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A Marketing Opportunity for Us All

I want to thank Linda Maria Frank for this neat marketing idea and pass it along to all of you. Here is a way to help market yourself while helping your fellow authors. The basic idea is to respond to ten questions about a book or story you just published or are about to publish.

 Would you like to be featured on this AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME?

If so, just follow the numbered directions toward the bottom of this screen.

             MY AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME                                                                              

Meet Nina Soden

Nina Soden

Books by Nina Soden

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Nina’s Bio

Nina has always been creative, be it art, theatre, film – anything but singing… she stresses that that is something you don’t want to hear! She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theatre Arts with a minor in Military Science from Eastern Michigan University before heading off to Los Angeles like so many other starry-eyed actors in pursuit of fame and fortune in tinsel-town. While there, she worked to pay the bills but her love was always acting. She was actually able to achieve some level of success, mostly in commercials and independent films, but she considers those experiences as some of the best in her life.

After some major life changes, the publication of her first book entitle PRIVATE WORDS UNSPOKEN, a compilation of poetry, and a major cross-country move she moved from poetry to short stories and then to novels. Since then, her literary interests have grown and she would like to think her storytelling abilities have improved. She has done everything from office administration, to business development, to being the Director of a private preschool. She has jumped out of a C130 aircraft, fired an M16 machine gun, and given birth – TWICE! But no matter where she is in life, she always returns to her art.

Though she’ll forever be a Michigan girl at heart, she now lives in the South where she is married with two wonderful children. Is she isn’t working on her latest story you can find her lounging with a good book, playing with her kids, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to Starbucks coffee.

To learn more about Nina Soden and her books you can check out her blog, or follow her on one or all of the various internet/social media sites.




Meet Maria Jordan

Books by Maria Jordan

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Maria’s Bio

Maria Jordan was born and raised moments from historic Valley Forge, in peaceful Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Throughout a thirty year nursing career, Maria achieved a graduate degree in the field of Mental Health Nursing.  A rewarding leg of her nursing journey was spent serving the homeless on the streets of Philadelphia. Today Maria works as a Professor in a local university, with a specialization in Holistic Nursing.  She enjoys helping students get in touch with their inner creativity through the writing process. Visit Maria at her website at:

Meet Marie Lavender


Books by Marie Lavender:

Historical Romance books by Solstice Publishing Books



Author Bio

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 19 other books. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published twenty books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, in December of 2014. She released Magick & Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, back in March of 2014. Upon Your Honor, released in last April, is her second historical romance. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Visit her website at for further information about her books and her life.

Meet Linda Maria Frank


Books by Linda Maria Frank

 The Annie Tillery Mystery Series



Author Bio   

Linda Maria Frank has enjoyed a lifelong career teaching science on both the high school and university levels, enabling her to convert case studies from her forensic science courses into credible mysteries for girls of all ages. She continues to contribute to the field of education by providing lesson plans for teachers based on her books.

Author of the first three books of the Annie Tillery Mystery Series, Frank also is the producer of The Writer’s Dream, a local access TV show featuring interviews with authors.

Visit her website at:

Meet Lois W. Stern


Books by Lois W. Stern

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Author Bio

After twenty years as an active educator, Lois W. Stern continued to pursue her love of writing, soon becoming co-editor of a popular Long Island web-zine. As she created and authored her column Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, she solidified her special niche of investigative journalism and put those same talents to work while writing her first full length book,  Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery. She followed up with her second book, Tick, Tock, Stop the Clock. – Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour  to address many of the less invasive paths to beauty. Watch this candid interview with Lois on The Writers’ Dream Show to learn more about these books.

After completing her two books on aesthetics, Lois began writing what she calls ‘Inner Beauty’ stories – inspiring stories to touch the heart and soul. She initiated her Tales2Inspire™ “Authors Helping Authors” project/contest as a means of sharing inspirational messages written by authors from across the globe. One of her goals has been to help talented writers build solid author platforms while highlighting them in a variety of ways to further their paths to discovery.

To learn more Lois and this project: Visit her website at 

Hall of Fame Directions

1. Post your responses to the interview questions about your book on your own blog page.                                                                          (See sample interview questions and answers)

2. Add my name, Lois W. Stern, my bio, book images and headshot to your blog page and link them  back to this page.

3. After completing steps 1 and 2, above, send me the following:

* The URL of your completed blog page

Attachment images of a) you, the author b) and your book images

* Your author bio

4. Send this blog to five or more other writers.

5. Each time you forward this message to someone, start with: “I want to thank  . . .” sentence as seen above, substituting my name, Lois W. Stern, for the one currently appearing in that first sentence.

4. Ask them to substitute your name for mine as they send out notices to their circle.

5. Tell them to post this same content on their website or blog, adding their images, URL links, bio and their answers to the same interview questions.

6. Ask the writers you invite to substitute your name in the “I want to thank” sentence at the beginning of this posting and include a link to your blog, before completing the interview questions.

7. They, in turn, link to five other writers, and the cycle continues.

I will add the first ten authors who complete my AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME instructions above and

e-mail me @ with all the information listed in step 3 above.

13 Responses so far.

  1. I would be happy to take part in this clever idea. My blog is:

    • LoisWStern says:

      Leah, please send me an image of your book cover or a montage of several book covers and we can move forward.

  2. […] want to thank Lois W. Stern for this neat marketing idea and to pass it along to all of you. Here is a way to help market […]

  3. […] Fellow authors: Here is an interesting idea for a promotion that spreads like a geometric progression. Check out this website for The Next Best Thing. […]

  4. You are always very generous and I appreciate your ceaseless efforts to help other writers. Tales 2 Inspire is an inspiring story in itself.

    • LoisWStern says:

      Marc, I’d be so happy to get you posted on this blog. Please follow the outlined directions and I’ll get right to it.

  5. Everything you do, Lois, is so creative (and beneficial to us writers), so of course I’ll participate. My blog is on the pull-down menu of my website, but here’s the direct “feed” to it:

    • LoisWStern says:

      Cami, I’d be so happy to get you posted on this blog. Please follow the outlined directions and I’ll get right to it.

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  7. […] Hello again! I’m probably still not doing this right, but I’m trying. Thank you to Lois W. Stern […]

  8. Nina says:

    Thank you so much for including me.

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