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Who Really Sells Your Books

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Who Really Sells Your Books

I’ve always been a hometown gal. I buy my groceries at the hometown grocer over the larger superstore and shop at the local small town hardware store, who – by the way knows my name and still says, “Hi, what can we do ya for today? I buy my flowers from the street side plant store, and my veggies at the Farmer’s Market. I love our local small businesses, but when my debut novel hit the shelves, I fell prey to obvious; the area chain stores from the Christian stores to the big boys like...

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Homonyms – Did You Sea/See Them Their/There?

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

Homonyms – Did You Sea/See Them Their/There?

Homonym – A word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air or bear and bare. I love editors. They are a breed all their own. A bit OCD and leaning toward a perfectionist’s mentality, they are the eyes that make our writing spotless. Clean. Grammatically. . . spit-shined. Without them, many of us would be . . .well, let’s just say, we wouldn’t look as good as we do. But, if you want to have some fun with an editor, mess with a...

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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 its 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 serving in...

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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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