Join Sharon at KABAM! — Kingman Area Books Are Magic.

Sharon Poppen will be at KABAM — the Kingman Area Books Are Magic event on May 2, 2015.

Located at 315 W Beale at Grandview, in Kingman, Arizona, the 4 acre Metcalfe Park will be home to the Eleventh Annual book festival. Come join in the fun!

Authors…Books…Live Entertainment…FREE Family Fun…and a chance to meet and greet Sharon Poppen and many other local authors.

Time Flies

This month is racing by. I can’t believe that it is already 2015!! The holidays were wonderful, but not much time left for writing. Now that January is half over, I’m still trying to get back into my rhythm of daily writing. I’m also trying to get the sequels to ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ into print. Love writing the novels, dislike the administrative work to get them in print.

Our writing group is probably experiencing one of its best periods. The writers these days are top quality and doing the critiques after each session is a joy. Also, we have a new location. Our old location, our local public library, treated us like step-children and frequently put us in rooms far to small for our size. I don’t understand why our group wasn’t more welcomed. Would there be a library without writers???? Anyway, Karen VanerJagt, one of our local writers, has access to a large meeting room in her family’s business location. The place is fabulous. So large, bright, cheerful and conducive to creativity.

In addition to my daily writing, I’m putting together my material for our town’s local Spring Frenzy. A week of jillions of class on every subject imaginable. I’ll be teaching journaling and fiction writing. The dates of my classes are Feb. 2 and Feb. 4. Drop me an email if you are interesting in attending either class. A writer friend, Paul Bailey, will be conducting a class on book publishing.

So, I’ll sign off with a thought on time. “Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.” Horace Mann

MCC Art-A-Fair

Yesterday and today I was lucky to be included in my alma mater’s annual Art-A-Fair. It is open to current and past students of Mohave Community College. The room was filled with amazing offerings created by artists of many genres. There were beautiful paintings of every subject imaginable. The jewelry consisted of spectacular creations of metal and stone that were truly one of a kind. The pottery was uniquely creative and could be used as decoration or daily use. These artists were truly talented, amazing people.

My table consisted of an array of six of my seven novels. I did make some sales, but the best part of the past two days was in the interesting people I met. Many of my friends came by for support and I do thank them for that. There were several from the Chicago area. It was nice talking to folks who grew up in that great city with its plethora of museums, amusement parks and theatre. I also met an Australian who has travel widely, but does so love our little Lake Havasu City. I so enjoyed both days, both visiting with attendees and presenters. I am so looking forward to the 2015 MCC Art-A-Fair.

Now, I’m really jazzed about Nov. 15th when I will be showing my books at the WNEA Sales Extravaganza at the Lake Havasu Convention Center. Many local artists, of every genre, and local businesses will be there to showcase the wide array of art, culture and business products this lovely, little, desert community has to offer. Hope to see you there.

As I sign off today, I’d like to share some advise from author Isaac Asimov that keeps me motivated. It speaks to manuscript drafts, but even after your book is published his advice of persisting is so true. “You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on antoher one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success- but only if you persist.”

New Book Cover in the Making!

Had a really fun day today! A local couple, Alena & Nick, volunteered to pose for the cover of my reprint of my novel ‘After the War, Before the Peace’. The president of our local writer’s group, Paul Bailey, agreed to take the photos. We took them at a local restaurant and bar called ‘The Golden Horseshoe’. The pictures came out great. Who know Alena & Nick had such a great modeling talent. Paul and I are going to look at all the photos and come up with one for the book cover that will attract readers.

We had a fun time. Friend, Joanne, joined us and gave us some great suggestions for the shots. When we had finished with the photo shoot, we had lunch at the restaurant. Great food, great service. I highly recommend it!

Now for my quote of the day – My dear friends made this wonderful day happen, so when I read this quote by Robert H. Goddard, I felt it was an omen about what is possible for the models, the photographer, the friend and for myself. “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

New Book: “Just For You”

Just For YouAuthor Sharon Poppen has put together a collection of her short stories Just For You, her readers. Some are funny, some are sad, some are sweet, some feature the dark side of human nature and some are just plain eerie. While most are pure fiction created from Poppen’s imagination, some are fiction based on fact. Several of the stories have won writing awards for the author. For the most part, they are quick reads for the busy reader during a work break, commuting or while sitting in a waiting room or for the reader that enjoys a late night read before slipping off into the land of Nod. So sit back, relax and treat yourself to the variety of people, places and things in this book of many stories.

For information on how you can order your copy please Click Here.

Welcome to the New Website!

Welcome to my new website at www.sharonpoppen.com . It’s all new thanks to the great creative work of Paul at Easytime Services at www.easytimeservices.com.

Been a little lax in my postings lately. I could blame the holidays and they did take up some of my time. However, been working on my book of short stories and at getting the sequels to ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ edited and ready for publication.

Remember, I certainly try to, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Edward Young, ‘Night Thoughts’

Sharon Poppen’s Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

‘The Band’ is the sixth in a series of books about the Farrell Family which started with my novel ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ which takes place shortly after the end of the U.S. Civil War.  The time frame for ”The Band’ is the 1950s and 1960s.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

At the end of book 5, titled ‘Stephen’s Boys’, the main character is a wounded WWII vet who is trying to raise four sons on a ranch in Maui, Hawaii. When I ended book 5, J.J., the oldest son, stayed in my mind. Being a child of the early rock and roll era, I decided to take the Farrell family into the wild and crazy world of teen idols and how they approached being teen idols, touring, fame and drugs.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Contemporary/Romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Channing Tatum could be J.J., Justin Bartha could be Johnny, Bradley Cooper could be Steve and Justin Timberlake could be Mikey.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A genuinely good man copes with the challenges of fame and fortune.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have self-published one of my four novels and will not self-publish again. I have two potential publishers that are interested in the Farrell family series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About one year. I would have liked to spend more time on it. In fact, if a missed a few days, my characters would invade my thoughts and lure me back into their realm. I was working on marketing my third novel ‘Abby-Finding More Than Gold’ and doing the final edits and prep for the release of my fourth novel ‘Regardless’ which was published in September of this year.

What other books would you compare to this story within your genre?

None come to mind at the moment. I started with a character who was a genuinely, dependable young man and took his character on a descent into wine, women and drugs, then tried to make my readers like him again. It will be interesting to see if this will pass the believable test with my editor.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Like I said earlier, the Farrell Family have always been almost ‘real’ people to me. In fact, one readers told me that he feels that the characters are so multi-dimensional real that he thinks I may have actually been a part of this family in a previous life. So, when book five ended, the oldest son basically said ‘My turn. Now tell my story.’

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The background story of the life, times and culture of the 1950s-60s as to interests, morals, locations and attitudes of the Baby Boom Generation.

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog! Your interest in most appreciated.

Now, if you’re still reading, I have two requests to make:

1. Drop by the blogs I’ve listed below to discover some really good and interesting writers.
2. Leave me a comment about my Next Big Thing post and on Nov. 22nd, I’ll put the names of all commenters in a hat and draw out one to win the $10 Amazon gift certificate.

Blogs to Visit:

www.regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com

www.christinelondon.blogspot.com

www.reginaandrews.wordpress.com

http://www.books-writing.com/interview-with-author-sharon-poppen

www.tracyriva.com

Author Kelley Heckart Shares Some Holiday Fantasies

Welcome to week two of the Winter Blog Tour. My guest today is Kelley Heckart. Kelley and I belong to the Lake Havasu City Writers Group so I’ve know Kelley for a few years. What I’ve pleasantly learned is that although Kelley resides on the earthly realm with her husband and two dogs, she always has one foot firmly planted in the otherworldly realm of mystical creatures, fierce warriors and magic. A psychic once told her she has an old soul and this comes across in her tales of long ago places. An avid reader, she turned her lifelong passion for Celtic Mythology into a way to express herself through writing. In her free time, she enjoys playing her bass guitar, writing poetry/lyrics, hiking, watching sunsets/sunrises and horseback riding.

Now, lets turn this over to Kelly –

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 1.27.09 PM Hi Sharon! Thanks for having me on your blog.
What is your favorite holiday food and why?
Pumpkin rolls. They are yummy!
You can have any person in history over for your holiday dinner. Who do you invite and what do you talk about?
I would invite W.B. Yeats. I love his writings on faeries, especially Celtic Twilight. I would want to hear his stories of how he gathered all of his information on faeries.
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 Kelley Heckart writes historical fantasy romances set in ancient on up to early medieval time periods. Her stories reflect her passion for history, storytelling and the supernatural. Inspired by the ancient Celts, her tales are filled with fierce warriors, bold women, otherworldly creatures, magic, conflict and romance. Kelley can be found online at http://www.kelleyheckart.com/.

Her latest release, Daughter of Night, is set in ancient Greece where two mortals are caught in the midst of the battle between the Titans and Olympian gods. Also, all three books in her Dark Goddess trilogy are now available in print, Kindle & Nook. Set in Dark Age Scotland, an Irish clan is tormented by a vengeful goddess and their only escape is to break an ancient faery curse. Buy links for all of Kelley’s books can be found here: http://kelleyheckart.com/BookShelf.html

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 1.28.35 PMPlease visit all our wonderful blog hop authors. Leave a comment and be entered to win a fifty dollar gift certificate!
Christine London – http://www.christinelondon.com

 

Regina Andrews – Holly Jolly Blog Tour – Week 3!

 Welcome to week three of our Holly Jolly Blog Tour. My guest today is Regina Andrews. So, let’s turn this right over to Regina and let her tell you a little about herself and then she’s going to share her thougts on Christmas gving and Christmas literature.

Hi Sharon! Thanks for having me on your blog.
Thanks for stopping by Sharon’s blog to spend a bit of time getting to know me!  I am Regina Andrews, Inspirational Author – but that sounds kind of stuffy, don’t you think?
Let’s try this — everyone calls me Gina and I love happy endings, I love writing, I love romance and I love God, so naturally I write romance novels with an inspirational point of view. After all, what’s life without a good dose of faith to carry us through those times when things are not exactly going the way we’d like them to be? I know I need it, most definitely.
During the day I am lucky enough to have a full-time writing job at a national jewelry company, specializing in high-end designer and Estate pieces – I’m the one writing what you read about all these one-of-a-kind treasures!
In my off time, I volunteer for the blind, work at the local children’s hospital and sing my heart out in the church choir. My hubby and I are proud ‘parents’ of a semi-feral cat named Queenie who really is in charge of the whole house. She loves Christmas — especially tinsel! — and so do I, so let’s get to the questions and kick off Week 3 of this fun and fabulous “Holly Jolly” blog tour!
Which charity is most deserving of your holiday generosity and why?

Absolutely, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For so many reasons, but most of all what really touches me is that no child is ever turned away. Each and every child is a precious treasure, and St. Jude’s not only recognizes this, they actively fight each day for every child. It’s a war against illness, despair and pain and these valiant angels are on the battle lines every day. I’m not one for ‘war talk’, but in this case – it really is a matter of life and death for the children and their families. http://www.stjude.org

What is your favorite holiday tradition in literature?

If I could count the Bible as Literature, then absolutely I would say my favorite tradition would be the theme of the quest for a home and, in a larger sense, the theme of the journey. By this I mean directly the way Mary and Joseph had nowhere to go and had to keep trudging along to find a place to stay. All they wanted to do was park it someplace for the night, to find a spot to rest. But they had to keep plowing along until there was a room – in a barn. They were very grounded, very rooted in reality and needed to stay put so Mary could have the Child. Similarly, but, actually almost the mirror image thematically, the Three Wise Men followed a star and traveled very far to find the Baby Jesus. They started out, traveling day and night. Following a star? How esoteric! Think about all this action – there was a lot of activity in that desert, lots of traffic! People roaming around to find a place to stay, others going out and embarking on a journey, and looking to find the real King. All this movement, and restlessness and unsettledness builds up the anticipation, of course, and the expectation. I think the common theme with so many different motives and unique backstories is why I love this tradition of the journey. Even today, we each take an individual spiritual journey every Advent.

Now if I can’t reference the Bible as Literature, I’d have to go with gift-giving as in O. Henry’s “Gift of the Maji”. Oh, that still gives me shivers!
‘Nuff said, I’ve probably gone on too long J But the irony – oh!
Thank you so much for hosting me, Sharon!! You can find out more about me and my list of published books at: www.reginaandrews.com and
Here’s the cover of just one of Regina’s books:
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Please visit all our wonderful blog hop authors. Leave a comment and be entered to win a fifty dollar gift certificate!

Christine London – http://www.christinelondon.com

Regan Taylor – http://regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com

Angie Dobson – http://loveromancesandmore.com

Regina Andrews –  http://worldofgood-gina.blogspot.com/