Title: Book Blast: Deep in the Heart, Staci Stallings
by: Staci Stallings
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About the BookJust out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie's whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp? Keith Ayer despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer and the fiance to a Senator from Texas' daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father's racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father's success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie, and she begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the two most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?
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A view on Publishers
A new year is upon us. As book lovers, we look forward to finding that perfect novel, and then when it’s read, we start another quest for a new book. Some of us look for stories from favorite authors and others may seek less known writers.
I do both. I enjoy authors who have made the “A” list in fiction, such as Nicholas Sparks, but I also enjoy other writers from smaller publishing companies.
I’ve found that the quality of the novels isn’t any different. Every publishing company takes their novels through numerous edits and puts out the best book possible.
If you’re seeking out some new fiction material, check out the many talented authors from Prism Book Group. Along with great writers, the editors are wonderful. And, don’t even get me started on the fantastic book covers created by the editor–in-chief, Joan Alley. If anyone has looked on the Prism Book Group site lately, they’ve seen the beautiful novels available.
Why am I tooting Prism Book Group’s horn? One reason, PBG is the publisher of my novels, for another explanation, I have read many books from Prism and can tell you PBG is filled with talented authors. You’re sure to find a wonderful novel.
Stop by http://prismbookgroup.com/about.html and check out the great reading available.
As a reader, do you prefer books from NYC presses or smaller publishers?
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As we go into the another year, my resolutions focus on writing.
Here's a list of a few things I need to work on.
1. I will write more.
2. I will be more aware of POV switches.
3. I will proof read my writing with my internal editor eyes, and stop reading what I think I wrote!
4. I will promote more.
5. I will promote more.
6. When I don’t feel like working on my current writing project, I will remember resolution number one.
This year writing is my focus, but outside of that, the only other part of my life I feel needs strengthening is-staying close to the Lord in my everyday walk. That’s something that benefits each of us as we travel through our days.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
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The holidays are over, and life is back to normal. Well, the familiar I know of, in my circle.
Have you even noticed that often, on these occasions being a writer tends to come with a bit of stress or is it just me?
I catch myself thinking that I must be above grammar reproach, or at least close as possible.
As the writer in the group, I’m the one who should speak correctly and heaven forbids, if I scribble a note with misspelled words. No, I shouldn’t let my grammar falter. If I do, I’m sure heads will turn, and eyebrows will rise. I can just see the questions on their faces. “Are you really a writer?”
This brings to mind one funny situation with my six-year-old grandson. We were going through the customary episode of me asking him what he wanted for breakfast. After several unwelcomed suggestions, I showed him a box and said, “Blake, would you like a bowl of Honey Cones?”
He looked at me with wide eyes and replied, “Nana that says, Honey Comb, his little voice emphasizing the word comb. Then he adds, "you know that."
Well, yes, I knew the correct name, but for some reason, I always referred to this cereal as Honey Cones. Humbly, I placed the bowl of instant breakfast in front of him and said, “yes Blake. You're right it says Honey Comb."
This is the same little guy who is always eager to support me. We can be somewhere and the subject of writing; reading or novels will come about, and he announces, “Nana writes books.” Blake has even broadcasted, “You should get Nana’s book.”
I love writing; it’s embedded in my soul, but at times being an author is straining. My comments on Face Book, blogs and other Social Media need to be grammatically correct, spelling flawless, emails perfection. I don’t mind admitting that sometime I stress over the littlest replies hoping they’re author worthy.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t give up writing for anything. At times, life gets so busy- I have to squeeze out an hour here and there to work on my latest project. Authors are no different from the rest of the world. We have busy lives, family, and demanding schedules. The only difference is writers feel they must scribe, if not everyday at least a few times a week. We have a built in notebook open in our minds, waiting for us to jot down a scene or a funny situation we encountered and hope to recreate one day.
So, as I struggle and try to be the best speaker and speller possible, I’m made aware of the importance of others who write. Thank goodness for critique partners and editors.
It’s important to find writing circles and meet other authors, hopefully gaining a few cyber friends in the process. Together, along with our editors, we can help each other and be that little highlighter on one another’s shoulder willing to help make better stories. For the most part, I’ve found authors are happy to reach out to a fellow writer and lend a hand or a red pen, as one such friend of mine, is often telling me.
Am I the only author who often feels the pressure to be miss grammar perfection?
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