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March 5, 2019

Blog Tour: The Winnowing (Stanley & Hazel 2) by Jo Schaffer – Guest Post and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Winnowing (Stanley & Hazel 2)
by Jo Schaffer

presented by Month9Books.

We have Jo on the blog today sharing writing tips for aspiring authors!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Darkness descends over St. Louis, a city already rocked by the Great Depression. More and more people are disappearing, and some have turned up dead. A sinister secret society is putting forward their plan known as “The Winnowing,” designed to wipe out those they consider “undesirable.”


After Stanley and Hazel foil the diabolical plans of Charles Chouteau, they become instant celebrities. Hazel is thrust into the role of debutante, and risks loses herself in it. Meanwhile, Stanley must deal with the horrific tragedy of his best friend’s death while being threatened by the unseen forces of the Veiled Prophet.


With things spiraling out of control, Stanley and Hazel’s relationship is tested, possibly beyond repair. As bodies pile up, people become more desperate. The divide between wealthy and poor grows ever wider, threatening to tear their worlds apart. Now, the two must find a way to work together if there is any hope at all of saving their relationship and their futures.

The Winnowing (Stanley & Hazel #2) by Jo Schaffer
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Month9Books

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Top 10 Writing Tips for Aspiring Writer

  1. Just start! If you have ideas for a story or characters start writing scenes and excerpts. Play with your ideas.
  2. Do your research!
  3. Share with others and get good at taking feedback and criticism.
  4. Read as many good books as possible!
  5. Join a writing group and meet regularly.
  6. Take classes and workshops! (Like Teen Author Boot Camp!)
  7. Enter writing contests and try submitting your shorter work for publication online or in magazines.
  8. Write as honestly as possible. Don’t try too hard to jump on a trend or wow your reader. Be vulnerable and observant in your writing.
  9. Plan your plot with character growth in mind and get to know your characters on a deep psychological level. Know their motives and backgrounds.
  10. Keep writing and don’t give up! It may take several manuscripts until you write the one that flies!

Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker and a Taekwondo black belt.
She’s a founding member of the nonprofit organization that created Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the nation’s biggest conferences for teens where bestselling authors present writing workshops to nearly a thousand attendees.


Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. But her favorite thing is being mom to three strapping sons and a neurotic cat named Hero. They live together in the beautiful mountains of Utah.

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  1. Gwendolyn Jordan
    3/5/2019

    I like the cover

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