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Plans to Make When God Turned His Head-FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME

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I have plans to make When God Turned His Head free again on April 4&5 on KDP select, so put it on your calendars if you have not read this book. Recently I updated the formatting so it will be easier to read than it was in the past. If however, you want a physical copy of the book, it is available from  at a lower price than you can buy it  in print anywhere else!

Within the next few days, all of my books will be available in print at the Oregon County Cooperative. This includes the books in The Locket Saga: including When God Turned His Head, Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and my nonfiction book Simply Vegetable Gardening.

Please Help Me By Reviewing My Books!

If you have read my books and you enjoyed them, would you please consider reviewing them with a five star rating on Amazon for me? It would help me so much if you did. I’ll even make it easy for you by providing a link to my author central book page, just click on the book you want to review and write the review! Thanks for your help! (oh, yeah, if you want to buy another of my books, you can do it from that page too.)


Making Amazing Progress On A Coward’s Solace

Soon I will be adding my new book to my published collection. I have been making amazing progress recently on my upcoming book The Locket Saga Book III- A Coward’s Solace. I just got the book back from my first beta reader who had very few corrections to make and most of those were minor grammatical errors. One mistake that she found was that I had written that George Washington rode a white roan, well, because she is a livestock person, she knew that there is no such animal as a white roan. There are red roans, blue roans, and bay roans, but there is no such animal as a white roan.  Good to know before the book is published for the general public, right?

Final cover for A Cowards Solace


Because she found so few errors in A Coward’s Solace, I was able to make the changes on Tuesday and then yesterday I took the book to my second beta reader. She has a history art degree, so if she finds few errors too and likes the story, I will be able to get it available for the general public very soon.

I have the results for the cover for the book done as well. I took the suggestions of which of four covers everyone liked. Because it had little color (it was black and white) I made the main title red but left the subtitle white and my author name black. This way when the book is in a thumbprint size, the title will still be readable.





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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

What should I do now?

What should I do now?

My Book is Ready for my Beta Reader

During the past three days I have been working diligently on the final draft of of my manuscript of my novel A Coward’s Solace: The Locket Saga Book III. This morning I formatted the book then went to and published a copy of the book for my first beta reader. When she’s done with it and tells me what she thinks is wrong with it, I will make more edits and pass it onto my second beta reader to discover her opinion. Again I will make edits. Then the book goes to get proofread by yet another person. In the meantime, I will have to determine the final cover for the book  I am going to do something that I have not done before and allow my readers to help me choose that final cover. Once the beta readers work their magic and I have the final cover in place, at that point, the book will be ready for the general public to read.

The Lesson I had to Learn the Hard Way

In my first book of the Locket Saga When God Turned His Head,  I thought that I could do all of my own editing and formatting, create my cover and everything would be perfect. That was certainly not the case. I discovered that no matter how many times I tried to edit my own work, I still missed errors that I had made. After reading and working with my manuscript for a long time, I was seeing the book as I thought it should read rather than the way that it actually read. I really needed another set of eyes to read over my work.

So now I use other eyes to show me what I missed. That is why my books are now going to beta readers. Rather than doing what many others do and send their books to beta readers who are far away, I am having local friends beta read it. I am also having the book printed out for the beta readers to read so that they can mark right on the page what is wrong. I am using one beta reader at a time as well so that I can consider one reader’s input before going to the next.

Not that I Get A Break Now

Just because my manuscript of A Coward’s Solace has been sent to my beta reader does not mean that I am done working the novel for now even. My next task will be to design four covers to share with my readers in a survey. This will not only allow me to get the best cover for my book, but it will also act as advertising that my book will soon be coming out. Another tip I have learned along the way about marketing my books.

In addition the work I still have to do on A Coward’s Solace I want to get ahead on my other writing projects on Bubblews, Hubpages, and here on my blog. Also, I want to start my newsletter up again.

Finally, if I want to write those other two books  (and write the first draft of another on NaNoWriMo) this year,  I will need to get started on them as well.

I Did Celebrate Though

To celebrate reaching this milestone, however, I ate a bowl of yogurt with fruit and lots and lots of whipped cream. After all, it is a time to celebrate! I finished editing my novel!


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