Saturday, February 21, 2015

Word Sowers Writing Conference Interview

I'm proud to announce the Word Sowers Christian Writer's Group ask me to be a presenter at their 3rd annual conference. The conference is scheduled for April 24th & 25th in Omaha, Nebraska. I am presenting on writing in the Christian children's magazine market.

This conference has something for every type of author interested in writing in the Christian genre. Below is the link to their website. Not all of the authors and editors presenting are listed yet.

I was recently interviewed about my presentation and writing. You can read my interview here:

If you are interested in writing for the Christian markets, this is definitely a conference you should attend! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Wishing all of you a Happy Valentine's Day. Although we now think of Valentine's Day as a day to show romantic love, that is not it's origin-see wikipedia. for a brief history.

I have always loved this day because my dad always gave my mom, my sister and me a box of candy. Being a HUGE candy fan, I anticipated Valentine's Day more than Christmas (we did have our fair share of sweets at Christmas time too!). My dad's gesture is also why I don't always associate Valentine's Day with romantic love.

So here is my question for the week: Do you associate Valentine's Day with romantic love? If you're single do you dread the day or try to share it with a family member or even doing something special for yourself?


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Unfinished Business

A pastor delivered a sermon at a funeral I attended this week about how when most of us pass away we leave unfinished business.

Maybe it's repairing a relationship, maybe it's a project we were working or maybe it was simply work left on our desks to complete following work day.

It really was a wonderful sermon and, as usual, I applied it to my writing. Granted all writer's have many stories ideas that they never get time to write, but those aren't what I'm thinking about. My thoughts went to people and their dreams. What they say they really want to do if they only had the time or the money.

Many people tell me I work too hard, do too much because I hold down a full-time job while perusing my writing career. I don't work full-time and write full-time because I'm a workaholic. I do it because writing is my dream. The income from my writing will not pay all the bills so I compromise and work a day job. Why? Because I will do anything to make my writing dreams come true.

My dreams of writing will not be unfinished business for me. For all of you who are dreaming of someday doing traveling or writing or finishing your education or whatever your hearts desire is, do it NOW. Take action, NOW. Don't let it be your unfinished business.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

One Month Down....

Can you believe it's the last day of January? We are one full month into 2015. It hardly seems possible.

I haven't given you an update on what I've been doing since November, so that is the subject of my post today.

Last fall I learned the sad news that Harlequin is closing the Heartsong Presents line. My last book with that line releases in April of 2015. I'm really excited about, Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart, so I hope you all look for it online or ask your favorite bookstore or librarian to order it for you.

I'm having fun promoting Dakota Love and reading the reviews and ratings it's receiving online.

I've been doing some book giveaways on Goodreads. Are you a member? If not, you should be. This is a fun site for writers and readers to interact.

Today I will finish the revisions on what should have been the second book in my rodeo series. My contract is still open with Harlequin. I am just waiting for direction on how to proceed with the remaining books on the contract.

I will start the last revision on a novella for Barbour that is due in May. This story will be in an anthology with several authors and is set to release in 2016.

I turned  in two stories on a writing assignment for children's Sunday school papers and am waiting for editorial guidance before I start working on the remaining stories in the contract.

I signed on to present a session on breaking into the Christian children's writing market at the Omaha Wordsowers conference in April.

That's it for me. I'm looking forward to a new month and starting a new book project.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Winner Is......

The winner of a copy of Dakota Love is: Kelly Blackwell.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. The winner was selected using

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dakota Love Contest!!

In honor of my January release, Dakota Love, I'm having a contest and giving away...a copy of Dakota Love!

How does the contest work?

The three books in Dakota Love takes place in South Dakota. Leave a comment and tell me if you live in South Dakota, traveled through South Dakota, visited one of the many tourist attractions in South Dakota or if you've never ever considered coming to South Dakota.

Please make sure you leave your email address in your comment. I'll pick a winner next weekend.

BTW- You can just say "hi" if you want!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cover Reveal - Reclaiming the Cowboy's Heart

Here is the cover for my April 2015 release!

What do you think?