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Moonbeams and Ashes Makes a Great Summer Read

If you are a frequent Ozarks Maven reader, you know that I’m an author. I’ve had several publications in various journals, magazines, anthologies, and my very own book. Moonbeams and Ashes: Tales of Mystery, Love, and the Paranormal is a collection of 15 of my favorite short stories I’ve written to date.

I rely on a great deal on my friends to help me muddle through our modern-day electronic quagmire. Thankfully, I have friends at work who help with computer stuff and writer friends who do their best to help me learn the business side of writing. One of my friends asked me why I don’t talk about my book on Ozarks Maven. That’s a good question.

As a kid, I was taught not to brag about myself. “Don’t be conceited,” is something I heard a lot. It’s still difficult as an adult for me to ignore that lesson. One of my writer friends often reminds me that nobody will toot my horn for me. If I don’t talk about my book, no one will talk about it. So today I’m going to talk about my book, Moonbeams and Ashes: Tales of Mystery, Love, and the Paranormal.

With summer upon us, many people will be flocking to the beach, lake, and mountains. Do you know what is great to have on those types of vacations? Books! Books of short stories are great because you can read an entire story in a short amount of time, so it’s perfect for any time.

Here’s the blurb from the back of my book: Moonbeams and Ashes: Tales of Mystery, Love, and the Paranormal is a collection of 15 short stories from the imagination of Margarite Stever. These tales take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion from laughing out loud to spine-tingling chills. Experience the unbreakable bonds of family love to bittersweet poignancy that will leave you brushing away a tear.

Join Jill as she discovers Aunt Rose was more than a mere accountant, April as she rescues an animal that isn’t quite what he seems, Stephanie as she comes to face-to-face with pure evil, and many more riveting tales.

Moonbeams and Ashes is available in paperback and e-book. The paperbacks are available at Always Buying Books just outside of Joplin, Missouri, Amazon, and from me. The paperback price is only $8.00, and the e-book is a bargain at $2.99. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, you can even read it for free.


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I am proud of Moonbeams and Ashes. I worked hard on my precious book. My sales to date have mostly been organic. The only marketing I’ve done, aside from a couple of book signings, is mentioning it here on Ozarks Maven a few times, which includes inserting an Amazon ad for it in nearly every post, and a few Facebook posts. That’s about to change. I want people to enjoy my work, but they can’t read what they don’t know exists.

I’ll have a table in the book room at Between the Pages Writers Con, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday June 18, 2022. While the book room will open at 1:00 p.m., we authors will be there to autograph books from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. that day. There will be attendants present to sell the books, so readers can shop at their leisure.

I’m working on an author website, which should be ready sometime in June. My hope is the website will help me reach more readers. I admit the thought of creating one scares the heck out of me. I’m well and truly out of my depth, but I am determined. Many readers don’t realize that most authors are responsible for their own websites. Once again, I’m relying on my friends. Thus far, everyone I’ve asked has shared his/her opinions and experiences with me. I’ve already purchased my domain name and plan to begin the building process this evening.

Thank you for indulging me while I promoted my book today, and thank you for your continued support of Ozarks Maven!

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