A Song for a Soldier Launch Day

Happy Launch Day, everyone!

I’m so excited I can hardly sit still. In fact, I’m so excited that I’m going to give away a prize every hour on the hour from 10 am until 8 pm MDT. All you have to do is show up at my Facebook Launch Party and make a comment so I know you’re there. Those that have been participating are already entered, but feel free to comment again. I’ll be popping in and out, chatting with all of you, as my schedule permits, and will be announcing winners each hour until the GRAND PRIZE announcement at 9 pm MDT. Are as excited as I am? Let’s Party!

P.S. Don’t forget that digital copies of A Song for a Soldier are available on Amazon starting today!

Book-a-versary!

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today is the 2-year anniversary of the publication of my first novel, Devlin’s Daughter. I can’t believe it’s been two years already.

Writing this first novel was a journey of courage and discovery for me.  I had previously published a series of children’s books based on stories that I told my kids when they were little. That was not so scary, because I was publishing them for my grandkids. If I sold a few copies here and there, that would be the icing on the cake. No worries, right?

Then, my publisher challenged me to write something different. He suggested something in the romance genre. I didn’t really want to write “fluffy romances.” Not that there’s anything wrong with those. I have friends who write wonderful romances that will tingle the hearts of the swooniest romance readers. However, I wanted to write something with a little meat in it. So, he suggested historical romance/fiction. That sounded like something I could sink my teeth into.

The months that followed were filled with research, writing, second-guessing myself,  editing, re-writing, many fear and tear-filled nights, more research, more re-writing… until, finally, it was ready. I submitted it to my publisher and waited, and fretted, and waited, and had a few anxiety attacks, and waited. After a couple of months that seemed like years…

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I held my first copy of my first published novel in my hands!

That was a thrilling moment, let me tell you! In fact, it was such a heady feeling, that I immediately started on my second novel… then my third… and now, I’m working on my fourth historical fiction/romance, due to be released later this year. I’m hooked!

So celebrate with me! Share this post. Send me an email. Comment on Facebook or Twitter. Let the world know that Emily Daniels is alive and well and writing more novels.

Buy Devlin’s Daughter here!

For my celebration, I’m going to give away 24 digital copies of Devlin’s Daughter between now and midnight tonight. To enter to win, just comment here, “I’d love a copy of Devlin’s Daughter!” along with your email address (I won’t spam you, I promise!), and I’ll get you your copy asap! The first 24 commenters will win!

Comment here to enter!

Oh, for your information, each week I’m planning to create a fun Feature Friday post. I’ll be featuring not only my work but other authors as they have new releases or book-a-versaries or just have fun things to add. We’ll enjoy bios, teasers, Q&As, and maybe even a video interview or two. I’m excited to include my author friends in this new adventure!

Meanwhile, go out and make it a GREAT day!

 

Non-Flammable?

Welcome to T-shirt Topic Tuesday!

Recently, my son and his family visited us from out of state. One day, he was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Non-Flammable? Challenge Accepted”. I thought about that for a few minutes and realized there was a message there.

Have you ever heard the expressions “He was smokin’ hot” or “She’s really on fire”? Generally, that means the person in question is doing great, looks fantastic, or is especially excited and energetic in their task.

So what if that great, fantastic, excited, energetic person gets squashed? What if someone tells them they can’t succeed, or they aren’t dressed right, or they need to calm down, or slow down? That can be a real stumbling block to success!

So my message today is two-fold.

First, don’t accept the discouraging statements and actions of others. Take them as a challenge to keep working, keep writing, keep pursuing your dreams and prove them wrong!

Second, don’t be the discouraging factor in someone else’s life. Even if you don’t see how they can accomplish what they are trying to do, praise their efforts and then stand back and watch them fly!

I hope you enjoy my T-shirt Topic Tuesdays. If you have ideas for a topic, just snap a picture of your favorite t-shirt topic and click on the link below to send it my way. Who knows? Maybe next week’s topic will be yours!

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Until then, make it a great day!

Confidence Defined

I’m adopting a new motto, just for today. I may re-adopt it tomorrow, but I won’t think of that now. What’s my new motto, you ask?

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

My husband has a t-shirt given to him a couple of years ago. It says, “Today, I can do anything.” If you know my husband, you know that fits him perfectly. This man is a miracle-man! He’s gone from a bed-ridden MS patient, to a fully functional, upright, walking, running,  bike-riding inventor who’s working full-time in a machine shop! Wow!

How’d he do it? Lots of little miracles along the way, but a big part of his progress has been his “can-do” attitude. While he was still in the wheelchair, he bought a condo that had 14 steps up to the bedroom. When people asked him why, he looked puzzled and asked, “It has stairs?” Then, he’d grin and add, “Because I can.”

That’s his answer to everything he does, “Because I can.”

What does this have to do with me and my writing? Well, when this sweet man sees I’m struggling, he pulls this t-shirt out of his drawer and invites me to wear it, “just for today.” It’s amazing how much wearing it helps!

So, while I still may wear his t-shirt sometimes, I’m going to try adopting this motto one day at a time. Say it with me:

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

An Award!

My life as an author just keeps getting better and better! I was notified yesterday that my novel, Lucia’s Lament, has won the IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read Award for “superb writing,” “impeccable research,” and “fully-fleshed characters.” I’m thrilled and grateful for such high praise!

Stay tuned next week for the cover reveal which includes the award badge. So exciting!

You can read the Writer’s Block 5-star review here:

https://www.yeshuaandmirinovelseries.com/single-post/2017/11/04/5-Star-Book-Review-%E2%80%9CLucia%E2%80%99s-Lament%E2%80%9D-by-Emily-Daniels-%E2%80%93-A-5-Star-Novel-All-The-Way-Through

 

 

Reflections on Gratitude

I’ve been thinking how quickly life can change. We’re going about our lives, our daily routines, not paying much attention, when suddenly (or so gradually we don’t notice) life throws us a curve ball. Maybe someone we love becomes critically ill, maybe we lose our job, maybe an accident or fire takes away our transportation or home.

In those moments, we gain a new perspective. Those moments bring to our awareness what’s really important… health, family, friends, and security. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn to appreciate those things before they are taken away? Wouldn’t it be great if we could do something each day to take better care of our health? Tell our family members we love them? Show appreciation for our friends? Be grateful for our homes, our transportation, the food on our tables, all the little and big things we enjoy every day but often take for granted?

My goal this week is to find something every day to be grateful for that I haven’t noticed until now. Creating an attitude of gratitude is a choice, one that I’m choosing today!

Follow-up to A Conundrum

Well, my friends, the polls are closed and the votes have been tallied. The winner is…

The Princess!

With one caveat… instead of Gerald being involved in Winnie’s Wish, we will have the pleasure of meeting one of his ancestors. I’m not saying who, but I will tell you that it will be evident where Gerald’s genial personality comes from.

So, on we go, a bit more research, a lot more writing, and before you know it, Winnie’s Wish will be available for your reading pleasure!