Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Word has it that Brett Favre will announce he's signed with the Vikings over the Fourth of July weekend.
Oh, man, I hope it is true. I'm getting a purple #4 jersey. :)
And birthday wishes to the girl. Many happy returns of this day. I love you, sweetie.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Donita K. Paul’s 250,000-plus-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles series has attracted a wide spectrum of dedicated fans–and they’re sure to fall in love with the new characters and adventures in her latest superbly crafted fiction novel for all ages. It’s a mind-boggling fantasy that inhabits the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but in a different country and an earlier time, where the people know little of Wulder and nothing of Paladin.
In The Vanishing Sculptor, readers will meet Tipper, a young emerlindian who’s responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her sculptor father’s absence. Tipper soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But how can she save her father and her world on her own? The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions–including the nearly five-foot tall parrot Beccaroon–and eventually witnesses the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder. Through Tipper’s breathtaking story, readers will discover the beauty of knowing and serving God.
Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eight novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles, a series which has sold more than a quarter million books to date. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spends time mentoring and encouraging young writers. Visit her online at donitakpaul.com.
If you would like to purchase The Vanishing Sculptor, please click HERE.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
"You know you're a writer when..."
I didn't post to the loop, because I'm a Queen Lurker, and rarely feel I have something to add to any discussion there, but I thought this might be fun for the blog.
Here are a few of mine. Please add yours! If you're not a writer, substitute whatever fits for your life. Artist, mom, caregiver, teacher, pastor, whatever.
You know you're a writer when...
- You go through your invoices from amazon.com looking for writing and research books you've purchased so you can write them off your taxes.
- You watch John Wayne movies for research. :)
- You write in your historical era with such intensity, that when you surface, you're surprised to see modern conveniences like television and cars.
- You not only know who Donald Maass is, you get excited about attending his workshop (as long as he doesn't call on you!)
How about you?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
As I watched the exchange of vows, I realized anew that though this was the pinnacle of months of effort, tons of energy, and I would have to guess a hefty chunk of change. But much like a commencement service at a school, a wedding signals the end of one thing and the beginning of another.
The happily ever after is the pinnacle of a romance. The wedding, the assurance that all obstacles have been overcome, and the hero and heroine are free to start their new life together. After all the effort, energy, and a hefty chunk of my time, Lily and Trace (current Hero and Heroine) will ride off into the sunset together. But though the story ends, they live on in my imagination, and I hope in the imaginations of my readers. The end of the book is the beginning of happily ever after. I love to dream up "what happens next" type stories for my favorite characters in books and movies. That's where I first started spinning fiction...making up stories about Paul and Maureen Beebe from Misty of Chincoteague, and Alec Ramsey of the Black Stallion stories when I was in elementary school. As I grew up, I continued this practice with other characters, even writing some fan fiction as an adult.
I hope that someday people will make up stories about my characters, allowing them to live on happily ever after.
And God Bless Devon and Rebecca in their new life together. May they too live Happily Ever After.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
FOR DADS: More faulty information about God swirls around us today than ever before. No wonder so many followers of Christ are unsure of what they really believe in the face of the new spiritual openness attempting to alter unchanging truth.
For centuries the church has taught and guarded the core Christian beliefs that make up the essential foundations of the faith. But in our postmodern age, sloppy teaching and outright lies create rampant confusion, and many Christians are free-falling for “feel-good” theology. We need to know the truth to save ourselves from errors that will derail our faith.
As biblical scholar, author, and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Albert Mohler, writes, “The entire structure of Christian truth is now under attack.” With wit and wisdom he tackles the most important aspects of these modern issues:
Is God changing His mind about sin?
Why is hell off limits for many pastors?
What’s good or bad about the “dangerous” emergent movement?
Have Christians stopped seeing God as God?
Is the social justice movement misguided?
Could the role of beauty be critical to our theology?
Is liberal faith any less destructive than atheism?
Are churches pandering to their members to survive?
In the age-old battle to preserve the foundations of faith, it's up to a new generation to confront and disarm the contemporary shams and fight for the truth. Dr. Mohler provides the scriptural answers to show you how.
I found this book thought provoking and eye-opening. The lies of the devil are subtle, infiltrating our mindsets without our being aware. This book shines the light on some of our notions and reveals them for the lies and dangers they are.
Click on the link to order the book: The Disappearance of God
For Boys: Sir Dalton, a knight in training, seems to have everything going for him. Young, well-liked, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights, and especially the beautiful Lady Brynn. But something is amiss at the training camp. Their new trainer is popular but lacks the passion to inspire them to true service to the King and the Prince. Besides this, the knights are too busy enjoying a season of good times to be concerned with a disturbing report that many of their fellow Knights have mysteriously vanished.
When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, he encounters strange attacks, especially when he is alone. As his commitment wanes, the attacks grow in intensity until he is captured by Lord Drox, a massive Shadow Warrior. Bruised and beaten, Dalton refuses to submit to evil and initiates a daring escape with only one of two outcomes–life or death. But what will become of the hundreds of knights he’ll leave behind? In a kingdom of peril, Dalton thinks he is on his own, but two faithful friends have not abandoned him, and neither has a strange old hermit who seems to know much about the Prince. But can Dalton face the evil Shadow Warrior again and survive?
My son's review: I loved to hate Lord Drox. I rooted for Sir Dalton and the reinforcements all through the book. (He's pestering me to get the rest of the books in the series. He's missing one of them, and it's killing him! :) ) Can anyone say Birthday/Christmas gifts???
Click on the link to order the book: Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart
Monday, June 15, 2009
The reaction from most folks has been positive. Though there have been some comments about how straight my hair is in the photo. Noteworthy, since my hair usually resembles a poodle in a steady drizzle.
Also this past week, I wrote my author bio. I felt like Bob Dole, writing in the third person about myself. Before I started the bio, I went to the Heartsong website to read bios of other Heartsong authors to get a feel for what the publisher was looking for.
Each of these steps brings me closer to holding my first novel in my hands. I think the next steps will be seeing the cover art and proof-reading the galley sheets. Four months and counting until The Bartered Bride releases.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I knew from the first page I was going to love this book.
Pen pals since fourth grade, Summer and Noelle have never met face-to-face. Through decades of heart-level correspondence, they have sustained a deep friendship. A week of adventure helps both women trade anxiety for a renewed and deeper trust in God. When Summer confides in Noelle about the abnormal medical report, Noelle finds the freedom to share a long-held heartache, and both women discover they needed each other more than they realized.
Women ages 35 and up, readers of Christian Boomer Lit, and fans of books such as The Yada Yada Prayer Group will enjoy Robin Jones Gunn’s humorous and uplifting style. True-to-life characters and moments of poignancy bring a deeper understanding of the value of life and the gift of true friends. Readers guide and bonus material included.
Author Bio: Robin Jones Gunn is the best-selling and award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Glenbrooke, Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Katie Weldon, and Christy and Todd: The College Years teen series. The Sisterchicks® series has sold more than 300,000 units, bringing her total sales to more than 3.5 million books worldwide. A Christy Award winner, Robin is a popular speaker, both at home and abroad, and is frequently interviewed on radio and on television. http://www.robingunn.com/ http://www.sisterchicks.com/
Monday, June 08, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
It's Goal Time again. You can read my May Goals here and see how I did last month. I look at my goals much like the drawing to the left. The outlines are there, I just need to fill in the spaces with color.
1. Copy Edits for The Bartered Bride. I just got these back 6/1 and combed through them. Yay for Aaron McCarver, copy-editor par excellance! I should be able to get these back to him within 48 hrs.
2. Turn in The Engineered Engagement. Sometime after June 1, 2009. I did the final readthrough of this story and it's all ready to turn in.
3. Finish final edits on Clara and the Cowboy. This final readthrough took me longer than I anticipated (not sure why,) but the book is submitted well before the June 1st deadline. I will anxiously await the content edit on it, since it's the first book in a new series.
4. Begin plotting and writing sequels to Clara and the Cowboy: Lily and the Lawman and Maggie and the Maverick. I am closing in on finishing Lily and the Lawman the first time through. Have run into a couple sticky patches while winding this one up, trying to keep it plausible and fast-paced, but I think it's coming around. Then it will be time to plot Maggie's book. (Or as CJ calls it CAL's book!)
5. Prepare proposal packet and three chapters of a mystery/romance I've got kicking around in my head, including materials to pitch at ACFW. The wheels are turning. I might make this the major project for July.
7. Attend ACFW Denver. This month the counter will click down under 100 days!
8. Read 5 books on craft this year, focusing on characterization, conflict, and endings. I finished reading The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. This is one of those books that I think will sink in the more I try to implement the insights and ideas it raised.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Even though in the end writing is a solitary pursuit, most writers don't live the writers life alone. We have critique partners, writing buddies, mentors, writers' groups, e-loops, and publishing professionals that come beside us on the journey. If you belong to a professional organization like the RWA, ACFW, SCBWI, or The Writer's View, you have hundreds of writers to share the path with.