Sunday, March 22, 2020

March, In like a Lion, Out like a Lion

March came in like a lion and looks like it’ll go out like a lion. I’m sooooo ready for spring. Oh, it is Spring!  Snow expected on Wednesday, March 25 – that’s northern Utah for you. I’m looking forward to warm days, blue skies, warm spring rains, flowers blooming, and trees budding. Aren’t you? 

Not only did the lion-whether stay around off and on, but the coronavirus decided to alter our way of life.

Then on top of that, the earthquake hit. I do think this is a wake-up call for those of us in the Salt Lake Valley. We should be prepared for the big one, which they say we’re overdue

I hope and pray you and your family are well and protecting those you love.

I have a dilemma. My work in progress is a women’s fiction about four non-related sisters. I almost feel like it should be in first person. But, I’ve always written in third person. I like reading books in third person better than first. So I had to do a little research.

Point of View (POV): First Person  
Many writers that write in first person pov believe it’s easier, warmer and more intimate. Understanding first person viewpoint is simple because your novel is from a single character throughout the novel.  The story sticks to a single viewpoint.

First POV is a natural voice because you use it in your everyday life, using the “I” of the first person.
To write in first person pov, you simply visualize yourself as your character and tell the story.

Remember, the narrator and the viewpoint character is the same person. Not always. Sometimes a first person narrator can be wiser than a first person viewpoint character, looking back on an event. This viewpoint character is the narrator’s younger self, or a naive self. Meaning the young viewpoint character has yet to be changed by the future event.

Reading a first person novel, it’s like the narrator is right there in the room, telling us the story first-hand. Language in the first person pov is less formal, as if the character is telling us a story and not reading it to us.

Remember, when writing in first person pov, the character has to be present in all major scenes. Also, first person pov has more restrictions. For example, if a detective discovers who the murderer is, he has to tell the reader. The information cannot be withheld from the reader. Because the main character is telling the story.

Point of View (POV): Third Person

Third person viewpoint is more immediate and the writer has more freedom. Also, third person pov is more objective.  Oh, did I mention, first person viewpoint is more subjective?

Subjective: based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions
Objective:  not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts

By being objective, third person viewpoint character and narrator are two different people. For example, he narrator can say things that the viewpoint character wouldn’t admit.

In third person pov, you have the option to use several viewpoints (not at the same time, of course). If you can even choose to use only one pov character, you can move the camera behind the character’s eyes or you can change the pov character to another, or point the camera at something the character(s) are unaware of (the camera is stuck behind a first person pov eyes).

The point of view of a third person is immediate. The author speaks to you in the here and now. Present Tense. Written in the past tense. The narrator in a third person novel is somebody else, like a camera, recording as things happen. The third person novel is rooted in the here and now. Even when a person reads a third person historical novel, it has the feel of the here and now. As if, you’ve been sucked back in time.

When writing a novel in third person pov, you have more freedom. Your scenes can be in different character's point of view. Because the narrator and the point of view character are two separates in a third person pov, therefore, the writer has more freedom. Also when the action is over, the camera can pull back, and/or zoom in through different pair of eyes.

Okay, now I need to ask myself:
Do I want to tell this story through one pair of eyes as first person? Do I want the camera to be stuck behind the hero’s eyes continuously?
Do I want multiple pov characters? Do I want the camera to have the freedom to go outside?
Hmm, maybe I should just go with my gut feelings. Which is??

What do you think about first person and third person points of view? Do you like to read one better than the other? My WIP is a women’s fiction. Do you think that genre is better in first person point of view? I’d love your comments.

Stay Safe, Judy

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Event Announcements

I’m excited because February is the month of Love and to celebrate Mary Martinez and I will be holding an event at We Olive again.

If you missed last year’s Books + Wine = Romance event, you have a chance to join us on February 22 at We Olive.

Join Judy Baker and Mary Martinez at We Olive Wine bar for an incredible day.

Our logo this is year is Two Authors, Books and a Beverage. There will also be small bites provided by We Olive (if anything like last year, the food will be delicious).  

Mary and I will be giving away bags filled with goodies and books. The cost is $20 plus $10 if you participate in the wine and beer flights (not required). Brett Ludemann will be on hand to discuss the beer and wines that will be available.

One other announcement I would like to share. Mary Martinez has a new release:

Celtic Myst Trilogy

Book 1 The Cupán of Flúirse

A magical chalice, a legacy with the dragons, and
a destiny forged through the centuries. 

February 3, 2020 through February 7, 2020
Lots and lots of giveaways

Celtic Myst Trilogy is a story of good against evil. A story of great love that spans centuries. And above all, a story of courage. 

Forged by the gods, the Cupán of Flúirse is born under the thunder of Taranis, fashioned with symbols of the elements to bring peace and abundance to the clans.

Element of the air, Amergin is a faithful protector and guardian. Through the years, he’s guided the other elements and reigned over times of peace, prosperity, and royal births.

However, the witch Mourdra, is plagued with jealousy over the clans. They hold dear all she desires…and has been denied. The fire dragon and Klenidalf, an evil wizard are tasked to do her bidding, to plunder the clans…and steal the Cupán of Flúirse.

Without the sacred chalice, Amergin is condemned to wander the Earth, those he’s vowed to protect out of his reach.

Book 2: In Search of the Cupán of Flúirse

Coming June 1, 2020

Book 3: Returning the Cupán of Flúirse

Coming ​October 1, 2020

Where to find Mary:
Mary's Garden  Mary's Garden Blog YouTube
Amazon and Goodreads are great places to leave reviews!

Have a wonderful, loving February.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wishes to You

A quick note to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and may the New Year bring you happiness, health, success in your writing and adventures, as well as contentment in your life.

I’m excited to announce my release of The Quartering Act eBook, now available. The print book will be available December 1st.


For those of you that like to read Christmas stories, all my Christmas novels are on sale:

A HUGE THANK you for being my supporting angels, online with my blog, newsletters, and reading my books.

From my family to yours, 
 Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thankful Season

Every time I start a new book, I go brain dead, as if I’ve never written a book! Does that happen to you?

I’ve been doing lots of research and finally started a draft of the story that’s been swimming in my thoughts for a long time. As things go for now, I’ve written four different beginnings!

I guess I can say that’s a start.

After digging through my Resource files, I found my file on Story Board. I don’t remember where or which conference I learned about the story board, it’s been too long ago, but it helped me. It might help you. Or not.

Never stop learning.

By the way, I have finished half of my draft with the help of the story board.
Here’s what I learned from Story Board

Build emotions to and away from turning points
Plot and write to and away from the turning points – escalate scenes
Think: Motivation then Reaction
Build scenes from each square on the grid so conflict is illustrated
Include scenes showing WHY
Every scene must work on two levels: External and Internal

Turning Points are changes in which your character is forced to into action.
A Turning Point leads to a setback causing a Black Moment.
A Final Turning point embraces the Black Moment (jeopardy, fears cause of emotional pain, etc), then Realization (the theme of the book, a need to realize before overcoming the Black Moment).


The Quartering Act, Revolutionary War Romance

A Re-release to be AVAILABLE December 1, 2019 

The painful road of time, separate lives, and war require determination and courage for two enemies to embrace a love so powerful and forbidden.

Katherine Heaton, a young patriot woman, stares into the eyes of the Redcoat officer standing over her father’s lifeless body Stunned at what she has just witnessed, there is nothing she can do when the soldiers haul her brother away for hanging a British Stamp Agent. Devoted to her brother, and the cause, she will help him fight for independence.

Captain Jeremy Burke, officer in the King’s army, arrives in the New World and discovers the colonies have an elegant simplicity that surprises him, especially the beautiful Heaton woman. He has never had a problem with self-discipline, until now.

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. I’m sad to say we’ll only have eleven around our table this year. My son’s job promotion moved him to Tucson, Arizona and my number one granddaughter, Nattie, has to work. But, as always we’ll enjoy hubby’s yummy turkey and all the trimming. 

I have so much to be thankful for, especially friends like you that support me in my writing.


If you would like a pdf of the Story Board Grid, just email me.  

Monday, May 20, 2019

New Release from an Author Friend

I’m excited to introduce my friend and author, Kim McMahill. 
Kim grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel story anthology. Kim currently resides in Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.

Welcome, Kim.

Thank you so much for letting me stop by and share some great news. A Foundation of Fear, a romantic suspense novel and the third book in my Risky Research Series, has just been released. Also available is a short story prequel to the series titled, A Formidable Foe, which is available for free download from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Here’s a little more about A Foundation of Fear, including one of the lighter moments in the story.

FBI Special Agent Devyn Nash is obsessed with taking down Coterie, a deadly group out to control the multi-billion-dollar diet product industry. The FBI’s plan to expose Coterie places Devyn’s best friend and her partner’s fiancé in the crosshairs of this ruthless organization. Can Devyn protect her friend and bring the coldblooded killers to justice before they strike again while distracted by injury, a sexist bully, and a long-distance relationship with a handsome Wyoming sheriff?

Lobbyist and Coterie assassin Sofia Wilks wants nothing more than to regain control of her life. Sofia knows Agent Nash is nipping at her heels, but the FBI agent isn’t the worst of her fears. She is drawn to a man who has the power to destroy her.

Easing herself up from the sofa, Devyn shuffled into the kitchen, opened the freezer, and pulled out a pint of half-eaten chocolate peanut butter swirl ice cream. She grabbed a spoon and dug in as she leaned back against the kitchen counter, savoring each delicious bite.
She had nearly made it to the bottom when the phone rang. She groaned and thought about letting it ring, but if it was Gage, he was definitely worth an interruption in her ice cream eating.
“What are you up to?” His deep voice eased over her like a warm caress.
She smiled and placed the ice cream carton in the kitchen sink.
“I’d love to relay something exciting or noteworthy, but the truth of the matter is that I’m standing here in my kitchen eating ice cream out of the container. What are you doing?”
He laughed. The sound made her weak in the knees. She didn’t know why he had that effect on her, but she finally decided to quit fighting it and enjoy exploring new territory.
“I’m sitting here on the front porch swing, drinking a beer, watching a beautiful Wyoming sunset sink toward the horizon and thinking the only thing in the world that could make it better was if you were here to share it with me.”
Devyn couldn’t speak. She was used to the way Gardner talked to her at work and the rude and insulting comments from the criminals she busted, but Gage was the first man to ever say kind and romantic things to her.
“You still there?”
“Yes. I was just trying to decide if you’ve had too many beers, because that’s the sweetest thing any man has ever said to me.”
“Nope, first one. How are you doing? Aches and pains getting any better?”
“I must be getting old. This isn’t the first time I’ve cracked my ribs, but I don’t remember it hurting so much or taking this long to heal.”
“Wish I could have stayed longer to take care of you.”
“I wish you could have stayed longer, too, but I had a few ideas in mind other than you making me soup.”
There it was again, that rich laughter that made her want to crawl into his lap and run her fingers through his unruly hair and caress his freshly shaven face before capturing his lips in a seductive kiss.
“I have to confess. My intentions weren’t quite so honorable when I started driving toward Utah, but when I saw how beaten up you were, I just wanted to make your pain go away.”

 Thank you for stopping by and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed reading any of Kim’s books. Many thanks to you, Kim, for sharing your new release. I’m looking forward to reading A Foundation of Fear.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Upcoming Event

I can’t believe May is here!! I want to remind you of my big event coming up in just a little over two weeks. So, please hurry and register for your place at the table before the limited tickets run out. I know some of you do not drink wine, but don’t let that stop you, there’ll be other beverages. Mary and I are excited to talk about the types of genres we write and give you some of our books along with other goodies. 

We Olive will have lots of delicious bits for you while we spend time getting to know each other. I haven’t had a chance to meet many of you on my newsletter list and I would love to meet you in person. Come join Mary and me on May 19 for two hours of fun, talking books, eating, and tasting wine at We Olive in Trolley Square, Salt Lake City.

$50 per person. Includes: Wine, bites, a bucket full of goodies and free books.

Date and Time

Sunday, May 19, 2019

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

Trolley Square 
602 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Hope to See you there. Have a great Spring


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Garlic Day

Spring days, here in Utah, can be a little depressing at times. In-between all the cloudy, snowy, and rainy days, the sun will peek through off and on. I’m so ready for blue skies and warm sun.  But, it is spring, so there’s hope, especially when I see crocus peeking through the snow, and then the bright daffodils and tulips spreading the spring colors.  


Now, did you know it’s National Garlic Day on April 19? 

What garlicky foods do you like: garlic bread, garlic pasta, garlic dips – I could go on forever. Did you know garlic is native to Asia which dates back to 6,000 years? It’s also a staple of Mediterranean diets and used in Africa, Asia and Europe cuisines. China is now the world’s biggest producer of garlic. By the way, garlic is a vegetable, very pungent and a member of the allium family (onion and leeks). It usually used as a spice and not a vegetable because of its strong flavor.

Garlic is also healthy for you. It’s linked to reducing or helping prevent four of the major causes of death, including cancer, heart diseases, strokes and infections.

There’s a couple of thing I want to share with you:

Our Three Romance Authors and a Book Club will be reading Classic Murder by Mary Martinez for our discussion in May. Come join us. Check out our Facebook page: Click Here

Big Event’s coming up:
Mary Martinez and I have a special event coming up on May 19, 2019. If you’re anywhere in the Salt Lake City area, I love for you to join us. It will be a fun afternoon of tasting new spring wines, books and lots to eat.
I’ll be there, along with Mary Martinez. It’ll be a fun time talking books and tasting wine at We Olive in Trolley Square.

Brett Ludemann of Flora Fauna Wines will guide us in a sensory examination and evaluation of white and rosé wines. They will be paired with delicious bites prepared by We Olive Wine Bar.
$50 per person. Includes: Wine and bites.
Wine basket full of goodies and free books from the authors.

Date and Time
Sun, May 19, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

Trolley Square
602 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

I’ll be attending a writing retreat with Mary Martinez, Stanalei Fletcher, and Kyann Waters this weekend. I’m so ready to do some writing since it’s been on hold for several months since my sister is living with us and having cancer treatments. She’s moving forward – one day at a time.

Have a great Spring.

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