Drum Roll Please…

Wasn’t that blog tour fun? I know I had fun. But I’m sure y’all don’t necessarily care. You mainly want to know who our two lucky winners are. Well, our lucky winners today are…

Onisha

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AND

Deeanna

Aundy Cover

Congratulations to you both! I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading the books! Either Shanna or I will be emailing you soon. Random, fun fact: Anna and Aundy both have some similarities. They are both unconventional women and they are both taller than most women.

And since there were only three entries, I didn’t want to leave Miss Theodora out. Theodora will be receiving two lovely desktop backgrounds created by Perry Elisabeth.

Be Thou My Vision

Don’t forget that you can preorder “Be Thou My Vision” all the way up to the publishing date. On October 26th, the price goes up to what will be the regular price: $2.99.

BTMV Preorder Promo2And if you haven’t read the first book, “A Mighty Fortress”, it isn’t necessary to read first, but it does give a little bit of back story. Also, be on the look out for updates on “Amazing Grace”. To get the full story, from “Be Thou My Vision”, you will want to read “Amazing Grace”. Lord willing, that book will be coming out early 2015.

Snippets

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While Be Thou My Vision is being read by my proofreaders, I am finally catching up on a few other writing projects that I had started, but set aside for the final push with Be Thou My Vision. The last week or so, I have worked on two short stories for a contest on the Pen Help blog. These stories need to be entered by October 1st, so I am kind of pushing it closer to the deadline than I would like. However, both of these short stories need to be less than 10,000 words, so I should be just fine.

Both stories, Reunion and Satan’s Plans (working title), have been written and just need a little editing. I will be editing them both this week and then sending the stories in to the contest. 🙂

Since I couldn’t come up with another post that wouldn’t take me all day to write, I thought I would share a few snippets of each story with you as well as the plot concept from both. Continue reading

Heralds of Courage

I am officially a published author. No, not a novel of mine. I have somewhere around seven short stories published in an anthology. Most of you know that I am a member of a Christian writing forum called Holy Worlds.

One of the Holy Worlds members decided she wanted to publish a book with the theme of Justice, Hope, and Honor. Her main goal is to get these books into prisons around the U.S. In order to get stories and poems based on those three themes, she held a contest.

 Each contest submission is in the book. I submitted seven short stories. One of those stories was the runner-up in the Justice category. Today and Saturday I will post two of my favorite stories from my submissions. The runner-up was my favorite, but you will need to buy the book to read it. Here is the link for the book: http://www.amazon.com/Heralds-Courage-Holy-Worlds-Anthology/dp/1490569677/.

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Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will be encouraged, uplifted, entertained, and informed as you read my blog throughout this season of my life.

My goal for this blog is to post once a week, God willing. There will be a variety of topics: writing updates, excerpts from my work in progress, reflections on current events, ramblings about what is on my mind, and whatever else God lays on my heart.

To start my blog off, I would like to share a little about my most exciting project for this year. I started writing a Western story of unknown length about a year and a half ago. I wrote one pathetic rough draft and let it sit and stew for probably over six months. In Fall 2012, I picked it up again and started slowly working on a major rewrite.

Toward the end of November, a dear friend of mine told me about a contest being hosted by Women of Faith and WestBow Press. I decided to give it a try. [insert tongue-in-cheek humor and sarcasm]All I needed to do was finish my manuscript by January 31, 2013. Only about 40,000 quality words in two months needing little editing. [humor and sarcasm can now leave]

With my (very) rough draft, I had a basic outline of where I wanted to go with my book. The only major thing I wanted to do was change the ending to be more realistic.

December and January were spent frantically writing and rewriting. My short novella turned into a long novella and I sent the manuscript in with four days to spare.

I am currently editing the book even more to make it better. January 31, 2013, A Mighty Fortress stood strong at 42,930 words. After editing just four chapters, I now have over 48,000 words. My novella is quickly turning into a novel. ^_^

During my frantic time of writing, I also found out about another contest hosted by Injoy Publications, Inc. and submitted my book to that contest as well. I did not win the Women of Faith contest, however, I am a semi-finalist for the Injoy Publications contest. I am still waiting for the final results. Because of the Women of Faith contest, I also have a foot in the door at WestBow Press should I choose to publish through them.

To learn more about my works in progress, please visit my “Works in Progress” page. For now, I will leave you with a short excerpt from A Mighty Fortress.

Joshua soon discovered how hard it was to harvest wheat on an empty stomach. The day was hot and close, and Joshua was soon drenched in sweat. Since Matthew was unable to afford a new threshing machine, they worked the old fashioned way: with scythes. Joshua preferred scythes anyway. Even on hot days like today he liked the rhythmic motion of swinging the scythe back and forth, back and forth. It was soothing work, though hard.

Today, he still found it soothing, but less so than usual. His stomach was tight and empty. He hoped Ruth would make good on her promise to bring him something to eat. At least they had a bucket of water at the edge of the field. He glanced at Matthew without breaking his rhythm. Surely Matthew must be feeling the hunger pangs, too. Joshua sighed. He knew his brother’s stubbornness too well. Matthew would never quit until it was all done or he collapsed in exhaustion.

Get your thoughts onto something other than your stomach, he scolded himself. Bible verses. That should work. He started quoting Bible verses in rhythm to his scythe. A grin started to appear on his face as he worked on putting the verses to simple tunes. He could get used to this.