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

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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

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

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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

Review of ‘Three Spaces’ by Best-selling Author Elisa Lorello

Full disclosure: Heather Grace Stewart is my friend. She also happens to be one of my favorite poets. And her poetry collections only get better over time. Her latest, Three Spaces, is proof.

Stewart introduces the collection by informing us: “We are living in an age of three spaces: public space, personal space, and cyberspace. This book is my attempt to connect, take apart, and examine those three spaces that co-exist in our society.” That she does, and more. As always, Heather Grace Stewart integrates verbal and visual by using photographs that splash simplicity and delicate beauty and partnering them with words that evoke the same. Every poem, every picture, every part of this book tells a story.

She also intersperses poems with short prose chock full of depth and introspection. “Everyday Heroes” is an intimate portrait of an early male figure in her life. “To Infinity, and the Bus” is a slice of childhood; and although the child is hers, we can’t help but re-live a moment from our own. Additionally, Stewart uses dialogue and lyrics to tell her stories, and we’re more than happy to join the conversation.

“Cyberspace” offers the most humor, I think. “A Twittertine” is a 25-word love letter that would’ve melted me on the spot, had I been the recipient. Stewart also examines the silent personal connections authors make with readers, one that can’t be measured or detected by analytics or metadata. As an author, I could relate, and it reminded me of just how important those face-to-face interactions still are.

Above all, this collection is a reflection of Heather Grace Stewart’s radiant spirit. She is both a witness and a participant of life. She embraces her inner child as much as she does her daughter. She appreciates and celebrates the little things. She loves and lives out loud.

Buy this book. Get hooked. Add it to your space. You won’t be disappointed.

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Elisa Lorello is the author of the Amazon best-selling books  Faking It, Ordinary World, Why I Love Singlehood and Adulation. Find her books here

Three Spaces is available in Kindle stores worldwide and coming soon to Kobo, iBooks, Nook, & Sony Reader.

Thank You Canada!

I’m starting to think hard work DOES eventually pay off.

Today, Where the Butterflies Go hit #1 on Kindle > Poetry on Amazon.ca, and Carry On Dancing hit #2!

The books are also doing well in ‘Books’ (paperback) – currently #23 and 24 in Canadian Poetry. The Friends I’ve Never Met hit a high of #39 in Fiction & Lit> Women> Single Women (I haven’t looked at it again since yesterday – at a certain point as an author you just stop looking! Please let me know if it goes up again! :) )

You guys are amazing! Thanks for reading & sharing with others about my poetry & my rom-com screenplay.

If you haven’t bought a Kindle copy of any of my 3 poetry collections yet, today or tomorrow would be the perfect day – help me stay ahead of Leonard Cohen! ha ha ha :)

Thanks so much for buying CANADIAN books!

And yes, I realize after I post this post, they could fall to 800,000 in books. Such is the way of Amazon rankings and the life of an unknown author! But at this moment, I’m so happy, grateful, and wanted to thank you all so much.

xo
Heather

Wow :) Thanks!

Wow :) Thanks!


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Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Hey gang. Great news: Until Dec. 31, 2012, Where the Butterflies Go (my first poetry collection) and The Friends I’ve Never Met (my most recent work ) will be reduced to $1.99 on Kindle.
That means I make a little less than $1 a book – but instead of donating half proceeds as I have been doing, Graceful Publications will donate ALL proceeds from sales of these two books, as well as proceeds from sales of my 2nd collection, LEAP -to Hearts for Change – an incredible, hardworking Canadian charity that helps orphaned and needy children in Kenya, and is working toward helping needy Canadian children in the near future.
My books are available in several countries now on Kindle, and it only takes seconds to download an ebook. IMAGINE the differences we could make in these childrens’ lives if even just 100 of you buy copies!
New pencils. New books. School fees! Please share this note and consider giving $1 to a great cause.
♥ ♥ ♥ (P.S. Sales from Kobo, Nook, and iBooks will count too, but I can’t reduce the book prices quickly enough on these systems- but if you buy them there in this time period I will donate :) )
Merry Christmas everyone,
Heather xx
The Groovy Granny made its way to children at Hosanna Children's Home in Kenya through Hearts for Change http://heartsforchange.ca

The Groovy Granny made its way to children at Hosanna Children’s Home in Kenya through Hearts for Change http://heartsforchange.ca   This is Mercy, our sponsored child.