Open for Submissions: The 2015 St. Lawrence Book Award

The 2015 St. Lawrence Book Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

The annual deadline is August 31. For details on how to submit your manuscript,


Authors Tell All- Tracy James Jones

Tracy James Jones:

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Originally posted on Read Me...:

IMG_9875 - Copy - Copy“Writing is a passion that has been a part of my whole life. Being an independent author allows me the opportunity to do it all my own way.”

Tracy James Jones was raised between Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas, and considers both cities as “home.” At Navarro College Jones majored in Journalism / minor in Mass Communication. Before college, Jones worked as an actor with the local Community Theater, and as an extra/stand-in for feature films. As a freelance writer/novelist, Jones has written several college introductory letters, other contract writing projects, newspaper articles, and three published novels. Literary portfolio also includes a screenplay adaptation of an original fiction novel, “Searching For Eden.” Recent release, “Secrets & Lies”-2011, is a multicultural romantic drama which is also being formatted for film.

Tell+All+IconGreetings, everyone. My name is Tracy James Jones and I am an independent author, blogger, and book reviewer from Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas.  My current…

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Cover Reveal: “The Rustler’s Daughter” by M. E. Franco


Cover Reveal: The Rustler’s Daughter

From the Author: After signing up with Booktrope, my books are getting re-released with brand spanking new covers. The Rustler’s Daughter will be the first to be released in August 2015. Can’t wait to share with everyone!

TRD new cover

When Hannah Miller’s mother dies unexpectedly, she is forced to go live with her father, who she thought was dead. Hannah has high hopes that her father will be happy to finally meet her, but Roy Miller quickly puts Hannah in her place. She is a burden, just another mouth to feed, and an ugly reminder of the wife who left him.

Her father’s act of desperation puts Hannah at the mercy of his enemies, the neighboring Scott family. Despite the bad blood between their families, Hannah is immediately attracted to Jackson Scott, but he has his own secrets and feels Hannah would be better off with someone else. When someone else does offer Hannah a way out of her predicament, will Jackson be able put aside his past and fight for the woman he loves?

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About the Author:

M. E. FrancoM. E. Franco lives in Stockton, California with her husband and children. She works as a Behavior Analyst Consultant during the day and writes in her fantasy world at night. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, playing outside, music, and chocolate.

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Birthday Ebook Giveaway!


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Celebrating my birthday this weekend with a FREE Ebook giveaway!

August 1st & 2nd.

If you ever wondered what can REALLY go on behind closed jailhouse doors…




Tracy James Jones has created a beautifully written journey through the darkest parts of the soul, via the intelligent, gentle heart of Adrian Bailey. Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose is as visceral as it is addictive. One is simply compelled to flip the screen. Anyone who has ever found themselves in a tough situation, through no fault of their own will relate. – Author Edemary Black

Tracy James Jones is such a masterful writer and storyteller that I became so intrigued with the main characters the story was hard to put down. The fact that the subject matter is somewhat controversial adds to the intrigue. All in all, it’s a fascinating read about a perfect obsession which is perfectly crafted. – Author Sharyn Bradford Lunn

From the author: “This is one of the most emotionally engaging tales I have ever dared myself to write. Controversial isn’t word enough to describe it. Believe it or not, it could happen to almost anyone.”

Cover reveal: “The Damnable Legacy” by G. Elizabeth Kretchmer



TDL cover June 2015


The Damnable Legacy

Lynn Van Swol still regrets the decision she made thirty years ago to place her daughter for adoption so she could climb the highest mountains of the world. Frankie Rizzoni is the troubled biological granddaughter Lynn has never known. And Beth Mahoney is a minister’s wife with terminal cancer and the only one who knows the relationship between the two. She designs a plan upon her deathbed to bring Lynn and Frankie together, but now, narrating from the afterlife, she must helplessly watches her legacy threatens to unravel. The Damnable Legacy is a story about both love and survival, exploring the importance of attachment, place, and faith, and asking how far we should go to achieve our goals and at what cost.

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Early Praise:

Ellen Waterston, founder/president of The Writing Ranch and author of A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, had this to say about the book:

“G. Elizabeth Kretchmer has skillfully and authoritatively woven an ambitious and complex telling, a multi-layered tale well worth the reading. This is clearly a story this writer came to tell. Hopefully there will be many more to follow.”

Release date is set for 7-28-15

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WEB_Kretchmer__0435ABOUT G. Elizabeth Kretchmer

Elizabeth Kretchmer holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. Her short fiction, essays, and freelance work have appeared in The New York Times, High Desert Journal, Silk Road Review, and other publications. When she’s not writing, she facilitates therapeutic and wellness writing workshops and spends time in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three adopted sons. Visit her website at

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Babs Hightower

Book Manager

Booktrope Publishing

Submissions are Open!


Guest Post: Kickstarter Campaign for “The Angel at the Devil’s Gate” by Mocha




Greetings. I’m Mocha, author of The Angel at the Devil’s Gate, a psychological suspense, which I’m trying to raise enough funding for through Kickstarter to publish. My novel is about Eli Nunn, a troubled teen who is moved back to Kansas City following the aftermath of a violent drug deal. Returning to a school where his ruthless reputation still thrives, Eli encounters and instantly connects with Angel, a beautiful and mysterious black-clad orphan. Their flourishing romance begins to grow darker when Eli learns details of Angel’s chilling past. Conflicted with alarm and intrigue, Eli accepts a proposal from Angel that puts both their relationship and lives in danger.
The idea for my novel came to me while I watching an all-day marathon of true crime investigations on the ID channel. About three or four episodes in, I wanted to write a novel based around a well-plotted murder, but I did not want to the novel’s protagonist to be a detective trying to solve the murder. I wanted the main characters of the novel to be the murderers.
Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has become the lead crowd-funding site. Kickstarter’s mission is to bring creative ideas in film, art and literature to life. Since Kickstarter has launched, the company has helped fund over 200,000 projects. In 2014, 22 million dollars went into publishing projects, making them the third most funded projects on Kickstarter that year.
One of my favorite things about Kickstarter is that the people who donate money to a project do not walk away empty-handed. Backers receive rewards as a “thank you” from the project’s creator. All the backers who donate to my project will receive my novel in one of its various formats. Among other rewards, I’ll be giving away bookmarks, postcards, one-on-one interviews, posters, and the upper-level backers will receive my next novel upon its completion.
I believe Kickstarter is a perfect recourse for authors who want to self-publishing their work, but they do not have the finances to really give their novel the treatment it deserves. A lot of money goes into producing a successful self-published novel. Professional copy-editors and designers are not only expensive but they’re essential. A main factor to a self-published novel’s success is discoverability. Without your novel actually being discovered and easy to find on the market, the chances of it finding the eyes of readers are very slim. How does one make their novel visible? Promotion. Social media campaigning, Google Search Program, Press Releases and NetGalley (a book reviewing site used by publishing insiders) are among the tools that can help promote a novel and find its audience, and like copy-editors and designers, they can be expensive.
My goal is to raise $6,500 to cover all production and promotional cost as well as the cost to print my novel and to ship it along with all the rewards to my backers. If my project becomes overfunded, I plan to add more rewards for my backers, and depending on how overfunded I am, I’d love to an audio version of my novel.
My project will be live from June 1st – July 10th. If you have any questions or concerns, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a tweet @Mocha_Writer. If you’d like to learn more about my project, see a detailed outline of how I plan to use the funding or to make a pledge, drop by my Kickstarter page, you can also contact me on there.



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