LEDGER - Character Sketch


Main Character of WINGBOUND

WHATS IN A NAME:

Ledger (meaning: a book or other collection of financial accounts of a particular type.)
     Grandmother’s nickname for him: Edgy


Heather's Author-Friends' Books

It is so much fun being and Indie Author and meeting fellow authors along the way! What follows represents a delightful variety of books and genres.


CALEB'S WARS by David L. Dudley
 - Young Adult, Historical
 - Author Website
BEHIND THE MASK by Dana Ridenour
 - Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
 - Author Website
ELEORA by Melissa Keaster
 - Christian, Fantasy
 - Author Website
THE FIVE WARRIORS by Angela J. Ford
 - Fantasy
 - Author Website


Adding more books (and friends) soon! Stay tuned. 

Heather's Favorite Non-Fiction Books

I read a variety of books for a myriad of reasons. Self-help, spirituality, the craft of writing, the business of writing and more. Here are a few books in each category that have impacted me. Some I continue to refer to.

THE CRAFT OF WRITING
CREATING CHARACTER ARCS by K.M. Weiland
WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES by Randy Ingermanson & Peter Economy
OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland





THE BUSINESS OF WRITING
PUBLISHING 101 by Jane Friedman







PERSONAL GROWTH / SELF-HELP
MIRACLE MORNING by Hal Elrod
THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP by John C. Maxwell






MEMOIR
I LOVE ME NOT... I LOVE ME by Kimberly Zink







SPIRITUALITY / SPIRITUAL GROWTH
THE FIVE WHOLENESS STEPS by Katie Mather

HOW TO STOP THE PAIN by James B. Richards



What are your favorite books? Authors? Genre? 

Heather's Favorite Fiction Books

I love to read, read, read and jump into another world. Check out my all time favorite FICTION books! Every year, the more and more books I read the more books I add!


CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
 - Young Adult, Fantasy
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer
 - Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
 - Favorite Book in Series: Book #3: CRESS
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
 - Young Adult, Fantasy
THE SHIVER SERIES by Maggie Stiefvater
 - Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Shapeshifter/Werewolves
 - Favorite Book in Series: Book #3: FOREVER
GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
 - Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover
 - Romance


What are your favorite books? Authors? Genre? 

First Lines


THE VAULT OF SECRETS: A look beneath the dust cover just for you... 

April 5th Newsletter

The first line of a book is the first big hook. If it is interesting, makes me think, or makes me ask some sort of question, then I'm hooked. I must see what happens next. A lot of work goes into first lines. What does he need to see for himself? Why is the screw in her ankle worn down? Why did it take seven years to write ONE letter?

Hope for Daydreamers



Last weekend I released my first fiction novel. I’ve realized three things as Wingbound hit bookstore shelves that rocked me to the core. Writing fiction starts 100% in your own head. You find the characters, get to know them. You enter the setting and describe it. You follow where the story-plot naturally goes. But it exists entirely in your own head and heart. Then once it is complete, other people start reading it and entering into this world you created. They are looking into that secret place. They are forming opinions about it. And it’s rather world-rocking!

THREE REVELATIONS


#1 - Where I was once alone in the writing process, people are joining me in this new world I created. Some will like it. Some will not. And either way, it’s okay. If they have any reaction at all to what I’ve written, that means I did my job. I gave them an experience. It’s not just my story anymore. Once you read it, that world is now yours too.

#2 - I have a wonderful support system. I started a Launch Team three months before Wingbound was released. I asked for support, encouragement, and help getting the word out about this indie author’s first book. I don’t know if you know this, but indie authors have to do everything themselves. In 2016 I attended a writer’s conference and heard the publisher-in-residence say, “Publishing is a team sport.” If you traditionally publish, you have a built-in team. If you self/indie publish, you build your own team. But you have to be willing to build that team. It took me two years to build my sweet little team, and I anticipate that team expanding as I publish more books. My Book Launch Team for Wingbound was fabulous. They shared about my book on social media, to their friends in person, and encouraged me along the way. I had an online Facebook party and they attended. I had a live launch party at a local bookstore and they attended. They helped me reach my launch week book sale goals and more. (If you want to hear more about my team and/or to join, go to my BLT Page.) Where as I started this journey alone, has come to completion being carried by my fabulous support system!

#3 - I’ve given the “daydreamers” hope. The coolest thing about launching this specific book, Wingbound, is that it started in a daydream while cloud gazing. (Read more Q&A of behind the scenes.) There have been bunches of kids (and adults!) who’ve reacted in surprise, “You daydream too?” They are told to stop daydreaming and do their work, stop scribbling stories on bits of paper. But I say DON’T stop doing that! Keep daydreaming. Keep your head in the clouds. And keep weaving those crazy tales! One day they will be a book with a beautiful cover that you get to share with your family, friends, and the world!

THANK YOU


I am so grateful for each and every person who connected with me during this book launch, whether it was about the book, or just because we happened to cross paths. Thank you for your love and support. Let's stay connected and talk often!

Cheers!


FOUR WEEKS TO GO




The publishing process is officially complete this week. So many things were going on behind the scenes to make WINGBOUND perfect for reading. Its cover is complete. The text is complete. And I’ve placed a huge order of books for Launch Day. I can’t WAIT to open that box!!

LAUNCH PREPARATION

I started a Book Launch Team on Facebook where my friends (new and old) are supporting me by sharing, commenting, and interacting with me leading up to the big Launch Day. They get to see behind the curtain and the cool stuff I get to do as a debut author. I received a huge package last week with a four-foot tall stand up poster of the WINGBOUD cover. It was so fun to open on-camera. I opened a second package and was surprised to find the proof copy of the hardcover! I nearly cried! It’s so cool to share this with them. Their love and support has kept me grounded through all of this.

If you’d like to join the group, it is still open for more. I’d love to hang you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/heathertrim

THE REVIEW PROCESS

Starting in January 2018, my publicist started pitching WINGBOUND to book reviewers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Then in February, the reviews started rolling in! They’re posting to social media, blogs, and Goodreads. I’m getting some really great reviews so far! I’m so proud that people “get” my characters. They love the world I painted. And were surprised by the plot!

On top of the reviewers, I am giving the Book Launch Team a chance to read it before it is released. Someone has posted every single week that they finished it, loved it, and why. (Several mentioned they love the dragon!) It’s so much fun that everyone is enjoying WINGBOUND! My heart could burst!

PARTY IN THE MAKING

The next big challenges are TWO Launch Parties. Yes! Two!! We can’t just have one! One will be ONLINE and the other IN PERSON at a local bookstore.

1.      Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7PM EST, my publicist and friend will host a party with tons of giveaways! Go here to RSVP and attend this event online.

2.      Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2PM at FoxTale Book Shoppe, we will be gathering together to celebrate the release of WINGBOUND. My sis (and BFF) will host the party with more giveaways, book signing, and special treats. RSVP to attend this live event.

I DUB THEE, AN AUTHOR

I was introduced yesterday as an author for the first time. It was like I just got married and someone called me Mrs. Trim for the first time. I am so honored to become part of the world of authors. This has been a dream of mine for a long time. And now… I made it happen. All it took was a LOT of hard word! 

I have SO many more books brewing! Let’s do this!


 

Review: ELEORA by Melissa Keaster

TITLE: Eleora
AUTHOR: Melissa Keaster
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.melissakeaster.com
GENRE:  Adult, Fantasy, Christian
PUBLISHED: May 12th 2017 by Phoenix61 Publications
MY RATING: 4
FIND ON: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Orphaned in childhood, Mara has always done what is necessary to survive--even pledged herself to a sinister spirit named Rivka. When Mara's sister is struck by a mysterious illness, Rivka offers Mara a choice--watch her sister die, or become a slave in exchange for the medicine needed to save her.