Wisdom Wednesday: Jennifer Hallmark

Hello everyone! The last time we had Wisdom Wednesday, I was writing to you from St. Jude for my son’s last chemo treatment. Life’s been a whirlwind since then, and when we got home, it was time to start Kindergarten and find our “new normal.”

Gabe is doing well and seems to enjoy school so far. Now things are settled more, (I’m finishing up my third book so deadlines are looming) I’m looking for guest authors for Wisdom Wednesday, and Fantasy Reads. If you are a Christian or clean fiction author, and interested in being featured, please send me an email.

Now, on to our guest today. I’m happy to have author Jennifer Hallmark with us. I had the pleasure of being on her blog for The Soul Searcher blog tour earlier this year, and I can’t wait to see what she is sharing with us for #WisdomWednesday.
Welcome, Jennifer!


Name: Jennifer Hallmark

Genre: Southern Fiction (contemporary)

Latest Novel: Jessie’s Hope

Writing Tip: 

My favorite writing tip is don’t edit while you write your first draft of a story or novel. You want to get the story on paper in a raw form much like putting a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel. Craft it into the shape you desire after your words are on paper.

I couldn’t agree more! I can’t edit as I’m writing the rough draft or I never go anywhere with the story.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

To be a writer, you need time, patience, and perseverance. Time to learn the craft. Patience when things don’t go your way. Perseverance when the odds are against you. If you do this, you’ll eventually reach some of your goals.

Great advice. Patience seems to be something I lack quite often. It’s hard to persevere when you are waiting and waiting. But learn and study. Keep trying. It will happen! 


Jessie's Hope smallYears ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.

With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.

Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?


 

Jennifer HallmarkJennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and has published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, released on June 17th, 2019.

When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior. She blogs at www.jenniferhallmark.com and www.inspiredprompt.com


 

 

Social Media Links:

Jennifer Hallmark, Facebook

Twitter

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Are you a patient writer? Can you wait to finish an entire rough draft before you edit? Are you taking the time to learn and hone your craft? Join in the conservation and let us know.

Before you go, take a moment to connect with Jennifer on social media and check her novel, Jessie’s Hope.

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Dear Reader,

Sometimes life is hard. And it’s not easy to see the whole picture when you’re living out a chapter or season at a time.

I don’t know where you are this point of your story. I don’t know the things you’ve had to walk through. whole story
But I do know it’s not the end.

It’s only a chapter.

And you’re not alone.

Hugs,
Erin

Even When

It’s been a while since we’ve had a #BeStillTuesday. I have no excuse other than I’ve been too busy to Be Still.

I know, I know. That’s the whole point of Being Still. It’s why I started these Be Still blog posts. To let God renew my spirit.

Be StillSomewhere along the way, I’ve let the business of life squeeze me dry.

Maybe you feel the same. Maybe you have anxiety-filled days. Maybe, just maybe, you are running non-stop. Maybe you’re a mama trying to keep everyone in your house healthy, happy, and fulfilled.

Or perhaps you’re working. Pushing and climbing you’re way to your goals.

Maybe you’re in-between seasons. Oh, those are the hardest — the in-between stages of change.

Wherever you are, we need these on purpose moments where we quiet everything around us and take a moment to let God recharge us. We need to slow down and take a moment to breathe.

I pray you’ll join me today. Get rid of the excuse that you don’t have time. Even if it’s only two minutes you have to spare, use those two minutes on purpose. Quiet your soul and let God love on you.

Hugs,

Erin

 

 

Wisdom Wednesday: June Foster

Today, I’m writing to you all from St. Jude. This is my son’s last week of treatment! He had his very last chemo treatment on Monday and will have surgery later this week to remove his port.

I’m glad to have back author June Foster on Wisdom Wednesday. Welcome back, June!


 

Name: June Foster

Genre: Contemporary romance

Latest Novel: Dreams Deferred

Writing Tip: 

I’m a visual learner so this writing practice is perfect for me. When I begin thinking about my characters, I go on line and google, for example, handsome blond actors in their late twenties. Then I scowl through until one of the pictures “jumps out” at me. And it usually does! I do the same for the heroine and any secondary characters. I make a copy of each and write their names (in the novel) at the bottom. Then I do the same for any major scenes. I usually use Google images for that. If you’re on Pinterest, you can pin them to a board with the name of your novel. I also like to sketch out or make a map of the surrounding area where the story takes place. For example, for my book Misty Hollow, I made a map of every store and house in Misty Hollow, marked the directions, and labeled the main characters’ houses. I placed the surrounding countryside where I imaged it would be. When I’m writing a scene or describing a character, it’s much easier. I even look at the picture of the hero, for example, when the heroine is thinking about him or his features in her POV. I keep all my pictures and drawings in a folder and label it the title of the novel. I have a folder for each of the 20 novels I’ve written so far.

I love making character boards on Pinterest! It helps me as well to have a visual while I’m writing. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Develop tough skin. You will likely get many rejections from editors and publishers before you get that first contract. A rejection is not a reflection on your ability to write or God’s calling. Keep seeking the Lord. Ask Him to lead. Continue to learn more about the craft and don’t give up.

Great advice!


Dreams Deferred

Frances Matthew Hall is obedient to family tradition: all firstborn sons will serve as a priest. Now Matt officiates at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. But when on Easter Sunday, he notices a beautiful young woman who takes his breath away, he must fight against his attraction to her or leave the priesthood and alienate his entire family.

Mary Louise Graham is a middle school teacher and devout catholic. Yet no amount of service to the community can ease the heavy load of guilt she carries. God can never forgive her unspeakable mistake. But when Father Matt tells her about a forgiving God through His son Jesus Christ, she’s free. Only thing, the Godly priest now means more to her than he should.

Can two people find their way to each other amidst insurmountable obstacles? Dreams Deferred is inspired by the author’s great grandfather and great grandmother’s story.


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June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. To date June has seen publication of 20 novels and 1 devotional. Find June at junefoster.com.

 


 

Social Media Links:

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https://www.amazon.com/author/junefoster

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How do you approach coming up with your characters? Do you find a picture that inspires you, or do you search for an image that matches what you already have planned?

Before you go, take a moment to connect with June on social media and check her novel, Dreams Deferred.

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Fantasy Reads: Ariel Paiement

Today, I’m happy to have author, Ariel Paiement on Fantasy Reads. World-building is one of my favorite parts of fantasy writing, and Ariel is here to give us the inside scoop on her novel, Bane of Ashkarith. 

Welcome, Ariel!


Behind the Scenes of Bane of Ashkarith

By: Ariel Paiement

Bane of Ashkarith was conceived in a rather roundabout way. The world where it takes place—Alcardia—had already been built for Pathway of the Moon. I’d been playing around with the idea of creating some sort of a prequel for the series that gave some insight into the pantheon and the prophecies that feature in Pathway of the Moon.

Back in January of 2019, I’d begun working on a short story about some of the events that led to Banach’s becoming Queen at Ashkarith. I wanted to go further, but I had two other novels going at the time, however, so I kind of pushed the idea off. Then I was asked about joining Wattpad’s Open Novella Contest. One of the prompt choices to write with revolved around truth and untruth switching places. The idea fit perfectly with the mythology and history of Alcardia’s pantheon, and so Bane of Ashkarith was born.

As I wrote, it became clear that the novella was becoming more than just a prequel meant to give readers a richer understanding of the main series. It took on a life of its own and began to add to the extensive world-building I’d already done. Bane of Ashkarith really took me deep into the cultures and the politics of Alcardia, something I’d only touched on at surface level when planning for Pathway of the Moon. It was rewarding to watch as the world came to life in ways I hadn’t planned for or anticipated when building it. I mean, I had all the groundwork laid for it to go in a lot of directions, but the one it took was better than I’d anticipated.

The best part about Bane of Ashkarith is that it opened the door for more books about famous historical figures in Alcardia’s past. It became more about telling the stories of renowned or infamous individuals in Alcardian history than it was about sharing things that Pathway of the Moon just couldn’t include. From that, I already have a plethora of ideas for novels and short stories within the world. The one for Dhiabhan’s story is already in the planning and drafting stages.

The story follows the two main characters, Kaidan and Zerua, through various locations in Alcardia as they hunt for the truth about the legends told of Bane of Ashkarith and Sedra Valmurith. The theme of the story centers around the idea that truth is a priceless treasure in a world of uncertainty and lies, and as such, it should be sought after and protected no matter the cost.

I’m excited about the opportunity to share the world of Alcardia with readers through Bane of Ashkarith and the following Alcardian novels. It’s very different from what I’ve done with other novels where the world was just the backdrop for the characters. Here, the characters’ stories would never have existed without the world.


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Kaidan Tadegan is working on a new site trying to prove the myth that two armies of the gods clashed there. While on the dig site, he discovers the evidence he’s looking for, but he gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a woman’s bones in a section of the dig site where no other remains have been found.

As he digs the bones out, he discovers a journal with the woman’s body, which tells a story that, if true, will turn the myths of the old world and the established concepts of good and evil on their heads. Startled by the find, Kaidan sets out to discover whether the diary’s claims have any validity.

But when the diary leads to a city that’s supposedly long gone, Kaidan’s journey becomes more difficult than expected. Things become even more tangled when he discovers that the city isn’t gone, but it’s no place for the living.

Unable to give up on his quest, he forges ahead. What lies ahead is uncertain, and even more uncertain is whether Kaidan will survive this quest. He has only two questions in his mind. Will he find the truth in this city of the dead? And will the world accept the truth?


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Ariel Paiement is a fantasy author who writes the occasional historical fiction or science fiction novel. She enjoys all ranges of books and writing when it comes to reading, though fantasy and science fiction are her favorites. She likes to spend time coming up with new ideas or in wild flights of imagination. If asked what she spends most of her time doing, she’d tell you that she spends most of it reading or writing one thing or another. She is the author of On the Narrow Way in the anthology Above and Beneath: The World of Angels and Demons and has also written and published In Darkness Lost, a stand-alone fantasy adventure novel. Her novel, Bane of Ashkarith, is coming out on July 31st and is the first in the Legends of Alcardia series.


Before you go, take a moment and connect with Ariel on social media and check out her upcoming release, Bane of Ashkarith.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arielpaiement1/

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/ariel_paiement1

Inkitt: https://www.inkitt.com/ariel_paiement1

Website: https://arielpaiement.wordpress.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/arielpaiement

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ArielPaiement

 

 

Fantasy Reads: Allen Steadham

Today’s Fantasy Reads is from author Allen Steadham as he gives a behind the scenes look at his novel, Jordan’s World.

Welcome, Allen!


Genre: Christian Science-Fantasy

Book title: Jordan’s World

Behind the Scenes of Jordan’s World

By: Allen Steadham

I began Jordan’s World in 2015 from scratch. While I had written comics for decades and my first novel was based on some of them, this was my second novel and brand-new territory. I started Jordan’s World on Wattpad as a fantasy serial novel at about 1500 words per chapter. However, I wasn’t getting much reader response and I was equally dissatisfied with having such short chapters. So, I took twenty-one chapters of material off ofWattpad and revised it to normal novel standards.

It didn’t take long for me to realize two things: Jordan’s World was Science-Fantasy instead of just Fantasy (as it mostly occurs on an alien world) and it was going to be a trilogy.

As the story developed, I learned so much about Jordan and the world of Algoran. The lead protagonist, Jordan Lewis, developed into a young woman coming of age. She had been a fairly normal teenager on Earth. But on this world, she’d had to grow up early and adapt quickly to living in literally a colder, more harsh environment. She learned how to become a huntress, working in a pack of three or four others, gathering meat for their village.

The Mokta are the friendly tribe that take in Jordan and her mother when they are marooned on Algoran. They are storytellers and have no written language. But they have naturally eidetic memories. The Mokta are shorter than humans but stronger and faster. The tribe is governed by a Chieftess who consults a group of elders. The only advanced technology belongs to the extraterrestrials who abducted Jordan.

And most importantly, in the midst of all this unfamiliar terrain and people, there is God. Despite Jordan being so far from Earth, He is able to reach her. Jordan is not a Christian, but God has a plan for her life. God gives her a choice. And once she makes her decision, her life begins to change drastically. The theme in Jordan’s World is that God reigns over the entire universe.


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Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. When not writing stories, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters and musicians. They have been in a Christian band together since 1997. They live in Central Texas.

 

 


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Jordan Lewis and her mother have been abducted and marooned on an alien world.

Taken in by a friendly tribe of natives, Jordan tries her best to adapt to living on this strange planet called Algoran. Jordan becomes a respectable huntress, but she still longs for the life she once knew on Earth.

When she learns the beings who took her may be on the other side of Algoran, she sets out for answers. Joined by three of her fellow hunters, Jordan crosses dangerous terrain, facing perilous creatures and people.

Will Jordan risk death for a chance to return to Earth?

What is God’s will for her life on Algoran?

Exploring the life of an ordinary young woman torn from all she’s ever known, Jordan’s World shows that God reigns over the whole universe, and that consequences can sometimes span solar systems.


LINKS

Website: https://allensteadham.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/jaspecfiction

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mindfirenovel

Instagram: https://instagram.com/allensteadham

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15283142.Allen_Steadham

Wisdom Wednesday: Joanna White

I love it when we have brand new releases on Wisdom Wednesday. I  had the privilege to be a part of Joanna White’s launch team and Facebook party yesterday with over twenty fantasy authors! 

Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday, Joanna and congratulations on your new release! 


Name: Joanna White

Genre: Fantasy/Christian Fantasy

Latest Novel: Shifter

Writing Tip: 

Gosh, this is hard because I’m torn between two: 1) Write. It may sound simple, but you’ll never get anything written if you don’t sit down and write sometimes. That’s also the best way to hone your craft is to just sit down and start writing. Make it a habit to write at least once everyday and then you’ll be surprised at how much you accomplish. 2) This is the most important one for my life, but write for God and let Him be your inspiration. I wouldn’t have a talent or passion for writing without Him and none of my books would be written without Him either.

I’m not sure why it’s so hard to sit down and write, but it is! 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

You may feel like giving up or like your dreams are too far away to achieve, or that you can’t write that story, or finish anything you start, or that no one will ever read or like your work, or that you’ll never be published but never give up! Keep trying, keep writing, keep submitting, no matter how hard it gets. You’ll get there someday; just be patient!

Yes!


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Beroan is a shapeshifter, part of the dragon clan. His clan’s Alpha, Sirath, wants to watch the world burn.

For ten long years Sirath has attacked villages, killing thousands of humans and burning towns to the ground. Beroan has had enough, but his resistance will only end in suffering.

Nsi is a human living in a small village with her grandmother and cousin. Her ignorance about the existence of shifters won’t protect her for long. Her family was killed in a dragon attack when she was younger, and now dragons have come again. Now she will stop at nothing until the dragon shifters are stopped, to save humans from suffering the same fate as her family.

Together, Nsi and Beroan will risk everything to save humanity from Sirath.

Darkness is spreading through the galaxy, Corrupting one world after another, and now it has come for theirs. Sirath already belongs to the Corruption of darkness.

He will not stop until he burns down the world and leaves it covered in fire and ash. 


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Joanna White earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. The Valiant series is her first published work, which first started off being updated on a website called Wattpad. She lives in the countryside of Missouri with her husband, where she continues to work on her other upcoming books. Writing has been a passion since she was ten, when she wrote her first book. Ever since then, writing has become her life outside of her family, God, and being a nerd.


 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: facebook.com/joannamariewhite

Twitter: twitter.com/joannamwhite

Website: https://www.joannamariewhite.wixsite.com/mywebsite


 

Do you find it hard to sit down and write? What tips/tricks do you use to get the words on the screen/paper?

Before you go, take a moment to connect with Joanna on social media and check her brand new release, Shifter.

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