Monday, April 1, 2013

Welcoming New LI Blogger Deb Kastner and Celebrating with Missy Tippens

Missy Tippens, here. I'm pleased to introduce a new blogger to our Craftie Ladies blog. Welcome Deb Kastner!

Deb's Bio (from the Harlequin website):
Deb picked up her first Harlequin romance novel at the age of 11, and has been hooked ever since. Though it had always been her dream to write the books she loved, it wasn't until January of 1996 that she finally got up the courage to begin writing. Her first book, Beloved, came to fruition in August of 1998.

Deb feels blessed to have the opportunity to write inspirational category romances for Harlequin's Love Inspired imprint. She says, "It's great to be able to write love stories that incorporate faith as a natural and integral part of my characters' lives."

Deb lives with her husband, three daughters, and a Staffordshire bullterrier along the Front Range of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado. In addition to writing for Love Inspired, Deb homeschools her daughters and teaches a number of writing classes online at

Deb has a recent Love Inspired release, Meeting Mr. Right.

When Mr. Wrong Is Mr. Right
A woman in a man's world, firefighter Vee Bishop has to be tough as nails. She's developed a hard shell that no one can penetrate. But Vee's online friend BJ sees her softer side. BJ seems so kind and caring—just the opposite of Ben Atwood. Her annoying coworker has trampled expectations all over town, or so rumor has it. Turns out, once she agrees to give Ben a fair shot, he's surprisingly vulnerable. As Vee prepares to make a difficult choice, an unexpected twist shows that love is always one step ahead.

Also! I'm very excited to announce I got a call that my 2012 Love Inspired, A House Full of Hope is a RITA® Finalist! I'm thrilled beyond reason. You can see me celebrating in the side bar. Pamela emailed and asked me to snap a shot of myself holding my book for the blog. Of course it took about 40 tries, and I still had to settle for that one. :)

I'm also excited that my new book, Georgia Sweethearts, is on shelves now! I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard of some Walmart sightings.

Thanks for letting me celebrate both today! And for helping me welcome Deb.



  1. Welcome Deb, and huge congrats again, Missy!!! Much deserved. So happy for you.

  2. Howdy Deb!

    Missy, I'm still grinning. You rock!

  3. Welcome, Deb!! And go, girl! We are all so excited for you.

  4. Thanks, Sandra and Pamela!

    Deb, we're so glad you're here!

  5. Thanks, Teri! It's such a thrill. I'm still in shock, I think.

  6. Well here's some serendipity..I used to critique with both Missy (email) and Deb (in person).

    Of course we started writing when we were babies.

    Hi Deb!@!! And congrats to Missy!!

    I hope all I learned from you two will never be forgotten!!!

  7. How fun, Tina! I didn't know you two used to be near each other. :)

  8. Welcome Deb! Congratulations Missy!

  9. Welcome Deb! Congratulations Missy!

  10. HI Deb, welcome to Craftie Ladies!!! And congrats to Missy!!! It's always so fun waiting to see who will get the call that they are a Rita finalist. I was thrilled to hear your news Missy. So well deserved!

  11. Thanks, Debbie. That means a lot to me!

  12. Welcome Deb!
    Missy, again CONGRATULATIONS!! I am sooo thrilled for you!
    I've ordered Georgia Sweethearts and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  13. Congrats Missy and that is a good pic..I am liking what I see of Deb Kastner, thanks for having these two young ladies to share with us...
    Paula O

  14. Deb, good to have you here. And Missy, we are do
    Very proud of you!!

  15. So very!!! Proud of you!! Auto-correct hates me!!

  16. Hey everyone and thanks for the welcome. Sorry I'm so late dropping in--one of my kiddos (well, not a kiddo, really, she's 23) has acute appendicitis and we're at the hospital waiting for her to have surgery tomorrow morning.

    Missy, super congrats on the RITA final. Crossing my fingers for a win!

  17. Patti Jo, thank you for ordering it!
    Pol, thanks for stopping by!
    LOL, Lenora! autocorrect drives me crazy!

  18. Oh no, Deb!! We'll be praying that surgery goes well!

  19. Deb,
    Yikes, I agree, we're praying.

  20. Welcome Deb I have seen some of your books not sure if I have read any but I know I have seen your name.
    Missy again congrats on the nomination. (just under 5 weeks till I finally get to meet you.)
    If the books are on the shelf now does that mean when I get there in May it will be a new batch?

  21. Oh not nice about the appendicitis Deb praying it will all go well in the morning.

  22. Hey Deb and Missy! I tried to comment yesterday but my phone was acting weird. Anyway, welcome Deb! Congrats on your new book-love that cover!
    And Missy, congrats again on the Rita nomination!

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