Thursday, October 1, 2015

That's All Folks - Blog-wise

Fifteen months ago, my main computer was attacked by malware. One of the results was that I was denied access to my blog. No matter what I did, Blogger would not recognize me as the owner of the blog on that computer. I spent hours in computer chat rooms trying to figure this out, with no luck. (Blogger was of absolutely no help, and there is no one to talk to.) The only computer it did recognize was a laptop that may have been the first laptop ever manufactured by Dell. It is sooooo slow. It takes about three minutes to load a picture, and it's as easy to maneuver as an aircraft carrier.

Things were not going well when, several months ago, Amazon notified its authors, for the benefit of said authors, that it was severing old links to book titles of a certain age (like me). Despite Amazon's assurance that their directions were easy to follow, I couldn't figure it out. To prove that I couldn't figure it out, you can look at my sidebar and see blank spaces where books should be.

I saw these two events as signs that it was time to sign off, at least as a blogger. If you are reading this post, bless you, because you are one of only a handful of people who have stuck with it despite months-long interruptions--without explanation I might add because I could not get on the blog.

I do have a Facebook page for Mary Lydon Simonsen; Mary Lydon Simonsen, Author; and for Patrick Shea Mysteries. I also have a website for my mysteries: patricksheamysteries.com. Those pages are where I will post any information on new releases, blog posts for Austen Variations, etc.

I am closing out this blog with the notice that I will be releasing a prequel to Mr. Darcy's Bite on October 15 on Austen Variations. Parts of this novella previously appeared on Austen Variations. At the request of readers, I was asked to expand the story and turn it into an e-book, and I have done that. (While I was waiting for this picture to load, I made lunch. That will give you an idea of just how slow this computer is.) I truly appreciate all those who have followed this blog. Signing off, with gratitude, Mary

Mr. Darcy - Bitten is available on Kindle and Nook.


All my books can be found on Amazon's Author's page at this link.

9 comments:

  1. Sorry, Mary! Sometimes computers can be so aggravating! Yeah, I need to go through all my old link and re-link them. Someday I'll get to it... maybe. Thanks for the extra work Amazon! Lol!

    Congrats on Mr. Darcy - Bitten! Just in time for Halloween! Love the cover!

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    1. Candy, This blog was so neglected that I was embarrassed, but I've run out of things to say--a unique situation for me.

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  2. Oh Mary. That is terrible. I will continue to follow you on Facebook of course. I hope the family are well? Tony and Marilyn.

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    1. Tony, Initially, I was all gung-ho on blogging, but as time went by, I found it became a chore to come up with things. It's a good time to quit b/c Paul and I want to travel, and I would like to become a reader rather than a writer.

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  3. I absolutely hate internet hackers! They are so destructive that I am sure they must be psychopathic. BTW, bring back full novels!! I don't know where this craze for "novellas" (which are sometimes just extended short stories) arose; however, I do feel that they are the line between very good writers and so-so writers. I know you are on the very good side ;-); however, I have had so many disappointments ;-(. Some would barely get a C from me. (Yeah, I'm tough with high standards.) I want this genre to have high standards and I am afraid it is slipping.
    I will definitely be getting this prequel.

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    1. Julia, I understand about full novels, but to be honest, there is so much JA out there, that it's hard to come up with new ideas for a full-length novel. This particular novella was at the request of the readers who read parts of it on the Austen Variations blog. I was asked to expand the story and put it in e-book format, and I have done that. I hope you find that perfect book.

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    2. P.S. Thank you so much for your kind words on my writing. I truly appreciate it.

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  4. Oh so sorry to hear the trouble blogger was giving you! And that there was no help or hope for solving the issues. How frustrating! Will continue to follow you and your stories via other outlets. Congrats on the upcoming release!! I was wondering do you think there may be a chance that you will publish an anthology of your short stories all together? maybe in paperback? ;)

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    1. Meredith, I'm not sure. I'm semi-retired, and if I were to publish the short stories in paperback, I'd have to reformat them so that the page count would be wide enough for a spine. Then I'd have to find a cover and promote it. But I am thinking about it.

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