Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I've Been Tagged by Debby Giusti!

I've been tagged by Debby Giusti on the Craftie Ladies of Suspense blog. Be sure to check out the exciting things about Debby! (Hint: she's attended a tea in the White House!) Each of the other Craftie ladies has posted Six Random things as well.

Tagging Rules:
a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blog.
e. Let each person know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

My six random things:
1. I broke my foot last week on a two-inch ledge! It's my first time on crutches. No fun.
2. My first car was a tiny blue Honda Civic hatchback with a stick shift.
3. I was born and raised in Kentucky.
4. I've never been on a cruise.
5. I got my purse and camera stolen on my honeymoon (and that was after our luggage got lost and didn't arrive for 3 days!).
6. I LOVE to play Guitar Hero and RockBand. :)

Okay, now I tag Belinda Peterson, Jennifer Taylor, Mindy Obenhaus, Jess Ferguson, Jane on Cozy Reader, and Christy Smith.

Y'all come out and play! :)


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The NFL Draft

Sigh. The title says it all.

Our TV blasted out the draft all weekend, and I'm glad it's over! It never ceases to amaze me that my husband can watch the whole crazy thing! I mean, come on, I can tolerate a nice boring golf game--it's great for background noise for a nap. And nothing's better than the sounds of baseball as a relaxing backdrop to other activities. My favorite is to watch an exciting football game, and I even enjoy the post game shows (so sad to see Inside the NFL go).

But the draft??

Well, at least it's only a couple of days a year (plus a few days of previews leading up to it). I guess I can live through it. Especially when hubby is so happy with the draft for the Atlanta Falcons this year--we got the quarterback! He once again has hope for the upcoming season. (Of course, he's a die-hard fan and would somehow manage to dredge up some hope anyway.) Maybe the look of joy on his face for the first time since early February is worth the hours of draft talk droning on and on.

And who knows, maybe next year the Falcons won't earn such an early draft pick. We can only hope!

Missy--who thinks the ultimate worst is pro basketball!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Posting on The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills

Cindy Kirk (Cynthia Rutledge to those of you who know her from her Love Inspired books)invited me to be a guest blogger on The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills this weekend (April 26). My blog post is about things I've discovered as I look back at how long it took me to get published. I hope you'll stop by! These Avon authors have a gorgeous site.

P.S. I'm giving away a copy of my book to one commenter!

Friday, April 25, 2008

RWA National, Here I Come!

I'm excited that I'm going to be attending National this year! I've been asked to take part in presenting a workshop with Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti and Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean as well as editor Krista Stroever. We'll be presenting a workshop titled:


Leigh Bale took part in the workshop last year and did an excellent job. I hope I can fill her shoes! Also, the information Krista gives is invaluable for published as well as the unpublished attendees.

If you're going to be there, please be sure to come support us. The workshop will be on Friday afternoon.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Special Guest Amy Wallace!

I'm so pleased to welcome Amy Wallace, friend and RITA finalist! Amy is in the midst of a blog tour for her new release, Healing Promises, but in addition, today is a special day in her family. Today, we're going to celebrate her husband's birthday! First, we'll celebrate the book, then the birthday. Be sure to join in, because a prize is involved: An autographed copy of Healing Promises, a Healing Promises mug and a gift card from Starbucks!

First off, let me give a heads up. Though Healing Promises can be a stand-alone story, it's actually a sequel to Ransomed Dreams, Amy's previous release. You'll want to read Randsomed Dreams first so you don't read spoilers in Healing Promises! If you'd like to read the first chapter Ransomed Dreams, please visit .

Also, Amy has an amazingly fun and chocolatey website. :) Please visit her at and be sure to sign up for her newsletter .

So now it's birthday time! David, we're excited you could be with us here today. Happy birthday from all of us in the blog world! As a tribute to you, Amy has started a poem, and our blog readers will write the conlcuding verse. Amy will select her favorite, or maybe you can choose the winner! The winning entry will receive the prize mentioned above.

For those of you who enter, please leave your entry in the the comments section along with your email or blog address so I can reach you if you win. I look forward to the entries!!

Here's the the poem opening. You write the final verse:

I Still Do

I hold you in my heart
My love to you I give
He holds us together
As three in One we live

A special note to David from Amy:
Happy Birthday, David!!! Remember this poem? Or should I say song. ;-) Those words sung from a giddy, newly-wed heart over thirteen years ago are still as true today. Maybe a little less giddy, but so much deeper. And they fit perfectly into Healing Promises because you're the reason Steven, Clint and Michael are the heroes they are. Happy Birthday, honey! Always remember, I still do... forever, David.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Such a Clutz

Well, I stepped off a little ledge at a friend's house today and broke the 5th metatarsal in my foot. I was so embarrassed! It happened while she was having a Lia Sophia Jewelry party, lots of people there, etc. The poor thing felt awful, and I felt awful for falling. I tried not to make a scene, made it through the party, then called my husband to come get me to go get an x-ray. (It had popped when it happened, a sound they heard across the kitchen, so I knew it had to be pretty bad.)

I've got to go see an orthopedist tomorrow. My father-in-law, a retired orthopedic surgeon, thinks I'll probably have a cast for 3 weeks. In fact, when I described my foot folding and the pop, he diagnosed the 5th metatarsal break over the phone without x-rays! :)

I guess I'll let you know how I'm doing tomorrow. Prayers for patience would be appreciated! (And of course for healing.)

In the meantime, please stop my the Seekerville blog on Monday. I'm posting on facing our fears.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Stop by Belinda's Blogging Journey on Friday

My critique partner, Lindi Peterson, is having Amy Wallace as a guest on her blog on Friday. Stop by and comment for a chance to win a copy of Amy's new release, Healing Promises!

I probably won't post again until I have my manuscript mailed to my editor. I'm finishing revisions (remember how many words I needed to cut out of that first draft?!)! I hope to check back in on Tuesday. Wednesday at the latest. Pray for me! :)


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Blogging on F.A.I.T.H. today

Hi! Please stop by our F.A.I.T.H. blog and share your bits of wisdom. I posted about Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 07, 2008

A Good Cup of Coffee.... ahhhhh.

I've been on vacation this past week (spring break for the kids) and just had my first cup of decent coffee in a week. Ahhhh. What a joy to be back to my particular blend of beans (a mix of Starbucks Sumatra and African blend) and my favorite creamer (Irish Cream flavor).

We spent the first part of the week in Gatlinburg, TN. We've stayed many times at this wonderful little motel right on the river where they bring homemade doughnuts to your room in the morning--yum! But the coffee is like coffee-flavored water. I guess I should have walked to Starbucks each morning, but hey, I was having breakfast in my p.j.'s and didn't want to get out in the cold. :) So I suffered through.

Then the second leg of our trip we spent at my husband's parents' farm. They're on well water, and it has tons of minerals. It tastes a bit rusty, and even with my own coffee beans, it was awful. Again, I probably should have gone to Starbucks or to buy bottled water. But while we're there, we tend to act as if we're in the middle of the wilderness--fishing and hanging out in a 100-year-old farm house.

So this morning, as I sipped that first yummy sip, I groaned in ecstasy. There's no place like home.

What's your favorite way to do coffee? Or are you a hot tea drinker? Also, don't forget to take my poll over to the right!


Thursday, April 03, 2008

A New Look! Tell Me What You Think.

Well, I decided to do a spring makeover. What do you think?

And speaking of that... We recently had a discussion on the Seeker blog about blogging. It led me to wonder if my blog is easy to navigate. So please, I'd love some feedback! And while you're telling me what you think about the layout, I'd love to hear what topics/posts interest you most.

Please leave me a comment on what you think works and what doesn't. And don't forget to tell me your favorite topics!

Thanks so much for visiting and for your input. I know there are tons of blogs out there, and I appreciate each and every visitor.