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This Awesome Thing That My Spirit Does … And, To Die Once Is Finally In Paperback!

There is this awesome thing that my spirit does … Back up a bit … I’m a music person. I LOVE music! Every now and then there’s a song whistling in my head, except when I have my head concentrated on work or some other activity. But even with methodical things like cooking etc, there’s likely to be a song, still. Being that my choice of music is Christian, I find it very uplifting. Like books, some songs I discover are so timely in my life I know it’s not a coincidence. I’ve learned new things, being reminded of the beautiful old, and encouraged/strengthened, simply by paying attention to the lyrics of a song. But there are those days when I’m so down—days when I wonder if things will work out, and I start to entertain doubts, and then turn to God with questions. I’m even too hurt to want to listen to any “Biblical” reasoning that He sends into my spirit, much less entertain any “music in the air’. But there is this thing …

My Roller Coaster Writing Journey

  Just for the record, I love roller coasters. I love the speed, the highs, and lows, and twists, and turns. I love the adrenaline rush, the air time, the dark places, and even the moments of fear. I enjoy it because I know I’m safe, and that I will arrive in one piece at my destination. My writing journey has been very much like a roller coaster ride. It’s been a long one, having stepped on it back in 2005. Actually, I’ve been writing all my life, but it was in 2005 that I fulfilled my dream of writing a full novel. That first novel was a joy to write. The words flowed so quickly, I could barely take time away from my computer, and, a mere three and a half months after I’d put fingers to keyboard, I’d completed a 130,000-word story. I was to learn later that 130,000 words were excessive for my genre—30,000+ excessive. But I also realized that I, essentially, had two stories in one. So I cut the second story …

~Five Differences Between Stefano & Rodrigo. Also, A Giveaway!~

On Saturday’s post, we mentioned the similarities between Rodrigo and Stefano, which added to the drama in To Die Once. Today, we’ll be looking at the differences! Here they are! 1. Stefano loved to nurture and grow plants; he especially had a love for a certain rosebush. Rodrigo, on the other hand as Jennifer put it, “would never go on all fours on soil.” 2. Stefano showed he was willing to exercise some patience in waiting for Jennifer; Rodrigo, on the other hand, loved to play “Lord of the Manor” and have his way as often as he could. 3. Stefano, from his intro into the story, was a Christian. Rodrigo was not. 4. Stefano had Chidi’s trust and support from the get-go. Chidi didn’t like, trust, or approve of Rodrigo. 5. Rodrigo liked to wine and dine in rich style. Stefano didn’t seem to have a problem with simple living–he seemed more on a mission! 😉 … now you know! For a chance to win an ecopy of To Die Once and be featured …

~Five Similarities Between Rodrigo & Stefano. Also, A Giveaway!~

There came a time in the story when Jennifer started to compare Rodrigo and Stefano. She noticed some mind-boggling differences and similarities, and even discussed them with her friend, Chidi. Of course, I, the author intentionally designed it that way! Today, I’ll feature the similarities between these two! 1. They both love horses–immensely, too!–and won the loyalty of Sebastien, the horse. 2. They were both determined to win Jennifer at any cost. It went crazy and dramatic sometimes! 3. They were experts at winning the hearts/favor of the people around them; Jennifer found it quite disturbing. *chuckling* 4. They both loved to watch the early morning sunrise, and a lot of times, tried to persuade Jennifer to accompany them. 5. They both liked to picnic by a certain stream that ran across the Montello property. And, yes, they liked to persuade Jennifer to come along, too! … now you know! For a chance to win a copy of To Die Once and be featured on my blog in June, leave a comment! This giveaway is …

Five Similarities Between Chidi, The Character, & I, The Author! Also, A Giveaway!

Chidi is a character that I’m glad I discovered and kept. She actually turned out to be a hit, as some reviewers mentioned her as their favorite and, that her role blessed/inspired them. That made me truly happy, as I once contemplated removing her POV (point of view) from the story. Like Jennifer, she has a part of me, too. Here are our similarities! 1. We both have a deep sense of loyalty to God and our faith, and, place good sense over emotions most of the time. 2. We take care in whom we call friend and, believe in being loving, loyal, and supportive to anyone we call ‘friend’. 3. We both believe in telling the truth, especially to our loved ones, even when it’s not sweet. 4. We both had to come face-to-face with God’s grace to learn to be better gracious to others, and even with ourselves. I still struggle a lot of times to be gracious to myself. 5. We both find it really hard to trust someone who has had …

~Five Similarities Between Jennifer, The Character, & I, The Author! Also, A Giveaway!~

Every author will tell you that their characters always have something of them inside, especially the characters that are dearest to them. I’m no different. While creating Jennifer, the heroine in To Die Once, I found it easy to build her personality with a lot of my likes and dislikes. Here are a few! 1. We both have a thing for red roses. Gotta love those! 2. We both love red, juicy, non-alcoholic wine. You guessed it–Macnellis’ our favorite! 3. I’ve had few encounters with horses. But those few times, I fell in love with them and hope to own some someday. Just like Jennifer did! 4. I’ve never visited Paris. But Jennifer did! I hope to someday. 5. When I travel, I love to take in the view. Hence the reason I made sure Jennifer and Rodrigo took a train trip from Rome to Anguillara Sabazia, just to enjoy the view! … now you know! To win a copy of To Die Once and get featured on my blog, simply leave a comment! This …

To Die Once is Officially Released!

Hello Everyone! I’m so glad to offer this wonderful news! With all joy, I here by declare May 1, 2014, as the official Release date of To Die Once, Child of Grace, Book #1! You can get it here on Amazon. Hopefully, it will be available on other book sites soon. Please, be sure to leave an honest review. Would certainly love to hear from you, too! You can follow the twitter hash tag #ToDieOnce to follow the tweets/comments, or visit the book’s pinterest board and have the book come alive to you in pictures! Also, you can request an autograpgh for your book if you want one. It’s easy, simply find the “authorgrapgh” button on my sidebar or on my facebook. To locate it on facebook, click on the drop-down menu reading “TimeLine”, right beside the “Miranda’s To Be A Person” button, and select “authorgraph” to send your request, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Giveaway! The giveaway is still open! You can be one of ten winners of …