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Nano 2013 and much more

Posted by UniquelyHis on November 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2011, Marge was born. I was so excited about my first book being published but my joy ended when I found that there were number of mistakes in my book that made it unprofessional looking. Even my aunt had to tell me ina  review--Marge never took off.

A year later I got my rights back and I rewrote Marge, calling it a Second Chance At Love. It began my pride and joy again. I felt redeemed and I finally have  a new and improved story writing to be sold and downloaded. The problem is it never did. Very few people bought it or download and worst of all, my author friends critized my book. They didn't like my writing styles and asked a lot of questions as if there were too many problems, one including the POV. As a result I decided once again I would revise the book and make it better. But who am I rewriting it for? Are they my readers?  Why write it if they won't read it? I just don't get it! The majority of the people who have read it, had no problems with my POVs.

I have decided to take my one friend's advice when I told her about it: "Write another!" So I did and although I didn't plan to sign up for nanowrimo(Which is a challenge to write 50k words in the month of November), I began writing another version called "Contract For Love" It will be tailored according to what my author friends preferences. The downside, it is not the same as the original. It has been completely restructured. :(
Here is the good news: As I was writing in my story, a thought came to me: What if Carter, her former lover was a Christian? What if he was he one who helped Marge become a better person and not Don? Of course, I will let Don try to do his best. THey wont find out about each other until much later in the story! I am so excited about this idea! Sometime next year I will begin revamping it.

Also in the news: Almost a month agoI met the most wonderful man who has touched me heart and cause me to soar like I never have and after a few weeks of corresponding he  asked me the one question (Well one of many questions) I have been waiting to hear: Will you be my girlfriend?"
Mark and I have been through a lot in our individual lives and going in this together is a new experience for the both of us. Not only that but we will be doing it God's way and wait on hsi timing in everything! Yes, my heart is soaring! He is dreaming of Montana with me, and willing to give up everything (except his faith of course which I don't want him to give up) just so he can be with me and move to Montana with me.
 Here is a video which will be the theme for my revamp:

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Something New. Something Different

Posted by UniquelyHis on August 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

One of my latest projects is a combination. Many people have gone the Sci Fi/Fantasy route and others have mixed Paranormnal with Horror. But have you read Paranormal with a  Christian theme?  Grant it that most Christians would probably stay away from the occult because they know it is biblically wrong. The Bible has warnings to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness.

Well, I got curious. I have friends who have written something I thought that was unchristian. I have one friend who wrote a book called Be Not Afraid. It was an evil versus good book. Satan has a demon sent to torment a Christian in the disguise of a vampire.

My mixture is Christian Paranormal Romance. I have seen many books that deals with witches,  shape shifters, ghosts and vampires, but not very many about witches. I began to think to myself, "Why not?"

Here is an excerpt from my WIP:

 

Darlene worked as a writer for the Addison Review to help pay her bills. When she had no work to do, she would quietly work on her manuscript which she hoped would be a novel someday. After many times, she received rejections after rejection, but she never gave up.

Darlene’s marriage to a Marine made her life lonely as her husband was away a lot. As a result, her heart drifted to a charming and alluring man named Diethelm who came into the magazine company looking for a business deal (or so he said). He saw Darlene and felt drawn to her beauty and innocence.

“Hello. Is your name ‘Bella?’” He smiled “Because you are beautiful indeed.”

She blushed. “Thank you. My name is Darlene” His compliment caught her off guard, but she quickly remembered where they were. In a more business like voiced, she asked, “What can I do for you?”

Diethelm smiled. “I completely forgot when I saw you.” He put a finger to his chin, pretending to think. “Oh yes, I am here to see your Editor. Is he in?”

Darlene wondered where that came from. “She,” Darlene corrected, and wondered if he made up the answer on the spot. “And she is out. Her assistant is in.”

“Would you care to have lunch with me?”

Wow! Where did that come from? Darlene blushed and smiled. “I am a married woman.”

“What harm is having lunch with a new friend?” He flashed his charming smile at her again.

“I would be glad to as long as you don’t make passes at me.”

“I would not dream of it.”

What he did dream about was touching her and holding her close. It is what he wanted for a long time, way before he ever entered the building.

“Okay.” Darlene said, nervously, not knowing how to answer this handsome stranger. He was so forward and so sure of himself. And she had been lonely for far too long.

“Great! I look forward to seeing you again” He picked up a piece of notebook paper and scribbled an address. Then he handed her the note. Why don’t we meet at the Illuminate Me Diner?”

Illuminate Me Diner? Isn’t that—Oh the thought of going there!

She shuddered.

Diethelm saw her discomfort and understood the reason. “You are safe as long as you are with me.”

Darlene wasn’t still convinced. In a shaky voice, she asked, “They keep that place dimly lit, don’t they?”

“I know they do. It is for people who are sensitive to light.”

Like… vampires? Although she didn’t believe they existed, she shuddered. “You are not … “she began to say.

“I am not what?”

She shook away the notion and smiled at Diethelm apologetically. “Never mind. Nothing. But I have to get to work. I’ll see you there.”

“Very well. And when will your editor return?”

“Tomorrow,” She answered him. “She is at a conference.”

“Ah. Okay. Until then, ma chère.”

He walked out, a small smile playing on his face. He already known about the editor’s absence. It was the reason why he paid a visit that morning.

“Did you just get picked up by a stranger?” one of the other writers asked. He had been standing nearby and had heard the entire conversation, and now was watching Darlene with humor and concern.

“Yes. I will have to add this experience to a list of story ideas.” Darlene laughed. She hoped that would be enough for her co-worker and that he would return to his desk. It was uncomfortable enough thinking of her lunch date without someone asking questions.

It was true. Darlene had a long list of story ideas but most of them came from events that haven’t happened yet. She would dream about them, but because no one would believe her, she wouldn’t tell anyone about them. Yet all of her coworkers knew she spent her breaks and free time writing in her notebooks.

Darlene arrived at a diner with a neon sign reading “Illuminate Me.”

Sitting in her car, she stared at the building, still undecided as to what to do. Before she left for work, she had done research on the computer and had found some shocking information.

The place was built ten years before by a modern day witch. Young people who practiced Sorcery and the occult met there every time there was a full moon.

Fortunately, it was only noon and the moon was not out. But Darlene took little comfort in that knowledge. Questions swarmed in her head like bees in a hive. Why am I even doing this? What would people think if they saw me with another man?

Nevertheless, she was there. She did not feel comfortable coming to such a “dark” place. Why did she even agreed to have lunch with him?

The front door of the diner opened and she saw him coming out. It was too late to turn back. Her heart pounded in her chest as she climbed out of her car.

With a nervous smile, she said, “I really shouldn’t be here.” But almost against her will, she followed him inside.

“You have nothing to be afraid of,” Diethelm reassured her. “The owner is a personal friend of mine and I asked him to open the diner for me. It is not usually open during the day.”

The dark interior was what Darlene was afraid it would be. She held back, looking around warily as if she expected some dark form to jump at her from the shadows. “Can we… turn the light on?” She asked nervously. She felt sweat dropping down her back from fear.

“This is fine. You will grow accustomed to it.”

She wondered why she would grow accustom to dim lighting. She looked at him, thinking he might be a vampire, but changed her mind.

She saw an odd smile on his face which made her feel very uncomfortable. “This was a bad idea. I should go.” She started to get up, but Diethelm put a hand on her arm.

“Relax,” he said. “No harm will come to you,” He motioned to her to sit down again which she did, but warily.”

“There is a reason why I wanted to have lunch with you,” He continued. “You see, I more or less came to see you, not your boss.”

Darlene frowned. His confession made her all the more cautious.

“Why?”

Diethelm sighed. “You will not like this information.”

 


Writing for Whom?

Posted by UniquelyHis on June 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A few months ago, I allowed another author to review my book The Past Hunter.  I thought I would get a great review, but I did not-- he gave me  a three stars review. It wasn't the number of stars, but  what he wrote:

By Philip Nork "author of 'real life fiction'"

This review is from: The Past Hunter: When The Past Comes Calling (Paperback)

In The Past Hunter by Ruthie Madison the author tells a story that has a great message for the readers. The idea of second chances and that whatever or whoever you worship gives you the strength to go on day-by-day is one that everyone should be able to relate to. Your past is something all people have and you have to come to grips with it--either you learn from it or you try to escape it.

 

This book is a hard one for me to review. I love the idea and the message it leaves you ... however, to me this is one of those books that should never have been published the way it is presented. The writing really needs an editor to make it acceptable. The way the characters talk to each other isn't natural; there isn't one contraction in the whole book. There are many areas where I got lost, not knowing who was talking, or to who, or about what. That took away from the flow of the reading. The formatting is way off (it was left margin and not justified) and there are many extra `spaces' throughout the book. There are also many grammatical mistakes which take away from the message.

 

I was given a copy of this by the author for an honest review and I have to call it as I read it. If I had to buy a copy of this, I would be very upset after reading it. The author needs to invest in an editor so that the "book" reads more like a book rather than a creative writing assignment from an English class. I do believe that the author has a future in this genre; she just needs to continue to grow as a writer.

 

Hopefully the author takes this review as constructive criticism and understands that there is a market for this type of genre. The messages are ones that need to be told. I give the book 4 stars for the message it leaves, but 2 stars for the actual writing and formatting. This means I will rate it 3 stars, as I did enjoy the story--it just needs a little more work."

Okay, Philip. I took your sugegstions and  I appreciate your help, but who would be willing to edit my  manuscript? I really wish I let someone else edit it because the non editor ripped it apart with all her red marks and suggestions and it nearly done me in. I took it with stride and asked God to help me make it better.

The question I ask is who am I writing for? Yes, I am writing for romance readers, but mainly and most importantly I write for Jesus.  The Past Hunter is a romance story with no foul language and no erotica. It is a Christian Romance, It is how God would want it between a couple (Nothing premarital at all or even extra marital).

I did not  write this book for those who do not like romance fiction nor for people who loves to tear me apart after I had to sit through pages and pages of everything she found wrong in my manuscript. She is not an editor and she is not my friend. What is she?  Her website says she is  a photographer and a digital artist.  She also does not understand that I  have no income. I am already paying an editor in payments as it is.  Also one other thing and maybe the reason she was that   way towards me was how she was raised-- Aren't Germans  Strict?

I had made up my mind not to be concern with her comments about my ebook.  I will not let her destroy my self esteem and self worth because God believes in me.  She doesn't have to buy  or order my book.  I made changes to my manuscript because of all her editing she had done and she is still not happy.  The saying is true: "You can't please everyone all the time."   After reading only one page, she rips into me.



THE NANO PROJECT

Posted by UniquelyHis on November 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

         Long before November came and long before I published my first book, I heard about Nano from a  friend on Facebook. At that point I really had  no interest.  I wanted, however to be part of whatever she is a part of so I joined AuthorsDen. After all, it was her that encouraged me to have my first book published and I would not be where I am today if it was not for her. It did not end there for one thing led to another. There were groups on Facebook I could enjoy.  I saw on my home page  that there is a group called Authors Den. I joined and Karen approved.(Karen is also a writer and a friend of a friend but became a friend later) It was in that group another writer invited people to join her group (Where Writers and Authors Meet)  and there as another group for people whose book or books are held hostage by Publish America.

I made some friends there and it was there I was encouraged to  participate in the National Novel  Writing Month Contest and it was not without challenges.  My family demands my times sometimes. I  seemt o be the only one  who has to do all the grocery shopping and there are also the eating outs. THe problem with that is the transportation--the buses running late, etc. Another challenge was by my choice although it did not prove fruitful going out of town to find a business who would let me do a book signing. Sigh.  Nevertheless through some sacrifices  I made, and determination, I tackled the thing and finally accomplished what I set out out to do-- wrote a 50k + novel! Not only that, but this is my remake of my first novel! Eat dust, PA!

It Couldn't be Done by Edgar Albert Guest

Posted by UniquelyHis on November 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But, he with a chuckle replied

That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

 

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one has done it";

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

 

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

That "couldn’t be done," and you’ll do it.

Cindy's interview With Me

Posted by UniquelyHis on November 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Cindy Koepp, who is a friend and also a member in a group I am in called Where Writers and Authors Meet on Facebook has set up some interview questions for me, Her website is http/www.ckoepp.webs.com. Right here at Webs  This interview is one of the interviews where group members of Where Writers and Authors Meet do a blog hop where we go to our victim's website and generate questions from what we read and post the questions on our wall. There they take the questions and write them at their website withtheir answers.   Here are the questions Cindy Koepp asked me.

1. Marge is a romance about a cynical woman reuniting with her lover. What about this book makes this book unique among romances

How many romance nocels you know have a salvation message in it? I have never read any romance novel where the Heroine gets saved towards the end. She  was tricked to take  part in a two years transformation program where the transformer also happens to be in love with her but at the same time, her Italian lover of years past is working for him. I would say it is unusual annd yet they don't know it until later. Also botrh gets saved about the same time.:)

2. In one of your blog articles, you describe some of the ways Marge is like you. What are some significant differences between you and Marge?

 I have never been married or divorced and I never am cynical. In the beginning of my novel, she had no hope and so she doesn’t try to be attractive. I have hope. I believe there is someone out there for me and I always try to be my best.

3. On your web page, you mention that you'd like to teach. What types of things would you like to teach? What holds you back from realizing that goal?

 I would love to teach Kindergarten. I got my first experience working in a kindergarten class when I was taking a class called Child Care Aide in high school. At that time I just wanted to be a teacher’s aide until the door began closing on that and God wanted me to become a teacher instead. I went back to college again to get my B.A. degree in liberal studies but I hit some roadblocks. One was finance and the other my inability to pass the essay portion on the teacher’s test called CBEST(California Basic Educational Skills Test).

4. What inspires you to write?

 It is not a what but a who-God.

5. On your web page, you mention that your current work in progress is called Past Hunter. The title sounds like this will be a major departure from Marge. What can you tell us about Past Hunter?

 LOL. Yes, it will be more Christian themed. Past Hunter is about a woman who left Montana because she thought her boyfriend was a murderer. For the past 6 years of her life, he has been hunting her down, trying to confront her but why she left. He doesn’t realize that she has become a new person and wants nothing to do with her old life.

6. If you had to pick one book in your genre to hold up as the perfect example of the genre, which book would you pick? Why did you settle on that one?

 I read a book by Jennifer Johnson called for Better or for Worse and I say it is perfect for me because I am trying to aspire to write Christian Romance. I like Romance stories that is so much x-rated. It is like you can tell a good joke without cussing. A romance doesn’t have to be steamy to be good and For Better or Worse is an example of non steamy romance.

7. Everyone seems to have a unique copy of The Rules, which dictate what constitutes Good Writing. What are some of your Rules? What, in your eyes, separates an excellent story from a mediocre one?

 Rules? You got me there. I am just a novice. I guess I learn as I go. One I guess would be to keep from using profanity although if a character uses it, I allow it but not often.

8. In my own writing, very often the original draft of a story doesn't have much in common with the final version. How close is Marge to the original draft?

 It is almost identical. The original draft was written on pen and paper and I have either lost it or thrown away but I can remember most everything that happened in the original that I can reproduce it in the final draft.

9. Where would you take your dream vacation? Why did you pick there?

 I love the mountains and the beach because they are God’s creations.

10. Because I simply must have a weird question in here, which of the Muppets are you most like? Why?

 LOL I can’t answer that because its been so long since I have watched the Muppets.

Well, I answered the questions the best I could now it is time for Talina to answer hers. You can find her answers at http://www.writer-talinalcollier.weebly.com. Here are her questions:

1. When you were 13, what kind of things were you writing? Ie: poetry, short stories, essays. Did you get any support from family?

2 How do you find time writing since you have a family to take care of?

3What got you interested in poetry? Who is your favorite poet?

4 What keeps you going when setback comes? You mentioned in your blog you have a hard time getting a book signing going.

5 Who or what inspires you to write children''s fiction?

6 Your Author bio at Amazon.com states your passion is poetry and romance. Is there any Romance novels or stories in the works?

7 You are taking a sabbatical. Can you tell us what works in progress you have going?

8You obviously love children, Have you thought about teaching?

9 If you could meet any TV chef in America, who would it be and why?

10 You waited 24 years to be a published author. What held you back?

 



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