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Season of Hope Blog Tour!

Hello readers and friends! Today I have a fun post to share with you. I'm participating in the Season of Hope blog tour! Read further to find out more.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn't upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda's not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda's family over the next ten years.

As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he's crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he's hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college.

When Amanda's summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler's impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she's falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she's hiding a secret, too.

Phoebe Garrison, Amanda's controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda's manager is just what she's been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe's obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My first story, Season of Hope, was inspired by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina, to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains. When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with family. I love most any activity that involves being outdoors, especially camping, hiking and spontaneous excursions to splash in the ocean. I currently live along the Emerald Coast of Florida with my cat Selah and her delightful offspring, Colby, Jack and Tuesday.


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When people ask, “What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?” my initial reaction is more of a feeling. When I started writing, I had two small children. I loved writing and I dreamed of becoming a published author but I was focused on my young family. After my youngest graduated from high school, it would take seven years before that “feeling” caused me to move my computer, set up my workspace and make the decision that I was going to finally make that dream come true. It didn’t matter how long, how hard, or how many obstacles I had to overcome. After I became serious about writing, I began to have these moments where things were clicking and it felt like I was really growing. I started following Clean Reads Publishing and I would see authors posting about their books. That would just fuel my determination to keep going. The Olympic Games were on during that time which always inspires me. Olympic athletes work so hard to reach their goals. Another inspiration was Navy SEAL training which was part of my research for Season of Hope. These were great (although, extreme) reminders of what one can accomplish once they make up their mind to do something and stay focused. Below I’ve shared a few things that might be helpful on your journey.
1. Keep God first! It’s so easy for us to get wrapped up in our goals that we neglect our most vital relationship. Any plan that doesn’t include God is not only a waste of time, it’s also futility. Our pursuits should be with Him and for Him. Even a difficult day in His will is better than a carefree day outside of it.
2. Own it. *do people still say that?* When I was hobby writing, it wasn’t something I shared with very many people. And even when people found out, I didn’t really talk about what I was writing. I never referred to myself as an author. My novel had been finished over ten years before I would finally make that claim. I only created my author page after an editor insisted that I should do it before I was published. It would be two more years before it happened. If you’re a writer working towards publication, put it out there! It doesn’t matter if there are people who don’t take it seriously. The important thing is that you do!
3. Show up. Treat it like a job even if it’s only a part-time job. Don’t let not writing be an option. Have two or three places that you write even if that means using pen and paper. That way you have other options if another day at your desk feels impossible. Three of my routine writing places are at my desk, outside on my carport and at the local coffee shop.
4. Stay calm. Writing can be frustrating. Especially after your story is finished and you start editing. You’re always going to see something that you know you can write better. I lost count on how many drafts there were of my first story. Even after a story goes off to the editor I’m sometimes doing major rewriting. Author Robin Hardy told me the following in an email: "I know from experience that an author can go on refining her piece forever. I'm the worst offender of anybody here--I went back and made major plot changes to a book that had been out for 20 years! Obviously, that won't do; at some point you have to step back and say, "It's as done as it will ever be.””
5. Keep writing. Even on those days when you don’t feel like it. Author Don Roff said, “A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.”
6. No distractions. Turn off your phone notifications, don’t check in on social media when you need to google something for research, and download a good Pomodoro app to keep you focused!
I hope you found some of these helpful!

Excerpt from Season of Hope
Tyler began a short discourse on gun safety and basic shooting tips. “This is the gun your dad started me off on when he taught me to shoot.” He lifted the Remington 770 rifle off the table, pulling back the bolt to make sure the chamber was clear. Reaching for the empty magazine, he loaded four rounds.
Anticipating his next set of instructions, Amanda placed the ear muffs in a ready position around her neck and slipped on the glasses.
Tyler noted her preparation. “That’s perfect.”
Pulling a small, sand-filled gun rest from his shooting bag, he positioned it on one of two bricks sitting on the table. Next, he slipped on his shooting glasses and continued his demonstration. “When you push the bolt forward it loads the round into the chamber. Rotate, and you are locked and loaded.” Positioning his earmuffs, he motioned for Amanda to do the same.
Amanda covered her ears while Tyler took aim at one of the farthest targets. She jumped as the gun fired. He pulled back on the bolt, extracting the spent round and repeated the cycle: push, rotate, fire; hitting the targets without effort each time until the magazine was empty. “Your turn. You ready?”
Nodding, she sat forward, eager to take on the challenge while Tyler reloaded the magazine. He wrapped his arms around her, guiding her hand as she pushed the bolt forward and locked it. The feel of her next to him created a cocktail of chemicals, catching him off-guard. He noticed his palms growing sweaty and took a step back, trying to make sense of what had just happened.
Hoisting the gun, she glanced over her shoulder for confirmation. “Like this?”
Tyler watched her, forcing himself to re-engage “Yeah, yeah. Just be sure you keep it tight in your shoulder and position your cheek like I showed you.”
“Okay, I think I’m ready,” she said, holding her aim steady.
“Okay. Just watch your breathing and slowly release the trigger.”
The shot fired, followed by the sound of silence. She frowned, stating the obvious. “I missed.”
Tyler smiled at her with an overwhelming relief that the initial shot went off well. “That’s okay. It was your first try. How’s your shoulder?”
“It’s fine. I had it tight,” she assured him.
“Well, keep going. You’ve got three more rounds.”
She fired again. Another miss. Holding it steady, she fired once more. The clink of the target sent her excited smile in Tyler’s direction, creating another shot of that cocktail.
“Nice.” He fumbled, trying not to act as awkward as he felt, his mind racing as fast as his heart. What is going on with me? It’s Amanda. Are you crazy? He pulled himself together. “You have another shot left.”
Amanda took it, satisfied at the sound of another clink. “Yes! I think I might like this!”
There it was again; the smile that was suddenly melting his heart.

Q & A With Sara Jane Jacobson 
1. What is your best marketing tip?
Don’t get distracted. *or am I the only one who has this problem?* I believe social media can be a useful marketing tool for authors, but it also has a lot of rabbits to chase on it. I can think of people that I follow who are interesting and entertaining but we have no relationship, and it’s just a big distraction. Thirty minutes later, I’m repenting for not being a good steward of my time and trying to get back in the zone.

2. Are you a plotter or a punster?
Outlines, storyboards, and plotting – oh, my! I’m definitely a panster and I’m happy that there are authors in both camps!

3. What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing process?
The amount of time it takes to take a book from start to finish. I’m just ready to tell the story! The waiting gets a little tougher in those final months, kind of like having a baby. You’re ready to bring it into the world!

4. Do you have a favorite conference?
Not yet! There haven’t been any that I have been able to attend. I need to try some out and The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is currently at the top of my list .

5. If you had a superpower what would it be?  
I always thought that flying would by my answer for this question but I think being able to write one book a month from start to final edits (and still have a life!) would come in very handy!

June 26 – Truth to Shine
June 27 ASC Book Reviews
June 28 Meagan Davenport
June 30 Barbara Brutt
July 4 Faithfully Bookish
July 7 Bookworm Mama
July 10 Tell the World
July 11 2014 and Beyond
July 12 Tammy Karasek
July 13 Rebecca DeMarino
July 14 –  Julie Arduini
July 17 Laura Bennet
July 18 All Betts Are Off
July 20 Rebecca Van Daniker
July 21 Leslie L. Mckee

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2 comments

  1. Thank you, Miranda, for the opportunity to be on your blog! I appreciate it!

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    1. Thank you for letting me join the tour, Sara! Congratulations on the book! :)

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