Monday, July 16, 2018

Five Secrets From Patty Wiseman & Her Book ~ That One Moment

Today we learn five secrets and more about Patty Wiseman (they're in her intro) 
and her latest book, That One Moment.  
Welcome, Patty.

Greetings L.A.. Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I’m tickled to be here.

You asked me to open with something about myself… well, I’m that person who decided baking cookies and vacuuming every day didn’t much appeal to me after retirement. Instead, I now have time to pursue my life-long dream. With my husband’s encouragement, I plunged in. Eight years later, I have eight award-winning books to my credit with more on the way.

My journey took a long and winding road with very little encouragement. It wasn’t until my second husband flung the door open wide and pushed me through it that I let myself believe I have talent.

As a child, I was the one with the flashlight under the covers until the wee hours of the morning, reading adventure after adventure. I knew then I wanted to write stories. In contrast, my father told me the safest thing for me to do was become a wife and a mother. Learn to cook, sew, etc. All good things to do, of course. Without the fortitude I would eventually acquire, I didn’t argue. But there was a part of me that refused that edict.

From my birthplace in Tacoma, Washington, to college in Oklahoma, to the move to Texas for my first husband’s career, my journey finally led me to where I am supposed to be. The first husband is long gone. He’s the one who told me I could never become an author.

Yes, I’ve been blessed with two sons, many grandchildren and now, even great-grandchildren, all of them my joy. I’ve run a household, enjoyed a twenty-five-year career in an administrative career for a financial industry all of which led me to where I am today.

Married twenty-five years to the man of my dreams, Ron, I embrace retirement, for in these years of endless days and freedom to do what I want, I found what I looked for all my life.

My favorite quote is from Dolly Parton, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

Patty please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about That One Moment but will after today!

1)    Ricki Sheridan carries a gun, is trained to use it, but it’s little comfort when it comes to learning to trust again.

2)    Kory Littleton’s ex-wife almost died because of his mistake. He won’t involve another woman in his isolated life in the Rocky Mountains, until Ricki signs up for a survivalist camp.

3)    Evil follows Ricki up the mountain in the form of the man who betrayed her. He’s not going to let her go and terrorizes the camp forcing Ricki to put her trust in Kory’s hands.

4)   A grizzly bear finds Kory tied to a tree.

5)   Wolf, a crusty old lodge owner high in the mountains and a refined English woman in the town’s valley teach Ricki about true love.
Blurb: Ricki Sheridan traveled a long way to seek refuge at Wolf Den’s Lodge high in the mountains after a devastating betrayal. Heartbroken, she signed up for a survivalist backpacking trip to live off the land and forget.

An injury on the first day puts her in the capable hands of the handsome trail boss, Kory Littleton. The attraction is instant, mutual, and terrifying. She trusted her emotions once and vowed never to make the same mistake again.

Kory’s heart, trampled and bruised, is unprepared to ever love again, until his unexpected reaction to Ricki reveals some things are worth taking a chance on.

When evil finds its way back into Ricki's world, their fragile bond is tested, forcing them to face their greatest fear: can a wounded heart ever trust anew?

Betrayal. Desire. Revenge. Which one prevails?

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Class Flash ~ 3rd Quarter Classes and Blogs By Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Here are the 3rd Quarter classes from master teacher
 Laurie Schnebly Campbell

(Aug. 6-17 & 20-31, two separate classes) class-purchase
            Readers love alpha males. Yet writers sometimes find it tricky to create an alpha male without falling into stereotypes. What MAKES an alpha male? (It's more than just power.) What challenges does he face? (The answers will surprise you.) How can your hero take on solely the alpha-male traits you want? 
            And what about alpha females? They've always drawn their power from more than just a top-dog mate. Still, even a real-life heroine who rules her world, whether that's a family or an empire, can't have ALL the answers or else there's no story. Here's how to shape her hidden weaknesses...and her hidden strengths.
(August 31) writersinthestormblog. com
            The chicken. The egg. The idea. Here's why your story needs all three!

(Sept. 3-28) classes
            Weaving the different strands and levels of your story is trickier than making a simple braid, but the idea is the same: you need to give equal attention to every separate element that's part of the finished creation. Whether you're braiding the conflict and resolution of a thriller, romance, fantasy, mystery or any other journey of discovery, learn how to deliver the balance your readers expect.
(Sept. 14) overview
            The entire March class in just one hour -- well, except for the homework. :)
(Sept. 21romanceuniversity. org
            Why is writing a synopsis like writing an ad? These 3 tricks make it easier.
live in SeattleHOT TO PLOT
(Oct. 6) meetings/
            Same as Sept. 14, but this time in the Northwest instead of the Southwest.

(Oct. 8-19)
writeruniv.wordpress. com/classes
            No wonder so many writers have a tough time with the synopsis -- books and synopses require completely different skills! This limited-enrollment, hands-on class takes the techniques used by advertising copywriters (like Laurie) to sell ANY product, whether it's a bicycle or burger or book, and shows how those tools apply to presenting your work in a way that'll make readers want to buy.

Laurie's Bio:
Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops for writer groups about "Psychology for Creating Characters," "Making Rejection WORK For You," "Building A Happy Relationship For Your Characters (And Yourself)" and other issues that draw on her background as a counseling therapist and romance writer.

In fact, she chose her website ( so people would find it easy to Book Laurie for programs.

But giving workshops -- for students from London and Los Angeles to New Zealand and New York -- is just one of her interests. During weekdays, she writes and produces videos, brochures and commercials (some of which feature her voice) for a Phoenix advertising agency. For several years she would turn off her computer every day at five o'clock, wait thirty seconds, turn it on again and start writing romance.

It finally paid off. Her first novel was nominated by Romantic Times as the year's "Best First Series Romance," and her second beat out Nora Roberts for "Best Special Edition of the Year." But between those two successes came a three-year dry spell, during which Laurie discovered that selling a first book doesn't guarantee ongoing success.

"What got me through that period," she says, "was realizing that the real fun of writing a romance is the actual writing. Selling is wonderful, sure, but nothing compares to the absolute, primal joy of sitting at the computer and making a scene unfold and thinking 'Wow! Yes! This is great!'"

After six books for Special Edition, she turned her attention to writing non-fiction -- using her research into the nine personality types to help writers create plausible, likable people with realistic flaws. Her other favorite activities include playing with her husband and son, recording for the blind, counseling at a mental health center, traveling to Sedona (the Arizona red-rock town named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly) and working with other writers.

"People ask how I find time to do all that," Laurie says, "and I tell them it's easy. I never clean my house!"

Laurie welcomes email from readers—send her a "Hello!"