Monday, June 25, 2012

Designing Destiny $2.99 on Kindle

Coming soon in print.

When Destiny Dean's grandmother learns that she's been given six months to live, she grieves the fact that she won't be around to watch her only grandchild grow to adulthood. She ponders how she might have an impact on Destiny's life and an idea comes to her. Taking out a leather bound journal, she begins to write down all the advice she would have given Destiny had she been a part of her life.

This book is Christian-based and includes a section of encouraging Scriptures.

Chapters include:
1) Just Good Old Advice
2) Just Pain Fun
3) Giving Back
4) Love & Marriage
5) Education & Work Ethics
6) Emotional Health
7) Physical Health
8) Family
9) Finances
10) Friends & Relationship
11) Spiritual
12) Favorite Bible Verses

Designing Destiny, a Godly book of advice for women of all ages because a good pair of shoes and a little bit of advice go a long way!

David Bond's "A Time To Build"

Title: A Time To Build
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing 

Cover blurb:

Brian Marshall lives a quiet, serious life. At age thirty-three, he’s content and reasonably prosperous. When a new client steps inside his office one July morning, and he recognizes her strikingly beautiful face, his thoughts are thrown back in time thirteen years, to a time when he committed perhaps the greatest mistake of his life.

Hallie Grover has come a long way in thirteen years. When she left central Pennsylvania as a dispirited seventeen-year old to live with her divorced mother in California, she couldn’t have imagined the path her life was to take. Will she be able to handle her new life, owning and managing a small café in McCane, Pennsylvania? And will she be able to rebuild a relationship with her sister, and a thirteen-year old girl she’s never had the chance to know?

Brian fears Hallie will one day remember him. Hallie blossoms, but is she ready to embrace a relationship she wasn’t expecting?
1)      How did this story come to you?
Like most stories, it just did! This novel has actually gone through a number of significant “evolutions.” It was originally written in first person, but the publisher rejected it. I wish I could come up with a good answer to this question! Story ideas are always “popping up” in my head, and this is really the only thing I can say!

2)     Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I already had a 3-book contract with Desert Breeze Publishing, and when an idea for another series came to me, I put together a proposal and submitted it. My proposal was accepted and I found myself contracted to write 6 full-length novels in a 2-year span. Concerning the journey for A Time To Build, as I just alluded to, this novel went through several iterations. It was actually originally entitled, “The Park,” based on a park where my main character loved to spend time. The last chapter was added after my editor suggested the ending, while good, needed a little more closure. And looking back, it was an excellent bit of advice.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
First, I am blind. Second, I am a male who loves to read and write romance (there are some qualifiers which I won’t discuss here!). And, third, I am a type I diabetic.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
My next release (after A Time To Build) is the sequel to my debut. It is entitled, “Sweet Music,” and will be available in October (2012). The manuscript for Sweet Music has just been submitted, and as of this date in June, I am now beginning to work on the sequel to A Time To Build, entitled, “A Time To Heal.”

5) Parting comments?
Based on feed-back from male readers of (mostly) my debut (The Attaché), I’ve kicked around the idea of marketing my novels as, “romance men find worth reading.” Or something like this! Not sure though, since women enjoy my novels as well.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?

Deanna Nowadnick's "Fruit of My Spirit"

Title: Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace
Publisher: Rhododendron Books

Cover blurb: In a memoir of missteps and misdeeds, Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God’s love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God’s grace, she discovers an indescribable, indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail through joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life.

1) How did this story come to you?
I just wanted to my sons Kyle and Kevin to know how I met their father. One story became two stories; the chapter on Love went straight into the chapter on Self-Discipline. Soon I knew a theme had developed. Finally one day I said to anyone who’d listen, “I think I wrote a book.”

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This is my first book. I fully expected to get a few things down on paper and then run up to Staples to make a couple copies. I was fortunate to find Sue Collier who put together a wonderful team of people who took me through the publishing process. As I said in the Acknowledgements, I could not have done it without them. Not only did they steer me through unchartered waters, but they protected my voice in the process. I am delighted with the book and truly grateful for their time and care.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) Even though I majored in English in college, I never really enjoyed writing assignments. I actually think it had more to do with being told what to write, rather than the writing itself.
2) I love Downton Abbey and Mad Men.
3) I cannot cook, nor can I grow anything. Really! If there’s a national emergency tomorrow, I’ve got to be able to subsist on Quaker Chewy Dips!

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
A draft of Book 2 is done. Signs in Life: Meeting God at the Corner of Grace and Mercy tells of those times when God has come alongside and guided, directed and turned me. The book is another collection of short stories, this time recounting the times when God has met me at life’s crossroads, when I’ve been “on point” with God, not because of anything I’ve done, but because a loving, gracious, merciful God has been there time after time, again and again.

5) Parting comments?
I never expected the book to resonate with readers like it has. As I wrote, I knew that God was giving me special stories to share; I just didn’t expect to have the opportunity to share those stories in the form of a real book. Now I’m challenged to help others share their own stories.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Twitter: @DeannaNowadnick