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Month: January 2014

Looking for a Paperback?

If you’ve gone searching for a paperback of one of my books in the last few weeks, you probably can’t find one.  That’s because Olivia Kimbrell Press has, since the first of the year, been switching distribution channels from Createspace to Lightning Source. We’re doing that for many reasons, beginning with my being able to participate in larger book fairs and author signings.

SO – Createspace pulled the titles, but they couldn’t be accessed for about a week later. We found out last night that about half of my books have been released for distribution and will show up in all of the retail markets in about 1-2 weeks. The rest will be a few more days.

If you’re looking for a book, I have a few. So, let me know, and I can mail them to you.
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Hallee Bridgeman - Christian Fiction Novelist & Author of Whole Food Cookbooks

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If You Could Ask Your Favorite Author One Question…

readers…what would it be?

I’m bringing back “Readers Write to Know Wednesdays” on this blog! I will be interviewing other Christian authors, having giveaways almost always weekly, and hopefully introducing my readers to new writers. But, I used the same set of questions for over a year, and want a new set.

SO — tell me. If you could ask your favorite author one question, about ANYTHING at all, what would it be?

I’ll answer ALL of the questions posed here in the return to Readers Write to Know Wednesdays on February 5th. My guests will be given the list of questions and will choose about 10 to answer.

Thank you for your help!

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The 3-Day Weekend That Turned Into the 9-Day Weekend

snowmanPeople are going to misread this post. But, that’s okay. I’ve been blogging for 4 1/2 years, so I know how to be misread. 🙂

I need my kids to be in school today.

Seriously.

It’s not that I don’t love my children and adore having them home. I get excited when there’s a snow day. I’m one of “those” parents. We make snow ice cream, play Go-Fish, watch silly movies, make thumbprint cookies, roast marshmallows in the fireplace.  Whatever we want to do – because snow days are free days.

But, my kids left school the Friday before MLK Day, and haven’t been back until (hopefully) this morning. I say that because I’m typing this on Sunday night and praying, praying, that the snow forecast for tonight is just a light dusting.

I must work. I have a cookbook waiting to go to press. I have a series of 8 novellas I intended to start publishing at the end of this month (anyone note the date?) and due to flu and snow days, I’ve only written 2 1/2 of the 8 books.

marshmallowsI am incapable of writing when my kids are home.  Whatever part of my brain I access to write fiction can’t get accessed if I’m in the vicinity of my children. It’s maddening, but true. Even when it’s just the teenager home, I can’t shut off listening for her to need me and turn on the fiction muse at the same time.

And, I’ll admit that I never realized that once I opened my mind up to the voices in my head, that they’d go a little crazy when they don’t get to get out. I’m experiencing that now. My mind is consumed with characters clamoring for attention, and I have no real way to give them a voice until this crazy winter weather ends and my kids go back to school.

SO, yeah, I’m not one of “those” parents – the ones who dread snow days, long weekends, and summer break. I’m the opposite.  Well, until now.  Now I’m ready to go back to work so I can get these books written and maybe hush those voices in my head.
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Grace Awards

It’s time to nominate books for the 2013 Grace Awards. I have two books that qualify: A Melody for James and an Aria for Nick.

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If you would like to nominate either one of those books, please copy and paste this into an email, and answer the questions, putting one of the books under the category: Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense.

Then, send the email to this address: graceawards@yahoo.com

I would REALLY REALLY appreciate your vote!

GRACE AWARDS OFFICIAL READER NOMINATION FORMAT  (for more information, go to the Grace Awards at this link)

2013 ~ For Finalists

Give a valid, working, current link to your social networking page or web address here:

Literary Fiction and Women’s Fiction (deals with complexities, women’s and/or men’s issues, can have humor and/or suspense elements).

Title/Author:

Why you like the story: (At least 35 words):

Romance/Historical Romance (the primary element is love/marriage, be it now or then).

Title/Author:

Why you like the story: (At least 35 words):

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense (crime fiction, there’s probably a body).

Title/Author:

Why you like the story: (At least 35 words):

Speculative Fiction (SciFi, fantasy, horror, etc.).

Title/Author:

Why you like the story: (At least 35 words):

Action-Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction (exploits, quest, a feel of wide-open spaces, expansive).

Title/Author:

Why you like the story: (At least 35 words):

Young Adult (appeals to ages 15 – 21-ish).

Title/Author:

Why you like the story: (At least 35 words):

***Note: When you have finished with your nomination(s) email to

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The Hunger Games Trilogy

hunger gamesI’m not a reader. I used to be. I used to be the kind of reader who read in the car at stop lights and preferred solitary lunches at work so I could get another chapter in. I was a voracious reader. I had a library card and knew the owner of the used book store’s grandchildren’s names.

But, then I started writing. And, out of nowhere, I quit reading.

Everywhere you look, if you look at “advice for writers” or “how to be the best writer you can be!”, one of the first things they say is, “Read. Read everything all the time.” Well, I’ve found that to not be the case for me. I don’t like to read fiction anymore. I don’t have the patience for it, and I don’t have the time. Whatever free time I end up with, I’m using to read homemaking, Christian living, or cookbooks, or to plan blog posts, or plot out novels. And that is just simply the truth.

However, since I have a teenaged daughter who is a reader like I used to be, I’ve seen The Hunger Games. And, because she loves reading so much and was so excited for a movie to come out from the books she read in 8th grade, I bought her a lot of the “behind the scenes” style publications for the movie. In doing so, I read a lot of “why we picked this fashion” and “why this set looks like this” commentaries, and suddenly, I wanted to read the books. I wanted to see what an author could say in a description that would generate the kind of visualizations that the movie makers created to the great joy of the fans and readers. I wanted to know how a character could possibly be portrayed that would generate the kind of acting that Jennifer Lawrence stunningly gives in the movies.

catching fireBut, in the time since the first movie came out, I’ve been a little busy, so the desire to read the books was placed in the background. Over Christmas break this year, though, my father-in-law loaned me all three books. Since I was taking Christmas off from everything, I had time to read.

I read the first book in a day. It was really REALLY good. I was captivated by the story. Even in first person, present tense, it was good. The author does a remarkable job. After reading the firstbook, I re-watched the first movie and experienced the whole “the book was so much better” phenomenon, even though I’d loved the movies so much.

I read the second book the next day. Again, so much better than the movie, and so well done. However, by then my break was over and I’ve been back to work and I’m reading the third book at a much slower pace, wishing I could afford to just take an entire day and get it finished so I can get back to my life.

MockingjayCoverBut, talking to Gregg about it, something occurred to me. I was telling him that the writing was so well done that it didn’t distract me from immersing myself into the story – which is one of the main reasons I don’t enjoy reading anymore. He and I talked about some of the visualizations in the book and how simply the author creates a scene. You don’t even realize you’re being described to. Then, Gregg said, “What’s missing?”

I started thinking about it. I said, “Maybe some more feelings. It seems like there should be more feelings.”

He shook his head and said, “Faith.”

Faith! Faith is completely absent in these books. It’s not just a lack of faith or a replacement faith, but a total and complete absence of faith. How I didn’t realize that is beyond me.

Then I started thinking about how different these books would be WITH faith. You could have the same plot, the same actions and reactions. But, you would have an entirely different perspective of the main character. And, as I learned when I re-wrote my Sapphire Ice, a MUCH broader and more full character development.

It was an interesting perspective.
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An Aria for Nick

I haven’t done much in the line of marketing An Aria for Nick.  I released it in mid-November (not a great idea – most of my market is too busy that time of year to read) and almost immediately got to work writing Christmas Diamond.  Since that book was for Christmas, I kind of turned all all of the attention to that little novella.

But, while I’ve not been talking much about it, people have been reading it, and the feedback has been overwhelming.  Here is a review I received earlier this week:

Every time I finish one of Hallee Bridgeman’s novels, I think she’s reached the peak of storytelling and the next one can’t possibly be as good. And then every time I read the next one, it’s even better than the one before! This story kept me up late reading because I could not bear to stop. The non-stop action and hectic pace leave you breathless but never overshadow the building relationship between Aria and Nick. These characters, both with devastating pasts, never waver in their faith in God, yet still maintain absolute believabilty in their circumstances. They feel pain and loss, struggle with forgiveness and trust, and fall in love while living out a Christian lifestyle in very real ways. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

If you are looking for an exciting, turn-your-page-as-fast-as-you-can story, An Aria for Nick is absolutely the story for you.

Here is a never before seen excerpt from An Aria for Nick:

The Song of Suspense Series

THE agent code named Hecate, called Kate, stared down at the sleeping man. His round body lay curled around a pillow and he regularly mumbled in his sleep. She reached over and slapped at his shoulder. “Wakey, wakey, Ricardo.”

The small man jerked awake and gave a startled cry. When he saw Kate standing over his bed holding a gun on him, he sat up and scooted quickly back against the headboard.

“Wha —?”

“Shh,” Kate explained, smiling as she put a booted foot up on the bed and leaned forward. She had to keep herself from gagging at the stink of the breath panting in and out of his open mouth. “I’ll do the asking.” For her own health and well being, she straightened some and put a little bit of distance between them. “Now, a man and a woman came to you a couple of days ago. She had long dark hair and they probably didn’t speak much English. Know who I’m talking about?”

“I don’t know nothing,” Ricardo said defiantly.

“It’s anything,” Kate corrected. “As in, ‘I don’t know anything.’ But it’s a common misuse. Now, tell me, what names did they give you, this couple? Carlos Garcia? And what was the girl calling herself?”

Ricardo crossed his arms and stared down the barrel of the pistol. “I … don’t… know …anything. Comprende?”

Kate reached into the boot she wore on her foot she currently had propped up on Ricardo’s mattress and slowly withdrew a long knife. “Oh, my. How very impressively macho,” she observed, clucking her tongue. “I see I’m going to need to jog your memory. I bet if I surgically removed the source of some of that machismo it might just help you to recollect some details.”

Ricardo looked into her eyes and realized that he did not want to proceed further down this conversational path, not with this woman. He held both hands up and whispered, “Florida. I took them to Florida.”

“Better,” she said gently as she resheathed the knife. “Now, I bet you remember where you took them in Florida, don’t you?”

Song of Suspense 2: An Aria For Nick

An Aria for Nick: book 2 in the Song of Suspense series

An Aria for Nick: book 2 in the Song of Suspense series

An Aria for Nick is the second book in a set of Christian contemporary romantic suspenseful thrillers from best selling inspirational novelist, Hallee Bridgeman. The exciting new SONG OF SUSPENSE series continues everywhere fine books are sold November 7, 2013 with book 2, An Aria for Nick.

Recognition:

An Aria for Nick was voted The Book Club Network‘s November 2013 Fiction Book of the Month, and nominated as the 2013 Fiction Book of the Year.

Read the Book:

An Aria for Nick can be purchased in e-book format at Christian book online retailer Deeper Shopping.

An Aria for Nick is also available at the following booksellers:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords, Lulu, All Romance eBooks, Bookie Jar

Olivia Kimbrell Press
EBook ISBN: 978-1-939603-12-8

An Aria for Nick can be purchased in paperback at the following places:

Create Space, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million

Ask your local library to order this title:

Olivia Kimbrell Press
ISBN-13:    978-1-939603-11-1
ISBN-10:           1-939603-11-0

The Back Cover:

The Only Man Who Can Save Her Life Has Been Dead for a Decade.

Raised in a loving home, Aria Suarez dreamed of becoming a professional pianist happily married to her high school crush. After the only boy who ever caught her eye dies a hero’s death and her wrist is shattered along with her future plans, she turns her brilliant musical mind to nuclear engineering and solving mysteries of science.

Abandoned to an abusive father at five, Nick Williams grew up dreaming of escape; of enlisting in the Army and leaving his wretched life behind; of proving himself worthy of the girl he loves. But the crucible of combat offers only the escape of death.

A decade later, Aria uncovers a nuclear plot that threatens the heart of our very nation. Sinister forces surround and threaten her when, out of nowhere, the man who reportedly died so many years before returns as if from the grave — intent on protecting her.

Has God finally joined them together?

Or is Aria doomed to mourn Nick twice?

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