Guest Post: Solomon’s Throne by Jennings Wright

Solomons-Throne-E-Book-Final-1600-for-Amazon-and-BN(1)I have the great pleasure of welcoming author Jennings Wright to the blog today.  She has a brand new action/ adventure novel entitled Solomon’s Throne that is sure to knock your socks off!  Today, she joins me at The Belle to talk about fan mail, being a control freak and her new novel.

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I got my first piece of real, actual fan mail yesterday. A real email, not a comment on Facebook or Goodreads. I opened it and just stared at it, confused for minute. Me? You’re writing a fan email to me, and signing it “your newest fan?” Wow. I think it must be like the first time musicians hear themselves on the radio. It’s really pretty weird, to be honest!

My journey to becoming an author (with a fan!) was completely unexpected. That is not to say that I haven’t been writing. I’ve journaled daily for almost twenty years, have written ad copy, countless business pieces, taught creative writing to homeschoolers and in private school workshops, and even started a few novels and screenplays that didn’t go anywhere. I’d pretty much decided by early 2011 that I just wasn’t creative enough to be a novelist, and so wrote my first nonfiction book (to be published this year) in May.

I’d discovered a book called “No Plot No Problem” by Chris Baty. At the time I’d never heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held each year in November), and didn’t realize that the book was basically how the event was born and how to write 50,000 words on a new novel in 30 days. When I read it, my first thought was,” Well, I can’t do that, but I’ll bet I can do it with a nonfiction book.” My husband was ghost writing for someone at the time, so we decided to do our own 30 day/50,000 word challenge for nonfiction. We both “won.”

But after that month, the thought wouldn’t leave that I could maybe, possibly write a really bad novel in 30 days. I mean, how hard could it be, especially if I expected it to be a real stinker? I already knew I could do the word count. And if it was really bad, at least I could say I tried, cross it off my bucket list, and move on. NaNoWriMo has a great forum community as well as local groups, so at the least I’d meet some fun people and we’d all suffer together. So in July, I signed up. I immediately regretted it, but I didn’t withdraw. Mostly I just smacked myself on the forehead and wondered what the heck I was doing.

In “No Plot No Problem,” Baty says that you can’t start planning your NaNo novel until a week before November 1. I didn’t realize the book was about seven years old and that people planned months or even years in advance; I just waited until the week before and then went into panic mode. I’d decided to do a treasure hunt, so I did a ton of research, staring off into space (aka thinking) and texting to my daughter in college with ideas, and started on Solomon’s Throne on November 1 with a revised goal. I was going to finish it, not “just” write 50,000 words. I had seven locations, figured an average of 15,000 words per spot, and calculated a total of 105,000 words. In 30 days. Crazy? Yep. But once my husband said he didn’t think I could do it, the game was on.

I “won” NaNo (crossed the 50,000 word mark) on November 12, and had finished the novel (88,651 words) on November 26, writing for 23 of the 26 days. It was exhilarating, exciting, amazing… And the most astonishing part was that, when I went back and read the draft (I do no editing at all when I’m writing) it was actually good! It needed editing, of course… But it was good. I was shocked.

Since then I’ve entered and won 5 NaNoWriMo events, including the now-defunct Script Frenzy, and written another novel in NaNo format without an official event. After some research, I decided that self-publishing was a perfect fit for me, and that first NaNo novel, Solomon’s Throne, was released in July, 2012. Its sequel, the Hoard of the Doges, was released in October, and a Christian historical romance set in the Civil War in September.

Indie publishing has been great for me. I love being involved in the cover design and the interior layout, holding my paperback in my hand, getting feedback from readers, and, of course, watching sales climb. It’s a lot of work, to be sure, and in things I’m not nearly as good at as writing. Marketing takes a lot of time, especially since I don’t stick to one genre. (I have two action/adventure treasure hunts, one Christian romance, and a YA sci-fi fantasy trilogy coming up in 2013.) I have to introduce myself to readers in each genre and basically start from scratch. But unlike a contract with a traditional publisher, I can write what I want to write, and the success or failure of the books is all on me. As a long-time business owner, I can deal with that. In fact, I prefer it.

There’s the little secret, I guess: I’m bit of a control freak!

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About Solomon’s Throne by Jennings

Wright

An impenetrable safe is breached and a secret artifact is stolen. Containing information that could change the course of the world, its desperate owner sends Gideon Quinn, his head of security, and Gideon’s wife Rei, an art preservationist, to find it at any cost. What they discover is a clue to the lost throne of King Solomon, the real object of the theft. They are thrust out on an adventure that leads them halfway around the world. Following letters left by a Jesuit in 1681, they must weave through ancient sites along the Portuguese Spice Route, keeping ahead of a secret militant order that is determined to beat them to Solomon’s Throne.

Filled with fast paced action and having broad appeal, Solomon’s Throne is an ingenious treasure hunt adventure that sweeps the reader around the globe in a race against time.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could bluebarn-jennings-9951 2(3)get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.

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Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Solomons-Throne-ebook/dp/B008NBRYV6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1351777545&sr=8-3
Print Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Solomons-Throne-Jennings-Wright/dp/0985784016/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1351777545&sr=8-3
Print Edition – CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3937851

My website is www.jenningswright.com
My writing blog is http://jenningswright.wordpress.com
My Twitter is @JenningsWright
My FB author page is www.Facebook.com/JSWwrites
My Independent Author Network page is http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jennings-wright.html

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Blog Tour: Michele Richard’s “Affirming the Faith”

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About Mocked by Faith: Affirming the

Faith by Michele Richard

The time has come for Alexia and Justin McNear to move out of their beloved home at The Gates, a hidden gated community where time doesn’t change the way of life. It’s time for a new start with the birth of a new community, and children to raise in the faith they cherish. Alexia and Justin’s challenges are far from a thing of the past. Life’s not always perfect. This is a fact these two know all too well. Together they’ll have to remind each other nothing is ever perfect.

Alexia has grown to accept her husband and her role in life, but now, new issues will arise, and force her to fight to keep her family together and safe. Her days of insecurities may be behind her, but she’ll be tested to see if she’s really ready to be a minister’s wife.

Justin has learned the error of his ways and will stop at nothing to protect his family and faith. Now a minister, he must show his parishioners he’s more than capable of leading them. There are no challenges or disabilities too great to overcome.

Together they’ll have to select the perfect spouses to contract for their children and lead L’île d’anges, the new community left in their trust to build. In a world of arranged marriages and dominating husbands, things are not always as they seem. Even with the small progresses their faith has made, they’ll cling to the ways of the past generations.

They’re in for an uphill battle when Mother Nature sets her eye upon them. Locked away from anyone to help them, they’ll have to rely on each other and their faith to see them through.

Is history repeating itself? When one son has no match, what then? Can they beat the clock before it’s too late?

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About the Author

Michele Richard lives in a suburb of Boston, Mass. She’s the mother of two pre-teen daughters and the wife.

 Michele Richard has created the Mocked series. From Mocked by Destiny to the trilogy Mocked authoraffirmingthefaithby Faith, she writes what comes from the heart. A wife and the mother of two preteen girls, she spends her days spinning tales about what happens when what you believe in mocks your every turn.

When she’s not writing, her days are filled with her family, her bunny Geneva, and friends. Her greatest passions are learning new languages and traveling. She currently resides in the Northeastern part of the United States however; her family members live down the east coast as far as North Carolina.

She’s currently learning French and Spanish, and one day hopes to be fluent in both. Learning new things is always something she enjoys.

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