Book Promos From Authors Attending The Springfield OH Book Fair
Genre: Inspirational, Motivational
When Craig Smith addresses ministers, he is referring to every believer. Every member is a minister and all ministers get discouraged, disappointed, and some burnout. Craig offers 40 inspirational, motivational messages to help leaders lead people in ministry. I highly commend it for all ministers. Dr. John Ed Mathison Pastor Emeritus, Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Montgomery, Alabama. Few people understand what Monday's are like for church leaders. Craig Smith, in his book "Every Monday," not only identifies the familiar Sunday to Monday rollercoaster scenario; he also offers practical helps and spiritual insights through real life stories for the "let down" from the ride. Craig's accounts from everyday life, along with his keen insights into the Monday experience, combine to offer realistic encouragement and much needed spiritual inspiration. His forty reflections invite church leaders to a new and powerful experience Every Monday.
J. Val Hastings, Professional Certified Coach
Blurb: Last Words
Jack Hale's commanding presence and sultry eyes catch Amber's attention the first time she sees him. She dreams of a future as an executive chef, but from the kitchen of stepfather's restaurant, she is mesmerized by the dashing man in a stylish business suit. The day he orders dessert and asks her to share it with him, dreams of their life together take hold of her heart. She imagines those few bites of dessert to be the beginning of a storybook romance . . . little does she know what twisted secrets Jack Hale holds. Ignoring the warning signs Amber embarks on a journey led by the sensual and dark Jack Hale that test the limits of who she is and who she will become . . .
Join Holly Bargo
At The Mid-Ohio Indie Author Book Expo
Saturday, August 11 at 3 PM - 7 PM EDT
Whether you’re into fantasy, mystery, romance, devotional reading or you’re looking for fun and unique children’s books, this event is for you!
The Mid-Ohio Indie Author Book Expo features works of fiction and non-fiction by local self-published authors. It is a free event for attendees but there is a fee for participating authors/illustrators (registration deadline – August 4, 2018).
You know me and shouldn't be surprised that my favorite memories center upon animals.
When I was 14, my parents received a call from the parents of my best friends that a dog needed a home. Immediately. The situation involved a woman who'd gotten a divorce and could barely afford to pay for rent and groceries for herself and her children, much less the family dog. Being Christmas Eve and with four kids hearing of the situation, my parents didn't have the heart to refuse.
On Christmas Day, Dad brought home an older female boxer, the ugliest dog we'd ever seen. We already had a male boxer, but this dog ... wow. Aside from being desperately thin, Duchess had a jutting underbite. However, she also demonstrated a protective attitude such that Dad didn't fear intruders when he had to work out of town. Obedience trained to the nth degree, Duchess occupied that "practically perfect" status of champion house pets. Our other boxer, Butch, proved to be a bad influence on her.
Rehabilitation began with food--basically as much as she could eat. We made sure to feed her separately from the other dog. It was safer for everyone that way. She regained weight, but never grew into a beauty. Her beauty was all on the inside.
In those days, we let our dogs run loose. (Not smart, I know. I certainly don't condone such practice today). One day, Butch came back, but Duchess didn't. We never learned whether she'd been hit by a car, taken in by another family, or met some other fate.
She remains one of my favorite dogs of all time. Decades later, my father still reminisces about her.
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All too often in attempting to impart an image of the character to readers, amateurs spend too much time and effort trying to transfer the image in their minds to the brains of their readers. Really, beyond anything truly distinguishing such as a distinctive scar, eye color, hair color, height, there really isn't much use in getting too specific. After all, if you search for "blonde, blue-eyed male movie stars," IMDb will bring up a list of actors who have those features, but look completely different: Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, Chad Faust, Nick Carter, Aaron Carter, Bret Michaels, Justin Hartley, Ryan Phillippe, Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig, etc. While one reader may picture Brad Pitt, another will imagine Daniel Craig in the hero's role. The writer can direct the reader's imagination in the desired direction to convey the intended image with a simple analogy: "She looked like a young Katharine Hepburn."
Further expository sins occur when the author dumps background information. Amateurs generally commit such sins at the beginning of the story or whenever a new character is introduced. Such description often reads like a resume, the dry biography concluding a scholarly paper, or an obituary. We learn that the character has three sisters, grew up in a suburb of Chicago, earned a degree in computer programming, drinks her coffee with cream and sugar, and works as a waitress; but, we knowing nothing about the inner person that speaks to the author.
Of course, sometimes a simple, declarative sentence gives more insight into the character than an entire page of description, such as the comments sprinkled through episodes of the television show Frasier. In the show, Niles' wife Maris never appears, but comments like the following give viewers a sense of the character: "Maris is like the sun. Except without the warmth."
The very best way to imbue your character with personality is through a combination of dialogue and action that show the character being funny, cruel, savvy, clever, kind, etc. There are ways to do this. For instance, the first sentence of "Skeins of Gold" conveys a wealth of resentment and perception on the part of the protagonist: "It’s the lot of women to suffer the stupidity of men."
Character development goes beyond physical description and background. Written well, it brings the character to life and connects the reader to the story. Effective character development makes the reader care for the character. It helps propel the reader through the pages and contributes to a sense of loss when the story ends, because the reader must then bid that character goodbye. Effective character development forges an emotional bond between between story and reader.
Sometimes character development lies more in what the author does not write. When summarizing character development, I fall back on art: "Think Impressionism, not photograph."
Today, I’m the author of four novels with a fifth on the way. Wild Raspberries (2015) and Proper Goodbye (2016) are companion novels. These two books introduced me to the creation of literary fiction after I thrived for several years in the mystery genre, my first love. My Wrenn Grayson Mysteries series was launched in 2016, with Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont followed by Designs on Ivy’s Locket in 2017. In October 2018, Lily White Lie is scheduled for release.
The construction of a mystery holds my values as a writer to the centerline. It is my job to keep the reader on track and riveted to solving the mystery.
I taught myself the tenets of mystery-building by deconstructing other mysteries—in short, crossing over to read like a writer. The benefits of this practice only went so far.
Within a few chapters of my first mystery, I developed my own process, one I named “writing in layers.” I build a mystery through the construction of thin layers. This allows me to keep moving from the beginning to the end of the mystery quickly and repeatedly so story intricacies are not forgotten. I also keep the story’s outline up to date. The outline is a combination of road map and synopsis.
My first three Wrenn Grayson mysteries created 65 locations and 158 characters populating my fictional town of Havens, Ohio. All these locations and characters resulted in extensive recordkeeping in various forms. I use spreadsheets, file after file of written descriptions for returning characters, and town maps prepared by my graphic designer, Me! These maps, color-coded by book, are uploaded to my website. The map pertaining to my upcoming release will be printed in the book with a full-color digital image in the electronic version.
I am currently working on two novels: Summers Only, a companion book to Proper Goodbye, and Wrenn Grayson’s fourth mystery, Honeysuckle Blue Revenge.
I also have a third novel completed and “stewing.” I often put a novel away for a while, so I can return to it with fresh eyes. Later this year, I plan to stir and probably spice up Summer At Home, a piece of literary fiction that creates one of those amusing family messes we all love and put my talent for character creation into play once more. I miss my characters for weeks after they’ve gone into stewing mode.
Putting the recordkeeping habits and color-coded maps aside, I rise without benefit of an alarm clock at the quiet hour of four every morning to build a layer or two on one fictional foundation or another. This time before dawn is mine. The routine never falters. A dedicated writer does what she must to bring a story to a worthy conclusion.
Hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, and sunny side up: eggs are the musings of Holly Bargo, the pseudonym for the author.
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