Ten Reasons To Read Rooms (And All James L. Rubart Books)

ROOMS.

My all-time favorite modern fiction book by my all-time favorite modern fiction author.

Why? Let me share ten reasons. 🙂

10. Series or stand-alone. He writes both. I enjoyed the Well Springs Novel series and singles, like The Five Times I Met Myself.

9.  Page turners. I’ve yet to read one of his books that I could set aside for an extended length of time.

8.  Believable characters. I sometimes forget they’re just that. Characters.

7.  Relatable characters. In The Well Springs Novel series, I so related with the professor. For example, the way he approached the good and bad in life.

6.  Good plots. I read constantly so I need a good plot so I don’t get bored. His books aren’t boring. At all.

5.  Twists. And to go along with good plots, I like to be surprised. James L. Rubart definitely thinks outside of the box.

4.  Well-written. The writing is crisp and clean. Nothing to distract me from the story.

3.  Deep meaning. I could go on here forever. Each book deals with different themes and themes within the themes. I enjoy layered stories.

2.  Speaks to  your heart. The tissue I’ve went through reading these books? Plenty. I’ve laughed and cried with the characters like they were real people.

1. I just love them. In 2010, I read ROOMS and it really impacted my life. The main character, Micah, has to decide whether to run from his fears or face them. In the spring of 2011, I faced a challenge of my own. I wanted to go to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference near Asheville, North Carolina.

Only one problem.

I’d never been to a writer’s conference and the very thought terrified me. But like Micah, I chose to face my fear and go, shaking in my socks. I survived and even met James Rubart there, got him to autograph my book, and shared my story of how his book helped me.

One book that God used to speak to me made a difference beyond what I could’ve ever dreamed. I’ve been to six conferences since then.

Don’t ever doubt it. Books can have a part in changing lives.

Like mine.

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Writing Prompt: Below is the book cover of SOUL’S GATE. Imagine you are by the fire. What do you smell? see? hear? taste? feel?

New Release: Hope by Fay Lamb

Hope Astor is literally a starving artist, living off the good graces of her friends as she seeks help for the fatigue that has plagued her for over a month. Dr. Daniel Duvall is a noted oncological surgeon whose life hasn’t been the same since losing his sister in a car accident the year before.

When Hope receives her diagnosis, she understands that her carefree artist’s lifestyle has left her without any options to save her life, but her friends try to convince her otherwise. They persuade Hope to seek treatment from the best doctor she knows.

Trouble is, Hope is the reason Daniel’s sister is dead, and she doesn’t think saving her life is on his list of priorities.


Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories that remind the reader that God is always in the details. Three of the four books in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series, are available: Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken. Hope is the third book in The Ties that Bind Series, which also includes Charisse and Libby. Fay’s adventurous spirit has also taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Future releases from Fay will be: Frozen Notes, Book 4 of the Amazing Grace series, and Delilah, Book 4 from The Ties that Bind.

Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook and on Goodreads. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor.

3 Questions Wednesday and YOU!

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January, already? It’s a brand, new year. We are so excited about our plans for the blog in 2017.

Yes, it’s here, and we’ve been talking about YOU! We want to help you even more than we have in the past. One of the ways we can help you is through online presence and publicity.

Th Writing Prompts blog has lots of Wednesday interviews to fill! That’s good for all of you writers and authors. Why?

  • Visibility
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  • Expanded reach
  • Book releases
  • Books & WIPs on virtual display
  • Advertise with buy links
  • New readers via book giveaways
  • Readers getting to know you
  • Makes it easy for potential readers to find and connect with you

Would any of these marketing strategies help you? Well, we offer these for a very low price. Absolutely FREE. All you have to do is contact us through a comment below, or use our contact tab [Click Here]. Let us know you’re interested in participating in 3 Questions Wednesday.

A few facts about 3 Questions Wednesday interviews:

The questions change every year. There are only three, so it’s quick and easy. We’ll need the following: publicity photo, short bio, book cover, book blurb, buy links, and links to you (your social media, author page, etc.).

Click here for a preview of next year’s 3 Questions.

Contact us today. Spaces fill quickly.

And let’s not forget our readers! If you’re not a published writer, you are a reader. Many of our authors give away free books. All you have to do is leave a comment on their 3 Questions Wednesday post to be entered in the giveaway. It’s that easy. And the authors respond to your comments. We encourage you to ask questions about their work. This is your opportunity to get to know them even better. Then follow them on their author page, and check out their other books, or works-in-progress.


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Five Reasons Why You Should Attend a Writer’s Conference

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It’s August and we, at the Writing Prompts blog, are dedicating the whole month to writer’s conferences. I’ve attended several, and they’ve made a major difference in moving my writing from hobby to serious vocation.

We’ll be sharing our own experiences this month about some of the different conferences we’ve attended, both large and small. You’ll see what you can expect if you’re trying to decide whether or not to take this big leap of faith. What goes on there? What do people wear? Whom can I meet? What if I don’t have a clue about what I need to do? Hopefully, we’ll answer these questions and more. So stick around and learn a little more about the place where writers go to connect with others, celebrate accomplishments, attend classes, challenge ourselves, and conquer fears and doubts about their personal writing journey…

What are five specific reasons to attend a writer’s conference?

  • Connect-Writers tend to work alone so connection with other writers is always a positive. I’ve made some wonderful friends at these meetings and enjoyed talking shop. And don’t forget about meeting editors, agents, and publishers. I like to discuss current trends in the industry and if I have an article, short story, or novel ready, to pitch my idea.
  • Celebrate-At most conferences, there is some type of writing contest. It’s a good place to enter your work and celebrate victory if you’re chosen. It’s equally important to celebrate with others for their achievements. I always buy a few books and chat about good news with other like-minded people.
  • Classes- And don’t forget all the classes and workshops offered to strengthen your writerly skills, learn about marketing and current trends, and just be encouraged to keep going a little bit longer. I can’t tell you how many times I felt like giving up, only to attend a class that filled up my depleted soul.
  • Challenge-As an introvert, conferences are extremely challenging, and that’s the main reason I try to go as often as possible. I need to be stretched and take chances if I plan on writing material that will lift up, build up, and stir up the people that God wants to reach through me. I also make sure to schedule appointments, though I’m usually shaking and sweating by the time I make it to their table. I keep finding out that people really are nice at these conferences.  🙂
  • Conquer-By the time a conference is over, I’m tired and overloaded with new information. I’ve exchanged business cards with numerous people and usually have arranged with at least one editor or agent to send a query or proposal. I load everything back in my car and release a giant sigh as I drive away. Once again, God has helped me to put most of my anxiety and uncertainty aside so I could enjoy and benefit from another conference. I’ve conquered, and there is no better feeling when I make it home and rest a day or so before going back over all that I’d learned.

 

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Betty and Jennifer at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference

Below I’ll list a few of the ones that you can attend in the upcoming months. I would encourage you to schedule one of these conferences to visit in the future. You’ll be glad you did…

Aug 3 – 6, 2016: Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference  (Langhorne PA)

Aug. 12-14, 2016: Writer’s Digest Conference East (New York, NY)

August 15-18, 2016: Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference

Aug. 1820, 2016: Atlanta Christian Writer’s Conference

Aug. 20, 2016: Toronto Writing Workshop

Aug. 25-28, 2016:  American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, Nashville, Tenn.

Sept. 9, 2016: Sacramento Writers Conference (Sacramento, CA)

Sept. 10, 2016: Writing Workshop of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)

Oct. 7 &8, 2016: The Tenth Annual Breathe Christian Writers Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)

Nov. 5-6, 2016: Show Me Writers Masterclass (Columbia, MO)

Nov. 19, 2016: Las Vegas Writing Workshop (Las Vegas, NV)

Feb. 17-19, 2017: The Asheville Christian Writers Conference – Writers Boot camp (Asheville NC.)

Feb. 22-26: Florida Christian Writers Conference (Leesburg, FL.)

Feb. 26 – March 3, 2017: Writers Winter Escape Cruise (departs Miami, FL)

Writing Prompt: Deanna placed her hand on the door knob, biting her lips. Her first class at her first writing conference. What was she thinking when she signed up? Too late to back out now. She turned the knob…

A Dash of Daring by Elizabeth Maddrey

ElizabethMaddreyHeadshotToday, we welcome Elizabeth Maddrey on our blog to showcase her latest release, A Dash of Daring. So glad you dropped by. First question:

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Elizabeth: You know, I really have. I gave up on it as impractical for a while, though it didn’t stop me writing. But it’s always been one of those dreams whispering in the back of my head. Now that I’m published, I still sometimes have to pinch myself when I see my name on the bottom of a book cover.

What’s your favorite method for keeping a story’s middle from sagging?

Elizabeth: Ugh. They really like to try and sag, don’t they?! Honestly, I just keep writing. Then I edit the Dickens out of it. (Really, I capitalized that on purpose – ever notice that no matter how much you like a Dickens book, those middles of his are deadly?)

Do you write every day?

Elizabeth: I try to. Realistically, I end up getting actual words down five out of every 7 days, because life…just seems to really like to get in the way.

How will you market your book?

Elizabeth: Marketing is the hardest thing for me. I do a combination of blog interviews (like this one!), some paid ads with various reader websites, some pre-release reviews, and I’ve been working with The Book Club Network as well as a way to try and get out in front of more readers that way.

Have you ever had a funny experience connected with being an author?

Elizabeth: This summer, we went to a family reunion for my husband’s side, and I typically put my book news in my Christmas letter that all the family gets. But I guess they don’t all read down to the bottom (and I don’t make a huge deal out of the book stuff, just more a few lines at the end.) Anyway, at the reunion, I had four different people ask me if I’d written my second book yet. There was much laughter when I finally managed to explain (trying to spare feelings as much as I could) that I had just released my tenth book, so yes, the second book had, in fact, been written.

Great story! Thanks so much for taking a few moments to chat. If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Elizabeth’s newest release, A Dash of Daring, please leave a comment. You’ll have your choice of e-Book or print.

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God doesn’t always call us to do what’s easy.

Amy Harris is the after-school care coordinator and long-term sub at the same inner city high school she graduated from. She’s always avoided the complications of dating outside her multi-ethnic heritage. Until Zach got hired.

Zach Wilson took a teaching job in a D.C. public school as part of a student-loan forgiveness program. Nearing the end of his commitment, a possibility arises to move to a magnet school in the suburbs. But will leaving the city end things with Amy before they really have a chance to start?

As Zach and Amy work together on the school’s annual holiday program, they must each decide if they’ll dare to follow where God calls.

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

Social Media:

Website: http://www.ElizabethMaddrey.com

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

Twitter: @elizabethmaddre

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/emaddrey/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ElizabethMaddrey/posts

 

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Sarah Rowan

sarah rowanToday’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is author Sarah Rowan.

Welcome to the Writing Prompts blog, Sarah. Let’s start out with your reading interests.

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Sarah:   The author I would never get tired of reading would be Ravi Zacharias. He is a Christian Apologetic. He preaches and teaches people how to defend their Biblical Worldview in today’s culture. I have seen him speak 7 times in person and read countless of his books. His books are deep so you can always learn more each time you read them.  I love his writings because they make you think.

I love authors that make me think. Second question:

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Sarah: I’m not sure if I have a favorite fictional villain, but the one that I remember most when I was young that gave me nightmares and made me scared to go to sleep was Freddy Krueger! The movies scared me to death, yet I remember waiting for the next one to come out so  Freddy could scare me to death again!  This fictional villain still scares me and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t sit through a movie now with him in it!

Scary. I couldn’t sit through one of those movies either. Now, about yourself. 

What project are you currently working on?

Sarah:   I am currently working on Unspeakable Joy:  Devotions for the Slumbering Believer.  This will be my second book. I am naturally drawn to write devotionals. They are little life lessons from the Lord that relate to the real world. Writing my devotionals helps put some of my emotions and perspectives in their proper place. They help me keep God as my central focus.

Sounds like a great book. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by, Sarah. If you’d like a chance to win a paperback copy of Sarah’s first book, Authentic Happiness: Devotions for the Slumbering Believer, please leave a comment below.

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Could you be a slumbering believer in Christ and not even know it? Is it possible that you are physically awake but sleepwalking spiritually? Do you have the deep and growing Christian life God intended, or are you sleeping through it? The Lord tells believers to wake up several times in the Scriptures. What makes believers go to sleep in the first place? Once awake, how can believers stay awake? Authentic Happiness is a collection of personal journals of one slumbering believer’s journey of awakening. While the answers to some of these questions were less than desirable to hear, the truth that was revealed changed a life forever. Every believer should ask these same questions and seek the answers for themselves. This devotional encourages all believers to look at their own Christian lives a little closer to see how awake they really are in Christ. It may surprise you.

Sarah Rowan is a Speech Therapist by profession. She works in an inpatient rehab facility in Albany, GA. She started writing personal journals about 3 years ago, sending them out to friends and family. From there she was encouraged to join her journals together in a book. Those journals  became her first book titled Authentic Happiness  Devotionals for the Slumbering Believer. She enjoys teaching youth in her church, along with reading and writing.

Find Sarah at  www.sarahrowan.com and Facebook. Her email is srowanslp@yahoo.com.

The Curious Education of a Writer

writing450By Jennifer Hallmark

Education. It’s the Writing Prompts word of the month. One of the meanings of the word educate is to give (someone) training in or information on a particular field. A doctor needs a minimum of twelve years of specified training. A lawyer needs a four-year bachelor’s degree, then 3-4 years of law school before taking the bar exam and obtaining a license.

But a writer? I used the word curious in the title because it can mean strange or unusual, a good description of the education of someone who picks up a pen or keyboard and goes to work. Like artists and others in creative fields of work, writing is subjective and there are many ways and means to become educated. A college education can be helpful when it comes to writing. Stephen King graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English. However, many well-known authors did not have college degrees. Mark Twain dropped out of school at the age of twelve to support his family after his father died. H.G. Wells also left school to support his family.

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Today’s writers have a plethora of opportunities to learn their craft, from online courses to writing and critique groups to one-on-one mentoring. The information is out there. You just need to search for what’s right for you in your own walk of life. If you are looking for more education or groups, I’ve listed a few places to check out.

The paths we follow on this journey vary. One of our blogging crew, Karen Jurgens, spent a lifetime teaching and began her writing journey after she retired. I had a similar journey as my friend, Sandra Ardoin. We both started with Community Education classes, writing groups, then onto blogging and novel writing.

Another Crew member, Betty Thomason Owens, said, “I took a short story writing class at the University of Louisville to get started. The rest of my “training” has come from ACFW Scribes and the many classes at the conferences. And reading Edie Melson’s blog, among others.”

As you can see, right and wrong ways to learn the craft do not exist. Whether you start writing in high school or college or after retirement, do everything you can to learn the craft. Read well-written books by the dozen. Discuss writing with others who know more than you and less than you. I truly believe you can learn from anyone.

Keep learning.

Stay curious.

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