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Writing Wednesday: February’s Links of the Month

Hello everyone!

Yes, it really is the last day of the month!

So before we go into March, why don’t we have a look at some blogs and blog posts?

A Blog: Delighting in Him

Why: Moriah is a young writer who encourages others, in particular  young women, with her gift. And frankly, I’ve always been refreshed whenever I visit her blog, and I definitely recommend it if you’re a young woman who just needs some encouragement.

A Blog Post: Takeover Tuesday: Taylor Bennett’s Everything Wrong Can Be So Right

Why: Taylor has been such an inspiration to me as a teen writer, and her story just shows how when you work hard and have faith, a door will open for you in the form of a miracle, even if you’re a teen writer,.

A Website: The Young Writer

Why: Whilst this isn’t a blog it has  a guidebook with tips from young and veteran authors and many people from the publishing industry and a Facebook community for young writers, i.e. 30 and under, all for FREE! As well as that, they also have a paid programme for young writers which opens for enrolment in January and June. Whilst I’m not part of the programme, the community and guidebook is AMAZING and I seriously recommend you visiting this place. Ok, so I’ve written a lot for this website, but I really, really love it soo…

A Blog Post: How to Write a Query Letter

Why: If you are writer who wants to be traditionally published, this is really useful as you Rachelle’s experience with approaching editors and agents was not only encouraging, but it actually was successful, so we have an idea of what the agents/editors want.

How about you?

Which blogs/ blog posts have you enjoyed this month and why?

See you in March!

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Savoring Single Blog Tour- Author Q&A

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Hello everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is a day where there are many mixed emotions due to love and singleness. But today, I’m excited to chat with Shelley Black, the author of Savoring Single, as part of her blog tour  on her new book and her advice for those of us who are single today.

Hi Shelley. When did you begin writing with the goal of becoming an author?

Funny enough, I never set out to become an author. My debut release, “Savoring Single,” came as inspired thought that I then developed to become what it is today. It certainly sparked something in me, though, as I already have four more book ideas and outlines ready to make their way to the blank page. It’s become such an exciting adventure!

What is Savoring Single about?

“Savoring Single” is an encouragement to every single girl heart who loves Jesus that there is more to her life than her relationship status and more to her story than a “happily ever after.” My life was on hold for a long time because I was single and believed I was missing out because of it. When in all reality, life is what we make of it, single or married, and can be thoroughly enjoyed and brimming with fulfilment even as we await God’s every promise to unfold. It is in Christ that our truest lives are lived and being single is the perfect time to give ourselves to that journey!

What inspired Savoring Single?

“Savoring Single” is really my testimony. So when God put the idea, and even the first few chapters, in my heart, I went on a road of remembrance of all He had brought me through and where I am in now today. It was remarkable to see how my thoughts and perspectives had changed, how He has changed my heart. Wow. Glory to God. For real.

Who is the book for?

Any single girl heart who is longing for a better way to do single, who wants to live above the depression, rejection and disappointment, who desires a full life and a rich relationship with God. And maybe she doesn’t even realize this is what she wants yet, but knows there must be something more than tear-stained pillow cases, agonizing loneliness and shallow relationships that don’t mirror true love.

Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day. What tips do you have for girls, women or anyone really who is feeling sad because they are Single? 

God’s way of doing things is opposite to the culture we live in. The world says “take,” God says “give.” The world says “hoard,” God says “be generous.”

When we would rather sulk in our pity-party and wallow in our loneliness, watch a chick-flick and scorn our singleness – as the world has shown us so well to do – but hasn’t that gotten you into the same rut you face every year? So how about try something different.

1 Go and be love to someone else. When we give love, we are loved in return by Him.

2 Spend time to love on God. He delights in spending time with you, so go in your room and instead of teasing your emotions with a sappy romance, allow your heart to think on and read scriptures that declare His love and care for you. You’ll be much better off spending those broken moments with Him, I promise!

3 Tune your heart to thankfulness. Without “preaching” a sub-point (smile), I will say this: Eve’s fall came because she believed the lie that God was holding out on her. Sometimes it’s easy to believe the lie, but only if we’re not submerged in the truth. Let the truth of His Word resound in your heart of His faithfulness, kindness, mercy and provision. Thank Him for everything you can possibly think to thank Him for, from your heart. If you run out of ideas, open a Psalm and as you read, thank Him for what David mentions.

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What do you want readers to get out of your book?

I want every girl who reads “Savoring Single” to encounter Abba Father in a deeper way that brings her into a richer, more intimate, relationship with Jesus Christ. Every.single.thing. we could ever hope for or need is in Him. Everything. Life, relationships and even marriage outside of Him is but a vapor of the depth He longs to bring us into by knowing Him. Our sun-parched skin can be momentarily soothed by the sea spray from a crashing wave, or we can swim to the depths of the ocean and drink in the very life our soul is desperate for.

Have you written any other books, and where can we find your writings?

“Savoring Single” is my debut release, but like I said earlier, more to come as early as this Spring. You can subscribe to my blog at SavoringSingle.com to stay up to date on blogs, speaking events and new releases!

“Savoring Single” is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Do you have any other passions other than encouraging others when they are low about feeling Single? 

Oh my heavens. Yes. Worship! It’s the breath of my life and the constant atmosphere of my heart. I also build things, design graphics, spend tons of time with my niece and nephews

Where can we connect with you?

SavoringSingle.com or on Facebook and Instagram: @SavoringSingle

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

You are uniquely you and you have a story to tell. There are lives your life touches that others, even me, will never be able to reach. There is great power in the testimony, bringing glory to the One who formed us, redeemed us then renewed us to draw us near to Himself.

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 NLT)

Let the lives that we live and the stories we share be to the glory of God. There are many creative and unique ways this can happen and His expression through you is all a part of His design.

Well thank you so much Shelley for this wonderful talk. And be sure to buy her book when you have the chance.

And if you want to know a bit more about Shelley, here is her bio:

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Shelley Black has journeyed through being single longer than she expected and has since found joy, hope and purpose from a once begrudged season. She now challenges the status quo of what it means to be single as a modern-day Christian female, with a passion to infuse hope and restore joy to every single-girl heart. Shelley is a loving momma to her pup Lucy, is one proud “T” to six nieces and nephews and serves her local church in North Mississippi as the worship leader. Find her at SavoringSingle.com and across social media at SavoringSingle.

How about you?

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day today?

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P. S. My good friend Livy organised this blog tour and has organised many others. If you’re a Christian author who would like to have someone organise a blog tour for your upcoming book, then I highly recommend checking her out. Here is  the link to her services

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Writing Wednesday: ‘Write what know’

“Write what you know” the advice that almost every writer on this planet has heard. For some people, it’s easy to do that. But for a lot of people, this advice can be a bit challenging.

What do people mean when they say “Write what you know” Do they mean that you write your life story into your books? Do they mean write only what actually happens around you, not from what you’ve read or watched on TV?

Even now, I still sometimes get baffled from this statement. But then I realised that as a writer, lots of things capture you and inspire you to write. Like when someone annoys you, or when you  read about a person who tried to make pancakes but nearly set the house on fire. There are loads of people, books, countries, languages, schools, places etc. that you already know about that can spark a story

Frankly, I don’t think J. K. Rowling knows about how it feels like  to be a wizard, but then, who does?, but she clearly knew  about school, bullying, different teachers and many other things  that she could incorporate into her stories.  That’s why the Harry Potter books are so popular. I know  Rachel Coker has never been orphaned before, but she was  clearly aware of how painful death can be and adjusting to new environments, so she weaved those ideas into an American WW2 setting. It’s a reason why so many people love Interrupted: Life Beyond Words.

Did you notice a common pattern in the two examples? Each author chose relatable subjects and used them as a basis for an amazing story. And for what they didn’t know, they did some research from observation,  from books and whatever random way that they found something interesting.

So what do people mean when they say ‘Write what you know?’ To put it simply, finding topics, (people, anything) that inspire you to write something. It means that you can  find relatable topics and weave them into a story in a different setting, different characters with an intriguing plotline that keeps the readers wanting to find out more.

And if you don’t know about something, e.g. living in France, not being a Christian, living WW2, you can do some research. The internet is now on almost everyone’s fingertips, so it isn’t as tricky as it used to be.

How about you?

Where do you find your inspiration?

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January Reflections and February Resolutions

Hello everyone!

It’s February already? Yikes, I’m still adjusting to the fact that we’re in 2018!

Last month, I had an amazing time getting back into school, making new friends, being involved in another blog tour and of course, my birthday.

I also made these resolutions last month:

1. Begin to fully outline my novel, which should take me two-three months.

Yep, I’ve started and I’m having a blast imagining what’s going on and finally making my characters and plot go deeper. It should be done, considering school, at the end of March ready to edit the first draft my novel like I am participating Camp NaNoWriMO in April. 2. Start doing a composition a month.

Yeah, I guess I’ve done that, but really it was a school assignment. I did enjoy it, though and I will definitely try to do another one next month.
3. Start doing Writing Wednesdays to encourage writers.

Yes, I did and although January was busier than I had expected, I was able to do two Wednesdays. Hopefully in February, I’ll be able to do weekly. If not, fortnightly it is. I have some really cool things to share this month.
4. Start encouraging people on social media.

Wow, I ended up encouraging myself with some of the things that I wrote! It was really interesting doing that because I grew more and more aware of what other people think and say than I was at the start of the year.
5. Continue reading No et Moi, and memorize one French song

The French song, yes. No et Moi, no. I find it ironic because I managed to read a few other books, but not continue with No et Moi. Perhaps if I treat it like a novel that I love, and I do when I read it in English, instead of a mini challenge, then I’d read more of it.

So, that’s January done. Now onto February:

  1. Do some beta-reading that has a deadline for March
  2. Do some more outlining.
  3. Actually read, and possibly finish, No et Moi, along with possibly watching a French film.
  4. Start writing a story for a competition and a possible writer’s collection, both deadlines in March.
  5. Compose one piece.
  6. Start planning what to blog about in March + April as well as continue to blog this month.

How about you?

How was January for you?

Do you have any resolutions for February? If so, what are they?

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White Wolf and Ash Princess: Author Interview and Giveaway


Hello everyone!

I am so honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for Tammy Lash’s new  book, White Wolf and the Ash Princess, by doing an interview AND a giveaway!

 

Hi Tammy. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I never thought I would ever be an author. Ever. I didn’t think I was “smart enough” to be one. I stink at grammar—I make mistakes all the time—I’m scatter-brained and ditzy—*squirrel*—and I have the attention span of an acorn (lol!)…BUT…I LOVED reading and I LOVE stories. I loved listening to my mom. She would tell stories at home and at church where she was a children’s church teacher. When I grew up, I too, felt the calling to teach kids. My husband and I have taught in children’s ministries for over twenty years.

 What is White Wolf and the Ash Princess about?

White Wolf is the story of eighteen-year old Isabelle Gudwyne and her journey to the New World. She has many discoveries and revelations along the way, but these are also written to be my readers discoveries, so I don’t want to give too much away. What I can tell you is that Izzy’s life changes dramatically as the book goes on. Her life at the end is very different from the life she had with her guardian Jonathan Gudwyne in the beginning chapters. It’s extremely difficult to peg this book. It’s historical—yet fictional. It’s heart-wrenching—yet inspirational. Laughter, tears, romance, invention…there are so many fun elements to this book. I think there is grain or two of something for everyone in White Wolf.

 

What inspired White Wolf and the Ash Princess?

The idea for White Wolf started with a trip to the Garlyn Zoo in Michigan’s upper peninsula. I saw a white wolf there and fell in love with him. I just knew I had to put him in a story.

I  sat in on my son’s high school English course, One Year Adventure Novel, and I thought…huh…I think I can do this! I had been telling stories to my children’s church kids for years and writing a book seemed to be pretty much the same concept—except instead of dragging my stories on for weeks on end, it was to be chapters instead.

White Wolf became more than just a story about a girl and a wolf. It became a way for me to share my story through Izzy. White Wolf is a story of survival, discovering one’s own faith, and learning what it means to forgive.

 

Who is the book for?

White Wolf is for readers who like adventure, romance, a little humor, a little bit of tear action, colorful characters and neat things to learn about in history. White Wolf is a fun story, but it is really designed to be so much more than that. It is a love letter to my Lord and Savior, to my husband, my family, my readers and to fellow survivors of sexual abuse. It is my prayer people find hope and healing in Izzy’s story and my own.

 

 What do you want your readers to gain from your book?

It is my prayer, that after reading White Wolf, people will take a moment to examine their own lives and look closer at their pain and injustices. Satan would want us to live in a world of pain and heartache forever. The Lord, however, wants us to be free from burden! He wants to carry each and every one of them for us. I want my readers to find a peace and a freedom that comes from letting go. I honestly believe forgiveness is the pathway towards it. It’s not an easy path to take, but it is possible to travel it successfully with His help.

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  Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

White Wolf and the Ash Princess is my first novel. The sequel, Letters from the Dragon’s Son, is in the works! The journey will continue six to seven months after White Wolf and the voice in this story is a little moodier, a little gruffer—a little lower. Jonathan Gudwyne will share his story this time around!

 

 Do you have a favourite book( or books)?

Mrs. Mike was my mom’s favorite book. She passed it down to me and it quickly became mine, too! It’s a story about a Mounty and his wife and their adventures in the wilds of Canada. The native culture, the characters and the ruggedness of the book spoke to me as a teen and it heavily inspired the second part of White Wolf.

 

 Where can we connect with you? 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammylashauthor/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/tamlash5
Pinterest: http://pinterest/tamlash5
Blog: http://tammylash.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TammyLash5
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16373527.Tammy_Lash

Link to Author Central:
https://www.amazon.com/Tammy-Lash/e/B06VY326DT/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Link to White Wolf on Amazon:

 

 And finally, what tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

Everyone has a story to tell…and that everyone includes you! No one can tell your story the way you can. Let your fingers dance across your keyboard and let your words be the song.  Make writing a habit and try to do a little bit every day. Before you know it, you may have a novel of your own!

 

Well thank you so much Tammy for joining me today. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the giveaway!

 

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And if that wasn’t enough, here is the blurb of the book to wet your appetite:

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Eighteen year old Izzy’s limited world begins to feel cramped after she completes her self-appointed book dare. After reading two-hundred and fifty books, a thought that had been once tucked away as tightly as the books on her library shelves becomes too irresistible to ignore…”Who am I?”

Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she was injured in a fire. Jonathan Gudwyne and his head housekeeper rescued her and took Izzy in as their own, but who did she belong to before they took her in?

Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables but Tubs, the Gudwyne’s young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall to a world that promises possible answers, but also great danger. A scorched castle in the woods and a mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World, where she will not only have to face her own terror but face the people responsible for her scars.

It is here, in the untamed wilds of the seventeenth century that she finds love and a home in the most unexpected of places.

If you want to enter this giveaway, simply click here   to enter, but make sure that you enter before 8th February.

If you want to know more about Tammy, here is her bio:

 

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Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.

Are you guys excited to read this book? I sure am!

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