Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jerome Teel is a graduate of Union University, where he received his JD, cum laude,
from the Ole Miss School of Law. He is actively involved in his church, local charities, and youth sports.He has always loved legal-suspense novels and is a political junkie. He is also the author of The Election, another political thriller that we reviewed November of '06.Jerome and his wife, Jennifer, have three children...Brittney, Trey, and Matthew...and they reside in Tennessee where he practices law and is at work on a new novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK
"They aren't hiding just one something, but a bunch of somethings..."Small town southern lawyer, Elijah Faulkner is a dying breed...an attorney that actually takes pleasure in fighting injustice by working hard for the little guy. But when he takes on a case to defend a philandering doctor with a pregnant wife in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial, Eli is not so sure he is on the 'right' side.Back in Washington D.C., supreme Court Justice Martha Robinson has died, presenting an unprecedented opportunity for conservative President Richard Wallace to impact the direction of the highest court in the land. He believes God put him in the presidency for just such a time as this...to make a Divine Appointment. Not everyone is thrilled with the president's nominee, however. And some will stop at nothing, including murder, to prevent his confirmation by the Senate.A lobbyist with a vendetta, a small-time Mafioso, an investigative reporter with a Watergate complex, and a powerful Washington political machine combine to create a fast-paced suspense novel that explores the anatomy of a murder, and the ripple effect that it creates across the country.
"Jerome Teel has crafted an intriguing political thriller...nice twists and turns to keep you reading. he paints vivid mental pictures that bring characters and locales to life."--Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee's 7th District
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Marathoners talk of the proverbial wall that they hit during the last part of the race. Let's hope I plow through that wall and finish well. I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday night I visited my Japanese friend, Yoshie, and her family. I'm helping Yoshie learn English through a tutoring program. Her mom and several friends are in the States for a visit and they all want to speak as much English as they can while they're here. Thankfully, she had a couple other Americans there so I wasn't the only non-Japanese speaker. I'm always impressed at how so many people in other countries know English at least enough to get by.
That evening I had my first encounter with sushi. I'll try most anything once so I gave it a shot and now know it's an acquired taste. I tried two different kinds then decided I preferred something else. LOL I always thought sushi came in little circles sliced from something like a jelly roll. Boy was I wrong! I had to build my own on a little square wrapper. I shied away from the wasabi sauce which may just be the ingredient that makes everyone like sushi. But all I kept hearing was hot, hot, hot. Best thing on the serving table??? Grilled steak and ribs. :-)
As for the manuscript rework, I'm making progress! I'm up to about Chapter 12, but just got some great editing back from my crit partner and I'm incorporating her ideas into the chapters her notes cover. I'll finish those up today and send her another three or four chapters. Will I make my goal of July 1st? The jury is still out.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I haven’t missed a single ACFW conference since the organization’s first one in Kansas City back in 2002. ACFW was pretty small by comparison back then, but already we’d built a strong community on the email loop and it was like a family reunion. That first conference had Karen Kingsbury as the key note speaker and each year we’ve had someone equally as challenging and exciting from Francine Rivers to Liz Curtis Higgs who was last year’s keynoter. This year we’ll have James Scott Bell and I can’t wait. Not only is Jim a fantastic novelist, but he’s also written some terrific writing books.
The most unique feature of the ACFW conference is that it is all fiction all the time. For a novelist it’s author heaven. Most writers conferences are multi-genre and that’s fine. But if all you write is fiction you need to come to Dallas in September. We have an outstanding faculty including Colleen Coble, Deb Raney, Randy Ingermanson, just to name a few. We also have an array of published authors who are willing to do paid critiques. And Saturday is the traditional day for the book signing. Attending authors' books are on sale in the conference bookstore and this is conferees' opportunity to get those books signed.
For the second year we will be at the Dallas/Addison Marriott and when we say comfort, we mean comfort with a capital C. Ever sleep on a cloud? You will in one of their beds. They have an espresso bar in the gift shop, a state-of-the art health club, and proximity to nearby restaurants for Friday night supper when we have a chance to get out and see a bit of Big D.
To learn more about the ACFW conference go to the conference website and check it out. You can register there too. The sooner you do, the better chance you have of getting a room at the special block rate. If you’re not a member of ACFW you can join at the same time you register for the conference and enjoy a reduced conference fee.
Joining ACFW was one of the best things I ever did and attending the national conference was the second best thing.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I've sent messages to the winners and as soon as they provide me with mailing instructions I'll get the books out to them.
Congrats to both of you.
I'll be holding another contest soon so keep checking back. Right now I'm off to my revisions. I made it as far as Chapter 19, page 128 of 245 (the total pages may change from day to day as I add and take away things). My goal is to make it to the last page before day's end.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I just got a critique back from a crit partner with dozens of wonderful suggestions and it took an entire morning to incorporate most of what she suggested into only three chapters! I don't know if I can make that July 1st deadline or not, but I'm sure going to try. My kitchen is a mess, half redecorated and half not. The rest of my condo is buried in a coat of dust, and my TBR (to be read) pile of novels I want to read is not going down. Later, I tell myself as I comb through the story, changing the I's and me's to she's and her's.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Rachel is the author of many books, including several Heartsong Presents of which her most recent release is set in New Hampshire; Georgia on My Mind, a chick-lit set in... where else? Georgia, and her current release, Diva NashVegas is the second in a series which began with Lost in NashVegas. She is also a Blogger and a CFBA member! She lives in Florida with her husband and her cute dog. I think there's also a cat prowling around their home too. She is also a dynamite worship leader which I can attest to having experienced this side of this multifaceted woman in Dallas at the ACFW conference. You can visit her profile and to learn more.
ABOUT DIVA NASH VEGAS:
Even if you are not a lover of country music, you can enjoy this fun look at the Nashville entertainment industry.What do you do when the past you’ve been skirting shows up at your door with cameras rolling?Aubrey James ruled the charts as the queen of country for over a decade. She’d rocketed to fame in the shadow of her parents’ death-both of them pioneers in Gospel music. But while her public life, high profile romances, and fights with Music Row execs made for juicy tabloid headlines, the real and private Aubrey has remained a media mystery.When a former band member betrays Aubrey’s trust and sells an "exclusive" to a tabloid, the star knows she must go public with her story. But Aubrey’s private world is rocked when the Inside NashVegas interviewer is someone from her past-someone she’d hoped to forget. All the moxie in the world won’t let this Diva run any longer.
"Hauck once again takes us into the country music world, this time through the experiences of mega-star Aubrey James. Aubrey's life journey is filled with flaws, as well as a great deal of joy, and real life locales makes this highly original story authentic. The extra tidbits - from Aubrey's liner notes to quotes from the "media" at the beginning of the chapters - add extra sparkle to the plot."- 4 Stars, Melissa Parcel, Romantic Times Book Club
You can buy the book at Amazon or....
you can leave a comment on this post and have your name put in the hat for a free copy of Diva NashVegas. The drawing will be done on Saturday, June 16.
Note: If you left a comment for Return to Me on my previous post, you will not automatically have your name in this drawing. Please leave a comment on this post for Rachel Hauck's book.
Monday, June 11, 2007
After spending forty-three minutes on the cell phone with a technician located in India whom I couldn't understand, the line is back in service with the former company, not the new. Just another day in the wonderful world of technology.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Melody Carlson has published over 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including On This Day, Finding Alice, the Notes from a Spinning Planet series, and Homeward, which won the Rita Award from Romance Writers of America. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell "invests" in a chic pair of boots, certain they’ll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.But reality tromps all over her expectations. Cassie’s job is abruptly eliminated–and her love life obliterated, when her longtime boyfriend dumps her for a "friend." Her self-esteem in tatters, Cassie limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled–only to find her recently divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fifty-something babe with a thriving social life. Cassie wrestles with envy and apathy as she considers the dismal shape of her own physique and romantic prospects. What will it take for her to jump back into life and regain her stride?This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God’s plans may look drastically different than our own, it’ll always be a perfect fit.
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Kathleen, I'll send off your copy of the book as soon as you let me know where you want it sent.
Thanks everyone for signing up for my drawing. Watch this space next week for a review of Robin Lee Hatcher's latest release Return to Me and a chance to win a copy. It's a wonderful story of a modern day prodigal.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
I guarantee you will love this book!