Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When Love Gets in the Way by Janelle Mowery Ends October 24th

JANELLE MOWERY lives in Texas with her husband and two sons, though a portion of her heart still resides in her birth state of Minnesota. Janelle began writing inspirational stories in 2001 and has since written several historical novels as well as a mystery series. Her first published novel, 'Where the Truth Lies', released in 2008. This was followed in 2010 by 'The Christmas Chain', part of a Christmas anthology titled, 'A Woodland Christmas'. Her second novel, 'Love Finds You in Silver City, Idaho', released October 2010 and received four stars from the Romantic Times review. Janelle's Colorado trilogy releases in 2011. The first of this series, 'When All My Dreams Come True', also received four stars from the Romantic Times review. The second of the mystery series, 'Died in the Wool', released May 1, and 'Where the Heart Is', part of another Christmas anthology titled, 'Christmas at Barncastle Inn', will release in September 2011. When she isn't writing, her interests include reading, enjoying nature, and visiting historical sites. To learn more, visit her Web site at www.janellemowery.com.

            From the moment I joined my writers group, I was told to know my characters as well as I know myself, not to mention your setting so you can ground your readers in the scenes. As writers, we’re to know what makes our characters tick, dig into their past to know why they think and act the way they do so we’ll know where they’re going and why they want to get there. Having just returned from a trip I’ve taken numerous times, I found the perfect example of this writing rule. Or rather, my husband made me aware of it.
            We were halfway home and trying to get through a big city with rain pouring down by the truckload. I pointed and told my husband he’d need to ease his way to the left lane because we’d have to exit soon from the freeway we were on. Sure enough, within a couple miles, we made our exit. My husband glanced at me with raised brows. Several hours later, we came to another large city. No rain this time but he was cruising along in the left lane. I told him that in a few miles he’d have to move to one of the two right lanes because we had an exit coming up. My husband looked skeptical but did as I’d asked. Not much later, he saw the sign announcing our exit. He gave me another raised-brow look and said, “Man Nell, you know these roads like the back of your hand.”
            I’d spent a couple hours pondering what I would write about for this blog, and the moment my husband said that, I knew. This was such a wonderful illustration of how well we should know our characters and settings…just like the back of our hand. While we were on our vacation, I took one day to research an area for one of my books. I wanted to see what my character would see, feel what she’d feel the first time she drove the roads. The story came alive in my mind as I almost got lost trying to follow a creek for miles. I climbed into my character’s skin and the excitement grew with each turn of the wheel.
            Before you start writing your story, take the time to get to know your main characters, and even some of the secondary characters. Examine their back story. Travel through their lives over and over until you know them as well as you know yourself to the point where you’ll know what’s coming as you move forward. And if at all possible, go to the place where your story is set and get to know it well. Not only will your characters come to life for you, but you’ll be able to make them come to life for your readers as well.

Grace Bradley wishes all she touches would turn to gold. Instead, it tends to tarnish…that is, until she finds freedom on the Double K Ranch. Grace is fleeing from the man her father chose to be her husband. But once her heart is captured by her new employer’s best friend, and she finally understands the meaning of God’s sacrificial love, she relinquishes her independence to save her loved ones.
Cade Ramsey contemplates running for dear life from the accident-prone nuisance he brought to his hometown. The trouble that trails her seems to latch on to him at every turn. But when Grace manages to win his calloused heart, he chases her down, praying he can keep her from following through on a decision that could ruin their lives.

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  1. I feel like Grace, seems like nothing turns to gold for me, I've learned to accept the tarnished effect, lol. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

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  2. Great post. Getting to know a character is definitely key. How can you write how they feel if you don't know? Thanks :)

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  3. I am hearing more and more of this great author and am anxious to read her books! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. I follow your blog with Feedburner.
    Thanks for having this giveaway of Janelle's new book. I've heard good things about her books and have one as an e-book waiting to be read. "When Love Gets in the Way" sounds like it would be a fun book to read.


  5. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel...i'm a follower, too :)

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  6. Great post. I like the fact that you know your characters. This book sounds great.

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  7. Janelle, Nice post. Great advice! Sounds like a great read!

    Debbie, Nice blog! I'm following you now -- and subscribed to feedburner.

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  8. Oooh, sounds great!


  9. wfnren, remember, all that glitters isn't gold! God made the tarnish too. ;-) Faye, I know that question is probably for Janelle, but I'm going to tell you my view on it. You have to actually get into your character's skin. I can't tell you how many times I've planned on a certain thing to happen in my story and my character just won't do what he/she is supposed to! You just can feel what they are feeling. Hope that helps. Pam, Jackie, Karen, Susan and Aly, I have read Janelle's last book and she hooked me. She is an excellent writer. If you don't win the book it is well worth the money spent to buy the book. Amy, you're right Janelle does know her characters. Thank you all for stopping by!

  10. Great metaphor --it really is jarring to a reader when a character does or says something totally (for lack of a better term) "out of character"

    Thanks for the chance to win --Mrs. Mowery's book sounds like the type of western/prairie that I like (unconventional).


  11. When Love Gets in the Way sounds like a fun western romance, I love a klutzy character.

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  12. Hi everyone! Sorry I'm so late in responding. I'm still trying to catch up on everything after our trip. But I'll give you an example of how I like to 'get into my character's skin'. While on our last trip, I also had a chance to do some research on another book I'm working on. I pretended to be my character driving into the story's setting...the town as well as out in the country for the first time. I was so excited, feeling what my character would feel, I almost got lost. Now when I get to that particular scene, I should be able to write it well enough, even the reader should be able to feel it. I love it...if you couldn't tell. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  13. Now I am curious!!! Sounds intriguing.
    would love to win it. jksfamily5@gmail.com

  14. LOVED THE 1ST BOOK IN THIS SERIES! Would love to win the 2nd book in this series by Janelle Mowery. I follow and a member. Please enter me to win. Thanks!
    Sherry Dennis heelfan91@att.net