Selfies with The Seer

Friday night was my Launch Party, and I was overwhelmed by everyone’s support! We had a great time talking to everyone, taking pictures with the backdrop, giving away some awesome prizes, and signing copies of The Seer. I was asked several times why I was signing my books with the phrase, “Don’t sit on the fence!” and it was so much fun to tell them that they have to read the book to find out! Going forward, for each new book in the series, I will sign with its own unique phrase.

One of my favorite things about Friday night was my guest book. Instead of everyone signing a regular guest book, I asked everyone to sign the inside cover of my personal copy of The Seer! Thank you to everyone that took a moment to do so, it really meant a lot to me, and will sit on my desk as a visual reminder of your support.


We spent Sunday and Monday at St. Jude with our youngest son, Gabe and while I was there, I saw several readers posting their pictures with their copies of The Seer on social media, and hearing comments that they couldn’t put the book down. WOW! That’s one of the best complements that you can give me. So, thank you!


If you have purchased a copy of The Seer, please post the picture on social media and tag me. I would love to see pictures of my readers and The Seer.

I’ve used four major settings in The Seer, three of these are portal locations. I do not want to give anything away in case you haven’t read the book yet {what are you waiting for?!} So if you happen to visit these areas, it would be amazing to see you take a selfie with your print copy!

Also, please don’t forget to leave an honest review of The Seer on sites like Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are a huge help to authors, especially new authors.

If you haven’t picked up a print copy yet, I have a few left from the Launch, and you can purchase one on Amazon, just Click here.  The Kindle version is also available for download.



PS-I’ve also been asked when book two of The Kalila Chronicles will be coming out, and I have an answer! It will be released in February of next year. YAY!

Until then, I will be keeping you all up to date on all the stages of publication for book number two. I have a working title, and I will share it with you soon!




Wisdom Wednesday: Bethany Baker

I’m really enjoying Wisdom Wednesday! Everyone needs encouragement, and if you’re an author or a writer, you need it too. Writing can be different things to different people. For me, I’ve always dreamed of having my name on a print book, and to hold that book in my hands. When my books arrive in the mail soon, I will be able to see that dream come true. Next Tuesday, my dream of being published is coming true. (release day!)

Sometimes, writing can be a product of someone’s dreams, or something that they have to do. Writing can also be healing, when spoken words and actions are hard to say or do, the written word can soothe and help us say exactly what we are feeling.

Writing can also be hard. It’s difficult to put yourself out there, to have others read your words and critique them. It’s hard to be vulnerable, to be transparent. Sometimes that’s why we need encouragement, and tips from others who’s been there.

Let’s see what we can learn from Bethany Baker today.

Name: Bethany Baker

Genre: Historical Romance

Latest NovelA Light in Bailey’s Harbor 

Writing Tip: 

Less is more.

My mother would faint dead away if she knew I was giving advice like this. I’ve always been one to spill my guts in any and every situation. Don’t tell me a secret. I’ll just warn you up front. It’s not that I don’t try, and it’s not that I want to be disloyal. It’s just that words are not meant to be bottled up. They must be free! Well, at least this is the motto I lived by up until a couple of years ago when I went through the editing process for A Light in Bailey’s Harbor. I quickly realized that all of the extra “blab” we use in fun conversations just doesn’t transfer over into good writing.

The best advice I could give would be to simplify your story line. Even though all writers has a different writing/planning style, they need to narrow down their characters and cut any extraneous events/story lines. This was the hardest thing I’d ever done. I felt like I was abandoning my own children when I cut these extra characters from my novel. But in the end, it made my story line much stronger and more focused. If you’re unsure of what to cut, ask your trusted friends. It’s hard to be objective with your own writing. Of course everything you write is wonderful, because you wrote it, right? But if your friends are confused about the flow of your story or the significance of a character, there’s a good chance some creative cutting is needed. Just pull out the box of tissues, say your goodbyes to your “babies,” and move on. If it makes you feel better, do what I did. Make a file for all of your “cast offs.” I promise you’ll go back and read those edited characters and deleted scenes and realize they are better off in a cozy little file all by themselves. They’ll never even know what they’re missing, and believe me, neither will your readers!

This is such good advice! As a Developmental Editor, I also tell my authors to cut the unnecessary backstory. If it’s not driving the story forward, it’s not needed. If it drags down the story, your reader will get bored, and we have to keep them in the bubble of reading. As an author, I also know how hard it is to do that to your “babies”. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

I would encourage them by saying, “Don’t give up!” If you feel that the Lord has given you a gift and given you a message to share, then write. It won’t be easy, especially the editing process, but if you stick with it, you can do it. I started the first manuscript to A Light in Bailey’s Harbor when I was 16. With all of the hurdles life placed in my way, I never dreamed I would ever publish my novel. But 19 years later, my dream did become a reality. Through it all, I truly believe God had a message He wanted to deliver through the publishing of A Light in Bailey’s Harbor, so He worked out the details in His own time and for His own glory. He can do the exact same for others.

This speaks directly to my heart, because The Seer was a long process for me. I remember praying that if I was supposed to be a writer, (I knew I was but struggled with such doubt) that he would give me a burning desire for this story that I couldn’t get rid of. That story stayed in my mind 24/7. When I wasn’t writing, I would be reminded, “You need to write this!” When The Seer was finished, I remember just sitting back and crying. It was done. I did it. Such a great feeling!

51rJ5OqkKnL._SY346_Katy Kippling has an abundance of personality, or so she was told by a recent male acquaintance. Trying to conform to the etiquette of an 1880’s lady is difficult enough, without adding the challenges of having an abundance of personality.

Katy loves the Cana Island Lighthouse, serving her small lakeside town in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin. In the summer of 1880, the new lighthouse keeper arrives. While Katy imagines his stately captain’s beard and noble brow, Blake Strawberry, the new keeper, is quite the opposite. Blake is a young man searching for something to heal the pain and heartaches of his past. By moving west and accepting this new position, he plans to forget all of his painful memories and disappointments. What he hasn’t counted on is that the Lord’s voice can be heard just as clearly in Wisconsin as in Massachusetts.

Throughout the story, another character, Horatio Spafford and his beloved hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul,” play integral roles in the characters’ lives. Will Blake surrender to the message of this song and allow it to change his life as it has changed the lives of those he loves? Will Katy move beyond her tangible child-like faith and trust that her Heavenly Father can truly make her soul well even when she doesn’t understand His ways? And will Blake and Katy relinquish the control they have on their own lives allowing the Lord to work in His time and in His perfect way, understanding that His ways are not always our ways.

717x4AXFLuL._UX250_Bethany Baker is the wife of a wonderful husband, whose voice of reason keeps her imaginative ideas needfully tethered…well, most of the time. She is also the mom of two ornery little boys who keep her busy with their sweet, dirty, silly, and wonderful antics.
During the day, Bethany is a Language Arts teacher for grades four through six at Burge Terrace Christian School, and in her free time, she loves to spend time out doors with her family taking walks, riding bikes, and hiking.

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Thanks for joining us this week, Bethany! Next week, we will have author, Laura Hilton.


Wisdom Wednesday: Hope Toler Dougherty

Joining us today on Wisdom Wednesday is Hope Toler Dougherty.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Latest NovelRescued Hearts

Writing Tip: 

Freewriting is a tool I use when I’m beginning a new story or when I’m stuck. I also used it when I taught to show my students that they could get words on paper.

In freewriting, you allow yourself to write without editing, write without thinking about commas or misspelled words. You write for about ten minutes or so without stopping for anything. If you get stuck, write, “I’m stuck. I’m stuck,” until another idea comes to mind. Keep the pen or your fingers moving.

I use this technique to interview my characters sometimes, too. I pretend to be my character and type whatever he or she wants me to know.

When you’re not concerned about the mechanics, your mind is free to explore ideas, and you get words on paper. They might be awful words, but once they’re on paper (or in a laptop document), you can fix them. You can’t fix an empty screen. (Find more information and an example of freewriting on the Resources page of my website.)

This is the way that I have to write my stories. I sit at the computer or wherever I’m writing and just write. I don’t edit at all.  If I do start editing, I will never finish the story, I will just try to get it perfect and not go anywhere.  I have to make myself wait till the story is finished before I edit a single word. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Read, read, read. Read in your genre and read craft books to hone your writing skills. I have a list of good writing books on my website. Write every day. Join writing groups and attend writing conferences.

The is great advice, and one that I tell others as well! 

51d9nZF2icL._SY346_Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar-   entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.

Discovering the kidnapped, innocent woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.

When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
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Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Serious Write. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and look forward to visits with their two daughters and twin sons. She has three published novels.

Thanks for joining me today, Hope! I’ve enjoyed having you on the blog this week, and Rescued Hearts is on my reading list!

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Stay tuned, Bethany Baker will be joining us next week for Wisdom Wednesday!
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Character Quote: Matthias

Sometimes you start a story because you see a certain character in your mind and it prompts you to figure out everything about them. Sometimes when you’re writing, a character comes to your mind and completely surprises you. For The Seer, I knew I would have two opposing sides: an angel and a demon. Good versus evil. I already had Viktor in my mind and had a good solid grasp on his personality and what he stood for. But what would his opposing character look like?

Kind. Patient. Warrior. Good. Protector.

All of these things prompted me to create Matthias, but as the story unfolded, I found there’s so much more to him than meets the eye. I won’t give away all of my secrets, {you’ll have to read the story to find out!} but Matthias is not only a warrior and protector, but someone that you need by your side.

Matthias Postcard Quote

Matthias’s Quote:  “You said the same thing fifty years ago. You’re an old man now, and if I have to wait another fifty years, you’ll be a dead man.”

Here’s what one of my Beta/ARC readers said about Matthias:

Matthias is well known by both angels and demons as a skilled warrior, and devoted protector that will do whatever it takes to keep his charges safe.  He carries the memory of every human he has been responsible for, the ones he’s saved, and the ones he’s lost.


You can find The Seer, on pre-order on Amazon for Kindle.  Be the first to receive it once it releases on February 27th.  Click here to find it on Amazon! 





BOOKS AND THINGS — Mantle Rock Publishing

Check out at what my publisher had to say about my debut novel, The Seer!



Mantle Rock Publishing LLC has released an ebook for pre-order. This is quite a milestone for us because it is our first Fantasy/Speculative. This has been a gigantic move for us. Something I never thought I’d publish, but we bit the bullet and decided to try it. We have several more contracted to release in…

via BOOKS AND THINGS — Mantle Rock Publishing


Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share with you all the cover reveal of my debut novel, The Seer.

Diane,  cover designer for Mantle Rock Publishing, has done a wonderful job capturing the essence of my story.  I can’t wait for you all to read it!

The Seer, Book One of the Kalila Chronicles, is a supernatural/fantasy novel for both young adults and adults.

Viktor has one order to follow:

Kill the girl before her eyes are opened.

For thousands of years, his job has been to torment and kill Seers: humans that have the gift of seeing the spiritual realm. So it was no surprise when his brother Matthias was once again sent to stop him and protect the girl.

Now the last of The Seer’s bloodline hangs in the balance, as the estranged demon and angel brothers are forced to work together to save a girl’s life and escape to the sanctuary city of Bethesda.



The Seer goes on pre-order on Januray 30th.  You will be able to purchase the Kindle verson on this date it will automacially be added to your Kindle on the release date! Everyone that pre-orders a book will recieve a bookmark, and their name will go into a drawing for free prizes at my Book Release Party. (Just bring proof of purchase to the party)

Release date is February 27th, 2018.  The book will be available in both print and kindle versions. I will have some copies of the book at the Release Party for purchase and will do a book signing.





Christmas Traditions

This year has been a roller coaster of emotions. As most of you already know and follow our story, our youngest son was diagnosed with Leukemia right after Christmas last year.

He is in Remission and while we are so thankful for that, we still have a year and half left of treatments. We travel every week to St. Jude and it can be very tiring and of course we still have a long road for Gabe to be completely cured and healed.

As I said, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions this year. I had to close my store due to Gabe’s illness, but God opened another door for me and now my dream of becoming a published author and an Acquisition Editor has come true! I started working with MRP this fall and my debut novel will be released in February.

Jacob and I always buy the kids a new “themed” ornament each year so once it comes times for them to move out one day, they will have ornaments to start their own trees. Daniel gets snowmen, Bella gets angels, and Gabe gets Santa. This year as they opened and hung them on the tree, I couldn’t help but tear up because we got them St. Jude ornaments.

These ornaments represent so many emotions to me. Sadness for Gabe’s cancer, joy for his Remission, strength to keep fighting, and hope that one day he will completely cured.

I hope all of my readers have a wonderful and blessed Christmas this year!