Monday, June 30, 2008

Mary Connealy Official Release of Calico Canyon on Tuesday!

On Tuesday, July 1, I'll be blogging to celebrate the official release of Mary Connealy's new book, Calico Canyon. It's book 2 in the Lassoed in Texas Series.

I'm reading Calico Canyon right now and love it! I hope you'll stop by to hear about the book and to discuss it!


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Promotion--What Works for You?

Do you judge a book by its cover? Do catchy titles reel you in?

I hope you'll stop by and read my post on the topic of promotion at our F.A.I.T.H. blog on Thursday. I'd love to get writer and reader input!

Hope to see you there!

P.S. I'm still working on revisions! I'm just about to break through some of the most difficult changes.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Seen any good movies lately?

My son went to a movie tonight, and it got me thinking about movies. I recently saw College Road Trip (yes, it's been out a while-- we saw it at the dollar theater). It was cute, and since I have a child going off to college soon, I cried at the end.

I guess the last movie we saw before that was Horton Hears a Who. Movies at the "regular" theater are $10.00 now, which is highway robbery! So we've been trying to be patient and see them later at the dollar theater (literally $1 or $2 depending on the day of the week).

So, what movies have you seen lately? Did you like them? I'd appreciate any recommendations!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Blogging in Seekerville on Monday

I'm blogging in Seekerville on Monday about what to do when our creativity well runs dry. Please stop by and give us any ideas you have for jump-starting creativity! This could be for any form of creativity, not necessarily fiction writing. So any readers who do a creative activity (quilting, jewelry making, painting, knitting, writing poems or songs, etc.), I hope you'll come by and leave a comment.


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Saturday in Seekerville

I hope you'll stop by Seekerville for Saturday's post by guest blogger Cynthia Rutledge aka Cindy Kirk. She has a great contest success story! And it's also her anniversary. Of her first sale. :)

Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Graduation Photos

Graduation went great! We were so proud of our son. I thought I'd share a couple of photos with you. First, my son with me and my husband after the ceremony (I look so wilted! You can tell it was over 90 degrees outside when it started!).

And here he is as he gives his speech. He did such a great job. Didn't seem nervous at all. I was relieved he did so well because he had a bad cold.
I only cried once. :) That was while one of the classmates sang a gorgeous song she'd written--sung to her mom, saying look at me now, you've made me everything I am, telling her she hoped that she was proud of her. Oh, my. That one choked me up.
We had all the grandparents here, plus my sister and brother-in-law. So it was great to share it with everyone. Plus, we got to watch the draft on Thursday and see my nephew drafted in the first round by the San Francisco Giants! And we were able to watch his and my other nephew's team (FL State) win the Super Regionals. A very exciting weekend!
Now school's out (for the kids, anyway)! It'll be interesting to see how much writing I can get done with everyone at home and friends constantly spending the night. :)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A New Phase

Well, it's almost here. Graduation is Friday. I'll start a new phase in my life. Well, I guess it won't officially start until he goes away to college in August. But it still feels like a monumental week. I've cried at the drop of a hat--every sad song or every little commercial that even hints at the sentimental. I went with my middle son to an awards ceremony today, and the speaker there even had me in tears. :)

I hope you'll drop my the F.A.I.T.H. blog on Thursday. I'll be posting about revising my book to add more and move forward the internal conflict for my hero. Stop by and tell me what you think!

So... any advice about surviving the first child graduating?? :)


Monday, June 02, 2008

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball--Mike Dellosso's Story

I'm pleased to introduce Mike Dellosso to you today. He has an inspirational story. And he also has a new book out now, The Hunted.

Congrats on the sale, Mike!

Okay, here's a little about Mike's story...

How did you first feel called to write?

My call to write was in no way gradual. It happened all at once and might as well have been God speaking directly to me. It began with a motorcycle accident that left my brother-in-law in a deep coma and a prognosis of death or, at best, persistent vegetative state. My wife, Jen, and I went to visit my sister and Darrell in the hospital and came away wrestling with emotions I couldn’t easily explain: anger, frustration, sorrow, confusion, you name it. When we got home I did the first thing that came to mind, I grabbed a pad of paper and a pen and started writing.

Now, it’s important to know at this point that I’ve always struggled with stuttering. Lots of thoughts and ideas swirled in my head but I rarely voiced them because talking was just so laborious. I often kept my emotions under lock and key because it was easier than trying to express myself in words. Well, when that pen hit paper I knew I was on to something, I felt a freedom I had not felt before. I could say what was on my mind and in my heart and say it with perfect fluency. I had found my voice! That was almost ten years ago and I haven’t stopped writing since. Oh, and by the way, Darrell pulled through and is doing just fine now.

Do you have a day job?
I’ve been a physical therapist assistant for 10 years.

Will you share a little bit about your family?
I’ve been married to my lovely and supportive wife, Jen, for 10 years. We’ve been blessed with three daughters ages 5, 6, and 8. All fun-loving, sweet-spirited, and of course always well-behaved (ahem).

And how did your first sale, for The Hunted, come about?
Shortly after [a frustrating ordeal with a POD publisher] I began work on another manuscript, calling it The Hunted. A year later I toted it along with me to my first writer’s conference where I met suspense author Kathryn Mackel who critiqued it, liked it, and said she’d not only endorse it but help me find an agent. A few weeks later she referred me to an agent friend of hers, Les Stobbe. Les liked my proposal and chapters, agreed to represent me, and circulated the project to various publishers. Four months later we got an email from Realms Fiction (Strang Book Group) saying they were interested in the full manuscript and a few long, endless months after that they were offering me a contract.

That's so exciting! But readers may remember I mention in my title that life has thrown you a curve ball. Can you tell us about when you were diagnosed with cancer?
Yeah, cancer. Kind of a big thing. I was diagnosed on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. Here I was getting ready to launch into trying my hand at promoting my new book and in the middle of negotiating a contract for a second book when the doctor dropped the bomb: You have colon cancer.

Funny thing is, I don’t remember ordering colon cancer. Not part of my plans at all.

How has that diagnosis affected your writing?
How has it affected my writing? Well, immediately, it’s halted my writing. With the exception of daily journaling on my blog, I haven’t written a lick since being diagnosed. I love to write, it’s my passion, but this cancer thing trumps it. I took this diagnosis as a nudge from God that I need to set writing aside for a little while and just concentrate on the most important things: my relationship with Him and my relationship with my family. Sometimes it takes something like cancer to refocus you, to get you to evaluate your life and do a little re-prioritizing.

In the long run, I think the experience of traveling through this valley will only enhance my writing, give it more depth, more texture, more emotion and passion. I know firsthand what it’s like to traverse that Valley of the Shadow of Death, to question Why me?, to be scared of dying, not for dying’s sake but for my family’s sake, to live with a monster inside me that wants to kill me (hey, that gives me a great story idea), to be poked, prodded, scoped, and stuck, to live a life that revolves around the next test result or the next doctor’s appointment. I’ve been there now and I can incorporate those experiences into my stories, into the life of my characters. It’ll be interesting to see how my writing changes once I get back to it.

Mike, we wish you all the best. We'll be praying for your treatment and recovery. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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Again, the link to buy his book is: