Great YA Read – Foreign Exchange

Posted On Oct 14 2014 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2014/10/14/great-ya-read-foreign-exchange/Follow I had the privilege to read an advanced copy of Foreign Exchange by Denise Jaden. I was drawn in by the great characters and held in by an outstanding plot. I won’t go into the description. There’s plenty of that below. Don’t miss this one! And watch for more great YA fiction from Denise. FOREIGN EXCHANGE is On Sale Now! Denise Jaden’s new young adult novel, FOREIGN EXCHANGE, is officially available to the world this week! It is an Editor’s Pick and for a limited time, it is available on the Evernight Teen website for only $4.49! Here’s a little more …


Life After Death

Posted On Oct 8 2014 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2014/10/08/life-after-death/Follow   Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and dayblakelydonaldson   Yes, I know it's not fashionable any more. After all, the “Heaven is for Real” movie came out a year ago. But I'm still fascinated by near death experiences. And who wouldn't be? Think about it. We've got answers for just about every aspect of science and nature. Even the vastness of the universe doesn't seem to impress us anymore. But death? I don't care if you're the most devout atheist. Every one of us wonders if there's a something after our bodies shut down like an old truck. That's why …


Our Shakedown Cruise

Posted On Oct 5 2014 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2014/10/05/shakedown-cruise/Follow Pictured above is Estrada Trailer #3. Four if you count the 24′ Starcraft we borrowed from my father-in-law. That was the trailer that convinced us to a) Get our own trailer and b) We’d end up divorced if the trailer we bought was 24′ long. We call this one the MT Nester. Now that the chillin’s are 18 and 20 years old, we figure that their days of camping with us are nearly over. Though the 18 year old did complain that there was nowhere for him to sleep. I pointed to a tent in the corner of the …


The Christian Indie Authors

Posted On Sep 26 2014 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2014/09/26/christian-indie-authors/Follow Usually when I go to a writer’s conference, I’m inspired to create, to improve my craft, and just be a better writer. This year’s ACFW conference in St. Louis is no exception. Yesterday began with an early bird session with none other than Chris Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey. I came out of there with a great refresher on some essential plot points ready to take my current wip up a notch. But then I met up with some of my writerbuds from the Christian Indie Author group on facebook. And i was hit with a whole new …


ACFW Writer’s Conference Tips for Men

Posted On Sep 19 2014 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2014/09/19/acfw-writers-conference-tips-men/Follow   The 2014 ACFW Writer’s conference is upon us! There’s plenty of tips out there for the first time attendee, but they’re usually written with women in mind. So, as a public service, I offer you my 2014 ACFW Writer’s Conference Tips for Men. Pack nail polish to patch up cracked cylinder heads on your rental car. Scrunch your clothes into a ball when you pack. Real writers look like they’ve slept in their clothes. Bring breath mints for your agent interviews. Those guys always have coffee and garlic breath. Order cheap business cards for all those free lunch …


The Big Writing Lie

Posted On Sep 15 2014 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2014/09/15/big-writing-lie/Follow I took a creative writing class about a dozen years ago. One of those Parks & Rec night classes at a local high school. Right after introductions to about twenty eager faces, the instructor announced that “you cannot make money doing this.” Stunned, we were. I mean, yeah, we love to write, but a little something for our efforts would be nice, too. Obviously, guys like Stephen King and Clive Cussler have simply bucked the trend. Perhaps they were unfairly advantaged. Born with a silver Strunk & White in their chubby little hands. You know what? You can’t make …