Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author, Rebekah Lyn

ScanToday I’d like to introduce by fellow CIR author, Rebekah Lyn.

Rebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings, and her desire is to reflect that in each of her books. She writes character-driven novels, which she hopes will engulf the reader in a great story and leave them stronger in their faith.

A sandal-loving native Floridian, Rebekah grew up on the Space Coast within sight of the Kennedy Space Center. She has fond memories of windows rattling and dogs barking as the big Saturn rockets or the Space Shuttles raced into the heavens. She will always be proud of America’s space program. With an eye upon her future, Rebekah received her Bachelors degree in Communications from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida. She has been employed for 20 years by a Fortune 500 corporation in Orlando and has a passion for travel. She has said, “Some of my best writing has been done on the balcony of a cruise ship.”   Another favorite spot for writing is on the back porch of her parent’s home in North Carolina, enjoying the peaceful surroundings away from her hectic life in Florida.

Well, there you go … writing on a cruise ship!  Hadn’t thought of that, but HOW FUN!!  Now, Rebekah, thanks for being here. I’ve got three questions for you, and then we’ll learn a bit about your books. Firstly, who are your favourite authors, and why?

Morgan Llewellyn and Eugenia Price are two of my all time favorites. They have written historical fiction novels that completely capture the imagination and transport me to the times and places they are set in. For my high school graduation, my mom and I went to St. Simons Island, GA to visit the places in Eugenia Price’s St. Simons Trilogy. A few years ago I discovered Patrick Taylor and his Irish Country doctor series, which I adore. I try to read them slowly to savor the experience, but some nights I just can’t put them down. My go to authors for action/thrillers are Brad Thor, Daniel Silva and Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills.

Those are all new authors for me … thanks for sharing them. Now, next question, where are your books set?

Six of my seven books are set in Central Florida, which is where I live. The Seasons of Faith books are set in Orlando and the Jessie Cole trilogy is set in Titusville, where I grew up, as well as Houston, Texas. I spent several days in Texas doing research for Destiny’s Call (which just released on November 6). Julianne, is set in coastal and mountain areas of North Carolina. I’ve been going to the mountains since I was a little kid for summer vacations and the spots I used in that book are well known to me. The coastal North Carolina town is a fictionalized version of Carolina Beach, Wilmington, and Southport. I spent almost a week, between two different trips, exploring these towns to get the flavors I wanted in the book.

Florida and North Carolina make lovely settings I’m sure, but I can’t speak for Texas as I’ve never been there. Now, one last question, do you write from your own experiences, or do you simply sit down and make stuff up?

I write a combination from my own experience and completely made-up ideas. Sometimes, even when I’m writing from pure imagination, I look back and find bits of my history in the details. Seasons of Faith has a lot of my experiences in the hospitality industry, Destiny’s Call has a lot of my personal knowledge of the Space Shuttle program, and Julianne was born out of my own desire to quit my job and follow a new calling. Part of what I love about writing is the research aspect. Working on Undaunted gave me a chance to get to know my dad better and learn about his experiences growing up in Titusville during the space race, which is something for which I will forever be grateful.

What a lovely idea … learning about a family member as part of your research. Hmmm … must try that she says to self!

Now, tell us a bit about your books.

I currently have seven books available: four in the Seasons of Faith Series- Summer Storms, Winter’s End, Spring Dawn & Christmas Vows; two in the Jessie Cole Trilogy- Undaunted and Destiny’s Call; and a stand-alone, Julianne. All are clean, with no foul language or violence, but Undaunted does deal with the effects of an alcoholic and abusive father. I know this can be difficult for some readers, but I’d like to assure you that there aren’t any graphic scenes, but rather discussion among the family of the abuse.  You can find all of my books on my website. (and they’re also available on Amazon.) I also have three other writers on my site you may want to check out while you are there. Rest assured they are all clean and range from sweet romance to non-fiction.

Destiny's Call: A Jessie Cole Novel by [Lyn, Rebekah]    Julianne (Coastal Chronicles Book 1) by [Lyn, Rebekah]

 Just two of the many books you’ll find by Rebekah.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author, Marianne Jones

 

20160208_161649_001-1 (616x640)Today I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, Marianne Jones. Here’s a little bit of background about Marianne, then I’m going to ask her to answer three questions for us!

Marianne Jones is a retired teacher, actor, and choir director from the wilds of Northwestern Ontario. Married, with two amazing daughters and two gorgeous granddaughters, she is the author of seven books and contributor to numerous magazines, newspapers and anthologies. Her work has won awards, and she was named International Christian Poet Laureate by Utmost Christian Writers. Although not all her words are carved in stone, three of her poems are, in permanent installation at Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park in Thunder Bay.

Wow, poems carved in stone! How special is that! Now … onto our three questions. Firstly, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I was 10 or 11 when I decided to become a writer. I loved reading more than eating—and I love to eat! I had been writing descriptions in my mind since I could remember, trying to find the perfect words to express how things made me feel. I wrote poetry for fun, and was looking at a poem I had just written one day when it all came together for me: what better way to spend my life than by devoting myself to writing?

How true. Now, next question … what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?

Read, read, read. There is no better way to learn the craft. As you read, you are internalizing information about how to structure an effective paragraph, what makes a powerful sentence, how to do transitions—everything that makes for good writing. It will teach you more than any number of courses and conferences. Secondly, I will pass on the advice I read that helped me the most. Success in writing belongs to the undiscourageable. There will be many discouragements along the way, but you’ll get there if you don’t give up. Thirdly, I’d say to write about what moves you the most. If you are passionate about your subject, that will sustain you through the hard slogging.

What great advice–it is so easy to become discouraged, but if you have a story to tell, there will be someone (or many someones) who will be better for having read it. Now, for the last question – what makes you happiest as an author?

Getting a cheque in the mail for my writing makes me pretty happy. Hearing from a reader that my words touched her or him is a special moment. But I think the satisfaction of completing a good poem, or page, or paragraph makes me the happiest. Any day that I get some writing done is a good day.

I agree on all fronts! So, let’s learn a bit about some of your books, and where we can find them.

My books can be found on Amazon–both as ebooks and print books.  Here is the link to my author page.

The Serenity Stone Murder is a humorous cozy mystery about two middle-age best friends and church ladies, Margaret and Louise, who get embroiled in trying to find out who killed the manager of the Thunder Bay Casino. It’s a hilarious, gentle romp with a hint of potential romance. Sequel to follow!

Great-Grandma’s Gifts is a children’s picture book that is a tribute to “crafty” moms and grandmas. It was inspired by my mother, who turned her love of sewing into clothes, dolls, stuffed animals and quilts for her many grandchildren. It celebrates those special ladies who express their love of family with gifts from the heart, rather than the store. The sweet illustrations by Karen Reinikka add to the charm. It’s a perfect gift for children, moms, aunts and grandmas!

 

The Serenity Stone Murder Paperback                   Great-Grandma's Gifts Paperback

Thanks for being here today, Marianne. I’m sure my readers will love getting to know you.

 

I need a little help with my Copperhead Creek series …

Hi lovely fans, romance readers and other “clean indie read” enthusiasts, I’m about to take my series wide (to a number of other retailers out there in addition to Amazon) and as part of that I’ll need to do some fairly expensive adverting.

Here’s where you can help.  If you’ve read book 1, A Chance to Come True, a review on Amazon would be greatly appreciated. Some advertising sites require numerous reviews before they’ll even consider a book, and while I’m grateful for every one of the 91 reviews I already have, a few more would be even better.

A review needn’t say much more than that you enjoyed the book and perhaps a bit about why— just something that gives potential readers a bit of insight. I often say things like “I cared about the characters” , or “I loved the setting and the authors style of writing” or “I couldn’t put the book down”  or other little things.

Anyway, thank you in advance for any help you can offer. (Just click on the photo to go to the Amazon page, then scroll down to where it says write a review)

Sandy 😊😊

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A Chance to Belong – FREE – just for a few days

Book 4 in my Copperhead Creek Australian Romance series, A Chance to Belong, is NOW FREE – but just for a few days.

Get it on Amazon (US) by clicking here

or grab it on Amazon (AU) by clicking here

Copperhead Creek Series December 2018 - with awards

Merry Christmas (I know, it’s history now) and Happy New Year everyone

Sandy 🎄🎁☃️🎄🎁☃️🎄🎁☃️