Saturday, January 30, 2016


46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE | Savvy Book
46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE. ...

Be sure and check the ones you feel is best to promote your book and then carefully submit your book/s. Check to see if any of your friends are connected and ask them questions.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Woodland Pond

Pond in woods
Sunshine, quiet wind
Geese resting
call, I answer
Camera in hand
Geese waiting
Evening to arrive
Take flight 
not to return.

       (c) Mary Nida Smith

Friends of the LIbrary

The Friends of Baxter County Library
will have their monthly meeting
this Wednesday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County
Knox Meeting Rooms A & B 

Penny Eillis will present on the
Twin Lakes Literacy Council Children's Programs

Donald W. Reynolds Library
Serving Baxter County
300 Library Hill
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Friday, January 22, 2016


In Heroes Beneath the Waves, many brave men who rode submarines to great depths and across the oceans into unknown territory share their experiences, fears, and 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Free Verse Poetry Group, Mountain Home, Arkansas

2016's 1st Free Verse Poetry Group Meeting
January 16, 2016 (c) written by Stephen Johnston
President, Charles Southerland 

At a table for eight, exactly that many sat, gathered today at the
library for the first meeting of the Free Verse Poetry Group of
Mountain Home's 2016 season. With little pressing business to
dispense with, we started off with Pat Oplinger's funny, and 
all-too-familiar lines about holiday overeating, and the diets that
follow. Then began the read-around, each poet reading two poems
in the meeting that never slowed down for the next two hours! In
attendance were Pat Oplinger, Monterey Sirak, Bill Rhodes, Jackye
Swyers, Stephen Johnson, Marie Wayland, Tony Griese, and Lavon Lanoo.
Poems heard included:

Pat O: "Slurping" - about sharing 'doctored-up' raisin toast with her sister
Mary Lou after playing in the snow when they were kids.  And, if you can
believe it . . a poem entitled "An-ist, a-trist, and an - ologist", sub titled (Senior
Rap), in praise of medical specialists who keep one kicking.   

Monterey: "Between the Tick and the Tock" written (you guessed it, on
New Years eve) about the spaces between the smallest of time measurement,
heart beats, second hands clicking, etc. Also from Monterey, and written with 
her friend Richard Lamoureux, "The Bridge", a piece they wrote pretending they'd
been best friends since childhood. 

Bill Rhodes: "A Mother's legacy" (Ann Dunham) . This piece, about Barack Obama's
mother, garnered conversation about the relationships shared by presidents and their
mothers, and by extension . . the truth about how only a mother consoles men in 
direst need of reassurance. Bill's "Driving into Spring" mentioned the "hen bit", a small
flower [purplish, on square stems] several hadn't heard of before. 

Stephen Johnson: Reading from 'The Real People' ( a binder of one-page poems about
actual people from a lifetime), read "Russell Gene" - a poem that he read at the funeral  
of the man about whom the poem was written, at Russell's request, and  . . "Wayne", about
an old friend from teenage days. Some of the 'good' & some of the 'bad' in each piece.

Lavon Lanoo: Written in the voice of a grandmother whose "Dementia" prevents her from
recognizing her own granddaughter, Lavon ends the poignant piece with "Maybe tomorrow I will
know your name." In "BLUE", a teddy bear fills just a bit of the void left when Lavon's friend 
became a widow. All agreed that the subject is universal; the gift of the poem will no doubt
be as, if not more cherished - than gift of the 'companion' bear. 

Jackye Swyers: Using a so-called 'practice piece', a painting on a small canvas done by her daughter,
as inspiration, Jackye used only 13 lines and 52 words to 'depict' the "Song Sparrow" seen resting on
a bent "weed stem", silhouetted in black against a yellow "Full sun . . ". "Succession", Jacke's poem
describing the ever speedier entrance and exit of the four seasons, was admired for its pacing, and
[subject to her decision] may have surrendered (only) two words at the end. 

Marie Wayland: Writing about the "Blood red in the Devil's basin" near "The Rock" (Standing Rock
at Pineville Arkansas), Marie, in her typical storyteller style, carried her hearers back to the 19 century
days when "Scantily clad children" played without a care in the camps of their native parents. Bill,
who's been familiar with the iconic formation for 50+ years, listened intently, and left celebrating the
poem and its writer. We listened to another of Marie's homages to the majesty of nature, "The Ultimate",
and searched for a few minutes for a 'better' title. Marie smiled while this transpired. Ultimately, the
odds the poem will be re-titled?

Tony Griese: As you know, Tony's high passion is the crafting of lyrics. Touching on a theme that roughens
any gentle heart, Tony lyrics from his "Right On Time" salvaged hope from the gone train of suicide. Though I'm
sorry to say I wasn't familiar with the production ["Outsiders", I believe] from which he borrowed his theme,
in "Stay Gold", he continues his quest for redemptive plots in real life, keeping the beat of the worth of sacrifice
going . .. . going.

THE CUP: was awarded to Jackye - by consensus - for the precise ekphrastic "Song Sparrow"

Misc: We decided to skuttle the "Put-A-Dollar-in-The-Cup-Box" penalty for failing to bring copies. This 
was done very informally, very sneakily, by someone who owes a lotta 'back' fines . . . .me. The one 
dollar that had ridden around  from one winner's house to the next, was deposited with the Treasurer. 

We missed you, hope to see you next month. You know who'd say, "Keep writing . . . "

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Promoting  Books

Keep in touch with your readers, fans, and the public who will support you and your work.
Promote every chance you see an opening; such as inviting people to your website, blog or Facebook. Be sure to place a Facebook badge on your website and blog. Add burbs about your book. Don't forget to throw in a little about yourself/journey. Don't be concerned when people comment that you are vain, egotistic or any of those other comment from naysayers.

Remember everyone who has a business, holding an event or anything else... promotes.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Want your words to reach millions of people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group and vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our January winner!
by Rose Mary Boehm (Goodreads Author)
Unquiet, furless animals,
her hands are comforting each other
on light-blue cotton
and a piece of creamy silk.

Still there is beauty in her face —
all folded in upon itself.
Her eyes have found a focus
in the Milky Way;
her ears are tuned to broadcasts
from distant nebulae.

Acknowledging my touch
she almost turns to me.
Her puzzled voice is hesitant:
"And who are you?"

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


The official blog of the Southeastern Writers Association

Check out different writers groups websites and blogs, for you will find contest and other different markets to write for, and a lot of helpful information. My agent Jeanie Loiacono, will be there for their upcoming conference and workshops.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

 Ozark Regional Arts Council Jan-Feb Art Exhibit at Vada Sheid, ASUMH, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Participants, Deborah Lively, Jim Davis, Eva Haley, Dana Johnson, Linda Armstrong, Tony Ford, Wanda Johnson, Susan Gongales, AJ Cantrell, Meg Summers. Come meet the artists. Jan 7, 4:00-6:00 pm

Friday, January 01, 2016

If you have read my book about submarine veterans,
please place a short or long review/comment on Amazon
or other sellers blog or website. This is an important book,
so lets get the word out how special submarine veterans are and those
who carry out the mission today.

Thank you.
Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the twentieth Century.
by Mary Nida Smith