Saturday, May 31, 2008

May 1-31, 2008
With the help of some generous authors, I'm donating an item to Brenda Novak's Auction to benefit Diabetes Research. So stop by to bid on this:
The Relaxation and Inspiration Beach Bag

Friday, May 30, 2008

Graduation is Looming

My oldest will be graduating a week from today. I still can't believe the time is here. It seems like just yesterday I was following him into the school for his first day of kindergarten (I followed because he refused to let me go--wanted to do it all by himself. Then I got caught, and he told me to go away! LOL Yes, he's always been very independent.)

The last couple of weeks have been a blur. And I've just got to brag! First, we had the spring sports banquet where he received a special memorial tennis scholarship. And then there was Honor's Night where the honor students received recognition. He was also recognized by a local bank awarding those students who scored high on the SAT/ACT (he was thrilled with the $100 in an envelope, a complete surprise!). And then there was the tennis banquet where they showed a slide show and gave out individual awards (he was named MVP!).

Wednesday night was the Baccalaureate service. Such beautiful prayers and songs celebrating all these students and all they have to look forward to. All they'll contribute to their communities in the future. And oh boy, the tears started there.

The tears hit again last night as they had Senior Night. It was time to receive their yearbooks and to announce student-voted awards. My son was honored by his fellow students, and I was so proud of him. They also showed a video the yearbook staff had put together from yearbook photos. They did such a great job on it, and of course I cried. The kids had a blast and cheered through most of the night. Once the ceremony part was over, I left him signing yearbooks and hanging out.

Now the next event will be graduation itself. Family in town. Cap and gown. Speech. Photos. Once again, I'm sure it'll be a blur. And I hope I can keep from sobbing. I'll try my best to discreetly wipe my tears when they hit. I don't want to be a downer on his big night. I want him to see how excited I am for him and to know how proud I am.

You know, night before last he was up late finishing up an assignment. He asked me to proof it for him (my job for the last few years). When we were done and had printed, he said, "You know, that's the last project you'll help me with in high school." And then last last night as he let me read his graduation speech, he said, "Well, tomorrow's my last day of high school."

I think he's as surprised as I am that it's really here. And I think he feels torn. Torn between the past and the future. At some point this summer, he'll have to start making that break and will prepare to move 6 hours away to go to college.

And it's surreal. Like I said, I still remember a kindergartner marching off to prove to me he knows exactly where he's going. I can only hope he'll be that self-assured in August so maybe it'll make it a little easier for me to let go. I won't be able to tag along and follow him this time. :) I'll have to trust that he's going to be okay.

And I know he will be. We've raised him for that day. And God has prepared him. He'll be more than okay. I'm sure he'll thrive, and then we'll get to watch as he becomes the man God has planned for him to be.

Thanks for sticking with me this long and for indulging me. I could use your prayers over the next weeks!


Thursday, May 29, 2008

MIA: Missing in Atlanta

I've posted a review of Debby Giusti's newest release on the F.A.I.T.H. blog today (Thursday). I hope you'll stop by and read a bit about MIA: Missing in Atlanta, a Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. It's sooo good!!


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day

I'm so thankful for the brave men and women who have served our country. As we take the time this weekend to honor those who've died for our country, I hope you'll share with us about your friends and loved ones who have served or are currently serving. I'd love to hear from you. Please leave a comment so we can honor him or her along with you!


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Heart of Dixie Readers Luncheon

I had a wonderful trip to Huntsville, AL, this past weekend for the Heart of Dixie annual Readers Luncheon. Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense author, Debby Giusti, and I travelled together and had the best time! She posted a great summary at The Craftie Ladies of Suspense blog on Wednesday, May 21. Please hop over and read it to see what a great time we had! I'll post some photos here later.

Also, I'm posting on the F.A.I.T.H. blog on Thursday. I hope you'll drop by!


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

American Idol Night!!

It's time for the finals! I think David C. is probably more talented at this point. But I just love David A. because he's so sweet! I really can't bear to see him lose! I wish it could be a tie.

Oooh, it's starting right now!! Gotta run.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Blogging in Seekerville on Monday

I hope you'll stop by Seekerville on Monday. I'm blogging on being prepared! (It's actually a re-posting of a blog I put on here in March 2007). So come find out what info you'll need to give to your editor for designing your cover once you make your first sale. It never hurts to be prepared ahead of time!

If you're not a writer, go ahead and stop by to have some fun. It's always a blast (and includes food...well, cyberfood, anyway.) :)


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Are You Called to Write?

Stop by F.A.I.T.H. on Thursday. I'm posting about whether or not we're called to write. I hope to see you!

Nora is the winner of Shirley's book! Congrats, Nora!!

Also, don't forget to take part in my new poll (to the right and you may have to scroll down).

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Shirley Kiger Connolly's New Release!

I'm pleased to welcome Shirley Kiger Connolly today as part of her promotional blog tour for her new release, Flame from Within. Shirely, we're glad to be able to celebrate with you!

Can you tell us a little about your new release?

S: Sure. I’m honored that you asked! I would love to give you a preview of Flame From Within, Missy. The story is about a lost but enchanting plantation-bred young woman named Amethyst Rose about to wed the grandson of an English Baron. Unfortunately, the feared war finds its way to Vicksburg, Mississippi and her plans suddenly change. Just hours before taking her arranged wedding vows, Amethyst Rose (lovingly called Aimée) discovers her betrothed is missing-in-action…but is he truly dead? She soon finds herself occupying space in an underground cave hiding from the aggressive assaults of the despised Union Army! These same Yankees have just destroyed her home and family! Now this devastated Vicksburg darling must decide whether life is even worth going on. Her only choice left is to move in with her elder, controlling sister, who runs a bordello in The French Quarter of New Orleans, guaranteed to destroy Aimée’s personal respect and tarnish her family name. When she heads that way she soon finds herself in the clutches of a sleazy Frenchman. She knows she must escape—but how? Where else but into the arms of a dashing Union officer, who with his cousin, come up with a reckless scheme, to save this woman of the world, not only from her sister, but from herself. But will she respond?

M: Can you tell us a little about the publisher?

S: Vintage Romance Publishing is a small publishing company out of South Carolina that began back in 2004, so you can see it is still new. It publishes stories that take the readers on journeys to Scotland, England, and Germany—back into history without leaving their homes. The publisher looks for stories that will set sail, enter kingdoms, go to villages, and take the readers to castles—anything with mysteries, or a fresh aspect of love or laughter as long as the heroes and heroines are on journeys from the past. It was only recently they expanded their line-up to include inspirational romance and inspirational non-fiction, as well as multicultural historical romance. There are several fellow Christian writers there now, Missy.

M: What are some of your favorite themes you write about?

S: Besides inspirational historical romance, I write inspirational historical fiction and nonfiction devotionals too. Those are lighthearted in nature. My first book was more on the contemporary side, but I am not as comfortable with that. Also I have written for children, but I don’t know if I will return to that or not.

M: Can you tell us a little about you and your life outside writing? I see a dog in your website photo. Is that your “baby”? :)

S: LOL. Oh! You mention animals at my house? That’s Heidi. She is my pride and joy. She hangs around me all the time. But we have three dogs, Silas and Eli are our other two. And we have three cats too. Arabelle, Ben, and Allie, and I have eight chickens, and they all have names too! And when we lived on the farm I had animals and THEY were all named too! I have a think about naming EVERYTHING! If I had bugs I would name them too!

M: What are you reading right now?

S: I read a bazillion things at the same time… “The Pleasure Trap” by Elizabeth Thornton mostly for research purposes, and old inspirational called “The Fisherman’s Lady” by George MacDonald, and I’m in the middle of judging three pieces for FHL. So you can see I’m busy. I am also reading through a WIP I’m doing. I can’t seem to finish!

M: What’s your favorite Bible verse or verse that has sustained you recently?

S: I have several, but one especially which is self explanatory is Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee ; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. I don’t know what I’d do without this one to cling to, Missy.

M: Anything else you’d like to share with readers?

S: No matter where you go in life, never become TOO proud of your accomplishments. It is humility, which is beautiful to God not self-pride.

M: Thanks so much for visiting, Shirley!!

S: Thank you so much for having me!

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Monday, May 12, 2008

I Have a Title!!

Well, I already posted today (see below), but just got an email that I now have a title for my recent sale!

His Forever Love.

I love it! :) It really fits the story.


75th Birthday Party and Mother's Day

I spend a wonderful weekend with my mom and dad. The kids and I drove to Nashville to meet up with my sister and brother-in-law. Then we all drove to Kentucky to surprise my dad for his 75th birthday. Because of terrible Atlanta traffic plus a horrible accident on the interstate in Tennessee, we were really late. My mom had tried to keep my dad up, but he had finally gone to bed around 10 pm. So when we arrived around 10:30, we lit the candles on the cake and went in the bedroom singing Happy Birthday. We didn't think he would ever wake up! LOL But when he finally did, he was thrilled. He got up and we all had cake, and he opened his gifts. Then we also surprised my mother with Mother's Day gifts. I think she thought we had forgotten her in all the secretive planning. :)

It was a great weekend. Too short, but wonderful.

For you moms out there, what did you do for Mother's Day? For those who aren't moms, what did you do for your own mom or for someone special in your life?


Thursday, May 08, 2008

Title Search

I'm blogging on the F.A.I.T.H. blog today. And I'm looking for help picking out a title! There's a prize involved. Please stop by and help me!

Missy :)

Monday, May 05, 2008

New Book Blurb

I've had a few people ask what the newly-contracted book is about. Here's a blurb I used at the beginning of my synopsis. I'm hoping the editors and Marketing Department will improve on it. They did an amazing job for the back cover copy and also for a shorter blurb that was used to distributors on Her Unlikely Family.

Forever Home (working title)

Bill wants to move his feeble granny into his Boston home and find the sense of family he’s been missing. Lindsay intends to convince him that his granny is perfectly capable of staying in Magnolia, Georgia, where she and Granny are running a community center together.
While the two face off, Bill’s high school crush on Lindsay returns with a vengeance. He’s afraid he’s falling in love once again. But is she willing to open her wounded heart to the friend who once deserted her?

I have a deadline once again! I'll get a revision letter in a couple of weeks. Then the revised book will be due July 25. I'm excited to be working on deadline again! :)

Don't forget to go bid on my item at Brenda Novak's auction for diabetes research! (Link provided in post above.)

And don't forget to vote in my poll to the right! Hold your cursor over each answer to see the complete answer. It'll be fun to see what y'all consider a dream date! :)


Friday, May 02, 2008

Wooo Hooo!!!

I'm excited to announce the sale of another manuscript to Steeple Hill Love Inspired!!! I have a tentative release date but will let you know as soon as I have something more firm.

I'm still bouncing off the walls! This is such a huge deal for me to finally make it across the hurdle of the second sale. I've just been ecstatic! :) I can't tell you how heart-stopping it is to see Harlequin Books on caller ID! I don't think I'll ever get to the point where it doesn't affect me. :)

Have a great weekend! Oh, and be sure to check out the new poll over to the right. About your dream date. :)