Accurate Details Keep Genre Readers Engaged

Recently, I walked through my family room to see an old western playing on the TV. I joined the western fan to watch the story play out. This old western starred because Stewart Granger.  The plot was ridiculous. I always find it strange when an Englishman plays a cowboy. All that perfect diction.  Westerns of that time were often fraught with inaccuracies.Product Details

The basic storyline was three tribes agreed to sell their land to poor immigrant farmers in exchange for food and the natives also promised to protect the settlers. I can’t imagine any tribe agreeing to sell their land for food and agree to protect the settlers. One of the tribes, the Navajo, was an agricultural community so why would they want the white man’s crops?  The other two tribes by this point in history had already been shoved out of their own land by whites. Back when this movie was made the plight of the Native American wasn’t even accurately portrayed in history books. So, I suppose a story about everyone getting along would fly in theaters. Oh yes, there was a villain in a black suit, who wore white dress gloves all the time. He was trying to turn the groups against each other, so he could buy the oil rich land. Of course, the bad guy is found out and turned over to the natives for punishment. Another thing that would never have happened.

We’ve all seen movies where the details are wrong. Some so much so that we no longer care about the story.  My dad spent 21 years in the Air Force, and he always pointed out the wrong planes in war movies.  My son’s an army vet, and he tends to point out many irregularities in movies and TV shows that depict the military.

Movie makers can generally get away with it because the audience is there to be entertain. They might be on a date or watching the movie with a group of friends. But when one reads a novel in their favorite genre they expect more than just entertainment.  Except for fantasies, the storyline needs a connection with reality. Do your research so the bones of the story ring true.

In the movie example above, the natives would never be allowed to kill the villain and all his evil henchmen as restitution for the death of the chief’s son.  As a lover of historical fiction, I prefer accuracy. Granted, literary license can add to a storyline, but let’s not go overboard.

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Some years ago I read a time-travel western. A modern man chose to live in the 1800s. The heroine learned to speak the local Nez Perce language. She and the time traveler marry. Because she can’t have children they decide to adopt. The orphan train was coming to a nearby town, and this would give them a great opportunity to find some children to love. Then it got ridiculous. The three siblings they adopted were. Nez Perce.  I stopped reading.  My history trivia mind went into overdrive. Why would native children be on the orphan train? The children on the train hailed from New York, Chicago and other major cities east of the setting of the novel.  The author had already established the Nez Perce lived in the area. No native would willingly put their child in the care of white strangers. No, they take care of their own. If the couple had found the children alone on the road or their mother was a friend who died and asked them to care for her children, I could accept the adoption. But the orphan train. Really!

Other examples

I’ve read similar blatant inaccuracies in career based fiction. Rarely do you hear “Stat!” shouted in a hospital ER. Do you know what happens behind-the-scenes in an ER? Before writing about it, be sure to find out.  Military heroes follow the rules. Know those rules. Put enough accurate details in your story to keep the reader engaged.

Accurate story bones

Do your very best when writing fiction to keep the bones of accurate historical facts, police procedure, medical jargon, military protocol and other background information accurate. Fans of career specific genres are going to be disappointed and may not finish your book and most likely not pick up another one if it’s not.

How factual do you like your fiction?

 

 

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Introducing Jennifer A. David and A Give-a-way

Today I welcome Jennifer Cvalbar AKA Jennifer A. Davids.  She is a fellow-author with the Smitten Imprint for LPC historical romance writers. I am delighted she is visiting. This is my first author with a pen name. Welcome Jennifer. I’m curious to learn a little about your writing journey. Jennifer A Davids_photo

A ninth-grade creative writing assignment. That’s how it all started. I wasn’t expecting the story I turned in to be anything special. Honestly, I was just hoping for a good grade. So when my teacher stood in front of the class and said my story had gotten an A++ I couldn’t believe it. Especially since I had stayed up late the night before I turned it in finishing it. I’ve been putting words to paper ever since. Fast forward to February 2010 when my writing journey took a new turn and I was offered my very first contract with Heartsong Presents, the then book club imprint of Barbour Books. I published three books with them before the imprint was sold to Harlequin. You can find all of them in one book titled Brides of Ohio.

Since that last Heartsong book, a busy season of life happened. My two children went from being fifteen and eleven to being twenty and sixteen. But I did write another book, my first stab something longer than a Heartsong. It was quite a challenge but I’m so excited that A Perfect Weakness will be released by Smitten, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, on July 25, 2018.

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Interesting.  How did A Perfect Weakness evolve?

The inspiration for A Perfect Weakness came from one of my Heartsong books. At the time, Heartsong Presents was still in business through Harlequin and I wanted to write another book for them. One of my secondary characters in Wounded Heart had great hero potential and I often wondered what he did after the events in that book ended. So I decided to find out. But as I started working out the story it grew and grew and became way too long to be a Heartsong length novel. So I erased any connection the story had to Wounded Heart and made it a full-length novel—well, almost. I may have left a small ‘Easter egg’ for a reader of Brides of Ohio to find. A very small one. I’ll have to see who catches it. J

Makes me want to read Brides of Ohio in preparation for this books release. Let’s talk about you. Here’s one of my favorite questions to ask authors. If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?

“Sketch out the whole plot before you start to write.” I used to get so excited about an idea that I would start writing and then just stop when I got to a point where I had no idea what happened next. All the enthusiasm would leach away and there I would sit with just a beginning that headed nowhere. So I do a rough outline/draft of the whole book in Scrivener now. But I don’t act as if every plot point is written in stone. I let it move around and I’ll change something or go a different direction if need be. But it does give me enough of an idea of where the story is going so that I don’t abandon it.

 

Great advice. Do you have a favorite genre you love to read for fun?

OK that’s like asking which kid is my favorite. I write historical romance and while I do read a lot of that genre I don’t always read there for fun. It depends so much on my mood. If I want to read fantasy, I’ll default to The Lord of the Rings or the Narnia series. If I want a classic, Jane Eyre or The Count of Monte Cristo. I also enjoy reading Erik Larson who writes wonderful historical non-fiction.

Thanks for much for sharing. Now if any of you are curious about the Brides of Ohio series make a comment to be placed in a drawing for an e-book copy. I’ll draw a name on Friday and contact the winner. If you are new to my blog, please leave an email address written with the word at and dot in place of the symbols. I’ll forward your address to Jennifer.

More about Jennifer

Jennifer A. Davids is a self-professed book nerd. The shelves of her office are overflowing with books and there are stacks of them by her bedside. When she’s not reading, she’s dreaming up a new story to tell her readers. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in English Education. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband, two children, and two cats.

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Coming Soon Immortal Descent By Carolyn Walker

I love sharing with my readers  the stories behind the authors who are either debuting their first novel or  they’re experienced pros. Throughout 2018 I plan to interview several authors so we can all be inspired. Today’s inspiration is Author Carolyn Walker. Thanks for stopping by. We’ll start by asking you to share your writing journey.Carolyn Walker

 

Writing has always been a key part of my life. From the moment I learned how to hold a crayon and scribble lines (that later became words), I felt at home. I wrote my first short story around age 6 and by 12, I won my first state-wide young writer’s award. In my teens, I published several poems, prose and short stories—one which won a literary magazine summer contest. In my early 20’s I first considered writing a novel, and began penning the premise for what would later inspire my debut novel Immortal Descent. After shelving the idea, starting a family, going to school to study Literature, and launching a career as a copywriter and professional editor, creative writing took a back seat. But my love for storytelling never died. So in 2015, I picked it back up again and haven’t put it down since. Within a year, I’d finished my debut novel and just months later, I landed a publishing deal. Now I’m actively writing book two of an amazing series and I cannot wait to share my tales with my beloved readers! Immortal Descent, comes out Spring 2018! (Book two in the Immortal Series is underway and looking great!)

How do you research for your books?

I read A LOT! I have spent long hours reading and checking out books from my local library on various topics for my novel. It is a supernatural thriller with many historical elements, mythological references, and psychological themes. I dual majored in Psychology, alongside English in college, so that helped me with having better insight into the complex psyches of my characters. Additional research has included collecting libraries of information from sources online and even hounding the night librarian to view the “rare historical” volumes section of the library to check out age old documents pertaining to past civilizations, biblical lore, art history, and more. Many scenes in my book take place in other countries—some of which I had never been to, so I interviewed friends and colleagues who could provide me with real world knowledge of the settings, areas, and lifestyles. One of my friends grew up in Switzerland where a portion of the book takes place and her help really served to make that entire scene come to life! The research process was nearly as enjoyable as the writing process.

I loved the idea of interviewing friends who’ve visited placed you mention in your novel. Sometimes their descriptions have a much more real feel than those in books. So, tell us Carolyn, what  inspired you to write your book?

My fascination with the unknown, and history’s mysteries was one of my greatest motivators to write Immortal Descent.  The idea originally came to me years ago, as a short story premise about a glimpse into the life of an immortal being, witnessed by an ordinary man. Beyond that, I had no idea where the story would go, but one thing lingered in my mind—the unanswered questions of immortality.  I’d read plenty of stories about immortality, and there were plenty of books that discussed its mysterious place in history and religion. Even so, I found that few truly addressed the origin of it and why. That’s when I thought this would make a great story, so I began researching deeper into it. Add to that my love for science fiction, fantasy and it wasn’t long before I sought to write a fiction that would perhaps explain the unexplained. This was how the world of Immortal Descent was born.

Explain the unexplained. What a fascinating idea.

Beyond you draw to writing as a child when did you realize your calling to create words on paper to share with the world

It was that moment when I felt that first swell of giddy anticipation in my chest, followed by the realization I could reach others and bring them joy through my work…that was the moment I knew I was meant to be an artist of words.

If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?

Don’t doubt yourself. There were times when I didn’t know where I was going with my story or even thought I couldn’t finish it. Writing a book is a great feat and I’d shelved the idea for many years to get on with other areas of my life. I also did it because I didn’t know if I had it in me. Eventually I came around and regained confirmation in myself, but a lot of time was lost during those years. If I could go back, I never would have let myself believe that. I would have kept keeping on realized that perseverance is what allows us to grow strong and achieve—it’s what brings results. Don’t doubt yourself and you are far less likely to give up.

What is your favorite genre to read for fun?

I enjoy a good psychological thriller. I love stories that may have a hint of supernatural elements or pull from lore or history.

Where is your favorite place to write?

In my home office, where my imagination becomes the atmosphere!

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Immortal Descent is a supernatural thriller about one man’s journey into a dark world of buried mythology, secret societies, and the true origin of immortality. Ethan West hopes for a fresh start in college, after a lifetime of pain and loss. But instead he gets a curse—a rebirth that closely resembles a death sentence. Now wielding a mysterious new ability, Ethan is hunted by a ruthless faction of ancient creatures known as Lorns.

On the run, Ethan quickly learns he possesses a gift that is more powerful than anything the world has seen in over a thousand years. Unfortunately, a power this great always comes with an unspeakable price… Based on the ancient lore of the Nephilim, the principles of order & chaos, and history’s mysteries, Immortal Descent goes where few tales have gone before.

What if one man’s beginning meant everyone else’s end?

Excerpt: “Ethan didn’t realize he was screaming until he felt Rue shaking him. His eyes flew open and he stared up at her face and into those bright silver eyes. For the briefest instant, all his fear melted away when he looked up at her. He remembered the shadowed eyes of the woman from the alleyway. These eyes were so different. Never had he seen eyes as hers before, so intense—so bright, so capturing. He held her gaze, almost afraid to look away. If he looked away, what would he see?”

Praise for Immortal Descent:

Readers have called Immortal Descent “amazing storytelling” and “completely original” and have said it’s a read that is “absolutely impossible to put down!”

About the Author:

Carolyn M. Walker grew up surrounded by books and has a particular soft spot for fantasy stories and psychological thrillers. With a Bachelors degree in both English Literature and Psychology from Florida State University, Carolyn loves exploring the many sides of the human psyche and building worlds that address some of life’s greatest “what-if” questions. In addition to being a creative writer, Carolyn is also a certified Copywriter, Copy Editor, and Marketing Consultant.

Carolyn, thanks for joining me today.  I wish you much success with Immortal Descent.

I’m adding Carolyn’s links for my readers to follow her:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissWriteWise

Author Website:

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Interview with Author Pegg Thomas and a Warm Giveaway

Today I welcome Pegg Thomas, author, editor and knitter to Jubilee Writer. I love reading her novellas and am happy to have her share her writing journey with my readers.  Take it away, Pegg.

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My writing journey was the product of a long-held idea and the dreaded empty nest. With time heavy on my hands I finally picked up a pen and started to write. It was dreadful. Really dreadful. Poke-your-eye-out-with-a-fork dreadful. Then I heard about something called a writers conference. I attended one and realized how much I didn’t know. Seven years later—after a lot of learning and writing—I signed my first contract.

Your latest novella is a “write what know” story.  Full of sheep, weaving and your love of history.

My latest project is near and dear to my heart. In Sheep’s Clothing is part of A Bouquet of Brides Collection. My heroine, Yarrow Fenn, is a spinner and a weaver. I learned to spin at the age of 16 which was *mumble* years ago. While I’m primarily a knitter, I have done some weaving too. I also raise sheep. One of the characters in In Sheep’s Clothing is a little lamb named Meadowsweet. So I guess you could say that a whole lot of “me” wound up in this story.

What inspired you to write In Sheep’s Clothing?

It started when I read about the Wool Act signed in 1699 by King William III while history-geeking on the internet one day. The idea germinated for a couple of months. When I was asked to write for this collection, I pulled it from the back burner of my brain and fleshed it out.

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Do you have a favorite verse that resonates with you?

As a shepherd, John 10:27-29 is my favorite passage:

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

Who is your best support system to keep you focused on your writing?

That would be the Quid Pro Quills, my awesome and invaluable critique group; Robin Patchen, Jericha Kingston, Kara Hunt, Marge Wiebe, and Candice Sue Patterson. These ladies are a force of nature. They have dragged me—often kicking and screaming—to be a better writer. They aren’t cheerleaders, they are slave drivers, and I owe any success I have to them.

An exciting giveaway

To celebrate the release of A Bouquet of Brides Collection, I’m giving away The Meadowsweet Shawl to one subscriber to my newsletter. If you don’t already subscribe, click here to sign up. I promise not to fill your inbox. Drawing will be January 31st.

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More about Pegg

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls.

Pegg, thanks so much for coming by for a visit. The shawl is beautiful and I’m sure whoever wins it will be the envy of all her friends.  And I know your newsletter is really cool. 

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Skit Writing- a Great Practice Writing Tight

theater-seats-1033969_640I spent sometime last week doing something I haven’t done in a few years. I wrote a skit. My church is having a women’s retreat and a few skits were needed. I volunteered to put some words on paper and will probably perform in one or two as well.

I’ve been a skit writer for decades. Skits are a wonderful way to get a point across. It gives a visual representation of theme that often sticks with people for a long time.

While amid writing novels and blog posts I don’t always have time to write skits just for fun and then try to pitch them to various publishers that produce skit books. But writing for my friends is different. Writing for an event gives an opportunity to see it performed and get out any bugs before pitching it for publication.  Working up a skit around a theme is another opportunity to hone the skill that is a key element to novel writing. Without a theme a novel is just words on paper and a skit is just a bunch of one-liners with no point.

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Skits are often dialogue driven. Great practice. Monologues or visual presentations (i.e. mimes) are great practice for writing internal thought and descriptions.

Skit writing can be compared to short stories or flash fiction. In the same way flash fiction helps you write tighter novels, skit writing is good practice for writing tight in preparation to write a screenplay.

I’ve sent off my completed project to the pastor’s wife and if it goes well I may just be submitting it for publication.

And just so you know. If you have ever written even one skit you can call yourself a writer.

 

A Fresh Year for Success

 

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Let me start my first post of 2018 by re-purposing a quote from Anne of Green Gables. “This year is a new year with no mistakes in it.” Doesn’t that sound promising? We have the opportunity as writers to evaluate the previous year and decide how we can start fresh for success.

 

I don’t find resolutions to be very helpful. (Most of us never keep them beyond a month or two.) But goals with accountability are more likely to succeed. The problem is, I need to define my goals and stick to them. Which isn’t easy for me because my brain runs on several rabbit trails at the same time.  Add in life interruptions and my writing goals can flow right out the window with the breeze of surprise events.

This year I want to define my goals beyond simply writing more, writing every day and marketing. Rather, I need to break it down to specifics. My biggest mistake last year was letting myself get overwhelmed and freeze up rather than press on. I never quite reached the goals I set for myself. Having a book release was a new experience, and I didn’t handle it as well as I could have. (Think: Learning curve.)

The Write Editing blog had a great blog, 12 months of Writing Plans & Prompts. It inspired me. Here is the link: thewriteediting.blogspot.com/2017/12/12-months-of-writing-plans-prompts.html

Alycia W. Morales gave great reminders to relax and appreciate things in our writing life, but she also mentioned some specific ideas for blogging and querying that inspired me. You may read the post and get a different take. Like all writing it is subject to the needs of the reader. I needed inspiration to be more organized and productive. I want 2018 to be my best writing year ever. My second novel comes out in May so, I have more marketing to do. I’m working on rewrites and editing my third novel and attempting to finish the rough draft of my fourth. Not to mention writing blog posts and more articles. There are advantages to attending craft shows and events to promote and sell books.  My problem is my day job requires me to work every other Saturday. I can only trade so many Saturdays before my co-workers will no longer cooperate.

My new beginning

I purchased a new calendar to fill up with my writing goals for the year.  It is one of those At-A-Glance calendars. I chose the large 8 ½ by 11 sizes. It has larger squares for more notes, daily events and goals.

Now I have another quandary. My rabbit-trail brain needs to calm down. It must choose to do a few things each day rather than everything.  And to avoid confidence freeze and frustration, I must organize my days. Do less writing on the days I work. And finish the day’s goals before bedtime.

Realism and balance

I’m a list writer. I thrive on lists. I write lists at work and bring them home. Scraps of paper cover my dresser. Most of the lists are duplicates. (My mind is constantly processing to dos) I take all the lists and create a master list. It can get quite long. If I’d follow the guide of my calendar to create my daily to-do-list, I’d be less overwhelmed. Asterisks to remind me to check the family calendar daily for time conflicts would be wise too.  Consulting both calendars the day before even better.

A little help from my friends

My accountability partner often reminds me not set too many weekly goals. This year I intend to follow her advice. Consistent small steps will get me further than lightening sprints and then couch sitting.

Spacing out my prep items for events or conferences weeks in advance should make me less stressed. Pacing my word count to complete my novel and rewrites and putting those on my calendar to increase productivity. I think I’ll schedule non-writing days. It should spur me on to get my daily writing goals done so I can focus on whatever I am doing those days.

There is my plan for the brand-new year. It still needs beefing up with specific details. (i.e. event dates, word count goals, blog ideas.) Sharing these beginning stages with all of you has helped me get a better footing.

What are your writing plans for 2018?

 

 

 

Author Kadee Cader Shares About Here Be Dragons and Giveaways

My final interview for 2017 is with Clean Reads author Kadee Carder. I hope you find our conversation as interesting and fun as I did. Read to the bottom for her varied giveaways. Kadee, welcome to Jubilee Writer. I must say even your title Here Be Dragons sounds fun. Tell us about this new release.

 

HereBeDragons_1400HERE BE DRAGONS: A YA Sci Fi Action/Adventure!

Alliance Military Guard sent the order. Sergeant Tucker Thompson acquiesced. Hopping a plane to his long-lost Australian birthplace, he’s been charged with his toughest mission yet. Thompson must rally his company of soldiers to prevent a new generation of weaponry from breaching the world’s borders.

 

Pound the war drums. Rattle the cages. HERE BE DRAGONS.

 

How did you do research to create this fantasy world?

I spent countless hours doing research! From military drills, to hand-to-hand combat techniques, to the weather in Australia in the summer, it’s all part of making the book realistic! For information, I often used YouTube because you can find a video for almost anything. For places, I included YouTube, watching others’ vacation videos and adventures, and then I also used Google Earth, Street View. I walked streets and explore. I opened up our Virtual Reality kit and use the Google Earth app to explore the earth and walk where my characters roam. Then I also consider living itself is research. How does the skin intercept flowers, or coffee, or gravel on the road? What are the essences of life? Those small moments of coffee on the back porch on a rainy day are perfect stock for my arsenal of imagery.

What inspired you to write your book?

My preacher recently introduced the idea that people who do not know God are simply prisoners of war. What better way to free prisoners than by love? What better way to fight darkness than with light? Do we work on earth to accomplish material things or do we share encouragement, love, inspiration, and good works in the name of someone much greater than ourselves? Do we humbly help and teach? We humans aren’t just here on this planet to make money or fill time. We are here for life, and a life full. God put each of us here, doing good work he created long ago for us to do. We don’t do any of it for our glory or success, but to free the prisoners of war. As Tucker states in the crux: Life isn’t just a thing. Life is the thing.

 

I love the concept. I have found inspiration from sermons as well. But you’ve really taken a wonderful concept and given your readers a deep truth to explore in an interesting setting.

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Now, let’s explore a little about you. I always like to ask authors what is a favorite verse that resonates with them?

Three verses continue fueling me even when I consider giving up and giving in:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

In the strength of the Lord, I can do all things. Philippians 4:13

For we are God’s handiwork, created to do good works, which he prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Combining all three, one can come back to the ultimate purpose for giving best efforts and working with joy and gratitude. Even the difficult tasks can be taken in stride because God’s prepared them specifically for us to do, for our greater purpose.

Challenges become opportunities. Rain becomes refreshing. Walls become training moments. And we can continue along this twisty road because God journeys along at our sides and within our spirits. We’ve only got to keep on walking.

 

Very inspiring, Kadee. Now, as a fantasy writer I think you will appreciate my next question. If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?

Give it ten years. Realize that your best ability will be to consider challenges as opportunities for improvement. Grow to love the heavy lifting of weight, and continue working to improve—and give it a solid ten years of work before you give up. Persistence. Consistency. Moxie.

The concept of giving the writing life time resonates with me. I’m sure my readers can relate as well.

 

Kadee, describe yourself and your goals as a writer. And tell us a bit about your books in print.

Fierce yet sparkly, I help seekers find brave new worlds. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. I teach English on the university level when I’m not dancing around the living room with my family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet, or binging superhero shows.

 

The INSURRECTION trilogy, HERE BE DRAGONS, and non-fiction inspirational IGNITE roll out perilous motives, twisty plots, and daring protagonists. Grab some real estate and your copy of my latest adventure, and follow along at KadeeCarder.com.

Tell us more about Here Be Dragons and the unusual give-away you have for the release of Here Be Dragons.

 

FUN FACT NUMBER ONE:

Here Be Dragons is a standalone novel, but it does follow my Insurrection trilogy. We see a few characters we met on those luxurious Caribbean beaches. Tucker was the romantic interest from the trilogy. After writing the trilogy, I felt like readers needed to know Tucker more, and he had to complete this assignment. Might as well follow along! No need to have read the trilogy; this book records its own wild adventure!

FUN FACT NUMBER TWO:

PRE-ORDER GIFT WITH PURCHASE! 10 FREE WORKOUTS!

With over ten years of experience specializing in metabolic conditioning, and as the official trainer of the Alliance Military Guard, Fit By Faith© owner Krista Johnson has created ten workouts to get you in gear and ready to crush life. Utilizing a variety of whole-body strengthening techniques, your FREE WORKOUTS will be just what you needed to start your new year off the right way. Each of the ten workouts can be completed at home or in a gym, and takes approximately thirty minutes or less.

Submit your pre-order receipt to KadeeCarder.com/HereBeDragons and receive your own Alliance Military Guard Training Guide containing TWO WEEKS worth of exercises, guaranteed to get you in battle-ready shape to train as a Guardsman.

This gift with purchase will ONLY be available on pre-orders! Offer expires January 1st, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central time.

 

Purchase Here Be Dragons on kindle unlimited for only $4.99:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787PKJJF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513231085&sr=8-1&keywords=kadee+carder+here+be+dragons

 

Here Be Dragons releases January 2, 2018

 

Contact Kadee Carder and discover more giveaways

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I’m giving away a free, empowering e-book to those who subscribe to my email list at kadeecarder.com. Titled IGNITE, the 60-page book offers a serving of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a cup of grace to help you get kickin’ on those challenging tasks you’ve got to do!

Kadee, all these giveaways exemplify your desire to help others grow in grace and be there best self.

Readers, here’s your chance to get some fun gifts for yourself to kick start 2018 in a positive way.