Friday, February 27, 2009

Newly Re-done Website!

With the help of a friend who's a graphic designer (and has a great eye for what looks good), I re-did my website today. I hope you'll stop by and let me know what you think! I think it fits better with my books and brand.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My New Cover is on Amazon!

I don't have permission from Harlequin to officially post my new cover yet. But I just found it on! So if you get a chance, hop over there and check it out. I love it! It fits perfectly with a scene in the book. :)

For those in the Steeple Hill Book Club, you should get the book in April. Others can get it the first of June.

Here's a link for the book at Amazon:

And here's a link to join the book club if you're interested:


Friday, February 20, 2009

A Couple of Upcoming Events

If you're anywhere around Atlanta, I hope you can come! The first is for writers. The second (next weekend) is for anyone interested.

February 21
Featured Speaker Missy Tippens
Writing A Proposal That Will Sell
Come find out what Missy Tippens has learned about writing the very best proposal you can--the first time. She will share her experience of selling on proposal, a process that required two sets of revisions.
"Ask a Published Author" with will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Information at

Local Author Panel
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Roswell Branch
Saturday, February 28, 2009
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
115 Norcross StreetRoswell, GA 30075
Panelists include Anna DeStefano, Tanya Michaels, Missy Tippens, AmyWallace, and Cindy Woodsmall.
Reservations are requested.
Phone: 770-640-3075

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In These Hard Times

I just got this devotional today (from Encouraging Words Daily Devotional for Women, an email service from Today's Christian Woman). It's an excellent word when we're experiencing such hard economic times in our country. I especially love the translation:

Today's Verse from the New Living Translation
"Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else? … Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. … No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."—Romans 8:32, 35, 37, 39 view in context

Encouragement for Today
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. We must not look to circumstances for evidence of God's love or proof that he will take care of us. If God did not withhold the best he had to give us—the life of his Son—will he not also give us everything else, including his love and power? When circumstances are dire, don't look at them. Gaze at the cross of Christ and what he suffered there for you. Then his suffering—and victory—will swallow up your suffering. Paul says that "overwhelming victory" is ours.—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this touches you like it touched me.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Premio Dardos Award

My blog had been awarded this blogging award by the Five Scribes blog!

"This award 'acknowledges the values that every Blogger displays in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values with each message they write.'

Awards like this have been created with the intention of promoting community among Bloggers. It's a way to show appreciation and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."

Here are the rules:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted it to you, along with his/her blog link.

2. Pass the award to (15) other blogs that you feel are worthy of this recognition. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen as recipients.

Missy here. I'm not going to give the award to 15 blogs at this time. Just a few that I especially like. I hope you'll visit all of them!

F.A.I.T.H. (Note, I'm also a member of this group blog but love the other posts!) :)

Lynn Rush

Readin n Writin with Patricia

Stephanie Newton

Strong Women, Brave Stories (Lyn Cote)

Margaret Daley

Romance Your Spouse (a new blog)

Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Sunday, February 15, 2009

For Writers...

If you're a writer, you might want to visit the Seekerville blog on Monday, February 16. I'm posting about Goal, Motivation & Conflict. I'll be sharing the GMC chart from my June Steeple Hill Love Inspired release, His Forever Love. So if you're interested, come on over!

A little birdie told me I've been awarded a blog award. More to come on that in the next couple of days. :)

Missy--who'll be enjoying another day with the kids at home tomorrow. No school! Which means my daughter will sleep till about 9 am, and my son will sleep till about noon. LOL It should be a nice quiet morning for working. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Finished My Manuscript!!

I finished my manuscript and mailed it off today!!!! What a relief. It'll be released from Steeple Hill Love Inspired in November 2009 and titled A Forever Christmas. I'm so excited to have typed The End! (Of course, I actually typed The End a couple of weeks ago but have been revising and adding to it.)

I'm so relieved! And excited. :)

Love, Love, and more Love

I'm blogging all about love on two of my group blogs on Thursday! Please drop by and say hello. I'm talking about the 5 Languages of Love (a book by Gary Chapman). I'm talking about how love is supposed to keep no record of wrongs (from First Corinthians Ch. 13).

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, February 08, 2009

Writing Retreat

I had a wonderful writing retreat this weekend with another Love Inspired author, Lynette Eason. We only live about two and half ours away from each other. So we dropped off our children at school, met halfway between our homes, got a wonderful hotel suite, and worked all day Friday through Saturday afternoon. It was great! And we even had some brainstorming time.

It's so nice to get away like that sometimes. Although we still had our cell phones, it's not like being at home where the phone rings for everyone else all the time. And though we had free Internet in the hotel, I tried to stay offline for the most part. And one of the best things is not having to cook! :) We went out for every meal and picked up bagels for breakfast. And the hotel kept coffee in the lobby around the clock. What more could writers want?? :)

We also discovered they have a wonderful indoor pool and hot tub. Next time, we'll take our swim suits!


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Preparing to be a High School Parent Once Again

I can't believe it, but my middle child is almost high school age! We have a parents' meeting at the high school tomorrow where we'll find out all about schedules and graduation requirements. It's been several years since I've had one entering the 9th grade, so it's like starting over. (Plus, they've changed some things.)

What's even harder to believe is that I'll be doing this again in two years when my "baby" goes to high school. And then I'll only have high school and college-aged kids.

When did I get so old?! I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago. Okay, so I'll spill the beans. I turned 47. (Had to do some math to remember!) And it's hard to comprehend when I feel like I'm like 35 inside. And then, of course, there's my daughter who says, man, you're almost 50, and that's reaaaally old. LOL And then my parents say things like, wow, I can't believe you're that old! (Because they only feel about 50 inside.)

I, too, can't believe I'm staring at 50. I wonder how I'll handle it. But I have friends in their 60's and 70's who are making fun of me, telling me to just wait. :) So I guess I should be thankful I'm healthy and happy. And that age is a state of mind.

So how do you handle birthdays?