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Happy Thanksgiving

We’ve been given so much to be thankful for as we live in the “land of the free and home of the brave.” May God continue to shower blessings and His favor on our nation. And may we always remember it is more blessed to give than to receive.
I pray this day finds you among family and friends. And if all who you love are far away, still know that you are never alone.

 

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Coming Soon: Saturday Stories

I’d like to start something fun I’m calling Saturday Stories. On Saturdays, I’ll post a review of the book I’ve read over the week. There are so many great books and great authors, how can folks make a choice where to spend their hard earned pennies? Blog reviews are not a new thing, but maybe I’ll come across a book or author you’re not familiar with and offer a peek into my version of Calgon, take me away : )

Check back on Saturday for my debut : )

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Vacation!

It’s Saturday! Not only the first day of a glorious weekend, but also the first day of an entire week off from the day job! Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, it’s just sometimes — when all you want to do is write your heart out because you’ve imagined this wonderful scene for your book and you don’t want to lose the essence of the excitement — there are other things I’d like to do : )

Speaking of exciting essenses of writing, if you haven’t visited Casey Herringshaw’s 2nd Blogaversary party yet, what are you waiting for? Melanie Dickerson is Casey’s guest today.  Melanie writes the most amazing Medieval romances full of suspense, detailed descriptions, to-die-for heros (and heroines, LOL)  and heart warming happily ever afters. Her latest masterpiece, The Merchant’s Daughter, is available now. And while you’re at it, check out The Healer’s Apprentice. Both are beautifully crafted stories guaranteed to stay on your mind long after The End.

I’m a life-long fan of Melanie Dickerson. Her books definitely bring out the historical voice in me and make me want to scribble many a ’twas and ’twere in my manuscripts — now won’t that confuse the cowboys down on the ranch, LOL!

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Fun Filled Thursday

Ever had one of those weeks where nothing happens on first few days — I mean nothing — and then you have one day packed to the gills? Well that’s my Thursday! All week, writing has been slow, day job has been very quiet, even my husband and I haven’t had that much to talk about, LOL! Lots of stuff vying for attention tomorrow though so I hope you can join the fun!

First, join me in Seekerville where I’ll be expounding on the concept of “Would he really do that?” If there’s anything I’ve learned over my years of writing is that there is always something new to learn. Stop by Seekerville and find out about my latest discovery. Leave a comment and you’ll have a chance to win a book on the subject : )

After grabbing a snack and chit chatting in Seekerville, mozy on over to Writing for Christ where Casey is throwing an awesome week long party in honor of her 2nd Blogaversary!! Casey runs a class act and has interviewed some of the most fascinating authors in Christian fiction. I’ll be sharing the party venue on Thursday with the most wonderful Lisa Jordan and spectactular Jessica Nelson. What do the three of us have in common (other than adoring Casey?)…we’re all First Sale authors! Come join the fun!

If you really want to, you can then follow me to the day job where I’ll spend my day working with member and volunteer enrollments for another fun-filled year of 4-H…the best experience opportunity for kids, bar none!!

I am truly blessed.

  • I get to write novels weaving the love of Christ in the everyday world of ordinary characters,
  • I hobnob, blog and call the great bunch of authors in Seekerville my dear friends,
  • the friends I’ve made in the Christian romance industry are the best ever!
  • my day job is a joy and a blessing
  •  love my family…and they love me!!

Stop by the parties tomorrow. You won’t be sorry!

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Play Time!

I decided to play with my blog template. What do you think? This one is only temporary as I explore Christmas themes, but I kind of like it : )

Personally, I tend to fall into a rut in an effort to remain constant. Does that make sense? You’re told you have to stick with your brand, people need to recognize you for the author you are, become an Internet icon.

Hmmm, I do believe all that advice is well and good, but also, I think we need to constantly work on our creativity. God poured more than the standard measure of creativity into my little pea brain. I could daydream for hours if left to my own devices. And it served me well in my childhood when I struggled with painful shyness. I created worlds and characters in my head that kept me company and accepted me for the quiet, reserve kid I was.

Then hormones hit the scene and well, a curious teenager emerged from her shell on the first day of junior high. LOL. I’ll bet my folks longed for the days when they worried over how much I talked to myself!! Maturity, marriage and children of my own have tempered my ways, but I still retain the tendency to slip into creative lapses and rearrange the furniture for no reason at all or buy a new scented candle or …

Or change the wallpaper on my blog : )

Stay tuned, I’m searching for just the right Christmas essence to welcome in the holiday season : )

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Query Letters Needed!!

Query Letter Contest! Don’t miss this opportunity!!

Enter your one-page query letter and the last page of an
unpublished and completed manuscript targeted at Love Inspired, Love Inspired
Historical or Love Inspired Suspense. Deadline is Monday at Midnight. The top
five finalists will then go to Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich for
judging. The winner will be announced on December 4, 2011 in Seekerville’s
Weekend Edition.

The winner will have an opportunity to avoid the slush pile and submit
their first three chapters and synopsis to Senior Editor Melissa Endlich by
snail mail.

http://seekerville.blogspot.com/p/seekerville-love-inspired-read-me-query.html

And best of all. This contest is kind to your budget. It’s FREE!!

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Check This Out

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SO CHECK IT OUT!!!
Just found out that A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in the Winds of Change series is FREE for download almost everywhere, and you do NOT need a Kindle, Nook or e-reader to download it — you can download e-books on ANYTHING, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Cloud Readers, Androids, Blackberrys and Windows Phone 7, you name it!
Go to any of the online bookseller sights and look for their free e-books for A Hope Undaunted, The Frontiersman’s Daughter and No Place for a Lady.
 
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Orphans

When you raise livestock, there are times when the unexpected happens. My daughter had given me a call at the office and asked if I’d bring home an incubator. Red flags flashed all around me.

“Why do we need an incubator?”
“Because I found a nest of Rouen eggs. Our hen is gone. I’m going to hatch them out.”
“Are you sure you want to do that? It’s a little late in the season.”
“I can’t just leave them here. They’ll die.”
At this point, not knowing how long the nest had been unattended,  I think, hmm, I doubt they’ll survive the journey to the house, much less the incubation. “Did you ask Dad?”
“He said fine.”
Ooookay. 30 days of drama, about to unfold.

We set the eggs up in the incubator and faithfully turned them, sprayed them, watched them with a skeptical eye. One Saturday before daughter left for work, she came bounding in and announced she’d heard peeping. The eggs were about to hatch.

Okay, call me a non-believer. I never once thought the eggs stood a chance. But, lo and behold, by the end of the weekend, we were the proud foster family of 7 — count’em SEVEN ducklings out of 11 eggs.

Wow.

Even out Corgi is amazed.



Life is just filled with miracles. We had no idea how long our Rouen hen had left the nest. No idea how long she’d been sitting on them ( you need to stop turning the eggs in the incubator a few days before anticipated hatching ). No idea if they were even fertile.

But God knew. We lost one hen and now have 7 little lives to replace her.

Isn’t life grand??

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The Future of Bookstores

Borders will be closing all their stores…soon.                                              Borders Stores

That’s mega sad. The end of an era. Probably the very threshold of a change I don’t know I like.

While I can’t say I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, I do know I’ve always loved to read. Libraries were my favorite hangouts all through school, the Dewey Decimal System enabling to me to find volumes of information in a snap, and leading me to genres I never thought about investigating. All through high school I was an avid Ray Bradbury fan. Or I thought I was until a friend loaned me a copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss and I discovered my reading passion had little to do with alien planets, LOL!

But really, let’s save that for another post!!

Back to brick and mortar stores. I love the feel of them; the smell of them; the kid-in-a-candystore giddiness that overcomes me when I step through the doors. I’m such an impulse buyer, I’ll always walk out with a volume of something — usually a cookbook. My husband still shakes his head over that. My dedication to cooking flew out the window when I went back to work full time!

Still, there’s nothing more satisfying than strolling the aisles and running a finger down spines of novels, wishing one of them bore my name. Now that I have a book on the shelves, the thrill is compounded by the fact I can run my finger down the spine of MY book. Wow. This may be completely selfish, but I don’t want to ever lose that thrill because cyber stores and ebooks are the wave of the future.

I do have a Kindle, and I love it. I love buying friends books as soon as they’re available. I love having an entire library in my purse for all the times I’m waiting for appointments and meetings. The Kindle, the Nook, all eReaders are nice, but…

They’re not books.

If you do anything this week, go out and support your local bookstore. Walk in, grab a cup of coffee, thumb through a magazine (and then buy it). Drink in the atmosphere. Enjoy while you can.

The priviledge may be gone before we know it.

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The Carol Award Finalists Announced!

American Christian Fiction Writers announced the finalists for the Carol Award for published writers:

Debut Novel:
The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House – Dave Long/Sharon Asmus, Editors)
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers – Kathryn Olson, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing – Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)

Long Contemporary:
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)
Red Ink by Kathi Macias (New Hope Publishers – Randy Bishop, Editor)
Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House – Dave Long, Editor)

Long Contemporary Romance:
Plain Jayne by Hilary Manton Lodge (Harvest House – Kim Moore, Editor)
Anna’s Return by Marta Perry (Berkley – Ellen Edwards, Editor)
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson – Natalie Hanemann, Editor)

Long Historical:
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs (Waterbrook Press – Laura Barker, Editor)
Petra: City in Stone by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press – Susan Downs, Editor)

Long Historical Romance:
The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside – Rachel Meisel/Connie Troyer, Editors)
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)

Mystery:
Mirrored Image by Alice K. Arenz (Sheaf House – Joan M. Shoup, Editor)
Muslin Mystery by Vera Dodge (Guideposts – Beth Adams, Editor)
The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Novellas:
The Prodigal Groom by Vickie McDonough (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Ride With Me Into Christmas by Rachael Phillips (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Romantic Suspense:
The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press – Rachel Meisel/Susan Downs, Editors)
Don’t Look Back by Lynette Eason (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)
Pursuit of Justice by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale Publishers – Karen Watson, Editor)

Short Contemporary:
The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Love Inspired – Allison Lyons)
A Father for Zach by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, Editor)
Winter’s End by Ruth Logan Herne (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, Editor)

Short Contemporary Suspense:
Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense – Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Legacy of Lies by Jill Elizabeth Nelson (Love Inspired Suspense – Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Love Inspired Suspense – Tina James, Editor)

Short Historical:
Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired Historical – Tina James, Editor)
Promise of Tomorrow by S. Dionne Moore (Barbour – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)
The Columns of Cottonwood by Sandra Robbins (Barbour – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)

Speculative Fiction:
The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin (AMG Publishers – Rick Steele, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing – Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)
König’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, Editor)

Suspense/Thriller:
Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan – Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, Editors)
Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
Medical Error by Richard L. Mabry (Abingdon Press – Barbara Scott, Editor)

Women’s Fiction:
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers – Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, Editors)
They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon – Barbara Scott, Editor)
Beyond Summer by Lisa Wingate (NAL – Ellen Edwards, Editor)

Young Adult:
Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell – Lonnie Hull Dupont, Editor)
Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zonderkidz – Jacque Alberta, Editor)
Katy’s New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Zonderkidz – Jacque Alberta, Editor)

I judged a panel for this contest and have to say, the quality of published work was superb. I can’t imagine choosing only 3 finalists for each category. Really? They’re all winners to me!!

Congratulations, finalists!! Especially Mary Connealy and Ruth Logan Herne! Cheering loudly for Melanie Dickerson, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Laura Frantz, too!!Your stars shine brightly and I can’t wait to cheer for you in St. Louis!!

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, September 22-25, 2011, St. Louis, MO

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