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"How to Create Characters So Real You’ll Be Tempted to Add Them to Your Christmas List " was our Tuesday topic, with guest, Abingdon Press author, Lisa Carter. Lisa is generously giving us a triple giveaway that includes Carolina Reckoning, or Aloha Rose, or Beneath a Navajo Moon. Three winners.The winners are Walt Mussell, DebH and Sally Bradley.
Wednesday, Heartsong Presents author Helen Gray was our guest with her post, "Writing Your Book: Setting Your Tempo to the End." Winner of Helen's debut release, Ozark Sweetheart is Pat Westmoreland.
On Thursday, Zondervan author Melanie Dickerson was our guest blogger with her post, "Theme: How can I use it for a more powerful reading experience?" Winner of her latest release, The Captive Maiden is Dianna Shuford.
"Beating Repetition out of Dialogue Tags" was our Friday post, with Christina Rich. Winner of her debut release from Love Inspired Historical, The Guardian's Promise is Natalie Monk.
Next Week in Speedbo-ville
Monday:Join Love Inspired author Missy Tippens as she brings "Episodic Writing Revisited." How are your scenes coming during Speedbo? Are you feeling lost about what to write next? Stop by for tips to help!
Tuesday: Confirmed seat-of-the-pants author Myra Johnson shares some tips for "When a Pantser Has to Plot." Wherever you are on your Speedbo quest, Myra's list of 12 questions to ponder as you write will help your story stay on track. Join the conversation for a chance to win a $10 Panera Bread or Starbucks eGift card (winner's choice).
Wednesday: How can one enhance the depth of a novel? Why, with a little bit of help from one's friends, of course! Join Julie Lessman for "BFF: BEST FRIENDS IN FICTION ... or Enriching Your Story with Friendship," which will include a giveaway of winner’s choice of Julie's books including Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets or Julie’s latest release, Dare to Love Again.
Thursday: Today, Ruth Logan Herne rides herd in her typical sweet style with a post that mocks, encourages, berates and entertains, all while serving up delicious repast of virtual delicious food that none of you can touch because it's Lent and you gave it up! And while she's upbraiding and consoling you, she's going to offer up five copies of her newest Love Inspired release Loving the Lawman, an amazingly poignant tale of second chances, a mother's love and God's perfect timing!
Friday: Fourteen days into Speedbo! Today White Rose Publishing author, Terri Weldon will talk about "Where Do Story Ideas Come From?" Stop by to chat and for an opportunity to win a Starbucks gift card.
Please do share your sightings and news in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Today (Saturday, 3/8/14) only!!! Myra Johnson's ebook Pearl of Great Price is available free for Kindle! Download your copy here!
About the book:
Raised by her grandfather after her mother died, flea market manager Julie Pearl Stiles promised herself she’d postpone the search for her absentee father until the truth could no longer hurt Grandpa. Then one crazy June day ushers in a series of discoveries that threaten to turn Julie’s peaceful, small-town life upside down. As Julie is drawn deeper into the secrets of the past, she finds herself questioning everything she’s ever believed about herself, her family, and her future.
A few seats are still available for Publishers Weekly Contributing Editor Barbara Vey’s READER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON, to be held on April 26, in Milwaukee, WI. Each year the luncheon gets bigger and better, and this year promises to be amazing with Keynote Speak Debbie Macomber, swag bags overflowing with books, lots of mix and mingle time with favorite authors, author basket giveaways and more. Check it out at http://www.BarbaraVeyReaders.com. Reservations close at the end of March so get your tickets now.
Friday, March 14th Tina Radcliffe is bringing something Irish (possibly..Italian disguised as Irish) to the Yankee-Belle Cafe.
And here's a heads up! If you live in Arizona, consider joining or visiting the Christian Writers of the West. Mark your calendar and line up a babysitter as Tina will be their guest on Saturday, March 29th talking about Emotions. Details here.
For those of you in the Tucson area, Sandra Leesmith will be signing books at the Tucson Festival of Books (http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org) next weekend.
On Saturday, March 16 she will be signing at the Arizona Dreaming Booth from 9:00-5:00. On Sunday, March 16 she will be signing at the Society of Southwestern Authors Booth from 11:00-1:00. Please stop by and say hi!
Debby Giusti announces the March release of her latest Love Inspired Suspense -- The Agent's Secret Past – available at your favorite book stores and online at Amazon.
And...members of the Love Inspired Suspense book club will be able to get Debby’s award-winning Countdown to Dead as an April reissue from Love Inspired Books
Random News & Information
Once again, thank you to everyone who sent links!
This just came up, so will share the info. Apple iTunes, Harlequin Meet the Editors podcasts. Free.
Love Inspired Editor Emily Rodmell will guest blog on Seekerville in May to celebrate the expansion of the Love Inspired Suspense line from four to SIX books each month. Emily will talk about the expansion, but she’ll also answer questions you might have about Love Inspired Books, the three LI imprints: Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical, the submission process, what she’s looking for in a submission, how to WOW! an editor and more. Send the questions you’ve always wanted to ask an editor to email@example.com between now and March 24. Questions will compiled and sent to Emily who will respond on May 21 in her Seekerville guest blog.
This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes (Elite Daily)
The Strongest Brand in Publishing is... (Forbes)
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Grand Central Publishing announced a number of recent promotions. In editorial, Emily Griffin, Michele Bidelspach, and Alex Logan have been promoted to senior editor. Megha Parekh has been promoted to associate editor, while Libby Burton and Lindsey Rose move up to assistant editor.(Publishers Lunch)
Harlequin CEO Craig Swinwood on Harlequin Results, Book Pricing and Self-Publishing (DBW)
The Most Popular Books in Each of the 50 States (Parade)
How to write a great author bio that will connect with readers (The BookBaby Blog)
Paying to get on the New York Times Best Seller List (The Passive Voice)
5 Keep-It-Simple Marketing Tips For Indie Authors (Marketing Tips for Authors)
Author Entrepreneur: Eight Essentials to Make Writing Pay the Bills (The Creative Penn)
THAT'S IT! LET'S SPEEDBO!