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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 12/3/18 – Preparing Work for Publication

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question, “How do you prepare your work to know it’s ready for publication?”

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 11/26/18 – Improving Writing Skills

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I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question, “Did you take courses to improve your writing skills? If not, what happened to develop your writing skills?”

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 11/19/18 – Be The 10%

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I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question, “How did you know when your writing was up-to-par?”

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An interview with Author Betty Thomason Owens 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 am so excited to introduce you to Betty Thomason Owens. Betty is one of Olivia Kimbrell Press’s authors, and we were thrilled to published her Jael of Rogan series. She is also someone I consider friend, and I always look forward to seeing her at the American Christian Fiction local meetings. Please enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I’m a stay-at-home empty nester, and busier than I’ve ever been.

cover-front_9781939603203_2400 (533x800)Tell us about your current release. I have two.  My Jael of Rogan novels--The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles–are fantasy-adventure novels with a hint of romance. Jael is a healer, forced into exile by an evil magistrate. She returns to her home in answer to a “leading” in her spirit, arriving just in time to aid a fallen warrior. She nurses him back to health and helps him escape. When her own life is once again threatened, she sets off on a journey over the mountains, searching for him.  –   And if I hadn’t already written this story, Debi Warford’s beautiful cover art would have inspired me to write it!

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? I would treasure that one and it would certainly be worth it.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? I’m looking way back. I’ll never forget Kurt Russell in Disney’s “The Littlest Rebel.” He was probably ten. I was eight. He was so cute!

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 usually have a sketch. I don’t usually outline, but I do think it through. The story progresses and changes and I follow along. I like the adventure.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child?  Dr. Seuss! Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Louisa May Alcott’s books, Laura Ingalls Wilder

27009781939603234frontcover (533x800)I’m always intrigued by how writers get started…did you always have these books inside you and knew that you wanted to write them or did the idea just pop into your head one day and you decided to put pen to paper? I had a dream. I think it may have been inspired by The Lord of the Rings or double pepperoni pizza, or a combination of both. The opening scene of The Lady of the Haven played in my mind like a scene from a movie. The desire to write the scene was overwhelming.

Which of your characters most reflects your personality? There’s a little bit of me in all of my characters. In Jael of Rogan, I tried to create a character who was completely different from me. Physically, she is my polar opposite, but inside…well, I didn’t really achieve my goal. She lives in her head just like me.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story? I was working as an Office Manager. I had some spare time and was told to look busy. A few minutes later, my boss stepped back in, “to see what that whirring noise was…” –It was me, typing as fast as my fingers could fly!

BIO

2014-09-17Born in the Pacific Northwest, Owens grew up in such exotic places as West Tennessee and San Diego, California. She lives in Kentucky with her husband. They have three grown and married sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters, and two handsome grandsons.

Though she’s always had an interest in storytelling, her writing career began to take off in 1986. As a busy homeschooling mom, she needed an outlet for all the extra joy in the house. A few years passed, and she had several novel-length manuscripts squirreled away. She has two fantasy-adventure novels in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

Now semiretired, Betty spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is one of twelve authors featured in the romantic novella, A Dozen Apologies, released Valentine’s Day, 2014 by Write Integrity Press. She recently contracted with Write Integrity Press for her three-book Legacy Series. Watch for her first novel, Amelia’s Legacy, late 2014.

Betty is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.
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Betty is giving away a copy of her book!

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The Wounded Warrior’s Wife

wwwI’m going to be up front with you right now and tell you I’m not a reader of fiction. I used to be. I was a voracious reader until I started writing. Then, the desire to read any kind of fiction just left me. I do enjoy movies, and I think they provide me with creative fuel a lot of other authors get by reading.

So, when Hannah Conway, a soldier’s wife who commissioned me to speak to her MOPS group, asked me to read the first chapter of The Wounded Warrior’s Wife, I inwardly groaned. However, something compelled me to agree to read it. Three pages in, I called my husband, Gregg, and told him that our press, Olivia Kimbrell Press, had to publish her.

I believe God places people in our lives in His perfect timing. I believe without a doubt that Hannah was placed in our life with this book so that you could read it today.

Like I said, I’m not a reader. But, six chapters into this book, I was sobbing. Sobbing.

We are a nation who has been at war for 13 years. It’s very easy for me to sit in the comfort and security of my home and dismiss that, or not understand the impact of that statement. 13 years. For more than a decade, we’ve been sending men and women to the battlefield. As the wife of a veteran of two wars whose husband is currently still in the military, I can tell you that is not a small thing. What these men and women in our military experience, what they see, what they survive — more often than not, the person you kissed goodbye is not the same person you welcomed home.

But the way our society works, as military spouses, we often feel so isolated and alone. We think that no one else’s husband or wife is suffering the way we are, is experiencing the things we experience — we feel like no one else can understand what we’re going through.

Hannah Conway BRILLIANTLY gives us the story of Collier and Whitleigh Cromwell and beautifully tells us that we’re not alone, and that we can get through destruction of war and find courage and strength for the healing process.

Find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords

I’m imploring you to read this book. Read it. You will be so happy you did.

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Sapphire Ice 80% Off for a Limited Time!!!

From now until April 23rd, Sapphire Ice, Book 1 of the Jewel Trilogy, is available to you for the special introductory price of just $0.99!!  That’s 80% off of the full retail price!

On April 23rd, the e-book version will sell for the full retail price of $4.99 and I will release Emerald Fire, Book 2 of the Jewel Trilogy in e-book format.  Sapphire Ice will be available in print mid-April.

Right now you can purchase Sapphire Ice just $0.99 at Smashwords by following this link.

Read a sample of Sapphire Ice by following this link.

You can also get a copy of Sapphire Ice at Amazon by following this link.
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