Valentine’s Day Fun

Valentine’s Day Fun

Happy Valentine’s Day from our hearts to yours.

Tom and I have been married for many years, so we don’t need to do the “typical” thing to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, our special present to ourselves was a trip to the furniture store for a new sofa. Yep! It’s time for our 24-year-old sofa to move out. We’ll be donating it to charity along with a few other things around the house. So on the advice of my dear friend Lorraine Davis, a talented interior designer who is still working at the age of 90, we went to Jordan’s Furniture. And boy did we have fun! Not only did we get terrific service, we bought a beautiful sectional with built-in recliners. Those recliners will come in handy for watching our favorite Hallmark movies and when I need to put my feet up while I’m writing. So Happy Valentine’s Day and remember it’s the time you spend with your sweetheart that matters most.

 

I ordered this gorgeous sectional in “Classic Sahara”.

And here is my “Valentine” to Jordan’s Furniture:

The experience purchasing our new sofa from you was awesome. It’s obvious that you have a handle on the market, the product, delivery and warranties and philosophy of Jordan’s Furniture. We are confident that the sectional four recliner leather sofa and console table is the expected fine quality and will serve our lifestyle perfectly. The leather upholstery has an amazing hand (Feels soft, pliable, stable and aniline dyed). The pricing fair and expected for our purchase.

Of course, this first time visit was a most pleasant experience, walking in from the handsome exterior to the welcome music at the entrance, (Felt like Disney/Epcot) to the visuals stepping into the showroom, and the salespeople’s smiling faces and greetings, both coming and going, we can’t wait to visit again, maybe make another purchase. I must add that the unexpected brief treat of the pizza snack and ice cream was tops. It was a smidge late to snack at the hour of 8:30 pm, but by the time we left, we could not wipe the smiles off our faces, but we did get that ice cream sundae caramel syrup off. Thank you Cary B, and thank you Jordan’s Furniture.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in spring 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

 

REMEMBER RADIO?

REMEMBER RADIO?

Listening to the radio

First transistor portable radio

Recently, I wrote this blog for C.D. Hersh’s post at Soul Mate Publishing. The invitation to their blog guest spot came along at a perfect time, when my print book and audiobook are practically on my doorstep. Now, with the changing and the rapid growth of the book business, authors like myself, are looking for fresh ways to capture a new audience.

Listening to the book

Headphones to listen to the books

Readers and listeners have been lured to audio books, but then so have narrators. It’s a, pardon the pun, novel opportunity for actors to perform. Audible.com, an audio company owned by Amazon, has a large pool of professional actors as narrators, and producers who are signing on more and more celebrities. Very often listeners buy based on who is performing. They follow a narrator, like readers follow an author. My actor, Jane Oppenheimer, has brought my book, Indigo Sky, to another level. I like her style and how she interacts with my characters. Here’s her website for your perusal and for contact: Janeoppenheimervoice.com.

Lone Ranger & Tonto

Lone Ranger & Tonto

With the stirring notes of the William Tell Overture and a shout of “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!” The Lone Ranger debuts on Detroit’s WXYZ radio station, 1933. 

Do you remember the old radio programs and the dramatizations, the stories, the mysteries, the comedies? We all sat around and listened. We used our imagination, we made our own visuals. Dagwood and Blondie (the Bumsteads). The Shadow Knows, Great Gildersleeve, Fibber McGee and Molly, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, and more. I even listened to tap dancing on the Children’s Hour on Sundays. Storytelling is older than Moses, you remember him, right? People were telling stories long before writing stories.

You can discuss finances with your narrator. You will need to discuss the time frame as well. The narrator provides a sample. It’s quite workable.

So how do you hire an actor to produce an audiobook? ACX.com has a great website with information and narrators. If you would like to work or interview Jane Oppenheimer, you can request her on Audible.

Here’s the direct link to the author page at acx.com.
http://bit.ly/29HNRJM

Print book, eBook, Audiobook

Print book, eBook, Audiobook

Indigo Sky, historic romance, now an Amazon eBook, will also shortly be available in print book and audiobook. Watch for details.

One liner: A dream marriage becomes a trap of addiction, lies and women

Back Cover Blurb: In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hasheesh. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband. When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on mad chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger—she learns hard lessons of murder, kidnapping and more that almost destroy her.

Get a taste of the story . . . check out the trailer.

Follow Gail:

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1K4GVQA

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.to/29NYE5w

Artist Page:     https://artist.gailingis.com/blog/

Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/gail.ingis

Goodreads:      http://bit.ly/29Pem1S

Trailer:              http://bit.ly/29xUJ1H

Twitter:           http://twitter.com/gailingis

Website:          http://www.gailingis.com

Visit C.D. Hersh on my blog post last week and discover their work as authors.

 

 

 

 

 

NEWSY NEWS about “INDIGO SKY”

NEWSY NEWS about “INDIGO SKY”

Indigo Sky book cover

Indigo Sky book cover

Okay, okay, so this is a pitch for my new book . . . but it’s not out there yet . . . First let me tell you what’s going on—my editor from Soul Mate Publishing released my final draft to the publisher Monday, September 14. That probably means we’ll stay on schedule for the release, Wednesday, October 21, 2015. If you don’t know what writing is about, let me tell you that it’s about rewriting and rewriting again and again. Yup, the whole manuscript got rewritten numerous times to hopefully, a sweet, sensuous and spirited read. This week, my blog was going to be about women’s adventures in the Civil War, instead, I’ll give you a little excerpt of my heroine, Leila, when she bumps into her long lost school friend Cornelia.

INDIGO SKY excerpt:

Certainly her mother had made it clear that Leila committed a serious breach of etiquette by joining her husband on a bachelor spree, and people could talk about her unladylike conduct.

I don’t care what my mother or anybody else says. Leila pouted. Anyway, what’s one more scandal? Rumors surrounding Hank’s excesses and philandering had plagued her marriage from the outset.

She poured more tea and took a sip of the hot brew, casting a glance at Hank. Millburn’s shoulders were twice the width of her husband’s, and he was a head taller than Hank. They seemed well ensconced at the bar. She sighed and contemplated returning to her compartment.

“Leila?”

She looked up. A tall woman with blond curls pinned high on her head stood beside the booth. A smile touched the woman’s alabaster face. “Leila Dempsey? Is that really you?”

“Cornelia?” Leila gaped at her friend. She and Cornelia Hancock had attended boarding school together for eight years.

“I haven’t seen you in ages,” she bubbled, taking Leila’s arm. “Oh, do give me a hug.”

Leila rose and was enveloped in perfumed arms. “How wonderful to see you.”

“It’s good to see you, too, my friend.” Cornelia dropped into the opposite seat, smiling broadly. “Where are you going? What are you doing in Albany? Last I heard you were in Florida.”

“Yes, well, we’re back in New York, and now we’re on our way west for business with my husband and his partner,” Leila said, eyeing her warily. Cornelia was part of the social circle and would have heard the latest news. Leila suspected she still corresponded with everyone from their class.

“I’m stopping in New York City to meet a Doctor Brown, who works with orphans, then I’m going on to St. Louis to pursue a nursing career.”

“Cornelia, how wonderful!” Leila was happy to have companionship, and her melancholy dissipated with the news from her friend.

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Read more in my book, INDIGO SKY, to be released on October 21, 2015.

At the time of the civil war, Florence Nightingale inspired women to take control of their lives. Society was against women doing anything outside the home. They were thought to be unintelligent and dependent. My own grandmother, Rose, in the early 20th century, in Russia, was a mathematics teacher. Way before her time. But she and her family were driven out of Russia, and came to America in 1922. That’s a story for another time. Women are competent, multi-faceted and are infinitely capable. Leila, my heroine, is an amazing woman. She married a successful syndicated writer, and believed she had dream marriage. But the marriage turned into a trap of addiction, lies and women. She puts up with him beyond acceptable. Follow her struggle in my INDIGO SKY, coming soon, October 2015.

Do you like to read, and what? Romance, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, young adult, women’s fiction, inspirational?

The ebook will be available on Amazon.

Watch for the trailer . . .

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