Myself in Blue: Main Characters’ Faces!

It’s been a long while since I last draw, but I guess some things we never forget how to do, even though we might get a bit rusty at them…

I’ve been trying to put on paper how I picture Scott Goodwin and Sunday Oshiro Morning, the main characters of my next novel, Myself in Blue. Today I finally–kind of–got it. The result is this (not perfect, I know, but close to what’s in my brain!):

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Sunday

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Scott

 And now, for the  couple of you still with me and wanting to know more about the novel, here’s the blurb*:

Sunday Morning is nineteen and recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. She finds it fair: a deathly cancer to pay for her sins.

The fourth of five daughters, Sunday could never overcome the jealousy she felt for her sisters, especially the youngest and her Rett Syndrome with all the attention she required. She knows her resentment and rebellion as a wayward teen brought tragedy to her family, but never learned exactly the extent. Self-exiled in Brazil living a hard life of penitence for five years, she finally feels it’s possible to come back and try to mend things.

Scott Goodwin writes bestseller biographies and always dreamed of writing about his idol, Grandma’s Eye’s vocalist, Iris Morning. The singer and her husband, Douglas Oshiro, have been reclusive since 1984, when their famous psychedelic rock band announced a surprising halt. Scott is thrilled when Iris finally agrees to let him write the book and even more so when she explains why. She hopes the bio will help finding her daughter Sunday and rebuild her shattered family.

It is Sunday, however, who finds Scott. Still too mortified to face her family, she offers her story to Scott in exchange for inside information about them. Scott has no idea how intensely the deal will change their lives when he agrees.

Through her own family’s history, from the first Oshiros and Mornings, WWII impact on her ancestors and the struggle to form the band despite Iris’ abusive stepfather—the chain of events that led to the band’s success, the birth of a new generation, and the night that changed everything—Scott will try to show Sunday nobody is perfect, and perhaps everything happens for a reason.

Sunday and Scott may not have much time, with her diagnosis and the fact she doesn’t feel worthy of redemption, but he will not give up easily. Scott has become Sunday’s only link to the past, and perhaps her only chance to have a future.

 *Visit Myself in Blue’s Goodreads page (Cover reveal will happen soon!)

 

 

 

 

Sara’s Promise – Book Release Blog Tour & Giveaway

I’m so happy to present you this new release today! Deanna is a great, bestselling author, and a wonderful person.

Her new book is Sara’s Promise. The cover looks absolutely gorgeous. Plus, there’s a Giveaway!!!

Sara’s Promise – Deanna Lynn Sletten

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Book Description:

 

Do you believe in soul mates?

 William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two teenaged children. But one day his perfect forever was shattered when Sara died suddenly, leaving him alone to raise his children and wonder how he would ever get through life without his soul mate. Five years later, he finds himself looking into a familiar pair of blue-green eyes that remind him of Sara. The woman is the exact opposite of his late wife, yet he finds he is drawn to her. But after a few strange occurrences, he begins to wonder–are these just coincidences or has his Sara come back to him as she once promised in the form of this new woman?

Annie Paxton doesn’t believe in soul mates or fate. She had watched her father die of a broken heart after her mother passed away and has since cast away any fairy tale ideas of love. Then she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams and she begins to see love in a whole new light. But her dream man is still tied to his deceased wife, and Annie doesn’t know if he will ever be able to break away from his past. As strange occurrences unfold, Annie wonders if William could ever truly love her for herself and not for the traits that remind him of Sara.

 Were William and Annie brought together by fate, coincidence or by Sara keeping her promise?

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 Book Excerpt:

     During dinner, Sara felt the pressure in her side begin to grow again, but she said nothing. As she loaded the dishwasher, William came into the kitchen to tell her that he and Sammy were going to the driving range to hit a few balls. He didn’t notice how flushed she looked as they rushed out the kitchen door. Only Sammy looked her over twice before reluctantly following his dad.

     Sandy tried one more time to get her mom to agree to allow her to get her nose pierced, but Sara raised her hand in warning and shook her head.

     “Not tonight,” Sara told her. Angry, Sandy stormed up to her room, the words “I hate you” rushing down the stairs at Sara before Sandy slammed her door. But by now, Sara didn’t care. She put the last of the dishes in the dishwasher and practically crawled to the living room sofa, and dropped onto it. The pain had become unbearable again, even worse than it had been before, and she felt completely drained. She was pale with bright spots of red on her cheeks, and her breathing had become increasingly labored.

     This was how Sammy found her when they came home, curled up on the couch, her blue-green eyes glassy in her stark white face. William had gone directly into his den to work, but Sammy wanted to see if his mom was feeling better. Seeing her this way frightened him, and he ran directly to his father’s den.

     “Mom’s really sick. You have to come,” he said, his eyes wide with fear.

     William looked up from his drawing board, frowning in confusion. Sara was fine at dinnertime, surely Sammy was exaggerating. “I’m sure your mother’s fine,” he said calmly. “She’s probably just tired.”

     But Sammy wouldn’t listen to his dad’s excuses. “She’s been sick all day, and she’s really sick now,” he insisted. “Come on!”

     William had no choice but to follow his son into the living room, and when he got there, the site of Sara’s pale, limp form unnerved him.

     “Sara?” he asked gently, crouching down beside the sofa. She turned to him but said nothing. He placed a hand on her forehead and pressed lightly. She was burning up. Panic swelled inside him.

     “I hurt,” Sara said weakly, but the pain was so overwhelming, even talking was excruciating.

     William had never seen his wife so sick before. For one long minute he wavered, debating what to do. Sara took care of them, not the other way around. When Sandy had her tonsils out at age six, it was Sara who’d sat beside her hospital bed all night. When Sammy fell off the swing set when he was three and lay unconscious, it was Sara who had calmly rushed him to the emergency room. She handled all the colds, flus, and illnesses. She was the one who doled out the medications, kept the children’s shots current, and handled all doctor, dentist, and orthodontist appointments. He felt completely lost.

Buy Sara’s Promise on Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and on Barnes & Noble Nook

http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/p/saras-promise.html

 About Deanna Lynn Sletten:

Deanna 9Deanna Lynn Sletten writes women’s fiction novels that go beyond the basic romance novel. Her stories dig deeply into the lives of the characters, giving the reader an in-depth look into their hearts and souls. Deanna has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna started her writing career in the early 1990s writing articles for parenting publications and local newspapers. Over time she transitioned to writing for blogs and websites and was a contributing writer for the women’s website, She Knows. In November 2011, she changed course and put all her energy into novel writing and hasn’t looked back since.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

Connect with Deanna:

Blog   http://www.deannalynnsletten.com

Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/#!/DeannaLSletten

Twitter     https://twitter.com/DeannaLSletten

 Goodreads   http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/555634.Deanna_Lynn_Sletten

Amazon Author Page  http://www.amazon.com/Deanna-Lynn-Sletten/e/B00683SQYK/

Giveaway!

In celebration of Deanna’s new book release she is having a giveaway! Leave a comment on this site to have your name entered in the drawing for one of four prizes: Two $25 Amazon Gift Cards and 2 paperback copies of Sara’s Promise. Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you. You can enter at each site of the blog tour for more chances to win! Giveaway starts December 10th and ends December 17th at midnight. Winners will be contacted December 18th after noon.

Follow the tour schedule here: www.deannalynnsletten.com

Spotlight on T.M. Souders – Interview with bestselling author

T.M. Souders is a bestselling author. Her women’s fiction novel, Waiting On Hope has been a bestseller in the categories Drama and Literature & Fiction/Drama on Amazon. She’s also a great person, who helps readers and authors with her popular website, The Cheap Kindle Daily.

Her new book, Freedom Road, is out today.

Needless to say, I’m delighted to have her in my spotlight. So, let’s learn more about her!

Please, tell us a little about yourself.

My name is T.M. Souders, and I’m originally from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Pittsburgh. After college, I moved around with my husband for several years before settling in rural Ohio. I published my first book a little more than a year ago, and have never looked back since. I now have two full length novels, one of which is a new release, and one novelette.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing creatively since my senior year in college, which was been *gasp* eight years ago! But I didn’t become completely focused and serious about writing fiction until just after the birth of my first son, about three and a half years ago.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?

Yes, the first story I wrote was a very cliché romance, more of the Harlequin type. And it was awful, really awful, lol. At the time, I was reading a lot of Nora Roberts and I think that was the type of book I thought I “should” write as opposed to what I thought I would enjoy writing and what I felt compelled to write. Needless to say, I moved on from that story, lol.

Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourself?

When I buy coffee out, the barista HAS to put the sugar in it for me. It tastes better. Probably because they’re not afraid to dump four tablespoons in without thought about the calories. And the calories don’t count if I don’t know they’re there, right?

Another rather peculiar thing I used to do was pick all of the spices out of my food. I’d line them around my plate, which would make my mother’s hair stand on end, but I hated spices. Luckily, I’m proud to say I’ve graduated from this weird aversion and now eat all of my food, spices included.

What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?

I don’t know that there’s been one specific thing, but anytime I have a reader say that they felt emotionally connected to my books or characters, it’s the best thing anyone can say to me.

Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?

Melissa Foster, if you like dramas.

Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?

My family, especially my mother. She’s always my biggest fan and supporter. She’s always there to lend an ear during times of frustration or when I don’t know which direction to go.

Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

I actually just published a novel, but have already started a new one. It’s called “The Meal Ticket” and will be women’s fiction/romance.

What is your favorite of your books? Why?

Freedom Road, my new release. So much blood, sweat, and too many tears to count went into this book. I rewrote it front to back three times. I changed the storyline, everything. Let’s just say it was a long time coming, and I couldn’t be more proud of the final results.

What is your favorite of your characters? Why?

I’m torn between Tad and Sam. Sam, the main character, because she’s so strong, even if she doesn’t know it. And Tad because he’s so infectious. He’s cute, vibrant, and has so much love in him.

Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?

Yes! I love connecting with readers and other authors. I would say Twitter is my favorite, but I’m on Facebook a lot too.

How do you feel about marketing your books?

Marketing is essential. It’s something I do because I have to. If no one knows your books exist then how are they going to buy it? I would LOVE to have an assistant though to do some of the nitty-gritty for me, lol.

Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?

My website: http://tmsouders.com/

Freedom Road (Amazon): http://amzn.to/PiVmqR

Freedom Road (Barnes & Noble): http://bit.ly/QROB0Z

Waiting On Hope (Amazon): http://amzn.to/wwCWDq

Waiting On Hope (Barnes & Noble): http://bit.ly/y6QXvA

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TM-Souders-Author/181198815275423?sk=app_139229522811253

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/tmsouders

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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Tia! It was amazing to have you here!

And readers, don’t go anywhere! Stay tuned for next interview.

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