Friday, August 31, 2012

Short Story Contest

With the deadline at mid-night tonight, I felt remiss not to BEG everyone to follow the links below and vote for my short stories that entered in the Family Fiction contest.

"For Love and Country"

"Loves Flame"

On the contest note, I didn't hear from Guideposts, so sadly-for me, not the winners!-I didn't win a spot at the Guidepost's workshop in October. But I did have a visitor from Port Orchard, WA on my THAT made me a happy girl.

Thanks for voting!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Three little words

Bet you thought this romance writer was going to talk about an "I love you" scene in a book. Nope! I'm talking about the three little words that I over use while writing a rough draft....just, as, and like.

I've spent the last few days searching my manuscript for those words and reworking my sentences to get rid of them. It makes my writing tighter, and my sentences stronger.

Here's an example: I just left the package at their door. I even need that just? No, the sentence is stronger without it. I left the package at their door. If you need to show that it happened right before the character come home, etc. show it in a tag line.

Heather entered the kitchen, shaking rain from her overcoat. "I left the package at their door."

Using 'like' and 'as' are a little trickier because they can show comparison and give readers a clear visual of what you're describing.

Her voice rang out like church bells announcing Sunday service.

However, I seem to use it for other comparison's too, that does not make for strong sentences. "Are you going to pester me like you used too?" was changed to "Please don't pester me the way you used too."

When you are searching and replacing your pet words, it feels tideous but your manuscript will benefit from it.!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Book Signing

My church hosted a book signing for me today. Since they were so generous with decorating and throwing me a tea party, I decided to donate half the proceeds back to the church. We go to a small church, which usually has about 35 people in attendence. I sold 49 books this morning! What an awesome church family I have.

In addition to buying at this signing there a few church friends that order my books on line to give me sales number credits. A BIG thank you to those folks too!

Here are some pictures of the event!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Author Interview

Shari Barr is interviewing my on her blog tomorrow! Please join us at

I'm giving a way a copy of Job's Tears and Rose of Sharon. Here is a first time ever posting of the back cover blurb for Rose of Sharon!

Lil Hayes isn’t what Walt Sanders had in mind for his home care nurse. Spunky and outspoken, Lil is a formidable match for Vietnam vet Walt as he recovers from hip surgery. It’s clear Lil won’t back down when it comes to Walt’s care…and won’t keep from butting into his privacy and offering help where none is needed.

But Lil knows all that would be nothing if Walt knew the truth about her. As a young woman, Lil participated in antiwar rallies-protesting against soldiers just like Walt. Even though Lil lives with regrets, she wonders if she’s capable of handling Walt’s case professionally as she grown to love him-afraid the truth will cause Walt to reject her like another soldier from her past.

The two work through Walt’s recovery and begin to assemble a quilt block together to pass the time, but can two opposing souls find peace-and love-together?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I had a wonderful time and turn out for my writing presentation at the Sioux Falls Main Library branch last night.

I worried that I could fill two hours, and with questions, the presentation lasted an hour and forty five minutes! The group of thirty people who attended had WONDERFUL questions. They were also great about starting a dialogue with each other for further discussion of the questions and answers. And THAT is what helps writer's in every stage of their career...talking writing with other writer's!

I can't stress that enough! Writer's at any stage of their career can help other writers. Beginner's bring a fresh (read hopeful) outlook. A seasoned writer can answer questions about handling submissions, rejection and the wild ride of publishing. An established author not only shows other writer's that it can be done but can let them know that it's never an easy road to publication but it IS worth it!

Thanks to everyone who came out to listen to me last night and I hoped they picked up some tidbit that will help them in their writing!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Writer's Magazines

Years ago I subscribed to a wonderful writer's magazine, Byline. I looked forward to it receiving it every month, perusing it's pages and monthly contests. So when the publisher offered a lifetime subscribtion price, I jumped at the chance. The publisher, a writer herself, decided to sell the magazine, and a few months later...Byline magazine closed it's doors. was like saying good-bye to an old friend.

But, a few years later through trail and error, I subscribed to a long establised publication, The Writer. I LOVE this magazine. It really has something for everyone and I learn so much from the articles. They have a great mix of literary and genre writing articles, along with a wonderful marketing section that focuses on a submission guidelines for a different type of writing each month.

Last week, through an online writing newsletter, I found out that The Writer, is now in a struggle to survive. The original publishers have sold the magazine, and now the new publisher is looking for a buyer. In the meantime, they have reduced the number of pages, told freelancers they are no longer taking submissions, and reprinting past articles. 

I am bracing for the day I have to say good bye to this fine publication too, and start yet again finding written inspiration to feed my writing career. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Just a reminder about my speaking engagement next Tuesday, August 7th in Sioux Falls. It's at the main library from 6-8.

Hope to see some of you there!