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Good morning all!

I woke up way too early – can’t find an “off-switch” for the thinker…

Anyway, I haven’t done “housekeeping” around here in a while, so I did some updates to the site.

Be well! More soon!

Love, Barbara

Whooo Hoooo! What a ride!!!

I’m off today to meet some of my favorite people for coffee and to share some ROCK AND ROLL with them! Excited for them to FINALLY see the end result!!! I still hold it in my hands and can’t believe that 10 years later I can do that… HOLD A FINISHED BOOK IN MY HANDS…

Whooo Hoooo! What a ride!!!

I’m getting lovely notes back from some who have already finished it and some good feedback on my Amazon page…. very exciting times….

I’ll post some pics (I HOPE) when I return later today.

Have a beautiful day friends who cannot join us at the Oakleaf Panera – if you see this and YOU CAN COME – we’ll be gathering around 8:30

Love, Barbara

Exciting news!

Just a quick note for now…

Rock and Roll Never Forgets is now available on on the following:

Kindle (contains the LOOK INSIDE feature):  http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Never-Forgets-ebook/dp/B0099AICZM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348009690&sr=8-2&keywords=rock+and+roll+never+forgets+kindle

Amazon (paperback):  http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Never-Forgets-Fictional/dp/1470059290/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348009777&sr=1-2&keywords=rock+and+roll+never+forgets

Tower Books (paperback):   http://www.tower.com/rock-roll-never-forgets-fictional-memoir-barbara-s-stewart-paperback/wapi/123321385

CreateSpace (paperback): https://www.createspace.com/3710841

Barnes and Nobel (paperback) – Nook SOON! : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rock-and-roll-never-forgets-barbara-s-stewart/1112697093

Hot Book Sale: http://www.hotbooksale.com/p10101354/Rock-and-Roll-Never-Forgets.html

Kobo ebooks (and a preview):  http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Rock-Roll-Never-Forgets-Fictional/book-gpyXvLQMGEuqOI0maQxjqQ/page1.html?s=kFIi_NwIaEiMikBE2CcvDQ&r=1

And coming soon to:
iBooks
Sony ereader
Copia
Baker &Taylor
eBookpie

I’ll update when I know more!

Thanks and love, Barbara

Greetings World!

I’ve been MIA, but not invisible…

Book arrived YESTERDAY!  And I learned lots of things… like NEVER EVER WAIT TO ORDER MY BOOKS! It was somewhat disheartening (yet exciting) to hear from people  who’ve read it and I haven’t even held it in my hands! (and TWO have already rated it!!!)

But the hardest lessons I’ve learned in a long time has been self promotion….

I can make up stories and write pages and pages that you tell me you like, can relate to and that you feel the characters and their emotions, and that they can’t wait for more… (what a compliment!) but to “sell” myself is hard… but I’m my own marketing manager at this point. I have some ideas that are WIP’s and I will keep you posted – check here and FaceBook. I’m still exploring and looking for ideas.

Thank you for being a “Traveler” in my journey!

Love, Barbara

I NEED YOU!

Calling all SWEET SURRENDER readers…

I confess, I haven’t written ten words in the last two weeks, trying to learn how to promote Rock and Roll Never Forgets and am learning a lot. The biggest lesson learned is that I NEED YOU.

The biggest tool that I find to help a new author is a review on AMAZON. The Sweet Surrender reviews will move people toward the information on the new book. May I ask you to PLEASE go to the site and tell the world what you thought – I am providing the link for your convenience. BE HONEST – it wasn’t perfect so don’t say it was. If there was something you LOVED, shout it out (but don’t give anything away!) If you see need for IMPROVEMENT, tell what it is (be nice! ha ha!) I can take it – I had a 1 star rating that said they couldn’t get past Chapter Three and I’m still good with that. I don’t like everything I’ve read, I don’t expect the whole world to love me – although I fail to see why they wouldn’t! ha ha!

If you’ve ever bought anything on AMAZON.COM you can go on and rate the book, even if you didn’t buy it there.

I’m asking for your help to move toward the next leg of my journey. I appreciate you, and your feedback!

http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Surrender-ebook/dp/B007IO7RZC

Thanks and gratitude, Barbara

Excerpt – my gift to you

I gave you a gift a while back, a sneak peek of Rock and Roll (see blog dated 6/19). I decided to give you another little tease.

The LOOK INSIDE feature should be up on Amazon soon (according to FAQ’s).

Here you go, I hope it makes you want more!

In early October, 1981, Traveler’s tour schedule took them to ‘the Windy City’ for a week, two sold-out shows, and a meeting with Andy and famed writer, Norton Edwards, for an article for Rolling Stone magazine.

As Roddy made arrangements for their meeting, he relayed Andy’s wishes to Norton; he wanted Beth there, but she was off-limits for the interview. The article was on Andy; Beth wasn’t ready for that kind of exposure, and Andy didn’t want her singled out in any way.

After Norton agreed, the plan was for them to meet Tuesday at the Billy Goat Tavern, one of Chicago’s legends, for lunch to start the process.

Norton interviewed many celebs over the years, but this was the first time Andy had agreed to an interview. Meeting at a fun place would make it easier for Beth. The Billy Goat is famous from the Saturday Night Live skits with John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Loraine Newman and Bill Murray. A driver dropped them at the restaurant and as soon as they were in the door, the fun started.

A big Saturday Night Live fan, Andy walked to the counter and ordered “Cheezborger! Cheezborger! No fries, cheeps! No Pepsi, Coke!” as Beth looked on laughing.

Andy and Norton talked for a long time; Andy was very comfortable talking about himself, his career, the band, even what he wanted to share about his relationship with Beth. She listened intently as Andy told about the early years. He told about his mom making him take piano lessons as a child, and then participating in the choir at church. But it was school that played a key role in developing his passion for music. He joined the school jazz band in junior high school, first playing the drums. It was there that he met Nathan Perry and Dina Miller, who would become Nathan’s wife shortly after high school. That experience progressed into a real love of music that led to guitar. By the time he was in high school he and Nathan were in a ‘garage band’ playing school dances, and he loved it.

After graduation from high school in 1969, Andy and Nathan met Scott Force and they formed the band, Traveler. Nathan, Scott and Andy were the original band, and then Dane Allen and Nigel Rose joined. They played at bars in the Houston area in the early ‘70s. The response was good. They kept busy and developed a huge local following.

In 1974, they won a local bar band competition and the prize was an opportunity to record a song. They wrote a song called “Traveler”, recorded it, and released it to local radio stations only. Word of mouth had the request lines as far away as Tucson requesting them. And that, as Andy said, “was that.” He talked briefly about the parting of Scott Force and Dane Allen and Mark Jones and John Smith’s arrival in their places. He was very positive in his words, nothing negative.

Beth joined the conversation because Andy would include her in questions, more like conversation, but she pretty much “yes’d and no’d” and let Andy do the talking.

Norton watched, curious, when she spoke, intrigued, watching her watch Andy so intently, watching him with so much love, watching her guard fall and her laughter surface. And he wanted to talk to her, but respected Andy’s wishes.


 

Hee hee!

That’s a tickled-giggle, or as I read on a post by Casey James, a ‘giggle-snort’!
I just looked at my author page on Amazon and I have a Bibliography with TWO BOOKS listed! I’M AN AUTHOR!

Anxiously waiting on MY BOOKS to arrive – I’m informed that TWO people already have their copy!

SO EXCITING!

Have a safe, blessed Labor Day weekend!

Love, Barbara