Weekend Wrap-up Feb 3: You know that groundhogs hibernate, right?

I know that I get grumpy if I get woken up early …

And did you also know the first animal they tried was a bobcat, and that, let’s just say … didn’t go too well.

-Leon

From my blog:

Free Book Friday Feb 3: Brrr…
Weird Wednesday Feb 1: Cartoons and Temperature
Music Monday Jan. 30: Julian Taylor


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Free Book Friday Feb 3: Brrr…

Depending on where you are, you might think it’s cold, and depending where you are, you might be wrong … or right.

What people can tolerate is relative to what they are used to, which is why when it hits the freezing point, out come the winter coats or the t-shirts.

The first time it gets cold, we all bundle up, but after weeks -or months- of below freezing temps, when we get that “warm-up”, all of a sudden the freezing point doesn’t feel so bad. Throw in the sun that we haven’t see for a while and it’s down right balmy.

For a while.

This bit should give you a chuckle if you live in Canada or the Northern States:

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Some free book offers require a newsletter sign-up, which is a small non-monetary price to pay to try out a new indie author. First, my stuff:

Read and Review with Kindle Unlimited

Read and Review on StoryOrigin

Here are this week’s promos to check out:

Free Books

StoryOrigin
BookFunnel

Kindle Unlimited

StoryOrigin

Previous promos: Discover New Authors and Free Books.

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Oh, pick me! (only available here and on KOBO)
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Weird Wednesday Feb 1: Cartoons and Temperature

Water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

OK, then when water boils at 100 degrees C, then the Fahrenheit equivalent should be 132, right? ( 32 + 100 more degrees). Nope. 212 F.

OK, then if (212 – 32) /100 = 1.8, then there are 1.8 Fahrenheit degrees in each Celsius degree. Easy peasy. So when it is a comfortable 25 C, it is also 45 F (25 x 1.8), right? Nope. The would make it 77 F.

Wha? Lets go the other way. -10 C would be 18 F (10 X 1.8 —wait, we already figured out that ratio doesn’t work, so let’s just skip to where the two scales sync up: -40.

Weird? You bet. Time to refill my mug with two gills of coffee.

My newsletter goes out on Wednesdays:

Lines by Leon Newsletter: Feb 1


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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How To Finish Writing A Book — Sara Flower Kjeldsen Writes

This post is for people who have great story ideas, but can’t seem to finish a book. I’ve definitely been there – my teens and early 20’s were consistently filled with moments of me being inspired, but not yet having the tools to finish a story. I’m going to share what has helped me finish […]

How To Finish Writing A Book — Sara Flower Kjeldsen Writes

Music Monday Jan. 30: Julian Taylor


There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.

Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it. Maybe you will find a new favorite.

CBC MUSIC, Central · Mornings with CBC Music


Toronto-based singer-songwriter Julian Taylor has performed in Canada for over two decades. He is known for his second solo acoustic album, The Ridge, which was produced by Taylor himself and Saam Hashemi, and recorded at The Woodshed in Toronto.


-Leon

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Weekend Wrap-up Jan 28: Polar Vortex

When I was young (not saying more), we just used to call it “Winter”

Oh, there were the Colorado lows, the Alberta clippers, Chinooks, but when it got cold the Americans would blame us for the arctic air mass, and we would just put on an extra layer of ‘long johns’.

Now it’s the Polar Vortex. I suppose it sounds more ominous than saying, “It’s frickin’ cold, Dude!”

Anyway, busy week. I posted every day and started going over my WIP for hopefully the last time before it goes to my editor. I also started working on the bonus content to go with the sci-fi trilogy.

-Leon

From my blog:

Free Book Friday Jan 27: Review copies are free books, right?
Thursday Thoughts: Originality
Weird Wednesday Jan 25: Quotes and Cartoons
Terse Verse Tuesday: Poems and Tirades
Music Monday Jan. 16: Canadian Rap


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Oh, pick me! (only available here and on KOBO)
C’mon, space stuff!

Free Book Friday Jan 27: Review copies are free books, right?

Why are there no new promos this week? If you are a reader, you might be asking that. Well, not that there is any reason behind it, but most month long promos start on, well, the beginning of the month, so, yeah, I guess that it a good reason. Easy to keep track of and knowing when it ends, just like we don’t make appointments for 9:37 AM.

So, in conclusion, today is January 27 and there are no new promos because most of them end on January 31 to make way for the new ones on February 1.

In the meantime, I am offering review copies for four of my books (so you have to do a bit of work). You can get your copies from StoryOrigin or read on Kindle Unlimited:

Read and Review on StoryOrigin

I’ll leave last week’s promo links up in case you missed them.

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

Some free book offers require a newsletter sign-up, which is a small non-monetary price to pay to try out a new indie author.

Free Books

Winter Poetry Freebies Jan 16-Feb 12 : (Six participating poets)

Kindle Unlimited

Previous promos: Discover New Authors and Free Books.

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Oh, pick me! (only available here and on KOBO)
C’mon, space stuff!

Thursday Thoughts: Originality

Last week I wrote about starting a new writing project only to discover a book that had a similar theme. Since then, I have come across two more. And I wasn’t even looking for them.

So. Now what? Keep writing? Drop it? Come up with a truly original idea?

Now, wouldn’t that be something?


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Oh, pick me! (only available here and on KOBO)
C’mon, space stuff!

Weird Wednesday Jan 25: Quotes and Cartoons

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Often credited to be from Albert Einstein, but I think it was said by a writer trying to format a word document.

I was trying to insert a few images into my document (mistake #1) and then convert that document into an ePub and MOBI file.

All images had the same layout, but when converted, some appeared correctly, while others disappeared or were cut off. So, I change the layout, and … some, not the same as before were affected, and now some of the text is centered and not left justified. So, I correct those too (and the images again).

Now there’s a difference between how the ePub and MOBI formats display. Double spaces come out as single in the MOBI. Ahhrrg.

And before you suggest revealing formatting…it’s great for revealing stuff you don’t know it got there.

Want more Word doc fun?

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Lines by Leon Newsletter: Jan 25


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Author Spotlight: Leon Stevens

Morgan Hazelwood: Writer In Progress

  • a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, and artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education

Readers, thanks for checking out another Author Spotlight Interview. Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, and artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry in 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales.

His newest publications are the first two books of a sci-fi trilogy, The View from Here and The Second View, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

Leon Stevens, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most author spotlight interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.

If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what…

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