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Saturday, September 29, 2007

It's Book GIVE AWAY Time!!

Trish Perry and I at the ACFW Conference

Kim Sawyer and I at the ACFW Conference

I'm doing another book give away, and sharing a couple of ACFW Conference photos with you. Be sure to leave a comment here and on my shoutlife site, and I'll put your name in for the drawing of TWO books this time.

The Other Daughter is releasing in late October and you can pre-order your copy on or CBD.

Update!!! I hit #28 on the CBD bestsellers list for Women's Contemporary fiction this morning. I'd hoped to hit #50 by the time the book released, so am overjoyed! But, as any good marketer knows, once you reach your goal, you need to increase it and shoot higher. I'm hoping you'll help me spread the word and push me up into the top 20, and stay there for a while!!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Just Starting To Recover, But WHAT A Ride!

I returned last night from the big ACFW (for those of you who don't know, that's the American Christian Fiction Writer's) Conference in Dallas, TX.

What an amazing experience! This is my first time at this particular conference, but it won't be the last. Here's just a few things I experienced:

Red HOT workshops and speakers. Our keynote speaker was a well known author, James Scott Bell and he kept us laughing or thinking each time he spoke.

The workshops left nothing to be desired where the quality of teaching was concerned. The worst thing about them being the need to choose between so many valuable titles. Authors, editors and agents taught eager writer's more about their chosen craft, and I soaked up as much as I could in the limited time we had, then ordered the MP3/CD of the entire conference as back up.

Warm friendships that were deepened, and many new ones created. What a joy it was to meet many of my online friends for the first time, face to face. I 'clicked' with a number of women during my 4 1/2 day stay, and found each person I spoke with to be a potential friend.

Excellent times of ministry....both to myself and given out from myself to others. What a joy it was taking part in the worship service and focusing my thoughts on the Lord. Besides that, I had at least three different opportunities to help someone else, or minister at a heart level and speak into another woman's life. God is SO good!

How do you color laughter? I have no idea, but I'll call it violet for the color of pansies, one of my favorites. My room mate Kimberly and I talked and laughed while curled in our respective beds, long after we should've been sleeping. What a joy to have a roommate who doesn't snore, LOL!---who's time and company you thoroughly enjoy, and who helps drag you out of bed in the morning when you really want to sleep, but need to get to breakfast and class.

Amazing encounters with some of my favorite authors....and having more than one of them tell me they plan on reading MY book! Now that's intimidating! While I happen to love my book and am thrilled that others seem to want to read it, I can't help but tremble when someone like Kim Vogel Sawyer, who's writing I greatly admire, tells me my book has been on her "to read" list for 2-3 months now and she'll be buying it when it releases.

And last, the opportunity to network with others who are readers as well as writers, and talk about my new book, The Other Daughter, releasing in just FOUR weeks! Can't believe it's finally almost here! Ane Mulligan created some buzz about my book during the conference, as she'd just read it and is planning on posting a very positive reveiw Oct. 4th on the Novel Journey blog. The woman is an amazing person....when she gets in your corner and believes in your work, she tells everyone she meets...and I do mean EVERYONE. I had an abundance of people glance at my name tag, then state..."oh yes, I've been hearing about your book from Ane...she tells me I need to read it." Thank you ANE!!!

Next year's conference will be held in Minnesota and I'm already counting the days....well...maybe the months, LOL! But after experiencing this one, I plan on attending each year, Lord willing!

Hopefully I'll be able to post a few pictures when friends send them my way. I didn't bring my camera and relied on the kindness of others to take a few of me with friends.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

So Much To Do and SO Little Time!

I must say I'm excited and a little overwhelmed all at the same time. September has been the busiest month I've experienced so far this year, and it promises to get worse, before it gets better....or should I say, it promises to get better, before it gets worse, LOL! I guess it depends if you view being super busy as a bad thing, or look at it like I have to...that the things keeping me busy are WONDERFUL things. Here's a quick overview of what my month holds:

The first week of September our family was engrossed in wedding details. Our son Steven and his lovely bride Hannah were married on Sept. 8th...the rehearsal and dinner took place the evening before and we had a 3 hr round trip to take part. A couple of weeks before my mother and I attended the bridal shower and had a wonderful time getting to know Hannah's extended family. A week after the wedding my hubby, mother and I again traveled to Portland for dinner with Hannah's parents, and the joy of watching our kids open their gifts. We LOVE our new daughter--she's a commited Christian and fits into our family so beautifully.

During that same time period we decided to tackle our lawn project. As you know, we moved into our newly constructed home in early July and it's surrounded by DIRT, which will very soon become MUD! We brought in fill dirt from out of our nearby forest floor. While it's beautiful dirt for growing, it's also filled with tons of roots and branches, which all need to be raked out. After it's raked, we planted seed and are daily watering it, and coaxing the little blades to appear.

I've been putting in 2-3 hrs per day on marketing my book, The Other Daughter, which is very close to it's Oct. 30th release date. I've scheduled a book release party at our local library and will be speaking to a couple of large churches in the area about talking to their women's groups. News releases still need to be written, influencer lists finalized and...well, the list goes on.

Tomorrow I leave for five days for the big American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference in Dallas, Tx, and to say I'm excited is an under statement. I can't wait! I get to meet some of my favorite authors who will also be attending, take awesome workshops, socialize with hundreds of other writer's, and meet with two editors to promote my upcoming potential books I'm considering now.

We'll be home for 3 days, then my hubby and I will head to N. California. We'll be driving a rental moving truck and helping our son and his wife move. It's not a burden at all, we're looking forward to going, as it's our first chance to get away together in quite awhile. We plan on touring the Redwood forest while there, and spending a couple of days in a nice hotel getting some much needed R&R.

That brings me to the end of Sept., when I'll return and have a birthday party for our oldest daughter at our home. Oh, and did I mention the couple dozen pints of peaches I've canned, or the work I've been doing on my second book? No...oh well...there's other things I've forgotten too, but that's simply because my brain seems to be turning to mush.

Wait!!! One more thing! The online catalogue for Christian just came out, and my book is on page ONE...yes, page ONE of the "Hot off the Press" list! Wahoo! Not sure how that happened, but I'm thrilled! Also, I've gotten two very positive reviews so far.... BE SURE you pick up a Romantic Times Review magazine in early October...they come out around the 10th I think, and turn to the inspirational fiction section where you'll find a review. It's considered a very, very tough review magazine and getting a good review there is superb. Just a hint....I did!

That's it for now. I just took a quick, or not so quick, break from packing but better get back. And after typing all this I realized I did my nails about two hrs ago and I'm afraid to look at them now after pecking at these keys! Yikes! Good night all, and I may not have time to visit with you again, till I return.

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Treasure Hunt began on Shout life on September 15, 2007 at Roseanna M. White's blog site .

The first twelve winners will receive autographed copies of Sanctuary, a long historical novel about the Huguenots by Molly Noble Bull. Sanctuary was published today in trade paperback, September 15, 2007.

It's easy to win. Here are the rules.

Visit all twelve blog sites listed below, beginning with Roseanna M. White's site. At each site, you will find a question and an answer. Read both carefully. You will also see a star by the sentence in each answer where the main clue can be found. Copy or cut and paste the sentence with the main clue in it to your answer sheet.

When you have collected all the answers found at the 12 blog sites, send your answers to the Christian Review of Books' ShoutMail.

From Rosanna White's blog, you will be told where to go for the next clue. However all twelve blog sites addresses are posted below and at every blog site; so don't worry about getting lost.

1. Roseanna M. White
2. Trish Perry
3. Betsy St. Amant
4. Katy King
5. MaryLu Tyndall
6. Jill Elizabeth Nelson
7. Miralee Ferrell
8. Michelle Sutton
9. Elizabeth Goddard
10. Tricia Goyer
11. Teresa Slack
12. Molly Noble Bull


If you haven't heard about my new book, The Other Daughter, I hope you'll stop by my profile page at Shoutlife... and follow the link to my web site where you can read the opening scene. It's releasing in late's a brief summary of what you'll find.

David Carson's ordered family life is thrown into chaos when Brianna, a young teen, appears on the Carsons' doorstep. The revelation of David's apparent betrayal staggers his wife Susanne, and adds strain to an already fragile marriage. Will this shocking discovery drive the family apart, or will it draw them closer to God? Guaranteed fiction, Kregel Publications.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lisa Bergren Blog Tour...New Book!!!

Lisa Bergren is an amazing author and one you don't want to miss. Her first book, The Begotten, was a huge success and her second in the series, The Betrayed promises to be even better. I'm putting a brief summary of both books below, along with pictures of the book covers and a picture of Lisa. Several other blogs are featuring her books with author interviews and more information. Please scroll to the bottom of this post to find the dates and blog sites where you can read more, or visit Lisa's web site at:

Quick Synopsis of The Begotten:

When the Church compiled wrote the Christian canon, it is possible that they left some of Paul's letters out. Now, in Book 1 of The Gifted series, in 1339, a letter that is half a millennium old has resurfaced, telling of a group of people with special spiritual gifts called the Gifted. Now the Gifted must find each other and band together against the people who wish to destroy them out of fear, as well as the deadly Sorcerer, Satan's minion. While they struggle to stay alive, they work to uncover a secret that will determine the ultimate fate of the world. Paperback

Quick Synopsis of The Betrayed:

A religious thriller. An epic historical. An award-winning author with one million books in print. Second in the breathtaking trilogy. The first book in Lisa T. Bergren's Gifted trilogy, The Begotten, was hailed by Library Journal as "a full-bodied, absorbing tale that combines authentic historical detail with a universally appealing and gripping story that will have readers cheering." Now the breathtaking quest of the spiritually empowered Gifted ones-prophesized in a long-lost illuminated letter from the apostle Paul-continues as the healer, the priest, and the knight gather together to fight a battle in a profound new war. For the enemies of the Gifted are gathering, led by an evil lord who will do anything to destroy their unwavering faith. Hardcover

Wednesday Sep 5

Friday Sep 7
The Cappuccino Life
Saturday Sep 8
Fictional Journey

Relevant Blog

Monday Sep 10
Melanie Writes

A Christian Writer’s World

Tuesday Sep 11
Surviving the Chaos

Wednesday Sep 12
Coming Home

My Blog
Thursday Sep 13
Aspire 2 Blog

It’s Real Life

Friday Sep 14
I Need to Read

Beneath the Ivy Wreath

Portrait of a Writer…Interrupted

Saturday Sep 15
Rachel Hauck Blog

Sormag’s Blog

Monday Sep 17
Books, Movies and Chinese Food

Ripples and Reflections

Tuesday Sep 18
Piano Girl

Scrambled Dregs

Novel Review

Wednesday Sep 19


Sep 20
Christy’s Book Blog

Jim’s Fiction Review

Friday Sep 21
PaulaReviews by Two

Grace Reign

Novel Journey

Saturday Sep 22
Relz Reviewz

Reviews Plus+

Monday Sep 24
A Peek at My Bookshelf

Sky-High View

The law, books and life

Tuesday Sep 25
Fresh Brewed Writer

Book Junkie Confessions

Wednesday Sep 26
Dandelion Momma

Michelle Writing Space

Thursday Sep 27
jacklyns Journal

Christian Under Construction

Friday Sep 28
A Sip of This & A Cup of That

Mountain Breeze Writer

Edgy Inspirational Author

Saturday Sep 29
Paper cuts

Christian Fiction

Monday Oct 1
New Every Morning

Baseballs and Bows

Tuesday Oct 2
Christian Political Fiction

A Book Lover

Wednesday Oct 3
The Writer’s Tool

Writing: My Adventure

Thursday Oct 4
Kittens Come From Eggs

Ruth---Christian Fiction Queen

Friday Oct 5
So Many Books... So Little Time

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Devil and the Duck

Just a quick story tonight that has a lesson in it for all of us.

The Duck & the Devil

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.
He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.
He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target.
Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck.
Just out of impulse, he Let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it.
He was shocked and grieved!
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister watching!
Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch the next day Grandma said, 'Sally, let's wash the dishes'
But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.'
Then she whispered to him, 'Remember the duck?'
So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, 'I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.'
Sally just smiled and said, 'Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help'
She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?'
So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he finally couldn't stand it any longer.
He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.
Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.'

Thought for the day and every day thereafter?
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done ... and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) ... whatever it is ... you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven.
He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.
The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets.
It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

A Better Date Night

Eight ways to improve on the old standby—dinner and a movie.

by Ron R. Lee

Marriage experts recommend a regular date night to maintain a healthy, growing marriage. The old standbys—"dinner and a movie" or "pizza and a video"—are great as long as the movie doesn't leave you feeling like you need a shower. That's why it helps to think about what types of movies do the most for your marriage.

1. Use common sense.

Would you let your kids watch the movie you're considering? Even if the answer is "no," it still might be appropriate for you. But in those instances, make sure you have compelling, and specific, reasons why. Likewise, don't assume that because a movie doesn't carry an R rating that it will be harmless. Some of the most destructive messages are disguised as innocent entertainment. Instead of going solely by ratings, consider the overall message of the movie.

2. Know yourself and your spouse.

How visually impressionable are you? Let's say you like to watch "buddy films" like the Lethal Weapon series or thrillers like The Sixth Sense. Can you easily rid your mind of scenes depicting violence or other disturbing events?

3. Be honest.

You know what images and story lines cause you the most problems, so be up front about those things. If you watched an otherwise harmless historical film with women wearing tight bodices, would it causeth you to lusteth? If so, fleeeth.

4. Don't get your motor runnin'.

It's true that certain types of movies can lead to amorous activity with your mate. But it's awfully hard to watch a depiction of sexual intercourse on screen and keep it from sticking in your mind. Since sex is meant to be a private, exclusive relationship, don't introduce anything that will take the focus off your spouse.

5. Consider the outcome.

Does the movie make you more appreciative of your partner and of your marriage? Does it make you more optimistic about your shared future and more thankful for what you have together? If not, it's not helping your marriage.

6. Examine the message.

Does the movie align with your world-view? Does it ridicule beliefs or customs that you hold in high esteem? Do the actors take God's name in vain, make all men out to be idiots, characterize all women as dithering, nagging airheads, justify infidelity or glorify violence?

Avoid tunnel vision.

Movies aren't the only potentially destructive form of entertainment. Soap operas (daytime or prime time), romance novels, crime dramas, music videos, talk shows—they all influence us. If they convince you that the romance is gone or that your spouse is not adequately beautiful or sexually appealing, it's time to find other sources of entertainment.

8. Value your time together.

If you only have one evening a week to spend together, think about ways to maximize your limited time. Rather than falling into a "dinner and a movie" rut, vary your routine by experimenting with other romance enhancers.
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