Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

The food has been cooked. The meal eaten. The leftovers put away. The kitchen cleaned. I've had a nap. And I had pie for dinner. :)

Now I'm finally on the computer and realized I haven't posted a holiday greeting!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm very thankful to have my family here. And I'm thankful for you!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Write Now Relief Results!

A big thank you to everyone who bid for critiques for Write Now Relief! Your generosity added up to $2,300 for the relief efforts for the victims of Superstorm Sandy! Well done and congratulations to all the winners! If you are the high bidder or think you might be, please check the blog where you were bidding to get your marching orders. Your first order of business is to donate your bid amount to Samaritans Purse. Then email a copy of your donation receipt with your 50 pages to the author who will be critiquing you. Again, thanks so much to everyone. And if you didn’t win the critique please consider giving to Samaritan’s Purse for your year-end giving. The need is huge.

Here is the link to donate online. The GIVE button is located just below the photo gallery link.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Our Nephew, Buster Posey!

We're so excited about Buster being named the National League MVP!! I wanted to share a video of him when he found out he won. It's so fun to get to see his family there with him! We haven't seen his twin children or wife since last Thanksgiving (other than in photos). His mom (my husband's sister) is right behind him. And his dad is to her right. Buster's brother and his wife are also to Buster's right, a little behind him. You also get a peek at his other grandmother. We were actually here at home watching with my husband's parents on Thursday night. What a celebration!

Congratulations also to Miguel Cabrera, the American League MVP!

Here's a link to the video. Click here.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Write Now Relief--Bidding is Open!


If you're like me, you've watched the pain and devastation from Hurricane Sandy and have wanted to help. Now's your chance.

Are you a writer looking for feedback on your story? I, along with several other authors, am offering to critique the first 50 pages of a novel for the highest bidder, with the proceeds going directly to Samaritan's Purse for relief efforts. I hope you'll bid on my critique! Why not bid on more than one?!

I write for Harlequin Love Inspired, a line of contemporary inspirational romance novels that run 55-60,000 words. If you're interested in a critique from me, I hope you'll bid here in the comments section--and check back often through the next week! Please also check out the other participating authors to find the best fit for your genre. Keep track of progress on the event Facebook page. More details are below. Don't forget to bid in the comments section! If you're not a writer, please help spread the word about this effort and consider donating to Samaritan's Purse.

AND NOW THE PARTICIPATING AUTHORS! Choose the author who suits you best, head to their hosting blog and find the post on WRITE NOW RELIEF. Place your bid in the comments section of that blog, starting Friday, Nov 8. Check back often!
Susan Meissner  Women’s fiction, historical, contemporary
Ginny Yttrup  Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Hannah Alexander  Contemporary romantic suspense, Christian romance, both contemporary and historical
Rachel Hauck  All genres
Jill Williamson  Middle grade, and YA or adult for spec fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.
Gayle Roper  Romantic suspense, suspense, mystery and romance. Hosted by Nancy Mehl
Miralee Ferrell  Historical romance, women’s contemporary fiction, romantic suspense
Donita K. Paul  YA, Fantasy, romance
Ruth Axtell  Historical Romance
Kathy Fuller  Amish, contemporary, historical, screenplays
Missy Tippens (bid here in comments)  Contemporary category romance, anyone targeting Love Inspired.  
Happy bidding, everyone!
Here are the Details:

Write Now Relief
How you can help the victims of Sandy and also get a little first aid for your novel!

WHAT: Bid on a 50-page critique of your novel by a published novelist! Highest bidder will send their amount to Samaritans Purse for their relief efforts for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

WHEN: Begins Friday, November 9, ends Friday midnight EST November 16.

HOW: Head to the blog of the author you’d like to have critique your 50 pages. Find their Write Now Relief blog post and place your bid in the comments section of that post. Monitor it closely so that you can re-bid! Check back on this Facebook page for updates on all the bids. The highest bidders on each blog at the end of the week will send their amount to Samaritan's Purse, then email a copy of the receipt to the author with the 50 pages. It’s that easy.

How much is a 50-page critique worth?
Most authors and editors can easily charge $35 an hour and a fifty-page critique is well over three hours of labor. But this labor of love is for victims who have lost everything. Their need is huge. One blogger who hosted a similar campaign last week had a top donation bid of $1,000 for a 50-page critique!

What will the critique entail?
The author you choose will read your fifty pages with an eye to giving you insights and feedback on all aspects of your story excerpt, including plot, character, story arc, mechanics, pacing, and reader appeal.

What is Samaritan’s Purse?
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Here is a video from Samaritans Purse on their efforts to help Sandy’s victims.

How do I donate to Samaritans Purse?
You can head to the Samaritan’s Purse webpage on Hurricane Sandy
and click on the GIVE link imbedded on the page. Whether you are the highest bidder or not, do consider donating to this effort.

How do I start?
Pick an author, head to her blog and make your opening bid.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Lyn Cote has a new Love Inspired Historical!

by Lyn Cote

Love Inspired Historical
November 2012
ISBN: 978-0373829392

This is the first book in the Wilderness Brides series, set in Wisconsin, Lyn' home state.
The heroine was a minor character in Lyn's Her Healing Ways, the final book in the Gabriel Sisters series.

No one is more surprised than Sunny Licht when Noah Whitmore proposes. She's a scarlet woman and an unwed mother—an outcast even in her small Quaker m community. But she can't resist Noah's offer of a fresh start in a place where her scandalous past is unknown.
In Sunny, the former Union soldier sees a woman whose loneliness matches his own . When they arrive in Wisconsin, he'll see that she and her baby daughter want for nothin g…except the love that war burned out of him. Yet Sunny makes him hope once more—for the home they're building, and the family he never hoped to find.

About the Author
Since her first Love Inspired romance debuted in 1998, Lyn Cote has written over 30 books. A RITA finalist and a ACFW Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance.
Visit Lyn at