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Five Free Copies of Mystery of the Heart

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Conqueror Button On Thursday, February 21st Mystery of the Heart won the Clash of the Titles. In honor of that I wanted to give back. My awesome publisher, Realms at Charisma Media agreed. So in order to make this a little more interesting I'd like you to do a couple things if you're interested in getting a free copy of Mystery of the Heart.

This can also be used as a lesson in hooks. What pulls a reader in and catches their interest.

1) Share the first line of the novel you are currently reading, the author, and the name of the book or the first line of any fiction book you've read, the author, and the name of the book.
2) Let us know your first name and what state you live in.
3) Leave and e-mail addy in this format: jillian (at) jilliankent (dot) com to help protect from spam.

I'll get us started. "For eight years I dreamed of fire." Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers. Jillian from Ohio.  jillian (at) jilliankent (dot) com

Okay. You get the idea. I'll run this contest through Sunday, March 3rd. This contest will end at midnight on Sunday, PST time and is void where prohibited. U.S.A. residents only. However, if you live outside the U.S.A. and want to contribute your favorite please join the party. I'll post winners sometime Monday afternoon on March 4th.

Making Decisions

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sometimes I get stuck. I'm a thinker and frequently over think, over analyze, etc. I call this getting in my own way. It's also an aspect of the twin demons I've talked about in the past. Perfectionism and Procrastination can bring the best of intentions to an abrupt halt. I found a way out of that mess this week in several places. The first one was actually a sermon titled, Direction Without Doubt by Dr. Charles Stanley and you can listen to it here if interested. The second one was here at The Creative Penn where Joanna Penn is talking about, How To Write More And Create A Daily Writing Habit. 

What I loved and gave me great encouragement was thinking about how much work I wanted to complete this year before I watched that big ball in New York city bring in 2014. Time goes so fast and I don't want to waste it. I decided to shoot for 100,00 words. That's an 80,000 word novel and either two short stories or possibly a novella. When I divided 100,000 words by the number of days left in the year, 318, I got 314.4 words a day that I had to write. That's only a bit more than one page. ONE PAGE! Well I know I can do better without overwhelming myself. So I doubled it. That's 628.9 words a day and that equals (drum roll) 200,000 WORDS!

I work full time and have multiple family responsibilities and still I know I can do this if I don't procrastinate. That means not worrying about being perfect, no one is so why try. But do the best I can do and even if I only end up with 150,000 words that's amazing. 

So don't count yourself out in making some awesome word counts this year. You know some days are better than others and even with a crisis or two we should be able to write a book a year. And once that habit is formed there is no holding you back.  

And speaking of habits. You can use a calendar to track your progress or you can use whatever encourages you. I like Habit Forge. Maybe you will too. If you think this post was helpful please tweet it or Facebook it and spread the word.

All comments are welcomed and encouraged. 

 Have an awesome week. 


Clash of the Titles

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Beginning February 13th, Mystery of the Heart, will be in the Clash of the Titles battle. This is great fun and provides exposure for newly released novels. I'm grateful for the opportunity and consider it a great way to celebrate romantic fiction during Valentines Day week.

Voting will remain open for one week. So here's your opportunity to vote if you deem Mystery of the Heart worthy.  

Editorial Reviews


 A riveting tale of intrigue, courage, romance, and faith. I was hooked from the first page.” —Serena B. Miller, author of The Measure of Katie Calloway, 2012 RITA award for best inspirational romance
“A deliciously credible and moving account of a nineteenth-century woman pursuing her dream to become a doctor. I couldn’t put this one down!” —Sue Harrison, author of international best seller Mother Earth Father Sky
“Jillian Kent writes a sweeping romantic intrigue, brilliant with well-drawn characters and meticulous research of Regency England.” —Linda Windsor, author of The Brides of Alba historical series: Healer, Thief, and Rebel

Customer Reviews

 "That being said, I recommend that your read the first two books, they are equally as good, but this can be read alone." Maureen  |  3 reviewers made a similar statement
 "The pages are filled with mystery, adventure, intrigue and excitement. " lighthouse88  |  3 reviewers made a similar statement
 "Very hard book to put down, I found that I wanted to know what happened next and kept reading. " D. Duncan  |  3 reviewers made a similar statement

Exploring CFOM and The Well Writer

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

You may or may not be aware of the awesome Online Christian Fiction Magazine.

Bonnie S. Calhoun is the Founder and Publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine . She is also the Owner and Director of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance which is the parent organization for the magazine. She has a special feature of the month on the lastest people and approaches to Christian fiction. This month you can read about The Pros and Cons of Self-publishing with Susette Williams here.

In addition to her passion for spreading the word about Christian fiction, Bonnie is also an author of snarky suspense. Her novel Cooking The Books (A Sloane Templeton Mystery) releases from Abingdon Press in April 2012, and her WWII historical Pieces of the Heart, in the Abingdon Press Quilts of Love series will be available in June 2013.

For more than a year now I have been honored to contribute, and organize other writers, to write for the column titled, The Well Writer. I believe it's really important for us to take care of ourselves. The link to the latest issue of The Well Writer titled Language of the Heart can be found here. I'm always excited when the new copy of CFOM shows up in my sidebar. You can get a widget for it and keep in on your blog too. And you can explore the archives too on the first page here.

There is so much packed in this online magazine that you don't want to miss it.

I need your help though. I rarely have difficulty coming up with ideas to write about regarding this topic of wellness.  I'd like to hear from you though. What kind of topics would you like to see The Well Writer team discuss? Anything special?