Thursday, January 29, 2009

Free E-Books!

Harlequin Books is celebrating 60 years of publishing. My publisher, Steeple Hill, is part of the Harlequin family. As part of the celebration, they're offering 16 full books free as e-books! If you're interested in downloading some free e-books (totally legal!), then go to:

http://www.harlequincelebrates.com/

I saw three Steeple Hill (Christian romance) books on there--Love Inspired, Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired Suspense. There are many different type books to choose from! So be sure to take advantage of this offer.

Missy

Monday, January 26, 2009

Parting the Waters


When a tragic drowning accident leaves fifteen-year-old Jacob in a coma, the faith of his family and community is shaken to its foundation. Medical experts used phrases such as “persistent vegetative state” and said, “Jacob will never wake up,” but Jacob’s parents knew God would have the final say.

I want to share with you about this wonderful book, Parting the Waters, by Jeanne Damoff. I've been reading it and can hardly put it down. Very touching and inspiring. I hope you'll read the interview below to find out more about Jeanne and her book.

Where did you get the idea for the book?

Parting the Waters is a true story. Several years after Jacob’s accident in 1996, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to write what I was seeing God do. I didn’t want to, and for the next few years I kept giving God excuses for why I didn’t have time. Without going into detail, let’s just say He essentially removed my excuses, and I went home and wrote the first draft in two weeks.

What are the major themes of the book?

Beauty from brokenness. God’s goodness and sovereign purposes in suffering. The body of Christ. The power of community when it works as it should.

What insight did you gain from the process of writing about such a difficult personal experience?

Reliving our experience on the page was excruciating at times, but also very cathartic. I believe it’s good for all Christians to look back on our most difficult times and see how God carried and led us when we felt like we were wandering over jagged shards in a fog. Probably the biggest insight I gained was a deeper assurance that God is in control and I can trust His loving purposes, even when it hurts to breathe.

How and what is Jacob doing now?

Jacob is a precious, happy 27 year old who lives abundantly in spite of his brain injury. Though he wasn’t expected to ever awaken from coma, he walks, talks, laughs, and loves intensely. He spends his weekdays with his long-time aide, Rusty Mauldin, working with his cattle and in his garden, then comes home on the weekends. Jacob worships the Lord with the passion of a lover who is not hindered by self-consciousness. Watching him is like glimpsing eternity.

What do you hope readers will take away from your book?

I hope they will realize more deeply that God loves them and is working out His plans in their lives with perfect faithfulness. Sure we suffer consequences when we make stupid choices, but many of the trials and sorrows we experience have nothing to do with punishment or a lack of faith. They are part of God’s goodness—conforming us to the image of His Son. I hope readers will meet God on the pages of our story and walk away changed by grace.

About the Author:

Jeanne Damoff has been married for 29 years to George, a biologist, poet, and musician. Their three grown children, Jacob, Grace, and Luke, are her favorite people in the world. She has degrees in social work, sociology, English, and secondary education, and has taught such varied subjects as English, Latin, art, music, and cheerleading. For eight years she taught pre-school through junior high Bible, using a curriculum she designed and wrote. Jeanne is a published writer, a professional choreographer, a musician, and a speaker. She loves to laugh and gives points to anyone who makes her laugh out loud. These points are very valuable. Everyone should strive to earn them, starting now.
Learn more about Jeanne at http://jeannedamoff.com.

Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1579219500

Check out a book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk1aZTJJawQ

Follow Jeanne's blog tour on these other sites:

http://blogtourspot.com/damoff-blog-tour/damoff-blog-tour-stops

Missy

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Seekerville Sister Sells!

One of my friends form the Seekers sold to Steeple Hill today!! I can't tell who yet, because she's going to announce it in Seekerville on Saturday. (Actually, Camy accidentally posted it briefly today and had to hurry to take it off, so you may have seen it if you were visiting at that time!). :)

So be sure to stop by our Seekerville blog on Saturday and find out the scoop!!
www.seekerville.blogspot.com

Woo hoo! I'm so excited for her!

Missy

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sharing a Personal Story

I hope you'll come by one of my group blogs on Thursday, January 22. I'm sharing a very personal story of loss and of how God reached out to touch me.

Thank you! www.craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com

Missy

Monday, January 19, 2009

Win a copy of Renee Ryan's book!


I have Renee Ryan, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical author, in Seekerville today. I hope you'll stop by! She's give away 3 copies of her new book, The Marshal Takes a Bride. So come on over:




Missy

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Vote to Help Choose the Plot of a Book!


I wanted to tell you about a fun opportunity and also about the chance to win a free copy of By Reason of Insanity, by Randy Singer. Here's the promo I received:
If you’ve ever read a legal thriller or watched an episode of Law & Order and thought you would have rendered a different verdict—step into the jury box.

I want to let you know about a unique opportunity for you to participate in helping determine the verdict of a court case in an upcoming legal thriller by critically-acclaimed author, Randy Singer. Here’s a bit about what Randy is doing:

Beginning January 12, readers will have an opportunity to determine the verdict in Randy’s upcoming legal thriller, The Justice Game (Tyndale House, July 2009), which features a court case centered on the gun debate. The verdict voted on by the readers will be written into the story and kept under wraps until the book’s release. This is the first time in recent memory that an author has taken reader involvement and feedback to this level.

“I wanted to do something different and get my readers really involved in the story,” said Singer. “This gives them an opportunity to hear both sides of the national gun debate and gets them thinking. Plus, it adds an element of fun to the book.”

Taking a new approach to the popular book trailer, Singer has produced a short, online video that mimics a cable news report. Featuring real-life talk show host Lorri Allen as the lead news anchor, the video shares the latest updates on the trial at the center of the book interspersed with segments of the closing arguments direct from the courtroom. At the end of the video, viewers are directed to a special section on Singer’s Web site to render their verdict.

You can access the video at:
http://www.randysinger.net/.

Randy, who is a practicing veteran trial attorney as well as a teaching pastor in Virginia Beach, VA, has written seven critically-acclaimed legal thrillers. Publishers Weekly has said he, “is as enjoyable as John Grisham,” and his work has received several noteworthy reviews. His latest book, By Reason of Insanity (Tyndale), debuted in hardcover last summer and releases this month in softcover.
Okay, Missy here again. I'll be giving away a copy of Randy's current release, By Reason of Insanity, to one lucky winner from among those who either comment or email me at missytippens [at] aol.com. If you email me, be sure to tell me you want to be in the drawing for Randy's book. If you leave a comment, please leave your contact info. I'll be taking names through Sunday.
Good luck! And be sure to go watch the video and vote. :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday in Seekerville

Just wanted to let you know about this for any writers out there...

Calling all writers! For a chance to win an evaluation of your proposal by a professional freelance reader, visit Seekerville Monday, January 12 at http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com All you have to do to enter the drawing is read Crystal Laine Miller's excellent post, "Dare Your Reader to Risk Reading Your Book" that's chock full of tips on getting past a publisher's reader and then leave a comment. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, January 14. Don't miss this terrific opportunity for a free evaluation of your manuscript's first three chapters and synopsis.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

There's Nothing Like a Wedding...

I just got back from my nephew's wedding. And there's nothing like a wedding to revive the ol' romantic heart. :) Of course, I usually turn into a blubbering fool during the service. And this was no exception. Especially when my nephew got choked up. It was so sweet!

I know they're going to be so happy together. They started dating about five years ago, and I think they knew pretty quickly that they would marry. They made their plans and worked for their goals, and now they're starting their life together.
I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!

Some of the groomsmen (left to right): Jess Posey (brother of the groom), Demp Posey (father of the groom), Buster Posey (groom) and Jack Posey (brother of the groom). And I have to say they all clean up pretty well! :)

The gorgeous bride, Mrs. Kristen Posey!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Posting on Two Blogs Thursday

Hi, all. I'll be posting on two blogs on Thursday...

http://www.writingbyfaith.blogspot.com/ I'm talking about creating characters. Also, please visit Monday, Jan. 5th's post to find out about our contest this month!

http://www.craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com/ I'm talking about a comforting Bible verse and how it has seen me through hard times. (Our topic for Janauary is faith, and our theme verse is Romans 8:28.)

And don't forget to scroll down to see the schedule for our For Love and Money week in Seekerville.

Missy

Sunday, January 04, 2009

For Love and Money Week in Seekerville

I hope you'll come hang out with us in Seekerville this week. We have an amazing lineup of guests. We're also having a contest for a $25 gift certificate! Check out the schedule:

For Love and Money Week in Seekerville (http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/)

Monday Jan 5: Deb Ng on professional blogging. Deborah Ng is the genius behind Freelance Writing Jobs. {NOTE: THIS HAS BEEN MOVED TO SATURDAY DUE TO ILLNESS}

Tuesday Jan 6: Cindi Myers on the working writer. If you don't know Cindi, check out her Market News Yahoo Group or her website for news on her latest release, A Man To Rely On, from Super Romance.

Wednesday Jan 7: Michael Bracken on writing for the Confessions. Michael is a phenom in the confession world and we are thrilled to have him stop by and share.

Thursday Jan 8: Abingdon Press Senior Acquisitions Editor for Fiction, Barbara Scott, is back for an Encore, Encore!!

Friday Jan 9: Myra L. Johnson on the Christian nonfiction market. In addition to her multiple fiction sales in 2008 (Heartsong and Abingdon), Myra is also a nonfiction writer.

Saturday Jan 10: Tina Russo shares on writing romantic fiction for Woman's World Magazine. Keep an eye out for her latest Woman's World story, Letting Go, which is on newsstands RIGHT NOW!! {NOTE: IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THIS, YOU'LL FIND IT ON MONDAY, JAN. 5}

We are starting 2009 with a bang in Seekerville. Anyone who comments all six days will be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

So come visit each and every day!
Missy

Friday, January 02, 2009

In Memory of Anna Brooke Hurdle



I wanted to take a minute to remember Anna Hurdle today, the day of her burial. She was beautiful, sweet, and loved God. She was a member of our church and was part of the confirmation class with my daughter. One of my main memories is of when she once came to play, and the girls decided to wash my van. I got them started, but then came inside. Little did I know, they would wash the top, too...by climbing up there! So while working on the wet, slick top, poor Anna slipped right off the the roof head first, hit the side mirror (knocking it mostly off!) and then landed on the driveway on her mouth. Oh my, she looked like she'd been in a barroom brawl! :) Her mom and I were so worried about her teeth, and Elizabeth had to leave school to come get her and take her to the dentist. I felt awful! But Anna was such a trooper. I don't even remember seeing a tear. Well, maybe her eyes watered a little. I would have been wailing. But she was so brave.

We'll all miss Anna.

Please keep praying for her family.

Missy

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!



Happy 2009! Can you believe it's here? The older I get, the faster a year passes. I'm sure this year will be no exception.
What I wish for all of us this year:
Peace for those who are suffering. Peace in our world. Good health for all. Success in whatever form that may take. Love. A happy family. True friendship. The achievement of dreams. Hope. Comfort for those who are hurting. Fun and relaxation. Relief from stress. Security (job, financial and personal). Self-confidence. Love for others. Self-love. Generosity. A sense of purpose. God's presence. God's abundant blessings!
What do you wish for this year? What are some of your goals?