Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Inheritance Inn

Hello Readers!  Thank you all so much for your patience over the last couple of years since I published Hope for Joy.  I have now completed the Inheritance Inn and it is available as a Kindle book on Amazon.  Soon I hope to make it available in paperback format as well.  When I do, I will keep you updated.  Please click on the Books tab at the top for more information about my two books!

Friday, November 9, 2012

SafeHaven of Tarrant County

At the first of October, I published that I would donate the proceeds of my October sales to a local organization that assists victims of domestic violence.  This is a few days late, because I've been out of town, but the organization that I am sending my proceeds to is SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

For those who are interested in learning more about the organization, there website is here:

Thank you to all who have supported this cause to raise awareness for domestic violence!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hello Readers,

Thank you for your patience as I continue to work on my other projects.

Today, however, I would like to share with you that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Because Hope for Joy deals with this very topic, I would like to announce that the proceeds from the sale of my book for the month of October will be donated to a local charity to support domestic violence victims.  I will name this charity at a later date.

Below is a link to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  They have a lot of valuable resources for those who may be victims or know someone who is.  In addition, there are many resources available locally that are just a quick search online or through a phonebook.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

I'm also including a link to Focus Ministries, which provides Christian support to victims of domestic violence.

Focus Ministries

I would like to share your stories on my blog throughout October.  If you have a story of survival, or perhaps some encouraging words, scripture or prayers for victims, please feel free to email me at  You can remain anonymous if you prefer, and no identifying details will be used.

I am also doing a free giveaway of the paperback copy of Hope for Joy.  Anyone can enter.  To enter, simply email me at RebekahBurtonsWords at with the word "Giveaway" in the subject.  The deadline to enter is October 31, 2012 and winner will be chosen the following week.  If you win, I will notify you by email to request a mailing address.

My prayer is that those suffering will receive help and find their way to safety.

Thank You,

Friday, August 17, 2012

Writing Through Experience

I talked with a friend the other day about my book Hope for Joy.  She asked how much of it reflected personal experiences I had.  This is something that every writer faces: how much of their own experience do they draw on for their writing?

I will start by saying this:  many of the experiences I have had or those I have heard of firsthand have made it, in disguised form, into my writing.  For me, I couldn't write if I didn't have a frame of personal reference for my fiction.  Other writers may feel differently, but the idea of "write what you know" has always helped me get started.

My experience as a teaching assistant gave me a good story for the opening of my book.  I will say that the specific experience in the Hope for Joy opener did not happen to me, but I did experience a similar incident where a student was reading a  magazine in my classroom and it fell to the floor.  In my experience, the magazine's cover had a celebrity that looked *just like* my student. I made a few comments, held the magazine up for all to see, and I never *saw* a magazine open in class again. (Of course I am well aware that they may have found a better way to conceal them).

There's more to share, but I'll save it for another post.    See you next time!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Slow But Steady?

Have you ever heard the phase "slow and steady wins the race"?  Well, I'm not exactly racing but I am working toward my goal of publishing The Independence Inn soon.  I've hit a few snags in time management lately.  My days have become a bit busier since taking on an old but familiar part time job.  I've also had visits with family and friends, and the hot Texas sunshine has kept my attention elsewhere.  However, I am editing and making changes daily and will keep you informed on my progress.  Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Editing on the Road

My apologies for not writing something in the past couple weeks.  Brian and I went to Mount Rushmore for the Independence Day holiday and I did quite a bit of editing on the road.  I printed out my pages from The Inheritance Inn, and read through almost the entire book, making notes along the way.  I did try to do more actual writing, but even on smooth, boring stretches of road, I had a hard time concentrating and keeping my hand still.  Anyway, I managed to get some much needed work done and I am working on meeting personal deadlines.  Can't wait to share it with you when it is done!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Few Favorites

Okay, so please read last week's post if you haven't already done so.  Today is a continuation of sorts, where I am going to discuss some of my "favorite" authors.  I have a difficult time picking and choosing, and my preferences have changed since discovering new authors in the years since I got my Kindle.

Lynn Austin is one of my favorites.  Among other things, she writes Christian historical fiction.  The stories are well developed and take the reader back to another time and place, depicting realistic scenarios of struggles representative of the time.  I truly feel as though I *know* her characters by the end of the book.

Another favorite is Melody Carlson, whose protagonists are women from various seasons of their lives.  I particularly like her True Colors series.  Each book in the series focuses on a different modern day problem that teen girls face and tackles it within a Biblical worldview.  To me, these issues are not often talked about in teen Christian fiction, which is perhaps why they stand out as some of my favorites, although I am older than the target audience.

I have others, but need to save some for next time, right?