Friday, November 9, 2012
You can see the details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/388020704611404/ Along with the list of authors taking part and their blog addresses.
I'm taking part, so I'll give you a brief history to give you a better feel for what you'd be getting if you bid on a critique from me.
I'm multi-published with several magazine articles, contributions in four different books, as well as six full-length trade novels in the Christian industry in print, and three more under contract releasing over the next 18 months. I'm published in both women's contemporary fiction as well as historical romance, with two of those having a strong suspense thread, and I'm comfortable doing a thorough critique on any of those. If you're interested in bidding but have something you're working on in another genre, post a comment and ask, and I'll let you know if I feel I'm a good choice for your work. I've been a member of critique groups for several years now and do an in-depth critique. I'll be looking at your story arc, the depth of your characters, overused words or phrases, believability, your spiritual thread (if you have one), and much more.
The proceeds will go to Samaritans Purse. You can check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd7KyY2p6ms&feature=youtu.be
You can leave a comment here on my blog to enter a bid for a 50 page critique of your work from me.
You can also bid and give the critique as a gift to a writer friend if you win.
Thank you, and happy bidding!!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Get swept away to Florence and enter!
The grand prize winner will receive: A signed copy of The Girl in the Glass and a beautiful, framed print of Florence skyline
The second place winner will receive: A signed copy of The Girl in the Glass and an Italian-themed basket from Dean & Deluca.
Enter at www.waterbrookmultnomah.com anytime between Monday, Sept 24 through midnight Mountain Time on Monday, Oct. 1. Winners will be chosen by random drawing.
Be sure you check back here in a few days, as I'll be interviewing Susan and she'll be giving away a copy of this awesome book to one of my readers!
About the book:
A line of women with a heritage of loss.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Here's how you enter to win Davis Bunn's new novel, Hidden in Dreams. Leave a comment answering one of these questions:
- If you had a recurring dream, who would you ask to help you interpret it?
- Have you ever had a dream or vision about future events that later came true?
- Describe the scariest dream you’ve ever had.
A: Economic uncertainty defines the world we live in. I feel it is important to show how the timeless and eternal messages are applicable to every aspect of our world and our lives. And how the gift of peace and wisdom can be used in every circumstance we face.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Want To Win a Copy of This New Novel by Davis Bunn? Watch for Instructions in tomorrow's post. This book is AWESOME!
Friday, July 13, 2012
When I wrote my first historical romance, Love Find You in Last Chance, CA, I had a short panic attack. Not long, just a few seconds, as I'm not prone to panic, LOL! But I'd never written a historical before and wasn't sure I'd be able to find the information I needed to bring the story to life.
High school and one year of college taught me something about research, but that was years ago and so much has changed. The advent of the internet has opened a whole new world for fiction writers.
Here's what I ended up doing and have continued to do on each historical since.
* Did a Google search on the town, the time period, and key words contained in the book
* Joined an online historical writers' group where I could toss out questions and get help if I need it
* Read other books set in the same time period by authors I trusted who created a realistic depiction
* Checked out books from our local library. Some suggestions would be old memoirs, copies of journals from your time period, nonfiction books written about the area where your book is set, and any books
containing information key to your story. i.e., ranching or mining in the Sierra Nevada Mts. of California, etc.
* Visited the location and while there, talk to as many of the old timers as you can find. Visit the museums and historical society if available, and any local landmarks.
Next Week I'll be doing a blog and book drawing for Davis Bunn's book, Hidden in Dreams, a fantastic novel!! Be sure to check in and enter to win.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. And July 4th isn't just to remember the day we won our independence from Britain. It's a day to reflect on our freedom and what it's taken to win it. Let's don't ever forget our heroes.
Monday, July 2, 2012
I married the man of my dreams--I was 18 (three weeks shy of 19), and Allen was 19 (almost 20--mere babies).
We honeymooned at Wallowa Lake, Oregon, and spent our first year renting the parsonage from our church (our pastor built a house). We took care of the lawns for the church and house, as well as the flower beds, and only paid $50 a month in rent.
A couple of years later I was expecting my first child....a beautiful daughter we named Marnee. Later we added a son. This is a pic of Allen and I taken around our second anniversary.
The years sped by, we owned and operated a couple of businesses, took our daughter to riding lessons and I enjoyed hitting the trails on our horses with her. Our son got involved in stunt bikes, then dirt bikes, then airplanes. It wasn't long before they were grown and we'd hit our 25th anniversary.
God has been faithful all these years and we're still in love. Sure, we've had tough times when we didn't FEEL any love, but we still pressed forward together. I'm so glad we did!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
So, what DO you do? Call a friend and cry on her shoulder? Yeah, that works, but you can burn out friends pretty fast that way.
Eat chocolate or go shopping. Yum. Now that sounds enticing. But the problem with that one is the next day you'll pay if you over indulge. Sick stomach, empty wallet, and more pounds packed on.
Turn on the tunes and tune out? Yeah, that'll work for a while for all you music lovers. But at some point you have to come out and 'face the music'.
Break something, fling angry words, or hit somebody? Unfortunately, this is the reaction of too many, and others end up getting hurt along the way to your 'healing'.
How about--Call a friend and ask for prayer? Much better--most people are willing to listen and pray if they know you're sincere.
Or maybe--check in with God and place it in his hands. Yeah. I've been doing that this week as I've struggled with a 'hard thing' that hurt. But God knows, and my heart is pure and right before him. He knows my motives and my pain, and He's able to take it all and use it for His glory.
I'm so glad....Yes. I think I'll pick the last one, although I'm certainly not against talking to a friend and asking them to pray. Did that and it helped. God is indeed good, all the time.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
I have God to thank that I can't relate to the tragedy that befell this family. They lost their son 68 yrs ago during WWII and only just recovered his body.
I don't know all the details, but a search team found the soldiers remains, along with his dog tag, wallet and dozens of expended shells of ammo in a fox hole where he died defending his country. I don't know why he wasn't found and brought home at the time, but his mother never gave up hope. She's gone on now, and it was left up to his cousins and other family to welcome him home and give him a hero burial right here in our small town cemetery.
What a blessing for the family to finally have closure after decades of wondering. And what a tremendous sacrifice he, they, and thousands of other have made for our country. Let us never forget, no matter how long it takes.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Today I've been mowing for an hour or so, then pulling weeds in my garden, planting tomato and green pepper plants, watering newly sprouted beans, peas, turnips, and more. Lots to do this time of year, but my least favorite is pulling weeds.
Why is it that no matter how much I hoe, till, and pull, the weed crop manages to outgrow the food crop? I'm even hitting them with Roundup, hoping to rid myself of them once and for all, but inevitably I miss a few.
It's a little like life. There are things I'd love to get rid of forever. My over indulgence in eating sugar, my poor exercise habits, attitudes that I'm not proud of at times--but like weeds, they seem to keep coming back.
I have two choices--keep pulling and poisoning and tilling the ground of my life, keeping them at bay, or ignore them hoping they'll not take root this time around. Doing that will lead to discovering they're full blown and taking over before I know it. Yes, it takes work to keep the weeds out of your garden or out of you life, but the crop you'll get when you do is worth it!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today.
Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to
the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and
over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we
reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags,
was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks.
This was to ensure that public property, (the books
provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our
scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown
But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every
store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't
climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the
throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry
our clothes back in our early days.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief
(remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In
the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have
electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail,
we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it,
not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then,
we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn.
We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working so we didn't need to
go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled
writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the
razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just
because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their
bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour
taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire
bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a
computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites
23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old
folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
He called me and apologized ahead of time (before he told me why he called) because he'd had the hiccups for two days straight and knew it might be difficult to talk. Poor man was tired out and worried. His wife was threatening to take him to the doctor.
I told him I have a remedy if he was willing to try it. After two days non-stop he was willing to try just about anything, even if it was crazy.
This has never failed to cure my hiccups and it works for my kids and husband....and thankfully, it worked for my friend on the phone as well.
Curious yet? Try it the next time you're afflicted and you'll see that it works. Wish I could patent this!
Get a full glass of water. Take a deep breath and hold it. Immediately start drinking. FAST and steady. Small gulps/sips, and keep drinking until you absolutely MUST come up for a breath of air.
That's it. Simple and easy. He did it while I waited on the phone. Sixty seconds later he was dancing a jig. "Miralee cured my hiccups"....he shouted to his wife hovering in the background. "It's a miracle!".
I laughed, tickled it had worked for him....there's a man who knows how to take directions and follow them. A miracle? Not quite, but an awfully nice solution when you're in distress!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
8 Tips For Building a Marriage That Thrives
The mega-millions spent by Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, and Katy Perry and Russell Brand, on their lavish and exotic weddings failed to guarantee a long and blissful union. But they are not alone. Recent statistics show a decline in couples getting married and staying married for more than a few months or years.
Can marriages survive in today’s culture? Long-wedded author, Poppy Smith, says “Yes.” Here are Smith’s tips for building a marriage that not only works, but thrives:
About the Book:
Why Can't He Be More Like Me?
9 Secrets to Understanding Your Husband
“What do you and your husband have in common?”
“We got married on the same day.”
Do you find yourself nodding in agreement with the answer to that question? You want your marriage to be happy and honoring to God, but you wonder how when your husband baffles and sometimes irritates you. You may even wonder if you made a terrible mistake.
Poppy Smith offers you hope in this upbeat, empathetic, and biblically grounded book. Why Can’t He Be More Like Me? will help you better understand areas of conflict in your marriage as you consider your different backgrounds, expectations, needs, and reactions on a variety of topics from communication styles to finances and sex.
Each chapter provides practical tools to help you learn to accept and enjoy your mate. The result will be a stronger, happier marriage as you grow to understand and even find delight in your differences.
“Poppy Smith cares about relationships! Her astute insights, garnered from time spent living in numerous locations around the globe, brings a wealth of advice packaged with her upbeat warmth and wisdom.”
—Pam Farrel, speaker and author of over 30 books, including best-selling Men Are Like Waffles—Women Are Like Spaghetti
“This book will help you love your husband even when you don’t understand him.”
—Leslie Vernick, counselor, coach, speaker, and author of How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong and The Emotionally Destructive Relationship
About Poppy Smith:
With her fun personality and passion for communicating life-changing truths, Poppy Smith inspires believers to thrive spiritually and personally. Poppy’s practical how-to messages (in print or in person) uses colorful examples from her own struggles to be more like Jesus. She encourages others to grow in every kind of situation—whether joyful or painful! Poppy is British, married to an American, and has lived in many countries. She brings an international flair seasoned with humorous honesty as she illustrates Bible truths. A former Bible Study Fellowship lecturer, Poppy’s teaching challenges women to look at their choices, attitudes and self-talk. As a result, God’s speaks, changing hearts, changing minds, and changing lives. Watch for Poppy's upcoming book release, Why Can't He Be More Like Me: 9 Secrets to Understanding Your Husband.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Leave a comment and tell me if you read devotionals and why you'd like to win this one. If you want a second entry, let me know if you're a subscriber to my blog, or BECOME one, to get a second entry. Thank you!!!
"Be still and know that I am God" is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it's not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that "be still" in Jesus' beautiful and powerful presence.
For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus (365 Days of Devotionals) offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life.
With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day.
Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year. Read an excerpt.
I've been reading this book out loud with my husband and we're both really enjoying it. We've so loved the down-to-earth devotionals that touch pertinent parts of our lives. These speak to both men and women, and teens would find many of them valuable, as well.
One thing I've enjoyed is the variety of authors as they share their own thoughts on scriptures and day-to-day happenings. Judy Baer, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Tricia Goyer, Sharon Hinck, Keni Wyatt Kent, Erin Keeley Marshall, Camy Tang each bring their own flavor and voice to the book and make it a blessing to read.
I believe this book will minister to anyone in your family, young or old, and I encourage you to pick up a copy and keep by your bedside or on your breakfast table. It's an excellent way to start or end your day.