Posted by: Karen Cogan | 20/02/2016

Author Interview: Karen Cogan

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Posted by: Karen Cogan | 29/01/2016

Random God Thoughts

In the Bible study I was attending, we discussed how hardships might be allowed in our lives for the benefit of others. It is easy to believe God has forgotten us or not answered our prayers. The apostles suffered to spread the gospel. They were under great hardship, yet their endurance made an made an impact on many and turned lives to Christ. Perhaps some of our hardships might do the same.

Posted by: Karen Cogan | 26/01/2016

Random God Thoughts

Failure in the Christian Walk

Ever feel like you fail time and again to live up to the Christian ideal you have for yourself? I know how that feels. I take encouragement from the Biblical accounts of failure in the lives of everyone from Adam and Eve to the apostles. It they had been perfect men and woman of God, I would think myself hopeless. Last night, I was reading John 21:15-25 in which Jesus restored Peter,  who had denied Him, yet went on to become a strong leader of the early church. Peter failed. We fail. Yet, failure does not have to be permanent unless we let it. Like Peter, we can accept forgiveness and move onward.

Posted by: Karen Cogan | 05/01/2016

Betrayal by Karen Cogan

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In this sweet Regency romance, life in India is idyllic for Anne Tyler and her younger brother, Jeremy until the deaths of their parents shatter their world. They are sent to England to live with a grandfather that neither remembers. However, as the years pass, the kindly man proves a balm for their wounded hearts. His death, when it comes, is a cruel blow.
Though his will leaves the estate to Jeremy, the boy is not yet of age. His grandfather’s nephew, a man with a mysterious past, is named guardian of the property
and soon arrives to take up his duty. Unfortunately, the man has a son who is both evil and cunning. Since he stands to inherit the estate should Jeremy die, he will stop at nothing to get his hands on the property.
Murder and threats of murder soon haunt their every move. Standing between them and disaster is the handsome Lord Westerfield, a man who promises to defend Anne and Jeremy, even at risk to his own life.

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Posted by: Karen Cogan | 28/11/2015

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Posted by: Karen Cogan | 12/10/2015

A Relative Matter

A Sweet, Clean, Regency Romance

A Sweet, Clean, Regency Romance

In A RELATIVE MATTER, Troy Fletcher, is a despicable character who attempts to murder Anne’s young brother. For more romance novels go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Cogan/e/B001JSB9XE.

Posted by: Karen Cogan | 21/08/2015

Content Marketing lessons from ‘The Big Boys’

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BrandsThe amazing growth of blog site aggregators such as Digg over the last few years have given us some incredibly valuable figures on what actually makes a successful post. These sites have average daily site visits measured in the tens of Millions to a variety of content, and these figures can be mined to show the current state of the Blogosphere, and what is being not only looked at, but studied and shared by readers across the Globe. By asking questions of those that produce content on their own sites, and always seem to appear on these aggregator sites, we can find out not only what works now, but also the road taken to get this far.

Here are some of the most popular answers we have received from our questions:

1. Try, try again, and re-brand your posts.

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Posted by: Karen Cogan | 27/04/2015

I love the first signs of spring when the flowers begin to bloom. It’s the promise of life anew as they appear from deep in the soil. Though they appear to be dead, they rise in full beauty. It reminds me of the resurrection, when this seed of a body will rise in new life. It’s a lovely image and a wonderful promise.

Posted by: Karen Cogan | 28/03/2015

A Writing Tip

Tips for A Writer

Have you ever read a book you couldn’t put down?  “Something like: Tom clung to the edge of the cliff. His knuckles were turning white. Below him was a thousand foot drop.”  AHHH!  Does he fall?  It makes you want to know.  As writers, we are told to use hooks, not only at the end of chapters, but to begin our stories.

Beginnings that intrigue me are those that start with something out of the ordinary, something unexpected.  This should cause the reader to question what the character did and what will happen next.  For example: “Laura always wanted to be like other people.  When she sat alone in a coffee shop, she studied them to see how they spoke, their facial expressions and their body language.  She wanted to have friends, go to parties and fit in.  She wanted to be empathetic and affable.  So why, on her living room rug, was there a dead body only inches from her feet?

This makes me wonder a lot about Laura.  Was she responsible for the death?  Is she a psychopath?  Or is she innocent?  Perhaps someone else killed the victim.

In a romance, I want the hero or heroine to begin in danger, or at least an impossible dilemma.  Here are two examples I offer from personal experience.  My novel, FRAGILE DREAMS begins:  “Nate’s left side ignited in an explosion of white hot pain.  He felt his legs go out from beneath him as he sank to the ground, stunned.  For a moment, he could not grasp that he gunshot he’d heard had produced his agony.  He could not understand the violence that had suddenly shattered his peaceful afternoon.”

From an ARTFUL DECEPTION:  “Lady Katherine held her slender shoulders rigid.   Her feet pressed into the floor of the coach as though she could stop it by the sheer effort of her will. She would stop it if she could and escape into the forest that lined the road.”

I hope these are examples of beginnings that would make the reader want to read on.  We have passed the days of Dickens when the public would accept longs passages of narration and description.  Our readers expect a beginning that promises danger and excitement.  This is not always easy to accomplish, but worth the effort when it works.

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