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couple-common-cents-book-coverUpdate: A third award came in after I published this post. The 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards gave me Honorable Mention in the Home category as well.

Two organizations have awarded prizes this month for my fiction book, A Couple with Common Cents. One award is for book design, and another award is for the story.

The 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest named A Couple with Common Cents as a finalist in the Best Overall Design Fiction category. This award includes a medal and recognition at a ceremony in New York City on May 31 in conjunction with Book Expo America.

In addition, the 2017 Missouri Writers Guild President’s Contest awarded this book Second Place Fiction Short Story. The award was announced at the Guild’s annual conference on May 6 in Columbia, Missouri. This award includes a cash prize.

I was excited when I found out I received these awards! The team at Morgan James Publishing did a great job with the cover and interior layout.

Built around themes of perseverance, faith, and mentoring, A Couple With Common Cents: A Short Story About Abundant Hope in Your Family Finances provides practical advice to couples. This inspirational story will guide readers to rebuild the bridges of communication with their spouses about money.

The book is available in fine bookstores everywhere and online:

Amazon Paperback | Kindle | iTunes/Apple iBooks | Books-a-Million | Barnes & Noble Paperback | Nook | Indigo.ca | IndieBound | Powell’s Books

the-seed-book-coverDo you enjoy allegories? The Seed – A True Myth by Erik Guzman has multiple layers to its allegory. Guzman put much time into crafting the story(ies) within this book.

In this book you will discover how deeply rooted the lies about our identity go in our lives, and how deeply loved we are by our Father as He continually draws us to Himself.
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Last week I compared goal setting with story structure. Let’s go deeper with that idea today by obliterating your fear of setting goals today and having to change course later.

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How Fiction Characters Change in the Draft

Let me illustrate with an example of me writing a book. When I sit down to write my fiction books, I have an idea of where I want the story to go. I know how the story will end, and I create an outline to get there.

Sometimes when I’m in the middle of a story, the characters do something I don’t expect. Or a situation in the story changes so much that I have to alter my outline. Continue Reading…

Writing in my journal before going into the other room to continue writing the draft of my sequel to A Couple with Common Cents is like taking two warm-up laps around the track before competing in a race. This is my writing routine: do a little journal work before hitting the big writing project for the day.

On My Writing Routine - Journal Warm-Up

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This gets my body focused on the upcoming work, my muscles practicing for the groove of writing, and my mind ready for written language as I prepare with the same skills I’ll be using for most of my morning.

Each writer has his own preference as to the time of day his output is of both highest quality and quantity. Continue Reading…

When other writers ask me where to go to generate authentic reviews for their books, I point them to Story Cartel. Story Cartel is the website where I got early reviews for my book A Couple with Common Cents when I first released it in October 2013.

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What most writers don’t know is that Story Cartel also offers a digital course for writers to get past platform confusion and grow their connections with readers and fellow writers.

The Story Cartel Course

I enrolled in the Story Cartel Course in March 2013. It was a great experience of learning (and practice).

The lessons correspond with what founder Joe Bunting calls the Six Rules of Story Cartel. These six rules, with my summaries, are: Continue Reading…

the-new-covenant-book-coverWould you like to read a first-person story from the apostle John? A story that is fiction and based on historical accuracy and biblical truth? A book that is actually three stories, a trilogy in one volume?

The New Covenant book by Bob Emery is a well-researched drama that places you right in the heart of discussion between the apostles in the first century.

Emery’s three goals for the book are:

  1. To retell this wonderful story in a new way,
  2. To draw out spiritual lessons for us today, and
  3. To frame a proper understanding of the New Covenant and how it relates to Israel of the first century and today.

These three goals present a tall order for any author. And Emery pulled it off!

The New Covenant book, as a trilogy, is in three parts:  Continue Reading…