Writer’s Update:

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I feel like I got an early Christmas present. I wrote a little poem about missing people at this time of year and it seemed to touch a note with people. There are now 400 Likes for my page on Facebook. Yay!

I’ve been busy the last few days – writing poetry, editing a flash fiction and a short story, and working on setting up marketing for my forthcoming paranormal romance, Earthbound.

At the same time, it is the Christmas season and I’ve also been shopping and baking, and spending time with family.
 
I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas Eve and a day of rest!

 

 

The Friday Poem: Voices in the Snow

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Writing Updates: Christmas! Argh!

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Writing Updates

Poetry continues every week, just like breathing. I’m thinking about a small advertisement here on Facebook for those last minute shoppers who might buy books for their friends and relatives. A poetry book with such a beautiful cover is just what you need! 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1719587760/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

I’ve learned that advertising a book is a mind-boggling undertaking. I find posts by other writers that say, “Just do A, B, and C! It’s easy!” Except that I feel like I’m doing Algebra instead of simple addition.

I’m just finishing up editing a short story set during the recon of Iwo Jima that I’ve been working on for a while. I did a LOT of research for it, but I wanted to get the details right even though it’s fiction. (I’ve learned that historical fiction is one of the most difficult things to write, in my opinion.) My writer’s group has been extremely encouraging about it and helpful with suggestions for edits. I’m almost there!

Meanwhile, Christmas shopping and baking goes on with me substituting ingredients and leaving out sugar here and there then swearing silently about it. I’m also at work most of the day so . . . “Firebound” has been on the back burner, just bubbling a little in my mind. I make tiny notes and imagine little bits of scenes, thinking how this or that fits in.

And I just listened to a wonderful book that I can highly recommend, “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. It was lovely and sad and uplifting with a STRONG vein of humor running through it. It’s a
Swedish film and we’re going to watch the movie tonight. (I’ve seen suggestions that Tom Hanks will be producing an American version of the film. I can understand why.)

I hope everyone is ready for Christmas!

The Friday Poem: The Moon Led The Way

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My First Interview as an Author

Wow! My first interview as an author just went up. Check it out! (I think I said too much.)

https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/here-is-my-interview-with-melora-johnson/

 

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Novel Update: Earthbound’s Beginnings

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I was trying to think back to when I first started writing “Earthbound” and what inspired it.The only thing I could remember was a single image of a blond man in khaki shorts jumping from one boulder to another then dropping down in front of the heroine. (To be honest, I think it was at least partially inspired by Steve Irwin.) That image didn’t even end up staying in the book.

But was that the only thing that kick started my imagination to write an entire book? Surely not. And when exactly did I start it? I realized I probably started it during a NaNoWriMo month so I went to the projects in my handy dandy NaNo dashboard.

Yes, my Camp NaNoWriMo project for 2014 is titled “Something About Demons.” I only made it 30 words in, but by the time I came back to it in November, it was called, “Among the Angels.”

I still can’t tell you exactly what inspired the novel in the beginning, but I’ll share some of the inspirations behind various aspects of the book in the weeks to come.

“Earthbound” definitely involves some angels, and some fallen angels. It’s still on pre-order for 99 cents for all ebook platforms.

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Johnson_Melora/earthbound.htm

The Friday Poem: Silhouette

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First Review of Earthbound, a Paranormal Romance

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I received my first review on Goodreads for “Earthbound” in response to an Advanced Reader Copy. I’m so excited!

“Melora Johnson’s writing is thoroughly engrossing. With a delicious variety of characters, all of whom we get to know well, this is a story that takes you on a fun ride. There are wonderful passages which set the scene so clearly, I felt that I was sitting in the room with the characters! This is a romance, and a thriller, and a fantasy. My only complaint is that the epilogue came too quickly. More! More!”

“Earthbound” is on pre-order sale now for just 99 cents until it is released on January 15, 2020. The link to most e-book platforms can be found on the Tirgearr Publishing book page at http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/…/Johnson_…/earthbound.htm

The Friday Poem: Just Blink

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Author Events and Book Updates

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This weekend, we had FIFTEEN authors at my library reading from their books, as well as swag, food, and door prizes. I woke up incredibly nervous that morning, but thanks to help from friends, it went off without a hitch.

I had a spot myself to sell signed copies of my poetry book, “A Sanctuary Built of Words.”

I also put up a sheet offering free Advanced Reader Copies of my upcoming paranormal romance in exchange for an honest review. Earthbound will be out in January and I need to get people talking about it.

Earthbound is on pre-order sale right now for just 99 cents and will be $3.99 when it releases in mid-January.

It is an ebook, available on most all platforms. You can check it out on Tirgearr Publishing at http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Johnson_Melora/earthbound.htm

(By the way, contrary to what the mug says, I don’t correct anyone’s grammar . . . unless they ask me to.)

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