Thursday, April 6, 2017

Coffee


So this week I decided to drink less coffee.  I know, what was I thinking?  My thought process (at the time) was that I needed to consume less caffeine and I've heard coffee is not the best for the lining of your stomach.

This morning I was really struggling with wanting a cup of coffee and this song came on the radio. You guys...have you heard it?!?  I think it's a sign to drink more coffee.  I think I'm going to make "Awakening" my new life theme song.  What do you think?

And just for the record...I caved.  Too much caffeine is overrated.  It can't really be that bad for the stomach lining, right?  The struggle is real.  Bottoms up!




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DiAnn Mills Guest Blog Post

How Writers Approach Deadlines

Deadlines tend to have a bad reputation. Editors require writers to submit contracted work on a specific day. Let me re-phrase that: Editors require creative, out of the box thinkers to submit a writing protect on a specific date. Not a week or months later.

Deadlines are a good thing for editors!
This allows them to stay on schedule with the publishing house as they work through all areas of ensuring the project is perfected for readers.

Deadlines are a good thing for writers!
Writing is a business. That means we plan our work time, evaluate the past, move forward to the future, and submit our work on time.

The downside of not making a deadline for the editor.
While the editor is working with projects that are submitted in a timely manner, extra work is involved to deal with late ones. Frustration and irritation can easily hit emotions.

The downside of not making a deadline for the writer.
When a writer’s contract is completed, the publishing house might not be enthusiastic about contracting again.

So we writers plan and ensure our manuscripts are turned in on or before the due date. Here is a five-step process:

1.    As soon as a writer has a deadline, she studies her calendar. How many writing days, not weekends or holidays or traveling days, are available before the due date?
2.    Now back up the deadline two months. How many writing days are available two months before the due date?
3.    Divide the word count by the number of days reached in #2. That’s how many words need to be written every day.
4.    With 2 months to spare, let the manuscript rest for two weeks. Then edit hard.
5.    Turn in the manuscript on time.

With the above simple process, a writer is labeled as easy to work with and a true asset to the publishing house.


How do you meet your deadlines? Comment below and be entered in a random drawing for a personalized copy of Deep Extraction.


Author Bio:  

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational ReadersChoice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.


DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.

Monday, March 27, 2017

When God Made You - Matthew Paul Turner

Publisher:  Waterbrook
Publication Date:  February 28, 2017
Pages:  48 pages

About the book (from the back cover)...

You, you...God thinks about you.  God was thinking of you long before your debut. 

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in.  The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe will encourage them to spread their wings and fly.

through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God's divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.

'Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew 
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

My thoughts...

It's an okay book.  The illustrations are vivid, a tad wild and bright, and there is a lot going on that could capture a child's attention.  Or distract them from the story.  I'm not a big fan of the way the people are drawn in the book either.  Some have pointy chins, no chins, or oddly shaped heads.  It's not the worst illustrated book I've seen, but it's not the best either.

The story part of the book left a little to be desired also.  I like the meaning or the moral of the story, and was looking forward to reading it.  I had high hopes that this would make great baby or toddler gifts.  But sadly I think I'll have to pass.  According to Amazon, this book is geared toward preschool - 2 years of age.  I think the vocabulary is a little much for that age span.  While it rhymes and flows nicely like a song, I don't know that children will entirely enjoy it.

But don't take my word for it...check it out for yourself.  Amazon has some of the inside pages displayed on their page, and it currently has a 5 star rating.  Some great endorsements by popular Christian celebrities are also listed on the page (Amy Grant and Ann Voskamp).

*I was given a copy of this book for my honest review, and give it a 4 star rating.*