Our Own Jackie Hunter Featured on WTVR Virginia in the Morning

“Lost in the Red Hills of Mars”

RICHMOND, Va. – Jackie Hunter, retired educator turned science fiction writer, is using several creative outlets these days to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. She stopped by the studio to talk about one of those projects, her debut novel called Lost in the Red Hills of Mars. To learn more about Jackie Hunter and her new book, you can visit her websites atwww.therippyeffect.com or www.lostintheredhillsofmars.com. You can also find her new book on Amazon.com. 

Screen Shot 2018-10-08 at 9.53.22 PM.png

Advertisements

Used Bookstores are Swimming in These…

Used books are a good deal. But apparently there are a good deal of these titles:

Go-Set-a-Watchman_Harper-Lee-199x300

  • POLITICAL TELL-ALLS
  • NONFICTION TITLES MADE INTO MOVIES: Seabiscuit, Unbroken, Marley and Me, The Blind Side, Black Hawk Down.
  • ’80S AND ’90S PAPERBACK HITS: Mary Higgins Clark, Danielle Steel, Sydney Sheldon, Tom Clancy, Nora Roberts.
  • JAMES PATTERSON
  • CHRISTIAN FICTION GREATEST HITS: The Shack, Left Behind, Karen Kingsbury’
  • CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL
  • COOKBOOK CELEBS
  • GO SET A WATCHMAN BY HARPER LEE
  • A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
  • ANGELA’S ASHES BY FRANK MCCOURT
  • THE TWILIGHT SERIES AND THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY BY E.L. JAMES
  • HEAVEN IS FOR REAL BY TODD BURPO

Read More at Book Riot…

Agile Writer Jackie Hunter in Boomer Magazine

From Boomer Magazine…
hunters-1st

Jackie Hunter showed up at the coffee shop with two books. One was her own. The other was, well, OK, perhaps a slightly better-known Mars book, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Kirkus Reviews had likened a Bradbury plotting device to one of her own. So Hunterthought she should read the science fiction classic.

But of course. What’s one more item on her massive to-do list.

Read a book? Certainly.

Maybe over lunch.

As you know, “Second Acts” features inspiring people who didn’t clock out once they gave up the 9-to-5 gig. Many baby boomers – first careers behind them, productive years ahead – seek a rewarding change of pace. But for Jackie Hunter, who is now 67, this is more like a 22nd Act. The woman operates at hyper speed – fittingly enough for someone who has just written a sci-fi book for teens, Lost in the Red Hills of Mars.

We met the other day at a Starbucks near Parham and Staples Mill roads. Hunter remembers writing poetry and short stories as a 12-year-old. There was nothing to suggest she would write a book, though.

Hunter had started teaching middle school math and science in 1973, retiring in 2004. (Five years as an assistant principal at Lakeside Elementary School were in the middle.)

“Retirement” meant anything but retirement. 

Read More at Boomer Magazine…

Agile Writer Starts Alopecia Blog/Vlog

Screen Shot 2018-09-05 at 7.26.56 PMChristine Gauthier Writes…
In honor of Alopecia Awareness Month, my Alopecian Life YouTube channel goes live on September 1st!
Some of you may know that I’ve been writing a book, a fictionalized account about my experiences living with alopecia.  The process has occupied three years of my Sundays, and a lot of emotional and mental energy.  While I work at finding an agent and getting published, I’ve developed a YouTube channel called Alopecian Life where alopecians, and those who love and care for them, can go for support, information, and advice.  Please follow/subscribe to the channel, sign up for my mailing list at alopecianlife.wordpress.com, and forward this email on to anyone you think would be interested!
The videos represent several months of planning, writing and retakes (who knew recording a five-minute video could actually take 90!).  I’m sure I’ll get better at it all over time, and toward that end appreciate your suggestions/praise/questions as you see appropriate.  I’m also open to ideas for new discussion topics, so if you have some I’m all ears!
As always, thank you for your love and support.  Here’s to Alopecian Life!
With love and friendship,
– Christine Gauthier
Alopecian Life Blogalopecianlife.wordpress.com,

B&N’s Parneros Strikes Back

56580-v2-600xIn a lawsuit filed August 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, former Barnes & Noble CEO Demos Parneros has charged the retailer with breach of contract and defamation of character. The suit contains numerous unflattering revelations about the inner workings of B&N, and includes the bombshell news that a deal to sell the company to another “book retailer” fell through in June.

Parneros was abruptly fired from B&N on July 3, for unspecified violations of company policy. He was let go without severance. In his suit, Parneros claims that the nature of his firing, coupled with the current employment environment, left the public to assume he was guilty of sexual harassment. He denies, however, that this was the case.

Claims in Parneros’s suit indicate that his relationship with B&N chairman Len Riggio began to sour after an unnamed book retailer withdrew its offer to buy the company in June. According to the complaint, the retailer withdrew its offer after completing due diligence.

Read More at Publisher’s Weekly…

Walmart Fights Kindle with Kobo

Launching a partnership announced earlier this year, Walmart and e-book retailer Rakuten Kobo detailed plans to offer an array of e-book content, reading services and devices via Walmart stores and cobranded iOS and Android apps.

The new service, Walmart eBooks by Rakuten Kobo, launches today and will deliver a newly organized digital books and services catalog to Walmart consumers based on Kobo’s e-book inventory of about six million e-book titles.

The e-book retailing partnership will also feature a monthly audiobook subscription service for $9.99 a month (for access to one audiobook per month); digital book cards (with download codes) for more than 40 titles will go on sale at 3,500 Walmart stores; and Kobo tablets and digital e-readers will go on sale in about 1,000 Walmart stores,.

Read More at Publishers Weekly

50 Shades of Submission

Janet Reid writes…

I’ve recently had an agent request the first 50 pages of my manuscript after being “intrigued” by my query and first 5 pages. Good news, for sure. Here’s the thing: a MAJOR plot development happens on page 60; a real WOW moment (at least I hope).

I didn’t press my luck. I submitted the first 50 as requested. But I really wrestled with the idea of emailing the agent and letting her know about the major plot development and asking if it would be okay to send the first 60 as opposed to just the first 50. Would that have been okay? Or did I do the right thing but just giving her what she asked for and not pushing it (even though it would have potentially meant she’d have gotten to experience a real juicy moment)?

Read More at Janet Reid…