A New Year, A New Book

Happy New Year 2013!!!

Here at Shadowtime Writers, we are expecting great and wonderful things in the coming 12 months. Tahosa Treasure is set for official release on January 8th – what a way to start off the new year! Look for it then on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes & Noble!

Our number one goal for 2013 (besides successful marketing of Tahosa Treasure) is to see the next book in the Talon Family Series – Winter Chase – published as well. We hope to have it complete and ready for release by this November.

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How? 

Good question! I’ve developed a new (and highly sophisticated) approach called “Write for 30 minutes before I get out of bed every morning.” And, you know what? It seems to be working like a charm!

In fact, I predict we’ll beat our November deadline and already be starting working on the third book. Yes! A third! This is going to be one awesome series, people!

What is your number one writing goal for 2013?

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The Book Trailer

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with the ones you love!

We had a wonderful, quiet Christmas at home. AND we got snow on Christmas Day! So exciting!

As we head quickly towards the new year and the release of our book (January 8th), we wanted to share the trailer for Tahosa Treasure with you. So, without further ado, here it is:

ShadowTime Writer’s Give Away

Tahosa Treasure

The release date for Tahosa Treasure is just one month away!

Come January 8th, our book will be available on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes & Noble. We are pretty excited!

So, today, with just one month to go, we thought we would celebrate by hosting the very first ShadowTime Writer’s give-away!

Here’s the plan:

– We will be giving away one copy of Tahosa Treasure to the winner

– Participants may enter the give-away up to three times by doing the following:

1st entry = answering the question (posted below) in the comments

2nd entry = “like” ShadowTime Writers on FB (if you haven’t already) and leave another comment letting us know you did

3rd entry = follow Shadowtime Writers on Twitter (if you  haven’t already) and leave another comment letting us know you did

– We will be taking entries until midnight Friday, December 14th

– The winner will be announced on Monday, December 17th.

So…the question is:

What was the last book you read on U.S. History?

And the give-away is on!

A Time for Thanksgiving

(Psalm 136, NLT)

No matter what state we are in…what state our families are in…what state our cities are in…or our world…

There is always time for thanksgiving.

Why? How?

Because the Lord “remembers” & “rescues” those who believe in Him.

Because His “mercy endures forever.”

We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving no matter what state you find yourself in. If you can’t see a reason to give thanks…and especially if you can…we hope you take this Scripture to heart.

Many, many blessings to you & yours this holiday season!

Keeping It Simple

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Writing can seem like the most complicated thing in the world.

When you’re faced with the empty page. The blinking cursor. The ten chapters left to be written. The “blank” stare your imagination gives you when you just want to find the first word.

It’s easy to complicate the art of writing. And, even though it does take time and concentration, it’s really not that complicated.

It’s really pretty simple.

It really just comes down to the first word. And the last word. And all the words in between.

Words.

On the page.

That’s the writer’s #1 goal. Not to worry about whether or not the words will be great. Or whether they will be read. Or whether they will make a difference. Although those things are all good.

The writer’s #1 goal is to get the words on the page. 

It’s just that simple.

Question: does writing seem complicated or simple to you? Do you agree that the writer’s goal is to get the words on the page?

Starbuck’s Perspective

Sometimes I just can’t write.

Maybe I’m the only one.

The only one that…

…feels stuck

…feels dull

…feels inspiration-less

…feels dry

…feels…nothing

I hate it when this happens because writing is my passion. It is what I was born to do. It took me a long time to figure that out (coincidentally while I wrote and wrote and wrote…), but – once I did – it just fit. 

And I knew it was true. I was made to write.

So, when I can’t, I hate it. It’s like being trapped in a cage. With no way out.

Except…there is a way out!

I found it this week. At none other than Starbucks. Turns out that what I really needed was a change of perspective. A change of pace. A change of scenery. A block of time where I couldn’t do anything but write…and face the fact that I had been stuck.dull.inspiration-less.dry.nothing.

A Starbuck’s perspective for me.

Maybe another local coffee shop perspective for you. Or a mountain top. Or a bench in a park. Or your back porch. Or your car. Or another state. Or another country.

Whatever works. Starbuck’s worked for me this time. It’s worth the $5 mocha to see the words adding up, the cursor moving furiously across the page, the juices flowing once again.

So…Where do you go when you’re stuck and need a new perspective?