By Ramona Flightner/ @ramonaflightner

Love's First Flames

 

 

In a few weeks, Love’s First Flames will be released as an e-book. I had a great time writing the novella, although it was a challenge writing it in such a way so as not to give away any of the secrets in Banished Love. I’ll let you know when it’s available.

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By Ramona Flightner/ @ramonaflightner

I’ve been remiss with the blog lately. Thankfully, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and see friends and family this fall. I’ve also had a chance to take a short break from the intense writing and editing schedule I had set for myself. The few weeks without waking in the middle of the night with a character speaking to me have been bliss.

However, I know the time is soon approaching where I will begin intense research for book four. I’ve ordered numerous books to aid with my research and ideas are already starting to spin around in my mind. First, I must finish book three! I have yet to complete my final edit of the third novel before sending it to my editor. I find taking a few weeks away from any project gives me new eyes before starting to read through it again.

Here are some updates:

  • I’m listening to the audiobook chapters for Banished Love and I’ve listened to over half of Banished at this point. I love hearing it in a new way and I’ve really enjoyed working with my fantastic narrator, Lauren McCullough. It should be ready by the end of November/ beginning of December.
  • The audiobook for Reclaimed Love will be available sometime early in the new year.
  • The prequel to the Banished Saga, Love’s First Flames, should be available by mid to late November. It will be available for free wherever you download e-books. Look for the cover release next week.
  • Book Three, still unnamed, will be available in the spring of 2015.
  • My webpage (www.ramonaflightner.com) has been professionally re-designed. It’s beautiful and I hope you’ll have a chance to visit it.

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Months ago, I entered Banished Love in the Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Self Published Books Contest. It didn’t win, but I received the judge’s comments yesterday. I must admit to being nervous and having to take a deep breath before scrolling down to read the comments. I found them to be constructive and quite fair. Here is what the judge said:

“Banished Love is a finely conceived period romance with a compelling heroine. The narrative is a bit dense in spots and would certainly benefit from a careful edit. Still, that kind of writing will have some appeal to fans of historical romances, so it is more along the lines of a quibble than a condemnation.

Author Ramona Flightner has done her homework and the characters and situations feel right for the place and time in which the story is set. The dialogue in particular is quite nicely done and rings true to the period while still being readable and relatable.

The book itself is cleanly presented, though a bit lackluster in interior design. The cover is quite beautiful and would not only sit comfortably on the bookstore shelf next to the work of major publishers but would attract the attention of readers from across the room. All in all this is quite a good read, just a bit overdone, and I think we’ll be seeing some great things from Ramona Flightner as she continues to refine her craft.” Judge 19, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

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I’m making it a goal to post more regularly on my blog and look for the cover release next week for the prequel, Love’s First Flames!

The meeting of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

The meeting of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

  by Ramona Flightner/ @ramonaflightner August 26th marks Women’s Equality Day in the United States, commemorating the day in 1920 that women were granted the right to vote. The 19th Amendment passed by the slimmest of margins: one vote. A young state representative, who had previously voted to table the vote for the amendment changed his vote upon receiving a letter from his mother, extolling him to be a “good boy” and vote for ratification of the amendment. With all the liberties that I now take for granted as a woman, I find it hard to believe it is less than one hundred years since the amendment passed.

A picture of the names of a portion of those who signed the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848.

A picture of the names of a portion of those who signed the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848.

Sign honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton for her efforts in promoting women’s rights.

As those of you who have read my books know, suffragism is an important theme in my novels and I’ve enjoyed the continued research on the topic. The movement began in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, with a convention of men and women who put forth a document called the Declaration of Sentiments. In this document, the foundation for the women’s rights movement and suffrage movement was created. I was fortunate enough to visit Seneca Falls in 1998, 150 years after that momentous gathering. The women who met in Seneca Falls and began to agitate for the vote never saw their dream to fruition for it would take 72 years before women were granted the vote.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home

Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home

  One small detail I had not realized until my aunt’s recent trip to Seneca Falls was that Susan B. Anthony was not at the Seneca Falls meeting. She met Elizabeth Cady Stanton a few years later.

The plaque describing how Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met.

The plaque describing how Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met.

The bench Susan B. Anthony sat on during her trial in 1872.

Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 for daring to vote in a federal election and her trial sparked renewed interest and vigor into the women’s suffrage movement.

I would invite you to take a moment to say a silent thank you to these women for all they did in the struggle for women’s right to vote. The greatest sign of appreciation we could give them would be to vote in each election, no matter how great or small the election.

Reclaimed Love is a finalist in the BookGoodies cover competition.

I found out over the weekend that it had been chosen and I’m delighted. However, I need your help. They determine the best cover by the number of comments on each cover’s page.

Can you do me a favor and write a short comment describing why you like the cover? It needs to be longer than a few words, but no longer than a sentence or two.

Here is the link: http://bit.ly/XQak0V

Thank you for your help!

After months of wondering what happens to Clarissa, Gabriel and all of the other memorable characters from Banished Love, Reclaimed Love has been released! It is available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes  & Noble.

I hope you enjoy and please consider writing a review after you read Reclaimed Love. Let me know what you think!

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