Saturday, January 31, 2009


I finished the rough draft of Rough and Ready at 4:51pm today!! WooHoo! Now it's time to edit. My favorite thing. Oh, and ideas are swirling through my head for the next book. God is very good : )

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Author Branding with Jenn Stark

Jenn Stark will be in Seekerville today sharing on
Join Personal Branding consultant Jenn Stark as she brings fifteen years of experience along with her tips and techniques to helpmake your Personal Brand work for you!
You can check out her site at

Monday, January 26, 2009


Do you need to get organized for 2009?

Pam Hillman has an excellent post in Seekerville on the topic of organization. She's starting with email files and I'm hoping she works her way through the rest of my office : )

Come join the fun in learn techniques along way!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Check It Out!!

Here's something you don't want to miss!!!
The Five Scribes are proud to present...
Ask a How-to Author! Margie Lawson’s High Energy Interview Series
Don’t miss these opportunities!
-- Win a how-to book from a writing expert
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Drop by Five Scribes Blogspot on the LAST WEDNESDAY of each month to learn how-to author's factoids and funtoids – and ask questions. Each how-to author will respond to blog comments.

JANUARY 28th: James Scott Bell: Plot & Structure, Revision and Self-Editing
James Scott Bell is the award-winning author of several novels of suspense and historical intrigue. Booklist and the Los Angeles Times compared James Scott Bell to Raymond Chandler and Dasheill Hammett.

A former trial lawyer, James Scott Bell has been an Off-Broadway actor, an actor in commercials, the fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest Magazine, an adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University, and author of nineteen novels and two books on writing. WRITE GREAT FICTION: PLOT & STRUCTURE, 2004, is one of the most popular writing books today. His 2008 how-to book, WRITE GREAT FICTION: REVISION & SELF-EDITING, is equally strong and a must-have for writers of all genres.

Upcoming Releases by James Scott Bell:
DECEIVED -- a suspense thriller, will be released in March, 2009
THE ART OF WAR FOR FICTION WRITERS – a new how-to book, will be released November, 2009

Publishers Weekly Review:
“Former trial lawyer and Christy Award–winner Bell (Presumed Guilty) hits his stride in this twist-filled suspense thriller...Dialogue carries the book with rich characters...a fast-paced thriller with its Los Angeles music scene, creepy canyons and a slew of cons. Bell, who also writes nonfiction books on writing, is a master of the cliffhanger, creating scene after scene of mounting suspense and revelation in this heart-whamming read.”

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Congratulations, Glynna Kaye

Love Inspired Author !!!!!

You've left the Island!!

Come join the party

in Seekerville

Friday, January 23, 2009

Exciting News...

...A fellow Seeker has been rescued off Unpubbed Island!! If you want to know who the lucky Castaway is, you'll have to visit Seekerville tomorrow where the Weekend Edition will announce the Romance world's newest author.

Make sure you stop by and help us celebrate!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Original SUV

We all want to go back to the simpler days, don't we?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Is there such a thing as Indian Winter?

After the string of gray, cold days we've had here on the Front Range of Colorado, today we had a high close to 70 degrees and beautiful, clear blue skies.

Absolutely gorgeous.

Tomorrow is MLK Day so I have tomorrow off. Going to be beautiful tomorrow, too. And the day after; and the day after. Makes me want to take the dog for a walk, work in the garden, take a nap on the deck.

Anything but sit in my office and write.

Well, maybe I want to write a little. Well maybe just a couple of scenes. Okay, I'll fit it all in and go to work on Tuesday absolutely exhausted. It's okay.

I am after all, a writer : )

Enjoy the holiday!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Visit Seekerville today and learn how to write characters with distinctive voices by Mary Connealy.

Mary gives us sneak peek into her newest book, Gingham Mountain, the 3rd book in her Lassoed in Texas series. Come see for yourself why Mary is a rising star among authors!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Calling All Writers!!

For a chance to win an evaluation of your proposal by a professional freelance reader, visit Seekerville Monday, January 12 at

All you have to do to enter the drawing is read Crystal Laine Miller's excellent post, "Dare Your Reader to Risk Reading Your Book" that's chock full of tips on getting past a publisher's reader and then leave a comment.

The drawing will take place on Wednesday, January 14.

Don't miss this terrific opportunity for a free evaluation of your manuscript's first three chapters and synopsis.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Fire in Boulder County

There is a horrendous fire burning to the west of our town, right along the foothills. It's a tricky time of year for fires. The front range of Colorado has been so dry. The Open Space that Boulder County is proud of is tinder dry. All it took was a power pole to blow over and spark and voila! we have a wildfire. Of course, the warm, chinook winds we're having today aren't helping any. Sustained wind (not gusts) of 50 mph have been howling all day. Last time I heard, three houses and a barn have been burned and the fire is working on 1000+ acres.

People bring their animals to the Fairgrounds in emergencies like this. The facilities filled up so fast, they had to find additional shelter. Sombrero Ranches, where my daughter works during the summers, offered to take in horses being evacuated. She and my son are over at the ranch this evening trying to get all the nervous newcomers settled in.

Fire, like all the natural disasters pinging our country, wrecks havoc in the lives of innocent people. My prayers go out for the residents in harms' way, and for the emergency personnel fighting to protect homes and save lives.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Check It Out

Drop over to the Seekerville blog this week and spend 6 wonderful days discovering how to make money in the writing market.

Monday: Deb Ng on professional blogging
Tuesday: Cindi Myers on the working writer
Wednesday: Michael Bracken on writing for the Confessions
Thursday: Abingdon Press Senior Acquisitions Editor for Fiction, Barbara Scott
Friday: Myra L Johnson on the Christian non-fiction market
Saturday: Tina Russo shares on writing romantic fiction for Woman's World Magazine

You won't want to miss this exciting line-up! And, stop in every day, make a comment, and you'll be in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate for Amazon!!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The Road Runs Ahead

...Rather than falling behind, which is a good thing, because although 2008 had its good points, it's time to tuck the old Cabela's calendar away and focus on the new Lighthouse 2009 model hanging proudly on my kitchen wall.

Instead of a list of resolutions, I'd like to post a list of the many opportunities I'm looking forward to in 2009:
  • attending the National Western Stockshow here in Denver. I do, afterall, write cowboy romance : )
  • celebrating Valentine's Day, my most favorite silly holiday. I don't think I'm capable of writing a novel without some thread of romance in it.
  • snow storms and spring days
  • spring break at our farm in Montana. Glasgow, MT is about a 12 hour drive from Denver, and we'd make the trip much more often if only the state Wyoming wasn't in the way : ) Only kidding, Wyoming is a great place, filled with likeable people and changing scenery. Maybe central Montana could stand to be cut out. No, I love the badlands we drive through and all the herds of deer and antelope we race along the way. Okay, I guess we need to keep the entire drive in tact.
  • Easter
  • daughter returning from college for the summer.
  • son finishing his junior year of high school, ready to get senior year over with, too : )
  • the Crested Butte Writers Conference
  • 4th of July in Montana
  • Boulder County Fair
  • Colorado State Fair
  • daughter going back to college : )
  • son going back to school and peace and quiet reigning in the house once again : )
  • husband, son, and daughter enjoying all the hunting seasons that begin in the fall and go on for months : )
  • ACFW Writers Conference hosted here in Denver this year!!
  • fall colors and the scent of cooler days in the air
  • first snow
  • second snow
  • Thanksgiving in Montana
  • Advent Season
  • Christmas
  • enjoying my friends and family all through the year.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus live in your hearts all year long and may 2009 bring joy, challenge, contentment to your life. Happy New Year, 2009!

Blessings to you!!