Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

"The First Thanksgiving" (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (American painter, 1863-1930)
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Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of Thanksgiving Days
 from the ladies at Coffee Cups & Camisoles.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Give Thanks

Psalm 100 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When Freddy Krueger Finds Your Manuscript

If you're unfamiliar with how a book is written, in all honesty, every author has their own process. For me? It's a series of first draft, content edit (which means: make the first draft make sense), and then detail edits. This is the part where I am now. I'm a speed reader. So my eyes rarely read every word, rather my brain assumes and is usually correct as to what words compose a sentence, so it auto fills them in without needing to see them. Great for a reading, bad for editing. So by printing it out, I can FORCE myself to read every word and it's crazy what I find.
So HOW DOES AN AUTHOR edit honestly and not end up balling, quitting, or becoming self-absorbed? 

1. Realize you must be blunt, vicious, and go completely Freddy Krueger on your manuscript. It might be horrifying, but in the end, everyone remembers what Freddy Krueger did and blockbuster hits come from it. See? Freddy-it!

2. Invest in wood heat. If you burn wood in your house over winter it makes for super dry air, which in turn, removes any excess moisture from your eyes. So those self-inflicted tears? They dissipate before hitting your face. Or, just develop a thick skin and tell yourself that deep down inside, Freddy Krueger cares and it's in your best interest. Go Freddy!

3. Be a narcissist. Like when you read a sentence that takes the cake and makes Freddy run away. Love on it!!! I mean, you only run the risk of looking like a narcissist, it doesn't actually make you a narcissist. Who wouldn't high-5 themselves if they escaped Freddy?? Die, Freddy, die!

Yep. So that's where I am this week. Freddy and I are really bonding this week. I think we might fall in love. 


Professional coffee drinker, Jaime Jo Wright, resides in the hills of Wisconsin. She loves to write spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense. Her day job finds her as a Director of Sales & Development. She’s wife to a rock climbing, bow-hunting Pre-K teacher, mom to a coffee-drinking little girl, and a little boy she fondly refers to as her mischievous “Peter Pan”. Jaime completes her persona by being an admitted social media junkie and coffee snob. She is a member of ACFW and has the best writing sisters EVER!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Psalm of Thanksgiving

Yesterday's sermon was on thankfulness. Not the run of the mill kind.
But the kind that reminded us that unthankfulness is a sin that takes root where entitlement is fostered.

I deserve none of the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon my life. Yet He bestows.
Grace and Mercy.
My cup runneth over.

We were asked to write on a sticky note the things we are thankful for.

I ran out of room to write. Not that life is all roses. It's not always been. It won't always be.
Tears slipped. Joy bubbled up.

Better than all the turkey in the world.
Better than all the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Greater is His presence to me than anything in the world.

Take time to list your thankfulness this week.

Psalm 103

Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Interview & #Giveaway with Erynn Mangum!

We're delighted host Erynn Mangum today which marks the RELEASE day of her latest novel! SO exciting :)  She's answered some more questions for us and is offering a giveaway of her new novel.

Erynn, how did you begin writing?

I have been writing since I can remember! I have always loved making up stories – even before I could actually write, I would spend hours creating these imaginary storylines for my dolls and stuffed animals to act out.

Take us through a day in the life of you, the author (because some us picture you rise from bed, calmly pour your coffee, sit in a sunny little alcove, and write for eight hours before getting ready for a luxurious dinner out with your special someone) ;)

Ha! My life is pretty much the opposite – I wake up to two small boys demanding their breakfast and the day goes from there. ;) We usually spend the mornings playing or running errands or doing laundry. Then, when my youngest goes down for a nap after lunch, I have the oldest do a shorter rest time and I start writing as soon as he gets into his room. Depending on the level of severity as far as making the deadline, I will occasionally go write for a couple of hours after my husband gets home or have my parents watch the boys. Things are about to get even crazier because we are expecting a little girl in January, God willing! We cannot wait!

Tell us where you got the idea for your latest book and why you developed a passion to write it?
My latest is called Katie in Waiting and it’s about a girl who has spent her whole life wanting to get married and have babies. Now she’s in her thirties and nothing is happening. She hasn’t met anyone and there doesn’t even seem to be anyone on the horizon. She’s struggling big time with the waiting and with God’s plan for her life. This is something that is near to my heart – waiting is such a hard, hard thing to do! I have been in multiple seasons of waiting throughout my life, as have most of us, so Katie was a character who was very easy to relate to.

Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
I love Katie, my main character, but I also really loved Eliza, one of her good friends and the main character in the second book of the series, Once Upon Eliza, that releases this summer! Katie is in the middle of a hard lesson and her character was much more serious. Eliza is totally carefree and fun. They make for a fun pair.

What is the most important takeaway from your book that you hope your readers see?
I want my readers to see that even when it seems like He’s forgotten about you or His plan is one that isn’t good, God loves you and cares for you and has things planned for your life that are so much better than you could have ever imagined. Even in the incredibly hard things, God knows. He’s working out the details of your life to bring you closer to Him.

If you were to be offered the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or to back pack deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps, which would you do and why?

Well, to borrow a phrase that one of my dearest friends says, it’s called camping if it’s anything less than three stars. ;) And I’m only kind of kidding. Ha! I am not exactly an outdoorsy person. I love to hike, I love to take walks, I love to be outside, but at the end of the day, I want to come home, take a hot shower and sleep on a real bed. Is there the option to send someone in my place and just look at the pictures? I bet my husband would go in my place. ;)

 And while you’re on this grand adventure, would it be necessary for you to have coffee or tea? (‘cause we’re split evenly in preference here at the CCC blog)
Coffee. I love, love tea but unless I’m sick, I love it after I’ve had my coffee. :)

If you had to write your novel long-hand, would you use a fine point Sharpie, a roller ball pen, a fountain pen, or a pencil?

A Sharpie fine point! I love those markers! I always wish my handwriting was a little better though.
Your favorite flavor of pie … because we’re heading into pie season!
Pecan pie. I love homemade pecan pie. It’s the best pie of the season! And I love how it makes the whole house smell like the holidays when you are baking it!

What are you currently working on in the book world?

Right now, I’m taking a much-needed break. ;) Katie in Waiting just released (sooo excited!!) and now, I’m taking the last couple of weeks before baby girl joins us to get a few things done for her and around the house. I’m also trying to make myself rest every day and soak in the holiday season! After she’s born and, God willing, we’re all adjusting to life with three kids, I’ll get back to work.

Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?

I would love to!!! Here’s a scene featuring Katie and Eliza:

“Do you have dinner plans?”

I snort. “Do I ever have dinner plans?”

“I sense some bitterness.”

“Not bitterness. Just…” Actually, maybe bitterness was the right word, but saying it out loud just sounds so…so…

Well, bitter. It’s not a word that a good Christian girl is supposed to have as part of her description.

“Well, you have plans tonight,” Eliza declares. “We are going bowling.”

“I’m sorry?”

“Bowling? You know, that sport where you chuck a shiny, marbled-looking ball down a very slick runway and it crashes into a bunch of white things that look like a weird play on a turkey leg?”

I grin. “I know what bowling is, Eliza. Though, I’ve never heard it described like that before.”

“They do look like turkey legs.”

Now that I’m thinking about it, I can kind of see it.

Thank you so much for having me on here!! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Are You Coming?

"Mom! Are you coming to read to us?"

"Mom, are you coming to sew on my AWANA badge?"

"Are you coming to volunteer at the church this weekend?"

"Are you coming to work out at the gym tonight?"

"Are you coming to Bible Study?"

"Are you coming to the whole foods store with me?"

"Are you coming to get the laundry out of the washer so it doesn't stink? Are you coming to start the washer?"

"Mom, are you coming to my game, my play, my practice?"

"Are you coming to volunteer at the school?"

"Are you coming to the homeschool co-op?"

"Are you coming for your annual physical?"

"Are you coming to clean the park?"

"Are you coming to serve at the senior center?"

"Are you coming to story time at the library?"

"Are you coming? Are you coming? Are you coming?"

Phew! I get exhausted just writing this!

Do you ever get tired of answering this question?

One day, I was making my family supper when I had three family members, from three different parts of the house, all saying: "Are you coming?!"

In complete exhaustion, it dawned on me that I'm asked this question hundreds of times a week, in numerous different ways. Almost always, I want to say: "Yes!" Because most of the time, "Are you coming?" is an invitation to something good, meaningful, and productive.

So then, why am I left feeling drained when I say "Yes!"?

Because the One voice, who speaks the softest, is the One I often answer: "Hold on just a minute. I'll get to you when I've done all of these other good, meaningful, and productive things."

But the problem is, nothing else in life can be as good, as meaningful, or as productive as spending time in God's Word and in prayer. Often, when I've neglected God, all of the other things lose their goodness, their meaningfulness, and their productivity, and I'm left feeling frustrated, stressed out, and overwhelmed.

So I've had to learn (the hard way) how to prioritize. I don't always do it well, and many times I forget, or get lazy...but I try.

God. Family. Writing Ministry.

When I put God first, His Word fills me up and gives me the energy I need to face the rest of my day. It helps me be loving, kind, understanding, patient, and so much more. It gives me the right perspective to see things through other people's eyes. It gives me wisdom and knowledge to answer tough questions. It gives me encouragement to offer to others who are struggling. It gives me hope to share with a hurting world. It gives me patience to deal with day-to-day frustrations.

God is my Living Well that never runs dry. He is my Bread of Life that never stops nourishing. When my thirst is quenched, and my hungry is satisfied, I am ready to offer my life in the service of others.

It really is a remarkable plan that God designed.

I don't know about you, but I needed this encouragement and reminder today. It's so easy to let the cares of this world weigh us down. It's so easy to lose sight of the One who is take those burdens from our shoulders, if we'll only answer "Yes!" when He asks: "My beloved, are you coming?"

What about you? Do you have a hard time saying "Yes" to God's call? Are the cares of this world weighing you down? Is it easy to discipline yourself to stay in the Word? I'd love to hear your heart on this topic.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Research Books!

Erica Here:

I had a wonderful delivery arrive this weekend. I've been researching Civil War Medicine lately, and I went cyber-shopping at The Museum of Civil War Medicine bookstore. You can find out more about the museum HERE:

I have definitely put this museum and its two satellite museums on my bucket list!

Here are some of the books I received.
So excited when I saw this return address label.

And inside was THIS return address label.

How charming is this? They sent the books wrapped in old fashioned twine. 

EEEEK! These sorts of special touches just thrill my soul.

I've already read this one, and it is fantastic. 

I had no idea so many doctors were court-martialed, discharged, and otherwise disciplined!

Heartbreaking, but so valuable as a primary source.
This books lists all the casualties treated at these temporary hospitals after Antietam.

Okay, so this one isn't Civil War medicine, but I'm intrigued, and it would be so helpful for other stories I write.

And most charmingly of all, the manager of the bookstore sent a sweet little note.

So, have you gotten any new books lately?