Could it be Empty Nest Syndrome?

So.

This week I sent another book out into the big world. It’s always scary to do so, and after I’ve uploaded it, and it’s on it’s way, I’m left twiddling my thumbs and feeling kind of lost.

It’s a project I’ve worked on for (at least) the past six months, and suddenly, I don’t have anything to do anymore. I know. I could start writing the next book, but I’ve learned to give my poor old brain a rest between books, or it’s easy to confuse it. The last thing I want to do is start calling my new character by the name of the character that was in the previous book!

So, for the past few days I’ve wandered around the house, looking for new projects. I’ve spent more time studying God’s Word–I never seem to have enough time to delve into His beautiful book. I finished an ongoing quilt project that I thought I’d never complete. I’ve even thought about starting a new sewing project, but can’t seem to get focused enough to do so. I have several guest blog posts I should be working on, but there again, can’t seem to find the motivation.

I remember this feeling. Parents go through this when their child leaves for college and suddenly isn’t around anymore. Empty Nest Syndrome.

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Is that what I have?

I suppose it could be. I’ve lived with the characters in my most recent book for months. Their thoughts have been my thoughts, and their struggles, my struggles. And now, suddenly they aren’t here anymore. No wonder I’m going through withdrawals!

It’s fine though. I’ve gone through this same separation every time I’ve finished one of my books and sent it on its way. And I know that before long, I’ll have new friends planning their escapades in my head and keeping me up nights. I love it!

Right now, though, I think I’ll go take a nap.

 

To check out my newest release, click on the link!  The Town Named Christmas

Happy Reading!

Ruth Kyser

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How about a little Christmas in July?

How about a little Christmas in July?

I don’t know what it’s been like in your neck of the woods, but here in southern Michigan, it’s been HOT! That’s not surprising, I guess, when you figure it is late July and the middle of summer.

Since we’ve arrived at the ‘dog-days of summer,’ I thought it might be a good time to remind you of winter.  You know, those days in December, January, and February (and sometimes into March and April) when it’s snowing a blizzard outside and you just don’t want to go any place? Those days when if the thermometer reads something higher than single digits, it’s a heat wave?

Well, just to help you remember what cooler weather is like, you might consider reading my Christian Christmas Novella, One Last Christmas. It’s also guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas.

After the death of Cate Thomas’ dear grandmother, she and the rest of the family are planning a special Christmas celebration in her Grams’ old house. Then a stranger shows up in town with claims of a family secret that could turn their Christmas celebration upside down. Is the handsome young man telling them the truth, or is Cate going to have her heart broken one more time?

“One Last Christmas” is a story about faith, family, and God’s never-ending love for us.

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Here are a few things my readers have had to say about it:

***”Great Christmas story about a family brought together after the death of a grandmother, a twin that no one knew about. Just finished two days before Christmas, filling my heart with the true meaning of Christmas. Recommend for all, quick read filled with love that only comes from God!”
****”Great Christmas romance.  The books I have read by author thus far have been great reads. Love the way she weaves in relationships with God and characters turning to Him for answers guidance and direction. A little inspiration in a good read.”
****”A very touching and wonderful Christmas story. A fresh and different story to enjoy.”
One Last Christmas — now available for Kindle, Nook, and as an iBook through the links shown below:
I hope the rest of your summer is fun-filled and you take time to enjoy each and every minute of it.
Thank you for sharing a little bit of it with me.
God bless you!
Ruth Kyser
P.S. Be on the lookout for a NEW Christmas story — to be released sometime in November, 2017!

 

Do you read Christian fiction?

Do you read Christian fiction?

So, here’s a question for you: Do you enjoy reading Christian Fiction?

If you do, then you’re probably like me–you keep your eyes open for any ‘new-to-you’ authors out there. Especially with books available at a special low price

or even better, FREE!

Well, I’m here to let you know, right now you can download a free copy of Book 1 in my True Cover series.

True Cover tells the story of Sarah Masters. In a matter of 24 hours, Sarah Masters lost everything that was important to her – her job, her friends, her house. Now a madman is hunting her down to kill her, and the only ones stopping him are the FBI Agents who have pledged to protect her. But in the process of protecting her, these FBI Agents touch Sarah’s life in a way she never expected as they cause her to question her relationship with God and His plan for her future.
Sam Morgan is the FBI Agent tasked with the job of keeping Sarah safe. He and his team fight to keep Sarah alive – and in the process, all of their lives are changed in ways they never expected.

This book has already received 47 positive reviews (out of 50) on Amazon.

Oh, and by the way, it’s also free for Nook and iTunes.

If you’d like to check it out, here are the links:

Buy TRUE COVER at Amazon.com

Buy TRUE COVER at Barnes & Noble.com

Buy TRUE COVER at iTunes

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Other books in the True Cover series:
Book 2 – Bluecreek Ranch
Book 3 – Second Chances

Oh, and if you prefer reading physical books, you can also purchase TRUE COVER, and all my other books in paperback too.

Happy reading, my friends!

 

Ruth Kyser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodreads giveaway . . .

In celebration of the 4th anniversary of its release, I’m giving away THREE copies of Book 1 in the “True Cover” series — TRUE COVER!   Stop over to Goodreads to enter.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/203550-true-cover

 

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In a matter of 24 hours, Sarah Masters lost everything that was important to her – her job, her friends, her house. Now a madman is hunting her down to kill her, and the only ones stopping him are the FBI Agents who have pledged to protect her. But in the process of protecting her, these FBI Agents touch Sarah’s life in a way she never expected as they cause her to question her relationship with God and His plan for her future.
Sam Morgan is the FBI Agent tasked with the job of keeping Sarah safe. He and his team fight to keep Sarah alive – and in the process, all of their lives are changed in ways they never expected.

Other books in the “True Cover” series:
Book 2 – “Bluecreek Ranch”
Book 3 – “Second Chances”

My three worlds. . .

My three worlds. . .

I live in three worlds.

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There is my home life which includes my family and friends.  I live a fairly normal life, go to church on Sunday, go to work, spend time with my children and grandchildren whenever we can.  We have to go to the grocery store like everyone else, and unfortunately, I even have to clean the toilets.  My everyday normal life is pretty much like every person’s reading this.

There is my work life.  Fortunately, after decades of working full-time, I now only have to work part-time.  My job as a church secretary is fulfilling, taking care of all the little behind-the-scene things that keep the church functioning smoothly.  I find it rewarding to be able to make the church family’s lives easier by helping them in whatever capacity I am able.  After many years of working as a professional in the corporate world where stress was a daily part of my life, I was truly blessed when God led me to my current occupation.

Most people only have those two worlds to deal with.  Home and work.

But I also live in a third world.   That is because I am a writer of fiction.

There is always a story (sometimes two or three) running through my brain.  I have created countless complicated characters and written books about them and their lives (I currently have nine books published and am writing the tenth), and they are characters that will live with me and in my mind forever.  They are like my children, and I treasure each and every one of them (even the bad guys).

Not long ago I remember seeing a post on Facebook that told people to imagine having 2,000 computer tabs open, and that is what a writer’s brain is like.  I think that sums it up nicely!

I can’t tell you how much I love writing though.  If I didn’t put all these stories running through my brain down on paper, I’d probably go insane.

Also, I firmly believe God gives each and every one of us a special gift to use for His Glory.  Writing just happens to be mine.

Whatever your gift, I pray you find it and put your passion into that gift.  There’s nothing like it!

God bless!

Ruth Kyser

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For more information about my books, you can find them at:  Ruth’s books at Amazon.com

You can also learn more about Ruth Kyser and her books at:  Ruth Kyser’s website:

 

 

Research . . .

I love doing research for my books.

Reading books about the time period in which I’ll be writing is a must if I want my stories to be accurate and give my readers the feeling of actually ‘being there’.

Photos of the setting, time period, and what I envision my characters look like, also help me when I’m creating the story.  Most of the time I keep all this ‘research’ information to myself–at least until the book is finished and released.

Once the books are out there in the public eye, however, I want my readers to know and understand where my story comes from.  So having said that, here are a few photos I used when I was doing research for my most recent Christian Historical Romance, Mattie’s Heart — Book 1 in The Morgan Family Saga — available at Amazon.com.

You can purchase “Mattie’s Heart” here!

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P.S.  If you’ve read Mattie’s Heart, I would love to hear back from you about your thoughts.  Do these photos represent what YOU thought of when you read the book?

By the way, you can see more photos I used for research for ALL my books on Pinterest:  Ruth Kyser on Pinterest

God bless you!

Ruth Kyser

Reading, Writing, and Research….

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Sometimes when I’m writing, I find myself getting sidetracked by looking up a piece of information or checking on a fact.  I know some writers just keep writing and go back later to check the facts, but in most cases I would much rather take a few minutes to make sure what I am writing falls in the realm of plausible.  I’ve found it I don’t do this, I end up wasting time writing something that later I have to go back and totally delete from the manuscript.  I hate doing that!

Maybe some writers don’t have to worry about facts.  Do writers who deal more in the realm of science fiction have to check to make sure their writing is accurate, or do they just go with the flow?  Hmmm.  Good question.  I may have to ask some of my author friends that question some time.

Anyway, back to my research.

My current WIP (Work In Progress–for you newbies out there) has required me to research Michigan trees, flora and climate in South Carolina, Civil War, slavery, and Canadian census records.  And I’m sure there will be much more research required as I’m not finished yet!

But honesty, I really do enjoy the research part of my writing.  It’s the ‘getting the feel’ for the facts that allow me to get into my characters’ heads like I do.  Without the research, I’m afraid my writing would be rather boring–more along the lines of an essay.  And who wants that?

So….now that I’ve taken a little break to write this blog, I’m back to ‘hitting the books’, so to speak.  Gotta study up for writing the next scene!

🙂

Ruth