Feedback on My Fiction – Seasons of Her Soul

Feedback on My Fiction – Seasons of Her Soul

It’s Day 368 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I received some feedback on my fiction –– Seasons of Her Soul. A family member shared the book with a someone and she in turn shared the feedback with me. I’m keeping the names anonymous but would really like to hear your thoughts if you’ve read the book. That’s it really since I’m way beyond my work day limit –– I worked on the sequel, Hold On Her Heart, until almost 8pm! That’s so not adhering to the 5pm quitting time I set for myself! Still, I’ll probably take a peek at any responses to feedback on below and your own thoughts on my first fiction attempt – Seasons of Her Soul.

Sooo. The book! The cover threw me off as it looked like it would be a lightweight, yucky, typical romance novel. I know that a TON of people LOVE romances but I’m not a fan of the genre. So, I was pleasantly surprised with the book! It had depth and true to life scenarios that were more real than trite. ( a pleasant surprise!) I thought Tammi dealt honestly with the Christian life. We who claim to be saved are certainly not perfect and we are all very complicated beings. She managed to depict the duplicity in Christian hearts without being too Goody Two Shoes or fake. It’s certainly a different life than that of a worldly person seeking to satisfy only the here and now. So, yes! I appreciated and enjoyed the book! Thank you!         ( the one thing I felt a negative was what I perceived to be a change in writing style toward the end of the book….when Keith appeared on site  to help Lee after her surgery. That portion seemed to be more syrupy than the other parts…but I really think it probably appealed most of all to lovers of Christian Romance. She has a niche and kind of has to be in tune to what her readers want. Also she had to end the book! I just found her writing style at that point to feel more rushed and gushy. BUT?…kudos to Tammi for eliminating all sex! So many writers feel the need to throw in a scene or two just because they’ve been told that sex sells books. I disagree. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not opposed to sex in books when it is a necessary and integral part of the story. I just have an aversion to sex scenes that are obviously included only to sell a book.) Ok…I know …you didn’t ask for a critique …but you got one! Thanks much for the loan. 

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I can’t express how much I appreciate everything in this critique. In fact, the author reached out and we’re having a phone meeting to discuss. I look forward to her elaborating…And just so you know, I agree for the most part. The end is a little rushed because my publisher and I were trying to shorten the length, and if it does get “syrupy” in the end that’s because the beginning was full of heartache and hurt and I wanted it to finish full of healing and hope. Restoration and redemption. That said, even if I didn’t agree at all, I truly want to continue to grow, learn and improve…all for His glory.

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and shoot me a line with your feedback if you’ve read the book. If you haven’t please check it out below and let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Be Savvy & Chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
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Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

It’s Day 343 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m pleased to report that I had the Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing! Before it was officially open, a local author bought a book during set up and exclaimed, Gotta support local authors! Then a woman from my Zumba class came in – even though she hadn’t heard my announcement about the signing in yesterday’s announcement (She admits she may have been chatting…). There to meet a friend for coffee, she was delighted to learn about the book because she’s a reader. These two encounters set the tone for a good day! After that, a steady stream of fans, friends, and former co-workers came through – some carrying their paperback copies, others to purchase them and/or a CD. Coaching clients, new readers, Zumba peeps, and even someone who asked me to be a speaker at an upcoming event stopped by. I gifted Seasons of Her Soul Select, a music CD I recorded to complement the book to all who had taken the time to post reviews on Amazon. In that same generous spirit, many of the attendees posted pics and shared their time on social media. And I signed many books, thank you notes for ebook readers, and was on the receiving end of so much encouragement, support, a large chai tea latte, and love that it made for the best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing!

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Kelly and I were Leadership Coaches at the same agency. Though we no longer work together, her beautiful spirit is still knit together with mine .                                                                                  She brought her sister with her & she has the same sweet heart.
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Me, Pink Collar Coach, right before Coffee & Connect officially began. Table is styled with pink and white and my Swan bookends. I’m in a Calvin Klein pink sheath dress, the same shade as the book cover, a ruffled sleeve cardi, sling backs & a floral bag, which did double duty as a tote.
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Me with a soon-to-be reader, Donna, who purchased the book.
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A group of wonderful women who read the book, loved it and came out to show their support. Two brought their children, who are all readers. At least one is inspired to write after today!
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These two have become dear friends. Zumba brought us together. So much more binds us now. We chatted for almost two hours after the event ended.                                                                     Marina read on Kindle but wanted a paperback signed, which she got today.                                     Angelin is anxious to get started reading. I’m singing for her non-profit – Helping Angels of Peru – event soon, and she’s already let me know how much she’s enjoying the CD she purchased.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, this day is one I’ll cherish always. I wrote Seasons of Her Soul to be a blessing to women and it’s doing just that. So many ladies took the time to share how I’ve encouraged or inspired them, not only with the book, but with my positivity. I’m deeply humbled by this and always try to give God the glory – another reason the book exists…Still, one of the most profound conversations I had was with a gentleman who bought a book as I packed up. He shared how his daughter has a restraining order on an ex-boyfriend and that a niece was murdered by one. WOW. He teared up as I signed a message of hope and blessings in the book he will give his daughter today – on her birthday. Yes, it was written for women, but it was written especially for this one – who is dealing with domestic violence. If that doesn’t make this the best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing – I don’t know what would.

Thank you to all of you who have been Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and followed my first book signing journey. You are the best readers!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Couldn’t Check Out My Book Because They’re All Checked Out!

Couldn’t Check Out My Book Because They’re All Checked Out!

It’s Day 338 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I had a downtown meeting, I planned to view my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, on the shelves of the main library but couldn’t check out my book because they’re all checked out! An early morning meeting across the street provided the perfect opportunity to pop in and see my novel displayed in the Fiction section; instead, I was given a printout showing me the twelve libraries that carry it along with whether the book is on the shelves or due for return. Learning that nine of the fifteen copies, including the ones the main branch carries are out MADE. MY. AUTHOR. DAY! Still, I would have loved to have seen the book with the Dewey Decimal System code on the spine, however, I made due by having Mackenzie – who was a on break from shelving – take a picture of me with the copy I had in my bag from the previous meeting. Besides, how could I possibly be disappointed that I couldn’t check out my book because they’re all checked out?!!!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with my proof copy of Seasons of Her Soul, holding it near where it sits on the Inspirational Fiction shelf. Dressed to impress for my meeting, I’m in a Calvin Klein denim wash sheath dress purchased a few years ago with a newer jacket that elevates it to suit status. A silver button cinches it at the waist & dictated I carry a handbag with blue, silver & taupe, picked up by the pumps. All Calvin Klein/TJ Maxx bought over time to build professional wardrobe.

Mackenzie also made the trip worthwhile. I’ve never met an author we shelve!, she enthused as she snapped away. I’m going to read it as soon as it comes back in. I gave her a book card with this website address and she said she’d look for this post. So here’s a shout out Mackenzie! Bolstered by the interactions with her, the librarians and my nostalgic trip down Main Library Memory Lane, where I spent so much of my childhood, I decided to head north to the library in the community where I now reside.

There, I initiated the process of having the West Chester Library carry the book so it can be distributed in its four branches and Library on Wheels program. In addition, I picked up an application to have a table at the Local Author Fair in the fall. Finally, I discovered  the library hosts a writing group once a month, so I might try that out in June! This trip also proved to be worthwhile.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, there’s no better feeling than to know the book I labored over for twenty years is finally being read and touching women’s lives. This was confirmed yesterday at our Mother’s Day lunch where a family friend with adult twin daughters shared how one read the book and was so moved by it she’s hesitant to have her sister read for fear it will stir up painful emotions regarding being single. Our friend thought I might take the feedback negatively but it’s just the opposite. I want readers to feel something when they read my work. Hopefully that’s the case with all of the copies of my book I couldn’t check out because they were checked out!

Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check it out below!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 14, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 14, 2018

Keep setting goals and taking deliberate, intentional steps to reach your destination! This morning, I stopped at the library to see my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, displayed on the shelves but was unable to because they were all checked out! Woot woot! Woman Jumping Up - Casual

Coaching & Coffee – Small Businesses, Big Benefits

Coaching & Coffee – Small Businesses, Big Benefits

It’s Day 335 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my collaboration with a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic entrepreneur demonstrates how our ventures – coaching and coffee – are small businesses with big benefits. Lianne Nowak and her husband own our local coffee shop, Coffee Beans & Brew. I’ve been a regular customer from the time the doors opened in 2006, if I’m not mistaken. I could run across the parking lot and grab a cup when I worked next door in an entry level child care center position right after I became homeless. Back then, staff often sported “Star Quality, Less Bucks” shirts that proclaimed a truth customers still attest to. Now their cards read “Feels Like Home” and that statement is just as true. The shop is known for its comfy atmosphere as much as it is for the coffee. Over the years, CBB has remained a constant throughout my evolving career transitions.  When I’d worked my way up to Leadership Coach status, it was a great site to work on post and prep for sessions remotely. And being a director of a coaching program required a daily morning trip through the drive through for a huge Skinny Vanilla Latte. Today, I meet many of my coaching clients in this office away from home, located mere minutes the PCS&C headquarters. For Lianne, owning the shop and often serving as barista has afforded her the flexibility to be present for her son and to pursue her other interests – like Pure Romance and decorating gorgeous wedding cakes. Coaching and coffee have allowed both of us to build our best personal and professional lives. I’d say those are huge benefits from small businesses!

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Lianne and Me, Pink Collar Coach. Even when dressed down to serve as a barista, she’s naturally beautiful. I have on a mix of oldies – the shell sweater and black skirt, with a bright cardi I found on clearance at Macy’s a few years ago. The Calvin Klein pumps, though brand new and never worn, only cost $4 at Goodwill. Such. A. Score. Had been looking for bone for forever! Everything else Calvin Klein, too – TJ Maxx.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach, author, and entrepreneur, I’m delighted to work with Lianne to host the first book signing for Seasons of Her Soul, my debut novel. She goes above and beyond to ensure Coffee Beans & Brew feels like home, including baking delectable pastries and the best chicken salad I’ve ever tasted. And because it feels like home, it’s an ideal gathering spot for the community, a Coffee & Connect Book signing, and coaching clients! The fact that I get to coach clients at a place that has served as a haven while I minimized my own barriers in order to maximize my best personal and professional life is not lost on me. Doing it over a great cup of coffee makes it even better. Another way the coffee and coaching small businesses go hand and hand and yield big benefits.

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To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
Whirlwind Week and Reunion with a Writing Friend

Whirlwind Week and Reunion with a Writing Friend

It’s Day 321 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and this week has been a whirlwind, including a reunion with a writing friend. Tuesday I had a professional early meeting that took me to my old stomping grounds – Avondale, where I grew up. My nostalgia driving down the main drag –  Reading Road – turned to shock when I turned down the street where I was raised and became completely disoriented. EVERY single house has been leveled to the ground, and I drove up and down a few times trying to place where my mother’s and Aunt Bertie’s house once stood. I’m not sad to see the former gone – the lyrics from Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away drifted through my mind with that one – but the latter broke my heart. Needing to have some balance restored, I drove to Joseph Beth Booksellers for business and pleasure. The store features local authors, so I’m excited to have begun the process to have them carry my first novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and to have a book signing. Having taken care of that, I met with the mom of one of my former 6th grade students – now a writing friend. What a whirlwind day and such such a blessing catching up on fifteen years!

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Cindy is fresh in her black and florals and I brought my A Game in an A line skirt & jacket that pair like a suit but are separates. The blue blouse, shoes 7 bag made it fun. Calvin Klein TJ Maxx.  

Cindy sought me out when she heard I’d published my book to let me know she’s written one, too! She’s such an amazing woman who’s survived abuse, founded a non-profit to support other survivors, and is now sharing her journey through her writing. That being the case, we laid some collaboration plans and can’t wait to see what God will do. And of course I had to get an update on Nick, my adorable freckle-faced 6th grader who valiantly served his country in Afghanistan and is now a husband. Talk about proud teacher moment!

I shared about being in the thick of getting ready for my https://DisruptHR.co > Cincinnati talk the next evening, and Cindy gave me some much appreciated feedback on my presentation. Having experienced many of the Ds (challenges) herself, her input and encouragement bolstered me to have the best time sharing how they derail careers and what can be done to prevent them from knocking women (and men) off of their career tracks. The event sold out and I’m thrilled that my topic was so well received and to have made lots of new connections and potential coaching and speaking engagements. A fan of Seasons of Her Soultold me how much she loved the book, putting the icing on the cake. Dinner on the event organizer and more connecting until 10pm  followed…Good thing today’s coaching session with a client wasn’t until later in the afternoon!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose life coach, author, speaker, and friend, it really has been a professional whirlwind. Loved every moment of it. One of the highlights was the reunion with an old Fellowship Christian School writing friend. Fifteen years may have passed, but as is always the case with this special group – the friendship picks up right where Fellowship left off…

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about reuniting with old friends from school, church, the workplace? How can you be?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at

http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9.

It is also available on Barnes and Noble.com at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seasons-of-her-soul-tammi-ector/1127818446?ean=9780998966359.

 

 

Local Library Lending My Novel, Seasons of Her Soul

Local Library Lending My Novel, Seasons of Her Soul

It’s Day 315 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I was delighted to learn that the local library is lending my novel, Seasons of Her Soul. After a great writing group Mixer last night, where we ate, socialized, won prizes, talked shop, and I got to reconnect with one of my early writing mentors, I was too whipped to blog. Instead I fed my inner writer by indulging in a yummy Katherine Reay novel with tons of food references. But I digress…This morning I awoke to a delightful day to dance and loved teaching Zumba class. Then I had to grab the quickest shower and fly to downtown Cincy – about 40 minutes for me – for a meeting. Ongoing Ds (challenges) with my wasband left me feeling slightly down. That was until I opened a message from Annette, a former school board member/parent of a favorite student from my teaching days who also used to review books for the Cincinnati Enquirer. She asked if I’d checked for my book at the Cincinnati Public Library and went on to tell me they have five copies! She’d suggested they add it to their collection and they did. I’m forever grateful that this incredibly intelligent woman loves my work enough to advocate for our local library to lend my novel, Seasons of Her Soul.

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The Cincinnati Public Library
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I spent many an afternoon and weekend at the public library. For you younger readers that’s because I had to check out resource books using the card catalog and the Dewy Decimal system and research projects on microfiche – an outdated viewing method. At any rate, I’d have to catch one, sometimes two buses to get downtown, and after all that trouble, would just finish up the rest of my homework. Oftentimes, friends would accompany me and it would turn into simply hanging out. And for a poor girl from the hood, having access to all of those books – for free – well, it just didn’t get any better for a book nerd like me!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic author who has wanted to be published since I was about six, the library was a magical place where I’d dream of the day my books would sit on its shelves – available to anyone waiting to be transported from their lives into those of my characters. Wanting to share that experience with my middle school students, we took a trip to the same library each year around the time I had them write chapter books. For me writing and the library have always gone hand in hand. Annette’s son made that trip when he wrote his chapter book…Now I’m forever grateful that she played an integral part in that same local library lending my novel, Seasons of Her Soul. 
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
If you’re in Cincinnati, you can visit the public library to pick up a copy of the book.
To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at