A Writer’s Life–Part 2

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Busy! Busy! Busy!

 

There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that a writer needs to do! That’s a true enough statement, but don’t get the wrong idea. I do not spend all of my day sitting in front of a computer, writing and doing other writerly-type things. I could but I choose not to. These days I usually work 2-3 hours–period! So that time needs to be used wisely.

So here’s a partial list of things I need to do on a regular basis:

Write NEW stories

Edit and polish stories that I want to submit

Edit and polish stories that I will indie-pub

Create covers for indie-pubbed stories

Create marketing plan for latest release or an upcoming release

Answer or send emails to other writers for a variety of reasons

Create posts to share on my blogs (Tiaras & Tennis Shoes and Devotions from Puzzle House)

Create posts to share on other people’s blogs

Write devotions for Devotions from Puzzle House as well as for other sites

Read books! Writers need to read books not just write them.

Social media to connect with other writers and readers

 

So there you have it! And I’m sure if I wanted to sit here and think, I’d come up with several more tasks to add to the list. As you can imagine, my favorite task is writing new stories and editing and polishing stories to be submitted or indie-pubbed. But the other tasks can’t be ignored either. So you see, I really could spend hours and hours at the computer but I don’t. First because my health won’t allow it, but even more important is the fact that spending time with family and friends is just as important!

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

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REVIEW: The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker

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The story feature a young girl (17) named Rachelle. Rachelle finds herself caught between two worlds–Earth and Other Earth. When she sleeps in one of the worlds, she awakes to find herself in the other world. Are they merely dreams or two different realities?

When Rachelle wakes up in Other Earth, (a place she’s never been before) she discovers she’s more than just a girl–she’s The 49th Mystic. Thus begins her spiritual journey that will cross over between both her worlds–Earth and Other Earth. Her actions in one world has consequences in both worlds. As with any spiritual journey it’s not an easy thing. She has enemies in both worlds who want her to fail. And they are willing to do anything to make sure she fails–even if they have to kill her.

This book is definitely what I call a modern-day parable. What’s a parable? An earthly story with a heavenly message. There are many spiritual truths that are demonstrated in this book. However, if you just want an exciting story that will keep you turning the pages, this book fits the bill for that as well. Dekker had done a wonderful job crafting a story that can be enjoyed by all. Whether you choose to embrace the spiritual message or only enjoy the earthly story, this book is definitely worth your time.

The 49th Mystic is on my short list to read again!

A Writer’s Life–Part 1

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I know I’ve been remiss with my blogging. Not just that I don’t blog that often but that I don’t really share much about what it’s like to be a writer. At least my life as a writer. I’m going to change that by adding this new segment to my blog, A Writer’s Life. I’m not saying I’ll blog a whole lot more, but I’m saying I’ll share more about my life as a writer. So without further ado, here’s part 1!

Sometimes writing is easy; other times not so easy; and then there are the times it’s downright difficult. I started working on the third book in my Puzzle House series, probably more than a year ago. And it just wasn’t happening. I couldn’t “see” the story. I’d write some then get stuck, go write something else, then come back and get stuck again. This happened again and again.

Since I started writing this third book, I actually finished three other books and submitted them and got contracts. Yea! I did final revisions on two other books, and started yet another book. Each time I finished a project, I’d go back to the Puzzle House book–currently titled–SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN. Believe me, I was suffering with this book. Anyway, I’d go back to it and start rewriting and then…I’d get stuck once again.

I began to doubt that it would ever get finished, but it was more than half done so I didn’t want to just forget about it. PUZZLE HOUSE tells the story of Rachel and how Puzzle House came to be as Rachel shares about her life and struggles with a young girl named Nia.

THE DAVID YEARS which will release in August of this year and continues the story of Nia.

My idea for SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN would bring the story full circle and back to Puzzle House. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. So I just gave the whole mess to God and asked him to help me figure it out or I was going to forget about it.

Finally about two weeks ago, I realized the story didn’t have a theme. Most of my stories’ themes sort of present themselves to me as I write them. Looking back, this story did as well, I just didn’t recognize it. Once I did, I was finally able to “see” the ending of the story. And so…I’m pleased to say I wrote THE END on the first draft of Suffer The Little Children earlier today!

So when you’re living A WRITER’S LIFE, some days are good and some days are even better!

God Bless & Good Reading!

PS. Prayer works! Praising God for all his blessings, but especially for the blessing of being able to write stories to share with others!

Mistletoe Mix-up by Jody Day (DAY 7)

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On the 7th day of Christmas Giveaway, my true love gave to me 7 swans a swimming and …

a FREE copy of BIRTHRIGHT by Lillian Duncan from Amazon. It’s only free today so be sure to click now before you forget! AMAZON LINK

Keep reading and be sure to leave a comment so you can be entered to win today’s prize!

 

 

Mistletoe Mix-up by Jody Day

 

MY REVIEW:

 

Mistletoe Mix-up is a heartwarming Christmas tale that won’t have you missing the snow and cold of northern Christmases. It’s set in Candle, Texas and as the title implies there’s a lot of confusion and mix-ups happening—enough to keep you reading and wondering what’s going to happen next.

The story features Evan Edwards and Rise’ Larkin. Evan faces another lonely Christmas since his mom’s off on yet another honeymoon. When a college professor tells him of a house-sitting opportunity, he jumps at the chance to at least be in a home (even if it’s isn’t his home) for Christmas rather than a dorm.

And that’s when the mix-up begins.

Jodie Bailey Day has done a great job creating memorable characters, a fun story, and a Christmas message.

 

Jodie Bailey Day has given readers a wonderful Christmas gift in the form of Mistletoe Mix-up

 

 Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!

 

TODAY’S PRIZE: A copy of Mistletoe Mix-Up (ebook) by Jody Day

To celebrate Christmas, I’m having A Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway. Each day, one of my books will be FREE on Amazon so everyone’s a winner! There will also be a daily prize, but you must leave a comment for each day to win that day’s prize as well as be entered for the grand prize. If you leave a comment each day, that gives you 12 entries for the grand prize!

Grand prize:

$10 Amazon gift card from me;

$10 Amazon gift card donated by Molly Jebber;

$10 Amazon card donated by Anita Klumpers;

An e-book of Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber;

An e-book of Everything About You by Lisa Lickel

A print copy of Without a Song by LoRee Peery,

Your choice of one of my e-books!

 

Winners will be chosen on December 20th and announced on December 21st (I hope!).

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for today’s prize.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Sleigh Bells and Suspense (DAY 5)

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On the 5th day OF THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY, my true love gave to me 5 golden rings and…

A FREE copy of SPLIT from AMAZON. Be sure to download it today! AMAZON LINK

Keep reading so you can enter for today’s prize!

 

SLEIGH BELLS AND SUSPENSE

Once again this year, I’m part of a collection of suspense stories with a Christmas theme. This year’s collection is called SLEIGH BELLS AND SUSPENSE. It features five different Christmas stories with one thing in common–suspense. My contribution is A ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS.

Sleigh Bells and Suspense: Inspiration Christmas Stories by [Tenery, V. B., Tenery-Herrin, Virginia, Duncan, Lillian, Vee, Mary, Williams, Susette]

 

A Rock & Roll Christmas by Lillian Duncan: Someone wants megastar, Johnny Rocker, dead. It’s Maddie Cotton’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen, but someone doesn’t want Johnny to celebrate A ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS!

Sylvia’s Secret by Mary Vee:  A Christmas Story: Detective Branson Carhill invites rich clients to put their trust in him, a man who can solve their case speedily and without informing the newspapers. Days before Christmas, Sylvia Duvet’s daughter arrives at Carhill’s office in a panic, concerned the gossipers will create their own stories if her mother isn’t found. After all, a wealthy widow only disappears if…

Last Chance by V.B. Tenery:  Chance Crawford is back in Afghanistan. A place he swore to never return. While tracking his objective he encounters two children in need of a protector. And he’s the only one available.  It’s mission impossible but he has never run from trouble.

Shadows of Doubt by Suzette Williams: Mathew Flannigan has a past, but for the life of her, Raffealle can’t figure out why her Uncle Rob and her brothers are trying to encourage a relationship between them. Could her brothers be right? Will shadows of doubt keep Raffealle from finding true love? Or will Mathew steal more than her heart this Christmas?

Angels Among Us by V.B. Tenery

 

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!

TODAY’S PRIZE: A copy of SLEIGH BELLS AND SUSPENSE (e-book only)

To celebrate Christmas, I’m having A Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway. Each day, one of my books will be FREE on Amazon so everyone’s a winner!

There will also be a daily prize, but you must leave a comment for each day to win that day’s prize as well as be entered for the grand prize. If you leave a comment each day, that gives you 12 entries for the grand prize!

Grand prize:

$10 Amazon gift card from me;

$10 Amazon gift card donated by Molly Jebber;

$10 Amazon card donated by Anita Klumpers;

An e-book of Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber;

An e-book of Everything About You by Lisa Lickel

A print copy of Without a Song by LoRee Peery,

Your choice of one of my e-books!

Winners will be chosen on December 20th and announced on December 21st (I hope!).

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for today’s prize.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS STOLEN by Lillian Duncan (DAY 1)

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On the first day of THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree and…

A FREE copy of THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL THIEF from Amazon! But it’s only FREE today! Amazon Link 

Keep reading to find out about more goodies!

It’s always an exciting day when I have a new book releasing! And that day is today. Don’t you just love the cover?

AMAZON LINK

A CHRISTMAS STOLEN is part of my publisher’s Christmas Extravaganza! Every year, she releases new Christmas-themed novellas in a variety of genres. If you go to Amazon and type in Christmas Extravaganza, you’ll find lots of great Christmas stories to read in your favorite genre. So here’s a little about A CHRISTMAS STOLEN:

Christmas is the best time of the year until evil comes knocking.

Danica Jordan is looking forward to her first Christmas with her newborn niece in spite of being back home. Unlike most people, her hometown doesn’t hold a special place in her heart.

When she arrives home, she finds an open door and an empty crib. She discovers her sister asleep in her bedroom. Panic sets in when the two sisters realize Baby Angelica’s been abducted.

With the baby abducted and Christmas stolen, Danica must put aside her own feelings to search for her precious niece. As the investigation proceeds, Danica comes face to face with the two men who ruined her life.

She comes to understand that Christmas isn’t a thing but a symbol of God’s love and can never be stolen—no matter the circumstances.

 

 

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!

TODAY’S PRIZE: A copy of A ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS by Lillian Duncan

To celebrate Christmas, I’m having A Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway. Each day, one of my books will be FREE on Amazon so everyone’s a winner! There will also be a daily prize, but you must leave a comment for each day to win that day’s prize as well as be entered for the grand prize. If you leave a comment each day, that gives you 12 entries for the grand prize!

Grand prize:

$10 Amazon gift card from me;

$10 Amazon gift card donated by Molly Jebber;

$10 Amazon card donated by Anita Klumpers;

An e-book of Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber;

An e-book of Everything About You by Lisa Lickel

A print copy of Without a Song by LoRee Peery,

Your choice of one of my e-books!

Winners will be chosen on December 20th and announced on December 21st (I hope!).

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for today’s prize.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!

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I love Christmas!

To celebrate Christmas and the release of my new Christmas novellas, A CHRISTMAS STOLEN and A ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS, I’m having a giveaway but not just any ordinary giveaway. This is the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! As the name implies, there will be 12 days and that means 12 chances to win!

But wait there’s more…. in the spirit of Christmas I want everyone to be a winner! Every day, one of my books will be FREE on Amazon. That’s right–FREE! All you have to do is click on the Amazon link that day and it will take you to the book that’s FREE that day. But you do need to do that on that day because they won’t stay FREE for the entire giveaway!

But wait there’s more…. There will also be a grand prize giveaway as well! Each day you leave a comment, you’ll be entered for that day’s prize as well as for the grand prize. So if you leave a comment for every one of the 12 days, you’ll also have 12 entries in the grand prize drawing!

But wait there’s more… I wanted to give everyone a fair chance to win so instead of choosing the winners every day, I’m giving a little more time to enter in case you’re behind on the days. The absolute last day to enter will be December 20! Winners will be announced on December 21. I hope–I admit time seems to slip away from me sometimes but I’m going to do my best to announce the winners on December 21.

PS. There will be a different winner for each day but all your entries will count toward the grand prize!

Grand prize:

$10 Amazon gift card from me;

$10 Amazon gift card donated by Molly Jebber;

$10 Amazon card donated by Anita Klumpers;

An e-book of Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber;

An e-book of Everything About You by Lisa Lickel

A print copy of Without a Song by LoRee Peery,

Your choice of one of my e-books!

Winners will be chosen on December 20th and announced on December 21st (I hope!).

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!