Themed Christian Fiction Facebook Parties and Launch Parties

We are excited to announce new Themed Christian Fiction Facebook Parties and our new service, Book Launch Facebook Parties.

Book Launch Facebook Parties: Book Launch FB Parties are for Christian Fiction of any genre. Non-fiction may soon be offered also. Authors are required to contribute a grand prize valued at $15 or more and a copy of an autographed novel. Authors may offer other prizes. The cost is $50 and includes paid advertising, set-up, blog promotion, sample posts, and access to the Themed Facebook Party Promotion group leading up to the party. I will also help with any technical difficulties including posting your posts if you wish. The party will take place in a Facebook Group to limit the amount of disruption from FB censors. After the party, I will the group into your author group or the name of your novel (your choice) and give you all the administrator privileges so you can continue to promote your book. If you are interested, email me at tkrafty{at}tameralynnkraft{dot}net.

Summer Reads (June 8): This include any Christian adult or young adult genre that would be a great read over the summer months.

We Salute American History (June 22): This includes Christian historicals from any times period (1609 – 1990s) set in the USA.

All Things Mystery and Suspense (July 13): This includes all Christian genres where mystery or suspense are a large part of the story.

Romance is in the Air (July 27): This includes all Christian genres including romance as large element of the story.

Important: If you are interested in being a part of any of these parties, please email me right away. This is important because the party will be cancelled if we don’t have enough interest. When it comes closer to time, I will ask if you are still interested and send an invoice then.

Cost: As with all of my parties, the cost is $25 and includes set up, advertising, and the $50 Amazon Card Grand Prize. Each author must contribute a book (eBook or print) for the other grand prize and will have a half hour slot at the party. I also have hour slots available for a total cost of $35. If you find dealing with Facebook difficult and need extra assistance such as me posting your posts during the party, the cost is $50 for a half hour.

Sign-up: To sign up, just email me at tkrafty{at}tameralynnkraft{dot}net, and place the party in which you are interested in the subject line. I’ll need the title of your novel and which party you wish to sign up for. Also let me know if you would prefer a 1/2 hour or 1 hour slot and if you would like to pay for extra assistance during the party. A verification I received your email will be sent within 24 hours. Another email with more information will be sent two weeks before the party along with an invoice and sign-up for the scheduled time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Christian Fiction Writer’s Contest

Mt. Zion Ridge Press announces its first writing competition for published and unpublished writers. More info at this link.

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Published and Unpublished Authors of Christian Fiction

Cost: $10 per entry payable upon registration

Prizes:

1st Place: $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s certificate, GIF to put on your website/blog, and a copy of Do Yourself a Favor: Tips and Quips on the Writing Life

2nd & 3rd Place: Winner’s certificate, GIF to put on your website/blog, and a copy of Do Yourself a Favor: Tips and Quips on the Writing Life

4th & 5th Place: Winner’s certificate and GIF to put on your website/blog.

All finalists have a CHANCE (no promises here) to be offered a publishing contract with Mt. Zion Ridge Press.

Rules for Submitting: Any work not following these rules will be disqualified.

  • We accept published and unpublished authors.

  • Fiction work submitted cannot have been published before.

  • All works submitted must have a Christian Worldview with no profanity, occult, or sex scenes on page.

  • We accept all Christian fiction genres except picture books and children’s chapter books.

  • Follow all rules and guidelines to the letter.

  • Nobody who is part of the selecting committee or is a current Mt Zion Ridge Press author or employee may enter the contest.

To the Last…

by Carole Browngrass n dew free

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life is the brevity of it–and many other things. We know of a surety that all things must come to an end at some time.

I Peter 1:24 says: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falleth away.

When Tamera asked me to join her Word Sharpeners site, we agreed that it was a temporary situation. She needed help for a period of time, and I was agreeable with that situation. Now, she’s entering into an exciting new adventure with her Facebook Book Parties, and I’m excited for her! But…

That means I’m moving on. I have new plans for my blog site this year: Sunnybank Secrets  ( Sunnybank Secrets ) and am excited to follow God’s leading for my life. Please be sure to follow my blog and/or any of my sites where you can find my books, offers and discounts, my thoughts on life, God and other tidbits of my life and adventures. My up-and-coming newsletter signup can be found on my blog site too. 

I’d love to connect with any of you at one or more of these places:

Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carole-Brown/e/B00EZV4RFY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427898838&sr=8-1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/browncarole212

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sunnywrtr/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5237997-carole-brown

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=67381031

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113068871986311965415/posts

Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/

Thank you to those who’ve read and commented on my posts. It’s appreciated more than mere words can convey, but that’s all I have to show it. May you be blest in your own endeavors.

I’ve loved this adventure in sharing Tamera’s blog and have nothing but affection for her and wishes for her continued success! Do keep in touch with her FB parties (I’ll be participating certain months). moving on free

Following God’s leading is always so interesting and wonder-filled. Where will I be headed next? What is God thinking in my current situation? How can I fulfill his new plans for me? How does He want me to glorify him here? Sad times? Of course. That’s a part of life. But so many beautiful, energizing times too. 

Forward! Onward! Our cry for the here and now! 

10 Ways to Find Time to Write Your Novel

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Writers have a difficult time finding time to write sometimes. With the burdens of family obligations, daytime jobs, marriage, and church or other activities, it sometimes seems impossible. It’s easy to make excuses and give up, but if you really want to find the time to write your novel, here a ten things you can do to carve out some writing time.

1. Get up an hour early. When you get up early, nobody is awake. This is prime writing time.

2. Stay up an hour late. This is the same principle. After everyone else has gone to bed, you’ll have the time you need. But be careful. Don’t get so lost in the story that you stay up all night. Set a timer if you have to.

3. Spend your lunch hour writing. If your work won’t let you use their computers for personal use, bring a small laptop or tablet to work and write while you’re eating.

4. Assign a certain time every day that you write. Let your family know that this is your “Do Not Disturb” time. Scientists have proven this will also bolster your creativity. You are training your brain to be creative during your writing time.

5. Get a maid. No, I’m not kidding. Don’t feel like you have to do it all. Hire a maid or someone to do your laundry. This will give you added time to write. Isn’t it worth the money?

6. Hire a babysitter. You could hire someone to take the kids to the park or to McDonalds Playland a couple of times a week. The kids will love it, and you’ll enjoy the writing time.

7. Stop time wasters. Organize your schedule and see where you are wasting time you could be writing. If you can’t figure it out where you’re wasting time, try keeping an activity diary for a couple of weeks.

8. Turn off the TV. Enough said. There isn’t anything good to watch anyway.

9. Take a tablet or small laptop with you  when you go to doctor’s appointments or kids’ soccer practices or everywhere else you go. You can write during waiting time.

10. Quit playing Facebook Games. Facebook and Twitter are great tools for writers, but don’t let them monopolize your time. Writers need to be on social media for advertising, but plan your time there, and set a timer to make sure you don’t get distracted while online.

So quit putting it off and making excuses. Find the time you need to write your novel, and get busy.

Ideas for Marketing 4

by Carole Brownbreak free chain free

“A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb

How do I get started with marketing? It’s so scary! And I’m a loner!

Really?

So?

So am I. You must take yourself by the “bootstraps” or “shirt collar” and move ahead. Truly.

Venturing out into an unknown world is scary for many of us. We’d rather lurk in our self-imposed writing “hut” than to meet and greet those in the BIG world of marketing. But it can be done. Here are a couple encouraging ideas to help you get started:

  1. Take small steps. Ask friends, family and close associates for help. Whether helping you prepare a few memes or doing a small free promotion on their website, it will get you moving. Think small, think easy, think friendly. And one step…at…a…time.
  2. Allow yourself time. Don’t try to take it all in at once. Begin small, read and re-read the online marketing place that caught your eye. Pour over all their material. And if it sounds viable, take a breath and go for it. What’s the worse that can happen? They say no? Reject your request? Accept? Either way, you’ve made a start, and each step helps you on your marketing journey!

Now, here are a few suggestions on marketing for this month:

  • Check out marketing gurus who offer freebies and/or heavily discounted programs.
  • Book Heaven is growing and seems to be a great source of promotion.
  • Offer to write articles for magazines and blog sites. I’m not sure how many sales you’ll obtain, but your name will be in front of multiple eyes. Don’t discount this avenue.
  • Don’t overlook your own personal space, and by that, I mean your hometown/state. Get acquainted with writing groups in your area, check to see what marketing festivals and smaller writing conferences are available. Snag a spot if possible. Put each group in a folder and keep track of when and where events are happening. Libraries, small hometown bookstores, specialty groups that you may have a hand-in by including something of interest in your books. All of these are important.

That’s it for this month. Don’t despise the small. Whatever works for you, use it! 

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What Would You Do…?

by Carole Brown

…if someone wanted to kill your baby? 61VMxm17AQL

  • Mary and Joseph fled.
  • In the Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, Cara is mad with grief and anger at the death of her oldest daughter. A tough read? Yes, but well worth seeing what happens to this sorrowing mother.

 

…if you had to give up your business in a hurry? Or face destruction?sabataged-christmas1-front-cover3

  • Joseph did. He and Mary had to flee to Egypt to escape the wrath of the King and begin again in his carpentry business.
  • In Sabotaged Christmas, Toni DeLuca must find the person casting doubt on her beloved father before her business is ruined and Christmas won’t be coming to Appleton, WV for her employees.

 

…if you were told you were having a baby, but you had no idea (at first) how it’d happened?front-cover1-w-apple-blossom

  • Mary did. She heard the angel’s proclamation, but told no one and kept everything hidden in her heart, pondering.
  • Starli Cameron was always told she couldn’t have a baby, but was it the truth? Only time would tell…after the struggles from the past vanished.

 

…if valuable items were given to you by kings?front-cover

  • Baby Jesus was visited by the three Magi and given precious gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  • Caroline‘s friend, Andy, had valuable paintings, but Caroline disdained them. When one is stolen, she’s pushed into a mystery that proves how valuable paintings (and relationships) can be.  

 

…if you were suspicious of three foreign kings who visited you?WMITH Bk Cover small-Modified earrings

  • King Herod was, afraid that a new baby would take his place someday.
  • Tyrell Walker in With Music in Their Hearts had a reason to be suspicious of so many in the boarding house. After all, there was a foreign spy determined to wreck havoc to the U.S.

 

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  • Mary and Joseph were. Baby Jesus was a precious gift from God. They were assigned a duty to raise him, and they would do anything to keep him safe.
  • Jerry and Josie thought they were losing each other, and both were determined to battle the war for their lives and their souls. 

 

Interest peaked?

Read St. Luke Chapter 2 to find the answers to the above questions.

Go here to find my books that hopefully will keep you reading and warm through the coming winter! 

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Merry Christmas!

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Help for the Hurting Military Families at Christmas

by Carole Brown

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Many military people dread Christmas due to various sadnesses, physical problems, financial setbacks, and loss of loved ones. It’s a struggle to move forward, to face each day let alone enjoy the season. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is a serious threat to returning home soldiers.

 

I wanted to share a bit today that is the real–the true meaning of overcoming and/or getting through each day.

Here’s a story example:

He started to scoot out onto the balcony when pain shot through his whole body, and he wanted to scream. He pulled himself from the window ledge and staggered forward two steps before falling on his face.

What had happened? Marshall’s screaming voice echoed outside his head, but the world had faded to mental darkness. His left leg had gone numb. He shook his head. He couldn’t lose consciousness. To do so might mean death. He hung over the rail and surveyed the climb he’d have to make. His stomach churned with nausea.

The pain and fear of facing the unknown, of knowing you’re injured…

What happened?”

Her gaze flicked to the bottom of the bed, then back. “You were shot.”

The memory of that night swarmed in. “How long—”

Must you talk? You’re still pretty weak.”

How long?”

She sighed. “Two weeks. You almost died.”

Facing the fact that you are injured. Learning what exactly that injury is. Knowing you’re at the mercy of the doctors, possibly your wife or family…

Jerry. Lie still. You’re too weak to get up.”

Squeezing his eyes shut, he gritted from between his teeth. “I have to. It’s too dangerous for you to be coming here.”

I don’t mind.”

I do. Help me, and I’ll try it again.”

I wasn’t able to get a doctor. Our family doctor is not to be trusted. You almost died. Medwin—my cousin—has a bit of medical training and he thinks a bone or bones was shattered in your leg. He did what he could but your leg still became dangerously infected. I thought—”

What?”

Vanda bit her lip. “I thought we’d lose your leg if not your life.”

The infection’s gone?”

Yes-s. But it still looks bad.” Her brow lined with another worried frown. Her gaze flicked to his legs and back. “I-I’m not sure you’ll ever completely recover from that wound.”

The reality of the truth: you won’t ever be the same as before. Through luck, carelessness and/or lack of training or funds or uncooperative military bureaucracy, life will never be the same.

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ers who’ve given their lives for their country and come back injured severely—and their families—face extreme difficulties. It takes strong and determined companions to get through, to accept the fact that this new life will be a life long endeavor. There are no magic wands to change the facts of war.

Besides the horrific injuries many face, the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with its moodiness, verbal abuse, feelings of wanting to commit suicide, embarrassment, rejection, etc. takes its toll on soldiers.

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In A Flute in the Willows, I tried to show a bit of this in Jerry and the effect it had on Josie, his wife. Young and inexperienced, both of the Pattersons struggle to understand and deal with conflicting emotions. Josie’s father, experienced in war service, offers advice and encouragement.

“You’re going to have to be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life.” He warns Josie, and those words stay with his daughter over and over to strengthen and give her a boost to not give up on Jerry. In time her patience and love for Jerry win out.

 

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“I’m here if you ever need to talk.” Knowing what military service is like, and having lived long enough to know a few things, Captain Ossie, Josie’s father, offers, but never intrudes on Jerry’s emotions. In time he heads to his father-in-law’s office to seek guidance.

  • Families need to understand that their soldier is going through unspeakable damages. Love, offer help and listening ears, don’t talk when their loved one is moody, encourage and never, never give up.

 

 

  • Friends who are there, offering hope and encouragement. Accept any help given and be grateful you have those kinds of friends.

 

  • God.  He is truly the only source who can pull a person through. Whatever comes, God is the strength, the supreme encouragement, the one who understands all, and the one who loves you unconditionally. Lean on him. Trust. Believe.

Both Josie and Jerry come through their own personal, and shared, problems, with God’s help, and understanding from others, that pull them through.

That’s what it takes for servicemen/women to overcome the worst of the nightmare of PTSD and injuries during the Christmas season–or anytime throughout the year. God, understanding and love.

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Read about the Patterson’s struggles and how God helped them overcome

their troubles in the midst of danger and heartache.

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