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.


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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

Hugs,

Erin

Please join us as we celebrate thegraduation of our daughter

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Behind the Story: The Seer Locations #2

I am home from the Inspire Conference, hosted by my writing group, Ken Ten Writers. This year the retreat was held at Montgomery Bell State Park. I came back armed with information from lots of great workshops and connected with some amazing writers.


Two months before Gabe was diagnosed with cancer, we went to LBL (Land Between the Lakes) to have our fall family pictures taken. Once we were finished taking pictures, Jacob took me to a graveyard tucked behind a camping area. We took a short walk back behind the campground, and I instantly knew that I had to use this location in my story. I took some liberties with the layout of the area because I wanted Thea to be close enough to the water to hear it hit the shore.

I also wanted the setting of the book to be in the fall because it’s my absolute favorite season. The crisp cold air, colorful leaves, hoodies, bonfires, and s’mores are all things that I love about the season.

Instead of showing another picture this week, I want to hear from you and giveaway a Kindle copy of my novel, The Seer.

Have you been to any locations from the books that you’ve read? If so, I would love to hear about them. Please take a moment and add your picture in the comment section and tell us where the location is and what book it is from. You have until next Wednesday to enter, and I will announce the winner next Thursday.

 

Hugs,
Erin

 

Behind the Story: The Seer Locations #1

Lots of guesses were given on the photo that I posted last week. I had fun reading all of them!

I had one person that was the closest! Makenzie, a member of my beta reading group called The Hive, guessed that it was a church.

The picture is actually what’s left a wall that was once the National Headquarters of the Cumberland Presbyterian church located in Memphis TN. When the headquarters moved, Chick-fil-A bought the land and kept the front side of the building. The back side is now a patio for outdoor eating.

Memphis has played a huge role in our lives since 12/29/16, so I knew I had to use some locations from there. We love Chick-fil-A, (my favorite is the nuggets) so once Jacob and I saw the wall we had to find out what it once was. I was so surprised when I read that it was once the location of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church National Headquarters. I grew up attending a Cumberland Presbyterian Church (that my ancestors helped to found in 1870) and I knew instantly I had to use this location.

Most of the locations in The Seer have to do with portal locations. However, I don’t want to spoil what’s at this location in case you haven’t read it yet.

Are you ready for the next picture?

Or how about three?

 

 

 

 

Please comment with your guess and next Thursday I will reveal the location, why it’s important to me, and give you another picture.

If you haven’t had a chance to read The Seer, it’s available on Amazon and Books-A-Million.

Hugs,

Erin

Behind the Story: The Seer Locations

Locations play a huge part in a novel. It sets the tone of the story, and gives the reader something to help connect them to the story so it seems more real and believable.

For The Seer, I didn’t want to just use any random locations. Since The Seer is an urban fantasy (which uses today’s world and fuses it with supernatural/paranormal/fantasy elements) I wanted it to be somewhere that would feel familiar. However, I also wanted to use locations that have special meanings for me.

Over the next few Thursdays, I will post a different location picture and give you the opportunity to guess where it is and what scene it is used for in the book. I will also let you in on all my little secrets as to why it’s special to me.

Here’s your picture for next Thursday! If you think you know where it is and what scene it is used in, or if you just want to guess, comment below and I will announce who was correct next week. (For those of you that are in my special group, The Hive, you have already got a sneak peak!)

 

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If you are local, please stop by my Scavenger Hunt & Book Signing event at the Benton Library on Saturday (June 2nd) from 2-4. I will also be available for a Meet & Greet, book signing, and FAQ.

Can’t wait to see you all there, and to read your guesses!

Hugs,

Erin

Scavenger Hunt & Book Signing

Last month, I participated in a FB book party, and was able to interact with readers in a thirty minute time frame. It was difficult to keep up with all the questions and comments, but I had a blast getting to know the readers in the group and tell them more about my book, and myself. I had so much fun, that I knew I had to book other events this summer and do the same thing in person!

On June 2nd, at the Benton Library, I will have a Scavenger Hunt & Book Signing from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Scavenger Hunt is going to be a lot of fun, because you will be able to find clues (about me, my writing, and my job as an editor)  take selfies with the clues, post to my social media page with the party hash tag, and be entered into a drawing for a FREE copy of The Seer! I will also be available for a Meet & Greet, FAQ session, and book signing.

I hope you make plans to attend, I would love to see you all there! Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming events. We are in the planning process of expanding the events to include some fun writing workshops and publishing related panels.

Hugs,

Erin

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Author Event- Speculative Fiction FB Party

Gabe’s fever is still going up and down. So far, his blood cultures have not shown any growth, so they believe it must be a viral infection. There’s not a lot they can do for a viral infection, but he is still on several different antibiotics, and fluids. They just came in a took more blood to do a new blood culture to see if anything new pops up over the next 24 hours.

Gabe has slept a lot today, which is great because last night he was restless, and they had to monitor his fever, which meant a nurse was in here every hour. He has to be fever free for 24 hours before we will be released to housing, so we will most likely be here for a couple days.

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While he’s sleeping right now, I’m getting caught up on some writing on my second book, and finalizing for my author FB event that I am participating in tomorrow evening. (As long as he is doing okay and resting)

It almost seems fitting that I’m logging in and doing the party from Memphis. The Seer was written while we were in Memphis sitting around the hospital.

Make plans to join me tomorrow evening, 6 pm Eastern/ 5pm Central for the Christian Fiction Lovers Speculative FB Party. There you will meet six authors and their novels, fun trivia, and of course giveaways. We are giving away 7 books, and a $50 Amazon Card. The rules for the contest are listed in the discussion in the event link. I hope to see you there!

I also have a book signing event coming up at the Benton Library on June 2nd from 2-4.

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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!