Words of Wisdom

As a Mom, I’ve shared many words of wisdom with my kids…like “Don’t run with a pencil in your mouth,” or “Look both ways before crossing the street.” As they grew, I wish I’d had some advice that could help them avoid the pitfalls of life, but I couldn’t catch up with them long enough to impart those gems, and they might have ignored me had I tried.

Kristine Kohut is the author of a fun and insightful book with a catchy title: Big Toe People. I highly recommend it! She and her husband Steve adopted two adorable boys a few years ago. I hope they read their mom’s nuggets when they’re older, and I hope our grown kids read them, too. In fact, these nuggets are for all of us! She said what’s in my heart much better than I could have.


Look, Mom! Wisdom!

Posted on February 14, 2019 by kristinekohut

Or Nine Favorite Nuggets From Fifty Years of Living

When I was in my twenties, my mom said to me more than once, “Kristine, all you seem to do is chase after fun. I pray that you get some WISDOM!”

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Setting the Captives free

I met Laura Ranger and her fiancé Steve Soderquist at a book signing event sponsored by the Florida Writer’s Association. Both are authors and have written and published books separately and together. During our first conversation, I knew I’d found kindred spirits and that we’d be friends.

They are the founders and owners of the publishing company Foundations, LLC, and have since become my publishers. When you’re on Laura’s website, where she posted this article, explore and check out her books too. They’re wonderful reading.

Here’s a piece of Laura’s heart that she shares with us. Is it any wonder that I love her as a friend and sister in Christ?

Prison Ministry

I’ve predominantly encountered two types of people; those who have compassion for those imprisoned, and those who have none. Truthfully, I had always been indifferent. I didn’t have an opinion one way or another. I never considered doing any kind of ministry for those in prison, or even jail. It never occurred to me to pray for them. All that changed when I was introduced to a program called Kairos.

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To see more of their authors and the variety of books they publish, visit Foundations Books.

Nothing Makes An Author Happier Than A GREAT Review!

I subscribe to several sites where I find important information and help as an author, including A Writer’s Path and The Book Review Directory. What a pleasant surprise to see my book, TERRA’S CALL, featured today!

Reviews mean several things to an author. We know someone has read our book, and we’re happy that they liked it, or we can learn from their critique if they don’t. Reviews can help move a book up the charts, and good reviews can help readers decide to purchase and read it.

It means a lot to me, and to other authors, when someone takes the time to write a review. Thank you, Kristine Kohut, for this one!

TERRA’S CALL – BOOK REVIEW

Author’s name: P.T.L. Perrin

Book Title: Terra’s Call: Book 1 of the TetraSphere Series

Genre of the book: Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Adventure

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Triton’s Call is LIVE, and we’re celebrating with another giveaway!

The last Kindle Fire giveaway was such a success, I decided to do it again. You have thirty days from today, October 30, 2017, to enter to win a Kindle Fire 7 tablet with Alexa.

Click here to enter today! Don’t wait! You can earn more entries once you’ve registered on the website, and, if you aren’t on my newsletter list, you will be once you enter!

If you want to order Triton’s Call, click here to visit my website. Watch the trailer, order the book, and check out my other books!

Nanowrimo starts tomorrow. That’s National Novel Writing Month, where those of us who sign up for the challenge will write 50,000 words in 30 days.

I honestly did not think it could be done, and signed up the first time just to see how far I’d get. I wrote the first draft of Terra’s Call that time — 50,000 words of it.

Triton’s Call was born during Camp Nanowrimo in April, 2016. Again, the challenge was the same, and the first 50,000 words of the first draft happened.

I couldn’t stop there, so that November, I wrote the first draft of Voice of Viracocha, which should be released before Christmas! How could I possibly stop now?  I have one more book to write to complete the TETRASPHERE series, and this is the month I hope to get the first draft done.

I’ll ask you to pray for me, as I’ll be praying for everyone who’s taking this challenge. It is not easy, especially during the Holiday season. I thank God for my Daughter-In-Law who will be doing Thanksgiving this year, and for her other Mother-In-Law and everyone else who is bringing goodies for the celebration. We have so much to be thankful for.

Now, go enter for your chance to win that Kindle, and check out my other books!

 

Soliciting (and Offering) Feedback as a Writer

Feedback. We writers need it! We love those stellar reviews we get from our readers, but getting those reviews requires writing good books. For that, we need people to help us along the way.

Andrea Huelsenbeck lays out the reasons and the methods for giving and receiving great feedback. Here’s her guideline for critiquing another writer’s work, whether you’re in a critique group or a Beta reader. I’m paying attention! I hope you are, too.

A Writer's Path

by ARHuelsenbeck

How do you know if what you are writing is any good? Too often I reread something I wrote years ago (or days ago) and discover it’s shamefully incoherent.

Writing is a mostly solitary profession. We craft the words while alone. But we release them into the world at our peril if we don’t get some feedback first.

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Terra’s Call is LIVE, and We’re Celebrating!

How? We’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! You have to enter to win it, and we’ve made it easy. Here’s what my friend Seth says on his blog, the Giveaway Guy:

“So who wants to win something?! P.T.L. Perrin and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.”

CLICK HERE to read more and fill out the form. The contest runs until October 12, 2017. Wishing you the BEST!

Palm Trees Are Made to Dance

Few things are as unnerving as an approaching hurricane. When we saw the satellite photo of a swirling buzz saw bigger than our entire state heading directly for us, we couldn’t help but feel a growing sense of urgency. My heart screamed, ‘RUN!’ My mind said, ‘Stay. It won’t be as bad as they say.’

‘Stay calm’ I told myself, as the frantic newscasters built a doomsday scenario, minute-by-minute, for days ahead of the storm.

“Stay calm,” they told us, as they showed pictures of empty grocery shelves and cars lined up for miles at the gas pumps.

“Stay calm,” they said, while announcing evacuation orders, one after the other, during the perfect days before the storm, when people were still heading to the beach.

Evacuation route

The TV stayed tuned to the Weather Channel, and when we flipped stations to get anything other than hurricane news, all the other stations broadcast nothing but incessant talk about the hurricane. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good thing. Those folks at the local stations live here with their families. They care. They do an amazing job.

We didn’t leave, and when it hit, we had my almost 96 year-old mother-in-law with us, along with my sister and adopted sister from the part of the state that was hunkered down for a direct hit, where Category 5 winds and a fifteen-foot storm surge were expected. Our family still in Naples were in secure buildings, in professional care. We prayed and worried, but knew they would be better off there.

A hurricane is like a roller coaster. The ride to the top is pure anticipation. In my case, I repeatedly tell myself, “You idiot! What were you thinking?” And then there’s the pause at the top of a mile-long vertical drop. At that point, I know I’m committed, and it’s time to relax and enjoy the ride.

My sister brought her adorable little dog who, naturally, had to go outside — storm or no storm. That’s when I realized once again that palm trees are made to dance in impossibly strong winds, and little dogs will not pee in them. I, however, enjoyed being out in it, if only for a few minutes, dancing with the palms. hurricane wind

We survived with only the loss of my beloved ficus tree. It was cut back to the nub, the sound of killer chainsaws grating on my nerves. It will grow again.

I grieve the islands and the Florida keys, wondering how they will ever come back from this devastation. Yet, come back, they will. Like my ficus, the life is there, the strength is there, and in the sun and tropical breezes, we’ll watch it grow and do what we can to help. Texas will recover from Harvey. The Caribbean will recover from Irma. Where there is life, there is hope, and God is with us all.