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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Questions about DEADLY SILENCE

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So DEADLY SILENCE was released a few days ago. I thought you might enjoy a more in-depth look at how it came to be so I imagined what some questions might be regarding it.

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE–DEADLY SILENCE?

First it’s part of my Deadly Communication series so it needed the word Deadly in it. But the more important word is silence. I wanted to explore the idea of silence from several different perspectives. First there’s the silence of being abandoned at the altar without a word of explanation. But Maven is also faced with a different kind of silence as she takes on a new client who is a late-deafened adult. Her client has been thrust into a silent world due to a medical condition. And then there’s the silence from God that threatens due to Maven’s anger and bitterness.

WHAT GENRE IS DEADLY SILENCE?

I’m so glad you asked that! I like to think of my Deadly Communication series as cozy mystery meets suspense. It’s got all the action of suspense but the great characters of a cozy mystery.

WILL THERE BE A FOURTH DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS NOVEL?

At this point I don’t have any plans for a fourth but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Since I write the stories that come to my head, if another Maven story pops into it, then I’ll write it.

WHAT’S THE TAKE AWAY OF THE SERIES?

My goal was to portray a real woman with real problems. So we saw Maven struggle with depression, the after affects of Bell’s palsy, her weight issues, and then being left at the altar. We also saw her keep going through it all by depending on God.

So that’s the take away–no matter what happens in your life, God will be there to see you through it.

 

YOUR TURN: Do you have a question about Maven and the Deadly Communication series, or one about writing? Leave the question in a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING

 

 

 

Even More About DEADLY SILENCE

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Today’s the day! No, I’m not talking about the inauguration, I’m talking about the release of DEADLY SILENCE.

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Here’s the back cover blurb:

FACED WITH ONLY SILENCE.

Her happily-ever-after is shattered when Maven Morris is left at the altar. Without a word of explanation, her fiancé, has disappeared, leaving Maven and the church filled with their family and friends. Maven refuses to give into the darkness of depression. Instead she takes on a new speech therapy client. Layla’s life has been shattered by silence, as well. As a late-deafened adult, Layla needs skills to cope with her now silent world.

TRUST YOUR EYES.

Those are words of advice Maven gives Layla. The words stir up something on the inside of Maven as she realizes there wasn’t a hint that Paul’s feet had turned cold about their upcoming nuptials. And that’s when silence turns deadly.

 

I think you’ll enjoy the latest installment in the Deadly Communication series. If you do, I’d love to hear from you!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

More About DEADLY SILENCE

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DEADLY SILENCE, the third in my Deadly CommunicationS series, will release in a few days on January 20. Here’s what people are saying about it:

Jo Huddleston, author of the West Virginia Mountains series of sweet Southern historical romances:

Deadly Silence is a sweet romance wrapped in page-turning suspense. Lillian Duncan paints enough suspicious characters to keep readers guessing who the villain is until the end. Great characterization and setting descriptions in a story sure to please readers who love suspense.

Mary L. Ball- author of Redemption in Big Fork Lake:

A rollercoaster of anticipation from the first page to the last.

Deadly Silence took me on ride filled with tension. Clues were scattered through the chapters that had me blindly believing I knew the end until another twist in the plot made me guess once more, who the villain is.

Lillian Duncan did a fantastic job creating a novel fill with heart fluttering adventure. I cheered with joy and sighed with sadness as I followed the characters on their journey. Weaved in the plot is also a wonderful message about relying on God to be your guide. This is a book you’ll want to read many times.

Bettilu Davies, author of Shepherd’s Song:

Deadly Silence by Lillian Duncan was a good read, logical, suspenseful, and surprising. I enjoyed the book.

 

Thanks to the above writers who took time to read my book and give me an endorsement.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

 

DEADLY SILENCE

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Here comes the bride….da…da…da…but where’s the groom?

That’s the question in DEADLY SILENCE. We first met Maven Morris in DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS then we got to know her even better in DEADLY INTENT and now it’s time for her wedding. She’s at the church–alone! Where’s her beloved fiance, Paul? No one seems to know but you can find out soon. DEADLY SILENCE will release on January 20.

 

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GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

WHAT’S YOUR WORD?

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Lots of Christian writers will have a word they focus on for the year. This word might be for them or for their writing or both. There’s even a book somewhere in my office that is all about picking and living a word.

I don’t have a word. I always wanted a word but one word for a whole year? I’m rather fickle when it comes to some things. I change my mind a lot so one word for me didn’t seem possible.

Now you may or may not remember that I’ve had some serious health issues for quite some time–approaching the five year mark soon. In spite of them, God has been so good to me! Two specific things come to mind–well three if you count my amazing husband.

One is that God has kept me in his supernatural peace in spite of lots of things going on. That’s not to say I don’t have a pity party or two but when I draw near to God, He is there waiting to put His arms around me once again.

Two, I can still write! It’s amazing how God has blessed me this part of my life.

But…something’s been missing. Not every day but lots of days.

JOY.

It’s really hard to be joyful when you don’t feel good. It’s just that simple. It makes sense to me and yet I’ve missed having JOY. It’s not that I never feel happy or don’t have a good time. I have and I do but I want to feel God’s joy most of the time–not once in a while. So when I read two different devotions this morning with the theme of joy, it jumped out at me.

 

I have a WORD for 2017–JOY!

What’s your word for the year?

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I love to celebrate creativity. I believe all of us are given the gift but not all choose to open it. Here’s a poem by my friend, Sandy Smith.

Happy New Year 2017 by Sandy Smith

 

H- health ( enough to successfully function each day)
A- amazement ( God’s creation is amazing)
P- perseverance ( hang in there)
P- prayer ( God hears and cares)
Y- Yearning for more alone time with God

N – Nature (just get out there a little more this year)
E- excitement for living ( joy)
W- wonder ( child like wonder of the small and great around you)

Y- Yielding ( accept what can not be changed)
E- expectation ( that God cares about the little and big things in your life)
A- Anticipation is 1/2 the fun of the journey look forward to what a day will bring
R- Rest  not just sleep but rest of a heart that is content

 

I hope you enjoyed the poem and…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!