Thursday, December 8, 2016

Remembrance by Carolyn Twede Frank

Extraordinary New YA Series

YA speculative fiction doesn’t have to be about things dark and depressing. Travel with 15 year old Josh Sawyer through books and walk in the shoes of historical giants like George Washington, Galileo, and George Frideric Handel, and join Josh’s quest to find out if God is really there.

Historical fiction author, Carolyn Twede Frank has spent years in the creation of this unique YA series that takes teens, or any age, on adventures inside books, as well as in the halls of Claremont High School, She not only entertains the reader, but uplifts them as her main character searches for the meaning of life.

In the third book in the series, Remembrance, Josh again is faced with a situation that requires him to stand up against injustice. This time the Hallelujah Chorus has been banned from his school’s Christmas Gala—which has been renamed a “Holiday Gala.” At first he is reluctant to lead the fight. But then everywhere he looks it seems Christmas is about anything but Christ. He realizes he’s just as guilty as the next person when it comes to forgetting whose birthday they’re celebrating. He also realizes he knows very little about Jesus. The more he learns, the more he knows he must stand up for the Hallelujah Chorus. When he book travels through the Christmas story and some of the miracles of Jesus in the New Testament, he feels Christ’s love and is convinced more than ever how important it is that he, and everyone around him remembers Christ, not just at Christmas, but always.

This story, however, is not just about Christmas. Introduced in the book is the zany character of a kid named Zane, who not only acts and dresses strange, but his past holds a mystery that Josh and his friends unravel as they befriend him. And the budding romance between him and the girl named Ester Josh met at the beginning of the series, struggles to survive while Josh fights for a cause that for some strange reason Ester seems to be against.

All in all it is a fun, inspiring read for ages 12 on up, and released just in time for the 2016 Christmas season.

To celebrate the launch of this timely Christmas novel, 
Remembrance (Kindle edition) is on sale
for only $0.99 for the length of this blog tour.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG - December 2016

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
I'm feeling pretty good this month.

I beat NaNo in record time this year--11 days
I've used Dragon several times to dictate my first drafts. I love it for new words.

This year I used a dictation recorder and talked the book while I walked (something Kevin J. Anderson and Cindy M. Hogan do). I decided to give it a try.


I used to almost double my word count by using Dragon on my PC. BUT, and this is a big but, I found myself always caught up in the editing mode as the words appeared on my screen. A different--not creative--part of your brain handles editing. It really pulls you from your story creation.

By dictating it and letting Dragon transcribe it for me when I was done with the session, I was getting between 1,700 and 2,000 words in a 25 minute writing sprint.

Now, that is an ugly first draft. But all my first drafts are. At a retreat I went to in November, another author decided to give it a try. She got 2,000 words in her 30 minutes walk.

While in Hawaii babysitting three grandkids ...

We went to the beach

Saw a whole pig in Costco

Had Thanksgiving dinner with some of my daughter's friends
who are right next to one of the places they filmed the original Jurassic Park.

Went to the beach again
We also watched Fantastic Beasts 



There's something so very fitting in watching Moana while in Hawaii. Loved both films!

Have you seen the movies? 
Did you try NaNo?
What are your plans for December?

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