Friday, October 18, 2013

Autumn Giveaway

The Winner of the drawing for Whispers from the Shadows is Kay M. Congrats!

As autumn
 is upon us, it makes me think of curling up with a book and reading by the fire. So, this week I am giving away another historical fiction book.

Set in 1814 England and Maryland, the novel is Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White. It tells the story of Gwyneth Fairchild, the daughter of a British general and Thad Lane, a prominent citizen of Baltimore. War, espionage and romantic spy adventure have been used to describe this story. Read more about it here.

Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. The last day to enter is Thursday, October 24 at midnight. Please include your email address. Winner will be announced on this blog on Friday, October 25.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Do You Wrimo?

What you say? Yes, Wrimo or NaNoWriMo (stands for National Novel Writing Month). This is where people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days, during the month of November. NaNoWriMo started in 1999, and is expected this year to have about half a million participants. According to the NaNo website, there were 341,375 sign-ups last year. You can register on their website and record and share your progress with others around the country. There are over 250 NaNoWriMo novels which have been traditionally published, including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants.

I’m debating whether to do this. In the past, when I began my novel on November 1, I shortly became discouraged when I missed a daily goal. I knew that I would be playing catch-up all month. Usually, I quit before I reached my goal.

But, this year, if I participate, I am thinking of setting a lower goal than 50,000, as I try to finish a resurrected novel that I began a few years ago. Also, I don't want to get discouraged.


How about you? Have you tried this? Has it worked for you? If so, how has it helped you? If not, why not?

Let’s help each other decide.





Friday, October 4, 2013

New Job and Giveaway


A week ago I left my job, taking early retirement, to work more on my writing. I have had a pretty good first week. I was sad when I realized today was the end of the week, although I did have moments of "sheer terror" of the future.

Farewell gifts from generous co-workers

The main thing I learned this week is that time goes fast and we need to take steps to do those things we are called to do. We only get one chance.

Now, for the giveaway:  I am giving away a copy of A Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer. I brought back this book back from ACFW Conference, and it is set in 1910 at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children. Being a lover of historical fiction, the setting of this book intrigued me. I haven’t read it, but I am anxious to. I have two copies, so I am sharing one with a reader.

Leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway. The last day to enter is next Thursday, October 10 at midnight, central time. No international entrants.
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The winner will be announced on this blog next Friday.