Pages

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Join The Party!

Join Seekerville on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 from midnight to midnight as we usher in 2012 with a full 24 hours of incredible giveaways for readers and writers. We'll be reviewing the past year and sharing our predictions for the 2012 New Year. No party is complete without our friends. No matter what your time zone we'll have a party in full swing at www.seekerville.net.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Dear friends,

As the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ approaches, I want to give special thanks to all who helped fan the flames of my joy over the past year.

I've been richly blessed by the outpouring of love and encouragement by family and friends as I muddled my way through my first year as a published author. What a ride! I wouldn't have wanted to go down that path without you!

My Seeker sisters who have shared all the good times and bad with me, offering a plethora of words of wisdom no matter the situation. I am so blessed to have you in my life. We started out as 15 unpublished writers and after 6 years, all of us now claim ISBN numbers. What a miracle!

Thank you to all the kind hearted readers who took the time to share their thoughts and stories with me. I cherish each and every one of you! Your sweet words live in my heart -- and on gorgeous stationary in a file in my computer which I pull up each time I need a reminder of why I need to press on and finish my next book.

God bless you all and I pray you enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Saturday Stories: The Apothecary's Daughter

I am a new reader of Ms. Klassen’s books, and I daresay I’m hooked for life. As I read The Apothecary's Daugher, I was enchanted by the cover, enticed by the setting and absolutely sold as the words of this love story unfolded before me. At each turn, I thought I had figured out the suitor to win Lilly’s heart. But as I rounded the bend, uncertainty once again clouded my mind and I read on to see which lucky man would win the fair Lillian Haswell’s heart.

Product DetailsLilly Haswell dreams of travelling the world. She sits atop the bridge and studies the narrowboats carrying passengers up and down the canal, daydreaming of places far away and maybe someday finding her mother who left the family a few years earlier and had not been heard from since. She is restless at home with her disabled brother and her lonely father as she helps in the apothecary’s shop, longing for a life beyond her simple village.  An opportunity to make her dreams come true arrives in the form of her aunt and uncle who offer to take Lilly to London and bestow a season upon her. Lilly jumps at the chance. Along the journey from Bedsley Priors to London and back, Lilly finds dreams may not be all they’re dressed up to be. She snatches bits and pieces of news of her mother, information that only muddles Lilly’s already confused feelings and heart. When illness strikes and she makes the decision to return to Bedsley Priors, Lilly finds the quest of the heart may not be the adventure she once thought it to be.

An absolutely wonderful story that drew me in from word one. I must confess, I received The Apothecary’s Daughter as a free download from Kindle. If you ever wonder if “free” promotions do any good for the author, know that I’m an now a firm fan of Ms. Klassen’s and plan to purchase her books as they become available.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sandi Rog is my guest

in Seekerville tomorrow! If you want to know the ins and outs of freelance editing, or if you're shopping for an editor to review your work but don't know anything about it, stop in tomorrow and ask all the questions you'd like.

Sandi has been an editor for over 10 years and works with Inspiration For Writers, Inc,  a group of freelance editors who have your best interests at heart.

Sandi is also battling cancer. To follow her story, please go to her blog and be amazed by the heart and humor of this dear, sweet, courageous lady as she battles this despicable disease. Fundraising efforts have been arranged to help defray medical costs. Please visit Alison Strobel's site for more information.

So pop by Seekerville tomorrow, Thurs Dec 1, and say hi to Sandi! Show your support by leaving a comment and you may win one of three prizes!

See you there!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Stories: The Merchant's Daughter

Melanie Dickerson has done it again. After her debut book, The Healer's Apprentice, I didn't think fairy tales could get any better. Well, she proved me wrong. The Merchant's Daughter is the perfect book to grab along with a mug of hot chocolate and wile away a snowy December afternoon.

What a keeper.

Melanie Dickerson’s inspirational rendition of Beauty and the Beast is unforgettable. With style and grace, she has created wounded characters scarred so deeply, I feared she’d never be able to heal and redeem them. But save them she does in a most masterful, yet poignant manner.  

Annabel Chapman is beautiful inside and out, yet plagued with the insecurity of her own human-ness to the point where she distrusts her own logic and faith. Ranulf le Wyse  is a man scarred through heroism and unable to see his own valor or honor through the pain and torment of his anger. A more deserving couple in need of God’s healing forgiveness and love I’ve not seen in ages.

Set in Medieval England, The Merchant’s Daughter wraps you within the cloak of simpler days, among simpler people, basking in a simple English countryside. Though the setting may whisper simple, the characters are far from simple. Complex and deeply injured, Annabel and Ranulf fight through their worst fears and learn trust in the Lord who loves them and protects them beyond compare.

Keep a box of tissues beside you. The raw honesty that touches the pages of The Merchant’s Daughter will leave you dabbing at tears filled with emotion. I await the next book from this author!

Watch the trailer and peek into the beautiful story world created!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

We've been given so much to be thankful for as we live in the "land of the free and home of the brave." May God continue to shower blessings and His favor on our nation. And may we always remember it is more blessed to give than to receive.

I pray this day finds you among family and friends. And if all who you love are far away, still know that you are never alone.



 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Coming Soon: Saturday Stories

I'd like to start something fun I'm calling Saturday Stories. On Saturdays, I'll post a review of the book I've read over the week. There are so many great books and great authors, how can folks make a choice where to spend their hard earned pennies? Blog reviews are not a new thing, but maybe I'll come across a book or author you're not familiar with and offer a peek into my version of Calgon, take me away : )

Check back on Saturday for my debut : )

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Vacation!

It's Saturday! Not only the first day of a glorious weekend, but also the first day of an entire week off from the day job! Don't get me wrong, I love my job, it's just sometimes -- when all you want to do is write your heart out because you've imagined this wonderful scene for your book and you don't want to lose the essence of the excitement -- there are other things I'd like to do : )

Speaking of exciting essenses of writing, if you haven't visited Casey Herringshaw's 2nd Blogaversary party yet, what are you waiting for? Melanie Dickerson is Casey's guest today.  Melanie writes the most amazing Medieval romances full of suspense, detailed descriptions, to-die-for heros (and heroines, LOL)  and heart warming happily ever afters. Her latest masterpiece, The Merchant's Daughter, is available now. And while you're at it, check out The Healer's Apprentice. Both are beautifully crafted stories guaranteed to stay on your mind long after The End.

I'm a life-long fan of Melanie Dickerson. Her books definitely bring out the historical voice in me and make me want to scribble many a 'twas and 'twere in my manuscripts -- now won't that confuse the cowboys down on the ranch, LOL!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fun Filled Thursday

Ever had one of those weeks where nothing happens on first few days -- I mean nothing -- and then you have one day packed to the gills? Well that's my Thursday! All week, writing has been slow, day job has been very quiet, even my husband and I haven't had that much to talk about, LOL! Lots of stuff vying for attention tomorrow though so I hope you can join the fun!

First, join me in Seekerville where I'll be expounding on the concept of "Would he really do that?" If there's anything I've learned over my years of writing is that there is always something new to learn. Stop by Seekerville and find out about my latest discovery. Leave a comment and you'll have a chance to win a book on the subject : )

After grabbing a snack and chit chatting in Seekerville, mozy on over to Writing for Christ where Casey is throwing an awesome week long party in honor of her 2nd Blogaversary!! Casey runs a class act and has interviewed some of the most fascinating authors in Christian fiction. I'll be sharing the party venue on Thursday with the most wonderful Lisa Jordan and spectactular Jessica Nelson. What do the three of us have in common (other than adoring Casey?)...we're all First Sale authors! Come join the fun!

If you really want to, you can then follow me to the day job where I'll spend my day working with member and volunteer enrollments for another fun-filled year of 4-H...the best experience opportunity for kids, bar none!!

I am truly blessed.
  • I get to write novels weaving the love of Christ in the everyday world of ordinary characters,
  • I hobnob, blog and call the great bunch of authors in Seekerville my dear friends,
  • the friends I've made in the Christian romance industry are the best ever!
  • my day job is a joy and a blessing
  •  love my family...and they love me!!
Stop by the parties tomorrow. You won't be sorry!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Play Time!

I decided to play with my blog template. What do you think? This one is only temporary as I explore Christmas themes, but I kind of like it : )

Personally, I tend to fall into a rut in an effort to remain constant. Does that make sense? You're told you have to stick with your brand, people need to recognize you for the author you are, become an Internet icon.

Hmmm, I do believe all that advice is well and good, but also, I think we need to constantly work on our creativity. God poured more than the standard measure of creativity into my little pea brain. I could daydream for hours if left to my own devices. And it served me well in my childhood when I struggled with painful shyness. I created worlds and characters in my head that kept me company and accepted me for the quiet, reserve kid I was.

Then hormones hit the scene and well, a curious teenager emerged from her shell on the first day of junior high. LOL. I'll bet my folks longed for the days when they worried over how much I talked to myself!! Maturity, marriage and children of my own have tempered my ways, but I still retain the tendency to slip into creative lapses and rearrange the furniture for no reason at all or buy a new scented candle or ...

Or change the wallpaper on my blog : )

Stay tuned, I'm searching for just the right Christmas essence to welcome in the holiday season : )

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Query Letters Needed!!

Query Letter Contest! Don't miss this opportunity!!

Enter your one-page query letter and the last page of an
unpublished and completed manuscript targeted at Love Inspired, Love Inspired
Historical or Love Inspired Suspense. Deadline is Monday at Midnight. The top
five finalists will then go to Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich for
judging. The winner will be announced on December 4, 2011 in Seekerville's
Weekend Edition.

The winner will have an opportunity to avoid the slush pile and submit
their first three chapters and synopsis to Senior Editor Melissa Endlich by
snail mail.

http://seekerville.blogspot.com/p/seekerville-love-inspired-read-me-query.html

And best of all. This contest is kind to your budget. It's FREE!!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Check This Out

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FREE DOWNLOAD OF TONS OF
E-BOOKS INCLUDING:
 
 Julie Lessman (A Hope Undaunted),
Laura Frantz (The Frontiersman's Daughter)
and Maggie Brendan (No Place for a Lady)
 
SO CHECK IT OUT!!!

Just found out that A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in the Winds of Change series is FREE for download almost everywhere, and you do NOT need a Kindle, Nook or e-reader to download it — you can download e-books on ANYTHING, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Cloud Readers, Androids, Blackberrys and Windows Phone 7, you name it!

Go to any of the online bookseller sights and look for their free e-books for A Hope Undaunted, The Frontiersman's Daughter and No Place for a Lady.
 
Or here are the links to A Hope Undaunted:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Orphans

When you raise livestock, there are times when the unexpected happens. My daughter had given me a call at the office and asked if I'd bring home an incubator. Red flags flashed all around me.

"Why do we need an incubator?"
"Because I found a nest of Rouen eggs. Our hen is gone. I'm going to hatch them out."
"Are you sure you want to do that? It's a little late in the season."
"I can't just leave them here. They'll die."
At this point, not knowing how long the nest had been unattended,  I think, hmm, I doubt they'll survive the journey to the house, much less the incubation. "Did you ask Dad?"
"He said fine."
Ooookay. 30 days of drama, about to unfold.

We set the eggs up in the incubator and faithfully turned them, sprayed them, watched them with a skeptical eye. One Saturday before daughter left for work, she came bounding in and announced she'd heard peeping. The eggs were about to hatch.

Okay, call me a non-believer. I never once thought the eggs stood a chance. But, lo and behold, by the end of the weekend, we were the proud foster family of 7 -- count'em SEVEN ducklings out of 11 eggs.

Wow.




Even out Corgi is amazed.




Life is just filled with miracles. We had no idea how long our Rouen hen had left the nest. No idea how long she'd been sitting on them ( you need to stop turning the eggs in the incubator a few days before anticipated hatching ). No idea if they were even fertile.

But God knew. We lost one hen and now have 7 little lives to replace her.

Isn't life grand??

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Future of Bookstores

Borders will be closing all their stores...soon.                                              Borders Stores

That's mega sad. The end of an era. Probably the very threshold of a change I don't know I like.

While I can't say I've always known I wanted to be a writer, I do know I've always loved to read. Libraries were my favorite hangouts all through school, the Dewey Decimal System enabling to me to find volumes of information in a snap, and leading me to genres I never thought about investigating. All through high school I was an avid Ray Bradbury fan. Or I thought I was until a friend loaned me a copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss and I discovered my reading passion had little to do with alien planets, LOL!

But really, let's save that for another post!!

Back to brick and mortar stores. I love the feel of them; the smell of them; the kid-in-a-candystore giddiness that overcomes me when I step through the doors. I'm such an impulse buyer, I'll always walk out with a volume of something -- usually a cookbook. My husband still shakes his head over that. My dedication to cooking flew out the window when I went back to work full time!

Still, there's nothing more satisfying than strolling the aisles and running a finger down spines of novels, wishing one of them bore my name. Now that I have a book on the shelves, the thrill is compounded by the fact I can run my finger down the spine of MY book. Wow. This may be completely selfish, but I don't want to ever lose that thrill because cyber stores and ebooks are the wave of the future.

I do have a Kindle, and I love it. I love buying friends books as soon as they're available. I love having an entire library in my purse for all the times I'm waiting for appointments and meetings. The Kindle, the Nook, all eReaders are nice, but...

They're not books.

If you do anything this week, go out and support your local bookstore. Walk in, grab a cup of coffee, thumb through a magazine (and then buy it). Drink in the atmosphere. Enjoy while you can.

The priviledge may be gone before we know it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Carol Award Finalists Announced!

American Christian Fiction Writers announced the finalists for the Carol Award for published writers:

Debut Novel:
The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House - Dave Long/Sharon Asmus, Editors)
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers - Kathryn Olson, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing - Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)

Long Contemporary:
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell - Andrea Doering, Editor)
Red Ink by Kathi Macias (New Hope Publishers - Randy Bishop, Editor)
Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House - Dave Long, Editor)

Long Contemporary Romance:
Plain Jayne by Hilary Manton Lodge (Harvest House - Kim Moore, Editor)
Anna’s Return by Marta Perry (Berkley - Ellen Edwards, Editor)
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson - Natalie Hanemann, Editor)

Long Historical:
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs (Waterbrook Press - Laura Barker, Editor)
Petra: City in Stone by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing - Karen Ball, Editor)
Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press – Susan Downs, Editor)

Long Historical Romance:
The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy (Barbour - Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside - Rachel Meisel/Connie Troyer, Editors)
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz (Revell - Andrea Doering, Editor)

Mystery:
Mirrored Image by Alice K. Arenz (Sheaf House - Joan M. Shoup, Editor)
Muslin Mystery by Vera Dodge (Guideposts - Beth Adams, Editor)
The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Novellas:
The Prodigal Groom by Vickie McDonough (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Ride With Me Into Christmas by Rachael Phillips (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Romantic Suspense:
The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press - Rachel Meisel/Susan Downs, Editors)
Don’t Look Back by Lynette Eason (Revell - Andrea Doering, Editor)
Pursuit of Justice by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale Publishers - Karen Watson, Editor)

Short Contemporary:
The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Love Inspired - Allison Lyons)
A Father for Zach by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired - Melissa Endlich, Editor)
Winter’s End by Ruth Logan Herne (Love Inspired - Melissa Endlich, Editor)

Short Contemporary Suspense:
Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense - Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Legacy of Lies by Jill Elizabeth Nelson (Love Inspired Suspense - Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Love Inspired Suspense - Tina James, Editor)

Short Historical:
Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired Historical - Tina James, Editor)
Promise of Tomorrow by S. Dionne Moore (Barbour - JoAnne Simmons, Editor)
The Columns of Cottonwood by Sandra Robbins (Barbour - JoAnne Simmons, Editor)

Speculative Fiction:
The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin (AMG Publishers - Rick Steele, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing - Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)
K├Ânig’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, Editor)

Suspense/Thriller:
Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan - Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, Editors)
Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
Medical Error by Richard L. Mabry (Abingdon Press – Barbara Scott, Editor)

Women’s Fiction:
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers - Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, Editors)
They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon – Barbara Scott, Editor)
Beyond Summer by Lisa Wingate (NAL - Ellen Edwards, Editor)

Young Adult:
Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell - Lonnie Hull Dupont, Editor)
Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zonderkidz - Jacque Alberta, Editor)
Katy’s New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Zonderkidz - Jacque Alberta, Editor)

I judged a panel for this contest and have to say, the quality of published work was superb. I can't imagine choosing only 3 finalists for each category. Really? They're all winners to me!!

Congratulations, finalists!! Especially Mary Connealy and Ruth Logan Herne! Cheering loudly for Melanie Dickerson, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Laura Frantz, too!!Your stars shine brightly and I can't wait to cheer for you in St. Louis!!

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, September 22-25, 2011, St. Louis, MO

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Let's Talk In-y and Out-y

I know -- belly buttons come to mind, but honestly, it's workspace technique I'm talking about here.

Come join the fun in Seekerville as I talk about how I organize my writing necessaries and then the rest of the Seekers chime in with their favorite methods.

How can you miss an opportunity like this to crawl into the inner workings of a writer's mind? Spooky prospect, but well worth peeking into, LOL!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Golden Heart and Rita Awards Ceremony

Couldn't make it to New York City for the RWA Conference, but I can follow fun at the awards ceremony on Twitter! Go to #rwa11 and cheer your loudest for your favorite finalist!

YAY - Pam Hillman!! Finalist for Inspirational Romance,
Golden Heart
Stealing Jake

YAY - Mary Connealy!! Finalist for Inspirational Romance,
Rita
Doctor in Petticoats - Barbour Publishing

I'm rootin' for you here in Colorado!!
WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Putting Life Back into Perspective

Life tends to get hectic, doesn't it though? I know I'm not the only one to feel overwhelmed when I look around and think, "how in the world am I ever going to get all this work done?" May and June were especially difficult months with kids returning home from college, revising and polishing my msc for my editor, plans to build a house, preparation for our County Fair,...the list goes on and on.

You'd think I'd have time to just write a few words here to let y'all know I'm still alive. LOL!!

Well, I am and I'm finally coming up for air. Manuscript is sent off, kids are settled back in the nest and at work, house has a foundation and septic system (both very necessary entities!). Whew, and before the Fair really takes off, I thought I'd better catch up with the important elements in life.

Reading.
Writing.
Friends.

Life is shorter than we all realize. We need to make the most of whatever time the good Lord gives us. I hope I've put my time to good use, but as anyone who REALLY knows me can testify, I'm very easily distracted. Which can be taken as a good thing : ) As long as I remember to return to original tasks and complete them : )

So, I'm cleaning my office -- and the rest of my house -- clearing away the clutter. I want to spend time with you here on my blog. I want to spend some summertime moments out on our deck just looking out over God's handiwork, because really, is there any place more beautiful than home? I want to live in the moment and give thanks for all the blessings in my life.

Before I sign off for the day, let me invite you to view a YouTube clip compiled by my friend, Theresa Rizzo. Theresa has nailed the writing journey for what it is...when we keep it in perspective. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, Theresa! And yes, there will come a time when pigs fly for all of us!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Booksigning in Cheyenne


Cheyenne, WY is known for Cheyenne Frontier Days
 Yep, it's late, but I wanted to share my booksigning with you. I drove up to Cheyenne, WY on June 4 and spent the day with Amanda Cabot and Penny Zeller signing books at two bookstores. Amanda and I have been friends for a while having first met at our RWA chapter, Colorado Romance Writers, years ago. Most recently though, Amanda leads Front Range Christian Fiction Writers, a group of Christian writers writing various works as the Lord puts on our hearts. Nice mix of folks.

I had the pleasure of meeting Penny at our first booksigning. Wonderful, warm, friendly -- I'm blessed to call her friend. Penny and her family had this booksigning thing down pat -- each member of the family had a specific duty whether arranging books, setting up the computer slide show, or just being cute and attracting customers. LOL! What a fun group!

First stop, Cornerstone Christian Supply. What an amazing, warm reception we received from staff and customers alike. Trisha and her staff set this trio of authors up right next to the register area, no one could miss us. The patrons stopped and chatted, asked about our books, and grabbed butterscotch buttons and chocolates as they investigated their book choices. It was a blast!

Amanda, Audra, Penny at Cornerstone Christian Supply



Audra, Amanda, Trisha, Penny at Cornerstone Christian Supply
 
Next, we went to the Barnes and Noble store. Again we received a warm welcome including beautiful posters arrranged around the store announcing our event. A constant stream of chatter across the PA system reminded customers to stop by our table and meet the authors. What fun! We talked with fans, discussed the market with aspiring authors, and in general chit-chatted our way through the afternoon.

We even sold books!

Amanda, Audra, Penny at Barnes & Noble

At the end of the day, I drove the hour and a half home with a smile on my face. The generosity of readers continues to astound me. Folks just opened up and treated us kindness and support.




Here's to you, Cheyenne, Wyoming! You sure know how to make a girl feel welcome!



Monday, May 23, 2011

Celebration in Seekerville!!

I'm back! I've missed everyone terribly, but life got so hectic, my poor head almost exploded!
Yuck, what a mess, LOL!
Nevermind me, though. I've got spectacular news to share...



Do not miss today in Seekerville. There are fireworks on Unpubbed Island
24/7 today to celebrate the BIG FIFTEEN!

Seeker and debut Tyndale author Pam Hillman is your hostess--and she's got more than her 2011 Golden Heart final to share with you.

 We'll have a total of 15 prizes--gift cards and books to give away all day long as we celebrate and celebrate...AND CELEBRATE!~!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Barbara Vey in Seekerville

How did Barbara Vey go from a ho-hum job in the insurance industry to being Publishers Weekly’s spokesperson for romance? Read her story on Seekerville (http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/), Wed, April 20. Learn what readers tell Barbara about the books they love to buy and how to get your story reviewed on Barbara’s Beyond Her Book blog, where she recently attracted more than 22,000 visitors in one week. Stop by Seekerville on April 20 to chat with Barbara and win one of 23 prizes given away throughout the day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Romance? It's about time

Funny how folks think if you're a romance author, you know about, well, romance. Silly people, LOL! I can't say my life is a typical romance, but I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Check out my interview in the Denver Post. My interviewer said right up front, she wanted a fun article to offer guys who might be clueless over how to romance their gals.

What do you think? How did I do?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

RITA judging

As it is over most of the United States, Colorado's temperature for the day is frigid...again.

I was hoping I'd get a snow day from work, but no such luck. I am thankful though that I only drive about 5 minutes to get there instead of a commutes of 30 minutes and more! Though I love road trips, a daily drive of dodging traffic is not my idea of a great start to a day!

This is the first year I'm eligible to judge the RITAs. I received 8 books -- 8 books! -- to ready by March 9. Wow. I have a difficult time sneaking in moments to read the books I want to read much less 8 books assigned for my opinion.

Still, I have to admit, reading outside my writing genre is proving entertaining and relaxing. I've finished 3 books written by authors I never would have known about and am thrilled to say I've enjoyed them. I still have 5 more books to read. May the good Lord grant me time, patience and little eye-strain as I hole up in my office with a hot cup of coffee and finish my judging assignment!

Have a great day all and stay warm!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Blog of the Week pick!

Had a great day of booksigning memories yesterday over in Seekerville. Jillian Kent named Are You Ready For Your Book Signing as a her choice of blog of the week! Isn't that too cool! Take a minute and visit her blogs. Lots of great stuff there.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Drop by Seekerville

Drop by Seekerville today where I offer all my wisdom on preparing for a booksigning. LOL! You say, She's had one booksigning and thinks she's an expert, right? Well, no expert here, but the entire event is really fresh in my mind...that should account for something!

Anyway, drop by and leave a comment. Two books are up for grabs!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Booksigning, Part II


My very first booksigning was a blast! And to give credit where credit is due, I have to start by thanking Amanda Cabot. Amanda is my amazing friend and gracious leader of our writers group, Front Range Christian Fiction Writers which meets the 4th Saturday of each month at the Barnes and Noble located in The Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland, CO. She told Vivian at Barnes and Noble about my sale who then set the date for January 2011.

Vivian is a promotional diva extrordinaire. She took care of ordering books, setting up a table right at the front door, ordering fantastic promo posters, and even keeping me supplied with water. She was wonderful.



Leslie Ann is the best!
Next, the entire day would not have run smoothly if my fellow writer and best friend Leslie Ann Sartor hadn't been by my side assuring me all would be fine. She made a check list of things to take, arranged the signing table with all the goodies and was the most amazing hostess!! She directed folks to the guest book and offered them an opportunity to win one of two baskets if they put their name in a drawing. She even took care of getting the winners to Vivian so she would announce the winners. My day would NOT have been as good, as memorable, as exciting if Leslie had not been there with me.

My family!

Gotta make a plug for my family. My son drove down from school and was the first guest there. Then husband and daughter showed up. They were so gracious and entertaining. I love them for all the support they give me -- always.


I couldn't ask to work with a better
group of gals

And then of course, the guests. Oh my word, did we have a crowd! All my cohorts from work showed up with family and friends in tow. They all had a hand in dressing me. Kim provided the boots, Lisa the jacket and skirt, and Amy the opinions. I'm humbled that they gave up a Saturday afternoon to come and support me at my signing. Hmmm, maybe the promise of chocolate for all had more pull than I thought, LOL! The biggest surprise came with a couple of friends showed up that I had worked with 25 years ago and hadn't seen since. Wow. The fact that Merilee and Craig drove to Denver from Pueblo and Manitou Springs almost made me cry.

I could go on and on, but really, that would just be me blubbering in my joy. Saturday, January 22 was such a blessing to me. I'm wondering if maybe the angels God sent to supervise the day didn't have a good time, too. And maybe, just maybe they snatched a chocolate or two...

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support.

There'll never again be a first booksigning!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Incredible review

Learning to juggle my time between debut book launching, full time job, family AND finishing book two to send to editor, at times, I don't know which way to turn! Please be patient with me as I learn to shuffle all the pieces of my life in place AND have time left over for an occasional episode of NCIS!

LOL!

I promise I'll have pic of my booksigning up this weekend.

In the meantime, please check out Andrea's Take, a wonderful blog with tips and insights you don't want to miss. She reviewed Rocky Mountain Hero and left me speechless! Thanks Andrea!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Booksigning, Part 1

What a great day at Barnes & Noble!

My very first ever booksigning was the best experience ever.

AND it was made the best by all the friends, family and readers who stopped by to visit!!

More on the booksigning coming, but right now, I want to announce the winners of my hourly drawings:

Dena Netherton
and
Brooke Hageman

Dena, Brooke - thanks for joining the fun! I'll be contacting you!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Booksigning!

I can't believe it's been a year since I received The Call!

Now I'm getting ready for my very first BOOKSIGNING!

WooHoo!!

Come join the fun at Barnes and Noble

located in

The Promenade Shops at Centerra, Loveland CO

Saturday, January 22, 2011
1:00 - 3:00 pm

For directions, please visit my website
http://www.audraharders.com/
Chocolates will be provided along with a drawing for a special prize!

See you there!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Christmas break ends

It's been a hectic couple of weeks. As Christmas break wound down for my kids, so their to-do lists wound up. All the things they wanted to do as break stretched before them, became a mass confusion of completion at the end.

Ha! Nice to know some things never change : )

The kids are back up at college now where they belong and our house is quiet. Maybe too quiet. We might have to take in a boarder or two just to liven things up.

I'm in the final round of my tweaks of this manuscript before I send it to my editor. It's been a long haul, but a great learning experience. I've been writing romance for YEARS. Who would've thought turning in a second book to my editor would be so angst-ridden??

If you have any spare prayers, they would be greatly appreciated!!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Book Sighting!!

Check this out!
Dear friend of mine and Seekerville's has located
Rocky Mountain Hero (Audra Harders) and
The Rancher's Reunion (Tina Radcliffe) in California!!
I just love going national!!
Thanks Keli!!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Making Choices

Come join me in Seekerville today where I talk about the difficult time I have making Choices. Aren't there times you just want it all??  It's too painful to pick one over another?

It's the timeless problem I deal with as life spreads a buffet of choices before me each day.

What's a girl to do?

And if you share a comment, you might win a copy of Rocky Mountain Hero or A Rancher's Reunion!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Sharing

My husband is a very generous fellow. And usually, I love him for it. Except this weekend when he shared his indefinable illness with the rest of the family. Aches, pains and fuzzy head have dogged me for the last two days. Even had to take today off from work so I wouldn't spread the cheer. Can you believe that? Call in sick the day after New Year's weekend. Can't wait to see the ribbing I get when I go in tomorrow, LOL!

Is this any way to begin the New Year? I mean, really? Well, I guess if you're checking off items accomplished, I can scratch *getting sick* off my to-do list for 2011 now. Wouldn't that be great? Ha, in my Nyquil sustained dreams : )


May your year start out better than mine everyone! And if by some chance I DON'T get sick again in 2011, look for my New Year's eve post telling the world of my incredible discovery!!!

Blessings!!!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Welcome 2011! Can you believe it? 2011? I remember all the nail biting and disaster foraging for 2000 just like it was yesterday. We've come a long way. No longer are we worried about the Y2K bug getting us~~now we wonder, day to day, what staple in the world is going to change next. LOL! Don't blink. You'll miss out on something!

I'll be the first to admit I haven't been very faithful in posting my journey through life along with tidbits of cleverness from others. I'm sorry.

If you visit Seekerville on December 30 -- waaaaay back last year -- you'll find an incredibly invigorating and thought provoking post by Tina Radcliffe on chosing the One Word for your life. Read this post. Completely makes you rethink the whole notion of New Year's Revolutions - or resolutions - as folks are fond of saying : )
As Tina says, "The concept of My One Word is to pick one word and allow God to use that word to mold and shape you in 2011."

One word. One. How in the world is a writer, or any avid reader for that matter, supposed to choose just one word?

Well, after long hard study of my personality and what I really need God's help with in my life, I've chosen the word:

Choices.

As in making them. If I've learned one thing about me over my lifetime, it's that I'm not good at making choices.

Not to be confused with making bad choices. Please.
More like making choices, period. Choosing between one activity and another. One event. One project. One hobby.

A very wise friend once told me, "Time does not expand to encompass all you want to do. You must choose the best use of your time."

Wow. What a concept. And that's exactly what I'm going to do in 2011. Believe me, this is not going to be easy.

Plan ahead. Schedule. Say no.
I'm posting reminders already. I'm scribbling down goals, then reassessing them for importance. Is it a necessity or a desire? Through the early stages of these decisions, necessity will win out.

With some leeway time for Emergencies.

Have you chosen a One Word yet? Try it. It's not as easy as it looks. Well worth it though.

Happy New Year!!