Extra, extra! Read all about it!!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Extra, extra! Read all about it!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Lori and I met and clicked at an ACFW conference several years ago, and we've been Sisterchicks ever since. (anyone who doesn't know that Robin Jones Gunn reference - google it, and buy the books. You won't be disappointed!) We've been through a lot together, even were pregnant together in 2008! (yes, lots of stories. LOTS of stories. Like when Lori came to visit me while she was about 6 1/2 months pregnant and ate crawfish for the first time! haha! Here's a pic! Let me just add for vanity's sake, I was 8 months. lol)
Lori decided to debut her blog with an interview with...Gracie! Not me. But the heroine from RETURN TO LOVE. Go check it out HERE! =)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I love storms.
Well, let me clarify. I love storms when my husband is home, we're snuggly with lots of lights on and some good books laying around, playing with Little Miss on the floor, cooking dinner and enjoying the drizzly sound of the rain against the roof...
I do NOT like storms when Hubby is working, the bottom of the sky is about to fall out on my muddy yard, and Little Miss freaks with every burst of thunder.
Welcome to today! =)
I was supposed to have today "off" to work on my new novel proposal, vacuum, get a few things done (Audrey is terrified of said vacuum, therefore its much easier and less tearful to do it when she's at Nana's!) etc. while Audrey visited with Nana (my mom). We arranged to meet and "switch" at a church about halfway between my house and my mom's. Well, we failed to realize the giant swatch of red coming across the radar from Texas, and ended up being out driving in the worst of it. Streets are flooding, fast, and it was pretty scary. Needless to say, we couldn't switch at the church or anywhere without a cover. We both needed some caffeine, so we said we'd try at Sonic under the awning and get a drink. We got to Sonic, and the lights flickered and went out twice there, and the wind was so strong the rain was blowing in sheets UNDER the awning. We then went straight to my mom's, and literally, it was "over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go". The streets are awful.
So, the desire to have a few productive hours at home alone were swapped for the desire to just keep me and my daughter safe! This was a scary one. So, Little Miss is now napping with Nana and I'm working on my proposal - here, at her house. Where we will stay. lol
Atleast until that nasty red is long gone!
How about you? Love storms? Hate storms? I really do like them when the conditions are right. lol Today, they were NOT.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Between my being home daily and my husband's crazy schedule of 12 hour shifts at the hospital or 24 hour shifts at the fire station or being on call sporadically, sometimes we literally have to stop and think hard about what day of the week it is. Weekends no longer really exist for us, except of course there is church on Sundays. Saturdays, Fridays, Tuesdays - all the same in regards to routine or work.
But it's working for us! What about you? What is your daily/weekly routine like? Is there a particular day of the week you like the best/least?
Here's a new interview for today on RETURN TO LOVE by Tracy Ruckman on the Christian Writing Examiner!
Also check out this interview HERE on Net's Book Notes, by Annette Irby.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I am so not a techie.
I feel like I've been incommunicado for weeks! Not just since Tuesday. At least with my Blackberry I've kept email access. I can technically get online through my BB too, but...its just so difficult. Slow to load pages, and the format is funky on blogs or other sites so its hard to see what you're doing and most of the time, the entire page doesn't load - like banners, headers, etc. Confusing for a non techie like myself.
But I'm back!!
So, today... new updates! Check out Lisa Jordan's post for RETURN TO LOVE and my guest blog HERE. Also, Jennifer's review HERE and Roseanna's Review HERE!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
In fact, that's still me, because I'm at my mom's house writing this blog - still no internet at home. My dad has been a computer tech for 20+ years, so I know the usual tricks. Restart. Reboot. Reconnect. Try again. What lights are blinking? Ethernet or USB connection? Is the green light on the modem blinking or solid? What, its not on at all? Yep, you're screwed.
Well that's how it felt anyway. lol I spent a good part of today on the phone with the tech support people of my internet company, who basically asked me the same questions and made me retry all the steps I already knew and had already tried twice each, in various forms.
They finally boiled it down to I need a new cable, which might or might not be true, but I finally stopped trying to convince them otherwise and took their word for it in order to keep my sanity. So my dad has an extra cable, and we'll see if it works tonight at home. Sigh.
If not, I might not get to blog tomorrow. So if I'm MIA, then, well, just re-read this post and it will be like a brand new day, because nothing will have really changed. =)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
(If you watch it, know there is very mild sensuality, a bit of language, and some violence.)
Basically, it's about these "special" people (think X-Men type mutants but more normal looking). Some are good, some are bad. All have super powers. There are Sniffers, Movers, Watchers - all whose names imply their powers. (tracking skills, telekinetic energy, and psychic. Plus a lot more, some which we didn't even meet in this movie. Then there are Pushers, which is really neat - they have the ability to push thoughts, even lies, into people's head and make them believe it as truth. Very powerful stuff.
In the picture above are the two stars, Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans. (side note - it was really neat to see Dakota in an "adult" role instead of movies like Babe the Pig. She's grown up and her acting is amazing. I hated they gave her a few cuss words but it did fit her character - tough chick, on her own, etc.) Dakota is a Watcher and Chris is a Mover, but kinda bad at his powers. Those develop throughout the movie. They are independent, on their own, trying to stay under the radar from a governement agency named Division who is all about control, power, and experiments. They are trying to build an army of special powered people and experiment on the "mutants" (though they are not called that) like lab rats.
The plot is sort of complicated to explain, and I won't really try because A. It's just hard and B. I don't want to give anything away. But basically, Dakota's mom is stuck in Division and Dakota wants to get her out, and knows through her powers as a pyschic that it all boils down to finding this one particular girl and this particular case she has - before Division does. Chris gets involved because he at first believes there to be money in it for him, and needs to pay off some bookies for gambling. But then he forms a bro/sis type relationship with Dakota and wants to help her, not to mention another twist involving the girl they are trying to find.
It's a race against time, as with every good movie, and the writer really amped the stakes by having not only the Division after Dakota and Chris and this girl, but another group of bad guys, an Asian mob family that want the case for themselves. Stakes stakes stakes! I should have taken notes. That is always my weak spot in writing.
Which brings me to my point in blogging about this movie. It was so good it made me feel like a chump writer. LOL! Do you ever have those days as fellow authors? You read a book or see a movie where the plot absolutely blows you away. So detailed, so meticulous, practically flawless, complete with SHOCKING twists and turns...and you think, man, I could never think of something like that. Couldn't even begin to!
I told that to my hubby last night. I was in a good mood from such a great movie, but was at the same time a little bummed because, seriously - never in a million years could I concoct that.
But he said something really profound that touched me. He said "Isn't your writing ultimately from God? Are you saying that it would be impossible for God to use you to write the next best seller, or impossible for Him to use you to write something that amazing?"
I just kinda sat there, ashamed, because he was so right! Just because I doubt my abilities doesn't mean I should doubt God's. And yes, I believe my writing is a gift from Him and I believe He guides it. So I shouldn't speak negatively about my abilities (nor should I be prideful of course!) but there is a balance in being confident in what He does in me and through me.
So today, as I work on finishing up my contracted novel to meet my deadline next week, I'm going to remember that God guides my pen, and even though I might doubt my own abilities at times, I will NEVER doubt His. He might or might not choose to use me to write a best seller or be "the next Nicholas Sparks" or "the next Stephanie Meyer" or "the next Susan May Warren" but you know what? I am the only Betsy Ann St. Amant and I'm going to write as if that's all I need to know.
Fellow authors, your thoughts on this??
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here's the info you need:
Title: The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn
Author: Liz Johnson
Release Date: 7/14/09
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romantic Suspense
Myles Parsons is just another inmate in Kenzie Thorn’s GED course until he kidnaps her, offering only a feeble explanation–that he’s actually FBI Special Agent Myles Borden. Terrified, Kenzie doesn’t want to believe his story of being undercover to protect her. Moreover, she can’t believe that someone might really want her dead.
But just when Myles thinks he has her out of harm’s way, his plans start to fall apart. He attempts to take Kenzie to a safe house—but the stubborn woman won’t go! So together they must uncover the clues that will reveal a most shocking perpetrator. All the while Myles tries to keep his distance from Kenzie … but finds himself falling in love.
About the Author:
Liz Johnson grew up reading Christian fiction, and always dreamed of being part of the publishing industry. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a degree in public relations, she set out to fulfill her dream. In 2006 she got her wish when she accepted a publicity position at a major trade book publisher. While working as a publicist in the industry, she decided to pursue her other dream-becoming an author. Along the way to having her novel published, she completed the Christian Writers Guild apprentice course and wrote articles for several magazines.
Liz lives in Colorado Springs , Colorado , where she enjoys theater, ice skating, volunteering in her church's bookstore and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her nephew and three nieces. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn is her first novel.
Keep up with Liz's adventures in writing at http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com/
And purchase your copy of THE KIDNAPPING OF KENZIE THORN here!!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Return to Love
by Betsy St. Amant
Another fabulous way to escape the summer heat is to escape into a good book--and Return to Love is a lovely cool spot to duck into. Did I say "duck"? Maybe I mean waddle--and not because I've over-indulged in 3 Musketeers Minty Minis, but because another sort of bird features prominently in this fun romance. Penguins. Yep, as a first in my reading experience since my childhood favorite Mr. Popper's Penguins, I had a chance to enjoy a book featuring my personal favorites of God's creations. This debut book is a delightful romance between penguin caretaker Gracie Broussard and hunky musician Carter Alexander. (By the way, hunky musicians also factor high on my list of favorite creations!!)
I had the experience of meeting Betsy a while ago at a writers conference in Shreveport, Louisiana--and she herself is a beautiful, delightul woman herself. You can check out my blog for a quick interview with her-- and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
She loved her first big girl chair! Her name is monogrammed on it, behind her. =) She also loved the charm bracelet Hubby got her - her first piece of real jewelry!!! Pics to come on that, we need to get it sized.
More pics on my Facebook page, for any Facebook fans.
And PS - visit Trish Perry's site HERE to read an interview with me featuring RETURN TO LOVE and enter to win a free copy of the book!!!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Well, it's been a little over a week now at my "new job" of SAHM (well, really I guess its WAHM since I am writing too!) and its been even better than I had hoped. If that's possible! I've been so productive on house work and party-planning for Little Miss' first birthday bash - tomorrow! And I took one afternoon to sit at Barnes & Noble while my mom babysat and wrote for 2 1/2 straight hours. It was amazing! I'm definitely loving my new career =)
For the first time, I'm not rushing. Before, it was rush rush rush to wake up, get dressed, get Little Miss dressed, fed and off to Nana's - then rush to work, rush around work, wishing I was home, then rush to get Little Miss than rush home to do laundry, wash bottles and dishes, eat something frozen or blah for dinner, and rush through our nightly routine to get Little Miss to bed. All just to do the same thing the next morning!
Now, I'm more relaxed. I'm not stressed about my lack of time with Little Miss or for my deadlines. I'm able to watch TV, read books, snuggle during her nap, keep up the laundry and household chores regularly without having to do everything all at once, etc. BLISS!!!
I've even experimenting more with my grocery shopping, coupons, home-made recipes, cooking, etc. Before, I would go through Walmart or Brookshires and pull whatever off the shelf that I needed or didn't. Now, that our money is tighter, its a challenge to find sales, the best price between items, etc. I've never gone into a grocery store and done so much math before! lol But it makes a difference. And now I have the time to take these extra steps.
So here's to SAHM and WAHM's...it's a job, for sure, but the most rewarding EVER. =)
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Here's me at my table before we got started.
Here's Audrey in her "little black dress" for Mama's big event!
A few crowd shots
My grandparents (minus my other grandfather who didn't make it in the pic)
Vince and Becky Yauger, a dear friend and fellow writer, drove in from near Dallas for the event! I felt so special! Becky is my girl with the golden ticket. She knows what that means!!! =) Let's just say she can be credited with some of my first industry experiences because of her generousity!
Here is my mom with Audrey - Audrey got in on the celebration with a cookie of her own! Apparently at some point during the event, she traded cookies with my grandmother - because hers was bigger. HAHA!
My Little Miss! Supportive already =) Who knows, maybe she'll do her own signing one day!!
Here's a pic of the drawing for the giveaway basket you see on my table. Audrey did the honors....
And the winner is ASHLEY ST. VINCENT! Congrats!!
Monday, July 06, 2009
The giveaway basket was a hit and so was the free candy and my mom's famous teacake cookies. One man kept circling the store, and taking a cookie on each lap. He never even pretended to be interested in my book, just kept raving about the cookies. Haha. Oh well!
The pictures are on my mom's camara which I will try to load today for everyone to see later today. =)
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
There is a blog tour going on this entire month, so be sure to note the schedule posted below and participate during July! Check back to my blog too for giveaways. And for my local friends, I'd love to see you at my booksigning at Barnes & Noble this Friday the 3rd, at 6:30!
July 1 Georgiana - http://www.georgianad.blogspot.com
July 3 Erica - http://www.onthewritepath.blogspot.com
July 4 Laura Hilton - http://www.lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/
July 6 Liz Johnson - http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com/
July 8 Valerie Comer - http://www.valeriecomer.com/
July 9 Erynn Mangum - http://www.erynnm.blogspot.com/
July 10 Sarah Varland http://www.lambswell.com/
July 13 Allison Pittman - http://www.allisonpittman.com/
July 14 Martha Rogers - http://www.marthasbooks.blogspot.com/
July 15 Debra Ullrick - http://www.christianromancewriter.blogspot.com/
Lisa Jordan - http://www.lisajordan.blogspot.com/
July 20 Roseanna White - http://www.christianreviewofbooks.com/
July 24 Angela Rogers - http://www.pantylesspreacherswife.wordpress.com/
Camy Tang - http://www.camys-loft.blogspot.com/
July 29 Erica Harper - readinandreviewin.blogspot.com
July 31 Eileen Watson - http://www.eileenastels.blogspot.com/