Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sharing a Touching Video--and New Book!

My good friend Ruth Logan Herne has a new book from Love Inspired that has just released. Her talented daughter made this book trailer about Lisa, the woman who inspired Ruthy's story, The Lawman's Second Chance. I hope you enjoy the video!

Ruthy's book is available:
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Save the Date!

I'm making plans to revive my blog a bit--posting more often and including more guests. So please stand by for good things to come!

Also, SAVE THE DATE for a Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt that I'll be taking part in! Click the photo to see a list of the 33 authors who will participate and about the prizes!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Buster Posey's World Series Rings!

Our nephew, Buster Posey, just received his 2012 World Series ring yesterday. I wasn't there, of course, but part of his family got to fly out to California for the event. I look forward to seeing photos! But in the meantime, I just read an article about the ceremony that included a photo of the new ring (click here) and thought I'd share.

Photo from Mercurynews.com (courtesy of San Francisco Giants)
I imagine it's beautiful in person!

I finally got a chance to see the 2010 ring at Christmas. It's amazing--and massive and sparkling! I wish the camera could do it justice. Here's a shot of it. I asked Buster to put it on for me to take a photo.

To give you an idea of how big the ring really is, here's my daughter (whose hand is my size) wearing it. :)

And while we're talking championship rings! My niece, Samantha Posey, shared with me her impressive NCAA Division II National Championship ring for her Valdosta State softball team. Very exciting fall for our extended family!

Monday, April 01, 2013

The RITA® Call!

I've had a whirlwind week but wanted to finally share the excitement of some news I got last week. My 2012 book from Love Inspired, A House Full of Hope, has been named a Romance Writers of America RITA® Finalist!

You know, writers dream of getting The Call. That's the call from an editor or agent telling us they want to buy our book. The call where we find out we've made our first sale. But getting a call from RWA about the RITA is also a dream come true for me.

So let me tell you a little about my RITA call. It's hilarious!

The phone rang, and caller ID said it was from Nebraska. Well, I thought it was my good friend Mary Connealy and was worried something was wrong! (We normally email or text unless we're at a conference.)

When I answered, the caller identified herself as Cindy Kirk. And I thought, Oh, how cool! She's going to invite me to one of her wonderful brainstorming retreats!! (I've been a bit envious of a group that she and some other writers have formed where they plot out all their books for the year).  But she didn't invite me. When she asked if I knew what that day was, I honestly had to tell her no.

Then it hit me (OMGosh!!) that it was the end of March and could be the day RITA calls go out. I yelled, NO WAY! And she said yes, A House Full of Hope was a RITA finalist. I screamed in her poor ears. Then laughed--I would imagine a bit like a maniac. Then cried.

Poor Cindy! :)

It's been so much fun to celebrate with friends. And I'm honored to have my book listed alongside the other authors. You can click here to see a full list. I'm especially excited that the RWA national conference is in Atlanta this year so my husband will be able to attend the awards ceremony with me!

Thanks for letting me share the fun with you. Also! My new release, Georgia Sweethearts, has been spotted in Walmart and on shelves! And of course it's available online. So please check it out! You can visit my website for an excerpt and to find links to various sites that carry the book.

Thanks for your support!

Much love,

P.S. I hope you had a blessed Easter! He is risen!