Friday, February 26, 2016


Five years ago I began to post  blogs as a fellow author of Five Star's Expressions Line. The Expressions line was eventually dropped along with the Westerns. Since Five Star became an imprint  with Cengage, the "times they are "a-changin" once more. I believe I'm correct that, now,  Mysteries are out and Westerns are back in. I'm hoping  those who write in those genres will correct me if I'm wrong.

 Having noted these changes, I too will be  moving on - literally.
.Tom and I will move from the southwest coast to the southeast coast of Florida, in April.  A big leap for us across the state, but a necessary one.  I'm sad to leave friends, organizations, church ministries,  and our lovely place here on the Gulf of Mexico, but I look forward to a new life beside the Atlantic ocean.

As you can imagine, I will be very busy in the coming days, consequently, this will be my last post on Author Expressions. I will be taking a writing break after six novels, four of them with Five Star.
Many thanks to fellow authors for, interviews, reviews, support and thoughtful emails over the years.

I f you haven't read some of the following books look for them on Amazon, B& N and /or Smashwords and Create Space. Four Summers Waiting was my first novel with Five Star and was given a second edition in LP by Thorndike Press. When rights reverted to me,I placed it on several sites as an Ebook.

Safe Harbor was my last novel, a spin-off of The Maine Shore Chronicles. 
Safe Harbor is available as an Ebook and a Trade Paperback book, on Amazon and Create Space.

 The Boxed set Trilogy,  Maine Shore Chronicles, editions for each of the three books is now available as  Ebooks, as are the individual  books, Finding Fiona, Moonglade and Promise Keeper. All three books were  given second editions in Large Print by Thorndike Press before rights reverted to me.

I have removed The Red Cockade from publication for a re-write and edit by local Middle School students. It has been a rewarding experience for them and for me.  They are presently  writing reviews of this Middle grade/YA  novella. I hope to publish some of the reviews on my Facebook blog page "Mary F. Schoenecker Writes" and on my Amazon Author's Page   Check it out before February ends and hopefully, I can get it all together.


Jacqueline Seewald said...


All I can say is that your articles will be greatly missed on this blog site. But I suppose change is inevitable.

As you've observe, Five Star has now officially dropped its mystery line. The Western line was never dropped but it has changed to include Western mystery and romance along with traditional Westerns. At this time, there are three Westerns published a month. The mystery line ends as of March 2017.

Originally, Five Star had published women's fiction, science fiction, fantasy and even some horror. That all ended several years ago. The economy has much to do with this decline. Five Star, mainly a hardcover publisher of library books, has less orders and reviews. Libraries order fewer hardcover books as their book budgets decline.

This is somewhat of an oversimplification, of course. But the publishing industry is also changing--and not always for the better.

Bonnie Tharp said...

Good luck in your new adventure. You will be missed. There is one thing in life that is constant and that is "change." Take care, dear writer.

Susan Oleksiw said...

I'm sorry to see you go, Mary, but perhaps the move to the other coast of Florida will inspire more stories and you'll find your new location a congenial place for writing.

I too am facing the end of my Five Star career, with my last Anita Ray mystery coming out in August 2016. The editors and designers have been wonderful to work with, and I shall miss the camaraderie of this blog and the editors. But change is inevitable.

A colleague once said, Change is the constant. Attitude is the variable.

Good luck with your move and your new endeavors.

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

I will miss your thoughtful and informative comments and email, Jacqueline. Sincere thanks for being my colleague and friend.

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

Thank you Susan for your good wishes and for your help & advice over the years. I've been posting on this site since 2011 and the years have flown by. Good luck with your mystery line.

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

Thank you for responding with good wishes. I will miss everyone, but I might just tune in with a comment during the near future.
Best of luck with your writing.

Bonnie Tharp said...

The only constant in life is "change" and the publishing industry suffers as we all do by the changes. Sometimes it is hard to keep up.