Just a Closer Walk

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If you have read any mail order bride stories, you’ve probably noticed that even though the bride and groom never met each other, they are both genuinely good people. It’s a rare story that has a scam or a truly bad person either write or respond to the mail order bride advertisement. I took that rare theme and wrote three novellas about five young ladies duped into becoming mail order brides only to find out the men they were supposed to marry weren’t what they had appeared in the letters. The first of those novellas just released on June 26th and I’m excited to share more about it today.

First of all, the three novellas were inspired by five minor characters in The Solid Rock. If you’ve read the book, you probably can guess which ones I am talking about. I couldn’t just leave those young ladies without telling their stories, so I continued them. Katie and Joanna are featured in Just a Closer Walk and I had a lot of fun writing it. I hope you enjoy reading it! (Plus there’s a giveaway 😉 ).

About the Book

Just a Closer Walk_FrontI am weak, but Thou art strong/Jesus, keep me from all wrong/I’ll be satisfied as long/As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?

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Surrender

Calling all pianists! With a Joyful Noise has released a new piano solo book for late-intermediate to early-advanced pianists. Whether you are your church’s pianist or you simply enjoy learning new music for personal enjoyment and reflection, finding new music books is always a joy. Coming from a church
pianist who knows the struggle of finding new offertories, Amanda Tero has taken timeless songs and woven advanced techniques into simple, relaxing settings.

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Keep Your Friends, Give Me Enemies

A couple weeks ago, a fellow Homeschool author of mine asked if any bloggers wanted guest posts. I jumped at the opportunity. Below is the post she wrote up for you, my readers. Enjoy!

Keep Your Friends, Give Me Enemies

Guest Post by Hope Pennington

Han and Leia

As sad as it may sound in a movie or a book enemies are more interesting than friends.

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Loglines in the Wild

About the Book

Writers everywhere have learned to pitch their stories more effectively with Finding the Core of Your Story. Now author Jordan Smith is back with Loglines in the Wild, a first-hand look at the process of creating a great story pitch. Featuring eight case studies drawn from consulting sessions with independent authors and filmmakers, plus six new chapters of logline tips and tricks, Loglines in the Wild is the perfect next step for anyone who wants to learn more about crafting an effective story pitch.

About the Author

Jordan Smith has a passion for helping self-published authors and other independent storytellers get their stories in front of an audience. He’s the author of Finding the Core of Your Story, a book many readers have said should be every author’s shelf. On his website, http://fixmystory.com, he shares his marketing know-how with indie authors. Jordan and his beautiful wife live in Georgia with their daughter and a very fluffy dog.

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A Puzzling Affair

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Did you enjoy the scavenger hunt? It was so much fun to see all the excitement on the blogs and I was surprised by how many people entered the giveaway! I’ll get to the winner in a minute, but first the covers!

Now that the hunt is over, I can show you all the covers. But instead of just putting them in here to be seen, I thought I’d have a little more fun with it. There’s a really neat website that makes jigsaw puzzles out of pictures. To see each cover, and have fun putting together a puzzle, click on each of the links below.

Just a Closer Walk

Just As I Am

Blessed Assurance

And Just a Closer Walk is also now available for preorder!

I did JACW in 4:13, JAIA in 3:09, and BA in 3:18. How did you do?

And the winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is…

Kaine Paker!!

Congratulations! I’ll be emailing the gift card to you soon! Thank you to all who entered this giveaway!

Space Kitties!!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I was a finalist for the Space Kitties Anthology. Well, it’s published now! I haven’t had a chance to read the other stories in it yet, but I hope to soon. As part of the release, the authors are doing an author interview round robin. So today, Rachel Harris is here to answer some questions about her book and writing. Tomorrow, I’ll be over on Rachel Rossano’s blog with my interview!

Interview

Space KittiesWhat is the synopsis of your Space Kitties tale?
My story is called Star Hopper Engineer and is about the cat Pyxis aboard the ship The Jules Vern. This literature loving cat is disliked by the crew because she doesn’t real serve a function and gets in the way. One day, when the ship is damaged, she might be the only thing that will save them from suffocating in space. Continue reading

Novella Cover Scavenger Hunt

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Who doesn’t like a scavenger hunt? I suppose it depends on the kind of scavenger hunt, but today I’m here to reveal the covers for my three upcoming novellas.

Amazon Gift CardEach novella will be published this summer. One on June 26th, one on July 26th, and the last one on August 26th. To reveal the covers, I have a scavenger hunt set up. I have a few clues for you and then once you find the covers, you can fill out the form below to enter a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Each cover you find will get you four extra entries. Entries will be closed on June 10th and the winner announced on June 11th. Continue reading