Book dedication to my mother

Mom Ella celebrated 80 years last year in August. She is currently winterizing in Venice, Florida with my dad Vaclav Konecny.
We talked on Sunday, as we always do. Sunday conversations are not always easy. I don’t know what it depends on.
This last one endures in my mind.


Author dedicates book to mother

Mom Ella at Selby Garden in Sarasota, Florida. Mom Ella at Selby Garden in Sarasota, Florida.

I embarked on this journey through my memories called “Greenwich Meridian where East meets West” on December 12, 2012 after being asked by many colleagues, friends and acquaintances to write  our story.
I have attempted several times to pen our immigration saga now spanning three generations. I saved evidence of such attempts like the personal essay, “Fire on Water.” I used the same title for my novel based on the communist experience from former Czechoslovakia. Some trace elements of the story can be found in a newspaper article about my naturalization as a U.S. citizen in 1999, “Lowell woman gets naturalized.” It was syndicated by the Associated Press and well received by the audience. I got phone calls from all over Michigan.
Finally, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of writing for the pleasure of others. Until…

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9 reasons why you should self-publish

The journey of self-publishing.

The Cat's Write

Many of you will know that I am considering self-publishing my novels. It’s not something that I’ve considered lightly as I know going it alone is not easy and there’s still a fair bit of stigma attached to self-publishing. However, I really do believe the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

I compiled the list below mainly as a way to convince myself that self-publishing is a wonderful idea. While most authors (like me) secretly want to be published by one of the big, well-known publishing houses, there are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to self-publish – nine to be exact (but that’s only because I was restricted by the cats.)

1. Social media is freaking awesome

Social media can be a gold mine for authors, especially those who are planning to self-publish. There are plenty of opportunities to reach out and develop friendships with other writers…

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Kindle giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories with excerpts

Take advantage of my kindle format giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories starting on March 8 at 12 am PST through March 9 at 12 pm PST.

You will save $7.99.

I love the kindle format for it’s versatility and interactiveness. It’s a great learning tool for both readers and writers.

The link is:

The book is a collection of 13 stories divided into three circles: Immigration, journalism and retail.

Inspired by Earnest Hemingway and his Paris memoir, I like to call the stories “a moveable feast” because of their cinematic qualities. According to agents, my stories and writing are very visual.

I will also be working on creating the audio version of the book.

Here is an excerpt from “Orange Nights.”

The most interesting thing in the store were the changing seasons and the colors reflecting them. The summer colors were still vibrant, and hanging in the air or it could have been the nostalgia after a summer passing by.

“Why did you stay in the store all these years, Irma?”asked Rachel doubtful and wondering about her own future.

“You come in young like most, because you don’t know what to do with yourself,” said Big Irma. “And after a while you just get used to it, and you’re afraid of change. Just look around you. What do you see?”

However, it was all in what you didn’t see. Those were the underlying currents of being stuck in any situation in life, and not being able to move forward. It had different names, that all came under one label. That label was fear.

And fear had many faces. It was hiding under different coats of comfort and security, assurances or the lack of them.

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Shifting Sands Short Stories marketing & book signing

Come to my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm. I will be offering tips on marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience.


Local author Emma Palova at the gallery on Main Street in downtown Lowell with her new book.

I am very excited about my upcoming book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm.

It will take place on the magnificent backdrop of the West Michigan Regional Art Competition on display at the downtown gallery.

I will be talking about the marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience, as well as other platforms.

Below is an example of marketing on the Goodreads platform for authors. The goal is to get as many people as possible to shelve your book.

Check out this book on Goodreads: Shifting Sands Short Stories

You can also buy my book locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids and in Lansing.

I will have a few copies on hand to autograph.

The book is also…

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