THE DAY SHE DIED is officially a Best Selling Novel and I am a Best Selling Author!

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Number one in Christian Mystery and Suspense and Religion and Spirituality!

Pretty cool to see the email from the great publishers at Castle Gate Press last week. The Day She Died reached the top of the charts in both the USA and Canada, as well as 9,164 in Japan!!!! Thank you to everyone who has been reading and writing reviews. Its fun to still Screenshot_2015-06-29-22-00-12-1have people come up to me and tell me they enjoyed my novel. And thank you to God for giving me this great opportunity and blessing.

Check out some recent reviews from Amazon!

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  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the story but it also helped me see parallels with my own life.
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could hardly put it down. The choices we make in life are more far-reaching than we truly realize.
  • Best book I have read in a very long time. I couldn’t put it down. I love Christian fiction is why I chose this book.
  • A fun story. An enjoyable read with wonderful twist.
  • Excellent story writing with a suspenseful story line. Not your typical Christian fiction – this is a compelling story
  • Excellent read. Keeps you interested and guessing almost until the last page! Very well written.

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Anatomy of a Book Review

Long before I became a published author, I reviewed every single book I read on Amazon. I loved reading reviews and finding new books based on reviews. So, it is kind of crazy that now I have a book that is getting reviews. And I’ll be honest I have never sat down and read through them. It’s awesome I have 49 reviews, and 31 five star reviews. But I wanted to talk about the review that gave my book the lowest rating. 3 stars. I don’t know who this person is. I may know them, I may not. But….it is a great review.

The review is below in Italics. This review gives a summary of the book, but not too much, because you can get that anywhere. The great part of review is not only do they point out the positives, but they point out what they didn’t like. Yes, as an author I am disappointed I didn’t write the perfect novel, but let’s be honest, no one has. Every reader enjoys different things about books. The criticism in this review is thoughtful and kind and will be definitely helpful to a person trying to decide if they will buy my novel.

The Day She Died--Front Cover(1)The Day She Died by Bill Garrison is a fast-paced adventure about 45-year-old John Michaels who gets the opportunity to relive key points from his past. Every moment he relives has something to do with the a life-changing event from his history–the disappearance and presumed murder of his girlfriend, Kim. At it’s heart, The Day She Died is a murder mystery, so you have a large cast of characters to keep track of, but each of them have enough unique personality quirks to help keep them straight. The story was engaging, the concept was intriguing, and the end was satisfying.

While I don’t feel like the story included a strong Christian message, the author did weave some very effective biblical truths into the storyline without being harsh about it. The concept of your heart-attitude being just as important as your actual actions played a major role in the story, and it was effectively done.

I felt the dialogue was a little unrealistic in places. There were times when characters would say something that sounded like the author’s narrator voice instead of the character’s voice. There were also times when John Michaels’s thoughts didn’t match his actions, which made me think he was an unreliable main character. Maybe that was purposeful in order to make the reader think he wasn’t as moral as he was presented, but overall I think it just confused his character design.

I did enjoy The Day She Died. It’s definitely worth a read. I read it in one sitting because I wanted to find out what happened at the end. I am a very picky reader, so some of the things that stood out to me may not bother anyone else.

Overall, Mr. Garrison did a pretty good job. It was a fun, fast-paced read that was certainly entertaining.

THE DAY SHE DIED audio book coming soon…

I’m excited to announce THE DAY SHE DIED will be released in audiobook form in a few weeks. The novel is read by A.W. Miller, and he has done a great job. I’m excited about the readers that will discover my novel in this high quality product. Mr. MilleraudiocoverTDSDlowres(1) is a professional that adds class and distinction to my words…almost making the book sound better than it is. (Not really, lol. It’s really good.)

I am excited about this because I love audio books, but that wasn’t always the case. My first experience with audio books was back in the late 1990s when my wife and I went on a road trip and listened to a couple of the LEFT BEHIND Series books on audio tape. The books were condensed into two cassettes and thought it was horrible how the reader would change his voice to imitate each character. Why couldn’t he just read the book as it was written!?Walkman

My life took a turn when I got a job with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. This job required lot’s of driving…up to 8 hours a day in a car. How was I going to manage that. I loved to read and once again thought I’d give audio books a try. I picked up Ken Follett’s HORNET FLIGHT, and was immediately captured by the incredible story.

From there, I was hooked. I always had an audio book with me, and I made sure I had a Sony Walkman if the car didn’t have a cassette player.  One of the best part of audio books was listening to several books in a series and hearing the same reader over an

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d over.  A great reader of an audio book makes the characters real and the book comes alive. That’ s what A.W. Miller has done with my novel.

When I first started audio books, the selection was somewhat limited, and I found a few duds but usually came across some incredible finds. Dean Koontz’s THE FACE is an amazing story with a narration by actor Dylan Baker I still can hear in my head.

I hope you’ll check out the audio book of THE DAY SHE DIED when it comes out. It would be great for trip this summer and that long ride in the car.

What would bestselling author Linda Goodnight change in her life?

linda goodnightAfter a break I am back featuring Christian Authors answering a few questions about time travel and writing.  I’d like to thank Linda Goodnight for taking the time to answer these questions. She is a USA Today and NY Times bestselling author. I urge you to check out her website listed below and buy some of her books.

Linda Goodnight

1.        If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

 I am a history buff. Love the stuff. And there are so many historical events I would love to have witnessed—the ride of Paul Revere, the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the first Thanksgiving, and a ton of others. But if I have to choose one, the moment in history that I find most important is the morning Jesus rose from dead. Wow. I would love to have been in the garden near the tomb at that moment. Those people truly had their faith become sight.

(I agree with Linda. History is amazing, but nothing more than Jesus rising from the dead)

2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 During the Roman persecution of early Christians because…well, I am one, and I don’t want to be tossed into the Coliseum with lions or drawn and quartered or burned alive as a human torch. (Although sadly, atrocities against Christians are becoming frighteningly similar today.)

3.       If you could go back in time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

 Mostly, I am happy with my career. It’s been good to me and my family, but I was often a coward about forging ahead into the new ventures I really wanted to do. For instance, I’ve wanted to leave series and write single title mainstream books for years but was afraid of failure. If I could go back, I would have jumped out there much sooner.  Oh, and I would have hired an agent sooner! I really wasn’t as smart as I thought I was.

4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

Quantum Leap. Anyone remember that old TV show in which the main character was thrust into a new time period each week?  It was so much fun and I never missed it.

(Amazingly I never watched Quantum Leap. Its probably quite dated now)

5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or serious?)

 That’s a poignant question today as I’m thinking of my late son, whose birthday is today. Knowing that I would lose him so young, I would have spent so much more quality time with him. Better yet, I would have nagged him into having a scan months before he discovered the cancer was already too advanced. If I had done that, when my mother’s intuition said something wasn’t right with my child, he would still be here today to eat yellow cake with chocolate butter cream frosting and listen to his crazy family sing happy birthday.

(Thank you Linda for sharing this very personal moment in your life)

6.       Tell me how I can introduce you. Name, website, published books, etc. Blog

 New York Times Bestseller Linda Goodnight   www.lindagoodnight.com  The next book from Love Inspired is Cowboy Under the Mistletoe in early Nov., 2014.  The Memory House from HQN hits the shelves in April, 2015.

Ebook on kindle for $3.99 and The Coffee Beast

THE DAY SHE DIED is great reviews and is available for Amazon Kindle for only $3.99. Now is a great time to pick up a copy or give it as a gift. When you pick up your copy, you’ll read about John Michaels and his love of coffee. John runs The Coffee Shop in north iron tree iron tree 1Oklahoma City by Quail Springs Mall.

The Coffee Beast was inspired by my brother Mike Garrison’s life long dream of opening a coffee shop, which came true two days ago when Iron Tree Coffee opened in El Reno, Oklahoma.

You can check out his Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/irontreellciron tree 2

I visited with my kids at the soft grand opening last Saturday, and since of course I don’t like coffee, I had some delicious hot chocolate. I’m proud of my brother for all of his hard work and determination that it took to make his dream a reality.

Book Signing of THE DAY SHE DIED this Saturday at Full Circle Book Store

Come visit me at the wonderful Full Circle Bookstore where I’ll be signing copies of the THE DAY SHE DIED. I hope you can make it and support the local book store and pick up a great Christmas gift.

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Be the first to discover the next best seller! This month’s featured authors include, Damaris Dobbs, Mama Used to Always Say; Karen Knauss, 77 Pieces of Poetry About Oklahoma; Bill Garrison, The Day She Died; Lindy Spencer, Boomerang Effect; Zeigler, Roxanne, Are You Looking Through the Window of my Soul; Rick Harris, Basketball Hope; Don Thompson, And My Spirit Said Yes!; Ro20140618_191517_resizedsalind Coleman, Storm Damage and Laura Wilcox, Renegade.

What would author Julie Jarnagin change in her life?

Tonight I am posting author Julie Jarnagin’s interview I did a few months ago.  I want to thank Julie for taking the time to answer these questions. Be sure to check out her website below.bio-juliej

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

 I would travel back to see a Shakespeare production at the Globe Theatre. When I first started reading Shakespeare in high school, I always dreamed about what it would have been like to see it in his day first hand.

 2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 I probably wouldn’t have done well in a corset. As a woman, I’m thankful I’m in the here and now!

(not sure I can relate to that, but I would take a pass on the powdered wig era.)

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

 I would join American Christian Fiction Writers sooner. Being part of a supportive writing community has made a huge difference in my career.

(This is a common thread among every interview. There is so much help out there for writers of all levels.)

 4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

 It’s a Wonderful Life would be my favorite. Maybe it’s more “alternate universe” than time travel, but it’s a great movie.

(Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life”

 5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

 I wouldn’t have stressed out so much about my grades in college…but don’t tell my sons I said that.

You can learn about Julie at

www.juliejarnagin.com

She’s the author of a series of Christian romance novels, Canyon Walls, Canyon Crossing and Canyon Cafe. 

 Julie Jarnagin

 

What would editor Marisa Deshaies change in her life?

It’s been a busy week, dealing with the Kansas City Royals losing the World Series and also planning and having my launch party for my novel THE DAY SHE DIED. But I also wanted to get back to my series featuring friends in Christian Fiction talk a little time travel. I’m thankful Marisa Deshaies took the time to answer my questions.marisa deshaies My comments are in italics.

1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?
Without a doubt, I would travel back in time to witness the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. When I was fourteen years old, I saw the movie Pearl Harbor for first time and instantly became obsessed with the story, the heroism, the romanticism, and the bravery of the Greatest Generation. To this day World War Two history is one of my favorite subjects to study and read about.

I agree nothing beats a great World War 2 novel. I love Sarah Sundin’s romance novels set in that era. But Pearl Harbor would really be depressing to witness. I’d want to do something to stop it.

2. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?
As much as I like to read about the Medieval time period—and really, all time periods before it—I would not want to have lived through any time period earlier than the Middle Ages. Castles, knights, and ladies-in-waiting are no substitutes for showers…

…showers, and air conditioning, and indoor plumbing.

3. If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

I am quite happy with the foundation of my writing and editing career. However, one subject I cannot emphasize enough—and one that I did not understand the significance of while in my undergraduate career—is the importance of internships while a student is in college. I hold a M.A. in professional writing and my B.A. education is strong, but I only held one internship in publishing while I studied at University of Delaware. Many companies are looking for entry-level applicants to have a lot of experience prior to beginning their professional careers. Students should have multiple internships, volunteering positions, and jobs (part-time or otherwise) before graduating from college because real-life experience is just as important as a quality education.

I too focused too much on education and not enough on real world experience.f

4. When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

Lost in Austen, a fun movie about a young Londoner obsessed with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, is an excellent time-travel story that any woman who has dreamed of meeting Mr. Darcy will enjoy! I won’t say anything more than that on the plot of the movie, but if you’re an Austen fan, I highly recommend this movie!

I loved the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice movie, but that’s as far as my Jane Austen experience goes.
5. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

I actually do not like to entertain the idea of reliving moments or doing things different because I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that we can always learn from each experience we have, positive or negative. However, three years out of my undergraduate career, I still love the idea of going back to college again. The idea of spending more time in college classrooms for lectures on literature sounds lovely and quite enjoyable.

Marisa hits on one of the point my novel. We should not dwell on our past because we can’t change it. But it is fun to think about the good times and how we’d like to do them again. hmmm, but  college? Maybe the all you can eat cafeteria where everything was already cooked.

Be sure to check out Marisa’s website below where you can check out her writing services as well as book reviews.
Marisa Deshaies
Editor and professional writer
Book reviewing and promotions
A Way With Words (http://www.mdeshaies.wordpress.com)

What would author Eleanor Gustafson change in her life?

After watching the Royals win game 3 of the World Series, I thought I’d post an interview I did with author Eleanor Gustafson about time travel and writing.eleanor gustofson

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in
history, what event would you choose, and why?

 The coronation of King David, roughly 1000 BC. Not only was this an enormous event in biblical history and the high point of the Israelite monarchy, but it was an especially satisfying moment, David having endured 10 long years of dodging the anger and madness of King Saul. Also, David was the kingly precursor of Jesus, who was often referred to as the son of David. I cared enough about this man to write The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David, an effort that took roughly 15 years. Excellent Amazon reviews on it.

2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive
during. Why?

The Old Testament period of the Judges, a time when “every man did what was right in his own eyes;” Too close to what’s happening now.

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your
writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

 I would not do much differently, except to undo some of the stupidities of early adulthood that you imply in your premise.

4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie,
or TV show on the subject?

Again, a novel I wrote—Wild Harvest—in which a modern girl meets a boy of 1796 over a stone wall in Vermont. The two have very differing moral and spiritual values, but those values intersect and cross each other, leading to a dramatic climax. The ending, however, was a bit challenging, but I learned from this particular stupidity to craft more satisfying endings.  :  )

5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different
or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or
serious?)

God has been gracious to me, and I have no complaints about even tough things along the way. The ability to laugh and love has carried me through an extraordinary array of adventures. This fall (October 4), my husband and I are hosting a tree-farm tour on our land in Vermont to celebrate our 50 years as tree farmers (logging, improving the forest, making firewood, maple syrup, etc.). Y’all come! Wild Harvest grew out of our own experiences.

Ellie Gustafson has written the below books. Be sure to check out her website.

Appalachian Spring

Wild Harvest

Middle Night (self-published and a little strong most readers)

The Stones

Dynamo—excellent reviews on that one, too.

www.eleanorgustafson.com and hit blog. i try to keep my blogs short and punchy. Contact information is also on the website.

Let me know if you need more input.

What would author Donn Taylor change in his life?

With THE DAY SHE DIED releasing on October 15, I took a little break from my series featuring Christian authors talking about time travel and writing (see links to the right to purchase my book). Donn is a great guy and we at one time were both clients of agent Terry Burns.donn taylor I want to thank Donn for his time. Be sure to check out his website and his novels.

1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

Tough question because there are so many possible answers. Certainly nothing in biblical history, because actually seeing it happen would eliminate the higher experience of belief through faith. I am curious about what actually passed between Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta, when the trusted traitor Alger Hiss was advising Roosevelt. But I think I’ll settle for something less ambitious: I’d like to know exactly how the British naval hero Horatio Hornblower won a group of European slaves away from their African masters without firing a shot or paying a shilling. His biography is silent on that.

I think Donn just pitched two novels I would like to read some day.
2. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

The most obvious answer is any time before antibiotics, because my life would have been very short. (Antibiotics came in while I was in grammar school.) That said, I think it would be being draft age in World War I. That war saw the first use of heavy artillery, chemical weapons, and (worst of all) widespread employment of machine guns. None of the generals, not even Pershing, figured out what to do about the machine guns. Firepower too greatly exceeded mobility, and this resulted in mass casualties on all sides. I’ve seen the vast collection of unidentified bones in the charnel house at Verdun, and I’m happy not to be one of the featured attractions.

So much complaining about life today, yet medicine has made life longer and more fulfilling. An possibility not likely if you fought in WW1.

3. If you could go back in time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

My development was slowed by my idea that I could do it all on my own. To live it again, I would aggressively seek the advice of knowledgeable persons and be more active in critique groups. In particular, I wish I had known about five years earlier that there was a market for Christian fiction.
4. When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

No contest on this one. It’s Robert Heinlein’s novel The Door into Summer. Many reasons here. First, the book itself is simply delightful in working things out ingeniously just the way you’d want them to come out. Second, Heinlein’s basic metaphor involves a tomcat who, on the first day of snow, refused to go outside until he’d seen that no door of the house opened into summer. When stationed in Verdun, we had a tomcat who actually did that whenever it snowed. So I re-read the book then and have enjoyed it again since then. It bears several re-readings, and it never fails to delight. I recommend it even for those who don’t like sci-fi.

A new book added to my “to-read” list.

5. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

The most serious answer is that I would give more serious consideration to my parents and much less to my own headstrong wishes. My father had lost a year to polio when he was nineteen, and he walked with special shoes, three braces, and a cane ever afterward. He’d planned to be a surgeon but settled for being a professor, and he adapted to whatever circumstance he faced without complaining. More than that, he insisted that his sons not be bothered by his physical limitations. I did not understand the courage his life required until I was an adult. (My poetry book is dedicated to him.)
However, there is one less serious thing I would change. In my freshman and sophomore years in college I ran middle distances—never lost a two-mile in either year, was undefeated in the mile my second year. In the last mile I ran, I slowed down in the third lap because I expected a close race in the two-mile to follow, yet I came within two seconds of my best time. If I could live it again, I would push that third lap and try for a record. It was the last college mile I ran: That summer the draft flushed me out of school and I never ran college track again. (That, however, I would not change.)

Regrets about sports can seem trivial to some, but really was the basis of how I began my novel. Any activity you have passion for and devote a lot of time to can result in regret.
Name: Donn Taylor
Website & blog, etc.: www.donntaylor.com, www.facebook.com/donntaylor.
Books:
Lightning on a Quiet Night (November 2014 Release)
Deadly Additive
Rhapsody in Red
The Lazarus File
Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond

Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature at two liberal arts colleges.
Now retired from teaching, he lives near Houston, Texas, where he writes fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics.

 

What would you change?