Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Morning After

Wow. What a wild party!

Seekerville hosted a First Sale party for me yesterday on the Island. It was a wild time! I got to talk to friends I hadn't seen in years. Got to rub shoulders with those faithful followers of Seekerville and Five Scribes. And I met folks who just enjoyed coming to a good party : )

Our highlights? Well, we had a Conga line going all day long. Mercy! You should have seen the length of that thing, LOL!! Thanks Tina for getting that going just a few minutes after midnight : ) Cap'n Jack Sparrow held his post all day beneath the palm trees serving refreshments and yes, chasing a few flip-flops around the island : ) Madame Zelda made an appearance at the end of the day to pass out a some *I told you so's*.

The pig roasted up deliciously and thanks to all who proved the endless dessert table : )

Marshmallows were aflame come nightfall when the bonfire whooshed to life and folks settled down around the warmth and reminisced over the day, the year, the years...

All keys to Ski Jets, motorboats and yachts were confiscated at the shore upon arrival and when the party drew to a close, we all pulled up a hammock, a cot, sleeping bag, or just a plot of sand and said goodnight to a memorable day. Can you believe the island natives clean up while we slept? Awesome!

I'll cherish the memory forever.

Thanks go out to Tina, Ruthy, Mary, Camy, Cheryl, Missy, Cara, Sandra, Myra, Janet, Glynna, Debby, Pam and Julie for sticking with me through the years, thick and thin. You guys know how to throw a swinging party!

And now, if you want to know more about how to Monkey Around, visit Seekerville for a peek into all the happenings of the coming week!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Make sure you watch for these up coming releases:

Janet Dean offers another warm and witty historical romance from Steeple Hill Books. The Substitute Bride features a mistaken identity bride and a hidden identity groom each grappling with their own dilemmas as husband and wife until faith and trust weave together a union made in heaven.

Another winner from Janet Dean!

February 2010

Hot on the heels of her amazing Christmas novella, Yule Die featured in Christmas Peril with Merry Mayhem by Margaret Daley, Debby Giusti is back with another Love Inspired Suspense, Killer Headline.

February 2010

Watch for the long awaited debut novel, Winter's End, by Ruth Logan Herne. Ruth has a commanding style and voice that will keep you laughing, crying and waiting as happily ever after puts a smile on your face.

March 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

2010 Handbook

My good, good friend Leslie sent this to me at work today. It was such a great pick-me-up, I wanted to share it. My only disappointment is not knowing the original author of such an amazing list. Thank you Unknown, where ever you are!

Great rules to follow in 2010 and beyond!!


1. Drink plenty of water.
2.. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants...
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12 Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. God heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Are you ready for that First Sale??

A good friend of mine, Tina Radcliffe, just sold her first book to Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Oh, the partying and celebration that went on in Seekerville in her honor! After years of perseverance, the dream is now firmly in her grasp. All her family and friends are so happy and proud of her.

So the party decorations are all cleaned up, the last guest bid adieu, and the door closes on the thrill that is the First Sale.

Now what?

Writers that strive for years for their first sale sometimes aren’t prepared for the change in chores that now lie ahead. Speaking as one who has seen a number of friends sell their first books over the past two years, I can give a little insight.

Be prepared to jump into action quickly. Not saying I know how all publishing houses operate, but when you sell a book to Steeple Hill, they have a pub date ready for you in the same breath in which they utter the longed for words – We’d like to buy your book and work with you.

Don’t be a diva. Now that your dream has come true, don’t buck the system. Very few books are sold and published without revisions of some sort. Trust your editor. Of course you can discuss changes that rub you the wrong way. Just don’t earn the label of being difficult right off the bat. Your long awaited career might come to a grinding halt.

Schedules are crucial. Looking at my own writing habits, I’m a pretty firm seat-of-my-pants writer which means I write what and when the mood strikes me. Since watching my friends sell their books, I’ve been working on structure. I set small goals for myself and make certain I achieve them. There are masses of details that need to be attended to, and they all need to meet your publishers’ deadlines. Be prepared!

Have a loose idea of title and cover art. I say loose because, really, the editors have been at this a long time. They know what works and what doesn’t for their lines. If you insist on a title or whine when they change it, number one, your editor will probably say sorry if they’re so inclined; number two, you’re headed toward that difficult label again. Remember, discussion is fine, just handle it courteously and professionally.

Finally, KEEP WRITING!! Keep churning out those stories! Publishers invest a lot of time, effort and money in you to create a name and a brand of your own. Don’t be a one hit wonder! Be enthusiastic about your next project, or better yet, have completed manuscripts to offer. Put a smile on that editor’s face and develop a relationship that keeps your name in the forefront of all of the others.

There are so many details and responsibilities that come along with selling your first novel. Hopefully, I’ll be able to fill you in as a published author soon : ) In the mean time, I’m working on more books, keeping my eye out for cover art, schedules are always at hand….

Friday, January 08, 2010

First Sale Celebration

Check out the party in Seekerville!

We announce the first sale of

Tina Russo Radcliffe!!

Read about her amazing journey through the maze that is Unpubbedness : )

Yay, Tina!! We're all so proud of you!!


Friday, January 01, 2010

Welcome 2010

Happy New Year! May 2010 put a smile of your face all year long.

Traditionally, January 1st is the day for resolutions for the new year. I tend to go a step further and make revolutions (doesn't it take a revolution to make a change??) with the best of intentions at heart.

Not this year.


If I want to be perfectly honest, I'm still trying to nail down the revolutions I"ve been making over the last decade. Why add more beans to the proverbial pot when I haven't perfected the original blend of herbs and spices?

This year, I want to concentrate on making the most of the gifts I've been given.

  • I have a day job that I love and I plan to serve my community the best I know how.

  • I have a hut on Unpubbed Island that I'm just dying to move out of and that will never happen if I don't sit my butt down in my chair and continue to write Inspirational Romances, drawing strength and emotion from every romantic fiber reaching deep down to my core.

  • I have an awesome family that will soon fragment as children tend to do as they mature and leave in search of happiness beyond the nest. Oh, I don't feel I'm losing them. No. It's just a change every healthy family goes through when the spirit of adventure calls.

  • I embrace the awesome power of prayer and firmly believe the Lord is in control. So what's the point of prayer? To remind me the Lord has everything under control : )

  • I am blessed with the love and support of friends spanning the nation. How great is that??

I have a wish and a prayer for all my friends and family: find your happiness and live in contentment in this upcoming year of 2010.

Blessing to you all!