Sunday, November 22, 2015

Early Bird Special!!!

IT IS OFFICIAL: Early Bird Special for Wordsowers Christian Writers 2016 Conference. Our official website isn't up, but you can sigh up for the conference now. 
Early Bird Special is 1/2 price, just $40.00, Share this with your friends. It's a valuable price break and your food is included. When the official site is set up you will receive more about the scheduled workshops.Check out this webpage:

This writing group puts on a TERRIFIC conference for a BARGAIN price! There is something for every type of Christian writer. I urge you to check it out. Inline image 1

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Shamless Plug!

This is my next release. It's a novella collection that releases on January 1, 2016. I've had the cover image on my blog for a while if you've notice. It's available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Barbour Publishing and Last time I looked it's on sale on all of these websites!

Also Harlequin has all their back list romance ebooks on sale for $1.99. I have never seen this happen before. So if you love a good romance you should definately check this out. Of course, all but one of my Harlequin Heartsongs are included in this sale including the RITA Finalist, The Widow's Suitor. They are available on the Harlequin website, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

If you need a stocking stuffer or $5 exchange gift, two of my inspirational romance novels are still in print and under $5. Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart and Sweet on the Cowgirl print copies are available at Barnes & Noble and

Lastly, Dakota Love is the perfect gift for a quilter and reader in your life! It's available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Barbour Books.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Channeling My Inner Child!

As you all know I write for the Christian children's genre as well as romance novels. Yesterday I had a chance to channel my inner child at my oldest granddaughter's birthday party.

What excellent 'market' research. Experiencing and observing what the age group I write for enjoys. Inflatables!

Here is what I learned playing as a child:

Inflatables are fun. FUN!

Children like to race through the obstacle course. Not just my granddaughters, their friends and my son.

Children are inclusive. They don't care how old you are, they want you to play along with them.

Children are open to new ideas like making a train going down the inflatable slide.

Children are impatient. They can't wait for old ladies to climb up the slide stairs to race down with them. They have to slide down as soon as they reach the top!

Are you writing for a certain age child and are suddenly stuck? Go do what they do!

 Shop in the mall if you are writing for teens or preteens and watch their actions, their clothes choices or the stores they shop in.

For younger children, go to a park and play. Feel the wind in your face as you swing, the exhilaration as you slide down a twisting slide or the satisfaction of completing an obstacle course. If you're not up for outside, attend a children's movie or play. Sit in the back and observe. What punch lines tickle their fancy? Which character do they cheer for?

Put yourself in their world to add accuracy to your stories. Do you have any other ideas to reach your inner child?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the day, I thought I'd share some Halloween memories!

My favorite Halloween costume as a child was Bewitched. It was store bought costume and the mask was as pretty as the real Elizabeth Montgomery!

My favorite Halloween book as a child was The Witch Next Door. I still have it.

My favorite 'scary' book as an adult is The Bad Seed. It's the first book I read with a twist ending. I still have it too.

My favorite "Halloweenish" television show was The Munster's. My sister has the Munster Family paperdolls.

My favorite horror movie is....I don't have one. I don't like horror movies. They scare me!

My new favorite "Halloweensih" television show is GRIMM.

Can to share any of your goolish memories?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

November Approaches

And writers know what November brings -National Novel Writing Month.

In case you don't know, this is a program where writers get 50,000 words on paper during the month of November.

I've participated several times and completed two novels under contract. This year I have a short story assignment to work on, a children's novel I plan to revise, and a new book idea to brainstorm.

It's not exactly getting 50,000 words on paper, but at least it's a goal!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Hiatus is Over!

Yes, I took two months off from my blog. I'd like to say it was to finish a proposal or I was under deadline. It's wasn't. I just needed a break.

Now I did have both of those things, but neither of those reasons are a good excuse. I've written my blog through both of them before!

This weeks blog will be an update. So this is what I've been up to over the last two months:

Obviously, by the picture at the top of the post, I have a new book releasing! It's a novella collection and the release date is January 1st. However, it is available for preorder on Amazon and at the publisher's website. If you visit the Barbour website you will find it's on SALE if you preorder it.

I completed a 13 story short story assignment in August and have received an assignment from the publisher for 13 more short stories that is due in January.

I am working on a romance proposal package that I hope to have wrapped up and to my agent by the end of the month. Of course, I know it may still need tweaking before it's ready to be sent to an editor.

I've been asked to speak at a Wordsower Conference in the Omaha, Nebraska area next spring. I'll be covering work for hire assignments in the Christian children's genre.

I found out this weekend, The Widow's Suitor, placed second in the Booksellers Buyers Contest. Although the book didn't place first in any contest I entered it in, I had an excellent showing in three contests.

I am starting to enter Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart in contests.

That's it for me!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


I decided to celebrate the end of summer. I've hosting giveaways on two different websites. One is on Amazon. This is the first time I've tried a giveaway on Amazon. They make it very easy for author's to offer their book as a giveaway. You have three chances to win on Amazon. I'm giving away a copy of Dakota Love and two copies of Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart and Sweet on the Cowgirl.

You can also visit Goodreads and enter my giveaway of Wedding on the Rocks. Wedding on the Rocks isn't available in print anymore, but I have a few print copies! I'm giving away two copies of this book which was a finalist in two contests last year. 

All of the contests should be active by Wednesday, so please stop by and enter!