Monday, May 2, 2016

Figuring Out How to Create a Facebook Ad, This Week

Tulip time at our house
Photo by JQ Rose
Hello and welcome! Spring is in the air and while we are basking in the cool spring weather and enduring Mother Nature's tantrums, my thoughts and prayers are with those in other parts of the US who are enduring tornadoes and floods.


Figuring Out How to Create a Facebook Ad

Last week I tried something new and failed. But it was a good learning experience.

I decided to advertise on Facebook. My updated e-book for girls, Girls Succeed! is on sale for 99 cents through Wednesday. So I tried to "boost" a post on my J.Q. Rose Author page about the sale. I sweated over every detail--gender, age group, dollar amount to spend on the ad. Then I used my new book cover for the image. 


Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
Inspiring and empowering girls.
The ad was rejected because I had too much text on the image. Say what? It's the book cover, for Pete's sake, and the ad is all about the book's special price. I shook my head in disbelief. 

FB has a "grid tool" to check to see if the image is too wordy, so I uploaded the file and discovered I had 64% text on the page--way beyond the maximum of 20% text. 

I opened my trusty canva.com to design a less wordy image for the ad. I tried five times before I finally caught on.
After the book cover, I pared down the words,
but it didn't pass because too much text covered the space.
So I decided to make the font smaller. But still too much coverage.
I finally decided to just put the words at the top instead of using space at the bottom. And it worked!  I have to keep the words, Girls Succeed, so close to the top because I can't lower the second line or it will be in another box on the grid and put me over the 20% text allowed. 

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My next hurdle was to decide how much to spend on the ad. FB is recommended for advertising because it has the ability to make choices on the targets or audience for the ad's message. One day costs $5.00, so I decided to be wild and crazy and spend $10. for two days, but when I put that amount in, it said I could get 3 days for $3.33 a day. Hmmm, does that mean I get fewer ads for $3.33 a day, but more days for my $10.? I don't know the answer to that question, but I'm sure somewhere in their support information I could find the answer. But at that point I was just too frustrated to continue or even think about wrestling with the process again. 

Have you noticed how they are paring down views on your author page when mentioning your books or blog posts? Yes, they want you to boost the post. And honestly, $5. is very reasonable. It just strikes me as odd how a picture of my tulips will get hundreds of views! 

Have you tried using Facebook to advertise? Please share your experience with FB. 
Feel free to include your FB page link in your comment so we can like it. Here's my link to my J.Q. Rose page http://facebook.com/jqroseauthor

This Week:
Wednesday, May 4--Join in The Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. Visit  100's of writers' blogs for inspiration, fun and wise advice.

Romamce Readers Want to Know
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Thursday, May 5--Southern author Gail Brannan answers reader's questions. You're invited to come back and ask her about her writing process.









Thursday, April 28, 2016

Romance Readers Want to Know Series: Author Penny Estelle

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Welcome to the Romance Readers Want to Know series on the J.Q. Rose blog. Check in every Thursday to meet new authors and re-connect with favorite romance authors.

This week's guest is Penny Estelle, a prolific writer who enjoys penning tales for all ages from picture books through adult romances. Penny is ready to answer questions you may have about ALL of her books and her writing process. Leave a comment or question for Penny because you may be the lucky commenter to win an e-book of Jesse's Heartbreak! Drawing will be held after 9 pm EDST, Sunday, May 1.

Hello Penny!

Good morning, JQ! I want to thank you for allowing me to barge in on your blog today.
 
My readers often ask me where I get ideas for my stories.
Several years ago the hubby and I were watching the history channel and a documentary about Abilene, Kansas, and how it became one of the first railroad hubs to ship cattle to different parts of the country. It was so interesting and a TINY idea for a book settled into my brain using this information.

Well as it turned out, the next week my sister and I were driving my mom back to Iowa for her
high school reunion, so we stopped in Abilene – and I was hooked. This little city (actually the
whole state) is bursting with western history!

I have quite a few books under my belt, but The Jesse Series (all centered around Abilene) hold a
special spot in my heart. There are three stories – Jesse’s Find, Jesse’s Nightmare, and I just
released Jesse’s Heartbreak.

Below is just a taste of Book Three of The Jesse Series – Jesse’s Heartbreak!
Jesse's Heartbreak by P.A. Estelle
Sweet Christian Romance
Back of the Book: Jesse's Heartbreak by P.Q Estelle
Jesse and Ginny Mason’s world is shattered when Amanda Hill comes to Abilene, Kansas to try and take three-year old Sarah away from them.  Little Sarah’s father died before she was born and his family wants the girl to come to Pennsylvania and live with them, and they have the all the money and expertise they need to make that happen! 
The Hills can offer the little girl prominence and station in life, while all Jesse and Ginny have to give is their complete devotion.  Which will the Judge choose – money or love?
Jesse’s Heartbreak is a sweet Christian romance that will make you smile and shed a few tears!

Excerpt
“Mrs. Mason.”  Ginny turned to see Amanda Hill standing next to the wagon.  Ginny shot back around, face forward and back ramrod straight!  “Please hear me out for just a few minutes.”  Ginny still didn’t turn her way.  “If Judge Horn grants me custody,” Ginny sucked in her breath, “or even partial custody, do you want Sarah having to leave with a woman she doesn’t even know?  I’m a stranger to her.  She never knew her father, so even though I’m an aunt, that will mean nothing to her.  Only that a strange woman is taking her away.  If I come out for a few days we can at least get to know each other.  If he decides in your favor, I have at least gotten to know my niece for a few days.”
Ginny put her hands in her face and her shoulders shook with sobs. Jesse rounded the wagon, furious.  Amanda gasped and took a step back.  “You listen to me.  I don’t…”
“Jesse,” Ginny said, stopping him.  “She’s right in what she is saying. I can’t have Sarah being taken by some strange lady she has never met.  That would destroy me.”  Ginny wiped her eyes.  “We have a new bunkhouse and the men won’t be moving in for a month or so.  You can sleep there.”
Ginny watched as Jesse’s whole demeanor deflated.  He got back up on the wagon seat.  Ginny gave the woman one last look.  “You can come out in a few days.”
Jesse put his arm around Ginny as they started down the road.  Neither heard the whispered “I’m sorry” or saw the sympathy in her eyes.

About Penny:
I write for all ages, from the early reader to adults.  My books range from pictures books for the little ones, to fantasy, time-travel adventures for ages 9 to 13.
Author Penny Estelle
I also write adult stories, including a family drama and contemporary, paranormal and historical westerns romances, under P. A. Estelle.
I was a school secretary for 21 years.  My husband and I moved to our retirement home in Kingman, AZ, on very rural 54 acres, living on solar and wind only. 
More about my books can be found in the following links:


Thank you for stopping by to visit.



Monday, April 25, 2016

Learn How to Write by Reading Book Classics by J. Q Rose, This Week

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog!
Stack of books
I bet you're visiting today because you're a reader and/or a writer. I've been reading and writing since second grade. I still have a love affair with words. So powerful when words on the page transport you to a different world, allow you to fall in love with characters, or open your mind to information that makes you think or wonder about the possibilities.

Learn How to Write from Book Classics by J. Q Rose

Writers are readers. Not only for the enjoyment of reading a good story, but also for the opportunity to study the art of writing. Do you read the current books or do you read books popular in the past? In Mary Karr's book, The Art of Memoir, she suggests authors read "through history because it cultivates in a writer a standard of quality higher than the marketplace." 

Reading the older books with their unusual phrases of the time--think Shakespeare-can be more difficult but Mary maintains "the books are better because they've been culled over time."

She also points out the works of writers today who write in the current trends will not endure for future readers. If you're a writer and have the mindset to leave a legacy filled with stories that will last through the ages, you will be a better writer.

When I received a FB challenge to list my top ten books, I realized many were old standards/classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, Black Beauty, and Charlotte's Web. Time has treated them well. 
The Art of Memoir was a Christmas gift from my daughter.
Purchased at Bradley Exchange in Tampa.

How about your stories? Will they stand the test of time? What are some of your favorite books?

If you are a writer, memoirist or not, I recommend reading Karr's book. A lot of food for thought.
If you are interested in Mary Karr's, The Art of Memoir, click the book cover below.





This Week--
Romance Readers Want to Know
Every Thursday on the J.Q. Rose blog


Thursday, April 28--Penny Estelle joins in on the grilling--This multi-genre writer will be here to answer your questions about her writing. Please join us!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Romance Readers Want to Know Series: Multi-genre Author Sandra Cox, Giveaway

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Every Thursday on the J.Q. Rose Blog
I'm b-a-a-ck and anxious to share multi-genre author Sandra Cox's questions from her readers. I met Sandra online and wanted to make her acquaintance because our families share a family name, Cox. Trying to figure out if her hubby could be related to my mom. I have my cousin who has traced the family tree working on it. 

Isn't the Internet fantastic for so many good things? Like the opportunity to introduce you to Sandra. Sandra has one of her Backlist Print Books to give away this week, so leave a comment or ask her a question about her writing process to enter the drawing. Drawing will take place on Sunday, April 24 after 9 pm EDST. 

Sandra has sent in short sweet answers to her readers questions.  Feel free to ask her more!
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My Most Frequently Asked Questions by Sandra Cox

1. Who is your favorite author?
Norah Roberts/J.D. Robb, closely followed by Lee Child, Suzanne Collins and Mae Clair.
2. Where do your ideas come from?
I leave that up to my muse. Whenever she whispers in my ear, I act on it.
3. Do you prefer paper or E?
I love paper and  digital. I'm an equal opportunity reader:)



Love, Lattes and Angel by Sandra Cox
YA Fantasy
Third Book in the Mutant Series


Some teens go to the Caribbean on spring break. Piper goes to save the world.

 Piper Dunn isn’t who you would call a normal teenager. For one thing, she doesn’t want anyone to know she was born with a blowhole. Even stranger, she has two love interests. Joel, a fellow dolphin-human hybrid, and Tyler, a human.

It’s hard to choose when a mad scientist is hot on Piper’s trail. Worse, she’s trapped in the Bermuda Triangle. And . . . wait for it . . . Angel, her test-tube daughter, is apparently a real-deal reincarnation. It all adds up to an impossible situation, with happy endings all but lost at sea. Unless, of course, a voodoo high priestess casts a spell or two . . .

About Sandra Cox:
Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband,
Author Sandra Cox
a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee or a latte, and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

To find out more about Sandra and her books visit this link:


Please leave a comment or ask her a question to enter the drawing for Sandra's print book!

Thanks for stopping by.
Next week author Penny Estelle will be in the hot seat!





Sunday, April 10, 2016

Taking a Break

This snowbird is flying north!
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com by domdeen
Hello Readers.

Thanks for dropping in today. But as you see, I have flown the coop, so to speak. This snow bird is taking a break to fly back home for the summer. 

I'll be back online next week with romance author Sandra Cox as my guest on Romance Readers Want to Know on Thursday, April 21.




Thursday, April 7, 2016

Romance Readers Want to Know: Sweet Romance Author Joselyn Vaughn, Giveaway

Romance Readers Want to Know Series
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Hello and welcome to the J. Q. Rose blog. Today my friend, critique partner, and talented sweet romance writer, Joselyn Vaughn is my guest author. I have the popcorn ready and the lemonade, so grab a bag and a glass and be ready to ask Joselyn questions. You may want to ask her about the Meddlesome Matchmakers series. Her writing will certainly elicit a giggle from you and, perhaps, a tear too. Thanks to Joselyn, a lucky commenter will win an e-copy of her witty and warm romance, Sucker for a Hot Rod. Deadline to enter is noon on Saturday, April 9.


Questions People Ask Me as a Writer by Joselyn Vaughn 

The question I am most often asked is “I’ve got a great idea for a book. How do I write it?” Sometimes it’s varied with ‘you should write it.’ Well. If you have a great idea for a book, no one else is going to make it happen like you can.

If you have a great idea, what can you do with it? There are as many ways to start writing a book as there are writers. There are probably actually more because no book writes in the same way.
Here are some things you can try:
  • Start writing. Get a paper and pen and see where your main character is, have them do something. Start asking yourself questions about the character is doing and why.
  • Create an outline. Make some notes about who your main character is, what they want, why they want it, and how they are going to go about getting it. Outline some pivotal scenes to develop the story.
  • Join a writers’ group. A good writers’ group can be a great way to bounce ideas around and develop them. Another brain can help you connect gaps in your story or build stronger motivation for your characters. Writers’ groups can be at your local coffee shop or library, or online.
  • Sometimes once the story gets rolling, it snowballs on its own. Other times, you need to step back and revisit one of these options.
What story has been knocking around in your head itching to get out?
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Sucker for a Hot Rod by Joselyn Vaughn
Sweet Romance
Back of the Book:
Bryce Halloway only dates a woman once. No exceptions.
It gives him the reputation of a heart-breaker, but he can handle that as long as it keeps his mother, Dinah, from trying to marry him off. Judi Montgomery and her tempting ponytail finagle their way around official dates with car problems and driving lessons. She worms her way into his heart and entices him to want more from his life.
When health issues cause his father to retire, Bryce inherits the family-owned tractor repair shop. Can Judi’s love and encouragement give him the courage to break tradition and pursue his dreams of owning a custom hot rod shop?

Buy Links:
Amazon
iBooks

About Joselyn:
I am a stay at home mom who has walked on the dark side of potty training. When not traversing that valley of shadow, I write, run, and sew. Sometimes with successful results.
I love writing romance because I enjoy stories where everything works out all right in the end and the main characters have a happily ever after. My stories are set in small towns with quirky characters that take on a life of their own.



Thanks for stopping in. Feel free to ask Joselyn a question in the comment box. You could win her ebook!

Are you a sucker for a hot rod? If you could have any vehicle in the world, what would you choose? I bet you know my favorite.


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My Mustang!
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Self-publish to KDP Select or All Markets? by J.Q Rose

Hello and welcome to the April meeting of 
the Insecure Writers Support Group(IWSG) blog hop! The sun is shining, spring's around the corner, and we have the opportunity to get-together to discuss all things writerly. 
What a great time to be a writer.
Join us!
Internet Writers Support Group Blog Hop
First Wednesday of every month.

What is IWSG? Founder of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month.  The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page
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Self-publish to KDP Select or All Markets? by J.Q Rose

Last Friday I revised and re-published my non-fiction e-book for girls, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. The first
Girls Succeed! by J.Q. Rose
To inspire and empower girls.
version was published in 2012 when I was just learning about writing and publishing. Now that I have some books behind me both trad and self-pubbed, I'm even more insecure about marketing! 

You know how a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing? Well now that I've dipped not only my toe, but my whole torso into this book business, I know enough to see how many marketing possibilities there are out in the cyberworld AND realize how many books are available for readers to peruse. 

What are the best avenues to get a reader's eyes on a book? Recently I discovered, in a survey run by Smashwords' Mark Coker, a reader chooses books simply by browsing through the online and brick and mortar stores. Word-of-mouth is not the #1 choice. That surprised me.  

Girls Succeed! is at amazon and smashwords so it can be distributed to many booksellers, but with the advent of KDP Select, a huge promotion tool for amazon, I wonder if it is better to yank GS from Smashwords for a few months and try to market it through KDP.  I would appreciate you sharing your experiences or a friend's experience in using KDP Select.

Dream BIG!
The small business person in me fights the idea of amazon becoming a monopoly and squeezing out the other booksellers. But I must reveal that Girls Succeed!, while great for getting coupons to send to readers, has had few sales at Smashwords in the past four years. 

This book is a "heartwork." Maybe it's because I have two daughters and a granddaughter, but I feel the e-book is a wonderful way to inspire and empower girls to dream big. So I want to get it into the hands of readers, not for the money, but for the message.

Thank you in advance for any input you have to help me reduce my insecurity!
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Romance Readers Want to Know series
Every Thursday on the J.Q. Rose blog

Come back tomorrow when we put sweet romance author, Joselyn Vaughn,  in the hot seat to answer questions from readers on the Romance Readers Want to Know series at the J.Q Rose blog. Also a lucky commenter will win her witty and warm romance, Sucker for a Hot Rod.




Monday, April 4, 2016

The Positive Side of Publishing E-books, Tiny Tidbits on Writing and Living,This Week

Girl reading an e-book
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com by patrisyu
The new technology never ceases to amaze me. I seem to adapt to it well. For instance reading e-books on my Kindle reader has become a part of my daily life.

According to guru Jim Edwards, amazon has the lion's share, 75%, of the sales of e-books in the world market. Every day more and more fiction and non-fiction is loaded into this powerful bookseller.

The e-book was a curiosity when I first self-pubbed my non-fiction e-book for girls in 2012. In fact, I was a bit ahead of the game in 2011 when I included links to the websites of the amazing women I interviewed and to sites about their careers. I didn't realize the technology for making them active links in e-books hadn't been developed yet. In order to visit the website, the reader would have to type it into the browser. I was thrilled when the technology was later developed so I could add hyperlinks to the pages to enrich the reader's experience.

Talk about the Positive Side of Publishing E-books! Being able to change the book and re-publish a better version is the biggest advantage for the publisher. I've done a third version of Girls Succeed! and just released it on Friday. This version has a completely different book cover that illustrates the energy and enthusiasm exuded by 9-14 year old girls, the target audience (and their moms).

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Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
To inspire and empower girls
I also added new hyperlinks and deleted broken ones. Gurus are suggesting adding videos to ebooks. I loved the idea of a welcoming video at the front of the book, so I added this one to introduce the women interviewed in the book. Okay, the music is pretty spunky, but remember my target audience!!!



In  addition to all these changes, I included a Reader's Guide at the end of the book making it an excellent resource for the home school curriculum and classrooms. 

These "extras" would not be available in a print book. Now you see why I am so positive about e-publishing.

Revising your word doc and uploading it again to the KDP book page is simple. After I uploaded my new doc, the new version was live on amazon within eight hours. Be patient for the new book cover to appear. It took about two days to replace the old cover. While you're at it, take the time to check your copy for the description. Maybe you can improve it to increase the interest in the book. And re-think your price for the book. All these are simple changes--just remember to tick the box to the publishing agreement again and hit PUBLISH!

Have you self-pubbed an e-book? Have you revised and re-published it again with the changes? What was your experience?
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Tidy Tidbits on Writing and Living
  • Thank you to Shelley Hitz for this tip--An easy way to create the link for your book on amazon is to use this formula http://amazon.com/dp/ASIN number Here's what the link to Girls Succeed looks like 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009NY6ZASTry it for your books.
  • A simple way to kick up the flavor of ham and bean soup is to add ketchup to the pot.
  • Use dryer sheets to wash windows and polish the car.
This Week:

Wednesday, April 6--Join in The Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop. Visit  100's of writers' blogs for inspiration, fun and wise advice.

Romamce Readers Want to Know
Every Thursday on the J.Q. Rose blog

Thursday, April 7--Sweet romance author Joselyn Vaughn answers reader's questions. Come back and ask her about her writing process.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Romance Readers Want to Know: Author Diane Wickles

Romance Readers Want to Know
Every Thursday on the J.Q. Rose blog


Ah, winding up March guest authors on a high note with newly published author D.Dominik Wickles aka Diane Wickles. Diane’s books always have a happy ending, but the road to that point is rife with mystery and danger. Check out the questions readers ask her and the fun answers she shares with us. Also look for an excerpt below from her new book, Hong Kong Treasure.

Welcome, Diane!!

Questions from My Readers by Diane Wickles

 

I’m still a newly published author so I might not have as many or as diverse questions as the seasoned, best-selling authors; however, I do have a couple of questions from my readers to share with you.

When I tell people about the story lines of my next book I see a dazed look come over their faces and they ask, “How do you come up with an idea each time for a book?” As if they imagine I think of each book, one at a time after the preceding book is finished. The exact opposite is true for me. I’m currently finishing up my second book while the next two books are percolating on my mind’s back burners, waiting their turn to be written.

The next question I get is “How can you possibly write 70,000 words?Hong Kong Treasure was originally 100,000 words and I cut it back to 74,000. Once you get writing a story with all its characters, settings and subplots the words really begin to add up.

When I first signed my contract for Hong Kong Treasure I was floating on Cloud 9 and wanted the whole world to know about it. Big mistake. Being new to the publishing industry I did not understand how long it would take to actually get the book on the shelves.

It’s like when you first find out you’re pregnant and spread the news. You spend the next 7 & ½ months telling people, “No, I didn’t have the baby yet.” Only in publishing, it will take a heck of a lot longer than 7 & ½ months for the book to be available for purchase. So I would constantly be asked, “When is your book coming out?” My soaring Cloud 9 began to droop a little when I had to repeatedly assure people that I wasn’t just pulling their leg; that my book really was going to be published.

Some people, I’m sure were thinking, “Right, but show me the proof.” At least when the cover was finalized I had something to show them and I was ecstatic once more when I received the advance copies. Moral: Keep your excitement to yourself and close friends for awhile before announcing it to the world. Or else come up with some clever responses for why your book isn’t out yet.
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Hong Kong Treasure

Back of the Book : Hong Kong Treasure by D. Dominik Wickles

Deshi Han, a martial arts actor and director, thinks a serious relationship would hamper his career. On a charity trip to the Philippines he agrees to take a young American woman back to Hong Kong to rest and regain her memory.
                Once back in Hong Kong, Deshi reluctantly allows the young woman, whom he names Annie, to accompany him on the movie sets and on his trips across China. Despite his attempts to remain aloof with Annie, a romance develops between them.
                Meanwhile, Annie is troubled by nightmares which allude to a danger lurking from her past and someone on Deshi’s crew is trying to sabotage their budding romance. As Deshi is forced repeatedly to disrupt his work schedule to protect Annie, it serves to confirm his belief that careers and relationships don’t mix.
                But when it looks like Deshi will lose Annie, and he risks everything to save her, will it be too late?

Book Excerpt:
Leyte Province in the Philippines. Her running steps echoed from the walls. Would he catch her? It meant white slavery if he did. Slamming open the kitchen door, she burst out of the hotel despite the typhoon ravaging the eastern coast. The destructive winds and rains were buffered in the alleyway behind the hotel, but she still had to fight for each step away from the man she knew was just behind her.
             Without warning, massive walls of water rushed into the alley from both ends. The sixteen-foot wave scooped her up and battered her against the buildings. When the storm surge receded, she lay bruised and unconscious beneath a mass of water-logged debris.
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 “I’m told there are eleven buildings, besides this church, serving as shelters,” Father Donovan said. “I haven’t left here since the typhoon hit four days ago. Is the damage extensive?”
“Yes. Very. Many people with no homes, no food,” Deshi Han replied.
Father Donovan put his hand on Deshi’s shoulder. “You brought much-needed food and supplies. Your movies are loved but your charity work is well-known here in the Philippines. I thank you. You are truly doing God’s work, my son.”
Deshi watched as a volunteer passed out the blankets he had brought, which would help to cushion the pews they were using for beds. He shook his head. “I wish I do more.”
“Perhaps there is something …” Father Donovan began.
“What, Father?” He followed the priest to a courtyard. A young woman sat beside a storm-crushed rose bed. Deshi guessed her to be American, in her early twenties. “Who she, Father?”
“No one knows, not even her.” Father Donovan tilted his head to the side and sighed. “She has no memory of anything before the typhoon. One of the doctors informed me that she just needs rest to regain her memory.”
Deshi watched the girl slowly gather the broken branches from around the few unharmed plants. A child about five years old ran up and tapped her on the shoulder. The young woman’s solemn face broke into a smile as the child led her away toward another section of the church.
Father Donovan turned to Deshi. “But she won’t get that rest here. She has nightmares and cries for the orphaned and injured children. I’ve prayed for someone to claim her and take her away from here.”
“We delivered the supplies to the kitchen.” Jun Chew, Deshi’s assistant, spoke in Cantonese as she approached them.
Deshi turned away from the doorway, nodded at Jun then called to his business manager, “Where the next shelter, Paul?”
Paul Wu shook his head then responded in English. “We have distributed all the supplies we brought, Deshi. That is all we can do today.”
“Besides,” Jun continued in Cantonese, “we have to get back or you will be late for the senior citizen center opening.”
The supplies had gone so fast. They had only been to six of the eleven shelters and there were so many people still in need. “Maybe one more thing I can do today,” Deshi said with a sigh. “Father?”
The priest’s right hand clutched the large cross at his neck and he smiled. “Yes, my son?”
“I will take her.”
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About Diane:
D. Dominik Wickles is the pseudonym for Romance author, Diane T. Wickles. Diane has always been overly curious and loves to try new things. Some of her interests have included studying martial arts, getting her degree in Criminal Justice, ice skating, traveling and of course,
Author D. Dominik Wickles
writing stories. Her career path has taken her from bank teller to probation officer to computer instructor to library clerk to author.
She has explored many genres including horror, humor and mystery publishing several short pieces on various online magazines. Diane’s books always have a happy ending but the road to that point is rife with mystery and danger. She is a member of Pennwriters and is active in two local writing groups.
At her home in northwestern Pennsylvania, she talks to her cat, reads 2-3 books at a time, constantly searches for new vegan recipes and creates her characters. In her spare time, she loves camping and building dollhouses.

Contact her at: ddominikwicklesATgmailDotcom
Social Media Links:
Website: https://romancebyddominikwickles.wordpress.com/
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Thank you, Diane. Now I know you're prepared to answer questions from visitors to the blog. So sit tight because I'm inviting all the visitors to ask you a question in the comments section below.

Thursday, April 7--Sweet romance author (and critique partner) Joselyn Vaughn will be our guest on Romance Readers Want to Know. Come on over as we enjoy discussing questions from readers. I promise to have popcorn for you with lots of butter and parmesan cheese!