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Monday, February 25, 2013

Looking Out the Window: K. Dawn Byrd Talks about Her New Teen Book, Double Identity and Gives Away a Download.




K. Dawn will give away a free download of Double Identity. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address.

Welcome, K. Dawn. Congratulations on your new book. What would you like readers to take away from it?
Double Identity is a young adult book about two identical twins, one a Christian, one a non-believer. I'd like for the reader to take away that no matter what happens, God is with us. Also, people need to learn to trust their hearts.

Why did you choose to write this book?
I thought it would be fun to explore what it would be like to have an identical twin. Of course, a young woman's boyfriend would love how she looked. Would the fact that someone else looks just like her make her insecure?

What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that being an identical twin can be hard!

Tell us a little about your writing. What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
Finding time to write. I work a full-time job and also a lot of weekends, which means that I have to be really devoted to my writing time. I set aside at least an hour every night, six days a week if possible. The fact that I start with a well-developed plot makes things move faster.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
I'm proud of earning a master degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. I believe this degree helps me to understand my characters better and what makes them tick.

What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
I fill out character sketches in order to get to know my characters better. I ask myself what their goals are, what motivates them, and what's keeping them from reaching their goals. Sometimes, I start by writing a synopsis. This gives me information about the plot as it develops. I usually have a pretty strong plot before I actually begin the story.

What are your favorite writing conferences and why?
The ACFW conference is my favorite because I absolutely love the worship. It blesses my heart. It's also really nice to chat with like-minded people.

What are you working on right now?
I'm working on a thriller about a serial killer. It's a difficult story because there are several twists and turns and I have to be careful how I write it for everything to fall into place correctly.

Now, just for fun. What do you do for fun when not writing?
When not writing, I love to read. Romantic suspense or young adult novels are favorites.

Thanks K. Dawn.



About Double Identity
Seventeen-year old Bree has always wanted a sister. She's shocked when she learns that her father is alive and her identical twin sister, Cassie, is coming to live with her. She can't wait for Cassie to arrive. She just knows they'll be best friends.

Bree soon discovers that even though they look alike, they're totally different. Cassie is wild and impulsive. She hates Bree's little town and everything in it, except Bree's boyfriend, Luke. When Cassie becomes obsessed with Luke, she'll go to any length to have him for herself.

Luke has a secret, which Cassie learns and uses against him. She's off her medication and will stop at nothing. She says he's in love with her. He says he loves Bree. Will their secrets destroy them and their relationships?
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Double Identity is available on
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Desert Breeze Publishing: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-382/Double-Identity-K.-Dawn/Detail.bok

Bio
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational novels in several genres, including, historical, suspense, romance, and young adult. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, cars, and her pets. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and riding down country roads in the passenger seat of her husband's Corvette Stingray. When asked why she writes, her response is, "For the simple joy of placing words on the page!"

Contact K. Dawn
Email: kdawnbyrd@yahoo.com
Blog: www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com
Twitter: kdawnbyrd
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Facebook: kdawnbyrd

An excerpt from Double Identity

I'd just stepped out of the shower when I heard Cassie giggle. She must have come in while I was indisposed. Almost too tired to wiggle, I dreaded facing her. All she did was complain and her mood swings made me want to scream or break something or both. Some days, I long for Dad to get well and take her back where she came from.

I breathed in the scent of strawberry shower gel that lingered in the air. Luke had texted, saying he loved me. He'd wanted to get together, but I'd been working. Would we find any time together once school started? When we'd gone to the same school, we'd had lunch together and I'd always ridden home with him. His schedule for the upcoming year was so different than mine, and he had night class. Could our relationship survive?

"Boy, can he kiss," Cassie said. "Even better than Mick. One kiss and I forgot Mick ever existed."
I paused by the door, considering making some kind of noise so she'd know I was in the next room. I pushed the thought away. Why should I? There had been several times recently when I'd had suspicions that she'd been spying on me. I poured my favorite vanilla lotion into my hands and rubbed it on my arms. Why was the bottle so low?

Cassie groaned. "If I could just get him to see that little Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes isn't the one for him. He has to be attracted to me, you know?" She laughed again and paused for several seconds. "Pretty smart of me to fix my hair like hers. Mom can't even tell us apart."

She was talking about me, but who was she talking about kissing? Luke? Had she kissed Luke? Hot, seething anger rumbled through me. Tying my robe so tightly, the belt dug into my stomach, I flung open the door so hard it hit the wall. I hated confrontation, but it was time.

Cassie's look of sheer shock morphed into a look of pure horror. "Maggie, I have to go. I'll call you later." Hands on hips, I glared at my sister. "Who were you talking about?"
"Just girl talk with my friend, Maggie, back home."

"Who were you talking about kissing?"

A flush colored her cheeks, barely visible through her slowly fading California tan. "Mick. I was talking about Mick."

"You said someone kissed better than him. Who?"

"Jake. Not that it's any of your business."

I wanted to slap the I-know-something-you-don't-know smile off her face. Having a sister wasn't all it was supposed to be. She'd been nothing but a pain since she'd landed on our doorstep.
"Jake." I laughed, relieved that she had a thing for Luke's farm hand. Jerking my clothes from the hangers, I headed back to the solitude of the bathroom. Was I paranoid? Was I losing my mind?

Heroine and Hero Interviews
Interview with the heroine:
Bree, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I'm not sure how interesting it is, but I've had the same boyfriend since middle school. I've always known Luke is the guy for me. We have big plans for the future. He's going to be a veterinarian and we're going to work together. He'll take care of the large animals and I'll be a small animal expert.

What do you do for fun?
I love to hang out with Luke. He lives on a farm and raises horses. It's fun to ride through the meadows and to pet the newborn animals.

What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I put off washing my car. It's such a pain.

What are you afraid of most in life?
I'm afraid of losing my dad to cancer. Now that he's back in my life, I don't want to lose him.

What do you want out of life?
All I want is to graduate from high school and college and marry Luke.

What is the most important thing to you?
My parents and Luke and my faith. For seventeen years, I thought my father was dead, but he's alive. He's fighting cancer right now and I'm really scared. I don't know what I'd do without my faith in God. I'm having a really hard time right now because my identical twin sister, Cassie, is in love with my boyfriend.

Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I don't have much time to read. I'm in high school and I work part-time at the local bowling alley.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd want to look totally different from my twin, Cassie. Having a twin does something to a girl's identity. For example, Luke thinks I'm beautiful. Does he think my sister is beautiful too?

Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
No pets, but I love to play with the animal's on Luke's farm.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I would go back to the day I was born and find a way keep my parents together so I could grow up with my sister. Maybe if we'd grown up together, she would be a nicer person.

Interview with the hero:
Luke, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I live on a farm and raise horses. My name is pretty well known in the horse circuit.

What do you do for fun?
I love working with my hands on the farm. It doesn't matter if I'm repairing a fence or mucking the stalls. I'm happy with the animals.

What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I put off dealing with drama. I absolutely hate it. Since Bree's twin sister came to town, we've had nothing but drama.

What are you afraid of most in life?
Losing Bree. She's my life. Her sister, Cassie, says she's in love with me and she's trying to destroy my relationship with Bree.

What do you want out of life?
I want it all. A wife. Kids. A little white house with a picket fence. I'm working toward those goals right now by going to college to be a veterinarian.

What is the most important thing to you?
My family and Bree.

Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
I read farming magazines.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about myself, it would be not keeping secrets from Bree. There's something about myself that I hate with a passion and because I kept it from Bree, it might destroy our relationship. Cassie knows and she's using it to blackmail me.

Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
I have lots of animals on the farm.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I'd love to meet Noah and talk to him about how he kept all those animals happy on that little ark.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Looking Out the Window: A Blog Fest for Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman


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From now through Saturday, February 16th, Pam Hillman's Claiming Mariah's on Special for $1.99.

Check out the Prize Vault offers open at Pam Hillman, Author Events. New prizes offered weekly (ebooks, books, gift cards, handcrafted gifts made in Mississippi, bookmarks, etc.) with a grand prize of a Kindle or Nook (winners choice) on March 31st.


About Claiming Mariah
In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Fredrick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

Links for Claiming Mariah
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Pam’s BIO: A multi-published author in short fiction and non-fiction, Pam Hillman continues to stretch her wings as a writer of inspirational fiction set in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Code of the West has always resonated with the internal fabric on which Pam was raised: that of hard work, honesty, and being a good neighbor to someone in need.

Born east of the Mississippi and a hundred years too late, Pam still boasts of wrangling calves, milking cows and putting up hay, first as a child growing up in Mississippi, and later with her own personal hero, Iran, on their family farm.

A voracious reader as a child, Pam especially enjoyed stories involving the great Westward expansion, and television shows such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Gunsmoke. The western writer, Louis L’Amour, kept Pam mesmerized with his tales of cowboys and Indians, outlaws, prim schoolteachers, hot dry deserts and boom towns.

Pam’s love of the old west and her personal knowledge of country life bring authenticity to her work and depth to her characters, something that has been recognized many times in the industry through writer’s awards.

Her work has placed in dozens of writer’s contests, including being a four-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest for unpublished novelists with Claiming Mariah, her second novel, winning the coveted Golden Heart.

Her debut novel, Stealing Jake, is a 2013 Epic eBook Awards finalist. www.pamhillman.com

 Learn More about Pam
Website: http://www.pamhillman.com
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Group blog: http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com
Personal blog: http://www.calicotrails.blogspot.com
Publisher: http://www.tyndale.com/Claiming-Mariah/9781414380964

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Looking Out the Window: James Scott Bell Writes Another Thriller, Don't Leave Me

 
Read About Don't Leave Me Below
 
 
Chuck Samson needs to heal. A former Navy chaplain who served with a Marine unit in Afghanistan, he's come home to take care of his adult, autistic brother, Stan. But the trauma of Chuck's capture and torture threatens to overtake him. Only the fifth graders he teaches give him reason to hope for the future.
 
But when an unseen enemy takes aim at Chuck, he finds himself running for his life. And from the cops, who now think he might be a murderer. A secret buried deep in Chuck's damaged soul may be the one thing that could save him. But can he unearth it?
 
Now, needing to protect his only brother from becoming collateral damage, Chuck Samson must face down the dark fears embedded in his mind and find a way to save them both . . . or die trying . . .
 
You can find DON'T LEAVE ME at Amazon

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Winner of Song of the Meadowlark



Sometimes when it's really hard to choose a winner, I mix up the names and draw several times.

This time I went for the best two out of three.

Congratulations....

Drum roll....

Gretchen!