Wisdom Wednesday: June Foster & Giveaway

As promised, we are back for the second round of Wisdom Wednesday this week! 

Today, I have author June Foster with us, and she has laid out a wonderful step by step writing tip guide. 

Plus, she is giving away an e-book copy of her newest release, so make sure you comment below!

Name: June Foster


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest Novel: A Harvest of Blessings

Writing Tip: 

Since I always seem to have a deadline, I love reading “how to” articles that are short and list the points with bullets. Could be I’m a minimalist. At least my daughter tells me I am.

Not sure if you’re like me, but a fantastic story idea suddenly occupies my brain, demanding to be told. I can see the setting and the characters as if a little TV had taken up residence in my mind. I wish the rest was that simple. Hopefully these steps will make it a little easier.

*After you’ve opened up a new doc, begin a process I call free writing. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or sentence structure. Just get your idea down in print. Let it flow without telling yourself this is lousy stuff. You can write the whole book like this or just a chapter at a time.

*Begin refining what you’ve written by examining the content. Does each event move the story forward? Are the character’s believable? Are your facts accurate? If not delete or tweak.

*After you’re pretty happy with the story, then examine sentence structure, action beats, sentence variation, and word choice. An author once suggested I make my writing sound more elegant. Will the narrative catch and hold the reader’s attention?

*Now go on a treasure hunt in every chapter. Use the “Find” function on the “Home” button on Word. Check for pet words. Any word can be a pet word if you use it too frequently. Here are some I tend to overuse. Just, still, that, back. Check for the over use of ing and ly.

* Run the spell/grammar check and see what turns up.

*Read each chapter aloud. You’ll be amazed what tweaks you need to make.

So, hopefully these points will help to simplify your writing process. Happy writing!

June, this is a wonderful list! I learned the hard way, (after a couple unfinished manuscripts) that I have to write the whole story first before I do any editing. Now, I’m trying to get myself to realize that I don’t have to write the story in order at first. That one is still hard for me, but I’m working at it! 

If you’ve been hanging out around my blog for long, you know that I love lists. This is a list that I will definitely print out and hang beside my computer!


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If there’s one thing Nadia Maguire knows, Jon Maguire robbed her of a godly marriage and left her in financial ruin. The night he was killed in an accident, guilt threatened to suffocate her. She wasn’t sorry he died.

When Nadia accidentally sits on a stranger’s lap in the graveyard where Jon is buried, she’s horrified to learn the good-looking guy with salt and pepper hair is her new boss.

Jared Abrams is a widower who longs to move on. He’s intrigued by the beautiful woman who puts God first in her life. But as their friendship grows, an unexpected obstacle separates them—his daughter Sarah. No one can replace her mother. Especially not Nadia Maguire whose son harmed her in high school.

If Nadia can’t find the funds to get her house ready to sell, she’ll have to balance two jobs with no time left to nurture a relationship with the man she loves. Will she and Jared find a Harvest of Blessings, or a season of drought?


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 contemporary romances. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at junefoster.com.


Thank you June for that fantastic How To Writing Checklist!

Make sure you check out June’s newest release, A Harvest of Blessings and connect with her on social media.







Thank you for joining us today for this special edition of Wisdom Wednesday. June is graciously giving away an ebook copy of her book, so to be entered into the drawing, tell us in the comments below what part of June’s checklist you are most excited about trying. Winner will be announced in the comments section by 9/26/18.

Wisdom Wednesday June


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?

Headshot Sara L Foust

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


Fall Events

Fall is almost here!

Time for bonfires, s’mores, hoodies, and crisp autumn air.

For the sound of leaves crunching under feet.

Time for cuddling up with a blanket and a good book outdoors.


It’s also a chance for me to spend some time with you!

I have several events coming up this Fall and adding more. I would love to meet with you, answer questions, and help you on own writing journeys. I’m teaming up with my author friend, Regina Rudd Merrick and launching local Writing Workshops! We have two in October. I’m really excited about this and I will have more updated information coming soon.

Until then, make plans to come out and see me at a Fall Event. Learn more about my fantasy series, The Kalila Chronicles. The Seer is available for purchase and The Soul Searcher (Book Two) will be releasing in February.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at erin@mantlerockpublishingllc.com or on my website: https://erinrhoward.com/calendar



Please join us as we celebrate thegraduation of our daughter

Wisdom Wednesday: Bonnie Engstrom

I hope this Wednesday finds you meeting all your writing goals! I’m working non stop getting my second book ready to send to my publisher. YAY!

Today, I have author Bonnie Engstrom with us.

Welcome, Bonnie!

Name: Bonnie Engstrom

Genre: Romance and Women’s Fiction

Latest NovelMelanie’s Ghosts (WF)

Writing Tip: 

Don’t be afraid to write in a unique or unusual way. I tend to write with short, abrupt sentences – sometimes just one word. That may come from all my years in journalism, but I suppose it’s to get a specific point across. Always remember story is all!

If you are writing a traditional romance for the first time, it’s probably best to follow the formula of hero and heroine alternating chapters. But, once you are past that new hurdle, write spontaneously and extemporaneously. You can always go back and change, which brings me to the next question.

The re-write phase is becoming my favorite phase of writing! I love going back after my rough draft is finished and editing, expanding and making the story shine. To me, this is when the real story starts to take shape.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

  1. Ask for beta readers before you submit a story. Good ones who care will point out inconsistencies, repetitive words, punctuation flaws. Some things you may not want to change, and that’s all right because it’s your story. But beta readers really help. Remember they are not a critique group, though. Some of the best ones are not writers, but readers.
  2. Edit, edit, edit. I must have edited Melanie’s Ghosts 33+ times, and each time I either made some changes or added a sentence. I did take into consideration what my beta readers noted, but I didn’t agree with all their comments.

Great suggestions! I love my Beta group, and I value their opinions about my novels. I think it’s great to have both Beta-readers who are readers and also critique groups/partners. They each bring something special and unique to your writing.



One is laughing down from heaven.

One wears rags.

One is falling in love with her.

Melanie’s faith is shaken.

Her husband Larry is dead. They had only been married a few hours before he was arrested. Will her best friend Natalie be enough? Who will understand about Larry’s crime, his deception and how he died? Surely not her new friend Robert who lost his wife to cancer; no deception there. Just sadness.

Should she believe the homeless old woman who claims to be Larry’s estranged mother, calling herself Melanie’s mother-in-law? Especially when the raggedy old lady stalks her and camps on her doorstep. Why did the woman abandon her son and husband over thirty years ago? Robert gives her empathy and support . . . until his own secret is revealed.

All Melanie has left of Larry is the gorgeous blue diamond ring!

Her special group of friends, the Candy Canes, promise to pray for her. But, is prayer enough? She counts on all of them for support and answers! The love of a dog with her shaggy fur, big eyes and her kisses may have to be enough.

Larry, his homeless mother, and even Robert, all haunt her. Her only normalcy is teaching the adorable three-year-olds in her preschool class. Maybe little Jackson will help put the ghosts to rest.

About the Candy Canes:

Fifteen years ago six high school freshmen in Newport Beach, California formed a swim team that became legendary. They won the state relay swim championship four years in a row. In addition to their skill and devotion to daily practicing, they prayed together and vowed to be sisters forever. Another thing that set them apart was they chose their own swimsuits making them a team within a larger team. They chose red and white diagonally striped swimsuits. Thus, became known as the Candy Canes.

UntitledThis is the seventh book in the Candy Cane Girls series. All are set in Newport Beach, California, with a few scenes set in Scottsdale, Arizona, both places Bonnie calls home.

She and her husband, Dave, have four grandchildren in Arizona a few miles from them. Three are girls, one of which is a twin with a boy who constantly endures teasing and giggling. Fortunately, Grandpa Dave spends special guy time with him to relieve him of girly talk and share Chick-fil-A.

The other two boys live in Costa Rica – Pura Vida! – with their father who has taught them to surf, skateboard and fish for their dinners. All six children, even though separated by continents, are very close and get together at least twice a year in either Costa Rica or Arizona where the two beach boys have to wear shoes!

Bonnie and Dave believe family is all. They feel very blessed to have grandchildren nearby, even though it often interrupts their schedule.

Bonnie is a long time member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Christian Writers of the West in Arizona. She is a Pro Member of Romance Writers of America. She began her fiction writing career in California as a member of The Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship. She wrote the weekly education columns for two newspapers, The Newport Ensign and the Costa Mesa News. These organizations and the hundreds of newsletters she produced as a five-time PTA president helped to hone her writing skills. The impetus for her writing was when she was the editor of her high school newspaper and wrote a weekly column for a local community paper, The Penn Hills Progress, too many years ago to mention. (Hint: She was only 17!)

Thanks for joining us today, Bonnie! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you more and your latest release, Melanie’s Ghosts.

Take a moment to check out her newest release, Melanie’s Ghosts. Also, Bonnie loves to connect with her readers. Her email address is bengstrom@hotmail.com. Be sure to put BOOK in the subject line. She would love to chat with you and answer any questions.

Visit her website http://www.bonnieengstrom.com(where you can see all those grandchildren) and link up with her on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/bonnieengstromauthor/. To see almost all of her books go to http://bit.ly/2NgOiyd.

*Be sure to sign up for her next newsletter in which there will be a drawing you can win to be a character in her next book. You can sign up on her Facebook page or her website.


*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 your writing tips and your books! 

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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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