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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Writing Isn't Always About Writing by Barbara Edwards

Please welcome my very first guest, Barbara Edwards, to Discover Yourself, Her book sounds like a beautiful story and I hope you head right over to Amazon and download your free copy! Tell us about it, Barbara.

With my holiday romance “Journey of the Magi” #free on #kindle today I realized how much of my time as an author is spent on other things besides writing books. Journey of the Magi is available here:
Believe me when I say I love to create my stories. They circle around in my head until I get them on paper. The story doesn’t stop there. I need to rewrite and polish and edit and...well, you know. Then an editor goes through it and says to rewrite, polish and edit some more. That all takes time. In spite of the hard work involved, I love writing until the book is ready to publish.
Publish means get it out there for people to read. This is the hard part. I want everyone to read my stories, hopefully love them and come back for more.
I told an old friend that Journey of the Magi is Free and she gave me a puzzled look.” Isn’t that bad for you” I had to explain that the more people who download Journey of the Magi, the better for my ranking on Amazon. A good rank means more publicity.
Over the last few weeks friends like Brenda have hosted me on their blogs, tweeted and posted on FaceBook and Google+. Meanwhile I’ve looked for internet sites to post the info about Journey. I haven’t had much time to work on my next book, while my editor is giving Ancient Curse her usual thorough going over.
So thanks to Brenda’s invite, you can download Journey of the Magi to your ereader, phone or computer. Journey of the Magi:

Journey of the Magi blurb:
Widow Noel Martin never breaks promises, and she promised her kids they’d have Christmas at her childhood home in Connecticut. But driving across country takes money. Noel is broke when a snowstorm blows them into a tiny Minnesota café owned by a man who can change her mind. She accepts his offer of a job. Despite her attraction to him, she makes it clear she is only temporary help.
Dan Longstreet isn’t adopting any more strays, but he needs a waitress. Dan works so hard to make his café a success, he doesn't have time for love. Though Noel’s slender blonde beauty stuns him and her two adorable children tug at his heart, he denies how they threaten to change his life.
When tragedy strikes, their new-found love is the first victim. Noel can't stay and Dan can't leave. Will their journey be the gift that reunites them? 

Excerpt from Journey of the Magi

Even with her knit hat pulled down over her ears, her high cheekbones and the up­-tilted tip of her nose flamed as bright red as a cheap statue of a Christmas elf. She blinked in the bright light.
 Dan’s pulse leaped like a startled deer. He knew everyone who frequented the Deer Run Lounge and Cafe. She was no local wife searching for an overdue husband or one of the three women who made a living, if you could call it that, picking up the lumberjacks and mill workers for an hour or two.
His blood heated but he managed to control his urges by slowly polishing a clean glass and setting it in the rack for the next day’s trade. Dan nodded hello.
Her over-sized man’s winter coat trailed to her ankles, but she visibly shook. He wanted to tell her to take off her coat and get warm. She removed her gloves, pulling the fingers off one by one until her white hands shone in the dim light. A pale circle around her ring finger marked the recent removal of a band.
She returned Dan’s stare. “Is that sign in the window still good? Do you need an experienced waitress?” Her flat, emotionless voice didn’t match the way her fingers twisted round and round her gloves. His palms itched to cover hers until she calmed.
 “Yeah.” He nodded slowly, his mouth dry. Something in him yearned for her to be more than a passing stranger.
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  1. Isn't that the truth, that writing isn't always writing. And I miss when it was. Sigh. Got your download and can't wait to read it!

  2. Thanks for hosting me today, Brenda. It was fun.

    1. Good morning, Barbara. I overslept! Glad to see you at Discover Yourself.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful read! Set in MN, my home state, and during the holiday's makes it even more intriguing than the fabulous blurb and excerpt. I'll go download the story now.

  4. So true, Barbara! Writing is SO much more than writing. Wouldn't it be nice if it weren't? But then again, we might just crawl into our writer holes and never come out if we didn't have to. So maybe it's a good thing. :-) I have Journey of the Magi on my Kindle and can't wait to read it. But i might wait a little closer to Christmas, love that time of year and reading Christmas stories.

  5. I agree, Barbara. Finding readers is most important to me. It makes all those hours at the keyboard worthwhile!

  6. Good luck with your promotion, Barbara. I've got my copy of Journey of the Magi and I'm looking forward to reading it. :-)

  7. Barbara, I KNOW I'm going to love Journey of the Magi. Can't wait to read it.

    1. Hi Alison,
      You don't have to wait for winter. Do it now. lol

  8. Great post and best of luck on your blog.

  9. One of the things I tend to forget when thinking about writing is that it is a business. I can't just produce a product, I have to advertise. Yet I regret the time away from my next story. I downloaded your book and am looking forward to reading it soon.

  10. Got my download yesterday. Can't wait to read it. If only the writing was only about writing. Wouldn't that be nice?

  11. Your book sounds delightful, Barbara. And I so agree--if writing were only--writing.

  12. Barbara, thanks so very much for being my first guest. I think we're all going to enjoy your book!

  13. Congratulations on your first guest, Brenda. Pleased to meet you Barbara. Good luck with your download.