WE HAVE A WINNER! | Who has won Rachel Muller’s NEW book: “Letters From Grace” | COME SEE!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Tanya Hensley

You have won a copy of “Letters From Grace” by Rachel D. Muller!

I will be contacting you by e-mail soon with instructions on how to claim your prize!

God Bless!

Enjoy!

And thank you all for making the giveaway such a wonderful success!

Watch for more Giveaways COMING SOON!

God Bless and good night!

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We are here and conference starts tomorrow!

 

I don’t know about you but I am excited!

Excited and terrified… as I’m certain many other writers are – who are here for the first time.

It’s a heady experience – there are agents to meet and other authors (some of which are personal heroes to us) and there is so much to learn.

 

Long days and hectic schedules, interspersed with small breaks of time we can use to mingle and meet new friends.

The one difference for me personally…?

At THIS conference, I atually have something in common with the majority of attendees. At the other conferences I have attended so far, the only common ground I shared with the other people sitting in classes beside me was that we both wrote novels.

In fact, at both, there were – at most – one or two authors who fit in the category of Christian fiction.

I was definitely in the minority!

But tomorrow I shall not be! I shall be among friends – brothers and sisters in Christ! And there is so much I hope to glean from this conference!

For all the other writers out there who happen to be attending the ACFW writer’s conference for the first time, I hope you glean as much or more than I do as well!

Have a Great conference!

God Bless!

Conference Countdown | Tips and Advice | Only 2 Days to go

Clean…

I don’t know about you…

But I really enjoy returning from a long trip to a nice, clean house.

 

There’s just nothing quite so wonderful as coming in from spending all day in the car… or hours on a plane and in an airport, to a clean house, fresh sheets and no dirty dishes anywhere.

 

Plus, it always helps to do up the laundry because you’re going to come home with a pile of it.

 

Now I know this advice doesn’t work for those of you who are leaving loved ones at home while you travel over land and through air to hang out with dear friends and make new ones…

But, you can certainly enjoy having someone else clean up after you for three or four days.

And you can always hope that your family will surprise you when you return with a nice, clean house.

We can dream right…

I know that’s true for me because if I don’t do it myself or help the kiddos do it, it does not get done. LOL!

 

 

God Bless!

Only a couple of posts left before we start the 2014 ACFW Conference!

Conference Countdown | Tips and Advice | 3 Days to go

PACK!

Trust me…

YOU DO NOT WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE LAST SECOND!

 

So you’ve purchased new luggage, a new outfit or three, notebooks, paper, business cards, those all-important bathroom supplies and at least one new pair of shoes…

 

MAKE A LIST! – And I know I’ve said it before but I’m gonna say it again – check it TWICE!

Plan on packing at least one extra outfit. I always do! You NEVER know what’s gonna happen – spills, accidents, it looked like it matched when you were packing but looking in the mirror you think… “nope!”

Murphy’s law states that anything that can happen, WILL happen, when you are NOT prepared for it!

I have learned this the hard way SOOOOO many times!

So I always over-pack but at least I have a good reason for it!

And those few times that something weird HAS happened, I WAS prepared!

 

 

God Bless!

And watch for more posts to come as we count down to the 2014 ACFW Conference!

Author Spotlight: Rachel D Muller | And a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

 

Today we welcome Debut Author:

Flower Corners Rachel

 

 She has come to share with us – a little of her own writing journey
and some of that much-needed encouragement.

She has also graciously offered to host a giveaway!

Thank You Rachel!

God Bless You!

 

OK, first – questions:

 

– Many authors say their first novel will never see the light of day. Was “Letters From Grace” your first completed novel?

In fact, it was not. The very first novel I wrote is set in the 1920s. However, when the premise for Letters from Grace came to me in the early morning hours of one August morning, I ditched the first novel and found myself completely lost in Grace and Luke’s story. The ideas came to me without hesitation.

As for the first novel, I still have plans to incorporate that into a series of its own…just a little further down the road.

 

– Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you to self-publish?

There are so many little details in the publishing industry. I won’t get into all of them, but for myself it was more personal than professional. I had everything lined up; an agent, even a press! But the timing was all off for me. I’m thankful for the wonderful people God used in this process and decision. Everyone in the traditional publishing spotlight was incredibly supportive and understanding of my situation. All I wanted to do was write, and I had a whole series ready for publishing. All I needed to do was grab a cover designer and editor and hit the submit button.

This decision has also enabled me keep time as my own. I am in charge of my deadlines and how quickly I want the next stories to appear online. It has also gifted me with experience I never would have ventured into before. I am learning so much about marketing resources, cover design, formatting, and HTML codes–it’s all a new language for me! And I love it!

 

– Would you mind sharing with us a bit about your publishing journey? How did you find your cover artist? Who put together the insides for you?

My publishing journey has been amazing. So many agents and editors have encouraged and walked me through this process with invaluable insight! My cover designer is actually a well-known author. I contacted Roseanna White (Author of historical romance) when I learned of her cover design side business. I already had a sketch of what I wanted my cover to look like and sent that file over to her. She then chose the photos and models and based upon my questionnaire put together the most amazing cover…it was exactly what I imaged it to look like, but with so much more beauty than I could have hoped for (if that makes sense). I plan to use her in the future and can’t say enough about her talent in this area. She’s a peach!!

As for the inside layout and format, that was all moi. There were times when it was frustrating, but when I figured out I was doing it all wrong, the right way was so much easier. 😉

– Are you planning to continue self-publishing the entire series? Or… if a traditional publisher wanted to buy the rights, would you go that way?

As of right now, yes, I do plan to continue with self-publishing. The 2nd book in the series, Maggie’s Mission, is due for release in January, 2015.

If the Lord should move a publisher to contact me on publishing through their brand, I would take careful consideration in prayer before I gave my answer. There are many details that come into play, and depending on my standing as an author and the pros and cons of the business, I would need to consult with my higher authority. 🙂

 

– Do you have any special suggestions or advice you would like to share with struggling or novice authors out there?

I sure do. I would suggest those writers to keep plugging away in writing what they LOVE. Your best work will bleed through the outpouring of your heart. Listen to that nagging voice that says, “write the story.” I truly believe all my 5-star reviews have come about because I wrote what was on my heart.

Secondly, learn and ask questions. Don’t ever stop learning about the craft of writing. The industry is constantly changing. Rules have changed. Keep up with the latest news and techniques and incorporate those things into your writing.

And last, but not least, ask someone to critique your work and don’t be afraid to hear what you could do better. It will in fact enhance your writing capabilities and push you to put forth your best effort. I have crit partners and I still receive red marks across my manuscripts. It’s not a bad thing, and it will open your eyes to new angles and fresh ideas.

 

Thanks for having me here today!

 

Please join me in thanking Rachel for taking time
out of a very busy schedule to answer these questions for us.

 And I hope all of you have found this as inspiring as I have!

Keep reading for details on the giveaway.

 

 

Now for some other info about Rachel and her debut novel:

 

And you can find more on her WEBSITE.

Rachel Muller_Headshot

Obsessed with World War II since the tender age of 17, Rachel has been studying The Greatest Generation for 13 years and composing stories of love and war for three years. Her first project,Letters from Grace, claimed a spot in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest in 2012 and semi-finaled in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, 2014. Letters from Grace, book 1 in the Love & War series, released September, 2014. She resides in Central Maryland with her husband and four children. Readers can learn more about Rachel at www.racheldmuller.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.
You can connect with Rachel by clicking the links below:
Modern Belles of History Blog: www.modernbellesofhistory.com

Don’t miss Rachel’s DEBUT novel, “Letters From Grace”

Letters from Grace

Letters from Grace, Book 1 – Now Available! 
Get your copy at Amazon.com

Can she risk losing her heart and the man she loves…again?

Scarred from the death of her fiancé in World War II, Grace Campbell must learn to love again. Lieutenant Luke Brady could make falling in love easy…except he’s going to war. Only one thing will keep a delicate thread tied between—letters. But the suave Dr. William Keller enchants Grace with his charm and proposes marriage. She must choose between them. Will she settle for comfort and safety or risk losing her true love on the Normandy beaches?

Endorsements:

In LETTERS FROM GRACE, talented author Rachel Muller proves that nothing–fear, misunderstanding, lack of faith, not even war–can stand in the way of true love. Readers will identify with the tough choices faced by Muller’s characters, and wait with bated breath for the next installment in the Love and War series. Make room for these novels on your “keepers” shelf, because you’ll want to read the realistic, heart-pounding stories again and again! (Loree Lough, bestselling author of more than 100 award-winning books, including “A Child to Love” and “Those Marshall Boys” series from Harlequin Heartwarming.)

SOUNDS EXCITING DOESN’T IT!

 

 

WOW!

And this is only the first book of the series!

 

Rachel Muller is a particular inspiration to me for a couple of reasons.

She did what she was supposed to do. She wrote, rewrote, edited, had her work critiqued and rewrote again before sending it out to various editors and agents.

Her book was even a finalist in Harlequin’s “So You Think You Can Write” contest!

But, when it all came down to it, and when the timeline didn’t work for her, she knew it was more important that she get her story in front of readers – so she did what she had to do and self-published!

And I don’t know about you but I think her story is such an inspiration to writers everywhere!

GOD BLESS YOU RACHEL! And may you continue writing for years and years to come!

 

AND NOW…

… our GIVEAWAY!

 

Rachel has graciously offered to give away TWO prizes!

First Prize is ONE signed copy of “Letters From Grace”
and Second prize is ONE signed bookmark!

What do you have to do?

First you have to SHARE this post!

You can share it on the social media site of your choice!

Then come back here and post a comment below with the link!

 

FOR FACEBOOK:

Click HERE and share our Facebook Post.

And apparently Facebook will NOT let me see all of the shares due to privacy settings so…

You can chose whether to post a comment in this post with the link
or on the FB post itself.

 

The contest will run from today until October 6th.

Winner will be announced no later than October 7th

rules and regulations for all contests can be found HERE.

You will get one extra entry if you LIKE our post
and another if you FOLLOW our blog!

 

God Bless You all and Have a GREAT week!

Conference Countdown | Tips and Advice | 8 Days to go

GO SHOPPING!

Not that anyone really NEEDS an excuse to go shopping…

I’ve even learned to enjoy shopping…now that I have a cute little girl who LOVES it

and I never really enjoyed shopping – like so many women out there… before now.

 

So far, we have purchased new luggage, swanky new notebooks, a calendar/planner for 2015 and fancy new business card holders for our trip to St. Louis but there are still things that we need to go buy.

Why the luggage?

If you read my last POST, you’ll remember why. Another reason was because we want to look professional and the pink camo bag I shared with my daughter on our last trip just doesn’t strike me as professional…

For those who may be flying, airlines change their rules constantly and you may find that the bag you’ve always used… won’t work anymore so you’ll need to update.

 

Why the new notebooks?

If you subscribe to the ACFW loops, you know one of the suggestions that came through was to have a three-ring binder to organize everything in for the conference; notes, handouts, all those one-sheets and proposals you will want to have with you, etc…

We have quite a few three-ring binders in our house but all of them are spoken for (some are even full to bulging) so we had to go find new ones. I know… I know… you feel for us. How terrible that we had to go to a store and buy a new notebook… Oh well, we’ll live. 😉

 

Why the calendar/planner?

In my capacity as co-creater of the Inspirational Authors of Nashville Writer’s group, book reviewer, writer, mom, teacher, general go-for… I have A LOT of things to do in a day and my mother has discovered that her schedule has begun filling up into January already so we figured it would be smart to have a planner for next year handy… just in case.

 

I hope the business card holders are pretty self-explanatory… 

 

And as far as some of the other stuff goes…

The thing about packing works here too:

MAKE A LIST! – And it sounds trite but check it TWICE!

Plan on packing at least one extra outfit. Shopping here is probably a lot easier than it would be to find time to shop there.

Don’t forget to check the levels of your travel shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, toothpaste and the ever important toothbrush! You may need to buy more!

 

Do you need to refill medication, renew a driver’s license, pay a bill before you go… These things are important to get done now, before you’re in a rush to get ready next week!

 

God Bless!

And watch for more posts to come as we count down to the 2014 ACFW Conference!

WE HAVE A WINNER! | Who has won a book of their choice by Vannetta Chapman? | COME SEE!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Donna Butler Simmons

You have won a book of your choice by Vannetta Chapman!

I will be contacting you by e-mail soon with instructions on how to claim your prize!

God Bless!

Enjoy!

And thank you all for making the giveaway such a wonderful success!

Watch for more Giveaways COMING SOON!

And don’t miss our wonderful series:

Conference Countdown | Tips and Advice

…running now and until the 2014 ACFW Annual Writer’s Conference!

God Bless and good night!