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Madge, who is an accomplished, award-winning visual artist, lives Missouri. She is a Signature Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist. The scope of her artistic talent covers a wide range of media, including acrylic, oil, watercolor, clay and graphic design. Her work is proudly displayed in the collections of numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Great Britain and China. Madge has recently expanded her artistic horizons to include writing. Books one and two of her first novel series, “Inescapable”, a romantic suspense thriller, are available in the Kindle Store and paperback on Amazon. She recently started a new series—‘Sophie Collins Mysteries’. Young Adult books about the adventures of Sophie Collins, a modern-day Nancy Drew. The first edition "The Red Coat" is in the Kindle Store on Amazon. Madge is also the co-owner and graphic designer for Art & Graphic Innovations, LLC, and owner of MEG Originals Fine Art.

Book Signing

Well, my book signing is fast approaching (only nine days away) and I can’t help but worry—will there be a good turnout?  I’ve read that at some book signings only a few people show up and at others no one at all.

It’s more difficult for Indie Authors, especially new ones, to get the publicity that traditionally published authors do. But, I’m plugging away with tweeting, facebooking, tumbluring, Co-Promoting, word of mouthing, just any and all types of publicity I can think of for my book. I’ve heard Rome wasn’t built in a day, my guess it wasn’t built in a month either. That’s why reviews are so important to Indie Authors. It helps build their audience. Also, when you Facebook or tweet about an author, it creates a buzz about them and drives prospective readers to check out the book to see what the buzz is about.

I will be doing a radio interview on KSIS, Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m. along with my editor Mary-Nancy Smith of Eagle Eye Editing, about my books and the book signing. Be sure to tune in and listen.

This morning  I checked in at the Reader’s World’s website, and noticed there are 27 people coming and 12 maybes. That’s great! Just yesterday I had people calling to say they’re sorry they can’t make it, and asked if I would sign a copy and put it back for them to pick up later. Happy to do it!

I am so excited about my books. Not only will INESCAPABLE:The Beginning be there, but book two INESCAPABLE:Remembering will the there, also. I hope to see everyone there on July 19, 5 – 7 p.m. at Reader’s World, in State Fair Shopping Center.



INESCAPABLE:Remembering by Madge H. Gressley

INESCAPABLE:Remembering is now out in paperback and hopefully it will be available at my book signing on July 19. They promised I’d have it by the 16th. We’ll see. (keeping fingers crossed)

For those of you who might not have made it over to Amazon yet to check it out, here is a brief description about the book:

Amnesia, surveillance, high-speed car chases, murder and attempted murder, espionage, and betrayal. Fear, joy, sadness, excitement, intuition, and remembering are all integral parts of the sequel to Inescapable: The Beginning.
Car wrecked, kidnapped, auctioned off, bought, drugged, and transported six miles under the Atlantic Ocean. If that wasn’t enough, add amnesia to the mix, and Darcey Callahan does not know who she is, where she is from or how she wound up in this never-ending nightmare. She does not remember who the man that purchased her is, and, although her mind is frightened and does not trust him, her body betrays her. Is it possible her body remembers what her mind cannot?
Will reacquainting Darcey with her old best friend Marti, help to regain some of her memories? Will it be enough to clear the fog that has settled over her memory? While new threats and opportunities begin to surface, will Darcey and Brad have a chance to make their happily ever after a reality? Or, will they be left adrift in an ocean of lies and deceit?

Drop on by Amazon and pick up your copy available in Kindle or paperback.

I’ve had rave reviews on both books, so I know you won’t be disappointed.


The second book in my Inescapable series is out on Amazon in the Kindle Store. I am so excited! Paperback edition will be out around July 2.

Book 1 — INESCAPABLE:The Beginning is doing well. It is out both in Kindle and paperback. I will have a book signing July 19, 5 – 7 p.m. at Readers World here in Sedalia. There will be refreshments and wine from Wildlife Ridge Winery. (They have delicious wines.)

I’m hoping book 2 will be out in paperback in time to have some for the signing.

Come out and celebrate with me and enjoy a glass of wine.
(Of course, buy a book, too.)

Reviews are coming in

Just wanted to share a few of my reviews for “Inescapable: The Beginning.”

“I read Inescapable and I couldn’t put it down! It was a book that I enjoyed very much. It was a book that held my attention from start to finish.” *****

Loved the plot and character development. The first few pages had my attention and I finished the book quickly. Can’t wait for more!!” *****

“It keeps you wanting to read it more and more. I love books like this. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.” *****

“Ms. Gressley has the ability to get your attention and keep it! Bit too much language for me, but the story is great and you won’t fall asleep.” ****

Thanks to all of you who have bought my book, read it, and have written a review.

If you missed my post about it coming out in paperback … IT’S OUT!

The Red Coat

I have to say I am extremely disappointed in the new site Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great site. Their concept is spot-on—a reader’s paradise. For a monthly membership fee, the reader has unlimited access to hundreds, if not thousands of titles, articles, short stories, poetry, etc., and the authors are paid a royalty based on the number of ‘reads’  their work receives. A percentage of the membership fee goes to the authors, to charity and to the administration of the site. Sounds like a win-win all around, right? It is if you are a reader, but if you are an author, not so much.

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of books, stories, articles, both royalty based and free listed. The problem is there are so many, your work gets buried, and is sometimes hard to find, and so far (to my knowledge) they have not done any promoting of the authors.  I have been a member for over three months and the only promotion for my book ‘The Red Coat’ has been done by me, even though I had been assured that the site would soon be promoting the authors. To date all they have done for me is to retweet my promo tweets.

Does that sound like ‘sour grapes’? Really it’s not, as my feelings have been expressed by other authors in the chat rooms. There used to be lots of conversations going, but now….silence. I have been to the site at different times during the day and there is nothing going on—no authors or readers online. Even the InkBok Team, which was online practically 24-7, is now missing. I think the last post date I read was May 12. Most of the comments I’ve read have been observations on the lack of traffic and promotion.

I am going to give it one more month and then I will remove my book from the site. In the meantime, I have listed it on, so, please go check it out. Introductory price is 0.99¢.

Thank You!

I want to say a big “Thank You” to all of you who downloaded “Inescapable.” My promo was a super success….now…if you would tell all of your friends and family and anyone else you might happen to run into, how much you enjoyed it, then, gently—no strongly—suggest they go and get my book. It’s a great read at a fantastic price of only $1.99! I would appreciate it so much.