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A New Adventure!

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Nothing sums it up quite like the image above. It is time to start a new adventure!! Don’t worry, I’m still working on the old adventure. πŸ˜‰ But the Lord has trumped my plans and has led me to start a new series while still working on the Ancient Words Series. You can read more about the story behind this decision here.

After working in total secrecy for about two months, I’m prepared to give you all those yummy details your heart desires. There’s a giveaway also in progress and you’ll find those details on the bottom of this page. But first, let’s talk about that title…

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Book One of the brand new series is titled, If Only it were Yesterday. This story is loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland. *The above graphic is NOT the official book cover.

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It’s funny how fast things can change. When I officially began If Only it were Yesterday, it was, believe it or not, a stand alone story. I was brainstorming for an idea for a new Christmas short story when I was inspired by a plot that became the second novel in the series. Twelve hours later, I had two more stories to add to the collection, creating A Season Passed.
Each story in A Season Passed carries four distinct connections.
One: Each story is set in one of the seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer. If Only it were Yesterday starts us off in the Fall.
Two: The plot of each story takes place in two different periods of time. Each plot is crafted with both the character’s present and past intertwined together.
Three: For the first time, I’ll be writing this series using only ONE point of view character per book!! If you’ve been following the Ancient Words Series you’ll know that this is big news.
Four: Each story is a loose retelling of one of my favorite Disney movies. As mentioned, If Only it were Yesterday is inspired by Alice in Wonderland but I’m not ready to reveal the other three just yet.
Are you excited yet? Now let’s talk plot!

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In If Only it were Yesterday, Liz Cooke has a problem with reality. Several problems, actually. Disheartened with the condition of society, she daydreams about a simpler time when things made sense and problems were easily erased. But when Liz falls asleep and dreams she has traveled back in time, will she find things to be as easy as she had imagined?

Now for the details…

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While the other stories in the series will flash back to a real time in the character’s history, Liz’s story is a little more unique in that her flashback takes place in a dream. She dreams she time travels to 1885.

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Here’s a quick look at Liz Cooke. I’m still working on the official model but you’ll find her likeness in the picture above that I snagged from Pinterest. I don’t own the picture or know the lovely lady, but her long brown hair, loose curls, and pretty smile help inspire the image I have in mind for Liz.

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Liz and I both agree that one of the perks of “living” in two different eras is having two different suitors to choose from. πŸ˜‰ Again, I don’t own these fellas but they do inspire my characters. Although, I picture Scott with lighter hair, that easy-going smile of his is spot on.

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I wanted to increase the Alice in Wonderland connection by naming my new fictional town after the story’s author. As it turns out Carroll is a pen name so I allowed readers attending the FB party to vote between Carroll, TN and Dodgson, TN (the author’s real last name).

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And last but not least, the official tagline of If Only it were Yesterday. I hope you’re as excited as I am about the new project. You’ll be hearing news about my progress as well as the progress on my upcoming release, Out of the Ashes.

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Giveaway:
I’m giving away paperback copies of my first two novels, Where Can I Flee and In the Shadow of Thy Wings, a $5 Christian Book gift card, and some of my favorite tea in celebration of this new adventure. You can enter the giveaway through one or more of the options below. *Giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only and closes on October 6 at midnight. Thanks SO much for stopping by!

How to enter the giveaway:
1 Β Comment below. I’d love to hear your excitement about the new series.
2 Β Share this blog post. Grab an entry for sharing on different social media platforms. Just comment below and let me know how many times to add your name in the bowl.
3 Β Follow me on Facebook. Don’t forget to tell me about it.
4 Β Follow this blog page and tell me about it in the comments.
*Don’t forget to add your email address so I know how to contact you if you’re the winner.

 

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17 thoughts on “A New Adventure!

  1. Hi Anita! Your new books sounds interesting and I can hardly wait till I get to read them. I shared on FB, Twitter, & Google+. I also follow you on FB and your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win the paperbacks of the two great books I have on kindle.
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Hey Anita! I can not wait to find out where Liz’s adventure is going to really take her! I shared this post on facebook and tweeted about it. I am also following you on both the blog and facebook (and now on twitter)! I love the fact that you are giving away a copy of your first two books! They are such amazing stories! My daughter asked me just the other day if she would be able to read them! I don’t see any reason why she couldn’t and it has been a while sense I was able to say that! Looking forward to being a part of this journey as well as the Ancient Words series!

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! It means a lot to me that you’re comfortable letting your daughter read them. I had purposed in my heart to write in such a way that Mommas could share.
      And thanks for spreading the word!!

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  3. Oh I love the story line. I was privileged to be able to read the draft of part of the first chapter at the Facebook party the other day and I love it so far. I can’t wait to be able to dive into the story. πŸ™‚
    I shared on my twitter and Facebook and I follow your blog and your Facebook page. I love to read your posts and can’t wait to see how the stories unfold πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Charlene!! It blesses me heart to know that you’re excited about the story already. I can’t wait until it’s finally in your hands. It’s such a special story to me already.
      And thanks for spreading the word!!

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  4. This is *exciting* – as I’ve probably told you 100x already! Haha! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this new series — and how you finish out the Ancient Words series. God has given you a yarn-spinnin’ gift. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad that you use it for Him!

    Okay, so for the giveaway — I shared this post on FB, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter. I follow this blog, and I follow you on FB, of course! πŸ™‚

    aliciagraceroque (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. I am so excited for the new series! Plus more of Ancient Words too! I shared on Facebook and Twitter, and you know I’m already following you on Facebook and on here too! If I win just message me on Facebook. πŸ™‚

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  6. Of COURSE I’m excited here. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ But, I think you already knew that. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see how these ideas progress!!

    Shared on my author page.

    Follow you on FB.

    And… get email updates. πŸ˜‰ (though I apparently need to read them more often, as I missed this until you posted it on FB)

    You’ve got my contact info. πŸ™‚ Which, I really, selfishly hope you have to use. πŸ˜€ Can’t lie. πŸ˜‰

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