Wisdom Wednesday: Michelle De Bruin

I’m sorry for the delay in my Wisdom Wednesday post! Sometimes, life does not always go as planned, especially when your daughter inherited your balance skills, or rather, the lack thereof. I spent the majority of the day at the doctor for her sprained ankle. They do not think it’s broken, but we have to wait for swelling to go down for another checkup on it.  She’s in a walking boot and it’s still hurting some, but she is doing better!

This week, our guest is author Michelle De Bruin. Thanks for joining us, Michelle.

Name: Michelle De Bruin

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Upcoming Novel: Hope for Tomorrow 

Writing Tip: 

Read as much as you write. Become familiar with what others in your genre are doing. Stay informed on current events and world happenings. Choose a trusted voice in non-fiction to read for your own growth and spiritual formation.

This is my favorite tip because it keeps me in relationship with fellow authors. It helps me stay sensitive to people’s deepest needs, and it encourages me as I continue on my own faith journey.

Great tips! I’m always amazed at people who say that want to write but do not like to read. Reading is a must to stay updated in the industry and to learn the craft.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Take the time and make the effort to find and develop your own voice. Not necessarily the voice that is heard when you speak, but the one that is felt when you begin to put words on paper. It belongs to you and is the unique gift the Lord gave you to share your faith experiences. Over time, a new writer will have much to offer if they follow the tip above and then share how they are learning and growing through the blessing of their own voice.

If you’re genuine with your voice, your readers will connect with you on a deeper level. Great tip!


 

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Please take a moment and connect with Michelle on social media and subscribe to her blog so you can stay up to date on the latest news for her upcoming novel!

Michelle’s website:https://michelledebruin.com/

Michelle on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleDeBruinsAuthorPage/

Michelle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelleDAuthor

 

 

 Thank you for joining us today, Michelle! 

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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!

Wisdom Wednesday: Laurean Brooks

One of my favorite things to do is curl up under my comforter, open a window, and listen to the rain. There’s just something so soothing and peaceful about hearing the rain softly hitting the earth, especially if there are still leaves on the ground. The gentle swooshing of it cascading down the window, as the wind blows in a cool breeze. It makes we want to burrow under the covers and take a long nap.

Working from home, and taking care of a four year old, I don’t have much time to linger under the covers listening to the rain as I would like. There’s a mountain of laundry that needs to be taken care of, dishes to wash, books to edit, new story worlds to create. However, I did take a moment and step outside to the patio and listen for a few minutes. I know we’ve had so much rain lately, and I long for sunshine and warmth, but there’s also a nice stillness that floods over me when I listen to the rain fall.

Whether you have bright sunny weather or another rainy day like me, take a moment and read this week’s Wisdom Wednesday by author, Laurean Brooks.

I know I could use some writing wisdom to help pull me through the week!


Name: Laurean Brooks

Genre: Historical and Contemporary Christian Romance

Latest NovelNot What He Ordered

Writing Tip: 

Always be true to your own inner voice. As new authors, we may tend to imitate established authors whom we admire. We can learn from reading and studying their techniques, but we must not “become” them. God gave to each a special gift to be used in a unique way to serve Him. Let God guide you and be yourself, if you want to honor Him.

Join book promotion sites, especially those where readers and writers meet. Promote regularly, and do not get discouraged. Rome was not built in a day. Keep your name before the throngs on social media. Interact with your readers, comment about other things besides your books and writing. Very important: (preaching to myself) Cut out time to write, daily, if possible. To borrow a slogan from a best selling author, “Your best marketing tool is your “next” book.

Great advice. We are always telling each other to read, read, read, but it’s also important to keep your writing voice yours and not someone else. 

This was actually on my “to-do” list today, to join more book promotion sites and network with other authors and readers. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Do not get discouraged. When sales are down, or if we get a bad review, we sometimes want to crawl into fetal position and have a pity party. Instead, go to Amazon or GoodReads and re-read all the great reviews. Then re-read that bad review. Can you learn anything from it? If not, forget it and move on.

I’ve seen where a few mean-spirited reviewer slapped an author with an undeserving one or two star review and added scathing remarks that made no sense. I doubt they have even read the book. Ignore these people. Only God know why they do what they do. Even pray for them. We are told to, “Pray for your enemies,” and “Bless those who persecute you.” Remember: Hurting people hurt people.

I love this. We all can get discouraged from time to time, but in those moments, just remember why you wrote your book in the first place. It wasn’t for that bad review, but for all the others who enjoyed your book, and because you had a story that needed to be told.


 

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When Carrie Franklin struggles with a drunk, leaving him unconscious or perhaps dead, she flees. Forgetting the promise to her deceased mother, she deserts her feckless brother and takes the train to Abilene, Texas.

Carrie soon learns that her traveling companion, with whom she shares a seat, is a Mail Order Bride en route to meet her finance. Molly tell Carrie that her friend, Katy, who was set to join her as a Mail Order Bride, backed out of her betrothal to rancher, Josh Kramer.

When Molly learns that Carrie will disembark at Abilene, Katy’s destination, she pleads with Carrie to explain to Josh, that his Mail Order Bride changed her mind. Due to missed communication, interruptions, and an empty purse, Carrie finds herself seated beside Josh, assuming the name of Katy Davis, and headed for the Kramer Ranch.

Carrie tries to tell Josh’s aunt the truth, but before she can, Aunt Em reveals a deception of her own. Carrie finds herself in a quagmire. If she reveals her true identity sweet Aunt Em will also suffer.

Leery of Katy Davis, Josh never suspects his aunt’s role in the deception. Is Katy out to get his ranch? His attraction to her grows, but he was  once burned by a woman and swore, “Never again.”

Carrie has fallen for Josh, but her secret threatens to destroy any future they might have together. Did she kill the drunk? Is the law looking for her?

Will God’s forgiveness help Carrie and Josh find true love and happiness?


 

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Laurean Brooks lives in rural northwest Tennessee near the Tennessee/Kentucky border, with her flea-marketing, antique-hunting husband, two labs and a black cat. She writes inspirational romance with heart, humor, and unpredictable characters. Chivalrous heroes stand by to rescue their spunky ladies from a plethora of self-inflicted disasters. Ms. Brooks’s sassy heroines are all too familiar with the taste of their own shoe leather, since. “Foot-in-mouth disease” prevails throughout her stories.

 

 


Thank you for joining us today, Laurean! 

Please take a moment and connect with Laurean on social media, and check out her latest release, Not What He Ordered. 

Check out Not What He Ordered on Amazon: Click Here

Email: landtbeth@yahoo.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Laurean2

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/laurean.brooks

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurean-brooks-71063819/

 

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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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Character Quote: Sentinel Cobb

The book characters are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to talk about on my blog with you all!

We have one last character that I would like to highlight today, and then I will open up the blog for discussions of questions you may have about The Seer, and the characters.

Sentinel Cobb is one of the most interesting characters in The Seer. There’s a certain level of mystery about his past and what he’s done, especially when it comes to Matthias’s resentment towards him. It’s hard to think that Matthias would have resentment towards anyone.


 

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Character Quote: Sometimes it’s not really the answer to our questions that we truly need.

Here’s what one of my Beta/ARC Readers had to say about Sentinel Cobb:

“Sentinel Cobb is a mysterious character and I hope to find out more about his past and how that made him the man is today. He carries the balance of the world on his shoulders along with those he trains.”

-Jacob


 

There is so much more to be learned about Sentinel Cobb, and we have only scratched the surface. I hope that you will enjoy his character as much as I do! 

Now that the highlights of the characters are over, I will open the blog up for questions! If you’ve read The Seer and want to ask a question about the story or the characters please message me. Please keep me in mind that if it’s a question that would be a spoiler to those that have not read it yet, I will not be able to answer on the blog. Use the contact form here, or on the contact page. Click here to contact Erin

 

Hugs,

Erin

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!

 

 

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It’s finally here…

Release Day!

I’m outside enjoying this beautiful weather, watching my youngest son play in the yard, and celebrating my debut novel, The Seer.

Gabe helped me open the boxes and we video chatted with my husband on his lunch break so he could watch too. (There’s no way I could have waited till tonight when he got home)

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I can’t even begin to describe how excited and proud I am of this story. From the beginning stages of plotting, finding a publisher, to the editing and publishing process.  All of these stages were a journey that I wouldn’t change.  I’ve heard other authors describe this process like birthing a baby, and now from my vantage point, I can agree.

I can’t wait till you read this story, and I hope that you fall in love with characters, just like I did.  Now that this series is officially started, be on the lookout for more to come. As I’m working on book number two, I want to see your pictures with The Seer, visit the places that I drew inspiration from for the portals, and of course answer any questions that you may have.

Don’t forget my Launch Party is this Friday at 6pm. Details on the FB event page: Click Here and on my website: Click Here

Hugs,

Erin


 

FC-The-Seer-SmallerViktor 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 seers’ 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.

You can purchase your copy of The Seer on Amazon: bit.ly/kalilachronicles