Saturday, March 23, 2019

Weekend Edition


  



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Monday: Jan Drexler encouraged us to Bleed onto the Page, complete with a writing exercise! The winner of their choice of one of Jan's Love Inspired Historical books is Dianna! 

Tuesday: Stephanie Morrill visited Seekerville and taught us about 2 Questions to Ask to be Sure Your Scene Matters. 

Wednesday:  Debby Giusti posted "A Checklist for First Chapters" in which she talked about writing the beginning of a story and all the details that need to be included in those important first pages. The winner of Debby's Publishers Weekly Bestseller, AMISH SAFE HOUSE, is Sandy Smith! Congrats, Sandy!

Friday: Pam encouraged us to study personality traits in order to write a wide range of characters.



Monday:  Erica will be talking about Accents, Dialect, and Historical Voice. How can we nail the flavor of the era, location, and education level of our characters accurately without stereotyping? 

Wednesday:  OPEN CRITIQUE DAY FOR Y'ALL! Get your paragraph(s) together, and let's see what you're working on, Seekerville! Some of you have entered Love Inspired's Author Search... some of you are thinking indie... some of you are thinking "when do I get chocolate????". No worries! We have a box of chocolate for one Brave Soul on Wednesday... The Writerly Theorem: "If one can survive Seeker advice, they are more likely to survive reader's reviews."
  
Friday: OPEN CRITIQUE DAY CONTINUES!!









The Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt has ended and winners have been contacted.
BUT there's more. Pam Hillman is hosting a Post-Scavenger Hunt Giveaway
on Facebook. Click here to go to the discussion and comment for a chance to win.

It's finally here!

Book 3 in Mindy Obenhaus's Rocky Mountain Heroes series is available now.

Lassoing the single mom’s heart…
Socialite Lily Davis agrees to take her children riding…despite her fear of horses. But now widowed cowboy Noah Stephens is determined to help her get comfortable in the saddle. And, at her children’s insistence, Lily finds herself promoting his rodeo school. As Noah and Lily work together, will Noah continue to shield his heart…or can they discover a love that conquers both their fears?




Order your copy here.


AND
Follow along with the JustRead blog tour this week by clicking on the graphic below
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A chance to win 30 Sweet Small-town Romances AND an e-reader! Your task is to click over...
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Why I Promote Others and You Should, Too by Honoree Corder.

7 Reasons To Narrate Your Own Audiobook by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn (thanks, Jeanne Takenaka!)


Schmoozing for Introverts: How to Network Like a Pro by Lisa Cooper Ellison at Jane Friedman's blog.


What Will You Sacrifice To Be A Better Writer? By CS Lakin at Live Write Thrive

Writer Space - Cheaper Than A Divorce by Susan Haught at Writers In The Storm

Writers Beware Of The Legal Pitfalls - Copyright Basics, Part 1 by Karen Van Den Heuval at Thyme For Writers

Horses, Roses, and Websites Galore, Part 1 by Roulf Burrell at An Indie Adventure

Scrivener Split-Screen Magic by Gwen Hernandez at Writers In The Storm

Beta Readers: Who, When, Why, and So What? by Jane Friedman


Friday, March 22, 2019

Going Mental With the Mentalist

This post first appeared in Seekerville in 2013 and was a result of binge watching back-to-back episodes of The Mentalist.

by Pam Hillman

Several conversations in writers groups, other authors, and here in Seekerville started me on a journey of discovery a few years ago. One author asked a group of us if we were analytical, and if we had trouble expressing thoughts, feelings, and emotion in general and in our novels. That really stuck with me, and I pondered it for about a week before emailing her and engaging in dialogue.

Here was my response, “I would have to say yes, although I'm much more open about sharing now than I used to be. Many years ago, a well-known author critiqued one of my stories and said I was ‘almost there’, but that she had the sense I was holding back. I've always contributed that ‘holding back’ to the fact that I'm very reserved, keeping my personal feelings, emotions, and thoughts to myself. I've never thought that it was also because I'm analytical.”

A few weeks later, another author made a similar observation on a writers' loop. On a whim, I emailed her and asked her if she would consider herself an analytical thinker, and she gave me a resounding yes. Hmmm, could analytical types have a hard time expressing emotions on the page? It was worth digging into just a bit more.

Now, while I was pondering all of this, another light-bulb moment occurred. Missy Tippens had a great post in Seekerville titled 3 Tips for Hooking Readers (Seekerville Archives, 4/15/13) where she discussed hooks, emotions, and connecting with readers. But of course, we, as authors have to connect with our characters first, who in turn connect with our readers.

In true Mentalist fashion, the purpose of my post came together from one sentence in the comments section of Missy’s post...

Readers are drawn to heroines that reflect themselves a lot of the time.” Ruth Logan Herne

Immediately, the analytical part of me started to wonder what the most common personality trait of women, who are our primary readers, would be. And there’s nothing like a personality test and Mr. Google to help me find the answer to that burning question. A hop, skip, and a jump across the internet and I found what I was looking for. The My Personality website. What a perfect place to go a little mental!

Feel free to go take the test if you haven't already. :)



So, now that everyone has taken the test and has their 4 letter personality type in hand, let’s get down to the meat of this blog post.

Are you ready?

Today's post is not about what we are at all...
...it's about what we are not.

Of the respondents who took the personality test, 94% did not fall into one of the two most common personality types for women. As you can see from the personality chart above, the two most common personality types for women are ESFJ “The Supporter” at 17% and ESFP “The Entertainer” at 14%. 

That’s a whopping 31% of all women.



The majority of authors (as high as 94% in an informal survey) of authors who took this personality test are not ESFJ or ESFP. That means many authors don't have the same personality traits as the majority of women.
  
The good news is that I’ve read books by almost all of the authors who responded to my survey, and they have no trouble writing heroines with personalities sprinkled all across the personality map, so most of us don't need to do a thing. This isn’t to make anyone think they need to change the way they write at all, but is just another tool to add to our tool kits if someone struggles with this.

Now, what to do about this conundrum?

One way to write outside of our personality zone is to think of people whose personalities are similar to the top two most popular categories, or watch movies with those characters. Study those personality traits on the My Personality site, and practice writing an ESFJ or an ESFP character.

"For the ESFP, the entire world is a stage. They love to be the center of attention and perform for people. They're constantly putting on a show for others to entertain them and make them happy. They enjoy stimulating other people's senses, and are extremely good at it. They would love nothing more than for life to be a continual party, in which they play the role of the fun-loving host."

It makes sense to study the different personality traits ... not to label or change ourselves ... but as a tool to help us write characters readers relate to on a more personal level.

The Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt has ended and winners have been contacted.
BUT there's more. Pam Hillman is hosting a Post-Scavenger Hunt Giveaway
on Facebook. Click here to go to the discussion and comment for a chance to win.



CBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn't afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn't mind raking. Raking hay doesn't take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that's the kind of life every girl should dream of. www.pamhillman.com

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Checklist for First Chapters

By Debby Giusti

First chapters make or break a book so start with an opening that grabs the reader.

Luckily, first lines do not have to be written first. Discern where the story’s going and how you want it to unfold. Launch the characters on their journey then go back and rework the opening.

Still stuck on the first line? Shorten, chop, cut. Pare down to a word or phrase. Turn the opening into a question or place it in quotes. Have the lead character whisper a warning, tell a secret, make a promise. Add action or introspection or a universal truth the protagonist will grapple with and eventually come to accept.

Too wordy? Kill prose that keeps the focus on the writing instead of the story. The opening should be straightforward, not a series of convoluted twists that confuse the reader or make her dizzy. Cut weak modifiers. Choose verbs that pack a punch.

Still not satisfied? Work on something else. Give your internal muse time to sift through your mental database. Often when you return to the opening, the perfect line will bubble up from the depths of your subconscious.

Start the story as the action begins…or even a tad bit later. Christopher Vogler, in THE HERO’S JOURNEY, writes about beginning in the protagonist’s ordinary world where he receives the call to adventure. Once committed, he crosses the first threshold and can’t turn back. The shorter the book, the faster the hero accepts the call and is propelled into the story.

Set the tone and pace and don’t detour off track. Keep descriptions true to the genre. A dark Victorian cottage bathed in shadow is quite different from a warm and inviting bungalow where children romp on the front porch.

Anchor the story in time and place as soon as possible. Again, don’t go overboard. A line or phrase will usually suffice.

Write the initial scene in the lead character’s point of view. Provide clues as to what drives the hero, why he must move forward or what’s at stake if he doesn’t succeed. Hint at his fatal flaw or greatest fear, his Achilles heel or the one facet of his personality he needs to keep hidden. Again less is more. Wet the reader’s appetite; don’t shove the information down her throat. Remember flawed characters are sympathetic characters. Everyone cheers for the underdog.

Introduce the various story arcs within the beginning pages. (What’s a story arc? Inspirational romantic suspense has three arcs or story threads: the romance, suspense and faith.) Where does the protagonist stand initially as far as his relationship with others? What obstacles or threats place him in danger? Does he believe in a higher power or has he turned his back on God?

In a romance, get the hero and heroine together as close to the beginning as possible. Capture their initial reactions and never make falling in love easy. The more unlikely the relationship, the more satisfying the happily ever after.

(Tip: If a female secondary character enters the story before the heroine, make the other woman unsympathetic so the reader knows she’s not the love interest. The converse holds true if a male is introduced before the hero.)

Tease the reader with a hint as to where the story’s going so she can accept or reject the invitation to tag along. Her decision depends on the clues provided in the first chapter. End with a hook that forces her to turn the next page and then another and another. Snag the reader at the beginning, and she’ll stay with you until the end.

What would you add to my checklist? Leave a comment to be included in a drawing for a copy of my Publishers Weekly Bestseller, AMISH SAFE HOUSE!


Happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti
http://www.debbygiusti.com/

AMISH SAFE HOUSE
By Debby Giusti
Hiding in Plain Sight
The second thrilling Amish Witness Protection novel

After Julia Bradford’s son witnesses a gang shooting, hiding in witness protection on Abraham King’s Amish farm is the only hope the Englischer and her children have. Even as danger closes in, Julia is drawn to the community’s peaceful ways—and the ex-cop turned Amish protector. But when their location is discovered, can Abraham protect her family…and possibly have a future by her side?
Order HERE!

This blog post first appeared in Seekerville on April 15, 2009. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2 Questions to Ask to be Sure Your Scene Matters - Guest Blogger Stephanie Morrill


Erica Vetsch here...I am so thrilled to host my friend Stephanie Morrill here at Seekerville today. Stephanie was one of my very first writing friends. We met...fourteen or fifteen years ago (How can that be when she still looks 22?) at the Florida Christian Writer's Conference. We made some great memories and have been friends ever since. Stephanie is the co-creator of the wildly successful website/blog Go Teen Writer and while she made her mark in Christian Fiction with contemporary YA fiction, she's recently made the leap to historical fiction (Welcome to the dark side, Stephanie!)

She's a terrific writer and excellent communicator. Please help me welcome Stephanie Morrill to Seekerville today!

2 Questions To Ask To Be Sure Your Scene Matters

I’m the type of writer who typically loves the editing process, even though it’s also the part that I find most challenging. No longer can I say, “I don’t know what’s supposed to happen here, so I’ll just do my best and fix it later.” Nor can I put off finding the answer to my most elusive research questions. Basically, no more slacking off!

This is also when I have to be brutally honest about individual scenes in the book and ask the probing questions: Is it working? Is it not working? Does it move the story forward? Am I starting in the right place? Did I end in a way that will make readers turn the page?

A few times when editing Within These Lines, my recent WWII young adult release, I came across a scene that just wasn’t working like it should. The book is a love story between an Italian American teenage girl and a Japanese American teenage boy who are torn apart when the U.S. government sends the Japanese to concentration camps. So I had no shortage of good character and plot stuff to fill my scenes with, but even still sometimes a scene would just feel . . . off.



Finally, I had a breakthrough when I noticed a pattern about my character’s expectations and decisions. (Or, rather, their lack thereof.)

I learned to ask myself two simple questions to transform my Not Quite Right scenes into scenes that really mattered:

1.      What does my character expect?
2.     What decisions does my character make?

“What does my character expect to happen?”
This is the first question that I realized I wasn’t asking, thanks to a post from K.M. Weiland about … something. I scrolled back through her archives trying to figure out what lesson of hers prompted this discovery, and I can’t find it. So the credit goes to K.M. Weiland of Helping Writers Become Authors, but I can’t link to it. (Sorry, Katie!)

Her point was that there should be a gap in what the character expects to happen and what actually happens. Most of the time I do this instinctively, and you probably do too. Your point of view character will think a conversation is going to go one way, and it won’t. Or she will think it’s an ordinary day, and the unexpected happens.

I realized on my scenes in Within These Lines that weren’t landing like I wanted them to, often my character’s expectations were met. Evalina expected to have a tense conversation with her mother, and that’s what happened. Taichi expected to be treated poorly, and he was.

As I thought about this, I realized that this can work, and it certainly should sometimes. If your characters’ expectations are always wrong, we’ll stop trusting them and their judgment pretty quickly.

So it isn’t that your character needs to be wrong all the time. Instead, you can try applying the, “Yes, but” technique for creating an element of surprise.

Yes, her mom is upset, but it isn’t for the reason she thought it would be.

Yes, her friend has been lying to her, but the betrayal is even worse than she initially expected.

That can work if we want our character to be right about something. Frequently, however, our characters should be surprised. Here are a few examples from stories you are likely familiar with:

Lightning McQueen expects to win the race, but instead it’s a three-way tie. (Cars)

Elizabeth Bennett expects to have an enjoyable evening at the ball with Mr. Wickham, but Wickham doesn’t show up. (Pride and Prejudice)

Katniss expects Peeta to be on her side, but he’s teamed up with the Careers. (The Hunger Games)

In my scenes that didn’t work as well as they ought, it happened for one of these three reasons:

1.      I hadn’t given myself time to show my character’s expectations, so when they shattered, the impact wasn’t as strong.
2.     My character had no expectations.
3.     Things happened exactly as my character anticipated, so there was no element of surprise.


So that’s the first question you can start with. The next one I identified is this:

“What decision does my character make in this scene?”

Andy Stanley says, “Decision by decision, you are writing the story of your life.” Initially, I latched onto this as a tool for making better decisions in my personal life, but as I worked on a problematic scene, I realized, “In this scene, Evalina isn’t deciding anything that affects her life story.”

Sometimes we choose to zoom in on little decisions our character’s make. Like in the 2003 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice when Jane is delighted over her engagement to Mr. Bingley, and she expresses a longing for her sister to find true love too. Lizzy makes a small, beautiful decision to keep the focus on Jane and her happiness. Instead of spilling about Mr. Darcy, she teases, “Maybe Mr. Collins has a cousin.”

Purposefully making a small moment into something big can be very effective, but unless we’re very intentionally choosing that, then our character needs to make a noteworthy decision within each scene. Even if it’s just a renewed commitment to “stay the course.”

And a lot of times—I’m going to be so bold as to say almost all the time—this noteworthy decision should be based on whatever shift happened in their expectations.

Using the same examples from before, let’s take a look at the decisions that resulted:

In Cars, Lightning McQueen expected to win the race, but instead it’s a three-way tie. And so he decides to get to California as fast as he can for the tie-breaking race so he can rub shoulders with VIPs.

In Pride and Prejudice, Lizzy expected to have a nice evening at the ball with Mr. Wickham, but he doesn’t show up. And so when Mr. Darcy asks her to dance, she says yes.

In The Hunger Games, Katniss expects Peeta to be an ally, but instead he teams up with the Careers. And so Katniss gives up on loyalty to him, too.

That phrase, ”And so,” is the key to creating compelling character motivation. It’s also the way you make sure each scene matters.

If you’re writing a first draft, take a look at your next scene. What does your POV character expect to happen, and what will actually happen? What decision will your character make as a result?

If you’re currently editing a manuscript, try pulling out a random scene later in the novel (those early chapters tend to get the bulk of our attention!) and ask the same questions.

Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.comInstagramFacebook, and Twitter.










About Within These Lines: Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is quiet and ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to an internment camp.

Degrading treatment makes life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world is treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out against injustice, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their ideals and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.

You can get your copy of Within These Lines on amazon.com, Christianbook.com, and wherever EXCELLENT fiction is sold!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Bleeding onto the Page: a writing exercise

by Jan Drexler

One of the most often heard criticisms of stories is that the characters lack depth. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, “cardboard characters.” On the other hand, I’m sure you’ve also found yourself in tears while reading a book whose characters tugged at your emotions.

But how do you make sure your characters are filled with enough emotional depth to touch your readers’ hearts?




You have to tap into your own emotions. That heart-tugging connection with your readers comes from the depths of your own soul.

We have all had experiences in our lives. You know the kind. Sad ones. Tragic ones. Or the longing to experience something that never happens.

The experiences and longings we really don’t want to talk about.

We bury them deep within our souls and keep them between us and God. We might not even share them with our spouse or other loved ones. Not even our most trusted friend.

Those are the experiences we need to tap into. 



Here’s an excerpt from my book, “The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart” where I dig deep into my character’s soul. Guy is an orphan, working on an Amish farm, and Judith is the neighbor girl he's falling in love with.

Guy took three steps into the barn before he remembered the work he needed to do was inside the house instead of out here. But his only thought had been to get away from Judith. He heard Eli’s crying end and turned to watch Judith comforting the boy. Her head bent over his brown curls as she talked to him, then she wrapped him in her arms as he clung to her, safe and secure.

Judith rose and went into the house, but the scene clouded over as tears filled Guy’s eyes. He let them fall, leaning his head against the solid wood of the door frame. He had shut her out and pushed her away just as much as he had shoved Eli off his lap and onto hers. But why?

Because the feelings she brought out stopped his very breath. He dug his fingernails into the oak beam as the pain of those feelings overwhelmed him. If he could be little again…if he could see Mama again…if he could feel safe again…

He tore his thoughts away. He was a grown man, not a child. His life was laid out in front of him. A stark and lonely track with no end.

What was it about Judith that upset his well-ordered life? Before she’d come along, he had been happy.

Well, maybe not happy. But he could work, laugh and enjoy David’s company and Verna’s cooking. But now that he knew her, it was as if her steady blue eyes looked right into him and saw the scared little boy who needed a friend.

She made him long for things that would never happen. Things like a home. His own family. A…a wife. A partner in life. Someone to love and to love him. Someone who wouldn’t leave him behind.

How could something he wanted so badly hurt so much?

So he had pushed her away when she awakened those longings in him again. But the hurt only grew worse until it felt like someone had sucker-punched him and left him gasping for breath.

“Please, God.” The words came out as a whisper, barely passing over his lips as he breathed out.



I never had the same experiences Guy had lived through – no family, no place to call his home – but I have experienced unfulfilled dreams. I knew the pain Guy was feeling, and the confused emotions. The lashing out when I should have been holding close. Despair rather than trust. I tried to give Guy those thoughts and feelings – even though bringing them into play was more painful than I ever thought it would be.

How can you bring your emotions into your characters’ lives? Let’s do a little exercise.

Take a moment right now and dig deep into your soul. Deeper. Open those closed doors. Do you remember that heartache? That unfulfilled dream? That painful loss? That thing that hurts so much that it takes your breath away? You can feel the ache…physical…emotional…

Don’t hide from it. Don’t push it away. Feel it. Let the tears fall.

Now, capture that feeling. Write down that feeling. Write from your pain. Bleed onto the page.

And don’t worry…you’re not going to share this with anyone.


Do you have it? Did you capture that feeling?


Now, give that feeling to your character. If you haven’t already, dig into your character’s past. Find out what wound she holds close that has never healed. Find out what her deepest secret desire is. Tap into that. Give your character the words she or he needs to express that deep want. The unfulfilled dream.


Take your time to do this exercise. We’ll wait.

* * * * * * * * *

All right! Is everyone back with us?

Let's go on - -

You might never put the words of this exercise into your story, but you will use the emotions you uncovered.

And if you did this exercise with us today, I can hear you asking: 

“Why? Why put myself through this pain? I’ve been there before, 
and I don’t want to go back there.” 

I can only say this: It would be tragic for you to have traveled that path and suffered what you have suffered if you never handed it over to God to redeem it. He knows your pain and sorrow, and maybe…just maybe…He will use what you have written to comfort someone going through the same kind of sorrow. Maybe…just maybe…He will use that to bring someone to Himself.

Isn’t that reason enough? 




Let’s talk about story characters! Tell us about a story character that has touched you deeply. What do you like most about that character and why?



One commenter today will win one copy of their choice of my Love Inspired Historical books! 


There are six to choose from!!!




















Saturday, March 16, 2019

Weekend Edition


  



If you are not familiar with our giveaway rules, take a minute to read them here. It keeps us all happy! All winners should send their name, address, and phone number to claim prizes.  Note our new email address and please send your emails to Seekerville2@gmail.com









Monday: Missy Tippens brought us tips for nurturing creativity using improv.

Tuesday
: Carolyn Miller stopped by and shared with us about what Piques her interest and where her ideas come from. The winner of A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is: VINCE!

Wednesday: Ruthy Logan Herne brought us a fun post where we all wrote a mystery together... Writing exercises are a fun way of getting the brain's wheels turning. Remember Missy's post about creativity and the brain on Monday? Brains get habitual like the rest of our body, so it's not only good to shake it up a bit and go outside your comfort zone, but it broadens the scope of our creativity. Tell us if you had fun with that because we can schedule more hands-on posts, but we want to know that you like it! Leave a comment below OR e-mail us at Seekerville2[AT]gmail[DOT]com


Friday: Winnie Griggs brought us great post about article writing. The winner of her choice of one of Winnie's books is Sandy Smith!




Monday:  Jan Drexler will be digging into what it takes to give your characters emotional depth in her post, Bleeding onto the Page: a writing exercise. Plus, she's opening up her own private prize vault for one commenter!

Tuesday:  Stephanie Morrill will be at Seekerville teaching us the "2 Questions to Ask To Be Sure Your Scene Matters." 

Wednesday: Debby Giusti will be talking about writing the beginning of a story and all the details that need to be included in those important first pages. Be sure to stop by and leave a comment to be included in the drawing!
  
Friday: Pam Hillman will be in the house today. She's brewing up something spectacular. :)






Pam Hillman (along with 25 other Christian authors) invites you to the
Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!
Start HERE AT STOP #1 to collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order,
so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!
Also, many of the authors are hosting giveaways at each stop, so take your time along the way.
Pam is giving away 2 sets of her NATCHEZ TRACE NOVEL series at
PamHillman.com, Stop #21


STARTING MONDAY MORNING AT 10:00 AM!!!!! 

A new BookSweeps promo for all lovers of small town romance and small town fiction! CONTEST GOES LIVE AT 10:00 AM.... and it's to help build author's BookBub lists. Nothing to buy, darlings.... But we authors and our editors and marketing departments love that list. It helps get the word out to readers for new releases and great deals... My featured book is my first Amazon bestseller "Welcome to Wishing Bridge".... Winners get a bundle of books and an e-reader! 

Here's the link for Monday Morning!!!!  http://bit.ly/2HAvA51



How about a "Colorado Cowboy" for y'all?! Join JustRead Publicity Tour in celebrating the book birthday of Mindy Obenhaus' upcoming release, Her Colorado Cowboy on March 19, 2019! There will be a fabulous prize too!


Then, starting on March 20th, Mary Connealy's The Unexpected Champion completes the High Sierra Sweethearts series and we're celebrating too! The publisher, Bethany House is giving away the series plus MORE! Be sure to stop by JustRead Publicity Tours to enter!


The Great Love Inspired Author Search - Building Conflict (SYTYCW Blog)


Writers Beware -- Avoid These 10 Time Thieves by Edie Melson at The Write Conversation


25 Ideas for Your Author Blog by Bryn Donovan at Fiction University

Indie Authors Find Footing in Christian Market  Publisher's Weekly Report