Showing posts from May, 2014

Library etiquette

I never go to the library. Now, before you decide to flog, tar, and feather me, remember that I am a book hoarder. In my old age, you will find me buried in a stack of books. However, I promise there will not be dead cat skeletons, rotten food, and dirty adult diapers littering the house like an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive . The house might be dusty, and I may have dirty dishes in the sink, but my hoard will be new or very gently used paperbacks. My filth level is not the point of this blog though. I never go to the library because I have more books than I can read in a decade, possibly longer, within my possession. Now, when my mom retires, she may go through the e-book hoard on her Kindle that I created for her plus my paperbacks. However, a couple of days ago, I decided to go to the library. I've been running so terribly behind on some things at work and desperately needed a change of scenery to buckle down and focus. I needed a quiet place. While I actually want

Emily T. Wierenga talks about her debut novel, A Promise in Pieces

An interview with Emily T. Wierenga, Author of A Promise in Pieces   God has a way of piecing together His promises in ways we would never expect. In her debut novel, A Promise in Pieces (Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Press/April 15, 2014/ISBN: 9781426758850/$13.99), Emily T. Wierenga presents the story of two women who met under the worst of circumstances but were able to turn their grief into healing for those they came into contact with. Q: Most authors draw inspiration in some form from an event or person in their own life. What personal connection do you have with A Promise in Pieces ? I connect with the main character, Clara, who is a very broken person. She’s a pastor’s daughter, like me, who’s disillusioned about religion and desperate to encounter God for herself. As I wrote in my memoir, which is coming out this coming summer, I needed to get away from home in order to realize God had been there the whole time. My relationship with God was also restored

New from @RonieKendig | Raptor 6! Enter to win a Kindle HDX.

Don't miss the first book, Raptor 6 , in Ronie Kendig 's new Quiet Professionals series. Ronie combines a dangerous romance and explosive action for a thrilling and satisfying ride. "Lock and load for this Spec Op, fighting under God’s 'rules of engagement.'" — Bob Hamer, veteran FBI undercover agent and award-winning author Ronie is celebrating with a Kindle HDX Giveaway! One winner will receive: A Kindle Fire HDX Raptor 6  by Ronie Kendig Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 15th. Winner will be announced June 16th on Ronie's blog . Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Ronie's blog  on June 16th to see if you won. {MORE ABOUT  RAPTOR 6 } The Quiet Professionals series  His team. His mission. A mission that comes at the highest cost! Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So whe

Tricia Goyer shares the process of a movie... becoming a book!

An interview with Tricia Goyer, author of the  Moms’ Night Out novelization An endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting, award-winning author Tricia Goyer’s Moms’ Night Out (B&H Publishing Group/April 22, 2014/ISBN: 978-1433684821/$15.99) novelization of the popular film by the same name chronicles how three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang and a bewildered cabbie become intrinsically intertwined in one another’s lives after one momentous moms’ night out. Q: This book is a novelization of the new movie Moms’ Night Out , starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin and others. We’re used to novels being turned into movies, but not so much movies being turned into novels. How does the novelization of a movie work? A novelization means a novel inspired by the movie. I was contacted in December asking if I’d be interested in this project. I’d seen the tr

MEANT TO BE MINE $200 Visa Card Giveaway & Facebook Party (6/10) with @BeckyWadeWriter!

I wish my to-be-read book wasn't as long as a giraffe's neck. I'd love to read this one right away! Becky Wade 's latest novel, Meant to Be Mine , is a keeper!  Celebrate with Becky by entering her "Dream Come True" $200 Visa cash card prize pack giveaway and RSVP for her June 10th Facebook party!       One winner will receive: A $200 Visa cash card Meant to Be Mine  by Becky Wade Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 10th. Winner will be announced at the Meant to Be Mine Facebook author chat party on June 10th .  Connect with Becky for a fun evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Becky will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening. So grab your copy of Meant to Be Mine and join Becky on the evening of June 10th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don&

The Bachelorette - Where the drunk people always go swimming

Forgive the typos! I'm finishing this after midnight, and I'm yawning so much that tears are streaming down my face. I'll have to post, then edit in the morning. This morning I saw a preview for The Bachelorette that was not shown at the end of last week's episode. And it really made me groan. I believe the show can be entertaining without being raunchy. I can already tell the group date is going to get out of control. I posted on Facebook a few minutes before I started the episode (and it is now after 10 PM since I had softball games to go tonight) that I was about to watch it. I have a side conversation going on about you can't possibly expect to finding lasting love with this kind of behavior. Of course, I'm pretty much convinced that "the right reason" now equates to 15 minutes of fame. Sadly, I'm not so sure it's all that off from real life away from the reality cameras. It's come to the point that I live my life with the motto &

They are losing enthusiasm

This morning, everyone could chose a song about love, to relate back to our lesson from 1 John chapter 4. I figured based on the verses we talked about, Peyton would want to try "The Greatest Command" aka "Love One Another." Even they knew better than to try four parts together. One for each boy, and one for each of two girls. I have one really quiet girl who I joked would have to lip sync to a part. She smiled really big, so I am pretty sure she thought I was funny. Our medley is a bit of a hot mess though. It's what's in our hearts that counts though.

It's your loss!

I tried to beg any friend on Facebook who might be willing to join me for Cracker Barrel and Hobby Lobby today. However, it was to no avail. I have some weekends were I just really need out of the house (even though I did get out last weekend). Working and living in the same place, by yourself, can cause cabin fever. I always tell people that working from home is better for people with families than for single people. Anyway... My parents skipped town with their friends, so Mom wasn't around to go with me. I'm so tired of wearing the same stuff around the house, and I seriously thought about wearing a shirt I've had since 2006 today. I took that as a sign to try to find stores having Memorial Day sales. Lane Bryant had a buy one get one free sale. Besides, I can only wait so long to find shoes to wear in Atlanta for ICRS (the International Christian Retail Show), and I leave in less than four weeks. I need shoes that minimize my feet hurting as much walking as there wil

The Heart’s Pursuit | Enter to win a $200 “Romantic Weekend Getaway” from @RobinLeeHatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher 's latest novel, The Heart's Pursuit , is receiving critical praise : "The Old West lives again in this inspirational romantic adventure. . . . Themes of forgiveness, justice and mercy dominate the story and add to the characters' depth. Hatcher treats readers to a rich sensory experience—you can taste the desert dust and smell the smoke and stench of a crowded gambling hall." ( Publishers Weekly ) Robin is celebrating the release of her novel by giving away a $200 "Romantic Weekend Getaway."   One winner will receive: A $200 Visa cash card (Get away for the weekend with that special someone!) The Heart's Pursuit  by Robin Lee Hatcher Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 8th. Winner will be announced June 9th on Robin's website . Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Robin's blog  on June 8th to see if you won. {MORE

Cynthia Ruchti shares from her heart about All My Belongings

The webcast will be hosted on Ruchti’s Facebook page , as well as the Litfuse Publicity Group website for readers without a Facebook account. Leading up to the webcast, readers can RSVP for the event and sign up to receive an email reminder. From May 22 – June 10, fans can also enter the contest for the Grand Prize VISA cash card via the author’s Facebook page or the blog tour landing page .   An interview with Cynthia Ruchti, Author of All My Belongings Some people are raised by doting parents in a loving home where they have a safe place to grow, to belong. Others come from homes broken by an absentee parent, hurtful words, regrets, promises not kept or a myriad of other sins. In All My Belongings (Abingdon Press/May 6, 2014/ISBN: 978-1426749728/$14.99) , author Cynthia Ruchti tells the story of a young woman who feels out of place within her own family and must learn to live in the shadow of guilt and shame that haunts her as a result of her father’s crimes. A new