“Freeing Tanner Rose” is Finally Published. Check it out!

Hey friends! “Freeing Tanner Rose” is finally complete and on the market!

I’m in the process of sending copies out to reviewers. If you are an online book reviewer for a Christian blog, online bookstore, Christian teen website, etc, please contact me. Please note that I only have a limited amount of books set aside for reviewing.

I will be posting the first chapter soon. So stay tuned!

Buy the book!

Following are some past posts on “Freeing Tanner Rose”:

Letting Go of a Novel After Years of Laughs and Tears!

“Freeing Tanner Rose” – Book Description

Revising Woes for “Tanner Rose”

“Freeing Tanner Rose” Update: Jumping into Chapter One When Writing Fiction Novels

Where’s Tanner Rose?

Final Round of Proofs for “Freeing Tanner Rose”

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I’m at the last stage of proofing for, “Freeing Tanner Rose.” Here is a copy of the book. I’m very pleased with the cover.

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As you can see, I’m still making changes. I’m confident that the majority of authors share that same reluctance to let a novel go. I could definitely continue to edit as long as I’m given the opportunity. But it’s time to let go!

How difficult is it for you to let go of a novel?

More about “Freeing Tanner Rose”…

Letting Go of a Novel After Years of Laughs and Tears!

“Freeing Tanner Rose” – Book Description

Revising Woes for “Tanner Rose”

 

Letting Go of a Novel After Years of Laughs and Tears!

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With the conclusion of “Freeing Tanner Rose” impending, I’m feeling a tad depressed, and somewhat fearful! Don’t get me wrong…there’s definitely some joy included in the vat of mixed emotions.

This has become the norm as the end of one book is replaced with the beginning of another! At least, it’s also what happened when I finished “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch.”

I started typing up “Freeing Tanner Rose” in 2009. I’m not sure when I began scribbling in my notebook. I usually begin my novels this way. My point? It took approximately five years to write this novel. And now I have to let it go. This is it. Once it’s published, it’s done!

So, I’m a little sad because I have to let it go, and I’m afraid for the same reason. At this point I’ve drained all possibility of anything else occurring that would benefit this story further. But what if something comes to mind when it’s published?

I’ve loved, hated, laughed, and cried through the process. The only thing left to do is pray. I pray that I wrote the best story that I could write, and that I glorified my Maker in doing so.

Creating “Freeing Tanner Rose” is over. But getting to know the novel is not. It’s just the beginning for my readers.

Now, I just need to decide which of my back-burner novels to work on next!

More about “Freeing Tanner Rose”…

“Freeing Tanner Rose” – Book Description

Revising Woes for “Tanner Rose”

“Freeing Tanner Rose” Update: Jumping into Chapter One When Writing Fiction Novels

My Christmas Gift to You!

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Hi friends! I have a special gift for you this Christmas.

Buy a signed copy of The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, and I’ll include a CD with the beautiful Christmas song, “Lullaby” by Grace Arriving,

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…plus a cute crocheted snowflake bookmark.

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If you haven’t heard “Lullaby,” here’s “The Message” from gracearriving.com:

The song Lullaby contrasts the fragile form of a newborn babe embraced in his mother’s arms to that of the omnipotent King of kings- who will soon reveal love’s redemption plan to save all mankind.

Beginning with Mary’s sweet love song to Jesus and Joseph’s earnest exaltation the story of the epic event of Christ’s arrival is weaved with the voices of those touched by his birth; wise men, angels, and all of creation proclaim with gladness the arrival of Emmanuel, God with us.

You’re going to love this song. Check it out here:

The CD includes the song and its instrumental version.

I will also enter you in a raffle for a copy of my upcoming book, Freeing Tanner Rose!

This special is only available through this website, and up until Christmas.

Interested? Contact me directly. Just visit book business, fill in your contact information and check off Signed Copy. I’ll get back to you with the details.

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The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch: Chapter 1

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The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch-Book Study Questions for Youth Groups, Schools, and Book Clubs

Revising the Novel “Freeing Tanner Rose”: A Love-Hate Process

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Ahhhhh…revising is the most frustrating, exhilarating,  tedious, exciting process, is it not? It’s an oxymoronic experience, for sure!

I’m right at the end of revising Freeing Tanner Rose, but there’s still a few more full revisions to do. The story is complete and I have a reader on it. I only have a moment to breathe, and then I’ll get a list of questions that came up during the read. I’ll fix those. Then I’ll reread the whole thing to elaborate, add, and adjust where necessary. Then I’ll do another full read for a final edit. This is why writers get sick of their own stories, while still in awe of their own accomplishment.

During the revision process, I’ll love and I’ll hate what I wrote. And then when it’s done, I’ll have to let it go. And that’s a whole other emotional phase in the writing process.

While the end is close, it feels so far away! I hope to preview the first chapter soon.

Thanks for checking in.

Best and blessings to you all, TMG

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your novels?

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Revising Woes for “Tanner Rose”

“Freeing Tanner Rose” Update: Jumping into Chapter One When Writing Fiction Novels

I Want to Write a Novel, But Where Do I Start?

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Revising Woes for “Tanner Rose”

ID-100140261I’m in the midst of revising Freeing Tanner Rose. It’s not an easy process, as many of you writers out there know. It’s a matter of tearing out sections of a novel that you spent hours and hours writing.

It has to be done though. And much of what’s being removed is just not working to make the story the best it can be, and that’s the thought process I have to keep reverting back to. Some stuff is easy. Let’s be honest, it just filler, initially needed to create a bridge from one section of the story to another.

But some of the content destined for removal is pretty good, if I have to say so myself. In those cases, it’s too much to let go, so I take what’s not working for Tanner Rose and put it somewhere safe for another novel.

If you need a tip for this process…Just do it! Every word should count if you want to produce a meaningful novel.

Anyway, I’ll continue to tear poor Tanner Rose apart and hopefully get to the final revision soon. Here’s praying!

God bless and thanks for checking in. TMG

How hard do you find the revising process?

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Why I’m Inspired by “Duck Dynasty” and the Robertsons

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I’m not the only one who loves the reality show “Duck Dynasty” or the Robertson family. That’s pretty evident, since the fourth season episode drew in 11.8 million viewers. That’s the largest audience ever for a reality show on cable television.

I’m not a big fan of reality shows. Most of them are filled with inappropriate content and language, and founded upon superficial values. But “Duck Dynasty” is the complete opposite.

There are many reasons why the show is popular. The family members are real and honest and have a great sense of humor. Although they’re wealthy, they remain grounded and haven’t forgotten their roots. They refused to “tone down” Christian references on their show, even after the network requested it. But most of all, they’re not apologetic about being Christian. They’re very open about their love for Christ. And it’s an honest devotion, not manufactured for television or ratings. It’s evident that they love God and they want to share that and the Gospel with their audience! This is why I find the show and the family inspiring.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show, here’s the sneak peak for season four:

The Robertson’s are God-loving people. Hollywood is full of characters who say they’re Christians, but their actions far from represent those claims. I believe that “Duck Dynasty” is so popular because finally we’ve been introduced to a family who live the Word.

The Robertsons are the kind of Christians I strive to portray in my novels -true Christians who live the Word. Martha and David and Eva from The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch are like the Robertsons. As is Gabriel in my upcoming novel, Freeing Tanner Rose. Their love for Christ is not just a hobby, it’s who they are. It’s natural. Scripture says you’re either with Christ or you’re against Him. And when you’re a Christian, there’s just no compromise.

“Duck Dynasty” and the Robertsons not only inspire my writing, but they inspire me to become a better Christian! What about you?

Friends, are you a fan of “Duck Dynasty”? Do the Robertson’s inspire you?

If you loved this, then you’re sure to like…

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch: Chapter 1

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The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch-Book Study Questions for Youth Groups, Schools, and Book Clubs

“Freeing Tanner Rose” Update: Jumping into Chapter One When Writing Fiction Novels

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I’m reluctant to get into editing the “final” draft of Freeing Tanner Rose. Why? In contemplating it’s conclusion, I’ve realized that I have to introduce a new beginning. This may seem like a drastic change at such a late stage -and maybe there would have been a time when such a decision was unnerving, but it won’t be the first time.

When finalizing The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch I did the same thing. What was supposed to be the first chapter of that novel is now four pages into chapter 4. And I feel the story has been strengthened because of it.

If the idea of moving chapters around, changing the introduction or even changing the ending of the whole novel enters your mind, don’t brush it away. It’s tempting, I know, but the notion exists for a reason. Your reader has to jump into chapter one and not want to leave your story until it’s absolutely necessary. I’m not sure the first chapter of Freeing Tanner Rose achieves this.

If you decide to make a drastic change to your fiction novel at the last stage, remember to make sure that the change is reflected wherever necessary throughout the novel. To ensure this is the case, you’ll have to get a pair of fresh eyes to read the whole novel for you.

Sure, the change will likely knock you off schedule, but if your desire is to put out quality fiction, the wait will be worth it!

Good luck, God bless and wish me the same!

Ugh! Time to get to it.

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Where’s “Tanner Rose”?

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Yes! I promised that my next book, Freeing Tanner Rose would be published by the end of 2012. Well, it’s 2013 and it’s still not published! Why? Some of you may be wondering. Well, life and work have gotten in the way.

I do pray that some day my fiction will be my number one source of income, but until then, there’s freelance writing and blogging. One particular project that I’m blessed to be a part of is Project Inspired. It’s a Christian website for teen girls. You should check it out!

I’ve also been compelled to begin another novel. I have a tendency to write more than one at a time when fresh ideas excite and inspire!

Besides my work, I home-school the oldest of my 3 children, take care of the other two young ones (actually 3, since I have another one on the way). My husband and I are also welcoming 15 chicks and 2 doe-ling goats within the next few months, in an attempt to begin a mini-farm. We grow a large garden in the summer and are planning on canning. Our hope is to create a self-sufficient lifestyle, and in doing so, Tanner Rose has been placed on the side-lines.

It’s not that her story is not important. It really is. It’s worth telling and worth reading. And I plan on getting the novel completed soon. But I wanted to share the reasons why she’s been neglected.

Honestly, the separation has been a good one. While my life is hectic, all my other “to dos” have allowed me to step away so that I can have a fresh approach when I get back into it to complete the final draft.

I’ve not spent time with Tanner Rose, nor Gabriel for that matter, for a while, but neither have left my mind. I think of them daily, confirming the completion of their story and some of the details in between. I look forward to getting together with them soon.

Thank you for letting me share and God bless you all!

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