23 July 2014
Winter in the Soul
- Author: Jennifer Novotney
- Release Date: July 13, 2014
- Genre: Children's Fiction, Fantasy
In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul.
When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.
Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?
10 Tips For Becoming A Better Writer
1. Read a variety books in different genres. I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before, but it’s the truth. Read! Read! Read! If you want to improve your writing skills, find a comfy chair and read as much as you can in as many different genres that you can. Just because you want to write romance, doesn’t mean you won’t learn something from a young adult fantasy. Even non-fiction has it’s benefits for fiction writers. The craft of writing really is an art, so read as much as you can.
2. Know your grammar. Good grammar is really the basis for successful writing. If you need brushing up, get a style handbook and study away. The time you spend will be well worth the effort. Believe me, no one will take a work seriously if it is riddled with grammar and spelling errors.
3. Get feedback. Be open to feedback on your writing. Make sure that you take criticism with a grain of salt, but know when to admit that certain areas of your manuscript or story need work. With that said, be selective with who you share your work. Make sure it is someone whose opinion you value. You don’t want feedback that might not improve your writing, so be sure that the feedback you receive is from someone who knows their stuff.
4. Writing is subjective. Remember that writing is subjective, especially the publishing world. What one agent or publisher may love, another may hate. Don’t give up or become negative about your writing just because it might not be someone’s cup of tea. It might just be the best thing someone else has ever read.
5. Keep writing. They say practice makes perfect and although you may never be a perfect writer, practice will certainly help you to become a better writer. Write as much as you can and don’t procrastinate. Some of the best writers say to write every day.
6. Attend classes, seminars, and workshops. Just like with any skill, you’ll want to hone your craft. Sign up for a writer’s conference. Listen to what other successful writers advise. Meet people and gain skills to improve your writing. Most importantly, never stop learning.
7. Get a mentor. Having someone in your court who’s been there before and seen it all is priceless. A mentor can steer you in the right direction and give you valuable advice. Contact writers you admire and see if they’d be willing to mentor you in your writing career. You’d be surprised about who might just be willing to help you.
8. Edit. Edit. Edit. There is a famous saying that good writing is really good editing. If you want to create a published work, you will definitely do your fair share of editing. You might as well dive right in and get started after your first draft is complete. Don’t be afraid to improve upon draft after draft of your work. This is what all good writers do.
9. Get a writing partner. Unlike a mentor, a writing partner is more like a peer. They are in the trenches with you, experiencing the same trials and tribulations. It can be comforting and quite supporting to have someone else on your side to cheer you on and keep you positive.
10. Stay Positive. Above all else, stay positive. A good, optimistic attitude will take you far in your writing career. Writing, especially the publishing side, is a game of rejection. Many great writers were rejected more times than not and they persevered to gain success. Keep a positive outlook and you will succeed too.
About the Author:
Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.
#Review: #NewRelease from @HarlequinBooks - Out of Hiding by @Dylan_Rachel - A Love Inspired #Suspense #Novel!
22 July 2014
Out of Hiding
- Author: Rachel Dylan
- Release Date: August 1, 2014
- Genre: Christian Fiction, Romantic Suspense
TRUST NO ONE
This vow has kept P.I. Sadie Lane safe ever since she saw her parents murdered and then entered Witness Protection. But when she gets a lead on the long-ago killer she can't forget, Sadie joins forces with a dashing FBI agent leading his own investigation into the crime boss. Kip Moore makes her yearn to trust, but protocol demands Sadie keep her true identity hidden. Secrecy is all that has kept her alive. As they venture deep undercover into her target's syndicate, Sadie finds herself in over her head. Kip is her only hope as she comes face-to-face with a killer from her past. A deadly past that now threatens her future…and Kip's.
About the Author:
Rachel Dylan writes inspirational romantic suspense. She loves animals and is active in animal rescue. She enjoys adding adorable pets to her stories. She lives in Georgia with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats.
Out of Hiding is such a great book! It's my first book by Rachel Dylan and I'm so glad for the opportunity to read it. The plot deals with human trafficking, an issue that's often swept under the rug in today's world. Sadie Lane is an assistant Private Investigator who is still dealing with events that happened in her childhood. Her current case is a kidnapping and she is on a mission to find a sixteen-year-old girl that disappeared when she crosses paths with Kip Moore, an F.B.I. Agent and former soldier. Both are fighting demons from their past but have the same goal. To bring down Igor Vladimir's network but for very different reasons. The excitement begins when they start working together and explodes into a plot so full of depth it will leave you breathless.
Rachel's characters are so believable. They are the tough-as-nails, nail-them-to-the-wall type characters that leave you wondering where they have been all your life. The storyline is so fast-paced and exciting it pulled me in from page one and kept me glued until the end. The romance that develops between Sadie and Kip is exciting and sweet. One of my favorite things about the book is the big oaf of a dog named Clancy. A giant of a dog with a sweet side, Clancy appeals to the animal lover in me. In my opinion, a story is always enhanced when you add a lovable pet. It is a great book with a lot of appealing angles and anyone that loves romantic suspense will love it! I'm very much looking forward to more books from Rachel Dylan. If you haven't added her to your "favorite authors" list, now is the time. Highly recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.
The Husband Maker
- Author: Karey White
- Release Date: June 16, 2014
- Genre: Women's Fiction, Clean Read
Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next. Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed? When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
Coming Fall 2014 - Charlotte's Story continues in The Match Maker
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- Author: Jeanetta Britt
- Publication Date: May 31, 2014
- Book Title: Lottie
- Genre: Christian Fiction
- Print Length: 235 pages
- Publisher: Twelve Stones Publishing LLC (May 31, 2014)
- ASIN: B00KP1IJSO
About The Book:Oh, no! Rose is back! If Lottie isn’t having enough trouble being a newlywed and taking on her duties as the first female African American Senator in her native state of Alabama, her sister Rose is trying to make the moves on her husband, Chaney. Rose has had a crush on Chaney since high school, and it looks like she’s not done yet. And in spite of her love for her community and her political pursuits, Lottie has to learn to open her heart and fight for her family. Family, however, is not always what it seems—family is the people who love us. Lottie, the third book in the Lottie Series, follows the murder mystery in Pickin' Ground, and the story of personal and community redemption in In Due Season. Lottie explores the fulfillment of marital love that overcomes selfish ambition, political corruption, and family pain. “There is no love like married love!”
About The Author
21 July 2014
Author Ann Gaylia O'Barr visits today!
She brings with her, in the form of her latest novel, all her experience as a Foreign Service officer in the turbulent Middle East. Tender Shadows is one of seven such novels and will appeal to lovers of foreign lands, culture, adventure, and romance.
About Tender Shadows:
When Beth Wilhite’s U.S. State Department job assigns her to an uncaring Washington, D.C. following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, her intense loneliness leads her to make decisions that clash with her values. Then she receives a new assignment to the Middle Eastern kingdom of Al Hajar and a chance to serve with an old friend, Joe Harlan, widowed a few years before. Can she overcome the grip of past choices? Not yield to them again? Can Joe accept what she’s done…and move beyond, perhaps even to loving her?
Joe’s daughter, Annie, working under Beth at the U.S. embassy, deals with her own secret choice. And the young diplomat, Palestinian-American David Antony, struggles with traumatic stress because of a choice he made earlier in Iraq. Yet Annie and David are inexplicably drawn toward each other.
Together, might this thrown-together community find courage to live out his or her individual calling…for such a time as this? And find a forever love?
Meet Ann Gaylia O'Barr:
Ann has at one time or another been a full-time wife and mother, computer programmer, historic preservation planner, Foreign Service officer with the U.S. State Department, and, since 2004, full-time writer (more or less). OakTara has published six of her novels. The latest is Tender Shadows, which came out this spring. Her last article was “The Diversity of God’s Call to Writers” in the winter 2012 issue of ACFW Journal.
Ann, many of the major characters in your novels are American Christians who serve their country at United States embassies overseas, as you did. What kinds of tasks did you and your colleagues perform overseas?
The work is tremendously varied. The web site www.state.gov gives some idea of what Foreign Service officers do. My job as a consular officer included aiding American citizens overseas. Some tasks were routine: renewing U.S. passports and performing notary services. Others were anything but routine, such as notifying families in the United States that a loved one had died overseas or visiting Americans who were jailed in the foreign country and reporting on their conditions--to the families and to the State Department.
How did your experiences influence your writing?
Observing the United States from other cultures, I developed an interest in why and how this country and its culture became what they are in the twenty-first century. The changes in our country from 1990, when I came into the Foreign Service, until 2004, when I left, have been tremendous. I was assigned to Saudi Arabia during both Gulf Wars (1991 and 2003) as well as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As we all know, the changes haven’t stopped since then.
Two observations stand out: 1) How decadent some foreigners judged our culture, based on the sometimes hedonistic lifestyles illustrated in the media. 2) For America to be the world power that it is, many Americans, including American Christians, often appeared not interested in what goes on in the world outside our borders.
A lot of my stories concern Christians working to explain the country they represent to foreigners. Beset with the same temptations and challenges that Americans experience domestically, they attempt to live out their Christian commitment in their foreign settings. The settings may reflect these temptations and challenges through a different lens.
Is this especially true for Tender Shadows?
I think so. A couple of the characters have strayed further from their commitments than in any of my other novels and struggle to find their way back. The small embassy community they inhabit means they work out their problems in closer quarters than in most domestic settings. Plus, foreign demonstrations at the embassy, along with concern over hostility toward Americans, heighten the tension and outline the challenges in a deeper hue.
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