Monday, April 16, 2012

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

Just a note to say that my handbook on writing in Deep Point of View is finally available in both paperback and Kindle versions. The process turned out to be a bit more involve than I had anticipated, but the completed work is now out there. The subject of writing in Deep Point of View has long been a passion of mine as a writing teacher and as an an avid reader. My prayer is that this book will be a blessing to many. Please join me in that prayer. :-)

Here a little blurb about the book:

Would you like your readers to live your stories, not merely read them? Deep Point of View anchors your readers inside the point of view character(s) of your novel. This handbook shows you how to perform the transformation from ordinary narrative to deep narrative in clear, easy-to-master steps. I invite you to sweep your writing to the next level with a technique that creates immediacy and intimacy with your readers and virtually eliminates show/don't tell issues.

I was jazzed today to see that a review has been posted that says cool things like . . . "All I can say is 'finally' a book on Deep Point of View!" and "a lifetime value." How cool is that?!

You can check it out further by clicking the link below:

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

In additional news, a web site update is in the works, including a brand new author photo. I've uploaded it into this blog post as a preview for you. :-)

I'm working on my spring newsletter. If you haven't signed up to receive it, but would like to, the sign up form can be found on every page of my web site. That won't change, even with the site update.

Blessings to you faithful blog readers!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Shattered Identity by K. Dawn Byrd

I have a treat today--an interview with K. Dawn Byrd about her newest release, Shattered Identity, which becomes available on April 15.

1.What was the most fun about writing this story?
Shattered Identity story is the sequel to Mistaken Identity, my first young adult novel. It was so much fun to revisit the characters from that book! Lexi, the main character in Shattered Identity, is my "bad girl" from Mistaken Identity. She was fun to write because she's so full of life. She's anything but boring.

2. What was the most challenging?
The most challenging thing about writing this book was figuring out how much romantic tension to place in the book. Lexi is unsaved, refuses to go to church, and is living a life of sin. It was hard to figure out how much to reveal in the book regarding her relationship with Zack, her new boyfriend. A friend, who writes Christian fiction, read it recently and said she thought it was perfect. However, I'm sure someone will be offended by the love affair.

3. Tell us a little bit about your journey to publication.
My journey to publication was not all that long. I'd been writing for about a year when Desert Breeze bought Queen of Hearts, my first published novel. They've been nice enough to take everything I've written since then. They're great to work with.

4. Where is your favorite writing spot and why?
My favorite writing spot is anywhere quiet. I can't write in the living room because my husband watches TV and I must have total peace and quiet. I wish I could tune out the television and conversations and just write, but I just can't.

5. What other author that you have not yet met would you most like to meet and why?
I'd love to meet Lisa Jackson or Lisa Gardner. They both write secular romantic suspense and even though I have to overlook some of the scenes, these ladies New York Times bestsellers for a reason. They can write!

Nineteen-year-old Lexi Branson thinks she's found the guy of her dreams. He's hot, wealthy, and older. She soon finds out that sometimes the perfect guy turns out to be perfectly dangerous.

Lexi Branson thinks she's found the guy of her dreams. So what if he's older? Her new motto is, "Love knows no boundaries or age limits." Zack Bane loves her and treats her like a princess and that's all that matters.

Lexi soons discovers that she doesn't know Zack as well as she thought. He has secrets, the kind that shatter the lives of those who love him. When faced with the truth, Lexi tries to hang onto him because she has a secret of her own.

When Lexi ends up in danger, she discovers she has no one to turn to except her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy. Can Jeremey, who is still in love with her, keep her safe from Zack? When faced with a choice will Lexi choose to stay with the guy who has become a stranger or will she choose Jeremy, the guy who loves her with all his heart?


K. Dawn Byrd is an author of many different inspirational genres, including romance and non-fiction. She is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group at!/group.php?gid=128209963444.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Cooking the Books by Bonnie S. Calhoun

No giveaway copy, but grab this exciting charmer wherever books are sold!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Cooking The Books
Abingdon Press (April 2012)
Bonnie S. Calhoun


As the Owner/Director of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Bonnie has helped use the 220+ blogs of the Alliance to promote many titles on the Christian bestseller list. She also owns and publishes the Christian Fiction Online magazine which is devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. She is the Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). At ACFW she was named the ‘Mentor of the Year,’ for 2011, and she is the current President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network. Bonnie is also the Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and HTML as recreational occupations. She also has a novel coming out in the Abingdon Quilts of Love series. Her novel Pieces of the Heart will publish August of 2013.

Bonnie and her husband Bob live in a log cabin on 15 acres in upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff.


After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron Chef when in reality you need a cast iron stomach to partake of her culinary disasters. And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”

A lot! Sloane begins to receive cyber threats. While Sloane uses her computer forensic skills to uncover the source of the threats, it is discovered someone is out to kill her. Can her life get more crazy?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cooking The Books, go HERE.

Watch the book video:

If you'd like to read interviews with Bonnie, try these:

Everbody Needs A Little Romance

A Christian Writers World

Novel Rocket

ACFW - Fiction Finder