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Sure it looks easy…

I spent most of the afternoon brawling with Blogger and Photobucket. I am not the most computer literate apple in the bushel, and afternoons like this are frustrating reminders of that fact. It looks easy, doesn’t it? Just follow the template prompts and Voila! you should have a blog or website as shown in the marketing brochures.

Yeah, right.

Wailing my woes to the Seeker loop for support from my sisters, I whined enough to make all of us feel good : ) Camy Tang, in her infinite cyber hardware wisdom emailed a few simple steps and finally Voila!, just like in the marketing brochures : )

Anyway, take a look at the right of my blog and witness the fruits of my labor. My slideshow attempts to display my inspiration for Rough and Ready, Book One of my Circle D series. I’m doing a serious revamp of the plot and God has thrown some pretty good wrenches in my former okay plot to give the unexpected twists and turns. Well, they were unexpected to me, LOL.

I like it.

I hope you will soon, too : )

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Check It Out!

Books coming out this month and those already on the shelves:

Countdown to Death by Debby Giusti
A Love Inspired Suspense, Book One of Debby’s Magnolia Medical series.

Medical researcher, Allison Stewart has to work against the clock to find out how five people from a small Georgia town contracted a rare, deadly disease. Before she ask one question, someone tries to kill her. Handsome recluse, Luke Garrison is thought to be guilty of a decade-old murder with ties to Allison’s case. Can she trust Luke as an ally, or will she be the next victim?

Single Sashimi by Camy Tang
Zondervan Publishers, Book Three of Camy’s Sushi Series.

Venus Chau is determined to start her own game development company and launch the next Super Mario-sized phenomenon. However, she needs an investor to back her idea. When Drake Yu, an old nemesis, approaches Venus with a contracting opportunity at his sister’s startup, the offer tempts Venus to think the unthinkable.

Venus would rather throw away her PS3 than work for Drake again…but then Grandma bribes Venus to do this favor for Drake’s wealthy family. With the encouragement of her three cousins, Lex, Trish, and Jennifer, Venus discovers that even a wounded heart can undergo a beautiful transformation. . .

Where The Heart Leads by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Bethany House Publishers

After his graduation from college, Thomas Ollenburger is filled with big dreams and even bigger questions. What will he do for a job? Should he marry? Where will he call home? Torn between his Mennonite roots on the Kansas prairie and his love for the big city of Boston, as well as his affection for a girl from each location, Thomas doesn’t know which path he is meant to take. He has always sought God’s help with his decision-making, but now it seems Heaven is staying stubbornly silent. What will Thomas choose?

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
Revell Publishers, Book 2 of Julie’s The Daughters of Boston series.

No man can resist her charms. Or so she thought.
Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. Her stunning beauty and fliratious ways have always succeeded with men. Until Mitch Dennehy, that is. Brilliant and dangerously handsome, Mitch is a no-nonsense newspaperman who wants nothing to do with her. Charity burned him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won’t play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants–one way or another.

Or does she? Will her best laid schemes win his love? Or will her seductive ways drive him away forever?

Great reads! Go pick up a copy and enjoy!

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Scripts

Scriptwriting and novels go hand in hand, or so it seems. A couple of my favorite blogs are hosting posts on writing screenplays. If you want the skinny on Show, Don’t Tell, these are the blogs to read!

Sandra Leesmith on Seekerville
Leslie Ann Sartor on Five Scribes

Amazing stuff!

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New Writers Group

I just returned from a wonderful meeting of the Front Range Christian Fiction Writers (FRCFW). The group discussed becoming an official chapter of ACFW, but decided to wait on the final decision, choosing instead to remain simply a structured group for Christians writing fiction.

Members will be supported in every area of their writing needs:

  • writing tips
  • guest speakers
  • brainstorming sessions
  • booksignings
  • fellowship
  • Anything else that comes up : )

We meet the fourth (4th) Saturday of the month at the Barnes & Noble in Centerra Shopping Center, Loveland, CO 10:00 am – noon.

Saturday, November 22, Carol Steward will be the guest speaker giving us tips on Characterization. She will speak from 10:00am-noon, then at 1:00 pm, Barnes & Noble is hosting a booksigning for her. Please come if your schedule allows!

Check back for more information and schedules!

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Interesting Discussions. . .

Hi All!

Have you visited the Five Scribes blog http://fivescribes.blogspot.com/? Take a peek on the current conversation on tattoos. Quite the interesting topic : )

And check out The Seekers blog http://seekerville.blogspot.com/. Susan Sleeman shares her *Call* moment. Had me drooling : )

If you want the current scoop on contests and Asian gourmet [grin], visit Camy’s Loft http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/. Camy has her third book in the Sushi series out, Single Sashimi, and it’s a winner! A review will be posted here soon!

That’s all for now. Visit again soon : )

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Discerning Minds Want to Know

In support of my commitment to return to writing, I glanced through my writing books to spend a couple hours reigniting excitment. Like most writers, I have quite a library of titles.

Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass?
Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight Swain?
GMC by Debra Dixon?

These three books, among many more, are truly inspirational works guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing. No writing reference section is complete without them. Instead, since afterall this is a Sunday afternoon, I turned to a more inspirational source.

Write His Answer, by Marlene Bagnull

Write His Answer gives thought to why we write. In short, concise, informative chapters, Ms Bagnull opens her own writing journey to the world, filled with all the pitfalls and detours we all experience in life. She made herself vulnerable to me, and in return, I completed the exercise sections at the end of each chapter with humiliating honesty. Though I haven’t read the book in its entirety, I do see a lot of wisdom in her words effecting my life.

First and foremost, I’m forced to admit, I’m fragmented. I grant the same importance to so many voices, prioritizing is impossible. So often I give up in frustration before I even sit down before the computer screen. How do I know I’ve been called to write? I know I’ve been called to write because deep down the desire burns unceasingly.

Well, fine. But how do you know what to write? The answer is in James Chapter 1:

5 If you need wisdom–if you want to know what God wants you to do–ask Him and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.

Silly me, I’ve always known that! That verse leaves you with warm, fuzzy feelings knowing God will answer prayer. . .it’s the next verse that made me sit up and pay attention as I planned on asking God for his guidance.

6 But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doutful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Since my childhood, I’ve known God answers prayer. Maybe not as I’d like, but He answers. I must unceasingly pray that I hear His answer when He gives it. But wait, that’s not all. . .

7 People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.

Ouch!! That’s me, the flag waving in the wind. Is this what God wants?…no, no, this is what God wants…is this the story You want me to tell?…hmm, how about this one?…wait, this one is so timely…

All around the bush I chase, never stopping to taste the berries God has blessed me with.

There is a silver lining in my story of indecision. Before I stopped my study time, I opened my Bible to a Psalm where I often find comfort. Psalm 32 remains a strong influence in my life, but one verse left a deep groove in my brain:

“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

This afternoon, I found peace. I know the road ahead of me is rocky and full of pitfalls, but the Lord is guiding me if I but ask and listen.

Stay tuned, I’ll let you know how it goes. . .better yet, how about if you come along? In God’s kingdom, there’s always room for more.

Blessings in Jesus’ name,
-audra

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MIA for a season

Hmm, I have this perfectly great blog space and rarely use it. Now, that’s just not right : )

Recently, I’ve been going through some soul searching. Am I on the right track with my writing? Am I being selfish in demanding time to devote to my passion at the expense of my family? Is my being an author on God’s radar?

Tough questions, even tougher to actually face.

So, I set out on a journey of self-discovery, of sorts. A temporary job opportunity plopped itself on my lap offering to let me be a fill-in secretary for our 4-H organization. Now, if you know me at all, I love 4-H and can spend an entire blog itself on just that topic. But that’s not my mission today, so you’ll have to tune in again : )

The challenges of being in the workplace again were very stimulating. I had tasks to perform under deadline, the public to greet with constant humor, and generally easing back into the working world. I loved my days, but I came home exhausted.

Too exhausted to write.

This concerned me. How was I to do God’s bidding, if indeed He intended to make me a published author, if I didn’t write? I prayed, but didn’t hear an answer.

Four months later, our regular secretary decided to retire, so I was offered the position permanently. Talk about a bizarre mix of excitement and apprehension! Lord, what will You have me do??

Again, silence on the line.

Well, I accepted the position and focused on being the best Administrative Assistant I could be. I learned a lot. I worked a lot. I laughed a lot.

I didn’t really try to wedge writing into my already full life — oh did I mention my husband owns a Painting company for which I continue to also secretary for, and we have two teenagers, one graduated this last May and is in college? My prayer life filled to capacity. I neglected my writing duties. I felt badly, but you know what? I also found out who my friends were.

Take a moment and visit Seekerville http://seekerville.blogspot.com and meet 14 of the most giving ladies to ever create a blog (I’m the 15th, hee). Fine advice and humor abound with the ladies of Seekerville and I find myself most fortunate they love me even when I go MIA.

Then, mosey on over to the Five Scribes home http://fivescribes.blogspot.com and meet the ladies who also love me as they sprinkle words of wisdom across blog pages about the Ups and Downs of the writing world. Leslie Ann, Donnell, Theresa, Kerri-Leigh and MIA-me, do our best to shed light on fiction and screenwriting across genres.

Both blogs are exceptional and vividly illuminate the trials and triumphs of the writer’s life.

Anyway, along this journey, God did speak to my heart and He did assure me I had something to write about. Who am I to argue when He graciously provides the story??

So, now I’ve respoken my marriage vows to God and my writing. I promise Just In Time will no long remain stagnant. I’ve too many thoughts and book reviews to share. Come back again, and often, and share moral support whenever the good Lord moves you : )

Blessing to you all!!!
-audra

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Only Uni

Book 2 in the Sushi Series
by Camy Tang

Trish Sakai has upset Grandma. Not a bad thing for the average person, but in the Sakai family, no one upsets Grandma. Trish had all the right reasons for putting her life on the so-called line–she’s just not ready to marry yet. Or is she?

Having kissed dating good-bye and asking the Lord’s guidance in leading her to the chosen man, Trish finds herself in humorous peril more often than not. Stalked by a gorgeous ex-boyfriend, supported by loving cousins who complain they’re always there to pick up the pieces of Trish’s life only to have her mess it all up again, and ramrod-ed by a Grandma who has sleuthy ways to persuade her granddaughter to see things in proper fashion, this book is a laugh from page one. To top it all off, her partner on a project at work is a man too good-looking for his own good, yet she must resist this temptation, she promised the Lord. . .right?

Ahh, what’s a flirtatious, senior biologist, California girl to do? Pray hard and meet the world head-on!!

As the second book in the Sushi Series, Only Uni is a wonderful, fast paced book that will make you laugh time and again. Life in the single lane as a Christian lady ain’t easy to begin with; Trish Sakai demonstrates how to overcome expectations with style! I can’t wait for the third book to come out!!

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Sushi For One?

Sushi For One?
Camy Tang

Bold. Gutsy. Unique.

This debut book by Ms. Tang is certain to open your eyes to a new culture alive and well and flourishing in gorgeous California. Bringing to life Asian customs, the characters never let you forget you’re in the United States, yet the mouth watering descriptions of Oriental foods and the fine examples of dedication to time honored traditions encourage the reader to consider looking up the closest sushi bar in town.

Lex Sakai is perfectly happy with her life. Grandma is not. Lex has high aspirations for her life, many of which seem to be falling just within reach. Grandma wants Lex married and pulls all stops to get what she wants. Who will win?

With a delightful cast of characters, Ms. Tang introduces us to the worlds of volleyball and physical therapy. Goals, ethics and dreams. Lex is thrown together with strangers, friends and relatives alike in a bizarre competition where the prize appears to satisfy only Grandma. Drawing on her Christian faith, Lex juggles the obstacles thrown in her way and just when we think she is down for the count, Lex discovers miracles really do happen when you let go and let God.

Excellent read. I look forward to next book in the series.

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Review: Waiting For Summer’s Return

Looking for an emotional read? Try this.

Kim Vogel Sawyer has created a stunning debut book. Strong emotions, coupled with gentle and humble souls, make Waiting For Summer’s Return a story loaded with turmoil and poignancy.

After losing her husband and children to Typhoid, Summer Steadman feels no desire to continue living. She has lost everything dear to her, including her faith in God. To widower Peter Ollenburger, who is raising his son with the help of his mother-in-law, faith in God is everything.

The Mennonite townspeople of Gaeddert, Kansas are suspicious of the woman stranded in their midst. Peter seeks a teacher for his injured son and turns to Summer for help, despite the displeasure of the tight-knit community. Through his patience and unshakeable devotion to God, Peter risks his reputation to befriend this despondant woman from Boston. He teaches Summer and the community the joy found in following the examples of Christ.

As Summer becomes comfortable with her new situation, she not only teaches academics to young Thomas, she also softens Peter’s heart to love, brings joy back to Grossmuter’s life, and eases the town’s fears of strangers.

Both Peter and Summer have loved and lost which makes this touching journey of discovery all the more sweeter.

Kim Sawyer has taken the frightened, desolute prairie of Kansas and turned it into a place to call home. She portrays Summer’s struggles in the Mennonite community with heart and depth of insight. She crafts a story of people filled with suspicion and fear who learn that trust in God relieves unnecessary burdens.

This is a must read book.

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