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December 17, 2014

Galleys, Ads and Cover Art, Oh My! – The Kaleidoscope

 What if advances in artificial intelligence, combined with mystical elements found in the earth, could produce inexplicable images of the future?


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It’s been a while since I’ve posted on The Kaleidoscope‘s progress, so here’s a quick update. My amazing, thorough, talented and patient editor at Wild Rose Press/Crimson Rose (Suspense) and I have been hard at work polishing and adding sparkle to the final manuscript, and we’re thrilled that it’s headed to galleys! (Notice the clever usage of publishing lingo.)


And now the housekeeping portion of the journey begins. Ad copy, back cover blurbs and tweetable quotes must be massaged and tweaked so the book’s represented in its very best light. (See what I did there?…light…kaleidoscope…)


I’ll soon begin working with an artist who will consider my ideas, we’ll discuss the image, graphic design and layout to make sure the cover is inviting and representative of the story inside.


Of course I’m enjoying these steps (and giving my noggin a rest because writing is hard, y’all), but I’m most excited for you to read the story of Harold Donaldson and his unusual journey of self discovery with a colorful and crazy group of friends brought together by the magical, beautifully hand-made kaleidoscope.


Here’s a short bit from the manuscript to give you a glimpse of what’s in store:


“Rhashan paused, hand on the divider next to Harold’s desk. “Say, wot’s this?”
Harold chided himself for setting the Kaleidoscope in full view as Rhashan picked it up. “Mind if I look?” Rhashan emitted a low whistle as he spun the dial and then froze, his breath rushing between the gap in his teeth. Slowly, he lowered the ’scope and laid it on the desk like a fragile vial of nitro. “Where you git such a t’ing?” He backed up into the mail cart, catching it as it tipped, spilling the contents.
“It’s just something I’m keeping for a… friend.”
Rhashan’s complexion swirled from espresso to latte, his focus on the drawer where Harold dropped the Kaleidoscope and closed it out of sight.
“Are you all right? Here, sit.” Harold realized the man wasn’t going to allow him to maneuver him any closer because of whatever evil he perceived lurked in the drawer, so he rolled the chair behind him and pushed down on his shoulders.
“Mr. Harold, I wouldn’t have figured you for someone who played wid other people’s mind.” Colorful beads strung along his dreads clicked together as his head shook side to side. “But whatever you’re trying to do wid that t’ing, you’re dabbling in something you shouldn’t.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Harold was getting a little impatient with all this talk of warnings and being careful. “It’s just a toy.” Perhaps Rhashan didn’t understand how the glass slid around to vary the images and so he removed it from the drawer and started to explain the mechanics.
“Oh no, it’s more than dat.” Rhashan stood, banging the chair against the wall. “Tell me what you see inside.”
To prove a point, Harold put it up to his eye. “I see colors and shapes that change when you—”
“Oh, no mon!” Rhashan leaned away when Harold held it out to him. The metal had warmed, and something shivered from within.
“What do you think you saw?”
“I see myself.”
Stay tuned for more updates including the cover art selection for The Kaleidoscope
Bev out. 

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Published on December 17, 2014 11:55

December 8, 2014

Award season, and we have news!

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It’s red carpet season for books, and I’m thrilled and honored that FRESH START SUMMER received an award from Reader’s Favorite, a juried, peer reviewed contest that considers hundreds of published and pre-published books.


ALSO!! SPRING BLOSSOMS is a finalist in the AUTHORSdb cover contest that will be announced in a few weeks. The original artwork was done by my amazingling talented friend, Carol Field. She really captured the charm and flavor of Main Street Cherryvale. Congratulations, Carol!


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November 5, 2014

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Published on November 05, 2014 15:17 • 5 views

October 28, 2014

Award winning, highly recommended book.

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I’m thrilled to share some exciting news! My long-time friend and critique partner, Joanne Bischoff’s book, “My Hope is Found,” was recently selected as the Novel of the Year at the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild annual conference!


Here’s a bit about the historical series set in the Appalachian mountains, with links to Joanne’s blog. I encourage you to find copies of these books, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Grab your hankies and hunker down, you’re in for a roller coaster of laughter and tears!


From the publisher:


Gideon O’Riley has been given another chance at a life with Lonnie. But will the fight for her heart risk it all over again?


After finally finding love with his sweet bride Lonnie, Gideon’s heart was torn when a woman from his past claimed to be his true and rightful wife, forcing him away from his family. God’s merciful hand saw Gideon through the heartache, and with Cassie’s blessing, he is able to return home. But his journey back through the Blue Ridge Mountains will hold a trial he never anticipated.


Meanwhile, Lonnie determines to seal off her heart from Gideon, convinced he is lost to her forever. Strengthening her resolve to move on is her growing fondness for the handsome Scotsman, Toby McKee—the young reverend she has come to care for deeply. His proposal of marriage offers a bright future for her and her young son.


Yearning to allow joy back into her life, Lonnie must put aside the broken pieces of her heart that still love Gideon. When he returns to find her betrothed to another, he has to place his hope in God, trusting that the One who redeemed their love once can do it again.


Joanne has hit a home run with her Cadence of Grace series… With memorable characters and struggles aplenty, this is the kind of story that will have readers telling their friends, ‘You’ve got to read these books.’  Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of the Red River of the North series and Wild West Wind series


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Visit Joanne at her website, Heartfelt Fiction, where she talks about writing, homeschooling, and life in a small mountain town in Southern California. (Yep, we have mountains in Southern California.)


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Here I am with Joanne, the year I won the SD Writer’s Guild Excellence in Fiction award the year after Joanne won!


 


 


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Published on October 28, 2014 11:42 • 3 views

October 2, 2014

Today’s Guest, Nigeria Lockley with an exciting book announcement and giveaway

BORN AT DAWN, BOOK BLAST AND BOOK GIVEAWAY. 2 autographed copies of Born at Dawn will be given away!


 


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Book Title: Born at Dawn


Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction


Author: Nigeria Lockley


Urban Books (September 30, 2014)


ISBN-13: 978-1601626752


Publication Date: September 30, 2014


About The Book


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Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.


Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.


After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?


About The Author


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Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.


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Published on October 02, 2014 08:49 • 2 views

July 26, 2014

Come Fly with Us

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A couple years ago, Gary and I began tossing around the idea of getting an RV so we could go see Evan (and now his wife Kamie!) in Phoenix for longish weekends without wearing out our welcome, and to get used to that kind of travel in hopes that someday we might travel around the country visiting all the people and places where we used to live–except England which is harder to drive to. And because we’re all about discovering new places, making new friends.


So we rented a few RVs to test out their features…and eventually decided we were more the motorhome coach type…especially when he took up powered para-gliding, which made storage more of a necessity than ever so we can take his rig along, and which also literally grew the minimum requirements of our vehicle.


So without further rambling, here she is, our 2014 Newmar Ventana!


The day we arrived for our walk-thru we had so many questions, but I’ll never forget that new RV smell. Our welcome sign at Holland RV, who knows how to treat their customers!


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When the three slides are out, it’s quite roomy!


IMG_2426We’re calling her “Flight Risk” — “Fly” for short. Vanity plates are ordered, but we had to go with “FLYRSK.” Yeah. Not because of bugs, let’s hope.


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Our dinette…extends to seat six!


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The photo is one of our favorites from Plantation Cottages on Kauai. Ahhh….(can’t drive there either.)


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IMG_2457We took Fly out for our first overnighter recently. Lots to learn still, and plenty of shopping to outfit her, but it’s going to be a fun journey!


More later, right now, gotta fly! (See what I did there?)


Bev out.


 


 


 


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Published on July 26, 2014 15:24 • 6 views

May 14, 2014

Exciting news about “The Kaleidoscope”

KaleidscopeAbout two years ago I began a journey with a manuscript I started calling “The Kaleidoscope.” I was visiting a friend, Karla Ramsey, in Texas, and as we drove the sprawling highways of  Houston, I shared some of my early kernels with her. We brainstormed and what-if’d until we arrived home with character ideas for a wacky, self absorbed computer genius who finds a magical ‘scope that turns his world upside down.


When I started the actual writing, I decided to post the journey here because so often readers hear of a book’s birth and ask about the process of writing and rewriting, editing and pitching. In earlier posts, I shared my first ideas and thoughts about the plot, story and development. I wrote, rewrote, took samples to my critique group, sought first readers’ feedback and hired the accomplished and savvy T Greenwood to assist me preparing it for submission.


I read in the genre, studied craft books and revisited technique.


 


TK is a departure from the cozy women’s fiction I’ve written before, I challenged myself to stretch and grow, and all these people helped. It takes a village, y’all! Of course every author hopes to see their manuscript grow up to become a book…


So it gives me great pleasure to announce that The Kaleidoscope has found a home!  I’ve just this week signed a contract with Wild Rose Press! TK will grow and bloom in their Crimson Rose, Mystery and Suspense division!


High concept with car chases, road trips to Yosemite, humor and some hankie moments, there’s something for everybody in “The Kaleidoscope.”


Stillo early to predict a release date, here’s what’s in store. What’s next? MORE editing, this time with my WR/CR editor, as well as lots of pre-marketing, cover discussions, and details I don’t even know about yet, so we’ll learn together.


Still too early to predict a release date, here’s a quick summary of the story:


In the vein of National Treasure, “The Kaleidoscope” asks the question; what if advances in artificial intelligence, together with mystical properties found in the earth’s elements, produced unexplainable images of the viewer’s future?


Harold Donaldson, a know-it-all computer analyst, unwillingly becomes the guardian of a magical kaleidoscope that reveals glimpses into the viewers’ future. When Harold’s boss tells him his interpersonal skills need improving for consideration for a promotion, he stalks a homeless man to prove his philanthropy, and ends up the custodian of a beautiful, handcrafted kaleidoscope. The ‘scope immediately attracts a circle of colorful characters, including Rhashan, a Rastafarian who teaches Harold to look beyond stereotypes, to Pepper Eubanks, a free-spirited neighbor recovering from breast cancer who inspires Harold to face his troubled past and embrace the future. Then when Harold’s best friend, Morrie Guthrie, views a long-lost cousin’s image, Harold becomes the focus of a ring of corporate spies intent on capturing the kaleidoscope and using the remarkable technology for their evil purposes.


Stay tuned and I’ll continue to blog the process to publication!


Here’s a Pinterest board for TK for those of you who appreciate the visual.


 


 


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Published on May 14, 2014 14:01 • 4 views

April 26, 2014

5-Star Honors

Fresh Start Summer has just received this 5-star Seal of Approval from www.readersfavorite.com!


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Here’s one of the reviews that contributed to the honor:


Reviewed By Patricia Day for Readers’ Favorite:


“Open the pages of this delightful book, Fresh Start Summer by Beverly Nault, and prepare to be entertained. Small-town Americans are proud of their roots and even more so of their hometown. When a movie company chooses the town of Cherryvale for its next movie production location, it affects residents in a variety of ways. Maggie does not approve. She loves Cherryvale just the way it is and does not relish movie-making hordes invading it. She envisions corruption of her beloved hometown, as well as the morals and ethics of the residents. No, she foresees only bad coming of it. She owns an animal sanctuary and has enough to handle without outside interference. Sam and Abby Madison are quite excited at the prospect and anticipate being a part of the production – acting and assisting. Carolyn and her twins Cassie and Carson long for the excitement the company will bring to sleepy Cherryvale, and other residents such as Grace and her husband and their Pastor take it all in their stride. What’s to get anxious about – these intruders will only be with them a short while?


When you put all these folk together and add two shady characters from the town, and a spoiled teenage film diva who has known nothing but success, you have the ingredients for an out of the ordinary story. Throw in greed, envy, kidnapping and arsonists, and the story turns from interesting to attention-grabbing. Initially, I wondered when the many characters would be brought together and what would the catalyst be? People and attitudes are changed radically as the intrigue unfolds; even people you’d never think of as friendly become changed beings when their ‘normal’ is tossed inside out. I finished the book loving the differences that had come about as the tale developed. Worth the read.”


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Paperback, Kindle and audible! 


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Published on April 26, 2014 09:24 • 8 views

April 8, 2014

Fresh Start Titles get a fresh start!

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To celebrate the completion of the series with the publication of Spring Blossoms, we’ve given the first two titles pretty new covers! Still the same stories inside, their fresh new look brings the books current with the others. I’m tickled with them, what do you think?


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Welcome to Cherryvale, where neighbors care,  gardeners share, and God allows do-overs.


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Published on April 08, 2014 08:28 • 11 views

January 15, 2014

Fascinating Animal Facts – a Kickstarter campaign

 


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Did you know that bats rest, sleep, mate and give birth upside down?


Bev here. Today I’m hosting Kimberley Payne, author of many books, including a series of science books for children. Tell us about yourself, Kimberly!


Thanks, Bev. This is a sample from my soon-to-be-released children’s activity book, Adam’s Animals, the second in the Science and Faith Matters series. You can find out more about the books and how you can help me get them published at the end of the article.


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The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote the Book of Proverbs – a book of wise sayings to help us live godly lives. In this verse, Solomon points out that it is foolish to be idle and lazy. He says that we should learn from the example of the ant who doesn’t laze around and wait to be told what to do, but is willing to work hard and do what needs to be done.


Did you know that badgers can eat up to 200 earthworms in one day?


In the Bible, you can find the badger in Psalm 104:18 “The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.”


The psalmist wrote many poems and songs to show appreciation to God and His creation. One of his poems praises God for how He not only creates but also tenderly takes care of His creation. God provides a place to hide in the cliffs for creatures like badgers (also known as coneys or hyraxes).


In the Bible, you can find bats in Leviticus 11:13-19  “These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.”


 


In Bible times, the Israelites were instructed not to eat certain types of birds; including bats. God wanted His people to act differently than the people who didn’t believe in God. By avoiding these foods, God’s people set themselves apart and kept themselves pure and holy for Him.


Did you know that camels retain water and so their pee can be as thick as syrup?


In the Bible, you can find camels in Genesis 12:16 “He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.”


Since camels were rare in Bible times, they belonged to wealthy men only. God helped Abram (later called Abraham) to grow rich and accumulate many things, including camels. Camels were used for riding as well as for carrying loads, clothing, and tent material.


antDid you know that ants have two stomachs – one to hold the food for itself and one to hold food to be shared with other ants?


In the Bible, you can find the ant in Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”

 


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“Adam’s Animals” is a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.


As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.


Kimberley Payne, author


Click through to learn more about Kickstarter and my campaign for Adam’s Animals, I appreciate anything you can do to help!


Thanks for hosting me, Bev!


Anytime, Kimberley! Dig deep, people!


 


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Published on January 15, 2014 06:59 • 22 views