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Congratulations, Finalists...

And a special congrats to Missy Tippens

who finaled in Bookseller's Best (Greater Detroit RWA)

Here are the finalists in the Inspirational Category:

Sandra Bricker ~  Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida

Amanda Cabot ~ Paper Roses

Irene Hannon ~ An Eye for an Eye

Trish Perry ~ Sunset Beach

Marlo Schalesky ~ If Tomorrow Never Comes

Missy Tippens ~ His Forever Love

Get This Story Out - Day 10

It's like I took a long Blogger vacation but didn't go anywhere.

I've only revised about 2 days in the last 10. I know, not very good. Deadline is July 1 for me to get my story mailed out to meet the requests I've received. 

I'm still debating on the contest entry of the other story. I haven't had time to get it revised!

You don't want to enter a sloppy piece of work into a contest. That is your chance to shine!  You want to put your best foot forward and submit the best of your story, the best hook, the best description, setting, tension, conflict, etc! After all, you wouldn't wear your holey jeans to a job interview you really wanted would you? No! You'll dress for success and so should your manuscript be dressed just as well.

So how have you all been doing?  I will try to post better and I do apologize for not posting so you all can show off your progress.

Also, be in tune with me next Friday. I'll be hosting Jennifer Hudson Taylor an…

Frenzy by Robert Liparulo

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Thomas Nelson (May 18, 2010)


Robert Liparulo


Robert Liparulo is a former journalist, with over a thousand articles and multiple writing awards to his name. His first novel, Comes a Horseman, released to critical acclaim. Each of his subsequent thrillers—Germ, Deadfall, and Deadlock—secured his place as one of today’s most popular and daring thriller writers.

He is known for investing deep research and chillingly accurate predictions of near-future scenarios into his stories. In fact, his thorough, journalistic approach to research has resulted in his becoming an expert on the various topics he explores in his fiction, and he has appeared on such media outlets as CNN and ABC Radio.

Liparulo’s visual style of writing has caught the eye of Hollywood producers. Currently, three of his novels for adults are in various stages of development for the big screen: the film rights to Comes A Horseman. were purchas…

Predator by Terri Blackstock

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

PredatorZondervan (May 25, 2010)


Terri Blackstock


Terri Blackstock’s books have sold six million copies worldwide. Her suspense novels often debut at number one on the Christian fiction best-seller lists, and True Light, published last year, was number one of all Christian books—fiction and non-fiction. Blackstock has had twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

In 1994 Blackstock was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. Since that time, she’s written over thirty Christian titles, in addition to the thirty-two she had in the secular market. Her most recent books are the four in her acclaimed Restoration Series, which includes Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn’s Light. She is also known for her popular Newpointe 911 and Cape Refuge Series.

In addition to her suspense novels, she has written a number o…

Get This Story Out - Day 1

Christy here and I'm posing a new challenge to all of my fellow writers.

My book may be finished, but it's not ready to be submitted yet. I need to quickly work through the rest of it to see that I get this book mailed by July 1. That means, I'll be revising, revising, revising!

I have been working but not as steadily as I would like. Over the last several weeks, I have made revisions up to Chapter 7. That's about a quarter of the way through the book. Do you think I can do it? Is my critique partner up to the challenge to read the pieces I send back to her and return them in an efficient manner?

It will be another challenge, but fun, I promise.

Are you working to get your manuscript ready for a contest?

Remember the Georgia Romance Writers Unpublished Maggie Contest DEADLINE is JUNE 5. Click above to  be taken to the website to learn more and enter.

Check back with me daily and leave a comment as to your progress and where you want to be at July 1. We'll work tog…

Deadly Disclosure by Julie Cave

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Deadly DisclosureNew Leaf Publishing Group/Master Books (February 15, 2010)by

Julie Cave


Julie first heard a creation science speaker at her church when she was just 15, igniting her interest in creation science and sparking an enthusiasm for defending the Bible’s account of creation. She has obtained a degree in health science, and is currently completing a degree in law. Julie is married with one daughter and lives on the east coast of Australia.


A Suspense-filled mystery which answers an ominous question: How far will some go to silence an influential Christian voice?

Thomas Whitfield, proud Secretary of the Smithsonian and its extensive scientific influence, has disappeared from his office with foul play suspected. Dinah Harris, an FBI agent struggling with alcohol and depression, is seeking answers amidst the fallout of her own personal issues.

Whitfield's body is eventually found, and ot…


Do you remember that Kool & the Gang song - "Celebration"

The song goes like the title of this post: "Celebrate good times, come on! (da da da dum) celebrate good times, come on..."

Ah, never mind my singing... let's just see the video... (Thanks VEVO)

Today, we're celebrating some major news for 3 of my best Gal Pals.

Lindi Peterson- signed with Belle Books for Her Best Catch - to be released winter 2011

Dianna Shuford

Mindy Obenhaus

Finaled in the Genesis Contest in the Romantic Suspense Category!!!

So... Let's Celebrate!! YaHoo!!! Congrats Ladies!!!

And here are the 2010 Genesis finalists:
(total entries: 47)

Cindy Hays
Lynnette P. Horner
Chris Kraft
Mark Lundgren
Christina S. Nelson

(total entries: 63)

Jeannie Campbell
Sarah Forgrave
Janice LaQuiere
Rebecca Syme
Linda Yezak

(total entries: 35)

Laurie Benton
Brenda Jackson
Robert Kaku
Lisa Karon Richardson
Katie-Marie Stout

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Crossing OceansTyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 1, 2010)

byGina Holmes


Gina Holmes began her career in 1998, penning articles and short stories. In 2005 she founded the influential literary blog, Novel Journey. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. To learn more about her, visit May 2010's issue of CFOM at Interview with Gina Holmes or Novel Journey.


Jenny Lucas swore she’d never go home again. But being told you’re dying has a way of changing things. Years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter, Isabella, must return to her sleepy North Carolina town to face the ghosts she left behind. They welcome her in the form of her oxygen tank–toting grandmother, her stoic and distant father, and David, Isabella’s dad . . . who doesn’t yet know he has a daughter. As Jenny navigates the rough and unknown waters of …

A Woman Called Sage by Diann Mills

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Woman Called SageZondervan (April 1, 2010)by

DiAnn Mills


Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has over forty books in print and has sold more than a million copies.

DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels.

Six of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2007, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a m…

Love Will Keep Us Together by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love Will Keep Us Together

FaithWords (April 30, 2010)


Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt


ANNE DAYTON graduated from Princeton University and is earning her master's degree in English literature at New York University. She works for a New York publishing company and lives in Brooklyn.

MAY VANDERBILT graduated from Baylor University and went on to earn a master's degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in San Francisco, where she writes about food, fashion, and nightlife in the Bay Area.

Together, the two women are the authors of Miracle Girls series


Riley McGee has the whole world open before her. She could get into any college, major in any subject, become whoever she wants to be...But the truth is, Riley has no earthly idea what to do. She's paralyzed by indecision, afraid of the changes she faces, and as graduation day inches closer, it feels more and more like a th…

Keep Me Accountable - Days 30++

Just a quick note today... I have not forgotten to announce the winner of my writing challenge, Keep Me Accountable. Please check back with me this Saturday and it will be announced along with what you've won!!

I have started revising the book, praying that will help me find the chunk of story I couldn't pull together this weekend.

Thank you Rebecca, for pointing out reaching "The End" was my goal and that I did reach it!

I am going to continue to post daily about my progress. The next step is the final revisions (notice I said that with a plural!) and the final accomplishment is getting the book mailed. I'm planning to set a whole new date for that and will probably give away a prize for those of you who continue to keep me accountable.

I've been cutting words again, tightening sentences, and hopefully making the story the best it can be... my current word count is... 53,995.

Have any of you reached your goals? Are you starting any new ones?

The Extreme Devotional Series by Kathi Macias

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Extreme Devotional series

No Greater Love

More Than ConquerorsNew Hope Publishers (April 5, 2010)


Kathi Macias


Kathi Macias is an award-winning author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books. She has also ghostwritten and collaborated on books for a number of well-known individuals. She is a staff member for The Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service and a member of The Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, Christian Authors Network, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Fellowship International, Advanced Writers/Speakers Association, for who she serves as membership chair, and orange County Christian Writers Fellowship. She is the 2008 winner of AWSA’s Golden Scroll Award.

A Former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Macias is a credentialed minister and served as an associate pastor at a large church in Southern California, where she did biblical counseling, …