Name That Fictional Town Winner!

Texas Diamond 1 smallI had so many great entries for “Name That Fictional Town”. The one that I chose was Leah’s. Here is her response:

Lamar, Texas, named after Hedy Lamar. Not only was she an actress, but she also helped create the ‘Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum’ which prevented American military messages from being intercepted by the enemy.

The reason I chose Hedy (there is already a Lamar, Texas, so I’m going with the first name) is because it completely stays congruent with the spirit of the series. All of the cover models are true heroines of the war and their stories are told at the end of every book, and all of the main characters are inspired by true heroines, and their stories are told at the end of the books. Because Hedy Lamar is a heroine of her time, my fictional town in Texas is now called Hedy.

Thank you every one who participated. I hate coming up with names. The more I write, the more I will come with these kind of fun contests!
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An Interview with Author Kimberly Rose Johson

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so happy to introduce you to Kimberly Rose Johnson! I admire anyone who loves music. I don’t have an “ear” for it, so it’s something that’s almost like a puzzle to me. I wrote the Song of Suspense series so that I could try to get into the heads of characters who make music their lives. Kimberly Rose has a degree in music and used to teach piano! Read on to learn even more about her and to learn about her latest release. AND — if you want — check out my interview on her website where I talk about Grace’s Ground War.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.   I’m a wife and mother of two boys. One is away at college, the other is a senior in high school. I write when my family is not home, and I love the creative process. Before I was published, I taught piano lessons and thoroughly enjoyed it for eighteen years.

I have a degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in music. I think my degree lends itself well to getting into my character’s heads. Several of my books include musicians, lol. I can’t help myself.

Tell us about your current release.  A Match for Meghan is my current release.

KJ_063 vs 2 (800x708)MEGHAN BLACK HAS FINALLY MET HER MATCH

The veterinary assistant never backs down from a dare…and what greater challenge than finding die-hard bachelor Ben Young his ideal mate? But what’s an incurable cupid to do when the handsome vet turns the tables and asks her out?

Ben is perfectly content with his single life. And he figures there’s only one way to get the petite dynamo to quit her matchmaking—date her himself! But his plan backfires when he realizes that Meghan could be The One. Can he convince a woman who believes in happy endings for everyone but herself that he’s her Mr. Right?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely! It’s impossible to know the impact that one person will have on the lives around them. As a child my mom was invited to church by a friend. My mom went and liked it, so she started to attend, and then she talked her parents into going. They ended up bringing the whole family and the legacy has spread down the line. One person has affected the lives of countless others.

A Match for Meghan Header 9780373487660 (506x800)Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No. I write what’s in my heart to write. If I don’t, there’s no point in writing.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? I have faith in my critique partners and my agent. I know they will tell me if something needs work or is not ready. I’m naturally bold — lol.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I do something other than writing. I find if I can get away from my story and stop thinking about it, my subconscious chews on the problem and the story begins to flow in my head again.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? Currently I am only traditionally published. That will change in July though, when I indie publish a box set with five other writers. I choose to begin indie publishing because my publisher cancelled the line that I write for. I don’t want too much time to pass before I have a new release. I have one more book coming out with Heartsong Presents in March, so I think July is about right.

What made you take the plunge and finally do it? I suppose to prove I could.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? All of my Heartsong books were plotted chapter by chapter, but as I wrote, the story sometimes deviated from the original plan. My indie book that I’m currently working on has been more conceptual. I know the basics, but I’m filling in the rest as I write. It is actually taking me longer to write this way, since when something doesn’t work I have to go back and re-write it until it does. I will probably go back to my old way of plotting after this book.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Yes, always.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Study the craft, join writer’s groups, go to writer’s conferences, enter contests, and don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. You can learn a lot from a judge’s comments, or a critique partner who is further along than you.

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Name That Fictional Town Contest!

Texas Diamond 1 smallI hate coming up with names. I’m much happier when other people do it for me. So — here’s the contest:

I need a fictional, oil-booming town outside of Dallas, Texas. This will be where my Virtues and Valor pilot, Helen Mulberry, codenamed Faith, is from.

If I pick your name, you get the entire Virtues and Valor series in ebook form. I’ve only released books 1-5, but you’ll get 6 and 7 as they release in February and March.

And…go!

You must comment on this blog post to enter. Comments will close on Wednesday, January 28th, at 5PM EST, and a winner will be chosen.

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An Interview with Author Carol Post and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m pleased to introduce you to Carol Post. Carol’s interview makes me miss living in Florida. I can imagine sitting on the beach with my laptop and writing. She is a fellow Romance Writer of America member. Read on and see how you can enter to win a copy of her book, Shattered Haven!

Tell us about yourself. From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, my resume reads as if I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is my love for writing. I started as a child writing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles and finally novels. In 2012, I got “the call” and have been writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line ever since. I live in sunshiny Central Florida with my husband of thirty-four years, who is my own real-life hero, and enjoy sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. My two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for my liking, so I now pour all that nurturing into taking care of two fat and sassy cats and one highly spoiled dog.

CarolJPostTell us about your current release. No Safe Harbor: Allison Winchester’s old Victorian house contains a valuable secret code, one that someone is dead set on uncovering. After her house is ransacked and her life is threatened, she has no choice but to accept the protection of injured ex-cop Blake Townsend. Allison never thought she’d trust a man with secrets again—and Blake is as much a mystery as the man who is stalking her. The lawman vows to shield her from the dangerous criminal. But can Blake and Allison decipher the mysterious code before their island safe haven becomes their ultimate resting place?

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? My very first screen crush was Jack Wild on H.R. Pufnstuf. After that was Gilligan. I’m serious! I know, pathetic, huh? In my defense, I was in elementary school at the time. When I grew up, it was Kevin Sorbo from the Hercules series. Long hair and muscles, along with a sense of humor – what’s not to love?

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I’m an extreme plotter. I start with a story idea, come up with my major plot points and then plan the book scene by scene, trying to do a short paragraph for each scene. Then I finish developing my characters. Finally, I sit down and start writing the book. I find that having that paragraph to tell me where I’m going for each scene, I never face Shattered Haven cover (647x1024)Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m pleased to introduce you to Carol Post. Carol’s interview makes me miss living in Florida. I can imagine sitting on the beach with my laptop and writing. She is a fellow Romance Writer of America member. Read on and see how you can enter to win a copy of her book, Shattered Haven!writer’s block.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? My biggest piece of advice for aspiring writers is to join a writers’ group. Many offer great workshops, which really help you learn the craft. They are also good sources of encouragement. Writing is very much a solitary activity, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Making the journey with a bunch of other like-minded people is much easier than doing it alone. Workshops and conferences are also great opportunities to get your work in front of agents and editors.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.) I always write on my laptop. It goes with me pretty much everywhere I go. I use a writing program that I love called Scrivener. I can split the screen and while I’m writing my scenes on one side of the screen, on the other side I can have character sketches, the plot plan, note cards, the romance arc, or any of the other things I like to refer to as I write.

What were some of your major roadblocks and how did you overcome them? My biggest roadblock to getting published was discouragement. I started writing in the late 1990s, but got discouraged and quit several times. I didn’t realize that the road to publication is usually paved with lots and lots of rejection and had a hard time handling what I thought of as failure. When I went back to it in 2009, I decided I was going to stick with it all the way through publication, no matter how long it took. That was when I learned about Romance Writers of America and my local chapter. There I found the encouragement and support I needed to keep pushing forward and not give up.

What is your inspiration for writing? I always feel most inspired when I’m outdoors. When I’m at home, I sit at the table in the screen room. I’ve also been known to write on the beach, on the boat, in the woods and beside a river. I find nature, especially water, very soothing. Fortunately, I live in Florida, so I get to enjoy the outdoors pretty much all year long.

What do you do when you hit a roadblock and have NO idea what to write? Since I plot so thoroughly before I start the actual writing process, I don’t usually hit roadblocks during a book. But I sometimes do during the plotting process. Whenever I’m stuck, I email what I have to my critique partners, and they help me brainstorm it. I have three awesome critique partners who have bailed me out more than once.

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An Interview with Author Marissa Shrock

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so pleased to introduce you to Marissa Shrock. I have a 17-year-old daughter who inhales books -she cannot read fast enough and is the type of reader who carries an extra book with her when she gets down to the last third of the book she’s currently reading — “just in case” she finishes her book before she can get home and needs something else to read. I LOVE the sound of Marissa’s book and will definitely be buying it for my daughter. Read on and see what I’m talking about!

 Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a seventh grade language arts teacher, and I enjoy working with middle school students. That’s part of the reason I wanted to write for them. The First Principle is my debut novel. When I’m not teaching or writing, I like reading, singing, shopping, and playing golf.

Marissa Shrock HeadshotTell us about your current release. My young adult novel, The First Principle takes place in the futuristic United Regions of North America. Sixteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins never questions her country’s pregnancy termination law for underage girls until she becomes pregnant. She must comply with the law or fight to save her unborn child. But fighting means Vivica has to abandon her mother, a powerful governor, and side with the Emancipation Warriors, a rebel organization that’s determined to start a revolution.

Whats the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? (ie. Moon Walk, Watergate)   I remember the Challenger exploding in 1986. I was five years old and have memories of seeing the footage replayed on TV.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush?  Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) on Full House. I grew up in the T.G.I.F. era of TV.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?  While I start with some big ideas about plot and characters, most of the details develop for me while I write. Sometimes it takes several drafts for me to get it right, but discovering the story as I write works the best for me personally.

FirstPrinciple (663x1024)Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book?  Yes and no. For YA, the novel should be at least 60,000 words. However, if it took more than 60,000 words to tell the story, I wouldn’t cut it down unless there were unnecessary words and storylines. I spoke with an editor recently who was looking for YA novels closer to 80,000 words. I’d say do whatever it takes to tell the story well.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?  Take advice from people who are further along the path than you, but don’t compare yourself to them. Each writer’s journey is unique. Find God’s will for your life and stick to it.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.)  I prefer to write on the computer. During the editing process I will print a draft and make corrections on paper. It helps me spot mistakes I might miss on the screen.

Who do you envision your typical reader to be?   I’ve named her Growing-Faith Grace. She’s fourteen years old, attends church and/or youth group, reads secular YA novels, and is interested in reading about characters who experience challenges in their Christian faith.

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Grace’s Ground War Is Now Available!

The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 5!

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9781939603494_640RUTH AUBERTIN’s father, a highly decorated veteran of the Great War, moves his family from British Palestine to the wild of Great Britain after the Hebron masacre in 1929. He has always known the Germans would return to France, and trained his children from the time they could walk, turning them into finely tuned weapons with multiple skills ranging in weapons training to hand-to-hand combat.

When the Germans roll into France, Ruth and her brothers volunteer with the British Special Services and Ruth joins the Virtues team under the code name of GRACE. Never knowing the bond of sisterhood before, Ruth grows close to the six other women on the team and learns to rely on them and their varied skills as she goes undercover in Occupied France. Working directly for the notorious Praetorian, she and her team plan the largest prisoner escape in the war to date.

The arrest of TEMPERANCE raises the stakes. Now they have to move their time table up, increasing the overall risk of the mission. Can Ruth and her team pull off the mission, or will too many variables crash together at the wrong time?

GRACE’S GROUND WAR is part five of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

Seven valorous women — different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds — come together as a team called the Virtues.

In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

Continuing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery. Book 5, Grace’s Ground War, is now available at the following locations:

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