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Month: March 2013

What A Year!

Sapphire Ice 400 600One year ago today, I released my first book, Sapphire Ice, Book 1 of the Jewel Trilogy.  Since then, I’ve released three more fiction books, compiled an anthology, and released a cookbook.

From a business perspective, I feel like this year has taught me that I have set out on a successful venture. I have made sound decisions that will continue to achieve growth.  Every book did well when it was released, and I was pleased with the fact that every day, I sold something.  But as I learned the business and studied the market and success/failure stories of other independently published authors, I made the novella, Greater Than Rubies, free — forever free, not just a weekend promotion free.  As I write this, in the last 7 weeks alone, I’ve given away about 70,000 copies of Greater Than Rubies.  And after reading the free novella and getting to know me, thousands of readers decide to purchase the entire series.

From the point of view of ministry, publishing my books has touched many, many lives.  The stories of realistically portrayed and very flawed human characters struggling with decisions, actions, and consequences who find peace and redemption in God’s love continue to inspire and uplift people all over the world.  It has been an amazing learning process and an incredible experience.  I wish I could share with you the notes and letters I receive from people who have read my books, and how much encouragement and support I receive.

I’m not stopping with the Jewel Series and a gravy cookbook, by any means.  In the coming weeks, I’ll publish two more whole food/real food cookbooks. My next major fiction releases of novel length works is entitled the Suspense in Song Series, and the premier novel in that series, A Melody for James, is due to come out sometime in May if all goes well. We are “back to the drawing board” on the cover art for these books so expect a big “reveal” soon. Still in development are the stories of Carol, Aria, and Harmony. Like the Jewels, these stories will all have a unifying theme, in this case it is music, they will all be love stories, they will all center around some element of faith, and they will share events and characters within a contemporary setting. Unlike the Jewels, elements of mystery and suspense play a much more prominent role than romance.

07FaithCoverDraft1The most exciting news is that this year, I am also going to introduce a new series, something that is near and dear to my heart. If you know anything about me then you know that I am fascinated with the era surrounding World War II. This year, I am publishing a series of novellas about women who serve the Allied cause during the second World War. It is called The Virtues and Valor Series. The first set of novellas will tell the stories of secret agents whose code names are: Temperance, Mercy, Charity, Prudence, Hope, Grace, and Faith.

All of these are all in different stages of development — some are waiting final edits, some need final cover art, some are just getting started, and some are ready for a publication date to be set.  All of them are going to be really, really fun to share with the world.

I’m just getting started, and am so excited to see what God has in store for me for this coming year!

 

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Pinkalicious, Head Injuries, Romance Writers & Teen Drivers

This week has gone by SO FAST. I cannot believe that a week ago, I was preparing breakfast for the crew who came to my daughter Kaylee’s Sweet 16 party.

Where did my week go? Why no blog posts?

PinkaliciousWEBTuesday, I went with our son Scott’s Kindergarten class to see a theatrical rendition of the popular children’s book, Pinkalicious. Scott and our 4-year-old Jeb enjoyed themselves tremendously.

Wednesday was the only day I had this week to actually work on my next cookbook. I am desperately trying to get it published this month. I am making such amazing progress, but parties and children and homemaking are constantly interfering with my writing time (heh).

Wednesday night, Scott was running down the hallway at church and fell forward, landing with his entire body weight on his temple. Gregg picked him up and he closed his eyes while Gregg held him. Because he has some pretty intense sensory issues, we thought he was just hurting from the fall and drowning out the loud gymnasium where we were standing and talking to friends. But, he fell asleep on the way home (a 5-minute ride), was groggy while Gregg was putting his PJ’s on him, and fell asleep as I carried him to bed. We weren’t concerned, because his pupils were not dilated. Apparently, that is not ALWAYS an indication of something wrong.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Scott woke me and told me Jeb was coughing — he was actually having a croup fit. It took me about 45 minutes to get him clear (steamy bathroom, 25 degrees cold air outside, steamy bathroom, finally cleared him up.) Since he does have school Thursdays, I wanted to let him sleep Friday morning, so I woke Scott and carried him downstairs to get him ready for school. When I stood him up, he swayed and gripped his head and said his brain hurt. Then he threw up.

scott head injury

His pediatrician looked at him and did not like the way he acted or looked, so he sent us to the ER for a CT scan. About 5 minutes after I got there (our doctor had called ahead and immediately triaged him and put us in a room), Gregg arrived from his office, and about 5 minutes later, our pastor arrived. He anointed Scott with oil and prayed over him. (I love our pastor.) Scott was a trooper during the CT scan, even though he was scared. The results were clear – no bleeding on the brain — but he definitely has a concussion.

Gregg and I had a writers’ dinner Thursday night, but we canceled our babysitter and he sent me on without him. I enjoyed a nice dinner with my writing friends, and came home to the report that he’d had to keep Scott from jumping off of the back of the couch — already the lethargicness was fading and his energy was returning. Which will be a lot of fun this weekend since we’re supposed to be keeping him quiet.

Authors Dinner at Merrick Inn with Liliana Hart, Cherie Marks, Katherine Lowry Logan, Hallee Bridgeman, Kathleen Brooks & husband Chris Counts, and Donna Jane McDonald. Liliana is in town to present a workshop on self-publishing at the Kentucky Romance Writers Spring into Writing annual conference this Saturday at The Hyatt Place.
Authors Dinner at Merrick Inn with Liliana Hart, Cherie Marks, Katherine Lowry Logan, Hallee Bridgeman, Kathleen Brooks & husband Chris Counts, and Donna Jane McDonald. Liliana is in town to present a workshop on self-publishing at the Kentucky Romance Writers Spring into Writing annual conference this Saturday at The Hyatt Place.

And, that brings us to this morning. A Friday that my children are off from school. Kaylee is headed to the DMV to get her driver’s permit. I have a writers’ workshop this weekend with the Kentucky Romance Writers that will continue from last night, and I haven’t done a thing on this blog since Monday.

How was your week? Any exciting plans for the weekend?
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Inspiring & Uplifting

COVER_JTcoverwithbadgeThis month, I will have been actively on this course of writing/publishing for one year. Before I began, I was terrified – terrified – of going forward. Whenever I knew someone was reading what I’d written, I’d get nervous, anxious, obsess about hearing back. How in the world I ever got up the courage to hit “publish” on the first book – Sapphire Ice – is nothing short of God’s perfect will pushing me out of any and all comfort zones.

I’m so glad I went forward. I’m so glad that my books have met with such great acclaim and critique. I’m so happy that this person is telling that person and that person is telling this person and the stories of Robin, Maxine, and Sarah are spreading through the reading communities. It is wonderful and humbling and still a little terrifying.

I woke up this morning to a review on Amazon for The Jewel Trilogy Anthology — which contains Greater Than Rubies — that was so wonderful worded and so uplifting and affirming to me. It makes me anxious and antsy to get the next fiction book published — the first in my Song Series (coming in May, friends!). I wanted to share it with you:

I’ve been complaining loudly lately that Christian fiction is full of perfect characters who bypass personal growth and development with a single prayer when something goes wrong. Their lives all perfectly fall into place and have no substance or sense of reality about them.Then I stumbled across these books and was so happy to be proven incorrect. I just loved everything about these books. The flawed characters who faced their demons and grew into themselves and Gods love for them, their strength and determination gained through serious prayer and commitment to supporting each other. I laughed and cried and pondered my life. I read all four books in 4 days and can’t stop thinking about them. I’m so glad the wedding was later included – and was even more pleasantly surprised that it also revolved around real life problems, rather than just being a feel happy book. My only criticism is that there are no other books available for this author………I’m eagerly awaiting more!

I know if my books touch just one life and bring just one person closer to God, then that may have been His purpose for me. But, I get notes, reviews, and emails almost daily from people all over the world telling me how much the books affected them on a personal, emotional, or spiritual level. You have no idea how much those notes, reviews, and emails inspire and uplift me.

If you haven’t read them, read them. Greater Than Rubies is free everywhere we could get it free, and will stay free – a sampling of the sisters for you. If you have read them, I’d love to hear from you.
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