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Hearing the Call to Foster – Renee McCausey

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Blog, Guest Post, Inspiration | 2 comments

Hearing the Call to Foster – Renee McCausey

As Mercy’s Rain releases, I wanted to bring about awareness for abused children. Join me with Renee McCausey and her husband, Scott, as she shares their story of “making a difference.” Thousands of children are displaced yearly, falling into a system where few really care. The McCauseys heard God’s call, and through their obedience, God not only brought them additional biological children, but two adopted children as well. Now, they provide the loving nourishment of a...

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So You Were Asked to Be A Beta Reader?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

So You Were Asked to Be A Beta Reader?

The email asked, “Would you be a beta reader?” Before there was ample time to think it through, you shot an email back with an emphatic, “Yes.” A few days later, a pdf or paper book arrive along with Beta Reader Instructions. Becoming a beta reader comes with it’s perks – an early look at a new book, perhaps a signed copy , or even a personal thank you note from the author. All which are fun, but . . . there’s a great responsibility that comes with...

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Throw Out the Crutches

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Throw Out the Crutches

I buggered up my knee. It wasn’t one of my more graceful moments and of all things, I let the competitive side of me win. “Let Grace have the chair. You don’t need to win the game.” But noooo! I made a dash for sole surviving chair. It was between Grace and me. . .Grace won. Me – well, I caught my boot on the carpet, sailed into the air, and landed like a half-ton of brick on my knees. Short version: torn ligament, broken patella. Needless to say, I needed...

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REJECTIONS – Aaughhh!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

REJECTIONS – Aaughhh!

Rejection is not fun. I can’t think of a soul who lives for the next rejection, whether it be in our families, our jobs, or our writing career. These days when a child is told no, the next thing to expect is wailing . . . maybe a little kicking and screaming, and pouting. All this before the child gets over it and moves past. But if you’re a writer, rejection can become stifling. We spend hours bent over a computer keyboard typing out the work of a lifetime. There is a vested...

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The Bachelor – Stephanie Reed

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

The Bachelor – Stephanie Reed

  The Bachelor  Stephanie Reed Stephanie Reed’s second in the Plain City Peace Series does not disappoint. This story picks up with book one left off bringing Betsie Toyer into light. The temptations of being “torn between two men” doesn’t pass Betsie Troyer by. Regardless of her beliefs she is still tempted. Reed does a wonderful job of addressing the age old “hard love” issue with a fresh new approach. Nicely done, enjoyable, and well written, The...

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Those 15-Minute Appointments

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Those 15-Minute Appointments

As conference time nears conferees dig down and prepare to meet one-on-one with publishers, agents, and editors. The wonderful advantage of attending a conference is this “free-card” to meet face to face with industry professionals. The publishing market has tightened to the point of strangulation. Publishers are overworked and understaffed, so to meet with them at a conference is an amazing opportunity. During these meetings publishers (and agents) will extend an open door opportunity for...

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