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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fall Y'All Bloggy Giveaway

Alert!! I've gotten one comment so far with NO tie to a Google or blog account and no email. I MUST be able to contact you if you win. If you're worried about leaving your email addy and you don't have a blogger account, email me privately at --- Or if I draw your name, you won't be able to claim your book!

Click here to visit the Fall Bloggy Giveaway list!

Here's another Give Away! I'm linking my blog to a huge Carnival of Blogs give away.
Just leave a comment here and you'll be entered to win my brand new book, The Other Daughter. Here's a brief summary of the book, and the places you can purchase it, should you not be the winner. sure to leave a way of contacting you in case you win. If you only leave your first name and don't have a blogger account of your own, it will be hard for me to contact you, unless you leave your email addy.

You can find my book at or


Stop by your local book store and have them order it, if it isn't already on their shelf.

Now, here's the summary and please be sure to leave a comment!

The girl standing at the door took a deep breath, pulling her suitcase a little closer to her trembling legs. "My mama's dead. He's my daddy."

Susanne Carson knew that she could trust the love of her life—her husband, David—until she discovered a strange, unkempt young girl on their doorstep, claiming to be David's daughter.

Not that their marriage had ever been perfect—David's decision to embrace the Christian faith had strained their relationship. Susanne may not have agreed with his beliefs, but at least she trusted him. Had David been hiding this not-so-little secret from his past? He wanted Susanne to believe in his God, but believing hadn't done much to keep David out of another woman's arms.As David confronts the truth of his past, Susanne must face her own moment of truth as her marriage is taken to the breaking point and the life of one young girl is left in her hands.

Here's a clickable link to take you directly to my book on amazon....AND, as a bonus... when you get there, click on my book title to go to the book.... you can read the first 7 or 8 pages & see if it's something you'd really like to buy!

Find Miralee's Book on Amazon Here--Click these words

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Winners Are In!!!

The names have been drawn!!

I've been gathering names for a drawing for over a year now on my web site and tonight closed it out. I'd planned on drawing one name, but after getting over 250 entries, decided to draw five instead.

Here are the lucky winners ....

Tammy Angel

Marty VanDiest

Lori Marques

Tracy Wickett

Dorothy Ballard

I've sent an email to each of the winners....if they don't respond within 5 days, I'll be drawing replacements, so watch this site just in case! Thanks to everyone who entered, you've been a blessing to me with your wonderful support and help on marketing and spreading the word on my book.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Being a Generous Wife

I've posted little snippets from the Generous Wife site before and have another couple of excellent thoughts to share from there. But first...a quick update:

Things are going well on my book, but I'd LOVE to get the word out to retail stores a bit more. If you'd like to help promote my book, it would be wonderful if you'd stop by your local Christian bookstore and see if they're carrying it. If not, ask if they'd consider it? They might try to get you to order one, but tell them you're not wanting to order it, you'd like to see it first or that you have friends or family that are interested in a copy, but you already have one....or whatever is true for you if you don't care to order one for any reason. Most stores simply need to have a book title brought to their attention and see interest expressed, and they'll carry it. Thanks for your help everyone!

Now for the Generous wife tips of the day----

Because men generally do not have as much contact with their children as moms usually do, they can feel on the outside of family life. They would really appreciate any help in staying in touch with the kids (like telling them about what is going

Guys understand that women are better at that "relationship stuff" :) and they do lean on us to help them build their relationships with their children. (A funny story: when my sister-in-law was a little girl and rather "creative" in her art work, her mother would always whisper to her dad, as he walked in the door, what her art work was about. That way Dad could say, "Oh, honey, what a lovely giraffe!" She always felt so special that her dad understood her art work. In later years, I'm sure she appreciated her mom and dad for understanding a

There is also a need for respect from the family. Men have an innate need for respect and a need to be respected as a father and head of

Another stressor for them is they often feel ignored. Kids tend to get the lion share of the attention (which is understandable given the level of care they need), but our guys need a little attention too. Making time for him personally and encouraging family time can fill that need.

Generous tip: Consider having a date night and a family night. You might not be able to do this weekly, but try to set up time for you as a couple and for your family. Use that time to build him up.


Several of the guys shared about the pull between work and home. They voiced the need for understanding over the conflict between work and family needs. They want to make time for family, but their job is what supports their family and it needs to have appropriate attention. It's not always easy to take time off for family things or call from work (when they do call, please realize that they may have to keep it short or that they may be interrupted). Basically it was a plea for understanding that their day is complicated too and they need to invest in their work.

A spin off of that was a need for a warm welcome and not having to face responsibilities or troubles the moment they get home. Some even wanted/needed a bit of quiet time when they first got home from work to make the jump from work to family.

Jeanette's generous tip: I have found that my man feels loved, wanted, needed and accepted when I walk out and meet him in the driveway when he gets home from work. I don't really ask how his day was or tell him about mine. I just say, "Hi, honey. I'm glad you're home." And give him a kiss and hug. I let him lead in any conversation or if I perceive he had a wearisome day, I might tell him an anecdote about the kids or the pets or something like that. It is amazing how welcomed and loved it seems to make him feel.

I don't do it every day so that it doesn't become just a routine. If I am really busy when I hear him pull up, I just shout that dad is home and one or more of the 4 boys goes out to greet him. It could be the 20 year old or the 6 year old or any and all of them in between. We have done this for years and it lets dad know that we feel incomplete without him among us.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Other Daughter Has Released EARLY!!!

Wahoo!!! Five Boxes of Books Showed Up Today!
Yes, I ordered 100 besides my author copies, so I'd have plenty for my book signing in two weeks and my book release party the following week end.
My books arrived at least three days early and I understand Amazon and CBD have their copies ready to ship. Anyone who's placed a pre-order will get their book soon and if you haven't ordered yet, now's the time!
Or...if you have a local Christian book store, why not go in and ask for the book? If they aren't carrying it yet, maybe it will encourage them to order one or two.
I have a blog tour kicking off this's the first few days of blogs that are posting. Be sure to check them all out...they've each picked their own questions and are doing their own interviews. Leave a comment on their blog and get your name in a drawing for a free book.
Oct. 20th, Karen Phillips---Sky-High View

LaShaunda Hoffman—See Ya On The Net

21st Angie Arndt---The Road I'm Traveling

22nd Deena Peterson---Deena's Books

22nd Teresa Morgan---Teresa Morgan's Blog

23rd Rose McCauley---Stories of Faith, Hope and Love

23rd Pattie Reitz----Fresh Brewed Writer

24th Cecelia Dowdy---New Christian Fiction Reviews

Tiffany Amber Stockton--A Fiction-Filled Life

25th Bonnie Way---The Koala Bear Writer

Stormi Johnson---Write Thoughts

26th Robin Grant---Queen Of Perseverance

27th Delia Latham---The Melody Within

28th Jennie McGhan---Jen's Life Journey

29th Susan Lohrer ---Inspirational Editor

30th Carla Stewart---Carla’s Writing CafĂ©

31st Christina Berry--- Posting with Purpose

Monday, October 15, 2007

My Life Unscripted---Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer---Author of
My Life Unscripted

Man, am I enjoying this book! Tricia wrote it for teens, but there are lessons to be learned in its pages for us all. Here's an excerpt from chapter two, titled Dialogue---The Way You Talk To Yourself---

What do you say when you talk to yourself? No, I'm serious, What do you say?

Whether we know it or not, there is a continual dialogue going through our minds. The dialogue occurs in two ways:

1. Unscripted: Out-of-control, spontaneous, unanachored. It's when your social calendar, the people around you, and whatever emotion of the day or hour takes over and rules your life.

2. Scripted: A solid plan. It's something YOU create after thinking through situation, considering your plans and what you want, talking to God about your worries, cares, and hopes. Then you actively determine how to handle life (with God's help and strength). So even when everythng feels whacked out, you have something solid to hold on to.

That's just a tiny sample of the nuggets of truth you'll find in My Life Unscripted, by Tricia Goyer. Consider purchasing it for yourself, your teen or your youth group leader at church!

Tricia's running a contest right now, and you can find the details on my ShoutLife blog...go to my most recent post at and enter to win some great prizes. I don't want to take the time or space to repeat it here, as I think the book stands on its own merit and is a MUST buy for every parent of teens.

Please take a look at the first chapter, by visiting Tricia's web site at:

Here's a few words from Tricia:

An interview with Tricia Goyer!

Q: Tell me about My Life, Unscripted

Sure! With real-life scripts, screenwriting terms, and timely topics, My Life, Unscripted helps teen girls explore their own inner struggles and outward relationships. It's my hope they'll learn the importance of "scripting" their own responses BEFORE challenging life-situations arise.

By contrasting real-life with TV/movies, it's my hope that teen girls will understand they don't have to get caught up in the drama. They don't have to face situations as they arise, but rather they can think about, pray about, and consider how to face these situations before they hit the big screen of their lives.

Q: Is it true that much of YOUR story shows up in these pages?

Gulp. Yes, I'm afraid so. In fact, I shared parts of my story that I SWORE I'd never tell a soul.

My teenage script (portrayed in the book as Trish Valley) wasn't one I'd suggest my daughter, nor my readers to copy.

Q: Tell me about these scripts.

The introductory script of Trish Valley shows a scene where Trish urges her mom to follow Trish's boyfriend into the McDonald's parking lot so she can "spill her news." The other girl in the car and her boyfriend's response to Trish's pregnancy are unfortunately not fiction. I wrote out the scenes as they would appear in an actual script. I even use all the correct terms and layout.

Q: In addition to teen pregnancy, what are some of the other "scripts"?

Do I have to tell? Well, I guess it's in print now! Let me see: fists fights with a rival, sneaking out of my parents' house, getting caught by my boyfriend kissing his best friend--does that give you an idea? Do I have to go on?

Q: No, you can stop there. But WHY? Why did you decide to share these stories?

First, because I want girls to understand the heartache of unwise decisions. I want to them to be able to relate to me, rather than feeling preached at. Also, I wanted to share my stories because many young women have faced the same type of situations, or they know friends who have. And finally because they are great object lessons for the importance of following biblical truth. That is something I did learn!

Q: What does your teenage daughter think about this book?

Leslie thinks it's great I'm able to connect with other teens. She's heard these stories for a while! She was 11-years-old when we first started volunteering together at a support group for teenage mothers together. As I taught the young moms things like nutrition and potty training, Leslie assisted adults in babysitting the toddlers. And while we loved giving and serving, it was the ride home that soon became the most meaningful part. As Leslie sat in the passenger's seat, I could see her mind considering my life as a teen mom, and she started asking questions.

Although it was hard to talk about my past mistakes, I knew this was an ideal opportunity to share real-life truths with my daughter. Each person walking this earth has regrets. Our talks showed me that instead of hiding my past troubles (and hoping my kids didn't find out) sharing my mistakes could actually give my daughter a better understanding to why values and wise decision-making skills are important.

You can find My Life Unscripted at on the following link...Buy the book



It's in Barnes and Noble as part of their back-to-school endcap promotion!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tricia Goyer---Teen Book Blog Tour Coming Soon!!

My Life Unscripted Blog Tour:
Life Plotting 101
I hope you'll join me here on October 16th when we talk about Tricia's new book for teens. But first, here's a contest she'd like to share with her readers.

Their are two contests:
1. A teen contest
2. A Blogger contest

1. The Teen contest: is open to teen girls. Three winners will win a $25 iPod gift certificate. The contest will end November 30, 2007.

Here are the details:
To enter the contest, read My Life, Unscripted by Tricia Goyer, write a review on the book, and post it on your blog, myspace, shoutlife, or (or other review site).

My Life, Unscripted is available at your local Christian Book store,, Barnes and Noble or
My Life, Unscripted explores relationships in every teenage girl's life--with herself, her friends and enemies, her parents, guys, and with God.
Real-life scripts, screenwriting terms, and timely topics, make this an interesting read for teen girls as they delve into their own inner struggles and outward relationships.

They'll also learn the importance of "scripting" their own responses BEFORE challenging life-situations arise and are able to think about, pray about, and consider how to face these situations before the scene begins. By contrasting real-life with TV or movies, teens will understand they don't have to get caught up in the drama.
In addition to the review, you may also include how you, too, have overcome temptation.

Sounds easy right? It really is.(Please forward this contest to any teens you think might be interested!)

2. The blogger contest: runs from September 16 through October 26! It is open to all bloggers and their readers. Here's the SCOOP:
Did you live your teen years unscripted? Or did you think it through and make wise choices?
Write a sample script from your teen years (I know--scary!) and post it along with information about my book on your blog! Your script could be where you make a good choice ... or a not so good one. Also share how God's Word helps you as you script your life today!

The person with most creative blog post during the tour will win a gift basket which includes starbucks coffee, amazon gift card, an itunes gift card, and more. There will also be 5 runner up small gift baskets._______________________________
All entries for both conests need to be sent to my assistant
Amy (!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Update On CBD Ranking! Wahooooooo!!!

Wow!!! God is SO Amazing! I wanted to give you all a report on how my book is doing on the CBD ranks, as so many of you have helped get it where it is today.

I hope you'll allow me a bit of excitement and not think I'm bragging...I know God is doing this and I'm so thrilled and blessed to be a part of the journey. The numbers I'm going to list wouldn't be that great for someone who's a several times repeat author, as hopefully they've developed a readership following and their books should be strong, regardless.

I'm a first time author, with a book that hasn't released yet, so for ME, this is amazing. I've been watching the numbers daily, and only today decided to get brave and check on my standing in overall fiction. When you go to CBD's page on the 'net, you can click on the link called "Bestseller", then click on Fiction.

That opens up about 10 different categories, including things like poetry, children, teens, allegory....things that really don't pertain to my genre at all. Then there's historical, mystery, westerns, category is in that list...contemporary.

Under Contemporary, there are two selections...general and women's. My book is listed under womens. And of course, it's also under the broader "Contemporary" and the even broader "Fiction" three places to track it, as I'll show below.

Women's contemporary is the smallest category, as we've narrowed it down to 363 books total (as of this morning anyway, those numbers can change by just a few either way). My book shows up at #15!! Yesterday it was at #23, so a substantial jump over night!

Moving up to the broader category of just overall Contemporary:
There are 1600 books in this book is now at #26!
Yesterday it was at #44, so again, a big jump. ('s now at #23)

And for the first time today, I decided to check on the numbers for ALL Fiction. I honestly didn't expect to register any higher than #235, which would be in the top 2.5%....#475 would be the top 5%, which is still very good.

Drum roll please....(can you tell I'm a little happy, LOL?)
Today The Other Daughter is placed #124 out of, get this....9,584 books!
That's in the top 1.3%!!! (Update...It climbed to #99, then back to #103 where it's holding steady)

Thank you all SO much for helping move my book up the rating chart.

I'm starting a blog tour on October 20th, and you can take the tour through a huge variety of different people's blogs and read a nice selection of author interviews, all tailored for each person's blog. Watch for the list of blogs...I'll be posting it a couple of days before the first entry.

Blessings on you all as you serve the Lord in the way He's called you to serve!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Generous Wife

Hi everyone and I hope you're having a restful Sunday. This past week I've been playing catch up from an incredibly busy September and pushing to finish my second book, the sequel to The Other Daughter.

I've not had the time I like to take in adding new marriage articles the past few weeks, but found something recently that I think will bless you. I know it did me. I've mentioned before that I'm on an email list for a daily dose of helpful hints from a site called "The Generous Wife". Below is one of the posts that I received, and was a hint sent by one of the readers and used by the site owner.

Here's an interesting tip that I received from a generous wife (thanks, Rebecca!)

A while back I realized that I didn't know my husband as well as I wanted to. I didn't know what my most important jobs were to him, what really made him feel special, what made him feel uncomfortable, etc. So I decided to pick his brain. I typed up on separate lines things that I thought were important that I do on a range of topics. Here are some examples:

Keeping clutter down
Speaking well of you in front of others
Being on time
Greeting you when you come home
Asking for advice
Discussing spiritual things
Having breakfast with you before you go to work
Scheduling time out of the house so you can have some solitude[and] some intimate topics [as well]
On and on, I think I had between 50-75 things.

I printed the papers and cut them into strips.

Last night we went through them all. Categorized them into similar topics, and then it started. He explained his feelings on each item, and to my amazement I saw how little I knew my husband.

He put things in categories like "important, please continue - or please improve", "makes me uncomfortable", "really nice, but not necessary", "non-issues, it doesn't make a difference" etc.

Now I know where to put my energy and effort. Things that I thought he would enjoy - like public verbal praise, really made him feel uncomfortable.

Me greeting him at the door made him feel attacked sometimes, and guilty that I was dropping everything for him.

Me spending time with him at breakfast was difficult because he's in "get ready for work" mode and not "lets sit and talk at breakfast" mode.

It was eye opening and I feel so much closer to him. It gave him the opportunity to express frustrations he had because certain needs weren't being met, and also allowed me to do the same.

Now I understand more than ever my husband and see how incorrect I was in so many areas, and it only took about 2 hours. I can be a better wife, now - and he wants to be a better husband. Areas that I was afraid to ask about are now open topics. I think it was the best thing I've ever done in my marriage.

So gals and guys....make your own list and ask your hubby to do the same, then sit down together and compare notes. You may find you get to know your spouse a bit better than you thought you did before!
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