Ruth Kyser Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes Inspirational Romance author, Ruth Kyser. Like many other author friends, I met Ruth on Twitter and Facebook and we happily clicked, something I attribute to her lovely self, our joy of writing and reading, and her living in Michigan (I’ve met so many wonderful people from that state!). Please kick back with a favorite hot drink as Ruth shares the many hats she happily juggles post retirement. Also, check out her BookGiveaway! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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BookGiveaway:

Ruth is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 paperback edition of Hart’s Desire. The winner will be announced Friday morning EST on February 9th.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

 

Excerpt from A Place Called Hart’s Desire:

 Book excerpt from A Place Called Hart’s Desire by Ruth Kyser:

 

Ellie didn’t realize she was no longer alone until she heard a throat clear. Gasping, she swung around to find a man staring at her. Her first impression of him was that he was tall and dark. He had almost black hair—dark eyes—maybe brown, it was hard to tell from this far away—and he was dressed in worn blue jeans and a zippered black jacket. A black/gray camo backpack was slung over his broad shoulders, and well-worn hiking boots were on his feet. What looked like a couple days’ worth of dark whiskers covered his face. And somehow he appeared as if he belonged out there in the forests and mountains much more than she did.

“Lost?”

His deep voice matched the rest of him—gruff and to the point.

Ellie shook her head. “Not really.”

Then she frowned as the worries set in. “I hope I’m not trespassing. I didn’t see any signs posted. But I have to admit, I didn’t even think about that when I found the trail coming up here from the cabin.”

His left eyebrow went up. “You’re staying at Hart’s?”

She nodded. From his remark, Ellie assumed this strange man was staying in one of Hart’s neighboring cabins.

Then politeness kicked in. “I’m Ellie, by the way.”

The man lifted his chin a little in greeting. “Luke.”

Ellie almost chuckled. Whoever he was, he was certainly talkative.

Moving a little closer to where she stood, the man gazed out over the same landscape she’d been viewing. She heard his sigh and sensed he was searching for the peace this place had to offer too—just as she had by coming here.

“Are you staying at one of Hart’s other cabins then?” Ellie asked. “Rose said the rest of them were all rented out, but I haven’t met any of the other guests yet.”

Ellie knew if her friend Amanda had been there, she would have cautioned Ellie about being so friendly with a man she didn’t know. After all, she was out in the middle of nowhere in unfamiliar territory. Ellie was well aware the world was a dangerous place, but in her naivety, she often had to be reminded of that fact. But for some reason, even though he was over six foot tall and could have easily overpowered her, Ellie didn’t feel afraid of this man.

He didn’t respond to her question about where he was staying, but instead turned and gave her a brief look, reached around and allowed his backpack to drop off his shoulder. Then he unzipped his backpack and pulled out something and handed it to her. Ellie took it from him and glanced down in confusion.

“If you’re going to be wandering around out here, you’d best be prepared. Black bears live in these hills.”

With that, the man gave her a little salute and a nod, and turned and walked away from her and down the hill from the direction he’d come.

Ellie looked down at the canister in her hand and gulped. Bear spray. Suddenly, she didn’t feel nearly as safe out here as she had only moments earlier.

As a matter of fact, it was best that she get back to the cabin and get to work.

Turning away from the cliff’s edge, she walked briskly back down the same trail the man named Luke had disappeared down just moments before. She walked directly toward her cabin, feeling a sense of relief when it came into sight. Suddenly, her desire for a morning trek was over.

Heaving a sigh of relief as she unlocked the front door and entered, Ellie pulled off her hiking boots and sat them next to the door.

She’d had enough exercise for today. If she was ever going to get this book done, it was time to get back to work.

 

My Chosen Work After Retirement by Ruth Kyser

I probably started out a little later in my writing journey than most.

Before I semi-retired three years ago I was a licensed property casualty insurance agent (I fully retired June 2017.) That’s right. For two decades I sold insurance. I was also a wife, mother, and grandmother, so that didn’t leave much time for writing. But I always had a storyline (or more) running through my head—keeping me up at night and generally driving me crazy.

For years I sent query letters and synopses to editors and publishers to no avail. I did have a big Christian publisher express some interest in one of my manuscripts. They had it for over a year before I got the standard ‘I’m sorry, but this doesn’t fit with our needs at this time’ rejection letter. It was tough to get Christian work published back then, as there weren’t many publishers available.

Then in September of 2011, I discovered the world of Independent Publishing. It all began because my dear sweet husband gave me a Kindle and I went to Amazon to download books onto it. That was when I discovered there were other authors out there—not just the traditionally published ones I’d always followed. They were novelists who had published their own books through various distributors. After studying and doing much research, I uploaded two of my manuscripts, not expecting them to sell. But sell they did, and I started to receive emails from people wondering when my next book was coming out.

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Well. I hadn’t even started the next one.

That was when I decided it was time to get serious and get busy.

I don’t want anyone to think being an “Indie” (as we call ourselves) is easy. It’s not. I’ve worked harder at this job than I have at any other job I’ve had, and whether my books are a success or a failure falls entirely on me. I’ve also had to extend myself FAR out of my comfort zone. For some unknown reason, once you become a published author everyone thinks you are also a good speaker. The first time I stood up in front of a group of ladies to talk about my books, I was terrified. I’d practiced my little speech until I was sure I had it memorized. But when I began to talk about my books, something surprising happened. I actually enjoyed it, and it’s now easier every time.

Being an Indie also requires you to wear many hats. I write the manuscript, proofread it, edit and format the book for various forms of publication, choose and purchase the book cover art, and finally (and most importantly), market the book. I also have to keep track of expenses and profits and make sound business decisions. Of course, if you can’t do all those things, there are professionals available who can, but you have to find the right one for you and your project.

Yes, it’s hard work! But I love it!

I’ve always been a little bit of a maverick, so I enjoy being the one to make decisions. And I have no one but myself to blame if things don’t get done.

I do love the opportunity to share my stories with others, though, and through my books, share the love of Christ with them. Since those first two books, The Dove and The Raven – A Christian Historical Novel (that takes place during the American Revolutionary War,) and Endless Season, a Contemporary Christian novel, I’ve written and published a dozen more.

The book I’m offering in this giveaway (A Place Called Hart’s Desire) came about because my husband and I were planning to rent a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. As it turned out, we didn’t get to go, but after I revisited the area in my memories and photos, a story idea came to me that just had to be written. I genuinely hope the readers like it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And for you writers out there that think you’re too busy, or too young, or too old to begin a writing career. Think again. It’s never too late.

God bless!

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Author’s Bio:

Ruth Kyser is a native Michigander–wife, mother, and grandmother–who writes Christian Inspirational Romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and enjoys reading almost as much as she loves writing!

Ruth’s Mission Statement: “My goal is to write stories that entertain, but more importantly, educate readers about Jesus Christ and His love for them.”

Places to connect with Ruth:

Website

Blog

Twitter

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Amazon Author Page

Ruth and I look forward to your comments.

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I’d love it if you can visit with me this week:

February 1 Reading Is My Superpower

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February 3  Blogging With Carol

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February 5  A Reader’s Brain

February 6  Texas Book-aholic

February 7  Carpe Diem

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