STORY SETTINGS AND POETRY

What do story settings and poetry have in common? When they’re done right, the reader becomes immersed and the story and poetry come to life. My friend and wonderful author, D.L. Finn, has some great advice on how to draw readers in.

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Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about story settings and poetry.

Have you ever read a book and come to a passage where the description is so beautiful you had to stop and reflect on it? I have many times. These are words so skillfully written that I can see the sun setting or the grime on the dirty city streets through the character’s eyes. It has brought me into that moment.

A poem can also create a beautiful setting through creative images and carefully chosen words.

In fact, when I see a wonderful setting in a story, I think how poetic.

I’ve found that writing poetry, and the settings in my stories have a lot in common. Both are trying to see a place in someone else’s eyes. They use vivid imagery, emotions, and creative words to capture the reader’s imagination.

A setting in a book is trying to…

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MKTG #14 – Book Blog Tours

I’ve always approached marketing with fear and trepidation, and the idea of doing a blog tour gets me hyperventilating. Besides being an outstanding author, Jan Sikes is a master at doing blog tours! She makes it fun, and in this article, she shows how it’s done. As a bonus, she added links to her other marketing articles, all of which I plan to visit! Thanks for this, Jan!

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Hello, SE’ers! It’s Jan again here to talk about another marketing tool. And it’s one I think most all of you are very familiar with.

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First the question.

Are blog tours worth the effort?

I think the answer to that question will be as varied as the people answering, so I will throw out my answer.

With several successful blog tours under my belt, I say a resounding YES!

I’ve learned some things along the way that help make the tour more interesting for the readers, and more manageable for the author. Those tips are what I will share with you today.

  • Content – We’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it, Content is King. If every stop on your book blog tour is the same, it’s boring with a capital B! So each post needs to be unique, entertaining, and engaging.
  • Variety of Hosts – This…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 7 @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Nonnie Jules closes out Women’s History Month by honoring one of my favorite authors and a great supporter of others, Linnea Tanner. I enjoyed her interview, and know you will too.

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER

NJ:  Hi, Linnea!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Linnea:  February 14

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Linnea:  4th

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Linnea:  2010

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Linnea:  Since childhood, I’ve had characters live in my head, in part to help me through my own challenges in life. When I semi-retired, I wrote my first novel in three months to tell their stories, but soon discovered that I needed to learn the craftsmanship of writing to make my stories resonate.

NJ:  Please put these…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 6 @HealthMN1 @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Nonnie Jules has recognized a Woman of Excellence whom I greatly admire! Harriet Hodgson has poured her heart into her family, first raising twin grandchildren and then caring for her beloved husband, all while being actively involved in bettering her community and writing excellent books. Harriet, you so deserve this!

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, HARRIET HODGSON

NJ:  Hi, Harriet!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Harriet:  September 27th

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Harriet:  Second

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Harriet:  8 years old

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Harriet:  Seemed like a good thing to do

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Harriet:  1. Family 2. Faith 3. Honesty 4. Loyalty

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Harriet:  Talented

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 5 @YvetteMCalleiro @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

What a joy to share in celebrating my friend Yvette Calleiro as a Woman of Excellence today. I’m not lying when I say, as a friend of her mother’s, I knew her before she was born, and it’s a privilege to be her friend today. Thank you Nonnie, for honoring such an excellent woman!

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, YVETTE M. CALLEIRO

NJ:  Hi, Yvette!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Yvette:  March 7.

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Yvette:  I’m first for my parents but third for my dad (he has two children from a previous marriage).

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Yvette:  I started writing stories and poems at 12 years old. I began writing with the intent to publish in 2010, I believe.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Yvette:  As a tween, I began writing to express my thoughts and emotions. My middle school Language…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 4 @RobertaEaton17 @bakeandwrite @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org #RRBC

I’m so proud to be associated with excellent women like Robbie Cheadle! I’m sure you’ll love her giving heart as much as I do!

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, ROBBIE CHEADLE

NJ: Hi, Robbie! Thanks for joining me today! First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you. I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one. First question… when is your birthday?

Robbie: February 22

NJ:If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Robbie: First

NJ: When did you begin writing?

Robbie: I have been writing about different things, on and off, since I was 12 years old.

NJ: Why did you begin writing?

Robbie: As a youngster, I wrote because I wanted to capture beautiful sights with lovely imagery. At work, I started writing non-fiction publications to share knowledge and opinions. In 2015, I started writing poetry and descriptive passages again and in 2018 I wrote my first…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 3 @Sharrislaughter @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Shirley Harris-Slaughter is, indeed, a Woman of Excellence, and I’m thrilled to share her wonderful interview with Nonnie Jules today.

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER

NJ:  Hi, Shirley, thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Shirley:   November 28

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Shirley:  Second

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Shirley:  Adult

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Shirley:  Trying to address issues.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Shirley:  (1) Faith, (2) Family, (3) Honesty, (4) Friends, (5) Loyalty 

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Shirley:  Trustworthy

NJ:

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 2 @PTLPerrin @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

I woke up this morning to the sweet scent of flowers and discovered THIS! I’m deeply moved that Nonnie Jules selected me for this honor.

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, PTL PERRIN

NJ:  Hi, Patty, thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Patty:  October 9

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Patty:  First

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Patty:  My first article was published in 2008, but I wrote for fun long before that.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Patty:  I’ve always loved to write, but never thought I was good enough. My husband encouraged me to take a course called Writing to Publish. Seeing my article in print was exciting enough to make me want to publish more.

NJ: 

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 1 @EmptySeatsNovel @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

One of the many reasons I love being part of the Rave Reviews Book Club is the dedication and generosity of our founder Nonnie Jules who, today, is honoring a great author, an amazing woman, and one of our fellow RRBC and RWISA members, Wanda A. Fischer. Congratulations, Wanda!

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My friend once sent me a beautiful portrait that she had commissioned of my family.  Along with that priceless gift, she sent me a text with the link to an old gospel song that contained the following lyrics: 

“Give me my flowers right now. If you feel like I deserve anything, don’t wait until I’m dead and gone.  If I’ve been nice to you or done something to make you happy along the way, then give me my flowers now while I can still see the beauty that they bring.” 

She said to me that she wanted to gift me with something beautiful because I was the most generous and thoughtful person she’d ever met.  She said she wanted me to know how much she appreciated me before one of us left this earth.  I’ve never forgotten that generous gift, nor the fact that someone viewed me in such a…

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