Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Book Tour and Giveaway: For Such a Time as This by W. Mason Dunn

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for For Such a Time as This by W. Mason Dunn. This book tour was organized by Write Now Literary. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an informative guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card. Enjoy!
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Title: For Such a Time as This
Author: W. Mason Dunn
Publication Date: July 16th 2021
Print Length: 166 pages
Genre: Young Adult Christian Fiction
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Kiesha Jackson's peaceful life is about to change!

Her mother receives military orders to Afghanistan. Keisha goes to live with her grandparents in Magnolia, Florida. The new high school principal is far more concerned with protecting her career than protecting innocent students. When Kiesha unintentionally breaks the school's zero-tolerance policy, she enters the school-to-prison pipeline.

Will Keisha muddle in the injustice of it all? Or will she become a conduit for change?

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EXCERPT:
A row of sparsely planted shrubs extended along the front of the house. She watched a large lizard leap from one of the front windows onto the decorative plant before knocking on the front door. After a moment, the door swung open to reveal a petite blond-haired, blue-eyed woman holding an adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed toddler boy. The child removed the sippy cup from his lips and tendered a delightful gum-filled smile. Chaos lay on the other side of the threshold—scattered toys and clothes, and a child dancing with Barney the Dinosaur blaring from the television. The clamor of screaming children reverberated out from other places in the house.

The woman wrinkled her nose before speaking. “Hello? May I help you?”

“Mrs. Vickers?”

“Yes?” The woman curled her lips.

Shirley squared her shoulders and sized her up. “My name is Shirley Jackson. I understand you had a problem with my daughter this afternoon.”

“Excuse me?” asked the woman with a confused look on her face.

The toddler threw his sippy cup on the floor.

“My daughter, Keisha, was the teenage girl you chased in your van this afternoon.”

Mrs. Vickers jaws dropped, and her face drained of color. “I …I don’t know what… she was throwing rocks.”

“No, she wasn’t.” Shirley stared her down. “You also felt the need to shout a few racial epithets out of your van window.”

Mrs. Vickers eyes grew large and bulgy. “I’m not prejudice or anything. I have black friends.” Vickers crinkled up her nose and mustered up a fake smile.

Shirley raised her hand and cut her off as she opened her mouth to speak. “Congratulations. I’m not here to argue with you. I’m here to warn you. Stay away from my daughter. Don’t say another word to her. If you see her walking down the street, don’t even speak to her. Not one word. Nothing!”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Waletta Mason Dunn (W Mason Dunn) is the author of More Than Sisters, Faithful Father, A Family Dilemma, Positions of Compromise, and Tell Me Your Story: A Family Journal.

Waletta is a Louisiana native. She was born in Shreveport and raised in Bossier City. Reading has been a part of her life from a very young age.

Graduating from Texas College in Tyler, Texas, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from The University of Oklahoma. For over twenty years, she worked for higher education before deciding to write full time. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband, Donald.

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GUEST POST:
Have you heard the old saying—you can't see the forest for the trees? It is an expression that can be used about someone who is too involved in the minutia of a project and is unable to see the finished product. In a new writer’s world, it is easy to miss the finished book for the tasks it takes to complete the pages. It can be difficult glaring at a blank page with ideas bouncing around in your head. You know what you want to say, but you can't ascertain the right words to say it.

When you finish a draft, you discover what you’ve written isn’t what you wanted to say at all.

A writing mentor can help you test your work along the way.

You can share ideas with your mentor and decide what works. They will confirm whether what you considered inspirational wasn't. They will affirm that what you wrote expressed the message you intended. It's a humbling process but well worth the time and effort.

I found my mentor while writing my novel, More Than Sisters–Anniversary Edition. After all, it was my story. Who could tell my story better than me? Right? That’s what I thought.

I put my thoughts on paper. I was an avid reader, and I knew what I liked to read. But when my mentor reviewed my manuscript, she brought certain things to my attention. First, she saw things I didn’t see. There were holes in the story structure and gaps in the timeline. She knew my goals and focused on several of them. And like any good protégé, I was ready to learn. That second set of eyes works wonders in my writing.

In the beginning, I struggled with finding my voice. Staring at a computer can be lonely. I knew how good writers sounded and I wasn’t sure I sounded that way.

My mentor helped me find my voice. When I learned that my style of writing was inspirational, motivational, and emotional, it resonated with me. That's the person I try to be, so it makes sense that my writing style matches. My mentor provided general nonjudgmental feedback and support so my own writer’s voice could be heard in my stories. She asked for regular updates and gave me advice that helped me take discernible steps in the right direction. I even had to report back to her on my accomplishments. Writers are solitary creatures who need strong internal drive to get their projects finished. It's easy to start a project, but it's difficult to finish. Without a deadline, either self-imposed or demands-of-the-job-imposed, I would never get things done. I would research and plot but wouldn’t put words on the page. My mentor helps me pull through those difficult times.

A trained second opinion can work wonders on your writing. A writing mentor is an independent voice that keeps you on track. If you are seeking a mentor, it is important to consider the following:

1. Acumen: Select a mentor who has more experience than you do. This sounds obvious, but we learn from the leaders and through them, we can find our own voice

2. Association: Select a mentor whose work is in a similar genre. They can strengthen your writing in that area.

3. Admiration: Your mentor should be someone whose work you admire and whose writing journey you would like to emulate.

4. Availability: Your mentor should be someone who has the time to devote to the relationship.

A writing mentor can provide help and practical advice. They encourage protégés to grow as authors and offer them reassurance if they hit a rough patch.

If you are a new writer, I challenge you to find a mentor today.
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GIVEAWAY:
Win a $15 Amazon gift card!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Write Now Literary assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)
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