Saturday, October 26, 2019

How to Write a Logline


I first want to say that after last night's storm came through, the most damage we had was to our backyard and that can't be considered considerable damage because only all of our cushions were blown off the couch and chairs and the pool was filled with leaves and small branches. So, not bad. We didn't even lose our electricity.

However, this morning, my husband was to fly out for a company meeting, and the entire airport was without electricity. He rebooked his ticket for tomorrow and now we get to watch the LSU game together.

I also want to announce the launch date of my next book HOW TO WRITE A LOGLINE TO INCREASE SALES: Everything an Author Should Know But Wasn't Told About Loglines for Nonfiction and Fiction Books. The book is available for pre-order right now for the eBook and the paperback and audiobook, narrated by Timothy Burke, will launch November 18,2019.



ABOUT THE BOOK

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"How to Write a Logline for Your Book to Increase Sales" is considered a must-have for authors in the publishing industry. The reason -- to grab the attention of potential readers, you must present your novel or book in a complete marketing package which includes the logline. A powerful, attention-grabbing logline aids to increase the sale potential of your book, which means more royalties. Dr. Carol Michaels, CEO of Absolute Author Publishing House, said, “When authors can’t narrow what their book is about in one sentence, it makes me question the rest of their manuscript. I always ask authors to submit a minimum of five different loglines because it tells me a lot about their writing style, and I learn about the book. Readers are no different. That’s how important a powerful logline is.” Too often, authors can’t move from their concept that takes up hundreds of pages in their manuscript to a single sentence. When asked, “What is your book about?” authors often stammer and begin the answer by describing either the character or the plot. That’s not ideal as the message you’re trying to deliver becomes a jumbled mess. Without an attention-getting logline, your book will be swimming with sharks in the middle of the ocean without a chance to grab reader’s attention. When this happens, your sales plummet. Do you want to increase the sales of your book? Of course, you do. Do you have trouble writing an attention-grabbing logline? If you said, “yes,” this book is for you. Written by a #1 New Release Amazon author, the information in this book guides an author in writing a compelling logline. Don’t miss your chance and opportunity to increase your book’s revenue and get your copy today. From the #1 New Release Author, Dr. Melissa Caudle.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Church Hurt and How to Overcome

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Have you ever been hurt by someone in a leadership position while attending church? I have, and it hurts. At one point in my life, I served on the worship team of a church that my husband and I help get started. We poured our lives into the people of the church and served. Not only did I sing and play piano on the worship team, but I also taught Sunday school and served on the district board. With all of that, I still got hurt by those who I surrounded myself. I won't go into the particulars; however, I will say that during one of the most difficult times in my life, when I needed them the most, they turned their backs on me. I felt isolated and hurt. I stopped attending that church and sought out another. That is when things worsened for me -- name-calling, backstabbing, and more. When I wanted to move my and my daughter's membership from that church, the pastor wouldn't allow it. I ended up having to go to the district council. Needless to say, there is more to this story. However, I can identify with this next author, Rasheda McGuire, and her new book "Church Daggers." In fact, she nails it and how to overcome the hurt and pain caused by Christians so that you may continue to serve and be at peace.

If you have experienced any amount of church hurt, this book is a must-read.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Church Daggers: How To Overcome Church Hurt and Gain Spiritual Freedom


Written by Rasheda McGuire





What Do You Do When Church Hurts? Church Hurt can leave you feeling angry, rejected, disappointed, and spiritually wounded. Navigating healing from church hurt is not an easy task. Many end up frustrated, walking away from church and fractured in their relationship with other Christians. Church hurt can have an adverse effect on a person’s relationship with God as well, because of internalized disappointment that the Lord has somehow allowed His Christian representatives to cause harm.

This book is for you if…

  • You have experienced any form of church hurt or betrayal from fellow Christians

  • You have experienced toxic leaders You have ever experienced feelings of frustration or disappointment while serving in ministry

  • You are in need of spiritual and practical principles for overcoming church hurt Church Daggers will provide you with the tools and fresh insight to help you overcome church hurt and walk in the victory that is destined for you.
It is the Lord’s will for you to rise above and fully recover from all experiences of church hurt.





RASHEDA MCGUIRE



Where are you from where you live now or you went to school and let them know the personal you.

I am a native Washingtonian who grew up primarily in Maryland. I received my Bachelors in Psychology from Lynchburg University and my Masters in Psychology and Counseling from Regent University.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I had a visual of what I wanted the cover to display: the reality of church daggers/church hurt, but also a strong sense of hope and redemption. The Cross provides us the hope and redemption needed for all challenging situations. The cover essentially conveys that despite church hurt, there is true freedom and healing in Christ.



What inspired you to write the book?

I think my own experiences with church hurt inspired me to write the book. I wanted to provide a resource that would help others in their faith journey. Many times people blame God for the shortcomings of others instead of gaining the right perspective and understanding about the human frailty and weaknesses versus the unfailing lives of God. The Bible says “with all your acquiring, get understanding.”

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

My mother has definitely been the most significant influence on me personally. She taught me to hold dear to the things that are important in life. She has taught me so many valuable life lessons.
I remember my 8th grade English teacher Mr. Goudeaux encouraged my creative writing. I think that has had a lasting impact on me. I have always been an avid reader and enjoy interesting and helpful books.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I had to overcome distractions, procrastination, and perfectionism. Perfection is always the enemy of launching your book or doing anything significant.

Tell your readers about your book.

Church Daggers gives some of my first-hand experience with church hurt. I provide some interesting scenarios, and practical and spiritual advice when it comes to dealing with church hurt.

Church Daggers is a book for all Christians, churches and unchurched. It will encourage you to put offenses into perspective and deepen your spiritual walk.





What are Church Daggers?

The term and title of the book, “Church Daggers”, refers to the betrayals, offenses, and hurts that can be experienced by Christians at the hands of other Christians. Sometimes offenses and betrayals can cut deep like a dagger, hence the name Church Daggers.

Who is your target audience?

Christians, who do or do not attend Church, Seekers who may be intrigued with the topic. From ministry leaders to those not connected with a church, can relate and benefit from the book.




If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

They should buy my book because it is a good read! You will find inspiration and spiritual healing from church hurt.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

The day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior. Life in Christ has opened many doors for me and given me the blueprint to live a life worthy of being called a disciple of a Christ.
Being able to provide quality mental health services in my county for over the last 12 years has been rewarding to me.

Everyone has life lessons to learn, tell the readers one or two of yours and how they made you the person you are today.

One of my biggest life lessons was after the loss of my mother. It was a huge loss, and I had to learn to adjust to life without her, and navigate through my grieving process. I am thankful for those who assisted me on that transition. Although I had always been the listening ear to family and friends, I learned to ask for help more often when I had a need.

What unique thing separates you apart from other writers in your genre?

I believe in balance and integration of spiritual and emotional health. One should not exist without the other. They go hand in hand but are oftentimes overlooked. Although I am a community and church leader, I do not consider myself religious. I believe in the practice of maintaining a relationship with the Lord with authenticity.



Monday, October 21, 2019

The Golden Chair by Joe Fontenot


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Today is a little chilly outside, okay, maybe not for all of you that live in the north. I get it. However, here in New Orleans, if the temperature drops to sixty-five, we think its winter. I sit in my office wrapped up in my flannel pajamas, my fuzzy Star Trek robe, Captain Kirk of course, and my fuzzy slippers. I also have a small lap blanket covering my legs. 

Outside the rain is drizzling as I dare not escape to my patio. Wait! I know what to do. Grab a good book that will keep me on the edge of my seat, continue to snuggle in my blanket, grab a hot cup of coffee, and go for it. And, that is what I intend to do. The book of my choice today is called The Golden Chair by Joe Fontenot.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Digging up the past can be dangerous… Especially when others have gone to great lengths to cover it up.



Central Ghana, under the largest manmade lake in the world, there’s a secret.

And rumors of this secret are starting to spread.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Erin Reed has left journalism. Her mother, a journalist, died a quarter of a century before while working on a story about corruption. Then, nearly a decade ago, Erin was nearly killed trying to finish that same story.

But now, when these rumors begin to surface, the details sound an awful lot like the circumstances surrounding her mother’s mysterious death, and Erin is pulled back into the world she left.

As Erin races to find answers, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes deeper than just her mother’s death.




JOE FONTENOT


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.


I spent a decade working with NGOs in Africa and Latin America.

I earned a bachelor's in marketing from the University of New Orleans and a Master's in Christian Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

I'm currently a marketing strategist, helping brands tell their stories. And I live in New Orleans with my wife and our two little ones.


What inspired you to author this book?


I've written a lot of nonfiction; everything from ghostwriting to blog writing to several nonfiction books, but I'd always wanted to write fiction. So I started studying story craft and just generally trying to figure out how to write a novel. And then the more I got into it, the more excited I got about it. Until eventually, I just started writing. Now, I'm just about to the point where I only want to write fiction!






Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?


I worked with a cover artist that came very highly recommended. She's worked on quite a few bestsellers. I pretty much gave her a few examples that I like, plus a few sample chapters. And she's such a professional, the first version I got was pretty close to the final. I joked that one of the reasons I want to write the sequel to this book is so that I could have her design another cover for me.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


Probably a combination of Stephen King, Johnny B Truant, and Sean Platt. The main reason is that they're all method based. None of them believe that waiting for inspiration to strike is the better option. Instead, inspiration comes out of discipline. And because I've usually got quite a few plates spinning at the same time, that's been a critical lesson for me to internalize.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?


For me, it wasn't anything existential. It was really just the discipline to keep going. There was one point when I was still in the planning phase, and I was having trouble figuring a certain part of the plot out. And I thought about scrapping it and starting over. But, like most challenges, it was really an issue of just pushing through and not quitting.

Who is your target audience, and why?


Well, according to the Facebook data I've gotten back, it's women between the age of 55-64. I don't know how accurate that is yet because I think men will like it to.




But I'm writing to people who like character-driven suspense stories, which aren't too gruesome. And most of this series is set in exotic locations.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?


I've got two little ones at home (four and six). I work with a lot of different companies and brands, but what is most important to me is that I am a good dad to them, first.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?


I don't write psychological thrillers (like the 'little girl that kidnapped and killed'). I write more action-adventure. But a lot of those books tend to be plot-heavy and character-light. I'm a big believer in having a consistent/intricate plot. But it's also very important to me have deep characters, with real motivations, and defined backstories. In other words, if you swapped my characters with different ones, the book would probably be very different.