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Promotion in Motion Tuesdays: K Dawn Byrd and Lessons From the Open Road

Posted by Lisa Lickel on May 22, 2012

Lessons from the Open Road

A couple of years ago, the idea of writing a devotional about the lessons I learned while riding a motorcycle came to me. I had no idea what I was getting into and how much writing devotionals would minister to me as an author. I jotted down notes for weeks, hoping to come up with enough lessons to take the reader through a month. Lessons from the Open Road ended with 33 lessons, each followed by Scripture and prayer.

Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes learning new things is hard. Just when I thought I’d mastered the parking lot where I was learning to ride my little Yamaha Virago starter bike, I pulled out, forgot to hit the brake, did an Evel Knievel, and jumped a short concrete wall, landing in some trees. My poor little bike limped home with a hole in the crankcase the size of a quarter. J-B Weld to the rescue!

I’m stubborn, too stubborn to quit. After I recovered from the sore neck that resulted from my stunt, I climbed back on the old iron horse. Eventually, I graduated from the parking lot and hit the streets. When I’d learned to ride well enough to satisfy hubby, he bought himself a new Harley and I inherited his anniversary edition Harley Davidson Sportster. And, when I graduated with my masters degree, you’d never guess what I wanted. Yep, a new bike. I became the proud owner of a Screamin Eagle V-Rod (picture attached.)

All good things must eventually come to an end. I enjoyed my days on the road, but found another passion. Writing. I work a full-time job and since there’s only so much time in the day, I have to choose what’s most important to me. The bike had to go. Occasionally, I miss it, but for the most part, I’d rather be writing. I’m hoping the devotions in Lessons from the Open Road will minister to your heart as much as writing them did to mine.

Lessons from the Open Road is currently available in e-book format and will be coming soon in print. I had planned to list it at no cost, but Amazon wouldn’t allow me to do so. I’ve listed it at the lowest price Amazon allows, 99 cents, and all proceeds will be donated to my church’s building fun for the new church that’s currently under construction.

For more information about Lessons from the Open Road, you can check it out on Amazon .

 

About the Author:

K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance, romantic suspense, and non-fiction. She is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog, most of which are signed by the authors. She’s also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

 

Links:

Book giveaway blog: www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com

Young adult blog: www.zoe-mack.blogspot.com

Website: www.kdawnbyrd.com 

I’m also on Twitter (kdawnbyrd) and facebook (K Dawn Byrd.) I am the moderator of the Christian Fiction Gathering facebook group  If you join this group, you’ll get reminders about the weekly book giveaways.

 

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The Sunday Book Review – K Dawn Byrd, Queen of Hearts

Posted by Lisa Lickel on June 26, 2011

Queen of Hearts

by K Dawn Byrd

 

eBook

c. 2010 K Dawn Byrd

Desert Breeze Publishing

 

ISBN: 9781936000227

 

It’s World War II in America, and yes, spies, black marketers and the mob are all vying for a piece of the action. K Dawn Byrd’s novel from Desert Breeze Publishing Inc. is a sweet and dramatic shivery story about a young woman in over her head when she goes on assignment for the newspaper to photograph a mob murder…and ends up on a hit list. But that’s not the worst of it. Daphne Dean was also recruited by the O.S.S. as a message carrier, code sign Queen of Hearts, and learns some unsavory information about her former love. But will her new love be her complete undoing?

 

In order to hide from the mob, Daphne ends up sharing a former mental asylum with its owner, a young doctor who also has secrets that Daphne may not be able to handle. One-time spy, Anya, Daphne’s elderly special friend, offers advice and prayers when Daphne needs them most. A fierce storm, a creepy maid and a run-in with the mob create a spooky tale of war-time intrigue that will keep you scrolling to escape from screaming.

 

Readers of historical, romantic suspense will enjoy the ride with Queen of Hearts. At 120 pages, this story is a quick but intense drama.

♦♦♦♦ 4 Reflections

 

I read and enjoyed this eBook in pdf format. The benefit of reading on screen is that you can adjust the print size as needed for comfortable viewing.

Kindle

Nook

Besides being available from the publisher is several formats, readers can find Desert Breeze products at other online retailers. For
those readers new to electronic books, Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook programs are free to download to your home personal computer and other mobile web-browser-enabled electronic devices. Simply visit those websites to learn how to do this. You will then be able to purchase and/or download your choice of thousands of available titles.

Free  Kindle

Ap and free and Nook ap

 

Also from  K Dawn:

Killing Time

Killing Time Nook

and her newest release, Mistaken Identity 

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Promotion Monday – K Dawn Byrd

Posted by Lisa Lickel on August 16, 2010

 Today we welcome K Dawn Byrd and her inspiring road to publication. She shares her best advice about writing, patience, and getting published.

Thanks for having me on Reflections In Hindsight. You asked me what I learned from my first book. I learned that writing is very hard work! People think they can just sit down and write a book. Trust me, it doesn’t happen that way. It took me two full years of faithfully studying everything I could find on the craft. So much time goes into a finished work that an author must love writing and be so passionate about it that he doesn’t matter that she’s making way less than minimum wage. What must matter is the story.

 My advice to writers trying to get published would be to keep reading, studying, and writing. If you’ve written a story you love, keep working on it. I refused to give up on Killing Time, so much so, that I must have edited it a dozen times as I learned the craft. You see, I’m a perfectionist, loved the story, and was willing to edit it to death if need be to see it published. I’m not telling you that I’m the greatest writer in the world. I’m simply telling you that when I do something, I do it to the best of my ability.

 Speaking of writing, I’m still studying. My library of craft is continuing to grow as I add books I find on eBay. I’m finding that I have precious little time and must use my time wisely in order to have time to write at the end of the day. I believe that studying the craft is absolutely necessary and even if I learn only one concept from a new book, I consider it worth the purchase as I continue to study, hoping that each book will be better than the last.

 Believe it or not, even though Queen of Hearts (April 2010) was my debut novel, it wasn’t the first novel I’d ever written. Killing Time (August 2010) was my first and is near and dear to my heart because it’s the novel I cut my teeth on. I bought and studied every book I could find on writing and applied those principles to Killing Time as I edited it time and again, eventually bringing it to a level that interested a publisher.

 Why was I unwilling to give up on Killing Time? My heroine is a very strong Christian woman with a story that I had to tell. Wrongly accused, incarcerated, and then emotionally abused in jail, she clung to her faith. How many of us would turn our backs on God and blame Him? Upon release, only her faith could see her through when she was stalked and harassed by a murderer.

 You asked about Desert Breeze Publishing. Everyone has been wonderful. They’re one of the few publishers who allow the author to have a say-so in cover art. I wasn’t happy with the first mock-up for Killing Time and their wonderful artist worked with me until they produced a cover that I’m proud of. Desert Breeze’s Editor-In-Chief suggested a couple of plot changes and worked with me until the novel was to her satisfaction. They sign many debut authors and understand that they’ll need gentle guidance as they learn the process of getting a book published.

 I often read interviews where writers say that they wrote for decades before they were published. I attribute my relatively short road to publication to the fact that I studied the craft faithfully and refused to give up. If you have a story to tell, keep writing and studying. There are some great websites on writing if you can’t afford to buy the books. There’s a page on my blog with links to many of them at http://www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com/.  Thanks for hosting me today and good luck to all your readers. Keep writing!

~Amen. Thank you, K Dawn.

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