Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: In Perfect Time, by Sarah Sundin

There is a growing interest in WWII fiction--which totally satiates my appetite for this era and my love of all things 1940's. I've long been fascinated by WWII and have an entire room in my basement dedicated to my Grandfather's memorabilia from his four year stint in the war. I've even been asked why I don't write WWII novels. Here's why: I've never felt I can do that era justice.

But Sarah Sundin can.

She is one of my all time, top of the list, favorite authors (and people). And her recent release of In Perfect Time doesn't disappoint. The woman's book is a time machine back to a day so glorified by those of us who didn't experience it, filled with heroism, and yet painful, aching, terrifying memories to the ones who survived that period of time.

And Sarah Sundin captures it all.

Romance between an Army Air Force flight nurse who flirts like a veritable pin up girl and leaves broken hearts in her wake, and a C-47 pilot who isn't conscious of her existence or her charms.

Caught behind enemy lines. A desperate escape. The certainty of loss, injury, death and war. But through it all, the glimmer of faith, the whisper of hope, and the promise of love.

I love Sarah's heroes. Strong and capable, with authentic male emotions (or lack thereof ;) ). I'm also thoroughly convinced that Sarah is a genius when writing her heroines, because no two are strikingly similar. They all stand alone and aren't copies of the author herself, or of other heroines previously written by the author.

Yes yes yes yes yes yes. In Perfect Time is another no-brainer. Buy it. Read it. Share it.

Leave a comment below to be entered to win your free copy (please include your email address, and what type of copy you prefer -- ebook or paperback). Contest limited to the USA.

Do you know any wartime heroes?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

TBT - The First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery in the Civil War

Battle Flag of the First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery - Minnesota State Historical Society Museum, St. Paul, MN

Today's Throwback Thursday reflects the reading I've been doing over the past month or so. In July, my husband and I took our first road trip through the Deep South, stopping at Civil War sites along the way. Being from Minnesota, we paid special attention to those sites where MN soldiers campaigned.

When most people, if they're interested in the Civil War at all, hear "The First Minnesota," they think infantry, the first volunteer soldiers for the Union, the unit that stopped Pickett's famous charge at Gettysburg and changed the course of the war.

But this flag belongs to the First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery. Cannons, not rifles. They saw action in the Army of the West, Grant's Army. 

 
The Minnesota Monument at Vicksburg, MS
Lady Liberty with the Sword of War and the Wreath of Peace
 On our vacation, we stopped at the battlefield of Vicksburg, MS, and there we saw the monument erected to the MN soldiers who took part in the siege. As an artillery unit, the 1st MN took part in the daily (and nightly) barrage of the river town that lasted 47 days. Thousands of shells descended on the city, and the cannon gunners were kept busy round the clock.
The First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery Monument at Vicksburg, 1907.
Reunion of the First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery, Winona, MN 1888

This battery marched with Sherman to the sea and had the honor of participating in the Grand Army Review in Washington D.C. following the war. Their total fatalities during the war totaled 38 men, 1 officer and 7 enlisted men killed in action or dying as a result of wounds, 1 officer and 29 enlisted men dying of disease. 

What about you? Is there a particular battle or regiment of the Civil War that interests you?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time to Set Those Goals Again

Here's the selfie that Jaime mentioned in yesterday's post. Silly cat, trying to be a fur scarf.
Can you believe that September is almost upon us? If you're like me, you're still blinking and trying to smooth down your hair in the windy wake of summer whooshing by. :)

For me, the coming of September means it's time to set some new goals, both for the coming month and the rest of this calendar year and beyond. Fall is a super-busy writing time for me, always, but especially this year. And I have some things on the horizon that I know I need to plan for all the way through next summer.

So, breaking my goals down into short and long-term, here are my writing goals for the next year:


  • Short Term Goals (September)
  1. Finish revisions on The Archaeologist's Find novella and turn it in to my editor by 9/15. 
  2. Prepare pitch/conference materials for ACFW Conference
  3. Attend ACFW Conference the third week of Sept. 
  4. Begin A Bride for Bear novella due 11/1.
  • Medium range goals (From Oct. 1 through Jan. 1)
  1. Finish A Bride for Bear and turn it in to my editor by 11/1.
  2. Plot The Damsel and the Detective (sequel to The Cactus Creek Challenge) in preparation for NaNoWriMo.
  3. Dive into and hopefully win NaNo again this year.
  4. Promote the release of Colorado Dawn (12/1/14)
  • Long Range Goals (Jan. 1 through Aug. 1, 2015)
  1. Assemble a street team for The Cactus Creek Challenge releasing 7/1/15. (More on this later)
  2. Plan a marketing strategy with the co-authors of The Eligible Bachelor Collection and The Convenient Bride Collection releasing 5/1/15 and 6/1/15 respectively. 
  3. Finish The Damsel and the Detective. 
  4. Plot and write The Bounty Hunter's Bride (Book three in the Cactus Creek series.)
Whew! When I read through this list, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. I have to remind myself that none of this will be accomplished in a day. This is a process. Like strength training, or dieting, or learning a new skill, accomplishing writing goals is done by daily persistence and practice. 

How about you? Are you setting goals, writing or otherwise? Do you make them for the short and long term?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is There A Place for Selfies?

I believe selfies get a bad rap.

Apparently, they come with the stigma that the human on the other end is consumed with their own face. But that's not the case. And, I'm here to set the record straight.

There is a place for selfies.

Consider reading your favorite blog posts, Facebook pages, and Tweets with no attached selfies. Boooooring. It's like watching Steve Martin in "Father of the Bride" with black construction paper over your face. Steve Martin isn't Steve Martin without the visual aid of his facial and body expressions. Let's face it, a selfie brings a post to life.

And if we were vain, conceited folks, we wouldn't post pics like this:

THAT is not the face of a self-obsessed love affair with good looks. It's also not a desperate attempt at a popularity contest. Nor is it an application for The Bachelorette. Although perhaps Survivor, consider it IS the face of a writer who spent most the night writing to meet deadline and was preparing for a long day at work.

Believe it or not, I've had a few people complain that I'm obsessed with taking selfies. That Facebook is filled of selfies of Jaime with coffee mugs, Starbucks, espresso, and more coffee. Well then. I'm sure that is a highly offensive picture that must be removed from FB IMMEDIATELY. (I could see the argument for said selfie to the right--I'm offended just staring at myself).

LOL. Ok, all snark aside, do you really want to know why I love selfies? Not the ones of myself, but the ones of other people?

I GET TO KNOW YOU!!

SO much personality is portrayed in a good selfie. Anne stinks at taking selfies. Which is why I LOVE her selfies!!!!! They're always lopsided, or her face half cut off, or so close I see her nose pores, or sometimes perfectly centered but blurry. Either way, it's my Anne-Girl. My sister. And her personality shines through her smile, her raised coffee mug, her beautiful face. Sheesh!!! I get to SEE her in a selfie. I would be bereft if she didn't send them to me.

And Erica! She posted a selfie this weekend on Facebook that cracked me up. Her cat wrapped around her neck like a backward boa. Loved it. Laughed out loud, literally. It was a fantastic selfie filled with joy, wit, and life.

So take selfies. Share yourself. The Lord made amazing personalities and people. Selfies are polluted when they're posed as glamour shots, or seductive, or so on. Selfies that share a little bit of God's awesomeness in you? They make my day!!!

Head over to my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jaimewrightbooks and post a selfie of you and your personality today!! I want to get to know you face to face. Keep it real, but keep it clean or this post will blow up in my face and I'll have to delete your pic asap.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Rhythms of Life

When you feel the wind get cooler, and sense a change coming on the air, it's good to embrace the rhythm of life. I'm sure there are books about how best to "do" empty-nesting, but so far my plan is just to embrace this. So Ted and I started with stacking wood together and then we canned 40 quarts of tomatoes!
There's something comforting about the start of school each year, the dog days of summer, and the repetition of things we do every season.             


So instead of sitting around feeling weird, we pulled out the old splattered Ball Blue Book. Do you have one? My mother gave me mine for our wedding.

Sometimes a feeling of accomplishment soothes the frayed edges and makes you too tired to obsess over things we should surrender to the Lord anyway.

Beside canning tomatoes, I've decided so far, the top 5 ways to embrace empty-nesting are: 
1. Pray and rejoice.
2. Spend quality time with your spouse.
3. Be intentional
4. Laugh a lot
5. Remember that an empty nest doesn't equal an empty life, it's just a new normal and a time to have fun!

If you are in a new season, or emptying your nest, what are you doing to embrace the rhythms of life?
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Your questions answered

Jaime is marooned in the far north with S...l...o...w internet access, so she asked me to post for Friday this week.


Since you all asked Jaime such fun questions last week, I thought I'd take a shot at answering them myself. (You can find Jaime's answers HERE.)

Jolene asked Even though fall is your favorite season, name something you really love about summer :
Actually, summer is my favorite season, and winter is my least favorite, but there are a few things I like about winter.
  1. Hot Earl Grey tea.
  2. My fleece jammie pants.
  3. Christmas!

Danie Walther asked:
What kind of Starbucks drink do you like? How often do you go too Starbucks?

I don't go to Starbucks often, partly because the Starbucks here in Rochester, MN is downtown and not easily accessible. But when I do visit a Starbucks, I usually drink either iced tea or Earl Grey, depending on the outside temperature. I do visit my local coffee shop, Dunn Brothers, four or five times a week when I'm on a writing deadline.

Susan P asked:
If you could live at a coffee house, would you? 

Um...yeah, I could live at Dunn Brothers. :)

Salyna asked:
 I haven't roamed this site so I was wondering what all your posts are about? How long have you had this blog and do you have any others? Also, Are you a big fan of Julie Lessman?

Jaime answered this one admirably regarding this blog and its history. as to being a fan of Julie Lessman...she's a beautiful woman, inside and out. If you get to meet her in person, you'll be overwhelmed with her passion for life, for Jesus, and for writers. She's a gem!

Sarah asked:
What is your favorite book you have read this year?
What is something you would love to do, if money was no object? 
Your favorite Bible verse, at the moment (if you're anything like me, it probably changes fairly often)?

Favorite Book this year...I discovered Craig Johnson's Longmire series, and I've devoured every one. I think his Hell is Empty might've been my favorite.

If money was no object...What Jaime said about bringing Katie Gansher's baby girl home from the Congo was a great answer. Beyond that, I think I'd visit the British Museum and stay for a month!

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not, for I am with thee. Be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Heidi Robbins asked:
What is your favorite flavor of doughnut and ice cream?

Doughnut? Bavarian Creme filled, chocolate covered Bismark.
Ice Cream? Maple Pecan or fresh, homemade peach.

Bonton asked:
Just wondering how many books you have completed, how many are in the works and/or planning stages (any hints on storylines ??), and where are you in your journey to being published ?? 

I have 14 novels and novellas published, with four more in the works. I've got several in the planning stage that I need to get solidified so I can talk to editors about them. Hints on story lines?  You can learn about my upcoming releases in by clicking  HERE 

Teri asked:
If you could talk to one woman from the Bible who would it be and why?

Esther. I've always loved her story. And my mom's name is Esther. :)

Gail H asked:

I would love to know about your salvation experience. How old were you? How did the Holy Spirit get your attention? How did you know it was real?

I was eleven when I realized that salvation was a personal experience, and that I wasn't 'saved' by going to church, or because my parents were saved. The Holy Spirit got my attention through my fourth grade Sunday school teacher, Ann Cromwell. I know it was real because the Bible says it is and Jesus in my life makes a big difference. :)

These were so fun! Thanks for asking such fun questions. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TBT John T. Wilder

Today's Throwback Thursday is inspired by the book I'm currently reading. Blue Lightning: Wilder's Mounted Infantry Brigade at the Battle of Chickamauga by Richard A. Baumgartner.

Colonel Wilder was a remarkable man in that he was willing to consider unconventional methods to protect his men and turn them into one of the most effective fighting forces the world had ever seen to that point.

His troops were infantry and fought on foot, but when he was charged with chasing John Hunt-Morgan's cavalry, he petitioned his superiors to allow him to mount his men in order to make them more mobile.

Perhaps even more significant, Wilder armed his men with Spencer repeating rifles. This enabled his men to shoot seven times faster than their opponents with single-shot muzzle-loading rifles. Wilder's Indiana and Illinois troops showed their rifles' superiority at the Battle of Hoover's Gap and at Chickamauga.

Having recently visited the Chickamauga Battlefield, I was eager to learn more about this interesting brigade and its fearless commander. He was so beloved by his men, they erected in his honor the only privately funded monument at the Chickamauga Battlefield. The tower stands 85 feet tall on a rise near Widow Glenn's home.

Wilder Monument - Chickamauga

The view across Glenn Field toward Brotherton Field from the top of the Wilder Monument
I've almost finished reading Blue Lightning, and I'm more fascinated than ever. 

Have you visited Chickamauga or another Civil War Battlefield?  Have you heard of Wilder's Lightning Brigade?


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A New Normal

Homeschooling - the early days

Life doesn't stand still. As much as I would love to grab time by the tail and slow it down a bit, I can't.

I tend to mull over these thoughts whenever I'm facing another milestone or change in my life and family. The change that happens next week is that my younger child will start college.

After so many years of homeschooling, it's so odd to think of not teaching this fall. No curriculum to buy, no lesson plans to work out, no homework to grade.

In addition, no high school basketball season go gear up for. No practices to schedule around, no games to travel to, no programs to design and print.

I'm standing on the cusp of a whole new normal for me, and it's both thrilling and a bit daunting. People keep asking me what I'm going to do with all my time now, and the truth is, I don't know. I have a few options open to me, but I don't want to jump into anything without thought and prayer.

Are you facing a new normal?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday's Top 10


What fun questions you all posed on Friday! And who woulda predicted there would be 10 questions posted. So here goes my answers to your top 10 inquiries:

Julie Baker asked:
Where did you get the inspiration for the book you just completed?

Wow. That's a loaded question. Inspiration came from a number of areas. First, was my insatiable desire to help women find the balance between having their own strong identity but also reconciling that with the fact that our identiy is forever grounded in not who we are as our own person, but who God is in us. Therein, we find fulfillment as the Creator of the universe is personally injected into our lives and concerned with who we are. Perfection not needed. Grace in abundance. Outside of that spiritual theme, the story itself was inspired by a sweet gray pitbull doggy who became my muse for Penn, my heroine's nanny dog (ca. 1890). Also the inspiration came from news stories of haunted men who fixate on one woman and act out their agressions through sinister acts. Sort of the stalker type. You know...creep factor. Hope that answers your question! :)

Jolene asked:
Even though fall is your favorite season, name something you really love about summer :)

Wow, that's rough 'cause I really, REALLY do not like summer. I guess I would say playing in the rain with my Kokomo Jo and doing silly dances while we get soaking wet. It helps redeem the sweltering humid heat.

Danie Walther asked:
What kind of Starbuck drink do you like? How often do you go too Starbucks ;).
Eeesh. Narrowed down? My main standby is a good old triple shot venti hazelnut latte, sometimes with a pump of mocha. I go to Starbucks a few times a month. I know, I know, it seems I'm there everyday but really $5 a day equals out to about $200 a month. Yep. Don't have that much in the pocket book.

Susan P asked:
If you could live at a coffee house, would you? :)
Ummmm....sure? :) Is there a bed, a fireplace, and a bookshelf too?

Salyna asked:
 I haven't roamed this site so I was wondering what all your posts are about? How long have you had this blog and do you have any others? Also, Are you a big fan of Julie Lessman?

The posts here are a conglomeration of myself, Anne Love, and Erica Vetsch. We're all writers but our posts are less about writing and more about the variety of life and fellowshipping with you all. Sort of like we're hanging out in a coffee shop :)  I do contribute to another blog: http://naptimenovelists.blogspot.com, it's fledgling and just getting off its feet. About writers with small kids and how we survive the chaos. And Julie Lessman is a DOLL!! She's an amazing person in real life. Vivacious, full of energy and love, and yes, I'm a huge Julie fan -- even if she didn't write amazing books.

Sarah asked:
What is your favorite book you have read this year?
What is something you would love to do, if money was no object?
Really random, but I found this blog when you reviewed Ronie Kendig's Talon - have you read any of her other books?
Your favorite Bible verse, at the moment (if you're anything like me, it probably changes fairly often)?
Wow. Ok. Favorite book this year is a toss between Karen Barnett's "Out of the Ruins" and Kristy Cambron's "The Butterfly and the Violin". Also my crit partners manuscripts that are yet unpublished so I can't spill the beans on their work. ;)

If money was no object? I would pay off anyone and anything to bring Author Katie Ganshert's baby girl home from the Congo and get that adoption complete and that little girl in her mommas arms for good. 

My favorite Bible verse. Ooooo... I'd have to go with Psalm 118:4-6 - "Now let those who fear the Lord say that his loving kindness endures forever. Out of my distress, I called on the Lord. The Lord answered me with freedom. The Lord is on my side. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

Heidi Robbins asked:
What is your favorite flavor of doughnut and ice cream?

Doughnut? Definitely custard filled eclairs. Ice cream? Usually cookie dough is my standby...or coffee :)

Bonton asked:
Just wondering how many books you have completed, how many are in the works and/or planning stages (any hints on storylines ??), and where are you in your journey to being published ??

I have completed four novels, with another in the brainstorming works, and two more ideas submitted for review to my agent. Where am at on my journey? LOL It's a slow moving beast. But I have one book out to publishers for review and another being submitted in September. Hints on storylines? They're pretty hush hush for now, but I can say they're filled with suspense set in historical settings ca. 1890's and all in the midwest or northern regions. No prairies, ranches, or plains for me. All my books try to have wierd or unique settings. :)

Teri asked:
If you could talk to one woman from the Bible who would it be and why?

Probably Deborah. I think she's pretty stinkin' awesome. Woman judge, totally connected to God, and brave as all get out. I'd want to have some of her passion and courage ooze into me.

Gail H asked:

I would love to know about your salvation experience. How old were you? How did the Holy Spirit get your attention? How did you know it was real?

And she goes for the BIG question. In short: I was 3 years old when I decided Jesus was pretty cool and I needed to pay attention :) So the HS got a hold of me at a tiny age. But that's good 'cause I'm a rather headstrong, opinionated soul with a will that's hard to bust through. So, being submitted to the Lord at 3 set me up for a good foundation. I knew it was real that moment but have always challenged to know the apologetics behind my beliefs so they're not based in emotion or sensationalized feelings. But then, I'm a common sense sort of person and things like archaelogy, science, and other such things only have served to strengthen the argument that God is definitely the Master. My Master.

What fun this was!!! Hope this was fun for you too. HEIDI ROBBINS is the winner of the book pack :)

Now, here's my question for YOU: Who is your hero in life (outside of Jesus or God ;)?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Launch Day!

No, it's not a book launch. It's a launch of our youngest son, off to college.


We got home from the drop-off late last night, and I knew I'd still need to post a blog this morning.

I tossed and turned for two nights, but mostly I'm good with this phase of our son's life. He's an amazing kid, really. I know I'm biased, but he is. So why did I toss and turn?

My heart was full of eighteen years of things that I hope and pray will sustain him in the dark moments of questioning who he is, where he should go, who he should spend time with, and what career path God wants to lead him down. As parents our job isn't done, it's just different now.

Our dear friends also sent their son off this week, and the father joked that if he could develop a fly-on-the-wall app, he'd be rich! Then we saw every scratch, bump, bruise, sniffle, sneeze, homework assignment, late alarm clock, missed bus, sleepover, practice, performance....you get it. But now, we will watch from afar and get snippets of download dump when he comes home with a bag of dirty laundry and a late night unload of stories that he gets to decide if he wants to tell--or not.

What scripture should I choose for this moment?
...yeah, though I walk through the valley of death, thou art with me....no, no, not that one.
...for this reason a son shall leave his father and mother, and join together...no, no, not that one.
...honor thy father and mother....ok, maybe?
...love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God....yes, closer.
...you knit me together in my mother's womb, and even before a thought is on my tongue You know it. Where can I go that You are not there...ah, yes, I love Psalm 139.
...I will uphold you with My righteous right hand....sigh, peace is coming now.

He leaves for his first semester abroad this week. Then my daughter leaves and our nest will be empty. Yet, we are not alone. For God so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son...and I cannot fathom how the Father felt when He sent His only son off to live with us, but I'm so grateful He sent
his Holy Spirit to whisper promises in my heart.
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Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Random Book Giveaway!

This is me. On a good day. After I finished my edits and rewarded myself with Starbucks.

This is also me making the horrible admission that I have no book report for you this week because of said edits.

This is me saying, because of this lapse in my free time, I'm going to giveaway some books just for fun.

This is me asking you leave a comment, something creative, that you want to know about me and I'll answer all the questions on Tuesday's blog. (assuming they're clean questions and not something weird or totally inappropriate) :)


IF you leave a question for me, then you'll be entered to win this fun little book prize pack:




Thursday, August 14, 2014

TBT: Celeb Look Alike?

Looking through old family photos, it's common to see whose resemblance you most reflect.
In an older blogpost, TBT: Reminiscent Reflections, I talked about old family photos such as this one where I look like my great grandmother Susie.



Last night I was watching my favorite show, "Who Do You Think You Are?", where the celebs research their family lines back and talk about story revelations they discover. It's so fun.
Do you ever look at your old photos and compare them to celebrities?
How about this one in my family:
This is my great grandfather, Earl Reed, beside Tom Cruise:
What about you, or your family? Do any of you resemble a celeb?
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When Life Hands You Lemons

...Make Lemon Cough Drops

Jaime and I at Starbucks writing and drinking coffee and tea.

We'd had this writing weekend on the calendar for weeks. We were going to slay the word count and edit the chapters to perfection.

Jaime and I were so looking forward to this weekend. And not just us. My daughter Heather was included, and she was going to hang with Jaime's little ones and play "preschool" and free Jaime for some writing time.

Then the plague hit. One by one we all fell to various illness in the days leading up to the weekend. Laryngitis, colds, croup, fevers. ARGH!

Should we cancel? Should we not?

In the end, we decided not to cancel. We would power through. The kids were feeling better (mostly) and Jaime and I just had colds.

So Heather and I drove to Jaime's house. It was such fun to see where she lived and to meet her kidlets (Who are every bit as cute in person as they are in her photographs.)

In spite of the fog of cold medicines, I managed to write quite a bit, and Jaime got a chunk of edits done on her newly-completed novel.

Thank you to Jaime for hosting us at her place. Though we weren't at our sparking best and wound up going to bed at 9 pm instead of staying up to watch a movie, we made some fun memories, got to know each other better, and made progress on our work.

It was a good reminder to me that things don't have to go exactly according to my plans in order to work out just fine.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stand in Awe

My favorite worship song:

Everyone needs compassion,Love that's never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.
Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We're singing for the glory of the risen King...Jesus

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.
My Saviour, you can move the mountains,
You are mighty to save,
You are mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation,
You rose and conquered the grave,
Yes you conquered the grave


Hear the song!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08YZF87OBQ

Stand in awe today ... okay? Everything pales in comparison.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday's Devo: Still Point

Psalm 46 has long been my favorite Psalm. In 1986 when my husband (then fiancĂ©) was leaving for January Term to Mexico, I copied this in a love letter and tucked it in his Bible. It's still there.

This week I recall this soothing psalm as my son prepares to leave for Ireland for three months, my daughter goes back to school, and our nest empties. Though this summer has been tumultuous, at the center of the storms and roaring seas, is the still center--Christ, whispering that He is not in the storms of my life, but rather, He's the still gentle voice of the Spirit.




Psalm 46 English Standard Version (ESV)

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.

6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

As I look away from the laundry list of things that constitute the looming mountains I scaled this summer, I draw to the still point. And there, I hear Him say to me sweet sweet secrets that only my heart can hear. Like a lover whispers to his love, words meant only for her, He speaks to my spirit and speaks truth only a loving God could know I desperately need.

Draw near to your still point.
He is not in the storms of life or the roar of the seas,
or the upheaval of the nations.

He is God.
He will be exalted in all the earth.
Amen.
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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, August 8, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: With Every Breath, by Elizabeth Camden


It's always a pleasant joy to receive an Elizabeth Camden release in the mail. A good mixture of romance, history and mystery all wrapped into one. Her latest WITH EVERY BREATH is no exception.

Set in the 1890's the main heroine, Kate Livingston begins a close working relationship with Dr. Trevor McDonough in an effort to find a cure for tuberculosis. Sabotage, old grudges, and secretive pasts all make this another ride through history's grand methods of ruining lives and causing injury.

The romance is palpable. I did enjoy. While it develops quickly and the hero and heroine have little doubt as to each other's feelings, circumstances and personal fears add enough tension to keep them apart and the book moving forward.

As usual, Camden's mastery is in her knowledge of history, of the times, the methods, techniques, lifestyles and even the American Navy. That alone makes this novel a rich read but yet, she has the finesse to keep it fiction that will keep even the non-history buff intrigued and entertained.

Tuberculosis was a wild disease that spread through the USA. What other diseases would you want to read about as a setting in a novel? And enter to win YOUR copy of this release below:

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scrapbooking This Writing Life

The other day I was texting with my writer buddy Georgiana Daniels when we got to calculating how long we'd been writing fiction. I can't believe it's been ten years since I took those first, tentative steps to write down the stories crashing about in my head.

In order to chronicle some of this winding journey, my daughter and I started a scrapbook back in 2008. Whenever anything major happens in my writing life, we make a scrapbook page. You can read about the scrapbook and see the first pages by clicking HERE

Recently, Heather and I got to make new scrapbook pages, which is always super exciting, because it means something has happened. I still can't believe it, but we added SIX new pages! I thought you might like a peek at what we've been up to. 




This is a page devoted to the large-print editions of some of my books. I'm thrilled that Thorndike Press has chosen some of my titles to issue in large print. I like the 'scrappy' look of this page with it's various papers looking like they were scattered with a casual hand. 




Here's the page for the upcoming novel The Cactus Creek Challenge. In this story the sheriff and the schoolteacher of Cactus Creek, TX exchange jobs for one month for a charity event. Mayhem ensues. :) I chose the upper and lower case letters for the title to show how 'out of whack' the characters feel as the story unfolds. When I get official cover art, it will go in the center. I can't wait to see what the designers at Barbour come up with. :)


This page is devoted to the repackaged versions of ELEVEN of my novels. (That's just crazy!) Heather designed this page using 'barn board' paper, 'burlap' paper, and 3-D sunflowers. The top three books each contain three of my Heartsong novels, and the bottom two each contain one of my trade-length novels paired with another author's story with a similar setting. I'm thrilled to have my work alongside Keli Gwyn's and Ramona Cecil's. 

A close-up of the header on this page. :)


This is the page for my novella "A Palace on the Plains" which will be included in the Homestead Brides Collection (Available for pre-order by clicking HERE and scheduled for release 2/1/15.)  I love the flowers swirling in a prairie wind and the soddy which features prominently in the story. The cover art will go in the upper left. The story is about a traveling seamstress who comes to the prairie and finds that any place, even a soddy, can be a palace if the one you love is there. 

My darling Heather with the scrapbook. Isn't she cute? And that is my cat perched on the back of the recliner, pouting because nobody is holding her. Spoiled brat.


Sigh. I have a crush on this hero, and I haven't even written the story yet. His name is Bear, and he's about to have his world turned upside-down by three little girls who need a home and the one woman who can tame him. I love this page. I found a picture of "Bear" that shows both his fierce protective side and his total bewilderment with women in general and his four in particular. The three dresses on the clothesline are so sweet and so PINK. A Bride for Bear will appear in The Convenient Bride Collection in 2015. 


This is the page for the story I'm currently writing, The Archaeologist's Find. (The title of the story is written in hieroglyphs.) The hero is an archaeologist who finds himself thrust into the limelight of New York Society after discovering the tomb of an Egyptian princess. The heroine is an heiress who would rather be painting and sketching rather than shopping the 'marriage market' of NYC society--much to the dismay of her parents. The unlikely friendship of Max and Ally turns to more, but will they be able to dig out from under everyone else's expectations and uncover the true treasure they have in one another?

So, I don't scrapbook my kids' baby pictures or major achievements, but I do scrapbook my 'book babies' and major writing events....does that make me a bad mama?

Do you scrapbook? Do you have a favorite from the pages above? Which of these stories would you pick up first?
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