Archives for January 2016

New Release and New Contract! Say What?!

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This week has been amazing. My fun, short story Text Me released on Wednesday, and I received a new contract last Friday for my all time favorite story yet to write, Love Comes In The Mourning. Such a big week here! I can’t wait to share the cover for Love Comes In The Mourning with you, but not yet! Just know, it’s fabulous!

If you haven’t have a chance to buy Text Me, you can do it here. Or, you can visit The Roses of Prose and enter for a chance to win a free copy!

Now, that all that biz is out of the way, I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Much Love!

Erin Bevan

Fun Friday, Writing Retreat

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, I would love to go on a writing retreat. Twice a year, MJ Compton get’s to do jus that, and she is here to tell us about it.

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I am a firm believer in writing retreats. I’ve been going on retreat twice a year for a decade or so. The weekend-long event started out at a friend’s house while her husband and children were away over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. Eventually, we moved our action to Homewood Suites (we tried several different suite-type facilities, but found Homewood to be the best). After one of our core members moved away, we invited another author friend to join us. We held one or two more retreats at Homewood before the new member mentioned her mother’s country house in the woods about 4 hours away. Her mom would let us use it for free in exchange for dinner one night. We decided to try it.

And we haven’t looked back. The four drive? Perfect for brainstorming.

Over the years, our process has evolved to what works best for us.

Meal plan: Everyone is on their own for breakfast.

We each sign up for a meal—lunch or dinner. That person is in charge of menu, all prep, serving, and clean up for her meal. Then she is done. Lunch on the final day is always leftovers.

We sometimes have to tweak the meal agenda depending on the number days and number of people attending. This past August, lunch was a salad & sandwich bar, with all of us working together for set up and cleanup. Frequently, our summer retreat coincides with a nearby festival, so we attend that and eat there before enjoying fireworks over the lake. Except for fireworks night, every night is movie night (we bring our own DVDs with us).

Besides eating and watching movies, we write. I have never had an unproductive time on retreat. I average 20 pages a day of new material or cut through revisions like a hot knife through soft butter. Of course, the lack of Internet access helps

August means we sit on the deck and write. Bliss! In January, we curl up around the fire with our laptops. Cozy!

I think every author deserves a writing retreat at least once a year.

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I completely agree. Just like every mom deserves a mommy retreat every once in a while! Check out MJ’s books to see how productive her retreats are for her!

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Erin Bevan

Fun Friday Featuring Kim Hotzon

My Idea Tree For 2016!

idea treeJanuary is here and with a new year comes an opportunity for a new start! January is often a difficult month for many reasons: cold weather, extra bills, and the fact that the holidays are over.

I decided to write a blog about a tree. Not a Christmas tree, nor a family tree. An idea tree. It’s a simple concept – kind of like mind-mapping.

I find New Year’s resolutions are important but hard to make and keep. I wanted a way to remind myself using a creative, visual approach and the idea tree seemed an ingenuous way to do just that.

Simply think of all the things you’d like to accomplish this coming year. These don’t have to be expensive or unrealistic goals. My goals incorporate both career and personal wishes. Start easy and go slow. Record your goals on an idea tree and pin it up where you can easily see it. I chose a spot in my office but you can hang up your tree on the fridge, mirror, computer screen, wherever it suits you.

The idea tree is meant to inspire and remind you to stick to your goals. You can print off free tree graphics on Google and create your own idea tree! Good luck and I hope you reach your goals in 2016!

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Erin Bevan

A NEW YEAR, A NEW PERSPECTIVE By Rachel Sharpe

It’s hard to believe how quickly 2015 came and went. While the days may seem long, the older you get, the shorter the years begin to feel. One of the greatest things about books is their ability to freeze time.

Whether you’re an author or reader, you can stop on a certain chapter and when you pick it up again, it’s as if no time has passed. And, while in the characters’ world nothing has changed, a great deal may have changed in your own life, giving you a different perspective of both the characters and story, whether you’re the author or reader.

Much has changed in my life in the past year, including becoming a mom to two of the greatest children I could ever ask for. I have many goals for 2016, including the completion of book four in the Jordan James, PI series, but my greatest goal is this – to freeze time and to enjoy those long days (and in the case of my babies, nights), because, while the days may seem long, the older they get, the shorter the years begin to feel.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous New Year!

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Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition and Lost Distinction, the first novels in the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband in the Greater New Orleans area.

Check Out Rachel’s Sites to Keep Up with Jordan James!!!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/RachelCSharpe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorrachelsharpe

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Erin Bevan

Feeling a little shifty?

Ryan Jo Summers is back for a visit, and she is here to shout from the rooftops about her new title called Chasing the Painted Skies. I’ll tell you, I thought the cover was pretty cool. Feel like a cold weather read, then go grab this one!

Part mystery, part treasure hunt, part alternative paranormal, a dash of ghost story and all romance is bound to be a good time.

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Blurb:

Raven Koynes is a woman in hiding. Years ago she escaped to remote Gull Island Light Station, nestled far away in Lake Superior. She has carved out a life of peace and solitude for herself. Until famed nature photographer Sebastian Knight arrives–in the height of a nor’easter storm–to document the beauty of Gull Island. Unsavory treasure hunters also blow in with the storm, determined to find missing cargo from a sunken ship. And they are positive Raven knows where it’s stashed. A power outage from the storm traps everyone at her keeper’s cottage, fellow prisoners of the storm.

Between her attraction to handsome Sebastian and the unwelcome advances and threats of the hunters, Raven is pushed to her limit. Help arrives in the form of a stray German Shepherd Dog, who takes an immediate protective interest in Raven. He becomes her constant shadow and listening ear as she sorts out her growing–and conflicting–feelings for Sebastian.

Meanwhile, Sebastian came to the island looking for treasure as well, in the form of photographs. While he isn’t so sure about missing cargo, he only needs to look at Raven Koynes to know he’s found his own valuable treasure. One he hopes he can hang on to if she learns about his mysterious secret.

Now that Madeline the resident ghost has found out, it’s probably just a matter of time until Raven does too. And with the storm and power outage, no one is going anywhere any time soon.

Author Bio:

Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. She also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. Ryan’s dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so she claims she came by her writing skill honestly. Apparently it’s in the genes.

Her hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants, poetry and yard work. She loves to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. She lives in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, she dreams of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for her stories.

More about Ryan Jo can be discovered at her website or her blog http://summersrye.wordpress.com

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Erin Bevan

Happy New Year

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Can you believe how fast 2015 has come and gone? I can’t. I’m sad to see this year go. I really am. 2014 brought my family lots of trials and tribulations. 2015 all around was a much better year for us, and I pray 2016 gets even better.

An accomplishment I received this year was the completion of three new books. All of which will be published in 2016. Yah!

I have plans for writing three  more novels this year, along with about a thousand other goals. I want to rock a bikini this summer, write a new series, eat better, get better organized, and the list goes on. No matter what you decide to do in 2016, make it a great year. Wake up everyday determined to do something beneficial  for yourself, for your life, for your family, for your career. And, maybe say a couple of extra prayers to the man upstairs. It couldn’t hurt!

Happy New Year everyone!

With Love,

Erin Bevan