My Turn! The World Book Blog Tour

The World Book Blog Tour

The World Book Blog Tour is an invitation to share not only an author’s work but also the work of other authors/writers. Then the idea is to pass it on in hopes of authors reaching authors and readers across the globe! Thanks to all of you who jumped on board to participate in the fun!

Thanks to David Wolstenholm for adding me to the tour! David is a Christian pastor currently on sabbatical working at a property management company. He’s the author of Combat Ready, a thrilling memoir that reflects the Christian and military life. You can read my book review of Combat Ready here. He’s working on a daily devotional to complement Combat Ready and is already available for a sneak peek on his blog. He leads a contemplative and prayerful Christian life, which can be seen through his writing. Be sure to take some time to study his inspirational blog!

These are the questions posed by the World Blog Tour:

What am I working on?

I started writing a few different fiction books for kids but am primarily focusing on a chapter book for boys and a YA romance. I hope to have both books finished within the next year. Furthermore, I’m gearing up to promote my recently published chapter book Patty Cakes and the Stolen Ball and to continue spreading the word about my first fantasy novel Username: Bladen. Both titles were published through Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think my books vary from others in that I’m not writing outwardly Christian books, yet you can get a feel for the Christian family values and virtues contained in them. Username: Bladen contains Christian symbolism but with a secular feel. Patty Cakes and the Stolen Ball is a story that reflects a lot of the crazy action that occurs in my house with my children!

Why do I write what I do?

I graduated from college where I chose to pursue a degree in psychology, because I find people fascinating. I believe if you understand yourself and others, you’ll have a more enriching life. My husband and I have six children and host four exchange students from countries around the world. I believe children are an incredible investment of our time. They’re our future. It’s imperative to grow up with the right values, morals and respect for oneself and others in order to make a difference in the world. Because I’m continuously surrounded by kids of all ages, I felt inspired to share the beauty of life and the importance of education and entertainment through children’s books.

How does my writing process work?

I like to write the way that I read, without knowing exactly what’s going to happen next. I don’t use an outline, though, I usually imagine the next scene in my head before I write it down. In a way, my head is frequently in the clouds, thinking up stories. So far I haven’t had writer’s block. The stories keep coming.

Next stop on the World Blog Tour?

Erik Nelson is the author of his newly published book Unlawful Protectionavailable on Smashwords and iBooks. In Nelson’s book, “Ian Johnson sees high school as an opportunity to get bullied and nothing else. But one day, things start to change as Ian’s personality suddenly changes after he suffers a mental breakdown. In the midst of his breakdown, the school comes under siege and the perpetrators are able to get the police to stand down. As they shoot more faculty and students, they feel satisfied until they meet Ian!”

Erik’s love for reading began when he was seven with his interest in the Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine. He later furthered his interest with the book Carrie by Stephen King. He is an avid reader and book reviewer on his YouTube channel witchmandumb. If you’re looking for a great read, check out his book and extensive list of reviews! 

Marlena Hand is a Christian, a writer, blogger, wife and secretary of the Rave Reviews Book Club, an awesome online book club for authors and readers.  Marlena uses her blog as an event planning business. Her blog contains an extensive list of her book reviews, featured guests and so much more. Please be sure to check out her resources on your literature seeking journey!  

Tim Hemlin is the author of five books in The Culinary Mysteries Book Series published by Ballantine and available on Amazon. His latest published work, The Wastelanders, is a fascinating clifi-dystopian novel. Tim is represented by Kimberly Cameron of Kimberly Cameron & Associates literary agency. He recently earned his master’s in counseling and has been a middle school teacher for twenty-two years. He feels he is a voice for future generations to uphold an enjoyment for the beauty of nature. Tim is also a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club. Please take the time to check out this talented author!  

 

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About jvcarrwriterauthor

Everybody has realistic dreams, ones that start with a seed in the heart, are watered, then grow. Well...I finally published my dream, my young adult novel entitled Username: Bladen. The idea to write it literally struck me in the darkness of the night. I began this project not too long ago, though now it feels like forever. This book, in its original manuscript form, meandered down a typical publishing path in many ways, until it recently settled (Yay!) on the shelves of cyberspace. Soon, I hope it will find a happy home on the shelves of many book lovers, in a real home not just a virtual one. After all who doesn't like to see their dreams come true? Today, with the technological advances that we enjoy, dreams of publishing are well within a writer's grasp. Every mom, much to their chagrin, experiences sleepless nights. With six kids, I honestly can't remember the last time I slept through the night. Typically, when I wake up and can't fall back to sleep, I think too much about things, meditate, or pray. One night as I was praying, the plot for Username: Bladen literally flooded my thoughts. I got so excited about it that I decided to sit down and write and write and write. I spent a lot of time learning about publishing. I joined forums and writers' groups. When I finished my manuscript, I entered it into The Sandy Writing contest, which was a terrific learning experience. I didn't win, but one judge loved my story and gave me almost a perfect score. That gave me a lot of encouragement. I also queried it a little, and am amazed by how much I learned and loved the process. I know nobody likes rejection letters, but I appreciated the personal letters I received from agents that gave me insight into why they rejected my manuscript. Then finally, after I learned that publishers don't have a lot of shelf room for young adult novels with a male protagonist, I decided to stop querying and publish through Westbow. I found an extremely talented editor, and rather quickly finished the process of publishing my book. I couldn't be happier with the final result. If anyone has a story to tell, are willing to be diligent, and have a dream to be a published author, you can do it! Believe in yourself and make your dream come true!
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5 Responses to My Turn! The World Book Blog Tour

  1. Erik Nelson says:

    We all love video games but what if we couldn’t play them just for fun? What if it was the matter of life and death? I know that we’ve seen movies and read stories similar to that them but the best version that I’ve read of this type of story has to be Jennifer V. Carr’s “Username: Bladen”. It’s not just full of action and video game sequences, it also features Christian-like scenes that really play on the characters’ emotions. Reading Jennifer’s story was a real treat to me because it provided a unique story with some very unique characters. Here is my video review of her story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxZGhEWcmmk and here is where you can get her story: http://www.amazon.com/Username-Bladen-J-V-Carr/dp/1449782825/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410827302&sr=8-1&keywords=Username%3A+Bladen. Whether you’re into video games or not, you will still be in for a real treat as I was when you sit back, relax and read Jennifer V. Carr’s “Username: Bladen”

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