Friday, September 21, 2018

First Line Fridays

I know many of you are at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference this week--have bunches of fun for me!  Everyone's pictures on Instagram are fantastic, and it looks like a beautiful venue.  :) 

For this week's FLF, I saw this book advertised on the Hallmark channel, and thought it looked interesting.  Several of the Hallmark books seem to be based on the movies, or perhaps that is the other way around.  :)  However, I don't think there is a film for this book.  So before I start reading Christmas books, I think I will check this one out.  Happy reading! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Sunrise Cabin 
by Stacey Donovan

And the first line is...

"Of all the things Paige loved about the little cabin, the view of the sunrise was her favorite."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Ornament Keeper - Spotlight Book Tour

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Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

the  ornament  keeper Title: The Ornament Keeper  
Author: Eva Marie Everson  
Publisher: New Hope Publishers  
Release Date: September 24, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday

Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays.

The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, ͞I do.͟

Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.  

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Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world's greatest grandchildren.

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1. Favorite Christmas Memory,   

I love everything about Christmas except when it comes to an end. My childhood Christmases were idealic, so that explains part of it. I realize not all children have Santa under the tree … or candlelight services at the church on Christmas Eve … or driving through their small hometown to see how everyone else has decorated and what the center of town looks like … 

But my memories are of that and so much more. My memories are of family … and neighbors … and running from house to house to see what Santa left. My memories, before THE day, are of watching Santa Claus read letters from boys and girls while visiting the Trooper Terry Show (in Augusta, GA) and hoping he will read MY letter. My memories include the Sears and Roebuck catalogue, planning what the list in my letter will include. And then the joy--oh! the joy!--of waking up on Christmas morning to see that, yes, that letter must have been received because … there they all were. Everything I'd asked for and then some.

So, it's difficult to zero in on a favorite memory. Of course I have the memories of my own children waking up and sharing those moments with my husband, their father. The wonder of putting up the tree, the angst of taking it back down. The wonder wrapping the ornaments my children made, thinking about their tiny hands as they worked the craft. What could be better than that? 

2. Encouragement for Beginning Writers

This is what I tell every beginner writer I meet: enjoy the process. Enjoy the learning. Enjoy the writing and the rewriting and the whole process. One day it will be all about the deadlines and the requirements. Right now, it's about the talent. Enjoy these moments. 


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(1) winner will receive:
  • a print copy of The Ornament Keeper, and
  • an ornament handpicked by the author
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 17, 2018 and last through 11:59pm September 24, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor - Spotlight Book Tour

Genre:  Adult, New Adult, Christian, Fiction, Historical, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: August 14, 2018
Wealthy socialite Christine Harrison’s life seems perfect until the man she planned tomarry, Mr. Davenport, proposes to someone else. Heartbroken, Miss Harrison vowsnever to love again, and to distract herself, she sets out to rescue a fallen youngwoman. Little does she know that her journey will reveal more than she expected about her friends, her seemingly perfect life, and her own heart.

From writing an award-wining tale of a dragon falling from the stars in the 3rd grade to regency romance written at thirty, Sarah McConkie has always had a passion for creating intriguing stories. After years of singledom looking for romance (and teaching Junior High Choir to fill up real life), Sarah began a Master’s degree in Literacy. When love finally found her, she married and became a wife and eventually a mother. After tucking in her own little princess one January evening she determined to attempt her life-long dream to write and publish a novel. Using her many years of experience in the single realm, a robust knowledge of regency classics, and a love of all things old fashioned and proper, Sarah wrote Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor. She now lives with her own Mr. Right and her two daughters, and believes providing stimulating and moral stories promotes literacy in a world which needs more readers. This is her first novel.

What to do BEFORE you write.

First, it’s important to READ a lot. And critique other people’s writing. Read first, critique second, and write third. The second most important thing is having an idea. Jot it down! Keep a running note on your phone or computer. You’ll be glad you did. Think about it often. Have your mind go there when you do dishes, take a shower, clean the house, or instead of viewing social media. You’ll feel more fulfilled imagining your character’s lives than scrolling through someone else’s. And finally, it’s important (in my experience, although some might disagree) to outline the plot. I like sentences about the main scenes. I also like excel spreadsheets (I got this idea from a writing critique friend), that outlines either chapters or plot structure points. I’ve even checked word count by chapter this way and moved around or deleted unnecessary aspects of the story. It’s ok to delete your own words. You will thank yourself later. In my current WIP, I’ve been following “Save the Cat” plot structure and it’s been quite helpful. I feel like it keeps the action and pacing going in a natural flow. But whatever your process, start writing today! So many people have great ideas in their mind, but it’s when the fingers hit the keys that the magic really happens. In the words of a recent musical I saw, “Give life's little guys some ink, and when it dries just watch what happens.”

Christine breathed deeply, circling her arms around herself. As she stood among those high, stalwart cliffs, she formed a resolution. Their presence spoke to Christine once more, reminding her that she could change. She could be more steadfast in her desires. She determined then to look outward, toward others, and stop caring about herself and her status in life. She affirmed that day that she did not need high connections to validate her existence. She did not need a man to establish or promote her social standing. And perhaps most importantly, Christine resolved to never again let these base motives stand in her way of real and lasting relationships with the people around her.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

First Line Fridays

I always enjoy reading Christmas stories, and I am so excited to read this book, because the first adventure in the series was so good.  I'm glad Michelle Griep decided to continue this saga.  :)  What books do you enjoy reading around the holidays?  Do you like Christmas stories?  If so, I would love some new recommendations--let me know in the comments below.  Happy reading!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  A Tale of Two Hearts 
by Michelle Griep 

And the first line is...

London, 1853

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.  ~Charles Dickens~ 

"In the tiny back courtyard of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating!