Jun 192012
Today I have a guest post from Steena Holmes, author of the emotional Finding Emma. Steena is here today as part of her blog tour with WOW Tours.

The Story Behind The Story

I always used to wonder where author’s came up with their ideas for stories. Was it based on real life? Their imagination? The idea always fascinated me until I decided to write my first story and realized that it’s never just one thing – it’s a multitude.

No matter where the story leads you, I believe you’ll always find a little bit of the author in there – it may be certain characteristics or mannerisms of the heroine, the family pet, their favorite foods or an experience they went through. Maybe it’s the setting or the threat or even just the way they spell a name.

With Finding Emma – I’m always getting emails from people who recognize little tidbits. From the chocolate to the children to the setting. I’ve found that when a reader is able to recognize something in the story then it brings meaning to them. In the sequel – Emma’s Secret – I’ve decided to include my readers in the story. I will often as questions on my facebook page about things they’d like to see – whether it’s a recipe, a setting, an idea … and if I can (and I really do try) I’ll incorporate that into the story.

I have a favorite author that I tend to follow. I love her website and facebook page and whenever I read or re-read one of her stories I’m always on the lookout for a tiny piece of that author in the story.

Thank you for having me on your blog today and for allowing your readers to discover Finding Emma.

About Steena Holmes
Author of the new heart wrenching story “Finding Emma”, Steena is a woman who believes that ‘in the end, everything succumbs…to the passions of your heart’.

She took those passions and made them a dream come true by pouring her heart into each of her stories.

Connect online: Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads

Finding Emma by Steena Holmes

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She’s the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it’s never Emma.

Emma’s been missing for two years.

Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan’s husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree to accept Emma is gone. Megan’s life and marriage is crumbling all around her and she realizes she may have to do the thing she dreads most: move on.

When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both families lives.

Emma has invited all of us to the carnival for a Scavenger Hunt!

We’re on the hunt for all things related to carnivals.

At each stop along our Finding Emma tour there are clues. These might be words hidden in a guest post or a “word for the day” at the bottom of a book review. Each time you find a word submit it on Steena’s Scavenger Hunt page.

Each entry equals one ticket to win.

Please enter only one “clue” per entry. Each entry earns another chance to win.

First Prize: Work with a Bestselling Author.
Our Grande Prize winner will help create a character for Steena Holmes’ next book!
Second and Third Prize Winners will each receive a signed copy of Finding Emma and a journal.

Contest runs June 4 – July 7. Open to U.S. and Canada. In the case of an international winner prize will be an eBook copy of finding Emma. Three winners will be chosen at random. Winners to be announced on July 9th. Winners will be posted on Steena Holmes’ website, in the comments section of this post, and notified by Steena Holmes via email.

For even more fun, visit the Carnival Board on Pinterest:
Steena (and Emma) love the Carnival. Come see their pictures of favorite memories of summer fun and fairs and pin up some of your own! (Hint…the pics will give you a clue to the word for the day)

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