Help the Alien Get Published!


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Sport has memories of multiple births. She remembers flights through space and vistas of vibrant silo cities in colorful, faraway lands. People she invents in imagination come alive. Her parents and educators think she’s crazy. Her 1986 road trip is disastrous, and Sport, the cheerful school teacher, is refused help again and again. People gossip that she ages too slowly. Her admirers have questions to which Sport has no answers. But a child savant helps her understand her destiny.

M. J. Scott’s First Novel Accepted on Kindle Scout Online!

MJ Scott in New Town at 10 percentHelp Marilyn (M. J. Scott) get an Amazon publishing contract! Amazon accepted Marilyn’s new book, Sport’s Alien Fantasy, into the 30-day Kindle Scout campaign where readers help Amazon decide which novels to publish! Sport’s Alien Fantasy will be up on the Kindle Scout site 30 days to receive votes (nominations). You can go online and see the book cover, description of the novel and an excerpt of several pages. Beginning March 10 and for 30 days, if Marilyn’s book receives enough nominations, the Amazon editors will examine it to decide if they think it should be published. If so, the author receives a small advance and a five-year publishing contract with Amazon! If it is published, the readers who recommend it receive free early editions of this novel of magical realism.

Here is the link to see the book on Kindle Scout: Click Here to See Sport’s Alien Fantasy on Kindle Scout!

Sport’s Alien Fantasy will interest readers who like strong female lead characters and who enjoy the genres of literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. The novel is also suitable for young adults, especially because it deals with Sport’s childhood as well as her future life as an educator helping special children.

Once you are viewing Sport’s Alien Fantasy, I am positive that you will agree it is worth your nomination. It is certainly worthy of publication and support from Amazon to help its sales! Take a look at it, enjoy the excerpt and hit the “Nominate Me” button!

You know what else? You will have lots of fun looking at the potential new books and authors on Kindle Scout. You will have your say in which books get published! Amazon makes it fun. Readers have opportunities to earn points, share their recommendations and receive recognition for helping authors by appearing on the “Leader Board when their authors get published.” If you participate, you help bring deserving books to the marketplace.

Borealis wea01001 at 33 percentYou do need an Amazon account in order to qualify to vote. If you ever have bought anything from Amazon, including e-books on your Kindle, then you already have an Amazon account. If you need one, all you do is supply your e-mail address (which becomes your User ID), and you make your own password. You are not asked for a credit card number or any other information. To set up the account, simply click this link:       and click the “Sign In” button in the upper right part of the screen. Click “Create New Account,” provide your email address and make up a password. That’s it, and you’re in!

Visit M. J. Scott’s webpage to learn more about this vibrant and productive author and her four other published books!



Special Week for Readers!


This week, March 5-11, 2017, is the annual Smashwords’ “Read an E-book Week” during which readers can get free downloads or deeply discounted books by participating authors. This includes four of the authors who have published with my company. I cannot imagine it, but  there are some people who still have not tried reading e-books. I do understand that most of us enjoy the feel of pages in our fingers, yet e-readers offer very enabling advantages, such as ability to change font and size for eye convenience, daniel-ebook-week-at-10-percent  ability to read in the dark, the feature of looking up word definitions and Wikipedia information without leaving the page, the purchase of additional books from online stores without moving, and the ability to store your entire library safely backed up on a cloud…no worry of fires destroying all!   Now you can see why Smashwords likes to celebrate this week. It offers a chance to acquaint readers to another way of enjoying books, magazines and stories. As you read this blog post, click on any of the photos to download the free or discounted books or short stories. The photos are links.

Parent’s Playbook by Bill Holland, PhD, is a mini-book that is spot-on with seven rules for parents about teaming with their child to complete the steps that guarantee success in finding a lucrative job and career after college graduation.bill-ebook-week-at-12-percent Bill’s book, while slanted to parents of student-athletes, is perfect in general for parents of kids of all ages, especially those in ninth grade and up. Handy and specific, this playbook helps student and parent avert the disasters of under-employment after college. Bill is an award-winning college professor, business executive, nationally recognized career management guru, author of four books on career management and the principal founder of College to Career Catalyst, LLC. Parent’s Playbook is on sale this week for $2.50, a fifty percent discount.

Sharon Dillon’s offering is Echoes of Your Choices (Laughter, Peace and Joy). Sharon is an author, blogger and humorist who has been a multi-year participant in the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop in Ohio. sharon-ebook-at-12-percentHer stressful life of marriages, living all over the world as a military wife, raising children, graduating college at age 47, working as newspaper columnist and managing career led her to search for the path to peace and laughter and joy. Several years ago, Sharon began consistent blogging and developed a following of people attracted to her common-sense, tranquilizing and universal style of guidance to a balanced life. This blog, “Thoughts to Ponder,” became the basis for her humorous and calming book. Echoes of Your Choices is on sale this week for $1.50, a fifty percent discount.

M. J. Scott is author of four non-fiction books with a fifth book, a novel called Sport’s Alien Fantasy, about to be published by Daniel Wetta Publishing. Marilyn has two sale offerings this week: Power Steering and Power Steering 2. Marilyn has written most of her life, and her writing style has been described as narrative poetry. A self-described “country girl,” she has traveled in all fifty states, many of them for years via an Airstream travel trailer. marilyn-ebook-week-second-photo-at-13-percent-ps-2-collageAlways fascinated with spirituality and destiny, Marilyn developed the concept of “power steering” which she uses in a car analogy to describe higher power working in people to enable them to find their best destiny. To rely on “power steering” is to learn to meditate and quietly hear the speaking of intuition and then to trust it. Her career as an educator and her inspirational works have been factors in her receiving the Excellence Award by “Women of Distinction” online. The two Power Steering volumes are on sale this week for $1.50 each, a fifty percent discount.

Master artist and author Dan Wetta, now 89 years old, continues to astound with his prolific painting and story-telling. Dan (my father) has now published 7 illustrated e-books and 3 illustrated books in print through Daniel Wetta Publishing. His lifetime collection of paintings, cartoons and stories are documented in these works. They fill a canvas of the artist’s life, an interesting journey through time and the old South that begins with a childhood in New Orleans and education in a Benedictine Seminary.artist-dan-wetta-ebook-week-at-11-percent Normally $2.99, his offering this week is FREE on Smashwords. One of the seven e-books, New Orleans in my Mind goes deep into recollections by the author of his childhood in New Orleans and his high school and early college education at St. Joseph’s, a Benedictine seminary and monastery, during the 1930s and 40s. You will love seeing his color illustrations and cartoons in the book that highlight his stories.


Finally, I would feel so honored for readers to download my two short stories, “Awakening from the Golden Sleep” and “Nightfire!” from Smashwords.daniel-ebook-week-collage-at-12-percent I wrote these as prequels to my two novels but constructed the stories to stand alone and apart from them. They are always free on Smashwords, but please try them this week and see if I whet your appetite to read the novels. Now ask yourself, “Is there any better week to read an e-book?”


There are tens of thousands of books on sale this week on Smashwords. You can visit their page to browse and search here: Click this link to Smashwords’ special week sales here.



I’ll Make You a Bet, All on Me!


Ana Valdez and Día Fuego de Noche Will Melt Your Hearts!

So far, there have been over 725 downloads of my free short stories, “Awakening from the Golden Sleep” and “Nightfire!” I have probably sent out over a hundred more in .pdf formats to people who wanted to read these stories on their computer or print them on paper. The short stories have always been free e-books. What I am  hoping is that there are thousands more who will want to know the protagonists, Ana and Día, in these stories and follow them with excitement into my novels, The Z Redemption and Corvette Nightfire.

In both novels, Ana Valdez is the Mexican homemaker who becomes the fiery populist leader of Mexico when the corrupt government of her country falls to a military coup. She teams up with gringo David James, an ex-CIA operative with special interests in justice, to rally Mexico’s young people to join the “Zs” in a fight against the drug cartels and those wishing to use the country’s instability for enormous and unethical personal gain. Passionate in her love for David and for the Mexican people who have suffered horrible injustices, Ana inspires ordinary people to become heroes in actions against overwhelming odds. Many readers have said that they loved the character of Ana and felt her to be a real woman who might be born of situations like those in the novel that so closely parallel current events in Mexico and the United States.


The comments of readers about Ana caused me to think about what things in her life before the story opens would have molded her strong character. So I imagined her privileged childhood in Mazatlán, Mexico, the Pacific resort city that at one time was the vacation destination of choice for the Hollywood elite of its Golden Era. Ana was a child there in the 1980s. If she would one day become the future President of Mexico, what would happen in her life that would incite the transformation from innocence to awareness and passion? I traveled to Mazatlán in my heart and observed her. The result is the short story, “Awakening from the Golden Sleep.”


There was a different job to do to provide background for Corvette Nightfire, the protagonist of the novel with the same name. When the novel opens, Corvette is a player at the final table of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He is single, sexy and has groupies. His short Mexican father met his tall British mother on a cruise and married soon after. Corvette was their only child. He inherited their ability to dance, and his father taught him poker at an early age. What Corvette did not know was the mystery of his grandparents on his father’s side, who they were and what they did that sealed his fate fifty years later. When I wrote Corvette Nightfire, I hinted about them, but the fun thing was to write a prequel about the grandparents when they were young and their story of  a clash of cultures.


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I did a lot of research on the indigenous people of Northern Mexico and discovered the amazing Rarámuri people, popularly mis-called the Tarahumara, who are famous for running for days without stopping between settlements in the Copper Canyons in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Their history is fascinating. It gave me the perfect setting for the plotting of Corvette’s unknown grandparents, Día and Luna, in “Nightfire!” I believe you will agree with me that theirs is a very unique story if you read it.

And that is what I am asking you to do! I wrote these two free stories just for you, and my wager is that if you read them, you will want to read the novels to know more about these characters. I ask that if you haven’t done so, download the stories to your e-book readers (Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo etc.) or to your PC. Just click on the book cover photos that I have here in this post, and you will be taken to the Smashwords download page for that story. You can download any or all file formats for free as often as you like. And if you have any problems, I am happy to email you a .pdf version if you simply contact me.

The bet is on! I wager that Ana and Día will get to you with their stories, and you will not forget them. As for me, I want to feel the happiness in my heart that someone is reading about them. And I don’t mind a bit if you share the links with others. Please do!








Review of Winning Texas by Nancy Stancill


Masterful Storytelling Again!

Annie Price, the Houston newspaper reporter protagonist of the first novel (Saving Texas), is back four years later, a little more mature, less boozy, dealing better with personal issues of career and men, and smart and sexy as ever. Many of the characters of the first novel continue in the second. The author, Nancy Stancill, is a masterful plotter, and her consistent characters definitely hatch plots! Which ones are good, which ones have reformed evil ways, and which ones are killing off those who try to interfere with the Texas secessionist movement challenge the reader throughout the novel to guess what happens next.

The author’s background as an investigative reporter in Texas and North Carolina brings authenticity to her stories. She is also a Texas historian who entertains the reader in interesting ways about the German communities in that state, the operations of international crime there, and, of course, the culture that makes Texas a “cowboy state” in more ways than one.

The beginning of Winning Texas grabbed me, and the last half of the book would not let me go. Once again, I sense another Annie Price novel coming, and I can’t wait to read what Annie will be doing next. If you require that novels kidnap you for two or three days of can’t-put-it-down excitement, then this is one for you!

Winning Texas, Black Rose Writing, May, 2016

NetGalley for a Self-Published Debut Author


Luke Gracias, author of The Devil’s Prayer, writes a must-read, informative article on his experience with Net Galley in getting book reviews!

The Devil's Prayer Blog


This is a summary of my NetGalley experience as a self-published debut author, which I believe may be of assistance to other self-publishing authors and may also be of interest to NetGalley readers.

Around the end of June 2016, I listed my ebook The Devil’s Prayer with NetGalley, to generate reviews. The entry level for a single title listing at the time was $399 (All prices are 2016 prices in USD). I chose the $599 package which in addition to the listing includes one marketing newsletter.


Over the next six months, I chose to try out the various marketing tools from the NetGalley shed.     I spent a further $1,540 on a variety of NetGalley promotions, including a Category Spotlight placement, a Featured Title placement and two promotional eBlasts. At just over $2,000, (including the listing fee of $599), it is a big spend on a single title. I…

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Free-fall in Love and Danger!



FREE! Experience a free-fall in love! Fifty years before Corvette sat in a win-or-die poker tournament in Las Vegas, his indigenous young Tarahumara grandparents stole a ’63 Stingray from the Sinaloa drug cartel to escape captivity in Texas. They fled to hide in their home canyons in northern Mexico. This set in motion the forces that, many years later, would shape Corvette’s destiny. Download my fast-paced story of love and danger, free at Smashwords. Compatible with all devices. Nine thousand words and twenty-two pages transport you to a world that you probably have never imagined.

To go to the download site at Smashwords, simply click the e-book cover below!



Why Authors Should Love Social Media!


My grandsons had just sugared up on chocolate cupcakes when I corralled them into the backseat of my little Cavalier. They were huddled and hyper, and without even looking, I held up the phone camera over my head and snapped a picture behind me as I started the car to drive. I just happened to catch this instant of their spontaneous combustion. Looking at the photo months later, I had a thought: What a perfect expression of joy of life! It captured what I want to express to prospective author-clients for my publishing business: Writing and publishing and going for it just ought to be fun!

I found a template, “Join Our Team,” on the Poto app which I had installed on my phone. The picture inserted perfectly. Happy as a songbird, I quickly sent it out as a Tweet and posted it on Facebook. Here is the tweet: 

Oops! A friend spotted the spelling error, “Contect Us.” That was an embarrassing mistake for a publisher offering editing services to make, but quickly fixable in our wonderful social media world. Delete tweet, send out correction.

Okay, but notice the tweet. I hardly ever send one out without a visual and a link to my website or a client page or a purchasing page. If you spend 10 minutes looking at the Twitter feed scroll past like a rushing river, I guarantee you will pause it only if a graphic catches your eye. Text alone rarely grabs you. And if you do pause it to look, you are looking for that link to be there to take you somewhere interesting.

Links and visuals are the game. They are like the soccer ball and the field. I love Twitter, but my favorite social media site is Instagram. That is fast action (although not as fast as Snapchat), and the play is this: Instagram has 400 million users and can be one of the most powerful client catchers of all. So you take a picture that fits with a creative idea that you have, maybe make a collage of photos, decide to whom you want to direct your exciting concept, figure out the hashtags that will get this work of art to them, write your masterpiece message and post. Wait! Don’t forget your link! With every Instagram post, you want to be sure that when the viewer pauses that whirling feed to see what you have done, there is a link to take them where you want. So here is an Instagram post I did recently:

I had a simple idea, but one that intrigues readers: When the author writes fiction, how much of him or her is in the main character? So I boldly put it out there: Yep, that 27-year-old, celebrity, Spanish speaking World Series of Poker stud, Corvette Nightfire, is really me. Ha! Who will believe it? But to add a modicum of credulity, I threw in some Spanish and left my hashtags visible so people could see where I was heading. Yes, the link to my Amazon sale page was there in the bio profile at the time.

Of course, we would never overlook Facebook, right? I feel strongly that authors should have a separate author page from their personal page. For one thing, it is much easier to join the professional page with other professional groups and communities. On those other pages, you can post as an author. The separate page lets you not annoy FB friends with your book marketing, and Facebook also makes it easier to boost your professional posts from your author page. Here is an example of a video post advertising Corvette Nightfire from my author page. I am glad to mention in it my wonderful editor and story contributor, Robert Selfe, in this short video:

If I have one message with this post, it is that indie authors who want to market can do it having lots of fun, perhaps almost as much fun as when they are writing. Both require creativity and imagination. When writing, authors create visual images with words. When we live our lives, we are stimulated by sights and sounds, and we like to understand how what we are experiencing is relevant (linked) to our lives. In other words, in life we also look for the links and the visuals. So in our modern daily living, in which we snap photos, tap the phone and send pictures immediately to Facebook or Instagram, we share our joys and sorrows. It is just as easy to share our books and stories in the same ways.

Link, link, link! Go ahead – click on any of the photos or links in this post, and see where I send you. Happy posting!