Monday, February 3, 2014

An Excellent Description

Several months ago, while reading the selection of the month for a book club, I came across the following description of how it felt to a child in the 1940s to drink a soda for the first time. 

I read the sentence several more times just to enjoy the visual effects. The only word that came to mind was, "Wow!" The words are fanciful, yet an accurate description of the sensation. I have to admit that this is one of the best description I've ever read.

From Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
The fizz had entered his nasal passages and gone straight to his cerebrum, where it shivered and danced and burst like a Roman candle in his brain.

Do the words pop out at you like they did for me? Are the pictures they paint in your mind vivid? Do they make you relive the sensation yourself? 

What kind of description do you have in your writing? Does it make the readers feel like they're seeing/experiencing/sensing it with the characters or do they just give the facts?

CHALLENGE:
1) Find a vivid description in your own writing and share it in a comment below.
OR
2) Write a vivid description (either from scratch or rewriting one from your writing) and share it in a comment. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Review of the Proofs for Conspiracy: Fast Track Thriller #2 are DONE!

The process started rolling fast on January 9, when my editor let me know the proofs would be coming soon. A few days later, she double-checked that everything was up-to-date on my Author Bio and that the Dedication and Acknowledgments were correct.

Then the proofs arrived along with the back cover copy (see below) arrived on January 16. It was so exciting to see my manuscript all formatted and almost ready to go. One huge step closer to my second book being published!




Due to a family emergency, it took me almost twice as long  to complete my review of the proofs than my editor requested. But she was gracious, understood the situation, and told me to finish when I could. Once I returned from my unscheduled trip, however, I was determined to finish ASAP, and cleared my schedule of almost everything else so I could devote the necessary time to the proofs.

And now for the fantastic blurb from the back cover copy that the publishing team at OakTara created for Conspiracy...


DRUM ROLL, PLEASE...


(am I keeping you in suspense?)


 CONPIRACY
 Fast Track Thriller #2

The heat is turned up.
And NASCAR champion Stuart Jackson is the only person
top-secret agent Joanne Van der Haas can trust.

Deadly conspiracy swirls at the highest levels of the intelligence community. The director of the OJL, the nation’s most clandestine agency, is under investigation. Have they found the traitor they’ve been seeking, or has he been framed? Agent Joanne Van der Haas is caught in the crossfire, with both accused and accusers seeking her help. As the confusing evidence mounts, she turns to her friend, NASCAR champion Stuart Jackson. He can provide the expert driving ability needed to follow the trail of clues but is untried in the intelligence field. Revealing the shocking truth might place him—and others she loves—in grave danger.

Experience the tingle of romance and the thrill of nonstop action as Joanne plunges into one of the deadliest assignments she’s ever undertaken.


A fast-paced suspense thriller as current as today’s news headlines


Sound exciting?

Want to know what happened to bring the characters to this point?

Check out the first book in the series:

“Plenty of action and unexpected twists.”
Jimmy Makar
General Manager of Joe Gibbs Racing 


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Friday, April 26, 2013

FREEBIE FRIDAY - Free Christian Fiction E-books


The books listed below with a "CB" in front of the titles are available at Amazon AND ChristianBook.com (non-Kindle version). All others are available from Amazon only.

To access the books at ChristianBooks.com, click here:
CB BOOKS.

You will have to download Adobe Digital Editions before you can download books, then you can transfer them to your e-reader.**NOTE** Because free offers change frequently, make sure the book is still free before purchasing.

New This Week:
Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are often free for only a few days.
In case you missed them before, these novels are free again.
Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are often free for only a few days.
CB - Heartless (Tales of Goldstone Wood Book #1) by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Still Free:
Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are free for a limited time.
Angel in the Shadows, Book 1 (The Angel Series) by Lisa Grace
Chop, Chop (Chop, Chop Series - Book 1) by L.N. Cronk
CB - Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek, Book 1) by Kathleen Morgan
Day with the Dinosaurs by Kristina Seleshanko
CD - Distant Dreams (Ribbons of Steel Book #1) by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson
FALLEN (Descendants Saga (Book 1)) by James Somers
Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, Book 1) by Janice Thompson
Heart of Gold by Lacy Williams
A Hearth in Candlewood (The Candlewood Trilogy, Book 1) by Delia Parr 
Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart

CB - In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Series #1) by Judith Miller
CB - Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) by Lorena McCourtney`
CB - Jenna's Cowboy: A Novel (The Callahans of Texas) by Sharon Gillenwater
CB - Jerk Magnet, The (Life at Kingston High Book #1) by Melody Carlso
The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries) by George Wier
Light Of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King) by Karen Hancock
Love In Bloom by Karen Rose Smith
CB - Me, Just Different (The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt Book #1) by Stephanie Morrill 
CB - Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides Book #1) by Mary ConnealyPaper Roses (Texas Dreams, Book 1) (Texas Dreams Trilogy) by Amanda Cabot
CB - Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book #1) by Dale Cramer
To Love Anew Sydney Cove Series #1) by Bonnie
Touching the Clouds: A Novel (Alaskan Skies)by Bonnie Leon Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight

Happy reading!


Suzanne Hartmann
Author of PERIL: Fast Track Thriller #1
A top-secret agent.
A high-profile assignment
Danger at a NASCAR track

Friday, March 22, 2013

FREEBIE FRIDAY - Free Christian Fiction E-books


The books listed below with a "CB" in front of the titles are available at Amazon AND ChristianBook.com (non-Kindle version). All others are available from Amazon only.

To access the books at ChristianBooks.com, click here:
CB BOOKS.
 

You will have to download Adobe Digital Editions before you can download books, then you can transfer them to your e-reader.**NOTE** Because free offers change frequently, make sure the book is still free before purchasing. 

New This Week: 
Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are often free for only a few days.     
In His Will (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Cathy Marie Hake
 
Free Again:

In case you missed them before, these novels are free again.

Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are often free for only a few days.  
None this week
 
Still Free: 

Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are free for a limited time.  
CB - 11:15: The Making of a Halfling (FREE ebook) by Zondervan




Day with the Dinosaurs by Kristina Seleshanko

CB - Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries) by Patricia H. Rushford
CB - Distant Dreams (Ribbons of Steel Book #1) by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson 
FALLEN (Descendants Saga (Book 1)) by James Somers  
CB - Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, Book 1) by Janice Thompson

CB - Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn (not free on Amazon)
CB - Gentleman of Her Dreams (A Ladies of Distinction novella) by Jen Turano

CB - Gods and Kings: Chronicles of the Kings #1 by Lynn Austin




CB - Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) by Lorena McCourtney`


CB - Jerk Magnet, The (Life at Kingston High Book #1) by Melody CarlsonKate's Kisses (Sweet Treats Bakery) by Mary Manners
CB - Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana #1) by Tracie Peterson  
The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries) by George Wier 
Light Of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King) by Karen Hancock   
Lily's Redemption by Jeffrey Davis
CB - Love Me If You Must (Patricia Amble Mystery Series #1) by Nicole Young

Love In Bloom by Karen Rose Smith




CB - To Love Anew Sydney Cove Series #1) by Bonnie   
Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel by Lynette Eason


Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight  
When Night Falls by Margaret Dale




Ready for more free books? Check my Easter book give-away for a chance to win up to 6 books:

EASTER BOOK GIVE-AWAY 

Happy reading!
 

Suzanne Hartmann

Author of PERIL: Fast Track Thriller #1  
A top-secret agent.

A high-profile assignment
Danger at a NASCAR track

Friday, March 15, 2013

FREEBIE FRIDAY - Free Christian Fiction


The books listed below with a "CB" in front of the titles are available at Amazon AND ChristianBook.com (non-Kindle version). All others are available from Amazon only.

To access the books at ChristianBooks.com, click here:
CB BOOKS.

You will have to download Adobe Digital Editions before you can download books, then you can transfer them to your e-reader.**NOTE** Because free offers change frequently, make sure the book is still free before purchasing. 

New This Week: 
Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are often free for only a few days.     
Circle Of Vengeance (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by M. J. ConnerCB - Distant Dreams (Ribbons of Steel Book #1) by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson 
Hazardous Duty (Christian mystery) (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) by Christy Barritt   
In His Will (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Cathy Marie Hake
In Search of a Memory (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Pamela Griffin 
Larkspur Dreams (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Anita Higman
A Love For Keeps (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Janet Lee Barton
Love's Image (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Debby Mayne
CB - Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book #1) by Dale Cramer   
Picket Fence Pursuit (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Jennifer Johnson
Some Trust in Chariots (Intents of the Heart) by Lezlie Word Tyson
Sweet Forever (Truly Yours Digital Editions) by Ramona K. Cecil
CB - Tangled Ashes by Michèle Phoenix
CB - Trauma Plan (Grace Medical) by Candace Calvert 
 
Free Again:

In case you missed them before, these novels are free again.

Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are often free for only a few days.  
None this week
 
Still Free: 

Make sure the cost is $0.00 before you click to buy as these books are free for a limited time.  
CB - 11:15: The Making of a Halfling (FREE ebook) by Zondervan




Day with the Dinosaurs by Kristina Seleshanko

CB - Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries) by Patricia H. Rushford
FALLEN (Descendants Saga (Book 1)) by James Somers  
CB - Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, Book 1) by Janice Thompson

CB - Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn (not free on Amazon)
CB - Gentleman of Her Dreams (A Ladies of Distinction novella) by Jen Turano

CB - Gods and Kings: Chronicles of the Kings #1 by Lynn Austin




CB - Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) by Lorena McCourtney`


CB - Jerk Magnet, The (Life at Kingston High Book #1) by Melody CarlsonKate's Kisses (Sweet Treats Bakery) by Mary Manners
CB - Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana #1) by Tracie Peterson  
The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries) by George Wier 
Light Of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King) by Karen Hancock   
Lily's Redemption by Jeffrey Davis
CB - Love Me If You Must (Patricia Amble Mystery Series #1) by Nicole Young

Love In Bloom by Karen Rose Smith




CB - To Love Anew Sydney Cove Series #1) by Bonnie   
Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel by Lynette Eason


Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight  
When Night Falls by Margaret Dale




Ready for more free books? Check back on Monday for my first Easter book give-away. 


Happy reading!
 

Suzanne Hartmann

Author of PERIL: Fast Track Thriller #1 A top-secret agent.

A high-profile assignment
Danger at a NASCAR track