Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
(WaterBrook Press September 4, 2007)
by Jeffrey Overstreet
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Overstreet lives in two worlds. By day, he writes about movies at LookingCloser.org and in notable publications like Christianity Today, Paste, and Image. His adventures in cinema are chronicled in his book Through a Screen Darkly. By night, he composes new stories found in fictional worlds of his own. Living in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne, a poet, he is a senior staff writer for Response Magazine at Seattle Pacific University. Auralia’s Colors is his first novel. He is now hard at work on many new stories, including three more strands of The Auralia Thread.
ABOUT THE BOOK: As a baby, she was found in a footprint. As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk. As a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.
When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history. Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets. Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.
Auralia’s Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations. Visit the Website especially created for the book, Auralia's Colors. On the site, you can read the first chapter and listen to Jeffrey's introduction of the book, plus a lot more!
"Film critic and author Overstreet (Through a Screen Darkly) offers a powerful myth for his first foray into fiction. Overstreet’s writing is precise and beautiful, and the story is masterfully told. Readers will be hungry for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly
“Through word, image, and color Jeffrey Overstreet has crafted a work of art. From first to final page this original fantasy is sure to draw readers in. Auralia's Colors sparkles.”-–Janet Lee Carey, award-winning author of The Beast of Noor and Dragon's Keep
“Jeffrey Overstreet’s first fantasy, Auralia’s Colors, and its heroine’s cloak of wonders take their power from a vision of art that is auroral, looking to the return of beauty, and that intends to restore spirit and and mystery to the world. The book achieves its ends by the creation of a rich, complex universe and a series of dramatic, explosive events.”-–Marly Youmans, author of Ingledove and The Curse of the Raven Mocker
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DECKED OUT
Thomas Nelson (October 2, 2007)
Monday, November 19, 2007
The wordcount stands at just over 27K. I'm getting there. Tomorrow the goal is to hit 30K.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Today is NaNo day 18. By my calculations, in order to reach the goal of 50K words in one months, my novel should be at 30,006 words.
Friday, November 16, 2007
1. Candy hearts stamped "Wanna NaNo?"
2. A T-shirt printed "Be nice to me or I will kill you in my next novel."
3. A coffee mug that says "Will plot for coffee."
4. A ballcap emblazoned "No, I'm not talking to myself."
5. A suntea jar filled with chocolates labeled "Writer's Survival Kit."
What other gifts might you think of for a novelist?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
(Center Street October 24, 2007)
James Scott Bell
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He is also the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. His book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next Buchanan thriller.
ABOUT THE BOOK: On a wet Tuesday morning in December, Ernesto Bonilla, twenty-eight, shot his twenty-three-year-old wife, Alejandra, in the backyard of their West 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder. Bonilla stepped around the back of the SUV, ignoring the rain and the afternoon drivers on their way to LAX and the west side, placed the barrel of his .38 caliber pistol into his mouth, and fired. His body fell over the shoulder and plunged one hundred feet, hitting the roof of a Toyota Camry heading northbound on the harbor Freeway. The impact crushed the roof of the Camry. The driver, Jacqueline Dwyer, twenty-seven, an elementary schoolteacher from Reseda, died at the scene. This would have been simply another dark and strange coincidence, the sort of thing that shows up for a two-minute report on the local news--with live remote from the scene--and maybe gets a follow-up the next day. Eventually the story would go away, fading from the city's collective memory. But this story did not go away. Not for me. Because Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman I was going to marry.
"Bell is one of the best writers out there...he creates characters readers care about...a story worth telling."~Library Review~
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
-Kathleen, thank you for joining us here at On The Write Path.
I’m so glad to be here!
-Can you tell us a little about yourself and your path to publication?
My start in Christian fiction actually began when I turned down a book sale. It was 1999, and I had been writing for a little over three years. Just about the time my agent found a home for a general market three-book historical series, the Lord decided I needed to write only for Him. I left the agent and the general market behind, along with the book deal and struck out a new path in the CBA. Less than a year later, God provided for my first CBA sale, which turned out to be a bestseller. Thirty books later, I am still writing for him and still humbled every time another sale comes my way.
-I just finished reading Beloved Castaway. What research went into this book?
Much of the research for Castaway came from the three-book series I just mentioned. Making the decision not to sell those books was tough, but using the research I’d done for them turned out to make the process of writing Castaway much easier. Almost all of the facts about New Orleans came from that research. To get a feel for the Florida Keys, I made two trips, the first on my 20th wedding anniversary in 1999 and the second in September 2001. An interesting aside to this is the fact that my return ticket was for September 12, 2001, which meant my writing buddy and I were stuck in Key West for days past our original departure date. The trip back from this eventful research junket is a story in itself!
-I appreciate how you handled the storyline with Isabelle. And I loved the twist at the end. Did you plot that ending or was it a surprise to you too?
That ending was plotted almost from the beginning, although during the process of writing the book I did concern myself some with whether the twist would work. I’m so glad to hear that you liked it.
-You are multi-published with Heartsong. Did you find it difficult to write longer fiction?
Actually, it’s been harder to keep to the shorter format because I end up with more plot that word count.
-Are you part of a critique group? And if so, how did you get together? Do you submit weekly?
Critique groups are essential! I’ve been with my current group, all published authors, since 1999. The format has always been the same: four authors, one chapter per week critiqued by email followed by a weekly in-person meeting to plot and pray. Two of us are original to the group while the third joined in 1999. Our fourth just got her first contract for a three-book series!
-What are your favorite parts of being a writer? Least favorite?
My favorite part of being a writer are those moments, generally after the fact, when I realize that God wove a message through my manuscript that I didn’t expect, that He typed using my fingers. Sometimes I see this coming, but mostly He surprises me. My least favorite part is stepping away from the computer to stand in the spotlight. I don’t mind speaking or signing books, but I don’t like even unintentionally shifting the credit away from where it belongs: with God.
-What sort of marketing are you doing for Beloved Castaway?
Danielle, my publicist at Glass Road PR, is doing an amazing job of getting the word about about Castaway. In addition, I am doing speaking engagements and book signings. I’m very excited about the signing I’m doing next week with Mitch Albom, author of Five People You Meet in Heaven.
-Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?
Never stop learning. If you think you know everything about writing and publishing, I guarantee your career is about to end.
-What’s next for you?
I am starting on the sequel to Castaway, Emilie Gayarre’s story. The title, Beloved Captive, should give the hint that Isabelle’s sister is about to have an interesting twist of events in her own life. Did I mention there are pirates and a handsome Naval lieutenant involved?
-Thank you for stopping by On The Write Path. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Thank you! It’s been a pleasure!
Friday, November 09, 2007
Five Ways I Know I Am Getting Old.
1. A friend of mine recently remarked that her son disliked his keyboarding class, and my first thought was, "I didn't know they'd bought a piano keyboard." Duh! Keyboarding is the new version of typing class.
2. I opened a new account on line for a site that requested your date of birth. For birth year, they had a drop down menu. I had to scroll to find mine. A Loooooooooong Way.
3. My daughter's comment at dinner the other night. She said casually, "When I get married and have kids, you will be Gramma Vetsch." I was gobsmacked. Gramma Vetsch is what my husband called HIS gramma! I was ready for my tennis-ball footed, bike-basket adorned aluminum walker right there.
4. At the auction I went to last Saturday, the auctioneer was selling as 'Vintage Items' things I remembered when they came out new. Rubik's Cube...Vintage? Hello!?
5. Last night, my son and I started reading aloud Zilpha Keatley Snyder's THE VELVET ROOM. When I told my son that my fourth grade teacher had read this book to my class in 1979, he was impressed. When I told him my copy of the book had been printed in 1965, he looked at the book like it was an original copy of a Gutenberg Bible. "Wow, that's old!"
Sigh. Not that old. Not anymore.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Two names you go by: Erica and Ducky. (Only my parents call me ducky...mostly my dad.)
Two things you are wearing right now: A blue button-down shirt and jeans.
Two of your favorite things to do: Read and talk to CJ on the IM.
Two things you want very badly at the moment: For my in-laws to become believers. To have a book published.
Two favorite pets you have/had: #1 is my lovely cat Pookie (aka Mittens, but Pookie just fits better) and #2 was Duff, a black lab/Irish setter cross with the best disposition of any dog I have ever come across.
Two people who will fill this out: GeorgianaD and perhaps I should tag Donna so she will blog... Hee hee.
Two people you last talked to: Thing One and Thing Two, my offspring.
Two longest trips you've been on: To Florida and to Texas by air. A couple of long, looping vacations from West Virginia in the East to Colorado/Wyoming in the West.
Two favorite holidays: Christmas and Easter.
Two favorite beverages: Caffeine Free Diet Coke and Ice Water.
Please play along, just let me know here so I can go read your answers. :)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
(Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly. Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story "Kill Zone" was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson. Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct! He is currently working on his fourth novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping. Armed with only a bow and arrow and the basics for survival, they've chosen a place far from civilization, a retreat from their turbulent lives. But they quickly discover that another group has targeted the remote region and the secluded hamlet of Fiddler Falls for a more menacing purpose: to field test the ultimate weapon. With more than a week before the helicopter rendezvous and no satellite phone, Hutch, a skilled bow-hunter and outdoor-survivalist must help his friends elude their seemingly inescapable foes, as well as decide whether to run for their lives...or risk everything to help the townspeople who are being held hostage and terrorized. An intense novel of character forged in the midst of struggle, survival, and sacrifice. Deadfall is highly-aclaimed author Robert Liparulo's latest rivetingly smart thriller. Get Downloads and EXCERPTS at http://www.liparulo.com/
"DEADFALL is drop-dead great!"-In The Library Reviews
"What if Mad Max, Rambo, and the Wild Bunch showed up-all packing Star Wars type weapons? You'd have Robert Liparulo's thrilling new adventure Deadfall."-Katherine Neville, best selling author of The Eight
"A brilliantly crafted thriller with flawless execution. I loved it!"-Michael Palmer, best selling author of The Fifth Vial
"In Deadfall, Robert Liparulo gives us a fresh, fast paced novel that instills a well-founded fear of the villians and an admiration for the people who refuse to be victims. It truly deserves the name thriller.-Thomas Perry, best selling author of The Butcher's Boy and Silence
"Another brilliantly conceived premise from Robert Liparulo. Deadfall will leave you looking over your shoulder and begging for more."-Dave Dun, best selling author of The Black Silent
A NOTE from Bob: I’d like to give away five signed copies of Deadfall to readers of CFBA blogs during my tour. All they have to do is sign up for my e-mailing list (they won’t be inundated!) by going to my website (www.robertliparulo.com) and going to the “Mailing List” page. Or email me with “CFBA giveaway” in the subject line.
And a second NOTE from Bob: I wanted to let you know that I’m holding a contest on my site:
*one winner a week till the end of the year for a signed Deadfall
**one winner a week till the end of the year for an unabridged audio MP3-CD of Deadfall
***and on Dec. 31, I’m giving away an iPod Nano, pre-loaded with an unabridged audio recording of Deadfall
Winners are selected from my e-mailing list—sign up at my site. If a winner has already purchased what he/she wins, I will reimburse them for the purchase price (or give them another—whichever they choose), so they don’t need to wait to see if they win before buying Deadfall.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
RACE AND CLASS BATTLE WITH LOVE
IN NINETEENTH CENTURY NEW ORLEANS
Inaugural Release in the Fairweather Keys Series Has Romance, Weighty Issues
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., — Isabelle Gayarre was born of dubious parentage. The illegitimate daughter of a rich white gentleman and his quadroon mistress, she was born into a gilded cage – loved and adored but a slave nonetheless. Her only hope was to secure passage to England aboard The Jude to escape to an English country cottage given to her by her half-sister, Emilie. The cottage—an ocean away from the racist constrains of New Orleans—would give Isabelle a life of freedom.
Yet Isabelle’s flight to freedom is almost over before it begins when fire breaks out on the docks of New Orleans. Narrowly avoiding destruction, Josiah Carter captains The Jude through the flames. The fire, though, has taken its toll and Captain Carter must find medical care for his men. On the way, he finds himself drawn both to Isabelle and her faith as those aboard his ship suffer with their fire-induced injuries. When still another catastrophe strikes the ship in the Florida Keys, Josiah is forced to come to terms with his faith—and his love of a slave woman whose gilded cage bars her forever from the bonds of matrimony.
Does love truly conquer all? Even the racist society of nineteenth century
About Kathleen Y’Barbo
A mother of three sons and one daughter, lives in the Houston area.
An award-winning, bestselling novelist of Christian fiction, Kathleen
is a member of various writing groups, speaker on the craft of
writing, and teacher of an online creative writing course. For more
information, visit www.kathleenybarbo.com
My Review: Beloved Castaway is an enjoyable book. It certainly starts with a bang! Both Isabelle and Josiah are likeable characters, and their conflict is real. If you enjoy action-packed historical fiction, grab a copy of Beloved Castaway. The setting, the characters, the conflict, the action will all propel you through this book at lightning speed. Be ready for a twist you never saw coming! I love a book that surprises me, and this one sure did. Congratulations to Kathleen Y'Barbo on this adventuresome tale.
Monday, November 05, 2007
NaNo Day Five! Today I got about two thousand words, bringing my NaNo total to over six thousand. While this is a great start, at this rate, I will not make 50K by the end of the month. I'll have to factor in some Saturday writing marathons this month.
This past Saturday I was in Caledonia, Minnesota for an auction. I came home with a beautiful c. 1900 oak sideboard that had belonged to my husband's great grandmother. It is so pretty. I'll try to post a picture of it on the blog soon.
In case you didn't know, auctions are a terrific place to people watch. You can tell pretty quick who is a regular attender and known to the auctioneer. You can tell who is after what too as they examine the offerings.
Auctioneers are fun to watch too. This particular auction had three auctioneers that all took turns with the microphone.
I've been to auctions before, and I know the secret to a good auction for me is to have a dollar amount in my mind before I start bidding for something. That way I don't get 'buck fever' when the bidding starts and give too much for an item.
I figured to be bidding on some of the furniture that was offered, but I asked my husband what he thought I should bid. Uncharacteristically, he said, "Use your judgement."
When I bought the most expensive item at the auction (and also the best), I had a sinking feeling that when I got home, he would say, "I meant use your GOOD judgement!"
Fortunately, he's pleased with the piece and the price I got it for. Whew!
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Due to the fact that "JIM" never contacted me to redeem his copy of MOSAIC by Amy Grant, a new winner was chosen.
Congratulations, Jo Ann! Your book is in the mail!
I gave my copy of MOSAIC to Linda, so everyone else who replied to the review of MOSAIC has received a copy.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I had originally thought to scrap the first four thousand words of the story and start in a differnt place. I decided not to after re-reading it. I can always scrap the beginning later, but for now, I like this start to the book.
Heather spent the afternoon working on her outline and character sketches. Hopefully she will be tapping away at the keys tomorrow afternoon.
Two Thousand down, 48K to go.