Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blogging Hiatus

Photo courtesy of flickr

I'm going to be on a little blogging hiatus for the next couple of weeks. I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the fall weather.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five is:

Five shows I watched as a kid:

Oh yeah, I watched it. The Dukes of Hazzard. And I was a Bo Duke fan. Who did you prefer? Bo or Luke?

Flipper. :)

I loved the show and I LOVED the book. My son has read my copy of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams many times, too.

Loved Laura, loathed Nellie, rooted for the Ingalls through every disaster and tear-jerker scene with Michael Landon.

M*A*S*H All the seasons, all the episodes. I preferred Winchester to Frank Burns and much preferred Colonel Potter to Colonel Blake. Really liked Margaret at the end of the series, though I didn't care for her in the early-Frank Burns years. Klinger makes my son laugh. Oh, and BJ was better than McIntyre. 

What shows did you watch as a kid? Any of these?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for my beloved husband, who understands me and loves me anyway. He makes so much room for me in his life, and he is a very special man.

Who are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Framed Cover Art

I got some new cover art framed. Eventually these will hang in my hallway, but for now they have pride of place on top of a bookshelf in my living room. The paper lying flat in front of them is a sketch of several John Wayne studies, a gift from a friend at church. :)

Do you frame your cover art? Do you plan to frame some?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gift Baskets

This fall, I have five book signings scheduled. Hoping to liven things up a bit, I decided to create some gift baskets to give away at the signings. Each basket contains a pair of Log Cabin pattern quilted pot holders that I made myself (You can see the process of creating these HERE) as well as three of my Heartsong titles, some cocoa mix, some chocolate, and a cinnamon candle. It's all shrink-wrapped up in a little metal bucket and tied with a pretty fall-leaf ribbon.

Pictured here in front of the baskets is a Log Cabin quilted table runner I made that matches the pot holders.

The gift basket was a big success at the first book signings. I invited folks who were browsing to stop by the table on the way out and sign up to win the basket, and from that, I got to talk to a lot of folks, who took the time to look over my books and if I'm not mistaken, everyone but one person who entered the drawing purchased at least one book. The basket was an opening for conversation, giving browsers a reason to stop by the book table to talk without feeling awkward.

I think it was a success, and I'm looking forward to taking gift baskets to the next few signings. You can check out the 'Awards & Signings' tab at the top of the blog to see where I'll be next. Perhaps you can stop by and enter the drawing. :)

Today I'm over at again, and you can enter to win a copy of A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas.

I'm also hanging out at Seekerville today talking about Networking. You can check out the party (It's ALWAYS a party at Seekerville) at

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Onalaska Book Signing

This past Saturday I had a book signing in Onalaska, WI at Living Word Bookstore. What lovely folks!

I met lots of fiction readers, which was refreshing, and was able to talk fiction with the staff and customers. One of the things I love about talking fiction is being able to recommend lots of good books. I realize that not everyone likes to read historical fiction (though, blessedly, lots of folks do) so if someone says they like thrillers or contemporary fiction or mysteries or medical stories or legal stories, etc., I get to  recommend books by Brandilyn Collins, Robin Jones Gunn, Camy Tang, Richard Mabry, and James Scott Bell.

Some customers are surprised that I would recommend other authors' work instead of pushing them to buy my own, but in truth, I don't find it strange at all. As I said, not everyone reads historical romance, and even I don't confine my own reading to only historical fiction. Recommending someone to a new-to-them author is a great thrill, especially if I know the author personally, which in most cases I do. :)

Living Word Bookstore has a wonderful fiction section. And they did a great job promoting the book signing. A mass email, offering a coupon off any non-sale item, and offering a special price on my books that day. They purchased radio advertisement and used bag stuffers to let their customers know that there was a special event at the store. They had cookies and lemonade and other snacks, and they had everything all set up beautifully when I arrived.

I know some authors don't like doing book signings, but I don't mind. I love meeting readers (no matter what they like to read) face to face.

Question for you: Do you like to attend book signings? Have you ever gone to one just to encourage the author?

Today I'm guest blogging over at about some of the specifics of writing historical fiction. I hope you'll pop over there and encourage both me and Stephanie Morrill, who runs the blog.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Book Signing and Happy Anniversary

A reminder that I'm signing books at today in Onalaska, Wisconsin, and I'd love to see you there! The singing is from 12-2. :) (And on the way home, I'll be stopping at a fruit stand for some HoneyCrisp Apples.)

Also, I'd love to wish my parents a very happy 45th Wedding Anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! And may you have many, many, many more years together!

Friday, September 09, 2011

The Friday Five

This past Sunday, I had a brainwave. I realized that when my mother was my age, she had two married daughters, a grandchild, and another grandchild on the way. My mother married one month after she turned 18, had her first child on her first anniversary, her second child (me) when she was 20, and her third when she was 23. My sister and I both married young (her at 21 and me at 20.)

All this thinking about age, etc, had me thinking about my bucket list.

So, this week's Friday Five is:

Five things on my Bucket List:

1. See the Grand Canyon with my husband.

2. Visit the Smithsonian Museum.

3. Go to a foreign country.

4. Visit Boston.

5. Live long enough to thoroughly spoil grandbabies whenever those happen to come along.

How about you? What's on your bucket list?

Also, don't forget to stop by Renee's Blog for the birthday party.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I'm thankful for technology. Though I sometimes whine about the speed with which the world seems to be changing, I do love things like electricity, indoor plumbing, automobiles, airplanes, computers (especially laptops,) cell phones, Skype, Blu-Ray, refrigeration, and so much more.

What piece of technology are you particularly thankful for today?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Book Birthday Bash!

This week is the Book Birthday Bash over at the sweet and lovely Renee (steelergirl's) blog. She's celebrating her birthday and the birth days of five September Christian Fiction Titles (Includeing A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas.)

Stop over for reviews, interviews, and a lot of fun. You'll have a great time, learn about some really fun authors and help Renee celebrate her birthday.

Also, Renee posted her review of A Bride's Portrait here:

Thank you, Renee! And Happy Birthday!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

This Saturday from 12-2 pm I'll be signing books at Living Word Bookstore in Onalaska, Wisconsin. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you.

There will be a drawing for a gift basket, chocolate, good fiction, and fellowship.

Here's the address:
Living Word Bookstore - Onalaska, WI,
572 Theater Road
Onalaska, WI 54650-8543

If you'd like to order any of my books, but won't be able to make it to the bookstore, you can call: (608) - 783 - 4673 and let them know what you'd like to order and who you would like the books inscribed to. 

You can find the bookstore website here:

Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Labor day

Wishing you a safe and happy Labor Day. 

We're hanging out at home, not doing much of anything. 

What are you up to on this End of Summer holiday?

Friday, September 02, 2011

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five is:

My five favorite Bible stories from when I was a kid.

1. David and Goliath.

2. The walls of Jericho.

3. Daniel in the Lion's Den.

4. Noah and the Ark.

5. Jonah and the Whale.

What was your favorite Bible story when you were a kid?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Release Day!!!!

Today's the day! A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas officially releases! That's what I'm thankful for this Thursday!

You can find the book at:

I'm serving some virtual sarsaparilla and cupcakes with lots of sprinkles. Gotta have sprinkles if you're gonna celebrate. :)