Make sure you watch for these up coming releases:

Janet Dean offers another warm and witty historical romance from Steeple Hill Books. The Substitute Bride features a mistaken identity bride and a hidden identity groom each grappling with their own dilemmas as husband and wife until faith and trust weave together a union made in heaven.

Another winner from Janet Dean!

February 2010

Hot on the heels of her amazing Christmas novella, Yule Die featured in Christmas Peril with Merry Mayhem by Margaret Daley, Debby Giusti is back with another Love Inspired Suspense, Killer Headline.

February 2010
Watch for the long awaited debut novel, Winter’s End, by Ruth Logan Herne. Ruth has a commanding style and voice that will keep you laughing, crying and waiting as happily ever after puts a smile on your face.

March 2010
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2010 Handbook

My good, good friend Leslie sent this to me at work today. It was such a great pick-me-up, I wanted to share it. My only disappointment is not knowing the original author of such an amazing list. Thank you Unknown, where ever you are!

Great rules to follow in 2010 and beyond!!

Health:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2.. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants…
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12 Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. God heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

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Are you ready for that First Sale??

A good friend of mine, Tina Radcliffe, just sold her first book to Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Oh, the partying and celebration that went on in Seekerville in her honor! After years of perseverance, the dream is now firmly in her grasp. All her family and friends are so happy and proud of her.

So the party decorations are all cleaned up, the last guest bid adieu, and the door closes on the thrill that is the First Sale.

Now what?

Writers that strive for years for their first sale sometimes aren’t prepared for the change in chores that now lie ahead. Speaking as one who has seen a number of friends sell their first books over the past two years, I can give a little insight.

Be prepared to jump into action quickly. Not saying I know how all publishing houses operate, but when you sell a book to Steeple Hill, they have a pub date ready for you in the same breath in which they utter the longed for words – We’d like to buy your book and work with you.

Don’t be a diva. Now that your dream has come true, don’t buck the system. Very few books are sold and published without revisions of some sort. Trust your editor. Of course you can discuss changes that rub you the wrong way. Just don’t earn the label of being difficult right off the bat. Your long awaited career might come to a grinding halt.

Schedules are crucial. Looking at my own writing habits, I’m a pretty firm seat-of-my-pants writer which means I write what and when the mood strikes me. Since watching my friends sell their books, I’ve been working on structure. I set small goals for myself and make certain I achieve them. There are masses of details that need to be attended to, and they all need to meet your publishers’ deadlines. Be prepared!

Have a loose idea of title and cover art. I say loose because, really, the editors have been at this a long time. They know what works and what doesn’t for their lines. If you insist on a title or whine when they change it, number one, your editor will probably say sorry if they’re so inclined; number two, you’re headed toward that difficult label again. Remember, discussion is fine, just handle it courteously and professionally.

Finally, KEEP WRITING!! Keep churning out those stories! Publishers invest a lot of time, effort and money in you to create a name and a brand of your own. Don’t be a one hit wonder! Be enthusiastic about your next project, or better yet, have completed manuscripts to offer. Put a smile on that editor’s face and develop a relationship that keeps your name in the forefront of all of the others.

There are so many details and responsibilities that come along with selling your first novel. Hopefully, I’ll be able to fill you in as a published author soon : ) In the mean time, I’m working on more books, keeping my eye out for cover art, schedules are always at hand….

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First Sale Celebration

Check out the party in Seekerville!

We announce the first sale of

Tina Russo Radcliffe!!

Read about her amazing journey through the maze that is Unpubbedness : )

Yay, Tina!! We’re all so proud of you!!

WooHoo!!

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Welcome 2010

Happy New Year! May 2010 put a smile of your face all year long.

Traditionally, January 1st is the day for resolutions for the new year. I tend to go a step further and make revolutions (doesn’t it take a revolution to make a change??) with the best of intentions at heart.

Not this year.

Nope.

If I want to be perfectly honest, I’m still trying to nail down the revolutions I”ve been making over the last decade. Why add more beans to the proverbial pot when I haven’t perfected the original blend of herbs and spices?

This year, I want to concentrate on making the most of the gifts I’ve been given.
  • I have a day job that I love and I plan to serve my community the best I know how.
  • I have a hut on Unpubbed Island that I’m just dying to move out of and that will never happen if I don’t sit my butt down in my chair and continue to write Inspirational Romances, drawing strength and emotion from every romantic fiber reaching deep down to my core.
  • I have an awesome family that will soon fragment as children tend to do as they mature and leave in search of happiness beyond the nest. Oh, I don’t feel I’m losing them. No. It’s just a change every healthy family goes through when the spirit of adventure calls.
  • I embrace the awesome power of prayer and firmly believe the Lord is in control. So what’s the point of prayer? To remind me the Lord has everything under control : )
  • I am blessed with the love and support of friends spanning the nation. How great is that??

I have a wish and a prayer for all my friends and family: find your happiness and live in contentment in this upcoming year of 2010.

Blessing to you all!

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December 31, 2009

Can you believe the year is almost over? Seems like each year, the time goes by just a mite faster. Maybe I should just Christmas shop now for next year and be all set by the time Thanksgiving comes rolling around in just a few weeks : )

Tomorrow is the day for revolutions.

Today is the day to give thanks.

I’m thankful for:

  • …my family and our health. This year has seen some crazy things happen from kidney infections to hernias to dog-bitten fingers. Through it all, we kept our sense of humor along with countless prayers heavenward.
  • …my daughter who lives life to the fullest. Her motto: you can rest when you’re dead. She has a heart of gold and a 1000-watt smile to go with it.
  • …my son who lives up to his nickname of Minimum Bud, even though he’s the first to lend a hand fixing equipment, moving furniture or chauffeuring his friends where they want to go. Now if we can just come up with enough money to support his food budget…
  • …good friends to laugh and cry with and who always know just what to say whether it’s consolation or a smack up side of the head. Best friends don’t let best friends wallow or do stupid things.
  • …my job that brings me endless enjoyment and the opportunity to give back to the 4-H community for all the support and love they’ve shown our family. Special thanks to this incredible village of families that helped raise my children and me!
  • …my Five Scribes buddies for creating a blogging venue so diversified, visitors learn all about romantic suspense, womens’ fiction, urban fantasy, screenwriting, along with my contribution of inspirational romance depending on the day they visit. The guest interviews are fantastic and the book reviews enlightening. Thank you my good friends for joining me on this adventure into the next year.
  • …my Seekerville sisters. I can’t say enough about this incredible group of women who bonded together out of our competition against each other in writing contests. No joy, problem or sorrow is too big or too small for the ladies who serve up fun and laughter, along with delicious treats in Seekerville each day. Life in fiction writing land would be so lonely without you guys! Empty the island by 2011!!
  • …the honor of living in this great nation. More specifically, I love living in Colorado where the sun shines 300 days out of the year and everything you might want to do is but hours away. Our friends and neighbors are quick with a smile or a helping hand and a blessing no matter what time of year. Oh and don’t let me forget the cowboys, ranchers and farmers who inspire my stories by simply being who they are.
  • …a relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ, my God who accompanies me on my journey through life, always with me, always protecting me, always loving me. May my life reflect His love through this coming year.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m thankful for so much that if I tried to list them all, I’d spend the next year writing about all the blessings in my life over the last year : )

I’m hoping your year was filled with memorable events. Good, bad, or ugly (had to toss in a little Clint Eastwood), 2009 will live in our hearts forever.

May 2010 fill you with adventure!

Blessings to you all!

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Nothing Left But The Smiles

Christmas has come and gone. For some reason, this Christmas season seemed to stretch on way beyond the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each year I vow to start all my shopping, cards, decorating, etc earlier, and each year I shake my head and say, *next year, yada,yada.*
Despite all the Saturdays spent baking and weeknights spent wrapping presents, Christmas this year was fun. Traditionally, we spend Christmas Eve with my aunt and cousins in Boulder. Very festive evening. Good food, good fun, good fellowship. After the presents were opened and the last bite of cake and coffee consumed, we drove back to Longmont in time for the Candlelight Service at church. We sang holiday tradition and listened to the timeless message of the birth of salvation. Beautiful reminder of what this season of joy and giving is all about.

Christmas morning finds the Harders’ family preparing for the holiday meal before opening the presents. This year, a lamb and pork roast went in the oven and a turkey breast in the slow cooker. Ahh, the smells that filled the house made our mouths water : )
Presents were appreciated by one and all, but I especially appreciated the presents MADE by my husband. Gary made all the gifts he gave this year. He is a master of creation with scrap wood. Kara and Bud and many of their friends received duck calls handcrafted by Gary. Yes, yes, yes, we listened his *testing for tone* all December long. Along with the duck calls, Kara and number of the female friends received earring presented within handcrafted acorns.

Christmas afternoon found the Harders’ side of the family at our house. A buffet for 13 lined the wall of my dining room and kitchen. Everyone ate well and we still had abundant leftovers to send home. The little kids tore into presents and the adults laughed with the excitment.

My presents were the best of all. Gary and the kids know how I love receiving office supplies and gadgets any time of year. The kids fed this hunger with post-its, oversized push-pins and paper clips, and various notepads. Gary crafted a storage box for all the little supplies and a paper clip holder with a magnet set in the lid. I love them!! I love the time he took to make each gift special for the person receiving it : )

Christmas evening wound down with the wrapping paper all thrown away, the table collapsed to its normal size and the kitchen clean. By 7:00, I was ready to turn off the lights and head for bed.
What a wonderful, blessed Christmas. God is so generous, I feel incredibly blessed surrounded by the special people I call family and friends.

I pray your Christmas warmed your hearts and may the joy of the birth of our Savior live on in your hearts all year long.
Merry Christmas!
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Joy To The World!!

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and heav’n, and nature sing.


Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains.
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.


No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow.
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.
He rules the world, with truth and grace;
And makes the nations prove.
The glories of His righteousness.
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His Love,
And wonders and wonders of His love.

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Timeless Story

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, becasue there was no place for them in the inn.

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 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. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Merry Christmas!
Glory To Jesus!

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Merry Christmas!


The snow is flying here in Longmont! What a beautiful setting to celebrate the upcoming festivities of Christmas!

Most of my shopping is complete. Don’t you just hate that nagging suspicion you’ve forgotten someone important on your list? Well, that’s what I’m going through. I just know I’ll remember too late to do anything about it.

Presents are all wrapped and under the tree. My family has made a conscious effort this year to shop conservatively, to consider the wants and needs of each other and to search thrift shops and flea markets to get the best deals. I certainly don’t mind gently used!! My husband has MADE all his Christmas gifts! He says he’s created something very tempting for the writer side of me. It’s hard not to go peek…
In case life gets hectic and I don’t post again, I want to wish everyone a very blessed Christmas! Keep Christ first in the days ahead and remember without birth of Jesus, we wouldn’t have anything to celebrate!!
God’s most richest blessing be to all!!
Merrry Christmas!
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