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Friday, December 16, 2016

Yes, I Shot Him! A Caregiver's Journey & Guide by Susan Elliott



You might be thinking, "Really, Susan!" Let me assure you that the Hubs knows about the title and the book. As always, he supports me in everything I do. I am one lucky woman for sure.

Nearly a year ago, our life changed drastically. January 1, 2016 my husband became disabled and I started my journey as a caregiver. Caregiving is a tough road, and a constant uphill battle, but it's a battle that I would fight everyday if it meant he was with me.

This book is for those who have to face caregiving, and those who are new to dealing with stroke patients. Believe me it's a different world. This book isn't for everyone, nor does it apply to everyone. It is my journey, the things I've learned. Still, I hope it helps someone who might be in the same situation I'm in.

Hugs to you all!


About Yes, I Shot Him! A Stroke Caregiver's Journey & Guide


Right off the bat, let me tell you that strokes suck. Of course, if you’re reading this you probably already know it. I won’t lie to you, and tell you that this book will fix everything you are going through. I won’t even tell you that I know everything, because I don’t. Every day is a journey for me, but I want to welcome you to my journey and hopefully help you learn somethings that you may not know or haven’t thought about. Unfortunately, the road you are on is hard. It is painful, and it is brutal. Not just on you, the caregiver, but on your patient as well. 

Yes, I Shot Him! A Stroke Caregiver's Journey & Guide, isn't your mama's caregiving book. It's real, it's nitty gritty and it's wide-open. Follow Susan on a journey of caregiving, and learn the most important things of being a successful caregiver to a stroke victim. Caregiving isn't easy, and most of the time it isn't fun, but it is rewarding. And, when you think you've reached your limit, sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Let me be the first to welcome you to the club you never wanted to join. You can do this. Grab a cup of coffee, and let's take a journey together.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Word Search Puzzles Vol. 1 by Linda Pogue

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Linda Pogue's first book of word search puzzles. I can tell you she put a lot of time and effort into getting this book done, and it has turned out beautifully. I hope you consider it!

--Susan

About Word Search Puzzles Vol. 1

Entertaining for kids or adults of all ages! Help keep your mind flexible and sharp with these large, easy-to-read puzzles! 

  • 52 fun themed word puzzles 
  •  21 overlappig words in every puzzle 
  • easy-to-read 18-point type 
  • includes free bonus puzzles you can download and print

Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Heart Will Not Be Troubled: The Secret to Peace, Hope, and Joy by Susan Elliott


My Heart Will Not Be Troubled: The Secret to Peace, Hope, and Joy has just been released in print form. The Kindle version will be available on December 17, 2016, but it is available for pre-order.

Many of my friends know that this has been the most trying year of my life. On January 1, 2016, my husband had a stroke that has left him permanently disabled. At the end of March, the company he'd worked for laid him off after 15 years. (He was on medical LOA.)  Since then, more calamities have fallen us than I'd even like to remember, and I am trying to help support my family through my writing.

Still, through all this, we are still holding on to our faith in God. When major issues afflict our lives, it is easy to let go of our faith. But, it is imperative to know that Christ truly understands our problems. He knows what we face, and he is there for us. This study helps encourage you through your trials, and helps build your faith in God. I hope it helps you in your life as much as writing it has helped mine.

To God by the glory!

--Susan

About The Book My Heart Will Not Be Troubled: The Secret to Peace, Hope, and Joy:


My Heart Will Not Be Troubled: The Secret to Peace, Hope, and Joy is a study book that will help you embrace the secret to peace, hope and joy in your life. There’s no question. Life is hard. Many times we find ourselves lost in the day to day grind. Unexpected tragedy and burdens overwhelm our souls. Our problems often leave us feeling adrift in a sea of sadness.
Thankfully, we don’t have to live that way. We can learn to be content through the study of God’s word. Within the pages of the Bible, are the secrets to a beautiful life. Dive into this study and learn to leave grief and heartache behind. Recreate your life story into one of hope, peace, and joy.

My Heart Will Not Be Troubled Covers The Topics:
Christian Evidences
He Bears My Burden
He Carries My Sorrow
He Has Engraved My Name on His Hands
He is My Shepherd
I Have Peace in Slumber

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Deals From Church of Christ Women Authors

Christian Christmas Romance, Christmas booksWhile you're out shopping this holiday season, don't forget to stop by Amazon, and get a few books from some of your favorite authors. Help share their wonderful works and support these Christian women.

Several of the books listed below are drastically reduced for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Other books are just great reads that would make great Christmas gifts.

--Susan


Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials

Best Deals in Ebooks:

These books have been dramatically reduced for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make sure to get a copy for yourself and a family member!


Marine science fiction, science fiction books, space operaArwen Chandler:

Odds & Ends: A Collection of Short Fiction

The Louvre Still Stands: A Tale from the Outer World Chronicles

Blue Springs, Kansas: A Romantic Suspense

poetry books, the poetry of life, poetry for women Susan Elliott:

Wandering Through a Barely Functional Mind: A Poetry Journey Through Life

Ink Blots on Paper: Poetry For Everyday Life

A Breaking Dawn with an Orange Sunrise: Powerful Poetry

Every Flaw Every Perfection: The Poetry of Life


Christian Fiction, Christian romance, Christian books






Must Reads for Christmas!

1. Dangerous Alternative by Kelli Hughett:

Christian thriller books, Christian SuspenseSummer in Southern California doesn’t get any hotter than this.

When Levi Boulter agrees to work for the FBI behind the scenes in Hollywood, he never plans on becoming an operative—or on keeping a deadly secret from the love of his life.

On the night he plans to propose to his girlfriend, Mahari Gillaspie, he’s attacked by a killer and thrown into fully operational status. Despite his lack of training, his job is to thwart a plan to assassinate the President’s wife, putting everyone he knows, including Mahari, in danger. He’s determined to keep the woman he loves safe, even if it means losing her forever.

When Mahari steps off the cruise ship she’s worked for months, she dreams of a future with Levi and an acupuncture practice of her own. Mahari’s faith in Levi is shattered when she stumbles upon Levi and a beautiful actress. Their relationship lays in ashes, but she feels called by God to silence her broken heart in order to treat Levi’s injuries after he’s injured in an explosion, but he slams the door on her efforts. Later, she’s plunged into the heart of the trouble when she finds Levi’s landlord murdered.

Will Levi’s secret divide them forever, or will they come together in time to stop an assassination?

Christian historical romance, Christian fiction

2. Out of The Ashes by Sandi Rog:


A stranger. A kiss. A shotgun wedding.

NATHANIEL WARD, wealthy entrepreneur, needs a wife. But he’s not interested in the preening, high-society women who are offered to him on a silver platter. He wants one woman, and one woman alone: the girl who gave him all the money in her reticule years ago when the Great Chicago Fire left him destitute. He sets out to find this woman and discovers she’s unattached. There’s only one problem, a shotgun wedding may be able to bind them, but will he ever be able to win her heart?

AMELIA E. TAYLOR blows a kiss to a street rat. Little did she know, years later that kiss would follow her to Green Pines Colorado. When a handsome stranger arrives in her hometown, she guards her heart from the stirrings this man ignites. Despite society’s disapproval of spinsterhood, she is determined not to marry, having witnessed first-hand the lack of love and horrors that accompany marriage. But will a shotgun wedding reveal blessings that arise out of the ashes?

3. Pandora's Deed (Goddess to Daughter Book 1) by Monica Mynk

Christian fiction, Christian booksYears ago in rural Dreyfus, Kentucky, seven fourth grade girls studied mythology at a small Christian school. Three bore names of goddesses, and the others took on goddess nicknames. Pretending divinity made them feel powerful until their teacher explained they could only attain true power through Christ. They promised to always be friends, following Jesus together. Then, life happened. They went their separate ways and fell deep into sin. The Goddess to Daughter Series explores their stories of redemption and love.

Meet Pandora, a.k.a. Savannah Barrett, a twenty-something college grad who can’t seem to land a good job or a good man. She fled her Dreyfus home to escape childhood bullies, and planned to stay away for good. Body image struggles have led her to a life of empty relationships. After yielding so many times to temptation, she believes no one could desire her for more.

Geoff Spencer, her former tormentor, is the man who could love her anyway. He cleaned up his life, stopped the bullying, and found Christ. When she inherits his farm, she returns to Dreyfus to claim the property and face her dreadful past. She never expects to claim his heart as well.

The property transfer unearths a mystery that some would prefer to stay buried—a tragedy that intertwines their families and plants Savannah in the way of a psychopath who’d rather dispose of her than expose the past. Can Geoff convince her that he’s changed, and she’s not only worthy of his love, but God’s love, too? And can they find answers from their past before it’s too late for her soul?

science fiction books, marine science fiction4. The Viper Pit by Lynn Nodima:

When Captain Regina Griwaldy of the Emperial Star Service learns her ships Engineer, Dresnick, is arrested on Viperia for speaking to a female of high rank without permission, Regina must find a way to save her engineer. Hopefully, the Emperor will be willing to allow her to do whatever it takes to rescue Dresnick.



5. The Collision of Fire and Ice: The Fire and Ice Saga book One by Arwen Chandler

fantasy books, dragon books, fantasy romanceSeparated by gods of Fire and Ice, clans bound by tradition live on the brink of war. From the shadows, evil arises creating a true clash of clans through-out Arcadia. With no real claim to the throne, Fridtjof declares himself High King of Arcadia. Together with his sorcerer Magnus, and under the banner of fire, they bring a scourge across the land, leaving a path of bloody destruction in their wake. An epic battle between good and evil, fire and ice, threatens to both destroy and unite the land of Arcadia.

From the scattered ashes of devastation, Karn, a reluctant champion, arises from the high mountain region of Bardai. He is destined to wield the blue flame of the goddess in an unbelievable fight of sword and sorcery.

Can Karn and his Brehon war band defeat a power as old as the gods themselves?

Can he unite the clans into one Kingdom where men and sorcerers stand together in a single cause. Will he defeat those who threaten to destroy the very stability of Arcadia, and can Karn usher in the age of dragon riders?

Can he learn to harness the power of the goddess, and let go of the life and love he left behind?

The Collision of Fire and Ice is a tale of romance, sword and sorcery. It merges the wonderful world of fantasy with romance, and blends some of the most fascinating aspects of the Celts, Druids, and Vikings into a new culture all its own. Part Viking romance, part clash of clans, all sword and sorcery. The Collision of Fire and Ice creates a world where only the strongest survive. Do you dare enter?

6. He Who Finds Mercy by Katy Huth Jones

ya fantasy, ya dragon booksFrom Book 1: As second son of the King of Levathia, seventeen-year-old Valerian desires the quiet life of a scholarly monk. But when he fails to save his older brother in battle, Valerian must instead become crown prince.

While a traitorous knight schemes against him, Valerian meets Mercy, a pacifist Healer with whom he can speak mind-to-mind like the great dragons. Their bond emboldens Valerian to seek out the legendary dragons and ask for their help against the monsters who killed his brother.

Can Valerian survive the traitor's assassins long enough to find the dragons? And if he does, can he convince them to lay aside their hatred of humans and help him save the land from destruction?


7. SCARS: If you love to travel in your mind to other places, other times, learn amazing things and imagine a better world...this is your book. by Renate Braddy
Christian fiction, Christian historical fiction

New York reporter Samuel Cuffee is used to a life of news articles and deadlines, but when he tells his boss about his own family story, his need for information becomes much more personal. Setting out on a journey for answers regarding his past and his father who has been murdered, he ends up at the farm run by his uncle, Charlie Cuffee.

An old haunt of his during the summer months of his childhood, it has been years since he last visited his uncle and aunt, and this visit proves to be the most thought-provoking of all. In order to learn about the life of his father – anti-Slavery campaigner Andrew Cuffee – Sam must hear the stories regarding the rest of his family, including Charlie and Andy’s adoptive father, half-African and half-American Indian, Dr. David Cuffee.

Could his uncle have information that will stop the anger which is threatening to consume Sam? And in a place where he used to retreat as a child, will he be able to find the peace that has eluded him for so long?


A story of one man’s quest to get to the truth, Scars will take you on an emotional journey back to 1840s America where life was at the same time much simpler and much more complicated. With the world changing around him, will Sam get the answers he is so desperately searching for? And once he has his answers, will he finally be able to accept the truth?

8. Finding Joy by Sarah Floyd

Christian fiction, Christian booksJoy Carnegie's parents know she's lost her mind. Her ex-boyfriend knows she'll fail. Joy wonders if they're right, but her search for a better life leads her to do it all anyway - to quit her job, sell her possessions, dye her hair, and move to the mountains of Vermont just in time for winter. With the help of long-lost family, new friendships, and a growing faith, she finds much more than she ever expected.









Friday, November 18, 2016

Free Promo: A Breaking Dawn with an Orange Sunrise: Powerful Poetry

Now is the time to check out this beautiful book of poetry. It is on free kindle promo from November 18-20. Let your friends know, and don't forget to leave a review!

--Susan

About A Breaking Dawn with an Orange Sunrise: Powerful Poetry

A Breaking Dawn with an Orange Sunrise is a journey of poetry. It is full of unfettered emotion, featuring poetry from the heart. This anthology of poems awakens the soul. When you feel the need to spend a cozy evening sipping a latte, reading beautiful poetry and escape, immerse yourself in this powerful poetry. Enjoy a relaxing break from the daily grind as you absorb yourself in these beautiful poems; whether you want to take a virtual walk through the forest, or enjoy a breathless kiss from your lover, there is a poem for you in A Breaking Dawn with an Orange Sunrise.

Free Promo: Heart Songs Volume 1: A Collection of: Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Poetry & Non-Fiction

So, the print version of Heart Songs Volume I, is now out!!! So, in honor of that, the kindle version is on for free promo November 18-November 19. So, make plans to download and share this great book!

--Susan

About Heart Songs: Volume 1 A Collection of: Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Poetry & Non-Fiction


Grab your favorite blanket, a cup of Joe, and a hearty snack, because once you start reading you won't put down the first ever anthology from the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog. Whether your traipsing through the stars with Captain Regina Griwaldy, on a romantic getaway at the Cliffs of Moher, defeating a warrior clan, looking for some inspirational poetry, or great articles; this anthology has it all. There is no other like it.

Heart Songs features tales of romance and tales of the heart. It is an anthology written for Christian women by Christian women where no genre is off limits. It is a series of timeless hope and endless fun. It is our hope that you enjoy this collective work, and share it with your friends and family.
Heart Songs features some of your favorite authors; including, award winning author Sandi Rog, as well as some of your new favorites like Lynn Nodima, Jenny Harp, and Arwen Chandler. The Church of Christ Women Authors Blog invites you to read deep into the night, and enjoy this anthology!

Featured Authors:

Libby Barnes
Ruth Carter
Renate Braddy
Renee Aleshire Brown
Arwen Chandler
Arianna Elliott
Naomi Elliott
Susan Elliott
Sarah Floyd
Jenny Harp
Anne C. Heart
Lillian Humphries
Naomi Rouse Morey
Lynn Nodima
Sandi Rog
Carol Shaw
Helene Smith
Julie Trujillo

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cleaning with Essential Oils: A Naturally Clean & Chemical Free Home by Susan Elliott

Are you an essential oil fanatic? I have become one. I love using oils before I go to sleep. Every night I put frankincense, clary sage, rosemary and neroli oil on my sleep mask. I'm not sure it helps me sleep, but it does relax me. Word of warning, don't put it on the side that goes against your eyes. I did it by accident, and it burned! My eyes were watering for hours.

Essential oils are wonderful. I bought two sets from Amazon. The first was from calily. And, I am about ready to buy some more. I've used up a lot of them, between using them as a sleep aid, and room fresheners.

The other set I bought was from Majestic Pure Pharmaceuticals. Their frankincense is amazing. I found their scents to be pretty good, too. I know a lot of people prefer to use other oils like Young Living, and they are good. I just don't have the money to spend on higher priced oils. If you're using oils and want an affordable option try the ones on Amazon. I know these two brands are good. If you've found other oils you like, please let me know in the comments.


About Cleaning with Essential Oils: A Naturally Clean & Chemical Free Home

Treat yourself to a beautifully cleaned home that is both healthy and vibrant. Learn how to ditch harsh cleaning products for healthier essential oil cleaning options. Cleaning with Essential Oils: A Naturally Clean & Chemical Free Home, teaches you how to make chemical free cleaning products that will leave your home clean and fresh. Your home can be organically clean and green, when you apply these green house cleaning tricks. Save yourself some money, and toss your store bought cleaners. For a fraction of the cost, you can make cleaning products at home, that rival even the best store bought cleaners.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Book: Mercy's Battle by Katy Huth Jones

Are you reading Katy's book series? If not, you are missing something special. If you are, I have great news for you. Katy's new book, Mercy's Battle, is out. Katy is a resident of Texas, and a fantastic person. I've had the opportunity to speak with her via e-mail on multiple occasions, and she is an author who has time for other people, and likes to help out where she can. In fact, Katy has become a dear friend to me. I can't express how excited I am that she has a new book out. Don't hesitate to read her series. You won't be disappointed.

Mercy's Battle by Katy Huth Jones

As Prince Valerian and Merry flounder in the aftermath of their terrible losses, they must adjust to the changes that have been wrought upon their lives. Their sole comfort lies in the belief that their nemesis, Liall Guinness has perished and can no longer torment them.

But they are wrong. Liall Guinness is very much alive, and willing to sell his soul in order to achieve his vengeance.

As the threat of invasion looms, Valerian and his peers clash with the elders who are unwilling to embrace new ideas. If Valerian cannot convince them to change their minds, then despite having the great dragons on their side, the land will run with blood.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mistletoe and Folly by Kelli Hughett and Monica Mynk

I am excited to announce this new holiday romance book from two amazing authors, Kelli Hughett and Monica Mynk. A Second Chance Holiday Set is the latest in Christian fiction, and a collaborative project written by these two authors. It's here just in time for Christmas. Plus, there's a bonus. When you purchase this book you are helping children in India. All royalties from the sale will go to the Putrela Children's home in India. So, spread the word, and let's start reading!

Susan Elliott



Upon a Clear Midnight by Monica Mynk

Jeannie Nelson and Trevor Harris are going through life in a fog. She lost her dad in a terrible accident; he lost his mom to cancer. She's working a meaningless job and living with a guy in a dead-end relationship; he was just fired from his preaching job after his wife left him following her very public affair.

Their worlds collide when her mom and his dad, both too physically and emotionally impaired to manage on their own, buy next-door homes that are part of a revival project in a forgotten Lafollette neighborhood.

When Jeannie and Trevor come to Lafollette for an extended visit to help each of their parents settle in their new homes, they find an unexpected path to renewal, friendship, and dare they hope—love? 

Mistletoe and Folly by Kelli Hughett

Can love redeem the folly of the past? 
Five years ago, Bryce Camden carved out a chunk of her still-beating heart. And he’s got the gall to walk into her theater? Julie’s Christmas wish this year: make Bryce—and all those painful memories—disappear.

After retiring from Major League Baseball, Bryce lands a coaching job at a school in Longmont, Colorado. Enter Julie Jordan and old feelings he can’t ignore. Had he ever stopped loving her?

When the theater is vandalized, Julie’s dreams of directing the Christmas musical come crashing down, along with her hopes to raise enough money to keep the school open. When deeper malice is discovered behind the vandalism, they’ll each face a decision that could change the course of their lives. A Christmas story about the miracle of love in the face of past mistakes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Where is God's Book? by Jenny Harp

This is a cute children's book written and illustrated by Jenny Harp.

About the book: Where is God's Book?

"We can find the blue book, and even a goat book, but where is God's book? Will we find it?" (Amazon)




To Make Your Own Children's Book:

Creatives: If you want to try your hand at making a children's book, try PowerPoint. It is a great program for making books. Also, try the free app Fotosketcher to turn your images into art. Quick tip: children's picture books are about 24 pages.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Why You Need to Set Up Your Amazon Author Page

There is a common misconception out there that Indie authors can't have an author page on Amazon. This is FALSE. I remember sitting in a meeting once, where a traditionally published author said, only authors with agents can have an author's page. I laughed, because I already had mine, and I am completely Indie.

You may be published with a vanity press, a lot of Christian women are, if they haven't set up your author page, do it yourself. Your book is your baby, and you need to care for it. Don't leave all the marketing in the hands of your publisher. If you want your book to succeed, you need to work for it. (I've also seen a lot of Christian vanity presses are not taking advantage of the ebook market, or Amazon. If yours isn't, you might ask them about it, or see if you can do it yourself.) If you publish with a pseudonym and under your own name, make sure to set up author pages for them, too!

Here's why it's so important for Indie authors to setup an author's page.


  1. Author pages add legitimacy to an author, because the false idea that "only agents" can setup author pages is prevalent with many. Use this to your advantage.
  2. Author pages provide a platform location for all of your books. This helps readers find you.
  3. Author pages allow you to link to your own blog. You can RSS your blog so that it always uploads new content to your author page.
  4. Author pages are great places to post upcoming events like book signings.
  5. Author pages display video content you upload.
  6. Author pages help you connect with your readers.

If you haven't set up your author page yet, go to Amazon Author Central and do it today, or follow the link: www.authorcentral.amazon.com. Amazon made the steps for setting up your page easy to follow, so don't worry if you don't have a lot of technical know-how. You can do it.

Heart Songs, Church of Christ Women Authors First Anthology


I can't believe this day is finally here. The kindle edition of the first ever Church of Christ Women Authors is out. The print edition will be available mid-November. I want to thank everyone who sent material for the anthology. It's because of you that this first anthology is so huge. I am speechless at how great it turned out. I have surprises in store for the print release book, so stay tuned! And, thanks again.

Susan

About Heart Songs:

"Grab your favorite blanket, a cup of Joe, and a hearty snack, because once you start reading you won't put down the first ever anthology from the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog. Whether your traipsing through the stars with Captain Regina Griwaldy, on a romantic getaway at the Cliffs of Moher, defeating a warrior clan, looking for some inspirational poetry, or great articles; this anthology has it all. There is no other like it. Heart songs features some of your favorite authors; including, award winning author Sandi Rog, as well as some of your new favorites like Lynn Nodima, Jenny Harp,and Arwen Chandler. The Church of Christ Women Authors Blog invites you to read deep into the night, and enjoy this anthology!" (Anthology)



Featured Authors:

Libby Barnes
Ruth Carter
Renate Braddy
Renee Aleshire Brown
Arwen Chandler
Arianna Elliott
Naomi Elliott
Susan Elliott
Sarah Floyd
Jenny Harp
Anne C. Heart
Lillian Humphries
Naomi Rouse Morey
Lynn Nodima
Sandi Rog
Carol Shaw
Helene Smith
Julie Trujillo

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Old Testament Skits by Susan Elliott

This collection of skits was originally used during vacation Bible school in Port Lavaca, Texas to introduce the kids to each Bible character for that days studies. Every time I read through them I can see the great fun everyone had that week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I've included the references for each Bible story, so that you know which verses go with each skit.

Old Testament Skits by Susan Elliott

Introduce children to amazing Bible characters and events through these Old Testament skits. These skits were written to be used in conjunction with vacation Bible school, but they are adaptable for other occasions; for example, unit studies, or character studies on the Old Testaments. This is a collection of five skits. The first four are approximately 10 to 15 minutes to perform. The last skit is around 20 to 25 minutes long.

Skits Include:
Elijah, a Prophet of God
King David, II King of Israel
Ezekiel, A Prophet of God
Gideon, a Judge of Israel
Balaam, A Wicked Prophet
Character Recap

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Daily Spiritual Growth for Your Life: Susan Elliott

Daily Spiritual Growth for Your Life is a potpourri of devotionals, and I am so happy that I can present it to you in this format. There are 30 devotionals, and the book features a hyperlinked table of contents so you can select which ever devotional you feel like reading on any given day. I hope you enjoy it, as much as I do!

 About Daily Spiritual Growth for Your Life

"Thirty days of devotionals will change you, charge you and encourage you to keep on keeping on. Daily Growth for Your Spiritual Life tackles topics that are relevant to every Christian’s life. Each devotional is designed to make you think, and come away with a greater understanding of each subject. This study will guide you to a greater joy on your spiritual walk, and a more vigorous zeal for putting God first in your life. So, why not add a little growth to your spiritual life, and spend the next thirty days in devotion?" (Amazon)

As always, thanks for reading and have a blessed day!

--Susan

Friday, October 7, 2016

Free Promo Oct 7- Oct 11, 2016: Odds & Ends: A Collection of Short Fiction by Arwen Chandler

Odds & Ends: A Collection of Short Fiction

This is a chilling work of short fiction. Arwen really dug deep into her inner Stephen King when she wrote this. (Of course, without the profanity.) Odds & Ends: A Collection of Short Fiction is a quick read, and usually sales for $2.99. Make sure to get your copy while it's on free promo!

About Odds & Ends: A Collection of Short Fiction

"Howard is more than a little sexy in his designer jeans and knock-off Versace sunglasses, but his exterior hides a menacing truth that might just get you killed in the shadow of the Ferris wheel.

Arwen compels readers through the chaos of a riot, and takes them on a desperate walk with a sexy serial killer. She introduces a dystopian world where teaching children outside of school is illegal and the government destroys those who don’t comply, and much more. Enter a work of fiction that is one wild ride, if you dare.

Odds & Ends is a gritty and thrilling work of short fiction."

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Crazy and Fun Creative Writing Image Prompts 2

Today, I encourage you to use the following creative writing image prompts as props within your story.  The key is to use the items in a way that they are not designed for, or turn them into a new creation entirely. The story is in your hands. Feel free to share these prompts with your friends or students.

--Susan









This key holder is too funny! What do you think you can use this little pink woman for? Remember she must be a prop, or a new creation in your piece of creative writing.

Writing Prompt 1

"Lydia leaned against a tall magnolia tree. Its green and brown leaves drifted slowly to the ground, swirling in the crisp autumn air. She..."

Now, using the image within your story, complete the story, or write your own.




I can't get over this Peeps inspired ring. It is way too great. I think I'd even wear one for fun.

Writing Prompt 2

"Ron twisted the cold metallic dial, and the machine whirred and whistled. For a moment it sputtered and spun, but with a final shake and cough it died.  Ron dug in the pockets of his grey corduroys and retrieved a..."

Now, using the image within your story, complete the story, or write your own.


OK, I freely admit these cute socks are on my wishlist. In fact, I almost bought them the other day when I was out shopping. They are just too fun, and I think they'd be great to wear around the house on a cool day.

Writing Prompt 3

"Sarah crossed her legs at the ankles carefully, as she reclined against her down pillow. Tired wasn't even a word for how she felt, but all in all it had been a good day. After all, it wasn't every day that some got to..."

Now, using the image within your story, complete the story, or write your own.

This Mornings Latte: Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Kiss Recipe

Greetings!

I hope you've been writing, reading, editing, or designing! I know I've been busy redesigning book covers, starting a new blog for Arwen Chandler called Sculpting Words From Air, and writing both class material and fantasy. I guess writers are always busy with something.

The last few days I've bought my morning coffee, but this morning, my lovely daughter made us a pot. So, it was time to hand-craft another latte. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Kiss Latte Recipe

20-ounces of your favorite coffee
2 Tablespoons chocolate peanut butter powder
2 Tablespoons hot chocolate powder
1 Tablespoon coconut syrup
1 Tablespoon raspberry syrup
Splash of whole milk

Place 2 Tbs of chocolate peanut butter powder and 2 Tbs of the hot chocolate powder into your coffee mug. Add a small amount of coffee and stir until the powder is dissolved. Add the syrups and more coffee. Top off with a splash of milk.


Dangerous Alternative By Kelli Hughett

Kelli has a new romantic suspense out! She just let me know via the Church of Christ Women Authors Facebook Group, and what's more it's only .99 for a limited time. So, if you have the chance, don't miss getting her newest book while it's still on sale.

About Dangerous Alternative:

"Summer in Southern California doesn’t get any hotter than this.

When Levi Boulter agrees to work for the FBI behind the scenes in Hollywood, he never plans on becoming an operative—or on keeping a deadly secret from the love of his life.

On the night he plans to propose to his girlfriend, Mahari Gillaspie, he’s attacked by a killer and thrown into fully operational status. Despite his lack of training, his job is to thwart a plan to assassinate the President’s wife, putting everyone he knows, including Mahari, in danger. He’s determined to keep the woman he loves safe, even if it means losing her forever." To read more click: here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DIY Authors You Have to Check out Creative Indie


Today I've been working on revamping one of my short story collection covers for Amazon. I started out by researching the best fonts for the genre I was working on; after all, not all books have the same font. I don't know why this fact had escaped me to this point, but it had. At any rate, I stumbled upon the Creative Indie site, and it is a real jewel!

On this site I found a link to mostly free fonts that are listed by genre. (These links are listed, but you have to Google them to find the ones you're looking for.) The one I used for Odds and Ends is called benegraphic.

Creative Indie has more information than just font styles. Mr. Murphey has lots of PDF tutorials and advice, and much of it is free for authors. Check out DIY Book Covers: here.

Here are a few of the Free Tutorials He Offers:

Best Selling Cover Designs

How to Make a Cover in MS Word

How To Make a Book Cover in Photoshop

From what I could tell, he also offers more tutorials for members. I would suggest reviewing his site, and checking out all the cool stuff he has. I believe his information has really helped me with cover design, and I think it can help you, too. If you have any sites you recommend, please post them in the comments below.

Thanks!





Sunday, October 2, 2016

Inside the Hearts of Bible Women by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

While I don't know Katheryn very well, I do know that she is one busy woman. I see her posting in the Church of Christ Woman Authors group page on Facebook all the time about the lectureships she's attending and the places she's set up book display tables. I truly believe her drive should encourage us all to work harder to make our dreams come true.

Katheryn has written many books, and each of them have a four-star rating or above on Amazon. I have yet to dive into one of them, but I know they're selling. So, if you're interested in a Biblical tale with a fictional twist, she may be the author for you.

About Inside the Hearts of Bible Women by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

"Do you have a lady friend who is under stress or even hurting? Inside the Hearts of Bible Women is a series of twelve short stories to help women understand some of the more serious problems and challenges facing us in our modern age, just as women did thousands of years ago...To read more click: here.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Guest Post by Monica Mynk: Change Your Camera View–Filtering in Fiction

Writing in a distinct POV can be tricky, be it first person, third limited, third omniscient–it’s easy to slip “out of character.” Violations of POV are one of the things I find most when I edit. One reason is that many writers engage in a practice called filtering.

I was introduced to the concept via Scribophile, a writing forum that encourages critique and knowledge exchange for writers. Michael Emmert, long-time writer and ACFW member, penned an article on the topic, where he quoted a conference speaker as saying:

“In writing there are no absolutes, but there are two important items to avoid: Filtering, and an overuse of adverbs.”

Well, I’d never heard of it before, but it made a lot of sense. Filtering is essentially delivering the story through a narrator rather than your POV character. Emmert compares it to pouring sand into a bucket through a screen.

Think about writing a story as if you’re looking through the viewfinder of a camera. Where is the viewer with respect to the reader? In a filtering story, the reader is held at a distance from the characters, as though they are peeking through a viewfinder. Without filtering, the psychic distance diminishes and the reader moves through the story as though they are the character. When the character’s heart races, theirs does, too.

Writing without filtering can be powerful, emotional writing. Filtering makes writing come across as bland and lifeless. It’s almost like the author doesn’t trust the reader enough to discern the character’s emotion and just has to tell them or explain.

Just as the lens is able to focus on a single daisy in the feature picture, a writer should be able to focus their lens as though they’re peering out from the main character’s eyes. What the character feels, the reader feels. What they hear, the reader experiences as a sound. What they smell triggers the olfactory senses in the reader to the point they can smell it themselves. In essence, the reader BECOMES the POV character. Removal of filtering is the secret to writing that gripping, can’t-put-it-down story.

For example:

Emily felt tired. She looked to her right, where Steve had already fallen asleep. He was curled up in the stiff, plastic chair and snoring. She wondered how he could possibly sleep with all the noise from the other bus passengers.

Notice how the writer is just telling everything. When an editor or critique partner suggests showing and not telling, a lot of times they mean a writer should stop filtering.

Now–let’s remove the filters.

Emily felt tired. Rather than telling how she feels, give her a couple actions to show it.

She looked to her right. Rather than having her look to the right, show what’s on her right. If it’s another character, just give their actions. It’s implied by mentioning it that Emily is looking and that’s what she sees.

She wondered how. Instead of telling she wondered, give it as the deep POV thought.

Emily yawned and rubbed her burning eyes. To her right, Steve sat curled in his chair, snoring. How could he possibly sleep with all the noise from the other bus passengers?

A lot of filtering words are sensing words and thought words–watching, seeing, feeling, hearing, understanding, realizing, wondering

Here’s a few other examples.

Emily looked at the passenger across from her, who was smiling. (filtering)
Versus: The passenger across from Emily smiled.

Steve understood that he needed to hurry. (filtering)
Versus: Steve nodded. He needed to hurry. (note the use of deep POV here)

Marsha heard a knock at the door, and she jolted backward, bumping into the kitchen chair.
Versus: Someone knocked at the door. Marsha jolted backward, bumping into the kitchen chair.

In most cases, filtering can be fixed by replacing with the action beat or deep POV thought.
For more information on action beats and deep POV thought, you might check out Katherine Crowley’s blog, or Rivet Your Readers with Deep POV  by Jill Elizabeth Nelson.

For more great articles from Monica Mynk, check out her blog: Musings From a Mynk

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Message from J.K. Rowling for Writers


We can learn lots of things from contemporary authors, if we just listen. Authors who are making an impact on today's literary environment are some of the best people to talk about what it takes to be a writer. I've enjoyed the opportunity, in the last few years, to meet several writers; including, Orson Scott Card, who wrote Ender's Game, and The Seventh Son, Todd McCaffrey, author of some of the Pern books, Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle, Peter David, author of numerous Star Trek books (and so many more), and several other authors.  Each of these authors was more than willing to spend a few minutes discussing their livelihood -- writing. And, I have found more encouragement toward my writing in the few minutes speaking with them than I have at any other time.

While we can't all talk to every author we'd like to, we can watch interviews. Today, I ran across a video from an author who's name is almost a household word, and she has had a lot to say about her success with the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling attributes her success to several things, and I think we can apply these things to our own writing.

This message from J.K. Rowling is both encouraging and  helpful for aspiring writers.  I hope you enjoy it.

Remember you can do it! You can write, and you can publish your book. I believe in you. Now, believe in yourself!