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May 26, 2015

2009Aug 006Remember our old friend, Marielena Zuniga, one of the original posters to Birth of a Novel? Well, she’s visiting again – with an announcement.

That’s enough from me. Time to step aside and let Marielena share her news. Okay, you’re on, my friend. 

My novel “Loreen on the Lam: A Tennessee Mystery” made the leap from ebook to paperback on May 25th through the wonderful publishers at

iPulp Fiction.

So what’s so special about having your book in print? For starters, you see the fruition of years of hard work. Your book now has an ISBN and people can find your novel and buy it.

Sure, ebooks are convenient. But a print book? Ah. You can hold it in your hands. Turn pages. You can bookmark or dog-ear it. You can put it on a shelf, spill coffee on it while reading it, go to sleep with it.LOREEN

And you hope that people buy and like your book because after all, this IS your baby. You hope they enjoy the story, relate to the characters, and laugh at and/or cry with them.

Speaking of those characters, let me introduce you to what reviewers are calling some of the quirkiest, yet most appealing folks around.

Loreen Thigpen, our heroine. She escapes from a Houston prison by stealing the tour bus of a famous country music singer so she can get home to her dying mama in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. Along the way, Loreen picks up three unwanted passengers, not knowing one of them is a hired killer.

Tilly Davis, a battered wife who’s a twit personified.

Buffington Splatt, a deaf-mute Bible salesman. What’s his story anyway?

Sister Sarah, a nun who adds her holy touch to the group.

And there are other unique characters, residents of Red Boiling Springs: Olivia McLoon, who has some mental challenges, and her brother Sammy, who has cared for her most of his life. And let’s not forget Loreen’s Grandpa Mac who has a secret past.

Does Loreen get home in time before her mama dies? And does Loreen’s mama tell her about her grandpa Mac’s secret? And who is the murderer on the bus?

Most of all, I’m hoping that readers pick up on the underlying messages. But if they don’t, that’s OK. The relationship between a reader and a book is personal. And in the end, the book is just FUN to read!

So, if you’re in for the road trip of your life, Loreen would love your company. You can hop on board the bus here to purchase the book through iPulp Fiction:

And thanks so much for taking time to support this writer and the writing community!

Thank YOU, Marielena, for stopping by. 

Readers, I’ve had the pleasure of reading Loreen on the Lam and can tell you it’s quite a ride. I hope you’ll check it out. I promise you won’t be bored.

Happy reading.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Marielena permalink
    May 26, 2015 12:05 PM

    Thanks so much, Sandy! May all the wonderful things you do for writers return to you a zillion fold. 🙂

  2. judyalter permalink
    May 26, 2015 3:53 PM

    Curious how you went about promoting print when the ebook had been out for a while. I’ve been in that difficult spot several times and it always baffles me. Agree a print copy is so important.

  3. Sydell Voeller permalink
    May 27, 2015 9:11 AM

    Sounds like a fun read! Good luck with sales.

    • May 27, 2015 3:23 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, Sydell. It is a fun read – with a message buried inside, but Marielena never lets the message get in the way of the story.

  4. May 28, 2015 1:12 AM

    The book sounds hilarious! Does it have a happy ending?

  5. Liz Miller permalink
    June 18, 2015 10:46 AM

    This book is great summer reading. It has mystery, humor, well developed characters and is a joy to read.

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