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Where I Write: guest post by author Linda Brendle

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WHERE I WRITE: MEET LINDA BRENDLE, author of A LONG AND WINDING ROAD

 


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Today I have the pleasure of featuring a guest on my blog! The lovely author Linda Brendle has been kind enough to help me kick off a regular blog feature that I’m excited to debut today: the “Where I Write” series. Linda is here today to tell us about the surroundings where she crafts her writing as well as her newly released memoir, A LONG AND WINDING ROAD.

After 15 years as a family caregiver, Linda began writing to encourage, inspire and amuse other caregivers. She loves to travel and since retiring has traveled mostly by motorcycle and RV. She and her husband live in a small East Texas town where she gardens, writes and attends church.

 

1.     Linda, where is your favorite place to write?

Most of my writing takes place inside my head, sometimes a long time before the words make it to the computer screen. My favorite place to muse and create is my garden where my hands are busy but my mind is free to roam. When it comes time to transcribe my thoughts, I find a quiet spot–quiet being a somewhat relative term at times–and settle in with my laptop.

2.     What’s special about this spot?

I don’t require a certain ambiance when I write. My first tentative articles were written in a home office I shared with my husband David, and the first draft of my memoir was scribbled in a spiral notebook while I sat in the co-pilot’s seat of the RV. When we relocated to Texas, I first sat in a very old Queen Anne chair with my computer on a TV table in front of me. That chair has now been replaced with a recliner, and I’ve migrated to an oversized chair in the corner of the living room. linda workspaceThe computer is still on a TV table, but I now have a wireless keyboard so I can sit in all kinds of ergonomically incorrect positions. There is also an ottoman that is large enough to accommodate my feet as well as any miscellaneous paperwork I’ve accumulated, and if I get tired, I simply curl up under my afghan and take a nap.

3.     What projects are you working on at the moment?

I have four works in progress right now. Mom’s battle with Alzheimer’s began long before most of us were aware of it, and it continued for four more years after we returned from our epic RV trip. I’m writing another memoir about her struggle called Mom’s Long Good-Bye: Fifteen Years with Alzheimer’s. I’m also working on an inspirational study guide for caregivers called The Stages of Caregiver Grief. In a complete departure from anything I’ve ever done, I’ve outlined the skeleton of a novel called My Father’s House about a young girl who gets caught up in the sex-trafficking trade in a small Texas town. This project was inspired by a presentation from a local non-profit organization that rescues children like the one in my story. Finally, I’m co-writing a screenplay with a friend who has a background in the movie business. The working title of the script is A Cat in the Attic, and it’s based on the true story of a Dutch family who hid a Jewish couple in their home for almost three years during World War II. Once the dust settles from the release of A Long and Winding Road, I suppose I need to narrow my focus a bit.

 Learn more about Linda!

Want to read more about Linda’s experiences as an Alzheimer’s caregiver who took the road trip of a lifetime (and of a saint!)? Read the synopsis of A LONG AND WINDING ROAD (published by Anaiah Press) below and find out where you can get your copy!

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Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.

 

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About Anaiah Press

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Anaiah Press is a Christian digital-first publishing house dedicated to presenting quality faith-based fiction and nonfiction books to the public. Our goal is to provide our authors with the close-knit, hands-on experience of working with a small press, while making sure they don’t have to sacrifice quality editing, cover art, and marketing. Books will begin to be released in digital formats beginning in Summer 2014.  www.anaiahpress.com

Author Interview: Robert Polk

Awesome interview with my fellow middle grade Anaiah Press author, Robert Polk.

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  1. Tell us a little about yourself.I don’t like to fold laundry, and although I’m at stay home dad, I’m not very good at multi-tasking. Give me some time to read to my children, plot my next book or work outside a bit, and I’m quite content. (I guess I could plot while I fold laundry, but then I’d probably forget it all before I’d make it back to my computer.) 

  2. How did you hear about Anaiah Press?Jessica Schmeidler liked a #Pitmad twitter pitch for a picture book I’d written, so I researched the Anaiah family and liked what I discovered. I sent my picture book with a query letter to Ms. Schmeidler, and although she ultimately rejected the picture book, she asked to see my current middle grade novel, which at that time was titled TREE ROPER. To make a long story short, I sent it, she liked…

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Teaser Reveal: Liberty Belle by Emily Ungar

TEASER: the first chapter of LIBERTY BELLE!

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It’s TEASER time! Liberty Belle by Emily Ungar will be released on August 12, but you will have the lucky opportunity to get a sneak peak at her first pages of the book. We hope you enjoy!

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Chapter One

Today is my twelfth birthday, and I’m in the backseat of our family Subaru holding a dead goldfish. Poor Frank bit it somewhere between Georgia and Washington D.C., and now I’m holding a sandwich bag full of water and the lifeless remains of last summer’s carnival prize. Dad and I wanted to leave Frank’s little body in a nice puddle somewhere along the highway, but Mom pointed out that the moving van would have to stop, too, and we would create a scene.

Mom’s biggest fear is creating a scene, and Dad’s biggest fear is upsetting Mom–that’s why I have my lime-green iPod in my left hand and my dearly departed goldfish…

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My writing process: blog tour

Who got this blog post hopping?

 

It’s the fabulous Keely Brooke Keith! Keely was the perfect person to nominate me for this blog hop, because Keely was also a frequent childhood mover like I was (a fact that inspired me to write LIBERTY BELLE–and no doubt inspires her writing as well).

Now….on to those four big questions!

 

1) What am I working on?

Right now I’m finishing up my last round of edits for LIBERTY BELLE (which comes out with Anaiah Press in August 2014). I’m also polishing a women’s fiction manuscript that’s been evolving over the past few years. I also have a manuscript “baby” centered around cheese (yup–cheese!). I’m also trying to work on my blog and continue to connect with other writers on Twitter. Twitter has been amazing to help me crawl out of my writing hole and meet a community of fabulous and super-talented writers!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There are so many talented middle grade authors out there leading the way. I love authors like Wendy Mass and Lauren Myracle. I hope that my book might help to expand the children’s middle grade market–more specifically, fiction with elements of faith.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always loved middle grade. When I was in elementary school in the late 1980s, the Babysitters Club series was the best thing in the world (that, and slap bracelets). I loved how much fun Ann M. Martin had developing her characters and seeing them grow through unique storylines. I assumed (as children do) that when I grew up I’d easily do the same thing that Ann M. Martin does. I still want that–but now I realize what a challenging battle it is to follow your dreams. Anyway, I write middle grade that is mostly oriented toward girls because I want them to have a fun read that’s adventurous but also an escape from the drama that most girls 8 to 12 deal with on a daily basis!

4) How does my writing process work?

It’s changed a lot in the past few years! Before becoming a mom, my husband and I would lounge away our weekends sipping coffee and typing away on our laptops. Now, writing requires a lot of discipline within certain time constraints. I write mostly at night after my twins have gone to bed–and also during naptime on weekends. The funny thing is, I’ve been motivated to write so much more since I’ve become a mom. Coffee is a must! There is always coffee. I usually begin with a few rough ideas or outlines in my head and then build from there. Some days I dive right in, but on others I am very easily distracted on Twitter. I like socializing with other distracted writers on Twitter. ;)

Next up? It’s…..

 

Courtney Rice Gager:  June 9Image

Courtney first fell in love with reading as a child on summer vacations by the ocean. Today, she enjoys writing her own humorous and heartwarming stories that are best paired with plenty of sand and sunshine. Courtney is the author of The Buggy List. Her upcoming title, Tess in Boots, is contracted with Anaiah Press for release in January 2015. She lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

 

 

 

Plus…1 other surprise guest!

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Want to see more? Check out the #MyWritingProcess hashtag on Twitter to read about other writers!

LIBERTY BELLE book trailer reveal!

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I am SO excited to reveal my book trailer for LIBERTY BELLE, a middle grade contemporary novel! The staff at Anaiah Press did an amazing job of capturing the spirit and fun of the book, and I couldn’t be more pleased to debut it!

Check out the trailer below.

 

About the book:

On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag—about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who has the in with the school authorities.

Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the vice president’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.

All is well until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters—and fast! Will Savannah find herself or lose her friends?

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Release Date:

August 12, 2014

Add LIBERTY BELLE to your Goodreads list by clicking here!

 

About Me:

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Emily Ungar is a graduate of Indiana University, where she majored in journalism. After living in seven different U.S. states by the time she finished college, she now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and very curious twin toddlers. When she isn’t chasing after her twin boys, Emily loves to curl up in a chaise lounge with a book in one hand and a lemon cupcake in the other. Emily loves connecting with her readers, so she welcomes you to say hi on her blog at emilyungar.com.

 

Connect with Me:

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Book trailer reveal! A LONG AND WINDING ROAD by Linda Brendle

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I am honored to help introduce the book trailer reveal for my friend Linda Brendle, who is also a coauthor at Anaiah Press. This trailer reveal is very special to me, as I think about my own paternal grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years. It is in this spirit of respect for those like Linda who are committed to lovingly caring for their family members with Alzheimer’s that I present to you….Linda’s beautiful and tender book trailer.

Release Date: July 1, 2014

The memoir:

Copy of WindingRoad2400x1600Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.

 About Linda:

After 15 years as a family caregiver, Linda began writing to encourage, inspire and amuse other caregivers. She loves to travel and since retiring has traveled mostly by motorcycle and RV. She and her husband live in a small East Texas town where she gardens, writes and attends church.

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Learn more about Linda:

Website:http://www.LifeAfterCaregiving.WordPress.com

Twitter:www.Twitter.com/LindaBrendle/

Facebook:www.facebook.com/linda.brendle

Google+:http://goo.gl/5Ov8qo

Goodreads:http://goo.gl/SeqyBz

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Add A LONG AND WINDING ROAD to Goodreads!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20983741-a-long-and-winding-road

Learn more about Anaiah Press.

Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com

 

“F” is for Face on the Milk Carton: my blog #atozchallenge

ImageSo happy it’s “F” day because THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON by Caroline B. Cooney is absolute one of my favorites of my teen years. As the first in a series, teenage Janie discovers that a little girl’s face on a milk carton in an ad for missing children is her own face. Janie is the happy child of two adoring parents, so how can it be possible that she has been missing for so many years? Cue an awesome, original story. Janie’s character is absolutely adorable–innocent yet determined, and unlike many teens in YA, she has a wonderful relationship with her mother. I loved both the mystery, plot twists, and very real and human characters in this book and in the series.

Caroline B. Cooney has always been one of my favorite YA authors, including several of her other titles: AMONG FRIENDS (love multiple POV), THE PERFUME (soooo good), TWENTY PAGEANTS LATER, and TWINS, just to name a few. Even better, her covers have been redesigned in the past few years for a fresh new look for her classic content.

Day 5: “E” is for Emily Ungar!

In a shocking display of self-promotion, I decided that today there is no other option except for “E” for “Emily Ungar.” With my book cover release yesterday, I am going to proudly add myself to the alphabet.

LIBERTY BELLE cover reveal day!!

IT’S HERE!!

I am SO thrilled to finally reveal the cover to LIBERTY BELLE today!! The designers at Anaiah Press did an amazing job with the cover, and they really blew me away. I kept opening the cover before reveal day and grinning like the Cheshire Cat because it just captures the spirit of the book and MC so perfectly. Big, big hugs to the designer!

So, without further ado…

…the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

the cover to LIBERTY BELLE by yours truly–Emily Ungar!  My middle grade book will debut with Anaiah Press in August 2014, and I can’t wait.

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About the book:

On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag—about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who has the in with the school authorities.

Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the vice president’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.

All is well until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters—and fast! Will Savannah find herself or lose her friends?

Please add LIBERTY BELLE to your Goodreads list today to read for yourself or buy for a special tween in your life!

Stay tuned for the book trailer later this spring! And don’t forget the release date: August 12, 2014!

I’m also giving away a free Amazon gift card to help celebrate the cover reveal! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!

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