Wisdom Wednesday: Tabitha Bouldin

Wednesday’s are one of my favorite days of the week because it gives me that boost that I usually need by this time each week. Anyone else start the week off with high expectations in your writing goals and then start to slack as the week rolls on? Author Tabitha Bouldin is here to help us kick it into gear. 

Welcome, Tabitha!

Name: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Latest Release: Trial by Faith

Writing Tip for Authors: 

I think my favorite Writing Tip is one I only recently discovered. Miranda July says, “Don’t worry about the bad drafts.” Every rough draft is going to be bad. They’re good, because we finally got the idea down on paper. But they’re bad because there are many, many rewrites needed to make that bad draft into a worthy novel. Just because the draft is bad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t press on. You believed in the story enough to write it once, it deserves to be worked over until it’s exactly what you wanted.

I always say to learn to love the editing phase. Everything that you were unsure of at first, or were dying to fix while you were writing can be fixed in this phase. This is where the real writing happens. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Believe in yourself. No one else can give you the confidence you’re going to need when you place that manuscript into the wide world of readers. Don’t set your heart by the reviews. Reviews are great. We all love reviews. But don’t let a bad review set the tone for your belief in yourself. It is impossible to please every reader all the time. Believe in your story, told your way. Only you have the experiences to make that story come to life in the way that you see it.

I think this is important for every writer to learn early on. You will not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay! Like you said, there’s no way to please every reader all the time. Get excited about the ones that are excited about your story. They are your target readers. 


Two years after Cheyenne saw him shot while in active duty with the military, Kane is finally home for good. While on his way to pay Cheyenne a visit, catastrophe throws him together with Faith Graystone. Faith needs to get home. Her two boys are counting on her to come back, but the road is impassable. As a former soldier, the one thing Kane cannot do is walk away from someone who needs his help.




authorpic2Tabitha was born, raised, and still lives in the same small town in middle Tennessee. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she has been writing for nearly five years but only recently began publishing her work. She is currently working on achieving her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing with a specification in fiction. Her books are meant to encourage others through the trials of life. While the stories are fiction, they come from situations that many of us face.


Before you go, take a moment and check out Tabitha’s book, Trial by Faith and connect with her on social media. 

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 We would love to hear from you! Do you enjoy the editing phase? How easy is it for you to wait until this phase to start editing? Do you have a hard time with negative reviews? 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Ane Mulligan

Have you ever read a book and no matter how hard you tried, couldn’t relate to the characters? 

Today, author Ane Mulligan shares how to help your characters more real and to reach the heart of your readers. 

Thanks for joining us, Ane! 

Name: Ane Mulligan

Genre: Women’s fiction

Latest Release: A Magnolia Blooms in Winter. It’s part of a novella collection: A Southern Season – Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing.

Writing Tip for Authors:

Motivation is the key to great characters and a good plot. To reach the hearts of readers, they have to relate to our characters. To do that, we have to make them real. They have to have deep seated motivation, not superficial. That motivation comes from a past wound. Find that wound and you’ll find their motivation. Once you know that, you will know how your character reacts to things, why she/he seeks the goal they do. You can actually plot a novel by the motivation.

Great advice, Ane! I’ve read books where I couldn’t relate or believe the characters and what ends up happening is that I can’t root for them to achieve their goals. Everyone has wounds from something, and if you can show that motivation in your writing, you’ll get that connection that you’re talking about.

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Enjoy the journey and grow a thick skin. Don’t be in such a hurry to publish that you miss the fun along the way of the friends and contacts you make. And it’s vital to grow that rhino skin. Critiques may sting at first. Contest judges’ remarks can hurt. But if you have rhino skin, you can view them subjectively and apply what profits you and grind the rest to dust beneath your heel. Snicker.

I haven’t heard anyone call it rhino skin yet, but I love it, and the part about dust beneath your heel! 😉 

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A Southern Season – Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing

Four seasons. Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing.

A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan

With Broadway stardom within her reach, Morgan James returns home in winter to help an old friend. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but when she sees him again, an old flame rekindles. When she’s called back to NYC to take the lead in a new musical, will fame be worth losing the man she loves?


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While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, award-winning author Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, and bestselling novelist. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a lovable, goofy dog.



Ane’s Social Media: 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/AneMulligan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anemulligan/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/anemulligan/

Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/anemulligan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4469633-ane-mulligan

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+AneMulligan

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ane-mulligan



Thank you for joining us today! Make sure you connect with Ane on social media and check out her story, A Magnolia Blooms in Winter

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Wisdom Wednesday: Julie Arduini

Can you believe that we are cruising through October already? It won’t be long and we will be getting ready for Christmas! I’m determined to start my shopping early this year. I tend to procrastinate and wait to the last minute.

Today, I’m excited to have author Julie Arduini with us, sharing her favorite writing tips and her novel Restoring Christmas, which is part of a Christmas box set. 

Name: Julie Arduini

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest Novel: Restoring Christmas, part of the A Christmas to Remember Boxed Set

Writing Tip: 

I have many, but I think as an indie author, the standout is to set deadlines and stick to them. I find when I’m general about when I want a book available, I procrastinate until the date looms and rush. When I set specific word count and chapter deadlines, I force myself to stay on schedule with minimal stress.

I hear you on the procrastination, I tend to do that as well. Setting achievable deadlines is the key to finishing your book on time. I find that when I’m really stressed with my writing, it’s because I’m not setting an achievable deadline.
Writing Tip for New Authors:

I think joining ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and participating in the critique group is wisdom. I started in the large group, and then branched off into two smaller groups. I’ve learned so much from critique groups. They challenge me to be a better writer and one group also shares prayer requests and has brainstorming sessions. It’s an amazing experience.

I totally agree with you on this. The ACFW is a great way to get connected with other authors and get the support that you need. Critique groups are a fabulous way to challenge yourself and to learn more about the craft. Just remember to keep an open mind, wear tough skin, and know that they are only trying to help you grow.

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Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!

Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.

Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

July2018Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her latest releases, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a boxed set featuring Julie and some of the authors from the Inspy Romance She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.


Thank you, Julie, for joining us today and sharing your tips on setting deadlines and finding a critique group.

Make sure you check out Jule’s newest release, Restoring Christmas and connect with her on social media.


Don’t forget to join us in the comment section, and leave a question for Julie. Happy Writing!

Wisdom Wednesday Julie

Wisdom Wednesday: Sara L. Foust

I know a lot of you may be heading to the ACFW Conference, or you’re plugging away at those word counts, but not only is today Wisdom Wednesday, but tomorrow will be as well. Yep, that’s right, you will get two doses of writing wisdom this week! And believe me, I need that extra dose this week to help me push towards that deadline goal this month.

I’m excited to have fellow Mantle Rock author, Sara L. Foust with us for Wisdom Wednesday today.

Welcome, Sara!


Name: Sara L. Foust

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Latest Novel: Camp Hope: Journey to Hope, book #2 in the Love, Hope, and Faith Series

Writing Tip: 

Write every day. Though right now I’m having a hard time managing to write every single day, I find that when I do it keeps my story more prominently focused in my mind. I am a writer and if I never write I will not be able to make this into a career. So my goal is to write at least a little something every single day.

Exactly! I agree with you, sometimes there are so many other things that like to pull our attention away. I also struggle some in this area, but it’s a great reminder that we need to become disciplined.  

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Other than write every day, my advice is to never be afraid to be you. It is important to continually learn about the craft of writing and improve upon your skills, but it is also equally important to make sure you are true to your voice, perspective, and heart. Don’t let others try to change your writing style or convince you you’ll never make it. You will. Keep learning and keep writing.

Yes, I agree. Let your voice shine through. Keep learning. Keep writing. Keep going!

Camp Hope coverAMY DAWSON directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.

But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff’s department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, JACK EVANS, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.

Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy he permanently lost her confidence.

As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?

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Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com

Thank you for visiting with us today, Sara, and reminding us that we need to become more disciplined in our writing by committing to writing something every day! Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for Wisdom Wednesday Part Two, with author June Foster.

Make sure you check out Sara’s newest release, Camp Hope and connect with her on social media and her blog. 

Wisdom Wednesday Sara

Wisdom Wednesday: Michelle Griep

I’ve always heard that for every two or so fiction books you read, you should read a writing craft book. Writing is a craft, it’s not something that you can master and then never revisit again. You need to be continually writing, reading, and learning the craft of writing. 

That’s why I’m excited to be able to show you all a new Writing How-To book from Michelle Griep and nine other authors. 

Welcome, Michelle!

Name: Michelle Griep

Genre: Writing How-To

Latest Novel: Writing From the Trenches: Tips & Techniques From Ten Award-Winning Authors

Writing Tip: 

Good artists copy, but great artists steal. Hey, don’t blame me for that one. That’s Picasso’s idea, but doggone if it doesn’t work! My favorite writing tip is to read, and while you’re reading, highlight sentences that really stand out to you. Jot them down in a notebook. Then next time you’re writing and the ol’ well is a bit dry, flip open that notebook and rework one of those awesome sentences into your own words.

Great idea to get those creative juices flowing! We all take in what we read and use in our writings to some degree, especially those that have connected with us on some deeper level. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Finish what you start. Really. Don’t get bogged down in editing or polishing your first few chapters. By the time you actually get to the end of the book, you’re more than likely going to want to change them anyway. Hunker down and plow through that entire first rough draft. That’s what makes the difference between a wannabe and a real writer.

Yes! If I had a “love” button right here, I would click it. This is what I struggled with years ago, resulting in several unfinished manuscripts. I wanted to make it perfect right then, so I’ve learned this tip the hard way. Turn off your internal editor and finish the story. Then you can go back and make it shine. 

WritingfromtheTrenchesFrontFinalTEN-HUT! Gear up for your writing with tried-and-true tips from the trenches. Ten award-winning authors share invaluable tips and secrets they’ve gleaned the hard way, offering a broad range of insights and opinions on the best way to tackle subjects such as the following:

Plotting Techniques
Villains We Love to Hate
Dynamic Dialogue
Sigh-Worthy Heroes
The Right Heroine for the Job
Hooking Your Reader in the First Chapter
Scene Endings to Lead Your Readers On
Creating a Movie Set
Making your Readers Cry
Deep POV
Copyediting your Manuscript
Indie Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

At last … a writer’s tool that provides the experience and expertise of ten authors who’ve been on the front lines of publishing and lived to teach about it: Connie Almony, Lynnette Bonner, Hallee Bridgeman, Louise Gouge, Michelle Griep, Julie Lessman, Elizabeth Ludwig, Ane Mulligan, MaryLu Tyndall, and Erica Vetsch.

Headshot Michelle GRIEP copyMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.


Take a moment to check out not only Michele’s other books but also her writing book, Writing From the Trenches: Tips & Techniques From Ten Award-Winning Authors

Thank you so much, Michele with visiting with us today! 

Wisdom Wednesday Michelle


Wisdom Wednesday: Gail Sattler

How’s your writing week going? Are you meeting those word count goals?

I’m in my pj’s, hair in a messy bun, and I still have sleep in my eye. However, my house is quiet. Two of my kiddos are still asleep, so now’s the time to get some words on the screen. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because I can edit later.

If you’re limping through the week like me, here’s some Wisdom Wednesday to help you make it through. Today I have fellow Mantle Rock author, Gail Sattler.

Welcome, Gail!

Name: Gail Sattler

Genre: Supernatural adventure

Latest Novel: Mercury Rising

Writing Tip: 

My favorite writing tip is to write what you know, and know what you write. This is my favorite tip because nothing ruins reading a book more for me than when I read something stated as a passing fact, and I know it’s wrong. This is as simple as naming an animal, and knowing that kind of animal doesn’t live in that part of the world, or it’s the wrong season for that animal to be there. To be wrong casts doubt on the rest of the book in a subtle way, but when doubt is cast, it’s there. As a writer, the reader must trust what you are saying is correct, so don’t cast doubt.

Very true. If the reader doesn’t trust you, they are not going to finish reading. Perhaps this is why (even though I like to read them) I do not have the desire to write a historical book. The amount of research that is required makes me take a couple of steps back. LOL! However, in any genre, you should always make it believable to the reader, even in the fantasy genre, where we can have that “suspension of disbelief.” You still need for the characters and plot to be believable. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Some advice for new writers – join a critique group not only to be critiqued but to do them. You will know from reading that something isn’t working for you. It’s a learning experience to study that part and find out why it’s not working, then even better, to be able to suggest to the writer why it’s not working and what they can do to make it work.

This is one of my favorite tips to see come through here on the blog. Critique groups/writing groups are so important. You have to develop a thick skin and try to remember that the ones critiquing it are only trying to help you, just as you are saying things to only help them become better writers.


Mercury Rising - final coverMichael wants to save his daughter, but first he’s got to save the world.

Michael and Charlotte meet when Michael is trying to find Ashley, his missing daughter who has fallen into drug abuse, and Charlotte is searching for her son Jon, a brilliant and aspiring young scientist who has also gone missing.
Ashley and Jon should have nothing in common, but after the murder of Jon’s favorite professor, they become ensnared in a tangled web that becomes worse with every new discovery.
When Michael and Charlotte join together to figure what their children have become involved with, they, too, are sucked into a sinkhole for which there are no answers, only more questions.
When all seems lost, will they all recognize the source of strength offered to them, and… will they take it?

Tim and Gail Sattler photo Tim and Gail Sattler have been (happily) married for 40 years. In that time Gail has published 43 novels/novellas, and 6 works of non-fiction. Tim and Gail enjoy having recently become empty nesters, and this is their first co-written book.


Thanks for joining us today Gail and reminding us to make sure that our information is correct and we establish that believability with our readers.

Take a moment to check out her newest release, Mercury Rising. Also, connect with Gail on her Facebook page, and website.


Facebok – https://www.facebook.com/gail.sattler.3


*If you are an author and would like to be a guest on Wisdom Wednesday, please email me at erin@mantlerockpublishingllc.com. I have openings available this fall and would love to highlight you and your books! 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Dyane Forde

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

How’s your writing goals going this week? To help push you through the rest of your week, author Dyane Forde is here this week to talk the journey you take as you write and using emotion.

Thanks for joining us today, Dyane!

Name: Dyane Forde

Genre: General adult fantasy, speculative fiction

Latest NovelBerserker, book 3 of the Rise of the Papilion Trilogy.

Writing Tip: 

Whether you write for pleasure, to minister, or as a career, what we produce has the power to change or affect someone’s life. Oftentimes, we use our life experiences (questions, answers, traumas, joys, etc.) and interests as points of reference, which means we are essentially packaging and presenting aspects of ourselves to readers via our written works. Those personal elements are often what succeeds in connecting with our readers.

So, embrace your unique point of view when it comes to your writing! Be inspired by others, but remember that God made you as you are and has led you through experiences—both good and bad—so you can affect positive change in the world in a way only you can. (2 Corinthians 1:4)

I think this is important because writing is difficult. We struggle to find motivation and the mental and emotional strength to continue when our works are rejected, or to simply complete a challenging project. And, sometimes it’s difficult to believe anyone cares about what we have to say! I think knowing our writing has the potential to touch a life gives us hope and the ability to endure, while giving purpose to the life challenges we face.

You’ve packed a lot of wisdom in this tip. This is one thing that I strive to do in my writing, and I’ve said it before in other interviews. You can’t expect the reader to take a journey that you haven’t taken first. In other books that I’ve edited, I always tell my authors not to neglect emotion and the emotional connection they need to establish to the reader. It’s so important! 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

I think we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of balancing the stories burning in our hearts and learning (mastering) the tools needed to write them well. Writing is creative and a form of expression, but it is also a skill–a craft–that takes time and effort to do effectively. The better we write, the better we communicate the message/story that motivated us to create in the first place.

I believe that God can use anything in any condition for His purposes and glory. It’s His Spirit, not us, who does the transformational work in a Reader’s heart. However, doing our work with excellence and skill is important, as what we produce reflects on Him. We are His ambassadors, after all. Depending on our resources and availability, we can take advantage of the many local and online services available (writing groups, classes, editors, mentors, etc.) to hone our craft.

Yes, I agree! Writing groups and classes/workshops are great places to not only be encouraged but to also learn the craft. I love the writing group that I’m in. We meet monthly, and we have different members teach different subjects on the craft. 

I am in the planning stages with an author friend of mine to have writing workshops to help other writers in their writing journey. Our first workshop will be in October!


“Love…can destroy, it can build, or it can do both at once…”

With the Papilion’s whereabouts unknown, the Shadow pursues its plan for Marathana’s destruction. In control of the Northern tribes and strengthened by allies in the Deep Southernlands, the Shadow prepares to unleash its ultimate weapon, the berserker.

Jeru’s sudden reappearance reveals the presence of a powerful, new will at work. Blessed by the Lightbearer and supported by a ragtag group of survivors and unexpected allies, Jeru prepares to lead the small army into enemy territory.

As war breaks, Kelen and Jeru clash one last time. One seeks to destroy, the other to save. The strongest will prevail, sealing Marathana’s ultimate fate.


FB image2Delia Talent is a pseudonym for Dyane Forde and fronts Forde’s ministry-related work. Talent hosts the Christian Creative Nexus’ blog and social media sites, is a writer, author, blogger, mentor, and small group leader with a passion for exhorting Christian Creatives to actively pursue their creative calling. For more on Talent and the Christian Creative Nexus, visit https://deliatalent.wordpress.com/. For more on Forde’s body of work, writing tips, and the ups and downs of her writing journey, visit her blog, Dropped Pebbles, at https://droppedpebbles.wordpress.com/.

Thanks for joining us today Dyane! I have enjoyed learning more about you and your series, Rise of the Papilion Trilogy. 

Take a moment to check out her latest release, Berserker. Also, connect with Dyane on her social media and blog.

Blog: https://deliatalent.wordpress.com/

Amazon: Dyane Forde

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeliaTalent

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DeliaTalent/

Facebook Prayer and Support Group: (upon request)

Google: https://plus.google.com/112556496070469058409


*If you are an author and would like to be a guest on Wisdom Wednesday, please contact me. I have openings available this fall and would love to highlight you and your books! 

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