Saturday, September 29, 2007
I attended a wonderful early bird workshop with Margie Lawson on Deepening Character Emotions and I have been busy applying what I learned to my WIP before moving on to sending out writing samples, synops, and proposals to agents and publishers. I'm excited about how the story has moved up another notch with Margie's teaching. She also teaches on line at very reasonable cost. You can check out her website for more details on her classes and schedule for in-person workshops.
Now on to the pictures. Friday night at the ACFW conference is a night to party! Publishers and agents sometimes use the time to entertain their authors while the rest of the crowd heads out to sample the local fare. I joined the gals from the Central Texas ACFW chapter called CenTex at the Blue Mesa Mexican Restaurant. The food was yummy and the company fun.
Here I am with Sherrie on the left and Julia and Dorothy on the right. Julia is a rodeo barrel racer so we had a good time talking rodeo.
Here's more of the ladies. Sorry I don't remember all of their names, but that's Lin Harris in front and Nancy Jo Jenkins in the middle of the three.
And, here I am with my good friend and conference roomie, Michelle Shocklee.
Sunday morning was the final keynote address from James Scott Bell and worship. I had the honor to doing a sign/mime devotional presentation to the song "Moses" recorded by Ken Medema. One of the men took this picture. It was at the part where Moses is saying, "Lord, don't take this rod away from me. Don't you know it's my only security."
So there you have a small view of a huge conference that has left huge impressions and memories in all of our hearts. Next year we're headed to Minneapolis and I can't wait!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here is Maureen Lang who has been featured here a couple times in book reviews and giveaways.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Nothing fancy-- just a few photos to share:
Here I am with Ane Mulligan, ACFW Zone Officer, at the keynote luncheon.
At same luncheon with Keynote, James Scott Bell.
Here I am with Susan May Warren and a picture of her book coming out in January about a bull rider named Rafe. No. We didn't call each other that morning to see what to wear. I didn't even realize we both had on white jackets and black pants until
I looked at the photo later.
More to share later. I'm slowing coming out of my brain-fog and getting some work done today before I can devote full attention to writing again.
Her books have received acclaim from Library Journal, True West Magazine and Historical Novels Review, and Rekindled debuted on the CBA fiction bestseller list. She has a professional background in business management and conference coordination. A leader of women's ministries for over twelve years, she is currently active in music ministry, facilitating small groups, and mentoring other women. A graduate of Harding University, Tamera currently lives with her husband and their two college-age children in Nashville, TN.
Her other two books in the Fountain Creek Chronicles are Rekindled (Book 1) and Revealed (Book 2)To celebrate the release of Remembered, as well as the 3-volume boxed set of Fountain Creek Chronicles (Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered), Tamera is currently giving away boxed sets in a contest on her website. Check out the contest at http://www.tameraalexander.com/ .
"Alexander again delivers a most amazing story. The characters are more than
words on the page; they become real people. Though there are French words
sprinkled throughout the story, they enhance the emotions rather than distract
the reader." --Romantic Times
"...a rich historical romance by possibly the best new writer in this
subgenre." --Library Journal
"Alexander has done it again with Remembered, third in the FOUNTAIN CREEK
CHRONICLES. She's fashioned characters that are as rich and deep as the
mountains and valleys they explore throughout the pages, coloring the story as
adeptly as the heroine does her canvas. I was drawn immediately into the
ages-old heartaches of both of the main characters, understanding at once
Veronique's reticence to make a place for herself in the unknown wilds of
America and Jack's uncompromising love for this land that he’s cut a swath
through time and again. They both have a series of mountains to overcome in the
search for Veronique’s father, but I enjoyed watching their faith and
appreciation grow with each turn of the page. And woven adeptly through it all
is the encompassing truth of the Lord's sovereignty—that sometimes He takes
away, and sometimes He gives us what we need, not what we're looking for.
Anyone's who's read the other Fountain Creek books won't want to miss this
one, but it easily stands alone. The characters will take you by the hand and
lead you heart-first into their stories, and by the time they release you at the
end, you'll feel as though you've taken up residence just across the Creek from
them, as surely as they have in your heart." --Roseanna White,
"Remembered, the third book in the FOUNTAIN CREEK CHRONICLES, takes us back to Willow Creek and revisits beloved characters from the previous two books in the series, Rekindled and Revealed. Tamera Alexander has the remarkable ability to create places, and characters who endear themselves to us, even those just
briefly mentioned. If I had lived in the late 1800s, I would love to have met
these people and would surely have been inspired by the way they lived out their
faith. Remembered is a delightful read, well-researched and well-written. I
expect to see great things from this author in the future." --Lindsey
I APOLOGIZE FOR THE GOOFY FORMAT OF THE REVIEWS. BLOGGER IS GIVING ME FITS. IT LOOKS GREAT ON THE SCREEN UNTIL I POST.
"Remembered is an absolutely wonderful continuation of the FOUNTAIN CREEK CHRONICLES." --Amanda Schafer, armchairinterviews.com
Buy it at Amazon!
Monday, September 24, 2007
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Avon Inspire (October 1, 2007)
Lyn Cote's journey to becoming a published author was a long one - she started her first book when her daughter was 13 months old and her first novel was published when her daughter was about to enter high school. But Lyn was writing for a market that hadn't taken shape yet - the inspirational fiction market.In 1996, Lyn Cote's first inspirational historical manuscript was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest. This became her first historical novel, Whispers Of Love, in her BLESSED ASSURANCE series.Most recently, Chloe, the first novel in Lyn's "Women of Ivy Manor" historical series was a 2006 RWA Rita Award finalist for Best Inspirational, as well as a finalist for the Holt Medallion and the National REaders Choice Contest.Lyn also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in the lovely northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband and three cats. Aside from writing, she also likes to knit, crochet, read, and do lunch with friends.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Now available for the first time in one edition--All three novels from Lyn Cote's beloved Blessed Assurance series.
In Whispers of Love, Civil War widow Jessie Wagstaff must fend for herself and her son. When a stranger, Lee Smith, befriends Jessie's son, even though she recognizes nine-year-old Linc's need for a father figure, she's reluctant to let a new man into their life. When the Great Chicago Fire blazes, every heart is pushed to its limits. In Lost In His Love, Jessie's son Linc, a social activist and reporter, charms his way through the upper class of San Francisco to build much-needed support for his fight against child labor. His main target is Cecilia Jackson, a beautiful heiress who doesn't recognize the crucial part she plays in this dangerous exploitation. As the secrets of her family's dark past are exposed, Cecilia must revive her own wounded spirit and find the strength to lean on the never-failing love of Christ. But when the 1906 earthquake hits, everyone's faith will be put to the test. In Echoes of Mercy, Meg Wagstaff challenges the racial barriers of 1920s New Orleans in order to prove that her childhood friend did not commit murder. The stubborn lawyer prosecuting the case, Gabriel St. Clair, is an authentic Southern gentleman who makes the mistake of underestimating Meg, both her tenacity and her charm. Despite their many differences, sparks begin to fly. But when Meg discovers the truth, will Gabe be able to protect her from those who can't afford to have justice prevail?
"A beautiful tale of love, forgiveness, and acceptance."
Monday, September 17, 2007
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Saturday, September 08, 2007
Ha! I look more ready for a rodeo back then than I did now. But the years intervened and other than occasionally going horseback riding, my cowboy dreams faded into oblivion. Until now.
It's a family affair including kids in autographed hats
To lil cowpokes ridin' the mechanical bull along with some big guys too.
So how does that little cowgirl look today? There I am on the right. You can't see my boots but they're there. No small thing for a gal who usually wears sandals in 92 degree heat!
The weekend is already a distant memory as I gear up for Dallas when I leave a week from Tuesday! Now I really will be going to cowboy country but with little time to check out the rodeo scene.
We do have free time Friday night. Maybe I can sneak out to Mesquite for a little rodeo action. Yee haw!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Sushi for One?
(Zondervan, September 1, 2007)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Camy Tang is a member of CFBA and is a loud Asian chick who writes loud Asian chick-lit. She grew up in Hawaii, but now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious poi-dog. In a previous life she was a biologist researcher, but these days she is surgically attached to her computer, writing full-time. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service.Sushi for One? (Sushi Series, Book One is her first novel. Her second, Only Uni (Sushi Series, Book Two) comes out in February 2008!
To celebrate the launch of her debut novel, she's got a huge contest going on. Camy is giving away baskets of Christian novels and an iPod Nano! Only her newsletter YahooGroup subscribers are eligible to enter, so join today.
For more information about the contest, visit her website.
Contest ends October 31, 2007!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lex Sakai’s family, big, nosy, and marriage-minded, is ruled by a crafty grandmother. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the OLDEST SINGLE COUSIN in the clan, a loathed position by all single female family members.
Lex has not dated for years. Grandma homes in on this fact and demands, bribes, and threatens Lex to bring a boyfriend (not just a date) to her cousin’s wedding. Lex does not want to date ... not since that terrible incident a few years back ... but, Grandma doesn't give her that choice.
The one man she keeps running into (and is completely attracted to) doesn’t seem to have a single quality on her list. It’s only when the always-in-control Lex loses control and lets God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
I'm thoroughly convinced that after a time, an author can have trouble seeing his or her story from a fresh perspective. I've had the basic beginning now for months and I adopted the mindset it can be no other way. But the agent was right. I spent part of my weekend away pounding on my laptop and coming up with a new first chapter. Today I honed it. Now I need to do the same thing with the second chapter, getting to the murder faster.