Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Here is my third and final grouping of Thanksgiving decor. The plate holding the candy corn says 'Count Your Blessings'.

So today I will:

My faith
My family
My friends

What blessings are you 'counting' this year?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Giving Thanks

This is my second grouping of Thanksgiving decor. I've had the bear figurines for years. I bought them from a Home Interior party about (gulp) thirty one years ago. They were my first Thanksgiving decorations and our son loved to rearrange them on the living room coffee table.

The pumpkin, I received as a gift from my Secret Sister in ESA one year and love it. Why? Because it is a great reminder of what this season is about. Giving thanks to God for the bounty in our lives!

So, tell me, readers, have I dated myself talking about Home Interior products? Did you go to Home Interior parties and do you still have an decorations you purchased from one?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Remembering Thanksgiving

"Thanksgiving is a forgotten holiday." I hear this a lot anymore from various people. So for the next three weeks, I'll share a picture of my Thanksgiving decorations. This weeks picture is of the centerpiece on my dining room table.

I have three decoration groupings for Thanksgiving. No, not nearly as much as my Christmas decorations. And to be honest, I have some Christmas shopping done, I'm ready to listen to Christmas music and put up my Christmas decorations.

But here is something else you need to know, I'm not glossing over Thanksgiving. I just try to be thankful every day of the year. Even on stressful work days or disappointing days, I'm thankful that I have job, home, food, family, well you get the drift.

And another fun fact about me is: I think about Christmas all year and it has nothing to do with 'the commercialism' of the season. It's because it's the day we celebrate Christ's birth.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Contest Finalist

I received a nice telephone call from the Orange County Chapter of the RWA to tell me, Wedding on the Rocks placed third in their Book Buyers Best Awards for 2014. Here is my certificate and LOVELY pin that I received for the final.

I received a very bad reader review for this book and am so happy it did well in two of the contests I entered it in! If you haven't had the chance to read this book, it's still available in ebook format on most online retailers and and Amazon still show print copies left.

I've entered my 2014 books, Sweet on the Cowgirl and The Widow's Suitors in two contests all ready. I'll be entering them in a third contest by the end of this week, and at least two more contests next year when the contests open up for entries.

Unpublished authors are urged to enter in their work in contests for feedback. In my opinion it just as important for published authors to enter their work in contests too! What is your opinion?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Another Reader Poll

As October draws to a close, I know it's time to start deciding which of my writing ideas will be goals for 2015. I love writing Heartsong Presents novels, but since my contract for the short books runs through 2016, I've decided 2015 is the year I should focus on writing a longer book.

I love family sagas either historical or contemporary, but I'm wondering readers, which do you prefer?

Saturday, October 18, 2014


For those of you who don't know what my blog title stands for it's National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November. The idea is to write 50,000 words on your novel. Although I've never officially registered for NaNoWriMo, I have unofficially participated and finished at least three rough drafts of novels this way and I plan to again this year!

Over the years I've found two things that are the key to success during the frantic month of getting words on the page, time management and prep work.

Time management doesn't always mean writing during every free minute you can find. It does mean 'freeing up' your minutes. Once I decide to participate, I stop adding any social engagements to my calendar. November is a busy enough time for me with two birthdays and Thanksgiving. Those are the only things on my social calendar for November. I can't add word count to my manuscript Black Friday shopping or standing in line to get ticket to the new holiday movie. Don't hesitate to say 'no' during this month so you can focus on your manuscript.

Prep work is key to meeting your word count goal. I know seat of the pants writers are cringing at this, but if you outline your story-even loosely-you don't waste valuable writing time staring at a blank screen wondering what should happen next. An outline gives you a direction to go even if it's one or two sentences describing the action or the emotion of the scene.

Good luck to any writer's who are participating this year!