Okay, I understand I'm supposed to be savvy about social media as a promotion tool for getting the word out about my books and short stories.
I know I'm supposed to have a newsletter mailing list of interested readers who want to know about a new book, or something of interest going on in my writing life.
But I can't figure out how I can make that happen on my own. I'm trying, but there seems to be a brick wall between the 'how-to-do-it' and my brain.
I'll keep trying.
My latest book, THE HOUSE ON THE DUNES, came out last fall, and I'd love for more readers to find it. Here's a synopsis of the story:
THE HOUSE ON THE DUNES
At her mother's death, Olivia Hobart (45) inherits two things she never knew existed: a house on the Lake Michigan Dunes as well as missing emerald jewelry. Sending her pompous husband Bert (who wants to sell Dunes House) and adult retarded daughter Pamela back to their home in Oregon, Olivia moves into Dunes House to search for the emeralds and to unravel the mystery of her mother's life.
The story turns to mother Catherine's childhood, from the early death of her sister in 1917, through a false marriage, her husband's desertion in Kansas and the death of her infant twins. She moves back to Wisconsin to teach, and falls in love with married Oliver Houle, whose son is one of her students. Pregnant with Oliver's child, Catherine quickly seduces and marries older Levi Sommers, who never questions and claims Houle's child as his own. Levi's all-encompassing love allows Catherine the freedom to continue seeing Oliver throughout their long relationship.
Returning to the present, Olivia is threatened at Dunes House. Tim, the aging caretaker, falls down a sabotaged staircase, is later trapped under a truck he is servicing. An unknown inhabitant living in the boathouse raises the question: who is behind the criminal attacks? What do they want?
Olivia meets the grandson of Dunes House's original owner, who believes he should have inherited the property. They become romantically involved - Olivia's first and only exciting affair - but is he only attempting to regain what he sees as his rightful estate?
Daughter Pamela is attacked in Portland, comes to stay with Olivia at Dunes House and drowns in one of Lake Michigan's sudden storms. Olivia is devastated, but her husband Bert sees this as a chance to heal their shaky marriage; he felt Olivia's devotion to Pamela kept them from becoming close and insists she come back to Portland to rebuild their life. She tries, but their marriage weakens further and she returns to Dunes House.
A young relative of the Houles learns of the missing emeralds through renewal of an insurance policy, demands the jewels and threatens Olivia's life. His plans are thwarted by Tim, the old caretaker, who knows the real circumstances of Olivia's birth but has not revealed them. She learns an old friend of her mothers, Oliver Houle, is alive in a nursing home and visits him, hoping to shed some light on her mother's mysterious life. Finally, going through an old desk which had been set aside for repair, Olivia finds a letter that leads her to the truths of her mother's life.
Available on Amazon.com and other e-book outlets.