Musings on the Depth of Beauty D-E-F

More interesting facts based on my latest historical novel, The Depth of Beauty… D IS FOR DONALDINA If I were naming a fictional character, I wouldn’t name her “Donaldina.” The name sounds as if a girl’s parents were totally bummed that they didn’t have a boy. Yuck! But Donaldina Cameron was a real person who […]

The Depth Of Beauty by A.B. Michaels

Musings on The Depth of Beauty A-B-C

My new historical novel, The Depth of Beauty is now out in the world (on sale for just 99 cents here!) and already it’s gotten great feedback.  I love the story because, apart from the romance, it contains a lot of fascinating material about the time period around the turn of the twentieth century. I’ve […]

NaNoWriMo – Yes or No?

NaNoWriMo has officially started, and I signed up just under the wire to begin on time. I’ve taken the national writing challenge for the last two years, and completed it both times.  Both efforts spawned the nucleus of what became (imho) really good books.  The Art of Love won a couple of writing awards, and […]

MAUREEN O’HARA: A TIMELESS ROMANTIC HEROINE

It’s a sad day here in Boise, Idaho. We just lost one of our most celebrated residents, the actress Maureen O’Hara, who died Saturday at the age of 95. Ms. O’Hara was a classic movie star, known for countless leading roles.  She co-starred in swashbucklers with the likes of Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, and Douglas […]

WHAT I GOT FROM KINDLE SCOUT

First, let me be clear about what I didn’t get: a contract with Kindle Press.  Nope, I didn’t get enough votes to have my novel, The Depth of Beauty, promoted by that entity.  Was I disappointed about that? Sure.  For a while at least. I put a lot of effort (or so I thought) into […]

Seven Ways to Promote Your Book on Kindle Scout

  I am winding down my 30-day promotional campaign for my new book, The Depth of Beauty, on Kindle Scout.  That’s the program where readers go to the KS website, sample the book and hopefully nominate it for publication by Kindle Press. Here’s my link: http://amzn.to/1ElzAQL The selection committee at Kindle Scout doesn’t spell out […]

DISCOVERING THAT ONE GREAT IDEA

Seven Concepts Writers Can Learn From Gold Prospectors In August I spent a weekend with cousins from Ohio who were visiting the wilds of Idaho near where I live.  We took an afternoon to pan for gold above the resort town of Donnelly, which is part of the Boise National Forest. No, we didn’t stop […]

Why Kindle Scout Makes Sense to Me …

…But Might Not Make Sense to You. Have you heard of the (relatively) new quasi-crowdshare program called Kindle Scout?  I say “quasi” because it doesn’t involve donating money, but it is all about reader input. Kindle Scout launched last fall, but is apparently still so new that many of the Kindle customer service operators I […]

Five Ways Novelists Are Just Like Poets

  A very good friend from my years in northern California is the poet Lauren Scott.  (lscotthoughts.com). We are both writers, but while she writes pieces with minimal words, I write full-length novels.  Not much overlap, right?  Wrong.  The truth is, long-form writers and poets have quite a bit in common: We both love words. […]