Happy New Year!!

Welcome 2011! Can you believe it? 2011? I remember all the nail biting and disaster foraging for 2000 just like it was yesterday. We’ve come a long way. No longer are we worried about the Y2K bug getting us~~now we wonder, day to day, what staple in the world is going to change next. LOL! Don’t blink. You’ll miss out on something!
I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t been very faithful in posting my journey through life along with tidbits of cleverness from others. I’m sorry.

If you visit Seekerville on December 30 — waaaaay back last year — you’ll find an incredibly invigorating and thought provoking post by Tina Radcliffe on chosing the One Word for your life. Read this post. Completely makes you rethink the whole notion of New Year’s Revolutions – or resolutions – as folks are fond of saying : )

As Tina says, “The concept of My One Word is to pick one word and allow God to use that word to mold and shape you in 2011.”
One word. One. How in the world is a writer, or any avid reader for that matter, supposed to choose just one word?
Well, after long hard study of my personality and what I really need God’s help with in my life, I’ve chosen the word:
As in making them. If I’ve learned one thing about me over my lifetime, it’s that I’m not good at making choices.
Not to be confused with making bad choices. Please.

More like making choices, period. Choosing between one activity and another. One event. One project. One hobby.

A very wise friend once told me, “Time does not expand to encompass all you want to do. You must choose the best use of your time.”

Wow. What a concept. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do in 2011. Believe me, this is not going to be easy.

Plan ahead. Schedule. Say no.
I’m posting reminders already. I’m scribbling down goals, then reassessing them for importance. Is it a necessity or a desire? Through the early stages of these decisions, necessity will win out.
With some leeway time for Emergencies.
Have you chosen a One Word yet? Try it. It’s not as easy as it looks. Well worth it though.
Happy New Year!!

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Shipping now!

News flash!
Amazon is shipping Rocky Mountain Hero.
What a Christmas present, LOL!
Available in paperback and Kindle editions!
You can download it to your Kindle in moments!!
Thanks Steeple Hill!
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Visit me at…

Join me at Petticoats and Pistols today. Of course my topic is Rocky Mountain Hero. Leave a comment and you might win a copy!

The fillies over there are the greatest.

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Harlequin Open House

Drop in during Harlequin’s Open House for the Holidays.
I’ll be chatting as I can, since of course, my day job boss wouldn’t understand my taking a day off for someone else’s party, LOL! Still, the day is long and who doesn’t want to talk cowboy.
I mean, really!!
Lots of authors will be there. Come and join the fun!
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Are things any different now?

December, 2 BC (Give or take a couple years)
Bethlehem: The streets are bustling with activity. All around, merchants and innkeepers are doing a brisk business for a census has been decreed and all must comply to registration, each to his own city.

December, 2002 AD (Give or take a couple years)

Big City, USA: The streets are bustling with activity. All around, mega-malls and convention centers are packed with travelers and residents alike, each conducting their own business, each off to their appointed city.

2 BC

At the time of Christ’s birth, the angels announced, the shepherds praised and sang, the wise men bore gifts, yet all across the land, the people lived their lives oblivious to the miracle which had come into this world.

2010 AD

At the time of Christ’s birthday, the preachers proclaim, the believers sing praise, congregations worship, yet all across the metropolitan area, people live their lives oblivious to the salvation offered to this world.
Some things just don’t change, do they?
What can we do to bring Christ back into Christmas? An overwhelming task to say the least, but every road is paved one brick at a time. How about this Christmas you choose an “oblivious” friend or relative and make a special effort to show them the joy of Christmas beyond the tinsel and paper. Spread Christ’s salvation by giving a special ornament or book containing the message of salvation. Send cards that speak of the true meaning of Christmas.

Or hey, how about this. . .bring a friend to a Children’s Christmas program!

Be creative in your encouragement, pray the Spirit helps you, and smile with the joy that fills your heart knowing you’re giving Christ the best present of all for His birthday.

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 RSV.

Blessings to all!

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Novel Writing Made Easy

Join me today in Seekerville where I claim I have the secret to Novel Writing Made Easy. Really, there is no such thing, but I found a awesome tool on the Internet that I think will help you out.

Plus, I’ll be giving away a copy of Rocky Mountain Hero to a lucky commentor who completed the 50K word challenge last month for NaNoWriMo AND I’ll be giving away another copy just because, LOL!

Ahh, the Christmas spirit. Ain’t it grand??

See you in Seekerville!

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NaNoWriMo ~~ YAY!

Friends and family help me celebrate! I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge on November 27 with 52,634 words. Wow. The writing isn’t pretty, but it gives me something to fix : )

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is every November. The concept challenges novelist and writers of any sort, to push themselves and their creativity. 50,000 words written in one month. If you’re looking at writing a rough draft, it’s pretty sweet.

You don’t have time to edit.

You don’t have time to plot.

You just write.

Frankly, I have a terrible time plotting out books. I spend too much time thinking and then my characters make unwise choices. NaNoWriMo gives your mind the freedom to write, to listen to your characters and let them show the direction they want to move in.

For me, my rough draft makes sense.

Like I said, my rough draft is not pretty, but I can clean it up. It’s getting the book out of my head and on to the screen that’s the hard part. Now that the journey is behind me, I work on the landscaping, the relationships and the roadblocks.

It’s all good : )

Mark your calendars. November 2011. NaNoWriMo. Accept the challenge!

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Enjoy a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! May we always remember to give thanks for all the blessings God has poured on our nation. May we keep them in mind now more than ever and remember the visions our founding fathers embraced.  Blessings to you!  ~~ audra
A Thanksgiving Proclamation

October 3, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.
~~ George Washington ~~
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Congratulations, Donnell!!

I’m so pleased to announce my friend and fellow Scribe Donnell Ann Bell has sold her 2007 Golden Heart finaling book, Walk Away, Joe to Bell Bridge Books!!
For more on her amazing sale, drop in at Five Scribes and congratulate her!!
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So You Think You Can Write

Ever dreamed of becoming a writer? The editors at Harlequin want to make those dreams a reality! All this week they’re offering insights and activities to help you hone your skills.

Come join the fun start making your dreams come true!
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