Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Christian Writer's World interview with Lisa Buffaloe

Hi friends, this is Lisa Buffaloe.

I'm blessed today to be interviewed on Lena Nelson Dooley's site,
I would be honored if you would link to "A Christian Writer's World" as I answer some fun questions and share about my latest fiction project.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Writing to Overcome


Hi friends,  this is Lisa Buffaloe I'm guest-posting on Seriously Write.

I never planned on talking, much less writing, about some of the things in my past. God gently prodded me forward through the writing of a fictional short story to give to a friend. Little did I know God had asked me to step back into my own past. Ignoring things had worked fine for me. But as the flood of memories returned, God revealed as long as I hid my past, I was actually hiding His healing power from others.

If God calls you to write about a difficult moment in your past, don’t rush God. Don’t step ahead. If He isn’t opening doors, keep knocking, but don’t bring a battering ram. To read the rest, ... Writing to Overcome. http://www.seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/

Prodigal Nights #Free for Kindle (10/22-10/26)

Free on Kindle this week (10/22 – 10/26). 

 Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download free software offered by Amazon to read on your computer. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

Prodigal Nights 
2011 Women of Faith Writing Contest Finalist! 

 For two returning prodigals will the challenge to live "good" withstand the allure to be bad? After a nasty divorce, Bethany Davis returned to college and lived up to the low standards set by gossips. Her dad's stroke has now brought her home, and Bethany finds herself in a dilemma--how can she get beyond her past, learn to trust again, and live a "good" life?

 Bethany's father's involvement in the defense industry adds excitement to her expectation of a boring life back home. However, bodyguards, stalkers, and international secrets are the least of her problems--opening her heart to trust again is a totally different matter. And the mutual attraction with her new team leader, Jason Ross, spells the possibility of big-time heart trouble. Jason's days of wild living are over, and he's determined to prove to himself and God that he's on the right path. When Bethany steps into his office, he sees the girl of his dreams, but is she God's gift or Satan's temptress?

Prodigal Nights http://www.amazon.com/Prodigal-Nights-Lisa-Buffaloe/dp/0985929510

Friday, October 19, 2012

Susette Williams (Free Kindle Download)



Susette Williams loves writing various genres; anything from romance, mystery, suspense to even children’s stories. She usually can't resist the urge to let her ornery sense of humor shine through in one of her characters and has always believed that laughter helps you deal with the obstacles life puts in your way.
Susette and Robert Williams have six children. Family get-togethers are exciting and boisterous, something treasured even more with the three oldest children being married, and only the three teens left at home.
She writes fast paced books that readers will devour quickly and want to read more. 

Do you always add a touch of humor to your stories?

I don’t always set out to, but somehow, a bit of my orneriness creeps into one character or another. Even if a story is ‘heavier’ not every character is going to be having the same struggles or problems, or they may handle it different. We deal with some of the problems we have faced with humor.

I really enjoyed writing Maid for You: Deadly Business because it allowed me to cut loose and go all-out with my humor. I love making people laugh, even if it is at me. The story is told from Bailey’s point of view. I wanted to write a story that readers could feel for the heroine and be embarrassed for her as well. She’s fun and exciting and apparently doesn’t know how to stay out of trouble!

What made you decide to write a novella series?

I have always loved novella collections, but most of the times the stories don’t truly connect as well with each other. I wanted to write a story about four friends and have their lives intertwined. Each story is set in a different seasons and sets the tone for the story in that season. Where one story leaves off, the next story picks up, so it is important to read them in order.

Do you find it hard to come up with story ideas?

Everything that goes on around me is potential for a story–so be careful, whatever you say or do end up in a story. In Falling in Love there was a scene involving a dinner theatre. My husband had actually taken me to one for Valentine’s Day and I incorporated that into my story.

I have more story ideas than I could physically write in the next ten years! So, expect to see the stories to continue coming! The next one to be published is Maid for Murder: Deadly Business and will be released the end of October.

What advice do you have for other aspiring writers?

Write, research and learn good marketing techniques! They are all very important aspects of becoming a successful author. I began writing when my twins were only 10 months old, plus I had another child who wasn’t even 3 yet, and 3 other children who were between 8 to 12 years old. If I can do it, anybody can!

Keep in mind that if you write one page a day, take off the weekends, you can write 264 pages in a year! That is 66,000 words! Maybe it takes you longer than you hoped to write a book in, but it is still progress and an achievable goal! Never set goals that are constantly beyond your reach because you will only set yourself up for failure. You need to set attainable goals so that you can feel invigorated when you obtain your goals and it will encourage you to succeed!

Do have a couple specials this month?

Yes, my first novella in Seasons of the Heart, Falling in Love will be available as a Free Kindle Download October 20 through October 22.

Also, The Quakers of New Garden is on special all month long for Nook and Kindle for $2.99.


FALLING IN LOVE (Seasons of the Heart)

Katie Morgan has her future planned. It doesn't include becoming serious about anyone before she achieves her goals, not even her handsome boss. Just because she does not have time to date, doesn't mean her boss shouldn't. Her new mission...to make her boss happy, whether or not he wants to be.

Wade McAlester fell in love with Katie the first day she walked into his clinic looking for a job. He hired her, content to settle for friendship until she lives out her dream of becoming a vet. Against his better judgment, Wade allows her to fix him up with a couple of her friends. The dates are disastrous. He can't believe the kind of women Katie seems to think he'd enjoy spending his life with. However, when Wade's old colleague, Dr. Laura Redmond shows up, Katie is rethinking how happy she wants her boss to be, and with whom. Definitely not the gorgeous doctor.

WINTER CHILL (Seasons of the Heart)

When Sasha Steinfeld sees Katie Morgan's engagement ring, she realizes it could have been her. If only she wasn't so frigid around men. Overcoming the past isn't easy, but Sasha knows she must if she ever wants to find the same happiness Katie has found.

The last person Forrest Tucker expects to see when he gets to his cabin is Sasha. He thinks Sasha is a bit different, although he's never concerned himself with why. Now she is trying to break into his cabin. When he realizes she's injured, Forrest does what any good citizen would do--if they were helping someone else.

When Forrest learns the secret behind Sasha's chilly personality, he sets out to help her thaw.


Abbey Martin isn’t willing to be the kind of ‘player’ her boss wants her to be. When he threatens to not promote her because she refuses to get in ‘compromising’ positions, she quits.

If a day can go from bad to worse, it does for Abbey. She runs into Bruce Harrington on her way home—literally.

Bruce Harrington was on his way to a very important meeting. That was until a raving lunatic with brown, bouncy hair spiraled towards him in her car and then on foot. Maybe he should count it a blessing that when she sent him cascading over the side of the embankment—he wasn’t in his car.

To make amends for causing Bruce to break a leg, Abbey becomes his chauffeur and helpmate until he recovers.

When his cast is about to come off he has to face losing Abbey. There has to be some way he can keep her from walking out of his life forever. If a job offer won’t do it then perhaps it’s time for a proposal.

THE QUAKERS OF NEW GARDEN (SALE: Download available for $2.99 through October!)

Four Quaker women face challenges of the heart. Ruth hesitates to give her bridegroom a third chance at love. Underground Railroad worker Deborah meets a bounty hunter. Leah tries to turn a marriage of convenience into a marriage of love. Christian Jaidon falls for Quaker Catherine. Will love endure in their hearts and lives?

MAID FOR MURDER: DEADLY BUSINESS (Coming Soon)

Bailey inherits her grandfather’s business, Maid for You, but cleaning up dead body parts wasn’t part of the job description. Bailey hopes to wipe out crime with the help of Nate, her computer hacker assistant, despite protests of their involvement in the case from Detective Max Wellington. When Bailey catches the culprits arranging to dispose of another body, she's out to help the two of them dig their own grave and if she’s lucky, Detective Max Wellington will keep them from arranging her funeral.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Free for Kindle!! Changing Zip Codes

Do you know anyone who is moving or has an upcoming move? 
This devotion book is free today for Kindle, October 18, 2012!!


Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted, An Inspirational Guide for the Unemployed, Uprooted, Cast Off, Deployed, Transferred, and Outsourced (Relocating)




When your entire life drives off in a moving van, it’s easy for doubts to flood your mind. Will I ever be organized again? Will I find good friends? Will my children like their new school? Carol Stratton has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a culture of change. In Changing Zip Codes, Carol helps readers explore the fun of new possibilities, the magic of new friendships, and the excitement of fresh starts. With humorous stories and biblical insights, Carol reminds us God is in the midst of every move, leading us to new beginnings.

Perfect for the unemployed, uprooted, cast off, deployed, transferred, and outsourced.

Carol Stratton has written for several publications, including InTouch magazine and Kyria. She is a contributing writer for Forsyth Woman magazine and has been published in two anthologies, Writing so Heaven Will be Different and Extraordinary Answers to Prayers. She speaks to women's groups such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and at national writers’ conferences. She attended Capenwray Bible School in New Zealand. Carol and her husband live in North Carolina and have four children and two grandchildren. Her website, www.ChangingZipCodes.com, helps women who are relocating.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Devotion writers needed! Pearls of Promise




Pearls of Promise Devotional Guidelines

Pearls of Promise Ministries plans to publish a devotional book, Pearls of Promise Devotional, and is seeking submissions from authors. In exchange for the devotion contribution, the author will receive up to three lines of credits at the end of the devotion, including author’s name, website and up to three published book titles. Authors do not have to be previously published in order to be considered.

Pearls of Promise will hold all rights to the devotional, which will be sold or given away at Pearls of Promise speaking engagements and at potential retail outlets. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to combat human trafficking.

The devotion categories are as follows:

Pearls of Promise
Pearls of Truth
Pearls of Love
Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls of Faith
Pearls of Forgiveness
Pearls of Comfort
Pearls of Joy
Pearls of Prayer
Pearls of Praise
Pearls of Peace
Pearls of Encouragement

Devotions are limited to 500 words or less and must be typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. Authors are allowed to submit up to five devotions and should email them to:


In addition, writers should fill out a Content License Agreement which can be either sent via pdf or by mail.

The deadline for entries is November 30, 2012.  Writers will be notified via email whether or not their devotion entry has been accepted for publication. 

Please visit Lisa Worley at Pearls of Promise … http://lisaburkhardtworley.com/
To download the Content License Agreement … http://lisaburkhardtworley.com/ContentLicenseAgreement.pdf

Monday, October 15, 2012

Purposeful Writing


Hi friends,  this is Lisa Buffaloe. I'm guest-posting on Seriously Write.

All writers have their purpose and reasons for writing. Sitting and typing for hours, days, weeks, months, and years, doesn’t come without a source of passion. Perhaps ideas niggle at your brain and won’t allow you to take a shower without jotting some idea on the shower wall. Or your thoughts and words bubble up all the time and need an outlet. To read the rest, please visit Purposeful Writing at ... http://www.seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/2012/10/purposeful-writing-by-lisa-buffaloe.html



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Authors and readers, tag those books!



To make sure your books (or your favorite author's books) are easily found through Amazon searches, please visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=487250 for a listing of international sites. Each site will allow you to translate the page. Once the page is translated, you can tag each book to place them in categories where readers can easily find them. 

And if you like a book, please leave a nice review. :)



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Women of Faith Writing Contest


This Year's Winner Could be You
Wednesday October 10, 2012 by Women of Faith

Last year Amy Sorrells heard about the 2011 Writing Contest at a Women of Faith event and decided to send in her manuscript. Her story not only won the contest, it was promptly signed by publisher David C. Cook. (It's currently scheduled for publication in late 2013/early 2014.) In the video below Amy tells the story behind her book-and what it was like to get the call telling her she'd won.
http://youtu.be/pe70OQ9lJvI
The 2012 Women of Faith Writing Contest is now accepting entries!
Unpublished manuscripts of full-length fiction or nonfiction in any genre are welcome as entries. Entry is free and the submission period begins Oct. 15, 2012. The deadline to submit an entry for the contest is 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 31, 2013.
One Grand Prize winner will receive: FREE Bookstore Advantage publishing package courtesy of WestBow Press, including the option of having your book picked up by Thomas Nelson. Additional prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners and top 30 finalists.

See details and enter here ... http://www.westbowpress.com/WomenOfFaith/

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fun with Marketing, Part 2


Hi friends, Lisa Buffaloe is having fun with Marketing on Seriously Write.


What if a work of childhood fiction was in reality a true-life story?

Non-fiction marketing plan for
The Wolf

To the Publisher:

I am huffing and puffing mad to discover that my archenemies, the pigs, have approached you to publish their squealing lies. Therefore, I am sending you my own marketing plan which you better consider (if you know what’s best). 

Fun with Matt Fore -- Steps

My list making friends will enjoy this one!

 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Free Download -- October 5-7! -- Accidental Meeting


Accidental Meeting
FREE Kindle Download October 5-7!

Abbey Martin isn't willing to be the kind of ‘player’ her boss wants her to be. When he threatens to not promote her because she refuses to get in ‘compromising’ positions, she quits.

If a day can go from bad to worse, it does for Abbey. She runs into Bruce Harrington on her way home—literally.

Bruce Harrington was on his way to a very important meeting. That was until a raving lunatic with brown, bouncy hair spiraled towards him in her car and then on foot. Maybe he should count it a blessing that when she sent him cascading over the side of the embankment—he wasn’t in his car.

To make amends for causing Bruce to break a leg, Abbey becomes his chauffeur and helpmate until he recovers.

When his cast is about to come off he has to face losing Abbey. There has to be some way he can keep her from walking out of his life forever. If a job offer won’t do it then perhaps it’s time for a proposal.

Reviews:

“I laughed and laughed and it made me take a look inside myself to know when things aren't going right to make sure I have the right attitude.” ~ Sharma Darby

“Loved Accidental Meeting. The characters came to life; like I was reading someone’s journal. The story was engaging and drew me into Abbey's world and challenges. Couldn't put it down!!!” ~ LovesAGoodStory

“This story had hilarious parts that will make you laugh, and things that make you want to beat someone up, when her former boss makes horrible and overly disgusting advances towards Abbey. Bruce is the hero, with those dreamy chocolate eyes. All in all a great story!” ~ Cindy Loven

“I rarely read this genre, but I may have to start after reading Accidental Meeting. This story was hard to put down. The main character, Abbey, has many challenges to overcome including a difficult boss, job loss, a life changing car accident, and falling in love. Her Christian values help her through the problems she is facing. This book is fast paced, humorous, and down to earth. Abbey is an everyday girl who is easy to relate to. I highly recommend this book!” ~ Shari Elliott

Winter Chill Rank: 4.7 out of 5 Stars!

Author’s Website: www.susettewilliams.com


Monday, October 1, 2012

Fun with Marketing

Howdy, friends!

This is Lisa Buffaloe.  I'm blessed to be guest posting on Seriously Write with an article  with a fun twist on Marketing. What if a work of childhood fiction was in reality a true-life story? 

Non-Fiction Marketing Plan for The Three Little Pigs. 

Dear Publisher,
My brothers and I would like to submit a proposal to your fine establishment. We have Twitter followers and Facebook friends who will happily squeal with delight when our book is published.