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Author Blog Challenge – Day 26 Recap

I’ve heard that once you get your first tattoo, it’s almost invariable that a second will follow. Most people stop somewhere between two and full-body art. I get the feeling from the responses to the Day 26 prompts that the same is true for authors. Even those whose first book is still in the works have great ideas for second books. Read about some of them here! Please click on the author’s name to read the full post.

REBECCA FYFE. Follow the Moon – This one is a werewolf story. The main character finds herself waking up, injured, in an alley with no recollection of what happened. She is rescued by a stranger who has a good idea of what happened to her. But can she trust this man who claims to be a werewolf? And can she accept her new existence while trying to find out what happened to her on the night that changed everything?

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CHRISTINE PELFREY.

Torre Henderson, Guest Blogger

I have to say Cooper’s Mom is a super good sport.  I know baseball. Mom and Aunt Shari watch a lot of it!  I hear it’s not easy being a Mets fan.  I totally get that sportsmanship thing. Me and my brothers live to play flyball.  We go all over the country for competitions and we even were part of group trying to set a Guiness World Record.  How cool is that?  If you’ve never heard of flyball, I’ll give you the short version.  Dogs race down a track, jump of a series of hurdles, grab a ball from a special holder and race it back to the other end.

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LEANNE HUNT. As I await the final proof copy of Jozi Gold from Create Space and prepare to switch into full marketing mode on that front, I am happy to announce that there is a new book waiting in the wings, currently at the second draft stage. It is the story of a young blind woman and a rehabilitation specialist who fall in love with the same man and battle against madness within the confines of a strange boarding house in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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SANDI TUTTLE. This is going to sound crazy, but while I may not have a first book I already know what my second book will be.  I have a bunch of material already. It’s something I think is missing out there. Something I think is desperately needed by women everywhere. A great stocking stuffer for the holidays. A Book Whose Time Has Come! I’m going to write a guide to finding the perfect dress.  All the things I wish women knew BEFORE they walk into my store. All the little hints and tips that could make their shopping experience, and their special day, a lot more fun and require a lot fewer margaritas and Advils.

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HEATHER TOPHAM WOOD. Earlier this week, It’s All About Me and Arianne Cruz were kind enough to let me appear on their blogs as part of my tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Today I was interviewed on Tana Rae Reads and she gave First Visions a fabulous review.  Stop by their blogs to leave a comment or tweet the stops to enter my latest giveaway for an Amazon.com gift card and autographed book (Details are here and this is the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway).

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ELISE FEE. The catch is — you can’t pursue happiness. As many poets have described, happiness is not something that we can chase after and capture. However, by attending to several key aspects of our lives, we can create the ideal climate for our optimum happiness to ensue. So what are those key aspects? [Dr. Martin] Seligman found they are: engaging in satisfying work, avoiding negative experiences and emotions, being married, having a strong community (social network), experiencing gratitude, forgiving ourselves and others, and feeling optimistic.

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RAVEN SIKER. I remember nearing my due date in my first pregnancy and watching it go by me with an overwhelming anticipation and disappointment. My son was two weeks “late” to arrive in the world and by the time I reached 42 weeks of pregnancy, I was larger than life, literally a planet in my own right, and I claimed with pride my own gravitational pull. This week, my feet have brought me to my 40th week of my second pregnancy and I wait in happiness as the signs of my body point to an earlier potential of meeting my daughter. I’m the size of a planet again this time too, but I’ve also got orbit in the closeness of my son as he often runs around me in circles. Despite the intense feelings that every woman goes through as she approaches labor – and despite my own feelings – I know that my feet have taken me through this week before.

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KATHI LAUGHMAN. From the past: Mark Twain once said that “..The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Sounds rather simplistic but in fact, there is magic in those words. One of the most challenging lessons I continue to learn is that progress will always trump perfection. Continuous progress builds momentum and with momentum, we can transform a dream into reality. From today: A mentor asked me what I was willing to give up to realize a particular dream. Automatically my heart answered: Excuses. I am ready to give up excuses. When asked why that was my choice I responded: Because my excuses are holding me back from starting. And holding back from the start is robbing me of the finish line. So to begin, that is what I must give up. To finish, that is what I must give up. Excuses.”

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ELLIE MENDEZ. My first fiction draft will remain a draft for now. My next project is a non-fiction book on how to do e-book formatting as a business. My goal for the book is that it should be useful for writers who can’t hire an e-book formatting services, as well as for people who want to do it for extra cash or to become self-employed. I’m on Chapter Three, I haven’t worked on it because I wanted to get more experience and more clients under my belt. Now I have too much information and not sure what to do with it. My goal is to have the book published by the time the next blog challenge comes along!

Thanks to all who posted!

Laura & Marcie

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The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

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