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Sunday, August 27, 2023

A story that became a made-for-TV movie

cj Sez: Authors if you’ve ever thought about your story becoming a movie, how about a made-for-TV movie?

   USAToday best-selling author Barbara Hinske has such a story. And readers, this is for you, too: Here’s a blog-tour note from Barbara on how you can help make sure the movie gets the viewers it needs:

“My novel Guiding Emily has been adapted for the screen by Hallmark. It will air Sept 8, 9ET/8 CT on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. I was present for filming again and this will be a terrific movie. They stuck with the book this time. Hallmark has stepped out of their usual romance box for this movie. The principal cast and crew are set to work on a series based on the books. The movie has to do well enough or trend on twitter for Hallmark to pull this trigger on this. Needless to say, this is the Holy Grail for an author. 

The actor's strike has prevented both Sarah Drew (Emily) and Eric McCormack (voice of Garth) from promoting the movie and I'm doing everything I can to get eyeballs on it. 

So—please tune every set in your house (heck--on your street!) to watch on Sept 8.”

  GUIDING EMILY is a tale of love, loss, and courage. Meet Emily and Garth in the GUIDING EMILY movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Friday, September 8th on @hallmarkmovie 

#visuallyimpaired #guidedogs #guidedogsfortheblind #guidedogpuppy #servicedogpuppy #servicedogintraining #hallmarkmovie #guidingemily #hallmarkmoviesmysteries


  Here are some helpful grammar hints from my personal library:

  The Christmas Grinch notwithstanding, here are proper usages for Stink, Stank, Stunk . . .

… Stink is the present or future form.
… Stank is the past form, use it when you refer to some time that has already happened, such as last night, yesterday, or last week.
… Stunk is the participle form, it means you must use have, has, or had with it).
… What is that stink I smell?
… Frying that fish will stink up the whole house.

… She sure stank up the kitchen last night with that burned milk!
… I'm sorry, but the baby's diaper really stank on the way home yesterday!

… The house hasn't stunk this badly since the day we found that rat behind the dryer.
… If you hadn't stunk up the bathroom, I wouldn't have opened the window and let your orchids freeze in the snow.

Then there’s this tricky usage/spelling: Pick up, Pick-up, Pickup

… Will you pick up my dry cleaning?
… “Have we met” is such a stale pick-up line.
… My pickup truck is red.

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird


  Writers, if you want to schedule a post on Lyrical Pens for a blog tour (new book? Refreshing an older book?), drop me a note. (PG13 work, please.)


  Okay, that’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you!

  THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA are fast-paced, thriller/suspense stories with sassy banter and a smidgen of sweet romance. (Perfect diversions for those quick weekend getaways.)

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