It's been a great year! Multiple signings at Kroger, Pop Shops, Chili Cook off and Festivals. It has been wonderful meeting new readers.
Thank you Kroger for your wonderful support of authors!
New Honors and awards. Short stories being published all adds to a wonderful year.
New project this year was having my books on Audible and iTunes!
At this posting Look for me, Wait for me and Archidamus are for sale. Find me again is in production. You Just Can't will be soon in production.
I have found it is important to have books for all individuals, physical, e books and audible.
The narrators have been outstanding and easy to work with, they all bring a wonderful addition to these books!
Coming in the New Year? Two books in the works, and a whole lot of hope for our world. Merry Christmas and Blessing for the upcoming year.
Honored to have two short stories in volume three of Tales of Texas published by the Houston Writers House. Kindle version available now on Amazon and physical copies soon.
These are a collection of some wonderful stories about Texas. Be sure to get your copy.
Wait for me has is now available on Amazon, iTunes and Audible. Read by Kirsten Dunn and the Second book in the Look for me Series. Great gifts for those who love to listen.
Coming Soon will be Wait for me book II in my series.
Two books in early production. Find me again and You Just Can't. Audible books are wonderful when you have a busy schedule. They help you escape on your daily trips to and from work, at the gym, or nay time you want to relax and just listen.
Time progressed on and so did technology. We moved into the world of television. In homes across the United States families now gathered.
We no longer had to use our imagination. A new system to thrill this generation with visual stimulation. In time lives once again became busy, rushed. We now could once again listen to stories with cassette tape and players, then progressed to books on discs. These were new and interesting but not practical with the continuing active life styles of the next generation. Enter books you download on your phone or I-pad. A person can literally carry thousands of books and audible books at their finger tip.
Authors have the ability to touch readers in their preferred way, physical, e-book or audible. It is an interesting process to turn a book into audible. Authors basically are allowed to shop for that special voice that will bring their book to life. I was very lucky to have signed Edward E. French as the voice of Archidamus. His voice brings every character alive. He stepped above and included French and Gaelic conversations in the recording.
Now Available on Audible!
For all Audible lovers this is one you will want to add to your books!
I must thank Professor Sean Dwyer for his assistance on the Gaelic and French pronunciations. He worked with Ed French to see all was correct. Sean speaks eleven languages.
The future will be exciting with all possibilities for authors and readers.
Imagine the ability as a reader to choose a person to read the book you purchased via hologram. It's possible, just remember, who ever thought you would be able to read or listen to a book on your phone.
Open your mind, read or listen to a book. Travel to a time and place you have never been. Encourage your children to read, share a book with your friends. On those nights curl up with something good to drink and go on an adventure!
In all projects the time will come to give acknowledgement to the individuals that assisted in its completion. As a child my mother taught me to always give credit where credit was due. I was to be thankful and appreciative when someone went out of their way to do something nice.
I am appreciative and thankful to two individuals, Edward E. French and Professor Sean Dwyer for working together on the audible book, Archidamus.
I feel fortunate to have signed Edward French to produce Archidamus through ACX. His career as a Special Make-up Effects artist has him in demand. Ed French is a two-time, Best Make-up Emmy winner, Oscar nominee and three-time winner of the Best Makeup Artist Award given by the Hollywood Guild, Local 706. In 2017 he won an Emmy for Best Makeup FX artist for HBO’s “Westworld.” His Oscar nomination was for “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Ed’s other films include, “Terminator 2”, “American Sniper", "Batman Returns" and feature film "Suicide Squad." His work in television can be found on his website.
He has recorded several books for audible, and can be found at www.youtube.com/frenchedward06, Fiction Fantastique Channel. You can find more information on him at,
Once Archidamus had been read Ed felt the Gaelic and French needed to be added in the reading. He asked if I might know someone who could assist him with the correct pronunciations.
Professor Sean Dwyer, a friend, is a Senior Instructor of Spanish at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington. He speaks eleven languages, five fluently and as he told me six more with a little assistance from the dictionary.
Sean is a survivor of traumatic brain injury from a car wreck in January of 2015. He has just signed a contract to write his story called, A Quest for Tears: Surviving traumatic brain injury.
I approached Sean respectfully asking for his time to assist Mr. French with the Gaelic and French translations, adding the correct pronunciations. Sean did not hesitate. He translated, recorded and contacted Ed.
Sean and Ed, strangers, worked hand in hand to see that Archidamus was given the added extras that make it an awesome audible book.
The individuals I have met, contacts thru emails and friends, enrich my life each day.
Professor Sean Dwyer has been given acknowledgment in the closing credits of the book for his assistance to Ed French.
Archidamus will be available on Audible, Amazon and I Tunes, September 2018.
Once again, I wish to thank, Edward E. French and Professor Sean Dwyer.
Nice job gentlemen.
If you want to sell your books it takes time. Time from home, friends, family and from writing.
There are ways to make it easier. The Houston Writers House has helped many authors with the Kroger Program. One individual Deborah Fonteria took this task to heart and worked with Kroger to make it possible for authors to set up and sell our books through the check out. This takes the headache away from customers who want one way to pay.
It has been a wonderful year with Kroger. Your friends support you. The stores support you and the communities support you. A customer of the store may not purchase but you have made a contact. They now know who you are and a smile, card or small gifts will make an impression.
The management and staff have been wonderful and are there to help place you with the greatest flow of customers.
At the end of the day you return home, restock and if you have time write, talk to friends and family and start over again.
I just wanted to take the time to say it's worth it! Thank you Kroger, Deb Fonteria and The Houston Writers House for caring about authors!
Very excited to have three books in production with Audible. The third in my series is up for auditions. I am waiting to the right person to take the project.
This means the individuals that are reading these books have made an impression on me. I will keep updates on when they will be available.
There comes a time when an update is necessary. The Look Look for me Series is no exception. The newer cover tell more of what my stories contain.
The women that found a calling to leave their homes and travel to heal.
I am proud to have a new look on these Award Winning Novels. Available now for order.
I will confess to not being a fan of the paranormal genre, however, I am a devoted fan of Janet Shawgo. Archidamus is a fascinating book, with interesting characters, suspenseful plot line and extremely good writing technique. Shawgo has the ability to draw the reader into the story and keep them there until the very last page. A lot of research went into this book and it’s very apparent that the author isn’t hesitant about putting in the work it takes for a successful story. The award-winning Archidamus has earned well-deserved praise and one can only hope that this very talented author keeps writing, and writing, and writing.
~ Linda Thompson, Host of TheAuthorsShow.com
You Just Can’t
I’m convinced there is absolutely no genre Janet Shawgo would not excel in. Having read You Just Can’t … in a couple of hours, I laughed until I had no eye makeup left. To call this quick read a comedy would be a serious understatement. Just look at her full book title – trust me, You just can’t… The series of short stories are interesting, and what’s most surprising, believable. So much so, I doubt there are many women who have not experienced something similar in at least one of Janet’s stories. This author has serious writing chops and I just can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
~ Linda Thompson, Host of TheAuthorsShow.com
I have decided to take the next step and work on an audio book. I want to begin with Archidamus and see how it does then will think about the others. I'll keep you up to date as things progress.
If you are a short story reader the Houston Writers House has them for you. Tales of Texas book one was published last year. The contest for book two drew a large number of entries. I am honored to have two stories that will appear, with other authors, in the next publication. It should be out late fall. Congratulations to all winners for Book II.
Exciting news about the Look for me Series. I have changed covers and hope to have them revealed in the next month. Change is good sometimes and i believe these new covers will only add to the books.
Archidamus has rceived two finalist medals with NIEA. The first one is for Cover Design, Thank you Jim Arneson! The second is for Suspense. Very honored to receive these> Thank you to the judges at NIEA.
Over my years of traveling as a nurse the one thing that I truly enjoy is coming home. I always have a favorite time of year which is usually the fall. This year I have decided to take the summer off of my nursing job and lay in the hammocks, drink wine and write. There are so many ideas running through my mind it's time to put the on the computer.
I plan to enjoy the summer, sign and sell some books and rest. Should I get bored there will always be a place I can go and help others.
I hope you smile and make every moment in your life special. Laugh out loud,dance in the rain, stay up all night and watch the sun rise. Kiss your children, hold them tight and let them know how much they are loved. Look into the starry night and praise God for his blessings.
Bellingham Washington was host to the annual Chanticleer Conference and book awards, this past April.
Honored to be asked to speak during three sessions this year along with other outstanding authors.
Texas was greatly represented with Grand Prize for categories, John Yarrow for Cygnus and Best overall book to Michelle Rene for Hour Glass!
It's difficult to believe time truly does fly by... My last post was in November and now it is May!! There has been many good and wonderful things that have happened and I will attempt to add them here. I will endeavor to keep up with more recent happenings in the future.
I was honored to become a winner in this contest. A book was published with all fifty winners names and our information for the contest.
I have been notified by the Author Show that I am a finalist in this contest. It is very exciting to be considered. The final round runs through December 3rd. If you have a moment I would appreciate if you could stop by and vote. There are many authors listed and you can vote for three.
Some people say you can't go home, but it's just not true in Amarillo.
The opportunity for me to work for a few weeks in a local hospital happen to coincide with a multi year high school reunion October 6-7th.
It was so nice to see all the people that made such an impact on our lives in high school. Some of us have remained close since grade school. We have spread across the U.S. and chosen varied professions, but the smiles across our faces never changed.
We danced, laughed, stood together for multiple pictures to carry us until we find a time to meet again. Our hair and waist lines may of changed but not the memories. Group pictures showed that we still remember school spirit no matter the year you graduated.
It seemed a good time to have a book signing for Archidamus. Barnes and Noble accommodated me so that I could present my newest release to my hometown. There were people waiting when I arrived and they continued to stop, ask questions and buy Archidamus.
Amarillo has much to offer from beautiful sunrises to sunsets. The people are friendly and the town is growing. If you happen to be driving down I-40 and have some extra time, stop, eat, shop and enjoy the hospitality of my hometown.
I love an adventure, to travel and discovering new places.