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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 5

Day 5: A song to match your mood today

Well, there’s no song titled, “I’m-so-nervous-about-releasing-my-first-book-that-I-may-just-throw-up.”

So, we’ll go with Out of Eden’s “Lovely Day”:

When troubles come my way
I look to you and everything’s ok.
When help seems to disappear
I look to You and then its all so clear.

When hard nights turn into hard days
How i long to seek your face.
When blue skies turn to gray
I look to You and then I know its gonna be a
it’s gonna be a lovely day.

When I wake up in the morning, Lord
and the sun light hurts my eyes
and something without warning, Lord
bears heavy on my mind.

Then I look to You (then I look to You)
and the world’s alright with me (and the world is alright).
Just one look to You
and I know its gonna be (its gonna be).
I think its gonna a lovely day.

[chorus]
(a lovely day) lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day [4x]

When the day that lies ahead of me
seems impossible to face.
When someone else instead of me
always seems to know the way You know thats when I look to You.

Then I look to You and the world’s alright (and the world’s alright with me).
Then I look to You and the world is alright with me
Just one look to You (just one look to You and I know its gonna be)
(just one look to You) just one look to You and I know it’s gonna be
(and I know its gonna be) I think it’s gonna be a lovely day.

[chorus]
(a lovely day) lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day [4x]

When I wake up in the morning Lord and the sun light hurts my eyes
and something without warning Lord You know that it bears heavy on my mind.
When the day that lies ahead of me seems impossible to face,
and there’s someone else instead of me always seems to know the way.

Then I look to You and the world is alright (and the world is alright with me)
Then I look to You and the world is alright with me.
Just one look to You and I know it’s gonna be…gonna be…gonna be

(a lovely day) lovely day, lovely day………[until song fades out]
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Six Sentence Sunday: The Legend

“Well, well, well,” Jake said, “look who decided to grace my doorway again.  What can I get you, Tony?”

“Whatever he’s drinking,” Tony said, gesturing at his target. When he reached the end of the bar he leaned his hand on the grimy surface, trapping the weasel in front of him in the corner, and said in a very quiet, steely voice,  “Hi, Billy.  Remember me?”

Nervous eyes darted up and back down again and in a shaking voice he said,  “Yeah…sure…who doesn’t?  You’re a neighborhood legend.”

Want to read more? Sapphire Ice will publish tomorrow! Check back for links!

What is Six Sentence Sunday?

1) pick a project – a current Work in Progress, contracted work or even something readers can buy if you’re published

2) pick six sentences

3) post ‘em on Sunday

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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 4

Day 4: Your parents or siblings

My parents are pretty awesome people.  They were high school sweethearts and were married the weekend before my mom’s 20th birthday in 1968.  My dad was a career Army soldier and my mom was an Army wife who was such a natural at it that she made the life seem easy and effortless.  I remember when my husband was in Afghanistan in 2002, I called my mom and said, “This isn’t easy.  How did you make it look easy?”

My dad retired in 1999 and then worked in a very tradition-oriented and respected boys’ military boarding school in Wisconsin.  During his career there, he was able to lead, mentor, and impact the lives of hundreds of boys.  I love seeing him interact with them in social media and seeing the love and respect they hold for him.

Dad is retired fully now and, after living in all four corners of the country and various places in between in their long career, they made their retirement home in a small town in the mountains of West Virginia.  Visiting them and spending time with them is one of my favorite things to do.

My mom and I share the same taste in movies – preferring action/car chases/adventure over, well, almost anything that would be considered a good movie by the critics.  She used to be an avid romance novel reader, then an avid mystery reader, and is now an avid crossword puzzle buff.  She’s brilliant and gets bored with normal crosswords and instead has books from early 20th century New York Times Sunday puzzles — meaning she has to learn the vernacular of that time period in order to do the puzzle.

My dad is a Bible scholar.  When I was in my early 20’s and he was in his late 40’s, he wrote me a letter that said, “Start studying your Bible now.  Don’t wait until you’re older like me.  I study and study as hard as I can, and I learn something new every day.  I fear that even if I lived to be 100, there isn’t enough time left on earth for me to learn everything I can learn from the Bible.”

Both of my parents are very active in their church, heading classes, committees, singing in the choir, and serving as leadership and ushers.  I love their hearts for serving God.

in Abu Dhabi

My older brother is just 16 months older than me.  He’s uber smart.  I always loved when we had to move to a new school, because for one year, in the eyes of the teachers, I wasn’t “Jim’s sister” and therefore didn’t have quite the expectations placed on me.  He majored in film at USC (and was there during the Rodney King riots way back in the early 90’s — if that doesn’t age us — heh.)  He made his home in New York City for about 20 years where he did everything from DJ hip-hop music (which he still does often) to working as a produce expert at Whole Foods  before relocating to Sydney, Australia with his Aussie wife.  Jim and his wife work in Abu Dhabi for part of the year, and Sydney for the other part, working with the Abu Dhabi and Sydney film festivals.  Gregg and I had a chance to visit them in Abu Dhabi and had a wonderful time visiting with them.  My brother is a freelance writer, and blogs about being an American in Austria at Outernational and about all things music and movies at Feral Kid.  My brother Jim is a good man with a good heart and a love and respect for all life that just seems almost out of place in this crazy, selfish world in which we live.

My younger brother is almost four years younger than me.  Ty is a brilliant artist who, even as a child, spent his summers designing comic book characters and drawing them from dozens of different ways from dozens of different angles, over and over again, and was commissioned to illustrate a series of children’s books when he was just in high school.  He studied art at Clark University in Worchester, MA, and left the Boston area after college with a group of friends to make his home in Chicago.  He has many of our father’s leadership traits, and is rising quickly through the ranks of a major natural foods grocery chain, while he continues in his comic book ventures by night.  He and his Chicago-native wife have a daughter who falls, age-wise, almost exactly in between Scott and Johnathan.  In fact, they found out they were pregnant when I was in the hospital having Scott.  One of my favorite things my brother does is to create art “collaborations” with his daughter, letting her draw while he colors in or vice-versa.  It is so much fun to see him encouraging her embracing of his passion in life.

My sister is five years younger than me.  Misty is absolutely brilliant and has always been a very strong personality with natural leadership skills inherited from our dad.  She knew very early on in life that she wanted to be a journalist, and worked on high school and then college newspapers until she graduated from Fairmont College (now University) in West Virginia.  She was immediately hired by the Times West Virginian and on her first day on the job, while writing the piece for a major story she’d had to cover, she realized she was doing exactly what God intended for her to do with her life.  In 2009, at the age of 31, she became the Managing Editor of her paper — a feat unheard of for not only her age, but for a woman her age.  She married the sports reporter from her paper and had a very cool New York Yankee’s themed wedding (with the rolled up programs being handed to guests out of newspaper bags).  She has three children — a son who is very very good at soccer, a daughter who dances competitively, and a son who is age-wise in between Scott and Johnathan, who loves Star Wars and superheroes with a passion that rivals only my sons.  Since she lives in the same town as my parents, I get to see her a whole lot more often than my brothers, and I love that.

That is my family.  We are a close family, and I think that’s fantastic considering how the world is kind of crumbling around us.  We don’t all get to be together in the same continent very often, but when we do it’s wonderful.  I miss my family and as much as I love the military life we lived, the downside is the lack of same-town roots — or at least same-state roots — as adults.


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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 3

Day 3: Your first love

I hesitated before answering this one.  Honestly, I should say, “My ex-husband.”  We met when I was 17, were married when I was 20, and divorced when I was 30.  He really “should” be my first love.

However, when I met Gregg and fell head-over-heels-forever-and-ever in love – IN LOVE – I knew I’d never known true love before.

So, I started thinking about this question.  My first love.  And the answer came to me.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy.

Seriously.  I don’t know if I was in love with reading or pioneer late 19th century, or Almanzo, but it was something.  I read that entire series over Christmas break when I was in fourth grade.  Then I re-read Farmer Boy and These Happy Golden Years  a hundred times.  I’m not exaggerating.  I read them over and over and over again.  I wanted to live in that farm house in upstate New York and have that be my life.  I loved the descriptions of the house Almanzo built for Laura.

We read the books out loud as a family during a long trip a few years ago.  It was Kaylee’s first introduction to the series.  It had probably been ten years since I read them.  I was reminded with the turn of every page how much I loved those books, especially Farmer Boy and These Happy Golden Years.
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 2

Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name

My blog is named: Hallee Bridgeman, Novelist…author of edgy Christian romances

This may seem like it will be a short post, because I’m Hallee Bridgeman and I’m a novelist.  However, there’s actually a story.

I have a blog called Hallee the Homemaker.  I actually just named that on the fly as a placeholder until I could come up with something more clever.  But, everyone loved it and it stuck.

When I was setting up this blog, I contemplated using Hallee the Story Teller as the title of the blog – as a spinoff of Hallee the Homemaker.  I talked it over with Gregg and we designed the site.  But, when it came time to publish, the more I looked at the title, the more I didn’t like it.

My thought was, anyone who knew Hallee the Homemaker would think that was a very clever title.  But someone just coming to Hallee Bridgeman’s blog who knew not of Hallee the Homemaker would wonder why such a title was being used.  In a way, it felt very silly.

Consequently, the day before we published, I changed it to “Hallee Bridgeman, Novelist”.

My friend, Donna McDonald, is the one who came up with “author of edgy Christian romances.”  We thought we coined the phrase, but come to find out, “edgy Christian” is actually a genre, and there are tons and tons of writers groups, forums, and blogs all falling under the heading of “edgy Christian.”

I still think she’s extremely clever and I appreciate the tag line.
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Sapphire Ice Release Date & Blurb!

I’m so excited to announce the release date for Sapphire Ice:

March 26th!

This date also happens to be the date that we find out the finalists for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Contest.  I entered Emerald Fire in the Golden Heart.  I realize that in competing with a few thousand other writers, the odds of finalling are probably astronomical; nevertheless, I am praying that I get “the” call on the 26th.

I will be a big day either way.  I can’t wait!

Debi is finishing up the final cover design.  Here is what it looks like:

I’m going through the manuscript with a fine-toothed comb and Gregg is learning everything he can learn about e-publishing and self-publishing.  It’s all coming together!

So, mark your calendars.  We’re going to discount the first 1,000 copies.

Here is the blurb for Sapphire Ice:

To Robin Bartlett, men were nothing more than violent users.  After a hair-raising childhood, Robin and her two younger half sisters battled simply to survive. Determined to give her sisters a very different life from that of their mother; to never have to rely on a man for anything, she worked two jobs and put them both through college, while accepting help from no one.  Her heart had turned to ice and she had no use for men or God.

Antonio “Tony” Viscolli had grown up on the streets, homeless. At seventeen, he entered a downtown church with the intent of casing it, but found himself on his knees at the altar.  After being fostered by the youth minister, Tony followed God’s leading and eventually became a very successful and powerful businessman.  In a fallen world, he was a gem.

When Tony bought the restaurant where Robin bartended, she immediately resented his intrusion into her well ordered, but exhausting, life.  She suspected his offering her special attention and constant kindness was merely his way of expecting something from her in return, something she wasn’t willing to give.

Tony knew God had led him to Robin.  Would she ever allow herself to trust him?  Could she ever allow herself to trust God?  Or would the winter of their tragic youth rise from the shadows of the past and freeze any chance at happiness?

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