Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The author's point of view

I had a wonderful visit with Brittany Valentine, the author of "Abigail's Answer," volume 2 of the Fifth Wheel series, on The G-Zone blogtalk radio today.

Listen to the author's point of view - the story behind the story - of the first two volumes of the Fifth Wheel series (and what happens when two women who haven't seen each other in a while get together . . . the poor interview host couldn't get a word in edgewise!)

Check Out Books Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with GelatisScoop on BlogTalkRadio

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Guest blogger: Amber Schamel

Paint a Picture

By Amber Schamel

As writers, we've heard the term "show don't tell" until our face turns green at the very mention of the phrase. We work so hard to show our readers the story, draw them into the plot and the setting, give them a read they will never forget. We want them to see the story playing out in their mind so vividly, that they forget if they saw the story as a movie or read the book. This is what it takes to be successful, right?

As Christian authors, this aspect of storytelling is even more important. Our books are more than entertainment, they carry a message. Messages of hope, redemption, and love. Stories touch a place in a person' s heart and mind that lectures, sermons and expositions cannot. A person may sit in a pew all their life and still not understand the sacrifice that Jesus made for them...but then they read a story and it suddenly comes alive.

Francine Rivers' book The Last Sin Eater is one of those memorable pictures. Cadi is a young girl who carries the guilt of her little sister's death. She has been taught all her life that there is no forgiveness for sins until after you have passed on. She lives with her guilt and misery, until a missionary comes to her mountain to bring the Gospel. Cadi and the other immigrants come to see that they've all been deceived, especially the Sin Eater, who has been living apart from all others under the impression that he can take their sins upon himself and save them all from Hell. Through heart-wrenching drama, Rivers' story portrays the stark contrast between man-made redemption and true redemption, as well as the forgiveness and freedom we find in our Savior, in a way that sinks deep into the heart and will not soon be forgotten.

"Show, don't tell" is what we do with Christian fiction. Show the struggle, the need, the pain, and then show the message and the solution.

Ministers can preach about the love of Christ, but as writers, we have the ability – the responsibility—to paint an unforgettable picture.

I have been challenged to take "show, don't tell" to a deeper level. To go write that story. Paint it in vibrant color and detail. For people who have been TOLD all their life, SHOW the reason that Christ is everything to me.

Today, I'm challenging you to do the same. What is the message of your book? How are you showing it through story?

As we chat about this today, I'd like to invite you to celebrate with me! My new book is releasing October 16th, and we're running the Name-A-Character giveaway. Click here or on the logo above to enter to for a chance to pick the name of a main character in Amber's upcoming book The Christmas Pardon. Terms and conditions apply.

Bestselling author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest." A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft. Between ministry, family, and working in their family businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

12 common mistakes found in fiction manuscripts

What common fiction mistakes are you making? In her recent blog post, "Twelve Common Mistakes Found in Fiction Manuscripts," Marsha Hubler, multi-published author and editor extraordinaire, identifies a dozen no-no's that scream "amateur."  Click on the title to read her post.

Happy writing,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Goodreads giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Before I Die . . . I want to fall in love again by Michele Huey

Before I Die . . . I want to fall in love again

by Michele Huey

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Before I Die available in paperback

Linda Laverly want to fall in love again, so she begins a quest to experience, just once more, that head over heels feeling of young love. The only problem is her husband.

“This book paints such a clear picture of how a couple can get so caught up in life and all of its distractions and lose focus on what a marriage should be. It is also a touching story of how there are second chances for finding happiness.” – Ann E.

Order your paperback copy from Amazon, click here.

Download on Kindle, click here.

Order a personally autographed copy of the paperback, click here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

WFTS conference near you

You still have time to register for the Christian Writers Guild’s Writing for the Soul Conference September 19-20 in Murfreesboro, TN,  near Nashville. It includes free admission to SuzyQ’s Author Bootcamp!

But act fast. Conference-special room rates at the Embassy Suites & Convention Center in Murfreesboro are available only through September 5.

You’ll also receive a free autographed copy of Jerry Jenkins’s Writing for the Soul book! 

Click here for details.

This is a new focus for Christian Writers Guild Writing for the Soul Conference. Instead of all the conferees gathering at one location one time a year, the conference has taken to the road and is being presented in different venues around the country. 

Says CWG: "Writing for the Soul will now be more accessible in terms of cost, timing, and convenient venues around the country. We’re targeting book authors with classes in three areas: how to write your book, publish your book, and market your book."

There will be a WFTS Conference in Hershey, PA in January.

Happy writing,

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Free webinar

From Christian Writers Guild:

Understanding Point-of-View Once and For All!

Ready to get serious about your fiction? We have what you need.

Here’s a free peek at the kind of teaching you can enjoy in  our professional-level Fiction Intensive course taught by mentor Kathy Tyers.

In her one-hour “Viewpoint: Hooking and Holding Readers,” Kathy shows you how to draw readers in and keep them there by giving them "that delicious you-are-there sensation."

 “An excellent webinar,” says a CWG member. “I plan to view it again.”

 To watch it free, just
click here.

If you like what you see, you’ll have the opportunity to  fill out your application for the next Fiction Intensive class, which begins November 1  and includes a four-day residency in Colorado with mentor Kathy Tyers, Jerry B. Jenkins, and other experts.

New York Times bestselling novelist Kathy Tyers has published eleven novels, including for the Star Wars expanded universe. She makes her home in Montana.
NOTE: I took this class two years ago and learned a great deal. If you're serious about writing and publishing your fiction, it's worth every cent!
Happy writing,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Advice from a bestselling author

Stephen King
A writing colleague sent me the link to an article that gleans 22 pieces of advice from bestselling author Stephen King's memoir, On Writing. I've read the book, but it was refreshing and eye-opening to re-read King's advice. Surprising how in our intense efforts to become better writers we drift from the basics over time.

Here's the link so you can read the article: "22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer." (Click on the article title.)

Happy writing,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CWG end-of-summer course special

You Want to Write. CWG Will Show You How.

The Christian Writers Guild is running an end-of-summer special for its mentor-guided writing courses. Sign up for any course by September 10, give the name of the CWG mentor who referred you *which would be me, Michele Huey), and they’ll send you a free copy of one of these novels:

Prime of Life by Peter Bekendam; Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn; Matthew’s Story, Mark’s Story, or Luke’s Story by Jerry B. Jenkins

Courses include:

  • Apprentice 100:  Writing Essentials  Six skills to help your writing sell
  • Apprentice 110: Think Like a Writer  Establish yourself as a professional
  • Apprentice 120: Write Like a Writer  Opportunities and techniques for success
  • Apprentice 130: The Art of Short Nonfiction  Keys to writing print and web articles
  • Apprentice 140: Fiction That Sells  Seven tools for today’s novelist
  • Apprentice 150: Mastering Social Media  Build your publicity platform

Keep learning and keep writing,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Operation First Novel

Have you written a novel and you haven't been published by a traditional publisher?

Look into the Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel.

Open to CWG members who have not yet had a book published by a traditional, royalty-paying publisher, this annual contest has given new novelists a chance for their work to be read. This year three winners will receive publication packages from the Christian Writers Guild and BelieversPress for a combined value of over $30,000.

For details, click here to visit the web page.

Here's the email from CWG:


Make Your Publishing Dream a Reality

You Can Win Over $20,000 and Be a Published Novelist by Next Year

Submit your completed novel to our Operation First Novel contest by September 3 and you could win a publishing package worth more than $20,000!

It’s easy to enter. You just have to be a Guild member (click here to join)
who hasn’t yet had a book released by a traditional publisher.

Bonus Webinars
When you register for Guild membership
, we’ll give you, absolutely free, a set of five recent CWG webinars on the art of creating popular fiction — a $50 value! Review all five sessions to make sure your story is ready to enter.

When You Enter
Besides submitting a 75,000- to 85,000-word fiction manuscript, you also submit:
● a logline (a one-sentence summary with plot elements and an emotional hook)
● a 750-word synopsis

Judges will review each manuscript for characterization, plot, conflict, dialogue, setting, mechanics, and writing quality.

First prize includes a full print and e-book publishing package as part of the Jerry B. Jenkins select line from Christian Writers Guild Publishing, a $21,000 value!

Second place wins a print publishing package from BelieversPress worth $6,500!

Third prize is an e-book publishing package from BelieversPress worth $2,800!

Don’t Wait
You have until September 3, 2014 to enter.

Click here for full contest rules, descriptions of the three award packages, and a link for submitting your entry.

The winners will be announced January 16, 2015 at the Writing for the Soul writing and publishing conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

You’ve written your novel. Now take the next steps to make it a winner — in Operation First Novel!

Will you be the next new voice in fiction?

Happy writing,