Friday, November 24, 2017

Conquer Your Goliaths this Black Friday

I don't know about you, but I used to stand in the long line of my favorite department store the morning after Thanksgiving.

It was cold and unbelievably tiresome.

Once I asked a lady in front of me why she was waiting in line at 5 a.m. 

"Socks," she said.

I couldn't believe it, but then I could. 

I'd been coming to these Black Friday events for years, standing in line with my daughters, and sometimes with friends or family members. There was something about racing for the deals and getting to them before someone else did that I found exciting. 

Maybe I'm getting old, but, nowadays I prefer staying indoors to do my shopping. It's warmer, not nearly as tiresome, and I can take a nap if I want to.

That being said, some of the joy is missing. I don't get to talk to anyone in line or buy a cup of cocoa to warm me up. Like buying a real Christmas tree, you lose a little when you by the fabricated kind.

Still...

There's the warmth.

I suppose I'm going to vie for warmth again this year. How about you?

If you decide to stay inside, or if you're in one of those long lines at your favorite department store, you might just want to take a moment and order something for free. I may not be able to help you conquer the long lines and cold hands, but I will more than likely be able to help you out with those other unmentionables. Those things most of us keep hidden.

God knows what they are and so do we. And he will help us with those things, whatever they are. Things like listening and trusting in Him. Being optimistic even when things are the darkest. Keeping that tenacious spirit; never giving up, and being constant with Him, no matter what anyone else says or does that we may not like.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: Happy Thanksgiving! FREE books!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my writer and reader friends!

Today through Cyber Monday, get Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones FREE. 


Get The Feast: A Parable of the Ring, FREE beginning the 25 - that's Small Business Saturday!


Both of these books may just help you through the holiday season! Start Conquering Your Goliaths on Thanksgiving, and continue the saga of Ms. Virginia Bean on Saturday. Both books are short, uplifting, and motivating. Just what you need!

You may just want to take a look at the final book in the series, and prepare yourself for the best Christmas ever!



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

TUESDAY TRAILERS: Give some love this Thanksgiving


Monday, November 20, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Rebecca Howie

Tell me about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I’ve always, always loved stories, and the first time I can remember writing for fun was when I was at a friend’s party when I was maybe six or seven, and there was a notepad in with the cake and balloons and plastic toys that made up the party favours, and I had this compulsion to write in it.

That compulsion to fill up blank pages is still the same, although my approach to writing has changed massively.

How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

I’ve long since given up trying to schedule my writing time because schedules make writing feel more like a chore than something I’m doing for fun, and being on the clock makes it harder for me to get anything done because I’m worried about how little time I have left.

I’m more productive when I have a whole day ahead of me and nothing else to do because it gives me the chance to go back to my laptop if I’m feeling inspired.

How and where do you write? Do you prefer a laptop or some other method of getting your words down?

I write in my bedroom, on my laptop, but if I’m plotting or get ideas for scenes, I use paper.
  
What's your favorite part of writing? Your least favorite part of writing?

My favourite part of writing is easily coming up with stories. I love starting with one character and building a whole world from nothing and making all the pieces fit together.
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My least favourite part is definitely the editing, although writing the blurb is a close second.

How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

I’d written versions of Sam and Marshall before I started The Game Begins, and versions of the story which I eventually published, so when I decided to seriously consider publishing a book, I already had some idea of what it was going to be about.

It helped a lot that I roughly knew where the story was going and what was going to happen, and because I already had that head start with the characters and the first few chapters, it only took me around three months to finish the first draft.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

I’ve tried a bit of everything since publishing my book, but social media has been the most fun for me. I love meeting new writers and hearing their stories and the things they’ve overcome to get their books published, and it works for getting me interested in other people’s works instead of all those ‘buy my book’ tweets that pop up on occasion.

What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

I’m working on the sequel to The Game Begins, which is called A Woman Scorned. It isn’t the first sequel I’ve ever worked on, but it’s certainly the hardest.

Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

I have a few projects I switch between when I can’t write AWS, but there’s none I’m in any particular hurry to finish.

What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

Keep reading and writing. Reading is like a practice marathon before the real thing, and writing every day even if you don’t feel like it, is how you’re going to grow as a writer and develop your unique voice.

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A Question for Kathryn

Have you ever thought about giving up writing and doing something else?

No, though I'm also interested in interior design and gardening. Writing, for me, is like breathing. I wouldn't forget to breathe on a particular day, and that same day I wouldn't forget to write.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Last Day of the Battlecreek Boutique!

What treasures are you missing out on?