Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Writing Corner



My enthusiasm to write hasn’t slowed down and my life hasn’t either. The mix of the two produces no progress on my book. Shrug. What can I say? Sometimes there are things going on that make it not possible to work on your hobby. And yes, writing is a hobby. As much as I’d like it to be a profession, it’s not paying the bills until it’s published.

It can be frustrating. I have all these ideas swirling in my head. They’re dying to get out and on to paper.

My writing style requires me to plan out a timeline of the plot. It’s the style I enjoy the most. So, before I start writing, I have the basics worked out. Yes, they may change or move around, but I have to have that to start off with.

My Italian series is still my main project I’m focusing creativity on. I still add little tidbits to my character info sheets and plot ideas when I can. Oddly enough, I have more of the plot for #4 than any other! However, I’m working on developing the first two the most.

The series will revolve around three brothers and their younger sister. They were all born here in the US; however, their parents came directly from Italy shortly after being married. When the youngest is just in her early teens, the matriarch passes away leaving them all reeling from the loss.

For book #1, I will focus on brother #2 (enough #’s for you?). Ben is the chef and feels responsible for the success of the family restaurant. Calla is a waitress working her way through culinary school. When an injury keeps Ben’s dad from helping in the kitchen, will he trust Calla to help? Or will the kitchen become a battleground?

Along with writing this series, I’m going to submit s short story to the Writer’s Digest contest. With the help of my husband, I’ve decided to use a short I wrote from a Writer’s Digest writing prompt years ago. I hope my submission will be complete by the November deadline.

The one thing that could keep me from that deadline is my new journey in life… school. Earlier this summer, after consulting with my husband, I decided to go to college. A big step since I went straight into the workforce after high school (well, during my junior year).

Everything is ready and in four weeks, I will start my first class with the hopes of getting my Bachelor’s in just over 4 years.

Even though I love writing, it will take a backseat to my newest endeavor. But it won’t be forgotten and I will still fit it in where possible.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Reading, Reading, Reading

Phew! Over the last month, I’ve read 9 books. You could say I love to read… just a little. Last night I was at the 3rd chapter of my current read and that was it. My brain was done and needed a break. I couldn’t keep my head in the book. The book is good, it was just overload. I need a reading break. Of course that could mean just a day to me. What can I say? I do love reading and it helps me in my writing so much.

If you would like to check out the books I’ve read and what I’m currently reading, go here. I’ve rated all my reads on a 5 star scale. Check some of them out, I know you’ll enjoy them. And let me know your thoughts on these if you’ve read them.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - Safe in His Arms, By: Dana Corbit

Safe in His Arms


From the book cover.

She Wants To Remember. He Wishes He Could Forget.
Lindsay Collins can't remember the accident that injured her and took her sister's life six months ago—but someone can. Trooper Joe Rossetti can't seem to get the images of that night out of his head. Plagued with guilt for not being able to do more to save Lindsay's sister, Joe doesn't want to get close to Lindsay. But when he sees her struggle to relate to the orphaned niece she's now raising, he can't walk away. Lindsay and Joe will have to face their pain and doubts together in order to make a new family bloom.

My Teaser: Page 20

“Miss Collins,” Clara called after her and waited until she looked back at her. “Have you ever considered that you might be better off not remembering every detail of your accident? That knowing might only cause more pain?”

“Yes, I’ve thought about that. I’ve been thinking about that for the past six months.” Lindsay chewed the side of her lower lip and then straightened and nodded. She could do this; she owed it to Delia. She would get this right for her sake. “And I still want to know.”



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1.    Grab your current read
2.    Open to a random page
3.    Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4.    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5.    Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Family of Their Own, By Gail Gaymer Martin


A Family of Their Own is the second book in the Dreams Come True series. I have to say I love series books. It’s so wonderful to catch up a little on the hero and heroine from the previous novels. Gail Gaymer Martin has given us a wonderful follow-up in this second installment.

Kelsey is the mom of a little girl with a history of brain tumors. Now at the point that brain tumors have been gone for a while, Lucy is ready to get on with being a kid and being normal. But is mom ready to move on with her life and overcome her issues with trust?

Ross, on the other hand, has a daughter with cardiomyopathy. Looking at a future with limitations all while going through those trying preteen years, Peyton pulls away from her peers. Ross is at his wit’s end with how to deal with his daughters moods and just wants someone to talk with that understands.

As the novel starts off at the wedding of Lexie and Ethan, we’re re-introduced to Kelsey Rhodes and Ross Salburg. Kelsey as the maid of honor and Ross as the best man. In the first novel we learned that Kelsey is the moderator of MOSK, Mothers of Special Kids, and Ross is the dad who the group voted to not allow in the group. This makes for nervousness from the maid of honor on a normally joyous occasion.

Once Kelsey has a chance to hear more of Ross’s situation and feelings, she realizes that maybe the group was wrong in their decision. Maybe a man would be okay in this group of caring moms. And after spending some time with Ross, she realizes she may be ready to move past the betrayal of her ex-husband.

Kelsey and Ross have traveled a long road with their daughters’. They understand each other like no one else can. And even though there is a lot of discouragement from outside sources, they find the way to love.

Following along with them on their journey, I found myself completely pulled into their heartache and joys. I celebrated at the good news and grieved at the bad news. Their struggles spoke to me and I felt as if I knew them.

Gail has created another sweet story around such a sensitive issue and has worked wonders. It has opened my eyes even more to the struggles of single parents and parents of children with life-threatening illnesses. I can’t wait until the final installment of the series. I expect another heart-tugging tale and I hope to find out who this mysterious donor is.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beach Party Writing Challenge - Entry 1

Take Janet Tronstad's 250-word Beach Party Writing Challenge!

In honor of my upcoming Return to Dry Creek series -- Write a short, short story that includes someone who is coming home, a house on the beach, a letter in a glass bottle, and a midnight kiss.

We'll start on Monday July 25, and all entries must be posted by midnight Eastern time, Friday, July 29. You may enter up to two times, just label them entry 1 and entry 2.

Janet will pick the winner and announce her/him on July 30.

 The prize is a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.

 Your story can be funny, suspenseful, or sweet -- contemporary, historical or futuristic.
Please remember to follow the guidelines for Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, or Love Inspired Historical, depending on which line you want your story to fit. If you need a refresher, you can find the guidelines here: Love Inspired, Love Inspired Historical, and Love Inspired Suspense.

Please post your entries in this thread so everyone can enjoy your stories.
 
About Janet Tronstad:
Janet likes to write books that show people struggling with issues in
their life and in their faith. "We all struggle," she says. "That's
why we like to read about other people who are facing problems."

Enter Here

**************************************************************************************************************

Here's my first entry.

Long Lost Love

On the wraparound porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Carissa found her favorite spot of the quaint beach house with faded yellow paint. It was here that her life changed forever on that cool, November day. The salty breeze blew sand colored hair around her shoulders bringing her back to that moment she spotted the green bottle bobbing up and down in the gentle waves.

That night in the quietness of her kitchen, she read an old love letter sent decades earlier by a Sergeant Tom Blake to Ms. Adeline Jones. After weeks of research, she finally found Mrs. Adeline Cook in the Brookville cemetery. The headstone read “Loving Mother & Grandmother.” Even though she did not marry Sgt. Tom Blake, she had a full life leaving a legacy behind. Carissa laid yellow daisies by the stone with tears in her eyes. Most likely the reason she didn’t see the shadow fall over grass.

Ding. Ding. Ding. The chimes of the grandfather clock struck twelve pulling her back from her memory. Arms wrapped lightly around her. Feeling a soft breath on her ear, she turned around.

“It’s about time you made it.” Carissa gazed into navy eyes the color of the dark waters behind her.

Before she could say more, his soft lips met hers for a gentle kiss. All the emotions of being apart for the past week were spoken in that embrace.

“Tom” she whispered against his cheek.

“My darling, Mrs. Cook. Oh, how I’ve missed you.”

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Friday 56


My Friday 56:


Silent Night in Dry Creek
By: Janet Tronstad

“If they wanted to give me money, they could have at least asked me to dig a ditch or something. That’s honest work.” Wade muttered half to himself. “I can’t see where they think following the Christmas angel around could be anything at all.”


The Friday 56 is a weekly meme, hosted by Freda of Freda’s Voice. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1.      Grab a book, any book.
2.      Turn to page 56.
3.      Find any sentence that grabs you.
4.      Post it.
5.      Add your link to The Friday 56

It's that simple.


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday 56 post, or share it in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thankful Thursday

There are so many things to be thankful for in this world that I feel this should be a time to reflect on everything God has blessed us with... and something things He hasn't. Because even though we may feel we "need" something, only God knows what is best. Sometimes that involves not answering our prayers in the way we want. So, I'm thankful for those as well.

I'm thankful for my Husband. For the way he takes care of me. All the little things he does that I know about and all those things He does that I don't know about. For the way he takes care of our son. Our little one will grow up to be a wonderful man because of his dad and his love and sacrifice for him. There are so many things I'm thankful for with my husband, but most of all it's for being him, a wonderful man of God, and for loving me just the way I am.

I'm thankful for my dear son. His thirst for adventure always keeps us guessing who we are today. I could be anyone from Wolverine to Mommimus Prime. His smile melts my heart and brings joy to my day. When he says I love you and gives me a hug and kiss, I'm on top of the world. He's such a dear and previous gift from above.

These simple words do not express the depths of my gratitude for being a wife and mother to these 2 very special boys in my life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Webby Wednesday



Webby Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Cindy @ My Journey to Publication.

Join in by listing one of your favorite websites (or just an interesting one) and telling a little about it. Must be appropriate for all viewing audiences.

This week’s WW:


I’m going back to a shopping website. This is a great resource on finding out the best deals at Target. It’s a newer discovery of mine and I absolutely love it. Check it out.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


1.      Grab your current read
2.      Open to a random page
3.      Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4.      BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5.      Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Since I’m still on my current read I was a few weeks ago due to being overly busy, I decided to add a teaser from a previous read.

“Tell me about your son.”
Her face brightened. “Cooper.” She ran her finger around the rim of the water bottle. “He’s my joy. Cooper's seven. A second-grader. He’ll be eight soon. He was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago.”
Leukemia. The word his him hard. Cancer. He managed to maintain his composure. “That’s very hard on you.”
“It’s harder on him.” She lowered her head. “He’s a great kid. You should meet him.”

A Dad of His Own
By: Gail Gaymer Martin
Page 23

Check out my review of A Dad of His Own here.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

I'm Still Here

No, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. Though I may feel like it a bit. I’m been extremely busy at work, where I’ve worked overtime and/or worked through lunch. And along with that, we had VBS at church last week. So, every night I was gone. Plus, at the lunch breaks where I wasn’t working, I completed last minute tasks for the VBS carnival. This left no time for my blog, writing or much else.

VBS is now over. Work is still busy, but hoping that it will let up in the next week or two. So, I should be able to get back in to the swing of things.

Look for posts to publish on a regular basis once again.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Writing Corner



I wish there was more to report this week, but there isn’t.

My evenings this past week have been hectic. After I rush home and get dinner on the table, I get my son ready for swim lessons. So far, not thrilled with the lessons. The pool has been shut down twice due to positive Shigella testing and one other time due to weather. I figure tonight will be cancelled again due to weather… unless this rain that’s been going on for hours clears up soon. Not only that, the instructors just don’t seem to know how to teach little kids. There have been moments of hope and moments of frustration.

Then at work, I’m on a special project that is consuming most of my time during the days. Since I have other items that aren’t getting completed during the week, my weekends are used to work from home to complete reports.

Add those up and you get no time for writing. It’s okay though, sometimes you just need a moment away from writing to get a fresh perspective and clear your mind.

Hopefully after VBS next week and the closing of this project over the next few weeks, it will spell more writing time for me. We’ll see.


Untitled Novel
Chapter           2
Page                15
Word Count    4,137/60,000


Let me know how your writing is going. Is your life just a bit hectic at the moment, too?

Webby Wednesday



Webby Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Cindy @ My Journey to Publication.

Join in by listing one of your favorite websites (or just an interesting one) and telling a little about it. Must be appropriate for all viewing audiences.

This week’s WW:


A great resource for any writer. They publish a monthly online magazine full of articles on writing, new books and more. Check it out for some great guidance for writing Christian fiction.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Serenity Sunday

Serenity Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Cindy @ My Journey to Publication.

Join in by listing an inspirational verse from the Bible. What is speaking to you right now or just one of your favorites?

This week’s verse:
I love You, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3 NASB

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Serenity Sunday post, or share it in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hometown Promise By: Merrillee Whren



From the Back Cover:

A Chance For A New Life

For six years Lukas Frye has fought to regain control of his reckless life. He comes to Kellerville, Ohio, hoping to settle down and be the man his ailing grandfather can depend on. Lukas thinks he can put down roots in a place unsullied by his past--until he sees Juliane Keller. Juliane knows the secrets that could ruin his chance of being accepted in the place he wants to call home. But she isn't just a reminder of his past; she's a woman with secrets of her own--and a heart capable of the forgiveness and love he needs.


Review:

Hometown Promise is the first in the Kellerville series. Kellerville is an imaginary town just outside of Cincinnati – my Hometown! It was great to read about Cincinnati and feel like this sweet little place was right down the street.

For Lukas, the idea of starting over again in new town after a trouble past is extremely daunting. Add to that - someone from your past lives there. Wow! Just when you want to make a new impression because you’ve changed your life, the worries you won’t be able to do that seem insurmountable.

I think everyone has something in their past they wish to forget about and move on from. Of course, it may not be as bad Lukas’ issue with drinking. So, I really feel for him and hope he can start anew.

At the same time, Juliane, know what his past is like and finds it hard to trust Lukas. Other than knowing his past, she is hiding something that adds to that fear. It’s hard to believe these two souls can find each other through the reminder of the past and pain of the present.

I enjoyed the struggles that both characters dealt with and feel they were approached realistically. When Lukas is faced with a difficult event in his life, he considers drinking again. Instead of being perfect, this is the absolute reaction he would have in the real world. It was nice to see characters with flaws that needed work.

Juliane has to face the reappearance of her “perfect” sister at the same time as figuring out her relationship with Lukas. The insecurity of being the lesser sister is continually on her mind. It’s great to see the two sisters finally talk things through and come to terms with their own relationship.

This leaves a great opening for the next book in the series Hometown Proposal, which follows Juliane’s sister, Elise. I love that this is a series. I get to see what Juliane and Lukas are up to in the new book, too!

If you’ve read Hometown Promise, let me know your thoughts.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Writing Corner



Aah, relaxation! Over the weekend, I finally had time to open up my book and work on it a little bit. I worked on the revisions to my first chapter based on what one of my CPs suggested. I knew something was missing and couldn’t put my finger on it, but my CP did. It’s going to make the first chapter so much better.

Things are still busy for me, so even this little bit of time was nice. This weekend looks pretty good for writing as well. My goal for the weekend is to finish the first chapter revision. Once that’s done, I’m not worrying about the first chapter for a while. I know that revising your first chapter over and over again can be a trap. So, I want to focus on completing this revision and moving on with the second chapter revision.

All the while, I’m still developing my Italian series. I had inspiration for one of the characters earlier in the week. I’m really excited about this series and sharing my family heritage through it.


Untitled Novel
Chapter           2
Page                15
Word Count    4,137/60,000


Let me know how your writing is going. Do you find it hard to carve out time to write sometimes?

Webby Wednesday


Webby Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Cindy @ My Journey to Publication.

Join in by listing one of your favorite websites (or just an interesting one) and telling a little about it. Must be appropriate for all viewing audiences.

This week’s WW:

The Bible has the answers, we’ll find them for you!

Do you have a question about God, Jesus, the Bible, or theology?

Have you ever needed help understanding a Bible verse or passage?

Are there any spiritual issues in your life for which you need advice or counsel?

This website is a great resource for Biblical questions and answers. It has helped me on so many topics. It’s also great because you can sign up for a weekly email highlighting one of the questions. Usually the email question focuses on what is going on in the world. I suggest everyone check it out for some great insight.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Teaser Tuesday




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1.      Grab your current read
2.      Open to a random page
3.      Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4.      BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5.      Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:

Seth let that information drift through his fuzzy brain. Despite Elise’s less than enthusiastic reception at her parents’ house, she was here. Could that possibly mean she cared for him, at least a little?
“Does she want to see me?”

Hometown Proposal
By: Merrillee Whren
Page 65



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Musings

What is on my mind today? The MTV Movie Awards. I’m sure a lot of people are talking about the awards last night. Who wore what? Did the best kiss take place again on stage? Does a movie other than Twilight stand a chance? Does Kristen Stewart really deserve to win? (Seriously? I’ve seen her act and she wins the Best Actress 3 years in a row?!)

Anyways, it’s an interesting topic for me to write on because I didn’t watch it. Gasp! I know, but I outgrew the show years and years ago. It is for a teen crowd.

First, out of the 2 performers of the evening, I’ve only heard of the Foo Fighters, who started their band when most of last night’s audience was still in diapers. Lupe Fiasco featuring Trey Songz?! No clue. It doesn’t bother me. It’s not necessarily an out of touch thing, I just listen to a different genre and I’ve done so since I was in my early 20s. So, you can’t even say it’s an older person thing. Just preference... okay, and a little out of touch.

Next are the presenters. Some of them are legends (or will be) – Ashton Kutcher, Jim Carrey, Steven Spielberg to name a few. Some of them hope they’ll be around in a couple more years – Selena Gomez and Kristen Stewart. I know, I know, all the teens (and some others) do not like me at the moment. There is a good mix though for everyone and they do a good job at that.

Since I did not see the parodies I can’t comment on those, but normally they do an okay job. I usually do end up seeing these on one of the reruns of the show. Some are good, some not.

As for the categories, well, interesting. Other than the few standbys, it is nice to see a couple that are out of the norm like Best Villain. Why isn’t this category at the Oscars? It would help update it a bit… more than the jokes trying to say they’re younger and more hip. That’s a different topic. I’m not a fan of the categories that contain profanity. Is that really necessary? Don’t think so. And the winners of said categories? Purely based on popularity and not talent.

Last… the Generation Award goes to Reese Witherspoon! Really? At 35 years old she receives this award? Yes she’s been acting for 20 years, but I think that is a bit much. Great actress, I enjoy most of her movies, but she has some more time to put in before receiving such an award. Of course, to a large part of the audience, she has been around their entire lives. So, maybe it is right.

Did you watch the awards? Your thoughts?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Serenity Sunday


Serenity Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Cindy @ My Journey to Publication.

Join in by listing an inspirational verse from the Bible. What is speaking to you right now or just one of your favorites?

This week’s verse:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 NASB



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Serenity Sunday post, or share it in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Quote It Saturday


Quote It Saturday is a weekly meme, hosted by Freda of Freda’s Voice.

Welcome to Quote It!
Add as many quotes as you wish, from whom ever you wish.
It can even be lyrics to a song.
Just tell us who it is. Anonymous welcome too.
And please leave your link.

From Wikipedia


My Quote:

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

Spoken by Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh
By: A.A. Milne



LEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Quote It post, or share it in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is a weekly meme, hosted by Freda of Freda’s Voice. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1.      Grab a book, any book.
2.      Turn to page 56.
3.      Find any sentence that grabs you.
4.      Post it.
5.      Add your link to The Friday 56

It's that simple.



My Friday 56:


The woman’s eyes locked on something behind Violet. Her face twisted. She rose from the table, grabbed her purse and left her coffee.

Killer Headline
By: Debby Giusti


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday 56 post, or share it in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Romance Reading Challenge 2011

Check out this new challenge I'm joining in. Would you like to join, too? Check it out. I'll keep my progress posted on my Challenges Page.

the bookworm: Romance Reading Challenge 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Writing Corner


Not much has been going in my little corner of the writing world. With overtime at work and just being plain busy at home, writing has been slow. I’m currently working my way through a revision on my first chapter based on some comments from one of my CPs. She gave me some interesting feedback and it was a great critique. I’m about halfway through the second chapter all in all. I’m very excited about it and when more time opens in a few weeks, I’ll be back to writing a little more.

Other than the current book I’m working on, an idea for a four book series came to me based around an Italian family. My grandmother was from Italy and it holds a special place in my heart. The series will be a tribute to her and my heritage. To give you a little scoop the four books will center around 3 brothers and their younger sister. I’m currently developing each of the characters and a storyline for book 1.


Untitled Novel
Chapter           2
Page                15
Word Count    4,116/60,000


Let me know how your writing is going. Are you on a roll? Or are you stuck?

Webby Wednesday


Webby Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Cindy @ My Journey to Publication.

Join in by listing one of your favorite websites (or just an interesting one) and telling a little about it. Must be appropriate for all viewing audiences.

This week’s WW:


A little part of me that I haven’t written about on my blog yet is that I’m a semi-Extreme Couponer. I’m not to the degree of which you see on TLC, but on a small scale. I’ve developed my own system and amount of couponing I do. It’s what works for my family.

Well, Andrea @ Savings Lifestyle is the one who started it all for me. She has a great website and blog helping you figure out the coupon world. She lists some great deals and does the coupons match-ups for you! We have very similar beliefs in many areas, so she is my favorite coupon resource. Check out her site for some great savings tips.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:




1.      Grab your current read
2.      Open to a random page
3.      Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4.      BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5.      Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:

Trying to pretend she wasn’t bothered by his late appearance, she turned and smiled. “Oh, that’s okay. We’ve been doing fine without you.”

Hometown Promise
By: Merrillee Whren
Page 49





PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Stepping It Up

I read a great article over the weekend on blogging and forgot to bookmark the website! Even though I can’t share the link, I can let you know what it was about. The main concept of the article was blogging on a regular basis and developing a plan for blogging. If you don’t keep your blog up to date, why would anyone want to visit? It’s true.

Up to this point I haven’t really been sure what or how often to write. Now I have an idea and it really inspired me to set a plan for my blog.

One of the ideas was to take part in the Friday 56, which I’m definitely going to incorporate. So, watch for that feature this Friday to learn more about it.

While researching the Friday 56, I came across Freda’s Voice. She has some fabulous blog activities that I’m going to join in. It also gave me some ideas of my own.

Here is a basic plan of what I hope to achieve with this blog.

              Sunday                  Serenity Sunday

              Monday                 Random Thoughts

              Tuesday                 Teaser Tuesday**

              Wednesday           Writing Corner

              Thursday               Book Reviews

              Friday                    Friday 56*

              Saturday                Quote It Saturday*

I will have some other things pop in from time to time, too.

*Friday 56 & Quote It Saturday are weekly memes hosted by Freda @ Freda’s Voice.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Winter’s End" By Ruth Logan Herne


Immediately upon reading the back cover’s description of Kayla, a hospice nurse, caring for Marc’s father, I felt drawn to this book. I have not had an experience with home hospice care, but I do have experience with hospice care. My grandfather passed away 5 years ago this past March from COPD/Emphysema while in the hospice. He suffered similarly to Marc’s father who is dealing with lung cancer caused by so many years of smoking. My grandfather smoked for almost 50 years and quit on the day he retired. By then, the damage was done.

I thought how amazing for Ruth to take on such a heavy issue in this book. Then once I started reading further, I realized this wasn’t the only heavy topic she covers. Also included in this tale are mental health issues, adultery, abandonment, abuse and more. Wow! This is some strong stuff. Ruth does a lovely job in delving into these topics without getting horribly descriptive. She tells you enough to know what is going on in a tasteful way.

Kayla is a strong character who I cheered on instantly. Having gone through so much in her life and now in an occupation that carries so much stress. I really commend all nurses and especially those who deal with death on a regular basis.

Marc is facing the time when his father will no longer be with him. He will be left alone to take care of his teenage sister. A hard task for anyone, but especially for a single guy who is in charge of running two businesses.

Both have issues dealing with the events in their past and must learn to deal with them before they can accept each other’s love.

This is a story that will reel you in and take hold of your heart.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Frustration!

Frustration. That is what describes my past month. Not necessarily about writing, just everything in general. Life, work, health, sleep, weather and so on.

In my personal life, there are some issues that have been causing quite a bit of anxiety on my party and I could really use your prayers. Reading in God’s word has been a great blessing. I read a blog posting earlier this week that really helped to put everything into perspective. It gave me some good scripture points to look up and helped me to realize that I need to bring this issue before God and focus on Him.

At work, we are so busy. That could definitely be an understatement. Everyone is working overtime which leaves little time for much else in the evenings. So, everything that you need to do at home? All crammed into the 2 days you have off. I’m very thankful for my job and love what I do, so no complaints there at all. It will be a nice break though when everything gets back to some semblance of order.

My health? In the big picture, good. It’s just this little cold keeps hanging on. <cough, cough> My poor son got this cold a couple days before his birthday. A week later, I had it. A couple more days, my husband had it. Unfortunate for my husband, his went to bronchitis. My son and I were spared that. However, it lasts forever!  My son is now at the 4 week point when symptoms appeared and he’s down to just a few coughs a day. I still sound congested and have quite a bit of a cough. <cough, cough> My husband is in the same boat, but a little worse than me. I will be happy to be completely over this soon.

Since we have had one of the rainiest April’s on record, we haven’t gotten out much. The few days we had sun – sicker than dogs! There have been a few days in a row this week with no rain! But we’re all sick and are still limiting our outdoor time. We do know the continuous days of nice weather are coming though.

So, frustration is definitely how I’ve been feeling over the past month. Yes, I have complained and possibly whined a little, too. But above all this, I’m so thankful to my God for everything. Even though we have issues at home, He has promised he will provide for our needs. Even though I’m overloaded with work, I’m so amazingly grateful to have a good job. Even though I’m experiencing a long lasting cold, I’m overall in good health.

There are so many things to be thankful for and the list could go on and on… for all of us. Just remember during those times when things aren’t going the way you’d like, He is working it out and we are loved. 

Romans 8:28, 37-39
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Giveaway

I love reading!  Of course, I'm a writer, so I better like reading. Well, in my love of books and reading, I've amassed a large library of books.  I need to open up space to bring in more.  So, I have a ton to give away.  Are you interested in receiving a group of Steeple Hill Love Inspired books?  I'm going to give away 4 bundles of books.  If you would like one, please leave a comment or send an email.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Write" Mind Set

I’ve been working on the re-write of my first chapter.  The opening scene is staying basically the same; however, how the heroine meets the hero is changing.  I thought of a better scene for them to meet. I think it works much better this way.

Over the past couple days, I’ve been so busy at work that lunch times have been devoted to work and not much writing.  So, it gave me time to think about my chapter.  All of a sudden, I realized my re-write was in the wrong verb tense!  I have no idea what I was thinking.  I’ve never written in present tense so it caught me off guard.

That’s when I realized I needed to pick up a book to get back in the correct writing mind frame.  It’s been great because I’m really taking notice of how words are being used and descriptions are being made.  I’m getting back into the right mind set and ready to get back to correcting it.

Have you ever done this in your writing?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tweeting Away!

So, I finally did it.  I'm now on Twitter.  I've read a little about it and decided it was time to just do it. There are many authors who are tweeting for their fans along with many aspiring authors building fan bases.  I realized this was a necessary step in developing myself as an author.  It seems like it could be a lot of fun... we'll see.

If you would like to follow me, you can find me @cindyahall.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Genesis Contest

Right now, many authors are waiting these last few days to hear if they are moving on to the next round in the Genesis Contest.  The Genesis Contest is held by the ACFW every year for unpublished authors.  It’s a great way to get your work into the hands of experienced authors and/or judges.  Even if your work does not make it far, you will receive helpful comments and critique on your work.  This is a fantastic opportunity for any author.

So, this is my next goal.  Complete my manuscript for the 2012 Genesis Contest.  Wow!  I did it and put it out there in writing.  I feel that this is the next step in achieving my dream of being published.  Even though I have never completed a manuscript of this scale or professionalism, I know it can be done.  So, let’s hope that the remaining chapters don’t take as long as the first.  I only have until Feb-Mar to complete it.

One of the cool things that ACFW does for the contest is to make a judging sheet available.  What a great resource (or checklist) to see if your work contains the required elements.  It will be a wonderful guide while I work on my novel.

I have to stop and say that I’m just in a moment of amazement.  When I started this journey just over a year ago, I never imagined I would be at the place I am now.  I’m still a long way from publication, but so far from the beginning.  It’s unbelievable to me to even say the words that I want to submit my work for a competition.  It has been a dream of mine for so long that I just feel amazingly blessed right now that it's getting closer.  God is so amazing and is opening this up for me.  For that, among so many other things, I’m am extremely thankful.  I hope that I’m able to spread His love through my writing.

And I’m so excited that I will be able to share this all with you.