All posts by Author Aimée Marie Bejarano

Aimée Marie Bejarano is an Author of historical fiction, inspirational, science fiction, paranormal, supernatural, thriller, and horror novels. She not only loves the grind of writing but of daily caring for her animals on a small farm. Being unmarried, but married to the Lord, Aimée's only passion is for the life given and to do all she can to fulfill what God has planned. This site is also meant to open the eyes of what is taught, has been taught and continuing to be taught in this world. Eyes open to the truth which is what she desires. To teach on what God's word says about infamous topics such as spirits, haunting, ghosts etc.

Connecting False Teaching to False Worship

Since I too used to reside under that cloud of false teaching, which a sister in the Lord on Facebook spoke to me on the phone encouraging me to speak to my pastor, I think this post is very important.

Also, I love M’Kayla because her previous post years prior, also led a helping hand into the false teaching going on. After studying my Bible, I saw it first hand. Necromancy, speaking to dead people from the Bible, going to heaven and speaking to Jesus-who lied to that person telling him He was an angel then confessing He is Jesus- soaking prayer, the NAR. If you don’t know anything about it, please look on Youtube for a video entitled “The Kundalini Warning.” It will get you up to speed at what is happening. 30 minutes of your life will help aid that Godly discernment we should NOT ignore.

Please, please. Do not listen to anyone who does not preach the word of God. If they make up another gospel you need to run. Confront them in love, just as I had to that day to my pastor, then run.

And don’t just follow this blog but follow M’Kayla. You won’t be disappointed.

Be sober, be vigilant.

Source: Connecting False Teaching to False Worship

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His Eye Is On the Sparrow

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     A lot of people may not know that I have a fowl farm. Oh about 60 plus chickens and ducks. One thing I must daily do is tend to them especially with water, check if all is well, clean the hen house, and collect the eggs.

     Today, while I was hosing some trees the animals sit under to keep them cool, a little sparrow hopped into that tree. He began preening and shaking himself. I moved the hose and he followed it lol. It was adorable. It was then I was really beginning to understand the magnitude of our Lord in a new way. If He can see this little sparrow right now, cute as a button, tiny and hopping around to cool himself, then He sees me too!  He sees me moving the hose, filling the pools, collecting the eggs.  I know it may seem juvenile however our Lord is so great.

 

Will be having more topics to encourage your faith plus author interviews.

 

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To mind the things as this little bird, how much more important are we?  

Tips for Writing a Book Blurb

Marketing, for indie authors, is an essential part of selling your books. Sometimes a post may stop me to view the novel for a while and even consider purchasing, while others posts sound a little too simplified or unattractive. I regularly post to LinkedIn, Facebook groups, and Twitter. One thing I’m truly realizing is the effect I have in a post by the number of retweets that I get or likes to my post. I take a peek making a mental note of what has attracted the readers to notice my novels. It could be a hilarious photo that I posted with my novel or something pertaining to authors and bloggers. Other times, it’s the blurbs that I write. This article is truly helpful. If you struggle with them, then this will surely offer the assistance we all need as indie authors. Happy reading and writing!

Source: Tips for Writing a Book Blurb

New Interview With the Fantastic Traci Sanders!

I am thrilled to have with us again, the lovely and talented Traci Sanders. Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies. An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children’s, romance, and nonfiction guides.

Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.

Today, we’ll be talking about her newest novels which aids the author in the editing process. But! Are also encouraging and helpful to the aspiring author.

Traci, we’re so glad you’re here again. There’s a lot of questions I’d like to ask you, so let’s get started!

1. There is so much to know and learn about editing. How long did it take you to write these novels regarding editing?
This entire book series is based on a year-long blog segment where I offered tips on all aspects of the writing and publishing industry. So, you could say it took me a year to conduct the research and write these books. 😊

2. How important is it for writers to get that editor?
Professional editing is a crucial aspect of producing a high quality book. I would even say it’s more important than formatting or cover design, in some cases. Many readers judge a book by its cover, but some just want what’s inside.

3. What are some mistakes editors make?
It’s important to realize that NO editor is perfect. They all miss things, usually small things like an extra space, or a common word like “quite” being mistaken for “quiet”. That’s one of my faux pas, anyway. As humans, we are fallible and we miss common things that we’re used to hearing all the time. Our brains don’t always register the difference when we’re reading or editing. That’s why it’s crucial that you, as the author, read over your editor’s comments carefully, and be proactive. Try to catch anything he or she misses. You both have the same goal in mind: to produce the best story possible. As long as you learn something, you’re always becoming better at your craft.

4. What awards have you won?
My romance novella Unsevered won Best Second Chance Romance from Bottles and Books Readers’ Favorite Awards and Bronze from eLit Awards. My debut novella When Darkness Breaks won Best Romance Novella from Bottles and Book Readers’ Favorite Awards. They were both nominated for other awards, but didn’t place. I haven’t taken the time to enter any of my other titles in competitions.

5. Tell us if you can, how can an author identify a true writing contest among the false, on the internet?
First, it’s important to know that writing contests and award contests cost money. There is always a fee.
In my opinion, the ones that are quality are those such as Readers’ Favorite and local awards’ programs and contests, especially the ones that offer true feedback on your stories, not just prizes.

6. Okay, since you are an author and an editor, I’ve always wondered, do you edit in your mind while reading a book?
Oh my gosh, yes! And it’s a blessing and a curse. Every book I read, I want to send the author a note to let them know what tiny errors I found in their books, not to insult them or make them feel bad, but because I would want to know about my errors. I want my work to be as close to perfect as possible. Most authors appreciate that I do this. Now that I’ve learned all the editing tricks that I’ve acquired so far, I find it extremely difficult to take off my editor hat and simply enjoy a story. Like I said, a blessing and a curse.

7. Is it a desire to see writers succeed and improve in their craft?
I’ve been a people pleaser, and an advocate for the underdog, for my entire life. So, yes, I’m always willing to help others succeed, even to the detriment of my own success. It’s just the way I was raised. It brings me great joy to help others.

8. In your opinion, what percentage of writers can actually edit their own work?
Most writers can PRE-edit their work, and should, but every author is usually too close to his or her own work to edit objectively. An extra set of “trained” eyes always makes a difference. I even hire professional editors for my books.

9. As an editor, what do you typically notice a writer has problems with? i.e. Spelling, tense, dialogue, sentence structure…
The biggest two issues I see involve tense change and sentence structure. Spelling and grammar issues are easy to fix, and most experienced writers have learned the basic grammar rules. But, things like hanging modifiers and overwriting are not as easy to recognize for some.

10. How many novels do you typically edit within a month?
I just started editing full-time this year, but I’d say I can get at least three edits done per month.

11. Will we be seeing another editing book collection in the future?
Probably not. I covered a plethora of topics in this series, that go above and beyond what most will find on their own, without searching a multitude of sources, which is quite time consuming. Unless the grammar rules change dramatically, this is THE go-to set that every author can use to improve his or her writing dramatically.

12. What education have you had to aid in your editing?
I’m self-taught, but I’ve trained under some extremely talented editors, who’ve shown me the ropes. Plus, I’ve always had a firm grasp on grammar and a love of word play, so this feels like a natural progression in my career.

13. If someone has a desire to edit, what sort of tips can you relay to them?
Read, read, read. Books, blog posts, and tutorial guides. Learn the mechanics of writing, then practice them. Do reworks of your own writing. Pay attention to pauses in writing and structure of dialogue.

14. In your book, “Beyond the Book”, what are a few marketing details readers can expect to learn?
Oh my goodness. There aren’t a few. It’s over 300 pages of out-of-the-box ideas for marketing your books, networking with other authors to build your brand, and tips on producing high quality books. It’s truly a great resource. Even I refer back to my tips!

15. “Before You Publish” is a wonderful tool-since I’ve read about half of it- I see it’s a great aid for those who are aspiring authors. What are a few tips readers may learn in this helpful book?
This is more of a “let me look this up” type of reference book, rather than a “read cover to cover” title. I incorporate a ton of grammar topics – common spelling errors and word-usage errors, and even creative-writing tips. Basically, this book covers all aspects of the writing portion of publishing.

16. In “Living the Write Life”, what are a few tips authors can learn from this book?
Even though this is my shortest book, I’m probably most proud of this one because it’s a guide for life as an author. It includes answers and suggestions for things like: how to be inspired to write, 7 stretches for writers, and how to respond to the dreaded question – “How much do you make with your books?”

17. I love to play a fun game on my blog so readers and fellow authors can learn more about you, and what sorts of things you enjoy and love. So, let’s begin! Writing or editing??
Writing is more fun, for sure. But, editing makes me feel more accomplished.

18. Coffee or espresso?
Coffee

19. Reading in the morning, afternoon or evening?
Evening

20. Playing with your kids, or taking a nap?-no we won’t hold it against you if you pick a nap! HA!
I don’t take naps.

21. Beta reading or editing?
Editing

22. Writing or marketing?
Writing

23. Lake or the ocean?
Ocean

24. Swimming or sun bathing?
Sun bathing

25. Thunderstorms or snow storm?
Thunderstorms

26. Spring or summer?
Spring. I hate sweating.

27. Texting or talking on the phone?
Texting, unless I have a good bit of time to spare. I do love hearing people’s voices.

28. What’s your favorite color?
Purple

29. What is your favorite comfort food?
Strawberry short cake, which isn’t easy to find around here, so if I want it, I have to make it. My mama used to make me one every year on my birthday.

30. Chocolate or white chocolate?
Chocolate

31. How many kids do you have?

Three – 19, 17, and 11

32. Tell your readers one of the funniest things your kids have done?
Wasn’t funny at the time, but, my boys painted my entire house with chocolate syrup while I was working at home one day. They were two and four … and hungry, apparently. This story actually turned into a children’s book for me.

33. I’m excited to hear of your blog tour and we wish you only the best. Give us the details of where you will be heading so readers may join you and snatch one or ALL of these books?
You can always check my blog http://www.awordwithtraci.com. I’ll be announcing each stop there each day.

34. Where can we find a list of all of your novels, including these three “new” releases-which I’m dying to own in paperback?
My Amazon page:
https://www.amazon.com/Traci-M.-Sanders/e/B00BA9VUUY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490804598&sr=8-1

35. Is there anything you’d love to relay to your readers, before we say goodbye?
My ultimate advice would be DON’T SETTLE FOR STATUS QUO. Sure, you can produce a so-so book and maybe get a few 3-4-star reviews, OR, you can take the time learn the rules of grammar and mechanics, and produce an outstanding story that readers won’t be able to forget.

Even though I wrote short romance novellas, and some of the reviews from my readers mentioned that fact, NONE of them really said they felt cheated, because I offered a compelling story. You won’t be remembered for your book’s page count, but you will be remembered for the emotions you brought about for that reader who “needed” that book at that very moment, even if this person didn’t know it.

This has been a fun and one of the most helpful interviews I’ve had. I’m so thankful you stopped by Traci! I and everyone else congratulate you on these new releases and I’m so grateful you’ve written them. I’ll be purchasing all in paperback!

Guys, this has been another AMAZING interview with a wonderful and talented author. Stay tuned for more interviews and give this blog a follow to stay connected.

You Want to Stay Tuned For This Interview!

Hey all! I’m super excited because in a few days, there will be a wonderful author interview with the talented author and editor, Traci Sanders! She has a blog tour coming up that you don’t want to miss including several prizes!
<em*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Before You Publish – Volume I

*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Beyond The Book – Volume II

To enter, all you have to do is email me a proof of purchase of a digital copy of either of these two books during the tour.

I will draw TWO winners total, at the end of the tour.

Please email your proof of purchase (can be a screenshot) to tsanderspublishing@yahoo.com

For years, she’s been a devoted editor backing and helping fellow authors, and now she has written these new novels which you definitely want to pick up!

Stay tuned, follow and share because you need to read this interview!!

Author Tools

There are many things to watch out for, when improving our writing craft. Some things I watch out for are: keeping the same tense throughout, spelling, punctuation, not overusing a certain word, making sure my characters have a unique voice, protagonist issues, antagonist, learning new words….
Seems unending, doesn’t it? Na! The more you read, the more you know! The more you speak with other authors, you soon realize we are all on a specific journey. No writer is ever alike. Don’t ever strive to be like someone else. God gave you a specific talent. Use it!
On that note, here is a terrific post aiding us in expanding our vocabulary. I personally adore when I receive word charts. Word to use other than look. Words to use other than like. Here is a terrific one to help you out. Happy writing and reading! Have a wonderful day in the Lord.

Word Power: Words To Use Instead of Good (ABILITIES)

If you’d like to be interviewed, and you write relatively clean novels, give me a shout at Spokenamos@aol.com

ATTENTION MARKETING: Book Charms

I absolutely adore this idea, which is why I reblogged it! There are so many suggestions out there for indie authors to do to get noticed, and this is one of those things I’d love to try!

Guest Post by Deborah Cooke (Abridged from a version originally published on http://www.deborahcooke.com) Book charms are adorable and readers love them. I’ve bought them in the past from Etsy vendors, bu…

Source: ATTENTION MARKETING: Book Charms

Author Beware?!

Alright, as of late, I’ve been receiving a lot of requests to please vote for an author’s novel. Whereas I’m fully supportive in some cases, the requests become tedious and redundant yet others, there are high costs for entering.

In this blogger link, I encourage writers/authors to please read it carefully. There are many scams out there. Some of the scams include; higher than normal costs for entering, promises that there will be judges yet there are no names given, and ensuring that the money you give them will be given for some cost.

I’m thankful to the author of this blog for posting what she did and I really would love to know what everyone thinks.

 

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/06/awards-profiteers-how-writers-can.html?m=1

 

IF you love this post, feel free to repost and warn other authors. Follow along and stay tuned!