Thursday, May 28, 2009

Historical Herbs

Come on over to the Five Scribes blog where Janet Dean is talking about herbal remedies of old. She's also giving away a copy of Courting Miss Adelaide, her Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical debut novel, or Courting the Doctor's Daugher available now!

You'll never look at a flower or weed the same again!

Can you guess what this plant is and what it does for you??? If not, Janet can : ) If you want more fun facts on herbal remedies, visit her post originally written for Seekerville May '09.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

You know what's better than an upcoming 3 day weekend? A 5 day weekend!!

Yep, taking an extra couple days off from work. I'm indulging in an extra cup of coffee this morning as I sit in front of my home computer and gear up for an entire day of writing. I'm revising Rough and Ready, my favorite part of the writing process. Don't know about you, but creating the novel is the hard part for me. Too many avenues for the characters to explore. Once I finish my rough draft, I've already figured out which paths work and which don't.

Now, I get to embellish and plant greenery along the yellow brick paving my H/H's road.

I love it.

Stay tuned for progress reports : )

Monday, May 18, 2009

Take a moment and head over to Five Scribes! Missy Tippens is my guest today and she's giving away her newest release, His Forever Love.

Actually, Missy is doing double duty today! Head on over to Seekerville and visit Missy again!

Isn't it a great Monday : )


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Missy Tippens has a new novel coming out in June!! His Forever Love published by Steeple Hill Love Inspired is next on my TBR list. Make it a priority on yours!! Take a peek at what the back cover tempts us with...

Ties That Bind
In Magnolia, Georgia, local legend says that a couple who holds hands around the "forever" tree will have an unending love. Even so, Bill Wellington held Lindsay Jones's hands around the tree years ago...and then left her behind. He chose the big city, and now he wants to bring his grandmother there. But to his amazement, he finds that Granny has a boyfriend -- and a vibrant life. A life that includes Lindsay, Granny's caregiver. Bill never thought he'd want to come home, yet Magnolia clearly has its charms. As does Lindsay, who makes him long for a second chance at forever love.

Don't forget to check out Missy's debut novel, Her Unlikely Family. You'll see for yourself how Missy offers much more than a diversion in her novels...she introduces you to friends : )

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Daughters of Boston - Book 3

As I am about to embark on another adventure with the Daughters of Boston, I want to let the world know A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman is available. Here's the back cover blurb:

Has she fallen in love with a man who cannot love her back?

Elizabeth O'Connor has been like the little sister John Brady always wanted, sharing his love of literature and his thirst for God. But in the throes of the reckless Roaring Twenties, Lizzie has grown up. Suddenly she wants more from the man who has been her friend since she was a child. When this shy little bookworm blossoms into a beautiful young woman bent on loving John, she discovers that his past won't let him return that love. But Lizzie refuses to give up -- until his shocking secrets push her away.

Can true love survive the betrayal and deceit of a painful past...or will it be shattered like the fairy-tale dreams of a girl in love?Brimming with romance, longing, and redemption, A Passion Denied will quicken your pulse and gladden your heart with a riveting story of the true power of love.

Now, isn't that enough to capture your imagination and your interest? Julie will be my guest on Five Scribes blog June 1st. She'll be giving away a copy of your choice of any one of the 3 Daughters of Boston books.

Come join the fun. You won't be disappointed!!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Writing Simple

First published in CS Lewis’ Letters To Children (1956), his 5 Tips for Writers is still valid today:

1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.

2. Always prefer the clean direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.

3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “more people died” don’t say “mortality rose.”

4. In writing, don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the things you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us the thing was “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, “Please, will you do my job for me?”

5. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Check It Out

Come join the fun in Seekerville today. I'm blogging on KISS in your book. No, not kiss, but KISS. You know, Keep It Simple, Susie : )

Hey, if the concept is good enough for C.S. Lewis, who am I to argue??

See you there!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Back To Normal

Ever have one of those months where everything takes precedence over your life except what you are dying to do? That's been my April.

Judging for the Genesis contest took up a good portion of my time. If you know anything at all about me, you'll know I love to judge entries in contests. I use to judge for anyone who asked, but these days, I usually limit my time to two contests -- The Sandy and The Genesis. And the Golden Heart when I'm asked : )

This year, the Sandy had some great YA entries. Tough bunch to pick finalists out of, to say the least.

The Genesis offered me the opportunity to judge Romantic Suspense. I loved it. Talented writers in the romance genre. Some of the plots made me envious -- why can't I think like that? Anyway, if the Genesis on a whole had entries as good as the RS, the final judges will have their hands full.

Next, I had an opportunty to submit a short story for consideration in a sequel to A Prince among Dogs. This was my first attempt at a short story, 1st person, with a specific theme. Interesting exercise. I chose to highlight the purpose Satchel, our dog, played in our lives. The memories of our faithful hound and all he meant to our family rekindled love and tears I had safely tucked away for last couple years. Writing memories of him made me cry. The editor passed on the story. Bummer. I can't help but think though that God hadn't intended on my selling that story to Revell, but rather, I come to terms with my grief in losing my good friend. I sniffled...I cried...I sobbed. And I came out appreciating all the blessings God has placed in my life.

I prepared two entries for the TARA contest. The final judge is Anne Horch from Faith Words. I think the world of Anne. She's a terrific editor and incredible encourager. Faith Words may not be the right house for my stories, but I'd love to see what Anne has to say about them. I'm praying she has the opportunity : )

Now we're into May. If you look at my sidebar, you'll see a word count for Diamond in the Rough. Let's see if we can push that count up to 60,000 by summer!!!