Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
WOOHOO!!! Take a look at this fabulous trailer made by CJ over at Pony Express Graphics!
Thank you so much, CJ. It looks amazing, and I love the music...and everything about it.
If you're looking for a media trailer or website, beetle on over to Pony Express Graphics and check out CJ's many services.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
It's time! For the past few weeks, I've been busy scheduling blog tour stops to get the word out about my debut novel.
Oct 19th I’ll be a guest blogger at http://editcafe.blogspot.com/ the blogosphere home of Barbour Fictions editors. I’ll be talking about researching period language and my love of words.
Oct. 20-21st Join me on Patty Wysong’s blog: at http://pattywysong.blogspot.com/ to find out what I procrastinate doing, and some of my strange habits.
Oct. 23rd Seekerville! Come join me at one of the liveliest writer blogs on the web http://seekerville.blogspot.com/ where I’m guest blogging and you can get a peek at my research books and how I use them to add depth and authenticity to my fiction. And another shout out to Mary Connealy for linking to the post from her blog: http://www.mconnealy.blogspot.com/
Oct. 26-30th I’m chatting with CJ all week at http://ponyexpressgraphics.blogspot.com/ about the road to publication, book trailers, and how our friendship has developed over the years.
Nov. 2nd Georgiana Daniels, crit-bud and friend, is interviewing me. Check it out at http://georgianad.blogspot.com/
Nov. 3rd Another crit buddy and up and coming author, Katie Ganshert, is interviewing one of my characters over at http://katieganshert.blogspot.com/ Drop in to find out more about crusty old Abraham Kennebrae and his plans for his grandsons and his financial empire.
Nov. 4th Sweet Rose McCauley is hosting me at http://rosemccauley.blogspot.com/ Rose was one of the first ladies to volunteer to host The Bartered Bride on her website. Also, today, my good friend and fellow Kansan, Stephanie Morrill, is interviewing me about how I work with my daughter, Heather, in plotting my stories. You can find that interview at http://stephaniemorrillbooks.com/blog/
Nov. 5th Join me today at Jess Ferguson’s blog, where I’m guest blogging on the topic of being a Timid Marketer. You can find Jess on the web at: http://jessyferguson.blogspot.com/ And over at http://www.carlastewart.blogspot.com/ Carla Stewart is interviewing me about my writing journey.
Nov. 6th Fellow Rochester MN writer Vicki Tiedi is hosting a stop on The Bartered Bride Blog tour. Jump on over to http://www.vickitiede.com/wordpress/ to read all about it.
Nov. 9th Lori Chally at http://graceforatraveller.blogspot.com/ is interviewing one of my characters today. Lori’s a fellow Calvary Bible College grad and outstanding author. Go check it out! And my pastor, Kevin Sorensen, is reviewing The Bartered Bride at http://aclutteredmind.org/were_trying_this_again/ so stop by and take a gander at what a pastor thinks of my book.
Nov. 10th Today’s Betsy St. Amant’s day! Visit her blog to read an interview. Her blog can be found at http://www.betsy-ann.blogspot.com/
Nov. 11th Join me with the hilarious Krista Phillips at http://reflectionsbykrista.blogspot.com/ She is a hoot! And today at http://petticoatsandpistols.com/ I’m blogging about historical research, the US Cavalry, and more. Sweet Mary Connealy also gave the P&P blog post a mention at http://www.mconnealy.blogspot.com/ Thanks, Mary! And, last, but certainly not least, I’m blogging on the topic of the week over at Jody Hedlund’s blog http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/ Jody just signed a three book contract to write historical romance for Bethany House Publishers, and WOW, does she know her medieval torture methods! Also, friend Carole Brown at http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com will be hosting a stop along the blog tour today too.
Nov. 12th I’m Down Under with Tabitha Bird talking about the wonderful world of writing category romance. Hop on over, and join in the discussion. What are your perceptions of category romance? Have any of you encountered any of the same responses I have? Tabitha’s blog is http://tabithabird.blogspot.com/ Also, visit http://www.camys-loft.blogspot.com/ where the fabulous Camy Tang is is letting me hang with her today.
Nov. 13th Writing friend and Kansan, Sally Bradley, has an interview with me at http://sallybradley.com/?page_id=705 and while you’re there, check out her editing service. She’s stellar!
Nov. 16th Fellow Heartsong author, Myra Johnson, and I are chatting at http://myra.typepad.com/ AND I’m hosting her right here at OTWP on the same day. Our debut Heartsongs are both releasing in the same November cycle. Isn’t that cool? AND, the amazing missionary Lisa Harris is talking about The Bartered Bride this week. Check out her fascinating blog http://www.myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com/
Nov. 17th It’s guest blog day! The topic of discussion today over at Cindy Wilson’s blog http://cindyrwilson.blogspot.com/ is about overcoming obstacles in the writing journey. And at JamieD’s place http://thevarietypages.blogspot.com/ you can read the first chapter of The Bartered Bride.
Nov. 18th Tiffany Stockton, fellow Heartsong Author, fan fiction writer, and lover of historical things, is interviewing me today at A Fiction Filled Life Blog, found at http://amberstockton.blogspot.com/ . Lynda Schab, lit writer extraordinaire, has an interview at http://on-the-write-track.blogspot.com/
Nov. 19th I’m back at JamieD’s blog http://thevarietypages.blogspot.com/ with a guest blog on the themes I like to explore in my writing and the lessons God is teaching me through those themes.
Nov. 20th Happy Friday. Today I’m visiting with Rachel Fernandes about the joys of historical research over at her blog http://confessionsofaheadhopper.blogspot.com/ Stop by today!
Nov. 23rd Valerie Comer at http://valeriecomer.com/ is reprising a guest post I did for her awhile back. And check out Jeannie Campbell’s blog http://jeanniecampbell.blogspot.com for another interview. Visit http://wordvessel.blogspot.com/ blog home of Cathy Bryant and check out some of her amazing author questions.
Nov. 24th More of my guest post with Valerie Comer at http://valeriecomer.com/
Nov. 26th Happy Thanksgiving, folks!
Nov. 30th Today I’m at http://www.eileenastels.blogspot.com/ visiting with Eileen Astels Watson about this crazy writing journey, romance, and so much more. Stop on by to meet this sweet woman.
I've been so blessed by blogging friends who are willing to have me stop by and talk with them and their readers about my book and this writing life. I encourage you to visit these blogs. You might stumble upon a previously unknown treasure and start up a new friendship. And there will be lots of chances to win a copy of The Bartered Bride.
I'll be reposting the list and putting in a reminder of where the blog tour has moved each day. Remember, today's post is at: http://editcafe.blogspot.com/
Friday, October 16, 2009
After several days of stalking the UPS man, he brought my author copies of The Bartered Bride! Aren't they beautiful? A whole box of books.
Here is my son holding a copy. He's such a goof!
Here's my daughter.
And here is me. I'm feeling kinda like a real author now! I can't tell you the sense of accomplishment, the happy excitement, that pours over me each time I look at this book. It's a dream come true.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Last week over on Jill K's blog she talked about Balance. Balance is something I'm often searching to find.
After a late-night talk with my husband about about a billion subjects (We've been known to stay up all night talking about stuff, sharing old memories, and just enjoying each other's company.) he reminded me of a personality trait I have that can be a great strength, but also a weakness.
I'm a driven person. When I get my teeth into a project, I don't want to give up until it is done. Whether it's cleaning the basement, completing my Bachelor's Degree after my daughter was born, or writing fiction for the CBA, I set a goal and then do everything in my power to accomplish it.
This can be a good thing. I do get lots done. It can also be a major obstacle to finding balance in my life.
So, how to balance things and still accomplish my goals?
First, I need to recognize that I can't do it all, so some things will have to be set aside. I can't write novels and spend hours cross-stitching. I can't write novels and read five novels a week. I can't write novels and say yes to every opportunity to serve at church that comes along. Now, there's nothing wrong with any of these things, and there's a lot right about it. But I can't do it all.
Second, I need to recognize areas where I can streamline my processes.
- Make out a menu for the week and a shopping list, so I'm not wondering at 4 pm every day what we're going to have for supper and if I have the ingredients for it.
- Schedule blogs. Write them out in advance as much as possible on the weekend so I'm not scrambling the night before to think of a topic and write a post.
- Be selective on the books I can read and review on the blog. I belong to several publishers' email lists, and they send many tempting offers of free books, but I have to be very selective, knowing what I hage time for and what I have to say no to.
- Do bookkeeping, schooling, and read emails and blogs in the forenoon. Save afternoons for writing.
- Bunch my errands so I'm not making multiple trips to town. On Mondays when my kids have piano lessons, I drive them to their lesson, and instead of sitting in the car reading a novel, I go to the bank, the grocery store, the post office, and the gas station.
So, how do you go about finding balance in your life? How do you balance family, work, writing, church, etc.?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The above video is from the Duluth Harbor Lift Bridge, and a giant ore carrier going through. This is the setting for The Bartered Bride, especially the final chapters where The Kennebrae Bethany is trying to enter the harbor in the teeth of the worst storm to hit Lake Superior since shipping began.
I love this video because along with seeing the size of the ship and the beauty of the bridge, you're able to hear the sounds of the harbor.
The seagulls, (Yes, Georgiana, they are everywhere.) I included too many in The Marriage Masquerade, and she dinged me on it. When I went back and looked, there were birds all over the pages! Yikes! Needless to say, I tempered the number of references to gulls.
The ship's horn and the answering blast from the bridge. Each ship gives one long blast and two short to the bridge, and the bridge answers with the same if all is well.
The bridge bell as it lowers. In 1905, there was no lift platform on the bridge. A gondola hung suspended and rolled across the water from one side to the other. But the superstructure of the bridge is the same as it was when the bridge was first built more than 100 years ago.
The people. In The Bartered Bride, quite a crowd gathers on the shore to pray and watch during the storm. (An event that actually occured in 1905. More than 10K Duluthians watched from the shore as the Mataafa and her crew floundered in the surf.)
One thing you can't hear over the sound of the people and the boat and the birds is the water. I love the restless sound of the water slapping the piers and scraping on the rocky shore. As a land-lubber Kansan turned Minnesotan, the water fascinates me. I could watch it for hours.
I love Duluth Harbor and watching the ships. There is a webcam on the Lake Superior Maritime Museum that allows you to check the harbor and watch ships coming into the canal live. You can find it by clicking HERE. My family and I have stood along the pier while other relatives check the webcam to see us.
It's a good idea to check the shipping schedule so you'll know approximately when a ship will be coming or going through the canal. You can follow the shipping schedule by clicking HERE.
I hope you enjoy it!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
My bookmarks arrived. They are sooooo pretty. At least I think so.
Only a few more days until the book starts shipping. My heart starts jumping every time I think about it.
One thing that has crossed my mind frequently in recent days is something that Angela Hunt said as the Keynote Speaker of the 2008 ACFW Conference.
We're all muddling in the middle. There is always someone behind you on this writing journey, and there will always be someone farther along, or more advanced than you, more skilled, more experienced.
No matter where you are on the journey, reach back to help those behind, , join with those in about the same place as you, and be humble enough to learn from those who are ahead.
I've had many people who have helped me along the way, and are still helping me. Every time I sit in on a workshop, read a craft book, or read an excellently written novel, someone farther along in the process helps me out.
I try to help those who haven't been doing this as long or haven't had the experiences that I've had. But you know what? I learn through helping others, too.
So, are you being helped by someone? Are you paying it back by helping someone else? After all, we're all muddling in the middle.
***A big Happy Birthday to my beloved husband. I couldn't muddle in the middle without you!***