Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Five books in your To Be Read pile:
1. Reluctant Runaway by Jill E. Nelson
2. Fair Game by Carol Cox
3. Veil of Fire by Marlo Schalesky
4. Crime and Clutter by Cyndy Salzmann
5. Will to Murder: The True Story behind the Crimes and Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings by Gail Feichtinger
The last four books you read:
1. Great Cases of Scotland Yard (Reader's Digest Books)
2. Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
3. The Heir by Paul Robertson
4. A Bride Most Begrudging by Deanne Gist
The last three books you borrowed:
1. Pride of the Inland Seas: An illustrated history of the port of Duluth-Superior by Bill Beck and Patrick Labadie
2. Duluth: and illustrated history of the Zenith City by Glenn Sandvik
3. Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes by Dwight Boyer
The last two non-fiction books you read. Since the above books are all non-fiction, I'll add two other books here.
1. Over The Earth I Come: The Great Dakota Uprising of 1862 by Duane Schultz
2. The Dakota War of 1862: Minnesota's Other Civil War by Kenneth Carley
The one book you wish everyone would read:
The book of John.
Whatcha readin' folks. Stop by and lemme know!
SPIRIT OF SWEETGRASS
Integrity/Thomas Nelson (March 6, 2007)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: NICOLE SEITZ is a South Carolina Lowcountry native and freelance writer/illustrator published in South Carolina Magazine, Charleston Magazine, House Calls, The Island Packet and The Bluffton Packet.A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, she also has a bachelor's degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Nicole is an exhibiting artist in the Charleston, South Carolina area where she owns a web design firm and lives with her husband and two small children.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Essie Mae Laveau Jenkins is a 78-year-old sweetgrass basket weaver who sits on the side of Hwy. 17 in the company of her dead husband, Daddy Jim. Inspired by her Auntie Leona, Essie Mae finally discovers her calling in life and weaves powerful "love baskets," praying fervently over them to affect the lives of those who visit her roadside stand. Relations are strained with her daughter Henrietta, who thinks Essie belongs in a retirement center. If Essie can't pay $10,000 in back taxes to save her home, she may have no choice. More tensions: her grandson EJ wants to marry a white girl, Essie discovers that a handsome man she's trying to find a girl for is gay, and her daughter carries a hidden secret. When she's faced with losing her home and her stand and being put in a nursing home, Daddy Jim talks her into coming on up to Heaven to meet sweet Jesus-something she's always wanted to do. The SPIRIT OF SWEETGRASS shifts less successfully to the afterlife, where her Gullah-Creole ancestors surround her; but soon, her heavenly peace is disrupted, for she still has work to do. Now Essie Mae, who once felt powerless and invisible, must find the strength within her to keep her South Carolina family from falling apart. Together, with Daddy Jim, they team up to return to Earth and battle two spirits conjured up by Henrietta's voodoo that threatens to ruin an attempt to save the sweetgrass basket weaving culture.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
This week's Friday Five is:
Five books/authors I loved as a child. (The hard thing is going to be limiting it to five.)
1) The Black Stallion books by Walter Farley.
2) The Arabian Cow Horse books by John Richard Young (Very hard to find, but I've completed the set.)
3) The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I wore out a copy of Farmer Boy in third grade)
4) The Misty books by Marguerite Henry (My copy of Stormy, Misty's Foal, is held together with tape)
5) Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery (Loved, loved, loved the language of these books and all the trouble Anne got herself into.)
Some books that I also loved but that didn't make the top five:
Cherry Ames nursing books by Helen Wells and Julie Tatham
Pretty much anything by Betty Cavanna, but Spring Comes Riding in particular. (The dance at the Naval Academy...sigh...so romantic.)
Rosamund du Jardin and Janet Lambert's work.
Zane Grey, oh man, my friends and I were addicted to his books and passed them around and spoke in an horrible 'cowboy twang' whenever we were together. Must've driven our parents nuts.
And so many more. I was such a bookworm. My best friends were found in books, and my mind was always firmly planted in 'their' world rather than my own. Guess not much has changed, huh?
How about you. Favorite books as a child?
"There is no frigate like a book to take us worlds away." Emily Dickenson
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
SNITCH(The Occupational Hazards)
(WaterBrook Press May 15, 2007)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rene Gutteridge is the author of several novels, including Ghost Writer (Bethany House Publishers) The Boo Series (WaterBrook Press) and the Storm Series, (Tyndale House Publishers. She will release three novels in 2006: Storm Surge (Tyndale) My Life as a Doormat (WestBow Press, Women of Faith)Occupational Hazards Book #1: Scoop (WaterBrook Press).
She has also been published over thirty times as a playwright, best known for her Christian comedy sketches. She studied screenwriting under a Mass Communications degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University, and earned the "Excellence in Mass Communication" award. She served as the full-time Director of Drama for First United Methodist Church for five years before leaving to stay home and write. She enjoys instructing at writer's conferences and in college classrooms. She lives with her husband, Sean, a musician, and their children in Oklahoma City.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Old School meets New School meets Homeschool
Just shy of retirement and a well-earned pension, Las Vegas Police Department Sergeant Ron Yeager's definition of "active duty" involves shifting his bad leg into a more comfortable position. But when he's requested from his mind-numbing desk job to head an undercover auto theft task force, the former narcotics officer determines to prove he's still got the right stuff.That is...until he meets his unlikely team of officers.As Yeager soon finds out, not all the crazies are on the street. An undercover rookie, the audaciously honest Mackenzie "Mack" Hazard sends Yeager's blood pressure skyrocketing by wearing her faith like an ever-present badge. Then there's Jesse Lunden, a maverick undercover officer who refuses to learn anything from an old guy with a cane. Can this tangle of egos and eccentrics be trained into a lean, mean, crime-fighting machine...even while they are being drawn into something much bigger and more dangerous than anyone imagined?In her trademark style, Rene Gutteridge blends zany, original characters, sincere faith, and surprising plot twists into one hilariously addictive read.
"Snitch is an engaging crime novel, balanced between sheer whimsy and genuine human drama."
....CHRIS WELL, author of Tribulation House
"A wonderful, fully developed ensemble cast makes Snitch an entertaining, engaging read. Rene's flair for a comedic, well-turned phrase shines here. Snitch is worth snatching."
...SUSAN MEISSNER, author of Widows and Orphans
Due to the publicist moving this book up the list, I haven't had a chance to finish it yet. But I will say I've read the first five chapters, and I'm enjoying it very much. Rene has a way of using just the right word to convey the feeling of a scene. She's got an unusual family, unusual occupations, and unusual settings in this series. It's def. worth a look.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Contemporary Romance (includes romantic comedy)
Jennifer Lynn Cary
Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Pam Hillman (double finalist in Historical Romance)
Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Sally Bradley (visitor and commenter on this blog from time to time)
Marci J. Burke
Sally A. Apokedak
Historical Fiction (not romance)
Erica Vetsch (Big Grin!)
Martha Pope Gorris
Gina Holmes (double finalist in Mystery/Suspense/Thriller)
Georgiana Daniels (My critique partner!)
Congratulations to all the 2007 Genesis finalists!
I need to apologize to Tiffany Coulter, my categories' co-ordinator, for sounding like a complete DORK when she called. I was all blublburblaahblickblob?
Monday, May 21, 2007
(Avon Inspire May 8, 2007)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tracey Bateman lives in Missouri with her husband and four children. Their rural home provides a wonderful atmosphere for a writer'simagination to grow and produce characters, plots, and settings.In 1994, with three children to raise, she and her husband agreed that she should go to college and earn a degree. In a freshman English class, her love for writing was rekindled, and she wrote a short story that she later turned into a book.Her college career was cut short with the news of their fourth baby's impending arrival, but the seeds of hope for a writing career had already taken root. Over the next several years she wrote, exchanged ideas with critique partners, studied the craft of writing, and eventually all the hard work paid off.She currently has over twenty-five books published in a variety of genres. Tracey Bateman believes completely that God has big plans for his Kids and that all things are possible to anyone who will put their hope and trust in God!
ABOUT THE BOOK:Will Fannie be able to keep her family...and her heart, safe and find a new life on the frontier?Book One of the Westward Hearts series, orphans Fannie Caldwell and her two young siblings have spent the last three years as indentured servants under a cruel master. Desperately wanting a better life for her brother and sister, Fannie devises a plan to secretly join a wagon train heading west.Her plan immediately runs into trouble when the handsome yet bullheaded wagon master Blake Tanner refuses to allow an unmarried woman on the train.But Fannie's determined...she'll escape and go west with or without help!As life on the trail tests everyone's endurance and faith, Fannie soon realizes the perils of being a single woman on the frontier. Witnessing Fannie fending off one scare after another, Blake slowly recognizes how much he cares for this alluring young woman.Will Blake sacrifice his own dreams and guide Fannie to safety?
Or will Fannie's stubborn independence keep her from finding true love?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Five things I did today:
1) Got up earlier than I wanted.
2) Went on a delivery with my DH.
3) Went out to lunch with the DH.
4) Got absolutely NOWHERE with the IRS on a notice I received about some money I paid correctly but they say I didn't.
5) Read a book about shipping on Lake Superior and pinned down the decade for a new historical series set in Duluth, MN.
What I didn't get done was any writing on POR due to playing the wag and gallivanting across south-central Minnesota with my husband today. I re-learned something that I became familiar with when I was a high school teacher. We made a lumber delivery to a school in Owatonna, MN and several of the students came out to help unload the truck. The thing I re-learned was, the smallest high school boy in a class is often the loudest and does the most directing of traffic in a situation like this.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Nothing will be the same after the summer of 1964.Drought has gripped the quiet Kentucky town of Hollyhill, and the town seems as if it is holding its breath--waiting. Jocie Brooke is nervous about starting high school. Her sister Tabitha is experiencing the weariness of waiting for a new baby. Her father David is feeling the timidity of those first steps toward true love. All of these pivotal steps in life are awaiting the Brooke family. Into this cloud of tense anticipation, a black family from Chicago, the Hearndons move here to plant an orchard outside of town. Fresh off the Freedom Train, Myra Hearndon is sensitive to what the color of her skin may mean in a Southern town. Her family will have to contend with more than the dry ground and blazing sun as they try to create their ORCHARD OF HOPE. Jocie finds herself befrending a boy that some townspeople shun. Due to unspoken racial lines in this southern town, the presence of these newcomers sparks a smoldering fire of unrest that will change Hollyhill..and Jocie...forever. In this close-knit community, everything is about to change. Let this riveting novel take you along to experience unexpected love, new life, and renewed faith amid life's trials.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Wallace is a member of the CFBA and an avid Blogger. A self-confessed chocoholic, this freelance writer is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and serves as the liaison for the training division of the county police department. Amy is a contributing author of God Answers Moms' Prayers, God Allows U-Turns for Teens, Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes, and A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers. She lives in Georgia with her husband and three daughters.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Drama. Tragedy. Thriller. Romance. Can these four actually go together? Amy Wallace's meaty first book of the Defenders of Hope Series, RANSOMED DREAMS, has successfully united these genres.
It is one of those books that after you read a little and put it down, the desire to see what will happen next is so strong that it will occupy your thoughts, compelling you to make the time to finish. But watch out! It is best consumed where no one will hear you cry because, if you have children, it will hit you like a stab in the gut and wrench you with a twist of the knife.
Although the subject at first depresses, the characters are so real and likable that you need to see what will become of them.
This book will NOT bore you.
BACK COVER COPY:
Chained To Yesterday
When tragedy struck and Gracie Lang lost everything, her faith crumbled, and nothing but the drive for justice propelled her forward. But after two years of dead-end searching, the truth Gracie seeks is the very thing her stalker will stop at nothing to hide.
Forgiveness Unlocks the Future
An FBI agent in the Crimes Against Children Unit, Steven Kessler spends his days rescuing other people’s children and nights caring for his son. He’s through with God, embittered by his ex-wife who abandoned them both, and definitely doesn’t expect what’s coming next.
The Past Is the Key
A plot to kidnap a British ambassador’s daughter dangerously intersects Steven and Gracie’s worlds–a collision that demands a decision. But are they willing to pay the high ransom required to redeem dreams and reignite hope?
Steeped in police intrigue and rich characters, Ransomed Dreams entertains, educates, and captivates. Amy Wallace is a fresh, vibrant voice in the Christian market
~Mark Mynheir, Homicide Detective and Author of The Void
Ransomed Dreams had me hooked from the start and didn't let go until the deeply satisfying ending.
~Kristin Billerbeck, Author of What a Girl Wants
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Last week was devoted to being sick and trips to the Mayo Clinic. The weekend was devoted to...well, being a weekend. And yesterday was a play day. But today, I'm back in the writing saddle. I worked on six chapters of Drums to send to the crit buddies. It feels good to be working on it again. I can tell, even in just a few days off, that I'm more objective about the work.
Yesterday was, as I said, a play day. The kids and I kidnapped their grampa from the shop and took him on a field trip day to Winona, Minnesota. Winona is located along the beautiful Mississippi River in the heart of River Bluff Country.
This picture doesn't do justice to how beautiful this building is. It is made of golden yellow limestone and a purple pipestone found here in Minnesota.
This glass is found in the Winona National Bank, circa 1915, and was designed and manufactured by Tiffany Glass Company.
The Winona National Bank is an Egyptian Revival/Prairie School building built in 1915. It features marble floors and walls, as well as stained glass windows, plaster ceilings designed and molded by Tiffany, and prairie school furnishings and fixtures. On the third floor is a collection of African animals in glass cases, and a wall of firearms dating from the 1600's.
We also toured around Houston County with my FIL, his old stomping grounds. We drove for miles on one lane gravel roads up coulees to see where a building USED to be. LOL All in all, a great day.
Friday, May 04, 2007
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Chris Well is a fellow member of the CFBA and founder of its sister organization, FIRST. He is an acclaimed novelist and award–winning magazine editor and has previously written the “laugh–out–loud Christian thrillers” Deliver Us from Evelyn and Forgiving Solomon Long(one of Booklist’s Top 10 Christian Novels of 2005). He has also contributed to 7ball, Infuze, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Chris and his wife live in Tennessee, where he is hard at work on his next novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK:IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD—WHICH COULD BE A PROBLEM...Mark Hogan has it all. The job. The family. A position on the board at church. All he’s missing is a boat. Not just any boat—a 2008 Bayliner 192.When Reverend Daniel Glory announces that the Rapture is taking place on October 17 at 5:51am, Hogan realizes his boat–buying days are numbered. So he does what any man in his situation would do—he borrows a load of money from the mob.Not that there’s any risk involved: After all, when the Rapture comes, Hogan will be long gone. The mob will never find him.But when Jesus fails to come back on schedule, Mark Hogan finds the mob is in no mood to discuss the finer points of end–times theology...
Five places I want to visit:
1. New Zealand (Long before the LOTR craze, I wanted to visit this varied and beautiful land.)
2. The British Museum (I could LIVE there for a month and not see everything I want to there)
3) Split Rock Lighthouse on the north shore of Lake Superior. (Anyone know the tune to "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"?)
4) The Oriental Institute of Chicago (Amazing ancient artifacts from the Middle East)
5) Sturbridge Village (I'm a colonial illiterate and I have a promised of a tour from a guide who lives not far from there.)
How about you? Where do you wanna go?
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
As you can imagine I was shocked and dumbfounded. I look NOTHING like Ms. Anderson.
When I regained a tiny part of my senses, I asked, "Jordan, what makes you say that?"
He pointed to my new shoes and announced, "Oh, she wears a pair of shoes just like that on her new show VIP."
To which his faithful sidekick, Nick, replied, "You should be flattered. He loves her!"
I nearly choked to death, and my thoughts during prayer time were quite scattered, I assure you.
If I'd only known all it took to transform me into an extremely buxom blond beauty was a pair of $17.99 Cobbie Cuddlers from KMart, you can bet I'd have made the purchase sooner. Ten years later, I still have those shoes.