Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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IT IS ABOUT TO BECOME A REALITY!

Okay everyone; I have some interesting news for you all.  You want to have your books on the shelf in bricks and mortar stores.  Well, Dressing Your Book is working on a way to make that happen for you.  The one thing it would require is that all books be published through Dressing Your Book and printed through Lightening Source.  This is not a big deal in any case.  The more authors and books I can get the cheaper it will be for all of you to avail yourself of this new and creative service Dressing Your Book will be offering by the first of the year.   There will be an annual fee for me to advertise your books through Ingram distributions catalog so that your books will be in bricks and mortar stores. Something totally new for independent authors.  I am trying to take you all to a place you have never been before. Please drop me an e-mail at dressignyourbook@comcastnet to let me know if you are interested in joining this great new adventure.  You can also post a comment on here as well and I will get them all and get you all ready for a great new year.

October 30, 2013 Posted by | Author, Book Stores, Books, Indie Authors, Marketing, new project, yvonne mason | Leave a comment

I am Asking for a Personal Favor Outside the Scope of My Books this is a revision we had to change the Paypal account information

I am putting out a personal plea outside the scope of my books in fact it has nothing to do with my books, it has to do with my oldest son who is ill. The doctors do not appear to have a grip on what is causing his illness. However, this illness is keeping him from earning a living for his family. He is an Over the Road truck driver and due to this unexplained illness he cannot work. For a few weeks he was able to collect his short term disability however Sunlife the provider has been less than professional with him. He received his last check today which was supposed to be about 2000.00 it was only 403.00 – his wife had promised their landlord and other people that she would have the money to pay them today that did not happen. They stand to be evicted among other things if I can not raise the money to help them. They have no family in Texas where they live and do not have the funds to move it they are evicted. This is just the short list.

Even thought he cannot work right now he is considered to be still employed to he can not get his 401K funds – so they are really in a bind. I have set up a facebook page as well as a paypal account if anyone of you would go over and like this page and pass it on to those in your network and donate just a dollar a person I would be forever in your debt. https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Truck-Driver-Needs-Your-Help/1427603737463723?ref=hl – the paypal account in on the page There has been a paypal account set up for this family you can contribute this way damngooddawg06@aol.com they need your support badly even if it is just one dollar at a time.

Thank you one and all for anything you are able to do.

October 19, 2013 Posted by | new project | , | 1 Comment

Gearing Up for 2014

Well….. Yes after that usually the other shoe drops! However not this time. This time I have some excellent news. I have Luis Vera to thank for this epiphany. Let me just segway into my news- as of right now we are at over three hundred pages in both of the anthologies and I am waiting on one last story that is promised by tonight. Then I have to cut off the books. No this is not the news. Luis Vera had sent me an email asking if there was room for another of his stories and it broke my heart to tell him we were full. However, in the same I email this is what I told him.
Wait for it…………. His is the first story for ………… next year’s anthology(s), yes boys and girls and children of all ages this is what your humble author is going to do. Since we had such an overwhelming response to the call out in such a short time for the books this year, We have decided to do it again for next year. And we are starting NOW!!!! That’s right you heard it first right here right now. We are taking submissions now for next year. The cut off will be April 30,2014. You have from today until next April 30th to write your short stories, poems, flash fiction, true hauntings, etc for the anthologies. If we have enough response we will do more than one book.
So many people have been so good to me over the years that it is time I paid it forward on so many levels. The guidelines are the same, two copies of the book you are in and if you are in more than one you will receive copy of each book you are in. you will be able to order any amount of books for resale/give away at my cost. Any books that you sell you keep that money. It is a win – win.
I take care of the cover, the editing etc just like I have done this time. I just want you guys to shine and to get your dream – As you all know I go where no other goes, I march to my own drummer- hell I march to my own band. So you can expect the book/books not to be the norm. I can not promise that Nick will be in the 2014 books but I will do my best to get him there. He so rocks.
So there you go! Do you want to play?

September 20, 2013 Posted by | new project | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Companion Book to Satan’s Holiday Has a Title

IF you don’t know by now On Oct 1, 2013 We will be releasing not one but two horror anthologies the first one is titled Satan’s Holiday. This little jewel is filled with stories from different contributors to make you keep the lights on. With titles like Bones, A Haunting in Dallas, The Call, Brush Strokes of Death and others guaranteed to keep you away nights.
satans holiday

The companion book which will be released at the same time is titled Welcome to Your Nightmare also filled with wonderful little stories, poems and flash fiction and guaranteed to keep you up nights, with stories like, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, The Death Bell, The Crooked Cross, Not the Raven and others.
Welcome to Your Nightmare 3

These books will be available immediately on kindle and Nook and you will be able to purchase the book itself on Lulu as soon as it is released. It takes about two months for the book to be up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paperback. You don’t want to miss out on these lovely little horror thrillers. Watch this blog for more detail as the time draws near for release!!!!

September 15, 2013 Posted by | new project | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Satan’s Holiday is Getting a Companion Book (You Want to Be a Part of This)

satans holiday

That’s right you heard it here first. I am going where no one has gone before – well because that is what I do. Due to the overwhelming response yesterday to my blog about Satan’s Holiday and the controversy behind it – the opposite of what many thought would happen has happened. The response was so positive and so many people wanted to be a part of it that we decided to add a second book. That’s right I have enough short stories, poems and flash fiction coming in and people wanted to contribute that we are adding a second book. I have extended the deadline to September 20th for those who wish to contribute.

The title is still top secret- But I will say this my cover designer’s son has given me another great title. He is only 13 years old but the talent of this young man in knowing what I need is beyond belief. He gets kudos on the title pages of the books.

Now if you want to be part of this project here are the simple guidelines. And Yes, my friend Nicholas Grabowsky will be contributing his story to both books. So if you are not in the first book but in the second you will be in there with NICK! Stay tuned for the title and the cover! This is going to be so much fun!

Okay boys and girls this is for all of you who have expressed a desire to be a part of my Halloween Anthology and those of you who are still thinking about it.

I have been asked what are the guidelines. Well the guidelines are simple. I love the KISS method. All I ask is that you write from the heart. Yes, I do accept previous published work. Yes you do retain the rights to your work, you can put it anywhere else you choose, Yes, I do accept writers who have never been published. Yes we are putting poems as well as short stories in the book. The max length is 3000 words or 20 pages give or take. I am not going to beat you up if it is much less than that or a bit over. I have one story that is only 450 words. I cannot take extreme erotica for a couple of reasons, one I personally am not comfortable reading it and second remember we are reaching a very wide audience other than that reach down and write.

I will not turned down any writer who wished to contribute. The reason is simple people have been good to me over the years they have given me support and a hand up. I can not repay them I can only pay it forward. So that is what I am doing. If this jumps starts someone who has had a dream to write and didn’t know how to get started this is your chance. If you are published and want more exposure this is your chance.

The recompense is this. You each will receive two free books which comes to about $40.00 then you will have the ability to order any amount of books at any time that you want to either sell or give away at my cost. Any money that you make off those books is yours. This is always another way for you to get yourself out there.

Now to add to this my friend Nicholas Grabowsky who most of you might know about – has agreed to write a story for the book (s) (if we have enough writers we will be doing two books and his story will be in both of them)
He will be promoting the daylights out of this little jewel (s) and he will post them on his bookstore page as well as taking them to conventions and cons.

If you don’t know who this wonderful author is let me introduce you to him. He is the one who made Michael Myers famous in the Halloween movies. Yep that is the one and the same – go to his page and friend him as well as his website – he also owns his own publishing house and he has some wonderful horror authors there.

http://www.downwarden.com/

https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.grabowsky?fref=ts

http://halloweenmovies.com/?page_id=794
This is such an opprotunity on so many levels.
the Submission deadline is September 20 so that I can publish it before the Spooky Season (my favorite Holiday)
Don’t let it pass you by.
Oh and if you have never written horror step out of your comfort zone and try it.

September 11, 2013 Posted by | new project | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Project- Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln Like You Have Never Seen Them

Well Pennies from Heaven is out and When Fates Collide Arm Candy is at the editors soon to be released. Several of you have asked what is next. So here it is. For  couple of years I have been researching the ancestry and other interesting facts about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. These two people have interested me for several years. So I started pulling research and buying books about this family.

I decided to write a historical novel about this family – but it I am going where no one has gone before. I am not doing the same tired story of boy grows up poor- boy meets girl- boy marries girl- boy starts a war- boy becomes a hero- oh no kiddies. I am taking this story way back into history and bringing it all the way to the present. Yes, I have that much research.

My plans at this moment are to make this a trilogy there is that much research. Yes, the war of norther aggression will be included. But so will things that you may or may not know about. Like the fact that two of Mary’s brothers were doctors in the Confederate Army and one of them was a sadist.

That is just one of the many things I found on my travels.  Both families had secrets and things that affected their legacy. This is what I bring to the books. So if you are a fan of history or even if you are not – these books will draw you in.

This trilogy will not be written over night but once the first book is out there you will be hooked. So watch for Threads of the Tapestry!

Abraham Mary Todd headshot

July 31, 2013 Posted by | new project | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How does one Face Death and Grief?

This topic has been rolling around in my head for a few years now. I know there are books on top of books on this subject. However, I want to take it to a new level. I want to have an honest conversation about death, dealing with death and the grief that follows and what should happen but doesn’t always happen.

So with this thought in mind I have started a new book titled “Pennies from Heaven” it is still in the rough stage and I am looking for those of you who wish to contribute maybe a small story. There will be no compensation and if you do not want you real name used that is okay as well. I don’t care if you think you can’t write well, or spell well or whatever, that is minor, it can be cleaned up. I want heartfelt stories that tell how you felt then and now. I don’t care if you are still angry, hurt, have moved on or not.

This is a personal journey for me. In the last eight years I have lost six family members and a couple of close friends – this is my way of saying good by and a cleansing of my heart of the pain and loss. No, I will never get over it no one does. They will be forever in my heart and memories. There is a hole however, the pain is abating.

Maybe this will be a catharsis for you. Maybe it is just the thing you need to begin the healing process. Maybe you have been running in place and didn’t know it. Maybe you have not yet really grieved and if that is the case you cannot move forward. You are stuck in the time frame of that person’s death. It is time to let that go- it is time to allow that person to make that final transition- maybe it is time for you to learn how to live again – No one who has already gone wants those they have left behind to stand in one place. They want you to continue to live the best life you can. This is your opportunity to do that.

So again, there will be NO monetary compensation- however, if you wish a signed copy of the book once it is published that can be arranged.

If you are interested you can email me at ysam51@yahoo.com with your story. The only thing I ask is this if you do not want you name used- please write the story using either initials or a fake name and let me know that is what you are doing.

 

 

 

February 23, 2013 Posted by | new project | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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