holidays writing

Argh! Christmas is upon us!

Yes, the Christmas season is upon us, and with it the mad frenzy to get everything done, shopping included.
I’ve been working almost every day at the little business where I do gift wrapping so I haven’t been blogging, as you can tell.
But I did want to tell you about a couple of gift ideas for the readers in your life.
These two books make excellent gifts and even better stocking stuffers.
Our display at the gift wrapping shop.
What’s so great about them, you ask?
Did you catch the author’s name on the covers?
They were written by me!
Night Keeper is a romantic suspense novel about a group of zookeepers who work at night and deal with strange happenings at the zoo, including murder!
I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas:
A Holiday Survival Guide was written after one particularly harried holiday season, and is a humorous take on saving money and one’s sanity during the holidays.  It’s a short read and includes cartoon illustrations by yours truly.
You can order signed copies directly from me for $20 (Night Keeper) and $15 (Black Christmas) with free shipping, or you can find them here on
They are also available in E-book format on Amazon.
Great gifts, great reads!  Let me know how you like them at my author website:
Happy holidays!
Merry Christmas!

A Gathering of Writers

Last weekend we met at a local hotel, about fifteen writers:  novelists, technical writers, poets, songwriters, magazine writers, and newspaper columnists.  It was a motley crew of people from various backgrounds, short, tall, young, younger, African-American, Latino, skinny, not-so-skinny, hairy, and not-so-hairy!
We brought our books to peddle and our experience to share.  We sold a few books–attendance was lower than expected or hoped–but we brought a wealth of knowledge and information to each other.
Since there were few people milling around visiting our author tables, we had the opportunity to hear each other give presentations for two straight days.
There were lectures and question/answer sessions on everything from the paranormal to getting into the freelance market to protecting your work to writing a song.
I brought a session on using proper grammar and spelling in your writing.  Although sessions were populated with five to twenty listeners at a time, they were interactive, enabling us to glean information to help us in our own writing endeavors.
I’m glad I was invited.
It was a marvelous time to connect with other writers, and it rekindled my spark to get busy on some writing projects.
Night Keeper the Sequel, here we go!
I must not neglect to thank George Jones for hosting the conference, and my pal Rusty Mitchum for referring me, lending his support, and entertaining us all. 

AT HOME MONDAY: Book Fest Report

I had great fun on Saturday sitting at a table piled with my books and talking with other authors.  I felt like a REAL writer! And the East Texas Book Fest organizers treated us all like kings and queens, treating us to a tasty continental breakfast with coffee, complimentary bottles of water, box lunches, and complimentary cookies.  

About 40 book authors hosted tables with their books for sale, and there were about ten authors speaking in breakout sessions.  I don’t believe the turnout was as high as expected, but people did come out to hear the speakers and look at the books.

My sales were less than last year, and I thought last year was not as good as it should have been!  But times are hard these days and folks just aren’t as eager to turn loose of their money.  I am NOT an aggressive salesperson, either, nor do I intend to become one just to sell books.  The greatest reward for me has been actually having my work in print and getting to show it off with other authors.  Not that I wouldn’t LOVE for a Hollywood movie studio to pick it up and write a screenplay.  “Night Keeper:  Based on the novel by April Nunn Coker.”  Wow.  Cool beans.

That fedora gives me that author air, don’tcha think?

By the way, if you’re interested in reading these great undiscovered books, you can order them through Publish America,

Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.  They are also in ebook form.  Or you can go to my website and order discounted autographed copies directly from me.  I gotta get off here now.  The orders are starting to pour in. . .



Tomorrow I get to do something I have dreamed of since I was a little girl.  I get to be a real author signing and selling my own books!  Well, hopefully selling. . .

Tomorrow is Saturday, September 8, the day for the fourth annual East Texas Book Fest.  As a local author, I have been invited for the second year in a row to host a table.  This is quite an honor for me because it validates me as a real writer and offers an opportunity to meet and visit with other local authors.  My only regret is that I won’t be able to attend some of the sessions about publishing since I will be manning a table.

I hope to make new friends, do some networking, see some people I already know, and maybe get some fresh ideas for promoting and marketing my books.

Me at last year’s event

I hope to see you there!  Bring your friends (and your checkbook)!