Will You Please Help Me by Posting a Review of “The Legend of the Moonstone” on Amazon?

November26

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you that my book “THE LEGEND OF THE MOONSTONE” is live in the Kindle Store & is currently enrolled in KDP Select!!!

Book description:

41QdI6sBFSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_In an age long past… on a planet unknown to mankind a SACRED STONE was created. Nations have been built around it until an audacious ignorant man broke the stone into three pieces and a terrible curse has been unleashed. The legends says who ever unite the stone again would be given control over it’s power.

The Legend of the Moonstone, a vibrant fiction-adventure, tells the legend of the Moonstone, a powerful stone which is part of the ancient Sacred Stone. Professor Stransky is adventurer and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue the Moonstone and defend our planet. In this adventure he and his crew of two very special and extraordinary students are about to fight for their own lives and for the lives of all of humanity against the Upper Souls (evil and destructive creatures, who wanted to become immortal and conquer the universe).

If you think the story is worthy, please pass this post along to anyone who might enjoy it. They can get the eBook at this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00Q3ZWAX6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/179-3485092-8986200.

And if you will please leave a review for the book, that would be awesome.

If you let me know that you did leave a review, I will put you on the list for a free copy of my next novel when it comes out.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! :) :) :)

Day of Forgiveness…

March2

Only Bulgarians Celebrate the Day of Forgiveness…

ссToday is the Day of Forgiveness in Bulgaria the last Sunday before the Great Lent starts. Forgiveness is an easy thing when you have not done anything wrong but a very serious business when you might have done — intentionally or not — things that might have hurt others.

Bulgarians observe Sunday a self-styled traditional ‘Forgiveness Day‘ on which everyone asks everyone tl,xlo forgive his or her misdeeds over the passed year.

The holiday is observed on a Sunday, exactly seven weeks before Easter, and is also called Sirni Zagovezni. That name refers to the fact that one is allowed to eat milk products, the day being located within the Easter Fast. Sirni Zagovezni is also considered a preparation for the Great Lent.

kukeriIn some parts of the country the forgiveness day is also associated with the manifestly pagan kukeri dance, in which men dressed like demons try to chase evil spirits away.

The most typical tradition connected to that day is starting the feast fires. Right from the very dawn, a Koukeri band starts its walk around everybody’s home. By means of various symbolic and ritual-magic actions, they are wishing health, land fertility and prosperity to the hosts.
kukeri1 At Shrove Sunday, the spirit gets purged by the forgiveness given and asked for, the body gets stronger if the person manages to jump over the fire, and the nature sends away evil forces by the ringing of the Koukeri bells. The dance of those masked men brings blessing and land fertility. A Kouker young woman (also called “bride”) starts ploughing the field and calls fertility, health and good luck to come into people’s houses…

There is a delightful Bulgarian tradition on this Day of Forgiveness to play a game in which the children try to catch a hard-boiled egg suspended on a string from a rod while using mouths only and no hands. It was one of those dear childhood memories that brought unrestrained laughter into my family.

Now I am at New York, USA, 5805,53 miles away from my beloved Bulgaria, my lovely parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and my amazing sister, but that won’t stop me of celebrate this day with my husband and friends. :)

Hope you all, will find this tradition interesting and you all, will forgive your friends and family too, for everything they have been wrong during 2013. Any thoughts on this great Bulgarian tradition are welcome… :)

*** For more information on Sirni Zagovezni or the Day of Forgiveness you can read this amazing article – HERE!

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Chestita Baba Marta or Happy Baba Marta!

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babHey! Today’s the 1st of March.

That can only mean one thing: throughout the day everyone in Bulgaria will be happily exchanging martenitsi and wishing each other Happy Baba Marta or in Bulgarian Chestita Baba Marta. I love this tradition. I’ve never seen another holiday in Bulgaria that produces such joy throughout the day. I love it a lot in fact. Last year I gave to my friends and family more then a 100 martenitsi.

However it’s not just the martenitsi that make me like this holiday so much. Before I tell you why I love this holiday and especially the red and white boy and girl Piju and Panda, so cute, let me tell you more about the folklore behind the holiday!

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There are various theories and suggestions (even several legends, involving real historical figures) about the symbolism of these two particular colors – red & white, from which Martenitsa are made. An obvious explanation and perhaps a common belief people share, is that “red” stands for “life/birth” and “white” denotes “anew/on clear grounds”. Combined together, they mean “newborn”, “rebirth”, “a new beginning”; a celebration of Life and Survival. Another popular explanation is that white stands for wisdom and red for good health, which means that anyone giving you a Martenitsa is wishing you both throughout the new year.

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The tradition of the red and white woven strings that we exchange supposedly dates back to the times of Khan Asparuh. For those of you not up on our Bulgarian history, Khan Asparuh is the man who is credited with the establishment of the first Bulgarian empire and the martenitsi. He was a busy man. Rumor has it he tied two strings one red and one white to his falcon after a battle to signal to his wife that he was still alive. The tradition was born from this…

Story of Baba Marta….

bmaaIn folklore, Baba Marta is presented as a sister or a wife of the great long-horned beetle (January) and the small long-horned beetle (February). She is always dissatisfied with them – They are either drunk on wine, or they do other harm . The old woman (bride) becomes angry, hence the weather breaks. According to a widespread story, an old shepherd gave rise to her flock in the mountains last March days, thinking that Baba Marta will bestow on her a good time because she is as old as her. Baba Marta became angry and asked her brother (April) to borrow her a few days. April granted her wish and these days are called “borrowed days”, “zaemnitsi”, “few days” in folk tradition. Martha let the strong snows and blizzards that froze the shepherd and her flock in the mountains. Frozen become a pile of rocks that flowed healing…

You can read more about this special Bulgarian tradition at Wikipedia!

Video!  How to make a basic martenitsa click here!

me b m 1I feel pretty special wearing my first martenitsi! Hope you are staying warm in your homes, and for all our sakes, I hope the weather stays warm! :)

May spring find you sooner than later wherever you are.

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Blog Award – Liebster Award!!!

February17

imagesI am honored and excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award, an award given out by fellow bloggers to help people discover new blogs. I was nominated by Shakuita Johnson.

The Rules:

  • You must link back to the person who nominated you;
  • Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you;
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 questions;
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you;
  • You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

Here are the questions Shakuita asked me:

fiction1. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

I think reading anything helps. I read mostly fiction. For me reading fiction fires up one’s imagination and the stories can “take you away from life” for a few moments and letting your mind and imagination wander in a different way. I also enjoy gaining insights into the psychologies of other cultures and times.

2. If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be? Why?

My husband! :)

I think it would do good to anyone to be their spouse for a day! It would give us a better understanding of how to treat and respect them.

It would also help us understand them better.

best friend3. Who is your best friend? Why?

My best friend’s name is Ivo. He’s my best friend because he understands me. I’ve known him for 12 years and he’s like a brother to me. He always listens to what I’m saying and he gives me advice on the things I can’t figure out on my own.

4. What is the best memory you have? Why?

I do have a few selected memories from my childhood. When my mom told me that she was pregnant, for me, it was the best news ever. I had always longed for a sibling. me and Nina

So, the best one is when I first met my sister. I remember Mom sitting up in bed and letting me hold my sister. I felt such an instant bond with her that I didn’t want to go to the kindergarten or to go out and play whit the other kids. It was amazing to hold my sister and play with her when she was a little, now I can’t imagine the world without having her like my sister.

5. If you could change on moment in your life what would it be?

That’s a tough one, I’m not sure I would change anything. I’m happy and content at the moment. Sure, I’d like to be more financially secure, but I’m doing well nonetheless. But going back and changing things, big things, or embarrassing things – things that impacted me and have helped shape who I am today…… I honestly can’t say that I would want to take those experiences away, those are life lessons – lessons I’ve grown from, they’ve made me a better person in the end. No, I’m good….. I’d rather keep those experiences and hope I never repeat them. :)

6. Is it better to have love in and lost than to never have loved at all?

Love is such an important experience that even the pain of losing someone you love is better than not having loved that person.

7. Where do you do your best thinking?

Walking, Running, Traveling (airplanes, airports, trains, buses), Falling Asleep or Waking Up, In Conversation with Friends, Listening to Audio books or Podcasts, Showering and etc. I think that the great ideas come most when you aren’t trying to think of them.

8. If you could change your name, what would it be? Why?

MegI don’t have anything in particular against my name. I’ve grown used to it. It’s like a favorite T-shirt: familiar, comfortable, and easy to wear.

My parents have chosen this name on purpose, so I respect them and honor their decision.

9. iPhone or Android?

Honestly, having looked at Android and iPhone, I chose the iPhone. Faster, easier to use, more compatible with work. Overall, a better experience for me as a user.

10. What do you think of social media?

Before social media, everything was in what must now seem like slow motion. We would hear of breaking news on TV if we happened to be awake, but we wouldn’t be able to confirm anything until we ran out to the driveway the next morning for the latest issue of The Washington Post, The New York Times, or the local newspaper.

Now social media is a powerful tool; and we have to use it well if we want to succeed and be successful.

11. If you could start up your own business what would it be?

Running your own business is a stressful but good career and life choice. It demands your time and focus. Since I like to read and write if I have the money I would open a self-publishing house. I think this way I can do what I love, I can help other authors and I can be able to make money and support my family as well.

Well there you have it folks! My little tidbits! Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award:

Please answer these questions before accepting your award:

  1. What is your biggest goal in life?
  2. What’s your dream job?
  3. Would you rather follow your heart or your head?
  4. If you are allowed to do just one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. What do you think of this expression: Where there was fire, ashes remain?
  6. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given and what’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
  7. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t have already)?
  8. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  9. What would you do without electricity for 3 days?
  10. What is your favorite book/author?
  11. What’s the biggest problem facing the world right now and If you alone could solve it, how would you do it?

Good luck and enjoy!

How to Publish Your Book in the iBookstore

January16

photo(5)I’m very excited and pleased to be starting off the New Year with a GREAT NEWS, I’ve got my book – The Legend of The Moonstone sets in the Apple’s iBookstore! Even if you know the book is going out into the world, its something altogether different to see it there. :-) photo 3

Apple Made it Possible for Me to Make Awesome Book…

When Apple announced iBooks Author and the iBooks store I immediately abandoned all prior efforts and jumped to the new platform. iBooks Author gives me exactly what I need to publish the book I want to make. Apple didn’t only give me the authoring tools, they also provided me the ability to distribute my book.

If you think about self-publishing with Apple’s free iBooks Author tool check out the simple steps below…

So let start it…

HOW TO: Publish an eBook with Apple iBooks?

photo 5Tablets and smartphones make for great reading devices, and you don’t get better tablets or smartphones than Apple’s iPad and iPhone. Through Apple’s iBooks store, self publishing authors have a great market through which to tout their wares, and this guide will walk you through how to get your work onto the platform.

Getting your book into the iBookstore can be a low-cost and profitable route that exposes your work to entirely new markets. But getting a book approved by Apple isn’t a simple process…ibookstore

To do that You need to follow specific guidelines for preparing and publishing in order to avoid time-consuming headaches and a rejection email.

Getting Started!!!

First of all, you’ll need to have that mind-blowing book written.

Finished? Great! That’s the hard part done! ;-)

Before your would-be bestseller can be published, you’ll need to make sure it’s well edited and properly formatted.

Follow these simple steps to learn how to create your own iBook and send it to the iBookstore:

  • Make sure you’ve added a Table of Contents for the document, which is easily done using Word’s and Page’s built-in tools.
  • Insert page breaks after every chapter. It’ll avoid inserting unnecessary stretches of white space when your final eBook is ready.
  • Make sure your cover image is added as a .JPG file, or it won’t work properly. It’ll need to be rectangular in shape and at least 600 pixels tall, and cannot contain hyperlinks or website addresses, nor any nudity.
  • Keep a check on your spelling and grammar if you don’t have an editor. Have multiple grammar pedants read and re-read your text if possible to scan it for errors.
  • There’s an upload limit of 2GB for the iBooks store, so make sure your eBook is smaller than that. That may be tough if you’re using lots of multimedia content, so consider either cutting some, shortening some, or lowering the quality of audio, video and image files.
  • Apple will not publish materials that include erotica involving underage people, nor any texts that promote intolerance or discrimination. And rightly so.

For more about iBooks Author and How to create and publish amazing books for iPad and Mac Click Here!

The good news is, once you’ve formatted your .ePub and developed your cover art for Lulu (or anyone else, really), you’ve done 90% of the work to sell it through Amazon, too. I just went through that process. By the way Amazon is definitely another route and I look at it as a great alternative. If you can get your content on the kindle as well as in the iBookstore then it reaches even more buyers!

That’s it. You now have your very own book in the Apple iBookstore for sale.

Now, of course, it’s time to market it. But that’s another post … ;-)