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Friday, July 1, 2022

For Better & For Worse by Quint Emm Ellis - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Quint Emm Ellis and her new book, “For Better & For Worse,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Quint Emm Ellis and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

For Better & For Worse

by Quint Emm Ellis

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GENRE:  Christian Romance

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BLURB:

These ex-lovebirds are busy building a nest for one. But can she be convinced to make room for him, too?

Despite attending the same congregation and university, Ashe and Stephen's circles had never seemed to cross.

One class project changed everything...for the better; until secrecy and youthful indiscretion pulled them apart.

Will an unexpectant reunion in their adult years allow Ashe and Stephen to rewrite a history riddled with regret and heartbreaking choices?

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EXCERPT ONE:

“It’s open, Dear. Come on in. We’re all in the backyard,” she heard an unfamiliar woman’s voice say over the doorbell’s integrated camera and intercom system.

“Oh,” she responded, bending down a bit to look into the camera as she resettled the pan in both hands. Unsure if the ghost that’d just occupied the device was still there, she decided to err on the side of caution and manners. “Thank you.”

Rebalancing her offering on one hand, she wrapped her free hand around the cool, metal door knob. The scent of bar-b-que, the sound of laughter and an overwhelming sense of home and comfort greeted her as she took her first steps inside the cozy home. Her shoulders relaxed as she continued to follow the sounds of something sizzling on the grill and of voices that felt both familiar and foreign.

“Ashe?”

Though Ashe paused, the hairs on her skin slowly stood on end.

That didn’t sound like Josiah or Liam. And yet, she recognized that man’s voice from somewhere. She tilted her head to one side, blinking through a fog of memory.

“Ashe,” the voice insisted.

Recognition rippled down Ashe’s spine; she knew who was standing just a few feet behind her.

And if she could have just kept walking, she would have; but her body betrayed her— turning of its own volition to meet the source.

The world became dull except for the man who carefully stood from his chair, tossing his book upon the seat’s cushion before striding toward Ashe. He stood in sharp contrast against the scenery that seemed to have become a blur. When he stopped, he was so close she could catch a faint whiff of soap intertwined with a husky, sweet aroma.

He changed colognes, came the wayward thought in Ashe’s mind.

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GUEST POST:

How to Hold Yourself Accountable

(one author's perspective)

The hardest thing for me to overcome with anything is uncertainty. But, the thing is, uncertainty is a part of life. And that certainly holds true when it comes to one’s efforts in writing. Whether writing a book, or an important email, I have found that the blank page staring back at me–and the myriad of options it offers–is a constant first hurdle that I need to overcome. Not to mention every choice, opportunity and distraction that is waiting in the wings to greet me beyond that point. Here’s how I ensure I get started and maintain focus until I reach my writing goals.

The key to my ability to focus is understanding the value of compartmentalizing my tasks. I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to have gained a pretty good idea of how much I can write in a full working day. With that in mind, I can set goal dates for finishing a novella a bit easier than if I were to just guess. I will often, then, set aside days where I focus all of my free hours on writing my book. I do not focus on perfection, I focus on creating a story that makes sense; creating characters that I enjoy. The rest, I leave to the editor of my first draft (myself) who will be responsible for taking my draft and refining it. If I were to try to be an editor during this initial phase, versus being a creator, I would never complete anything. When it’s time to create and build and get engrossed in the wondrous story of my beautiful characters, that is what I’m doing. When it’s time to edit the first draft, that is what I’m doing. I’m not bemoaning what the writer did or did not do; I switch around scenes, as needed. I add parts or take them away. I reword sentences to create a more sensory experience for the reader. I focus on making the story better.

Everyone composes their final writing pieces differently. As mentioned previously, a blank page for me can be a real hindrance. However, I have found that scenes or even just clips of dialogue will appear in my mind for whatever book I’m writing (and even for books I have planned in the future). Whenever I have these impromptu moments of inspiration, I do my best to stop what I’m doing to write it down–even if it means jotting down the note on my phone’s note app or sending myself an email with that scene or dialogue. Either way, eventually, those words make it to the page. And even if the scene is not the first scene in the book, I no longer have a blank page. I have direction; I have something to reach toward. Recognizing what your biggest and/or initial hurdles are can also help you identify opportunities to overcome them.

Finally, a game-changer for me is being realistic with what I can expect to accomplish with the time I have available during that day. I like to set long-term goal dates that fall well before what is actually needed. And then I set realistic daily goals based on the time available to me each day, and what I’ve learned about my peak performance demonstrated in the past. By setting daily goals that lead to a final product (and goal date) I can more easily measure my progress and determine if I’m on track. If not, I will generally re-assess my daily expectations and my end goal date. If I need to make adjustments to ensure I don’t overburden myself with tasks or discouragement, then I make adjustments. I’ll add days to my goal date, if I can. If I can’t then I suck it up, try to take it as a learning lesson, and do my best to make room in each remaining day to make up the difference.

As I’ve heard once or twice before, there will always be something more to do. God willing, there will always be another book for me to write. So I want to make my work both enjoyable and effective. The best way for me to do so is to separate my tasks so that I can focus on one thing at a time; I identify my weak areas and seek approaches that will help me overcome those; and I try to set proactive and realistic goals. Ultimately, as long as you keep moving forward, you’re making progress. So whatever you do…just don’t stop!

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AUTHOR BIO:

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

~ Toni Morrison

Quint Emm Ellis enjoys penning plots centering around unabashedly nerdy, introverted, cinnamon-roll mantic, passionate, fallible women who happen to be black, who happen to be Christian, and who happen to love an uplifting and, possibly, inspirational story.

She enjoys listening to audio books, watching movies, finding great deals and spoiling her cat and dog rotten. Her dream is to be able to walk around in loose pajama pants all day and geek out while mastering niche crafts like music production, film editing and electro etching.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Quint Emm Ellis will be awarding a $10 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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