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New Things and an Update on My Work and World

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Hi, Y’all!

While things appear to be quiet around the site, my life has been anything but silent and boring.
I really don’t know where 2015 has gone. The stores are filled with all things fall, Halloween, and Christmas. I understand why this is necessary from the retail perspective, but it is also a good illustration of how crowded the end of the year becomes for most of us. I love this time of year, and as a result, I am more creative during this period. This increase in creativity and productivity can sometimes push me to the limits of my energy supply, but as the saying goes, “I can sleep when I’m dead.”

Here are a few updates about my site and my work.

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Shopping

The “Shop” tab isn’t new, but the items in it are new and shiny. Now you can purchase paperbacks of my book (signed, of course), and you can pick up some other awesome items like embroidered wall art, cup cozies, altered notebooks, embroidered key fobs, and more. I have many products in development and hope that you will turn remember to shop with me when you are looking for a little treat for yourself or that perfect gift for someone else. As an illustrator and artist, I’m excited to offer you additional products that reflect other sides of me.

I’ve also added a tab for “Stuff Jeannie Loves at Amazon” below the “About Me” tab. There are links to products I’ve reviewed and products that one could find within the pages of Manual Exposure. I’ve also added categories for the reader or writer in your life. Stay tuned, as this store will continue to grow and expand.

There is a third “shop” option that exists through my Zazzle store. You can purchase items that I’ve personally designed with my illustrations, photographs, and sayings. There are items related directly to Manual Exposure and there are general items that target readers and writers in general.

 

 

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Writing

Events in my personal life, including issues with health and family, have pushed my writing to the back burner. I haven’t stopped promoting and expanding the reach of Manual Exposure, but I haven’t been able to suspend all other activities in my life and focus on completing my second book. I’ve been working on it, and I can’t wait to give you more details, but I haven’t been able to devote the time to it that it deserves. I hope the remaining months of 2015 will be dedicated to bringing more life to the pages of my second book.

I’m focusing on getting Manual Exposure on the shelves of more independent bookstores and creating opportunities to meet you at book signings and readings. My “Events” page is the place to watch for all the latest dates and occasions that may be near you.

There will be new essays coming to the blog, as well as a new segment that follows my travels. I like to take weekend or day trips to little spots near me, and I hope to bring these adventures to your inbox.

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Podcasts

I can simply state that more podcasts are on the way. I love offering you the podcasts, but they do take a good chunk of time to edit. There are more book reviews and author interviews planned, so keep your ears open for a podcast update!

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Newsletter

If you haven’t already, you’ll want to sign up to receive my newsletter. There are giveaways, updates, teasers, and special deals that are either offered exclusively or early to my newsletter subscribers. Don’t worry, I won’t drown your inbox with junk, and you can unsubscribe at any time if you find it is not to your liking.

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Appreciation

Thank you to all who continue to support me by spreading the word about Manual Exposure and those who loyally return to the digital pages of this blog. I appreciate each of you, and I hope that you will continue to send me your notes and comments. I love reading them and responding to you. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me.

Keep Love and Kindness on Repeat,

Jeannie

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My Book Review Policy and Reviews of Midnight Crossroad and Sea of Shadows BUEP2

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In this week’s Bushnell Unscripted Podcast, I talk about my policy regarding book reviews, and I include my book reviews for Midnight Crossroad and Sea of Shadows.

Below are just a few elements of the information available in the podcast. Note: Show notes are not complete transcriptions of the podcast show.

[typography font=”Smythe” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]My Book Review Policy[/typography]

I share my thoughts on five-star review systems, including what categories I believe deserve close scrutiny and warrant poor evaluations.

What are your thoughts on the five-star review system? Do you like it, or do you think it causes more confusion than it is worth? Is a simple thumbs up or down scale sufficient? Do you think people should be allowed to simply state that they couldn’t finish the book and that is a sufficient review? Let me know what you think!

[typography font=”Smythe” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris[/typography]

Listen to the podcast for my full review of the book!

Midnight Crossroad book cover by Charlaine Harris

Book: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages

Published: 2014

The Day Shift, book two in the Midnight Crossroad trilogy, will be published in Spring 2015.

Having stumbled across Ms. Harris by way of the television show True Blood, I quickly sought out her Sookie Stackhouse series and completed my feast with her other titles.

Midnight Crossroad is a tale of action, mystery, and intrigue! At the heart of the book is a great little town filled with interesting and comical characters who bond over their task of solving the mystery of what happened to the girlfriend of one their beloved citizens.

Let me say this: Midnight Crossroad is not about Sookie Stackhouse. I’m disappointed to discover that some readers are comparing this book to the Stackhouse series, and that is not a fair assessment. I’ll never understand why readers treat their beloved authors with such disdain when the author chooses to write a different series or create a new world or characters.

While there are elements of the supernatural and paranormal, the story doesn’t revolve around those elements.

Have you read it? What did you think of your visit to Midnight, Texas?

[typography font=”Smythe” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong[/typography]

Listen to the podcast for my full review of the book!

Sea of Shadows book cover by Kelley Armstrong

Book: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 392, paperback

Published: 2014

Empire of Night, book two in the Age of Legend series, will be published in April 2015.

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong isn’t a book that I would normally have picked up, but I’m glad I did. This young adult, epic high-fantasy, supernatural, and paranormal read is just the ticket for anyone looking to step outside of their reading comfort zone and explore a new world.

Do you use certain genres as palate cleansers between other books? Paranormal and supernatural reads are genres I turn to to cleanse the reading palate. I typically read very heavy literary pieces back to back, and these fun genres give me an escape from those subjects and help free my mind.

I haven’t read any of Ms. Armstrong’s previous work, but I can say that if they are anything like this read, I’m sure to quickly devour them. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the Age of Legend series.

Ms. Armstrong offers some great extras on her website that I encourage you to check out.

Thanks for tuning in again!

Keep love and kindness on repeat!

 

Music Credit:

Monkeys Spinning Monkeys Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Nice to Meet You Podcast – BUEP1

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Guess who has a podcast show? This girl. This first episode is short, but if all goes well, future episodes will be thirty minutes in length. You will be able to subscribe to them in various platforms, including iTunes.

I think you’ll be surprised at what you learn about me, and I’m already planning my future episodes. What are you waiting for? Just hit play and listen!

[typography font=”Smythe” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Show Notes: Nice to Meet You Podcast – BUEP1[/typography]

Welcome to the Bushnell Unscripted Podcast! I’m Jeannie Bushnell, and this is Episode Number One: Nice To Meet You. This premiere episode gives me a chance to introduce myself to you and share a little bit about my background, my current work, and what I have planned for future episodes.

I’m excited to begin podcasting, because it is allows me to use my experience in broadcast communications. As a little girl, I wanted to be a writer, and when I entered middle school, I was drawn to journalism and the idea of becoming a news anchor.

I did complete an internship at WDBJ-7 in Roanoke, Virginia. In college, I combined my two interests and chose to double major in English and broadcast communications. My hero was Walter Cronkite. The face of news was changing, and as hard news took a back seat to entertainment and opinion-based news, I focused on rhetoric and liberal studies.

As a teenager, I worked at McDonald’s. When I ran the drive-thru window, I used that time to practice enunciation. It was a great exercise. I’m from Texas, and while I don’t think I’ve ever had a very heavy accent, I was instructed to become as vanilla as possible so that I could be hired in any region. I know this is very different today, as it’s common to find someone with a distinct southern drawl reporting the news in New York.

When I went to school, we were encouraged to strip all regional dialects from our voices. It isn’t something that I actively control or regulate now; what you hear is my normal speaking voice. I’m frequently told that when I’m irritated or tired I will tend to slip into my accent—so a little of my Texas roots are visible if you listen frequently and closely enough.

I write both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve written articles and product copy for numerous websites. I’ve had a newspaper column, and as a director of a humane society, I’ve been a featured weekly guest on a radio show where I’ve talked about animals at the shelter who were available for adoption.

In January, I published my first novel, Manual Exposure. It only took me twenty years! I’m proof that it is never too late! I look forward to sharing my journey with you, and I hope you’ll benefit from my mistakes, as well as the great information I continue to compile.

I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina, with my husband and our rescue cat, Winni. She is often featured on all my social media sites. I’m an animal lover; I’ve worked and volunteered for animal groups and progressive legislation programs for two decades. I’m also a vegan. Creating beautiful and delicious vegan food is my passion. Before relocating to Charlotte, we had a vegan bakery in the stunning mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. We are currently transitioning our business into a fun and educational online destination complete with video tutorials. When I’m not baking, I’m designing and selling eco-friendly pet products. My experience in animal rescue (and my years of caring for three dogs, two ferrets, a hamster, and a cat) has given me great insight into the needs of pets, and I love to share that knowledge with other pet parents.

My passions overflow into everything I do. I’ve started a children’s book based on my experience with pet adoption, and I hope to complete a DIY book for cake and cookie decorating.

As you can hear, I’m never bored. I have a million projects going on at any one time. I have lots of hobbies. I garden and craft; I love to dance, read, and cook. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and uncovering local parks and hidden spots of interest. Nerd alert: I also enjoy video and board games.

The future episodes of my podcast will also revolve around book reviews. I’m fortunate to be sent a number of advanced reader copies of books, so you’ll hear about many titles before they are available for purchase. My hobbies and adventures will undoubtedly be in the mix, too. I will also talk about the process of writing and publishing books, and share what I learn from other writers. I love attending book festivals, and they always provide me with more topics to discuss.

Well, now that you know a little more about me, I hope you’ll stick around for future podcasts.

If you want to reach me, I’m available at jmbushnell.com. I’m on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t be shy—I’d love to hear from you. Show notes are available on jmbushnell.com under the podcast tab. Thank you for listening. I’m Jeannie Bushnell, and I want you to keep love and kindness on repeat!

Music Credit:

Monkeys Spinning Monkeys Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/