Showing posts from April, 2007

This weekend. . .

I went to a book signing!!

It was for Amy Wallace and her first book Ransomed Dreams. I'll be giving a free copy away in less than 2 weeks so stay tuned for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance book tour!!

The book signing was at Lifeway Christian Bookstore. My friend Margaret went with me. I credit Margaret for sparking the writing bug in me.

When I worked full time, Margaret and I would walk trails in the technology park after work. While walking it's easy to cover many subjects, especially depending on the amount of time or miles you cover. Since we both love to read, Margaret is a much more avid reader than me, I eventually admitted to playing on my grandmother's typewriter as a kid, pretending I was writing a book. I guess after tossing around story ideas, Margaret said: "You should write a book."

So I did.

It was horrible.

I pulled it out this weekend thinking I would send the last chapter to a contest and knew after I'd changed POV (point of view) six tim…

I love Historicals! And other ramblings...

I blog about my love for historical novels on F.A.I.T.H. today.

There's a lot of other interesting posts from this week. Check us out!


This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


(Bethany House March 1, 2007)

by Paul Robertson


Paul Robertson is a computer programming consultant, part-time high-school math and science teacher, and former independent bookstore owner in Blacksburg, Virginia. This is his first novel.


Jason Boyer Just Got an Inheritance to Die For

The fortune wasn't supposed to befall him. Jason Boyer had known all along his father's business empire would pass to different hands. Which suited him just fine. The money was crooked and the power corrupt. But when an accident claims the old man's life, everyone is stunned by the unveiling of the will. With the passing of the Boyer crown, power-hungry politicians and shady business partners all try to force Boyer's hand. Fighting the temptation of influence and riches, he simply wants to be a better man than his father--but attempting to stand for what’s right soon brings murderous consequenc…

Happy Birthday!

This is my husband, Billy. Here he is on the lake, fishing, which is one of his favorite past times. I believe this fish is a Striper.

Here we are in Las Vegas last May at the New York, New York Hotel. We had a blast! And as you can see by his jersey Billy is a HUGE Dodgers fan!

And finally, at Christmas helping our daughter, Downey, with her Christmas present.

Happy 31st Birthday, Honey! Love You ~ CB


Check out my post "I AM" on F.A.I.T.H. today!

A Bigger Life by Annette Smith

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


Navpress Publishing Group (January 15, 2007)


Annette Smith


In 1997, Annette was working as a home health nurse. She traveled the back roads from house to house, caring for ill and injured, homebound people. Because of her unique position in the lives of relative strangers, she often found herself bearing solitary witness to intimate behind-the-scenes situations full of grace and meaning. The desire to honor both a particular patient and a poignant scene involving the woman and her husband prompted Annette to write a fictionalized story, The Anniversary.

That first story appeared as a column in the Houston Chronicle newspaper and as an essay in Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Later it became a chapter in Annette’s first and best-selling book of short stories, The Whispers of Angels, that has sold more than 100,000 copies

Since then, Annette has penned four more books of stories, two volumes on…

Weekend happenings

Happy birthday to Kari, my sister in-law, who's celebrating the big 2-5 today!

Yesterday, I blogged on F.A.I.T.H. about Kid Chaos.

Today, check out F.A.I.T.H. for Jennifer Hudson Taylor's post.

And while you're traveling the blogsphere, check out Missy Tippen's blog. Her first book is coming out in '08 and she's chronicling what's happening after her book was accepted by Steeple Hill. It's information that's helpful and interesting to writers trying to get published.

Have a great weekend!

Amy Wallace Interview!!!

Amy's book, "Ransomed Dreams", is coming out next week. Go to Cindy Woodsmall's website to check out a really great interview.

These two ladies are in my local writers group and are such an inspiration to me! Both such wonderful writers. I have the privilege of reviewing Amy's book in May, right here on my very own blog for CFBA.

Only, you'll have to wait until May for my review.

But Cindy's review is up now!

And you MUST go out and get her book - Amy Wallace ~ Ransomed Dreams.

Another great review for Amy's book is on Novel Journey.

This week the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing: Coral Moon by Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Web Of Lies, Dead of Night, Stain of Guilt, Brink of Death, and Eyes of Elisha just to name a few.

Brandilyn and her family divide their time between the California Bay Area and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

She also maintains an informative blog called Forensics and Faith where she daily dispenses wisdom on writing, life, and the Christian book industry.


The figure remained still as stone. Leslie couldn't even detect a breath.

Spider fingers teased the back of her neck.

Leslie's feet rooted to the pavement. She dropped her gaze to the driveway, seeking...what? Spatters of blood? Footprints? She saw nothing. Honed through her recent coverage of crime scene evidence, the testimony as last month's trial, the reporter in Leslie spewed warnings: Notice everything, touch nothing...

Leslie Brymes hurries out to her car on a typical workday morning...and discovers a dead body inside.

Why was the cor…

Rambling and waiting

I've never been an organized soul.

I like to think there's organization among my mess.

Sometimes, I get upset with my husband when he comes home and the house is in a bit of chaos and he asks: "What have you done today?"

He isn't buying my excuse that our toddler is wild and keeps me going. I mean, she does do that, but she also isn't awake 24-7 like I like to encourage him to believe.

My friend Mindy is blogging about wasting time on the F.A.I.T.H. blog today. All I could comment was "Ditto" to the entire post.

Everything she said was ~right on~ with me.

I mean, I've got friends who have spotless houses, who seem to have everything in order, but sometimes I wonder. Do they really? What's their Achilles heel?

For me, I say I'm a wanna-be writer, so all of my free time is spent conjuring up new stories. Who has time to cook or clean when I'm busy burning out the keyboard and my computer's smoking with all my new stories.

In my dre…

Resurrection Day

He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!
I'm blogging on F.A.I.T.H. today!

This week the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing "In High Places"

Hi Gang,

It's book review time this week and boy does this one sound gripping! I haven't read it, but I plan to! Not one I want to miss out on!

(Bethany House March 1, 2007)
Tom Morrisey

Tom Morrisey is the author of four previous novels and numerous short stories, a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver (where he serves as Executive Editor) and other leading magazines.

He holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

For Patrick Nolan, every climb tells a story. And now maybe it's his own …. He's right at the rim, staring over the cliff's knife edge and wondering how things went wrong so quickly.

It all started after arriving home from a weekend climbing trip with his father, Kevin. That's when word reached them. In a silent moment, they'd l…

Palm Sunday

This is the beginning of Holy Week. The last week of Lent. The Sunday before Easter.

Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on a colt, fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah:

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
(Zechariah 9:9 NKJV)

The people gathered to see him, applauding and praising him. They covered the streets with their cloaks and palm branches, shouting "Hosanna!" in hopes that he would declare his kingship and oust their Roman oppressors.


This is an important week. This year is the first year that I have studied and prayerfully sought the true meaning of this week. What I've written above is my paraphrasing from the book "The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus" by John R. Cross and a new website I've found

Also visit to read more about this…