God-Defined Dreamer

God-Defined Dreamer

From movies to books to songs, you hear the resounding message: “Follow your dreams.” And I suppose there is some right in the saying. There’s certainly nothing wrong with working towards your goals.*

However, I believe people who feel strongly that following your dreams** is the one way to go have missed Something important. Not always, but occasionally what we want most is not what is best for us.

To a certain extent, I took on this subject in At Her Fingertips, but I’d like to expand on my ideas today. Bear with me! 😉

*Goals make dreams a reality. True story.

**Note that this post is not about dreams as in things that you think about while you’re sleeping*** but dreams as in things you think about in the day and would like to work towards.

***You shouldn’t follow these either. (Especially if they’re as weird as mine …)

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My Plans for Once a Stratton

My Plans for Once a Stratton

I think I’ve talked a little bit about my plans for Once a Stratton – I’m never very tight-lipped with y’all! – but I’ve never gone into detail about what to expect in the next couple months and years.

So … today I’d like to write a post briefly explaining my plans and goals for the novel. And I know I’ve talked about this project a lot (well, one blog post‘s worth!), but I’m super excited about it! And when I’m excited, I ramble! (To state the obvious, hehe.)

I’ll also be asking for beta/alpha readers soon (kinda combining them this time around because I need speed!), so that’s exciting! But for now, let’s talk about my plans!

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When Your Writing Just Isn’t Enough

When Your Writing Just Isn't Enough

Sometimes I think that writers have the lowest self-esteem of any creature on this planet. We constantly judge ourselves. We second-guess word choices, plot lines, even calling ourselves a writer. We can’t even tell others about our stories without blushing!

Now, to a certain extent, it’s natural to worry about our creations like this. I mean, seriously. A writer puts a lot into his or her novels. Who wouldn’t be worried about what others will think?

But … there’s something every author should know about writing. And today I’m going to tell you about it.

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My Favorite Excerpts from Once a Stratton

My Favorite Excerpts from Once a Stratton

As you may or may not know, I worked on Once a Stratton for Camp NaNoWriMo this year. I only went for 10,000 words (I wrote 24,593 bringing the novel to 59,749 words), but I’ve still got a bit to go. It’s going to be a lot shorter than I’d planned, though!

Returning to this world and these characters – 1850s Pennsylvania, Lilli and Chris Strauss – is like coming home again. Honestly, Lilli is one of my favorites as far as writing her goes, and Chris just has so much sass! #sassyhusbandsaremusthave #forfictionalcharactersanyway

I’ve really been enjoying it. Today I’m going to share a couple never-before-seen excerpts with y’all. Let me know what you think in the comments! Continue reading “My Favorite Excerpts from Once a Stratton”

At Her Fingertips, Blog Tour: Day 6

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IT’S THE LAST DAY OF THE TOUR EXCEPT FOR OUR WRAPUP!!! Wow. That went sooooo incredible fast! Did y’all enjoy it? Thoughts, comments?!

Today is future day. That means we’ll be talking about novels I have yet to write, etc. It’s going to be beyond exciting! (Also, I’ll be sharing some spoilers on Facebook, so be sure to check those out if you like spoilers!)

First, let’s look at today’s posts! Honestly, some of my favorites are today! *so excited*

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At Her Fingertips, Blog Tour: Day 4

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[[Well. She shouldn’t have made her password so obvious.]]

[[Shhhhh, we don’t want them to know!]]

[[I’m not telling them! I’m introducing us. Hello, all! I’m Alice Knight, the main character of Kellyn’s latest book, At Her Fingertips. I wanted her to rewrite it slightly with *coughs* less complications, but it appears that isn’t going to happen.

[[Now, here’s how this will work! There are six of us who could come here today.]]

[[And steal Miss Roth’s blog.]]

[[Shush, Peter. Guilt will get us nowhere. I’m sure she doesn’t mind. *hesitation* Wait, Kirk, did we check and see if she didn’t mind?]]

[[Uh … let’s just say … we weren’t a thorough as we could have been. *clears throat* I’m sure she doesn’t care.]]

[[All right, then. Let’s go on. We’re putting on this post today. Each of us will be in a different color of colored brackets. And oh my goodness, am I using American spelling?]]

[[*laughs*]]

[[Neighbor. Theater. Center. Apologize. That’s it. I’m leaving.]]

[[Oh, come on, it’s not so bad!]]

[[You would say that! Alice, we just have to bear it. Go on.]]

[[*sigh* Very well. Now, here’s are the colors for each of us.]]

[[Alice Knight]] [[Kirk Manning]] [[Ivy Knight]] [[Peter Strauss]] [[Cassie O’Connell]] [[Gibson Ashfield]]

[[Is that in order of importance?]]

[[Shush, you. And … I believe that’s it! Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy our post!]]

[[You’d better. *waggles eyebrows*]]

[[Stop.]]

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At Her Fingertips, Blog Tour: Day 3

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AND WE GOT THROUGH THE FIRST DAY AND HERE WE ARE! *big grin* And today’s theme day, so we get to talk about meanings and lessons and all that fun stuff.

Honestly, writing theme is hard for me. I’m always afraid I’ll come off as preachy! I believe I’ve avoided that for this book, however. The key is to just tell the story.

However, before that, we have today’s posts! Let’s see what my amazing blog tour buddies came up with!

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At Her Fingertips, Blog Tour: Day 2

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YAY FOR THE BLOG TOUR! *can’t believe it’s starting* *is dying of excitement* Are you ready to have tons of fun?

Wow, this month went fast! This tour may seem like I put it together carefully, but honestly, I’ve been rushed! Still, nothing bad has happened … yet. 😉

Today is historical day. This means we’ll be talking about history (duh). It also means other things, though, so y’all who don’t love history too much, stick around!

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At Her Fingertips, Blog Tour: Day 1

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ANNNNDDDDDD … IT’S HERE! *insert excited wild crazy screaming* At Her Fingertips is now live on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback format!

Whoa … *takes a deep breath* I’m actually getting a little emotional here! This is my favorite book that I’ve written so far, and I can’t believe it’s out there. I can’t wait for you to read it!

You can buy yourself a copy on Amazon, wait for other sales channels (hopefully appearing over the week), or order a signed paperback copy here. Now, on to the blog tour!

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Finalizing Tour Details and Proofreading

Finalizing Tour Details and Proofreading

Only fifteen days until At Her Fingertips releases. Am I nervous? No, not at all! Why would you ask such a silly question?

Okay, I’ll admit I’m a little scared. Partially because of the fact that people will be able to purchase my baby … and partially because I have a lot to do in that short amount of time. *hyperventilates a little*

Today I’ll be sharing some details about the blog tour schedule with you as well as pictures of my proof copy & talking about that process. (In case you’re still interested, you can still sign up for the blog tour until Monday.)

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