I’ve Moved!

I’ve moved!

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C’mon over! I look forward to seeing you.

New Web Site!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Writers and Readers, Authors and Bloggers,

I’m proud and delighted to announce the last of my new surprises.

My new domain/website Sherry Rentschler is now LIVE!

As a result of the new site, I also have a new blog — or rather Between the Lines has a new home.  And new things planned for your pleasure.

This blog here will be going inactive in a couple weeks. I encourage you to join me at the ****new**** site and sign up for the new newsletter. 

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I’m very excited about the direction I’m going and I hope you’ll go along with me.

Many thanks to Dawn at Austin DesignWorks for my new website!!!

C’mon, let’s go to my new home!

I remain Yours Between the Lines!
Sherry

Global Ebook Awards – a triple!

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The 2015 Global Ebook Awards were announced yesterday. I am very pleased to announce that I WON the following:

“Best of” Categories:
Ebook Cover: GOLD: By Light Betrayed
Ebook Photography: SILVER: By Light Betrayed (no Gold medals awarded)

Category: Poetry
SILVER: By Light Betrayed (No Gold medals awarded)

One gold and two silvers! And my silvers are as good as gold to me since no golds were awarded in those categories!

Normally, I don’t like to tout awards or brag very much but I am honored and proud and wanted to share with you. And in case any of you wonder, yes, awards do matter to some readers who are trying to chose between books. If you could get an award-winning book over one that isn’t, might you choose the winner? Especially with poetry, you want any edge you can get.

I’m also pleased that my photography won an award! That really has me over the moon. Cover, poetry and photography. Whee!

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Other News: My novella, Midnight Assassin, A tale of  lust and revenge, is in production. Release expectation remains Sept 2015!

And more surprises coming soon!

Thanks for hanging in!
Keep writing.

Yours Between the Lines,
Sherry

May Day Writer Challenges

Happy May Day! The gloomy day is marked by cool breezes and dirty clouds with a somber feel to it. Not to despair! The weekend promises sun and warmth.  The grass will be happy and the is something about a colorful spring.

I’m busy on my individual writing projects, trying to finish two this year. But I always have time for writing exercises and I want to share a couple with you.

So here are some weekend challenges to get those writer’s juices flowing. Camp NaNoWriMo and Poetry Month are over but the writing must continue, must improve! So here are exercises to keep you sharp. Write small snippets to fire up those imaginary juices:

1. Late at night you hear an odd crying coming from outside. The power is out and you know what you are hearing isn’t human. You decide to investigate despite your better judgement. Flashlight in hand….

2.  Grocery store shopping stinks. But you’re out of almost everything. You’re standing in the meat section when you notice some blood oozing from under the folding doors to the butcher shop. Your goosebumps have goosebumps but you are a trained PI. That’s when you notice that today’s rump roast is a real rump, and the leg quarters look familiar…

3.  Love is in the air. Your favorite person is getting married today and you are excited because you are the best person! Everything will go without a hitch but you have to give the reception toast. And what do you say to the King and Queen of the Fae when their daughter marries a human?

4. Gardening always calms you despite your brown thumb. However, lately your flowers have really taken off. In fact, they seem to be flourishing without any help from you. What is your new secret?

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There you go. Challenge yourself and challenge your writer friends. Work your muse every day and grow your ability to tell marvelous tales. Whether you write children’s stories, non-fiction, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, or horror, everyone benefits from a good stretch of the mind.

Oh and read. Read LOTS. Keeps the mind thinking about “that next project…”

NEXT WEEK: Authors you should be following!

Thanks for coming by. Leave me your challenge suggestions! I’ll share them with my writers’ group!

Yours Between the Lines,
Sherry

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Thank you

This is the last day of National Poetry Month. Thank you to everyone who participated in my Monster Giveaway (thru Rafflecopter) and to all those who registered for books via my Goodreads Giveaway. I’m humbled by all your interest. The winners feedback has been heartwarming!

Unfortunately no one was interested in an ebook, so those gifts will go unclaimed for now.

Take today and read some wonderful verses and tell a budding poet to never give up.

You may look forward to fiction from me later this year. Meanwhile, there’s a wee sample in the sample tab which will be changing….soooooon.

I leave you with this final thought:

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Winners of Goodreads Giveaway!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Goodreads Giveaway for copies of Paper Bones (430 entries) and By Light Betrayed (406 entries)!

I’m pleased announce the following winners:

FOR PAPER BONES:

Mary M. in FL

Cheryl B. in TX

FOR BY LIGHT BETRAYED:

Izzie B. in MO

Dylan K. in PA

The books will be mailed early next week so you’ll receive prior to the end of National Poetry Month. Thank you for your support and participation!

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ANNOUNCING!! For those of you who used iBook:  I’m delighted to announce that By Light Betrayed is now available on iTunes!! Here’s your link.

Again, Congratulations to the winners!

Bits and Pieces

Lots of little notes to cover today on this World Book Day!

First, you have until midnight TOMORROW (Apr 24) to enter my Goodreads Giveaway. See my previous post.  You can enter for one of two softback copies of Paper Bones and/or enter for one of two softback copies of By Light Betrayed.  Don’t miss out. This will be the last print giveaway for a while, so get a good poetry book for National Poetry Month!

I met Amanda B. last night, one of the winners in the Monster Giveaway. She thrilled me to no end with her “squee” as she opened her box of goodies — a canvas bag, a hard cover of Paper Bones and By Light Betrayed along with some swag. Big smiles as she tweeted her prize. Fun! Most of the time we don’t get to meet the people who win the giveaways, so this was a treat.

AND MORE GIVEAWAYS! Next week I will be giving away TWO ebooks of Paper Bones and gifting FOUR ebooks of By Light Betrayed. More details next week. Stay tuned!

Commentary

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Update on Works in Progress:

The memoir I’ve been working on is one chapter away from being finished. That’s the first draft. I expect to do edits and get it to beta readers in just a couple weeks. I’m hoping for a late summer release.

My ebook, Midnight Assassin, is in second draft. I had to scuttle an entire section because, well, it sucked (no pun intended!). But I’ve worked it out and think I solved my problem. So I’m headed for a third draft before I go to final. I’m still expecting to do this this year as promised. Think I need to hit a friend of mine for some advice on ebooks. Never done one alone and not in a whole package. Hm.

Also about 30% complete is my four-part Faerie novel.

The vampire novel, Time and Blood,  sits in different drafts as I work on the first two projects. But things are progressing.

Truthfully, my “inspiration” took a nose-dive earlier this year and delayed my progress. But fortunately I know good people who helped me pull up my socks and now it is “Onward!” Writers do sometimes hit little bumps in the road. I admire those writers that do nothing but work and write. I probably would do that too if I weren’t married and interested in other things. But I wanted you to know the work continues.

A cool thing happened in a dream — I thought of an idea for this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I don’t know if it is a novel or a story yet, so I’m planning on fleshing and finalizing in July. Then we’ll see. But how cool is it when your dreams suggest who plots to you? Like, yes!

Finally time for another book report. Hope you are reading for World Book Day!  Catch you after the Goodreads Giveaway!

A Summoner's Tale: The Vampire's Confessor (Order of the Black Swan, #3)A Summoner’s Tale: The Vampire’s Confessor by Victoria Danann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book three in Victoria Danann’s series Order of the Black Swann was a slow starter for me. I didn’t like the way it opened, lacking the pizazz of her previous two volumes. In fact it was 40 pages or so in before I could say I was “hooked.”

First, let me say that Danann’s writing is dynamic and exemplary. She understands how to turn a phrase and uses her talent to tell a wonderful story. However, in this book there were way too many plots going on all at the same time. They weren’t even blended that well or made to look like subplots. Now this may be how Danann intended it but I didn’t like it. The book jerked too hard when the plots changed and (I speak from a print copy), there was little to distinguish the separation of tales while in the same chapter. Of course you figure it out, but not nearly as smooth as in her previous books. I rate this four stars instead of three because of the quality and caliber of the writing.

We get tales of all our old knights, the ones who we’ve met in the first two books. We continue to meet female characters meant to be introduced to our male characters and I have to say that it seems very obvious to me. I thought at first the book was YA but there are no teens here. So I hoped that the romances would be less contrived.

This tale is about our once vampire Baka and the trail he faces while at the same time Elora faces a real test of her survival as she meets enemies from her old dimension and all the while we meet a new talent in Heather who will be tasked to aid Baka. There is plenty of mystery and a good set up of adventures to come. But again, I felt the transitions could have been smoother.

A note. I don’t mind sex in books but this one seemed to have sex as filler, used in great detail when that was unnecessary. Oh I know it is titillating but unless it serves the plot (like Elora’s pregnancy) then I don’t find it useful. I would prefer my senses to be teased and skip the intimate details. I did not want to get an erotic novel in this series and though I love a good tight sex scene, I still want it necessary to the story and not for the readers to just have something to pant over.

Two things Danann does very well. One, she gives you well-executed and fully fleshed characters that you can identify and care about. Two, she sets you up going from one book to the next. And I already have book four. I hope that the dynamics I experienced in books one and two returns. I have read exceptional fiction from this author and I am eager to return to it.

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