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Joanna Alonzo

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  1. Rocking Serene - $0.99 Only until May 17

    A Christian Rock Star Romance This is a story About making music, And touching the supernatural. About creating art, And embracing the radical. About taking risks, And rejecting the typical. About choosing love, And forgiving the prodigal. This is the story of childhood sweethearts, Nolan and Serene, Who painted and played glimpses of heaven, Lost themselves in all the fame and wonder, And found themselves still longing to be together.
  2. Looking For Reviewers

    I'm looking for reviewers for two of my books. Both are Christian contemporary romance and are Books 1 and 2 in my Growing Up at Connect Collection of stand-alone novelettes/novellas. Crazy Jenna This is a 14k+ word novelette, and is available in Amazon.com for free. I would appreciate more reviews. Link here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YPNZG4 Rocking Serene This is a 35k+ word novella, and is scheduled for release this month. I am distributing Advanced Reader Copies of the book (Kindle ebook format) in hopes of receiving reviews for the book upon release. If you're interested in receiving an ARC, kindly sign up through this form: https://goo.gl/forms/FgiIEenjGki5sm2H2
  3. The Woman in the Wilderness

    The Woman in the Wilderness is a journey, yours and mine. It’s 40 days of seeking the heart of God. It’s 40 days of coming away, of allowing Him to allure you, to lead you into the wilderness and to speak gently to you. This devotional is about your wilderness seasons, times you've felt Him beckon and draw you to seek out the God Who has always been with you, and yet is Someone you have to search out. Like a precious pearl buried in a field. Each day of this journey begins with the story of a woman, who is going through a fantastical wilderness in search of her beloved. She faces obstacles and meets a variety of characters. She deals with both defeat and triumph. Accompanying her part of the journey is a section called Manna, which reflects on the word of God and how her journey parallels a Christian's life. Every Christian in serious and ardent pursuit of Love Divine has, at some point, been The Woman in the Wilderness. If any of these resonate with you, maybe you are her too.
  4. Crazy Jenna - FREE on Kindle

    A Christian Friends-to-Lovers Romance This is a story About growing up in church, And rebelling against it. About breaking a heart, And finding a way to mend it. About hearing God’s voice, And trying to obey it. About avoiding expectation, And learning to defy it. This is the story of an unlikely couple, Max and Crazy Jenna, Who from Sunday School to adulthood, Ventured to and from the prodigal's path, And ended up finding each other.
  5. Calysta and the Beast

    A modern-day Christian retelling of Beauty and the Beast A beauty who cuts herself to cope. A beast who steels himself to survive. A beauty and a beast who need healing from their scars. Life yanks Calysta Daniels out of her comfort zone when an odd request from a stranger becomes the only option to keep her father out of jail. Brendan Keefe is perfection-turned-beast. The last thing he wants is to grovel at the feet of this imperfect young woman, who happens to be the only way out of the curse he got himself into. Will Calysta's history and brokenness help reach out to a beast who considers himself beyond redemption? Or will Brendan's stubbornness deprive him of the love he so desperately longs for?
  6. Introducing Myself And My Team!

    Followed you on Twitter!
  7. Happy Birthday, Joanna Alonzo!

    Awww... Thanks, everyone! Haven't been around here much... :'( Hope you all are more and more blessed!
  8. Scrivener

    Scrivener is tops. One of the best investments I made to make my writing so much more manageable. Worth every penny (and I got it for half off, because I won NaNo that year.)
  9. Help Me Choose A Cover Please?

    Lynn! Been a while Noting your "vote"! My main concern with the first image is I used TinEye.com to search it and found another book cover using the image. Book title is "Trey". (I found out about it after posting here.) To answer our question, I was trying to keep it consistent with my first book. I used two fonts for "Beauty & the Beast". Yes, I did.
  10. Help Me Choose A Cover Please?

    This is for a modern-day Christian Little Mermaid retelling. It's part of a collection of modern-day Christian fairy tale retellings, which I would place in the romance/fantasy genre. Any feedback would be appreciated! Blurb: To gain immortality, mermaid princess Maraja needed a human spirit. To get one, she needed to marry a mortal. The mortal man she set her eyes on was a wanderer named Aiden Scott, who had one too many secrets of his own. Caught within the tale of the little mermaid and the restless wanderer was island girl, Vanessa Lualhati, struggling to keep her business, her family and herself afloat. Three lives get caught up by the tides of romance and reason, passion and purity, desire and duty. As their paths intertwine, each begin to recognize the sound of the Voice Unseen, the only One capable of keeping their peace without and within. Covers to choose from are attached:
  11. Better Christian Fiction: Trailblazing

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Darrel! That gave me a lot to think about. This immediately came to mind, and I'd love to hear your perspecitve. While it is possible that technology is killing people's need to read (therefore, lessening demand), I think one reason also is that the supply is increasing way too much. More and more authors are discovering indie publishing as a way to get written work out there. The competition is becoming global in scale, and not just limited to the west. The supply is overtaking demand by a mile. Readers haven't been able to catch up. I've heard a lot of BookTubers say that they don't read anything that's indie published, because they're never sure of its quality, and let's face it: While there are a lot of indie published works of great quality, I think it's safe to say that an equal amount (perhaps even more) are sub par. So yeah... (Supply > Demand) + (Quantity > Quality) = A struggling industry Thoughts? And what could a possible solution be?
  12. Better Christian Fiction: Trailblazing

    So true! I'm the same way when dealing with critique. I mean, as writers, we have every right to ignore critique if we don't think it will benefit our story, but that doesn't mean the one who gave the critique is out to get us.
  13. Better Christian Fiction: Trailblazing

    Just as it's hard to receive critique, it's not easy to give one either. Giving critique means: 1.) The person took the time to read and analyze your work. 2.) They cared enough to be honest with you and not just butter you up so you can feel good - at the risk of you getting hurt or angry. 3.) You opened the door for critique when you asked for feedback. I hope more writers realize that. *sigh* I know for sure, Lynn, that you're coming from a place of wanting to help. The goal is not to crush someone's dreams, but to help them better achieve it. *deep sigh* Life is complicated. haha!
  14. Better Christian Fiction: Trailblazing

    I feel like I'm being enriched just by reading all these discussions. I totally agree with @InspiredHome about making good art, one that spans both Christian and secular groups. This is an issue I usually find in Christian writing groups. "We're here to encourage and support one another" translates to "no negative critique allowed". Sorry to say it, but unbelievers seem to be more accepting of critique than Christians do. Worst thing I experienced is giving critique to someone who simply said, "This is how God told me to write it." What do you say to do that? "So God asked you to write badly?" I'm no expert or anything, and I could've been wrong, but if God told you to write something a certain way, then you should probably stop asking for critique. Bah. I digress... If we're to improve the quality of our work (and therefore, our worship to God), we should be able to handle it with grace when we're told that our work is less than excellent. If we look at Scripture, we see a God Who valued excellence. He cares about the details. He doesn't ask for our perfection, but I do believe that He delights when we give Him the best we have to offer. This is something I appreciate with several authors I've encountered here (@Accord64 comes to mind). It's not just about cranking up novels and stories at lightning speed. It's also about continuously and persistently improving our craft. All that being said, I'm extra nervous having @Steve Townsend reading my novel. Thanks for purchasing the book! I'm slightly terrified, because you're not quite within the target demographic I had in mind when writing the book. Haha! Hope you like it though. If you don't, hope you lend it to a sister or wife or mother who might. Thanks for the kind words. I got a lot of help from here in improving the cover.
  15. Better Christian Fiction: Trailblazing

    THIS! Very well stated. I so agree with you about Jesus being a perfect example of being in the world and not of it. My first novel is targeted specifically towards a Christian audience and explores themes on self-harm, depression and pride amidst a "fairy tale" setting. I can't imagine many non-believers totally liking it, because it does really have strong faith elements in it. Meanwhile, the project I'm working on now is targeted towards a wider audience, which is terrifying for me, but well... the story has been placed in my heart for a reason, and it needs to be told. I think this is a great rule of thumb for writers. I certainly follow it in my writing. If the Holy Spirit is in you, you'll know when something is off. I do follow my convictions in that regard, but I certainly won't pick up pitchfork and knife, gather the mob, and attack a fellow author who may not have the same convictions.

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