Thursday, July 27, 2017

Call for Reviewers - WhiteFire Publishing

WhiteFire Publishing is launching a reviewer program! We'll be welcoming new reviewers to the fold with a chance to receive some of our backlist, and then announcements of new books will go out to those who have signed up, to give them the chance to review new titles. There will be limited paperback copies available, and also digital files.

If you're interested in joining the Bookster Reviewers, sign up now! (Please note: this is different from the Band of Booksters that I posted about yesterday. The Band of Booksters is just a chance for readers to offer their take on things like title selection, cover selection, etc.--no reviews are expected.)


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Announcing the Band of Booksters

I'm super excited to announce a new program that WhiteFire Publishing is launching. My hubby and I have been chatting about this for a while, and I think it'll be a great way to let readers have a say in the publication process. So if you're a Super Reader -- if you need books like you need air -- if you're a true Bookster, then we want to hear from you!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Word of the Week - Hoot



So as I was writing last week, trying to finish up the first draft of An Hour Unspent, book 3 in the Shadows Over England Series, I ran into a silly problem.

I was trying to have someone describe the hero's little brother. He's a bit of a prankster, but only in an endearing way. He pushes the boundaries, but with such charm that you can't help but love him for his spirit. He always has a jest ready, but he's also a dependable sort of chap.

So how do you sum that up in a word or two??

My first thought was to call him a hoot--in modern slang, that would indicate that he's always good for a laugh, but wouldn't carry any negative connotations. But upon looking it up, I soon realized that wouldn't work. Too new. But interesting nonetheless, so you get the lesson. ;-)

Hoot started its career in English as a verb from the mid-15th century, likely a variant of Old English huten--literally meaning "to shout or call out." The first noun form was said shout, from about a hundred years later. The idea of "a laugh or something funny" unfortunately didn't come along until 1942...so my 1915 lieutenant certainly couldn't use it.

But what I found quite interesting indeed is the meaning of "small amount" that we see in the phrase "I don't give a hoot." This was first recorded in 1891, but it's actually a shortening of the form used from 1839 on, "I don't give a hooter." So where did that come from? Etymologists think it's a corruption of iota, so changed because of some American accents. Interesting, eh?

Hope everyone has a great week, and thanks for bearing with me as I put the blog on pause while I finished up my edits of A Song Unheard and the draft of An Hour Unspent!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stand By for Crazy Schedules

Hello, lovely readers!


I'd planned on getting back to my normal blogging schedule today, but then as I prepared my schedule for the week, I realized that such mundane goals might be a bit too lofty, LOL. I'm a few chapters away from finishing book 3 in the Shadows Over England Series, have edits on book 2 that are due next Monday, and am of course up to my eyeballs in release stuff for book 1, including multiple guest posts also due next Monday. Combine that with some WhiteFire editing, contest judging, and cover designing I need to get done, and I'm afraid my musings here must be pushed to the back burner.

How fortunate that there's so much going on you can have fun with though. ;-)

One of my friends from college is also a writer, and she did a really fun interview with me that takes a much different approach than the typical ones surrounding a book release. Check it out for an in-depth look at the intersection of faith, fiction, and academia. Thanks, Rhonda, for a super-fun conversation!

Audiobooks!
In the last week or two, I've had two audio books go live! Not only is A Name Unknown's audio book now available, so is the long-awaited one for The Reluctant Duchess, completing the Ladies of the Manor audio series.

And of course, don't forget that I'm currently running the big giveaway in conjunction with the release of A Name Unknown! This may be my most awesome giveaway to date...at least if you're a book lover. We've got book-themed everything! Book ends, mug, paper, typewriter pencil cup, necklace (coming all the way from Greece!), library kit, library card tote bag, throw pillow, cookies, and of course a signed book!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Book Lover's Hoard Giveaway

I'm so excited about the release of A Name Unknown that I'm throwing a giveaway full of items that fit right in with the library and book themes in the story! This is a hoard to make every book lover's heart go pitter-patter.



This giveaway includes:

  • A fun library card tote bag, personalized with A Name Unknown's info, signed by me, and with your name on it!
  • A signed copy of A Name Unknown
  • A throw pillow that reads "get lost in a good book"
  • A personal library kit, for when you lend out your treasures ;-)
  • Coffee mug that reads "professional book worm"(text will be blue-green rather than pink)
  • Ginger cookies, homemade by me
  • A typewriter pencil cup
  • Old Book book ends
  • Cotton stationery and envelopes, so you can write letters like Peter (not pictured)
  • A handmade book locket (hard to see in the composite image, so here's a closeup...)

(Giveaway will run through August 4. Available only to US addresses due to shipping costs.)

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Release Day ~ A Name Unknown

It's my book's birthday! Just wanted to pop onto the blog real quick to say

"Welcome to the world, A Name Unknown!"

She's Out to Steal His Name.
Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets--instead they focus on high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to questions whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime--determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?

As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown--so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth--about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
 DIRECT FROM ME (Signed)

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She's Out to Steal His Name.
Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets--instead they focus on high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to questions whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime--determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?

As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown--so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth--about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Word of the Week - Blessing


You may have seen last week that I posted the video of my recent sermon on blessings and gifts. I figured that, since not everyone has the time to watch a half-hour video, I'd also give you the super-brief summary of what I learned.

The English word blessing comes from the Latin benedicere, which carries the same meaning as the Greek eulogia and the Hebrew barak--all these words, as used in the Bible and even today in other languages' translations, mean "a praise, a good word." This why we "bless the Lord," and why a father's blessing was so important--it was a spoken word, a promise.

English, however, has an interesting history of its version. Bless and blessing began to take on the meaning of "a gift, something given to make one happy" in the 14th century.

Why?

Because bless sounds and looks like bliss. People therefore began to confuse a praise to or from God with a thing meant for our happiness. And what makes us happy? GIFTS. Isn't that crazy? So for the last 700 years, English has been using the word and teaching the Biblical concept in a way that has absolutely no basis in the actual idea.

A blessing isn't the thing given--it's the word of promise. A blessing isn't something meant to make us happy. It's something said to invoke holiness.

I for one will never look at this word the same way again!