Saturday, June 17, 2017

The First Blank Page

I'm starting a new book today. 

Oh, I've been working on it for weeks, but today is the first time I'm taking the ideas and brainstorming and plots and characters and putting them on the page.

Today, I'm turning these characters loose and letting them come alive - and hanging on for the ride they will take me on. 

Everyone approaches their writing a little bit differently. No writer has exactly the same method as another. For me, staring at the very first blank page is humbling. And terrifying. 

So before I put a word on the screen, I offered all of it up to the One I write for. I recommitted myself, my words, my stories, and my characters to Him. I asked Him to use all of it - every word - for His Glory and to fulfill His purposes. 

I prayed for my readers, my publisher, my editors, my brainstorming buddies, and my sources. I prayed for endurance and focus and I asked for an outpouring of creativity from the Creator. 

And now, I ask you, to join me. Every stage of a book has it's own issues, but for a recovering perfectionist like me, the beginning is fraught with challenges. Would you pray specifically over the next couple of weeks that a solid foundation will be laid for this story? 

In addition, there is a very difficult topic at the heart of this book. The research I've done and continue to do is hard. I covet your prayers as I dig deep into a very real and present evil in our communities. There are things you can't "un-know" and whether this story changes anyone else, writing it absolutely will change me. I pray it does. 

This book is due in early December which means I want to finish it by the end of September so I have a couple of months to do the revisions before it goes to my editor. So when I'm not running kids to camps and swimming pools and football fields, I'll be working on this story. What are your plans for this summer? How can I pray for you? I'd love to hear about it in the comments. 

Grace & peace,

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hidden Legacy Fun!

There's a lot going on in the Hidden Legacy world this week! Paperback copies have been flying off the shelf in my local Walmart. If you spot it in a store, I'd LOVE for you to take a picture and send it to me! 

Tuesday (paperback release day!) I'll be participating in a Facebook party with fifteen Love Inspired authors. 

I'll be chatting from 5:30-5:45 p.m. and we'll be talking about my hometown, the wonder that is Hot Dog World (yes, it is a real place and it's fabulous!) and what it was like to bring the secondary characters from Covert Justice to life in Hidden Legacy

If you've never participated in one of these parties, you've really should stop by! It's a great way to meet authors and have a chance to win free books! 

Over on Goodreads I'm having a giveaway! I'd love for you to enter to win one of two copies of Hidden Legacy!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hidden Legacy by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Hidden Legacy

by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Giveaway ends June 12, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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I've been overwhelmed by the positive response to Hidden Legacy! Thank you all!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hidden Legacy is here!

The e-book versions of Hidden Legacy released today! The paperback version doesn't officially release until June 6th, but it has been spotted in my local Walmart. Maybe it's in a store near you! 

If you haven't read Covert Justice, then I can't wait for you to meet Caroline Harrison and Detective Jason Drake.

If you *have* read Covert Justice, then you'll enjoy getting to know Caroline better :) . . . and yes, you'll get to spend a little bit more time with Heidi, Blake, Max, and Sara. 

If you spot Hidden Legacy in the store, I'd love for you to share a photo with me on social media and be sure to tag me!

And did you know the best way to show an author some love is to leave a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, Goodreads, or anywhere books are reviewed? Well, it is. :) 

First-Timer to Faculty

When I started writing for The Write Conversation in 2010, I had just attended my very first conference—the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. 

In the years since, I’ve gone from conference newbie to conference regular to published author to . . . conference faculty. This year I’ll be serving on the faculty of three different conferences ranging from small and intimate to huge.

I consider myself to be a faculty newbie so I thought it might be fun to pull back the curtain on the faculty experience.

Here are a few things you should know about the faculty of many of the conferences you’re attending . . .

As always, I'm guest posting over at The Write Conversation today. Click on over to read the rest of the post!