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WWII Research

Launch week of Love’s Brilliant Wreckage is almost over (99¢ until 6-25-18 midnight or whenever Amazon flips the switch). I thought I’d share some of the WWII research I uncovered as I wrote Annie’s journey.

At the start of the novel, Annie Faraday is ten weeks away from graduating from Dunlap-Dodge School of Nursing, a fictional college oh-so-loosely based on Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, MI. She applies for and is accepted at the Pioneer Nursing and Midwife Academy in Millersburg, TN, which is based on Frontier Nursing Services in southeastern Kentucky,
established by Mary Breckenridge in 1925.

Fun fact: my daughter graduates from Frontier this fall with a master’s degree in midwifery.

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I entered NaNo because my character made me

Looking back at the birth of a novel

With the launch of Love’s Brilliant Wreckage this week, I thought I’d do a little bit of looking back at the birth of a novel. How did I start? When did I start? Here’s a post from 10-30-17 on why I decided to start this particular book at that time.

To NaNo or not to NaNo, that is the question

I entered Nanao2017 because my character made me

This year, after much internal debate, I entered NaNo2017. Unless you are super new to writing, every writer knows that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNo or NaNoWriMo), when thousands of writers worldwide attempt to write 50K in 30 days.

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Writing tools, 26 ways to improve your writing is now available as a free download

Announcing the release of Writing Tools: 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing: Writing and Marketing Better Books.

Release day for Writing Tools

Writing tools, 26 ways to improve your writing is now available on Amazon.comWhen I accepted the task of participating in this year’s AtoZChallenge, I didn’t know what I faced. I almost didn’t enter, as I found out about the annual event at the last minute. I had no idea the twenty-six blogs I wrote as a way to train myself to blog more often would turn into my latest release, Writing Tools.

My New Year’s resolution for 2017 was to blog twice a week—Mondays and Thursdays. Like all good intentions, it quickly fell apart. When I saw a Tweet in late March about the AtoZChallenge, I thought, Why not? If nothing else, blogging every day would (almost) be the same as participating in NaNoWriMo, which I’ve done several times, officially, in my old writing group, and on my own.

Writing Tools: The Challenge

I’m not going to lie, it was a challenge. Not only did I have to write every day, I had to publish every day. And find appropriate images (thank you Pixabay and Canva), and spread the news through various social media outlets.

Editing for Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolf was pushed back a month. Thank goodness I’d published Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf In March, so I was “between” books and had time to spare.

The most challenging aspect of blogging every day was finding subject for those awkward letters—Q, X, Z, but I persevered. (maybe with a little cheating when it came to J).

I banked a few days and pre-scheduled blogs as I faced a four day grand-babysitting job in the middle of the month (my son and daughter-in-law celebrated their tenth anniversary with a trip to California). At the end of the month I’d proven I could write 1,000-1,500 words on random subjects, publish and promote them.

A Big Thank You to BlogChatter

For unknown and mysterious reasons, when I signed up for the challenge, I did so under the umbrella of, a blogging powerhouse based in India. I received awesome support, met brilliant writers, and received free promotion on their website.

In May, they announced they would host our books if we wanted to compile our twenty-six blogs into a book. Heck, yeah, why not? I formatted my blogs, made a cover (thank you Canva) that complemented my other non-fiction book, The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel (what is it with numbers in titles?), and sent it to blogchatter, which hosted it as a free giveaway for two months.

The Next Step

With encouragement from blogchatter and using the experience I’ve received from publishing my other books, I’ve uploaded Writing Tools to Amazon. I hope you’ll download it and benefit from the tips, techniques, and tools I’ve discovered over my eighteen year writing career.

From the blurb:

” . . . a valuable collection of tips for all aspiring authors, content writers, digital marketing students and anyone who wants to know the precious tools in the content marketing world.” —

If you’ve written a book and seek ways to improve it and, once published, how to market it, Writing Tools has the answers.

Writing Tools, 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing explores writing, marketing, and social media knowledge and shortcuts, making you a better writer. In this instructional ebook, author Cheryl Sterling delves into her eighteen years of experience to share:

  • How to set up an effective Amazon Author’s page.
  • Character development using Myers-Briggs and Numerology.
  • Scheduling of social media using BoardBooster and Hootsuite.
  • The benefits of Facebook groups, Goodreads, and Pinterest for writers.
  • The effective use of writing scene and sequel.
  • 3 and 4 act structure, which is best for you?
  • Improve your writing speed and how to revise your rough “vomit” draft.
  • Outlining and The Hero’s Journey
  • The importance of back-links and universal book links
  • 26 essential tips on writing and promoting your best work

You are a writer. Ensure a quality book and your best marketing practices with this how-to guide.

Click on the “Buy Now” button and start today.

Praise for Writing Tools, 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing:

It has all the necessary points for non-fiction writers and fiction writers. And the most important of all . . . to promote your published work.

It is easy to read, has some great insights with a dash of unexpected humour, and a ready-made cheat sheet to help you market your book better.

A Special Thank You

In conjunction with the release of Writing Tools, I’m re-releasing The Plot Thickens at a special price of 99 cents (down from $2.99). The book has been re-formated, re-indexed, and I’ve added images. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book but didn’t know where to start, The Plot Thickens offers 21+ ways to plot your book and get you started on the path to publication.

Please consider buying either or both of my books. And, as always, if you do purchase, please leave a review, however short. Reviews help Amazon bring better books to you.

Thank you and many blessings,










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