Win An Instant Library From Tyndale House!

Help me celebrate my birthday! Today I turn 39, and as part of my book launch today Tyndale House Publishers is giving an instant library of over 30 titles!

What’s so funny is that at the end of my 20’s I thought I would enter publishing my 30’s. Apparently I was decade off! To all you writers out there, it just goes to prove that you should never give up!

Help me celebrate by helping me spread the word about this giveaway!

Also, you can e-mail me a picture of yourself in a hat holding a teacup for another chance to win a copy of Born of Persuasion! See who else sent a picture!

 To enter to win the instant library, use the form below!

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All for a Story and For Time & Eternity – by Alison Pittman 

Tattler’s Branch, Skip Rock Shallows, Still House Pond, and Sweetwater Run – by Jan Watson

All In Good Time and Bees in the Butterfly Garden – by Maureen Lang

Flame of Resistance – by Tracy Groot

Promise Me This and Band of Sisters -by Cathy Gohlke

Brides of the West – Faith, Brides of the West- Hope, and Brides of the West – June – by Lori Copeland 

A Lineage of Grace, The Scarlet Thread, A Voice in the Wind, and The Last Sin Eater– by Francine Rivers

Grace’s Pictures – by Cindy Thomson

Tangled Ashes and In Broken Places – by Michelle Phoenix

Wings of Glass and Crossing Oceans – by Gina Holmes

Beaded Hope – by Cathy Liggett 

Redemption and Remember -by Karen KingsburyGary Smalley

Secrets Over Sweet Tea – by Denise Hildreth Jones

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales -by Randy Singer

Vienna Prelude and Prague Counterpoint – by Bodie & Brock Thoene

The Outcast -by Jolina Petersham

Dogwood -by Chris Fabry

Born of Persuasion -by Jessica Dotta

Man in the Blue Moon by -by Michael Morris

Take a Chance On Me – by Susan May Warren

31 Chances to Win Something Fancy . . .

Just . . In . . Case. . you still haven’t haven’t had an official invitation from me to join the book launch . . . here it is! (Either enter below or go to:

All month long, I’m teaming with some incredible companies and artisans to count down to the launch of Born of Persuasion with 31-Days of Giveaways!

It’s a Downton Abbey Themed tea, which I hope you’ll join!

Here is Day 7 of the 31-Days of Giveaway: Honey Tea Favor + the a full set of autographed novels by Gina Holmes: Wings of Glass, Crossing Oceans and Dry as Rain!

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Here’s what what the first six days looked like:

Day 1- Stacked Teacup Painting– Still Open to Entrants- Winner Announced 9-1-2013
Day 2 -Tea Set – LAST DAY TO ENTER – Winner Announced Tomorrow!
Day 3- Faerie Tea Cakes – Winner – Gale Tetreault
Day 4-Tea Table Napkin Rings- Winner – Pam Zollman
Day 5- Tea Cup Sugar Cookies – Winner – Betty Lawson
Day 6 – Tea Sampler – Winner – TBD

Help Me Celebrate And Grow the Party! 

If you can, send a picture of yourself in a hat (any hat will do) holding a teacup, and I’ll add it to the countdown! If you have a link or an author page, I’ll be happy to link to you, too! To make it easy to participate, here is the Facebook Event!

Check out who’s already stopped by for tea!

Arwen Kutter from Writers and Critters

Finding Hope Book Club 

Those are just a few of the souls who joined our virtual tea party! There are more pictures online and more giveaways to come!

Hope to see you there!

Are There Rules for Writing Seat-of-the-Pants?

I’m currently half way through a book by Malcolm Gladwell
called Blink.
(If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he also wrote the
The Tipping Point, a study on why little
things can make a big difference. A must read for authors working to bring
exposure to their books!)
In Blink, Malcolm
discusses the psychology behind the choices we seemingly make in an instant and
why some of us are better at it than others. In the book, Malcolm discusses a
successful Improv Comedy Team to illustrate The Structure of Spontaneity.
If you’ve ever seen Whose Line is it Anyway? hosted by Drew Carey, where actors
are given a subject and then must improvise a scene on the spot, you know what their work is like. The main difference is that this particular Comedy Team manages to put
together a full half-hour play, story arc and all, right before the
It seems random, but as Malcolm explains further, the reader learns that, “[improv] isn’t random and chaotic at all.” It too follows
rules. Like memorized plays, it requires discipline and work. The actors practice for
hours and then critique each other. They analyze why something flopped, working to figure out which unspoken rule had been broken.
One of the rules (and fiction writers will instantly
recognize it) is to make something happen to the character that the character would
dread. Another rule is that “no suggestion can be denied.”
Basically, if it gets said on-stage, the actors must run with it.
Those two rules combined made me realize that as a
seat-of-the-pants writer I adhere to rules, too. My first rule is to always to write my character into an inescapable
I have no idea how I’m going to get him or her out, nor do
I care. I’m far too busy making sure the box is sealed tight with no
plausible escape. Then, once my character is trapped, I put all my energy into
figuring out how to get them out alive again. My second rule is that I can’t make changes to the box. I have to figure out a solution while adhering to the way I wrote it. 
Are there any other seat-of-the-panters who adhere to
this rule? Or do you have your own set of rules? 

Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by the intricacies of society that existed in England from the Regency through the Edwardian era. She writes in a manner that blends past and modern fiction techniques. She lives in the Nashville area and works as a free lance media consultant and publicist. Her first novel Born of Persuasion releases September 2013.  

Day 5 – Advent

In addition to our normal content, Novel Rocket is counting down to Christmas with our own special Advent Calendar.

Each day, we’re going to feature a Compassion child who’s waited more than a year to be sponsored. It’s got to be difficult to see other children around you becoming sponsored while you’re over looked.
Right now Compassion International has over 1200 children who’ve waited more than a year. If you ever considered sponsoring a child, or taking on another, you couldn’t pick a better time.
Day 5
This little girl in Haiti has waited 461 days for a sponsor. She’s six years old and performing above average in school. To learn more about her or to sponsor her, please [click here]
Merry Christmas!