#BecauseFiction September Edition

Welcome to September’s edition of #Because Fiction with giveaways and interesting articles

https://mailchi.mp/13b87a83a85d/becausefiction-magazine-septemebr-editions-giveaways-more-6228754?e=8bd66cb31f

Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction September Historical Edition with featured authors such as Caryl McAdoo, Marguerite Martin Gray, and Liz Tolsma!

(I’m giving away a copy of Wait for Me!)

https://mailchi.mp/9506e2e14fb8/becausefiction-magazine-september-historical-fiction-giveaways-6227950

A few giveaway reminders!

Don’t forget to leave a comment here for your chance to win one of the novels in my August Giveaway! The deadline is August 31!

Another giveaway is in the Because Fiction magazine. #BecauseFiction Magazine August Issue is here! Check out articles from your favorite Christian authors such as Jennifer Pierce, Liz Tolsma, Marguerite Gray, and Tabitha Bouldin, and enter a bunch of giveaways for some fun prizes!Enjoy!

https://mailchi.mp/75b6733bc49d/becausefiction-magazine-august-editions-giveaways-more-6220122

FYI: My article was not printed in full so here it is:

Average vs. Genius

I am project minded. I function best with a goal and deadline on my calendar at all times. If there is not one, I find one and hit the ground running (or walking), investigating the avenues in order to achieve the results I want.

My father is the same way. He must have a list of projects to accomplish whether creative or physical. His list is as long as mine. The difference? He is a genius. He can handle a variety of things at one time and do a very good job! And before I’ve finished one project, he’s completed five. I try to keep up, but I must not have the brain power or the energy.

My lists include house, garden, work, and writing projects. I’ll share what I have to do for my writing in order to complete anything. If I see all the items on the list and all the different parts to be accomplished, I rebel and not much gets done.

So, here is what I do almost daily:

  1. Reading—I start and end my day with reading beloved fiction by my favorite or new authors. I record all my reading activity on Goodreads and in my reading journal. Each book has its own page where I write the dates and my thoughts.
  2. Reviewing—This is not daily, for it depends on when I finish a book. I review through Celebrate Lit Blog Tours, Amazon, Goodreads, and BookBub.  My stack of print books is very tall! But I also have audible and eBooks. It’s a project of a lifetime.
  3. Researching—Since I mainly write historical fiction, I am constantly researching, not just one or two books or resources but 10-15 or more. I spend three months or so researching before I start the writing project. It gives me ideas and a backdrop for my characters.
  4. Writing—Finally, the words start flowing after I outline and plan my novel. I write with pen and paper, so it can go anywhere with me. After that, I input it on the computer where I immediately start the next stage. My mission is to write every day, even if only 200 words.
  5. Editing—This is an ongoing, constant process that involves more than me. After I edit my finished product, I send it to a professional editor. When he finishes, I put in the corrections. Next, I have two-three Beta readers read for content, grammar, etc., catching all the mistakes my editor and I missed. Also, my publisher has an additional two-three professional edits. Yes, I’m tired during this stage. I seem to always be editing something.

That is a little bit about me and my reading/writing world. Of course, I have to add the house, the garden, work, exercise, and family. If an average IQ can get things done, what can a genius accomplish?

Enter both giveaways soon!

Because Fiction links

#BecauseFiction Magazine June Issue is here!

Check out articles from your favorite Christian authors such as Naomi Craig, Marguerite Gray, Kathleen J. Robison, and Jennifer Pierce, and enter a bunch of giveaways for some fun prizes!

Enjoy!

Here are some links to help you explore this month’s articles and giveaways:

Because Fiction Newsletter June: https://mailchi.mp/191ca654b18d/becausefiction-magazine-june-editions-giveaways-more-6203918

Because Fiction June Historical link: https://mailchi.mp/2cec692a650b/becausefiction-magazine-june-historical-fiction-giveaways-6203770

Because Fiction June 2021 Marguerite Gray https://www.becausefiction.com/marguerite-martin-gray/

I’m giving away a print copy of Bring Me Near.

Enjoy the articles from writers in all the genres not just historical.

Because Fiction May Edition and Giveaway

#BecauseFiction May Editions!

Hello readers,

It’s the end of May, and you can tell summer is coming in Southern California. The days are warm, which means it is very nice reading weather. As a mom of three, summer usually means I have more time for reading, and my TBR pile is ready for me to go! What about you?

In this issue, we have several chances for you to win books for your TBR pile plus get updates and personal insights from authors only found here. You don’t want to miss it!

Here is wishing you a wonderful summer!

Until next time, readers.

Sandy Barela

There are many different divisions to the magazine. Visit all of them for interesting articles and giveaways.

**Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction May Historical Edition with featured authors such as Caryl McAdoo, Marguerite Martin Gray, and Liz Tolsma!

https://mailchi.mp/0dec56b42458/becausefiction-magazine-may-historical-fiction-giveaways-6193602

This is where my article and giveaway reside–with the historicals:

https://www.becausefiction.com/marguerite-martin-gray/

**Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction May Women’s Fiction, Speculative Fiction, & Suspense Edition with featured authors Jennifer Sienes, Katherine Scott Jones, and Susan K. Beatty!

https://mailchi.mp/8412bce01560/becausefiction-magazine-may-suspense-womens-fiction-giveaways-6193598

**Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction May Contemporary & Romance Edition with featured authors such as Chautona Havig, Meghann Whistler, and Tabitha Bouldin!

https://mailchi.mp/a64bdc79ff69/becausefiction-magazine-may-contemporary-fiction-giveaways-6193618

Let me know later if you win anything.

I’m giving away a copy of Surround Me. Be sure to enter by visiting the site with the links above.

Podcast about Revolutionary Faith

https://becausefictionpodcast.com/episode-63-historical-and-historical-romance-author-chats

Well, I did this! My first podcast ever and this one was painless with Chautona Havig on Because Fiction. As you listen please have your “grace” mode on since I am way far from a professional. Enjoy!

My interview is the last one. Here is a snippet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qd8ugzmqp1tssme/Episode_63_gray.mp4?dl=0

And here is the link to the Blog. Please leave your comments. I will admit it was fun to chat about my journey.

https://chautona.com/because-fiction-63

April Because Fiction Magazine and Giveaway!!!

Hey, everyone! Here is the link to a giveaway on Because Fiction Magazine and a note from Sandy! https://mailchi.mp/…/becausefiction-magazine-april…#BecauseFiction

April Editions!Hello Readers!

Welcome to the April Edition of the BecauseFiction Magazine. Spring is here in Southern California. The weather has been on the warm side, and the flowers are blooming all over! Today we saw 22 baby ducks down at the lake. They were so cute!With the weather turning nice, it is fun to sit out on the balcony and read with a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke – I am game for either. I am on the hunt to build up my TBR list to read, read, read.To help you build your TBR list, we have some great reads for you this month! Be sure to check out each author’s update, enter the giveaways, and grab your free book.

Until next month, may God bless you richly! Sandy Barela

I’m giving away a copy of Hold Me Close. Read my article “A Reader First” here: https://www.becausefiction.com/marguerite-martin-gray/ and enter the giveaway.

Because Fiction Magazine and Giveaways

#BecauseFiction March Magazine is here!Check out articles from your favorite Christian authors such as Lena Nelson Dooley, Katherine Scott Jones, Marguerite Gray, and Liz Tolsma, and enter a bunch of giveaways for some fun prizes!Enjoy!

I have an article featured in the Magazine and a giveaway! Please share the link with your friends.

March 2021 Featured Article by Marguerite Gray

The Surprises on Bookshelves

What books are on your bookshelves? How do you organize your books? If I close my eyes, I imagine my ideal personal library: ceiling to floor bookshelves on all walls in a library with a rolling ladder like in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” A true fairytale dream! What surprises I would find there! But even with my shelves I’m surrounded by special, sweet, surprises every day… (read more by following the links)


Link to newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/8e2aecbcc299/becausefiction-magazine-march-editions-giveaways-more-6170906

Link to my article: https://www.becausefiction.com/marguerite-martin-gray/

An Interview on Because Fiction!!

I’m so excited about this! Please listen to it. I had fun with the interview with my publisher! Click on over to find out what is going on in my crazy world.

#Becausefiction Q & A with Marguerite Martin Gray

This weeks #Becausefiction Q & A features Marguerite Martin Gray (Marguerite Gray).We are asking Marguerite your questions!Find out if your question was picked to win the $5 Amazon card plus find out how you can win a special prize from Marguerite!Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/wweL9uJDg8c

Oh la la…important things!

I have three important things to share, so stick with me. Be sure to click on the links to get the complete news.

  1. I’m doing a video chat with Sandy Barela on March 25. The fun thing is you get to ask me questions. Please click on the link below to pose your question.

GIVEAWAY, reader friends!Don’t miss your chance to ask Marguerite Gray a question in our #BecauseFiction Q & A!Submit your question on the form below for your chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!https://forms.gle/bzabPaje179noGJy5

2) I have a guest post on Book Cave. Please read it and enjoy.

Here is the link! https://mybookcave.com/historical-research-to-fiction/

historical research to fiction

3) This month’s multi-author giveaway is open until March 20. Please enter. Who knows…you could be the winner…

I want you to have a chance to win 40+ books or a $500 Amazon card to buy a ton of books yourself in Celebrate Lit’s 2nd Annual Hop into Spring Giveaway.

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/10736/2nd-annual-hop-into-spring

So, there is a lot going on…hopefully you find a place to enjoy and be happy…

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February Because Fiction Article and Giveaway

This is such a great magazine. The link is https://www.becausefiction.com/marguerite-martin-gray/ to take you to my article and giveaway. But once you are there, you can go to contemporary, women’s fiction, mystery, etc. where other articles and giveaways exist.

My giveaway is a print copy of Wait for Me.

Does anyone else like giveaways? Do you ever win? I love them and occassionally I will win on Goodreads! I always enter.