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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Book Give-Away!

I have a copy of one of my summer reading novels to giveaway! Just leave a comment about what you did this summer and your email address (you can use the word "AT" instead of the symbol) I can only ship in the continental US.



especially when people expect you to be perfect.

Jennifer, who volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center, has waited years for a baby. Why is it so easy for girls like Jessica to get pregnant -- and so hard for her? Is it possible to want a baby too much?

Lisa's teenage daughter, Callie, is giving her the silent treatment. And her attitude at church -- when she goes -- majorly stinks. The board already criticizes her husband's ministry. What will they say now?

Mimi is overwhelmed. Baby Milo cries continually until she's so tired she can't see straight. Will anybody ever see her for her -- not just as a mom and a house slave?

Felicia's four-year-old, Nicholas, is biting people again. And the timing couldn't be worse...especially when Felicia's boss is about to close her Cincinnati PR office.

Then there's the snobby Katherine Katt, who's determined to lord it over them all....


Mimi thought of her kids -- especially her second child, MJ. If she instituted a naughty corner, he'd basically end up living there. She could set up a small cot and etch the words MJ's Naughty Corner right into the wall. "If we could only have a naughty corner for ornery church members..." Jennifer said with a mischievous smile. -- Mimi

"Sometimes I look at my family and at the ministry and wonder if the sacrifice is too great. We're doing all this for God's kingdom...but, in the process, losing our daughter. Is it worth it? Is this really what God had in mind? I don't know." -- Lisa

"You listen to me, Kitty. If you tell Sam that secret, I'll tell Norm your secret!" -- Jennifer

"Hey, how tough can being a stay-at-home mom be, really? I ran a public relations office; I'm used to challenges. This should be a piece of cake." -- Felicia

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Fiction

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

House Of Wolves

Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)


Matt Bronleewe

Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. His first book Illuminated began the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.


A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.

If you would like to read anexcerpt of House Of Wolves, it will be HERE

Monday, August 18, 2008

Golf stories

My dh is an avid golfer, and has several stories worth submitting to the upcoming Chicken Soup collection. He is working on them and asked me to proof them. He didn't, however, like the title I suggested for his best story: "Dawn on the Fairway."

What do you think? Good title? Or sappy?

Chicken Soup for the Soul and Golf Digest
are excited to announce a new book for golfers, edited by Max Adler of Golf Digest:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golf Book

Subtitle: 101 Great Stories from the Course and the Clubhouse

Golf is a sport of passion and obsession like none other. We are looking for true personal stories that reflect what the game means to you. Think of the best stories you've told at the 19th hole, and how you've told them, and share them with our readers. Stories should be written in the first person, should not be previously published, and should not exceed 1,200 words. Any stories are welcomed, including those on the following topics:

Career rounds: your first time breaking 100/90/80/70
Dealing with pressure or frustration
Sneaking in Practice
Holes-in-one: humorous or bizarre anecdotes
Teaching a child/grandchild/spouse to play
The person who inspired you to play
Your first set of clubs
Your first tournament experience
An interesting lifelong member or employee at a golf club
Playing golf as a kid
A memorable golf vacation
A golf shot or scene that startled or amazed you
An unusual rules predicament
Incidents of gamesmanship on the course
The most romantic time you've ever had on a golf course
An embarrassing faux pas at a private country club
Experiences attending a professional tournament
Working at a golf course; as a caddy, grounds crew, kitchen staff
The players in your regular foursome
Experiences meeting or playing with famous people

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book. You will also receive a check for $200 and ten free copies of the book, worth more than $100. Your story will be copyrighted in your name and you will retain your rights to resell the story to another publication after it is published by Chicken Soup.


Submissions to our web site receive faster attention and are more likely to be published, but if you do not have Internet access, please submit your story by mail or by facsimile.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700
Fax 203-861-7194

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New fiction!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

That's (Not Exactly) Amore

FaithWords (August 14, 2008)


Tracey Bateman

Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Drama Queen Series, Catch A Rising Star (#1) and You Had Me At Goodbye (#2)

She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She has sold over 30 books in six years.
She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for a year.

Tracey loves Sci-fi, Lifetime movies, and Days of Our Lives (this is out of a 21 year habit of watching, rather than enjoyment of current storylines.

She has been married to her husband Rusty for 18 years, has four kids, and lives in Lebanon, Missouri.


When Laini Sullivan lands a job designing Nick Pantalone's coffee shop, there are two problems: one, Nick's nephew Joe hates all of her ideas and two, Laini has to admit he's right--she's a disaster at design. Still, she can't risk losing the job. To compromise, Joe brings in help on the project, while Laini continues to bake the goodies that keep his customers lining up.
Their relationship is moving along, so when new guy Officer Mark Hall implies that Joe's family is tied to the mob, Laini doesn't want to believe it. But things spin out of control when she meets the family, including "the uncles," who seem to confirm Mark's suspicions. To make things worse, Nana Pantalone makes it clear Laini isn't the kind of girl she has in mind for her grandson. Laini's not sure if she should give Joe the benefit of the doubt or just set her sites on Mark and fuhgetaboutit.

"Tracey draws us into the world of family and friendship with a few surprising twists along the way Bravo!"
~RACHEL HAUCK, author of Diva NashVegas and Sweet Caroline

If you would like to read the first chapter of That's (Not Exactly) Amore, go HERE

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Thanks to Writer's Write for this entertaining news--

Jeanne Villa Wins Bad Writing Award

Most writers would be horrified to win the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction award for worst writing. But Jeanne Villa is the exception. She's actually thrilled to have been selected.

The 46-year-old Novato Fire Protection District information technician was celebrating her badness Wednesday after learning by e-mail that she had won the romance category in this year's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

Initiated in 1982 by San Jose State University, the annual contest challenges entrants "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels."

"I know that thousands and thousands of people enter this contest, so to float to the top is like the ultimate for a really bad writer," she said happily. "There's no greater prize for a really bad writer. And it takes a lot of work to be this bad. I'm hoping you have to be good to be this bad."

She won the romance category with this amazingly terrible opening:

"Bill swore the affair had ended, but Louise knew he was lying, after discovering Tupperware containers under the seat of his car, which were not the off-brand containers that she bought to save money, but authentic, burpable, lidded Tupperware; and she knew he would see that woman again, because unlike the flimsy, fake containers that should always be recycled responsibly, real Tupperware must be returned to its rightful owner."

We're just happy that she's happy. And we're also happy that we don't have to read a romance novel that begins with that paragraph.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Online Writer's Conference

Registration is now open! Want to brush up on your writing skills without driving to a class across town? Loree Lough and I will be presenting a workshop together this year.

It's fun and it's free!


October 13 - 19, 2008

September 1st, 2008 FIRM

FEE: None!

Here's a special note from the conference director:

"In the past I've been lenient and accepted late registrations. Not this
year. Deadline is September 1st so please take the time now to
register and join close to 2000 writers from around the world and
participate in over 100 FREE workshops. For registration and to see the
line up for our 2008 WORKSHOPS, please go to the conference site.