Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve Party (with Giveaways!)

Join Seekerville on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 from midnight to midnight as we usher in 2012 with a full 24 hours of incredible giveaways for readers and writers. We'll be reviewing the past year and sharing our predictions for the 2012 New Year. No party is complete without our friends. No matter what your time zone we'll have a party in full swing at the Seekerville Blog.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your loved ones Christmas joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus! Also wishing you many blessings during the new year.

With love,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Digital Nativity

I know I shared this last year, but it's so cute! I thought I'd share it again. :) Enjoy!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

4-1/2 Star RT Review!!

I'm thrilled to find out my upcoming release from Love Inspired, A House Full of Hope, got 4-1/2 Stars from RT Book Reviews Magazine! Here's the review from reviewer Leslie McKee:

A House Full of Hope (4 1/2) Missy Tippens: Mark Ryker is returning home to hopes of gaining his father's forgiveness. He longs for redemption and peace. Hannah Hughes, single mother of four, is renting Mark's family home, while his father lives in the garage apartment. Mark wants to help his father with repairs and finances, but his father does not want Mark's charity. Due to Mark's past, Hannah's mother wants her to stay as far away from Mark as possible. Will Mark be able to make amends with his father and his past? Themes of forgiveness, acceptance and overcoming stubborness highlight this heartwarming tale.

A big thank you to Rachelle McCalla for emailing me the good news. And to Mary Connealy for typing up the review for me since I haven't bought my magazine yet. :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Cantata Time!

It's that time again! Our church choir performs special music each December right before Christmas. Lead Me Back to Bethlehem is the beautiful program we're doing this year. I just love it! Several of the songs have really touched me (and have stuck in my head!).

You can hear samples of the music by clicking here. Of course, it's not our choir. It's a group of professionals doing a demo. :) But I'd like to think we sound as good. ;)

I'm singing a solo this year. If you follow the link above to listen, the piece I'm singing on is track 3. It's a gorgeous song. At dress rehearsal this morning, I was preparing to sing. And as usual, my heart nearly pounded out of my chest, and I thought I couldn't catch my breath. I get so very nervous to sing in front of people. Then all of a sudden, the words of the song hit me, and I almost laughed right there at the microphone. "Fear not, the Lord is with you."


Isn't God amazing how He shows us something right when we need it? Or maybe I should say He's amazing how He can knock us upside the head when we need it. :)

Enjoy the sample of music! If you don't have much time, my favorite tracks are 1, 3 and 5.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thinking of Writing a Novel?

If you've ever thought of writing a novel, here's a how-to book to help. And it's FREE right now on Kindle!! Click here to find out more. If you don't own a Kindle, you can download (free also) a program to be able to read on your computer. I've been doing this for the last year whenever I see books I'd like for free or discounted. If I ever want to read, I just send them to my son's Kindle and borrow it. Or if I end up buying  Kindle later, I'll be able to send all of my library to it. :)

Have fun with it! That's the best part of being a writer. The joy of creating a story!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

An Online Holiday Party!

I hope you'll join us over at the Harlequin website (the forum and chat rooms) for a holiday party! Click here to go to the main page. You'll be able to choose which line of books to visit. You'll also be able to hang out with authors and possibly win gifts!

I hope to see you in the Love Inspired group!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hallelujah Chorus in Alaska

I saw this back in November and thought I would share it today to kick off Advent. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you many Thanksgiving blessings...
Safe travels, good food and plenty of time with family and friends!

I'm thankful to God for all of you.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Come Share Thanks...

Love Inspired author Janet Tronstad is hosting a Thanksgiving Wall on the Harlequin website. I hope you'l l stop by and tell what you're thankful for!

Janet will be giving away gift cards to some lucky winners from among those who participate.

Click here to drop by and see how many readers, authors and Harlequin staff are thankful!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Touching Christmas Stories!

I'm so excited about the release of two novellas written by two friends of mine. I just bought it and can't wait to read it! I think you'll love it.

Click here to check it out.

The Sweetest Gift by Mary Connealy

Seattle, Washington 1899
A spinster with a master's degree who is a world traveler, librarian by day and concert pianist by night, marries a Nebraska rancher with an eighth grade education. Their worlds are so far apart that each is afraid to admit their marriage of convenience is turning into a love match.

When Christmas draws near Adelaide must decide if she can give up her hopes of owning a beautiful piano so her husband can have the stallion he needs for his ranch. And Graham may need to risk his perfect brood mare to show his love for his wife by buying her the Christmas gift of her dreams.

A Christmas Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher

Idaho 1892
Ten-year-old Annie Gerrard, stuck in a wheelchair since falling from the barn loft, hopes for a beautiful angel to go atop the Christmas tree, but God’s answer to her prayer is completely unexpected.

Annie’s widower father, Mick, hated to ask his in-laws for help, but he had no other choice. He never imagined they would send his wife’s stepsister, Jennifer Whitmore, to care for his daughter. Nor did he foresee the love she would bring into their home. Did he and Annie dare hope that Jennifer might choose to stay?

Friday, November 04, 2011

Funny Book Trailer!

Saw this cute book trailer on Steve Laube's blog. Very funny!! :)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Ham & Eggs

Today is our big Annual Ham & Egg Supper at our church. The 47th Annual! Pretty amazing. It's a huge deal, and in two and a half hours, we serve anywhere from 1200 to 1400 plates (dine in and to-go). It's a group effort, to say the least. And a great event for bringing the community together. Plus...the food! Country ham, scrambled eggs, grits, biscuits and homemade jelly.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Cook Off!

I have a direct link to my Fall Cook Off. Drop by and share a recipe for a chance to enter a book of your choice (one of my titles that still has copies available)! I look forward to seeing what you share!

Click here to go directly to the Cook Off page.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Harvest Festival This Week!

There's a Harvest Festival this week at! I hope you'll stop by each day for fun activities and prizes, including a writing competition and naming a character. I'm hosting a cook-off on Wednesday. Please stop by and take part!

Click here to visit the page. See you there!

P.S. Do you like my new fall wreath? :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Check Out This Video!

For those of you who love corn on the cob like I do, be sure to check this out! A simple method of preparing.

Friday, October 07, 2011

October Blue

It's a beautiful day in Georgia! I always love how blue the sky is in October, and today was stunning. My husband is off today, so we had a wonderful lunch on the deck. It's 72 degrees, sunny with a light, cool breeze. I could have sat outside all day!

Below is a photo I took while playing with the panorama feature on my camera. You take three shots, lining them up between shots. Then the camera pieces them together.  Turned out nicely!

I heard from my friend Glynna Kaye this morning that she had snow in Arizona. Wow! I can't imagine it. I'd love to hear from you. How's the weather in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A Fun New Blog

One of my group blogs, Seekerville, is celebrating our 4th anniversary this month. We're doing lots of giveaways and have special guests. We're also moving to a new website, One of the fun activities we're doing this month is hosting shops along our new Main Street. Ruth Logan Herne and I have set up the Yankee-Belle Cafe where we share recipes and talk about pastries and coffee. I hope you'll drop by and check it out!

Click here to visit the Yankee-Belle Cafe.
Click here to visit
Click here to visit the Seekerville blog to join in the birthday party.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oink Oink!

I have to share something funny. Our church office administrator just called me, laughing. I assume she's working on the newsletter for next month and went to Google Images to find something suitable to use to advertise our annual ham and egg supper. She googled "church ham and egg supper" and guess what the first photo was that came up?? A photo of me! LOL I once blogged about the supper and apparently got my photo associated with it. :)

So give it a try if you want a good laugh. Google images for church ham and egg supper and find me there amongst all the photos of hams and eggs. Oink, oink! :)

You can click here to see my search page if you'd prefer.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering September 11, 2001

My mother-in-law sent me a link to this video. I thought I'd share it today as we remember September 11th. I've been watching some TV specials about that day...and crying. Once again feeling the pain and fear of that day. The vulnerability. The anger that someone made me feel that way. The overarching sadness for the families of the victims.

But as we recall our own pain of that awful day, I hope we'll also remember and honor the brave first responders and other heroes who lost their lives.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blog Prizes!

Exciting news! The Craftie Ladies of Love Inspired are introducing a new & improved blog on Sept 1! SO WE'RE HAVING A PARTY! Prizes throughout the day! $135.00 in gift cards! A BOOK BLAST to the winner! Spread the word & tell your friends! Post during from Sept 1 - 8 for a chance to WIN! Plus we'll be giving away extra books at random during each day. Come on by & chat with us! Click here to visit the blog.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Books on a Budget!

I just heard about the Books on a Budget promotion at the eHarlequin website. And my book is one of ones they're offering for 40% off! So if you don't have a copy of A Family for Faith yet, or if you'd like to buy copies as inexpensive gifts, please hop over and take a look. You can also read an excerpt. I hope you'll be hooked! :)

Click here to visit the eHarlequin website.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Coolest Thing Ever

My kids are back at school now (their second week), and I think it might be time for Mom to go back to school as well.

I just found out about the most amazing thing. Free online courses from MIT!! A huge offering. They have 2000 classes to choose from. They provide lecture notes, exams and videos of virtually all courses they offer. Here's what they say on the website:

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

What is MIT OpenCourseWare?

MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
  • OCW is not an MIT education.
  • OCW does not grant degrees or certificates.
  • OCW does not provide access to MIT faculty.
  • Materials may not reflect entire content of the course.

How do I register to use MIT OpenCourseWare?

There is no registration or enrollment process because OCW is not a credit-bearing or degree-granting initiative.

Missy here again. I'm really excited about this. I've always said I would love to be a permanent student. (Of course, my kids think I'm crazy.) :)

I'm considering some refresher courses in biology. Would love to get updated on microbiology since I've been away from it for so long, but they don't offer as much in that area. I'd also love to study other topics that I've never had before. If you're interested in checking it out, click here. Let me know how it goes!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Radio Interview on Wednesday!

I'm going to be interviewed on a local radio station on Wednesday the 17th. It's on Faith Community Radio, WIMO AM 1300. So if you're in the Bethlehem area (Bethlehem, Georgia, that is!), please tune in from 9:00-9:30 a.m. (Eastern time) for the Dottie Coffman Show. You can also visit the
 station website and click to listen live.

I'm sure I'll be nervous, but Dottie is always a great interviewer and makes it fun!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Do you read YA (Young Adult) novels?

I love reading YA. Maybe I'm just young at heart. Then again, most of the ones I've read are just fantastic stories no matter your age. I've read them for years but have recently gotten on a kick reading several in a row. It started when I read the free YA I was given at the RWA conference, a RITA award winner, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. An amazing book. Amazing series (had to swipe my son's Kindle to download the next books while on vacation!)

I just saw information about a YA author tour in several smaller southern towns. What a fun idea! It's got my brain clicking about possible future book tours with some of my author friends... I'll let you know if we ever manage to plan one. :)

Here's a link to the blog site for the tour, called Ash 2 Nash (Asheville to Nashville) if you're interested in finding out more. Click here.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Touching Video

My son shared this video with me. It's of the reunion of a soldier with his dog after he returned from Afghanistan. Very sweet! We can have such special bonds with our pets.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fun Beach Party!

I hope you'll all drop by e-Harlequin this week to take part in a fun beach bash! I'll be sponsoring an event Wednesday, but there's something going on every day this week.

To join in (and win prizes!), click here.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

F.A.I.T.H. Girls: Guest Pam Hillman, debut author of Stealing Jake f...

I hope you'll drop by! Also come find out about the Kindle Pam will be giving away!

F.A.I.T.H. Girls: Guest Pam Hillman, debut author of Stealing Jake f...: "Missy, here. I'm so excited to welcome our guest, Pam Hillman! Pam is a good friend from the Seekerville blog . We started as a group of 15..."

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Photos from RWA Conference!

I'm back from the Romance Writers of America national conference in New York City and wanted to share the photos. Here's the view from our wonderful room in the Marriott Marquis in Times Square! To see all the photos, here's a link (click here) to my Facebook photo album. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Seeing Your Book on a Shelf

 What' even cooler than seeing your own book on a store shelf? Seeing your book alongside your friends' books!! Check out this photo Mary Connealy sent me. It's the Parables Bookstore in Omaha, Nebraska. If you look at the zoomed-in photo, you'll see my book grouped together with a large number of my blogging buddies from the Seekerville blog! And other writer friends just outside the grouping. Of course, after being blown away by the fact 10 of our 15 bloggers were shelved together, I found out Mary had done the grouping for a fun photo. :) Oh, well, it was still very cool to see. Especially since we started out as a group of unpublished authors, and the last, Pam Hillman, just recently sold! All in less than 6 years. :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sharing Book Signing Photos!

I finally uploaded some photos from my camera. I thought I'd share!

 With Lindi Peterson at her debut book launch party. Her book, from Bell Bridge Books, is titled Her Best Catch.
 Lindi and I signing together at the Canton, Georgia, Book Festival.
 Our critique group together at Meg Moseley's debut book launch party. Meg's book, from Multnomah, is titled When Sparrows Fall. (from left to right: Maureen Hardegree, Lindi Peterson, me, Meg.)
 I'm signing at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest in my hometown of Bowling Green, KY, in April.
I'm speaking on a panel at the SOKY Book Fest with fellow RWA members Teresa Medeiros (left) and Molly Harper (RITA finalist!) on the right. On the end is non-fiction writer Sam Ford.

I have to admit I had a fan girl moment sitting beside Teresa! I've always loved her books. :)

NOTE! If you get to Amazon in time, Lindi's book, Her Best Catch, is a free download for Kindle or your computer! (I think through today.)

Also, remember the book signing in NYC this Tuesday! Scroll down for more info.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Huge Book Signing Event!

It's that time again! The huge book signing at the Romance Writers of America conference! If you live in the New York City area, I hope you'll come by and find me. I'll be signing copies of A Family for Faith. Here's the info:

2011 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing

The "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing has become one of the most popular events at RWA's Annual Conference. More than 400 romance authors participate in this two-hour autographing event, and each year we raise thousands of dollars, which are donated to ProLiteracy Worldwide and local literacy organizations. Since 1990, RWA has donated more than $670,000 to literacy charities.

The 2011 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing will take place on Tuesday, June 28, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, Broadway Ballroom. This event is open to the public; there is no admittance fee. Proceeds from book sales go to ProLiteracy Worldwide and their local NYC partner, ACE New York.

For a list of participating authors, click here.

Also! The Love Inspired authors are hosting an event during the book signing. We'll be offering a prize. Check it out!

Participating Love Inspired authors will have Little Inspy Trading cards with them. Collect as many as you can. Then at the end of the evening, take them to Janet Tronstad, Lenora Worth or me. We'll do the tallying. The winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Great Spatula Hunt

I hope you'll stop by the Seekerville blog today to read my funny story. I'm telling all about the hunt for the perfect spatula. :)

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Susan Sleeman's Behind the Badge--enter to win $50 gift card!

Enter to win a copy of Susan Sleeman's Behind the Badge and a $50 Amazon gift card!
Susan Sleeman here. Behind the Badge, my second romantic suspense book for Love Inspired Suspense will release on June 6th and in honor of all of you, the readers, I am hosting a special contest on my website for the month of June.
Let’s face it. Without you, the wonderful readers, books would not exist and I wouldn’t be able to wake up looking forward to a job that is fresh and exciting each and every day. Praise God for this incredible opportunity!
Now back to the contest. All you have to do is read the excerpt below then go to my WEBSITE and answer the following question. That's it. You're entered to win.
If you'd like to sign up for my mailing list to learn of other contests in the future you can do that at the same time, too. Full contest rules are on the entry page. Remember only one entry per person.
QUESTION: How many years older was Russ than Sydney when she had a crush on him?
SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of romantic suspense and mystery novels. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town where she spent her summers reading Nancy Drew and developing a love of mystery and suspense books. Today, she channels this enthusiasm into writing romantic suspense and mystery novels and hosting the popular internet website
Her books include Nipped in the Bud, High-Stakes Inheritance, Behind the Badge, and The Christmas Witness. Also watch for the first two romantic suspense books in her Justice Agency series coming from Love Inspired suspense in 2012 and featuring a private investigations firm specializing in helping those who traditional law enforcement has failed.
Susan currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law and an adorable grandson.
To learn more about Susan visit her website, Facebook , or Twitter.

Behind the Badge
The Morgan Brothers - Bk 2

Love Inspired Suspense

June 6, 2011

ISBN-10: 0373444478

ISBN-13: 978-0373444472

A killer is threatening the life of rookie cop Sydney Tucker's sister-unless Sydney turns over evidence from a drug bust. But she doesn't have the evidence. Not that the thug believes her. Now she and the sibling in her care are under the watchful eye of Logan Lake police chief Russ Morgan…but will his protection be enough?
The killer is closing in, picking off the people and places that mean the most to Sydney. A list that now includes Russ. To protect her loved ones, will she pay the ultimate price-her life?


Chapter One
Gunshots split the inky darkness.
Deputy Sydney Tucker hit the cold ground, a jagged rock slashing into her forehead on the way down. She reached for her service weapon. Came up empty handed. She'd stopped after work to check on the construction of her townhouse and left her gun and cell phone in the car.
Dumb, Sydney. Really dumb. Now what're you gonna do?
Inching her head above knee-high grass, she listened. The keening whistle of the wind died, leaving the air damp and heavy with tension but silence reigned.
Had she overreacted? Could be target practice. But at night? Maybe. Hunters did crazy things sometimes.
Footfalls pounded from below like someone charging through the brush. No. Two people. Maybe a chase. One person after another. A loud crash, branches snapping.
"What're you doin', man," a panicked male voice traveled through the night. "No! Don't shoot! We can work this out."
Three more gunshots rang out. A moan drifted up the hill.
Not target practice. Someone had been shot.
Sydney lurched to her feet, dizziness swirling around her. Blood dripped into her eyes. She wiped it away, blinked hard and steadied herself on a large rock while peering into the wall of darkness for the best escape route.
Heavy footfalls crunched up the gravel path.
"I know you're here, Deputy Tucker," a male voice, disguised with a high nasally pitch, called out. "We need to talk about this. C'mon out."
Yeah, right. Come out and die. Not hardly.
Praying, pleading for safety, she scrambled deeper into the scrub. Over rocks. Through grass tangling her feet. Her heart pounded in her head, drowning the prayers with fear.
"I'm losing patience, Deputy," he called again in that strange voice. "You're not like Dixon. He had it coming. You don't."
Dixon? Did he mean the man she arrested for providing alcohol to her teenage sister and for selling drugs? Was that what this was about?
Rocks skittered down the incline. The shooter was on the move again. No time to think. She had to go. Now!
Blindly she felt her way past shrubs, over uneven ground. Dried leaves crunched underfoot. Branches slapped her face and clawed at her arms, but she stifled her cries of pain.
"I hear you, Deputy."
She wrenched around to determine his location. A protruding rock caught her foot, catapulting her forward. She somersaulted through the air. Her knee slammed into the packed earth and she crashed down the hill. Wrapping arms around her head for protection, she came to a stop, breath knocked out of her chest, lying flat on her back in a thick stand of weeds.
"So you want to play it that way, do you Deputy? Fine. Just remember, you can run, but you can't hide. I will find you. This will be resolved one way or another." His disembodied laugh swirled into the night.
The darkness pressed closer. Blinding. Overwhelming. Terrifying.
She was easy prey. Even with her bulletproof vest, a few rounds fired in her direction would take her out. She had to get up.
She rose to her knees, but pain knifed into her knee, keeping her anchored to the ground.
Lord, please don't let me die like this. Give me the strength to move. I need to live for Nikki. She's only seventeen. She has no one.
Sydney uncurled and came to a standing position. Taking a few halting steps, she tested the pain. Nearly unbearable. But she could-no she had to do this for her sister.
Thinking of Nikki, she gritted her teeth and set off, moving slowly, taking care not to make a sound.
Out of the darkness, a hand shot out. Clamped over her mouth.
Screams tore from her throat, but died behind fingers pressed hard against her lips.
A muscled arm jerked her against a solid chest and dragged her deep into the brush.
God, please, no.
She twisted, arched her back, pushing against arms like iron bands.
She dug her heels into the ground, but he was too strong. He kept going deeper into the brush before settling them both on the ground behind a large boulder.
"Relax Sydney, it's Russ Morgan," Logan Lake's Police Chief whispered, his lips close to her ear.
Russ Morgan? What was he doing here?
"Sorry about the hand." His tone said she was nothing more than a stranger instead of someone she'd known for years. "I didn't want you to alert the shooter with a scream. I'm gonna remove my hand now. Nod if you understand me."
She let all of her relief escape in a sharp jerk of her head. His fingers dropped away.
"Once the shooter rounded that curve, you would've been a goner," he whispered while still firmly holding her. "Good thing a neighbor reported gunshots."
Sydney started to shiver and breathed deep to steady her galloping pulse. Air rushed into her lungs. She was alive, but barely. No thanks to her own skills.
"You okay?" he asked, his breath stirring her hair.
"Yes." She willed her body to stop shaking and eased out a hiss of disappointment in her performance as a deputy. "How long have you been here?"
"Long enough to hear the shooter claim he's hit Dixon and is coming after you next," he whispered again, but urgency lit his voice and rekindled her fear. "This have to do with your arrest of Carl Dixon the other day?"
"I don't know," she whispered back. "I just stopped to check on the construction of my townhouse on my way home from work."
"Off duty, huh? Explains why you don't have your weapon drawn."
"I left my duty belt in my car." She waited for his reaction to not carrying, but he simply gave a quick nod as footfalls grated against gravel.
"Shh, he's about to pass us." Russ leaned forward and drew his gun with his free hand, but didn't release his hold on her.
Crunching steps came within a few feet of their location. Halted.
"Can you feel me breathing down your neck, Deputy? I'm inches from finding you." He didn't know the accuracy of his words.
She felt Russ's breathing speed up, upping her concern and washing away the brief blanket of security his arms provided. Adrenaline urged her to move. To keep from panicking, she focused on Russ's unwavering weapon.
The shooter took a few steps closer. Her heart thumped, threatening to leave her chest. Russ tightened his hold as if he knew she wanted to bolt.
The shooter spun sending gravel flying then headed up the path.
As his footsteps receded, she tried to relax taut muscles. The warmth from Russ's body helped chase out her fear and the chill of the night. Thank God Russ was here. If he hadn't come.
She refused to go there. God had watched over her. Provided rescue, just not in the form she'd have chosen.
Not only was Russ an officer from the city police force-a team often in competition with the county sheriff's department where she worked-but a man she'd had a crazy crush on in high school. A man whose rugged good looks still turned women's heads.
She let out a long sigh.
"I know this's awkward," he whispered, "but hang tight for a few more minutes. We need to wait for him to head back down the hill."
She wanted to protest and suggest they flee now, but not Russ. He thought clearly. Taking off now gave the killer the advantage of higher ground, making them moving targets. They'd have to sit like this until he passed them again.
If they made it out of here, which the approaching footfalls told her wasn't at all certain.
They pounded closer. The shooter moved at a quick clip this time as if he thought she'd gotten away and he was fleeing. Or maybe he was heading to her car to lay in wait for her.
As the footsteps receded again, she felt Russ's arm slacken.
"Time to roll," he whispered. "Stay here."
"But I-"
"You have a backup?" He referred to a back up gun officers often carry.
She shook her head.
"Then wait here." He gave her the hard stare that'd made him famous around town and crept toward the path.
She leaned against the boulder and wrapped her arms around the warm circle on her waist where he'd held her. Without his warmth, she couldn't quit shaking. The reality of the night froze her inner core.
She should listen to Russ. Lay low. Wait until he apprehended the killer.
That was the safe thing to do.
The easy thing to do.
The wrong thing to do.
Not for everyone, but for an officer of the law, letting a shooter escape without trying to stop him wasn't an option. Even if that shooter had her in his sights, she'd make her way to her car for her gun and help Russ stop this maniac before he hurt anyone else.
Near the ditch, Russ came to a stop and fought to catch his breath. Taillights on a mud splattered dirt bike roared up the trail. He'd warned the suspect to stop, but short of shooting him in the back, Russ couldn't stop him from fleeing into the dark.
At least he'd accomplished his primary objective. To protect Sydney and keep her alive. Now he needed to alert his men and the sheriff's office to the suspect's whereabouts.
He lifted his shoulder mic and ordered a unit from his office to stake out the end of the trail for the motorcycle and an ambulance in case Dixon survived. Then he asked dispatch to patch him through to the county sheriff's department to make sure they knew he'd taken charge of the scene so none of their hotshot deputies arrived with the hope of usurping control.
He turned on his Maglight and headed up the hill. The beam of light skipped over gravel and lush plants lining the winding path. Midway up, rustling brush stopped him cold. He'd left Sydney higher up. Nearer the lake.
Was a second shooter hoping to ambush him?
He flipped off his light and sought protection behind a tree. His breath came in little pulses in the unusually cold air for a typical Oregon fall. Adrenaline with little time to ebb away came roaring back, but even as the noise grew louder, he resisted the urge to take action
Maybe it was Sydney. The Sydney he used to know wouldn't have listened to his directive and stayed put. She'd trounce down the hill, her chin tilted at the same insolent angle as when he told her he didn't return her crazy crush her freshman year of high school. Not that he'd wanted to send a beautiful, lively girl like her away. He could easily have dated her, but he was four years older, in college. With their age difference, it wouldn't have been right.
Bushes at the path's edge shook then parted. Slowly, like a sleek panther, Sydney slipped out. He watched until she stood tall on those incredibly long legs he'd admired since she was sixteen before lowering his gun and aiming his flashlight at her.
She jumped. Peered up at him, an impudent look planted on her face. This was the Sydney he'd known as a teen and heaven help him, in less than thirty minutes, she'd sparked his interest again.
"Care to shine that somewhere other than my face." She perched her hand over her eyes, warding off the glare.
He moved the light but not before he caught a good look at a gaping wound running from her hairline to eyebrow, covered in congealed blood. He lifted his hand to check out her injury, but stopped. He wouldn't probe a wound on one of his men's faces. As a fellow LEO-law enforcement officer-he wouldn't treat Sydney any differently.
"I told you to stay put." He infused his words with authority.
"I wanted to help. Wish I'd listened. I tripped over the body." She held out blood-covered hands. Her eyes watered as if she might cry.
Man. Don't do that. Don't fall apart. He couldn't remain detached if she started crying. He'd have to empathize, maybe give her a reassuring pat on the arm. Maybe feel her pain and resurrect all the reasons he'd left his homicide job in Portland.
He changed his focus. Nodded at the brush. "Show me the body."
As a faint whine of sirens spiraled in the distance, she limped into tall grass, a grimace of pain marring her beautiful face. He followed, illuminating the area ahead of her. About ten feet in, she suddenly stopped. He shone his light a few feet ahead of her.
Diffused rays slid over a young male lying on his back. Russ swung the beam to the man's face landing on open eyes staring into the blackness above.
Sydney gasped and swung around him. She rushed toward the main path. Even though Russ knew it was a lost cause, he bent down to check for a pulse. No question, this man hadn't made it and no question about his identity. Carl Dixon, a man every LEO in the area knew from his frequent blips onto the police radar and the most recent arrest for selling drugs.
All that ended with three gunshots to the chest at close range from what Russ could see with his flashlight. Once they thoroughly processed the scene, he'd know better. But first, they needed to vacate the area before further contaminating the scene.
He found Sydney near the path, gaze fixed in the distance, hands clasped on her hips and exhaling long breaths as if trying to expel what she'd just seen.
Haunted eyes peered at him. "He's dead, right?"
"And what about the killer?"
"Couldn't catch him. He took off on a dirt bike."
Disappointment crowded out the fear on her face. "Did you at least see him?"
"From the back. He was my height or a little taller, but lean. Wore a black stocking cap. The bike has a plate so it must be street legal. I caught the first few digits."
"That's something, then."
Russ didn't want to tell her it would do little for them in terms of searching DMV records as three digits would return thousands of bikes, but he didn't think she could take any more bad news so he kept quiet. "Let's head down to the parking lot."
He gave her the flashlight and urged her to take the lead down the steep hill. Once on solid concrete, she handed it back to him. Holding it overhead, he watched her closely for dizziness or other impairments from her fall. He saw nothing out of the ordinary, but a head injury could mean a concussion. He'd have the EMT's check her out when they got here.
He pointed at a rough-hewn bench. "Maybe you should sit down."
"I'm fine " Her voice cracked and she seemed embarrassed over reacting to the murder.
"It's okay to be upset, Syd. A horrible thing happened tonight."
"I'm fine really. I'll be back to a hundred percent by morning."

Text copyright © by Susan Sleeman
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Plate Replaces the Pyramid

Well, it's time to say bye-bye to the Food Pyramid. This is the new representation for how we should eat to be healthy. And I really like it! It's simple and clear cut. What do you think? Do you eat anywhere close to this recommendation? :)

For more details, you can go to the site:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaching a Writing Workshop

Here's a photo of me working. Yes, I work on the couch. No office other than a desk in the basement that never gets used. :)

I wanted to let you know I'll be teaching a basic plotting workshop with my critique partner, Lindi Peterson, June 6-20. The workshop is called The Cinder-Bella Theory: Learn Basic Plotting from Cinderella and Twilight.

Lindi came up with the idea one night after reading Cinderella to her granddaughter. She realized it had a lot in common with the plot of Twilight. :)

The class is a fun workshop we've presented at Romance Writers of America national conference as well as at the Moonlight and Magnolias conference (for Georgia Romance Writers). If you interested in more information or registering for the class, please visit RWA's Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter's website (click here). (please note...I think they're having some trouble with their website, so please try back later!)

I hope to see you there!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Last Day of Auction for Juvenile Diabetes!

Only 12 more hours to bid! The Seekerville blog ladies have donated a Kindle and bunch of books to help raise money for juvenile diabetes research. I hope you'll stop by and bid!! I'm donating 3 of my books as e-books so you can download to the Kindle. Some of the books will be sent in hard copy and will be autographed.

To check it out, click here!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Powerful Movie: The Last Mountain

I just heard about this movie. It looks amazing. My dad was born in the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky. My mom, sister and I were born in northeastern Kentucky in the Appalachian region as well. I still have aunts, uncles and cousins there. It's heart breaking to see what's happening to these mountain areas.

Here's the video trailer:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Angela Breidenbach's Gems of Wisdom--newly released!

Gems of Wisdom: For A Treasure-Filled Life
I wanted to share a book with you today. It's by my friend and fellow blogger, Angela Breidenbach and is titled Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-Filled Life.

Here's a brief description:
In Gems of Wisdom: For A Treasure-Filled Life you'll embark on a treasure hunt for God's unique gems of wisdom. Be empowered, learn to influence through your own life lessons, and preserve important relationships. Gems of Wisdom invites the reader on a treasure hunt to find important life concepts represented by the beautiful stones God created. Excellent for Bible study and book clubs as well as individual study.

I've had the opportunity to look at an review copy and have been touched by the stories Angie shares. Here's a look at the contents so you can see some of the issues in our lives that she deals with in the book:

1. What’s Fair? .............................................................................................................
2. Acceptance ..............................................................................................................
3. Opalescence ..............................................................................................................
4. Courage ..............................................................................................................
5. Reframing ..............................................................................................................
6. Forgiveness ..............................................................................................................
7. The Secret of Being Proactive ...................................................................................
8. The Adventure of Confidence .....................................................................................
9. Mercy ..............................................................................................................
10. Self-Care ..............................................................................................................
11. Paradigm ..............................................................................................................
12. Radiance ..............................................................................................................
13. Courtesy ..............................................................................................................
14. Consideration ............................................................................................................
15. Teambuilding .............................................................................................................
16. Filtering ..............................................................................................................
17. The Secret Treasures ................................................................................................
Epilogue ..............................................................................................................
Companion Guide .............................................................................................................

My favorite part of each chapter was the "Personal Place" where Angie tells a story in her own life or the life of someone else that illustrates the theme of the chapter. These stories were touching and at times heartbreaking. But Angie gives us the tools to work through them and start on a road to healing and completeness.

I hope you'll check out Angie's new release! I think any reader would find herself in at least one of the chapters. And would walk away feeling empowered to live in victory.

About the author:
Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009, a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and the author of the Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Lifefrom Journey Press, the Creative Cooking Series including the new release of Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance and the new Kindle release, Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. She connects missions to her work with Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries and the Jadyn Fred Foundation. Angela also teaches online classes and coaches one-on-one in courageous confidence, personal growth, and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and life coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Missoula, MT. She volunteered as the American Christian Fiction Writer's publicity officer for two years. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom's brain for the study of schizophrenia, but she’s also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. Angela is married with a combined family of six grown children and two grand children. Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life releases May 2011 from Journey Press, a Sheaf House imprint.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Video--Me This Time!

Okay, so it's not as cute as the dog video. But I did a video interview at The Borrowed Book Blog. I hope you'll stop by. I'll be giving away a signed copy of A Family for Faith as well. :)

The Borrowed Book--click here.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cute Video!!

One of my daughter's friends shared this video. And it had me dying laughing. I wanted to share... :)

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Mother's Day Tribute

I hope you'll stop by the e-Harlequin community today to leave a tribute to your mother or a mother figure. I'll be giving away a gift in a drawing from among those who contribute! Click here to visit the site.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ahhhh. A Royal Wedding.

I've said it before...there's nothing like a wedding. And today's royal wedding between William and Kate was utterly sigh-worthy. So sweet, beautiful, romantic...a fairy tale. Kate looked gorgeous, poised, and so happy. William was so sweet when he first saw her, then told her she looked beautiful. And in spectacular Westminster Abbey...well, I had to wipe away the tears as they showed those aerial shots. The long train, the heavenly music, the moving service.

Yes, I just love a wedding. But this one was among the most memorable. I hope you got up early to watch! If not, I'm sure you can see it on the Internet. Be sure to check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book giveaway!

I'm doing an interview and giveaway today at Jennifer AlLee's blog. I hope you'll drop by!
Click Here to go to blog

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cute Video!

I recently attended a Clergy Spouse's Retreat and they showed this cute video. (Although I have to admit my husband doesn't do this to me, thank goodness!) Enjoy! :)

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Upcoming Events!

I'll be guest blogging several places this week to talk about the release of A Family for Faith as well as other topics. I hope you'll drop by!

Tuesday on RWA's Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter website in preparation for a workshop she'll be teaching in June with Lindi Peterson.

Wednesday on the e-Harlequin Love Inspired blog about The Story Behind the Story.

Thursday on Lyn Cote's Strong Women, Brave Stories blog.

Looking ahead... If you live in the Bowling Green, Kentucky, or Huntsville, Alabama, areas, please visit my website for book signing information. I'll be in Kentucky April 15-16 and Alabama April 30. I'd love to meet you!

Monday, March 28, 2011

How Fun is This?

How cool is this??! My niece was at Hibbet Sports today and saw her brother on the wall! :) Can you imagine?

I guess we'll be heading to our store nearby and will take a photo. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Doing a Giveaway!

I'm doing a giveaway on Goodreads! Come on over to enter!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Family for Faith (Love Inspired) by Missy Tippens

A Family for Faith

by Missy Tippens

Giveaway ends March 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Monday, March 14, 2011

Readers Needed to Judge a Contest!

Fiction Readers Needed ASAP to Judge Contest

Faith, Hope & Love, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, is looking for additional judges for its Inspirational Readers Choice Award contest. They need 50 judges, most of them to read in the Contemporary Romance category. Judges must not be writers or aspiring writers of romance fiction. They are looking for people who love to read. Is that you?
Here is their opening blurb about judging the contest from their site:
The Faith, Hope, and Love Inspirational Chapter of Romance Writers of America® sponsors an award for excellence in inspirational romance fiction for published authors. If you have been a judge for us in the past, you will receive an invitation to judge again in late February. If you have not read for us before and would like to judge for the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award contest, please read the qualifications listed below.
Our judges must read and rank three or four inspirational romance novels in six weeks between April 1st and May 15th. If you would like your name added as a possible judge, and you meet the qualifications, please click on the link below. If we have our limit of judges, your name will be held for the following year and you will be contacted to see if you are interested in reading for us.
To read the list of rules a judge agrees to, visit their web site, and if interested, contact the coordinator whose email link is at the bottom of the page.