Freeing Tanner Rose: Chapter 1

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THE music pounded within the constraints of the dimmed room, pulsating through the bodies of every dancing person. It was a large, extravagant room, packed far beyond capacity and marred by the quality of entertainment. The crowd created a thick, stuffy heat in the space, along with a stench that was a culmination of cologne, perfume, and sweat. But to the guests attending, it was a paradise. It was a place of refuge for some, and a place to hide for others. And you had to be someone special to be invited.

Tanner threw her head back and laughed, spilling her cocktail and squealing. She was sitting on her friend Emma’s lap, experiencing the perfect level of euphoria, and she didn’t want the feeling to end. As she looked around the room, she was suddenly aware of the fact that her life would probably never get any better than this. The thought seemed ridiculous, since she was only fourteen. But the idea that she could feel even happier than she felt at that exact moment, seemed even more inconceivable. She let out a content breath and scrambled awkwardly to her feet.

“I want to dance!” She yelled her announcement over the music and turned to Emma. She reached out to her friend, who let out a short scream.

“Watch your smoke!” Tanner had forgotten that she was smoking.

“Oh, my bad,” she said and giggled. She dropped the cigarette butt into an unfinished beer bottle and attempted to pull her reluctant friend off the couch. A hand grabbed her arm and spun her around, and almost off balance. She was suddenly face to face with Jason Allen. His brown eyes sparkled.

Tanner Rose, I’ve been looking for you.”

“I’ve been here,” she said, laughing and gesturing to her surroundings. He spun her again and the move caused her vision to swirl. She let out a screech and grabbed him for support. “Cut that out!”

“You look amazing,” he said, taking advantage of her backless dress and caressing her bare skin. “I was looking for a dance, but now I’m thinking we should take a little time alone.”

“Are you undressing me with your eyes, Mr. Allen?”

“Kind of,” he said and laughed, “but you haven’t made it too hard, if you know what I mean.”

“Whatever!” She laughed too.

“So, what about it?” he asked with a wink. “Wanna make out?”

“I want to dance!” she said sternly and grabbed his hand. She dragged him through the mob of people.

Tanner pushed her way in among the mass of bodies on the dance floor and closed her eyes. And then she lost herself. She lost herself in the music, the movement of the crowd, and the warm and fuzzy sensation that was consuming her. That was the last thing she remembered.

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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?

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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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Why “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch” is a Great Christmas Story and Gift!

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I had initially intended The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch to be published at the end of last year, right before Christmas. Why? Because of the many themes relating to the season, such as miracles, forgiveness and amazing acts of kindness.

Unfortunately, the reality of the business determined the actual publishing date, but I still submit that this novel makes for a great Christmas story.

It also makes for a great Christmas gift. Although this novel was written for tweens, teens and young adults, I’m finding that adults of all ages are also loving this story. So if you’re looking for an inspiring gift for someone, consider The Destiny if Sunshine Ranch.

Don’t forget that up until Christmas day, you can purchase a signed copy of The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch for a special low price of $5.99 plus shipping. But you have to contact me directly here. Please take into account shipping time-frames during the Christmas season. 

I pray that you enjoy this novel and that it does inspire and strengthen and instill hope. Following is an excerpt.

God bless you all.

Excerpt:

At the end of the service, before Fr. Thaddeus said the final blessing and prayer, he took his place behind the pulpit, adjusted his festive white chasuble, and beamed over his congregation.

“Before we conclude this Christmas mass and go off to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I must make a confession,” he began to say. “I have never been surprised at the workings of our Lord.” He looked around the room. “He is an awesome God. He is a good God.” He nodded and paused. “He is an all-powerful God.” Another pause. “Why should I be surprised by any miracle that takes place? Including the one that we’ve all been pondering today. And it happened during Christmas…of all times.” He raised his eyebrows.

“There is no limit to God’s greatness and I know this, and yet I am in awe of it, every day. I see it in the eyes of every infant. The way a child is formed in a mother’s womb from a tiny egg into a living and breathing baby. I see it in nature’s way of sustaining itself. In the way that there’s no limit to love. I see it every day. And I see it today in the pure kindness of a mysterious person. A person who wishes to give, but asks for nothing back. Not even recognition. Not even a ‘thank you.’ A selfless, selfless act, and again I am in awe of it all.” He bowed his head. “Let us pray…God, we thank you for sending us an angel who has given the most generous gift. An angel who is so obviously full of love for the Credence family. An angel who sees how much this family has done for children in need of a loving home. We thank you, Lord for the Credence family, and this blessing that allows David and Martha to continue on in their endeavor to give children hope. And God we thank you again for your miracle, your angel, who has taken the spirit of this town and lifted it so high.”

There was a sudden pause and then Fr. Thaddeus sniffed, and then sighed. The crowd waited while the priest tried to regain his composure. “You have shown us yet again, Lord that everything is possible, and you have shown us on this Christmas day, the day of your son’s birth, that there is still so much good in this world. Thank you, Lord. We praise you endlessly in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

He wiped each eye quickly before looking up and smiling. “Oh, it is a great day today. A great day, yes, for Jesus Christ was born this day and Sunshine Ranch has been saved. Bow your heads for God’s blessing.”

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Christmas Special on “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch”

Friends! With Christmas coming up fast, I’m offering a discount to shoppers of The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch.

Up until Christmas day, you can purchase a signed copy for $5.99 plus shipping.

Please note that this deal is only available through this website. Just send an e-mail to me at tmgaouette(at)gmail.com and an invoice will be sent to you.

Don’t forget to submit a name for inscription if you’d like a personal note and your shipping address.

If you loved The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, then share it with your friends and family this Christmas!

Best and blessings to you all,

TMG

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Book Reviews and More Lists “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch” in Top 10 Fiction This Quarter

I just wanted to say thank you to Steven McEvoy at Book Reviews and More for listing The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch in his top 10 fiction books for the 3rd quarter. I’m so honored and appreciative of the recognition. You’ll see how much of an honor it is when you review Mr. McEvoy’s impressive annual reading lists.

Visit Book Reviews and More and check out the other great titles listed.

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Introducing My Upcoming Novel, “Freeing Tanner Rose” -The First in Kung-Fu Faith Series

Please excuse my lack of attention here on the site. I’ve been working on finishing up my next novel, Freeing Tanner Rose. It’s actually the beginning of a four-part Kung-Fu Faith series.

  • Fun fact- Freeing Tanner Rose was not originally written as the first in the series. I actually began writing one of the other books eight years ago and intended that to be the first. I began writing Tanner Rose three years ago, and decided that this story would be a better intro to the series.

With Freeing Tanner Rose, I’m at the point in the process where I’m trying to tie up loose ends, but keep finding reasons to move things around. Such last minute decisions are not always smart –although common in my writing style- but I’m confident that the final draft will likely benefit from it. The big problem is that changes mean more thorough readings and constant editing, and this process often drains the love I feel for any story. Once love is gone, it’s not completely lost, but I usually have to set the project aside and allow some space to grow between us. Just enough room to feel the loss.

I hope such space is not necessary during this revision. In order to ensure that and to avoid falling out of love, I’ve been splitting my novel writing time with cover design and novel description. I’ll post these as soon as I have them completed. Then once the final draft is complete, I’ll share the first chapter.

Freeing Tanner Rose is scheduled to release late fall of this year, God willing. I plan on keeping this schedule, but it’s more important that the finished product is perfect –or as perfect as I’ll allow it to be before forcing myself to let it go. To let go! Ugh. Another step I have a difficult time with.

Lord, bless my words so that I glorify You in everything that I write.

Great Review of “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch” by Steven McEvoy

This book took me completely by surprise. From the amazing dialogue to the raw emotions it portrays and captures it is a wonderful read from the first to last word. I know a number of foster children. I have seen them come and seen them go. This book captures their lives, their experiences and their hopes. The book was incredibly moving. Having known so many kids who have gone through the foster system knowing some of their stories and some not so much this book captures children when they are vulnerable, when they are reactionary and when they fear hope. But hope and love is what many foster children need most.

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This review can also be found on Catholic Dads  Online

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is Featured on CatholicMom.com

“Then why are we here?” Eva asked.

“You are here…” he began to say, and then wondered how much should really be said.

“You are here because God sent you to me.”

“Oh David!” Benedict protested and was about to walk away.

“It’s true,” David insisted, looking back at the boys. “Your mothers and fathers, for some reason or another, couldn’t do it right.”

“Do what right?” Tommy asked.

“Take care of you…they just didn’t have it in them. They weren’t strong enough.”

“Smart enough,” Tommy muttered.

“Sober enough,” Sebastian said.

“Stop,” David said gently. “Don’t do that.”

“Don’t do what? Be mad at them?” Benedict asked. He could feel his face reddening.

“No…no, you can be mad at them,” David said. “You can be mad all you want, but at some point, you need to let it go. You need to tell yourself that it doesn’t matter anymore. You need to forgive them for what they did and did not do, and you need to move on.”

“What if I can’t do that?” Tommy asked.

David thought a moment before answering. “If you can’t forgive and move on, then your feelings will grow and fester and they will eat you alive.” (The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch)

This is a snippet of the dialogue in a pivotal scene from my novel, The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch. It comes in the middle of the book and is between David and five of his foster-children, Sebastian, Eva, Tommy, Benedict, and Micah.

It was a heart-wrenching scene to write, and I confess that I cried a little as it played itself out. But it needed to happen. Recognizing the children’s cynicism is essential to the story. My hope is that young readers find the exchange emotionally stirring, although tears are optional.

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Why People-Watching Enhances Characterization in Fiction Writing

You’ll root for each child and for the Sunshine Ranch, while enjoying T.M. Gaouette’s rich prose and vivid descriptions.(writingstraight.com)

I love to people watch. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember. No matter where you are, you can people-watch -assuming there are people there, of course. And I believe it’s really helps me enhance character development in my fiction novel writing.

People-watching doesn’t involve staring at people to the point of discomfort, but rather watching them discretely and taking in the subtle details of natural behavior. It’s about witnessing how one interacts with another, within a group, and even alone. Every movement can be recorded for future use. Subtle details are as significant as the obvious, such as a narrowing of the eyebrow, a tilt of the head, and even a blank gaze. These are all valuable.

These gestures, expressions, and attitudes, when used appropriately, breathe life into a character.

People-watching is also an effective way of creating story-lines. Witnessing a couple sharing a meal in a restaurant, a family on a beach, or a person sitting alone can prompt many questions. Why are they here? What’re they talking about? How’s she feeling?

Then, we’re introduced to the other foster children, all with diverse issues: depression, sadness, loss, abuse, neglect. Their means of coping is uniquely crafted to each well-developed character. (writingstraight.com)

In my novel, The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, I was pleased to note that many readers enjoyed my character development. And I believe that much of the credit goes to my habit of people-watching.

The characters are well developed and likable…I loved how Ms. Gaouette presented each child as unique, with his or her own defenses and coping mechanisms. (ourvillageisalittledifferent.com)

People-watching is a valuable tool, I feel. It introduces me to various types of characters, characteristics, and storylines. There’s truly nothing better than witnessing real life if your desire is to bring your characters to life in a novel.

Do you find that people-watching is a valuable tool for writing fiction ?

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