Desert Rain: A Soundtrack

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Nature is an inspiring force. Rain, which is an almost daily part of my Dutch landscape, is something I take for granted. But in a desert land? It is majestic. I love how this post from Dreaming in Arabic uses beautiful prose to describe the rain, intermingled with references to songs that relate to rain. thus the reblog.

Dreaming in Arabic

A Rainy Morning Layers of cloud cover the sky, swirling into a witches brew of grey. Big, fat raindrops burst and explode against window panes, leaving watery trails in their wake. With time the drizzle turns into a symphony of sound. High notes bounce off the carport roof, low notes gurgle through spouts. Waterdrops trickle off grass and treetops, huddle in puddles and saturate the windblown desert sand. The smell of wet earth replaces the choking scent of dust.

Listen To The Rhythm of the Falling Rain – The Cascades

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The melodic voices of children dance and twirl on the cool breeze. A boundless energy echoes off perimeter walls and escapes into the glistening streets.

Laughter In The Rain – Neil Sedaka

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Thunder rumbles in a moonless sky. Occasional flashes of lightning reveal a drenched landscape.

I Love A Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt

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Green coming to The ABC Bookstore in The Hague, The Netherlands

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Good news! This week the ABC Bookstore in The Hague agreed to carry my debut novel GREEN! Up until this point, my book has only been available for purchase as a kindle or paperback online and in paperback form in four bookstores in the United States. This is the first placement in The Netherlands and thus holds special significance to this American author living in The Hague; people can buy it locally!

Will it seem awkward and geeky when I head into the bookstore next week with my camera to document its placement among other published titles on the shelf? Or is this LLA* phenomenon one that bookstores have become all too familiar with? (*Lurking Local Author).

One benefit of a local presence is that local book clubs can invite the author to their gatherings to participate in the discussion of the book. Book clubs don’t usually go for romance books, but for one reason or another, GREEN is slowly gaining traction as a Book Club pick.

Thus far  GREEN is on the reading list for two book clubs in California and has been recommended by readers to book clubs in Connecticut and Indiana.  I will be skyping  in to a book club meeting this coming Monday for my first book club discussion on this title!  I hope to gain some insight into why GREEN is considered worthy of Book Club discussion.

If you have already read GREEN, would you recommend it to a book club or group? If so, why? I would love to hear your reasoning in the comments section below.

Thank you everyone for your support!

Author Kristin Anderson

12 Great Indie Books to be highly recommended in 2014: is yours one of them?

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How many of you have read a great Indie author  in the last few years who really surprised you with their smooth writing, compelling plot and beautiful prose? Was it a great work of literature? Or perhaps a fun, yet witty romance that made you laugh, cry and fall in love? A book that kept you thinking about the transformation of the characters within the pages long after you finished?  Did you want to share that author with others, but weren’t comfortable writing reviews? Or perhaps you have written such a book yourself, but haven’t figured out how to get someone to review it.

As an Indie author, it’s hard to figure out just how to get your book noticed. This year, I would like to change that for at least some Indy Authors by writing reviews on my blog. The good news is, I am only interested in writing POSITIVE, yet critical reviews. Thus, if you send me your book and I am not able to honestly give it a strong recommendation, then I will simply not review it. If I review your book and you like my review, you are welcome to share it on your own website, on Twitter, put it on Facebook, etc, as long as you include my name Kristin Anderson and a link to the original review on this blog http://www.authorkristinanderson.com. Last but not least, your book must be thoroughly edited. I can let a handful of typos slide, but any more is distracting and breaks the flow of reading. (I have professionally edited a number of books, thus I find typos and spelling errors very distracting;  they remind me of work!)

Still interested in submitting your book for review? Here are the criteria and categories I will consider.

Requirements
1) Self-published within the last three years (thus from January 1, 2011 to present).
2) Less than 400 pages
3)  Thoroughly edited
4) Available as an e-book / Kindle

Genres
1) Fiction including general fiction, women’s fiction, environmental fiction, romance with a message,  and thrillers of the not overly violent persuasion.
2) Non-fiction about environmental issues and social justice that offers hope, rather than doom.

Reminder: Since I want to write positive reviews, I am seeking novels with a strong, coherent plot, well-developed characters, smooth writing style and an inspirational message. Romance with a message note: Heat is okay as far as romances go, but no porn or erotica. Non-fiction note: I am looking for quality of information and insight into contemporary environmental issues that is presented in layman’s terms, or introduces technical and complex ideas without getting too bogged down in  jargon.

Submission Procedure
Please use the contact form on this website to submit one paragraph describing your book and one paragraph explaining why you think I should review it. Please include a link to your website, title, date published and a valid email address. I retain the right to refuse any submission based on personal preference and you agree not to slander me for what may feel like (but is not) a personal affront.

Choosing Cover art for my Debut Novel Green

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Have you ever seen an image that stirs you within? Reminds you of childhood, of longing, of romance, of hope, of nature, anticipation? I had such an experience when I encountered Catrin Welz-Stein’s digital artwork online, especially her painting The View. I looked at that painting and decided I had to order a poster.

Then, as I was working on the final draft of my debut novel, I imagined her beautiful image on the cover of my book. But it wasn’t quite right for my book. I needed a more contemporary version of this same piece. I needed to lift the melancholy out of the clouds and add anticipation and hope. 

But that was a dream, after all. I couldn’t just contact a Swiss artist in Kuala Lumpur out of the blue and ask her if I could not only use her artwork for the cover of my book, but alter it. Could I? Well, if there’s one thing I learned from Doctor Seuss, it’s that you don’t know until you try and it never hurts to ask.

So I contacted her. 

After working with her over the internet for a number of months–me sending mock-up drafts, and she providing her thoughts on composition, color, balance, we developed an idea that suited both of our needs. I called upon my husband’s graphic design skills, and got the final version approved!

Green by Kristin Anderson

Green by Kristin Anderson

I am so excited about my book launch coming up on Saturday, November 16th, 2013, when I will officially release this book into the world. Like more info? Check out my Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/authorkristinanderson

 

(This post was also shared on my expat writing blog earlier this afternoon. For those who follow both, I apologize for the overlap, but this post really belongs on my author blog! 🙂