SPOTLIGHT Blog Tour – A Place To Call Home

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Today I host the Rave Reviews Book Club “SPOTLIGHT” Blog Tour featuring G. A. Withmore’s “A Place To Call Home. Take it away G. A.

The Birth of a Book 

The prospect of writing a book is daunting. It seems like a monumental and almost impossible undertaking. But we know it can be done. New books are published every day. As readers, we take it for granted that there will always be books available for us to read. As writers, we marvel at the fact that there will always be books available for us to read, that so many brave souls have endeavored to travel down the sometimes rocky road of writing a book.

It’s hard and it isn’t. As with many things, taking the first step is the hardest part. Once you put pen to paper and write a few words, you’ll find that you’ve written a few sentences, and then a few paragraphs, and then a few pages, until, suddenly, a book begins to emerge. Don’t get me wrong, the process is lengthy and can be painful at times, enough to make you think that you’ll never want to write another one. But it’s kind of like having a baby (sorry guys, but it’s the best analogy), you forget what you went through to get to the end result.

A few pieces of advice to help you on your way. No matter where you are, always have a way to document ideas that pop into your head. Sometimes the best ideas come when you least expect them. Whether it’s a small note pad you carry with you, or a recording device, be sure to have something within reach. I know you’re going to do what I do and think I’ll remember that idea. It’s so great, how could I forget it? But you will forget it. Trust me.

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So if you want to write a book, grab a pen and a piece of paper, and just do it!

A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale

Book Excerpt  

My favorite scenes in my book A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale are Toby’s dream sequences. They were fun to write because I didn’t need to stick to plausible situations or events within them. Anything could go. This particular dream scene takes place two-thirds of the way into the book. At this point in the story, Toby is convinced he will never find a place to call home.

Was this another dream? Who would visit him in this dream?

As if in answer to his question, a large pack of wolves and dogs slowly materialized out of the enshrouding gray and one-by-one encircled him.

The snow stopped falling. All was still and quiet.

A long, wailing howl pierced the silence.

Followed by another.

Then another.

After a few moments, a chorus of howls erupted from the group that now surrounded Toby. A primordial urge rose within him. He stood up and shook off the light layer of snow that had accumulated on his fur. The urge grew stronger, more compelling, until he realized his own voice had joined the others. The multitude of voices became one as they howled on and on, until the cry reached its crescendo and abruptly ended, leaving an echoing silence around them once again.

A large, white figure approached Toby.

“Welcome to our pack, Toby.” The figure turned, and with a nod of his head, indicated the others. He turned back to Toby. “How did you come to be here?”

Toby tried to find his voice, but the howl still reverberated in his throat. When he finally spoke, his reply was weak and raspy. “I don’t know. I don’t even know where here is.” He hesitated, and then asked, “How do you know my name?”

“My name is Strider, Toby. I am your grandfather.”

Strider! The memory of lying with Tara next to his mother as she told them the story of Sadie and Strider came flooding back to him and he felt a warmth of emotion flow through his body.

Author Photo“Where is this place? How did I get here?” Toby asked.

Strider paused in thought for a moment, and then replied, “This land is a different place for different creatures, yet it is the same place for all creatures. For us,” Strider swept his large head around him, “this is the place we call home.”

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  1. This is another great stop, Gail! I am loving following you around during your spotlight 🙂 Very best wishes.
    Thanks PH for hosting GA Whitmore today! 🙂

  2. This is a great idea. I am reminded of a scene from the movie, Night Shift. The character is always getting these crazy ideas for new inventions which he immediately records on a small recorder. I seem to get these great ideas in the night and can’t wake myself up to get them down on paper and even crazier in the shower. I never remember by the time I get out.

    Congratulations G. A. on your “Spotlight” Author blog tour. I loved, loved, loved being in the spotlight. Bask in its warmth and enjoy every minute of it.

    Thank you PH for hosting this wonderful blog tour.

    1. Thx for stopping by today and commenting, Kathryn. My wife has used a recorder in the middle of the night to capture songs that she’s dreamed. It was hilarious to hear half-awake humming and barely coherent words.

  3. Having something available to document ideas is a great hint. I mean to do it and then find my self without. The best ideas are lost that way. Thanks for hosting Peter.

  4. I haven’t had a baby, but I do agree with the idea that you forget some of the pain… until it’s happening again, and you wonder, “Why am I doing this again?”

    When I’ve had some trouble getting something to work, it usually comes to me while I’m sleeping, so I like to keep pen and paper on the bedside table. The problem is, I keep waking up until it all comes out. Even then, sometimes I get ideas while I’m driving. I write with the pad of paper on my lap, but still keep my eyes on the road. Afterwards, it’s difficult to decipher what I wrote. 🙂

    1. Rebecca, thanks for stopping by the blog tour this week. Sorry I missed this comment earlier – I hope you can decipher your notes. I often have something that comes to me in the care to write about and try to make mental note but frequently forget to jot it down. I guess I need a pad in the car to track these notions at opportune times.

  5. Thank you so much for hosting me PHS (it’s good your middle name didn’t begin with an “M”!). I really appreciate it. It looks like you have a lot of great content on here, so I’m going to subscribe immediately! Thanks to all the wonderful RRBC members, too!

    1. Thx for the kind words and the subscription, Gail. I’m pleased to host this week and offer my best wishes to you on the book and the holidays. I agree on the initials!

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