Someplace Familiar is Going On Tour!

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger on Tour with Celebrate Lit! March 1-14

Someplace Familiar is going on tour…a book tour, that is, with Celebrate Lit! From March 1-14, you are invited to stop by and chat about the Jack, Livy, Laurel Cove, and more with other readers and bloggers. I’ll be popping in and out to answer questions and chat with readers, too. Throughout the tour, I’ll be sharing a bit more here on the blog about my process, inspiration, how it feels to have a book out for a while, what’s coming up, and more. What would YOU like to ask me about the book (or anything else for that matter)?

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Recapping Release Month + Giveaway

Recapping Release Month | Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

I can’t believe it’s been one month since Someplace Familiar released into the world! A special thank you to everyone who has shown support and encouragement for the book these last few months. It’s been a whirlwind full of some unexpected lessons, surprises, blessings, and more. I thought it would be fun to share a few highlights recapping my first book release month!

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Count Down to Release Day +Giveaways

Someplace Familiar, debut novel from Teresa Tysinger, releases May 30!

SQUEAL! 

Writing this post has been a long time coming, friends. Today I am starting my official countdown to RELEASE DAY! In ONLY EIGHT DAYS, on May 30, my debut novel Someplace Familiar will be available in print and e-book under my self-publishing imprint, Good Day Publishing!!!

I’m doing a few (fairly low-key) things to mark the occasion that I wanted to share with you all.

Pre-Orders Now Available!

First of all, for the next few days you can pre-order the book for Kindle/e-readers for only $0.99. This limited-time offer expires next Monday.

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Big Book Birthday Giveaway!

Second, if you’ve not yet done so, be sure to enter the Someplace Familiar Book Birthday Giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of the book, a Kindle Fire 7″ 8GB (!!!!), “Amazing Grace” necklace from MinMac Shop, a book sleeve from The Cozy Life Shop … PLUS, some unique treats from the heart of the very area of the Blue Ridge Mountains that inspired the book. ENTER TO WIN HERE through May 30!

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Blog Tour  |  June 10-17

Then, coming up a few weeks after the book releases, me and several of my closest book buddies are teaming up to bring you a super fun Blog Tour for Someplace Familiar! Each day from June 10-17, visit a new blog (or two or three) to learn about the book and get a chance to win another giveaway prize pack including a signed paperback copy of the book, a custom 8×8″ canvas painting by artist Cyndi Browning (our book’s heroine, Livy, is a painter!), and a $10 Amazon gift card!

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I’ll be continuing the countdown on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram–including a video of me opening up my PRINT PROOF (first in-hand copy of the book) which should arrive TODAY–so be sure to follow along! I’m also considering some in-town celebration options … I just can’t decide!  So, stay tuned for those fun details.

Thanks for being on this journey with me. These last few years have been a roller coaster of emotions, challenges, and pushes out of my comfort zone. I give God all the glory for being steadfast and faithful in his promises to never leave my side. The book is HIS…and I hope it touches your heart.

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Before I go, I wanted to share a HUGE giveaway opportunity from Reading Is My Superpower. Head over there for all the details about this MEGA giveaway!

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Big Book Birthday Giveaway

Someplace Familiar Book Birthday Giveaway!

Wowzers, if that doesn’t get your attention, then what will people?

So, in celebration of the book birthday of Someplace Familiar, coming up very soon at the end of the month, I’m giving away:

  • Kindle Fire 7″ 8GB with Alexa
  • Signed Paperback copy of Someplace Familiar
  • Large Book Sleeve from Live the Cozy Life
  • Amazing Grace Necklace from MinMac Etsy shop
  • And a few Blue Ridge Mountain goodies that inspired parts of the book (secret fun!)

Entering couldn’t be easier…just requires an email address. Winner announced on release day, May 30!

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Check out some of these fun book quotes for a sneak peak at Someplace Familiar. Click on each for a closer look. Which is your favorite?

And here’s a lovely review from Laurie Tomlinson received earlier this week. Blessed my socks off!

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250+ Author Tips (Plus, a Giveaway!)

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“Would you stop being so stubborn?!”

I uttered these words under my breath during my last editing session. My heroine was being particularly stubborn to do what I wanted her to in the scene.

What? You didn’t know fictional characters have a mind of their own? It’s true! If you’re like me, characters take on the personality you give them in the beginning and, before you know it, can take steps in directions you never saw coming. Say things that surprise you. Lead the story down unexpected paths.

When I find myself in these situations, as a still-learning newbie author, I turn to the experts. Those who’ve been in the trenches and come out the other side wiser and willing to share their knowledge.

Over the years, I’ve collected hundreds of tips for authors on everything from…

  • planning your next novel
  • plot structure
  • character development
  • writing for your genre audience
  • self-editing
  • author platform building
  • working with agents/publishers
  • developing deep POV
  • resources like stock photos (covers, promos, etc.)
  • self-publishing
  • creating an author website
  • author encouragement
  • grammar and mechanics
  • writing descriptions
  • showing vs. telling
  • writing emotion
  • story arcs
  • and much more!

Leave Your Ego Off the Page

My heroine was trying to show me a more natural arc for herself. The conflict I had her in helped develop a goal that I hadn’t seen before. After reading Character Development: 9 Tips for Convincing Arcs, a plan to proceed in writing this character became clearer. Whew!

Do you remember the famous line from A League of Their Own? “There’s no crying in baseball!” Tom Hank’s character is the rough-edged manager of an all-female baseball team. His players emotions were getting in the way of focusing on the game.

I say, “There’s no ego in writing!”

When you approach the blank page assuming you know everything there is to know about writing a best seller, you sabotage your chances at achieving that very thing. What do actual best selling authors have to say about writing? Learn how they write. How they earn faithful readers. What they do when their characters get stubborn and your momentum stalls.

Leave your ego off the page and your book will thank you.

Where to Get Help

I have two degrees in English. Thus, my shelves at home are full of books on craft, theory, etc. I’ve even collected a few favorites in recent years like this oneBut, let’s face it. These days when we’re writing on various devices and constantly connected to the internet, it’s convenient to have resources just one click away.

I’d like to think we’re friends, you and I. So, I’ve gone ahead and put together lots of references for you in one easy place.

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Follow my Author Tips board on Pinterest for 250+ (and growing each day!) excellent tips and tricks for being the best author you can be.

Sharing Is Caring (& Pays off!)

What are some of your favorite resources? A favorite book, website, Facebook group, or other tool for writers? I’d love to add more pins to my board….and we all get smarter.

SHARE your favorite resource in the comment below. One reader who comments will win a $10 Amazon gift card!  Share this post using the social share links below (tell me you did so in a separate comment) and earn an extra entry. Winner announced Tuesday, February 21.

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So, next time your characters get stubborn, a new plot starts forming in your mind, or your author platform seems to be falling flat, FEAR NOT AUTHOR FRIEND! You’ve now got an arsenal of help right at your fingertips. Go forth and write!


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Readers Warm & Cozy Giveaway!

The weather outside may be frightful, but I’ve got something delightful for you, sweet readers! It’s the READERS WARM & COZY GIVEAWAY!

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One lucky reader will enjoy these cozy treats, sure to keep you warm and cozy during these chilly (or downright frigid depending on where you live) winter months.

  • $15 Amazon Gift Card – to buy books to read while you’re nuzzled under a blanket
  • Books – a “grab bag” selection of two of my favorite Christian fiction titles!
  • Assortment of Hot Beverages – to warm you through and through (teas, coffees, and/or hot cocoa)
  • Cute Coffee Mug – to hold your hot beverages and keep your hands warm
  • Pair of Fluffy Socks – to keep your feet warm and toasty
  • Bert’s Bees Lip Balm – to care for those dry, chapped winter lips
  • + More – including any other fun stuff I find to throw in as a surprise!

Entries are open through Friday, January 13. Winner will be announced on social media on Saturday, February 14. Note: Enter before Monday to get the next newsletter issue that will include some BIG NEWS! This giveaway is done privately and not in conjunction with promotion of any included products, companies, or authors.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY

New Year, New Focus

Christmas decorations, except the nativity, are down at our house (I just love mine so much). We’ve stuffed ourselves with all the celebratory treats we can. And, we’re itching to return to routine living. If you follow over on my Facebook page, you might have seen that I recently asked folks about their word of the year. That seems to be a big thing lately. Instead of resolutions, one chooses a word to focus on for the year. Do you have one? Mine is “deliverance.” A friend told me it sounds foreboding. Intense. Maybe a little scary. And, maybe it is.

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But the second half of 2016 felt tiresome to me. I became buried under the weight of some struggles, both mental and physical, that I need deliverance from. There’s no sugar-coating here. Life’s hard sometimes, this side of heaven. So, I’ll be praying and trusting that God will, in his infinite wisdom and compassion, deliver me from these strongholds.

In addition to choosing a word, I’m holding tight to a verse of Scripture that keeps my heart focused on this need.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs u; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
— Isaiah 43:19

In Other [BIG] News…

I’ve been SO thrilled and thankful for the warm reception from readers of the Blue Ridge University Series short stories. November and December’s stories were so fun to write and share with many of you. Those stories will resume in February. For January’s newsletter, going out January 10, I’m taking a break from story telling and instead reporting some news. Some big news. Some really exciting, life-changing news.

This inner-circle of newsletter readers and supporters mean everything to me. You are my biggest cheerleaders, and for that I’ll confide in your first. Want to be part of the fun and secret telling? SUBSCRIBE HERE before January 10.

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One NEW subscriber will get a $10 Amazon gift card!

I can’t wait to spill the beans. EEK!