The Friends I’ve Never Met: ‘Delightful’ Weekend Read

The Friends I’ve Never Met has reappeared on the Women’s Fiction> Action and Adventure Bestsellers list on Amazon.com!  Thanks for your fantastic support, readers!

If you haven’t decided if it’s worth a read yet, here are some of the reviews posted on Amazon.

RAVE REVIEWS

THE FRIENDS I’VE NEVER MET
4.8 out of 5 stars  5 reviews

Delightful!
By itsjustus – Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition  – What a delightful gem – I’m so glad I discovered this screenplay! The story is full of highly relatable characters, laugh-out-loud humor, touching emotional scenes, and even a fun plot twist I didn’t see coming.

The main character, Jessica, is a mom of three and a writer, just like I am; how could I not relate to that? An author’s life can indeed be lonely, so Jessica goes online to find support/companionship/advice/etc. Even though she hasn’t met her online friends in person, oftentimes they provide better moral support and camaraderie than the people she does see in person. When one of her online friends faces a personal tragedy, the group arranges a face-to-face meeting for the first time. The touching descriptions that follow are so heartfelt and superbly done. It’s also wonderful to witness Jessica coming out of her shell and truly expressing herself.

Overall, The Friends I’ve Never Met really resonated with me. It was an easy and entertaining read, and if you’ve never read a screenplay the way you would a novel, I highly recommend you start with this one – you’ll be glad you did!

5.0 out of 5 stars

When’s the movie coming out?

By S. Dean – Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this screenplay – well written, funny and intelligent. I think I would be first in line to see it on a big screen!

5.0 out of 5 stars

Couldn’t put it down!

By J. Kondraciuk – Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I have to say I was hesitant about reading a screenplay, but once I started to read it I just couldn’t put it down! I really liked how they helped each other during difficult times each character was going through. How they were there for one another. This is a very good, well written screenplay!

You can find THE FRIENDS I’VE NEVER MET on KINDLE as well as on Kobo, iBooks, Nook Books and Smashwords

What’s Next? This!

The place-holder for Strangely, Incredibly Good. Can't wait to create and reveal the cover!
The place-holder for Strangely, Incredibly Good. Can’t wait to create and reveal the cover!

Another 5 Star Review for The Friends I’ve Never Met!

I love waking up to surprises. Some of my favourites: Snow on the ground. My daughter leaving a crayoned card at my bedside table. Hubby and her made breakfast in bed. AND FIVE STAR REVIEWS LIKE THIS ONE!

Thanks to author Lisa Justus for such a well-written review that will hopefully make more people want to read this story.

You can read Lisa’s review here and follow her links to buy the book on Amazon. It’s also available on the Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Sony reader and at Smashwords in epub format.

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Dear Readers: You Are OUTSTANDING!

 

Wow! You didn’t just listen, you went above and beyond! You brought Three Spaces to #16 in Contemporary Poetry on Kindle (Amazon.com) and then you UK readers got it to #59 for a while in the UK! Not sure where it stands today but last I looked it was hovering at #25, just beside Billy Collins’ latest book of poems. That in itself makes me want to sit down and catch my breath, except, I’m running around looking after a little girl with gastrointestinal flu. Ick. Poor girl.

It’s probably good I’m preoccupied with her being ill because I can’t really wrap my head around how fast Three Spaces flew up the charts ON THE SAME DAY that The Friends I’ve Never Met charted in Women’s Fiction, in the subcategory Action and Adventure!Last I looked, it was #33 on Amazon.com Kindle, and #36 in Single Women on Amazon.ca Kindle. It’s alongside the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding (Mad About the Boy is #1 in Single Women Fiction ) so I am in great company and completely ..well..freaking out, despite that I need to go to bed!

Had to take some time before I myself go to bed early to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping my books be discovered by more readers. That is what these charts can do. Hopefully, thanks to your help getting these books on these charts, more readers will find my work…and with The Friends I’ve Never Met I hope I’ll find the audience I’d like for my upcoming book of contemporary fiction (it will also likely fall under Women’s Fiction and Action and Adventure)

So please help the books stay on the charts. Please share this post, or share the book links from Amazon, or show someone how to download the free reading software from Amazon. Thanks so much for making Indie books matter!

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Thanks guys. Stay healthy!

 

Heather

 

Please Help Me Get Three Spaces To #1 in Contemporary Poetry – Kindle!

Today’s Wayne Dyer Calendar inspirational quote: You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered.

I read that, and then I checked Three Spaces on Kindle – it’s #24 in Bestselling Contemporary Poetry this morning! But I don’t think centering myself will get it to #1 – I need your help there.

You did it with LEAP in iBooks and Carry On Dancing on Amazon.ca Kindle – you totally have the power to do this!

Three Spaces On Kindle

PLEASE grab a copy or GIFT one to your friends TODAY! Reaching #1 may just help me land an agent for my next project, could boost sales, and you know what? It would just feel AMAZING if we accomplished this thing together: Canadian poet hits top ranks on USA Kindle. Thanks so much guys, for helping me believe it’s possible!

PS You don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. Go to Amazon and download a FREE APP for your computer!

FREE READING APP FOR LAPTOPS/ COMPUTERS: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

Three Spaces On Kindle

You guys have been really amazing with your constant support of my poetry books, and my screenplay. Thanks once again for reading and commenting.

xx
Heather

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FREE in KINDLE STORE: THREE SPACES!

I just wanted to make sure you all knew that Three Spaces will be free in the Kindle store today, May 9, 2013, through to early Sunday morning. Don’t have a Kindle? No worries, you can go to Amazon.com and download their free reading software for a Mac or PC, desktop or laptop.
Just wanted to give my readers a gift this Mother’s day weekend. Enjoy!

THREE SPACES FREE in KINDLE STORE

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Bet You Didn’t Know!

My talented author pal Elisa Lorello tagged me in a blog hop, and I thought it would be a fun way for you to learn more about her, more about me (in the interview below), and to ‘meet’ some of my other talented author friends.

Elisa Lorello is a best-selling novelist and the author of four books: Faking It, Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood (co-authored with Sarah Girrell), and her latest, Adulation. Currently on sabbatical from teaching, Elisa recently returned to the northeast from North Carolina, where she is busy developing new projects (she’s superstitious and never talks about her works in progress!) and getting re-acquainted with snow. Elisa’s blog post will be about Adulation–perfect for Oscar season! Please visit Elisa at I’ll Have What She’s Having.

I am tagging the following authors in this ‘blog hop.’ Could you please visit them this week? I think you’ll love getting to know them and their work.

Arianna Merritt: Author, M.Ed., Learning and Development Specialist

Website: http://ariannasrandomthoughts.com

Nate Hendley: Author & Freelance Writer

Blog: http://crimestory.wordpress.com/  Website: www.natehendley.com

Mark Stratton: Poet/writer – poetry collection “Tender Mercies” available here: (http://radio-nowhere.org/nb/?page_id=766) and website here: http://radio-nowhere.org/nb

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

AN INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER GRACE STEWART

Tell me about your writing process. Do you plan out what you’re writing  or sit down and do it? What was the greatest surprise about this writing process for you?

I plan to write, but I don’t always plan what I’m going to write. Unless I have a magazine deadline or I’m writing a presentation, I set aside time, usually 7:30 in the morning to noon, to write creatively. I try to avoid distractions like the Net and the phone until noon. As far as plot, poems just come to me and I go with the feel of the poem and then edit later. I’m working on a novella right now, and I did plot a little down on paper, including character sketches, but I find what works better for me is to just sit and write for a few weeks without any rules. Just stream of consciousness, every morning.

That’s been the biggest surprise to me. I didn’t realize plotting out can sometimes strain my writing. The Friends I’ve Never Met. was a story that just woke me up like an alarm clock at 4 a.m. every morning for several weeks, without fail, and I found I just had to go write this story down. After a few weeks I went back and made sure the plot and characters were working, and then I fattened everything up, and did many, many edits.

Ideas come to me in the shower, and especially while I’m driving alone, so I have learned to use a small tape recorder whenever I go on a road trip. I used to try to write on a yellow sticky note at the stop lights, but I could never read my writing later. I’m going to try texting myself, too!
What was your worst job ever? (doesn’t have to be about writing) and why? What did you learn from it?

When I was 16 I worked at a Rifle Range. I had to sweep up barracks and clean the toilets. That wasn’t so bad, but the army officer in charge was weird and made me put up heavy tents in the blazing July heat, and then take them down as soon as they’d been put up, as if I were in the army too. I experienced a lot of harassment and sexism that summer. I think it made me ballsier. I didn’t take crap from a boss ever again after that. Ha ha, maybe that’s why I work for myself!
If you knew tonight was your last meal for a week, what would you eat?

Probably many many slices of pineapple cheese pizza with green olives. And a pint of beer – Heineken or Tsing Tao- mabye even a Hoegaarden. And vanilla ice cream for dessert, with Smucker’s hot fudge on top. Okay this interview is making me hungry.


How do you feel about frogs?

 I have a special relationship with frogs. I truly love them! Besides being fascinated by the biology, like how they get oxygen through their skin, since I was very young, I’ve been able to catch them easily ( the other kids coined me the Green Lake Frog Catcher) and get them to stay on my palm for over 10 minutes with out hopping off. I rub their temples and pat them and they stay. I’m the Frog Whisperer.
Where’s your favourite place to chill out, and why?

There’s a private beach on Cape Cod ~ it’s actually the cover of my latest book, Three Spaces, and it’s so quiet and full of fascinating aquatic life. My daughter and husband love exploring it after the tide goes out late afternoon. We try to save crabs and starfish by throwing them in deeper. The private beach belongs to a small motel, and compared to other places we’ve vacationed, it isn’t expensive to stay there, but if I tell you any more it won’t be my favourite place to chill out any more.  :-)

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Give Yourself Some Breathing Space

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Hey there!
Just a thank you to all you Kindle readers for picking up Three Spaces in THREE countries!
I am thrilled that it has been sold in the Canadian Kindle store (Amazon.ca), the US store (Amazon.com), and the UK (Amazon.co.uk)  It has ‘charted’ as #1 in Kindle Books>Canadian Poetry on Amazon.ca and also hit #7 in Bestselling Canadian Poetry Books!

Yesterday was a very good day. Three Spaces was on best-selling charts in all three countries! #82 on Amazon.com in Bestselling Poetry; #84 on Amazon.co.uk in Bestselling Poetry Books (just above Milton- wow- made me laugh!) ; #7 in Bestselling Canadian Poetry Books on Amazon.ca.

While I try to take rankings lightly, as it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m selling a ton of books but just out-selling others in that category, I do try to compete with myself every time I bring out a new book.

I’m thrilled to say that this is my best-selling poetry ebook yet! And the first one to hit three bestselling Amazon charts at once!

Three Spaces will be out on Kobo, iBooks, Nook Books, Sony Reader and more soon.

Please do tell your friends about Three Spaces (share this post!). It’s got prose as well as poetry this time, and full colour photography for those nifty colour e-readers.

Thanks again so much for buying & sharing!

Heather