Aloha from Karen Whiting, CAN treasurer

Years ago I listened to the voice of my prayer partner over the voice of God. I believed God wanted me to write, but she said she had prayed and believed I wasn’t creative enough and didn’t believe God called me to write. Soon after, military moves separated us and I lost track of her. Looking back, I know God wanted me to listen to him and not the wrong voice.

We need a discernment to choose what voices to listen to of the many we hear.

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BioPicBlues Jan here, writing to you from the sizzling Sierra foothills of California. It feels like a great time to retreat to a cool place and write . . . or venture out and engage in a strong interview.

Today I’m continuing my series on interviewing for writing. Handled professionally and well, interviewing can yield long-term relationships which impact both your writing and your marketing.

Looking at those moments of the interview, let’s talk about when the story gets difficult.

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2) CAN Ronie Kendig Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where I’m recovering from vacation and my son’s high school graduation. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Ronie Kendig. Ronie’s first two novels released this year – an espionage thriller and a military thriller. She’s received rave reviews, such as, “Nightshade kept me up all night! A tight plot, heartthrob heroes, and description so rich I could hear the jungle noise, feel the heat slide down my back.” ~Susan May Warren, Rita-award winning author of Nothing But Trouble. Ooh, doesn’t that sound good?

Welcome, Ronie! How did you get into writing?

I discovered my love of crafting stories in the fifth grade but it wasn’t until after I got married and had my second child that I really delved into writing. Then my husband challenged me to seek publication.

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 THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE by Vickie McDonough 

Review by Carla Stewart

 Publisher: Barbour
Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2010)

ISBN-13: 978-1602606968


Veteran writer Vickie
first trade length novel, THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE, delights and entertains with
fresh characters and puts a fun, new spin on the mail order bride story. Set in
late nineteenth century Texas in the fictional town of Lookout, the characters
dance off the page from the very first scene. When Luke Davis returns to the
hometown he left several years, he is excited about being the new town marshal,
but dreads facing Rachel, the woman who betrayed him and married his best
friend years ago. Before he’s hardly unpacked, three mail order brides arrive –
each under the impression that she will be the marshal’s bride. The scenario
makes for many humorous moments as the town becomes involved in the drama of
the prospective brides competing to be the marshal’s wife. When an anonymous
bride enters the competition, the stakes are raised as well as a few eyebrows.  

Vickie has assembled a fun cast of characters. Particularly
engaging were Rachel’s daughter, Jack (Jacqueline) and a rowdy ex-outlaw named
Carly, who is not who she seems. The Anonymous Bride has enough twists and turns, laugh-out-loud moments,
and tender romance to keep the any lover of historical romance happy. I loved
this book and applaud Vickie for this stellar first course in the Boardinghouse
Brides series. 

Aloha from Karen,

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People can see and preview books through video trailers. These cost money, or time if we develop them ourselves. With MACs it;s pretty easy to create one. And some authors, like Tricia Goyer, even ran a contest to let readers create the best video clip with a lower cost of a prize for the winner.

Let's consider how to use a book trailer as a marketing tool.

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