You’re invited to a stellar Christmas party! There will be games, giveaways, grand prizes, puzzles, free books, more books, and 43 amazing authors to hang out with for three days! Dec. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, this coming Thursday-Saturday.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
It’s that time again–time for my monthly giveaway. Please comment on my blog for your chance to win one fo the two books this month.
I’m reading Kara Swanson’s second book in the series, Shadow, and decided I had to read the first one, Dust, so I bought two copies. Amazon has this posted about Dust:
The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale…
Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London…and a boy who shouldn’t exist.
Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.
The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.
Draw Me to Your Side, Book Four in my Revolutionary Faith Series is historical fiction:
Warships in the harbor explode with battle cries for freedom in the heartsof Charles Town’s patriots.
Charles Town, South Carolina, 1775—With the British warships threatening his family and livelihood, Louis Lestarjette commits to aid the fiery Patriots like Francis Marion, Christopher Gadsden, and Silas Deane with secret correspondences in code and in French. With an expanding family, Louis values their lives and safety over his. Not convinced that the colonies can succeed in separation from Britain, he abides by his word—available with funds, his life, and his possible absence from Elizabeth, an unpleasant sacrifice.
As Elizabeth faces the birth of her second child, she wonders at the wisdom of bringing new life into this war zone. While cannons are aimed at the city and she’s confined to her home, she watches other women continue in their secret mission. Knowing her activity can eventually begin again, she considers where and how her little family can survive in the turbulence of pending independence. Louis’ impending volatile role leave her questioning the possibility of being in a war alone. To survive she must draw to God’s side as all else is changing.
Comment for your chance to win: What is the last fairy tale retold or historical fiction that you read?
Welcome to my June Giveaway, June 21-27! I chose to give away a copy of Bring Me Near, Book Three in the Revolutionary Faith Series since in takes place at a period leading up to our Independence from Britain. 1775 was a pivotal time of battles and war plans. Charles Town citizens and the Sons of Liberty entered a volatile commitment to the war and separation.
Also, I am giving away a copy of The Green Dress by Liz Tolsma. This is part of a great, creative, interesting series called True Colors, Historical Stories of American Crime. I plan on reading every one of them by many different authors.
To enter, please leave a comment. As the fourth of July approaches, what plans do you have to celebrate?
I want to challenge each of you to participate in all aspects of this Beach Book Bash!
I’m also excited to invite you to a Beach Book Bash in the “Save the Date Reader Group!” There will be games, authors, giveaways, grand prizes, and did I mention books? We’re all hoping for a spectacular three-day online event this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Join the reader group today and we’ll see you at the party! There are tons of authors and books. I’m looking forward to hanging out with you. Stop in the party one day, or all three!
Also, check out the grand prizes for this event … and enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win 45 paperbacks or one of two $150.00 Amazon eGift Cards! All of the guest authors and Save the Date authors contributed to these prizes.
I am on the schedule. I won’t share when just yet. I want you to visit with the other authors too. Each author has an individaul giveaway! Not only do you have a chance to win the grand prize but also 45 other prizes.
Please consider this a personal invitation. Join the group today so you will get all the updates.
This month I am giving away a copy of Surround Me (Book Two of the Revolutionary Faith series) and Matchmaker’s Best Friend by Kari Trumbo. All you have to do is comment for your chance to win one of the two selections. I’ll pick the winners on May 31. Good luck!
Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray: Battles rage in Elizabeth Elliott’s heart as the threat of war invades her hometown. Charles Town, SC, 1773—The dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend as Louis Lestarjette makes a permanent break from his homeland and pursues his relationship with Elizabeth.
This is book two of the Revolutionary Faith series following Hold Me Close.
Matchmaker’s Best Friend by Kari Trumbo: When they dated ten years ago as teens, it almost destroyed their friendship. So Pen Reese did the only logical thing. She lied about how she felt—and still feels—about him. She’s still paying for that lie.
This book is part of the Independence Islands series!