Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Domestic Violence in The Dream Bucket

Exposing deplorable abuse of wives, daughters, and girlfriends is one of the reasons I write novels. Without spoiling the story, a reviewer makes some excellent observations about abuse in The Dream Bucket.

Follow this link to an interesting review of The Dream Bucket:  I enjoyed the book (dated March 30, 2016) You will need to scroll down to find this four-star review.

Here is my response:

Thank you for your excellent review. I don’t make a practice of responding to reviews, but your comments need to be noticed by other readers. I’d like to discuss the issues you have mentioned.

First, let me say I’m opposed to domestic violence. Readers will find depictions of various forms of domestic abuse in Abi of Cyrene and each book in the Covington Chronicles. In Abi of Cyrene, Abi’s father brutalizes her. In Secret Promise, Caroline is a pathetic victim of physical abuse from a parent figure, Loretta in The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson receives some physical abuse and horrible emotional abuse, Zoe in The Dream Bucket suffers in silence, and Manuela in Manuela Blayne receives the worst abuse of all.

Thank you for saying you were uncomfortable reading it. Writing it was painful. Women who have read Manuela Blayne scream in outrage. I try to address these abusive situations accurately as I show how the culture has accepted mistreatment of helpless victims.  Without giving away any endings of my books, I’ll just say I want readers to feel the indignation that you expressed.

In the real world domestic abuse has been glossed over and often accepted. Until a few decades ago, many men well-respected in their communities claimed the right to spank or slap their wives as punishment. I recall comedies filmed in the fifties and sixties in which men spanked their women. These scenes infuriate me. My goal as a writer is to show how conditions have been. I try not to rewrite history but to depict it realistically.

As The Dream Bucket begins, Trudy is a spoiled girl with an unrealistic admiration for her father, who is a scoundrel. He remains a central character throughout most of the book. Billy Jack’s character develops further in Manuela Blayne. I’d love to hear your response to that book.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Get your free copy of The Dream Bucket and Manuela Blayne in one e-book. This free offer ends March 16, 2016.

 During the last twelve months The Dream Bucket has sold so well that American Christian Fiction Writers classified me as a QIP (Qualified Independently Published Author).

As an independent publisher, I placed Abi of Cyrene in the Carol Awards Contest. The Carol Awards are ACFW’s recognition for the best Christian fiction in the previous calendar year. Having published two novels last year that qualified for the Carol Awards Contest, I selected Abi of Cyrene, a historical novel about the time of Christ.

Meanwhile I'm giving a combination Kindle version of The Dream Bucket and Manuela Blayne. Readers are busy buying the Kindle version of The Dream Bucket instead of downloading the free version of the same book with the sequel, both free for a limited time. I'm sorry. Maybe I haven't publicized this freebie enough. Here' the link:

Friday, March 04, 2016

Hold Me Close at the Jonquil Jubilee

Hold Me Close

Marguerite Martin Gray and I lived in the same town, Ruston, LA. I don't know how we missed each other. We met electronically in an ACFW critique group. We gave each other advice about writing.

She has released a new book, Hold Me Close. Recently I read this inspirational historical romance and reviewed it on Amazon: A Bright Star Rising on the Horizon.  The novel is  a delightful read.

Tomorrow, March 5, 2016, Marguerite is having a book signing in Giblsand, LA, at the Jonquil Jubilee. Click here: Video about Jonquil Jubilee.

I'm really excited because tomorrow I plan to meet Marguerite, who now lives in Abilene, in person in the quaint little Jonquil Capitol of Louisiana. John, my new husband, is excited about seeing the jonquils and the blacksmith shop.  We hope to see some old friends in Giblsand and make some new ones.

Some of the Attractions

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Two Guest Blogs

ACFW.COM , the Internet address of American Christian Fiction Writers, contains helpful information.  Although joining the organization provides useful material for writers, anyone can go to the site to read blogs, learn about authors, and find new fictional releases.

On March 3, 2016, and February 29, 2016, ACFW posted two guest blogs I wrote. Sharing:

Valuable, Accessible, Untapped  How can you sell more books?

Confessions of an Auditory Learner How can you convert most books to speech presentations?