May’s been busy!


In Kala’s Hands is available in twelve Clark County Libraries, and I’m happy to say Henderson added it to their system as well.
I’m working with Spanish Springs Library, in Sparks, Nevada. My grandson lives in Sparks and I’d like it to be on the shelves in his hometown library. This is not an easy feat . . . I’m still working on it.

My mother’s library located on Long Island, New York, accepted my donated book. Not only is it sitting on their shelf for patrons, but the Director, Nan Peel, included a bookplate inside the cover showing a dedication to my mom. She will include her gesture in the Center Moriches Library fall newsletter. This was lovely, and I’m thankful to the library’s director.

I took advantage of Kindle Publishing Select and gave away free copies of my novel. I’m happy with the results, as I’ve gained new readers for Kala. More freebie days along with Countdown deals in the future.

As always, thank you for reading my blog!

Mary 🙂


The Power of a Tweet


On January 14, 2014, I wrote a post on my ‘Consider’ blog and titled it, The Power of a Tweet. ( Today I’m recycling the title. Why, you ask? Let me tell you a cool story.

As you know, I’m working on promoting my novel, In Kala’s Hands: A Lakota Sioux Proclamation. As most authors, Twitter is included as a means to advertise. Earlier this month, I received a tweet asking if I was Sioux. I replied no, asking if she had read my book. I mentioned my visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation for research. She tweeted she had not yet read it because her library was trying to get it. I asked where and the name of the library. She replied, Lyons Public Library in Lyons, Kansas.

I was elated. Someone requested my book in Kansas! How cool is that? I tweeted to let me know if I could be of assistance in case she encountered a problem.

A week passed by without hearing from Kala’s potential reader. I couldn’t stand not knowing if Lyons library would obtain my book for her, so I called. The librarian said she couldn’t order the book without the patron’s full name. Luckily, this person uses her first and last name as her Twitter username. Once the library verified the patron, Kala traveled to Lyons, Kansas. I hope to hear from LeAnne when she holds the book in her hands. Success and the power of a tweet! How cool is that?


Kala’s traveling!


My objective always – to provide In Kala’s Hands: A Lakota Sioux Proclamation to reach a mass audience near and far. Applying for local library acceptance is a start to reach my goal. I received this letter on January 14, 2015:

Hi Mary,
I wanted to let you know that I am going to buy 6 copies of your book, In Kala’s Hands, for the print collection of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. I’m going to get them from Amazon and we will catalog and process them in-house; they will be available for checkout to the public within the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience during our evaluation process, I appreciate it!
Best wishes,


1 copy ordered for Clark County Library on 04-06-2015.
1 copy ordered for Sahara West Library on 04-06-2015.
1 copy ordered for Summerlin Library on 04-06-2015.
1 copy ordered for Laughlin Library on 04-06-2015.
1 copy ordered for Mesquite Library on 04-06-2015.
1 copy ordered for Moapa Valley Library on 04-06-2015.

Once my book is on library shelves, I plan to expand my request to additional libraries everywhere, one at a time.

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Mary 🙂


Lifelong Learner of Lakota Sioux

Researching my first novel ‘In Kala’s Hands: A Lakota Sioux Proclamation’, studying the Lakota Sioux Nation, I experienced The Pine Ridge Reservation with Vernell White Thunder,, drove through The Badlands of South Dakota, and lodged in Rapid City:

My plan is to continue as a lifelong learner of the Lakota culture and share topics of interest with my readers. I hope you enjoy my first post:

“We need to work on coming back to reality, which is a natural way of life.”
Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand

A short video of a Lakota Medicine Man as he communicates his beliefs:

Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand speaks about 7 Laws of Universe, Matriarchal Society, Star People, Red cloud, Sioux, Oglala, Lakota, Treaties, summer retreats, getting back to nature, destruction of technology, medicine people, hole in back of head, medicine of vision quest, speaking spirit language, heart spirit, oral language, AIM, sweat lodge, sun dance, and Chief Red Cloud.
Category Nonprofits & Activism Published on Mar 19, 2012

My purpose is to discover something new about the indigenous people of the Great Plains along with my readers. Feel free to contribute your knowledge and/or comments.

Thank you

Link to my book:

I’ll be selling/signing copies of In Kala’s Hands at the Clark County Spring Fling Book Fair from 12:30 – 2:30. Information follows:



My second book signing is coming up!



I’m looking forward to another great experience on Saturday, February 7th. Meeting new people and sharing my novel, In Kala’s Hands: A Lakota Sioux Proclamation provides an amazing way to spend a couple of hours at the extraordinary Books or Books bookstore in Henderson, NV.

Kim Henry displayed my book’s poster in her storefront window for weeks in anticipation of my event. I appreciate her supporting me as a new author.

If you couldn’t make my previous event, please stop by this coming Saturday. I’d love to meet readers in such an ideal setting as Books or Books.

The event is from 12:00-2:00 pm

The book store’s location:
3460 Sunset Rd. Suite R
Henderson, NV
Twitter: @booksorbooks
BooksOrBooks Facebook

See you Saturday afternoon!

As always, thank you for reading my blog.

Mary 🙂


Kala in 3D . . . Five days before going live!

Blank bookcover with clipping path

November 24, 2014

Here’s the link to preorder the paperback or Kindle version:

The anticipation is thrilling! On November 29th, my first novel will be live to the world. I can’t express the feeling of a person choosing my book from millions of others to read.
There will be family, friends, and strangers getting to know the artist, Kala, and her hot boyfriend, Todd. Readers will have the pleasure of meeting Kala’s big brother Charlie, and his partner, Bret. Experiencing true friendship among Kala, Mo and Berny is amazing.
What would a story be without a complicated character? Meet Berny’s boyfriend, Kevin, enough said!
The head of the family unit is Arthur and Rose, every child’s dream parents.

Scroll down my blog for videos to visit the setting of ‘In Kala’s Hands: A Lakota Sioux Proclamation’. Enjoy visuals of Rapid City, South Dakota, and The Pine Ridge Reservation before starting the novel.

Thanks to Derek Haines for Kala in 3D. 🙂
Visit Derek’s blog:

Thank you for taking the time to read my updated post.
Drop me a line anytime; I’d love to hear from you. 🙂