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The official blog for author Susan Wingate, AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CHRISTIAN FANTASY, FAMILY DRAMA, AND THE THRILLER
Blog Added: January 29, 2015 12:09:35 AM
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Monday’s First Three Sentences

MONDAY’S FIRST THREE SENTENCES It’s Monday, the first day of the week which means it’s Monday’s First Three Sentences. What the heck is that? Well, I thought it might be fun for writers to post in the comment section their favorite first three sentences of their own work. Nothing more. Nothing less. THESE ARE THE […] The post Monday’s First Three Sentences appeared first on Susan...

MONDAY’S FIRST THREE SENTENCES

It’s Monday, the first day of the week which means it’s Monday’s First Three Sentences. What the heck is that? Well, I thought it might be fun for writers to post in the comment section their favorite first three sentences of their own work.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

THESE ARE THE RULES FOR YOUR MONDAY’S FIRST THREE SENTENCES

  • No erotica
  • No hate… anything (no gender bias, no ethnicity bias, no religion bias)
  • No cruelty or graphic violence involving children or animals

Here are three samples for what is allowed from three different novels of mine…

From my apocalyptic thriller: Croy Justice found the boy’s body cheek-down in a scab of frozen puddle. She worked to wrestle her eyes off his scant physique. One bare arm hung out of a coat sleeve.

From my psychological thriller: Life changes in a blink. Say, when, on a dusky evening, a deer leaps from the woods at the exact moment you’re passing the spot in your car. Say, you’re driving home from an interview—say, a high-level legal interview and your mind is wrapped up in detail.

From my family drama: The moon shone high over old man Johnson’s cattle farm. The big yellow ball rolled around on top a silhouette of fuzzy-tipped evergreens, ones framing a large swatch of graze land. We took a night ride, Tess and me.

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR MONDAY’S FIRST THREE SENTENCES

In a comment post your first three sentences. It’s as easy as that!

As readers, we can comment but only if your comment is kind. Any negativity or rudeness will be met with not approving and/or deleting your contribution whether your first three sentences or your comments about others.

Please. Play nice.

AGAIN, PLEASE POST IN COMMENT SECTION TO CONTRIBUTE TO MONDAY’S FIRST THREE SENTENCES.

 

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Friday Free Days

WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE FRIDAY FREE DAYS? I hear you ask. Content for Friday Free Days offers an assortment of Freebies–writing instruction, eBooks, and marketing ideas. Sometimes Friday Free Days is none of these and just a bunch of free stuff I’ve found or have and want to give to you. But for today, […] The post Friday Free Days appeared first on Susan...

Friday Free DaysWHAT IN THE WORLD ARE FRIDAY FREE DAYS? I hear you ask.

Content for Friday Free Days offers an assortment of Freebies–writing instruction, eBooks, and marketing ideas. Sometimes Friday Free Days is none of these and just a bunch of free stuff I’ve found or have and want to give to you.

But for today, let’s concentrate on the following three free things:

  • Free Writing Instruction
  • Free eBooks
  • Free Book Marketing Ideas

FRIDAY FREE DAYS

Free Writing Instruction

When you start a new novel, try to answer three important questions:

  1. Why is this story important to me? If you don’t know the answer to this question, how in the hell will your readers know?
  2. What is the climax going to be? When you envision your climax before writing, your story will subconsciously lead you in the direction of the climax.
  3. Who is my intended audience? What age group are you writing for? Writing for children is miles different than writing for the young adult market, or even the tween market. Are you writing a guy’s novel, then you should either have a very sexy female protagonist, or a man’s man kind of protagonist. Of course, the reverse may be true if you’re writing for the LGBTQ market.

Answer these simple questions will help your writing remain in the lanes of your intended market. Oh, and these aren’t the only questions. I will tell you a few more next Friday but these three are great starter questions.

Free eBooks

My novel THE LAST MAHARAJAN, will be free one more day for your ereading device whether that’s a Kindle reader, a Nook, or the Cloud. The Last Maharajan is women’s fiction/family drama. It won the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for drama under its previous title, Drowning. The eBook is free today but, if you prefer a print copy, you can also purchase the paperback for only $9.99. I love the cover of this book.

Here’s what people have said about The Last Maharajan…

The Last Maharajan by Susan Wingate #FreeBook

Category award winner for family drama

“Labeling Susan Wingate as Chick Lit is akin to accusing Steven King of freelancing for Harlequin! A gritty little book, with outstanding characters and a plot that is so strange, I could actually see it happening in real life… written with panache… a great read and Wingate has done a fabulous job of both plot and character development… a book that has wide appeal… score 5 stars. I loved the plot, loved the characters, and …can find no fault… and the story flows.” -Simon Barrett

“The narrator’s voice is very genuine and compelling. Strong women are always appealing, and these are two very strong women. Wingate develops [the story] with a lovely, light touch… Wingate handles the narrative with such ease. [The reader is] drawn to her honesty.
Brava, Susan. – Phyllis Schieber is the author of “Willing Spirits” and “The Sinner’s Guide to Confession”

Free Book Marketing Ideas (three to employ in your daily book marketing efforts)

Yes, I said daily. And also, you might think about the benefits of throwing something book-related out to your social sites no fewer than three times a day–morning, midday, and evening.

  • 1. It’s no surprise that people prefer posts with pics more than without. It goes to a long-ago-learned habit of sitting on mom’s lap and flipping pages of a children’s picture book. Right away my mind went to The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. I remember asking my mom to read it, for her, ad nauseum. In fact, I so focused on this particular story that she finally bought me the 78 vinyl to shut me up! So, add a photo (or video) to your posts on social media. You’ll get more likes and shares when you do.
  • 2. Use Twitter like you’re obsessed. I have been noticing that people who tweet like they’ve nothing left to do in this world, get more followers and more likes and shares. Inevitably, they get more hits, which logically goes to more book sales.
  • 3. Interact like you care. And you should care what your friends and followers are saying and doing because you should want to know who your readers are. Not just because of the ethereal kindness the universe with send your way but because you should want to know the habits and likes of your market. Are most of your readers boys and men ages between 18 and 35 who like sports and food? If you know this, you can focus your posts to your market. What happens? You get more likes and shares, which means more visits to your website and more book sales.

By the way, photos depicting food and drink, photos depicting cute animals, and photos with inspirational messages and images, get far more hits than your book cover. I’m not saying never blast your book about the web but watch and see which of your posts–the food posts or your book cover–gets more interaction with people. And , make sure you scroll down the list of people who like your posts to find new friends and followers. If someone isn’t a friend or follower, they will show up as such. Make sure you add them as a friend or follow them back to get a reciprocating follow from them.

I hope some of these ideas within this post of Friday Free Days will help you succeed writing, reading, and selling your books.


YOU CAN BUY ANY OF MY BOOKS BY CLICKING HERE!

 

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Tuesday Dialogue Days – Featuring Guest Sci-Fi Author Matt Hebert

WHAT ARE “TUESDAY DIALOGUE DAYS?” Well, for sure, we don’t discuss the use of dialogue in writing on “Tuesday Dialogue Days,” although that sounds like a fun way to spend any Tuesday. What we do discuss is Tuesday’s featured guest on Dialogue. Because, as you know, every Tuesday my radio show Dialogue: Between the Lines […] The post Tuesday Dialogue Days – Featuring Guest Sci-Fi Author Matt Hebert appeared first on Susan...

WHAT ARE “TUESDAY DIALOGUE DAYS?”

Well, for sure, we don’t discuss the use of dialogue in writing on “Tuesday Dialogue Days,” although that sounds like a fun way to spend any Tuesday. What we do discuss is Tuesday’s featured guest on Dialogue. Because, as you know, every Tuesday my radio show Dialogue: Between the Lines airs live at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dialogue.

But first, here’s a little history of Dialogue: Between the Lines and how it all came to be…

THE STORY OF DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES

In 2010, after seeing how few marketing platforms existed for fiction authors, Susan Wingate, along with Joshua Graham, decided to create one. Dialogue began as an effort in love and with a sense of paying it forward. If you are an author, agent, or publisher of fiction, Susan would be happy to consider you and your book for a spot on Dialogue.

Listen to previous guests on Dialogue by Clicking Here.


Tuesday’s featured guest is author, Matt Hebert. Matt’s latest novel in his Surface Series, which we discuss on today’s show, is called BEYOND THE SURFACE. You can CLICK HERE to listen.

ABOUT MATT HEBERT

Author Matt Hebert works as an engineer in Omaha, Nebraska. At 30 years old, his efforts in writing now span 25 years, with many of his childhood stories culminating into the Surface Series Trilogy, Matt’s first self-published works. When not writing, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Gaby, and working on their 102-year-old home.

ABOUT BEYOND THE SURFACE

Beyond the Surface is the final installment in the Surface Series and will be released on Valentine’s Day, 2018, just in time for Kansas City’s Planet Comicon. The book will conclude the tale of heroes Sembado and Kaluna as they continue to try and make sense of an ever changing landscape.

Their impossible journey began beneath the Pacific Ocean’s surface. Their harrowing escapade breaking the surface was just half the battle. Now, Sembado and Kaluna will face their greatest challenge yet as they venture beyond the surface. Who are these strangers who call themselves the Stewards? Are they truly friend or foe? Have Sembado and Kaluna finally escaped the thresholds of evil and found paradise or does tyranny have a new name and face? These questions will be answered in the epic conclusion to the Surface Series.

FIND MATT HEBERT AND HIS BOOKS HERE

https://www.facebook.com/surfaceseries

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Matt+Hebert&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Matt+Hebert&sort=relevancerank


You can find all of my books here and on Amazon.com

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Free Book and Featured Author

Two things are happening today. I have a free book and I’m a featured author today on Mind, Pen & Spirit. ABOUT THE FREE BOOK The free book is a gritty short thriller called Deer Sanctuary and it’s available on Amazon page where you can also follow me. Just scroll through the book covers to […] The post Free Book and Featured Author appeared first on Susan...

Two things are happening today. I have a free book and I’m a featured author today on Mind, Pen & Spirit.

ABOUT THE FREE BOOK

The free book is a gritty short thriller called Deer Sanctuary and it’s available on Amazon page where you can also follow me. Just scroll through the book covers to find Deer Sanctuary. The story is under my pen name, Jay Adams. It’s all so confusing. 🙂

Deer Sanctuary: A Short Thriller by Jay Adams (one of Susan Wingate's pen names)

Deer Sanctuary: A Short Thriller by Jay Adams (one of Susan Wingate’s pen names)

ABOUT BEING A FEATURED AUTHOR

Find Karen Ingalls at www.kareningallsbooks.com

But what’s really cool is that you can read my featured author post called, “On Writing Tough” at Karen Ingall’s blog, MIND, PEN, & SPIRIT. Karen Ingalls is an award winning author, blogger, and public speaker. She is the author of three books, an avid reader, and a retired RN with a Master’s Degree in Human Development. Her advanced degree is in psychology and human services therefore her writings are about social/family issues and ovarian cancer. She is an active member of Rave Reviews Book Club, Independent Authors Network, GoodReads, Author Resource Room, and Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club.


I hope you enjoy reading my free book DEER SANCTUARY. As well, I hope you enjoy reading how tough the writing can become on my featured author post called On Tough Writing.


You can also find all of my novels, short fiction, poetry, and how-to write books here. Just click on the BOOKS tab.

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Tuesday Dialogue Days – Featuring Cliff Protzman

WHAT ARE “TUESDAY DIALOGUE DAYS?” Well, for sure, we don’t discuss the use of dialogue in writing on “Tuesday Dialogue Days,” although that sounds like a fun way to spend any Tuesday. What we do discuss is Tuesday’s featured guest on Dialogue. Because, as you know, every Tuesday my radio show Dialogue: Between the Lines […] The post Tuesday Dialogue Days – Featuring Cliff Protzman appeared first on Susan...

WHAT ARE “TUESDAY DIALOGUE DAYS?”

Well, for sure, we don’t discuss the use of dialogue in writing on “Tuesday Dialogue Days,” although that sounds like a fun way to spend any Tuesday. What we do discuss is Tuesday’s featured guest on Dialogue. Because, as you know, every Tuesday my radio show Dialogue: Between the Lines airs live at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dialogue.

But first, here’s a little history of Dialogue: Between the Lines and how it all came to be…

THE STORY OF DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES

In 2010, after seeing how few marketing platforms existed for fiction authors, Susan Wingate, along with Joshua Graham, decided to create one. Dialogue began as an effort in love and with a sense of paying it forward. If you are an author, agent, or publisher of fiction, Susan would be happy to consider you and your book for a spot on Dialogue.

Listen to previous guests on Dialogue by Clicking Here.


Tuesday’s featured guest is author, Cliff Protzman. Cliff’s latest novel, which we discuss on today’s show, is called DEAD AIR. You can CLICK HERE to listen.

ABOUT CLIFF PROTZMAN

BIO

Cliff was born and raised in Pittsburgh. PA and attended the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Business Administration. After a long career in banking and finance, he rekindled his passion for writing acquired as a reporter for his school newspaper.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Dead Air signals trouble at the radio station. Glenn Beckert discovers his high school best friend is shot in the head while on the air. Beck, the owner of Blue Water Security, is employed to provide security for the station.

He becomes willingly embroiled in the investigation by the not-so-innocent widow. The list of potential suspects is long, gleaned from the numerous extramarital affairs of the victim and widow. The pending sale of the radio station has created friction between his now dead friend, Richie Zito and the major stockholders. Motives for murder becomes increasingly murky after the search reveals an encrypted file on Zito’s laptop.

His friend’s past dark secrets force Beck to face his own past. His client’s startling revelation forces Beck to deal with his inner convictions. Betraying confidences could expose the killer. Either way his life is in jeopardy.

Website: http://www.cliffprotzman.com/

Twitter handle: cliffprot18

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliff-protzman-b6671833/

BUY “DEAD AIR” on Amazon

WEBSITE: http://www.cliffprotzman.com/shop/


WANT TO BE A GUEST ON DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES?

Simply contact me at: susan(at)susanwingate(dot)com

And it would be awesome if you liked the show on: Facebook, Twitter, and our Radio Show


CHECK OUT MY BOOKS AS WELL. Simply click the “Books” tab to find my latest award-winning novels.

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Free Book!

Free Books features THE DEER EFFECT The Deer Effect is a #1 Amazon bestseller. Your Free Book today is the WINNER OF SIX BOOK AWARDS for religious fiction, for Christian fiction, and for inspirational fiction. A fantasy and psychological drama for fans who enjoy reading books by James Patterson, Sue Monk Kidd, Frank Peretti and […] The post Free Book! appeared first on Susan...

Free Books features THE DEER EFFECT

The Deer Effect is a #1 Amazon bestseller.

Your Free Book today is the WINNER OF SIX BOOK AWARDS for religious fiction, for Christian fiction, and for inspirational fiction.

A fantasy and psychological drama for fans who enjoy reading books by James Patterson, Sue Monk Kidd, Frank Peretti and Alice Sebold.

“I know this is fiction but it is wonderful. The love of animals caused her to be in the road. The love for her dog kept him safe. Through the story her husband,s love reaches for her. In the end God handles all.”

“Bark Once for Yes. The Deer Effect by Susan Wingate is entertaining with an unusual take on death and the afterlife.”

“Excellent book. I was very intrigued. Excellent book. I was very intrigued, and was swept up in the journey. Haunting.”

“I loved this book. The writing is excellent and the story is heart warming. It is a story of love and the way we suffer through our humanity. I will be buying all her other books.”

Once in a while a story comes along that resonates with the very essence of what we call “humanity,” and speaks to readers of every age. The Deer Effect is that story – a phenomenal #1 Amazon bestseller lauded for its artistic touch, its tender tapping at emotion, and its mesmerizing ability to speak to the hearts of readers around the world.

“ONE BRITTLE LEAF FOUND ALONG our usual path proved the days had gone wintry. Papery thin as onion skin–blanched from frosty temperatures and yellowing like the pages of an old Bible, the leaf’s long slender shafts, crooked and dry, painted my world. The blue sky dragged me out that Sunday in December—December 5, 2010, if you must know—when the temperature rose to only forty-two Fahrenheit. What was I thinking?

Hold on. Wait a second. Let me back up just a tad. For your information, I’m dead. Although I speak of myself, make no mistakes. I died this day…”

So the story begins about Hannah Demsey who is found dead near the body of a fawn on the side of the road. Rod, Hannah’s husband, sets out on a journey to find the killer. With his faith waning, all truths change when Rod comes face-to-face with the only person who can tell him how his wife really died.

THE DEER EFFECT is a story of loss, redemption and forgiveness.


And if you like THE DEER EFFECT, you will want to read a short tie-in called, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH… what happens after The Deer Effect.

I hope you enjoy today’s free book.

A tie-in short to The Deer Effect

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