Friday Friend–Sandy Nadeau

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Sandy Nadeau shares her writing journey with us today.

A Long Road Stubbornly Traveled

It’s been nearly twenty years since I wrote my first book. To this day, it still sits in a drawer. There’s several reasons why, but the main one shall be my confession of the day. I hope it will help you as a writer to not make these kinds of mistakes. It is a romantic mystery set in Norway. I wanted to write something that went back to my family history. With great-grandparents by the names of Ole Olson and Nicolena Sven (I’m not kidding), my Norwegian heritage fascinates me. So why not write a book with it interwoven throughout.

I worked hard on it, researching with this new internet thing to find all things Norway. Lots of books, encyclopedias, whatever I could find. I had always prayed to finish writing a whole book. And I did. (I’ve since advanced that prayer to say finish a book and get it published! Details.) I submitted that first book to every publisher I could find. Back in the day, you had to print out pages and pages of your hard work, stick it in a large envelope and MAIL it. With a self-addressed stamped envelope known as a s.a.s.e. I made a chart of where I sent it, when I sent it, when I heard, what I heard. That last column always said the same thing. Rejected.

I did hear some positive feedback, one publisher almost bought it, but one little detail within the story was not plausible in their opinion, so yet another rejection. My biggest error in that first book, was not in what I wrote, but in what I accepted from others “in the know”. When I was told that it would take a lot of editing. I was crushed. Not that I thought I was a flawless writer, but I looked at it as, “I’m an awful writer”.

I met with an agent wayyyyy back then at a conference. He read a little of it, called it fluff and basically dismissed me. I withered into a dark corner and cried. Once the initial pain was gone, I did some rewrites. Another time I met with an author at a conference and she was not nice to me at all. I was crushed again. It’s so hard to take opinion criticism. Constructive would be okay, but when it’s just their opinion…stop doing that. I’ve done a lot of pulling myself up by the proverbial bootstraps over the years. Just remember writers, it will happen.

It comes down to thick skin which breeds determination. Maybe it’s my stubborn Norwegian roots. But it took me years to grow it thick. To understand I had to make it thick. One thing I didn’t understand back in those days, was that editing is only done to improve not to hurt. When we take it as hurt, take it personally, it cripples us and takes away our joy and self-esteem as a writer. Don’t do that. If only we could grow instant thick skin. Spray something on and wah-la! There ought to be a way for those that want to become an author. So the best I can do is tell you to try your best to grow it as soon as you possibly can.

Surprising encouragement can also come along. At yet another conference, (remember that stubborn streak) I met with Tracie Peterson. Once I got over the huge bout of fan girl moments, that I was sitting right there next to THEE Tracie Peterson (I love her and her writing), we talked about my book. She was so encouraging and then the unthinkable happened. She wanted to take the entire manuscript back to the publisher. I believe I skipped for a week.

I wish I could give a happy ending to that, but I can’t. It was rejected. It took a while, but ultimately rejected by the house. So it sits in a drawer, otherwise known as a deeply hidden computer file. I’ve tried reworking it a couple times over the years, but it’s still in hiding.

However, since then, through stubborn determination, a LOT of years (I had a daughter to raise), I learned more, I sought answers, I grew thick skin, I stumbled onto the most amazing editor, I now have two different books not only written but published. I’ve learned how wonderful editors can make a story that you so strongly believe in and I welcome those edits. They have the same purpose. Make this book the best it can be. And even after all these years, I still needed heavy edits.

So grow that skin and love the editors! You can do it. I know that for sure, because I did!

Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband did a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado and shared those experiences with others by taking them up in the mountains. Her writing experience includes a community news column in a small newspaper for twelve years, magazine articles and two novels with adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and has two books out. Married for a whopping 40 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their three grandchildren after the big move to Texas. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.

 You can connect with Sandy at:  www.SandyNadeau.com or www.SandyNadeau.blogspot.com .

Her latest book is RESCUE ME.

Thanks Sandy for sharing your writing journey with us. I remember those days quite well.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

Great Giveaway!

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I’m excited to be participating in a multi-author giveaway just for you! The grand prize is a $50 Amazon gift card and first prize is more than 20 books, mostly suspense and mystery, including Broken Trust by me! Here’s a picture of the covers. They look like great books to read, don’t you think?

Don’t miss you chance to win! ENTER NOW!

MORE GREAT NEWS! Even if you don’t win the contest, you can still get a FREE book from me simply by following this blog! So sign up to follow this blog before you leave the page then be sure to send me your email address by using the contact form below. Thanks!

And don’t forget to ENTER NOW!

 

Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

A Primary Decision by Leman & Nesbit

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BOOK REVIEW

A PRIMARY DECISION by Dr. Kevin Leman & Jeff Nesbit drew me into the characters’ lives and made me want to get to know them better. The story centers around the Worthington family, their dreams, their secrets, and their struggles. Wealthy and political, the Worthingtons are always in the news for one thing or another–sometimes for good and sometimes not so much.

The patriarch of the family has set the bar high for his children. The main character of A Primary Decision is Sarah Worthington but the rest of her siblings have more than bit parts in this story of political intrigue as well as personal struggles as they all aim to be worthy of the Worthington name.

I enjoyed the story and would recommend it but it’s not a political thriller if that’s what you enjoy. It’s well written but is a slower-paced story. In other words nobody’s running for their life or getting shot at but you don’t always need that in a story to make it a good read. And this one is definitely worth your time.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

This Shadow by Jerusha Agen

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A BOOK REVIEW

I have to be honest. I wasn’t sure I was going to like THIS SHADOW by Jerusha Agen. After reading about 1/4 of the book, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like it but not liking a book doesn’t stop me from finishing it!

And in this case I’m glad I finished reading it!

Somewhere between the beginning and the end I fell in love with the characters and their stories. The problem I had with the book is that it was set in an urban school district. I retired from just such a district  so I know what urban schools are like and THIS SHADOW didn’t feel real… until it got very real. Which is much like what teaching in an urban school is really like.

Jerusha Agen has done a great job creating real characters with very real problems and yet shows them at their best and their worst. And yet shows how God can work through even the most difficult of situations to bring peace, joy, and love to his children.

I would definitely recommend THIS SHADOW by Jerusha Agen.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Winners!

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Here’s the list of winners for the $5 Amazon Gift Cards. Thanks everyone for entering. Maybe you’ll win next time. If you’re a winner, please email me at lduncan512@aol.com so I have your correct email address. I won’t send the gift card until you email me so….

The winners are:

Samantha D.
Leland

BetsyLu

Connie PS

Carol Written

Thanks again!

Until Next Time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

BROKEN TRUST

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GIVEAWAY NEWS!

My latest book, BROKEN TRUST, will be releasing on March 17. To celebrate I’m giving away Amazon gift cards. There’s more info on that at the end of the post, but first…let’s talk about BROKEN TRUST.

Life is all about choices…and consequences.

Chryssie Mason longs to soar like a butterfly, but a lifetime of bad choices has kept her in the caterpillar stage. After years of struggling, her dreams are finally within her grasp. Her only goal is to graduate from nursing school so she can have a better life—so she can morph into a butterfly.

With her final exam only days away, she witnesses a murder. A butterfly would call the police, but she decides to take the easy way out…once again. Life has taught her to never trust anyone, especially herself. With her freedom and her very life at risk, it’s time to trust.

And that choice changes everything.

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

To celebrate the release of BROKEN TRUST, I’m giving away five $5 Amazon Gift Cards. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post or any of the other Broken Trust posts and you’re entered. Easy Peasy! And because I’m such a nice person, if you tell me that you’ve shared this post on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site, I’ll give you a second entry. Last day to enter will be April 1–no fooling!

Don’t know what to say–here’s a question: How do you choose a book to read–the cover; the title; the blurb about the book or something else?

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

5 Ways To Help A Writer?

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First let me assure you that all writers need your help, whether they’re world-famous like Stephen King, well-known in the Christian writing community like Terri Blackstock and Brandilynn Collins, or a relatively unknown writer like ME!

There are so many books and writers out there that any one book or writer can get lost in the avalanche.

So exactly how can you help your favorite writer (like ME)?

First, of course, is to buy their books.

Second, talk about their books with other people. Word of mouth is still the best way to sell books. And, of course, word of mouth includes talking about them on your social media accounts.

Third is to leave positive reviews at various online bookstores (Amazon and Barnes & Nobles and others) and other sites that encourage that like GOODREADS.COM If you don’t know what Goodreads is, it’s a huge online site for book lovers with lots of different activities. Definitely worth your time if you love reading.

Fourth is to go to your local library and request a book or books by your favorite writers. Most libraries will take your request into consideration and often purchase them. That not only helps the writer by a book purchase but will introduce them to other readers by having the book available in that library.

Fifth is to connect with your favorite writer on one of your social media sites. We love to hear from people who love our books. It’s a real morale boost when someone tells you that they enjoy your hard work.

So thanks to all of you who support and encourage me as a writer and a person!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

PS. Don’t forget to take a look at DEADLY SILENCE, my latest release if you haven’t already!

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