I have been invited to join an author cooperative and I am excited to be part of it.
WINDTREE PRESS IS:
Good people, of like minds and career goals, help each other to grow in their writing craft to improve discoverability, to keep on top of the changing publishing landscape, and in cooperating to rise together.
We are an author publishing cooperative. This means that we are independent authors who have agreed to publish under a single press name and to support each other in our careers.
Windtree Press was formed in 2011 to offer a solution for the indie author by providing a place where authors share their knowledge, help each other create better books, and pool resources to take advantage of new technologies and new marketing opportunities. We began with three members and are now at 20 members with over 200 titles among them.
We are open to increasing membership, but we are also selective in that we want to make sure that members:
Continue to produce quality titles
Have a real desire to continue to learn and share knowledge
Support each other’s efforts and share new opportunities
As Windtree members live across time zones and in other countries, we use a closed Facebook Group for our discussions, sharing of knowledge and opportunities, and any decision-making we need to do regarding how the press is operating. If you have an interest in joining this type of cooperative, please contact us and provide information about why you want to join, a link to your author website, and any questions you may have.
We had a tragedy yesterday. Our big dog, Jack, got out of the fence and was hit by a car and is at the Vet waiting to get a back leg removed. What I was reminded of was the quote from Fred Rogers (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood):
When I was a boy (he said) and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
It was a disaster to us and when Jack was hit a man followed him home in his truck and took my husband and Jack to two emergency vet locations.Then when we were in the process of taking our dog to our regular vet, the cashier/clerk said that someone else, a woman, paid for our emergency visit, which was $250 some dollars. It was said that she knew that the bill at our vet would be high enough without this.
The clinic didn’t know if they could operate until Thursday, but a vet came in and did the surgery the same day as the accident. All went well, and she said that he is fortunate that he lost a back leg and not one in the front. He’ll be fine.
I’d like to introduce my new book, the third book in the Gold Club Series (however, this book can stand alone without the other books).
It’s a time travel from the present back to 1870. I love the old mining ghost towns and the history that goes with them. My husband and I own two lots and a cabin in the ghost town, Bourne, OR, so the history is as accurate as it can be.
To find out more about this book, click on the cover above.
In the early part of 2018 I had the pleasure of working with Gary Novo on publishing his novella, MURDER AT #23 PUMP HOUSE.
A couple of spirits showed up in this book so I asked him his opinion on the hereafter. He said, “I think the spirits of our family members who have passed on before us have a way of influencing our lives – maybe our thoughts if not our actions. I think this is especially true for parents and grandparents or those with whom we’ve had close relationships while they were living. Even if we were not particularly close, I think they still reach out to us.
I thought about his words more than once, because I did a search on Ancestry.com to find names and information on my husband’s mother’s side of the family, since nothing much was ever said about them.
My husband and I have enjoyed Northeast Oregon, and have gone back time and again. Over the years we have acquired some land and use vacation time in the area. It turns out that his great-great grandfather and some of his brothers came to the area as well, and most were buried there. It’s been a pleasure to find his grave and lay a flower or two next to the headstone.
Other time, there were five or six occurrences of hearing my grandmother’s first name. While not a common name, I heard it over TV, people I met, and on the internet, all in a short period of time. Perhaps it was just a coincidence or not, but I took a moment by myself to say hello to her.
FBI Agent Crawford Stone expects to go hiking in Northeast Oregon but enters a cave and travels back in time to a rowdy gold mining town. He’s not the only one out of place as he finds an attractive woman attempting to ward off the men gathering around her.
School teacher Sarah Goldbrick leaves her quiet hometown to travel to Cracker City, Oregon in search of what or who is responsible for the death of her husband. She finds the investigator she needs in an unconventionally dressed lawman with unusual expertise.
Sarah’s husband left his mark in this town and while Crawford unearths crime in the area, he has not forgotten about his plan to go back to the future and wonders if Sarah will go with him.