Monday, December 30, 2013

Seekerville New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve is right around the corner and Seekerville has planned a party that lasts all day long. Filled with fun topics to discuss and prizes given away on the hour, the Seekers have been working hard to make your last day of 2013 a memorable one.
And, did I mention food? Seekerville ALWAYS has food for hungry guests.
Please join me as I host a segment at 10:00 AM (MT) and again at Midnight (MT). Leslie Ann Sartor will be joining me as co-host as we rock in 2014!!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Authors with the Front Range Christian Fiction Writers group are taking advantage of the Black Weekend after Thanksgiving to host a booksigning! Please join us at the Barnes & Noble at The Promenade Shops at Centerra  on Saturday, Nov 30 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Remember, autographed books make great Christmas gifts!
I'll be signing my Love Inspired release, Rocky Mountain Hero and offering a peek into the upcoming sequel, Second Chance Ranch.
Don't miss out on the fun. Join us for our

Local Author Extravaganza

Author Event
Join Barnes & Noble between 2:00 and 4:00 pm on November 30 as we celebrate local and upcoming writers. Authors include L.A. Sartor, LeAnna Shields, Audra Harders, Richard Lawrence, Jill Haymaker, Reid Rosenthal and more!
Saturday November 30, 2013 2:00 PM

The Promenade Shops at Centerra
The Shops at Centerra, 5835 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland, CO 80537, 970-663-9473
And of course, there'll be plenty of chocolate!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Check out what's happening in Seekerville in November

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Seekerville 6th Birthday Bash is underway! Stop in today and visit with my guest, Love Inspired Historical Author, Danica Favorite. Danica shares what she's learned over her years of writing toward publication and the changes she's experienced since. Don't forget to leave a comment! A vial of authentic silver from Leadville and 2 $10 Amazon gift cards will be the giveaways for the day.
Don't forget, Seekerville will be giving away prizes each day during October in celebration of our birthday. Leave your email for the daily drawing and you'll be included in the drawing at the end of the month for the iPad Mini!
How can you resist? See you there!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Come celebrate with the Seekers!
It's our 6th birthday bash. You won't want to miss a day of it!!

Come join Tina Russo Radcliffe, Cara Lynn James, Mary Connealy, Debby Giusti, Pam Hillman, Janet Dean, Julie Lessman, Ruth Logan Herne, Missy Tippens, Myra Johnson, Glynna Kaye, Sandra Leesmith, and me (Audra Harders, LOL) as we celebrate Seeker-style. Plenty of guest posts, giveaways and fun.
And, of course, FOOD!!
The party starts October 1. Mark your calendars now!!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rains of "Biblical Proportions"

Last week, Boulder County, Colorado experienced a flood.

A big flood.

A great flood.

A flood that will go down in the history books as one of the most destructive natural disasters in Colorado history.

And I was alive for it. Our house and property were not destroyed, but the same can not be said for the thousands of people across multiple counties who have been "inconvenienced" to "decimated."

What started out as nice, wet weather, progressed into "wow, look at it rain." Then curiosity took hold
when our office was closed Thursday for rain. When the office remained closed on Friday, I began to have a niggling feeling that all was not well in Longmont, Colorado.

Colorado has been experiencing hot weather and drought conditions this year. The 11+ inches of rain we received in 4 days took care of the drought and reversed the situation as rivers and creeks flooded their banks, city streets became canals, and beautiful fields of corn, grass, alfalfa and more -- right on the brink of harvest -- were devastated beyond redemption. We've become a Federal disaster area.

I can't begin to describe the loss our community has felt. Please pray that unaccounted for people are found, homes can be salvaged, our infrastructure is repaired and rebuilt in a timely manner. So many people lost so much.

Your prayers, encouragement and support mean a lot.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Check out the new Seekerville Happenings for September!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Seekerville Happenings!

Look at all the great Seekerville guests coming your way in August!

Make special note: Vince Mooney will be conducting a two day post/workshop on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1.
His topic?
Let's just say Vince has been working hard trying to organize over 6000 words of comments from writers happy to share how they make being a plotter or pantser work for them.
I guarantee these will be a FUN couple of days! Don't miss out!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Graphic design with Pam Hillman

If you're interested in creating great graphic designs but have little money for the expensive software, check out Pam Hillman in Seekerville as she goes step-by-step through the process using picMonkey.

I guarantee you'll be amazed with the results.

(I'm a bit bias since of course, I love Pam Hillman!!)

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Let Freedom Ring

Thanks to Hobby Lobby for sharing this gem
Oft times it's essential for me to be reminded of the roots of this country
I pray you and your family spend a safe and joy filled 4th of July
Happy Independence Day!
To view the original ad, follow this link

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Look at the great posts coming your way in Seekerville in July

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Working on the Farm

The Peterson brothers in Kansas released a new youtube video entitled

 A Fresh Breath of Farm Air.

You may want to take a couple of minutes out of your day and watch the new video at:

These young men have produced a number of very cool and humorous videos on YouTube about their lives farming. Check it out!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

To all who are fathers and everyone honored to be called "Dad."

Happy Father's Day!!!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Saturday Stories: Stone of Heaven

We've all heard about twins being polar opposites. This is the case with identical twins, Abigail and Victoria Carswell. They may look alike, but that's as far as any personality trait goes. Abby is an adventurous risk-taker who views the world as her oyster, especially when she snags the treasure of whatever illusive pearl she tracking at the moment. Tori craves seclusion and is perfectly content to design jewelry in her personal railcar as she travels the country side in complete safety and comfort.

And yet, they are absolute twins, sensing trouble and heartache no matter how many miles apart their lives take them.

Let's not forget Reid Hunter, a treasure hunter and Abby Carswell's keenest competitor. They've vied for the same treasures over the years, each taking in stride when the other happens to luck out on the adventure of every lifetime.

Reid senses something is wrong when Abby doesn't throw her hat into the latest treasure hunt -- and the most dangerous so far -- the search for the blue jade, the Stone of Heaven. He knows there's trouble when the reclusive Tori Carswell shows up at the airstrip looking for her sister.

What could have happened to Abby to bring Tori a world away from her comfort zone?

As Tori and Reid tangle together in their mistrust of each other, time is running out to rescue Abby who has been captured by the Mayan priests who seek to uncover the power of their sacred god. Tori and Reid learning to trust one another is a parallel adventure to the one that races to the tomb in time to save the world.

L.A. Sartor writes a story that draws you in and holds tight for the whole ride. I recommend Stone of Heaven to anyone, especially if its a grand adventure you're looking for!!

Stone of Heaven

The Recluse …
Tori Carswell treasures her solitude and simple life. Her identical twin, Abby Carswell, is the polar opposite, seeking increasingly risky adventures. Now Abby has put herself in mortal danger, captive of an ancient Mayan cult. Her only hope? Woefully under-prepared Tori.

And the Treasure Hunter …
Reid Hunter, good-natured and currently broke, aims to beat his ex-partner Abby to the fabled blue jade known as the Stone of Heaven. But when reclusive, aero-phobic Tori overcomes her fear of flying and tracks her sister to a well guarded tomb deep in the Yucatan rainforest, he realizes Abby is in serious trouble.

Can Opposites Accomplish the Impossible?
Abby no longer trusts Reid. Can Tori risk doing so now, and join forces with him to save her sister? Or will Reid put riches before life and love?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

How about a cozy mystery?

Stop by Seekerville today and join the fun as Marilyn Leach takes us through the steps of writing a cozy mystery.

Her series, The Berdie Elliott Mysteries, features a vicar's wife with a knack for solving mysteries. The first book of the series, Candle for a Corpse, has Berdie and the entire village on the trail of a lively Advent whodunit.

Who would guess that a simple Advent wreath would light the way to solving a Christmastide mystery in a small English village? Well, when Berdie Elliott, the local vicar's wife and former investigative reporter, gets the scent, anything can happen. Though Berdie's husband often disapproves, her divine gift of sorting truth from lies puts her in the stew. Along with her best friend, Lillie, Berdie unwraps far more than Christmas gifts when an Advent gathering at the vicarage goes awry, and murder rocks the village. Lively newcomers, secret identities, a clandestine wedding, and a dissenting constable add to the adventure. Berdie, to the delight of the entire village, ties up the mystery like a bright Christmas bow. Mince pies anyone?

Join in the conversation! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Candle For A Corpse, or the second book in the series, Up From The Grave.

See you there!

At the age of nine, Marilyn wrote her first play with a childhood neighbor, “The Ghost and Mr. Giltwallet”.  It was a mystery.  And she’s been writing, whether hobby or livelihood, since.  A graduate of Colorado State University, she has worked in domestic missions and taught both English acquisition and art in underserved populations.   She’s had the opportunity to co-author several plays that have been performed on both church and secular stages, as well as two screenplays, one of which was a semi-finalist in the John Templeton Screenwriting Competition.  Marilyn’s Advent of a Mystery, was released in September of 2010, Candle for a Corpse in 2012 and Up From the Grave in 2013.  She has written numerous Biblical meditations and essays printed in various publications including Guideposts, Big Dreams in Small Spaces, and Quiet Hour.   Marilyn is a dyed-in-the-wool British enthusiast and it colors her work.  She lives lakeside in a cottage on the outskirts of Denver near the foothills.  Stop by her website:

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Sunday Inspiration for Writers

Fear not, for I am with you,
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 RSV

Is there a writer out there who has as much trouble with conflict in stories as I do? Honestly, if I just wrote the love stories of my heart, we'd go from cute-meet to happily-ever-after over the course of one chapter.


So when I have an AH-HA moment like the one I had today, I want to shout it from the mountain tops. I was rereading an old favorite romance (published back in 1998) today as a treat for all the laundry I managed to wash-dry-fold-put away, this weekend. This book has a very straight forward plot. The conflict couldn't have been plainer and yet - after reading this book maybe 20 times over the years - I was still riveted to the story and its very natural outcome.

The difference today dwelled in the fact that this simple conflict in a well loved book showed me where I was deficient in conflict in my own book. Wow. It wasn't so much that I didn't have conflict; I just didn't let it play out its natural course. I fixed things too quickly.

Isn't it amazing how the good Lord works? I've been toying with this story for probably 3 months now. Each time I sit down to write, a new nugget of awareness is presented to me. Sometimes through the story itself; other times through examples like today.

I've watched my initial idea grow and develop as I begin each writing adventure with a prayer - "Lord, take this story and make it Yours." I may not be breaking any completion records, but the characters and their conflict are blossoming into a thing of beauty.

The credit goes to God and His eternal wisdom. Remember my version of a love story? Short and sweet. The story path God is leading me down is a real romance.

I can't wait for you to read it : )

Friday, May 31, 2013

Seekerville Happenings

Check out the great guests in Seekerville this month!
Oh, and stop in and say hi to the Seekers, too!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Inspiration for Writers

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want;
   He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
   He restores my soul.
Psalm 23: 1-3a RSV

Stressful times seem to know no limits any longer. It used to be:        

·         the holidays are stressful
·         preparing for vacations is stressful
·         “the kids are out of school for the summer, how will I get anything done?” is stressful

(obviously, this is my list. Feel free to insert your own stress factors)

Circumstances change and suddenly you find yourself with little down time to recharge and regroup. Deadlines at work become tighter; commute times become longer; the budget doesn’t stretch to cover expenses.

Sometimes it feels like the proverbial walls are coming down on you.

Most of us can recite the 23rd Psalm in our sleep. The words tumble out from years of recitation in Sunday School and church services. There is nothing wrong with that. They are good words.

But when was the last time you actually absorbed the meaning of those words? God loved David, yet David was no stranger to adversity. He had his good days and his bad days. Sometimes his bad days were really bad. David never stopped loving God; God never stopped loving David.

And He’ll never stop loving us.

God never promised us we would be sheltered from the problems of this life, but He does say He will always be there to help us through them. We need to:

·         Ask
·         Listen
·         Obey

When we fight for creative inspiration after a long day at work; when we try to grab a couple of moments to work on our WIP while the kids are busy with an activity; when we try to work out a scene in our heads while stuck in traffic, remember, God has that green pasture all prepared for us. He’s ready to set white noise to “babbling brook.” He’s ready to restore your soul.

All you need to do is ask.

God has plans for each and every one of us. He never said the road would be easy. Not on this side of Heaven. But He’s running the marathon with us and offering us cups of water along the way.

Go ahead, lie down in that pasture. Wiggle your toes in the green grass and gaze into the calm waters.

Let Him restore your soul.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Rules are made to be broken

Join me in Seekerville where I'm hosting Donnell Ann Bell today. She's talking about rule breaking...something we all long to do well. She's giving away a copy of her newest book, Deadly Recall. You won't want to miss the fun!

And don't miss the opportunity to download Deadly Recall as a Kindle Deal of the Day tomorrow, Friday April 5!

Donnell Ann Bell is the author of The Past Came Hunting and newly released Deadly Recall from Bell Bridge Books. Both books were nominated for the prestigious Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America. Her website is 

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Because He lives, so too shall we!

"For God so loved the world, He have his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

There are no more precious words than these when asked for the reason for my faith. May God bless you on this beautiful Easter day! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Light In The Window

One Woman. Two Men.

One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.

But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues.

But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her,

attraction, dreams and faith only muddle her mind.

Can the light in the window

illuminate the path of true love?


$ .99 for 3 days only--March 15, 16 & 17!



5-Star Rating on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and here are a few of the reviews:

-- "This is Lessman's finest work and will hold your heart captive and wanting more." - Angi G.

-- "Any director looking for a good movie script would have their work already done for them. I loved A Light In the Window and couldn't put it down until I finished it at 5:30 this morning." - Sunshine

-- "I finished A Light in the Window at 1am this morning! Wowzers! What an emotional rollercoaster!" - BizLizy


Award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Irish series, Julie Lessman was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine's 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, #1 Historical Fiction Author, #3 Author, #4 Novel, #3 Series, as well as Booklist's 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and recipient of 14 RWA awards. Contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Inspiration for Writers

"You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."  Psalm 139:16 NLT


This is a favorite verse of mine. I not only have the page marked with a Post It flag, but I have it underlined and highlighted. Why do you suppose that is? Why do some Bible verses and passages speak to us more personally than the others? In the case of this verse, I know I derive great comfort knowing God is in charge of my life—He has been even before I drew my first breath of air. There is no greater comfort to me than knowing the awesome God of the universe who made heaven and earth and all things visible and invisible, knows me and cares for me as if I was the only creature in the world.

Wow. That just blows my mind and humbles me to my knees.

The entire chapter of Psalm 139 sees David pouring his heart out to God, acknowledging how God made him, knew him, formed him and how not a moment of David’s life escapes Him: How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God!(verse 17). David seeks and adores God’s hand on his life. He is comforted in knowing: You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.(verse 3).  David, the greatest king this world has ever seen, drew strength and conviction from the knowledge that God walked beside him, along each path and turn his life took, and offered him guidance.

Sometimes I wonder if anything I do makes a difference. My job, my marriage, my writing – does it matter? The answer to that baffling question can be found in this chapter. God knew me before I was born. He had a purpose for me. He made me a wife, a mother, a daughter…

A writer. He put the desire to write romantic novels in my heart.  He nods at my ah-ha moments and smiles at all the tender feelings that well in my heart and make me want to spill them across the pages of a book. He made me to write about His glorious gift of love.

Whenever I wonder if I’m doing the work of the Lord, I try to imagine my life without writing stories that demonstrate the need for a man and a woman to fall in love. I can’t do it. I can’t find the passion or the purpose. All the stories lines that run through my mind include a hero, a heroine, and our Lord who knits them together as one, overcoming obstacles and uniting them in His perfect love. As it should be : )

Yep, that’s what God made me. A dreamer. A Christian fiction author. A romance writer.
He knew me before I was born and created me to

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. (verse 14).
Have a great week!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Alan Schleimer in Seekerville today!

Bounce on over to Seekerville today and visit with Alan Schleimer as he recounts the road to success in his publishing career. Share his excitement over the release of his debut book, The Q Manifesto. He’s offering a copy to a Seekerville visitor, so stop by and say hi!


The Q Manifesto Disenchanted with his profession, Jay Hunt gave up a lucrative Wall Street career to become a backcountry tour guide. Soon after, an ancient manuscript is uncovered that reveals the Gospels were an orchestrated fiction written by a first-century sect at Qumran. Though its revelation stuns the world, Jay ignores it until his father, a retired Dead Sea Scrolls expert, gets in over his head investigating the scroll. Suspicious of numerous accidents, Jay follows a trail of clues that uncovers evidence of a grand plot that will tip the balance of world power. Marked for death by unknown assailants, Jay soon learns that the world’s only chance to survive Armageddon depends on him deciphering cryptic messages in his quest for the truth.

An award-winning thriller that sprints from Arizona to Jerusalem, Paris to the Caribbean, and Houston to Amman. Your fingernails don’t stand a chance.

Monday, March 04, 2013

As The Pieces Fall Together...

Jane Choate is my guest in Seekerville today. Her topic is Writing Cut and Paste Style.
I can relate to that. My writing is all over the place needing to be hauled together and affixed with duck tape, LOL!
Jane is the author of 32 books and over 400 short stories and articles, including 11 for Chicken Soup, and she hosts two blogs. The Gratitude Project offers daily inspiration and The Patriot Pages recounts the adventures of our founding fathers, highlighting the great foundation of our nation.
Check them out! 

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Check out the Seekerville happenings in March!!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Welcome Pam Hillman!

I'm so excited to have Pam Hillman as my guest today! Pam is a fellow Seeker whose talent for writing historical cowboy romance is amazing! We met as unpublished writers entering the same contests (along with all the other Seekers--please visit Seekerville to find out more) and taking turns at earning the top spots. Tyndale House Publishers recognized her incredible talent and scooped her up to be among the first authors of their Digital First program. The launching of Digital First was very successful and Im proud to say Pam's debut novel, Stealing Jake, was one of the first 5 titles published, earning amazing reviews and awards.

Now it's Claiming Mariah's turn. . .

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake: An Author’s Best Friend!

I stopped by Audra’s blog ahead of time and read in the sidebar that she had the coffee pot on and the cookies cooling. And I noticed that she said, “Life is at its best when its slow and simple.”

 I’m SO all over that!

 I dream of slow and simple. I dream of homemade white chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies and a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks…

So why is it that I have a schedule a mile long and enough lists to paper the dining room wall? Why is it that my tax returns are due, and every time I dump 50 emails out of my inbox, 100 more pour in to replace the ones I just filed? What happened to my carefully laid plans to be organized and ahead of the game months ago, but I’m still scrambling to play catch up?

What happened is me…combine my habit of over commitment and overachiever with a bad case of procrastination and you have a blood pressure cooker waiting to happen.

I figure since I’m blogging with Audra, I can just relax a bit and see where this goes. After all, she’s the one who gave me leave to take life slow and easy!

So, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think about cookies, and cakes, and chocolate. Ahhhh….I have a new revelation…

 Baking is good for the heart, and baking anything chocolate is good for the soul!

 Don’t believe me? Just hop over to Pinterest, search for chocolate and let your eyes feast on the amazing array of chocolate cakes, pies, brownies, and lava cake. Come to think of it, just skip searching for chocolate and go straight to the chocolate lava cake instead. I had chocolate lava cake a few weeks ago and obviously I have not forgotten it.

 I do believe that Audra’s sage advice to bake cookies and slow down, and my little jaunt over to Pinterest solved all my problems, or at the very least made me completely forget them.

I’m headed to the kitchen to bake!

PS. Seriously, I just cooked two Molten Lava Cakes in the microwave. Goofed the first one up, but the second one looked perfect. I wouldn’t know. I had to eat the goofed up one, but my son vouched for the pretty one. Sorry I didn’t get pictures. We were too busy eating lava cake!


A multi-published author in short fiction and non-fiction, Pam Hillman continues to stretch her wings as a writer of inspirational fiction set in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Code of the West has always resonated with the internal fabric on which Pam was raised: that of hard work, honesty, and being a good neighbor to someone in need.

Born east of the Mississippi and a hundred years too late, Pam still boasts of wrangling calves, milking cows and putting up hay, first as a child growing up in Mississippi, and later with her own personal hero, Iran, on their family farm.

A voracious reader as a child, Pam especially enjoyed stories involving the great Westward expansion, and television shows such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Gunsmoke. The western writer, Louis L’Amour, kept Pam mesmerized with his tales of cowboys and Indians, outlaws, prim schoolteachers, hot dry deserts and boom towns.

Pam’s love of the old west and her personal knowledge of country life bring authenticity to her work and depth to her characters, something that has been recognized many times in the industry through writer’s awards.

Her work has placed in dozens of writer’s contests, including being a four-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest for unpublished novelists with Claiming Mariah, her second novel, winning the coveted Golden Heart. Her debut novel, Stealing Jake, is a 2013 Epic eBook Awards finalist.



Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,

Claiming Mariah


In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Fredrick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

Claiming Mariah Amazon link:

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Claiming Mariah Goodreads link:

Claiming Mariah 1st Chapter:


To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders

(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" Display, or Nook Simple Touch)

Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.


Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’

Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.


And....that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.


(3 Pewter Bookmarks from Deirdre’s Handmade Jewelry PLUS 40% off coupon at Deirdre’s online store. Click link to register and for coupon code)



February 28th: Tina Pinson and Johnny Donley



March 4th: Ashley Clark


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book In A Month

Can you believe it's Speedbo time again?
What is Speedbo, you ask?
Speedbo is Seekerville's version of Book In A Month. Stop by Seekerville and check out the hype. AND stop by and sign up on the Seekerville blog to receive a certificate and badge to post on your blog. You'll find all the info you need to participate in Speedbo and have a great time. Oh, and did I mention prizes...?
Don't forget to stop by the Seekerville blog all through March for posts from Seekers and guests designed to help you on your novel writing journey.
See you there!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Inspiration for Writers

"We also pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light." Colossians 1:11-12 NLT

Do you ever ask friends and family to pray for you? For your health, your prosperity, for wisdom in difficult situations? Do you ever think to ask them to also pray for your writing?

As authors, we are entrusted with the task of writing the stories placed on our hearts by the Lord. We’ve been chosen to spread His word through the art of storytelling. This may sound easy to those who have never attempted to write a book. What’s so difficult about writing a story?

I assure you, it’s plenty difficult. And, the responsibility of interpreting the message intended can be--at times--overwhelming. God assures us He will never leave us, nor will He give us more than we can handle. Still, piecing together the fragments of a fictional character’s life—the pain, insecurity, choices – can be a daunting task, even as we call to our Father for wisdom and direction. Do we really want to go on this journey alone?

Friends are there for one another. Ask your faithful friends and family to include you in their prayers so that you might be strengthened and granted endurance in your writing. May the Lord fill you with joy, blessing the creativity welling within you so that you will be articulate in your sharing of the salvation that comes only in faith in Jesus Christ.

Now THAT’S a story worth telling!

Blessings and have a great week!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Inspiration for Writers

“My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Though the context of this verse refers to Paul asking God to take away the thorn in his side, I couldn’t help but apply it to my WIP and my life. Oh how so many try to be so strong, so smart, so “on top of our game.” Strength is viewed as superior and heaven forbid you reveal any hint of weakness.

But isn’t that exactly what we’re supposed to reveal in our characters? What is their deepest fear and how do we take and use that fear to create the black moment where life as they know is about to shatter? A fear so devastating it’s a wonder the character…and the book for that matter…will survive and find that happily ever after? Isn’t that the moment the character (and the author) turn to God and plead for His intervention?


If it isn’t, it should be. We endeavor to breathe life into our books. What is life without the same faith you instill in your own worries, your own prayers? Do we trust God to lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil as we walk with Him every day? Why shouldn’t our characters call on the same Almighty presence?

The bottom line is they should. I must confess, when I try to outline the path of my stories, I try to figure out the resolution of each calamity. If I can’t, I tend to try some other obstacle I know I can overcome. So therein lies a question for me: Where is MY faith? Am I willing to write a character into a corner I can’t get them out of, praying the Lord will? Most of the time, I don’t.  Forgive me Lord, for my faith is weak.

My challenge to myself is to overcome my propensity to go the easy route. The good Lord gifts me with ideas for books. I pray I turn to Him for guidance so that I always write the book the Lord placed on my heart.
Blessings and have a great week!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Scrivener workshop

Have you signed up for Scrivener For Windows workshop, yet? No? Well, there's still time!
If you're like me, I downloaded the program and played with it, but never used it properly. I ended up more frustrated than pleased.
Gwen Hernandez is offering a 6 week workshop designed to help users reach the full potential of the Scrivener novel writing program. If you haven't downloaded the program yet, go to Literature & Latte and download your 30 day free trial.
Come join the fun! I'm signed up.
Workshop beginning February 19, 2013 for 4 weeks plus an additional two weeks for questions and answers.
Scrivener: Outline. Edit. Storyboard. Write.
If you need additional aids, try the Scrivener For Dummies book. I have my copy earmarked from end to end : )
BTW, this IS NOT a paid endorsement. I'm simply all kinds of excited about learning how to use this excellent program properly. Nothing worse than having a gadget with 101 uses and not even knowing how to turn the thing on!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Inspiration for Writers

"My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the Lord. "And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts."  Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT

Ever feel like the world is just passing you by? Recognition is given to those who might have only striven a short while towards the same goal as you; choices for teams or projects are made that don't include you; you are excluded from an event you'd been anticipating for months-maybe even years.

It's so easy for us to forget that God is well aware of everything detail of our lives. Everything happens according to His plan. Envy is a sin that burns too readily in our hearts as our emotions war with God's plans. We want recognition for that which we've worked hard for. We don't readily understand how someone who has not put in the hours, paid the dues, worked their way up the ladder can reap the rewards we've striven so hard to attain.

As writers, maybe we've poured over a plot that just isn't gelling together for us, yet our critique partner can pop viable GMC concepts off like 4th of July fireworks. Maybe we've entered contests only to receive feedback and scores that hold our entries back just short of making the finals again and again. Maybe you have 10 unpublished manuscripts looking for a home and someone in your local writing chapter announces at the meeting they sold their first book...the first book they've ever tried to write...and it's taken them a whole year to do it.

Putting it in all too human terms: Life isn't fair.

But God is. God has perfect timing for us.

God knows exactly what he's doing. We need to trust in His Divine judgement. As another verse, Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind -- "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." -- remember God doesn't forget a thing. He knows our hopes and dreams. He loves us. Wait on Him.

Have a great week!