Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Authors spend months writing a book, their baby, and sending it out into the world to be read by strangers.
A cook gets to see people eat their food. An auto worker gets to see people driving cars he helped make.
Authors do not get to watch people reading their books.
It's an odd business. Weird even.
So since you're visiting this blog, I figure you must like books.
1-So how many did you read so far in 2012?
2-Did you recommend one to another reader? If so, which one(s)? Why?
3-Did you write a brief review on GoodReads or Amazon or Barnes & Noble? If so, can you give us the link?
Authors really like hearing from readers which is one reason I LOVE BLOGS like this one and GoodReads where readers and authors connect. So let us know what you're reading and liking and then think about sharing that with others. If you're a member of GoodReads, you should look up the Love Inspired Historical group and join it. We have great discussions and are forming fast friendships. All fun readers are welcome!
BTW, Love Inspired Suspense Author Sharon Dunn dropped by my blog this week and shared about her current title, ZERO VISIBILITY. Drop by and leave a comment to enter the Sunday book drawing. Here's the link http://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/new-book-release/suspense-autho…oman-moneywise
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Linda Goodnight here at Romance Writers of America in Anaheim California. Energy is in the air. Writers, publishers, and editors roam the convention halls. Last night's booksigning hosted hundreds of writers and readers. I was thrilled to connect in person with readers who made me feel like a princess!
Below are some photos from the event, including the cool RITA finalist flag I will get to take home.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
So for the last month we've been in this weird limbo... needing to keep the house perfectly clean and sometimes having to leave on short notice if there is a house showing. And wondering if we'll get an offer, if the house will pass inspection and getting things ready to move into the new house... all that on top of our "normal lives" of work, writing and raising kids.
It's been a little crazy. Can you relate? Have you had a time in your life where everything seemed "up in the air" and you were just waiting for things to resolve themselves? A time of intense stress?
I'd like to share an excerpt from my May release, THE HOMESTEADER'S SWEETHEART. In this scene, the heroine Penny Castlerock has a lot to ponder because her life is in a state of upheaval.
"Mmm. Well, money ain't everything, Penny-girl." He raised his eyes to the horizon. "Look at that sunset. You ever seen anything so beautiful?"
Penny placed one hand against her aching back. What she really wanted to do was go inside and rest awhile, but she obediently took a moment to study the pinking sky over the mountains in the distance.
"Sometimes it's the moments of beauty in yer life that are worth the most…" Walt's voice trailed off.
"You want to tell me what's really bothering you, Penny-girl? Other than your ornery brother, that is?"
"I might not be as perceptive as your Gran was, but I can tell you've got somethin' on your heart."
She stared at the sky, now turning a deep red. "My father wants me to marry a man I can't abide."
"If it was someone I could possibly see myself with, I would give things a chance, but this man…he is…" She couldn't explain the feeling Mr. Abbott inspired in her, but she shivered just thinking about the disturbing way he looked at her and the words she'd overheard before she'd left town.
"You know, I didn't think your pa was worth much when your mama first brought him home."
Penny had heard the story before, how her father had seen the most beautiful girl during a visit to Bear Creek and followed her home.
"It's more than that," Penny said, shaking her head. "There's something…unsettling about this man."
Walt was silent; Penny knew he was still thinking. Her grandfather certainly wasn't a man to speak quickly. Sort of like Jonas White.
"What should I do? I know I'm supposed to honor my father, but I won't marry Mr. Abbott."
"Penny-girl, if I know one thing, it's that your father loves you and wants the best for you. Maybe this Mr. Abbott of yours has some redeeming qualities you don't know about."
Walt turned to her and placed a gentle hand on her shoulder. "Maybe it was God's will for you to come out here and visit me. Get away for a little bit and think things through. Remember what really matters."
She pondered his words as the sky turned purple. What really mattered…yes, finding a husband was important, but what about love?
I won't spoil the ending, but Penny finally figures things out and makes the right choices for her future. As for me and my family, God will see us through this trying time of not knowing and things being unsettled. In the meantime, I'm trying to take advantage of the small moments and enjoy my children and time with my husband--in between all of the craziness!
What about you? What do you do when you have a time of being unsettled?
Monday, July 23, 2012
I'm always excited to go to the RWA conference. It's not only because this year the conference is across the street from Disneyland (which I love), but because I get the opportunity to reconnect with my agent, my editors and all my Love Inspired author friends who will also be attending. It's the one time of the year where we get to kick back and catch up on everything from life to what's going on in the romance industry.
One of my favorite things each year is attending the Harlequin Party. It's always so much fun to see the Love Inspired gang dancing on the dance floor and letting down their hair. The other highlight is the RITA and Golden Heart ceremony. That's on Saturday night, so if you ARE following the happenings of RWA this week, Twitter will be abuzz with news of who won awards. We have a few Love Inspired folks who are up for the awards, so make sure you check Twitter for updates.
Okay, it's time for me to get to packing. See you on Twitter and right here on the Craftie Ladies blog!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The dynamics of the aristocratic family and the staff make this a fascinating show to watch. There are villains who turn out to be heroes, heroes who act villainous, machination galore, touching moments as well as funny moments. My favorite character is the Dowager Lady Crawley played by the incomparable Maggie Smith. She has, by far, the best lines. In fact, the writing is witty, smart and engaging. The actors all are believable in their roles, which makes the show that much more enjoyable. I've laughed, cheered, boo'd, clapped and cried through the first two seasons. And I eagerly await season three. Supposedly Shirley MacLaine is joining the cast. This should be fun!
Highclere Castle, the set for Downton Abbey, while in England. So exciting!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
While researching my current work in progress, I came across this fascinating speech by President Harding, given after World War One had ended.
There's a lot of talk in his speech about America should stand in relation to other countries, how involved we should be, etc. Very interesting stuff.
Do you ever read past presidential speeches? What kind of research are you interested in and do you think history repeats itself?
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
9. Make new friends.
10. Be open to what God has in store for me.
Monday, July 16, 2012
For us lonely writers, conference is the highlight of the year. This is the time you are nourished and can share with fellow writers the highs and lows of the last year....and you don't have to cook, clean or be responsible for anyone but yourself. It is camp and vacation all rolled up into one. I will go to ACFW in September and hope to see my friends at that time. But if you are in Anaheim near the Anaheim Marriott, and don't want see the The Mouse, come by the hotel and have your favorite author sign a book. Proceeds go to literacy.
This picture was taken a few years ago when I signed at RWA. I won't say what year.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
If you're in the Anaheim area, please do the same. Here is a list of the ladies signing:
Pamela Tracy Love Finds You in Sunflower, Kansas
Margaret Daley A Love Rekindled
Debby Giusti The Captain’s Mission
Pat Davids A Home for Hannah and Dark Crossings
Terri Reed The Deputy’s Duty
Sherri Shackelford Winning the Widow’s Heart
Lenora Worth Sweetheart Reunion
On a side note, Winnie Griggs will be signing at the Harlequin suite. Definitely a place to stop by.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom (third floor)
Proceeds from book sales go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read Orange County, and Literacy Volunteers—Huntington Valley.
No outside books are allowed in the event.
Tomorrow I'll post who's signing and what book!
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Head in the Clouds (October 2010)
Short-Straw Bride (June 2012)
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Vickie McDonough and I led an inspirational chat and hosted a Texas Bingo in honor of our books set in Texas: Saving Hope by me and End of the Trail by Vickie. We also attended and were one of the hostesses at Deeanne Gist's Titanic Tea. The food was delicious (the best conference food I've had). At the tea we were each a person on the ship--crew or passenger. At the end we learned the fate of the person's name we had. Mine made it, but there were others at my table that died.
The picture at the top of is of me and Deeanne Gist at the Titanic Tea. We dressed in clothes that would have been worn at the turn of the 20th century. The picture at the bottom is of me and three male models vying for the Legendary Hero. The one who won the contest works with children with special needs and helps with Special Olympics--something near and dear to my heart.
RomCon was a very fun convention about my favorite topic--books.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
To learn more about Save the Date, her siblings and her author, click on over to Jenny B. Jones' website: http://www.jennybjones.com/books/