Monday, March 24, 2008

Real Estate Listings

I recently asked one of my daughter's friends if her mother likes to read. I was prepared to offer her a copy of Seasons of Love. The girl's face brightened as she answered a resounding yes! I felt her rush of excitement, too, because I figured I had another potential fan to win over. So, I asked the girl what her mother liked to read. Her answer:

Well. . . the real estate listings.

How funny is that? Sweet girl--maybe I can still interest her mother in a Christian romance about encryption and cranberries.

Marian Merritt is a kind one. She's featuring an interview with me at her website:
http://www.marianmerritt.com/

I know she'd love for you to check out her site.

Blessings!
Beth



CSFF Blog Tour: Andrew Peterson’s On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness



Welcome to the CSFF Blog Tour featuring Andrew Peterson’s On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, first in the Wingfeather Saga. I haven't read the book so I'll try to post reviews, etc., from other sites:)

But here's an Excerpt from the Random House site:

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE IGIBY COTTAGE

Just outside the town of Glipwood, perched near the edge of the cliffs above the Dark Sea sat a little cottage where lived the Igiby family. The cottage was rather plain, except for how comfortable it was, and how nicely it had been built, and how neatly it was kept in spite of the three children who lived there, and except for the love that glowed from it like firelight from its windows at night.

As for the Igiby family? Well, except for the way they always sat late into the night beside the hearth telling stories, and when they sang in the garden while they gathered the harvest, and when the grandfather, Podo Helmer, sat on the porch blowing smoke rings, and except for all the good, warm things that filled their days there like cider in a mug on a winter night, they were quite miserable. Quite miserable indeed, in that land where walked the Fangs of Dang.

You can read the rest HERE.

Other tour participants:

Sally Apokedak
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Green
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Michael Heald
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Margaret
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Pamela Morrisson
John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
Rachelle
Steve Rice
Cheryl Russel
Ashley Rutherford
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Donna Swanson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Robert Treskillard
Jason Waguespac
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

Blessings!
Beth

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Woman's Heart


Just got home from the new Bible study we started this week, Beth Moore's A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place. It's a study about the Tabernacle. One of the ladies came up to me after the study and mentioned I seemed much different today--that she'd been praying for me.

The truth is I felt different. As writers we're always working on a deadline, or writing proposals to sell that next book, or marketing--it's a never-ending business that carves it's way into every aspect of our lives, draining us. I'm not alone in saying this, am I?

This week I decided that I need to prioritize. Yes, the Lord called me to do this, even though I've run from it screaming many times. So I can't stop the writing. But I have to trust Him to redeem the time when I put other things first. Because there are plenty of things (person, place, or thing) that are more important than writing. I have at five of them in my family.

Honestly, I look at what other writers produce, and I don't know how they do it, especially if they have children at home. I've made the effort this week to close my laptop no matter where I was in the story or my chapter, and spend precious time with my kids. After all, they grow so fast.

And you know what? God does redeem the time because stepping away allows me to refresh myself through living--the lifeblood of stories.

Blessings!
Beth

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

CFBA: Sweet Caroline

I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college.

But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me.

After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times.

But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days, one doesn't get to see many of the sites. In Ireland, our company's distributor drove me around at night so I could see something of Dublin.

I met Tony, my husband, in '87, at church, of all places. We got married in '92. Tony has been a pastor for twenty years. I've worked with him in eighteen of those twenty. Our heart is to see teens and adults passionate, radical and whole hearted for Jesus.

Tony and I don't have any children of our own, lots of kids-in-the-Lord and we love them all. However, we do have a very spoiled dog, and an even more spoiled cat.

I've always wanted to be a writer. My dad used to tell me, "You're a writer." I have letters he wrote me post college, exhorting me to write. In this, I believe he had the heart of God.

In '93, I started an epic WW2 novel with two plots. It was well rejected. After that ordeal, I took a break and put efforts into my job as a software project manager. But, I missed writing and in late ' 99, I took up the craft again.

With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in ' 04, Lambert's Pride, a romance novel. I love writing chick lit and romance. I love writing. What an honor.

Rachel has several other books that have been received with great praise, including Diva Nash Vegas and Lost In Nash Vegas

You can purchase copies of Rachel's books, signed personally for you,
at this site: Signed by the Author.com

When a Southern waitress inherits the Lowcountry cafe where she works, she suddenly has to balance more than just her next food order.

Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says "yes" to destiny.

Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she's been waitressing falls right into Caroline's lap. While she's trying to determine the cafe's future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline's heart.

But when her first love, Mitch O'Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What a way to plot a story!

Our story starts in the Father’s garden with the first Adam - a gardener; a woman, a tree, fruit, the accuser, temptation/betrayal, a fall, a curse of thorns; they are evicted and death follows. Gen3:17-18 God places Cherubim angels at the east of the garden to “keep the
way”.Gen.3:24 The story continues with the last Adam going to a garden where the accuser tempts Him, Jn18:1 He does not fall BUT He is betrayed. Lk22:3,48 He also is evicted from the garden and goes to His death. This Adam though, takes the curse of thorns and wears it as
a crown; He dies on a tree and is buried - in a garden tomb.

A woman re-enters the garden, sees two angels and someone she thinks is - the gardener! The angels were not there to “keep the way” closed - but OPEN.

Sin entered the world because a woman took “fruit” OFF a tree; the first Adam listened and fell. The last Adam does not give into temptation and redeems ALL things by putting the fruit of the fall - sin, back ON the tree. The risen Y’shua does not show Himself to the men who came to the tomb Jn20 but chooses to wait for her; thus the last Adam’s first act is to restore the woman. Our story ends – in a garden with a man, His bride and a tree - but the accuser and curse are gone.Rev21-22

You can read the rest here.

Awesome stuff!!

Blessings!
Beth

Monday, March 03, 2008

What Reviewers are Saying!


Well, some of the reviewers are finally sounding out about Seasons of Love! I'm thrilled. Here's a few links:
Janice Thompson's Doubled Booked Blog

has this to say:
Seasons of Love is very well written. (Excellent, really, for a first-time author.) Kudos to Elizabeth for such a great first book.
Lena Nelson Dooley's Shoutlife Blog (you have to be a member to read this)

Please stop by these blogs and leave a comment!!

Blessings!
Beth

Local Writer's meeting


Living in Southern Oregon I don't have much opportunity to meet with other writers. In fact, when I first moved to Oregon three years ago, I knew of no other writers--at least within the ACFW organization. But things have changed. I've gotten to know the area and local writers, and ACFW membership has grown in Southern Oregon.

The above picture starting from the left: (me, Bonnie Leon, Lori Benton, Anne Shorey, Lorena Mccourtney and Lynn Ludwick). All are published except for one, and at least four of us are published novelists. Some had to miss the meeting because of illness or other reasons, but I can tell you it was great fun to get with these writers. We ate lunch and talked for THREE hours! After all, who can understand us better than another writer.

Blessings!
Beth
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