Pick One!

Leading up to the release of The Seer, I shared quotes from the characters and gave you a little inside information about those characters. At the Launch Party, there was postcards of each quote for you to choose from.

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Now that a few weeks have gone by since the release of The Seer, I’m dying to know which character quote is your favorite, now that you’ve had some time to read it. (If you haven’t got your copy yet, what are you waiting for?!)

If you attended the party and got a signed copy, you can probably guess which one is my favorite. 😉

I also wanted to take a moment and thank everyone that has taken the time to send me a message, comment, tagged me in pictures, referred others to read it, and left reviews for The Seer. I can’t tell you enough how much it means to me to see and read your reactions! So, thank you!

Please keep tagging me in pictures and letting me know what you think of The Seer, and if you can, leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are very important for authors. (after a specified amount, Amazon shows it in the recommended section and you can do special advertising with different promotions)

Please take a moment and vote on your favorite quote!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Regina Merrick

Today, I have Regina Rudd Merrick, author of Carolina Dream, and upcoming new release, Carolina Mercy on the blog for Wisdom Wednesday!

 

Name: Regina Rudd Merrick

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest NovelCarolina Dream

Upcoming Release: Carolina Mercy

Writing Tip: 

I am a writer, not an editor. While I try to be careful and edit as much as possible, there are things that I am not going to catch. There are even things that editors aren’t going to catch. So, if there are those irritating things that NEITHER the author or the editor might catch, what’s a writer to do?

READ IT OUT LOUD. Seriously. That’s my favorite writing tip. Yes, you feel silly when there are people around, reading to yourself. Yes, it takes longer than reading it silently.

But that’s the whole point. Reading aloud makes you slow down and look at every letter, every word, every punctuation mark, every paragraph, and every scene.

In my first book, Carolina Dream, I had worked on that puppy for over eight years. You’d think there would be no kinks left TO work out, wouldn’t you? Alas, if only that were true.

Carolina Dream had gone through my edits, my editor’s edits, the publisher’s edits, and then my edits again, when I remembered a tip I had heard somewhere – maybe from my publisher, Kathy Cretsinger? – READ IT ALOUD.

So I did.

I got to chapter three, happily reading aloud a story so familiar, I thought, that I could almost read it with my eyes closed. I started the chapter, and WHAM! I’ve read that before! I mean, RECENTLY!

I looked back, and sure enough, I had inadvertently COPIED and pasted, when I meant to CUT and paste an entire scene. The first scene in the BOOK, no less.

Wow. I literally had to change the entire first scene of the book at that point. And I learned a valuable lesson. Read it aloud at EVERY POINT.

  • Before you turn it in to your publisher, who sends it to your editor
  • Before you send it to the next editor
  • Before you send it back to the publisher
  • After you get the proof file.

That last one? That’s when I discovered my glaring error.

Don’t be me. Don’t neglect reading you manuscript aloud. In addition to catching mistakes, you get to know your story more thoroughly. I discovered that, even on the umpteenth read-through, I still liked my story!

I had a similar experience with my book, The Seer.  I read it out loud before and after each phase, and found a few things on the last read through. I think I have my story memorized by now.  😉 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

My favorite piece of advice is this: You can’t edit what you haven’t written. So, so true. You can spend so much time agonizing over outlines, plots, character maps, etc., that you neglect the most important part of writing – THE STORY!

Happy, happy writing and editing, and thanks for having me, Erin!

I couldn’t agree more. I spent a very long time doing this. There comes a point when you to decide to write it and get it finished, no matter what. 


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Sarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancee. An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town.

When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure that God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream. But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?


RMheadshotRegina Rudd Merrick has written all her life. From the scribbling of a young child writing “I love you” notes to her mother, to the teenager who tried to write a more satisfying sequel to Gone with the Wind, she developed a distinct love of “happily ever after.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a librarian, and she is the former director of a small public library in Marion, KY.

She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online. In fact, it was after writing Christian-themed stories based on a television show that ended too soon that she decided to pursue original fiction. With encouragement from some writing friends, she attended her first ACFW conference and met like-minded writers that were as concerned with building others up as with their own careers.

Regina is now an active member of the Ken-Ten Writing Group which has participants from Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee, and is currently helping to plan their second writing conference scheduled for June of 2018. She is an instrumentalist and vocalist in the music program of her church, and has participated in many areas of ministry over the years.

Married for 30+ years, Regina and her husband, Todd, have two grown daughters who share her love of music, writing, and the arts. They live in Marion, in Western Kentucky, in a county where there are, literally, more deer than people. Her hobbies include watching other people work on houses on HGTV, decorating, antiquing (otherwise known as “picking”), cooking, reading, playing music, and dreaming of the beaches of South Carolina. Her first novel, Carolina Dream, book one of the “Southern Breeze” series, was released in April of 2017 with Mantle Rock Publishing, and book two, Carolina Mercy, will release in the summer of 2018.


Thank you for joining us today, Regina! 

Please take a moment and connect with Regina on social media and check out her novel and upcoming release! 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Regina-R-Merrick-512257938964888/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Twitter: https://twitter.com/trmerrick64

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rmerrick/

Website: www.reginamerrick.wordpress.com

Publisher Website: https://mantlerockpublishing.com/

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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!

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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.

Hugs,

Erin


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.


Connect with Bethany:

Blog: www.whenthewritedooropens.com

Facebook author: https://www.facebook.com/bethany.a.baker.author/

Newsletter sign up: http://eepurl.com/dcQOEn

Twitter: @Bethany77751133

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

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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.
Find Rescued Hearts on Amazon


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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.


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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.

-Teddie

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!

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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