Showing posts from January, 2011

TTIN Challenge: Heydays 10 & 11

Well..... as you can see by the new wallpaper at my home on the web, not much writing has been happening. Usually, wallpapering something gets me into trouble and my husband has to bail me out of it... Luckily, no drywall was damaged in this wallpapering venture.

Speaking of damage, I have been pondering my story... but that's about it. My characters are becoming more and more wounded the longer I ponder them. It's time to write, or they'll be too exhausted to perform.

I do want to say how proud I am of all of you... And I'm especially proud of Missy who is our current star!  She is keeping us all accountable by continuing to post regularly her own progress, whether I have posted something or not!

Way to Go Missy!!!

Keep up the good work and I'll have something nifty for you coming soon...

Okay gals, check in time. What is your goal for this week?

TTIN Challenge: Heyday 8 & 9

Tuesday night at our local ACFW WORD meeting, we had a great evening of fellowship and talked a lot about the craft of writing with Romantic Suspense Author Lynette Eason. I was so impressed by all she manages to do, that I invited her to be on this blog. We'll plan that for the near future and I'll give a book away as well.

Congratulations to Eva Maria who has already reached her 5k mark on her word count for her work in progress and she will receive a copy of Ronie Kendig's Digitalis. 

Yaaayyy Eva!

For the rest of us who are bringing up the caboose on our writing, we won't give up and will keep plugging along. Missy, I think, is a close second to the 5K mark.... I think we need an incentive to continue to reach our goals. I'll be brainstorming the next goal/word count to reach and what the gift will be for you in return.

As for me, I have my synopsis laid out for this historical, and have some tweaking to do. Then, I'll need to sit down and actually work on the…

Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingRhythm of SecretsKregel Publications (December 22, 2010)byPatti Lacy


Patti Lacy, Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti's website at, her blog at, and her Facebook daily Artbites.


Sheila Franklin has masqueraded as the precocious daughter of avant-garde parents in colorful 1940s New Orleans, a teen desperate for love and acceptance, and an unwed mother sent North with her shame.

After marrying Edward, Sheila artfully masks her secrets, allowing Edward to gain prominence as a conservative pastor. When one phone call fro…

Moody Publishers announces Inside Pages

And now, a message from Moody Publishers....

Moody Publishers is pleased to announce our new corporate blog! We will be launching Inside Pages, at, on January 17th and to celebrate we’re hosting daily giveaways from January 17th-29th, giveaways include a Kindle, iPod, new book releases, Ryrie Study Bibles, and more.

Inside Pages will serve as Moody Publisher’s online forum on faith, publishing, and literary culture, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at publishing and creating a digital community for dialogue about books. Here you will hear from the editors about the changing face of traditional publishing, catch a sneak peek at upcoming titles and what goes on behind the publisher’s desk, and read devotionals and articles from our authors. Inside Pages will also regularly feature giveaways and free reading/writing resources. See for details. We hope to see you there!

TTIN Challenge: Heydays 6 & 7 *** AND A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE BOOK!

Over the weekend I managed to complete a synopsis for my historical. Now, I need to go back and write the chapters according to the synopsis. I ran out of time this morning.

Our newest goal and giveaway is this:  The person to reach 5,000 words by February 1 will win the book I just reviewed yesterday - Digitalis by Ronie Kendig. You'll get your very own, brand new copy - cause I'm not giving my copy away - it's too good to be without!

What this means is you need to keep checking in with me and letting me know of your progress! 5k is doable! We just have to stay focused and keep writing!

Digitalis by Ronie Kendig

If you are looking for an action packed book - one that places you in the center of the event and involves you as if you were watching it take place before your very eyes - then you need to pick up a copy of Digitalis by Ronie Kendig.

Oh my goodness. I had no idea how good this book would be. I wanted to read it for a few reasons. One: the story sounded good. Two: I wanted to write about a special ops soldier but didn't have any experience and didn't know any personally. Three: A friend of mine recommended this author to me.

I'm not good at writing book reviews. If you want to read what this story is about, it's below. But I will highly recommend this book. This is actually Book 2 in the series, but I could not tell a difference. I was introduced to prior characters, but didn't feel like I needed to read Book 1 first.

I think I connected with Digitalis so well because I was thrown right into Colton's life - his reservations about getting to know this girl h…

TTIN Challenge: Heyday 5

Today I've been at home nursing two sick kiddos. My youngest has an ear infection and fever. My oldest can't keep anything on her stomach and has been laying around with a fever. Before all of this began, my laptop crapped out and while it is operable, it runs slower than a nursing home-sponsored potato sack race and gives me the blue screen of death each time I power it on.

With meds for my dear little ones and with some convincing to hubby that I'll need a new laptop this year(or at least a new hard drive) all of this will work itself out.

My story however, will take much more effort from me to get it going. Right now, it's still stuck in the ice we had a couple of weeks back sliding back and forth.

But my critique partner and I did brainstorm tonight and before that, I'd actually pulled the document up on the computer to try and decipher some of what I'd written.

The problem with "story" is if you don't know where the story is going, you won&…

TTIN Challenge; Heydays 3 & 4

I'm so glad that Missy and Lindi have been pushing through these last couple of days and making lots of progress on their stories. Congratulations! And thanks for posting back on Heyday 2... I've gotten behind on my own posts.

I managed to reproduce another few pages of my historical... parts I had already written and tried to improve... to send to my critique partner for her review. Next Tuesday is a deadline for my local ACFW Chapter. The deal is you turn in 15 pages and a one page synopsis for the workshop, basically what you will turn in for Genesis. A published author will critique it and give you face to face feedback at the actual workshop in February. I don't know if I'll have 15 pages ready. It's okay if I don't, but it would be nice to have someone different look at the story and the writing and get the feedback.

How do you work? Do you write to target contests and look for that feedback, or do you write the whole book, then plan to submit?

New Author Sneak Peak: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

I ran across a link one of my friends, Meg Moseley, is sharing about her new book that is coming out soon. You can read the first two chapters of When Sparrows Fall by following this link to the Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing Group Website.

I read the excerpt and was amazed at Meg's beautiful prose... I can't wait to read more! Hope you enjoy!

Angel Harp by Michael Phillips

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingAngel HarpFaithWords (January 26, 2011)byMichael Phillips


Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.


Widowed at 34, amateur harpist Marie "Angel" Buchan realizes at 40 that her life and dreams are slowly slipping away. A summer in Scotland turns out to offer far more than she ever imagined! Not only does the music of her harp capture the fancy of the small coastal village she visits, she is unexpectedly drawn into a love triangle involving the local curate and the local duke.

The boyhood friends have been estranged as adults because of their mutual love of another woman (now dead) some years before. History seems destined to repeat itself, with Marie in the thick of it. Her involvement in the lives of the tw…

TTIN Challenge: Heyday 2

This will be quick. No staying up late last night. No early rising today. I threw out a question related to one of my stories to my writing and network community and have received some responses. So, I guess I can consider the hour I've been online has gone to research. It means I will need to rewrite & edit the first 3 pages I mentioned and continue to push forward.

Okay, your turn. How good or bad has your writing day been?

TTIN Challenge: Heyday 1

Heyday, from, is thestageorperiodofgreatestvigor,strength,success;prime.

Let's approach this first heyday with all of those, looking toward our individual goals with excitement and a willingness to tackle them!

I went ahead and got to work on a few things this weekend and in turn put two of my writing cohorts to work to critique a couple of first drafts. I worked one day on my contemporary story and one day on the historical. Both were 3-5 pages each, pages I had written a while back. I made some additional changes, trying hard to develop the scenes more and make sure I was showing and not telling.  But let me tell you, I love to tell! I wonder, if writing, as compared to fashion, would ever make telling  "IN"  

I would be so good at that, as I'm sure many of you would be, too.   

While working on these stories, I realized two things:   1) I need to do more character development and 2) confirm my plots.

Can I get a big sigh? 

Push forward, is the best advice…

Someone to Blame by C.S. Lakin

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSomeone To BlameZondervan (September 21, 2010)byC. S. Lakin


C. S. Lakin is a novelist and professional copyeditor and writing coach. She is currently working on her eleventh novel, a contemporary family saga drawn from the biblical story of Jacob. Someone to Blame(Zondervan), an intense relational drama and winner of the 2009 First Novel contest, released in October 2010, and she is also the author of the allegorical adult fantasy series The Gates of Heaven, featuring The Wolf of Tebron and the upcoming release The Map Across Time (March 2011). She is currently completing her tenth novel and developing a dog memoir of epic proportion.


In the wake of heartrending family tragedies, Matt and Irene Moore move with their fourteen-year-old daughter, Casey, to a small town. Their goal is to get far away from the daily reminders that leave each of them raw and guilt-ridden. Their hope is to find redemption…

The Time Is Now Challenge....

A.K.A. .... TTIN Challenge

So let us begin....

Fellow blogger, writers, readers, family and friends, I've been in a quandary for several months now. Since our last challenge ended, I've barely written. I've compiled character charts and written synopses. I've thought of story lines and tried to develop them, but...

Nothing happens. Instead of waking up with ideas for my plots, I wake up thinking about issues that surround me... things I can't change.  So, I need help to rev up my writing. I'll be working on giving my issues to God and studying His word more. I'm hoping with all of this working together, and tag on this new accoutability challenge, that I will make some headway in my new stories.

And, I really hope this challenge won't be a flop for me or for you!  But, hey, none of that talk. We're thinking positive here!

Here's the deal. There really aren't any set rules. To play, you just come to the blog regularly and give me an update o…

Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSerendipityBethany House (August 1, 2010)byCathy Marie Hake


Known for surfing across the kitchen on a dropped dill pickle slice, waterskiing on sea anemone spit, and using Right Guard® as hair spray; she considers herself living proof that God does, indeed, possess a healthy sense of humor.

Cathy loves classical music, romantic getaways with her husband, and Diet Pepsi Free®. "I need chocolate to survive, love my friends, and enjoy a deep personal relationship with the Lord. Although an extrovert, I'm very conservative on a personal level."

In her writing, Cathy attempts to capture a unique glimpse of life and how a man and woman can overcome obstacles when motivated by love. In her inspirational pieces she enjoys the freedom of showing how Christ can enrich a loving couple's relationship.

Cathy Marie Hake is a registered nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her…

Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingCourting Miss AmselBethany House (January 1, 2011)byKim Vogel Sawyer


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.


Edythe Amsel is delighted with her first teaching assignment: a one-room schoolhouse in Walnut Hill, Nebraska. Independent, headstrong, and a strong believer in a well-rounded education, Edythe is ready to open the world to the students in this tiny community. But is Walnut Hill ready for her?

Joel Townsend is thrilled to learn the…

The Time Is Now

A writing challenge is about to begin here on my blog... read more about it on FAITH today.

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Girl in the GatehouseBethany House (January 1, 2011)byJulie Klassen


Julie says: My background is in advertising and marketing, but I am blessed with a dream job—working as an editor of Christian fiction. I have been writing since childhood, but Lady of Milkweed Manor was my first novel. It was a finalist for a Christy Award and won second place in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards. My second novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year awards. I am currently writing one novel a year.

I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends.

My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.


Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she suppo…

Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingParadise ValleyBethany House (January 1, 2011)byDale Cramer


Dale Cramer was the second of four children born to a runaway Amishman turned soldier and a south Georgia sharecropper's daughter. His formative years were divided between far-flung military bases, but he inherited his mother's sense of place—

He took on small construction projects at night to help make ends meet— "and to preserve the remainder of my sanity," he says. While building an office in the basement of a communications consultant, a debate over labor/management relations turned into an article on mutualism which found its way into an international business magazine. It was Dale's first published article, and he liked the feel of it. He bought books, studied technique, and began participating in an online writers' forum, writing during the boys' naps and after they went to bed at night. Before long he was publishin…

What Is Your Purpose? Part 2

Do you know your purpose? Come see me on FAITH today where I delve into why we write and what our purpose is!