Author Guest Post: Jodi Thomas – Ransom Canyon

Special guest post by New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Jodi Thomas, winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, and National Readers’ Choice Award Winner. You can learn more about Jodi and her books by visiting www.jodithomas.com

Plus – Read below to see how you can get a FREE copy of her book Winter’s Camp!

With seven generations of my family in Texas, of course I write about the state I love.  In this new series I’m going more modern-day western than I ever have.  Step into the life of small towns and ranching with me.  I promise, you’ll fall in love with the people of Ransom Canyon.

More than anything else I’ve always thought the people make the stories in books.  I love characters who walk off the page and the reader falls a little bit in love as they discover not only passion, but a bond as deep as time.  I wrote the Ransom Canyon series so that everyone could see what the people of West Texas are like.  Step with me into a small town nestled between huge ranches and small farms.  A place where people fight and help one another.  A place where love runs deep and forever.
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Author Interview With E. Michael Helms – Plus A GIVEAWAY

 

 

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author E. Michael Helms to the blog for an author interview. Helms is known for his books The Proud Bastards, The Private War of Corporal Henson, Of Blood and Brothers Books 1 & 2, as well as the Mac McClellan Mystery Series. You can learn more about his books by visiting http://www.emichaelhelms.com/

Plus, keep reading below to find out how to enter to win some great prizes from the author!
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Author Guest Post: Heather B. Moon

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Heather B. Moon

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    It all happened just over two years ago. My first children’s adventure story ‘Tillie and the Golden Phantom’ had been accepted by Fountain Blue Publishers in California. I was excited and thrilled that it was to be published in the traditional way with a great supportive crew behind me. Melanie Fountain, the owner of Fountain Blue, was very approachable and accommodating with my ideas during the publication process.

Melanie always has a high profile on all social media to offer support to her authors at Fountain Blue. It was around the same time that she offered an online ‘fun day’ for writers which I enthusiastically signed up for. I live in the UK so there is an eight hour time difference but this didn’t affect the fun and games we had completing writing exercises and author platform activities throughout the day. This is where I first encountered some of my author friends. We had such fun being creative, really enjoying the games and the interaction with one another.

    Suddenly catastrophe struck! Melanie was hosting the course from her place in California and in the distance she could see a raging bush fire approaching with gusto. For the next few hours we were updated.  The fire was getting closer and closer. Just then she had to leave us while she dealt with the emergency. I can’t remember now how long she was off line but it seemed like an eternity.
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Author Guest Post: Steven Donahue

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Eight Things Every Writer Has to Face

So, you want to be a writer?

Congratulations. This is a noble profession, with a long and prestigious history. You will be joining a society that includes William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and other notable scribes.

However, this is also an undertaking that is not for the faint of heart. Simply put, you need to have a thick skin if you want to survive.  

Every profession has its challenges, and this one is no different. What makes these challenges unique is that writers face them alone. Even if you have a writing partner, the act of writing remains a solo endeavor. It takes a certain kind of person, one with drive, concentration, attention to detail and the ability to follow through, to sit down in front of a computer screen (or typewriter, if you are old-school) and create words that someone will hopefully read.

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U.S. Publishing Giant HarperCollins Erases Israel Off Map

mapA Middle East with no Israel? That’s what students in that region of the world will see when they open their new world atlases as provided by the American-based mega-corporation HarperCollins……….  Click here for full story

 

The Seven Step Guide To Authorpreneurship by Rochelle Carter

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Are you ready to make the leap from “Writer” to “Author”, but aren’t sure how go about it?

In The Seven Step Guide to Authorpreneurship, CEO and Publisher Rochelle Carter takes you through the seven major steps to write, polish, and market your book into success. Drawing on her own experiences as an authorpreneur, she lays out a simple, yet effective, strategy to help authors start off on the right foot in their publishing career, while avoiding costly (and embarrassing) mistakes.

In the book, Carter defines an authorpreneur as “an author who is not just creative but also a business person who works for him- or herself”. Note the inclusion of the word “work”- just because you get to write in your pajamas doesn’t mean you don’t have to put in some extra effort to get things going! As the author states, “the only way to get your book noticed the way you want is to invest in yourself by becoming an authorpreneur. Fortunately, she has simplified the process down to it’s bare bones, creating a plan that anyone can follow. Acting as an effective guide, she takes the reader by the hand and helps them through the murky and intimidating world of editing and publishing. Continue reading “The Seven Step Guide To Authorpreneurship by Rochelle Carter”

Christmastime 1940: A Love Story by Agnes Irene

A Christmas story for all seasons . . .

Lillian Hapsey is trying to make a new life for herself and her two boys in Manhattan. As a widow, she struggles to fill the role of both mother and provider to her children, spending as much time with them as she can, while working as a telephone operator at a publishing house.

Though it is Christmastime, the mood of the city is anything but light with news of the war in Europe and rumors of America joining the fight overshadowing the joy of the season and leaving everyone on edge.

But the biggest humbug of all is Charles Drooms- the antisocial and downright unfriendly man who lives down the hall from Lillian. Brief meetings on the street and in the halls are curt and unpleasant, but somehow Lillian is able to look past his frosty exterior and sees a kindred spirit haunted by a deep sorrow, and is determined to help him. But just when he begins to open up to her, tragedy strikes, forcing him to relive the most painful part of his past, and he pulls away. Was she mistaken about him all along, or can a Christmas miracle mend a broken heart and bring the two together? Continue reading “Christmastime 1940: A Love Story by Agnes Irene”