A recent read that has become one of my all-time favorites. First time I've ever read "Biblical fantasy." Not only an exciting read, but it really challenged me to more deeply pursue my faith.
I am very excited about this month's blog spotlight - Deep Point of View on Story Sensei. I actually just discovered this post a few days ago by following bunny trails from Pinterest. It is fantastic. Deep point of view is something I'm trying very hard to get right as I edit Resistance, and her examples are awesome. Very helpful advice for an area of writing that I think is very important.
Hello everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend. My middle brother was home from college so I enjoyed time with my family. It was nice to have a little break from all my work.
I have so so much going on lately. It seems like every time I finish something, a new project comes up. I do like being busy, but it's definitely been crazy. A couple weeks ago, I announced the updating of the cover for Truth (Makilien Trilogy - Book 1). That was something I'd been trying to get done for over a year. The first cover just didn't fit with the other two in the trilogy. I am so pleased with how the new cover turned out and how well it fit in with the others.
Now that I've changed the cover, I've put all my paperbacks with the old cover on clearance. You can get them directly from me here for $5, which is less than half the normal list price.
I also announced that I am working on a Makilien Trilogy 3-in-1 book. It will be on Kindle for sure, and I'm hoping to have a paperback version of it as well. I won't know if it will all fit in a paperback until I format it. I'm hopeful. Soon I'll begin working on a cover for it and reveal that in the next few weeks.
Besides my projects surrounding Makilien, I also have a lot of work to do with Ilyon Chronicles. I'm slowly, but surely figuring out the beginning of book four. I'd be a lot farther by now if I wouldn't have been struck with inspiration for a new storyline in the book, which makes three all happening at once. I've had to do some research and let it all come together in my head, but I'm quite excited about it. It allows me to explore a country in Ilyon that originally wasn't going to be shown in Ilyon Chronicles. So, despite it setting me back and being a lot of work, I'm glad it is now part of the story.
The time has also come to really get to work on editing Resistance. I'm working in chapter 8 right now. There is SO much to do. I feel like it's going to take me a whole year--not good if I plan to publish it this spring--but I am enjoying it. I'm finding that my word count is growing . . . a lot. Before it was at 130,000 words. I'm betting it will be at least 150,000 by the time I'm finished and it's published. But I'm not the kind of person to be freaked out about that. I personally love long books. Whatever it takes to tell the story, as long as it's not a bunch of filler.
If all that wasn't enough, I'm right in the middle of setting up a second business. It's been fun and scary at the same time. I'm really hoping it can turn into another source of income for me. Sorry, can't say what it is just yet. I'll be announcing it soon, though, and I'm sure I'll write all about it in next month's newsletter. It should be running by then.
And guess what, I'm adding a third job title to myself (if you put writer, book formatting, cover designer, and marketer all under one title)--website personalizer. :) I've thought about this before, but wasn't sure I wanted to do it. However, I've decided to give it a try and see how it goes. I'm offering services to help personalize Weebly sites. I've been playing with Weebly for a few years now and know enough to tweak the templates to fit my unique personality. You can read up on what I offer here.
I never realized just how relaxing my summer was until I got to work on all these projects. It's certainly going to be a busy fall and winter for me. But with so many exciting things, I'm sure to enjoy most of it, and I hope my fans will enjoy what comes out of it.
Thanks so much to author Morgan Elizabeth Huneke for the great reviews of Makilien, and to Richard for a most enjoyable interview on Kingdom Tales.
July 19, 2013 - Truth Review
July 26, 2013 - Courage Review
August 7, 2013 - Trust Review
August 17, 2013 - Interview at Kingdom Tales
This month's character spotlight goes to Ela Roeh, the main female character of Prophet by R.J. Larson (also my recommended reading for this month). In the beginning of Prophet, seventeen-year-old Ela is called by the Infinite (God) to be His prophet.
If you know me well, you'll know it's a rare thing when I really like the female main character in a book. I'm all for the guys, and most female characters drive me nuts. I could jump for joy over how much I liked Ela. She was a great character to follow, and I can't think of any point I wanted to slap my forehead as I almost always do when reading about a story's heroine.
What I loved most about Ela was how real she was. Actually, all the characters were fantastically real. Think about it, how would you feel if you were called to be God's prophet at seventeen? Pretty overwhelming. Ela had plenty of moments of doubt and times she'd rather just scream and throw a tantrum, which was all so relatable. She also had incredible faith that both inspired and challenged me. I read books for enjoyment, but I love when they can also teach me something or leave me with things to work on. Reading about Ela did just that. It was great to read about a very ordinary girl being used by God in an extraordinary way. And she stayed real throughout all three books of the series. She never grew to be larger than life, which was great, because you could relate to her all the way along. A fantastic character and a fantastic books series.
Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. I LOVE this book. In the few short months since I first read it, it has made a huge impact on my writing. In my earlier days , I was a head hopper. Even the first draft of Resistance contained the view point of multiple characters in the same scene. I've finally broken away from that, and this book was a big help. I love that she includes a lot of examples. That is the best way I learn. I highly recommend it, especially if you're in the middle of editing like I am. This is one book I will be reading over and over as I go along. And it fits in great with this month's blog spotlight.
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