Book Signing Tomorrow

Hey Michigan peeps,

I have a book signing tomorrow at a super cute bookstore and bistro in downtown Northville. Come on out and say hi!

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Citizens of Logan Pond Blog Tour

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I’m so excited about my blog tour which is now underway. Hearing the positive response about my project that I’ve worked on now for six years has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Huge thanks to all who have or will be participating!

Each post is a little different so be sure to check them out. I’ll keep updating the links as they come in.

SCHEDULE:

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Summer Fun Giveaway: $175 Gift Card

I’m participating in a Summer Fun Giveaway through my friend, Shauna Wheelwright over at Ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com.

There are some easy ways to win $175 Amazon gift card, including following me. :) Plus, you get some great new ideas of what to read this summer. I’ve read a few of the books, and I’m excited to read others.

Here are the details:

What would you do with a $175 Amazon Gift Card?

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Cover Reveal, CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND: LIFE

I  had to share my brand new, shiny cover with all of you.

CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND: LIFE will be released in September by Crescent Moon Press.

 

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I hope you guys think it’s as beautiful as I do. I love the colors and the symbolism of the woman sinking in the pond. They did a beautiful job on the cover, and I’m excited that this project, six years in coming, is finally here!

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I should probably share a quick story blurb so you know what it’s about:

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Are You (s)Mothering Your Characters?

I just finished a scene for Liberty in my Citizens of Logan Pond trilogy. The scene ended with an emotional moment. I was tired and walked away before I’d completely polished it off, figuring I’d do that this morning. But this morning, I realized what I wanted to do and where I thought it needed  polishing:

I wanted to go in and comfort my main character.

She just lost someone important to her, and she was hurting badly. I wanted to come up with something in that moment to ease her pain. Either a memory. A person. A sudden burst of hope for the future.

In short, I was mothering her. She was hurting. I wanted to swoop in and put a band-aid on it. As soon as I realized what I was about to do, I stopped. And then I realized how often I do this with my characters.

Here’s how it happens for me:

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MBM: “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson”–by Sarah Belliston

It’s the fifth day of March Book Madness, and I’m loving it. Tons of great writing tips and advice so far, and we’re not even half way.

(If you’ve missed any days, make sure to catch up. The schedule is at the bottom of this post.) 

Today, Sarah Belliston is here talking about the writers of Sherlock. You may have noticed that Sarah and I have the same last name. We married brothers (although she and I look more like sisters than they look like brothers).

Sarah was one of my first readers with Sadie. When she didn’t run away screaming, when she said she actually liked it, I had the courage to keep writing. Today, she and I still swap manuscripts for feedback. I love having her as a writing partner, and I’m happy she’s here as part of March Book Madness.

(See her previous post at the end of this one.)

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Sarah Belliston:

“Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson”

That’s the final line of dialogue from the pilot episode of the BBC Sherlock, co-created by the amazing minds of Mark Gatiss (aka Mycroft) and Steven Moffat, of Doctor Who fame.

Even if you don’t know about the British geek invasion that was crammed in that last sentence, you know Sherlock. You know Dr. Watson. The story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I tried shortening that to Sir Doyle and it just couldn’t do it) has been dramatized on screen over and over and over again.

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7 Tips for Writing Multiple POVs

 

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I’ve written six novels now. My preferred method of writing is using multiple POVs (point of views) to tell my story, meaning I have a few characters who take turns being the narrator. Five of my books use multiple POVs. One is told from a single narrator.

Today I want to give you 7 tips I’ve learned about writing multiple POVs.

1. Use as few POV characters as you can

Use preferably less than five per book.

More than five is hard to follow as a reader. My Citizens of Logan Pond trilogy has four, and it’s working out well.

2. Each POV character should have a reason for being a POV character

Ask yourself a few questions:

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