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The Divine Appointment by Jerome Teel

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


(Howard Books June 5, 2007)

Jerome Teel


Jerome Teel is a graduate of Union University, where he received his JD, cum laude, from the Ole Miss School of Law. He is actively involved in his church, local charities, and youth sports.

He has always loved legal-suspense novels and is a political junkie. He is also the author of The Election, another political thriller that we reviewed November of '06.

Jerome and his wife, Jennifer, have three children...Brittney, Trey, and Matthew...and they reside in Tennessee where he practices law and is at work on a new novel.


"They aren't hiding just one something, but a bunch of somethings..."

Small town southern lawyer, Elijah Faulkner is a dying attorney that actually takes pleasure in fighting injustice by working hard for the little guy. But when he takes on a case to defend a philandering doctor with a pre…

I'm a WINNER!!!

Y'ALL!!! (For any one not living in the southern USA, this is what southern chicks like me say when we're really excited. For instance, I would enter a room and say: Y'all, Guess what?) Guess what?I never win anything, but a month ago I entered Tamera Alexander's contest on her website to get a copy of Remembered. All I had to do was enter my favorite scene from Revealed. Gosh, which one would I chose from? I can't even tell you what I put. So I picked out a scene, typed it on the entry form and hit send.

Then I forgot about it.

I bought a copy of Remembered last weekend!Then I find out ~I Won! I Won! Yippee!I Won a book by one of my favorite authors and a bottle of perfume!I NEVER WIN ANYTHING!So what I plan to do is do a review of Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered in the near future. By just reading Rekindled and Revealed, I felt encouraged to dig up the historical I started a year or two ago. Maybe historicals are where my heart is. I don't know. To be continu…

Getting better

I'm talking about writing.

God is showing me a thing or two.

I'm listening, Lord.

Bad, Bad, Writing Weekend

Bad, bad, bad, Very bad, Uhk! Writing Weekend. Nothing done. Very little reading. NOOOOOO Writing. Not even bad, passive voice, POV all over the place writing. Need I say more?

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VBS Week - Conclusion

Tonight all the children who participated in Vacation Bible School, will do a presentation before their parents. They'll receive a certificate of completion. I pray more will come to know Christ.

This week has been special. Although I've blogged, in fun, about how wild my 2-3 year old class has been at times, I've enjoyed it. Each child is special, with their own unique personality. Each has a sparkle in his or her eyes that you don't see in adults.

We all had that sparkle once. I just want to bottle it up for each of them, so they can hold tight to it.

This week has been a privilege. I've enjoyed singing with these kids and to have had a part in teaching these little ones about God. I'm glad to have been able to share it with you.

VBS Week - Part 2

VBS Scripture:

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Winner Wednesday:
Our group gets wilder as the week goes on. They get to play in water, have recreation time on the playground where they push each other down the slide, and they get to plant their very own flower. They are memorizing our theme song and are getting comfortable being a part of the group.

A little girl from one of the older classes accepts Christ into her heart.
That's what makes Wednesday a Winner!

I have decided that working in a day care center is not a career path I want to pursue. My knees hurt and my shoulder has a major pull in…

Reluctant Runaway by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

(Multnomah, March 2007)


Jill Nelson


Jill Elizabeth Nelson is a member of the CFBA. Her blog, Artistic Blogger, addresses issues about art, art theft, antiquities preservation, and the art of fiction writing. She takes art seriously - when she's not having fun with it, that is. The To Catch a Thief Series combines her love of the written word with her love of other art forms.

The first in the series was Reluctant Burglar, second is Reluctant Runaway. In January 2008, she will reveal the third book, Reluctant Smuggler. Jill is thrilled if the adventures that spill from her imagination can raise awareness about art theft - deemed "a looming criminal enterprise" by the FBI. Jill and her husband, Doug, have four children and live in Minnesota.


Stolen Indian artifacts...A murdered museum guard…

A missing woman…A baby in danger…

Only Desiree can unearth the horrifying sec…

VBS Week

This is the first time I've participated in Vacation Bible School as a volunteer.

Years and YEARS ago, I participated as a child, but barely remember what I learned or did beyond doing crafts and the fact that it was held during the day. That's all I remember.

I'm helping with the 2-3 year old class. This is my comfort zone since I'm used to wild toddlers. (Little Downey can stay busy enough to where you would think there was two or three of her instead of just one!)

Here's a recap of my week at VBS:

Manic Monday: We got started a little late. There was some confusion in the schedule because of the delay, but all in all I think it was a successful evening. We had 58 kids show up and 36 volunteers. That number puts us close to the count of how many we have in church on Sundays. I pray we'll reach some new families, and returning ones, this week.

The 2-3 year olds had fun singing and dancing to the VBS music. They liked putting stickers on their hats in crafts. They e…

Happy Father's Day

The F.A.I.T.H. girls are celebrating Father's Day and are commenting on their dads. I started to comment, but realized I had a lot to say, so I decided to come to my "home" blog to really tribute the Dads in my life.


My dad, Billy, died when I was 16. I think he was a man who wanted much and didn't know where to start first. For a long time, I know he put himself first. In the last years of his life, he started seeking a relationship with me again. I'll always hold some special memories of those last years.

My stepdad is quiet and funny. Billy and my mom have been married for 17 years. I call him Paw-paw because that's what my daughter calls him. He likes racing and fishing. He's a sweetheart.

My father in-law passed away five years ago. Bill was smart and could fix anything. He always had a joke to tell. He worked hard all his life and I remember he took a day off to come to my college graduation. Education wa…

Blogging somewhere else today...

It's Friday!

You know what that means...

I'm on F.A.I.T.H. today.

And so, Draft One begins...

Yep, I started Chapter One of my new MIP.

The MIP's working title is Where He Leads, book one of the Social Circle Chronicles.

BTW, MIP stands for Masterpiece in Progress.

I can say that here, because this is my blog. But this is the only place you'll see me typing that. When on, everything I write is an MIP.

Good or not.

That's my rule.

Anyway, I am declaring this because the writing meter has also changed.

I've got 1000 words written so far in Draft One/Chapter One of WHL.

Although I have a heck of a lot of words written between the snowflake of WHL and my GMC charts (which I plan to blog about soon - because these things are great!), this word count is the one that actually counts!

Never mind I've revised the five/six pages about three times. I do plan to move on. Remember, this is my MIP. Making a masterpiece does take time and patience.

Prayers for perseverance are welcome.

As I Have Loved You by Nikki Arana

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

As I Have Loved You
(Revell June 1, 2007)
Nikki Arana


Nikki Arana is an award-winning author of highly-acclaimed inspirational women's fiction who weaves today's social, political, and spiritual issues into her novels. She has received numerous awards, including the Excellence in Media 2007 Silver Angel Award for The Winds of Sonoma.
The book was based on the true love story of how Nikki met her future husband Antonio as he was cleaning the stalls of her parents' Arabian horses. Nikki and Antonio have been married for over thirty years, have two grown sons, and live in Idaho.


Contemporary Struggles...
...A Single Mom and College-Ages Son.

Leigh Scott is a widowed, single mother who wants the best for her son Jeff. She would like him to graduate from college, land a secure job, and start a family. However, Jeff, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) at a young age, has …

Diva NashVegas by Rachel Hauck

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

(Thomas Nelson May 8, 2007)
Rachel Hauck

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel is the author of many books. Her current release, Diva NashVegas is the second in a series which began with Lost in NashVegas. She is also a Blogger and a CFBA member! She lives in Florida with her husband. Visit her great profile and learn more.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Even if you are not a lover of country music, you can enjoy this fun look at the Nashville entertainment industry.What do you do when the past you’ve been skirting shows up at your door with cameras rolling?Aubrey James ruled the charts as the queen of country for over a decade. She’d rocketed to fame in the shadow of her parents’ death-both of them pioneers in Gospel music. But while her public life, high profile romances, and fights with Music Row execs made for juicy tabloid headlines, the real and private Aubrey has remained a media mystery.When a former band member betrays Aubrey’s tr…

Writerly advice - article 3


Last week I started using a calendar to record how much I'd written each day. My critique partner, Christina, suggested this. She used it to reach the goal of finishing her manuscript.

I've never been very good at being organized or planning ahead. For most of my life, I've lived by the seat of my pants. That thought process is okay when you're a teenager or in your twenties. But as I reached thirty, I realized I wasn't doing what I really wanted to do with my life. Thus, I wished I'd done more planning when I was younger.

I do not use this calendar to plan what I'll write the next day. I don't want to set myself up for disappointment. Here's how it works:

Use any calendar you want. I printed one off of Microsoft Outlook for June and July.

Look at the month ahead and cross off any days you know you won't be able to write. For me, I've crossed off the days my husband is off of work. I'm sure you can get very detailed with this and us…

Our Koi Pond

This is our pond. It is built in to our deck in the back yard. My husband built it a few years ago. He got help in framing the deck from his friend Gaspare. Billy's brother, Charles, helped with the remaining construction.

We have both goldfish and Koi in the pond. Our dog Mack will sneak a drink of water from it on occasion. Our daughter likes to feed the fish and stick her feet in the water.

The fish are so friendly, they will come up to top of the water when we approach. I'm trying to show that in this picture. One of my favorite fish, a large black and white Koi will stick his mouth out of the water and move it like he's talking!

Another of my favorites, a Shubunkin goldfish - will come up to the top and quickly dive back down, splashing water on us with his tail.

These fish really have some sassy personalities!
These fish are like family. Some Billy and I purchased as babies and it's been a joy to watch them grow. They get bigger depending on the size of your pond…

Good Grief! - It's Billy's latest toy

It's a 16' x 15' pool, inflated by a motorized blower. The water hose hooks to it and then water squirts out from everywhere! The Banzai Sidewinder slide, or whatever it's called, is TEN and A HALF FEET TALL!!!

Honey Hubby says it's for our two-year old daughter, Downey. But he and I have had more fun on it than she has!

The Blue Willow Inn Banana Split Cake

If you've been looking for a delicious dessert that's cool and sweet, check out the recipe for the Banana Split Cake I've posted on F.A.I.T.H. today.


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
These Boots Weren't Made for Walking
(WATERBROOK Press June 19, 2007)
Melody Carlson


As I learned Cassidy Cantrell had never owned anything Valentino in her life, but decided to splurge on a pair of Valentino boots, and open up a credit card, I could see myself in the store beside her! Then, the 31 year old, who's biological clock is ticking and she hopes that any day her boyfriend is going to propose, wears them to work to be walking into a lay off of her department! And then, only like a day or two later, her boyfriend breaks up with her for the chic Cassidy befriended at church!

Somehow, as I sat cross legged on my couch, book in hand, I felt like Cassidy was sitting next to me and we were old girlfriends, her spilling her story of the last few months of torture! As she searched her apartment for a Snickers bar, I was looking in my cupboards for one too, just to break open an…

Writerly Advice - article 2

Join a critique group.

I joined a group last fall. There were four of us then. Nine months later, we're down to three, but that's just fine.

We started out all gung ho. Everyone was submitting a chapter or two over email. We were hurrying to critique each others and couldn't wait to get our own back. Then, one returned to work, the holidays came, and first thing you know the four of us are hanging by a thread. Two of us maintained contact while one stopped writing altogether. The fourth simply didn't have the extra time to write.

Now, it's summer. Our group of three kicked off the season with our second critique group meeting. The first meeting was at a restaurant. We don't count that meeting as productive.

This one we had Saturday, however, was very productive.

After crossing off about four hours of our day, Dianna and I went to Christina's house. We had a light lunch and sat around her dining room table with our laptops open, ready to work. Books on the writ…

Writerly Advice - article 1

My disclaimer on advice:

I am a writer working on my craft. I am not published. My advice in itself is a work in process. If what I blog here doesn't work for you, I can't be held responsible.

With that said, my first article on advice is:

Get a room all your own.

Set up your office in the closet if you must. Whatever works for you - that's the key.

I've been slaving over my laptop for months now, wondering why my story wasn't working. This weekend I had several epiphanies. One is that I spent way too much time on the Internet. Unfortunately, I wasn't researching material for my MIP (masterpiece in progress :-)

Yesterday, I moved my laptop to the bonus room.

My husband's L.A. Dodger memorabilia is all over the walls. His Godfather poster has the gang staring me in the face. On the other side of the window, it's Star Wars. So far, neither is interrupting my creative process.

Never mind the fuse ball table is covered with a piece of plywood and layers of blankets…

Blogging on FAITH Today - Speedy Gonzalez or Slowpoke Rodriguez

Until recently, I'd forgotten that I can be obsessive-compulsive when it comes to reading. If I am enjoying a novel, I want to be fully absorbed in its world until I turn to the last page. Sometimes, I'm disappointed when that last page comes and I find myself wondering what life would've been like, if I were living in Ireland, if I were Amish, if I lived back in the 1800s and was driving West with a wagon train...

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