Tuesday, July 26, 2011

OKLAHOMA - New Favorite Blog

Just got word this week that Land Run is now featured here.  It is a very good site to discover the writing scene in that region of the country.  Please come by and check it out.

Also, be looking for this site to publish a review of Land Run very soon!

Click Link Below:


Saturday, July 23, 2011


Want everyone to know they can see these new updates by clicking here on AUTHORSDEN.

- Addition to the Short Story
- Two news items (Author Interview video and Book Trailer)
- Addition of Author biography

On another note ;-)

I was struck this week by how much nature can inform our lives.  For me this isn't very often.  I tend towards ideas, people, and buildings (their art and history).  But once in awhile I take notice (I have to think that some force outside of me makes this happen - because I am pretty obstinate.) 

Anyhow, we were given a very sickly little Marigold plant last year.  We planted it but there was just no hope for it.  It was free so not too great a loss.  But apparently this spring a seed remained.  It grew into what you see below.  This incredible bush like I have never seen before - not for this kind of little plant.  So I asked my daughter to sit beside it to give the size some perspective.  After I took the photo - I looked at the camera display...I saw my daughter sitting next to this incredible plant.

Now we fought for 3.5 years to get her free from a Ukrainian orphanage two years ago.  12 years of institutional living there has presented some challenges - and coming to a new and different language, culture, and into a family.  But like this plant...she is who you see here.  Beautiful, growing and blossoming in so many amazing ways.  There they were...two of a kind.

Good soil, water, and sun help any plant.  But for these results, defying explanation, coming from such a difficult beginning - there has to have been extra care coming from somewhere, you know.  Just saying. :-)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

KINDLE Options

Hey folks!  I just got word from the publisher that they are working out some problems with Amazon in getting the Kindle uploaded.  But it should not take much longer.


Please check out this location - the eBook is available here!  And compatible with the KINDLE and anything else.  If you have a NOOK - that is always available at -

Click here for NOOK:

Barnes and Noble

click here for KINDLE:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

MORE Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Me

Hey Land Run readers!  I want to update you about a new site that features my novel and recent short story.  I plan to add (much revised) excerpts from my new novel project as well.

It really is a great site!

Also, in other news, Land Run will soon be available in the Oklahoma Metropolitan Library System.  Tulsa is reviewing the novel as well - I am hoping for a positive result there as well.  Choctaw Library is considering the novel for a special feature.

Check this out:


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rock Star!

I had a great time doing book-signings this past week.  I was at the Via Cappaccino in Rocky Mount, NC.  I am soon closing in on middle-age and had a college student ask me to sign her arm.  That might be, no - that will be, as close to a 'Rock Star' experience I will ever see. ;-)   After which, of course, I had to leave my make-shift bookstand to keep my two-year old from throwing puzzle pieces at their customers.

Will have another book-signing in Raleigh in August - if in the area please come on out. 


Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Via Cappuccino - and Elves....

...Here I come!  Man, isn't that just a cool name for a place?  I could say it 3 times like the guy in the Elf movie did with Mississippi. :-)

Just a reminder of the book signing tomorrow at the Via Cappuccino in Rocky Mount, NC.  Very nice coffee house and local arts community hang-out.  Come by and check them out.

July 14 – Thursday

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Via Cappuccino
3002 Sunset Avenue
Rocky Mount, NC 27804-3647
(252) 937-0004

Monday, July 11, 2011

VERY COOL Updates (KINDLE) and a Free Gift

It has been a busy week for Land Run.  I had a really fun interview on TV Friday.  Go ahead and click the link below - no worries, it's short ;-)


The book-signing after was cool as well.  The book seems to have run out of stock temporarily at many online bookstores - but always available via the publisher at http://markgraham.tateauthor.com/ until supply is filled.

Land Run soon (very soon) to be available on KINDLE.

BOOK-SIGNING this week:

July 14 – Thursday
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Via Cappuccino
3002 Sunset Avenue
Rocky Mount, NC 27804-3647
(252) 937-0004

Now for your free gift:

Psalm 20

1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
4 May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
9 O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Night Before...

Well, that sounded ominous. ;-)  Just want to put out a quick reminder of the Book-Signing tomorrow.

July 8 – Friday

6:00-800 p.m.
Storytellers Bookstore
100 E. Roosevelt Ave
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 554-9146

Also, for you newshounds, I will be interviewed for the novel the same day at 12:30 on WRAL in Raleigh.  Right now I am pretending that will be fun...rather than scary. ;-)

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Hi!  Just a reminder - if you happen to be in North Carolina this week.  Every so often I will post some Book-Signing events as they come close to the time.  This is one of those times. :-) Please stop by Storytellers Books in Wake Forest, NC if you have time.  There will be music provided and also a local festival going on.  Lots of fun.  (and if you have never been to Storytellers - it is a great hangout with a mess of books!)

Also - the same day WRAL news will possibly interview me for the mid-day newscast.  So - please say a prayer for me as I never know what I might say ;-)

July 8 – Friday

6:00-800 p.m.

Storytellers Bookstore

100 E. Roosevelt Ave

Wake Forest, NC 27587

(919) 554-9146