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Blog Blizzard – Sara Barnard – Upcoming

Sara Barnard presents her new upcoming book, A Heart on Hold

Author Bio:  Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard is a military wife whose own heart has been on hold more often than not.  She holds her B.A. in History.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including REFRACTION (Marble Press, 2010), THE HARSH AND THE HEART: CELEBRATING THE MILITARY (Silver Boomer Books, 2011), CAMPFIRE TALES (Coolwell Press, 2012), and will appear in an upcoming Canadian anthology titled LIFESTYLES.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Abilene Writers Guild.

In addition to reading and writing, Sara loves helping her children with their homework, spending time outdoors with her family, and traveling.

Sara, her husband, and their four beautiful children live in the historic Oklahoma hills along with their three rescue dogs, two cats, two rescue kittens, eleven chickens, and one awesome horse.

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Pen Name:  Sara Barnard

Book Title:  A Heart on Hold

Series Title:  An Everlasting Heart

Number in the series:  1 of 3

Book description as it will read on the back of the book:

Charlotte’s lips only took a moment to find those belonging to her beloved.  He tasted faintly of molasses and she was immediately drawn into the warmth of his embrace.  Their bodies were perfectly pressed together, fitting as though one had been divinely made for the other, as Sanderson’s kisses trailed from Charlotte’s lips down her neck. 

Her hands found his softly stubbled face and guided him back to her lips.  With his strong arms around her, she’d never felt more safe.  Or more vulnerable. 

War.  Devotion.  Deceit.  Death.  How long can a heart hold on before it breaks?  Most women would carry on with their lives after being thrust into widowhood, but not Charlotte Adamsland.  Upon learning that her husband, Captain Sanderson Redding, was killed in a botched escape from a Confederate prison in Illinois, she clings to his promise to return to her no matter what, and quickly heads north through a war-ravaged country with only her faith in God and her beloved horse to bring her beloved Sanderson home – one way or another.

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So You Wrote A Book

Your life long dream has been to write a book. Finally, you have the education, the life experiences, the time and all of your family and friends cheering you on.  For two long years you work, write, sweat, learn new invective’s, and finally it’s done. You decide to  e-publish because the response has been so wonderful with your family and friends.  The day arrives, and you have finally written a book.

Then it sits there while you languish and wonder, where are all the readers?

Not one hit, one buy, one review.  Where are all those wonderful family and friends?  You begin to wonder, were they just saying it to be nice? Can you really write? What if it’s horrible and nobody has the nerve to tell you?

I have developed a theory. First of all, those closest to you have heard the plot and development for two years. They don’t need to read the book! Secondly, they may not be readers, but simply wanted to be supportive. Thirdly, they are afraid to read it, don’t have time to read it and/or aren’t really  interested in reading it.

That’s what family and friends do. They are a great support system, but a support system isn’t the driving force to getting your book out there to the ‘real’ readers. Those who want a good story and to be entertained.  Your family was already entertained by watching the process of your writing and going bald.

The hardest part isn’t writing the book, it’s networking and connecting with your readers.  If you are going to go the e-book route, you will have to learn about ‘platforms’, emailing, Facebook, Twitter, websites, blogs and advertising yourself.  It’s at this point you will either forge ahead or continue to languish.

Meanwhile, don’t be upset with family and friends.  They did their job. They were the cheerleaders of the game.  Now, you have to get out there and play the field.