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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Amish fiction on Nightline!

Amish Love

What’s all the hubbub about Amish fiction? Major media outlets like Time and ABC Nightline are covering it, and authors like Cindy Woodsmall are making the New York Times bestseller list regularly. What makes these books so interesting?

Check out the recent ABC Nightline piece here about Cindy and her titles When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. It’s an intriguing look at Amish culture and the time Cindy has spent with Amish friends.

And don’t forget that Cindy’s new book The Hope of Refuge hits store shelves August 11, and is available for preorder now.

Monday, May 18, 2009

50 Useful Twitter Tools

From the "Online College Degree" blog---

Twitter is a wonderful social tool, but did you know that it’s also a goldmine of information? You can use Twitter to get the latest scoop on current events as well as topical interests. Read on, and you’ll learn about 50 tools that will help you use Twitter to get the information you seek.


If you’re interested in local happenings, these tools will help you find out what’s going on nearby.

Nearby Tweets: Check out Nearby Tweets to seek out local Twitter users.
Atlas: Use Atlas to see tweets on a map.
GeoFollow: Using the GeoFollow directory, you’ll be able to find users in specific areas.
CityTweets: See real time Twitter activity for cities on CityTweets.
Twittervision: Check out Twittervision for real-time geographic tweets.
TwitterLocal: On TwitterLocal, you can find tweets in a designated location.
Localtweeps: Check out Localtweeps to find Twitter users near you.


Using these tools, you can find Twitter users and tweets that directly relate to the topic you’re interested in.

Twubble: Twubble highlights Twitter users who have specific interests.
Twellow: Twellow’s Twitter directory offers a Twitter yellow pages.
TweetChannel: Create Twitter channels to monitor through TweetChannel.
Twits Like Me: Twits Like Me will allow you to find related users.
WeFollow: Check out WeFollow to find users based on interest.
Twitter Packs: Twitter Packs offers an organized listing of Twitter users in a variety of different categories.

Set up alerts with any of these services to find out when a Twitter user discusses something you’d like to hear about.

TweetScan: TweetScan will help you research on Twitter, getting updates for your selected keywords.
Monitter: Keep an eye on keywords, and find out geographic areas as well.
TweetBeep: Use TweetBeep to get updated on keywords and phrases.
Twilert: Twilert emails you every time someone tweets with your keywords.

Find the rest of the tools and links here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Fiction!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Beloved Counterfeit

Barbour Publishing, Inc (May 2009)


Kathleen Y'Barbo


KATHLEEN MILLER Y’BARBO is a tenth-generation Texan and a mother of three grown sons and a teenage daughter. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and an award-winning novelist of Christian fiction whose first published work jumped onto the Christian Booksellers Association bestseller list in its first month of release. Kathleen is a former treasurer for the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a member of the Author’s Guild, Inspirational Writers Alive, Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild, and the Fellowship of Christian Authors. In addition, she is a sought-after speaker, and her kids think she’s a pretty cool mom, too…most of the time, anyway.



Washed ashore on Fairweather Key, Ruby O’Shea and her three nieces─the offspring of the pirate Thomas Hawkins and Ruby’s late sister─have a chance for a new beginning as Ruby takes a job in a boardinghouse and the girls are passed off as her daughters. But will Ruby be able to confess all when she falls for Micah Tate, a widower, wrecher, and soon-to-be preacher?

Micah is determined to marry the young woman who has captured his heart despite knowing she has something to hide. But will he be able to remain true to his vows when his lady love’s shady past comes to light?

Captain Thomas Hawkins will go to any length to discover the whereabouts of his daughters. What will his determination cost the folks of Fairweather Key?

When Ruby finds herself bereft of her newfound love and protector, will she run away in an attempt to escape her present as she did her past? Will Micah’s love cover the multitude of Ruby’s sins, or will Ruby’s duplicity cost her everything?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Beloved Counterfeit, go HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Rules for Author Promo

Paperback Writer has an interesting list of the new requirements publishers are putting on their authors regarding self-promotion. Take a look.

Press Release

New York, NY -- Major publishers wrapped up final negotiations today with the Authorial Guild on new industry standards for mandatory author promotional participation guidelines, to be included in all past, present and future publishing contracts.

The new guidelines, which cover some innovative and untried forms of promotion that all authors will be required to perform, include:

Bookstore Handsales: Authors will spend two nights per week working the aisle where their latest release is located at the nearest large chain bookstore. When a browser enters the aisle, the author will immediately engage them in conversation, show them the release and advise them that it is the best book they have ever read. If there is more than one author in an aisle, they will work together to handsell copies to the unaware. If the author has a highly visible book jacket photo, the author will of course wear a clever disguise, or at least not so much makeup.

Carnival Book Games: Authors will purchase gaming vendor space at every circus, carnival, RenFaire or other outdoor event in their area to sell their latest release. Books will only be awarded to event patrons who play until they have covered the purchase price of the book; all other patrons will be awarded bookmarks and widgets (to be provided by the author.) The publishers suggest using such classic exciting games as Penny Pitch-A-Novel, Guess the Author's Age/Weight/Real Name, Bio Photo Darts or everyone's favorite, The Novelist Dunk.

Smile and Read the rest here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother' s Day!

An excerpt from's daily devotional--

A mother's love. On this day that we honor our mothers, I thought it fitting
to share with you this wonderful story from God's Word that personifies a
mother's love. I have often said a mother's love can be broken down into the
3 P's. Pleading, persistence, and prayer. I can testify today that the only
reason I am in the ministry is because my mother who is with the Lord now,
pleaded, was persistent, and prayed. I have no doubt that many of you know
Jesus as your Savior because of your mother's prayers. So in honor of our
mothers, let me break down the 3 P's of a mother's love for you.

A mother will plead for her child. It was the deep love for her daughter
that drove the Canaanite woman in today's scripture to Jesus, pleading for
mercy for her daughter. In our time of despair, "something" pulls us to God.
Many people, who openly reject God, will cry out in a time of need. Even
believers will live apart from Christ, not giving Him much time in their
daily life...until the trials come. This mother in her hour of need, knew
where to go to plead for help.

Persistence is something that defines a mother. Moms have a God-given talent
to stay on something, no matter how long it takes, to get the job done. Many
times, God delays His answer to test our belief, much like He did in the
parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:2-5. Are you serious about the
needs in your life? Then don't give persistent. Isaiah 65:24 gives
us that special promise, "Before they call I will answer; while they are
still speaking, I will hear." God has promised to hear and answer our
prayers, but that does not always mean in our timing. Often, we need to be
persistent, like this Canaanite mother who was not going to be denied the
miracle she sought for her daughter.

If persistence defines a mother, then prayer is her greatest weapon. In
verse 25 of today's scripture we hear the simple prayer of faith, "Lord help
me!" Moms are prayer warriors. Moms know that it is prayer that moves the
hand of God. Moms know that prayer works because it demonstrates to God that
we are powerless in our own strength, and have put our faith in Him. Jesus
healed this woman's daughter because of her faith!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Had these thoughts about editors?

Found a good article today on Jeremiah Tolbert's blog--it's basically geared toward the Sci-Fi industry, but still applies to all writers.

5 Lies Writers Believe About Editors

At least in the science fiction community, there’s a lot of false community wisdom floating around about the editorial process. Some of them may have been true once. Some were probably invented to mess with the heads of noobs. Some of them are carefully nutured lies, like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Well, no longer. I’m here to tell you the truth, no matter how ugly it may be.

LIE #1: Editors give every story fair consideration. OR: Editors reject stories without reading them at all.

Continue reading here.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Enduring Justice

In Enduring Justice, Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her thoughts.

Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. And when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.

A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. When the attack turns personal, is healing still possible?

This thought-provoking novel deals with healing from sexual abuse, the balance of justice and mercy, and maintaining mixed-race friendships in the midst of racial tension. Readers who enjoy investigative thrillers by Dee Henderson, Colleen Coble, and Catherine Coulter, and who watch crime dramas like Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and Without a Trace will love this book—and the entire series.

Amy Wallace is the author of Ransomed Dreams and Healing Promises, a homeschool mom, and self-confessed chocoholic. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and a contributing author of several books including God Answers Moms’ Prayers and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

Enduring Justice is a dynamic and powerful installment to the Defenders of Hope series. Amy Wallace has crafted an engaging, tense story of racial hate, repressed pain, and redeemed lives. Enduring Justice is a great read!”
–Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Night Watchman

“In Enduring Justice, Amy Wallace has done what few writers can. She’s given us a realistic portrayal of life, while finding hope in the despair. Pay attention to this one. She’ll be around for a long time to come.”
–Brandt Dodson, author of White Soul and Daniel’s Den

“Amy Wallace writes spine-tingling prose. Prepare for plenty of adrenaline spikes as Enduring Justice races relentlessly from crisis to crisis. Wallace seamlessly blends the characters’ personal triumphs and tragedies with a time bomb of a domestic terrorist plot that threatens the core liberties of the nation.”
–Jill Elizabeth Nelson, author of Reluctant Burglar and Evidence of Murder

“If you love breath-stealing suspense, unforgettable characters, and remarkable spiritual depth in your fiction, Enduring Justice is a book to savor. Amy Wallace is at her best with this poignant, grace-filled addition to her deeply satisfying Defenders of Hope Series.”
–Claudia Mair Burney, author of Wounded: A Love Story

Ordering info here

Sunday, May 03, 2009

New Chicken Soup

Ever been frustrated by the little white golf ball? Share the stories of many golfers, the well-known and the unknown, who all can relate to the difficulties of the game. And who all share a love for it as well.

My own dh has a brief story included. Check it out here.