Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What Personality Does Your Character Have?

Greetings all, John J. Horn here.

Not sure what motivates your character?

Wondering how he would respond to a situation?

Have him take a personality quiz. My favorite site is 16personalities.

Not only is it a lot of fun to take a quiz on behalf of your character, but you may discover some things you can incorporate into your masterpiece.

John J. Horn is a Christian author from Texas. Purchase his Men of Grit series from Amazon here and sign up for his newsletter at

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Making of a Man - A Review

Hey, y'all, I'm here to say hi and share a book review with you! Check it out!

The Making of a Man: A Short Story Anthology (Novels of Rhynan #2.5)The Making of a Man: A Short Story Anthology by Rachel Rossano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

13+ for some mature elements.

I really enjoyed this collection of stories about some of Rachel Rossano's secondary characters. Delving into the world of Reginald was particularly fun. Isabeth's Redemption was a close second in my estimation of favorites.

The book had a great medieval feel and most of it was pretty historically accurate. I love all things medieval, so this book was a very fun read. I know it's not historical-fiction (I believe it is meant to be historical-fantasy), but modern words such as "okay" did throw me a couple of times. I *really* wish Rossano could be persuaded to write a full-fledged historical-fiction novel!

If you have enjoyed Rachel's books, be sure to pick this one up and get great insight into the minds and hearts of some of her popular secondary characters. The Earl of Dentin makes many appearances - enough said.


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Alicia A. Willis is a home-school graduate, published author, and avid historian. She is a firm believer in the principle that one can accomplish anything by substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. Visit her at her blog or Facebook to view her historical-fiction novels and all the goings-on between writing!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Under Construction!

Hey, Y'all!

This is Alicia A. Willis. Or Alicia Jones. However you know me... ;) I'm the blog administrator. The one who set this thing up and keeps forgetting to post. Yeah, THAT person. 

I'm just  popping in to say three things.

One: I'm going to, Lord willing, be back over here posting more. Life has finally settled down a wee bit after my marriage, honeymoon, and trip to the Philippines. If you missed out on all that, check out my blog!

Second: This blog is going to be undergoing construction. Our own William Moore (have you checked out his awesome posts lately?) is going to be tweaking this blog and bringing it up to date. No worries - you can still read posts and all that. Just know that you're going through a construction zone.

Third: I'm giving away a copy of Grace Triumphant over on the Fresh Fiction blog. Read my post and enter the giveaway if you are so inclined!

Until next time... Adios!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Party Time!

Hey everyone! I hope you were able to read the three most recent Word Painters articles, where Caitlin, John, and William shared their fascinating experiences with the Oxford Creative Writing Masterclass taught by Douglas Bond.

My article is about something completely different, but similarly sparked by a recent experience. For the first time, I helped host a Facebook launch party for an author friend of mine. She was releasing her five novels in print editions (instead of solely eBooks). Those of you who have Facebook have probably been invited to Facebook events, where a group of people online converge on a single page at a specific time for a specific purpose. Informative posts are put up, where participants can comment, carry on conversations, and enter giveaways for prizes. 

This was the first Facebook launch party I attended in its entirety. I learned a lot about how they work! If you’re a host, you’re usually an author with one or more books to promote. Normally the author gets hosts who write the same genre as the author, but this isn’t necessary. But it is nice when the supporting authors tie in their books with the author’s. For example, I write contemporary fiction, while the friend I helped writes light fantasy. So I mentioned that my protagonist is the type of girl who’d love to read my friend’s books. But because my contemporary stuff is so unlike her fantasy, most of my posts only promoted my friend’s books. I was blessed, however, that some partygoers were interested enough to enter my giveaway for e-copies of my two novels.

For giveaway entries, you can ask the participants to leave a comment on your giveaway post, or to do something like “like” your public Facebook page or sign up for your author newsletter. You can leave the giveaways open until the end of the party, the end of the day, or sometime in the future—all the hosting authors in my friend’s party left their giveaways open until the following Monday, two days later. Besides books, you can also give away items that have something to do with your book, or maybe something for booklovers in general. You can select winners via any online random number generator, or by the old-fashioned way of drawing names from a box.

Besides giveaways, other posts for your launch party could include excerpts, trivia, photos, illustrations, questions, quizzes, name games…basically whatever can catch people’s interest and get them excited about your book(s), whether that’s the book being launched or the book(s) of a host. It’s a good idea to make this conversational or participatory, because people love to answer questions or find things out about themselves! Posting every five minutes or so keeps momentum high.

The hosts in my party switched out every half hour. A leader (this could be the author who’s releasing books) introduced each author and kept things on schedule. She also began and ended the party. This party was 3 hours, 45 minutes long, but it can be any length you want. People don’t have to be online when the party’s going on to participate. Leaving the giveaways open for a couple of days encourages people to check in at the party even if they couldn’t be there while it was live. The more people who attend the party, the more exposure your book gets.

Helping run this Facebook party was a great opportunity for me to chat with other book-lovers and learn more about my author friend’s novels. Thankfully, word got out to many people about her novels, people who would otherwise not have known or cared. It’s like an online book signing!

Have you ever participated in a Facebook launch party, either as a host or a guest? What did you like about it?

Kelsey Bryant is an author, blogger, and copy editor who loves the Lord. She revels in many things: the beauty of God's Word, the music of English, the wonder of nature, the joy of creativity, the freedom of motion, the richness of literature, the intrigue of history ... and much more. To learn more about her, visit her website or blog