Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mysterious #Ohio: The Mansfield Blockhouse

Mysterious Ohio
The Mansfield, Ohio Blockhouse

Welcome back to Mysterious Ohio. This week we are taking a trip to the town in my children's book, Hoppy's Grave, known as Mansfield, Ohio. 

Mansfield is the largest city in the "Mid-Ohio" region of Ohio. This region is made up of Marion, Delaware, Knox, Morrow, Crawford, Ashland and Richland counties to the south and the Firelands area located south of Sandusky. 

Mansfield  was founded in 1808  by James Hedges, Jacob Newman and Joseph Larwill on a fork of the Mohican River. Mansfield became a great location for farmers due to the fertile soil, despite the hilly landscape. Later, residents of the city would name the establish Mansfield after Jared Mansfield, the Colonel Surveyor General who had directed the planning of the city. The first house was a log cabin built by Samuel Martin. Mr. Martin was the first settler in Mansfield. He made a living by selling whisky to the Native Americans while living in the cabin during the winters months. Yet, his actions were highly illegal. Thus, he fled his cabin and the following year, 1809, James Cunningham moved in. There were less than a dozen settlers in Mansfield when Mr. Cunningham settled in. The lack of settlers in Mansfield was largely due to the fact that Ohio was still largely wilderness.


During the war of 1812, the residents constructed a wooden blockhouse that could be used to protect them in case a battle occurred in their newly established town. It wasn't uncommon for residents throughout Ohio towns to construct blockhouses and stockades to protect them. What makes the one in Mansfield so significant is that it is the only blockhouse from 1812 still erect today in the entire region. The blockhouse was a two story wooden structure built of squared logs. It had several loopholes where men could shoot without being exposed. The blockhouse also had sturdy shutters that were used to close the windows and loopholes. 

It's very mysterious how the blockhouse has survived so long. The blockhouse has been renovated in order to preserve this wonder of cultural history in the region. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

#SundayPost: What is Allison Bruning writing?


What's up with Allison Bruning?

Hello world! Welcome to the July 11, 2017 edition of the Sunday Post. The Sunday Post is where my readers can view where each of my projects are at in the prewriting - writing and publishing stages. This section is updated on a weekly basis. 

Pre-Writing

Blood Red, Blood Dread
Horror - Marion, Ohio
I had started this project a few years ago but left it sitting on the shelf. It is based on a local ghost story from my hometown - Marion, Ohio. I am currently in the plotting process. 


Works in Progress

Field of Grace 
Historical Fiction - 1919- Marion, Ohio
It's been a slow writing week for me due to the extreme heat we've been experiencing lately in West Texas. Our temperatures have been up in the 100's. It's supposed to be the same this upcoming week. Be that as it may, I have had some time to write. 
WORD COUNT: 58,649
PAGE COUNT:  127

Krazy Khoda (The Adventures of Krazy Khoda: Book 1)
Children's Book
This is a children's book that I am writing with my husband about the crazy adventures that our dog has. I am currently editing the work my husband did so the words are age appropriate. We want this children's book to be for 1st through 2nd grade. 

Publishing

EDITING
Father's Day
Non-Fiction Short

George Washington
Non-Fiction Short

Gifted Education
Non-Fiction Short

The Course of the Corset
Non-Fiction Short

ILLUSTRATIONS
N/A 

FORMATTING
Hoppy's Grave 
Children's Book - Historical Fiction - 1919- Mansfield, Ohio

Upcoming Releases

Father's Day
Non-Fiction Short
RELEASE DATE: June 27

George Washington
Non-Fiction Short
RELEASE DATE: July 4

Gifted Education
Non-Fiction Short
RELEASE DATE: August 1st

Hoppy's Grave 
Children's Book - Historical Fiction - 1919- Mansfield, Ohio
RELEASE DATE: August 15

The Course of the Corset
Non-Fiction Short
RELEASE DATE: September 21






  



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Allison Bruning's Reader's Corner: A New Way for Fans to Interact With Allison Bruning

Reader's Corner

Welcome to a new section on my blog. Reader's Corner is a special place where my readers can come to discuss books I have written and take part in some of my writing projects. It'll also be the place where I periodically feature giveaways to my readers. You'll want to check this amazing section each week as I bring exciting content to my blog. 

So let's get this party started. 

This week I just have one question:
Which of my characters are your favorite and why?

Friday, June 9, 2017

#CelebratetheSmallThings: Daily Routines


Welcome back to my blog. The Celebrate the Small Things weekly blog hop is a place where bloggers and authors post about the small successes they have had during the week. I like this blog hop because it reminds me to count my blessings. It can be easy to overwhelm ourselves with trying to solve the big goals in our lives. We can become so discouraged when these larger goals loom over our heads and it doesn't seem like we get anywhere. The only way to solve our disappointment is to refocus our thinking. Achieving a larger goal or solving a big problem can only be done when you take small steps towards it. These smaller goals build upon each other like a ladder until lo and behold you have reached your greater goal or solved that big problem.

My Weekly Blessings
This week has been a week of change for me. Good changes. Changes that are helping my businesses, writing and personal life. One of the biggest changes that have happened this week is getting back on a routine. I have always used routines to help me get through the day but for some reason or another I had jumped off that bandwagon. My life was chaotic without them. I established new routines that have actually been helping me with  my time management. I've always have had a problem with time management. I've found if I have a routines in place I tend to operate better. I love a great checklist. I created a list of things I need to do each day in each of my routines. I had learned about the use of control journey from FlyLady. I have time for my writing, teaching, social media, business, cleaning, etc. Even time for me and a date night. 

Nothing in my routine is set in stone timewise like you must wash the car at 10am. It's more like a checklist of things to do. Once I'm done with a task I just go onto the next. The tasks are set out in a morning, afternoon, evening and before bed time frame but that doesn't always mean it happens in those times. And I don't have to complete every task. I close up shop around 7pm, watch TV or do something fun then go to bed at 9pm. I try to wake up around 5am.  I had to keep it flexible because of my teaching schedule. My teaching hours vary from day to day because I teach homeschool students through Outschool. I've noticed since using my routines that I'm actually able to get much more done than I use to. I love it! What a blessing!



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Allison's History Corner: Field of Grace by Allison Bruning

Welcome to the Thursday edition of Allison's History Corner. The Allison's History Corner is presented on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Allison's History Corner is a blog series that discusses interesting historical facts that are related to a book I have written or are in the process of writing.

Last Tuesday, I introduced my readers to my new children's book, "Hoppy's Grave" which is in the formatting process. We will be discussing more about different legends, ghost tales and mysterious things that happen in Ohio every Tuesday. 

This week I would like to introduce you to the story I am currently writing, Field of Grace (New Beginnings: Book 1). This story takes place right after WWI in Marion County, Ohio. Guilt ridden, Ida McIntyre doesn't know how she can ever win her father's approval until Jeremiah Miller poisons her family. Determined to prove her worth, Ida sets out to find help only to face Jeremiah's wrath. Faced with life and death decisions that will challenge her strength and determination, what seems to be a simple deed turns into disaster until she realizes there is hope to save not only her family but her father's approval.

The Thursday edition of Allison's History Corner will explore WWI, the Spanish Flu, American Agriculture, Appalachian History, Ohio History and the Salvation Army. Join me next week as we begin our exploration. I can't wait to see all you next week. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#IWSG: Writing and the Law of Attraction



The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a monthly blog hop where writers encourage one another in their writing career. This week I have chosen to write about how the Law of Attraction effects all creative writers. The Law of Attraction first appeared in print in 1877 in a book written by Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky but it has been known to humans since ancient times.

What exactly is the Law of Attraction?

Basically, the Law of Attraction states when you think of positive thoughts you will reap positives but if you think negative thoughts then you will only attract negatives in your life. 


OK, I get it. But what does this have to do with me as a writer?

Great question. The Law of Attraction doesn't only work with your thoughts. It also works with your actions. Writers who are constantly encouraging others, are helpful and write because they are passionate about it will attract readers towards them.  Readers aren't stupid. They will stalk the writers they love on social media. They love to google their favorite writer's names and read whatever they find on them. Even better, an author who gives away a signed copy of their book to one of their readers. They in turn tell their friends and family about the amazing experience they had just had. The friends and family, in turn, start following that author. Readers don't want to see negatives on an author's social media sites. They want to live vicariously through their favorite authors. 

Yet, there are some writers who never attract the kind of attention they want to their books. Why? More than likely their social media is filled with negatives. They constantly complain about one thing or another. The worse thing a potential reader wants to see on a writer's social media is when the writer publicly attacks a publishing house, another author or anyone else in the book world. The writer may think they are helping other writers out but all they are doing in the long wrong is damaging their own reputation. 

Which brings me to another point, if the writer receives a bad review never, EVER, respond back to the reviewer. It will only make you look bad. Readers want to know that you can take constructive criticism and apply it to your next literary work. You never know if the person reading the review is going to buy your book or not. They just might because they want to find out for themselves what is so wrong with it. 

Then there are the bully boards. We've all heard about those. Sites such as Absolute Writes, which by the way is by far the worst bully board out there. These boards lure new writers in, promising to give the writer a place to vent their feelings and find valuable resources. YET, it's quite the opposite. Bully boards are a great place for negative authors to tear down publishing houses and authors they don't agree with. The owner of Absolute Writes even go so far to encourage the members to break their nondisclosure agreements, commit slander and libel. There are plenty of warnings from other authors about the abusive tendencies in that group. Just google it. I'm sure you'll find plenty of complaints on that board. I did. Bully boards are just a breeding place for negative writers. Yet, these writers aren't helping anyone. They are only attracting more negativity in their lives. 

If you really want to have a successful writing career then you have to start with your own thoughts and behavior. Be positive. Think positive. And good things will happen for you. Don't view your writing career as burdensome. Enjoy the gift you've been given.  





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mysterious Ohio: Hoppy's Grave @CampMowana

MYSTERIOUS OHIO
Hoppy's Grave

A few years ago I shared the legend of Hoppy's Grave on this blog. It has since been removed because I wanted to put it into print. The story of Hoppy, his cave and his hidden grave have been passed down for generations at Camp Mowana. 

Camp Mowana is a wonderful ELCA summer camp that has been a family favorite all over Ohio.



 I was a camper there in the 80's and early 90's. I was head over heels in love with the camp. I have always been drawn to the forest. I spent more times hiking around the woods instead of playing with dolls or makeup. Camp Mowana was a mystical place for me where I learned to merge my love of nature with my faith. I loved being able to do a devotional out in the woods, the campfires, hikes, playing capture the flag in a large field, canoeing, and listening to the stories. 

This year, I decided to do something that hasn't ever been done. Put the legend of Hoppy in a book. I was going to write it as an adult book but then decided it really should be a picture book. I told my plans to my friend, Evelyn Hills. Eveyln is an illustrator at Boquillas' Window. She was so drawn to the story that she asked if she could illustrate it for me.  Evelyn  worked for weeks on them. Here are just a few of the images. 







The book is currently in formatting. I can't wait to share this beautiful story with my readers. It will be a picture book for 1st - 2nd grades. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Winner Winner Did You Snag An Allison Bruning Prize Pack?



Congratulations to the following winners. 


Children of the Shawnee Swag Pack 
Monica Fastnau

Elsa Prize Pack
Melissa Meeks

Draconian Rapture Prize Pack
Shelly Hammond

Ebook Prize Pack
Donna Huber

Print Prize Pack
Haley Keller

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Armchair Book Expo: Saying Goodbye Is So Hard to Do


Saying Goodbye Is So Hard To Do
Ahh, I just want to cry. 

Today's the last day of Armchair Book Expo. 
I was ask to share my thoughts about the online conference. Sooo......

  1. I've had a great time meeting and interacting with all the book bloggers. Every book blogger at the conference was amazing! I reunited with some book bloggers I already knew and made new friends. I found some wonderful sites as well. I will never forget the amazing book bloggers I met at the conference. 
  2. I really enjoyed serving on the team. This was  my second year that I served as one of the organizers for Armchair Book Expo. I had so much fun awarding prizes and working with the other organizers for the event.
  3. I loved writing my guest article. This was my first time to write a guest article for Armchair Book Expo. It was such a great honor to be asked to do so for this major conference. 
  4. I met some new fans. 
  5. And finally....



I just want to....

I can't wait until next year's Armchair Book Expo. 

One of my goals is to participate at Book Expo as an author. I love interacting with all my fans, talking shop with other authors and getting to know my readers. I look forward to the day that I am at Book Expo.

See all of you next year at Armchair Book Expo!

 



Saturday, June 3, 2017

ArmchairBookExpo: A Fun Contest with Amazing Prizes!


Giveaway

It's my favorite day of the Armchair Book Expo. It's the Giveaway Day! I'm so excited! I can't wait to giveaway these amazing prizes to my new and old fans. I am giving away several amazing prizes. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017

#ArmchairBookExpo: Dining with the Authors


Dining with the Authors

Oooo. I get to be a complete nerd on this blog post for Armchair Book Expo. I was asked: 

Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? 
Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? 
What would your meal be?
What would you discuss? 

Alright then. Let's get to it. I'm so excited!  

Let me welcome you to my dinner party. I have a list of authors I have always dreamed of enjoying a meal with. I love a great intellectual conversation so I wouldn't have dinner just with one author. First, I would have to fix my time machine because I'm quite certain Laura Ingalls Wilder and Shakespeare aren't alive anymore. 

Anyways, here's a list of my dinner guests. (They would all attend, of course). We would dine in style at the very seclusive, Diner of the Time Gods. I can't disclose the location of the diner, where my time machine is or how I got it. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

William Shakespeare

Albert Einstein

H.G. Wells

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Margaret George

Diana Gabaldon

Rose Wilder Lane

Finis Bates

and

Marion Zimmer Bradley

We would have a very intellectual conversation surrounding historical topics, writing and of course anything else we would like to discuss. We would all be the best of friends but unfortunately none of my guests will remember any of it once we return back to our own times, well maybe my contemporaries will. You really can't disrupt the timeline. If you do, it could be disastrous for the future.

Sssshhhh, this meeting never happened. You don't know a single thing. Do you? I didn't think so. :-)


ArmchairBookExpo: It's OK to be different


Authors: It's OK To Be Different

It has always amazed me how much controversy can amass whenever you mention diversity in connection with the book world. It's almost as if some great literary god has been offended whenever an author even dares to challenge the norm. Yet, the thing is there have been many authors who have successfully challenged the standard quo. There are several ways an author can delve into diversity. 

Authors could write a book with a minority as protagonist or have a multicultural cast of characters in their book. People have this mental image of what a character should look like or act all because of their ethnicity or gender. Some authors have challenged their readers to look beyond these preconcieved notions and accept what isn't generally accepted. 

A recent shift has been in the use of strong female protagonists. Some historical fiction authors, such as  Philippa Gregory and Margaret George have challenged readers to push beyond strong male leads and accept that females could be strong as well, no matter how much history tried to demoralize females in given time periods. I jumped on that bandwagon with my books, Calico (Children of the Shawnee: Book 1) and Elsa (Secret Heritage: Book 1). My readers love it. 

I read an article today where author Hilary Mantel was disappointed with female historical fiction authors for empowering their female characters. She urged female historical fiction authors to stop do so stating that it was unrealistic for any woman in historical periods to have that kind of empowerment. My first thought was, she can't seriously mean all cultures throughout history? My character, Calico, is an empowered white female in the 1700's who was raised by the Shawnee. The Shawnee allowed women their freedom to speak openly. In fact, most women who were captured by the Shawnee never wanted to return to their families because they had more freedom with the Shawnee than in their European culture. 

Another diversity that can cause problems is when the author writes a book that is not from the voice of a European. Calico is written by the Shawnee's perspective of history. I've had a hard time with that book because of that very fact. A majority of white people who read it don't like it and my Native American readers love that book. Many readers who see the white woman and Shawnee man on the cover think that that story is going to be told from a white perspective all because she's white. 

A third issue I see in diversity is when an author has a lover or main character who is disabled. For some reason, society has it ingrained in them that a disabled person can't be empowered. The love interest in Elsa is a man who has Aspergers. It's not diagnosed because no one knew what Aspergers was in the early 1900's. Historical fiction authors have rarely written about the conditions of the disabled or mentally handicapped. But then again, people with these conditions in the past were rarely treated with the respect they are today. 

What are some ways you think authors should be different?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

#ArmchairBookExpo: Readers, Bloggers and Authors UNITE!


Readers, Bloggers and Authors UNITE!

Calling all readers, bloggers and authors. You are all superheros! United we stand, divide we fall. 

Alright I may have gotten a bit carried away in my intro. 

Time to be serious, Allison.

Collaboration is key to having a successful writing career. The literary world is a harsh place to work if you don't work well with others. There's a symbolic relationship (yes, I did just get all nerdy on you) between authors, readers and bloggers. Authors depend upon bloggers to help spread the word about their work and they depend upon readers to buy their books. Bloggers depend upon authors to give them new worlds to write about. Readers depend upon the bloggers to recommend books to them. The collaboration between the three is so closely related to each other that they in essence need each other in order to survive. 

But that bond can be easily broken if the reader or blogger feels disrespected by the author. Let's face it bloggers and readers worship authors. It can be very tempting for the hero worshiping to go to an author's head. But YOU CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN. The blogger and reader need to feel that you truly care about them. So authors need to be humble and thankful to them for giving you the career you have always want. 

HAVE YOU HUGGED A BOOK BLOGGER TODAY?

No?

Go find a book blogger in your genre and give them some love! 

#ArmchairBookExpo: Make It or Break It


Make It Or Break It

You've got this amazing idea in your head that you're sure is going to be the NEXT BESTSELLER! Whoot! Whoot! Oh, you're so excited you can't start to write the book. You go through the entire writing and publishing process. You're baby is finally in the world. You're so excited that you put more of your blood, sweat and tears into with marketing it everywhere. BUT then the bummer moment happens. NO ONE HAS BOUGHT YOUR BOOK. Or worse yet...duh....duh...duh...you get the worst reviews of the century. 

WHAT IN THE WORLD JUST HAPPENED?

You can blame it all your readers, my friend. 

Yup, it's the readers fault. Well not entirely. It was yours, as well. I know. If your a reader or an author, sometimes you can be both, your probably saying "What?" in a really snarky tone to me. Just calm down, please, and let me explain. So there is this really weird thing that happens to writers. We have all kinds of crazy ideas that are constantly floating around in our head. Naturally born writers do this all the time. I've been known to work on about three or four ideas in my head per day sometimes. And that's just on a normal day. My thoughts can really spring forth from anything like a conversation, something I've read, family stories, etc. When my muse is really going I could be caught daydreaming all day with different scenarios. The problem with being an author is that readers in a certain genre expect certain rules and expectations to be followed within the genres you write in. Some readers like cross genre stories. Others, not so much. The author has to find the right balance between what the reader is expecting from them and whatever their creative ideas are. If you sway to far either way your readers won't read the book or give your book a bad review. Worse yet, if you are writing as series and you kill off the readers favorite character. Tread carefully my friend. We have to appease the readers and our own muse. 

What are some books you've read that you think the author needed some help with?




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Top Ten List of Best Practices for Authors


Best Practices in the Book Community

I must say this is a very interesting topic. Being an author means hard work. I don't just sit around all day and write my little life away. I've had to develop some techniques in order to keep my writing career on track. Time management, organization and creativity are my best friends. Not having any of those three can break a writing career. Life can throw speed bumps at you and for writers who aren't dedicated to their writing it can cause them to completely give up on their dreams. I've had a few times in my life when I was tempted to do so but I just pushed those thoughts aside and keep going. 

Some of the best practices I have found in my writing career I have learned along the way. I love helping new authors. So here is my Top Ten List of Being An Author. 

#10 - Write Every Day
Okay this may sound a bit simple. But you'll be surprised how many writers don't write everyday. These writers will let life tell them they don't have time to write. But they do. You don't have to write an entire book in a day. I can write an entire book in a month or two. How do I do it? I write a chapter per day. That way I don't become overwhelmed with the thought of how much I need to write. The following day I'll proofread what I wrote the day before, edit (if needed) and move on to the next chapter. That way I am building upon the book. Doing this has also allowed me the opportunity to work on more than one book at a time. I don't always do that, though.

#9 - Set Goals and Reward Yourself
I learned this lesson via NaNoWriMo. It's one of the best things I have ever learned. The rewards don't have to be expensive, either. You can choose what you want. Sit down with your project, break it up into chunks then set the award for each chunk. The reward will motivate you to achieve your writing goal. Small goals will build upon each other until you have achieved your larger goal. 

#8 - Step Away From the Computer!
Yes, I said it. Take a Break. You're not a writing robot. Go out and do something else for a while then get back to your writing. Put that paper away and come back to it the next day. 

#7 - Blog and Website
A blog and website is essential for any author to have. Readers love to visit their favorite author's website. Offer a sneak peek or some kind of incentive for your readers to visit your website. Link your blog feed to your website. Not everyone is going to know that your blog or website exist so make sure you also link the website on the blog. Don't put the same content on the website that can be found on the blog. Remember, your name is your brand not the name of your book. So you want people to remember your name. Keep the website and the blog updated. 

#6 - Know Thy Target Market
Not everyone will want to read your book. It's useless to market your book to the entire world. You need to find book bloggers and readers who read in your genre. But even still, some readers will not read everything in that genre. For example, my typical readers for my book Calico will not necessarily read my book Elsa, even though they are both historical romance. Why? Because Calico is told from the Shawnee Native American's point of view while Elsa is about a woman who falls in love with a man who has Autism. Also, the books are from two different time periods. Calico takes place in the 1700's while Elsa take place in the early 1900's. I would have to market those books to different demographics. 

#5 - Get Involved
Writing can be a lonely life but it doesn't have to be. Find writing groups in your community or online. These be a great source of information and inspiration. 

#4 - Don't Forget Social Media
Social media can make or break a book. Most people, at the time I am writing this, are on Facebook at least 15x per day. This means you can reach the greatest amount of readers on that social media. But Facebook alone isn't the only social media you need to get involved with. Twitter and Instagram are used heavily as well, just not as much as Facebook. You need to create a social media presence without constantly advertising your book in every post. Readers want to know their favorite authors are human. Sure we are worshiped by our readers and book bloggers but don't let that go to your head. A great author will be highly respected by their readers and bloggers if they are humble enough to interact with them. 

#3 - It's All About Your Attitude
Look I won't lie to you. There are some authors out there who just don't care about their readers and bloggers. They are rude, egotistical and prideful. And more than likely you haven't heard a single thing about their books. Why? Because gone are the days that an author can sit on their ivory tower, write and never interact with their readers. Authors who have a negative attitude will not be able to sell their books because no one will want anything to do with them. If you're going to have a writing career you have to remain positive in the public. Show that you truly enjoy this writing career you have established for yourself without being prideful. Just remember, without the readers and bloggers your book isn't going to sell.

#2 - Don't Stop Writing
Just because you have written a book doesn't mean you should stop writing. Readers who really enjoyed your book will want to read more of your work. You should be writing a new book while your old book is in the publishing stages. I also look at it as a pipeline. I have a book published, one in the publishing process and one I am working on. The pipeline continues to flow no matter what. If I am working on a novel then I will push a short through if the publishing process finishes a book. That way my readers will always have something to read that I have written. The worst thing that can happen to a writer is to lose a reader because they you don't have anything else for them to read. 

#1 - Don't Lose Your Passion!
The life of an author can be very hard. It's a not a career that will make you rich quick. If that is your intent then you are in the wrong field. Don't even consider publishing your book if that is your motivation. You really have to love writing. This career demands you keep learning, keep writing and keep promoting your brand. You will have to get out of that chair and interact with the world. There will be some sacrifices you have to make if you truly want this life. If writing makes you happy then do it! 

What other suggestions could readers and book bloggers offer authors?

@ArmchairBookExpo: Introductions


Armchair Book Expo Introductions

It's that time of year again. I am so excited to be back at Armchair Book Expo. This is my fourth year of attending the online book blogger conference. 

My name is Allison Bruning. I am the author of several books. I am best known for my historical romance books, poetry and non-fiction shorts. I have recently expanded into children's books and high fantasy erotica. I know you're reading that last sentence again. I really did just put those two genres in the same sentence. 

I am currently writing Field of Grace. Field of Grace takes place in Marion County, Ohio right after WWI. Guilt ridden, Ida McIntyre doesn't know how she can ever win her father's approval until Jeremiah Miller poisons her family. Determined to prove her worth, Ida sets out to find help only to face Jeremiah's wrath. Faced with life and death decisions that will challenge her strength and determination, what seems to be a simple deed turns into disaster until she realizes there is hope to save not only her family but her father's approval.

I have several non-fiction shorts that are with the editors. My novels Lies and Deceit (Children of the Shawnee: Book 2) and Bailey's Revenge (Irish Twist of Fate: Book 1) are with the editors as well. My children's book, Hoppy's Grave, is with the illustrator. Most of these are scheduled to be released by late Summer/early Fall.

I love to read historical fiction and fantasy. I am currently reading An Echo in the Bone (Outlander: Book 7) by Diana Gabaldon. I am a huge Outlander fan. I love the show and the books. 

The best thing about being an author is writing the multitude of stories in my head and being able to share them with the world. I love interacting with my readers and book bloggers. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

#SundayMorning Author Allison Bruning has returned to blogging.



Hello World!

It's been awhile since I posted something on my blog. So many wonderful things have happened since I last posted. My husband and I transitioned into fulltime RVing with our businesses Big Bend Productions and Academic Warriors. I am no longer teaching students in China. I am online teaching homeschool students throughout the world via Outschool. I absolutely love it. I have always enjoyed writing and implementing curriculum. Outschool allows me to do just that. I have taught a little over 100 students throughout the United States and Canada since starting with them only a few months ago. I'm a very popular teacher. I have around 48 classes and will be adding more.

When I'm not writing curriculum or teaching, I can be found writing. I am currently working on a novel titled Field of Grace. Field of Grace is the first book of my new series, New Beginnings and takes place right after WWI in Marion County, Ohio. It's loosely based on a true story that happened to my family. More information will be coming about that as I work on it.

I had a few stories published while I was away from my blog.
and 

I currently have a children's book in the publishing process titled Hoppy's Grave and the sequel to Calico (Children of the Shawnee: 1) titled Lies and Deceit. I have several more stories in the pre-writing stages including a writing project with Nate Orlowek, Mystique, God's Guardian, and a murder mystery series taking place in ancient Israel called City of Refuge. 

I'm happy to announce that I am back in the blogging world! Here is the new blogging schedule.

Blog Schedule
Sunday - Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
This is where I will be posting weekly updated concerning my work in progress, books sales, book tours, RVing around America, my businesses and more. 

Monday - Author Spotlight
I am a book blog host for Mountain Trails Writers. I won't be posting every Monday. 

Tuesday - Mysterious Ohio
This topic will change whenever I have a new book published. 

Wednesday - (off) 

Thursday - WWI 
This topic will change according to whatever book I am currently writing. 

Friday - Celebrate the Small Things hosted by Lexa Cain

Saturday - (off)

It feels so good to have my blogging schedule back. I will still be participating in monthly blog hops you can find listed on the left side of my blog.

This week's schedule is going to a bit different than what I just posted. I am participating in Armchair Book Expo, an online conference for book bloggers. The conference runs from Wednesday through Sunday. Bloggers are given two topics to write about on their blog each day. So I will be posting twice per day in addition to the WWI post and the Celebrate the Small Things post.

I can't wait to get started. See you all on Tuesday!