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Congratulations Claretta McDaniel

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Claretta McDaniel is the lucky winner of a Fire Kindle HD 6.

The winner is a fan of the “Jackie Trumpleton novels.”

Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper is the sequel to Author Gwen Pegram’s debut novel, The Missing Five. Both novels can be purchased at Amazon.com.

Thanks to all my fans who asked for a sequel to my debut novel.

 

 

 

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in Books

 

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IT’S HERE: “Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper” is available on Amazon

KindleDubbed The Masked Kidnapper, a mystery novel and sequel to The Missing Five, is available online at Amazon.com.

Fans, Family, and Friends,

The author’s goal is to sell as many books as possible on release day, Friday, December 5.

In order to reach that goal, every purchaser’s name will be entered in a contest to win a Kindle 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB.

Contest Rules

  • Contestants MUST purchase paperback version of Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper, “online” on the day of release (Friday, December 5, 2014) in order to be entered into the contest.
  • Email online receipt to gwenpegrampublishing@gmail.com. You will receive an email confirmation that receipt was received.
  • Purchaser’s name is entered into the contest for every book purchased. (Example: If you purchase five books on one receipt, your name is entered into the contest five times.)
  • The drawing will take place on December 12, 2014 and the winner will be notified by Noon ET that day.
  • Purchaser agrees in order to qualify to win the Kindle 6 HD, he/she cannot return for refund or exchange the novel for another item.
  • The author, Gwen Pegram, will have the Kindle shipped directly to the winner from Amazon “as a gift,” using standard shipping service (3-5 business days).
  • The winner must provide her/his address once notified she/he is the winner.
  • Your email with receipt is also your acceptance of the rules of the contest.
  • For contest purposes, only the paperback can be purchased. An e-book does not qualify.
  • The novel can be purchased from any reputable online bookstore (examples: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
  • The contest is only for Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper.

The author hopes you help her reach this goal.

Dubbed The Masked Kidnapper will make a great holiday gift and is wonderful for stocking stuffers. Buy one for all your friends, co-workers, and family. (REMEMBER: the more books purchased, the higher your chance is to win a Kindle HD 6).

The winner should receive the Kindle 6 HD the week of December 15, in time for the holidays.

Thank you and good luck to everyone.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Books

 

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Gaithersburg Book Festival, Saturday, May 17th, 10am – 6pm

I invite all book lovers to come out early to the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 17th, 10am–6pm held in Old Towne Gaithersburg at the City Hall Grounds. There’s something for everyone.

The Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets, and songwriters from across the country. And it’s FREE!

Join the camaraderie and be a part of the hottest literary event in the region for a celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence. Please spread the word!

Join Paul Stankus, GBF Committee Member, and poet, short story writer, and author of three books, as he leads off the festival by introducing three local rising stars who are mystery and suspense authors: E.A. Aymar, Steve Piacente, and Gwen Pegram.

Gwen Pegram is a featured author and invites you to a reading of excerpts from her debut novel, The Missing Fiveat the F. Scott Fitzgerald Pavilion at 10:35am and the signing of her book thereafter.

We hope to see you at this wonderful literary event.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival offers free parking and shuttle service.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Books

 

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Gaithersburg Book Festival, Saturday, May 17, 2014

“A celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence”

Come out and meet local Author Gwen Pegram and other authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 17 from 10am – 6pm in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.

Gwen is a Featured Presenter this year. She will read from her debut novel, The Missing Five, an adult mystery fiction set in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The tale chronicles the lives and disappearance of five middle-age, African-American men, and narrates the storytelling episodes of protagonist Jackie Trumpleton and four women she has known for twenty plus years. The women share an unusual relationship. They only interact during annual vacations where they drink champagne nonstop, share secrets, tell soul-wrenching stories, and explore sexual adventures.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is in its fifth year. The festival has established itself as one of the DC metropolitan area’s premier literary events, featuring prominent authors, poets, and songwriters.

The festival is free to attend and offers free parking and shuttle service.

I hope to see you there.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Books

 

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Book Discussion with Page Turners DMV Book Club

Missing Five Book DiscussionPage Turners DMV Book Club member, Laura Farrio, invited local Author Gwen Pegram to discuss her debut novel, The Missing Five. The Book Club met at Bonefish Grill in Woodbridge, VA, on February 22.

Denise opened up the discussion with a statement, followed by a question. “I’m an avid reader and I have never read a book with a plot line like this. How did you come up with the plot?”

Response: “I’m from a small town and when I moved to DC in the 70s, everything was new, different, weird. All my senses were on high alert and I was affected by everything I saw, heard, touched, smelled, and tasted. (Sorry, I won’t provide spoilers). I knew one day I wanted to capture that experience in a fictional tale–an embellished accounting from my point of view.

“Will there be a sequel?” Sylvia asked.

Response: “Yes. I am writing the sequel as we speak with a publication date of October 2014. Also, I’ve decided to present a third book of the ‘Jackie Trumpleton Novel’ completing the trilogy by mid-to-late 2015.”

“I love the cover,” Dawn said.

Response: “Thank you. I created the cover myself. Years ago while visiting New Orleans, I purchased a beautiful mask by Tom Finn, which I wanted to use on the cover. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the artist to acquire permission. Then, I met with a photographer, showed her the mask, and described what I wanted but she could not capture the essence of what I was looking for. So, I searched istockphoto.com and found the photo that I felt captured the soul of the book. I taught myself the software in order to create the cover. 

“How did you come up with the title, The Missing Five?

Response: It wasn’t easy. At first, I was going to name the novel, Jacqueline Ophelia Antoinette Trumpleton, the protagonist’s name. After creating the cover, and seeing the title on the spine, I thought, no one’s going to buy my book. It doesn’t give an inkling of what the book is about. I played with several names and out of nowhere, The Jackson Five popped into my head. That’s how The Missing Five was born.

Question to club members from Author: “Did you think there was too much sex?”

“No,” Denise exclaimed. The members agreed the sex scenes were tastefully done.

This was the author’s first book discussion. “It was wonderful getting together with a group of women on a Saturday afternoon to discuss my book. I enjoyed the camaraderie and look forward to doing it again.”

Participants who joined the book discussion (from left to right: Dawn, Sylvia, Pearl, Olivia, Laura, Gwen, Miriam, and Denise).

If you are interested in having Author Gwen Pegram do a book reading, book signing, or book discussion, please send an email to gwenpegrampublishing@gmail.com.

The next Book Reading is at Serengeti Gallery and Cultural Institute, 7919 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD, on Saturday, March 22, from 2:30pm – 4:00pm (adults only). Hope to see you there.

The Missing Five is available in paperback at Amazon.com and can be downloaded to any eReader at Smashwords.com.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Books

 

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The Arlington PD (Episode 6 Teaser)

Gwen3The Author Reads an Excerpt from The Missing Five

You could hear the thunderous male guffaw before the elevator doors fully opened on the sixth floor of the Arlington police department. It was as if Lieutenant Neathers and Sergeant Gable were entering the final inning of a baseball game that had exceeded three extra innings. The closer the men got to their cubicles, the louder the sound escalated.

The station was no different from any other police station throughout the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) metropolitan area. Cheap desk, cheap chairs, cheap carpet, and the stench of week-old coffee. The one saving grace in this particular station was the camaraderie amongst the blues. They got along and enjoyed working with one another. A code of ethics wasn’t needed to tell them to watch each other’s back. It was a foregone conclusion that they would, no matter the sacrifice.

The sergeant and lieutenant heard this mirth many times before, but on this occasion it sounded entirely different. Something was happening that was downright hilarious and they wanted to see what the commotion was all about. As they turned the corner, they bumped into a rookie who was doubled over, gasping for air. He tried to say hello but no words came forth.

The lieutenant looked over at the captain and noticed that he had lost composure too. He was chuckling so hard that fluids exited his body. Tears squirted from his eyes, snot ran from his nose, and saliva sprayed from his lips. The captain removed a vile looking handkerchief from his back pocket and dabbed it all over his face.

The only female, Detective Lindon, refused to participate in this belly laughing. She was the most composed and acted the most civil. But, the hilarity of the circumstances had become contagious and she could not escape it. She squirmed out of her chair and walked with her legs tightly crossed to the ladies room, praying she would make it before she peed in her pants.

“What’s so funny?” Neathers asked.

There was so much ruckus that the officers didn’t notice or hear him. It didn’t seem like the cachinnation would ever subside.

“Hey guys,” Neathers repeated louder over the uproar. “What’s so damn funny?”

Everyone looked toward Neathers and Gable. It took a moment before anyone could respond intelligently. “Well, give it up,” he said.

“Okay lieutenant, okay. You’re not going to believe this one,” Officer Cooper said. “We got this call from a Clyde Hariston and his wife claiming that he was abducted two weeks ago, held against his wishes in this mansion, and get this, raped by an unknown assailant.”

Gable eyes opened wide, not comprehending. “He was raped by a man!”

This caused another outburst, but this time at Gable.

“No, no,” Cooper said, shaking his head. “A woman.”

Stay tuned for Episode 7 Teaser. Get immersed in this mystery by purchasing The Missing Five, which is available in paperback via Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, and by download on any eReader via Smashwords.com for only $1.98 until February 5 using coupon code KR76Y.

Please leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble letting Gwen know your feedback on her debut novel. Thank you.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Books

 

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Amazon, You Don’t Know “My” Friends

The GirlsAmazon refuses to post two of my reviews. I think it’s only two; it could be more. My debut novel, The Missing Five, hit the scene November 3, 2013 and is selling through several book retailers, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.

I sent out a mass email informing everyone I know—family, friends, coworkers—of my accomplishment. I am proud of this achievement, publishing my first novel. And, they are proud of me and demonstrate it by purchasing my novel, attending readings and/or signings, and congratulating me verbally. So, imagine my surprise when a friend I talk to about three or four times a year called and said, “Gwen, I bought your book and just finished reading it. This is a winner! I couldn’t put it down. I’m so proud of you.” Her accolades meant the world to me because she is not one to give a compliment haphazardly, and when she does, believe me you, it is one that the receiver deserves. Bottom line—she says what she means and means what she says.

She wrote a review and posted it to Amazon.com. I waited and waited and waited for her review to show up. It would be my first review, and to say I was tickled pink is an understatement. I wasn’t concerned so much with the number of stars she would give the novel, I couldn’t wait to read her words, which were important to me. The review never posted. After a week, I emailed Amazon.com requesting a reason to why the review hadn’t posted and never received a response, although the website states it will respond within 12 hours. I was very disappointed because I expected better customer service from a retailer so large and prominent. I wondered out loud why more retailers couldn’t exhibit the same kind of customer service provided by Nordstrom. This sentiment usually crosses my mind each and every time I encounter unprofessional customer service. Oh well, I dismissed it.

Then, it happened again this month. Another review wasn’t posted. After 48 hours, I sent Amazon.com another email and still I did not receive even the professional courtesy of a response. I did a Google search to see if this was happening to other authors. Well, lo and behold, it was. So, after a lot of researching, I found that Amazon.com stopped posting reviews it perceived were from family and friends. If the reviews were five-stars, they were considered bogus, inflated, or down-right deceitful. Now, I’m really annoyed. Their customer service couldn’t take less than a minute to reply to my email to offer this information, which is probably a form feedback response anyway. Unbelievable!

First, I applaud Amazon.com for removing reviews from its site that do not follow Amazon’s guidelines for posting reviews and Amazon.com validating that this is the case. Second, it’s unfair that Amazon.com polices reviews. Consumers are intelligent and capable of deciphering a genuine review from a pompous, bloated review. Whatever happened to caveat emptor, let the buyer beware?

Amazon.com, you definitely don’t know my friends, family, or coworkers! So, I’ll tell you who they are: they’re mature, intelligent readers and buyers who will only provide honest feedback and critiques of my book no matter what relationship they have with me. And, you don’t know who I am. I would never lower my standards to ask for a favorable review if my book didn’t deserve one. How else would I write a sequel and learn from my mistakes if I were given favorable reviews that were a sham. But, I understand from your viewpoint, this is exactly what some authors are doing. Shame on those authors who stoop so low just to get a favorable review in order to sell their books. Unfortunately, self-published authors have to bear the brunt and suffer the consequences. Wow, I guess a few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch.

Finally, since Amazon.com is policing reviews, and it’s already very difficult for unknown authors like me to get reviews, I ask readers who don’t know me and have reviewed other books on Amazon.com to email me at gwenpegrampublishing@gmail.com to receive a complimentary copy of The Missing Five. All I ask in return is for you to post your honest critique, review, or feedback of my novel on Amazon.com.

Thank you.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Books

 

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