Category Archives: Books
I am super thrilled to show you the beautiful cover for my newest and upcoming novel, Entertaining Angels. Again, my cover artist was Natasha Brown, and she is super talented. She brought my disjointed vision to life, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank her properly.
I can’t wait to publish it, which I’m hoping will be in May. That’s what I’m estimating anyway. But, I couldn’t wait any longer to show you my beautiful cover!
About Entertaining Angels:
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
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Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.
She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!
She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!
She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
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Where am I touring?
Rachelle’s Window — Guest Post
The Writing Realm — Interview
ssteinwriting — Interview
Sitting On The Porch With Lynn — Guest Post
Angel Breath Books — Guest post
Totally unrelated to this tour is my interview with Angie Brashear.
Sheila Deeth — Guest post
Ever On Word – Guest Post
A.R. Silverberry – Guest Post
Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista — Guest Post
The onset of a chronic illness can drastically alter the course of your life!
Do dark days overwhelm you as you try to adjust to your new reality?
Do you yearn for the life you used to have –
filled with fun, laughter and joy?
When your health brings you dark days,
remember that at the end of every storm …
there is a rainbow!
The authors of “After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond” Trish Robichaud, Jeff Cadwell and Sylvia McGrath, know all about what you are experiencing. They are living life filled with optimal health, while coping with chronic illnesses themselves. They urge you to begin a step-by-step journey through the various stages of learning to “have a life” in spite of your chronic illnesses.
This book is jam-packed with life improving information, uplifting inspirational quotes, poems and exercises to help you develop the essential coping skills you need to move forward and get the most out of your life.
As you conquer each step in the process, you will gain confidence that you are on the healthiest road to adjusting to your new reality. You will discover how to empower yourself to take control and live a full and rewarding life. Helen Keller once said “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
Get ready to get back in the driver’s seat and
follow your road to the rainbow!
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
© Belinda Witzenhausen Originally published on Suite101.com May 25, 2007
There are a ton of really great writing books on the market today however there are five books that are great resources to those just starting out.
These books have most areas of writing covered ranging from business to inspiration, along with a good dictionary and thesaurus, they are all you will need to get started and can be found online or at your nearest bookstore.
The Elements of Style – 4th Edition
William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
This is a must-have on every writer’s bookshelf. The Elements of Style is a classic that was first published in 1959 and is still widely used today. This book leads you through rules of grammar, principles of composition and also includes a section outlining the words most commonly misspelled. This is a book that you will use as a regular resource for years to come and is ideal for a beginning writer to a seasoned writing veteran.
The Writer’s Market 2007
Robert Lee Brewer, Editor
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
Revised August 4, 2006
This annual book is for those who wish to break into publishing. The Writers Market has resources to thousands of agents, publishers and markets that can get you on your way. This book also offers great advice concerning how to write a book proposal as well as successful query letters, how to establish a freelance business and how to become a marketable writer.
Writing Tools – 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer,
Roy Peter Clark,
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Copyright: September 1, 2006
Although just published last September, this book is definitely a book every writer should have. Poynter Institute Vice President Roy Peter Clark offers advice to those who are either beginners or established writers. Clark’s book is divided into 50 sections or “tools” which every writer should utilize. Each section lists strategies for incorporating the material covered in each section into your daily writing. This book covers everything from grammar to useful habits such as drafting a mission statement for your work.
Although this book covers some of the information that is available in The Elements of Style, it goes further by offering advice on character development, plotting, and the importance of creating a support group as well as being a great companion book.
The Writer’s Idea Book
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
Copyright: May 2000
Every writer encounters some form of writer’s block that may impair his or her writing projects. The Writer’s Idea Book is designed to get you past those blocks and enable the creative process to become a little easier.
In this book, Jack Heffron offers over 400 prompts to enhance your writing. Each section also offers sage advice on the creative process itself with chapters devoted to everything from “Enemies to Creativity” to “Leading a Creative Life”. This book will definitely teach you how to generate useable ideas for your projects and advise you on what you need to do to utilize them while writing.
The Right to Write – An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
Copyright: December 27, 1999
The Right to Write gives you the tools to make the most of your creative drive. This book is composed of over 40 brief personal essays and exercises also known as “invitations” that are an endless source of inspiration. In The Right to Write, Cameron teaches you valuable tools to tackle problems such as procrastination, insecurity, lack of writing space and a lack of time. Cameron’s advice is valuable to anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the act of writing and helps you to break it down into pieces that are more manageable. This book is a favourite of many writers and will be a book you can revisit anytime you are in need of a dose of inspiration.
A library containing these five books is an investment in your writing life.