More Winners in November

Happy holidays! Christmas will be here before you know it.  Have you finished your decorating, baking and shopping? Me either.  But  I’ll get to it as soon as I tell you about our November winners…

Anne Baxter Campbell will give away a print or Kindle copy of Blessed by Time to Marilyn RCongrats!

Jean Peterson would love to give a gift card to her personal website to Katie Clark. Yay!

Judythe Morgan is gifting either a print or a Kindle copy of her book, When Love Blooms, to Ginger Solomon. Woo hoo!

Donna Schlachter is offering a free print copy of MissAdventure Brides Collection to Linda Matchett .

Our faithful readers mean so much to us. We appreciate each and every one of you. THANK YOU!

3 Questions Wednesday with Shelly Roark

Welcome to our latest edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and say hello to Shelly Roark. Shelly is a senior copywriter for Focus on the Family and has released her debut children’s picture book.   Let’s get started!

First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Shelly:  Giggly Chaotic Hugger.

Sounds like you’re a fun person. 🙂 Now here’s an interesting question—

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Shelly:  Right now it would be New York City and the reason can be summed up in one word . . . CHRISTMAS! I would absolutely love to hang out in New York and enjoy the wonderful onslaught of sights and sounds of the holidays.

That would be my kinda trip too. Last question—

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Shelly:  Hmmmmm. The Mission Impossible theme song. Not because my life is an impossible mission, but because I like to think of it as one exciting adventure after another. And, quite honestly, the music just makes me happy.

I like it!  Thanks, Shelly, for visiting us at 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.

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Readers, Shelly will give away a print copy of her book, The Bubble Who Would Not POP! US entries only. Please leave a comment below to be entered.


The Bubble Who Would Not POP!

The Bubble Who Would Not POP! shares the adventure of a determined bubble on a mission. Billy Bubble must get the green-eyed girl’s prayer to heaven! It’s not easy for a bubble to keep it together . . . will he see God before he pops? Join Billy on his surprising journey as he learns some life-changing lessons about God’s love and the power of prayer.

The book is available online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Target, and other online outlets.


 Shelly Roark has been writing professionally for more than 25 years—from early years as a newspaper reporter to ghost writer for ministries and non-profits. Today, she is a senior copywriter for Focus on the Family.

Her debut children’s picture book—The Bubble Who Would Not POP!—recently received Gold in IBPA’s 2018 Benjamin Franklin/Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children’s/YA) and the 2018 Silver Medal Illumination Book Award. Shelly and her husband Geoff live in Texas with their three teens. Website

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Genre Month at Inspired Prompt

An Overview of Genre

By Jennifer Hallmark

We’ve all heard the term and struggled to pronounce it. I personally try to say the word “genre” with a French accent but my natural Southern one makes it come out all wrong. 🙂

So what exactly is a genre? Vocabulary.com says “A literary genre is a style of writing.” Your favorite literary genre might be science fiction or romance, for example.

The word genre means “artistic category or style,”…When you use the term literary genre, you make it clear that you’re talking about books and writing. Bookstores sometimes use literary genres as a way to separate books into different sections, like “classics” or “mysteries.” The word genre is French, and it means “kind, sort, or style.”

And then there are sub-genres which are simply subcategories within a particular genre. The academic mystery is a “sub-genre” of the mystery novel.

Here’s a partial list of genres in literature.

  • Action/Adventure
  • Chick Lit
  • Classic
  • Comic/Graphic Novel
  • Contemporary
  • Crime/Detective
  • Dystopian/Utopian
  • Fable
  • Fairy tale
  • Fanfiction
  • Fantasy
  • Fiction narrative
  • Folklore
  • Historical fiction
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Magical Realism
  • Mystery/Cozy Mystery
  • Non-fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Southern
  • Steampunk
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • Tragedy
  • Western
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Young Adult/New Adult

    Fairy Tale Re-Tellings

I try to read a variety of different genres because I believe it will make me a more well-rounded writer.  Some of my favorites are women’s fiction (especially stories based in the South), mysteries, and fantasy. I just finished a Southern fiction book collection that I loved called A Southern Season-Stories From a Front Porch Swing.

I’ve also read a Steampunk book by Edie Melson called Maiden of Iron: A Steampunk Fable. Steampunk is a genre (or perhaps sub-genre) of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.

For a combination of Classics and Mystery, the latest series of books I’m reading are by Georgette Heyer.  She also writes Regency romances, a sub-genre of romance novels set between 1811-1820 with their own plot and stylistic conventions.

So you can see there are many genres and sub-genres. And I’ve not included a mishmash of genres, where a writers mixes two or more genres. The problem with mishmash is when it comes to finding your market. Let’s say you mix historic romance with science fiction. You’ll need to find a reader who likes both and that could prove difficult.

We at Inspired Prompt want to hear from you. What’s your favorite genre? sub-genre? List it in the comments below and tell us about one of your favorite books within that category.

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Writing Prompt: Lillian ran down the street and pushed past the crowd into the library. Her favorite author had a new novel out and she had to have it. It was a…

Devotional Books: Wrapping Up November

By Jennifer Hallmark

I love to read devotional books. I always have at least one on my nightstand. There is no better way to start or end a day than with a section from the Bible and an encouraging thought about God, love, and life.

To wrap up this month of all things devotional, I’d remind you of our earlier posts you might have missed.

8 Steps to Writing a “Shout from the Housetops” Devotion by Bonita McCoy

Christian Devotions: The Birthing of a Ministry by Cindy Sproles

Devotion Writing: Journeying to Publication by Martin Wiles

Hopefully Devoted by Carlton Hughes

So You Want to Write a Devotional Book? by Shirley Crowder

Resources for Anyone Who’d Like to Write Devotional Books by Jennifer Hallmark

Apples of Gold by Harriet Michael

Writing the Rightly Divided by Kristy Horine

Encouraging Others Through Devotional  blogging by Tammy Trail

I know you’ll enjoy all these posts, whether you are a writer of devotions or strictly a reader. My favorite devotional books are:

Streams in the Desert

Jesus Every Day

God in the Dark: 31 Devotions  to Let the Light Back In

My Utmost for His Highest

Jesus Calling

Do you like devotional books? Do you get a new one each year in January? Who are your favorite devotional writers? Share a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a Kindle copy of Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress by Lysa Terkheurst.

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Writing Prompt: Take one of the Psalms and write a devotional thought about it. If you’d like, share below also…

The Write Course: 3 Minute Tips for the Beginning Writer-A Short Break

Jennifer Hallmark here. Welcome to my You Tube series called “The Write Course: 3 Minute Tips for the Beginning Writer.”

Sometimes, as writers, life doesn’t go quite as expected.  We have plans and a schedule to maintain but everything can change in a moment. Please watch as I explain on today’s episode, A Short Break.

 

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