Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Character Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Character Blog Hop! 
Thanks so much to author Heather Fraser Brainerd for inviting me to join in on the fun. Heather is a co-author with her brother, David Fraser, of the newly released MG paranormal, Shadows of New York.
Today I am enlightening you on the main character in my cozy murder/sweet romance, Coda to Murder.
Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined 
she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, 
and a murderer.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My fictional character is Pastor Christine Hobbs.
Where and When is the story set?
The contemporary story is set in a small town, Fair Lake, Michigan
What should we know about (character)?
The young woman loves God, her church family, and her position as spiritual leader of the Dayspring Church. Even as a pastor, she struggles like we all do with forgiveness. She finds it nearly impossible to forgive her ex-husband so she can moving on to a better life in Fair Lake. 
What is the main conflict/what messes up his/her life?
Talk about messing up her life and the life of her church, the church's Director of Music was found dead in the church basement. Christine has to prove she has been wrongly accused of the murder. The handsome detective doesn't want her to get away with murder. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

 What is (character)’s personal goal?
Personally she is afraid to give her heart away to a man. She was crushed by her ex-husband and does not want to ever be hurt like that again. And yet, she does yearn to love and be loved by a special guy.
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Video: Take a peek at the book trailer for Coda to Murder.

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Thanks so much for stopping in today. 
Please hop on over to fellow Character Blog Hoppers. Heather Fraser Brainerd,
Roseanne Dowell, and Joan Curtis and meet their characters too.

From the books you have read and enjoyed, who would you choose for your favorite character and why? Please leave your answer or comment below. Thanks!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Goodbye to Big Blue and the WIP, This Week, Giveaway

"Big Blue"--1996 RAM truck

Good-bye to "Big Blue" by J.Q. Rose
Our Dodge RAM truck has given us fantastic service for fourteen years. Last week, we bought a new truck. I know this sounds sappy and sentimental, but I am sad to lose Big Blue. I know it's just a truck, but when I think of all Big Blue and my hubby and I have been through together...We began our camping adventures with this truck pulling a little 24 foot fifth wheel out west and into Canada.

Big Blue was the one who hauled us and our 32 foot fifth wheel around as we lived full-time in our "condo-on-wheels" for over eight years. Big Blue was the work horse on mission projects with the NOMADS RV'ers group. We loaded up lumber to build decks for my brother-in-law and fix-up jobs.Ted's tools were always at the ready in the tool box in the bed of the truck when he could do handyman jobs for folks. And this is the truck that transported our grandkids to those great family camp-outs.
Big Blue in the background. Grandsons cooking breakfast on camping trip to Mackinac Island
My DH had a hard time giving up this truck, but it had 189,000 miles on it. Though the engine runs like a top, thanks to my DH babying it with regular oil changes and transmission charges, the trip to Florida is a long one. I imagine Big Blue could do it, but we traded to feel more confident on those busy roads and comfy (let me tell you, my seat in that old truck had deep impressions matching my bottom).

Much like giving up Big Blue for a new truck, I have the sad but exhilarating feeling of finishing my WIP. This sounds sappy and sentimental too, but this story has become a "friend" and we have been through some fun and difficult places too. I hate to see the fleshing out of the characters and their emotions and motivations come to an end, but thrilled that I finished it. Do you ever feel that way after reading or writing a book? I have to ask--do you ever get attached to your vehicles?
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This Week:

A lot of fun coming up here on the J.Q. Rose blog this week plus a giveaway!

Tuesday, September 16--Heather Fraser Brainerd invited me to a Character Hop. So much fun to share characters. Click back tomorrow and catch a group of authors talking about the amazing characters who populate their stories. I fill you in on Pastor Christine in my romance/mystery,Coda to Murder.

Thursday, September 18--Katie L. Carroll's Elixir Bound Book Blitz--This YA fantasy is on sale this week for 99 cents AND Katie is giving away a signed copy through Goodreads.

Ebook on sale for $.99 until September 27:
MuseItUp bookstore

Signed paperback giveaway on Goodreads until September 28Click Goodreads to enter.

Have a fantastic week!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Patriot Day--a Day to Remember Those Lost


Patriot Day is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance 
of the 2977 lives lost 
on this infamous day in the history of the USA. 

Our hearts go out to those friends and family 
who were left behind to recover from this tragedy. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Review of Video-Maker Powtoon.com

Hello. I'm writing this post and enjoying a sunny, 
fallish-feeling morning in Michigan!

I'm taking some of my own advice and learning something new this season. I tried this program, Powtoon.com. It's a FREE one! This video-maker is  a cute way to add some fun to your blog, but it takes some time to figure out how to put a video together.

They have a good variety of templates to choose from, so I used the one they demonstrated on a webinar. I didn't just plug in my info and be done. However, I must admit I do have "perfectionist" tendencies, so I spent a lot of time tweaking it.

The tutorials and webinar really helped me to figure out all the buttons, library, and "whatchamacallits" available on the site. I'm looking forward to developing another one later.

You're probably wondering why I attempted this? All I have learned this summer in my marketing/promoting classes stress how important video will be in the future to get readers' attention and to keep them coming back for more. I hope to use Powtoon as one of the tools in my book marketing kit to promote my published books and future books to get more interest and SALES!

Please know, you are my guinea pigs, so to speak. What do you think of my first attempt at using Powtoon?  I have big shoulders, so I can take it! Thanks. Hope you enjoy it! <Fingers crossed.>

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Insecure Writers Support Group: New Beginnings

Hello and welcome to  the IWSG blog hop. 

Happy Third Anniversary 
to the Internet Writers Support Group!

What is IWSG? Founder of IWSG 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!" 

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

Happy First Wednesday of the month, Back to School, and Fall! I know it isn't officially fall yet on the calendar, but I figure after school starts, it is fall to me!

New Beginnings by J.Q. Rose
The "back to school" time of year is one of new beginnings. When I taught third grade, I appreciated the opportunity to start over with a new group of children every fall. And they got the chance to have a fresh start with a new teacher.  Teachers are lucky to have the beginning of the school year to make resolutions to be a better teacher, better person, and have that fresh chance to super-charge their teaching methods and interaction with the students. Plus they get a new year in January to made resolutions to improve their teaching and their lives. 

Teachers shouldn't be the only career allowed to have two new beginnings in one year, so I am declaring this time of year a new opportunity to get excited and motivated to make a fresh approach with my writing career. I am tossing around the idea of indie publishing  my WIP instead of staying with a small press. I've also been looking into new ways to super charge my book promotions e.g. podcasting, inteviews, videos. 

So I'm going "back to class" online to learn how to do all these things and to get a handle on the technology available to us for interacting with readers and writers. I'm a bit insecure about using the Google+ Hangouts on Air, but I can't wait to find out how to start my own and participate in actually sharing with folks in that medium. Do you have experience with the Hangouts? Any tips for the newbie user?

What about you? Are you ready for a fresh start?  To  tackle something new in writing methods, writing process, technology, research? I'm ready just as soon as I find that stash of chocolate!! 

Best wishes for success in making your own new beginnings in September!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Labor Day USA!

Thank you to all those who contribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the USA!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Share Your Knowledge--You Can Teach Writing

Share Your Knowledge. Teach a Class on Writing by J.Q. Rose
School starts after Labor Day in Michigan. I know some of you have kids who returned to the classroom a lot earlier. Students go back to school, but what about you? Yes, you can take a writing or marketing class. How about teaching one?
If you're a writer, you can teach a writing class. Now, don’t guffaw at that statement. Who better than a working writer to shepherd a group of folks who are hungry to set down words on the page? You remember the thrill of writing down your thoughts. Some of you may even remember the favorable response from friends and family who loved your story or article. Perhaps you are still in the glow of seeing your name on a published article or book. Don’t you want to help someone achieve their dream?
Teaching writing can be a volunteer job or a paid position. I began teaching a class on writing life stories after a writer in my writer’s group shared a diary that her great great grandfather kept in the 1800’s. This was an eye-opening experience for me. Encouraging folks to write/record their lives as a historical record of their times and as a gift to future generations has become a mission for me. 
In the beginning I wondered if all the studying, reading, outlining and decisions on areas to cover would be worth it. I am happy to report that I have had successful, paid for workshops since 2004. Not only have the proceeds lined my pocket with spending money…yes, it is not a huge money maker..but the responses from participants have warmed my heart as I see them leaving the class confident and ready to begin their life story and to organize it. They are inspired to write the information down for their families and finally accept that their life is worth living and sharing it with others.
Think about it. Choose your topic that you know you can teach and begin working out a workshop and a way to market it. The results for you will be satisfying and I guarantee you will learn more about your own writing through the exercises.