Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Give a shout out... your friends today!
Come on over to SCRIBBLE CHICKS and read about our favorite tools for writing - which includes our friends and family. (along with some essential craft books!)
Anyone you want to honor today? Give a shout out in the comments section to your friend, your support group, your encourager through this journey as an author! =)

Hope to see you there!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day Three

So Sunday, I decided it was time to count calories again. I haven't gained since I slacked off a few months ago, but still am not happy. My new goal is lose 5-6 lbs by Thanksgiving, preferably sooner.

I've been doing great, and today is day three. My hardest time of the day to diet is late evening. Its easy to go all day without consuming too much because I'm so busy with Little Miss and writing and cleaning and running errands. But after she goes to sleep at 8, its full-on munchy time, and by then I usually have zero calories left in my day to spare.

Any tricks of the trade out there? What are some of your favorite low calorie snacks that you indulge in at night that won't ruin your whole day? I love cereal, and used to make a small bowl before bed. But after milk (even 1%) and Special K cereal, I'm still looking at 250 calories or more.

Any one else dieting? I figure if I get disciplined now, then I can enjoy myself a little around the holidays coming up and not do too much damage =)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Lessons Learned

This past weekend I had the joy of attending my cousin's wedding. On that side of the family, I have four cousins - 3 girls and a boy. He and I are only about 6 months apart in age and were very close growing up. We lived caty-cornered from each other for the majority of our childhood, and were both homeschooled more often than not, so we'd hop the fence between our houses and play computer games, ride bikes, shoot hoops, and be spies in my parents' holly bushes. (yes, they are prickly, and no, we didn't fully think that one through!)

I'm really happy for my cuz and for his beautiful new bride, who is already a dear friend and part of the family. Little Miss loves her already, and during the wedding, I would whisper to my daughter "See Ms. Britny? She looks like a princess!!" and Little Miss's eyes would get big and she'd stare in awe at the sparkling dress and flowers in Britny's hair.

It was a really fun night, here are a few of the pics. I just had to show off Little Miss's own princess dress. =)

This is me and my sis, and no, its not the same dress =)

My sister and the bride!! Britny!

Little Miss in the middle! =)

Me and Hubby!

Lessons learned from the wedding?

1. The "Cupid Shuffle" dance takes on an entirely new aerobic dimension when performed with a 20 lb toddler on one's hip--and in heels! My side is still sore but it was so fun!

2. My 14 month old can be persuaded through teddy grahams and goldfish to stay silent during an entire 30 minute wedding ceremony.

3. A couple really can be married sixty-two years (the DJ found them in the crowd while setting up a dance for married couples!) The secret to their success? They said Commitment, plain and simple.

4. My husband completely breaks the unofficially known rule "white men can't dance" .

5. Only in Louisiana will a DJ play the Bunny Hop or Brick House immediately followed by a country song.

6. Get-away cars for the bride and groom are still decorated in Saran-Wrap.

7. My parents still love to slow dance together after 30 years of marriage.

8. Little Miss is capable of staying up past her bedtime and getting not just a second wind, but a third and a fourth.

9. Mini oreo cookies heal all wounds.

10. Bridesmaids have no shame =)

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Friday Wake Up Call

Sometimes I get on and read their daily reading plan. I did this the other day and came across Galations Chapter 1. I read it, and the last line caught my breath in my throat.

Galatians Chapter 1, verses 20-24, emphasis mine.

I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie. Later I went to Syria and Cilicia. I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy." And they praised God because of me.

Talk about a wake up call.

Evaluate with me for a moment. Paul has what many of us would deem the "ultimate testimony". Formerly Saul, a Jesus and Christian hater, is now Paul, apostle of the year and crusader for Christ. Some of us see that and think our lives could never mean that much, could never have that kind of an impact.

Some of us are wrong.

Every Christian has the chance to make a difference. Not everyone is going to change the world literally. But many can change the world by changing one. What we do in our daily lives has an effect on the people around us. Our grumpiness in Walmart could very likely put someone else in a bad mood. But our smile and genuine attention to the cashier could bless her day in a way like no other - could lead her to praise God for one sweet customer in a line of grumpy-gusses.

We might not be preaching regularly to thousands, like the apostles. We might not be performing tangible miracles and have our names whispered in the streets. But we are just as capable of being used for God in other, just as meaningful ways, if we simple rustle up the desire to be.

"And they praised God because of me".

What a compliment. Could your life ever be used for anything greater???

Ask God to use you today. And live your life in a way that will make others praise Him because of you - your actions, your heart, your motivations. That's what I want for my writing. I want others to praise God from reading my novels. To be led to Him, to be shown the path to eternal life.

I'm not Paul. I'm just Betsy.

But never doubt God's power in our lives.

Praise Him today!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


This week on SCRIBBLE CHICKS we are discussing our favorite books and why. Each of us listed several of our top reads and we'd love for you to join the convo about your favorite books! Can you guess what my two are????

So come on over to SCRIBBLE CHICKS and chime in. =)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Come Visit!

Hey guys!

Check out an interview Lisa Jordan did for Vineway Cafe. It's a great website and I was featured earlier in the month.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Hey friends! I had wanted to load my ACFW Conference pics here for your viewing, but there are so many it would literally take me hours.

So, instead, click on these two differents links and it will take you to my facebook album to view there. You don't have to be a facebook member to see them, don't worry. This is just a much faster way for me to share the pictures.

Highlights of the trip:

* Late night talks in the lobby with Susan May Warren

* Hubby being at my side during the huge book signing event

* Feeling so beyond exhausted Sunday morning that one would have thought we were all drunk in the hotel hallway. Lori, Jenness and I couldn't stop laughing.

* The worship times! Amazing as always. The song "Your Name" is so very special.

* Having great feedback and networking opportunities from various editors and houses

* Being dubbed "The Writing Machine" by the a group of new writers! lol Hey guys!

* Stalking and finally finding Julie Lessman, only to have her make ME sit behind HER spot at the booksigning to sign my novel to her. What a sweetheart!

* Making new friends like Andrew, and getting to meet onlinen friends Liz and Katie face to face! And Eileen! And so many others! What a blessing to finally meet =)

* Conquering my fears and flying for the first time in my life at age 25 - now I can say I've consumed a Quarter Pounder at 30,000 feet ;)

* Jenness's special delivery mint in the middle of the night! LOL!

* Girl talk with my roomies

* Posing with the Ladies in Purple with Deb Raney =)

* The amazing workshops, especially Susie and Rachel's. Learned SO much. My brain hurts.

* Getting to meet another editor from my publishing house, Steeple Hill, in person. Hi Tina!

* Finding an amazing little local bakery called Big Fat Cupcake that totally changed my life. lol

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but I'm still not fully recovered yet. Little Miss and I are being lazy today and eating cereal and watching cartoons. =) NEED MORE SLEEP!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Home sweet home!

Funny where home is, isn't it? I've been thinking "home sweet home" ever since arriving back in town from the ACFW conference, but you know what's funny? I remember thinking when I walked into the conference and was immediately surrounded by my dear writer friends, the smell of hope and anticipation lingering in the air, the sweet fragrence of God's love and grace hovering like a hazy cloud over the entire hotel, editors and agents and fellow writers all darting about...I thought then "I'm home".

Other times I'd have similar thoughts of "home"...

While hugging my husband.
When walking into a bookstore and breathing deeply of leather and history and memories and crisp pages.
While snuggling my baby.
While laughing with a friend over an inside joke.

I think "home" is where the heart is, yes, but I also think home is where the heart wants to be. For Christians, heaven is our ultimate home, and I think one of God's blessings on this earth is to give those snippets of the eternal in our every day. In the embrace of a loved one or in the joy of seeing a friend for the first time in months or years.

Today, I am home. But this past weekend, I was also home, even while many miles away.

What a blessing.

(ACFW conference pics and recap to come!) =)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Almost time!

Almost time!!

This is my last post until probably next Monday. I leave early in the morning for Denver! I can't wait. I'm excited AND nervous. Hopefully I'll discover I love to fly! We'll see. Stranger things have happened. =)

Today is packing and laundry and cleaning the house before we go. Chaos as usual!!!

I'm already sad about leaving my Little Miss. But she'll have fun and be safe with my parents. She loves her Nana and Papa! Its just going to be SO HARD. I've never been away that long - even if this is for a good cause. It'll be good for both of us.....I think..... :::sniff::::

Who else is going to conference out there? And if you can't go this year, what are you going to be working on this week?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Manic Monday

Today is a busy day! Little Miss and I start a local MOPs group (mothers of preschoolers), which will be interesting, since she is terrified of strangers. It took FOREVER to get her able to stay in the church nursery without me, and that was after she got special treatment from one of the sweet workers - one of my good friends. I have to drop her off in her stroller, and then my friend takes over and wheels her around if necessary, and if not necessary, still gives her plenty of one on one attention.

MOPS will be different, as Little Miss will be one of about 11 or 12 other one-year-olds, with limited workers. Pray I actually get to attend the adult session! lol I hope it works out, I really am looking forward to it, plus I know Little Miss needs this social time with kids her age. Here's hoping!

After that its off to shoe shop for Little Miss (and okay, maybe me too. hehe) and then lunch and nap. THEN...time to start packing! Denver, here we come!! Only two more days....

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Biggest Book Signing Ever...

Well maybe not THE biggest, but its gotta be close!! =)

Below is the list of authors who will participate in the booksigning Saturday afternoon at the 2009 ACFW conference in Denver, Colorado!

If you're in the area, please come to the Denver Marriott Hotel and check us out!!! We'll have a ton of fiction novels for sale including books on the craft of writing. It'll be a blast! (and I bet you'd be able to find some free chocolate on the author tables, too wink wink)

Carolyne Aarsen
Diane Ashley
Ruth Axtell Morren
Rick Barry
Christina Berry
Lauralee Bliss
Diana Brandmeyer
Sandra Bricker
Margaret Brownley
Candace Calvert
Robin Caroll
Jeanie Smith Cash
Colleen Coble
Brandilyn Collins
Mary Connealy
Shirley Connolly
Margaret Daley
Susan Page Davis
Mary Davis
Janet Dean
Megan DiMaria
Lena Nelson Dooley
Wanda Dyson
Leanna Ellis
Pamela Ewen
Miralee Ferrell
Linda Ford
Tina Ann Forkner
Judy Gann
Jeff Gerke
Rhonda Gibson
Debby Giusti
Sandra Glahn
Elizabeth Goddard
Winnie Griggs
Cathy Marie Hake
Lisa Harris Mary Hawkins
Roxanne Henke
Cynthia Hickey
Patti Hill
Denise Hunter
Annette Irby
Myra Johnson
Liz Johnson
Jenny Jones
Eileen Key
Laurie Kingery
Kathleen Kovach
Harry Kraus
Jeanne Marie Leach
Tosca Lee
Julie Lessman
Loree Lough
Elizabeth Ludwig
Richard Mabry
Debbie Macomber
Joyce Magnin
Gail Gaymer Martin
Judy/Jude Martin-Urban/Urbanski
Debby Mayne
Aaron McCarver
Vickie McDonough
Dana Mentink
Robin Miller writing as Robin Caroll
DiAnn Mills
Stephanie Morrill
Janelle Mowery
Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Kevin Parsons
Golden Keyes Parsons
Donita K. Paul
Tracie Peterson
Allie Pleiter
Cara Putman
Tara Randel
Deborah Raney
Sandra Robbins
Kim Sawyer
Marc Schooley
Michael Sheehan
Shelley Shepard Gray
Ann Shorey
Beth Shriver
Sandra Lee Smith
Virginia Smith
Betsy St. Amant <----- its me!!! =)
Therese Stenzel
Stuart Stockton
Alison Strobel
Michelle Sutton
Camy Tang
Donn Taylor
Janice (Hanna) Thompson
Missy Tippens
Pamela Tracy
Carrie Turansky
Deborah Vogts
Jenness Walker
Dan Walsh
Susan May Warren
Michael Webb
Kit Wilkinson
Lisa Wingate
Beth Wiseman
Kimberley Woodhouse
Lenora Worth
Cheryl Wyatt
Kathleen Y'Barbo

What a line up! Hope to see you there!! =)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Conference Draweth Nigh...

"Leaaaaaaving on a jet plane..."


Have I reminded anyone lately of how I have never flown ANYWHERE EVER? A little nervous! But the destination for my flight next week will be well worth the journey - the 2009 annual ACFW Conference in Denver, Colorado!

The American Christian Fiction Writers has been the best thing to ever happen to my writing career. If you're a fiction author or would like to be, please join the ACFW. It's amazing. Networking, online classes, friendships, prayer warriors, and access to agents/editors is the industry is just the beginning of the benefits of being a member! Go here for more info.

Our conference is next Thursday-Sunday, and thankfully, Hubby is going with me. At least with him beside me on the plane I won't find myself leaping into a stranger's lap begging them to hold me. lol Maybe I'll just keep my head between my knees the whole flight and pray to pass out.

Can you tell I'm nervous?

I hope that everyone is right and once I'm on the plane, it'll be fun and a good experience and something I don't dread from now on. Because it looks like the 2010 conference is going to be in Indiana, and well, that's not exactly driving distance from Louisiana either. lol I got lucky the first three years I was a member - Nashville, and Dallas twice. Easy drives. Last year was Minnesota, but I didn't go because of having just had Little Miss.

No more excuses!

So pray for me next week, and also realize that I won't be blogging after Monday or Tuesday for the rest of the week - for great reason! YAY! This is always the highlight of my year and this trip will be extra special because I missed last year. Hope to see many of you there!! (and drink water if you're coming from a low altitude state like me!)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tears & Tantrums - For Two

Last night was one of the worst evenings EVER in my 14 months of being a Mommy. I can now say that I have sobbed hysterically in a Chick Fila parking lot. Not the best claim to fame!! lol

It's a little funny now, but I'm still exhausted. Will probably be funnier in about a year. Or thirty.

Little Miss has been sick. Last Thursday (a week ago!) she started getting congested, so the doctor called her in a prescription for her cough and runny nose. No big deal, Little Miss wasn't all that bothered by any of it. Monday, however, after her nap, she woke up with a 103+ fever! Scary moments. I did a cool bath, called the on call doc (of COURSE the one time in her life she's run fever and its on a holiday!!) and they said to alternate motrin and tylenol and call them in the morning to bring her in if she hadn't stopped running it by then. Well the fever immediately came down to 101 and stayed in that ballpark and lower back and forth with the medicine over the night. We took her in Tuesday and it turns out she had a double ear infection. Poor Miss! No wonder she'd been so upset. We got an antibiotic, and praise God, she has been taking her medicines easily.

So, stressed from all that, I was super relieved to see how better she felt Tuesday. Wednesday morning we had a great time doing housework and playing. Since she was feeling better, my mom kept her for a few hours so I could have a "writing day" - my last one befor conference next week. I picked her up, we all went to do some errands and go to Chick Fila. During the errands, Little Miss started getting grumpy. She was tired, needed another nap, and you could tell she was feeling bad again. She also had barely eaten in two days because of her congestion and medicines, she's had very little appetite and its been all we could do to get liquids in her and a few goldfish crackers here and there. So I know she had to be hungry, but still didn't want to eat.

She cried CONSISTENTLY in Chick Fila. Non stop. Pointed to things, we'd give them to her, she'd shove them away. Wanted something then nothing. Wanted everything than nothing. NOTHING could satisfy her. She wasn't screaming-crying, but it was loud, and it was nonstop. My stress level built until I snapped emotionally. Teary myself, I scooped her out of the high chair, told my parents whom I was with "this is embarassing" and ran out into the parking lot with Little Miss. At first I just walked, trying to calm her down but she cried on until I finally just joined her. We leaned against my parent's car (I had ridden with my mom and couldn't leave!) and both of us just cried. I felt like a mothering failure! My dad came out to help, but nothing worked. Finally we just loaded up our leftover food I hadn't gotten to eat and drove to their house to get my car. My mom tried to assure me that Little Miss just didn't feel good, that these things happened to all moms at some point, that it wasn't my fault, etc. That she'd been there before too. We all thought since Little Miss had a good day she was feeling 100% again, and that obviously was just not true. We also all knew she's cutting two more teeth which is enough to make anyone miserable alone, even without being sick and having earaches too.

Little Miss immediately fell asleep in the car and slept about 10 minutes and that seemed to do the trick. She was fine after that, tired still but pretty happy. I took her straight home, at the end of my rope emotionally and fighting a cold myself. The whole way home I was thinking crazy thoughts like "what if she isn't feeling poorly and we're just making excuses? What if her teeth and ears aren't bothering her after all and she's just going to be a "bad" kid and this is what will happen every time we're in the public for the next 12 years?" I knew the thoughts were ridiculous but they were there, haunting me.

We got home, and I hadn't stopped crying myself since leaving chick fila. My eyes were red and puffy and sore. I took us inside, put our leftover food which neither of had touched on the floor on napkins, turned on Gilmore Girls, and we had a picnic. Little Miss immediately picked up her entire chicken strip (remember, she hadn't eaten in two days basically!) and part of my sandwich bread in the other hand, and tottered around the living room, talking, eating, and watching Gilmore Girls. She'd stop for juice, on her own (after two days of us having to force her to drink!) and took long sips, then would smile at me, say "ma ma" all sweet several times, and keep playing and eating. She put away the entire chicken and bread and nearly her whole cup of juice.

I was confused, but not about to ask questions!!! So I ate too, we enjoyed our show (Little Miss loves Lorelei and Rory! lol) and then I did her bath, meds and bed. She slept great and is in a wonderful mood today so far. Still coughing and a little snuffly, no fever though for 3 days. Whew.

Still not sure what all went on last night. I do know I over reacted myself (wonder where Little Miss gets THAT from! ha!) with my crazy thoughts of her being chronically "bad" for the rest of her life. She's a GOOD girl and I tell her that all the time. She is SO sweet. Which I think is why when she does have her rare moments, its such a shock that I panic and think our life as we know it is over.

Veteran mommies, any advice? Any encouragement? AM I crazy??? lol Please tell me you've thought that too!!!!!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Just Between You And Me
Thomas Nelson (September 1, 2009)
Jenny B. Jones


I write Christian fiction with a few giggles, quite a bit of sass, and lots of crazy. My novels include the Katie Parker Production series and So Not Happening. I would also like to take credit for Twilight , but somewhere I think I read you’re not supposed to lie. When I’m not typing my heart out (or checking email), I teach at a super-sized high school in Arkansas.My students are constantly telling me how my teaching changes their lives and turned them away from drugs, gangs, and C-SPAN. Okay, that’s not exactly true. Since my current job leaves me with very little free time, I believe in spending my spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits such as:-watching E! - updating my status on Facebook -catching Will Ferrell on YouTube and - writing my name in the dust on my furniture. I’d love to hear about you, so drop me a note. Or check me out on Facebook.

Side note from Betsy -

Jenny is one of my fav authors. She's so fun and funny, yet inspiring. If my daughter was a teenager - thankfully, I have about 12 years before then!! lol - I would give her Jenny's books in a heartbook. She's an author that can write for teens but make adult women want to read the same story. That's a gift! So definitely check out her websites and her novels. You won't be sorry!! =) (and I might stick some back for 12 years too!)


The only thing scarier than living on the edge is stepping off it.Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town full of bad memories, painful secrets, and people Maggie left far behind . . . for a reason.Forced to stay longer than she intended, Maggie finds her family a complete mess, including the niece her sister has abandoned. Ten-year-old Riley is struggling in school and out of control at home. The only person who can really handle the pint-sized troublemaker is Conner, the local vet and Ivy's most eligible bachelor. But Conner and Maggie keep butting heads--he's suspicious of her and, well, she doesn't rely on anyone but herself.As Maggie humorously fumbles her way from one mishap to another, she realizes she's going to need to ask for help from the one person who scares her the most. To save one little girl--and herself--can Maggie let go of her fears and just trust God?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Just Between You And Me, go HERE

To buy this great read yourself, click HERE!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Check it out!

This is pretty cool! Just got word that my publisher, Harlequin (Steeple Hill is a division of Harlequin, our "mother" company) is promoting my July release, RETURN TO LOVE, on their "Top Ten Lessons in Love" theme this month. What an honor!

(as you can tell, not all of the below titles are inspirational. LOL)

Top 10 Lessons in Love
1. The Boss's Forbidden Secretary by Lee Wilkinson
2. Ripped! by Jennifer LaBrecque
3. Rags-to-Riches Bride by Mary Nichols
4. Teach Me Tonight by Jacquelin Thomas
5. Magnate's Make-Believe Mistress by Bronwyn Jameson
6. No Ordinary Cowboy by Mary Sullivan
7. Medusa's Master by Cindy Dees
8. Return to Love by Betsy St. Amant
9. Lord of Sin by Susan Krinard
10. Propositioned Into a Foreign Affair by Catherine Mann

Monday, September 07, 2009

Fight Night

Here's some pics from my hubby's big event Friday night, as promised! It was an exciting match, his was definiely more of the interesting ones to watch. It was SO CLOSE. He lost to the policeman, but so many people afterward - even strangers - found him and told him he should have had it, should have won. Not bad for his fight amateur fight!
And more importantly, the fact that there were probably 1200-1500 people there should have raised a good bit of money for the fundraiser. =)
Here's me and Hubby BEFORE the fight. =)

Lining up, firemen in red!

Action shots!!!

In between rounds, getting coached.

Working the crowd!! haha

And the winner is.... (he'll get it next year!!)

He did walk away with a busted ear drum, but that's preferable to the bloody noses and black eyes a lot of other fighters had. It was a really great night, once Hubby's fight was over - and my nerves settled down!! haha. =) Never been that nervous in my life!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Controlled Chaos

Little Miss isn't feeling good today, so my morning has been spent wiping her nose, cheering her up, distracting her with toys, and washing everyone's hands. Its just a cold, thankfully, mixed in with some severe teething - poor thing - but our wonderful doctor is calling her in a prescription for the congestion and cough, so we get to avoid the doctor's office and not have to risk getting even sicker there. Whew!

Busy morning. I could already use a nap! But I'm working now while she's napping on getting more ACFW conference stuff together. My time is so limited and tonight is the big fight, as in my previous post. I'll try to post this weekend or Monday on how it all went! Stay tuned =)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Fighting for a Cause...

I used to think that phrase was figurative. You know, fighting for your rights. Fighting for good. Fighting for a cause... like animal activists, or people who picket or write to the editors of newspapers or protest book burnings or chain themselves to trees that are scheduled to be bull dozed.

Well, tomorrow night, my husband is fighting for a cause...literally. That's right, tomorrow night is the annual Battle of the Badges, where cops and fireman square off in a ring and box. The money raised from ticket sells will go to fallen and wounded soldiers, as well as police officers and firefighters who need assistance because of illness or injury.

Hubby is all about helping people. He's also all about "hitting a cop and not going to jail for it." With his bad luck of getting pulled over, I can see that. haha. At least he's honest. =)

All in all, its a fun event, a fundraiser, and for a good cause. That's why I can't argue.

I can only sit in the stands and chew my fingernails off while watching the match between my fingers. (still not sure how I'm going to manage to chew AND watch between my fingers but I'll figure it out.)

So pray for Hubby tomorrow night, that the event is a success and he doesn't get hurt too bad. Actually, no one needs to get hurt. Kinda defeats the purpose of the charity event, if you ask me - money going to injured fireman??? lol

Hubby has always been big into MMA and fighting and all that, and has been training more or less these last few months. I know he'll be fine.


Chew, chew, chew....

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Visit me today! =)

Visit me today at two places! SCRIBBLE CHICKS and CRAFTIE LADIES OF ROMANCE. I'd love to get your reader comments on both posts.

Thanks! =)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A pretty cool opportunity...

One of my very favorite authors, Melanie Wells, is generously hosting a campaign. She's the talented author of several books in the "Peter Terry" series - When the Day of Evil Comes, Soul Hunter, and My Soul To Keep. Amazing fiction!

Read below for info!

I Told Two Friends is an online campaign led by Dallas author, Melanie Wells, to rally book lovers to help fight adult illiteracy. Readers are invited to join our effort to raise $100,000 for the cause by purchasing Melanie Wells’ novel, My Soul To Keep, and encouraging two friends do the same. 100% of the author’s profits will go to ProLiteracy, an international non-profit whose mission is to end adult illiteracy worldwide.

Tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends, and so on and so on … and help thousands of eager adults learn to read this sentence. Be part of the solution!

Go to for more info.

Here’s a link to an interview Melanie did with Jake Chism of Most of the interview is about her writing and about books, but the end is about literacy and the campaign.

If you don't already own a copy of Melanie's novels, buy them now. Not only will it help others learn, but you'll get a great read =)