Release Party

Hi, friends! I’m so excited to announce the release party and book signing for AN UNCOMMON CRUSADE. Please join me on Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 2-4 pm at Hastings Entertainment (45th & Western, Amarillo). Let me encourage you to order copies of AN UNCOMMON CRUSADE in advance so I can sign them for you. A limited number of copies will be available in the store. They can be ordered here.

And there will be food. πŸ™‚

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Published in: on December 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Official Release Date

We have an official release date for An Uncommon Crusade–January 4, 2011. Woot!

Published in: on December 14, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  

Uh, yeah . . .

I’m still here. Really, I am.

Okay, so I’ve left off writing the Bad Mom column. You can still find it archived on the New Christian Voices website. Though I enjoyed writing some 70-80 columns and various articles for NCV, I no longer had the time to devote to it if I wanted to get my fiction in shape.

It was enormous fun adding rich historical detail to Children of Light. Especially enlightening were the pig butchering videos I watched on YouTube. πŸ™‚ But it’s finished now, and sent off to my agent, Terry Burns of Hartline Literary, who will tell me if, indeed, it’s good to go.

And I learned something along the way . . . besides how to butcher a pig, that is. I learned that I LOVE writing historicals. I love the research. I love bringing another time period to life. I’ve dabbled in writing contemporary stories, and will likely finish another manuscript in the near future. But, dadgummit, I’d forgotten how fun writing historicals is for me.

That is all. Carry on.

Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iron Gall Ink

That’s what I worried over at 1:15 this morning. “I’ll come to bed when I figure out what iron gall ink smells like,” I told my husband.

After weeks of introspection, prayer and rest, I’ve decided to rework my novel “Children of Light.” I wasn’t going to do it. I’d finished with it, have an agent shopping it, and felt ready to move on.

But the truth is that I’ve had consistent critique that highlights a few major weaknesses in the manuscript. I think it’s a really great story. A compelling tale. And it deserves to be told right.

So I’m delving back into the middle ages–the 13th century to be precise–and I’m having a grand time doing it.

I’m also slowing down my freelance work. Yes, I’m still writing Bad Mom, and that’s fun, too, but I know that for right now, historical fiction is where my heart lies.

Did I find out what iron gall ink smells like? Not really. Bitter was as close as I got. But I’m not finished yet. πŸ™‚

Published in: on September 6, 2009 at 11:26 am  Comments (1)  

Why Start Twittering?

I’ve been on the social networking site Twitter for some time now, and am only beginning to get active. To be honest, it’s challenging for this busy mom, teacher and writer to stay on top of everything as I transition to full time freelance work. And the freelance work is an effort to sustain my fiction-writing habit.

So, what’s the point of Twittering?

Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Inc., lays out the reasons very nicely in his blog.

In short, I like that Twittering gives you an opportunity to rub shoulders with people all over the world who 1) think like you do, or 2) don’t think like you do. Either is great. And you can share tips, funnies, insights and frustrations in 140-character bites. In this fast-paced world, that’s a bonus.

If you decide to become a Tweeter, you can follow me here. Be sure to check out my humorous Bad Mom column on the subject of Twittering.

Published in: on May 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Let’s Connect

Hey, folks,

I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter for a while now, but must admit I spend much more time on Facebook. At any rate, I’d like to invite you to connect with me in either location. Or both.

Just let me know you found me via this blog.

In the meantime, I’m awaiting the announcement of the quarter-finalists for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Last year I made the top 100 semi-finalist round out of 5,000 entrants. This year, they were taking up to 10,000 entries, but I only decided to enter at the last minute, so my chances are slim . . .

But still, it’s all fun.

Published in: on March 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm  Comments (2)  

Back to It

Well, it’s been a brutal summer–in fact, it seemed like no summer at all–but God faithfully saw me through, and now I’m hitting my stride again.

A middle school math teacher by day, I’m back at it with some 120 students and three different preps.

But on the writing side, I’m continuing with my weekly BAD MOM column, with a plan to mix in a little editing work from time to time. I also have a new essay on NCV, so hop over and take a look.

Last week I joined a new critique group, which will help discipline me to keep working on that novel I’m 80+ pages into. During the regular school year, I try to be at my computer by 5:30 am for an hour of writing before work.

I’d love to hear from you. What kinds of dreams are you pursuing in the midst of your everyday life?

Published in: on August 24, 2008 at 10:08 pm  Comments (2)