Sunday, July 20, 2014

Authors' Cave Blog Train Festival!

There’s another authors’ celebration afoot. After the fun times of International Authors’ Day, there’s now the Authors’ Blog Train, started by the amazing Ginger Gelsheimer of Book Review Depot and Authors’ Cave. Check out these two wonderful writers’ sites for this Grand Launch Festival the celebration with giveaways, scavenger hunts and contests. Be sure to enter the Giveaway below!

For this post, I’m celebrating three authors: Pam Funke, Claudette Alexander and Joe DeRouen.

Pam Funke

Pam Funke is the proud grand-daughter of a pastor and has spent the majority of her life in the church. She loves serving God and living a Christian life. She is a Christian author who enjoys writing many different things. Her love of reading and writing led her to write for the enjoyment of others. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys photography, cooking, painting, drawing, scrap-booking and anything creative actually.

Pam Funke has written six books, including A Valley Experience and the Apocalypse series books. You can find out more about her and enter her giveaway to win a Kindle Fire by clicking here

Claudette Alexander

Claudette Alexander is obsessed with love and romance. As a teenager growing up in St.Lucia she was fascinated with the Mills and Boon series and always envisioned some Prince coming down some mountain to rescue her heart.

Her first novel SUNRISE FROM AN ICY HEART: A MEMOIR is about her transformational journey into womanhood, her relentless search to find a special kind of love, the joys and headaches of raising loving sons and her fight to remain among the land of the living.
In addition it envelopes all that is special about St. Lucia, its people, culture, and beauty. You can find out more by clicking here.

Joe DeRouen

Joe DeRouen was born in Carthage, Illinois, and currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his artist wife Andee, their son Fletcher, and their cats Lucky, Milo, and Camptown. Joe is a freelance writer and a substitute teacher at Benton County School of the Arts. In addition to writing, he enjoys purchasing (and occasionally watching) copious amounts of Blu-Ray discs, listening to music, playing video games, and collecting Mego action figures from the 1970s. Small Things is his first novel. Threads, the sequel to Small Things and the second book in the trilogy, was published in October of 2013. You can write to Joe at or visit his website by clicking here.

Thanks Ginger for putting on this grand event!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

International Authors' Day Celebration

International Authors’ Day is the brilliant idea of Debdatta Sahay of b00k r3vi3w Tours. It’s a day (or a few days) to celebrate indie writers. This new yearly event is from Monday, July 14th to Friday, July 18th. Be sure to check out the other authors below, and enter the Giveaway.

For this celebration, I thought I’d write about a less thought of requirement for writers.

To be a writer, it is imperative to read. Reading gives you ideas of what you’d like to write. You are also able to develop your own writing style by learning what it is about  others’ works that moves you. I read various types of books, but my favorites are those which develop intriguing characters and intricate plots, even if the characters and plots are true stories! Some of my favorite authors are Octavia Butler, Michael Connelly and Stephen King. My favorite books include the Holy Bible, Unbroken and Mama Day.

I can’t end this day of celebrating authors without talking about my own books. My first book, Anticipation of the Penitent, is about a serial killer and his mother. Here’s the one-liner: How far would a mother go to save her son when his father is Satan?

My second book, Salted With Fire, is a book of short stories and poetry, and includes color photos. Here’s the one-liner: Black magic, murder, insanity… humor, honor and devotion – any story, or life direction, can lead you to a path of growth.

I’ve completed writing my third book, Anticipating Dawn, which is in the editing phases. It’s my second novel, and is about the relative of a serial killer who tries to make amends for the wrongs of the serial killer, and about a gay Christian searching for acceptance. Here’s the one-liner I have so far: Two best friends raised as brothers in a small Christian town share a devastating piece of history… one is the son of a serial killer, while the other is the gay son of the only surviving victim.

Thanks for coming by! Be sure to check out other wonderful indie writers and enter the Giveaway by clicking the links below.

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