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Friday, April 05, 2013

Interview with Susan Reinhardt and Giveaway

Welcoming a friend I met several years ago at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers' Conference--Susan J. Reinhardt, a real prayer warrior. Welcome, Susan. Readers, be sure to read through the whole post to find out her great giveaway to promote her book The Moses Conspiracy.
What is your favorite Scripture? Do you also have a favorite Scripture that encourages you in your writing?

Thanks for having me on your blog, Rose. One of my favorite Scriptures is on my Facebook header, Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

The Scripture for my writing is I Corinthians 10:31b, "...whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." This keeps me improving my craft and striving for excellence.
I often wonder if I would write if I had to do it the old-fashioned way without computers and spell-checks and email. Is there anything about technology that you don't like? Or anything about it that you feel enhances your writing?

I learned how to type on a manual typewriter. Need I say more?
While computers sometime frustrate me because of the constant technological changes, I would not trade the ease of use, access to the writing community, and research sources. I like my modern conveniences.
As a writer how have you had to grow and stretch out of your comfort zone?

I started off as a non-fiction writer. When I jumped into the fiction pool, the shock almost sent me running back to the old and familiar.

The Moses Conspiracy was written in 4 months, but it took a long time to polish my skills. I'd go to a conference workshop, learn a technique, and then run home to apply it to my book.

On the flip side, learning fiction skills made me a better non-fiction writer. I scored more acceptances after implementing them.
What advice would you give to a beginning writer that you wish someone had given you?

Don't be in a rush to approach editors and agents with your manuscript. I'm embarrassed to say I brought mine to a conference in first draft form.

Do you want to add anything about your book such as how to order it?

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Blog Link: http://susanjreinhardt.com

And Susan's giveaway is an ebook copy of The Moses Conspiracy, so be sure to leave a comment today or tomorrow as the blog tour and contest run through April 6th.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

And the winner is...

Joann Durgin who will receive a copy of Women's Intution by Lisa Samson.

And if you would like to be the winner drawn on May 1st for a copy of Brandilyn Collins' thriller Coral Moon, leave a message (or more) on any post this month with your email contact info to be entered.

I reviewed Coral Moon on March 16, 2013, but to make it easier on you I am copying that review below.

Those of you who know me well, know that I don't usually read scary books because I'm a BHC! I even have the mouse pad by my computer to prove it! And those of you who have followed my blog for awhile may remember the picture of me in a hot tub reading Brandilyn's first book in this series Violet Dawn about a lady who finds a dead body in a hot tub. (Go to my post on June 5, 2008 if you need a reminder.)

You'll be happy to know that it took me less than 5 years to read the second book in the series, Coral Moon. Not because Brandilyn Collins is not a fabulous writer, because she is. But because Brandilyn told me that Coral Moon was much more scarier than Violet Dawn, so it took me this long to get up my courage!

So, if you like books that scare you to death, make sure you read Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, and the next two in the series. I am not sure how long it will take me to get up the courage to read them, but I hope not 5 years because I do love BC's writing!

Here's my review of Coral Moon that I hope will inspire you to take the plunge and read it:

If you want to catch up on Paige Williams and Leslie Brymes and all the other characters in Kanner Lake that you met in Violet Dawn, I suggest you take another trip to this beautiful area. As you get into town, stop by Bailey's Java Joint for a double shot of expresso to fortify you for the journey through more murders and mayhem with some supernatural stuff thrown in, too.

But, know that with Brandilyn Collins's writing, not only will you be frightened out of your wits, but you will also leave the place at peace, knowing that as one character says, "Jesus is stronger than any demons." And that's a good place to be!

Hey! I think I just talked myself into visiting Kanner Lake again by reading Crimson Eve and Amber Moon, the final books in this series. See you all there! P. S. And I plan to giveaway the last two books as soon as I read them, too, so come back again!