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Betty Jo Schuler writes for kids, teens, and adults. She is also an instructor for Writers' Digest University.
Newsletter Dated: 12/4/2010 11:24:48 AM

Subject: Betty Jo Schuler's long-overdue Newsletter

December 3, 2010
in The Villages, FL

Christmas Shopping?

Electronic books have finally become really popular and are possibly outselling traditional print books. Do you have a Nook or a Kindle? Does the young person in your family? Books We Love Publishing Partners is a new company that’s addressing the e-book field with formats to meet your needs, whatever they are, and the cost of these electric formats are so much less!

It’s been a long time since I’ve sent out a newsletter, mainly because I took a break from writing after moving to Florida. You may have seen a commercial about The Vill-a-ges on TV. It’s particularly likely if you watch the golf channel. My husband and I now live in this golf cart, retirement community in a Courtyard Villa. We’ve been here almost four and a half years and dearly love it. It’s a beautiful place with so much to do, the weather is wonderful, and it’s known as Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. We’ve found this to be true.

After a long hiatus, while still taking time to ‘play’, I’ve started writing again and have books to tell you about! I have three new releases for tweens and teens published by BWLPP. You can find my page at

By clicking on the book cover or my name on my BWL page (above) you’re taken directly to the Smashwords Buy page. My publisher says, “We link all the book covers to the Smashwords Buy page because it's the easiest method to make a purchase.”

At Smashwords, As an example of available format choices, here’s what you’ll see for How Not to Date a Hollywood Star…and as you can see, you can sample the first 25% of the book, plus the price is low -- $4.99 for this particular book.
Available Ebook reading formats:
When you purchase the full book, you gain access to all formats.
Format Full Book Sample First 25%
Online Reading (HTML)
View sample

Online Reading (JavaScript)
View sample

Kindle (.mobi) Buy
Download sample

Epub (open industry format, good for Stanza reader, others) Buy
Download sample

PDF (good for highly formatted books, or for home printing) Buy
No sample available
RTF (readable on most word processors) Buy
No sample available
LRF (for Sony Reader) Buy
Download sample

Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Buy
Download sample

Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting) Buy
No sample available
Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page) Buy
No sample available

You can find your format choice, sample, and buy link all on Smashwords and equally good information at Authors’ Den on my page there.
I’m mailing my newsletter through there at this time, to the list of people who signed up a long time ago.

The new books are…

Mystic Mansion ~ YA Mystery and paranormal
ISBN: 978-1-926965-04-8
Are Shadow, the grinning black cat, and Annabelle Coffinfinder, guardian of the crystal chandelier, the only lingering spirits in Mansion House, or are there more? When Kati Danson discovers her power of clairaudience, she decides to find out.

Kati Danson’s family spends every summer at Piney Lake, Michigan, but her parents have divorced, and her father is staying in their cabin with his new family. The only place available is a three-story house that belonged to Mr. Coffinfinder, a recluse who recently died. Due to a belief it’s haunted, the house is for sale, cheap, and Kati’s mom wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. Fifteen-year-old Kati doesn’t want to live at Piney Lake year around, and she’s sure she’ll be a social outcast living in “weird Coffy’s house.”

How Not to Date a Hollywood Star ~ YA mystery and paranormal
ISBN: 978-192-696-5048
Melissa Martin would love to meet Hollywood teen star, Chad Robb, but meeting an adorable guy while he’s in a coma is not the preferred way. Dating a conscious guy with tanned flesh, toned muscle and a heart that races when you kiss is highly preferable. Lissa’s movie idol makes this a memorable summer when a boat hits him and his spirit exits his body to find her a boyfriend and a life.

Melissa Martin, president of teen idol Chad Robb’s online fan club, doesn’t take time for “real boys” until the movie star’s boating accident leaves him in a coma and he exits his body to help her get a boyfriend and a life.

Chad and his manager are vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Melissa’s hometown, and she and her friend, Amanda, are taking pictures of him diving off a sailboat when a speedboat crosses her lens, and Chad’s hurt.

After slipping into a coma, he experiences snatches of memory and remembers his agent saying she’s responsible for him getting the coveted role in a new movie, and he owes her. When the star discovers his spirit can travel, he surprises Melissa by showing up in her room. It’s like a shrine to him and in order to save her from herself, Chad tries to ‘fix her up’ with a busboy named Jeremy who’s nearer her age.

HOW NOT TO DATE is a “coming of age” story and a lighthearted mystery and romance.

No Rain, No Rainbows ~ YA anthology
Laugh, love, and cry with these girls in their teens. Slip into their lives and experience the ups and downs. If the sun smiles upon a rain shower, a rainbow appears. Without challenges, there would be no triumphs. Without rain, there would be no rainbows. These girls meet challenges with determination and triumph.
An anthology of short stories: Laugh, love, and cry with eight girls in their teens. Slip into their lives and experience the ups and downs. What would you do if you were the one meeting these real life challenges? Your beloved grandmother forgets more than she remembers. A guy you meet on the internet begs to meet you in person. An emergency arises while you're babysitting. Your parents decide they're no longer compatible. The secret to popularity eludes you. Your best friend starts shoplifting. You need to prove every girl has a perfect love match. An anonymous guy keeps sending you romantic poems and gifts. These girls meet challenges with determination and triumph.

If the sun smiles upon a rain shower, a rainbow appears.
Without challenges, there would be no triumphs.
Without rain, there would be no rainbows.

These books are available at so many places…Here are URL’s for No Rain, No Rainbows.

By the way, I have continued to teach online courses for Writers Digest University. Most recently, I’ve been teaching How to Write a Young Adult Novel classes and doing what are called Second Draft Critiques for writers who want their work professionally critiqued.

I still feel a little lost coming up to date with all these sites. I feel like I’m all over the net. My Space, Facebook, ad infinitum.

Do you have a young person in your family? These are easy-to-order gifts.

Merry Christmas to all of you and Happy New Year. If you have any questions, you may email be at! Thanks for reading!

Betty Jo Schuler
Mystic Mansion ~ YA
How Not to Date a Hollywood Star ~YA
No Rain, No Rainbows ~ YA story collection

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