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I Met My Writing Heroes! #2

HNS2015-logo3Have you ever had such a good conference you just couldn’t contain it in one blog post?

Today is the continuation and final part of the wonderful Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver, CO. Already my life has filled in with writing, blogging, marketing books one and two and enjoying the small part of my life which doesn’t include being an author, but I wanted to finish off my comments about the conference.

Last week’s post talked about my all-time favorite author, Sharon Kay Penman. This week I bring  you the creator of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. She spoke a few times during the large group gatherings and I was amazed at her low, scratchy voice. At times she was a little hard for me to understand but I didn’t mind. Her pleasant personality translated through and we all enjoyed her. I didn’t go to any small sessions with her as there just wasn’t time with so many events back-to-back. Gabaldon is another whose every book sits on my book treasure shelf. I just wish I could have transported them all to Denver for her to sign.

Diana GabaldonAuthor Mary Tod, the originator of the Historical Fiction Reader Survey, recognized me as I stepped into her elevator the first night at the conference. Wow! What a thrill. We stood and talked in the hall for about half an hour and I knew this Toronto lady was a writer I wanted to know better. The next two days we happily brushed by each other in sessions, even one where she was presenting. On Sunday she joined our group for a lunch which went on for about two hours. Great fun.

Mary Tod

Mary Tod who writes as M.K. Tod.

Saturday night brought out many in costume.

Saturday night brought out many in costume.

HNS costumed lady

One more event I must mention is the spur-of-the-moment appointment I had with an amazing fellow at BookFuel whose sessions were held for about 30 minutes and covered whatever the author needed, depending on just where we are in our writing journey. Mine was about my Amazon Author page and my books listed there on my sales page. It was fantastic. Bill VanOrsdel listened as well as he talked so that this session was extremely useful to me. It was one of the best things I did at the conference. I am still working on improving the things we talked about, although Bill did give me good marks on many of the items. The 2-page handout he gave us covered the following: Cover, Title, Reviews, Pricing, Book Description, Genre/Browse Category Placement, Keywords & Key Phrases, and Other Elements. This handout has pride of place on my desk just now.

Finally I attended Leslie Carroll/Juliet Grey’s workshop, Out Loud and Proud in Front of a Crowd: reading your work for an audience. She had lots of good tips which I will add to my readings to make them even better. I will be sure to mark up the text I’m reading aloud according to her suggestions.

So there you have it: another successful conference.

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The Loyalist’s Luck, Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Authors, Conferences

 

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I Met My Writing Heroes!

HNS2015-logo3This past weekend was the Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver, Colorado and I was there. My fellow writers and I arrived Thursday evening in the mile-high city and that was the last I saw of the outdoors until Sunday night when we left the hotel for a dinner out. The interim was filled with workshops, pitches, meals, speakers, coffee klatsches, and dozens of connecting conversations with authors, wannabes, editors, and agents, all united in their desire to talk about historical fiction. Fantastic.

Right out of the gate I found I had made a mistake by not signing up for the sword-fighting extra session before the conference began. My friends raved about it. I spent the time relaxing and discovered I’m not really that good at it. Live and learn. The conference began in earnest on Friday night with a lovely dinner even though we were all packed in like berries in a box and, yes, there was a bit of smushing going on. The conference had over 450 attendees, the most ever.

SKP and me

Sharon Kay Penman and I after the coffee klatsch.

Saturday morning I was in the conference lobby at 6:40 a.m. to sign up for a coffee klatsch with Sharon Kay Penman (held on Sunday morning.) The next day I got there early, the room was unavailable and SKP and I stood and talked for 15 minutes. Her books have meant so much to me that I had to tell her my joy at reading them all beginning with The Sunne in Splendour. A petite and classy lady, she was delighted with my story and we talked about her other books as well as my writing. Then ten of us sat around a conference table and asked questions of this amazing and prolific writer.

Although I’m very happy being an Indie author, I had signed up to pitch two agents just to investigate the other side. I glanced across the room while I was waiting for my turn to pitch and saw three waiting pitchers sitting side by side outside an agent’s door. Their faces–indeed their whole bodies–were completely frozen in fear. I’m so glad to have reached the stage where I take these things in stride.

My session went well and I’ll have more on that in a later post.

Penman George Smith

Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George and Anne Easter Smith at conference table.

One of the workshops I attended had Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George and Anne Easter Smith whose treasured books are all on my shelf as mementos of fabulous reads I’ve enjoyed. Imagine a panel with all three of them discussing Damsels to the Rescue: Reviving the Male Protagonist. Ably hosted by author David Blixt of sword fighting fame (pictured below) the session was quite informative although I don’t really worry about whether my protagonists are male or female, just whether they are compelling.

David Blixt

Sally Karen Cryssa

Hana Samek Norton2

My other Canadian author friends, Sally Moore, Karen Martindale, and Cryssa Bazos were at the conference, too, as well as Hana Samek Norton, who returns frequently to Canada although she now lives in the U.S. Having this group along doubled the fun as we could revel in each other’s success. We were often referred to as the Canadian contingent and one person on the elevator caught me for using the giveaway “eh” phrase. Funny.

Next week’s post will complete the HNS review with more pictures and even Diana Gabaldon. Come back and join me, please. :-)

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Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 

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7 Useful Tips for Authors to Help Their Readers

Today we’re finishing the two-part series started last week with 7 Tips for Readers to Help Their Favorite Authors.  I’ve compiled a list of things you might do to really help readers read and enjoy your books.

You’ve written your book and have lots of sales but somehow you’re not sure you’ve done everything you could have to make that book fantastic. Here are some suggestions that might have readers telling their friends about your book, buying gift copies for the birthdays of all their relatives, whether readers or not, or simply rushing to purchase your next book for themselves. Feel free to add other ideas in the comments section.

7 Ways Authors Can Help Their Readers

Map from The Loyalist's Luck book two in the Loyalist trilogy.

Map from The Loyalist’s Luck, book two in the Loyalist trilogy by Elaine Cougler

  1. Publish books in readable fonts, both size and appearance. Reading should be enjoyable and even if you can read a 10-point font, do you really want to? I picked up a book which turned out to be a good read but it could have been so much better if I didn’t have to sit under a bright light to read it.  I have perfect eyesight close up but the small font was most annoying for me. Authors, be kind to your readers!

  2. Aim for perfection in your book. I know everyone is different but errors in a book really stop me cold and take me out of the story. We owe our readers as close to a perfect text as possible. Use editors. Their different viewpoints and new sets of eyes will see things you miss. And they’ll point out structural, plot, and other flaws you might miss. Pricing for editors is all over the map but persevere and find someone whose work you trust at a price you can afford.

  3. Write clearly with a view to understanding so your reader isn’t going more than half way to understand your work. We writers like to keep our readers in suspense but sometimes we go too far and the reader just becomes confused. I’ve adopted for my guideline on this the idea that the reader shouldn’t have to go more than half way to figure out what’s going on in my book and, indeed, I’ve stopped reading more than one book which was just too confusing for me. As an author I read my work aloud to check the flow of my sentences and to catch the places where confusion happens because I’ve added in too many phrases and clauses which can be taken in more than one way. I don’t want my reader to have to stop and figure out just what the sentence means. Each day as I start writing I go back over the previous day’s three pages and check for the flow of the words. Of course I’ll probably read it twenty times before the book is published but this gets me started thinking like a reader.

  4. Don’t write unnecessary words. Write only what is needed and leave the reader room to use his/her brain to understand. At the end of one of my chapters in The Loyalist’s Wife I set up the scene with Lucy going to bed in a calm state thinking only good thoughts. In the night, however, she wakes and sits right up in bed. I end the chapter with “Someone was in the room!” Needless to say the reader has to turn the page. I didn’t have to say that it might be that old skinflint, Daeger, who has threatened her before. The reader knows this and, in fact, would be bored with having me write those words.

  5. Put a map or maps in the front of the book to make following your heroes’ journeys easier. This can be difficult but drawing your own is a good option. Your interior book designer will have suggestions on symbols for mountains, etc. I’ve put one of the maps from The Loyalist’s Luck above. My designer took my hand-drawn sketch and made it much more presentable. I especially like that she made it look like an old piece of parchment. That and the direction symbol really added flavor to the map.

  6. If your cast of characters gets longer and longer, particularly with multiple family relationships, put a cast of characters or family tree list in the front of the novel. That’s really helpful for your readers to go back and remember some character you talked about earlier. Someone very close to me had a stroke and couldn’t remember as she read new books. Those character lists were a great help for her in getting back her reading skills and enjoyment. They’re also helpful when your readers write a review of the book. :-)

  7. Be accessible to your readers via Goodreads, Blogs, website contact buttons, and sign-up newsletters. Also set yourself up on Amazon author pages and other platforms like Selz where you might sell your books. Personal appearances are great and I always have a good time presenting and then talking to participants afterwards. Many of them buy my books and sign up for my quarterly newsletter. (More info coming on that.)

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Authors, Readers' Wants

 

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7 Tips for Readers To Help Their Favorite Authors

Today we’re starting a two-part post to be completed next week. That post will turn the tables and suggest ways writers can help their readers. I’ve compiled a list of things you might do to really help authors to get their books noticed beyond their immediate circles, something we all dream of.

You’ve read the book and liked it or even loved it and recommended it to your closest friends. And at the next author event you tell the writer. Yay! Thanks so much. We love hearing your comments about our books, especially the good ones. :-! One more thing you can do could be found in the list below. Or, to REALLY help, do them all!

7 Tips for Readers to Help Authors

  1. Write book reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Here’s a link to my post explaining just how to do this. When you do, know that authors the world over will thank you for this is how their work gets noticed.

  2. Like author pages on Facebook. So a few days ago I’m in the shower and an old song from maybe the sixties bubbles up. Except I’ve put in my own words:  “Come on, baby, like my page!” I guess you know what was on my mind. Seriously, if you’re on Facebook you probably know about liking pages. Mine is at facebook.com/ElaineCouglerAuthor. Try to put the likes on my author page and not my personal page. You’re welcome to go to my personal page, just keep your wonderful writing oriented comments on my author page. Just one little click/Like and I’ll be ecstatic.

  3.  Invite writers as speakers to a variety of groups. This is a wonderful way to get exposure for our writing. Talking to those who love history and historical fiction is fabulous for me. Here’s a link to contact me. 😀

  4. Ask your local library to order in local writers’ books. The biggest hurdle for a writer is to get known and to get our books known. Even though we won’t get as many sales if people are borrowing our books from the library, we will get exposure. That translates into opportunities of all kinds for authors.

  5. Buy books for gifts all the time. This is a simple thing but if readers adopt it as a mindset authors will love you. So many books are published every day that, of course, you should tailor your purchases to the tastes of everyone on your list. Check this Wikipedia site for its take on the staggering number of books published each year in different countries. Notice that the years vary.

  6. Tweet your favorite author’s books on Twitter. I dislike getting repeated author tweets about their books and I’ve unfriended more than one author for spamming me over and over with nothing but ads for their books. Far better for readers to do a tweet or two to their connections about a book they loved, or author readings they attended, or book launches, etc. Your author friends will love you!

  7. Join an author’s list. Better yet join the lists of all your favorite authors. Mine gets you quarterly (usually) emails about my writing, deleted passages from my books, exclusive announcements for savings (especially around Christmas), and many other related tidbits. I’m working on a signup button but so far my brain hasn’t figured out the technical details. Please email me to sign up.

Next week Part 2 of this topic will be up: 7 Tips for Writers to Help Their Treasured Readers.  Hope you can make it!

How About an Authors and History Cruise? Click here for details of this amazing cruise. Come join us!

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Authors, Readers, Writing Journey

 

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Video Interview with Multi-talented Author Thomas Ryerson Part 2

This week in part two of my interview with Tom Ryerson our discussion centers on marketing our books, our blogs and webpages, a writer’s much-needed self-discipline, and font size, of all things!

Last week Tom talked about his education in film making, his great-grandfather who survived the Titanic and whose life forms the nucleus of one of his books, and of every author’s nightmare–finding new information after the book is published.

 We hope Part 2 of the interview is instructive for both writers and readers. Enjoy!

Thomas Ryerson’s books are available on Amazon here. Click back to last Wednesday’s blog post for the first part of our writers’ chat.

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For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Authors, Publishing, Videos

 

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Video Interview with Multi-talented Author Thomas Ryerson

One very exciting and extremely rewarding part of being a writer is getting to speak with others who are following the same road as I. Last week I sat down with Canadian author, Thomas Ryerson, for a conversation about writing and some of the ups and downs writers experience. Tom talks about his education in film making, his great grandfather who survived the Titanic and whose life forms the nucleus of one of Tom’s books, and of every author’s nightmare–finding new information after the book is published.

This is Part 1 of the interview. Part 2 will be aired next week. Enjoy!

Thomas Ryerson’s books are available on Amazon here. Come visit next Wednesday for the conclusion of our writers’ chat.

 

How About an Authors and History Tour? Click here for details of this amazing cruise. Come join us!

For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

Purchase The Loyalist’s Wife here.

 

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Authors, Videos

 

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More Steps Along This Writer’s Road

the hollies

The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother HD HD-Mix by: I.T. (su24000) “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” is a popular music ballad written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell.

Writing a novel is like performing a song for a huge audience. Knowing you can never take it back. Once it’s out there, it’s out there, and no matter what you wish you could change, you can’t.

Here’s a group called The Hollies a few years ago performing a song they’d sung in 1967. It was one of my favorites back then as my younger brother had fallen about 50 feet from the top of our silo to the cement floor and whenever I played and sang this song I sang of him. Thankfully he recovered after being unconscious for almost a week and has lived a pretty interesting life which includes two degrees, the last in music therapy, a field that capitalizes on all his talents.

The song is He’s Not Heavy He’s My Brother. (click here.)

Listen and watch before I connect this to my world today. Or read through the lyrics through the link below.

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where

But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

Read more: Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Now think of switching out the person here for something you love to do but find very hard. It may even take a lot of dedication, courage or perseverance. Oh, it has its joys, but the road is long and, yes, it’s winding up and down, even round in circles sometimes.

I carry on. Do you?

Have you thought of something that relates to your own life? Dealing with teenage children? A pesky co-worker or worse, boss?

Is the burden your writing? For me that’s the load but it’s also the absolute joyous wonder. And I’ve realized I am strong enough to carry on. The load isn’t too heavy just as, back in the day,  my brother was not. Here’s to shouldering the load so regularly that it becomes lighter and lighter as your novel gets done and published. And then the load won’t weigh you down either.

How About an Authors and History Tour? Click here for details of this amazing cruise. Come join us!

For All Lovers of Historical Fiction!

Book Two in The Loyalist Trilogy!

Purchase The Loyalist’s Luck Here.

The Loyalist’s Luck_cover_apr1.indd
John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

The Loyalist’s Wife, Book One in The Loyalist Trilogy!

by Elaine Cougler, winner of the WCDR 2014 Pay It Forward Scholarship

Short-listed for Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair’s Canada Self-Published Book Awards

The Loyalist's Wife_Kindle_1563x2500

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.

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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Authors, Writing Journey

 

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