WiDo Publishing signs Ken La Salle (Article Reprint)

WiDo Publishing™ Finds Magic with Hybrid Author Ken LaSalle

SALT LAKE CITY, UT March 5, 2014

Ken La Salle (d)Good relationships take a certain kind of magic to succeed. Even if it’s just a metaphor, sometimes you need magic. But what if all you’ve got is the wrong magic? Alex and Stephanie split up after years without magic and, when Alex finds a box of stories Stephanie never finished, he decides to finish them for her to try and win her back. Suddenly, the stories begin to come true in the worst possible ways. Mind-numbing fogs roll in, killer forests appear, everything begins to fall apart! When the wrong magic is all you’ve got, can it be enough?

When WiDo submissions editor, Allie Maldonado, read Ken LaSalle’s ”The Wrong Magic” she knew she had found the right kind of magic. She loved the idea, the writing style, and the marketing potential of such a book.

“It’s got romance, humor, sweetness and a touch of fantasy and whimsy. I thoroughly enjoyed Ken’s manuscript and didn’t stop reading until I finished. We are so glad he chose to sign with us,” Maldonado says.

Ken LaSalle is a prolific writer of many genres,  an author and playwright whose play After You Fall  recently had a staged reading at Wild Rumpus Productions in NY and is scheduled for another with Stripped Scripts in Santa Barbara. He writes prodigiously, with work out in ebook format, paperback, and audiobook, including narrating and producing his own audiobooks.

LaSalle has this to say about his work: “I tend to self-publish a lot because of the freedom it affords. The downside to self-publishing, however, is that it limits the audience you can reach as a writer. So, I was looking for a small publisher with a wide reach. After looking at some of the books released by WiDo, such asDrinking from a Bitter Cup, I was pleased to see the size of an audience The Wrong Magic might enjoy. Then, too, WiDo Publishing made an effort to work with me, which really counts for something in my book.”

“Our contracts are fairly standard but we will always try to work with a writer if we can,” Maldonado states. “Ken and I are both happy with the results, and we at WiDo ™are excited to get his new book ready to go and on bookstore shelves hopefully by the end of the year.”

Author and playwright, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given him a progressive and environmentalist view. As a result, you’ll find many of his stories touching those areas both geographically and philosophically. His plays have been seen in theaters across the country and you can find a growing number of books available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at www.kenlasalle.com.

http://widopublishing.com/wido-publishing-finds-magic-with-hybrid-author-ken-lasalle/

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Gift Giving Time

My friend Dick Waters will be offering a collection of his works for free, as a thank you. Dick is a great guy, and I’m sure you will enjoy his writings.

Thank you for all of your support this year.
I am making all four novels in the Scott Tucker series FREE on Amazon January  1 and January 4.
Branded for Murder dates are slightly different – starts December 31 and ends January 3rd.
Here are the links to the eBooks:
Branded for Murder   http://www.amazon.com/Branded-Murder-Scott-Tucker-Waters-ebook/dp/B009OODOEW/
Serial Separation  http://www.amazon.com/Serial-Separation-Scott-Tucker-Waters-ebook/dp/B009LU1UD6/
Scent  of Gardenia  http://www.amazon.com/Scent-Gardenia-Scott-Tucker-Waters-ebook/dp/B007JZ0JHI/
Fragrance of Revenge  http://www.amazon.com/Fragrance-Revenge-Scott-Tucker-Waters-ebook/dp/B00DZUCW8A/

In addition – “2013 Flash Fiction Anthology” will also be free (1/1 – 1/4). This is the book with most of my winning short story entries and about twenty others.  http://www.amazon.com/2013-Flash-Fiction-Anthology-Waters-ebook/dp/B00GJ47AK4/

Interview with L.Leander

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I’d like to welcome L.Leander to my blog. I hope you enjoy her interview.

I am fascinated by your title Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. Does Inzared have a particular meaning?

Thank you.  And no, it doesn’t have a special meaning.  I couldn’t come up with a name that was exotic and different enough for my character.  I brainstormed for several days and made up a lot of names before I settled on Inzared.  It fits her.

Why does Bertha Maude Anderson want to be part of a gypsy circus?

Bertha Maude has only ever known the small Appalachian town in North Carolina where she was born.  She has always dreamed of travel and excitement and her parents are very hard on her.  The don’t understand why she is so different from her brother, who is content to stay and work the farm.  It’s not that Inzared has always dreamed of becoming a circus performer, it is just the first chance she gets to escape.

What is it that fascinates you about the circus then and now?

Everything!  The sights, the sounds, the smells.  As a child I really loved the circus and that hasn’t changed at all.  I think as a creative person I like the total abandon and silliness, yet I know a lot of hours of work goes into performing.

Life was changing and difficult in the nineteenth Century, especially for women. During your research about European immigrants, what is one thing that that has remained a constant?

The Gypsy immigrants I researched were part of a clan.  The women were the backbone of life in their communities and stuck together.  The husbands could be a little wayward sometimes but wives stoically endured their marriages, raised children and worked right alongside their mates.

What do you want your readers to take away from Inzared?

That women are strong, independent people and can weather any storm they encounter.  And, I’d like them to take away the opportunity to be a child again and just enjoy something for no reason at all.

You compare yourself to Huck Finn, how are you like him?

Huck Finn was an oddball.  He had a creative mind and was unafraid to try new things.  Basically he chose his own path and even got others to join in following along.  Even when faced with adversity he didn’t back down but stood up for what’s right and his own convictions.  I don’t know if I’m an oddball (you’d have to ask my friends and family) but I definitely possess the other traits.

You are a songwriter. How is the songwriting process different (or the same) from writing a book (other than the length)?

You are trying to tell a story in four minutes or less when you write a song.  There’s no room for embellishment so the story has to be concise and well understood.  I write almost all of my music with a guitar.  It’s easy for me to put words to music and I write both as I go along.  A book gives you the opportunity to tell a fleshed-out story and you have more room for creative endeavor.  Both are equally satisfying to me although I have to approach them in different ways.

Do you feel one process is more emotional than the other?

Definitely songwriting.  I write country/folk music and a lot of it is based on true things I’ve seen, read or heard about.  I love being able to create a great tune and set a story to music.  You really want the listener to connect and listen to the words as they are moved by the music.

Is there a song that people would recognize that describes you?

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – I’ve gone through a lot of trials and adversity and even though the raindrops fall I’ve managed to stay afloat and do what I love – write!

Will there be a sequel to Inzared?

The second segment of the series is titled Inzared the Fortune Teller and it’s currently available on Amazon.  I’ll be writing the third book in the series to be published in 2014.  It will follow Inzared’s son, Timmon into the Civil War years as he joins a regiment and fights for what he believes in.

L.Leander is a best-selling author, freelancer and award-winning songwriter.  Her first novel, Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders was published in June of 2012.  The second book in the series, Inzared, The Fortune Teller  (Book Two) is now available.  The author has also published a short non-fiction series titled 13 Extreme Tips for Writers, targeted to the beginning writer.

Ms. Leander manages a blog titled L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews that offers book promotion to Indie Authors.  The author currently resides between Wisconsin and Mexico. 

Books by L.Leander:

INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FD5O1E

INZARED, The Fortune Teller (Book Two) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C83YH1K

Video Trailer for INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders:  http://youtu.be/lQHtsFQGAP0

13 Extreme Tips to Self Publishing http://amzn.to/Vlcq2v

13 Extreme Tips to Marketing an eBook http://amzn.to/Xu0Qk0

L.Leander’s Website:  www.lleander.com

L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews: http://lleandersreviewsandinterviews.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/L.-Leander/e/B008IVRNU8

Facebook Page:  http://facebook.com/lleanderbooks

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/lleander11@lleander11

  The Fortune Teller is the second book in the Inzared series.

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