Tuesday, September 22, 2009

God of Wonders

Have you seen the Indescribable DVD with Lou Giglio? He takes you on a journey through the universe to show you just how big our Creator is--stars huge beyond our ability to comprehend. Even my boys will have tears streaking their cheeks at the end when we get a picture of how God holds us all together with the cross.

Just coming off  the ACFW Conference, I see now that God is even more amazing because of the way he weaves our lives together even though we are beings who have free will. And yet, God works our lives together, creating what I'm sure you've heard many times-- a beautiful tapestry. In this case, I'm going to say he works our lives together to create amazing books. I heard repeatedly at the conference "it has to be the right book at the right time", and then I see how the right people have come together--something that can takes years to happen.

I'm blown away at how He does this--to me, it's far more amazing than His creation of the universe!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This time last year. . .

I was getting ready to go to the ACFW Conference in Minneapolis. "Getting ready to go" for me includes making sure all the laundry is done, everything is clean, and the freezer is stocked with pizza rolls, burritos, fish sticks and a few things that actually require thought and preparation for cooking,  just in case my husband or teenage daughter gets inspired.

Oh, a few more things, too, -- it means printing off those "one sheets" as the conference-goers started calling them several years ago. Before someone came up with the idea of printing out the twenty-five word hook of your story, we had to be able to talk about our books intelligently--THE PITCH.  The pitch is much like you might imagine they do in Hollywood to sell a movie producer on an idea. Considering we're mostly writers and not necessarily speakers, the one-sheets have given many of us a great sigh of relief. No more practicing in front of the mirror. No more fear of fumbling over the words or worse, drawing a blank. It's right there. On the paper. 

I have several writing buddies who've sold big books by simply handing over the one sheet to the right editor.  It works. 

This time last year I climbed the stairs (yes climbed) to my daughter's loft--a dark and ghastly place I rarely visited--to get the luggage.  This particular duffel bag had been to South Africa only six weeks before and had never been unpacked. So, after dumping the bag I picked my way down the stairs with too much confidence. To avoid a pile of something she'd deposited there instead of in her room, I took two steps at a time but my foot connected with air instead of a step, and I tumbled forward, ending up at the bottom of the stairs. Both my feet had twisted beneath me. I heard loud snapping sounds. 

I remember lying on the floor, holding my ankles and feet, the pain indescribable. Then I lay on my back and cried because the next day I planned to leave for the AFW Conference--no way could I miss that! Also, I'd just ordered Runner's World Magazine THAT DAY! I wouldn't be running for a long time.

I can't remember what the type of break is called now, but it's where your ligament pulls a piece of bone from your foot. So, I  wore a special supportive shoe to the conference where I should have been sitting and resting my foot, but no, it was a mostly standing conference. I should have been taking massive painkillers, but that would have made me completely incoherent. I made it through.

It was a great conference. As I expect it will be this year!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Christmas Homecoming is here!

I'm so excited and pleased to announce that Christmas Homecoming released this week! Writing this story was a highlight of my life, especially since I dedicated it to my daughter Rachel who, at the time of proposal, was on her way back from a missionary trip from South Africa. I put as many of her experiences as I could into O Christmas Tree ( My novella in the collection). Last week, I received my box of books just before she arrived from another missionary trip, this time to Scotland. It was a special moment to be able to present her with a story dedicated to her. I hope you'll enjoy the story too. So, please buy a copy and share with your friends. 

Here's the blurb:

Soar to new heights in this inspirational Christmas romance collection where four females encounter love amid the Colorado Rockies. A widowed grandmother, Carol Scheirer, is filled with angst, unsure that her family will accept the new man in her life. Wedding planner Noelle Evans wonders if the guy who once jilted her deserves a second chance. Old letters put writer Christmas Scheirer at odds with the guardian of her grandfather’s estate. Missionary Holly Rivers finds she still has feelings for the man she left behind. Will mistletoe missives result in more than one Boulder bride?

Watch the trailer:

Reminders and updates

This is a gentle reminder to post a comment, letting me know if you'd like to be included in the drawing for Love Finds You In Revenge, Ohio, by Lisa Harris. 

Also, I'll be blogging over at the CAN blog on the second Monday of each month. My topic will be on organization--believe me, I'm learning as I write the articles. But that's the point.
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