Still Working on a Title for this one. Either Sand and Rocks, Waves and Rocks or In between the Cover

This goes with a short story I'm working on.


Triple Shot by Sandra Balzo: A Great Read: In A Nut Shell!

Sandra Balzo
In Triple Shot, Maggie Thorsen and her BBF, Sarah Kingston have a nonstop time of it in the coffeeshop, Uncommon Grounds. They discover that the coffee shop was once a hangout for the mob with a connection to her friend Tien grandfather​ killed in a shot out between the mob and FBI, a 'secret room' the old mob use to use, a hint of unfound money they might have left behind, bodies still piling up and Sarah is  a murder suspect. (Sort of like Geraldo Rivera's mystery of Al Capone's vault, but with a much, much better plot.) Add to this mix, Maggie has to deal with out of towners showing up in Brookhills running about stirring it all about and not to forget about another woman who tries to horn in and finger that buttery leather jacket Maggie so loves. Speaking of Pavlik, he mood is so warm and loving in the book!
In Triple Shot, Maggie's fun sense of humor, a hallmark of Sandra Balzo's character, keeps you entertained and the story moving with scenes. Maggie doesn't share all her thoughts with her fellow characters... just with me, (Okay, and you.) In this one, Maggie imagines Pavlik thinking of their relationship: 'How the hell did I get myself involved with this broad? It's like I'm Lassie, she's Timmy, and every day is a new well!'
This is my favorite Maggie Thorsen mystery written skillfully by Sandra Balzo. Maggie is one of the strongest characters I know. Well... as well as a reader can know a fictional character, that is. Triple Shot has everything I love in a good book.
Sandra Balzo's site:

That's TRIPLE SHOT, In A Nut Shell! 

A Review of When Fates Collide...Arm Candy by Yvonne Mason and Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, IN A NUTSHELL!

 When Fates Collide...Arm Candy by Yvonne Mason and Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc IN A NUTSHELL!

When Fates Collide...Arm Candy gives you a look, with a comical view, inside the bounty hunting business. Although they might seem an unlikely duo, these two women, Alex and Hope, like each other which is just what they need in order to work in the world they find themselves in. Their partnership make their job look easy. It's far from all business adding to the laughs as Alex and Hope join forces with others from all walks for life as they travel from New Orleans, where Alex swears the best coffee on the planet is, to St. Maarten to get their jumpers, the two criminals who jumped their bail. Their adventure keeps the story moving just the way I like it. So, while it's cold outside this winter, my advice is to go with Alex and Hope as they take you with them to the warm and sunny island of St. Maarten for a bit of fun!

When Fates Collide...Arm Candy is the third in this series following When Fates Collide and When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound.


Yvonne Mason's site:

Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc's site:

That's When Fates Collide...Arm Candy: In A NutShell!
Enjoy!                                          ~JD Holiday

Hear An Interview with Yvonne Mason on THE AUTHORS' WORDS at Blog Talk Radio:

Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, Happy~ article by Lauren Gelman and Jessica Cassity

by Lauren Gelman and Jessica Cassity       

A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage positive thinking, and fortify friendships. Here's how your brain and body benefit when you crack open a book.

Reading gives muscle to your memory.

Reading gives your brain a different kind of workout than watching TV or listening to the radio. Whether you’re absorbed in a page-turner or simply scanning an instruction manual for your coffee maker, “parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions—such as vision, language, and associative learning—connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging," Ken Pugh, PhD, president and director of research of Haskins Laboratories, told Oprah magazine. The habit spurs your brain to think and concentrate.

Cherished Dreams by J.D. Holiday

This is a Picture that goes with a poem in my book: Short Stories and other Imaginings for the Reading Spot. The poem is called, Cherished Dreams.

~JD Holiday

This week I'm on One Writer's Journey with Penny Ehrenkranz! Please stop by! ~JD

 This week I'm on Penny Ehrenkranz blog! Please stop by! ~JD

We talk about my children's picture book, The Spy Game, plus I will giveaway a copy to one person who leave contact information in their comment at the end of the interview~

The Spy Game

GIVEAWAY?:  Please leave contact information in your comment to be considered for a copy of The Spy Game.

Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.
In 1983 I started writing when a friend asked me to read a few pages from a historical romance she was writing. I told her what I thought about it and she asked me to help her write the book. We did finish it and sent it to an agent who was kind and sent the manuscript back with a detailed account of what was wrong with it. My friend went on to other things while I found that I loved writing and did not want to stop. I’ve been writing for years now. READ THE Rest

CEO of Barnes & Noble, Mitchell Klipper, sold 67% of his stocks, including the Nook unit! Now What for B&N?

 What will happen to Barnes and Noble now? 

B&N has invested heavily in its Nook e-readers as we all started buying all our e-books and books online. I, as a reader and an author who has my books for sale at B&N, just can't imagine a world without B&N!

I found it and you can read it at:

DEAD BUT STILL KICKIN'! Ten Other Posthumously Discovered Novels Salinger isn't the only one BY HILLARY KELLY


 If the reports are true, and J.D. Salinger’s estate is about to release five never-before-seen novels by the famously reclusive author, the literary world may be set to receive its biggest posthumous bounty since Emily Dickinson’s sister happened upon that trunk full of poems. As many have long suspected, Salinger may soon join the long, illustrious line of novelists’ whose work continues to emerge long after they depart this world. Here, ten of the most remarkable posthumously published novels in history:



An autobiographical novel aimed at understanding his own father’s death, the ironically titled A Death in the Family was seven years in the making but still incomplete when James Agee died in 1955. Two years later, it was published to alleviate the financial strain Agee’s family facedand then went on to win the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.



Usually recognized as Jane Austen’s earliest completed novel, Austen sold Northanger Abbey for ten pounds in 1803, but it languished in the hands of her editor for nearly ten years. Eventually, Austen raised the funds to buy back the manuscript, which remained unpublishedalong with Persuasionuntil 1817. The rest, as we know, is history.

38% of Readers Will Finish a Book No Matter What! by Jason Boog

Goodreads, Summer Stories

Digital reading: not so discreet after all… E-readers are virtual gold mines for data-hungry corporations. So should we be worried? by James Bridle

E-readers are virtual gold mines for data-hungry corporations. So should we be worried? 

As recent weeks of revelations have shown, there's a pretty wide gap between our expectations of privacy, and the privacies that an increasingly digitised world actually affords us. Whatever your feelings about your own privacy, the complexity and opacity of technology means it's often hard to know exactly what information you might be sharing at any given time. And while browsing in a local library, buying a book – with cash – on the high street, and reading at home or on the bus are pretty anonymous activities, as soon as ebooks are involved they're not.
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JD's Children's radio show, IT's Story Time's Latest Shows and Books

It's Story Time is NOW on BOOK GARDEN RADIO! ~Book Garden Radio brings you It's Story Time: an International Children's Reading Radio Shows; and The Authors' Words: where you will hear authors read their favorite part from their book. Q & A to follow. ~~ It's Story Time airs live two to three times a month 10/11AM est, 9/10AM cst, 8/9AM mst and 7/8AM pst ~~As Always, the show is FREE. No codes or coupons and you don't need to click to another site. The shows are here, so sit right back and listen live at show time or on demand at anytime you like at BLOG TALK RADIO. ~~~

~~~~~ALL books that appear on It's Story Time are copyrighted by the author.


                                            Shows Index By Dates
                                                                      (If links are broken, please copy and paste them)

8-10-13 ~ Truthy Ruthy by Sari Barel; I Really Love You, Ava by Amberly Kristen Clowe, plus Agy Wilson with Book Picks:Hey Charleston! By Anne Rockwell

8-3-13 ~ The Adventures of Boots:The Giant Snowball by Linda Black,  READ BY JAN BRITLAND Marlow and The Monster by Sharon Cramer on Book Garden Radio

7-20-13 ~ Janoose The Goose and The Spy Game by JD Holiday on Book Garden Radio~

7-13-13 ~Aaron Apple and the Rain by JM Carydice & Kangaroo Clues by Margot Finke & Book Picks with Author Agy Wilson at Book Garden Radio~ 

Independent Publishing NEWS: Comics for Kids Are Hot at Comic-Con 2013 by Brigid Alverson | Jul 25, 2013

Comics for Kids Are Hot at Comic-Con 2013 

While superheroes and zombies may have dominated the show floor at Comic-Con in San Diego this past weekend, publishers of comics and graphic novels for children and young adults brought plenty of excitement to the show, with announcements of new titles as well as digital deals. From Viz Media's relaunch of its children's imprint to Archie's first zombie comic and Papercutz’s team-up with the WWE, publishers had plenty of news to share.
Viz Media has announced a new imprint for its children’s comics, which were previously grouped under the Viz Kids imprint for print and the “sticky DOT comics” app for digital. Viz is best known as a manga publisher for older readers (their properties include the digital Shonen Jump magazine and the top-selling series Naruto), but as Beth Kawasaki, senior editorial director for children’s publishing at Viz, explained, its children’s line is more diverse. “Perfect Square will be the overarching brand for both the print and the digital,” Kawasaki said. "Everything in the Viz Kids catalog is coming over, and we will continue to bring over strong brands and properties from Japan, but we have these new things as well.” The Viz Kids titles include Pokemon and Legend of Zelda, which will share the imprint with original graphic novels based on licensed properties such as Hello Kitty, Ugly Dolls, Ben 10: Omniverse, Monsuno, and Max Steel. In October, Viz will debut Pokemon Pocket Comics,chunky black-and-white books in a format similar to their Pokemon Pocket Guides that will feature gag comics, puzzles, and trivia.  
Read the rest at:

How To: Twitter! by Joseph Eastwood

This is the best article I've read about Twitter. Start reading it here and go over to Joseph Eastwood's blog to finish.

How To: Twitter! by Joseph Eastwood 

We all want to know how to get more followers, or get more people to read our tweets. We want those favourites and those retweets, and we want to be people who are asked questions about our respective fields. In this case, writing... and probably for a lot of you guys as well as I'd say that most, if not all, of my readership is made of writers.

So, if you're not familiar with Twitter, here's the basic gist of it.

Twitter is a social networking site that offers microblogging, which is where you are only allowed 140 characters to write a post, or as it's called, a tweet. With these 140 characters you are able to hashtag (#), mention (@), and link to images, websites, etc.

Use of Twitter

For a writer, the main use of Twitter is to promote. Please do not mistake promotion for spam. Promotions are usually for blog posts, competitions, etc. although you do see a lot of "buy my book [insert Amazon link]" tweets, and that's called spam, although a way around that would be informing people of a new release, a price change, a new review etc.

I'll list some Twitter etiquette for you.

Beg people to buy your book.
DM (direct message) them with a link to your book.

Write a clear bio. (The Twitter Bio below!)
Thank people for RTs and follows.


An essential element in any Twitter-er's diet, in fact, anywhere you go online you'll see these little gems of connective tissue. This is how you FIND content and also put content out there on the web. Only the people who follow you will see your tweet if you don't use a hashtag, but if you do, and you use one well, your tweet has the potential to reach thousands more people.

There are different types of hashtags. There's the interactive tags, which people use to have conversations through, and this is something that a lot of TV shows are now using so that the people watching can tweet their thoughts. I know that I use this A LOT, especially when watching shows like Big Brother.

Interactive Hashtags for Writers
These tags are all hyperlinked to take you right to Twitter and show you examples of the tags in use!
#amwriting - #amediting - #amreading
#wordcount - #writegoal - #writetip - #writingprompt
#WriterWednesday - #WW - #MondayBlogs
#FollowFriday - #FF (also flash fiction) - #FridayFlash - #flashfiction
#pubtip - #promotip - #authorRT
Current fav: #1k1hr attempting 1,000 words in 1 hour!
#NaNoWriMo (November) - #CampNaNoWriMo (April & July)

There are hundreds more hashtags that you can choose from. Perhaps a genre hashtag, so just put a hashtag before your genre. Or, go for something with a title, for instance #writer or #author, and that is one way you can find people and follow them.

Read the rest at:

Random House and Penguin Merger Creates Global Giant By ERIC PFANNER and AMY CHOZICK

Older news but worth reading!
The announcement on Monday that Random House and Penguin would merge narrows the
business to a handful of big publishers, and could set off a long-expected round of consolidation as the industry adapts to the digital marketplace.
John Makinson, the chief executive of Penguin who will serve as chairman of the new company, said that with consolidation inevitable, “we decided it was better to get in early rather than be a follower.”
In announcing the agreement, the European owners of Random House and Penguin —Bertelsmann and Pearson, respectively — said Bertelsmann would control 53 percent of the combined entity and Pearson 47 percent. In a statement, Bertelsmann said the deal would most likely conclude in the second half of 2013, after approval from regulators.
The merger will create the largest consumer book publisher in the world, with a global market share of more than 25 percent and a book list that includes contemporary best-sellers like Random House’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” and Penguin’s backlist of classics from authors like George Orwell.
The deal, analysts said, would give the new company, to be called Penguin Random House, greater scale to deal with the challenges arising from the growth of electronic books and the power of Internet retailers. Publishers are increasingly worried about the leverage wielded by Internet giants like Google, Apple and, especially, Amazon. These companies have vast resources to invest in new technology, like digital sales platforms, and the size to let them negotiate better terms on prices.  READ more at:

Image Copyright Concern & Etiquette.. by: Aaron Barnhart

Image Copyright Concern & Etiquette.. by: Aaron Barnhart

There is no need to acknowledge any artist of a public domain artwork
unless you want to. Furthermore, your transformative use would be
acceptable under copyright law as fair use — a landmark case involved
copyrighted Grateful Dead posters (google Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling
Kindersley Ltd.).

Everyone who self-publishes owes it to themselves to understand the
fast-changing world of fair use. *Reclaiming Fair Use* by Aufderheide and
Jaszi is the best review of this subject. Jaszi has a nice summary of BGA
v. DK on page 7 of this:

Aaron Barnhart's new book: Take a ride on The Big Divide!

IngramSpark Is Coming: a new interface that acts as portal to Lightning Source by Aaron Shepard

If I have a problem with publishing anything, I look to see what Aaron Shepard knows about the matter. 

IngramSpark Is Coming by Aaron Shepard

1. Well, not exactly a new service, but a new interface that acts as portal to bothLightning Source for print on demand and—starting in August—CoreSource for ebook distribution. If you were planning to sign up with Lightning or CoreSource soon, you should wait to see what IngramSpark offers. But if you already work with one or both, you may find less to interest you.
Basically, IngramSpark will substitute for the labyrinthine Web interfaces now in place, making it much easier for small publishers to sign up and get up to speed. But at least for now, it will not replace the interface for existing accounts. IngramSpark accounts will be separate, with slightly different terms, including required standard discounts for wholesale distribution. (And, no, contrary to rumor, existing Lightning accounts will not be migrated to ones with those more restrictive terms.)
READ MORE AT Aaron Shepard's Blog:

Latest pic. :D

This is the latest picture I've worked on though it doesn't have a title. It does go with a short story for my short stories collection but I'm have to find a title I like for the story. ~ JD

`POSTED THIS BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT: Article by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware ~ Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Outrageous French Copyright Grab: ReLIRE Goes Live

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware 

Just over a year ago, I wrote about a new French law that, under the guise of dealing with the pressing issue of orphan works, implements a truly massive rights transfer.

The law empowers the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to create an online database of works published in France before 2001 that are currently out of print (this includes not just works by French writers, but foreign works translated into French). Once a work has been listed in the database for more than six months, the right to digitize it transfers to a collective management organization, which thereafter has near-unlimited power to exploit that right--including granting it to publishers without the author's permission. The collective management organization will also be responsible for distributing (an unspecified portion of) the proceeds from such grants to rightsholders.
Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Outrageous French Copyright Grab: ReLIRE Goes Live 

Its Story Time: GUIDELINES for It's Story Time and Chapter Book Review

Its Story Time: GUIDELINES for It's Story Time and Chapter Book Review

GUIDELINES for It's Story Time and Chapter Book Review

 For It's Story Time:
To read  your children's picture book on, It's Story Time, Saturdays at 10am est, 9AM cst, 8AM mst & 7AM pst, books need to be a storybook/picture book and be at least 8 to 12 minutes long when read aloud or if your book is shorter we will add another author's book of the same duration on one show.   
We need:
to send a physical copy of the book. The book is needed even though you are reading the book yourself on the show to see the length of the book, scan and display 4 to 5 pictures from it, one being the cover, and have it in case we have technical problems to finish the show. (It does happen! :D )

.OR you can send us a PDF file of your book, plus 4 to 5 JPEGS /pictures from the inside of the book, one being the cover.
We Need you to Call in the show at 10 minutes to show time: 10am est, 9AM cst, 8AM mst & 7AM pst. WE will send you an email with the phone number to call and the show's link at 
Blog Talk Radio.

For Chapter Book Previews: 
Authors who come on can read THEIR favorite passage from their chapter books: about a ten minute reading. The show will need a copy of the book in pdf or rtf to view and the exact passage specified as well as a jpeg of the book's cover. 

WE CAN READ YOUR BOOK FOR YOU if you like. If you live outside of the USA or would just like us to read your book for you we can do that. AUTHOR Jan Britland, of the Rodger Dodger Dog series will be reading books for authors in the show. 

It is a FREE show for everyone to listen to, and the shows are archived and can be listened to at another time listeners want to.  Our audience is 20,000 and up!

Books given the us are sent to the Children's Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.

Here's the link, check It's Story Time on The World of Ink Network out: 
It's Story Time,on the WORLD OF INK NETWORK:

Also, if your book is going to be read on the show, PLEASE send me your book trailer or its link on YouTube so it can be added to the YouTube player! THANKS!

To contact, email us at:  itsstorytimeforkids AT gmail  DOT com

Sketch for The Boy In The Leaves; a short story

This is a sketch for a short story called, The Boy In The Leaves, which will be in my short story collection: SHORT STORIES AND OTHER IMAGININGS FOR THE READING SPOT.

In the story, two boys stumble on a horrible truth about child abuse.

What I'm Working On

Right now I'm working on a book of my adult short stories called, Short Stories and Other Imaginings For The Reading Spot. Some pictures will be sketching and some in shades of gray, (not fifty shades!) This one is for a story called Spiders, a short short, about two paragraphs long. In the story the woman is working an apple press while she thinks about the things that are happening in her life.

sketch for Janoose & The Fall feather Fair

Another project I'm doing sketches for is a sequel for my children's book, Janoose The Goose  called, Janoose & The Fall Feather Fair. The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he wants something from Janoose!
This book I co-wrote with my grandson. It's in the sketching stage as you can see by the picture. Hope you will come back to see how these two projects progress.
Thanks, JD

THE BOOK REPORT: Sandra Balzo's Maggy Thorsen Mystery Series

I thought I like to take a moment here and talk about a cozy mystery book series I started reading: Sandra Balzo's Maggy Thorsen Mysteries.
I first must admit I have a reading list: jotted down titles, authors and even one character name on it, which I had crossed out long ago having forgotten what book or author it was linked to. This forgettable list is on three ringed looseleaf notebook paper, folded, smudged, crinkled up and barely any room left other than the margin to add another title to, and is tucked on the end of my favorite mystery bookshelf in my livingroom.
When I started the list, (probably two decades ago now,) I had the books listed in the order they were to be bought and read. Very simple: first come, first read. And over the years it has come to the unfortunate truth that books on my list, no matter who the author might be, stand little chance of being read. You see, I'm more apt to pick up a book and just decide to read it there and then rather than check the old thing on the shelf. Unfortunately, one of the Maggy Thorsen mystery series books was on the list.
From The Grounds Up
I don't usually buy the list's contenders up front. However, it must have been a couple of years ago that I did pick up one of them: Brewed, Crude and Tattooed by Sandra Balzo! And so it was on an early fall day that I looked over my bookshelves and there it was, like new and unread.
I enjoy fall weather and, I actually look forward to snow, as long as I don't have to drive in it. The thoughts of a nice snow storm to keep us home and comfy was all I needed to sit down and join the occupants of the Uncommon Grounds coffeehouse and wait out the storm.
I was not disappointed. All Sandra Balzo's characters are 'real.' I find the author has a unique insight into human nature and relationships which she weaves into fast pace and shrewd plots that kept me racing through the story. And I can imagine knowing the people in Maggie's town of Brookhills as a place I could live. And if a person or two gets bump off in every book, well, it would just help weed out the trouble makers.
Maggy Thorsen is a well form—believable character, and it never fails that Maggy's flippant and saucy thoughts and banter move these stories along making you smile and laugh. Just wait for them! You won't be disappointed.
I love how Maggie see her relationship with Sheriff Jake Pavlik. Though he is a little standoffish for me and I'd like nothing better than to smack the back of his head once in a while to wake him up. And Frank. He's you 'every person's dog.'
I have since read From The Grounds UP: ANOTHER delight!
My apologies to Ms. Balzo for adding her book to my list and my thanks to her. I love her books and have plans to get ALL her others.
NO, I won't be adding Ms. Balzo's other titles to the margin of my reading list! :D

Sandra Balzo's site:

How I Make My Picture Books: Part I, Getting Ready

First of all I make sure that my manuscript is well edited and ready.

You will need to know who your printing company will be beforehand and understand all their guidelines, margins, fonts and all the printer's requirements.

Next, I resize all my images and make sure they are in TIFF format which works best, I've found in Indesign. I use a few art programs to do my artwork in and resize them. They are Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter Essentials and Corel PaintShop Pro. I use each one for whatever the program does best.

(NOTE: my images and dates are not in order which does not matter for this preview)

To start with, here, I am using PaintShop Pro to resize images and add frames, edges and borders to some of them to neaten them up.

Here, I'm using EFFECTS, then choosing EDGE EFFECTS for this image.

1. Here, I'm using IMAGE> PICTURE FRAME.
2. Here you see there are a number of choices.

For printing books your printer will need the resolution or DPI /Dots Per Inch to be 300 DPI or 600 DPI.  I always scan in my images at 300 DPI. A higher DPI means a higher quality print, image or screen resolution. (NOTE: Also know, that the larger the images the more space each image will need on your computer for storaging them. This is important to know because the more high resolution images on you drive can stop some programs from running due to limiting usable space on the hard drive.)

I pick the size of each image due to the size page that it will fit on in my book.

Making sure the images are at least 300 dpi or higher.

NEXT: Moving To My Book program: Indesign CS 3

How I Make My Picture Books: Part II

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