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BLOGWORDS – Monday 16 September 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LINDA KOZAR – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LINDA KOZAR – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

FAITH CREECH

Linda will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author of over 28 traditional and indie-published books, Linda Kozar, (www.lindakozar.com) is also a speaker, and podcaster (Along Came A Writer, Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense). Linda and her husband of 29 years, Michael, live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, their wonderful son-in-law, and Gypsy, their rascally Jack Russell Terrier.

 

http://www.lindakozar.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Kozar/e/B002BMEY8Y

https://www.facebook.com/linda.kozar

https://twitter.com/LindaKozar

https://www.pinterest.com/lindakozar/

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Linda is offering a print copy of her novel, Calliope’s Kiss. (U.S. address only)

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 16 September 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – T.I. LOWE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – T.I. LOWE

 

Planner vs. Pantser

Mapping out Road trips is a lot like Writing.

I consider myself a rebellious planner, one who plans but is ready to get off course at any moment. I take on writing a new book the same way I take on a road trip. Sure, a trip should have a designated destination from the get-go. That way the traveler won’t end up going the wrong direction, potentially getting lost and losing track of the entire reason for the trip in the first place. Same with a book. The reason/theme for the story needs to be determined before typing the first word. That way I know the direction to head toward.

But… Here’s the exciting part of a road trip as well as writing a book for me. The stops along the way can be more loosely plotted out with lots of wiggle room for spontaneity. I am a foodie and find it fun to research unique places to eat on road trips. No chain restaurants are permitted for my crowd. I think this is a good approach to apply to stories as well. Researching and coming up with unique angles to try out in a story will keep it fresh and interesting. I always have a few options saved in my notes, so I can easily change it up for whatever mood I am in. Again, the same with my stories. Loosely plotting so I’m not so dead-set on a certain chapter subject that I refuse to make adjustments that will improve the story and overall experience of the book for me as well as the reader.

Road trips should be fun and exciting. They shouldn’t be daunting and feel like work. I think strict schedules and plans can stifle the experience. Same with writing. I tell folks that writing is my passion, my hobby. I never want to ruin the fun and creativity of it with planning too strictly. Flexibility is key. Say for example: along the course of a trip, a road may suddenly become blocked due to an accident or for whatever reason. You have to be openminded before leaving your driveway that detours may end up being part of your trip. It can make for miserable traveling when you have an unwilling travel companion who gripes and complains when you have to take a different path than planned. Seriously, there is no fun in that and I’d want to leave them on the side of the road at some point along the way. I can’t help but visualize a reader wanting to do the same thing to a book when it’s clear the author didn’t take a chance in altering the direction of the story or trying out a unique angle simply because it wasn’t in their carefully plotted-out plan for the story.

 

Road Trip/Writing Tips:

 

Acknowledge Your Adventure’s Pilot

Seriously, road tripping and writing should be all about the free-spirited experience but with the right guidance. Before pulling out on the road for a trip, my family has prayer, asking God for his guidance and safe traveling mercies. I start each story in the same manner. I don’t want to do either without him or I would surely get off track and make a mess of things.

 

The Importance of Playlists

Another must for road trips and writing is playlists that help set the mood for the adventure. Gotta have some epic tunes to enjoy along the way. Music is all about experiencing the lyrics and melody. Music is my muse.

 

Enjoy the Journey

Often times, we can be in such a rush to get to the finish line of a project, a road trip, a novel, etc. that we forget to slow down and just enjoy the experience of it. A while back I found myself in a season of waiting in my writing career, so I took it as an opportunity to slowly write a new book. I savored each chapter without rushing, knowing there was no deadline, no expectation other than to simply enjoy the creative process. I have to admit, it was the most enjoyable book I have ever written. Side note: the novel is complete and just hanging out on my computer with no set plans on publishing. As much as I love sharing my new stories with readers, this has been such a freeing revelation not to have to do anything right away with it. When it’s time to share it, I will, but in the meantime I’m not fretting about it.

If we aren’t careful, life in general can become a burden instead of a blessing. Writing is a gift I have the privilege to do. I never want this to be a burden. My advice: plan loosely and look forward to spontaneity along the way.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Bestselling author T.I. Lowe sees herself as an ordinary country girl who loves to tell extraordinary stories. She knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. A wife and mother and active in her church community, she resides in coastal South Carolina with her family. For a complete list of Lowe’s published books, biography, upcoming events, and other information, visit tilowe.com and be sure to check out her blog, COFFEE CUP, while you’re there!

 

https://www.tilowe.com/

https://www.facebook.com/T.I.Lowe

https://twitter.com/TiLowe

https://www.pinterest.com/lowe0821/

https://www.amazon.com/T.I.-Lowe/e/B00I4Z5GV6/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7798899.T_I_Lowe

 

GIVEAWAY

T.I. is offering a signed Lulu’s Cafe paperback giveaway. Must be in the U.S.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 16 September and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 23 September. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 9 September 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – LINDA KOZAR

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – LINDA KOZAR

 

Figurative Language—Words That Paint A Picture in Your Head

 

Can words literally paint a picture inside your head? Nope. But we use this sort of imagery quite often in both everyday conversation and in our writing. Let’s pause for a minute and think about our daily use of figurative language. And, just so you know, by “a” minute, I don’t literally mean that you should set a timer for “one” minute. It’s all figurative. But you already know that.

 

Figurative language is defined as a language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. Literal language states the facts as they are. “Just the facts, ma’am,” a phrase often associated with Detective Sergeant Joe Friday on Dragnet. Figurative language can transform a dull paragraph into an evocative narrative that helps readers to understand and visualize settings and characters, transforming ordinary writing into full-fledged literature. Some types of figurative language and some of my favorite examples are:

 

  • Metaphor—a comparison between things which are not alike.

The world is my oyster. You are my sunshine. Metaphors be with you.

  • Simile—similar to a metaphor but uses the words “like” or “as.”

Clean as a whistle. Funny as a barrel of monkeys. He stood out like a sore thumb.

  • Personification—ascribing human qualities to a non-human thing.

The sun spit in my eyes this morning. When opportunity knocks, you should answer.

  • Hyperbole—exaggerating in a humorous way to make a point.

She could start an argument in an empty house. Your snoring is calling the geese.

  • Symbolism—a noun with meaning in itself used to represent something different.

The word “Wuthering” means stormy. Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” describes the nature of the characters.

 

You have probably studied various constructions and combinations of literary devices in English classes before, but here’s a refresher:

 

  • Onomatopoeia—name something by imitating the sound it makes.

The burning wood hissed and crackled.

  • Alliteration—repetition of the first consonant sounds in several words.

Betty bought the butter but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.

  • Idiom—an expression used by a particular group of people.

He’s as mad as a mule chewing bumblebees.

  • Synecdoche—a figure of speech using words that are a part, to represent a whole.

Bring home the bacon. Boots on the ground.

  • Cliché—a phrase that is often repeated and has become meaningless.

Cat got your tongue?

  • Assonance-repeating a vowel sound in a phrase.

“And stepping softly with her air of blooded ruin about the glade in a frail agony of grace, she trailed her rags through dust and ashes…” ~Cormac McCarthy’s book, Outer Dark

The words, “glade, frail, grace, and trailed” set the mood.

  • Metonymy—a figure of speech where one thing is replaced with a word that is closely associated with it. Crown in place of a royal person. Dish instead of a plate of food.

 

The subtleties of the English language seem to be inherent to native speakers, but a source of frustration for others who try to find logic or make sense of certain words and phrases. While writers cannot remove those challenges entirely, we can be mindful of our reliance on figurative language. The bottom line, sorry I couldn’t resist, is that figurative language should be used with more care and nuance than it is. Think of a dense, rich chocolate cake. The first few bites are wonderful, but the more you eat, sugar overload sets in and you start to feel a bit sick. Is it easier to proclaim, “You are dead to me!” or have your character say, “I hate you?” If you decide to use literary devices, choose your words carefully. Decide which emotions you want the reader to respond to. Anger? Fear? Love? In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s character Gatsby speaks of the object of his obsession, Daisy, “The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.” The poet Alfred Lord Tennyson evokes a beautiful metaphor in this excerpt from In Memoriam, “Her eyes are homes of silent prayer.”

 

When you are “literally” writing your next book, consider bringing vibrance and imagery to your work with the use of figurative language. Be mindful that overuse can be overpowering. Try incorporating the perfect combination of figurative words and phrases to enrich your characters, settings, and storyline. Here’s hoping your next book will be so popular that copies fly off the shelves.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author of over 28 traditional and indie-published books, Linda Kozar, (www.lindakozar.com) is also a speaker, and podcaster (Along Came A Writer, Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense). Linda and her husband of 29 years, Michael, live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, their wonderful son-in-law, and Gypsy, their rascally Jack Russell Terrier.

 

http://www.lindakozar.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Kozar/e/B002BMEY8Y

https://www.facebook.com/linda.kozar

https://twitter.com/LindaKozar

https://www.pinterest.com/lindakozar/

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Calliope Ducharme is as breathtaking as the beautiful women in the portraits she paints. The young woman moves back to post WWII New Orleans shortly before her 21stbirthday to claim her inheritance and pursue studies in Paris. But her aunt dies suddenly, and her remaining guardian, Uncle Bernard delays the proceedings. Frustrated, she hires childhood acquaintance Louis Russo, now a handsome, ambitious attorney to represent her. Together they fight to win her estate and, in the process, unmask dreadful secrets about her uncle, who is poised to ascend to the throne as King of Carnival. Though she resists falling in love with Louis, Calliope’s heart begins to soften. Fragmented memories awaken in Calliope when she moves back into her childhood home, memories that flood her canvases, but she cannot make sense of. And her faith, long-buried with the loss of her beloved parents, springs to life again. But time is running out for Calliope as sinister forces conspire to destroy her reputation and her very life. Will she lose the man she dares to love?

Linda is offering a print copy of Calliope’s Kiss. (U.S. address only)

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 9 September and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 16 September. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 2 September 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PEPPER BASHAM – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

VIVIAN FURBAY

Pepper will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family.

 

https://pepperdbasham.com/blog/

https://www.amazon.com/Pepper-Basham/e/B00W0IZ1F4

https://www.facebook.com/pepperdbasham/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13561411.Pepper_D_Basham

https://www.instagram.com/pepperbasham/

https://www.pinterest.com/pepperbasham/

https://twitter.com/pepperbasham

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Pepper is offering a print copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge (U.S. address only) OR an e-copy of winner’s choice of Pepper’s books.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 26 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – MESU ANDREWS – GIVEAWAY WINNER

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – MESU ANDREWS – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

TRACY URSCHLER

Mesu will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Mesu Andrews is the Christy Award winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter whose deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY

Mesu is offering an e-copy of Isaiah’s Daughter, or a print copy to a U.S. address.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 26 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – PEPPER BASHAM

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – PEPPER BASHAM

 

You want me to talk about Street Teams?

ONE. OF. MY. FAVORITE. TOPICS!!!!

Why?

 

Because, my team is just super duper and I don’t know what I’d do without them sharing this writing journey with me.

 

I’ve had people ask me what works, but to be honest, I think the dynamics of each street team is different based on the members and the author. I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all.

I’m a naturally engaged person. I LOVE chatting with my team and sharing information with them. That may sound exhausting for other people, but it’s just how I roll.

So, here are some questions I’ve had asked about street teams and I’ll give MY answers, but remember, those are just one perspective on a varying spectrum of possibilities for a team.

 

Why a street team?

Street teams, sometimes called influencer teams, are groups of people who help support you and your stories They can be set up as a team for each book OR as a team for you, as the author. Mine is set up more long-term than over each book, though they have to sign up within the team for each book release.

 

First of all my street team provides a great deal of encouragement to me. That might be the most IMPORTANT personal bonus of a street team – or it is for me, anyway. They are such great people. So kind and fun! And when I share sneek peaks or cover or ask their opinions, they are all so willing to share and celebrate. This writing journey can feel solo lots of the time AND it comes with natural insecurity, so having a team can be a real boost to the heart.

 

Secondly, and the main reason they were created, is for ‘influence’. Street teams help spread the word about your books. They share on social media, write early reviews, some create fun graphics to share, others offer opportunities to be a part of their blogs. It’s just a great networking opportunity…and did I mention I LOVE MY STREET TEAM!!!

 

How do I start one?

My street team came about fairly organically, if I remember. I’d been writing and involved in ACFW for a while before my first book debuted, so I had some nice relationships throughout the industry, but when my first book came out, I started paying attention to the bloggers who seemed to like it. Dawn Crandall, Julie Lessman, and Laura Frantz, who all read my first book, quickly spread the word about it. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

 

I started a private group on Facebook, and eventually approached bloggers and reviewers who seemed to like my writing style and asked them if they’d like to be on my team. Dawn announced on her team that I was looking, so that brought some too. I had NO script for how it all worked, I just wanted to have some fun sharing stories with people who liked stories…and that began my group. It started with about five people (Carrie Schmidt being one of those early guinea pigs…poor thing. And she still stuck around 😉 We kept things conversational and positive. That’s been my desire ever since.

 

Since my team has gotten so large, I do have a bit of a vetting process now, but I’m always looking for positive, book savvy people to include on the team.

 

What do I share?

Lots of things.

I share sneak peeks from my WIPs, graphics (and get their opinions), early book cover ideas, character pic inspiration, setting stuff…oh just lots. I usually ask their opinions on things too.

I love finding out what they’re reading – and sometimes we’ll chat about fictional crushes.

I also share life stuff and ask them life stuff too. Fun memes are always welcome 😉

 

What makes it work well?

If I had to list three things that seem to work for my team it’s:

  1. Engagement – Since they’re so willing to invest their time/energy into me and my books, I want to invest some of my time into them. Now, there has to be a balance with this, because there are 70-ish of them and only 1 of me, but it’s important to me that they know I’m grateful for them and their involvement in my writing journey. Time shows that, since I usually don’t have as much fun free stuff to send their way (or the $$ to do it). Time, consistency, and gratitude goes a long way, IMO.
  2. Positivity – It’s very important to me to keep the team positive and hopeful. That’s another reason why I make sure the people I invite match that ideal. It creates a much more enjoyable environment when people respect one another, bring joy, and spill that joy out on others around them.
  3. Secrets – I LOVE sharing behind-the-scenes stuff about writing, life, etc, that I don’t regularly share on social media. I can’t tell you more because…well…it’s a secret 😉

 

There you have it!

Bottom line!

I am SO GRATEFUL for my street team and just love them!

Authors really do appreciate readers! Your words and support matter so much to us!

Thank you for all you do to join us in our journeys and encourage us along the way!!

Pepper

 

P.S. Though I’m not accepting new members into my street team at this time, I DO have a Reader’s group on FB called Blame it On A Basham Book Reader’s Group. If you’re interested in learning more about me and my books, this is a great way…and there are some super people involved in this group.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family.

 

https://pepperdbasham.com/blog/

https://www.amazon.com/Pepper-Basham/e/B00W0IZ1F4

https://www.facebook.com/pepperdbasham/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13561411.Pepper_D_Basham

https://www.instagram.com/pepperbasham/

https://www.pinterest.com/pepperbasham/

https://twitter.com/pepperbasham

 

GIVEAWAY

Pepper is offering a print copy of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge (U.S. address only) OR an e-copy of winner’s choice of Pepper’s books.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 26 August and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 2 September. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

RAFFLECOPTER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 19 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EDIE MELSON – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EDIE MELSON – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

JODI HASSEL

Edie will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

 

https://ediemelson.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Edie-Melson/e/B0060PWSPE

https://www.facebook.com/edie.melson

https://twitter.com/EdieMelson

https://www.instagram.com/stop2pray/

 

GIVEAWAY

Edie is offering a Kindle or print copy of Soul Care for Writers.

 

 

 

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