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If the wind could speak, would you understand?


Fantasy author E.D. Tice recently released his debut novel, Whisper, the first in a series aimed towards middle-school and young adult readers.

Whisper is the story of Whitney Roseman and her adventures in the northern wilds. Central to the story is her ability to talk to the wind, and the life-changing things she learns from those conversations. Readers young and old alike will enjoy Whitney’s pluck and verve.

The novel consists of a series of four short stories and novellas, each focusing on a different age in Whitney’s life. While beginning with stories of Whitney when she is 11, the second half of the book jumps ahead several years to when she is in high school. Readers will find that, though the story begins relatively quiet and peaceful (if you call an attacking coyote, a charging moose, and a fistfight with a local boy “peaceful”), the story really gains in volume during the second half with the introduction of a shadowy, supernatural villain, hell-bent on Whitney’s destruction.

An ambitious project, Whisper not only bridges different ages in Whitney’s life, but different genres of literature. Starting out as a magical realism story in the vein of Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist, the story weaves together elements of fantasy, supernatural, and psychological thrillers.

A graduate of Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Tice says he first began work on the story as a character-development exercise, and as a test of his own abilities. “I’d once heard said that men can’t write from a woman’s perspective, and I wanted to challenge that notion,” Tice says. “Originally, my main story centered around a different character, a boy. The current protagonist, Whitney, was in a supporting role.”

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E.D. Tice’s debut novel sat dormant for many years until he shared it with his wife Amanda, who pushed him to finish the work. (pic: author with wife Amanda and their son Judah.)

Tice says that, as he began writing more stories about Whitney, he found that he liked seeing the story through her eyes. “There was a freshness to writing from Whitney’s point of view—the story had grown almost stagnant in my mind and switching to her perspective really opened up a lot of creative possibilities. Plus, I relished the challenge of writing from the perspective of a young girl, and watching her grow and develop as a character. From there, I chose a short-story/novella approach—as well as going cross-genre—because I wanted to experiment with the structure of novel-writing, and even the concept of ‘genre’ to see what ways altering those conventions can bring out new methods of story-telling.”

Since graduating from Shepherd in 2009, E.D. Tice says that the story has sat dormant on his computer and in his mind, occasionally dusted off as he’s thought about trying to finish it, only to push it back and focus on other priorities.

It wasn’t until E.D. Tice shared his stories with his wife, Amanda, that he again felt a strong urge to finish. “She really encouraged me to get this first book written,” Tice says of his wife. “She keeps telling me I have to finish the whole story because she needs to know how it all ends.”

E.D. Tice aims to have the second book in the series available for purchase by late June 2016.

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New Conference: From Writers to Published Authors

If you’re a writer and you live in the Harpers Ferry, West Virginia/Hagerstown, Maryland area, then do read this.

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Click on Logo to learn more about the From Writers to Published Authors Conference at Acorn Book Services website. Space is limited, so sign up today!

The first annual From Writers to Published Authors Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm. This writers conference will be held at Oakland Church, located on 70 Oakland Terrace in Charles Town, WV.

The From Writers to Published Authors Conference offers writers the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of writing and publishing directly from those who have gone before them. At this first annual event, authors and publishers will gather together to spend the day helping new writers to reach their goal of not only publishing their books, but doing it right.

Attendees have a choice of panel discussions to attend based on where they are in their journey toward authorship. The forty-five minute panel discussions cover a wide range of topics, including finishing your book, researching, age-appropriate writing for children, working with an illustrator, marketing with social media, designing your cover and more.

Currently Scheduled to Appear:
Lauren Carr (publisher and mystery author)

Austin Camancho (publisher and mystery/thriller author)
Beth Rowland (publisher)
Tim Rowland (columnist/author)
Cindy McDonald (author)
Ed Steers (historian and author)
Thomas L. Trumble (author/playwright)
Michael T. (children’s author)
Joe Santoro (illustrator)
Malcolm Ater (young adult/middle school author)
Penny Clover Petersen (author of children’s and adult books)
H.L. Grandin (author)
Mary-Ellen Low (author)
Victor Nieves (author)
Fay Moore (author)
Daniel Claggett (illustrator)
Debbie Brenneman (author)
George Johnson (author)
S.J. Brown (author/photographer)
Todd Aune (cover designer)
D.B. Corey (author)

This conference also includes two Super Panel discussions which are foremost on most writers and published authors’ minds: The Future of Books and Using Social Media for Book Promotion.

Three publishers are schedule to appear: Lauren Carr of Acorn Book Services, Austin Camacho of Intrigue Publishing, and Beth Rowland of Black Walnut Corner Book Production.

Intrigue Publishing will have a special presentation during lunch entitled Working With A Small Press—A Reality Check. This interactive presentation will answer many questions about the differences between a big press and small press, and how they differ from self-publishing.

The fee for attendees is $60. Lunch is included. Space is limited. Therefore, anyone wishing to attend the From Writers to Published Authors Conference is encouraged to register early either online and pay via PayPal through the Acorn Book Services website ( or to download a registration form from the website and mail it in with a check. Brochures and registration forms will also be available at various libraries in the area.


Click here to register for the From Writers to Published Authors Conference today!

The From Writers to Published Authors Conference is being sponsored by Acorn Book Services, owned by Lauren Carr, best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which take place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. She is also the author of the Lovers in Crimes Mysteries, which is set in the Ohio Valley.


In her book, Authors in Bathrobes, best selling mystery author Lauren Carr tells how writers can successfully write and publish using today’s technology without leaving their home … even when sick in bed with a cold. Print version will be available later this year. Click on Book Cover to download from Amazon today.

A popular speaker, Lauren Carr is frequently asked for advice about how to succeed as an author while running a business, cooking dinner, feeding dogs, and doing laundry. “Ten years ago, it wouldn’t have been possible,” Lauren says. “Nowadays, with a good wi-fi connection, an author can reach readers on the other side of the world while sending their child off to school and having a bad hair day.” Lauren’s latest book, Authors in Bathrobes is a compilation of what she has written that answer that very question.  Authors in Bathrobes in available in ebook on Amazon for $2.99.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren Carr is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Last year, six books written by independent authors were released through the management of Acorn Book Services. Lauren is scheduling for twelve books to be released through Acorn Book Services this year. Currently, they are open for submissions for publication.

Contact Lauren Carr at for more information about submissions to Acorn Book Services or about attending the From Writers to Published Authors Conference.

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