To Contest or Not to Contest?

So Kindle is doing this writers contest right now and I am wondering if I should throw my hat in. It would be great if I won, but what are the odds? I have a book that would work, but it needs a lot of work. I have until November though so there is a chance that I could have it ready so what is holding me back?

It is because I am scared of not winning? That’s a normal response. Who likes rejection? Not me but that is the business of writing. you would think I would be a pro a accepting rejection.

Or what if I win, what then? It would be great but I would be handing my work to others and they might not take as good of care of it as me. I mean I have spent hours on this and the judges might spend a few minutes reading my work before they move onto the next. If I do win, did the judges really look at the work for what it is or not? I would hope so, but I don’t know. I mean to get a contract, that would be amazing and I would be in the real world of being an author and that is my dream.

What would you do? Would you submit something and hope for the best? Or would you not submit and just keep doing what you are doing? Some opinions would be good I think. Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Why I Like to Write

   People ask me all the time why I think writing is fun. What isn’t fun about it? You get to the be the boss! You kind of get to play God with these characters you create in your head and the lives you give them. Reading a writer’s work will actually give you an idea into their soul.

   I know some my stuff from my teen years will never see the light of day again, but it is an insight to see how I saw the world back then. I can see how I felt about love, authority, respect, good vs. evil and many other things. Now somethings haven’t changed and I still write those things in, but many things have changed as I have gotten older and have more of an understanding of how the world works.

   But right now I will admit that the main reason I write is to escape. I want to go to a place that I have in my head and put it on paper to be able to go back to again and again. Or I escape in a way that I want to get the thoughts out and never see them again. I write them down and throw them in the trash. This practice was really easy when I was a kid, but I have noticed the older I get the more tempting it is to pull those thoughts out and look at them again. Why? I have no idea because they are not good for anyone read. So I crumple them back up. Of course now I have a shredder and it has made that problem easier to avoid since I am too lazy to search through the pieces of paper and tape them back together. I would rather just forget them.

   But it’s not all bad like I said before. Writing helps with creativity, problem solving and writing very soppy “forgive me” notes. All in all, I just love writing and take real joy in it. It is really cool to watch a blank page become this world that was only in your head. You get to share a little bit of your self with every word you write. So give it a try. Write something today and see where it takes you.

   Where did it take me? Check out my author page! Have a great day!

I Will Get to Writing About Books Again

I am so grateful with how patient all of my readers have been with me. I am sure you are getting tired about all my posts on my life and pregnancy loss, but, right now, that is where I am. I am still writing and I have the third book in the Potholes series being proofed that will be released this late spring god willing. If you loved Potholes of Hope and Potholes of Courage, you will love Potholes of Triumph. It’s the third piece in a four part puzzle of Nora’s life and how God is using her and those she loves to do His great work.

It’s really awesome and I can’t wait to share it with you. There will be more info as the release date gets closer (like actually pick a release date) and all the great things that come with it! 🙂

 

Potholes of Hope for $0.99 :)

Did you miss the free book promotion for Potholes of Hope for April? I am so sorry about that. But it’s still available for $0.99 on Amazon. I think that if you gave the book a try you would find it to be one of your favorites. Here are some reviews on it to maybe sway you to give it a try 🙂

Format: Paperback

‘Potholes of Hope’ is a book at its best. I was pulled into this simple, smooth, fast paced book from the very first chapter where author Gracelyn Asay skillfully takes her readers through a heart warming life journey of a young teenage girl Nora Clark, who left her family against their will in Ohio with her boyfriend ‘Brad’ to live and fulfill his dreams of perusing a career in Hollywood, California. Trusting Brad left Nora no where and aloof, since there was no coming back to family after getting ditched as her father had stated, Nora had to struggle to earn a living all by herself.
The way author Gracelyn Asay has put a simple story of a young girl through her novel in a gripping and intriguing style of narration, it was definitely hard to believe that ‘Potholes of Hope’ was a debut novel of the very talented writer. Keeping the novel straight forward fresh and fluid with characters easy to connect with was the best example of showcasing authors natural talent and expertise in writing. I was thoroughly entertained and felt outburst of emotions by this absorbing read which was embedded with a moral that God is always watchful over us, He never leaves us, we may think that we leave him, but he’s never gone!
‘Potholes of hope’ is one of the few books, i’ll always cherish for its unique, captivating and naturalistic story line. Those looking for an engrossing read with mesmerizing touch of Christian fiction, this book is never going to let you down. Highly recommended!

 

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I really liked this book. I loved the characters and how they weren’t perfect and how God uses that to their advantage even if they don’t see it at the time. The books I like are those that just tell the story without a bunch of fluff and detail about the surroundings. Just enough detail to feel like I’m there and in the story. Potholes of Hope was a perfect combo of those. I am eager to read the next volume.
So why not give it a try? It’s only $0.99 and it’s a great book 🙂