Here's a list of some of the books I've read this summer. It's been a good time. Lots of good non-fiction in these recent months. Which always does my heart good. And a few fiction books.
Hope your own reading lately has been refreshing, fulfilling, and fun!
Here they are:
Twelve Tests of Character by Harry Emerson Fosdick (Yes. Preach it Mr. Fosdick)
Mission: Success! by Og Mandino (awww! Just, awww!)
Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark (Thank you, Roy.)
Positive Imaging by Norman Vincent Peale (changed the way I pray for my kids and spouse and friends and well ... everyone.)
The Greatest Salesman In The World Part II: The End of the Story by Og Mandino (great little tip for reviewing your day in here)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (a surprisingly highly satisfying read)
The One Thing by Gary Keller (changed the entire structure of my writing day. amazing.)
The Road Back to You by Ian Cron (LOVE the Enneagram)
What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell (This guy, and his insights, and the way he writes books. Brilliant.)
Experiencing God Through Prayer by Madame Guyon (from the 1600's people!!!)
Preparing for Adolescence by Dr. James Dobson (b/c I have a kiddo starting MIDDLE SCHOOL you guys! unbelievable)
Acres of Diamond by Russell H. Conwell (succinct and to the point: hone your talents)
The Tough-Minded Optimist by Norman Vincent Peale (nobody's writing brings me up like N.V.P. Love this guy.)
Crafting Dynamic Dialog by The Editors of Writer's Digest (good stuff. I LOVE writing dialog, btw.)
Words Fail Me by Patricia T. O'Conner (basic grammer and writing advice, delivered with humor)
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (My only fiction book on the list! It's the second in a series... So far, so good...)
Hugs to all of you,
p.s. For a deeper look at a lot of the books I've read up to this point, you can visit the "Bookfest Friday" category on my blog.
Hi reader friends!
I'm geting questions surrounding the order that I've written the Mod Code series of books.
So, for those of you wondering, below they are listed in the order that I wrote them.
I happen to love this order as the suggested reading order. BUT! Everyone's different on their preferences for reading prequels.
I usually like to dig into the meat of the story before I go back and read any prequels and find out the "before" story. However, I had one reader saying she was glad the prequels were both out so she could read them before she ever started the first book.
Bottom line? I appreciate whatever your reader tango style might be, and I say ... "Read on, my reader friend!"
Here's the written order of the books:
The Lost Lineage (Currently working on! Releasing Feb. 2018!)
The Crossed Kingdom (Currently working on! Releasing 2018!)
To be notified on book release dates, click here.
Lots of love coming to each and every one of you this August 2nd! School is about to start again! Raise your hand if you can hardly believe that! (My hand is raised.) It's just a good reminder to me that we have to EMBRACE every day fully and LIVE it as if it were our last.
Tell someone you love them today and have a great week!
This is the story of Sage & Beckett's three years on the farm before The Mod Code Book #1. This story is told in alternating perspectives: Letters from Beckett, written to Sage and Sage's Journal/Diary Entries.
I had a reader email in asking me some questions about my writing life, and I thought I would answer them here on my blog.
So here we go:
What drew you to write YA fiction? In particular, science fiction?
I’ve always loved the young adult genre of books. YA conquers big topics in a digestible way for readers of all ages.
In regards to science fiction, specifically, my answer is two-fold:
First, I have a tendency to think deeply and regularly about God and the big questions in life. When I'm in that space, the world is vast.
Secondly, I had a vivid dream that actually turned into chapter 22 in The Mod Code (book #1 in the series). That dream set the stage for the “science-fictiony” side of the book.
What kind of language do you use and how do you handle sensitive subjects?
Do you mean inappropriate kinds of language? If so, then the answer is, I’m a pretty conservative parent—especially when it comes to what books my children read. I usually think about what words I would want my son or daughter reading when they turn thirteen, and I make sure my books would be on my own “mom allowed” list.
How did you market your books when you first started out?
A bit of social media. A few failed attempts at contests/book competitions. Book club talks. Mainly, I knew I just needed to keep writing books so my available offerings would expand, and then, my readership could expand with it
I see your ratings are very good. How do you manage that outside of being an excellent writer? How did you get your books noticed?
In general, I don’t think anyone will get good ratings with a bad book.
My most important advice in this entire blog post would be this: KEEP WRITING. And, in addition, you must keep IMPROVING your writing. It’s imperative to learn what makes a good book a good book. I learned this through a ton of reading about how to do that, and then implementing that advice into my own writing. Because ultimately, word isn’t going to spread about a book if people don’t feel it’s worthwhile enough to share with other people.
Hope this helps, Marilyn!
Have a great day everybody. : )
The Bookbub sale is officially over. You can go here to visit The Mod Code Series official site.
This novel is a MOD CODE PREQUEL! This is the story of Sage and Beckett's three years on the farm together BEFORE Sage is kidnapped.
This story is told in alternating perspectives: Letters from Beckett, written to Sage, and Sage's Journal/Diary Entries.
It's juicy!!! Get ready!!
Here's the jacket cover description:
Sage has trust issues.
She's never been in love, and she's not going to start now, especially not with her new farm neighbor—no matter how good-looking he is, no matter how much his parents want to help her family.
Beckett is hurting in a way he'd never show anyone.
He doesn't plan on falling for Sage.
He knows it would be easier if he didn't care about her at all—because of his secret, because of the truth about who sent him to her small Kansas town.
But when Sage's family farm is threatened with financial ruin, Beckett can't stand back and watch. As Vasterias forces mount against them, Beckett is desperate to tell Sage the truth—before Vasterias gets to her first.
Sold in DIGITAL format starting June 30, 2017 on AMAZON, ITUNES, BARNES & NOBLE, & KOBO.
On a bench.
Reading Oliver Twist.
That is all.
Bookfest Friday wrapped up a year ago this coming May. I can’t believe it’s been eleven months since we concluded our year-long reading of two books a week! It was intense and wonderful. I was just talking to my husband a few nights ago about how much I grew during that season of deep reading, especially with all the non-fiction work I processed through. It reminds me of how Joseph Campbell spent his early twenties reading for NINE HOURS a day, broken up into chunks of time.
No wonder he was so brilliant.
He talks about the process in his book, The Hero's Journey:
So during the years of the Depression I had arranged a schedule for myself. When you don’t have a job or anyone to tell you what to do, you’ve got to fix one for yourself. I divided the day into four four-hour periods, of which I would be reading in three of the four-hour periods, and free one of them.
By getting up at eight o’clock in the morning, by nine I could sit down to read. That meant I used the first hour to prepare my own breakfast and take care of the house and put things together in whatever shack I happened to be living in at the time. Then three hours of that first four-hour period went to reading.
Then came an hour break for lunch and another three-hour unit. And then comes the optional next section. It should normally be three hours of reading and then an hour out for dinner and then three hours free and an hour getting to bed so I’m in bed by twelve.
On the other hand, if I were invited out for cocktails or something like that, then I would put the work hour in the evening and the play hour in the afternoon.
It worked very well. I would get nine hours of sheer reading done a day. And this went on for five years straight.
Wow. Think of all the learning that takes place with a reading schedule like that. That sounds brilliant.
As for you and me, even though Bookfest Friday is long over for us, I hope you're still reading diligently and enjoying the process.
My pace slowed by about half, averaging right around a book a week, but I continue to dive in, and I'm loving it.
Here are some of my reads over the past eleven months, both fiction and non-fiction.
I’ve rated them 1-5, with 5 an “awesome!” and a 1 a “I wish I had passed.”
Here they are:
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon (5+) F
Contagious Optimism by David Mezzapelle (1) NF
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (5) F
Siren by Kiera Cass (1) F
1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer (2) NF
Collard by Nicole Williams (1-) F
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma (5+) NF
God Space by Doug Pollock (2) NF
The Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (3) F
Let Food be Thy Medicine by Don Colbert (4) NF
The Summer of Great-Grandmother by Madeleine L’Engle (5+) NF
The Life You Were Born to Live by Dan Millman (1, but I LOVE his book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior) NF
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany (4) F
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (5+) NF
The Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan (5+) F
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist (5+) NF
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (3) F
Love Wins by Rob Bell (5+) NF
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (4) F
Sex God by Rob Bell (5) NF
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (5) NF
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (4) F
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (4) NF
Everything, Everything by (3) Nicola Yoon
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (4) F
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers (5) F
An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers (5) F
As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers (4) F
I Dare You by William Danforth (5) NF
A Better Way to Live By Og Mandino (5+) NF
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino (5) F
The Greatest Secret in the World by Og Mandino (5) NF
The Choice by Og Mandino (5+) F
The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino (5) F
The Return of the Ragpicker by Og Mandino (5) F
It has been a lovely eleven months. My nightstand holds about a dozen more books which I'm halfway through, and my desk shelf ... oh my ... it's covered it a stack of titles I'm salivating over! But I'll tell you about all those reads later.
In the meantime, be on your toes, everyone! Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day! My husband always tries to get me. It started with my mother-in-law. She's so tricksie. Now it's a family thing, and I kinda like it.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! ;)