of 'em! Please do contact me if you want your piece(s) to be included. This is destined to make an enormous snapshot of what this industry and these cultures were like in this continent's distant past.
I was told that there's an error in Hopewell timeline, that I have noted they are to 1,000 CE, instead of to 500 CE. I can't find this notation but please be advised it is the only place I'll ever make this goof.
I have posted my most controversial piece ever. It's more for those who are on the fence about abortion. I know I will never sway some and advise them to watch their blood pressure and not even read. Or do--it is for you, too.
Dancing with Cannibals may be available in April - fingers crossed!
1/20/12 - CONTEST ENDED! Jo Scott, congratulations on your entry and being awarded a free copy of Mystic Fire!
Closer to publication on Dancing with Cannibals - my publisher says just a couple more issues to address.
I promised a while ago to post an article on Celebrating Saturnalia, so you'll find that here in my blog as well. And I have to work on keeping the copper page more updated, so please visit there for some exciting updates.
Changes are in store once again for the Guild, as I assess whether or not I think it has a future. The February meeting will include new printouts for the Writers Bible and discussion of our April event, but I will need to see some new people showing up or I will become discouraged.
12-15-12: We are all reeling from the news out of Connecticut where children were killed at school, and once again I implore our country to regulate the most dangerous thing in this country meant for only one thing - killing. People compare them to cars - please. Cars have a job that isn't primarily killing.
But I have to admit here that I know I give my Henry presentations because I enjoy doing it (maybe not the preparation so much but I am an actress at heart), but that didn't diminish of the disappointment of giving my first presentation in Green Bay and for the first time not selling a single book. I think what I must learn is that bookstores are not the place to sell POD novels, and for that reason, getting a traditional publisher has long been my goal. Just one I've been unable to realize.
This Christmas season, spend a few more bucks - as I have - and buy your book gifts at a local bookstore. Readers Loft still has three copies of my novels there, and after Christmas I will be forced to buy them back. I know people are reading and enjoying my books. Why don't you become one of them?
On this trip I've made some updates to the Civil & Indian Wars page, home to my research on Henry Bertrand's orders.
12-4-12: First, note the new cover for Dancing with Cannibals! I'm very excited about it, and will add a note about the cover to put into the book so you can find out why this is the perfect cover. Until you get your copy, you can make guesses, and in fact, the person who guesses closest to why this is the perfect cover will receive a free autographed copy from me! Please do take a look at the page here for the book, and you'll get some hints.
NOW - for GUILD members - as I promised, go to the Reading Writers Guild Page the first of every month to get your copies of what we're including in the Writers Bible for the Guild. These are compilations of all the great advice I've found over the years on how to write, market and promote your work. These will only be up for the month that they are handed out in our group sessions, so don't delay. You can copy and paste, if printing doesn't work for you.
But remember - just because I'm allowing this does not mean these are free for you to use for your own projects without proper indication of original source. Either my name, as author, or someone else's will be on each of these. They are the source of the material and should be treated as such. Don't try to make money off of someone else's material.
7/16/12 - I am honored to present an interview of my work by fellow historical author Elizabeth Caulfield Felt - you can read the interview at http://elizabethcaulfieldfelt.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/interview-with-monette-bebow-reinhard/