Thursday, February 19, 2015

What We Are Writing

What We Are Writing
By Margaret Daley

Author: Teri Wilson
Title: Rescued Hearts 
Hero and Heroine: Ethan Hale and Piper Quinn
Line:  Love Inspired 
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Ethan frowned. He didn’t like the idea of Piper living out here all alone. What if one of the wolves turned on her? No one would be around to help her. Then again, sometimes it didn’t matter, did it? Horrific things could happen, did happen, even when help was an arm’s length away.
Due date: April 15  
Word count goal today: 1200 words
Something cool learned recently from research: Last summer, I visited the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center in Divide, Colorado. I was such an amazing experience! I knew I had to write a book set on wolf sanctuary, so I "moved" the wolves to Alaska, where my LI series takes place. The wildlife center in Colorado has been very gracious with answering my many questions. The most recent research question I asked them was if wolves wagged their tales. The answer is no. 

Author: Lisa Jordan
Title: Lakeside Proposal (Working title)
Hero and Heroine: Alec Seaver & Sarah Sullivan
Line: Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Alec shoved his hands in his front pockets and looked out the window. The rhythmic rocking of the knife against the board competed with the rain pelting the open kitchen window above the sink. Breezes drifted across the sill and ruffled her already tousled hair. His royal blue chef’s apron fell almost to her knees, but it didn’t quite cover her white T-shirt and short yellow skirt. She added a dash of sunshine to the kitchen.
Due date: Not contracted yet
Word count goal today: 1500 words
Something cool learned recently from research: I've cooked for as long as I could remember, so it was hard for me to think about how someone who couldn't cook would manage in the kitchen. Friend and fellow LI author Mindy Obenhaus suggested I watch Worst Cooks in America on The Food Network. By watching the show, I delighted in seeing how learning to cook fed the contestants' pride and self-esteem. I learned a few new tricks, too!

Author: Merrillee Whren
Title: Working title: The Hope’s Healing
Hero and Heroine: Hudson Paine Conrick IV and Melody Hammond
Line:  Love Inspired Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Melody pressed the doorbell and held her breath as she prayed that all would go well during this lunch meeting. Despite her prayer, the old feelings of inadequacy deluged her mind as she stood there waiting for someone to answer. Would these women look down at her with pity? Would they talk about her behind her back after she left? Why did she still let her experiences from high school color her perceptions? She was a grown woman, a child of God, and He valued every person—rich or poor. It didn’t matter what these people thought.
 Due date:  March 1
Word count goal today: 2300
Something cool learned recently from research:  I learned how to conduct a road rally.

Author Pamela Tracy
Title:  Second Chance Hearts
Hero and Heroine:  Elise Hubrecht and Cooper Smith
Line:  Love Inspired Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Good, let him keep his distance.  She already could feel him wanting to get close.  She knew that he’d make her feel warm and safe.  Keep her from doing what she had to do.  He’d never understood that sometimes she just wanted him to listen. She didn’t need advice.  And, that he couldn’t always fix what was wrong. Elise needed to do the fixing.
Due date:  February 23.
Word count goal today: 2,500 
Something cool learned recently from research:  Backyard rodeos used to be very popular, a way for the community to come together, and for the riders to learn competition in a down-home manner.  Now, because of insurance, more than 90% of the backyard rodeos (at least in Iowa) have disappeared.

Author: Barbara Phinney
Title: Cinderella of Minnow Lake
Hero and Heroine: Ellie B and James
Line: Not sure, but probably independently published, I think.
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Ellie B Phillips wants the promotion to the job of rec director in the small town of Minnow Lake, and has the support of the outgoing director, but with the sudden arrival of James Simcoe, all that is at risk. James is part of a vacation she'd taken that now may have ruined her chances to get somewhere in her life.
Due date: n/a
Word count goal today: Novel done, in the editing stage.
Something cool learned recently from research: That some ponies are bred to climb mountains.

Author: Sandra Orchard         
Title: One for the Monet (tentative)
Hero and Heroine: Serena Jones and ??? Tanner or Nate 
Line: a Revell mystery
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: Uh, oh. I rubbed my aching head. Mom must’ve heard the “M” word. She was hurdling baby blankets and teddy bears to get to me. “You want to get married?” she exclaimed, nearly tumbling into my lap.
Due date: Just submitted!
Word count goal today: I get the day off!!!
Something cool learned recently from research: How to work around the problem of not having enough evidence for a search warrant.

Author: Patty Smith Hall
Title: Gold Rush Bride
Hero and Heroine: Micah and Abigail
Line:  Love Inspired Historical
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
“Show some respect to the sheriff!” Before Micah could stop him, Cecil grabbed the limp hat from the boy’s head and tossed it to the ground. A shiny braid of purest gold fell past her shoulders, tiny curls gathered at the ends, curving against her waist. Micah studied her face. A dainty chin perfectly molded to fit between an man’s thumb and forefinger lifted to a stubborn angle, her violet blue eyes glaring into his with such annoyance, he couldn’t help but smile.
“It’s a girl,” Cecil whispered beside him. 
Due date: Proposal stage 
Word count goal today: 1000 words
Something cool learned recently from research:  That one woman became so desperate for money to feed her children when her husband didn't come home, she dug out the floor of her house and found enough gold to sustain the family for a year. 

Author: Jolene Navarro
Title: Book 4 in Clear Water Texas, The Single Dad & the War Widow
Hero and Heroine: Anjelica Ortega & Garrett Kincade
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
The scream filled the room. No, it was just in his head. Garrett planted his bare feet on the cold floor and took several deep breaths. He anchored himself in the present, in Clear Water Texas. Afghanistan, belonged in his past. A gust of wind rattled the glass door of the balcony.
Due date: Proposal  
Word count goal today: 1500 words
Something cool learned recently from research: Speaking with my cousins about the Afghanistan experience and all the "normal" things that seem outlandish. Taking the time to sill alone and really hear their stories, stories they don't really talk about was very humbling.

Author: Janet Lee Barton
Title: Book 6 in Boardinghouse Betrothals, The Widower and The Nanny (Working title)
Hero and Heroine: Georgia Marshall and Clinton (Clint) Walker
Line:  Love Inspired Historical
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
“Yes, so am I.” Mr. Walker released a deep sigh before continuing in his charming English accent. “It appears my daughters are trying to run off all the help, and I’m afraid the cook might be next. The maid is watching them now, but she wants nothing to do with being a nanny. And I can’t say I blame her. They are a bit incorrigible at times.” 
Due date: Proposal due April 1st 
Word count goal today: 1000 words
Something cool learned recently from research: I was quite happy to find out how good Macy’s was to their employees in the time period I’m working in. And that they were famous for their Christmas Windows during that time, too.

Author: Deb Kastner
Title: The Cowboy's Yuletide Reunion (from the Yuletide Cowboys Christmas Anthology with Arlene James)
Hero and Heroine: Marcus Ender and Sarah Kendrick
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  “I’m Onyx, and I’m three,” she declared, holding up three fingers. She stepped out from behind her grandmother and reached for his hand, her expression as serious as her handshake. “That’s my baby sister, Jewel.”
Due date:  March 1st
Word count goal today: 3,000
Something cool learned recently from research:  Reindeer snort like pigs. And their legs click when they walk (Up on the housetop, Click, click, click...)


  1. Teri,
    Most cool about the wolf habitat. My November Heartwarming featured wolfdogs and I visited one. I took my son and five of his friends. Got some awesome photos.

  2. Pamela,

    That's great! We got some amazing photos, too. I need to look up your November Heartwarming!!

    xo Teri

  3. Hello All. It was great to read your paragraph bites. I'm intrigued.

    I have a question for Teri since she did research on wolves. I've always thought of wolves as timid, loyal, and fiercely territorial against animals that enter their range or try to take their food. In the book, White Fang, and the movie, Gray, they are aggressive killing machines against humans (like a bear could be if you entered into their territory) even if you don't provoke them. However in the book, Julie and the Wolves, they seem more willing to accept a human's presence. Do you know if a wild-born wolf would attack a human, who is minding their own business? I'm curious. Thank you for your time.

  4. Lots of great stories going! I'm working on a proposal, too. And finishing a novella. Busy, busy!

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  6. Hi Zombie Anne,

    In the past 50 years, there have only been 3 fatal wolf attacks in all of North America. Interestingly enough, the most recent one was in 2010 in Alaska (woman jogging was killed by wolves), and I was there in Alaska when it occurred. It was a very big deal at the time, because wolf attacks are so rare. There was something about the wolf attack in the news every single day while I was in Alaska.

    Most wolves (both the ones born in the wild and those born in captivity) avoid humans, especially after they've reached maturity. Of course, there are differing opinions as to how dangerous they are - and that is actually the main conflict between the hero and heroine in my book. I can say that when I was at the wolf sanctuary in Colorado, I went into the enclosure with three wolves and they were not aggressive. Just very curious, and way, way, bigger up close, in person, than I expected. Here is the website from the wolf sanctuary, which has all sorts of interesting information:

    I hope this helps!

  7. You rock, Teri. If I ever needed an excuse not to start jogging, I think being killed by a pack of wolves is a good one. What a nightmare that would be. I've always liked watching nature documentaries about wolves, but I never thought they kill humans. I was hoping the movie and book were exaggerated for excitement.

    What an incredible experience it must have been to go to Alaska. I do plan on going some day. It's on my bucket list.

  8. Alaska is like no place else on earth. It is lovely. I've been three times. All of my books for Love Inspired take place there. I've only been in the winter time. Someday I hope to get there in warmer months. :)

  9. Loved finding out what these authors are working on.
    Except now I'm humming "Up on the Housetop" (LOL) after reading the reindeer facts!
    Blessings, Patti Jo :)


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