Sunday, April 19, 2009

Theresa is a Semi-Finalist!!

For those of us following the incredible writing journey Theresa Rizzo is on thanks to the Amazons Breathrough Novel contest, here is the most recent update of exciting news!!

The Road Between made the cut to the top 100 in Amazons Breakthrough Novel Award --out of thousands of entries from 7 countries and 33 States! AND the best thing is the Publisher's Weekly Review of the whole manuscript--which I included below. The day the top 100 were announced, an agent from a great NY agency emailed me, congratulating me asking me to send a partial!

So excited! Now, Penguin Editors all read the top 100 manuscripts, the Publisher's Weekly review, and all our Amazon customer reviews and pick the top 3 by May 7th. The top 3 then are voted upon by Amazon customers and the one with the most votes wins the $25,000 publishing contract with Penguin.

Thanks to all who downloaded the free excerpt and left a review--and it's not too late to read & review if you want to. Here's the link:

Thanks everybody!


From Publishers Weekly

This charming novel gracefully addresses embryonic stem cell research and garnishes it with a powerful, tender romance. Reporter Skylar Kendall, grieving for a young niece whose death could possibly have been prevented with stem cell treatment, puts the blame on Senator Edward Hastings, a staunch opponent of embryonic stem cell research. Edward's best friend, Mark Dutton, starts out trying to distract Skye and ends up in love with her. As Skye opens up to Mark and begins to appreciate Edward's commitment to his moral values and his family, she struggles to come to terms with her anger and write the exposé that her career depends on. When Edward's wife suffers a spinal injury that could be treated with stem cells, the political becomes deeply personal. Though occasionally leaning too much on foreshadowing and coincidence, the author otherwise handles the complexities of science and morality with tremendous care and nuance; there are no hypocrites or villains here, only loving people doing their best in terribly difficult situations. Contemporary romance readers of all political leanings will be enthralled.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Check It Out!

Janet Dean's second book, Courting the Doctor's Daugher, is set to release May 12, 2009!

Her back cover reads:

A widow with three boys to raise, Mary Graves has no time for peddlers of phony medicine. she's a dedicated healer working alongside her doctor father. When a handsome stranger blows into town with his "elixir of health" and asks questions about her newly adopted son, Mary's determined to uncover the truth behind all his claims.

Once the reckless heir to a Boston fortune, Dr. Luke Jacobs travels the country with his herbal medicine while searching for his long-lost son. After meeting the feisty doctor's daughter and her youngest boy, Luke has found what he's been looking for at last.

But can he convince her to let him into her home, her family--and her heart??

Janet's first book, Courting Miss Adelaide, is a finalist in the Southern Magic, Gayle Wilson Award for published authors. We're all holding our breath as the date for winners to be announced draws near!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Seekerville Authors donate books... the Brenda Novak 2009 Online Auction for Diabetes Research.

The Seekers are a group of 15 writers who became friends through writing contests. When we initially joined together, none of us were published. Now, 9 of the 15 are award-winning, contracted, published, multi-published authors. And we're not through yet!

Amazing what friendship, love and prayer can accomplish!

Be sure to bid and bid often on behalf of this important cause!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

There is a certain amount of continuing education I need to take for work and it usually consists of public service classes or technology. Today, I attended a couple of classes, one of which dealing with the public service sector -- Dealing Effectively with the Public. The other class had to do with Time Management. Both classes taught me a lot about myself.

I discovered I'm pretty much split down the middle in the personality graph. Half of me falls under Pleaser; the other half an Enthusiast. Apparently I'm well designed for a public service position because I like making people happy. I'm a team player. I hate conflict.

These are great qualities for my day job. . ..

No small wonder I find it difficult to put my characters in peril, for them to hold grudges, and argue amongst themselves. Apparently, I don't like dwelling on the dark aspects of life : )

A beacon of light does shine through though. Now that I'm aware of these tendencies, I can work on correcting them the first or second draft rather than my critique partners highlighting areas in my manuscripts for characters to provoke fights. Personally, I never saw the attraction of throwing sand in the sandbox : )

The Dealing with the Public class segued into the Time Management class surprisingly well. See, I love spending time with people and solving their problems. Who has time to clean up their desk? Answering emails in a timely fashion earns praise from happy citizens; soliciting donations more often than not earns rasied brows and skeptical comments.

Don't get me wrong, I really love my job. It's just interesting to discover why I'd rather let piles accumulate than file them away, award ribbons rather than order and sort them, create newsletters filled with info on upcoming events rather than pack away boxes filled with materials from events past.

Sounds like I'm only in it for the fun, huh?

Trust me, it all gets done. I can't think of a single person, or profession that is completely enjoyable. They all have their moments.

Some are just better than others : )

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

He is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!

I'd love to say the sun is shining brightly on this Easter morn, but that would be a lie. Here on the Front Range of Colorado, we're expecting drizzling rain for most of the day. Bummer for the kids as they hunt eggs; terrific for the drought dried lawns and pastures as a result of this very mild winter.

Nothing dims our Easter celebration though!

I got up early this morning and read the Resurrection portion of the four Gospels. Awesome stuff. What a promise. What a hope.

In Him will I trust.

We will join my aunt and cousin for an Easter Brunch up Boulder Canyon at the Red Lion Inn. Scenic drive (probably though snow flurries) up the canyon along Boulder Creek. It's a great drive in the summer. A highway winding through massive rock and gnarly pines. Years ago (you can tell how long I've lived here), only a few old buildings dotted the mountain splendor. Now, around every curve, you'll find homes, some blending with natures, others, not so much.

The Red Lion Inn is nestled off the creek, surrounded by trees. In the summer, tables are placed out in the lawn area and you can dine beside the creek.

Oh, yeah, the food is very authentic German/Bavarian : ) Yumbola!!

I know we'll enjoy good conversation with family on this sacred day. We will marvel at the Lord's handiwork as we wind our way down the mountain. We will come home with full bellies and knowing God loves us.

Who could ask for anything more??

Happy Easter and God bless you!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Polish those contest entries!

Join the fun in Five Scribes. Gina Welborn has sage advice to help kick off the contest season!!

Inspirationals make a 9-1-1 call

For a peek into what's new in inspirational romance, be sure to check out Julie Lessman's blog in Seekerville. This is definitely NOT your grandmother's fiction!!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

In Seekerville Today

If you want to hear me gush about how much I love cowboys, come play in Seekerville today. My blog post tells of my rather swerving path along the road to publication.

Who am I to argue, though? God called me to this crazy business. I'm NOT messing with the big guy : )

The food is always good and the coffee hot. The company...exceptional : )

See you there!