Do you have a favorite Haleyism? Or maybe something another character said that made you laugh, cry, or think.
I'm looking for favorite quotes to make a few advertisement memes for Snow Belle and the other Madison Creek books. So, if there was a line you particularly liked, would you mind sharing it with me in the comments below?
If I pick your line, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card, and a print version of one of the Madison Creek books. (Must be available in print.)
Be sure to leave the quote from the book in your comment to be included. You can share more than one.
If you read Raining Fools, then you'll know that story had a duel plot-line going on. One was between Stephen and Bekka as they maneuvered through several past hindrances in their relationship. The other continued Ethan and Haley's story, which was my intention for all the novel length books.
But when I wrote Sun Kisses, Ethan and Haley's separate story not only made the book much too long for the romance genre, but their story didn't mesh with Karen and Kelvin's story as well as it did in Raining Fools.
So, at my editor's urging, I took out the second plot line and only hinted about the troubles going on between Haley and Ethan. But nothing is ever wasted. I decided to simply focus on the couple in the next book, Winters End, which I'm working on now.
The fourth book in the Bed and Breakfast series will pretty much conclude the Winters-Madison couple's storyline. I say "pretty much" because future books will still mention them, but most likely will not have them as point of view characters.
Dreams... aspirations... goals....
All these are buzzwords around this time of year, aren't they?
Isn't that one reason we celebrate the beginning of each new year? To renew our aspirations for something better, to make changes (hopefully), and to set new goals?
Back in December, I started setting a few goals for this year. How many books I wanted to get out, how many new reader friends I hoped to make with my newsletter and on social media. Things like this. And more personal goals, too. Such as try to make myself take a break from work and enjoy life a little.
It's hard sometimes. I get all caught up in my aspirations to make a living at writing books, I end up with tunnel-vision and forget there's a real world out there. You know, roses to be smelled, sunrises and sunsets to watch. Things like that.
We need to take care with our dreams, you know?
If we're not careful, they can become heavy stones that we end up dragging along. Discouragement settles in because we lost our true vision in the first place. That's why I've found it necessary to let others in on my dreams. They help keep me grounded.
The other thing about dreams is that we need to make sure we've caught the right ones. That we not settling for something safe. Or that we're not chasing ones that never belonged to us in the first place. I did that and will share more about my chasing the wrong dream in my next blog post.
For now, I only wanted to toss this out to you for consideration...
Do you have a dream you are pursuing, or want to? Or maybe you have some dreams tucked neatly away in the back of your mind, but think they're better off put away for now. Maybe they are. Maybe they aren't?
Would you consider at least spending a little time this month with me, considering them, thinking about them, praying about them?
This month, I'm doing a few new things. All of them relate to Daring to Dream.
First is my monthly Giveaway--
That's right, I'm giving away another Reader's Gift box, along with a signed copy of Snow Belle. Why Snow Belle?
Jackie Castle is an author, artist and dreamer. She lives in Texas with her husband, two grown children and her dog, Banjo. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.