Have a Happy Holiday with a Book-lift

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a safe and wonderful Christmas with family and friends. For those of you who do not celebrate, I wish you a much relaxing time off from work. From our house to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It is a time for celebration, not only because of the holidays, but also for my 4th anniversary of publishing my first dark, psychological suspense thriller novel, Net Switch, on December 21, 2011. As I read many times, the best way to freshen up a book and its sales is by giving it a book-lift. So that’s what I did along with readjusting the eBook price to $2.99. The time has finally come to unveil the new cover.

I’ve learned a lot since publishing this novel, and noticed an improvement in my writing, however it has never diminished the pride and love I have for Net Switch.

At the time, I had plenty of things going on in my life to distract me from the story. The fact is I had no plans on writing such a novel. As one Goodreads reviewer said, “It’s dark, it’s sexual, it’s violent, and it’s not afraid to touch you in the bad places.” This story came out of nowhere, and it seemed to have written itself during NaNoWriMo. I thought I’d write more on the lighter side, such as romantic comedy, where the subject matter isn’t deep and dark.

In keeping with the dark, psychological theme, I worked with my cousin Brian Baer on the first cover to make it seem twisted, which it is in some ways. Brian came through for me regarding what I asked for. At the time, I figured a gray and white cover would look good. I didn’t do any research or peruse other thriller book covers.

Net Switch Full CoverThis time around, I worked with a digital artist, Ana Cruz. I came across a discussion on Goodreads regarding book covers, and someone mentioned deviant art. That’s where I began my search. When I saw Ana’s work, I contacted her, and the rest is history.

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To add to the festivities, I am celebrating my 4th anniversary of Net Switch by offering it free for a limited time. Christmas is oh so close, vacations and days off are here, so why not snuggle up with a good book or gift it. Although, I would advise you to keep the lights on. Here are a few ways you can win a copy of Net Switch. Both are opened to international readers.

1. Sign up for my Monthly Newsletter, which you’ll find on the right-hand side of the blog, follow me as an Amazon Author, follow me on Google +, or post a link in the comments of a review you wrote for an indie / self-published author. Make sure you let me know which one you did. First three comments and/or follows, win the three available copies.

2. If you would like a nice gift, or you need a gift to give to someone, please enter the Net Switch Goodreads Giveaway. This giveaway runs from Dec 26 – Jan 25, 2016.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Net Switch by Denise Baer

Net Switch

by Denise Baer

Giveaway ends January 25, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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This is the last post of the year. Thanks for your support. Keep reading and writing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Fluff up your flat day

Since the end of the year is coming to a close, this will be the last author interview until next year. It’s layered with fun. I’d like to introduce you to Christine Hannon. Please give her a voluminous welcome.

Describe yourself in 150 words or less.

I am a 70-year old grandmother of two, mother of three and wife for 52 years. I learned to paint to help me deal with chronic pain caused by a drunk driver forty-eight years ago. As far as writing goes, I am a late bloomer. Poetry was the only thing I wrote and published before my first book A Hairdresser’s Diary in 2011. I love to cook and can cook dishes from most countries. My family is the most important thing in my life. I love people.

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Explain how you make tuna salad.

Well with the title I guess it should include tuna. Okay, open and drain one can of tuna in water, give the tuna water to the cat and put the tuna in three cups of cooked, cooled macaroni. Add diced green peppers, yellow peppers, celery, and small red onion and add to tuna and macaroni. Add enough mayonnaise to make the ingredients creamy. Finally add salt and white pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of lettuce or as a side dish. Does taste better the next day.

Tell us about your published works.

AHD COVERA Hairdresser’s Diary was written on the suggestion of my son-in-law. He thought I should share my stories with the world. I must confess I was sure I could not do something, like write a book. After the third time it was suggested, I decided to try. Once I started I was amazed how the word and memories flew out of my pen. It was as if I could not stop. I needed to let readers know who I was and why I wanted to be a hairdresser but some of the memories were too painful to write about but others I could share. I start my story when I was six years old, I take you on my journey through pain, hardship, love and laughter. With only a grade eight education, I was afraid of the editing part but I was offered help from many online helpers.

A Cut above Discrimination is a short story taken from a chapter in this book, about the discrimination of the homeless and unfortunate brought on by government that young student of hairdressing tried to fix.Sequal COVER

After many promptings from clients, family and friends asking for a sequel, I wrote and published A Hairdresser’s Diary: Scissors Retired. I was honoured when people would ask me to please add the stories we shared in this book. My books are nonfiction, inspirational memoirs.

This time I was smarter and knew I needed to have professional editing and was able to find it. We are all like a big family and look out for each other. I, for one, am so very grateful.

What’s your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor?

I dig through the dish for the hot cinnamon ones.

What is your writing process?

Because my stories are true, I just start writing whatever comes into my head. Then I sort them into the proper dates and times. Sometimes I get mixed up on dates, and then I remember that is why I have a husband with an awesome memory too. Only after I get a chapter finished do I remember so much more to say. To be honest, I could go back into my first book and fill in so many more stories that I didn’t remember the first time around. As I write, sometime sadness overwhelms me and I am brought to tears, and in the next minute, I can be laughing aloud, no one knowing what I am laughing about.

Some people say nonfiction is easy, all you have to do is write what you know but what they don’t know is living the book can have a roller coaster of emotions. At times, it can have a very unhappy painful and emotionally draining effect on the writer.

In regards to writing, what are you working on now?

My next book will be based on my Flabbermouth series. This is a name I gave myself over the years. If it will or can happen, it will and can happen to me. I am always saying and doing things where I put my foot in my mouth, usually more often than it is in my shoe.

Therefore, flabbermouth seemed appropriate. I have suffered from chronic pain for most of my life and I have learned to handle it with laughter. My friends have suggested I share my humour and my flabbermouth stories with others. So that is my next project.

What’s your favorite quote?

That which does not kill me makes me stronger.

Which superpowers would you want?

I would love to have the super power to relieve pain but not one that removes the memory of it. That way there would be sympathy for all.

Being older and from Canada, I would like the power to control the weather lol.

Where in the virtual world can people find you and/or meet for a chat?

I can always be found on FB but also LinkedIn and Goodreads, but the place I hang my hat most is FB.

Do you have a joke you’d like to share with us? If not, what’s your favorite cooking spice and why?

Cinnaperm

One of my all time favourite spices is cinnamon, I prefer the stick to the powder. The smell is almost comforting to me, reminding me of pumpkin pie, egg nog and sugar cookies. I also upon occasion use it to make the house smell good. Instead of the spray can floral mist I put a pot of water with a few cinnamon sticks in it on the stove to slowly simmer. This gives the whole house a smell of fresh baked goods.

One day after giving a customer a perm, in my small home salon, I found the smell of the perm a little too strong. Knowing we were having company that evening I wanted to eliminate the odour, so I put my usual concoction on the back burner to simmer. When Ron came in from work he stood in the kitchen and taking in a deep breath said, “smells like we are having cinnaperm for supper.” We both laughed over his remark, for all I did was to add to the perm smell not eliminate it.

Cinnamon is still one of my favourite spices but now it reminds me of more than pumpkin pie, egg nog and sugar cookies.

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12 Days of a Wretched Christmas

On the First day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
A Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Second day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Third day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Fourth day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Fifth day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Sixth day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Six Bacon Lubes
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Seventh day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Seven Brief Jerkies
Six Bacon Lubes
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Eighth day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Eight Boyfriend Pillows
Seven Brief Jerkies
Six Bacon Lubes
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Ninth day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Nine Picnic Pants
Eight Boyfriend Pillows
Seven Brief Jerkies
Six Bacon Lubes
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Tenth day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Ten Facebook Selfies
Nine Picnic Pants
Eight Boyfriend Pillows
Seven Brief Jerkies
Six Bacon Lubes
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
|Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Eleventh day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Eleven Inflatable Fruitcake Tins
Ten Facebook Selfies
Nine Picnic Pants
Eight Boyfriend Pillows
Seven Brief Jerkies
Six Bacon Lubes
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

On the Twelfth day of Christmas
The bastard sent to me,
Twelve Tubes of Cellulite Cream
Eleven Inflatable Fruitcake Tin
Ten Facebook Selfies
Nine Picnic Pants
Eight Boyfriend Pillows
Seven Brief Jerkies
Six Bacon Lubes
Five Clap off Bras
Four Shitten Mittens
Three Ugly Sweaters
Two Chia Shreks
And a Burial Plot near the entrance

What was the worst Christmas gift you ever received? What was your favorite one?

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Coming of Age. Crazy Life. Savory Foods.

In early 2014, I created my own publishing imprint, Baer Books Press for others and myself. I offer some creative services, such as critiques, paperback / electronic formatting, and book cover design along with publishing through my imprint. I’m pleased to announce that Baer Books Press has published its first cookbook, La Folie Forty by Thierry Tellier and Jennifer Jones.La Folie Forty Full Cover for SitesThis book weaves snippets of Thierry Tellier’s life growing up in France, traveling to make a living for his family, and sharing some of his cherished recipes. To help Thierry tell his life, he befriended Jennifer Jones, who frequented Thierry’s café & bakery, Our Daily Bread. Thierry shared his stories with Jennifer, and she transformed them into heartwarming stories about life, travels, and food.

Once the stories were edited, they hired me to design the book cover and format the book for paperback. I received family photos and scanned recipes from Jennifer. After that, I fixed and designed the photos, formatted the interior of the book, and arranged the corresponding photos and recipes with the chapters. Jennifer provided me with the front cover picture, and I designed the rest. This process took about 1-1/2 months of collecting, formatting, and arranging to get it right.

It was a great opportunity to work with Thierry and Jennifer, let alone, on a cookbook. Living in Europe, I could relate to some of the places he talks about because I’ve been there. Jennifer did a wonderful job conveying Thierry’s stories, while at the same time, working in the savory recipes.

I’m so proud to announce that La Folie Forty is now available on Amazon. French Cuisine. Family Life. Coming of Age. This book is a wonderful experience. The reader watches Thierry grow up with the help of family photos, and we get a peek at some delicious recipes of baked bread, pastries, chicken, and more. While reading the stories, I found myself smiling or picturing myself cooking some of these recipes. This cookbook is a treat, not only for the palate, but to learn about a life so different, and watching an American dream come true.

If you’re into cooking, traveling, and family, you’ll enjoy the journey La Folie Forty takes you on. If cooking isn’t your cup of tea, then you might consider it a Christmas gift, which could possibly contain someone’s favorite future recipe.

What’s your favorite meal to cook? What type of sinful delight do you love most?

As for my enjoyment of cooking, I love making chicken noodle soup from scratch, using a whole chicken. While the chicken cooks with veggies, the both is created from the chicken’s juices and my seasonings. Then I break up the chicken so we can add it to the noodles and soup. And when it comes to snacking, I make popcorn the old-fashioned way—in a pot with peanut oil. Depending on my craving, either I’ll add Tabasco sauce to the oil for some hot popcorn, or after it pops, I’ll add salt, a little butter and a drizzle of maple syrup for my sweet tooth.

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