Valentines of Old

In third century Rome, an oppressive Roman emperor, Claudius II ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods and he made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians.

Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ and continued to practice his ideal and beliefs. He was arrested and imprisoned. During the weeks of his imprisonment, the jailer saw that he was a man of learning and begged him to teach his daughter who was blind.

Valentinius agreed to teach Julia. Valentinius read stories of Rome’s history, described the world of nature to her, taught her arithetic and told her about God. She trusted him and found comfort in his quiet strength. Julia asked many questions about God. She wanted to know if He really answered prayer. Valentinius assured her that God answers all prayers if you blieve in Him. Julia asked God if she could see. Valentinius knelt with her in the cell and suddenly it was filled with a bright light. Julia cried, “Valentinius, I can see.” Valentinus praised God

On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia urging her to stay close to God and he signed it “From Your Valentine.”

His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 AD near a gate that was later named porta Valentini in his memory. He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.

Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship On each Feb 14th, St. Valentine’s Day, messages of affection, love and devotion are exchanged around the world.

Thank you Sandra Lee Smith for sharing this story with me!!

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I finished the rough draft of Rough and Ready at 4:51pm today!! WooHoo! Now it’s time to edit. My favorite thing. Oh, and ideas are swirling through my head for the next book. God is very good : )
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Author Branding with Jenn Stark

Jenn Stark will be in Seekerville today sharing on
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Do you need to get organized for 2009?

Pam Hillman has an excellent post in Seekerville on the topic of organization. She’s starting with email files and I’m hoping she works her way through the rest of my office : )

Come join the fun in learn techniques along way!

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JANUARY 28th: James Scott Bell: Plot & Structure, Revision and Self-Editing
James Scott Bell is the award-winning author of several novels of suspense and historical intrigue. Booklist and the Los Angeles Times compared James Scott Bell to Raymond Chandler and Dasheill Hammett.

A former trial lawyer, James Scott Bell has been an Off-Broadway actor, an actor in commercials, the fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest Magazine, an adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University, and author of nineteen novels and two books on writing. WRITE GREAT FICTION: PLOT & STRUCTURE, 2004, is one of the most popular writing books today. His 2008 how-to book, WRITE GREAT FICTION: REVISION & SELF-EDITING, is equally strong and a must-have for writers of all genres.

Upcoming Releases by James Scott Bell:
DECEIVED — a suspense thriller, will be released in March, 2009
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Publishers Weekly Review:
“Former trial lawyer and Christy Award–winner Bell (Presumed Guilty) hits his stride in this twist-filled suspense thriller…Dialogue carries the book with rich characters…a fast-paced thriller with its Los Angeles music scene, creepy canyons and a slew of cons. Bell, who also writes nonfiction books on writing, is a master of the cliffhanger, creating scene after scene of mounting suspense and revelation in this heart-whamming read.”

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Congratulations, Glynna Kaye

Love Inspired Author !!!!!

You’ve left the Island!!

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in Seekerville

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Exciting News…

…A fellow Seeker has been rescued off Unpubbed Island!! If you want to know who the lucky Castaway is, you’ll have to visit Seekerville tomorrow where the Weekend Edition will announce the Romance world’s newest author.

Make sure you stop by and help us celebrate!!

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Original SUV

We all want to go back to the simpler days, don’t we?

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Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Is there such a thing as Indian Winter?
After the string of gray, cold days we’ve had here on the Front Range of Colorado, today we had a high close to 70 degrees and beautiful, clear blue skies.

Absolutely gorgeous.

Tomorrow is MLK Day so I have tomorrow off. Going to be beautiful tomorrow, too. And the day after; and the day after. Makes me want to take the dog for a walk, work in the garden, take a nap on the deck.

Anything but sit in my office and write.

Well, maybe I want to write a little. Well maybe just a couple of scenes. Okay, I’ll fit it all in and go to work on Tuesday absolutely exhausted. It’s okay.

I am after all, a writer : )

Enjoy the holiday!!
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Visit Seekerville today and learn how to write characters with distinctive voices by Mary Connealy.

Mary gives us sneak peek into her newest book, Gingham Mountain, the 3rd book in her Lassoed in Texas series. Come see for yourself why Mary is a rising star among authors!

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