Monday, August 25, 2008

Her Unlikely Family in large print hardback

I'm excited that my February Love Inspired, Her Unlikely Family, will be coming out in September in a hardback large print edition (from Thorndike). These will mostly be library editions, but anyone can buy one. I'll love having one on my bookshelf. :)

I just saw the new cover today and thought I would share it!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Well, We Did It

Well, we did it. We took our son to college. And I had no idea it would be this hard having him 6 hours away. I keep hearing noises in the vicinity of his bedroom and expecting him to walk in the room.

It's amazing that we can experience grief, even when we know he's doing what's best for him and is doing something he's always dreamed about. But we'll adjust.

It was hard to leave him, though. Luckily, he's doing better and better. He's meeting more new friends every day and is having a great time. Plus, they have tons of activities planned for orientation week. It's keeping him busy. And once classes start on Monday, he'll have to buckle down and work. :)

It's strange how the little things hurt. I ran to grocery store last night to pick up a few items, and when I went to grab the huge party-sized Stouffer's lasagna, it hit me that I can't buy that giant size anymore. How embarrassing to cry in the grocery! I stood by the freezer case and had to dig out a Kleenex.

So, I'm pouring myself into my writing. I cranked out a whole synopsis yesterday, not an easy feat. And today I'm going to try to write another chapter for the proposal.

Eventually, we'll all adjust. Probably about the time he comes home for fall break. :)


Monday, August 18, 2008

Book Cover Contest

Hi, all. I just found out about a Book Cover Contest at the Stepping Stones Magazine. I've had a lot of people comment how much they love the cover of Her Unlikely Family. If you really liked it, would you consider voting for it? Here's how you do so:

Send an email to: rpkg at comcast. net (using the @ symbol and leaving out the spaces) and write in the subject line 'SSMW Book Cover Contest'.

Then in the body of the email, please give:

Book Title
Author's Name
Genre (which would be inspirational romance for my book)
Deadline is August 30.

Here's a link to the site for more info:

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This and That

The book signing went great on Saturday. We used to live near that area, so several old friends from our former church dropped by. It was wonderful to see everyone! And so nice of them to come support me. Thank you to our County Line family!

Well, we're down to the countdown to moving my son to the dorm. We're buying the last supplies he needs (just thought of toiletries yesterday!) and he'll start packing soon. He's also completing an online course all in-coming freshman have to do on alcohol education. I think it's a great idea. Plus, he's trying to finish up a book they all have to read before arriving on campus. Believe it or not, he's not much of a reader, so he's struggling. He told me today he's going to have to give himself an incentive. Once he finishes both assignments, he'll go buy Madden 09. Whatever it takes! (My incentives always seem to be food--in the chocolate food group! Not good.) :)

I'll be blogging in Seekerville on Wednesday and at the F.A.I.T.H. blog on Thursday. I hope you'll stop by!

Would you believe I saw signs of fall today?! A tree across the street from the church is turning red. I couldn't believe it! Maybe it's because everything is so dry. We're all praying for rain around here.

Are any of you from the North? Are you seeing leaves turn yet?


Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Book Signing and RWA photos

I want to invite anyone living in the Marietta, GA, area to come to a book signing this Saturday, August 9! I'll be signing from 2-4 pm with other authors (a variety of genres) at this location:

Barnes & Noble, Town Center Prado
50 Barrett Pkwy Ste. 1100
Marietta, GA 30066

Please come by and say hello!

Speaking of book signings.... Here are some shots from the Readers for Life Charity Book Signing sponsored by Romance Writers of America this past Wednesday in San Francisco. There were over 500 authors in a huge ballroom signing books donated by the publishers. All proceeds will go to literacy organizations. (Before this year, RWA had raised over $600,000!)

And here are some more photos:

Top: Me with Steeple Hill Senior Editor, Krista Stroever, after a wonderful lunch.
Center: Fellow Love Inspired authors and Seekerville buddies Janet Dean (left)and Debby Giusti at the Harlequin party.
Bottom: Linda Goodnight holding her RITA award statue! In the front, you can see a profile of Susan May Warren. And Steeple Hill Editor Melissa Endlich looks on in the background.
I had a wonderful trip! I look forward to next year.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Home from RWA National!

I'm home from a great week in San Francisco! I'll try to post some photos and give a report later. Right now I'm enjoying a little time with my family! :)