Gail's Book Nook

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Introducing Splickety

     A Flash Fiction Magazine

Editor Ben Erlichman says, "Splickety Magazine exists to bring high-quality short fiction from new writers, established authors, and everyone in between."
Get the day off to a good start with a quick read, or enjoy entertaining fiction while waiting at children's activities. It’s great for taking to waiting rooms, because the reader can finish an entire story before his or her name’s called. In some waiting rooms, the reader probably can finish the entire magazine.
The first issue launched this month and is available in digital and print copies. One story touches the heart while another brings laughter and yet another surprises the reader. In addition to finding sixteen stories, readers can peruse a prologue to Over the Edge by best-selling author Brandilyn Collins. 
While going through Splickety I hope you'll look for my story, "Lifeline.”
Splickety is available in digital and print copies from

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Looking Out the Window: K. Dawn Byrd Launches New Mystery / Romance Series

K. Dawn Byrd talks about The Secret of the Love Letters, her first book in The Zoe Mack Mystery Series, which launches on January 17th. She’ll give away a free download. To enter to win, leave your name and email address with a comment.
Welcome, K. Dawn. It seems you've been a lover of mysteries and romance a long time. Tell us about that. I was an avid reader as a child. Nancy Drew was my absolute favorite. I must have read every Nancy Drew book in the school library...twice. Because I love mystery and romance, I signed a three book contract with Desert Breeze for a new romance/mystery series, The Zoe Mack Mystery Series. The Secret of the Love Letters is the first book in the series, with others to follow in June and December.
Why do you write?
I write for the simple joy of placing words on the page. It's more than a hobby, it's a passion. I recommend new writers not write for fortune or fame because it many never come. If you're writing because you love it, you can't go wrong.

Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is a young adult romance/mystery. Zoe's cousin Emma thinks she's the recipient of some sick joke when an old boyfriend she thought dead shows up on the internet. Can Zoe solve the mystery that's causing Emma so much pain when her attraction to the town bad boy is so distracting?
When Zoe Mack moves in with her grandparents to start college, she's thrown into more mystery than she bargained for. Her cousin, Emma, is terrorized by a stalker who breaks into her house and leaves a photo-shopped image of Emma hanging from a tree. Nothing is as it seems and Emma soon learns that even the man she thinks she can trust is a suspect.
Zoe can't wait to reunite with Nate, the bad boy who doesn't talk about his feelings much, but the passionate kiss he gave her last summer had to have meant something. When she arrives back in town and discovers that he's in trouble with the law, she must take matters into her own hands in order to clear his name. She has her hands full with a needy Emma, a cop who gives her the creeps, and Nate, the guy she desperately wants to call her own. Can Zoe solve the mystery, clear Nate's name, and make him fall in love with her?
Sounds interesting with lots of twists and turns. What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
I write my novels in thirty days. I plot them out and then map out how many words I'll need a day on a calendar and also where I should be in word count every day. My goal is to write 60,000 words in thirty days. I write on my netbook and since it's portable, I carry it with me wherever I go. I've been known to eat lunch alone in a restaurant while pounding on the keys.
What are you working on right now?
Right now, I'm working on the second book in the Zoe Mack Mystery Series. It's called Fatal Attraction and scheduled to release in June.
It sounds as though you are working on another good mystery. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My advice for aspiring writers would be first and foremost, don't give up. Second, write something every day. It's important to write every day even if it's only a few hundred words. Third, don't let rejection get you down. You'll become a better writer with every book. You may have to shelve the first few, but that time wasn't wasted as it was a learning tool to help you develop your skill.
What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
I'd probably be burning up the roads on my Harley if I wasn't writing. I sold my bike to have more time to write and I've not regretted it for a single moment.
Thanks, K. Dawn
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance in various genres, such as suspense, historical, mystery, and young adult. She's an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group at!/group.php?gid=128209963444.
When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

And The Winner Is...

It was so difficult to pick a winner for Cherry Blossom Capers I jumbled up the names and had my husband choose. He chose...drum roll...Linda Weaver Clarke. Congratulations, Linda.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Lynette Sowell Talks about Her New Book and Writing

Lynette will give away a copy of Cherry Blossom Capers! To enter to win leave your name and email address with a comment.
Welcome, Lynette. Congratulations on your writing. Writers often have been avid readers for a long time. Did you read lots as a child? If so, what did you read?
Yes, I definitely read a lot—in fact, my mother tells me that she read to me before I was born, so I'm not surprised that I've always loved the printed word. My favorites on the shelf when I was young: The Little House books, The Chronicles of Narnia, Little Women,
anything Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden, all were among my favorites.
How neat that your mom read to you before you were born. We'd like to know a little about your writing. Why do you write?
I'd like to say, “Because I have to,” but I don't know if that's a very good answer. I've always enjoyed making up stories When I was in grade school, I realized that I could. I put it away for a long time, worked on college, started raising a family, and finally one day something clicked inside me that said, “You need to really work on this.”

Tell us about your latest book.
Cherry Blossom Capers is a collection of four romantic mysteries set in the Washington, D.C. area. My coauthors and I came up with a group of four friends—one a White House chef (that's my heroine), a young lawyer, an archaeology intern, and a tea shop owner. Each woman encounters a mystery and danger on her road to romance.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
I've always been fascinated with the White House and all the comings and goings, the behind-the-scenes workings of the executive mansion. I read a news article some years ago that fueled the premise for my novella: what if someone is trying to sabotage a State Dinner, with international consequences? Enter my chef heroine and FBI agent hero.
Where do you get ideas for your books?
Like I mentioned above, sometimes news articles will give me that story nudge. Either that, or it's the setting. Especially with any of the historicals I've written, my wild imagination carries me away to a possible story line.
What themes do you write about?
Reconciliation, forgiveness, grace, belonging.
What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
During the last couple of years, my home life has changed as our nest has emptied. I now have an office where I can write. I've also been able to go part-time on my day job, which generaly allows me Thursdays and Fridays to write all day. That's the idea, anyhow. During the rest of the week, nights and weekends, I'll work on marketing and other efforts.
Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I think I'm a plotapantzer, a mix of both. I need a general idea of where I'm going, the high points at least. If I don't know that much, I'll freeze up and won't know where to go. However, if I know too much, I'll start feeling like I'm writing a college assignment and that's no fun for anybody. I allow for some surprises, sort of like a happy detour on a road trip, as long as I get to where I'm going in the end and it doesn't slow things down.
Plotapantzer. I love it. Does your faith affect your writing? How?
Yes, it definitely does. Many times the spiritual theme of a book will emerge as I write the story and spend more time with a character. For me, faith is more than going through a religious ritual. It's about acknowledging God in each part of my life and making room for Him. Not always easy because like many of us, I tend to get in the way. I'm not one that writes a “preachy” book, per se, either. I don't think we have to “explain” everything, but let the characters live out whatever lesson they're learning.
What are you working on right now?
I've just started a book for Abingdon Press titled The Tempest's Course. It's a contemporary romance set in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and involves a big old home that once belonged to a whaling captain, a long-forgotten diary, a tattered and neglected 150 year old quilt, and a textile conservator who stumbles across a tragic story from the past that has consequences in the present.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Get your first book written, please! I know several people who are extremely talented writers, but can't get over that first book. You might not end up being rich or famous, but your book could end up touching someone's heart.
Thanks, Lynette.
About Cherry Blossom Capers
Tara Whitley, an assistant White House chef, doesn’t expect to become an amateur investigator. Then old flame and FBI operative Jack Courtland steps back into her life and recruits her to help uncover a plot to sabotage the next State Dinner.
But she doesn’t expect Jack to uncover feelings for him she thought had long since died. Can she trust him with her heart, or will secrets separate them again?
Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of five novels and six novellas for Barbour Publishing. When Lynette's not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained. She loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip.
Buy Cherry Blossom Capers
on Amazon, in hard copy or Kindle!:
Visit Lynette's Facebook author page:
and the Cherry Blossom Capers blog:
Lynette says, "Join us for tidbits about D.C., our book, recipes, and classic movie reviews!"
Sounds like lots of fun!