Writers, It’s Party Time!

By Tammy Trail

If you plan to publish a new book in 2020, why not consider a Facebook Launch party?

Of course, you will need to create a Facebook author page. This page is specifically for the public to learn about your new book, and about you as the author. It’s your place to shine.

A great header on your page can help to advertise your book. Include the title, and a little bit about your book. Perhaps tease your audience with a bit of backstory or the world you have created for your characters. For instance, the setting for my new story is New Mexico. I plan to use hot air balloons as a backdrop for my setting. So, I could possibly use hot air balloons in my header to entice my reader into finding out more. Just remember to make it stand out to catch the eye. It’s also a good idea to create and post a book trailer on your page to engage your guests.

As your potential reader, I will need to know where I can find your book, and when will it be available? Maybe do a cover reveal during your launch party, and get your readers involved by guessing from the cover where your story takes place. You could garner some enthusiasm with a giveaway. A copy of your book, a gift card, or an item that may go along with the theme of your story.

Next, you will want to create an event for your Facebook Launch party. Go to Facebook options for full instructions on setup. Make sure you invite all of your friends. Encourage your friends to tell their friends about your new book that will be available soon. Allow your page to be public so that it may be shared in the Facebook world.

Guests will want to get to know you better. Share yourself with them, provide a bio, your social media links, and an opportunity to sign up for your newsletter, follow your new author page on Facebook, share your blog information and how they can follow you there. Ask them to follow you on Goodreads and encourage them to post comments about your book.

  • Post writing prompts for your guest to finish in order to win a prize.
  • Have your guests pick who wrote the best prompt to determine the winner.
  • Keep your attendees engaged by using games of trivia, or sharing what they like best about a movie character, story settings, or favorite heroes or heroines from books they have read.
  • Food is also a great topic to share.

The possibilities are only as endless as your imagination. Just remember to have fun!

Writing is hard work, but that is just the beginning of your journey. You are set to make wonderful new friends who are writers like yourself and want to encourage you, or readers who will fall in love with your story. Promoting yourself and the product you have worked so hard on should be fun and engaging. So, get creative.

Writing Prompt: Helen has a  novel coming out, and needs ideas for a cover. What do some of your favorite book covers include? Help Helen out be giving her some great advice.

Click to Tweet:  Let the good times roll #Facebook launch party.

The Fabric of Love by Cara Lynn James

IMG_1306-2 copyGood morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Cara Lynn James to the Inspired Prompt.

Hi, Cara. So glad you could join us. First question:

Tell us a little about yourself?

Cara:  I was born in Hamden, Connecticut where I spent the first 23 years of my life. My parents split when I was just a baby, but I have younger siblings (3 sisters and a brother) from blended family situations. I don’t pay attention to adjectives like “step” or “half” when it comes to my siblings. They’re my siblings, and I love them.

Thanks to visiting my dad on the weekends, I was in church every Sunday and grew up learning the Bible. I also started going to a Christian school in the fourth grade. But while I professed Christ at 9 years old, I pulled away from my faith in my teens and early twenties and made a few bad decisions. Once I hit what I considered bottom, my best buddy Chris invited me to come to live with him in New Hampshire and get back on my feet. It ended up being a great decision as God used the experience to draw me back to him and I rediscovered the faith I’d discarded. I’d been writing all along, and now my faith influenced the things that came out in my work.

New Hampshire has certainly had its ups and downs for me, but the one constant has been God, and He has been absolutely faithful through it all. I’m thankful for a God I can completely surrender to, and I’m thankful for the gracious blessings He grants me in this life. He just keeps giving, though I never could deserve it, and I’m now a published author.

What do you love most about the writing process?

Cara:  Once I finish the rough draft, I love editing because I enjoy finding just the right words. Editing seems so much more manageable than actually writing the first draft. That’s a sprawling, messy process. But I also like that, too, because it’s very creative and I’m never quite sure where the story is going. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not.

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 How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Cara: I’m embarrassed to say I have six half-finished books resting in my computer. My only excuse (and it’s not a good one) is I often get bogged down in the middle and tired of the story. If only I could go from the beginning, skip the sagging middle and sprint to the end. I’m half-plotter and half-panster, although I’m trying hard to plan ahead and avoid tumbling down rabbit holes. So far I’m partially successful.

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?

Cara:   I’d have a serious talk with myself about how wonderful writing can be as long as I keep learning the craft and practice what I learn. I’d always accept criticism graciously, and develop the discipline to finish a project. My advice would be to steel myself against rejection, rejoice with every success, large or small, and never compare myself to others. Be as happy for my friends as for myself when good things happen. (Actually, I am and I think that’s very important.) There’s no room for envy. I’d try to make a lot of writer friends because they’re the ones who understand me and listen enthusiastically to my chatter about characters, plot, edits, etc. They understand the joys of writing and commiserate about the inevitable disappointments along the way. They ‘get it.’ And lastly, be generous and helpful with other writers.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Cara:  One common trap is publishing a book before it’s ready for prime time. With self-publishing so easy, aspiring authors have to be sure to study their craft and have patience while they’re learning. Be grateful others will critique your story and don’t be defensive if you disagree with their comments. They’re trying to help. Try to stay focused and not let yourself get overwhelmed or discouraged.

What does literary success look like to you?

Cara: Success means writing what God wants me to write, enjoying the process, having readers and interacting with them. Making a little money along the way never hurts either.

Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?

Cara:  I’m contracted for three inspirational novellas, two historical romances and one contemporary. 

The first novella is The Fabric of Love, a story set in a small Connecticut town around the turn-of-the-century. It’s about a young widow who struggles to support her mother and three kids. Against her will, Eliza Baldwin and Clark Henderson, the town’s new storekeeper, quickly fall in love. Eliza needs a job so she’ll be able to send her son to a private school, her late husband’s dearest wish. But the headmaster’s wife doesn’t believe in women working outside the home. Should Eliza confront society’s conventions and work in Clark’s store anyway? She’d risk her son’s acceptance at the school and the possibility of an academic scholarship. But more importantly, should she shed the familiarity of widowhood and move forward into a new life with Clark?

The other historical romance is The Innkeeper’s Promise which, not surprisingly, is about an innkeeper who tries to convince her business partner stay and help her manage the inn when he’s anxious to expand his horizons and move on. Despite their conflicting goals, they fall in love. Can they compromise and reconcile their differences?

The third novella is my first contemporary story set in New England. A young home stager snags a job to freshen up a kids’ summer camp so the owner can sell the property and make a good profit. The owner’s grandson hires her and they quickly fall for each other. But can their romance continue when he’s offered the presidency of his grandfather’s company in Arizona? They both have life-altering decisions to make and despite their growing love, it’s not easy.

Thanks so much for joining us!

Click to tweet: Cara Lynn James talks about the writing journey and her latest book, The Fabric of Love #amreading #CaraLynnJames #writingsucess


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Cara Lynn James writes historical romance often with a twist of mystery and occasionally contemporary romance. She is an award-winning, multi-published author of four Gilded Age romances, Love on a Dime, Love on Assignment, Love by the Book and A Path toward Love. Her first novella, The Fabric of Love, will be published September 31, 2019, on Amazon, and will soon be followed by The Innkeeper’s Promise and Staging a Romance, her only contemporary novella to date.

She’s been a finalist in many writing contests including Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Contest which led to publication. She won the American Christian Fiction Writers Noble Theme award in the historical fiction category.

You can find her on Facebook and at her website caralynnjames.net


The Fabric of Love

Eliza Baldwin, a young, bereaved widow, and mother of three struggles to support her family and save enough money for her son’s private school tuition. 

She’d like to take a job, but in her small Connecticut town in 1900, working outside the home is not acceptable for the widow of a once prosperous attorney.

Loyal to the memory of her late husband, she wants to fulfill his fondest wish to send their son to Whitfield Academy. But that’s out the question unless she can find the tuition money. Her best option is to rent a room in her spacious home to a respectable, god-fearing woman. But when Eliza advertises the room, the only person interested is a handsome male stranger.

Reluctantly, she rents the renovated space over the stable to Clark Henderson, the new owner of the Whitfield General Store. Right from their first meeting, Eliza and Clark feel a strong attraction toward each other. Yet, despite their growing feelings, Eliza believes any romantic relationship would show disloyalty to her late husband.

When Clark asks her to accept a position in his store, the headmaster’s wife makes it perfectly clear that working will jeopardize the boy’s acceptance at school.

Clark offers Eliza love and a chance to shed her widow’s weeds and genteel poverty, but she’s unsure about what the Lord has in mind for her. Will she reject Clark’s love and his kindness and hold fast to her old, familiar life? Or will she defy the headmaster’s wife and take a step forward into the future with Clark?

3 Questions Wednesday with Lindsey Brackett

BrackettLWEBHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author and speaker, Lindsey Brackett. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Lindsey:  Currently? Lauren Denton and Patti Callahan Henry. Obviously I love southern women’s fiction but both of them capture prose like its poetry and there’s really nothing I love more than beautiful writing. My upcoming favorite author is my critique partner Kimberly Duffy. Watch for her historical fiction debut, A Mosaic of Wings, from Bethany House next summer! And I’ve always loved Lucy Maud Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Forever they are my inspiration.

Great authors, and we will keep a look out for Kimberly.  Next question…

 If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Lindsey:  Recently I wrote a southern gothic novel that’s now out on submission. It’s set at my alma mater, Berry College, and explores the truth behind the legendary ghost story of “The Green Lady.” While researching, though, I fell in love all over again with the story of Berry and its philanthropic, feminist founder Martha Berry. Someday I think I’d like to fictionalize her story and honor this place that helped define the person I’ve become. 

But people keep asking if I’m done writing about the Coultrie-Halloway-Watson family and the answer is no. Their story is so deeply rooted in my own family’s story that I’m sure there will be another book someday that shares Annie’s story.

Both sound interesting 🙂 Last question:

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If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Lindsey:  I’d love to spend the day with Lou and Liam on the tidal creeks of Edisto Island. During my research for this story, I was captivated by the environmental practices coming into play in my beloved Lowcountry. Never has it been so important to recognize the impact we have on our ecosystem. These places we love will pass away with overuse unless we—the ones who treasure them—subscribe to sustainable practices so the land and water can be enjoyed and utilized for generations to come. 

Of course after we worked, we’d settle in for a great Lowcountry meal. For me, however, this would have to not include shrimp. Sadly, I have developed a late onset allergy. Good thing I love scallops and crab—and those don’t seem to bother me as long as they aren’t fried with shrimp!

Oh how sad to miss out on shrimp! Coconut shrimp is my absolute favorite.  That sounds like a productive and rewarding day.    Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Lindsey  Lindsey Brackett is giving away an ebook of The Bridge Between.  Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing…


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The Bridge Between

Louisa Coultrie Halloway has returned home as caretaker for the family home on Edisto Island, but years before she left this world behind. Now she flounders to find her place. When Liam Whiting, a local professor studying tidal creek preservation, invites Lou to join his research team, she welcomes the opportunity for purpose.

David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and their children to Edisto. As he finds his footing in this new life, their once strained relationship eases into a familiar rhythm—and he hopes for more.

But the past still has a hold on them all, especially in the presence of Grace Watson, whose son intends to marry Lou and David’s daughter. Somehow, Grace and Lou must let the past of a shared love settle between them.

In this idyllic setting, relationships, like the creeks, deepen and shift. Once more, Lou finds herself caught between the life she’s chosen—and the love that might be meant to be.


BrackettLWEBLindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction infused with her rural Georgia upbringing and Lowcountry roots. Her debut novel, Still Waters, inspired by family summers at Edisto Beach, released in 2017. Called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing,” Still Waters was named an INSPY finalist and the 2018 Selah Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Bridge Between, released July 31, 2019. Download Magnolia Mistletoe with newsletter signup at lindseypbrackett.com or on Instagram and Facebook

The Awakening of Miss Adelaide by Linda Brooks Davis

2018_03-06_Davis_LindaBrooksGood morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m pleased to introduce you to author Linda Brooks Davis this morning. Linda is talking about the writing process. Let’s begin!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Linda: I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother with 73 years (and pounds) under my belt. I was born in 1946 on a farm in Raymondville, a small community in the southernmost tip of Texas—the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Living in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s included such drastic changes in the world at large that you could say while I will growing up, the country moved from the Cleaver household in “Leave it to Beaver” to the Bunker home in “Archie Bunker”—and beyond.

I earned a Bachelor Degree in speech pathologist from Abilene Christian University in 1968 and many years later, a Master Degree from Houston Baptist. I was an employed-outside-the-home military wife and mother in the ‘70s and ‘80s and retired in 2008 after working with individuals with special needs forty years.

My husband Al and I have a son and daughter who are both veterinarians practicing together in San Antonio, Texas. We adore our six grandchildren.

Although i enjoyed writing all my life, I began writing in earnest when I retired in 2008. It didn’t take long to realize I had a lot to learn, so I set out to do just that, filling my study with books on writing and well-written novels, attending workshops, retreats, and conferences, and submitting samples for critique.

My efforts were reward in 2014 when my novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, won the Jerry B. Jenkins Operation First Novel Contest. It was published in 2015 and won the 2016 ACFW Carol Award for Debut Novel.

I have subsequently released Book 2 in The Women of Rock Creek series: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen and Book 3: The Awakening of Miss Adelaide. I also have A Rock Creek Christmas Novella Collection, which includes novellas covering the space of time between Books 1 and 2.

At present, I’m working on a third Christmas novella to include in the Collection and am brainstorming about two new series, which will be sent in the Rio Grande Valley of Teas from the ‘20s to the ‘70s

What do you love most about the writing process?

Linda: By far: the research. I have to curtail my time researching so that I have time and energy for writing!

The writing of scenes is my next favorite part of the writing process. I do not enjoy the planning or outlining. In fact, I’ve begun to plot by the seat of my pants more now than I ever dreamed I would. I refer to a loose (and I mean VERY loose) outline with only 4 or 5 key “landmarks” and then let the creative juices flow to fill in the scenes between the plot points.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Linda: I don’t do “unfinished” well. Can’t seem to leave it alone. So I’d say I have unpublished, unfinished ideas still rolling around in my head.

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?

Linda: Write on a fixed daily schedule. Get the story down, not worrying about making it perfect at first. Submit to contests; the feedback is invaluable. (Even submit to freelance editors if you can afford it. They are a wonderful source of knowledge and expertise.) Get into a writing/critique group.

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What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Linda: (1) Separating oneself from other writers. (2) Allowing yourself to have a thin skin; never allow yourself to be offended; it isn’t worth it. (3) Fear of rejection.

What does literary success look like to you?

Linda: I began my writing journey shortly after my first grandchild arrived in triplicate form—two boys and a girl. They struggled for life in the NiCU 3 months, and I sat beside them. During that time of duress, I vowed to the Lord I would devote the remainder of my life to them and that I’d leave them a legacy of faith in writing. When my daughter said she was naming her daughter Ella after my grandmother, I knew I would write a novel with a heroine named Ella

That said, honestly, just fulfilling my vow is literary success to me. The cream on top of the cake is hearing readers tell about how they were emotionally moved and encouraged or their faith inspired by my stories Hearing such feedback is affirmation of my original vow and encourages me to continue.

Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?

Linda: In 1924, my ancestors migrated as a clan from Oklahoma to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where they worked in back-breaking cotton fields and clearing thick, brutal brush from wild lands to prepare it for farming. Those folks left mighty big footprints to follow, and I’d like to write a series dealing with some of the struggles they endured in their time and place.

Great advice and thanks for stopping by today!

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The Awakening of Miss Adelaide

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Orphaned as an infant, Oklahoma heiress Adelaide Fitzgerald has enjoyed every advantage. She possesses a unique gift for music and has excelled on the opera stage in Italy. She’s a philanthropist who is adored from America to Europe.

But Miss Adelaide is about to awaken in a 1918 nightmare.

When the Great War—and the Great Influenza—knock, Adelaide finds her uninvited guests more than unwelcome. They threaten her life and alter her identity and purpose.

When her Italian music instructor and mentor dies, he leaves her a sprawling ranch and villa in the Maremma district of Tuscany. This location proves ideal for her covert operations during the Great War. 

Having risked her life and security for her country, Adelaide welcomes the end of global hostilities in 1918. And she anticipates a continuation of her dream life—a bright return to the opera stage and a flourishing future as a land and cattle baroness.

But before the ink on the armistice dries, Adelaide’s world begins to crumble. The influenza pandemic creeps into the Tuscan hills and over the villa’s walls, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Adelaide contracts the dreaded virus and awakens as if fin a nightmare with her rare operatic voice ruined and with fresh questions about her life and loves, her faith and future, and God’s plan and purpose. 

In The Awakening of Miss Adelaide, war and peace, laughter and heartache, love and loss come together to ignite a fresh fire that reveals one woman’s hidden needs and potentials. 

What will gaining a fresh understanding of herself require of the Angel of the Opera?


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Linda Brooks Davis was born and reared on a farm in Raymondville, a small Rio Grande Valley community in the southernmost tip of Texas. Linda earned a Bachelor Degree in Speech Pathology from Abilene Christian University and a Master Degree from Houston Baptist University. She retired in 2008 after forty years as a special educator and administrator. Linda and her beloved husband Al worship and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio and dote on six grandchildren, three of whom are triplets. Readers may contact Linda through her website, www.lindabrooksdavis.com.

Linda’s debut novel, best-selling The Calling of Ella McFarland (Book 1 in The Women of Rock Creek series), is set in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. It won the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award. It subsequently won the ACFW Carol Award for Debut Novel 2016. The sequel novella, A Christmas to Remember, is set in 1908 Oklahoma and released in December 2016. A second novella, A Christmas Measure of Love, is set in 1910. It released in 2017 as a prequel to Linda’s second full-length novel, best-selling The Mending of Lillian Cathleen (Book 2 in the series), which is set in 1914 and released in October 2018. Book 3 in the series, The Awakening of Miss Adelaide, released in July 2019.

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A Worthy Heart by Sara Beth Williams

Headshot photo 1 reducedGood morning, friends! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. We’re excited to have author Sara Beth Williams talking about writing tips and her newest release, A Worthy Heart. Let’s begin!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Sara Beth: I am married, with two spunky little girls, and I love to read, play guitar, and anything else that involves creativity. We reside in northern California.

What do you love most about the writing process?

Sara Beth:  I love the ability to create. Creating imagery, creating characters, creating emotional responses, all with words. It’s so much fun. I love also the process of self-discovery. A lot of writing really involves telling the world some kind of truth that comes from your own life experiences, even if it’s well hidden.  

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Sara Beth:  Too many! I think I have four, now that I can say I finished this 2nd book in my series  finally!

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If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?

Sara Beth:  Do NOT sit on your first draft and edit it to death. Finish it all the way through.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Sara Beth:   Editing everything over and over and over before it’s necessary. along that same note, NOT hiring a professional editor before you submit to a publishing house or agent. Also working on too many projects at once. Wanting to hurry the process of publishing up. 

What does literary success look like to you?

Sara Beth:  I think if I can earn my keep writing books – as in the money I earn is paying for me to continue to market and write more books, then I will consider myself successful. 

Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?

Sara Beth:  I have just finished my 2nd book in my contemporary romance series, and am finally beginning revisions for my third in the series! A young man who loses everything he’s ever wanted is plagued by anxiety and grief. To climb out of the pit of his despair, he might have to admit he loves someone other than the woman he wanted to marry.

Great advice and thanks for stopping by today!

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Joel Bennett has always known Serena Hayes as his sister’s gregarious best friend. In the three years since Lacey began college, Serena became a regular houseguest, but lately, she’s absent more than not. When Joel discovers she’s in an abusive relationship, protectiveness from within roars to life. 

 With only a part time job to support her and nowhere to go, Serena fears leaving her current relationship would jeopardize her chances of graduating college. After a brutal attack leaves her no choice, she courageously moves out. On her journey toward regaining confidence, self-worth, and independence, Joel falls in beside her, encouraging her. The way he emulates Godly love and compassion draws her close—not just to him, but to the God who can satisfy her longing for love better than any man,

 Attraction sizzles between them, but events from their pasts cast shadows of doubt. 

When the unthinkable happens, can Serena open her heart to a second chance at love, or is she destined to be alone?

A Worthy Heart newly released …Click here to buy now


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Sara Beth Williams is a wife, mother of two daughters, and temporary caretaker of a loveable old lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian. She lives in Northern California. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys music, teaching, reading and spending time with her family. She is all about connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Bookbub.