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Saturday, September 29, 2007

No Longer Available

I received a lovely e-mail from a reviewer this morning. She had found a blurb about my very first book and offered to review it. I was very pleased that my premise enticed her to want to read it, but it's actually a book that's no longer available. It was also a story I wrote before I realized I should be writing "sweet" and/or inspirational stories.

Have any of you experienced that? Someone reading or wanting to read your earlier work? (I imagine if you have a lot of older titles still circulating it's unavoidable.) And not only work that might have explicit material, but books you feel were your earlier works and not up to the level at which you write now?

How do you handle it?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Eat Cake!

Special Book Review!

Warning: Don't read while hungry!!! I picked up this book, I must admit, because I loved the cover. I thought the story might be similar to my own novella, "The Good Samaritan," which also featured yummy pastries. This book, however, is about a much younger heroine and her search for meaning, and a life. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am craving French dessert!

I also have a copy of this book to give away! Just post a comment here before Sunday and tell me your favorite dessert, and you will be entered in the drawing. (sorry, only available to ship in continental US)

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Author: SANDRA BYRD

Summary: Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.



When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye—but even may not be who he seems to be!



So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting—an order Lexi has flubbed— she loses her compulsion to please. “What am I going to do?” he shouts. “Let them eat cake!” she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin! Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting God with her future—très bon!



Lexi – and Let Them Eat Cake – will entertain readers with wit and great fun, but also explore the universal coming-of-age themes of separating from one’s family of origin, establishing self-esteem, and making healthy choices.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Fiction Monday

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

BLESSED ASSURANCE

Avon Inspire (October 1, 2007)

by

Lyn Cote





Now available for the first time in one edition--All three novels from Lyn Cote's beloved Blessed Assurance series

In Whispers of Love, Civil War widow Jessie Wagstaff must fend for herself and her son. When a stranger, Lee Smith, befriends Jessie's son, even though she recognizes nine-year-old Linc's need for a father figure, she's reluctant to let a new man into their life. When the Great Chicago Fire blazes, every heart is pushed to its limits.

In Lost In His Love, Jessie's son Linc, a social activist and reporter, charms his way through the upper class of San Francisco to build much-needed support for his fight against child labor. His main target is Cecilia Jackson, a beautiful heiress who doesn't recognize the crucial part she plays in this dangerous exploitation. As the secrets of her family's dark past are exposed, Cecilia must revive her own wounded spirit and find the strength to lean on the never-failing love of Christ. But when the 1906 earthquake hits, everyone's faith will be put to the test.

In Echoes of Mercy, Meg Wagstaff challenges the racial barriers of 1920s New Orleans in order to prove that her childhood friend did not commit murder. The stubborn lawyer prosecuting the case, Gabriel St. Clair, is an authentic Southern gentleman who makes the mistake of underestimating Meg, both her tenacity and her charm. Despite their many differences, sparks begin to fly. But when Meg discovers the truth, will Gabe be able to protect her from those who can't afford to have justice prevail?

This is a compelling series and I was swept up in each scene!



"A beautiful tale of love, forgiveness, and acceptance."

~CBA Marketplace

About the Author:

Lyn Cote's journey to becoming a published author was a long one - she started her first book when her daughter was 13 months old and her first novel was published when her daughter was about to enter high school. But Lyn was writing for a market that hadn't taken shape yet - the inspirational fiction market.

In 1996, Lyn Cote's first inspirational historical manuscript was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest. This became her first historical novel, Whispers Of Love, in her BLESSED ASSURANCE series.

Most recently, Chloe, the first novel in Lyn's "Women of Ivy Manor" historical series was a 2006 RWA Rita Award finalist for Best Inspirational, as well as a finalist for the Holt Medallion and the National REaders Choice Contest.

Lyn also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in the lovely northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband and three cats. Aside from writing, she also likes to knit, crochet, read, and do lunch with friends.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Working Towards Goal

I hope you all are having a lovely Sunday. I just took a break from some devotionals I am working on and visited two discussion boards I am a member of; one for writing and one for low-carb/healthy eating. I noticed a similarity in the comments, encouragement and affirmations of the two groups.

Both encourage each other to stick with it, the results will be worth it. (Publication for writers, a healthy body for the dieters)

Both mention patience in working toward the goal. Both display support and comfort from fellow members, with newbies being treated with kindness and respect. Both demonstrate one of my favorite slogans for organizations: One hand reaching forward, the other reaching back.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


The Ex Files

(Touchstone June 19, 2007)

by

Victoria Christopher Murray





The Ex Files:

A Novel About Four Women and Faith...

There are four ways a woman can handle heartbreak. She can fall apart, seek revenge, turn cold, or move on. The Ex Files is the story of these four women:

When Kendall Stewart finds her husband and her sister in bed together, she vows to never let anyone get that close again. But when she is faced with saving the life of the woman who destroyed hers, will she be able to forgive?

When an NBA superstar tells his mistress, Asia Ingrum, that he's decided to honor his marriage vows, her shock quickly gives way to revenge...but her decision may come back to haunt their five-year-old daughter.

Every night Vanessa Martin wonders why her husband committed suicide. Even worse, she contemplates joining him in eternity. Will Vanessa be able to gather the strength to live again?

Sheridan Hart is finally finding her way after a lie destroyed her seventeen-year marriage. Her new love is ready to get married, but will she commit to this younger man or is her ex-husband taking up too much space in her heart?

When their pastor asks Kendall, Asia, Vanessa, and Sheridan to meet weekly for prayer, they can't imagine they will have anything in common. But then a devastating tragedy strikes and these strangers are forced to reexamine their choices. Will they find true friendship, or will prayer -- and their union -- fail them?










Sunday, September 16, 2007

Prayer Request

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My grandmother Lorraine has passed on, finally out of her pain. Please include us in your prayers.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Rebellion

Thanks to Lauren Green who wrote this response to comedienne Kathy Griffin's recent award-acceptance speech.


And, Liveprayer.com had this to say (excerpt)

Even if you have never heard of Kathy Griffin, the fact is she is a very
high-profile member of the entertainment community. She is not some
obscure, unknown person, but has an Emmy award winning television program.
To simply dismiss her as another God-hating member of the Hollywood
community is too easy. Let me start with a big picture observation, one
that I have been sharing with you for over 8 years now. We live in a world
where the majority of the people reject the God of the Bible, thoroughly
reject Biblical Truth, and live their lives without Christ in their hearts.
The Bible calls us a "peculiar people," and to most of the world we are
extremely peculiar and in many cases hated. They hate us because we remind
them of their sin. They have made the conscious choice to live their lives
apart from Christ and in rebellion to the Truth of His Word, and those who
embrace the Lord and His Truth are seen as the enemy.

Those who choose to live in rebellion to God and His Word are always on the
offensive, marketing their rebellion to the masses, finding great comfort
and strength in others who have also chosen to live their lives in rebellion
to God. They are loud, bold, aggressive, and use all of the modern tools of
communication to reach the masses 24/7 with their lies. Because we have the
better percentage of two full generations out there who have never been to
church, have no foundation of Biblical faith in their life, the lost masses
have become easy prey for these tools of satan who propagate a lifestyle of
rebellion to God, rejecting Christ's love and the Absolute Truth of the
Bible.


People of Faith don't have the stomach to stand up to these bullies and
usually back down, leaving them to propagate their lies to the masses
unopposed. I have told you so often, the only way God doesn't win is when
you don't put Him in the game. All of the abusive language, the
name-calling, the mocking, can't put one dent in the Truth, doesn't mean for
a second God doesn't exist, and never changes the fact that each person will
die one day and at that moment the only thing that will matter is do you
know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


LIFE, LIBBY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

(Harvest House Publishers March 1, 2007)

by


Hope Lyda

Libby Hawthorne makes exotic trip itineraries but never leaves Seattle. She’d like to attend church but winds up at a bookstore. She longs for love—but who has the time? Delayed happiness has been worth it, because she’s about to get her dream promotion...

Or not.


So now what?


When a corporate merger leaves her demoted and disillusioned, Libby realizes she needs to start living authentically...and soon. But just as she tries to uncover her purposed life, her cruel and unusual boss, Cecilia, demands that Libby hide Seattle’s most famous homegrown rock star in order to keep her new, bad job. For the first time in years, Libby doesn’t have a step by step plan to guide her. She must trust her faith and her heart. But what is she supposed to do with her growing admiration for Blaine Slater, a new VP from Chicago, or the surprising kindness of the rock star living incognito in her Seattle apartment? Through the humorous twist and turns, Libby uncovers a big life truth—the detours we are afraid of might just be the perfect path to happiness.







Monday, September 10, 2007

Nights & Weekends

I'd like to thank author Margaret Marr for interviewing me for a spot on "Nights and Weekends." The site is full of interesting reviews and articles.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Exciting new fiction find! Lisa Bergren's novels!

I was swept up in the action of"The Begotten."

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketWhen the Church compiled wrote the Christian canon, it is possible that they left some of Paul's letters out. Now, in Book 1 of The Gifted series, in 1339, a letter that is half a millennium old has resurfaced, telling of a group of people with special spiritual gifts called the Gifted. Now the Gifted must find each other and band together against the people who wish to destroy them out of fear, as well as the deadly Sorcerer, Satan's minion. While they struggle to stay alive, they work to uncover a secret that will determine the ultimate fate of the world.

*The Begotten
is a finalist for the prestigious Christy Awards, one of three contenders for best suspense novel of the year! Publishers Weekly calls it "a classic battle of good and evil."

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The first book in Lisa T. Bergren's Gifted trilogy, The Begotten, was hailed by Library Journal as "a full-bodied, absorbing tale that combines authentic historical detail with a universally appealing and gripping story that will have readers cheering." Now the breathtaking quest of the spiritually empowered Gifted ones-prophesized in a long-lost illuminated letter from the apostle Paul-continues as the healer, the priest, and the knight gather together to fight a battle in a profound new war. For the enemies of the Gifted are gathering, led by an evil lord who will do anything to destroy their unwavering faith.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor and Our Daily Lives

It's Labor Day again! This is an excerpt from Liveprayer.com's daily devotional that I received this morning. If you have the day off enjoy it!


Many times we get to a point in our life where we feel
like no one really cares about us or really loves us. I want to assure you
this morning, that Jesus loves you more than you can ever know. Because He
came to this earth and walked where we walk each day, He understands the
problems and difficulties of our daily lives.

That is one reason why our prayers have so much meaning. Jesus understands
what it is like to have a sick friend. He understands what it is like to
have people we love in trouble. He understands when your lives are in a
mess. Jesus knows, He understands, He cares, and most of all, He loves you
unconditionally!


As you go thru this day and deal with the problems of life we all face,
keep in the front of your mind the love Jesus has for you. Let that
knowledge give you hope in the hard times, and peace in those times where
things are going OK. As you make those daily decisions, remember Jesus
loves you. You can reciprocate that love by doing those things which will
be pleasing to Him. Remembering His love for us, wanting to please Him,
helps us to make the right decisions throughout the day.