Monday, April 18, 2016

Psst! Want some faux tattoos?

Reckoning and Ruin is now in the wild! This sighting was captured by my husband at the Savannah Barnes and Noble.

Send me your pic of R&R -- whether in your hands, or on a library shelf, or at a bookstore -- and I'll send you a set of faux tattoos just like Tai has. Where you put 'em is your business -- Tai's not telling and you don't have to either.

Just post a pic on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tag me, and I'll get your new tattoos right to you.

Monday, April 11, 2016

More Ways to Win RECKONING AND RUIN!

It's out! I'm so excited. And I'm especially excited to see all the giveaways going on at some of my favorites blogs and websites. Get yourself in on the action before the deadlines fall. And here's hoping YOU are one of the lucky winners (each giveaway has its own rules and fine print, so check there for those specifications).

* Dru Ann Love has a great review of Reckoning and Ruin up in her My Musings, and my protagonist is sharing fashion tips for amateur sleuths in her Day in the Life feature. You can win one copy of any book in the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series by commenting HERE -- this giveaway ends April 14th.

* Terry Ambrose is featuring Reckoning and Ruin along with Tammy Kaehler's Red Flags in his Double Trouble giveaway for April (he also featured a behind-the-story interview with me -- commenting there will get you extra ways to enter) Two books, one contest! You can find the entry form HERE. This giveaway ends April 17th.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Amazon Giveaway Continues!

If you have to miss the Facebook party to celebrate Reckoning and Ruin, don't fret --  you've still got until Monday, April 4th to enter the drawing for the $25 Amazon Gift Card.

To enter, leave me a comment on this post telling me which book in the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series you're most excited about. It can be one you've read or one you're looking forward to reading.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No purchase is necessary. You must be at least 18 years old and a US resident to enter. Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter from all entrants for the prize. Winners will be notified by email, which will not be shared or sold or used for any other purpose but notification. The author, Booklover’s Bench, its member authors, Facebook, and Rafflecopter are not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, damaged or returned email. Prizes must be claimed within 5 days or they will be forfeited. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Help Celebrate the Release of RECKONING AND RUIN!

It's here! It's here! And it's out early!

So to celebrate, I'm having a Facebook Party at the Booklover's Bench FB page from 5-7 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 29th.

I love prizes, and I've got quite a selection to celebrate Reckoning and Ruin, the fifth in the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series. Fake tattoos! Faux shark teeth! Revolver-shaped charms! You know, the usual. I'll be giving these away during the party from 5-7 PM and announcing the winners on Wednesday, March 30th.

Plus, I'm sponsoring a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $25 gift card to Amazon. This giveaway runs from March 29th through April 4th.

Please drop in, y'all. Tai and Trey and I would love to have you. You can visit the event page HERE (and find the Giveaway tab for the Amazon gift card at the top). I hope to see you there!


Necessary Small Print: No purchase is necessary. You must be at least 18 years old and a US resident to enter. Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter from all entrants for the prize. Winners will be notified by email, which will not be shared or sold or used for any other purpose but notification. The author, Booklover’s Bench, its member authors, Facebook, and Rafflecopter are not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, damaged or returned email. Prizes must be claimed within 5 days or they will be forfeited. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Get THE DANGEROUS EDGE OF THINGS for FREE!


To celebrate the April release of Reckoning and Ruin, Poisoned Pen Press is offering the e-book of the first in the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series, The Dangerous Edge of Things, for FREE!

This sale is for a limited time only, so grab a copy while you can at your favorite online store:

Amazon Kindle

Kobo

iTunes

Google Play

It is also available on Nook, though that price has already increased to 99 cents -- still a bargain!

I hope you'll grab a copy.  And, as always, thank YOU for being a reader!




Monday, February 1, 2016

For the Warriors

When my friend and fellow mystery writer Tammy Kaehler offered to name one of her secondary characters after a female cancer warrior, I immediately wrote and nominated my high school classmate Tara Howell Raffield.

At the time, Tara was in the final stages of her battle against ovarian cancer. And oh, what a battle it was. Anybody who was acquainted with Tara will tell you this -- the woman was fierce, and tough, and strong, and she gave this fight her everything. But the most amazing part was that she never lost her compassion, her sense of humor, and her righteous love of friend and family and God. 

She shared her journey with all of us, her friends and classmates and community. And even though we lost her, she won. She triumphed. And this is what we remember of her, that no matter the pain that is left at her absence, we still have the joy that comes from having known her. What a privilege.

Tammy chose to name her character Tara Raffield. And so now a sassy, strong spitfire of a woman walks the pages of the book, Red Flags. She is fictional, yes, but she wears the name Tara well, and I can't help but think our Tara would be delighted.

Red Flags comes out April 12th. I plan on having some copies available at my Saturday, April 23rd book signing in Cochran. The cost is $15.95, and all profits from this one-day sale of Red Flags (and my own Reckoning and Ruin) will go to the American Cancer Society in the name of our BCHS Class of '85 members who left us too soon due to this horrible disease, including our beloved Allen Brantley.

If you'd like me to reserve an autographed copy for you, please write to me at tina @ tinawhittle dot com, and I'll have it ready for pick-up between 10 and 12 noon at Flowers by Jimmy in Downtown Cochran. I'd you'd like to order your own, it will be available on Amazon after April 12th, and I can have an autographed bookplate mailed to you.





Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Research – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Guest Post by S.J. Francis


Research. What is a writer without research? Without research for accuracy, a writer’s words are just words. And today, research is easier done than ever. There is no longer a need to go to a library. Research can be done from the comfort of one’s home, or even in the car. Research is a wonderful thing. But as with everything else, there is always a downside.

I don’t know about you, but for me, research can be a double edged sword. Research is a valuable asset, as long as you use it in the right amount. On the other hand, the bad thing about research is that too much of it can cause a significant delay to the writer’s goal, which is to just write. There is such a thing as doing too much research. Some writers I know spend a great deal of time doing research before they will even put their story down, and then when it is time to write the story, they’re worn out from doing research.

All this leads us to the ugly fact that too much research can bog down a story. I’ve seen some writers overwhelmed with so much research they’ve done that they’re not sure what to use, or what not to use. I’ve learned that when it comes to research, both doing and then using, as with anything else, balance is the key. For me, I write my story first. I get the gist of it written down and worry about adding specifics later. How much details should a writer place in their story? How much detail in a story is enough? That is really up to you the writer. How much research do I put into my stories? I add just enough to touch basis. Enough to let the reader know where they are. Enough to set the time and place. Fiction isn’t fact, but for me it’s the next best thing. I’m a stickler for research. One can say, I’m even obsessed with it. As a reader, nothing turns me off more than when I read something, and quickly realize the writer didn’t do any research because it shows. When I read, I like to learn something new. I feel the same way about writing. For me it is important that when a reader reads something I wrote, they can look at it and find that I did my research.

Fortunately, when it came to writing my debut novel, Shattered Lies, I didn’t have to do much research online or in books. I lived where I set the story. Research was live in one way or another all around me. Kate Thayer and her family grew up in Mississippi, and that is where my story is set.

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S. J. Francis is a freelance writer with over three hundred publication credits, a University Lecturer with doctorates in English, Mass Communications and Law, and most recently, a novelist. Francis writes for many publications, as well as regularly contributing to the local newspaper. Francis’ background also encompasses working as a television producer. A frequent traveler, Francis has resided in thirteen states and three countries. A confirmed bibliophile, when not writing Francis can be found reading a good book, or spending time in the outdoors. Francis currently lives in Mississippi, where a major part of Shattered Lies takes place—but grew up in New York City, where the latter portion occurs—and has a great respect and fondness for both places, and considers the world a notebook full of endless ideas. Francis’ first novel, Shattered Lies is a women’s fiction/mainstream/family saga novel. The family dynamic is a never ending source of ideas and Shattered Lies is no exception. As in all the stories Francis writes, in the end, it’s all about family. Future projects include a sequel to Shattered Lies and a novel about the dynamic relationships in Hollywood. Shattered Lies will be released by Black Opal Books in 2015.

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