Announcing…

…my shiny, new, second blog. In the last couple of weeks, my new venture of blog tour orchestrations has taken off much faster and more prolifically than I ever expected. Because of that, I decided to create a second blog specifically for the blog tours I orchestrate and/or sign up for. This blog will be for all of my personal Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections.

So, if you would like to learn more about new books, please feel free to head over to my new blog, Bookish Orchestrations. My first (real) post will be going up on June 2nd when Aubrey Hansen stops by for her blog tour.

Also Announcing…

Novellas2 Cover Reveal

My upcoming cover reveal! If you like scavenger hunts, you’ll like this tour. And if you have a blog and would like to help me announce the cover reveal, you can sign up here.

I think those are all of my announcements I’m willing to make for now. Although, there will be more upcoming, so stay tuned.

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7-7-7 challenge

A blogger friend of mine recently did this challenge and tagged anyone who hadn’t done it and who wanted to do it. So here I am!

These are the rules:

  • Go to page 7 of your WIP
  • Scroll down to line 7
  • Share the next 7 sentences in a blog post.
  • After the excerpt, tag 7 other writers to continue the challenge.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am currently editing and writing, so I have two Works in Progress (WIP). Because of this, I will actually post TWO excerpts. 😀 One will be from Lily of the Valley which I am editing, and the other from The Solid Rock which is being written pretty much as we speak. 🙂 Enjoy!

Lily of the Valley Continue reading

An Unusual Series

I’m a guest blogger this morning on the Petticoat and Pistol blog. I’ve been following that blog for a few months now and they often have great posts and lots of giveaways. Today, my books are featured and I’m also doing a giveaway. Here is a portion of what I am writing about. To read the whole post, click on the link at the end of the post.

Hymns of the West

On my blog recently, I was asked the following questions:

 As a writer of a series of books, do you fear you’ll lose momentum going into the next book or maybe that you will fall into the same pattern as the last one? For me, even with different characters, I find some books have the same rhythm. How do you avoid this?

I love this question for two reasons. Number one, it means I get to talk about each of my books at the same time. And number two, because I get to introduce my series to my readers in a more complete fashion that I haven’t done before.

To be honest, I don’t fear losing momentum going into the next book because each book is so different and I love revisiting old characters and creating new characters. As for falling into the same pattern, I don’t think that will be an issue either, again because of how different each book is from the others. If I do have that problem, it will be in books 2 and 3 since those two are so similar. Click here to read the rest of this post. 

Exciting News!

Before I get to the exciting news, I do have a favor to ask anybody who has a blog and would like to participate to go to this form and check out the details. The form is asking for people to participate in my big cover reveal. A fun giveaway is planned for the cover reveal as well, so make sure you stop by my blog when I do the cover reveal September 15-22.

And now on to the exciting news! Continue reading

In Which I Prattle on About Various Elements of Eleven

Sunflower award

I have been awarded the Sunflower award by Sarah from the Stardust and Gravel blog.

What is that?

Thanks for asking! The Sunflower award is when a blogger tags you to be a part of a fun blog event. All you have to do is give 11 random facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions from the awardee, tag 11 more bloggers, and give those bloggers 11 more questions to answer. Sounds fun, right? I sure hope so!   Here we go!

 11 random facts about me. This could be interesting. 😛

  •  I like to write fiction, but I very rarely am able to write poetry. Even when I can, it isn’t very good.
  •  My favorite genre is Historical Fiction, unless it comes to movies. Most Historical Fiction movies that I have seen are either too glamorized, too unrealistic, or too gory to watch.
  •  I have successfully helped install two laminate floors and done two others almost all by myself.
  •  I am a very untypical female. I can live without chocolate and I don’t like to go shopping, unless it is for material or some other craft thing.
  •  Each book I have written so far has been written in a different way somehow.       Either it has been in a different tense, a different person, or not written straight through from beginning to end.
  •  I know, or know of, FOUR Andrew’s who all have the same middle name. What’s with that, anyway?
  •  I drink lots of water and bring a water bottle pretty much everywhere.
  •  I wear skirts or dresses all the time unless I am helping to unload hay.
  •  I don’t like most of the contemporary Christian music.
  •  Since it is summer, I may as well include this fact that nobody will probably care about.       I don’t tan. At all. Ever.       All I do is burn and peel.
  •  I just discovered (yesterday) a very successful, at least for me, way to edit my books. (More on this in a later post)

 11 Questions

 1. What’s the last sentence you wrote in a story?

God knew my vision before I did and made it more than I had ever thought possible.

 
 2. What was the last movie you watched?

Parent Trap (the old one with Hayley Mills)

3. Do you have a favorite quote?

“I don’t believe in coincidences, only God-incidences.”-a pastor I heard somewhere

 4. Favorite food?

Without a doubt, it would be Lasagna.

5. Have you ever seen a shooting star?

I think I have, but I can’t remember for sure.

6. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three books, which would you bring?

Some sort of herbal and/or plant identification book, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, and The Holy Bible

7. In real life, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned?

Old-fashioned with a slight mix of modern. There are some modern conveniences that are quite nice to have, but I do prefer a lot of the old-fashioned clothes, styles, and lifestyles.

8. In fiction, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned? (Other worlds count.)

Old-fashioned. I like to read about what things were like back then.

9. What’s the strangest thing hanging on your wall in your room?

I have a nice little line up of 1 foot square crates hanging on my wall to hold various things including old pairs of glasses, head scarves, and my camera.

10. What’s your favorite bird?

Bald Eagles. They are so majestic and pretty.

11.  Robin Hood or King Arthur?

Robin Hood. I’ve probably read at least two different versions of the story and seen at least three different versions of the movie. As much as the King Arthur legend fascinates me, the magic that is usually in it repels me more than the history draws me in.

 My 11 tagged Bloggers

 Pen Help

David Hartung

Jonathan Garner

Holy Worlds

Aubrey Hansen

Sarah Holman

Jaye L. Knight

The Second Sentence

Books and Benches

The Arsenal

However Improbable

 11 Questions for the bloggers

  1. What is your favorite kind of tree?
  2. Do you prefer tea or coffee or neither?
  3. What is your favorite social media site?
  4. What is the last sentence you wrote in a story?
  5. Who is your favorite historical figure and why?
  6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  7. What’s your favorite dessert?
  8. If you could live in any time period (past, present, or future) what would you choose?
  9. What is your favorite book to re-read (besides the Bible)
  10. What genre do you read most?
  11. What is the best movie you have ever watched?

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Books

The blog tour has now come to an end.  This is a bittersweet moment.  I truly did enjoy being on the tour, but it was also a lot of work.  More than I thought it would be. 😛   I got 2 new reviews, answered some interview questions, and learned some new things about myself and how blog tours work.

Some lessons I learned:

  • Don’t try to do too many things at the same time.  In other words, wait until the initial marketing rush is finished.
  • Have all guest posts written up at least a week ahead of time. Continue reading

Introducing My First Blog Tour

AMightyFortressBookCover

It is hard to believe that two weeks have passed since I became a published author.  Where does the time go?  Since November 19, I have sold 4 paperbacks off of Amazon, 4 Kindle editions off of Amazon, 25+ signed copies, and given away 511 free Kindle editions during my 2-day free promotion.  And now today, I am doing something new: I am starting my very first blog tour.

What is a blog tour?

A blog tour is when someone (say, an author) asks people if they would be willing to post something on a specific day for the blog tour.  In my case, there will be reviews, guest posts (with excerpts), and interviews.  Each day, I will add a link to the new blog of the day, so make sure you come back everyday and catch all the fun.

Schedule

December 3: Review and Interview on Mary Beth Magee’s blog

December 4: Interview on J. Grace Pennington’s blog

December 5: “What must I do to be saved?”

December 6: Guest Post on Writing Historical Fiction for Aubrey Hansen’s blog

December 7: Excerpt on Molly Evangeline’s blog

December 8: Interview on Jesse Rice’s blog

December 9: Interview on Michelle Lynn Brown’s blog

December 10: Back to my blog with a surprise post

December 11: Review from Carolyn Park-Williams

December 12: Review or guest post on the Holy Worlds blog

December 13: The wrap-up

Excerpt

And since I want to share an excerpt, I’ll also post an excerpt in here.  Enjoy!

Out of habit, Joshua looked up and down the street as he stepped out of the Sheriff’s office.  Nothing but dust and a few people walking to and from the stores.  He turned to his right and strode to the telegraph office.

After sending the telegram to Cheyenne, he walked down to the livery where he stabled his horse, Poseidon, during the day.

“Hey, there, boy.”  Joshua brushed his hand down the gelding’s flanks.  “How would you like to take a ride out to the ranch?”  He laughed when Poseidon snorted and moved his head up and down.  “Okay, we’ll get going.  But first I need to get you saddled.  I’m not riding bareback.”

After saddling his horse, Joshua mounted and directed the horse toward home.  As he rode, he studied the scenery and prayed.  “God, I know this idea came from You.  No one else could have given it to me.  Thank You for giving me the idea.  I pray that it will work and that she will be willing and able to come out here.  God, You know how much Jed needs to accept Your free gift.  He is drowning in his anger.  Show him Your love.”

Joshua rode in silence until he reached the Double B ranch.  He considered visiting his family, but he needed to get back to town.  The time would be better spent with God anyway.  With his job as sheriff plus helping out at the ranch as needed, Joshua had little time to spend just praying and listening.

Joshua pulled on the reins to direct Poseidon back toward town.  Poseidon was reluctant to go away from the ranch, but he was obedient to his master.

“Humans could learn a lot from horses, Poseidon.  It takes a lot to break the wildness out of you, but once you are broken, you are forever obedient to your master, as long as they don’t mistreat you.”  He looked around at the rolling hills.  “God, help me be completely broken by You and always obey without question.”