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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 9!

Welcome to day 9 of my Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway!

Today, I’m giving away a cast-iron skillet:

A set of bamboo cooking utensils

And an autographed copy of Iron Skillet Man, The Starke Truth About Pepper and Pots

Here’s how you can enter to win:
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This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. The giveaway for all 12 days will end on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. As the 12 days progress, these links will be live:

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Day 4

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Day 7

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Day 9

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An Interview with Author Laurinda Wallace 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’m excited to introduce you to mystery writer Laurinda Wallace. Number one, I LOVE mysteries. It’s probably my favorite genre to read. Second, I love the fact that Laurinda writes devotionals. Good, clear, well written devotionals are harder to write for me than a 40 chapter novel. I completely admire the authors who God has gifted in writing devotionals. Laurinda has also offered to give away an e-book to TWO of you readers. So, be sure to read on and see how to enter the giveaway! I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve been writing since childhood, but got serious about writing professionally in 2005. My devotions and articles were published by The Upper Room, Guideposts, Christian Devotions, and others. The real fun began when a mystery series was conceived along with a Christian novel, The Time Under Heaven and a devotional book, Gardens of the Heart.

Laurinda-1 (512x640)Tell us about your current release. My current release is the third in the Gracie Andersen mystery series, titled Fly by Night. Murder, mayhem, and humor all meet in the small town of Deer Creek. Gracie, a kennel owner is joined by her Labrador, Haley on the hunt for a killer amid an environmental controversy and UFO sightings. An old high school “friend”, and her annoying cousin, Isabelle keep it all interesting.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? I did in the beginning, but the source of my creativity is God. I came to a decision early on not to write anything that didn’t honor my Savior. The Lord has given me wonderful opportunities to share my writing with many audiences without compromising my faith. My “secular” mysteries are written from a Christian worldview and are squeaky clean. The inspirational books have touched many, especially The Time Under Heaven. Readers have blessed me with their letters and reviews.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? That’s a real problem sometimes. Notebooks and now writing software collect notes, character sketches, plot-lines, and all sorts of research. Working a full-time day job makes writing time precious. I try not to waste any and write everyday.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I have a great friend who is also a writer. We love our brainstorming sessions to work out sticky plot twists. We even act out scenes to make sure they make sense. It’s a lot more fun to talk it out with another writer than try to make yourself hit the computer keyboard. Inspiration comes out of every session.

Family Matters 2 (533x800)(1)How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? Writing professionally was a longtime dream. I had reached a point in life that it was either get my writing out to the public or give up the whole idea. After researching self-publishing and traditional publishing, I decided to go independent. A traditional publisher had shown interest in all three mystery books, but never issued a contract. They always wanted to review my next book. With the advent of Create Space and KDP, it was totally possible to publish without an agent or traditional publisher. My experience as an administrator gave me the skill set to set up my own business, which I did. After assembling a publishing team about two years ago, I’ve never looked back. I’m an oldest child and control is important as you might guess. I love being a CEO and the Lord has really blessed the endeavor.

Do you have your plot-line and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? It’s a little of both. I always have the basic outline ready with a handful of main characters sketched out. The middle of the book is always the toughest. Sometimes unexpected characters pop into the story and the plot takes a turn I never saw coming. Once the book is underway, it has a tendency to take on a life of its own. It keeps writing fresh and fun.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? In a word—write. Even if you don’t plan to publish, that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with writing for yourself or family. Many well-known authors started their careers just writing a story for their children. If you do plan to publish, educate yourself about the industry. There are plenty of companies and individuals who are waiting to take advantage of the uninformed writer.

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Laurinda is giving away two e books! Be sure to enter to win via the rafflecopter link
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And the Winner Is…

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Congratulations for winning the August is Romance Awareness Month Giveaway!  You’ve won:

A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series
A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series

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An autographed copy of A Melody for James, The Little Book of Great Dates, and a 36-Piece Godiva Gold Ballotin.

I’ve emailed you, Bonnie, to get your address and look forward to hearing back from you.

Thank you everyone who entered the giveaway!
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Giveaway: Topaz Heat

My beautiful and talented friend, Cathy, of Cathy’s Creations is helping me launch the release of Book 3 of the Jewel Trilogy, Topaz Heat, by designing this bracelet:

Isn’t it beautiful?

Cathy’s from Boston, which is where my book is set, so I think she has a soft spot for my book.

I am giving away this bracelet along with an autographed copy of the paperback version of the book, Topaz Heat, Book 3 of the Jewel Trilogy.

You can find Topaz Heat at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance eBooks.

Here are a couple of reviews of Topaz Heat:

As the last book in this series.. I was amazed to say the least..I loved reading all these, but I think the last may have been the best! ~from Barnes & Noble

Hallee Bridgeman hit it out of the park with this one! Her other two books in the Jewel Trilogy were great, but this one surpassed my expectations! It was well written, amazing character development and emotions. However, her use of Faith in this book is what really sets it apart! It was enough to renew my faith and question why I am not more like the main character! Best book in the series! Can’t wait to see what this new author puts out next!!!!! ~from Amazon

Oh my goodness, this was such a great read! And I thought the first two were great, but this one really is the best. Keep up the good work, Hallee! ~from Amazon

Here is the “short blurb” of Topaz Heat:

From the moment Derrick meets Sarah he knows there is no one else for him. Derek is a poor tough street kid made into a billionaire’s protégé and groomed for wealth and success. Sarah sees only an unshaven tough kid covered with tattoos. She shuts down every advance. A decade later, will Sarah finally set aside her prejudices and open her heart to true love?

There are 9 ways to enter to win this amazing Cathy’s Creations bracelet and an autographed copy of Topaz Heat, Book 3 of the Jewel Trilogy. Go to my Hallee the Homemaker blog here to enter.

Good luck, everyone! This giveaway will close on Friday, October 19th, at 5:00 PM EST.

 

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AMAZING Giveaway at Still Blonde After All These Years!

Still Blonde after all these Years! is doing an AMAZING giveaway of The Jewel Trilogy and the bracelets inspired by the books that were designed by Cathy’s Creations.  Go here to check them out! http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2012/09/126-the-jewel-trilogy-by-hallee-bridgeman-3-books-bracelets-sweep/

This is a giveaway valued at $126.  You don’t want to miss it.

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Sapphire Ice Giveaway on Goodreads!

I’m giving away 5 copies of Sapphire Ice at Goodreads. Click the link below to enter!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sapphire Ice by Hallee Bridgeman

Sapphire Ice

by Hallee Bridgeman

Giveaway ends August 06, 2012.

See the giveaway details
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