Who is Writing Whom?

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I just love it when your book knows what you’re writing before you do. You know, that way almost unbeknownst to you, that you’ve set up things to go a certain way without really being aware of it.

Sidebar: While you’re sick, you watch Jane Eyre on Netflix because you’re having a “I really should know this story and confession I never read the book” moment so you watch the film adaptation and check the book out to start on that too.

Then later when you’re semi-well and writing again you realize you need a last name for your female character–and you’re all: I’m going to make this little play on Jane Eyre because the female character in my novel has a secret that she doesn’t want anyone to discover (who ever does?) and I’ll make her last name Rochester just to throw a bone to those who love the story.

And you think that’s the end of it. But then you think: Wouldn’t it be neat if the male character actually gave her the book to read and she thinks it’s because he’s figured her out?

So you start to think about why he’d do that and then your book says: We already set that up. Remember, you said he was a former English Lit teacher. So, of course he’d suggest Jane Eyre.

And you shake your head and think, Yeah, Book, we did do that. Cool.

So off you go to do the laundry thinking it’s cool enough that you’re flipping the roles and making little inside insights then you realize, wait, my male lead has a secret too. And wait! It’s sort of Rochester-y if you think about it… so really, he gives her the book because he’s trying to tell her something about himself not about her… but she’s got a secret too and hold the phone… they’re BOTH Rochester. 

Then your book nudges you along and says… and…. considering the end, they might both be Jane if it all goes well. …. see what I did there when you weren’t looking? Glad you figured it out. 

You sit down at your desk in a “whoa” sort of moment and see all the pieces come together in this neat little semi-subplot involving your book and a book you’d never read.

I love story.

Thanks, Book. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next. I mean, I can’t wait to see what you’ve already done!

 

 

 

Handsome Men and Tranquil Beaches?

Ladies, did I get your attention. LOL.

I was tooling around my website and randomly clicked on a post from February of last year where I was doing a pin-a-thon about a new project. Essentially making an inspiration board on over Pinterest for a book I was working on.

Well, I’m working on a new one again! So let’s take a look inside the world of Buckley’s Beach, a tranquil little seaside town whose residents are about to get all shook up. (I had to throw in an Elvis reference. I could help it.)

Follow this board and see what’s going on at Buckley’s Beach.

And the winners are….

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Thank you all for playing The 12 Days of Christmas! Here’s the list of prize winners, but as they say–you’re all winners to me just for being part of this!

Day 2: A signed copy of Matt Moss’s debut novel The Path of Man and gift card to Starbucks!  (Congrats, Tina Lance!)

Day 3: PDF of my story “Jesus Drives a ’65 Mustang.” (Congrats, Shelly Hudson!)

Day 4: A signed copy of my story collection, Out Across the Nowhere, and two mason jar tea lights. (Congrats, Mary Ann Buckosh Dany!)

Day 5: Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and my Out Across the Nowhere. (Congrats, Leah Senona!)

Day 6:PDF of a new story in the Jesus series, “Jesus Takes and Astronomy Class.” (Congrats, Heather Burt!)

Day 7:  Signed copies of Out Across the Nowhere and Some Things That Stay. Some amazing coffee and a mug from which to drink it. (Congrats, Shelly Hudson!)

Day 8: Out Across the Nowhere, a 2017 Day planner, and a Starbuck’s gift card. (Congrats, Carol Sue Phillips!)

Day 9:$10.00 Amazon Card! (Congrats, Karin Klaustermeir!)

Day 10: Signed copies of The Path of Man and Out Across the Nowhere. (Congrats Valerie Holcomb!)

Day 11:Out Across the Nowhere, and also a lovely writing journal. (Congrats, Rhea Merrick!)

Day 12: (Was a freebie entry to all the categories!)

I’m so thrilled by the participation that I did an extra drawing! These three folks also win a signed copy of Out Across the Nowhere!

Kim Moss, Aimee Patterson, and  Bren Bowman

What about day 1? That was Christmas Day! I can’t top the gift of Christ. He’s way better than a book!

Thank you all again, and please message or email me your address (physical and email if you’re getting one of the PDFs and your prizes will arrive soon!) you can reach me on FB or at amywilloughbyburle@gmail.com

I hope you’ll keep in touch. Please take a minute to sign up for my newsletter to make that easier!

Tune in tomorrow morning…

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for the winners of the 12 Days of Christmas game. I’m making my lists and checking them twice to make sure all avenues of play are accounted for and all entries, single and multiple, are recorded. Then into the hat they go and out come the winners.

I’ll post the winners tomorrow. Thank you all for being a part of this! Your support and involvement mean the world to me!

On the 12th day of Christmas

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It’s been fun celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with you! As the last day, I’d like to give everyone a freebie entry. Comment on today’s question and I’ll throw your name in the pot for all 12 days so that you have a shot at all the prizes you might have missed. (If you already commented on those days, you’ll get an extra entry!)

There are tons of signed books (mine and other folks), coffee, journals, stories, and more!

Today’s Question: What’s the latest you’ve ever left your Christmas decorations up or your lights on? (All comments get an entry!)

Post in the comments below!

(As always, for extra chances to win, sign up for the Newsletter and or join the Street Team.)

Winners will be announced at the end of the 12 days, so play often (go back to any and all other days and catch up) and win much! Tune in January 6th for results and winners. 

On the 11th Day of Christmas

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On the 11th Day of Christmas I want to know what’s the strangest, most unexpected, or just plan goofiest thing you ever used in your Christmas decorating.

One Christmas I took out our nativity scene to discover that Joseph’s head had broken off! Oh my! Super glue to the rescue, but in the meantime a small statue of St. Francis stood in his place. That’s what friends are for. 

Comment below and let us know what your Christmas silly is. (It can be serious, too, if you have a meaningful Christmas decoration appearance you’d like to share.)

The prize for today is of course a copy of my book, Out Across the Nowhere, and also a lovely writing journal so perhaps you can start a book of your own.

Post in the comments below!

(As always, for extra chances to win, sign up for the Newsletter and or join the Street Team.)

Winners will be announced at the end of the 12 days, so play often (go back to any and all other days and catch up) and win much! Tune in January 6th for results and winners. 

On the 10th Day of Christmas

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Wow! It’s almost over. Bummer. But today I have more books! A signed copy of The Path of Man by Matt Moss! If you like alternate reality fantasy, great characters, and all out battle between good and evil, you’ll want to read this book!

(A free gift with winning: Out Across the Nowhere, by me!)

So, how do you win–just vote in the comments on: What goes on top of your tree: Angel, Star, or Big Fat Bow?

Post in the comments below!

(As always, for extra chances to win, sign up for the Newsletter and or join the Street Team.)

Winners will be announced at the end of the 12 days, so play often (go back to any and all other days and catch up) and win much! Tune in January 6th for results and winners. 

On the 8th Day of Christmas

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On the 8th Day of Christmas time began again! What will you do with this year?

Are you going to finish a novel, start a volunteer service, or work harder to spread love and happiness to others? Post your goals, plans, and decisions for a chance to win a 2017 day planner, 14 short stories, and Starbucks gift card!

But more importantly–post your 2017 plans for good to start this year off right.

Post in the comments below!

(As always, for extra chances to win, sign up for the Newsletter and or join the Street Team.)

Winners will be announced at the end of the 12 days, so play often (go back to any and all other days and catch up) and win much! Tune in January 6th for results and winners. 

 

 

On the 7th Day of Christmas!

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On the 7th Day of Christmas, I threw a party all over the world!

Ok, that wasn’t me, but I hope you have a great New Year’s Eve none-the-less. Today I’d like to give away a whole mess of things! A copy of my collection Out Across the Nowhere, of course. A mystery novel (no, not a mystery–a surprise!) signed by the author. Some amazing coffee and a mug from which to drink it! 

All you have to do is comment with your New Year’s Eve plans and you’re entered to win!

Post in the comments below!

(As always, for extra chances to win, sign up for the Newsletter and or join the Street Team.)

Winners will be announced at the end of the 12 days, so play often (go back to any and all other days and catch up) and win much! Tune in January 6th for results and winners.