Showing posts from July, 2007

One-Eyed Jack by Paula Miller

About the book:

From the back cover: Trust the Lord to Find a way The first in the Faces of History Series, this story tells the tale of a boy, Nate, who lives on a cattle ranch in 1880's Montana. Nate has always wanted a dog, but his Pa does not. Only grudgingly does Pa allow Nate to keep the nearly dying puppy he finds in the field. Nate must struggle to control his new dog and allow the Lord the time to sway Pa's heart.Faces in History is a series dedicated to showing children and teens of faith during different periods of history. The hero of each tale overcomes their personal obstacles with perseverence and faith in the Lord. Written to entertain, these books also serve as an inspirational tool for any child of faith."Children love stories of kids and their pets and Paula Miller shares one that is sure to win their hearts."Janette Oke, beloved author of Christian fiction*************************************************************Awarded the November 2006 Book of t…

The Delicacy of Creation


ACFW - Anticipating the Experience!

Reading the posts from this week have me even more excited about the American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference than I already was!

This will be my first big conference. Last year I attended a very small, local conference with Northeast Georgia Writers. I had a good time and it gave me the chance to meet other authors writing both fiction and non-fiction.

But I know ACFW will be huge compared to my other experiences!

Read more on F.A.I.T.H.

To Dance in the Desert by Kathleen Popa

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

(RiverOak, May 1, 2007)
Kathleen Popa


Raised in the American Southwest, Kathleen began her love affair with the desert as a child. Before becoming a writer she, among other jobs, worked in both the juvenile facility fro incarcerated girls and a home for emotionally disturved children. Mother of two, sh lives in Northern California with her husband and youngest son. Visit her blog, Reading, Writing, and What Else is There? She is a member of the CFBA, too! Give her a holler!


“Not a safe world.” How many times had she heard it over and over again? Well, it is not a safe world and Dara Murphy Brogan knew it better than most, which is exactly why she had tucked herself away on a desert mountaintop. Now it was just her, the voice inside her head and the boxes of hastily packed odds and ends—all that was left of her pathetic excuse of a life. Hadn’t she chosen the desert because…



I know its the reason I can't work on my book.

The money is diminishing.

What does budget mean?

We need to learn.

Maybe I want to go back to work. But I'd feel guilty putting my little stink bomb in day care. I want to write. I want to write articles, be a freelancer. I want to be published

But there is no money in this profession. There's no promise of success. The ladder up is murky.

Why do it?

I could go back to the desk job. I could put my headset on and call people who must have it worse than me. Their basement is flooded. Their house burned down.

yes, they have it much worse.

no, I don't want to go back to the desk job.

Maybe I've got Mom Shock.
Go from working a full time job since I was eighteen to staying home at 30. We didn't know what budget meant back then.

I love staying home, but it's a different world. How to adjust?

I have departed from old friends and found new ones.

Old irritants compound with every connection. Yet I see slivers of hope. God op…

Matthew 6:25-26, 31-34

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds on the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:25-26, 31-34

Close Call

I'm sad to say we lost three of our Koi last week.

On Thursday we noticed the fish started swimming to the top, but they were moving much slower than normal. Many stayed at the bottom. This is something they do when it gets hot. Our pond has a lot of sun exposure, so it's not uncommon for the fish to hang near the bottom where it's cooler.

Yet our concerns started when one of our large Koi kept hanging at the top, near the edges of the pond. He was swimming slow, turning over to expose his belly. Then another did the same thing, this one having a twitch to his movements. They were aimless in their movements. If you're familiar with these fish, they know where they're going. They get friendly with you, sometimes will even eat out of your hand.

We knew something was wrong because they were moving around like they were blind. It was sad to watch and my husband and I felt so helpless.

Billy had just cleaned the filters, days before. He tested the nitrates and they were fin…

Laying low and thinking

I've been around, just laying low.

I didn't check email until late last night. I read a book in my to-be-read pile and admired the way the author crafted her scenes, settings and sentences.

I've been thinking about better ways to organize my time. When do I need to write to be most productive? How can I blog regularly and still have ample time for my novel?

I'm looking forward to two writing conferences I'll attend in September. One is ACFW and the other is Moonlight & Magnolias. I'm thinking about formatting business cards and one-sheets.

And I'm trying to stay grounded. I want God to have control of my life. I want to be soothed by the fact that when I pitch my book to editors and agents I've never met before, that I'll rest assured whatever happens will be a part of God's plan for my life.

I'm taking part in an email loop for first-time conference attendees. I've seen many post on their emails that they're nervous about pitching. O…
Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.
Genesis 1:11

The Delicacy of Creation


What does Princess by day, Frog by night mean, anyway?

However early I start, from the first phone call or a trip to town, I'm "on".

The word Princess is used in jest.

Some days are better than others.

There are days when I feel confident and one would imagine a Princess must have several degrees of confidence to greet her public and assist in maintaining her castle.

Princess by day means my eye glasses are off and my contact lenses are in. My make up is done, even though it may be minimal. My smile is placed. My heart is joyful with love for the Lord of whom I strayed for some time. I am gracious and loving.

But some days I may feel a little Froggy.

Those are days you don't want to get out of your pjs. The eye glasses are worn all day. You've forgotten if you brushed your teeth. You're just you and you don't care who knows it.

I always notice the tree frogs come out at night. They sing loud and don't care if they're in tune or not. But they energize the night and that's all that matters.

This label on my…

Matthew 7:13-14

In reading pieces of the Book of Matthew, I was rocked by several passages. Here is one. I chose it because it means the most to me.

"Ender by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
Matthew 7:13-14

One Step Over the Border by Stephen Bly

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

(Center Street June 12, 2007)

Stephen Bly


Stephen Bly is a pastor, a mayor, an antique Winchester gun collector and a writer. He's mayor of a town of 308 in the mountains of Idaho, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. In his spare time, he pursues the three R's of ridin', ropin' and rodeo...and construction of Broken Arrow Crossing, a false-front western village near his home. That keeps him very western. And he collects old Winchester rifles, which reflects his love of historical accuracy. He's also a fan of Jimmy Buffet music. Stephen says about his writing, "I write about the West (historic or modern) from the inside. Born and raised on western ranches, I have both the heart and mind to describe things as they really were...and are. There are those who think the frontier has long passed and with it the ‘code of the west.’ The truth is, both are still around..…

John 3:16

During Wednesday night Bible study, we were following Andy Stanley's "Go Fish".

I hope I get this right. This is all we need to know to share the Word.

God Loved. God Gave. We Believe. We Have. We Love.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

John 3:16 (NKJV)

Congratulations Angela Breidenbach!!!

1st place Long Contemporary Winner!!! "What She Didn't Know" by Angie Breidenbach RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter 2007 Touched by Love Contest

Fearless by Robin Parrish

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

(Bethany House, July 1, 2007)
Robin Parrish

Robin Parrish had two great ambitions in his life: to have a family, and to be a published novelist.
In March of 2005, he proposed to his future wife the same week he signed his first book contract.Born Michael Robin Parrish on October 13, 1975, Robin's earliest writing efforts took place on a plastic, toy typewriter, and resulted in several "books" (most between 10 and 30 pages long) and even a few magazines.
By the age of thirteen, he had begun winning local writing awards and became a regular in his high school's literary magazine. In college, he garnered acclaim from his English professors and fellow students while maturing and honing his skills.
After college, he entered the writing profession through a "side door" -- the Internet. More than ten years he spent writing for various websites, including,, an…

Wedding Bell Blues by Linda Windsor

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing...

Wedding Bell Blues
(Avon Inspire 2007)
Linda Windsor

Linda, a native of Maryland's Eastern Shore, is the author of eighteen historical novels and nine contemporary romances for both the secular and Christian market. A Christy Award finalist, Linda has received numerous awards in both the ABA and CBA, including the Romantic Writers of America's Beacon Award. She lives in Salisbury, Maryland. Learn more!


Wedding Bell Blues is the first in a new series, The Piper Cove Chronicles, that follows four women who grew up as best friends in a small community on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. They have returned home from their successes and failures at college and life, determined to pursue their dreams in the town they'd once vowed to leave in the dust. True love has eluded the four friends until one by one they encounter their soul mate.

Next in the series is FOR PETE'S SAKE, on sale fr…

Winner of Diva NashVegas...

Mindy Obenhaus! Congratulations!

And THANKS to everyone who played. There will be more book giveaways to come in the near future!

Book Giveaway and My Review of Diva NashVegas by Rachel Hauck

I started Diva NashVegas with the CFBA blog tour in June. And wouldn’t you know it, Life Happened. After reading only the first couple of chapters, I had to put it down. Yet early on I felt a connection with fictitious superstar Aubrey James – First chapter, she faints on stage (I’m a fainter, at work, school, but not on stage in front of thousands of fans – Thank God!)

So, I knew I had to come back to this story.

But I’ll be honest. I have a hard time getting into 1st person narratives. This is how this book is laid out.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t leave this book, which had piqued my curiosity, unfinished.

First of all, the design of the book is cool. Each chapter opens with a blurb about the superstar we’re stepping into the life of. Which I’ve always thought would be neat, being a superstar for a day

~ Picture Molly Shannon’s Superstar and that’s probably how I’d be.

Anyway, it took me a minute to get used to the style of the book. 1st person POV aside... let me elaborate, I’ve got a super…

Island Inferno by Chuck Holton

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

Chuck Holton


Chuck served four years in the Elite 75th Ranger Regiment–the same unit profiled in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” Chuck saw combat in Panama in 1989. After leaving active duty, Chuck flew helicopters in the Wisconsin National Guard while attending the University of Wisconsin.In 2004, after ten years as a stockbroker, Chuck left that profession to pursue full-time writing. At the same time, he began working as the "Adventure Correspondent" for CBN. He is the author of five books, including A More Elite Soldier, Bulletproof, and Allah's Fire, the first of three books in the Task Force Valor series.Today, Chuck, Connie, and their five children live on a farm in Appalachia, where Chuck now pursues his varied interests of farming, writing, adventure travel and public speaking, among other things.