Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thoughtful About . . . Taglines

I'm finally giving in. After years of refusing to label myself (and not really needing to), I' ve found myself wanting a tagline. Primarily because I need to upgrade my website and want something to put under my name, LOL.

But I could use some help. Who's up for brainstorming?? =)

Here are some things I've considered including, themes to all my books, etc.

History/historicals
      The problem with this is that I hope to publish some of my contemporaries somewhere along the way, too.

Shine
      Since I received the word "shine" for the year from the Lord, I've really been loving all the ways this can be used, and it's definitely a big goal with my writing--to shine for Him with my words

Hope
      When I asked my best friend/crit partner Stephanie Morrill what common thread ran through all my books, she said it was the hope. So you know . . . common thread . . . good for a tag line, LOL.

Optimism
      Not that this is the catchiest word or anything, but it's probably my most defining characteristic. Which goes in with the hope. =)

Faith
      All my books are faith-based, Christian fiction. I want all my stories to glorify the Lord

Love
      Though not all meet the definition of "romance," all my novels are love stories

Depth
      This is a word that springs up often when people are talking about my stories--they're usually very involved and dig deep into matters and hearts

Intelligence
      Even when I'm writing silliness, it tends to be smart silliness. Those are my agent's words, not mine, LOL. So please don't think me pretentious. And I don't really know I'd want it in a tagline. Just trying to give you a rounded understanding of me and my work. ;-)

Emotion
      I like to get really involved in the emotional aspect of a story.

Passion
      I know lots of people with this is their tagline, so I might not want to go there, but I'm definitely passionate about the written word, and I like to write about characters passionate about life, love, and the Lord

So . . . any brilliant ideas? I've toyed with these:

History, Heart & Soul (which wouldn't work with contemporaries)
Fiction that Shines with Hope

But I could use some help finding that perfect phrase. So HEEEEELLLLLLPPPPP! Please. ;-)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Remember When . . . The Coins Were Divided?

(I cheated today and took part of a post I put up at Colonial Quills for this. ;-)  Feel free to stop by the original post too!)

A couple weeks ago, I talked about the British counterfeiting scheme during the Revolution.  Well, after that the dollar was pretty much destroyed. After the war, most people traded in silver coin, using the Spanish silver dollars, which equaled eight reales. And when they needed a smaller coin, they pieced them into half, quarters, etc.

Which meant that folks got so good at dividing these silver circles that they soon had eighths and tenths. But, um, have you ever tried to tell the difference between an eighth of a small circle and a tenth? Yeah. The people of the new United States weren't all that fond of it either. 

This was the point when independent gold and silver smiths became authorized to create their own money with the approval of the government. You could bring in your pieced silver, hand it over to the smith, and get in return a nice, easy-to-use shilling. Naturally, the smiths got the good end of this deal by coating a less-expensive metal in the silver and so keeping the difference.

One of the most prominent smiths of post-Revolution America was John Chalmers of Annapolis. The Chalmers Shilling was brilliant, in part because of its marketing potential. The front of the coin had "I. Chalmers Annapolis" emblazoned around it, which meant that everyone using the coin knew the name of this one smith.

What I find really interesting is the back of the coin. In case you can't make it out, those are two birds fighting over a worm, with a snake in the background waiting to strike them.

Keep in mind that at the time there was a huge debate about how big or small the federal government should be, whether authority should remain mostly with the states or be given to the centralized government. Well, Chalmers made his politics known with this image. The birds represent the states, and the image is a cautionary tale--let not the states bicker among themselves. If they do, the federal government (the snake) will be ready to swallow them whole.

And there you have a second installment of the history of early American currency. That'll be two shillings, please. ;-)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Story Time Chat!

Maybe it's because I just finished up my first round of edits of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, maybe it's because I just signed with a new agent (details forthcoming after all is signed, sealed, and delivered), maybe it's just because it's summer and I'm feeling adventurous. Whatever the reason, I'm in the mood to open the floor for some fun.

So--what are you reading? What did you just finish? What are picking up next?

Is it good? Anything surprising about it?

I'm reading Trish Perry's Unforgettable. I love the cover . . . it's a Summerside book, so you know--family pride. ;-) And I adore Trish's books. So this was a no brainer for me, LOL. Now, I first discovered Trish with her first book, a chick lit that had laughing out loud (literally) from page one (literally). Since chick lit has gone out of style (sigh), Trish has veered more toward traditional romance. Which I also love, so no biggie. And her books all inevitable have some funny sections. So while this one hasn't been laugh-out-loud thus far, it's nevertheless great, enjoyable, and has a few moments where you just gotta grin. I'm really liking it, though I haven't had much time to read, given all those edits on Annapolis I've been doing. In a nutshell, it's set right after WWII, about a ballroom dance teacher and a former fighter-jet pilot who eschews anything frivolous. Dynamic combination. =)

Your turn!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Word of the Week - Adventure

It's officially summer--a time to get out and do. Right? Blue skies, warm sun, green leaves, and a whole world awaiting.

My kids have been seizing the summer, and it makes me grin. Rowyn's often found digging in the dirt, adopting worms as pets. Xoe's latest thing is trying to catch a bunny (good luck with that, Girl-o-Mine), though when that fails she'll settle for playing fairy princess under the weeping cherry tree-castle. Yep. Summer = adventure waiting to happen.

So let's take a look at the word adventure.

Back in the 13th century, auenture meant "that which happens by chance." Hmm. I had no idea that's where the word got its start. It comes from the Old French aventure, which meant "chance, accident, occurrence, event" etc. This was all thanks to the Latin adventurus, which is the future participle of "to come to, reach."

By the 14th century, it had gotten closer to what we think of today, absorbing an element of danger--think "taking one's chances." So it was a perilous undertaking, a gauntlet of one's chances. By 1560, this had evolved to mean "an exciting incident."

And so, as a side note, in the 15th century "adventurer" meant "one who plays at games of chance"--a gambler. And by 1660s was the more familiar "one who seeks adventures." (Oh, and the 'd' got put back in somewhere in the 15th-16th centuries.)

A fun way to start your week. =) Now let's go seek some adventure!

Friday, June 24, 2011

My Friend Penny - Heroine Interview & Giveaway

I so love getting to know the characters in books! So I'm excited to bring you yet another interview with a character, this time the title character of Kaydie by Penny Zeller.

Penny has graciously offered a copy of the book to one lucky reader, so to enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below with an email address. If you're getting looped back to log-in screens, try going to your Blogger/Google homepage first and logging in, then commenting. If that doesn't work, feel free to email your comments to me at roseanna at roseannawhite dot com.

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About Kaydie

For the first time in years, Kaydie Worthington Kraemer can breathe easily. Although she is still haunted by memories of her abusive husband, Darius, she takes comfort in knowing the man is dead. Staying with her sister McKenzie and brother–in–law, Zach Sawyer, at their ranch, Kaydie is still wary of men, especially now that she has another life inside of her to protect. As she looks forward to her baby's birth, she builds a protective wall around herself that won't be easy to tear down.

Ranch hand Jonah Dickenson views his boss, Zach, like a brother. He does not, however, envy Zach's new role as a husband. Deserted by his mother at a young age and forever despised and rejected by his own father, Jonah has few close relationships. But there's something about Kaydie that draws him to her and makes him question his decision to remain a bachelor.

When Cedric Van Aulst, an old friend of Kaydie's, comes to town, an unforeseen prospect of marriage arises. Cedric is someone Kaydie trusts. Will she settle for a safe union with him, or can she trust God to guard her heart and her life in the arms of Jonah?

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Hello, Kaydie, and thank you so much for talking with me today! To begin, could you just tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello, Roseanna. Thank you for having me as your guest. My name is Kaydie Worthington Kraemer, and I am originally from Boston, but am presently staying with my sister, McKenzie and her husband at their ranch in Pine Haven, Montana. I am the youngest of three daughters born to Arthur and Florence Worthington. My father founded the prestigious Worthington Law Offices, and I grew up being raised by a nanny and other servants who helped to efficiently manage our home.

I am shy, timid, and reserved unlike my two older sisters. My oldest sister, Peyton, always knew what she wanted from life, and easily obtained it. My other sister, McKenzie, is Father’s favorite and the spunky one in the family.

A woman named Ethel recently introduced me to the Lord after I endured a tragedy in my life. What a blessing it has been to learn that I can fully depend on Jesus in all areas of my life!


A blessing indeed! I rejoice with you. Now, what’s one of your most interesting traits? 

Hmmm. I would have to say one of my most interesting traits, or shall I say, one of the most interesting things about me, would be that I love to cook. I never realized how enjoyable it was since I grew up in a home with a cook and was never allowed the chance to learn. But now, I love spending time in the kitchen and dreaming up new creations for supper and desserts.

Another interesting trait would be my vivid imagination. McKenzie and I used to act out the story of Rapunzel from the balcony of our parents’ home. I have many treasured memories of the times McKenzie and I would act out the stories we had created.

What fun! And you're welcome to try out your cooking for me any time. ;-) What’s your favorite indulgence? 

I have a fondness for gingerbread cookies, especially now since I’m about to have a baby.

I have delightful memories as a child watching Cook make gingerbread cookies in all shapes and sizes for my sisters and me during the Christmas holidays.

Favorites in my family too! What do you fear more than anything else?

More than anything else, I fear making the mistake of again marrying someone like Darius Kraemer and putting my child at risk. You see, I wasn’t wise when I chose my husband. He made all sorts of promises and pretended to be someone he wasn’t. After we were married and he had spent my inheritance, I realized the kind of man he was – abusive, hateful, and mean. I had been enveloped by his lies and suffered the consequences.

I will never again trust a man to be who he says he is because it’s true that no man can be trusted. I can’t take that chance ever again and allow my child and myself to be placed in jeopardy.

I pray your situation improves! Let's go back to more cheerful things. Who’s your favorite person in the world (whether they’re still with you or not), and why? 

My favorite person in the world is my older sister, McKenzie. She has always been there for me, even when my husband, Darius, took me miles from home to the primitive Montana Territory. McKenzie never gave up the hope of rescuing me. She planned to do whatever it took to bring me safely back to Boston. She even posed as a mail order bride! I can’t begin to explain the admiration I have for her and my gratitude toward her for never once holding my bad choices against me.

This is quite odd and unexpected, but recently, I discovered a friend in a man named Jonah Dickenson. He’s one of the ranch hands on my sister’s ranch. Anyhow, I know I cannot fully trust him, nor would I want to, but he is easy to talk to and has a kindness about him I haven’t seen in a man in a long time.

If you could change one part of your past, undo one decision, what would it be?

If I could change one part of my past, it would be decision to marry my husband, Darius. I would love to undo that decision!

If you could travel anywhere, to any time, where would you go and why?

My ancestors were from Scotland. I would have loved to be on the ship with them during their voyage when they immigrated to the United States. I loved the stories I heard as a child of their journey and the joys and hardships of beginning a new life in a new country.

Oh, that would be grand! What’s the most surprising thing someone has ever said about you?

I have never been brave like my sisters. Instead, I preferred to stay in the background as a spectator of life, rather than a participant. Recently, after a series of incidents I found myself a part of, I was told that I was brave. This really surprised me!

Thank you, Roseanna, for graciously allowing me to be your guest. God’s blessings to you and your family!

It was great having you, Kaydie!

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About Penny

 Penny Zeller is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles in national and regional publications. She is also the author of the humor blog “A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author” (www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com). She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a women’s Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women’s prayer group. Penny devotes her time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ.  Her passion is to use the gift of the written word that God has given her to glorify Him and to benefit His kingdom. Kaydie follows McKenzie in Montana Skies, her first series with Whitaker House. When she’s not writing, Penny enjoys spending time with her family and camping, hiking, canoeing, and playing volleyball. She and her husband, Lon, reside in Wyoming with their two children. Penny loves to hear from her readers at her Website, www.pennyzeller.com.

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Readers, be sure and check out Penny at:  www.pennyzeller.com , www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pennyzeller, and on Facebook.

Check out her book trailer!

You can purchase Kaydie at Amazon.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thoughtful About . . . Niagara Falls!

Last Friday was our 10th anniversary, so my hubby and I celebrated with a trip to Niagara Falls. This is the first trip we've taken on our own since honeymoon, so it was pretty darn exciting. =) And a truly wonderful, fabulous time.

The kids went camping with my parents and also had a great time, freeing us up for the 6 hour drive. All went well and relatively uneventful on the way up (other than one instance of Google maps directing us down a dead-end road that did not connect to the highway it was aiming us at! LOL), though we discovered that PA/NY 219 has very, very few restaurants on it. We started looking for a nice place to eat breakfast . . . and ended up eating lunch at Burger King two hours later.

Once through Buffalo and across the Niagara River, our first stop was the American side of the falls. Where I discovered why everyone recommends the Canadian side. It's beautiful still in the U.S., and you get to feel like you're at the falls, but you never really get a great view of them. 





One of my favorite things while still in NY was the series of little tiny falls that led up to the main ones.








After exploring for a while, we crossed over into Canada (happy to report we weren't detained or strip-searched or anything, LOL) and checked into our hotel. Which gave us this awesome view. Yeah, gorgeous, huh? I don't think we ever closed the curtains.

That night, being our actual anniversary, we went to an Italian place across the street from our hotel, which ended up having live music that was a lot of fun. We didn't realize it when we picked it, but we ended up in the front row out on the patio. The band was great and funny, and dedicated a song to us. Then we got a kick out of the members of Latin Heat--who looked the part--coming over and saying, "It's a nice night, eh?" in the most typically Canadian accent you ever did hear. =) It made me grin, and we couldn't get over how nice everyone was!

After a walk down to visit the falls, we called it a night, and got to watch a fireworks display from our hotel room. How's that for celebrating your anniversary??

Saturday we did all the usual tourist things (plus a 3-mile walk uphill after a full day walking already--oops) and crowned it by getting all fancied up and going to the rooftop restaurant at the hotel, which was sooooooo nice.

Sunday we took one last walk down to the falls and then packed it up and came home. Other than the customs guy asking, "What in the world is maple butter?" we had no problems on that border crossing, either, LOL.

All in all, it was a super fun weekend, and we're planning on taking the kids up that way in a couple years, when Rowyn's just a little bit bigger. For anyone else planning a trip to Niagara, here's my insider info: most folks aren't out up there in the early morning, so if you crave the view in solitude, just be out by 7. And be aware that things open up there about an hour later than they do here. Or at least my "here."

And there you have it. Our adventure at Niagara. =)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Remember When . . . The Mail Brought Treasure?

I've always loved getting mail. As a kid, having a letter come to me was right up there with new toys and macaroni. (Which is saying something indeed.)  And a package?? Oh, that couldn't be beat. I still remember when a friend of mine sent me a birthday present in the mail, filled with home-drawn stationery, stickers, and other fun stuff for a young girl. =)

These days, the mail brings the requisite bills, of course, and books. Lots and lots of books. So many books that this die-hard reader has started going, "Really? More books?" instead of "Yay, more books!" (Again, that's saying something, LOL.) But once in a while, a different kind of package arrives. And sometimes it's the treat of the year.

Do you remember when I talked about the torc bracelet in Jewel of Persia and the awesome jeweler from Athens who was gracious enough to let us use his images? (If not, Part 1 and Part 2) Well, Aris has outdone himself in generosity. With the release of JoP in paperback, I contacted him again to thank him and get his address so I could send him a book. He got mine too, and sent me this.

How amazing is that? How beautiful? How generous? It deserves an entire row of exclamation points, so indulge me: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, here's a bit about this amazing design. Based on museum pieces that were discovered in archaeological finds in Greece, Aris Vaphiadis inherited the lion head design from earlier jewelers in his family, and they remain some of the shop's most popular designs. They are so popular, in fact, that their lion collection is now in the gift shop of the Louvre. Historically, jewelry like this was loved and worn by both men and women.

In my story, Kasia receives the bracelet in the first chapter, and it's throughout the book a symbol of love between her and her husband. When I originally wrote the book, this bracelet was gold. But when I found the pictures of it on the Greek Jewelery Shop's site and Aris was so kind as to let us use them on the cover, I went through and changed all the descriptions to silver, to perfectly match his design, no digital altering required.

Greek Jewelry Shop has a ton of awesome designs in the ancient fashion, so I have to recommend you pay them a visit online and check out the amazing work displayed there. You won't regret it!

Overall, this has been a really exciting week for me, and it was crowned by coming home from a weekend vacation to find this treasure awaiting me. So I must again extend my deepest thanks to the talented and generous Aris Vaphiadis.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Story Time with Dorothy Love - Her Heroine & a Giveaway!

Today we have the pleasure of meeting another heroine, this one Ada Wentworth from Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love!

Dorothy is also offering a giveaway, so to be entered, just leave a comment below with an email address. If you're having the problem where it keeps redirecting you to a sign in page, try logging in to your account first, then coming here to comment. (This is a Google issue, so there's unfortunately nothing I can do.) If that also fails, just shoot me an email with your comment to roseanna [at] roseannawhite [dot] com.

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About Beyond All Measure


Ada has loved deeply and lost dearly. But protecting her heart could mean missing the love of a lifetime. 

Having lost her family, her fiancĂ©, and her fortune, Ada journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee to take a position as a lady’s companion. Though initially charmed by the pretty little Southern town tucked into the foothills of the great Smokies, Ads plans to stay only until she can earn enough to establish a millinery shop.

Her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the local lumber mill owner is easily the kindest, most attractive man Ada has met in Hickory Ridge. He believes Providence has brought her to town and into his life. But how, after so many betrayals, can she ever trust again? Besides, Wyatt has a dream of his own. A dream that will one day take him far from Hickory Ridge.

As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, one woman must let go of her painful past in order to embrace God’s plan for her. Can she trust Him, and Wyatt with her future and her heart?


(I so love that cover!) And now, without further ado . . .

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Hello, Ada Wentworth and thank you so much for talking with me today! To begin, could you just tell us a little bit about yourself?

It’s my pleasure, Roseanna. I was born in Boston, but spent a lot of time with my mother’s family in New Orleans when I was growing up. After my father died, I came to Hickory Ridge for a position as a lady’s companion and let’s just say, the southern Appalachians are nothing at all like Boston. It has its own charms though.

It does, at that. I'm an Appalachian girl myself, though my home's nearer to Cumberland, Maryland. So tell me--what’s one of your most interesting traits?

My mother taught me the art of hat making. I adore hats! I love wearing them and making them for others. I’ve made quite a few for the ladies of Hickory Ridge and they turned out very well if I do say so myself.

Oh, what fun! I'm a hat lover myself. What’s your favorite indulgence?

Last year before I arrived in Hickory Ridge, I would have said going to the Boston library or going skating with my friends, but since coming here to Hickory Ridge I can’t think of anything I love more than a quiet walk in Miss Lillian’s garden with Wyatt Caldwell, or chatting with my friends in the quilting circle, or  teaching my young friend Sophie to make hats. The quietest pursuits often bring the greatest rewards.


How very true. Now . . . what do you fear more than anything else?

Oh my. Not to be rude, my dear, but that’s a bit personal on such short acquaintance, don’t you think?

Begging your pardon, Miss Wentworth--I suppose it is. Forgive me, and allow me to redirect my question. May I ask who your favorite person is in the world (whether they’re still with you or not), and why?

I adored my mother and I miss her still. She was everything I hope to be—beautiful, kind, and smart as a whip. Mother was also the one of the most wise and spiritual women I know. She certainly left me some big shoes to fill.  Since her passing, and my move to Hickory Ridge, I’d have to say Wyatt Caldwell has become one of my favorite persons, too. For the same reasons—his kindness, his intelligence, and just between us girls, he has the most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen. And the way he calls me darlin’ makes me….dare I say it? Weak in the knees.

Oh my, I can't blame you. There's nothing like a fine set of eyes! Now, pardon me if this delves into the too-personal again, but I always ask this of my interviewees. If you could change one part of your past, undo one decision, what would it be?

I never would agree to marry Edward. Falling in love with him was the biggest mistake of my life.


I appreciate you sharing. Now allow me to ask a more lighthearted question. If you could travel anywhere, to any time, where would you go and why?

I’d go back to my childhood in New Orleans, to those warm spring evenings with my cousins and my aunts, sipping lemonade in the cool shade of the magnolia trees and watching the moonlight playing on the river.


That sounds positively delightful! What’s the most surprising thing someone has ever said about you?

Miss Lillian, who was none too happy about my coming here to care for her, told me she thought I’d make a Southern girl after all. We had our differences, especially at first, but we became friends despite the difference in our ages. She’s another one I miss. I imagine her and my mother in Heaven, watching over me. It brings me comfort to think of it.

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Thanks so much for chatting with us, Ada and Dorothy! I love getting to know the characters like this. =) Now here's a bit about Ada's creator.

About Dorothy

Dorothy Love is the author of the Hickory Ridge series,  historical novels set in the beautiful Smoky Mountains region of  her native Tennessee.  Her well-researched, heartwarming stories of small town Southern life, faith, friends, and family reflect the emotions, concerns, and values of women everywhere.

When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Doro loves hiking and hanging out with her husband Ron and their two golden retrievers, Major and Jake. Lifelong avid travelers, the Loves have explored the cities and the back country of New Zealand, photographed the Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands, traversed the Panama Canal, explored Bermuda on motor scooters, and combed the best beaches in Hawaii and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

For more than twenty years they have collected antique maps depicting their many ports of call, chiefly those  maps by 19th century mapmaker and engraver John Rapkin. Published by John Tallis of London, Rapkin’s maps in the 1851 edition of Tallis’ Illustrated Atlas are among the most visually appealing of the Victorian age.    The Loves make  their home in the Texas hill country.

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Check out Dorothy's website at http://dorothylovebooks.com!


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Word of the Week - Ecstatic

There are times when I use a word, when I remember distinctly seeing it in older books, but when it isn't until I look up its etymology that I remember the subtle differences that have evolved in said word over time.

Ecstatic is one of those.

I remember learning this word back in the day and just loving it because it perfectly captured that excitement of good things. No one bothered telling me that it wasn't always that way.

Ecstatic has been around since the 1590s, but at that point in time it meant "mystically absorbed, stupefied." So one was ecstatic in relation to things beyond one's ken. Over the next 70 years it became "characterized by deep emotion." This is certainly closer to what we know, but there was at that point no connotation of the pleasant. 

This is how I've seen it used in older works of literature. And isn't it funny how realizing that difference can change your understanding of something? If we read an old book, and a distressed character is described as "ecstatic" in her upset, we might be a little confused. And think, "Waaaaiiiiiiiit a minute. If she's upset, how is she ecstatic?"

Well, now we know. She's just deeply upset, very emotional.

Personally, I'd rather be the modern kind, LOL. And on a personal note, I just spend an amazing weekend in Niagara Falls celebrating my 10th anniversary with my hubby. I'll probably share some of our fun experiences on Thursday, along with some pictures. And on Wednesday I'll likely be sharing the arrival of a very fun item that was waiting for me in the mail when we got home. =)

Have a great week everybody! And if you're inclined, say a prayer for me today. I have some major changes on the horizon of my writing career and need the Lord's guidance before any decisions are made.

Friday, June 17, 2011

My Friend K. Dawn Byrd - Interview & Giveaway

Today, on my 10th anniversary no less (grins), I'm welcoming K. Dawn Byrd to my blog to talk about her latest novel, a young adult e-book called Mistaken Identity.

The author has graciously offered a gift card for a free download of this novel, so to be entered to win, just leave a comment below with your email address! (If you have problems getting the comment to take, email it to me at roseanna [at] roseannawhite [dot] com.)

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About Mistaken Identity


Eden Morgan longs for a boyfriend of her own, an impossible goal when her best friend, Lexi Branson, gets all the attention and all the guys. When they fall in love with the same guy, Eden believes she doesn't have a chance. She can only hope that sometimes the good girl gets the guy.

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About K. Dawn

K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Mistaken Identity, her first young adult romance released on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released in April 2010 and was the bestselling book for her publisher during its debut month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense, released August 1, also with Desert Breeze Publishing.
K. Dawn Byrd is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group.

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What's your latest book?

Mistaken Identity just released from Desert Breeze Publishing on June 15, 2011. Here's a bit more about it:

Eden Morgan makes a list of six goals to accomplish in order to have the best summer ever. Getting a boyfriend, which is perhaps the most important goal, becomes complicated when she and her best friend, Lexi, fall for the same guy. Since Lexi is popular, gorgeous, and always gets her guy, Eden thinks she doesn't have a chance.

Channing Johnson is everything Eden's ever dreamed of and she can't believe he just moved in next door. When he starts showing interest in her, she's overjoyed...until she sees him out on a date with Lexi. He says Lexi talked him into it to repay her for tutoring him. Lexi says they're in love.

Eden doesn't know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone will get hurt.

Boy, that takes me back! LOL. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?


My favorite genre to read is romantic suspense. My favorite genre to write is whatever I'm the mood to write when I set down at the keyboard.


What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?

Someone once told me that my voice was very therapeutic and soothing.


I should have asked for a recording of something so we could hear for ourselves. ;-) What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?


I actually spent time in my dream office last week. It's the balcony of a hotel overlooking the ocean. I wrote every day as the tide rolled in.


Oo, that sounds perfect. I'll be on the balcony next door, of course . . . . Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?

It's not really a reference, but it is a "thing." I can not write without my netbook.


Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?

My husband is a great help to me. We walk our dogs every night and we plot what I'm going to write next. He's not a writer, but he enjoys brainstorming with me.


Definitely invaluable--mine does the same.

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Thanks so much for visiting! Readers, I've heard only great things about K. Dawn's books, so definitely check her out, and all her fabulous giveaways!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thoughtful About . . . Crazy (Good) Days

Yesterday started like any other. Namely, with the kids calling, "Mommy! Mooooommmmmyyyyyy! I ready to get uuuuuupppppp!" Followed by getting them each what felt like 10 breakfasts, blogging, torturing myself with exercise . . . you know, the norm.

When I finally got down to writing business, it was to an email from a friend of mine with some awesome news of a contract. (Can't tell you who because it's still on the down-low.) She was one of the loudest squealers when I announced my deal with Summerside for Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, so I naturally squealed pretty loudly for her, too. In the course of our frantic back-and-forth emails, she asked me how some of my other proposals were faring.

Which, naturally, reminded me of one I hadn't sent out that I really felt I should before the weekend. So, while chewing on what needed to change in a scene of Annapolis, I went into this other proposal and made a few changes. Debated a few recommended changes that I just couldn't come up with a good way to include, and finally tossed my hands in the air and said, "Phooey! I'm sending it."

And I did. Thinking something along the lines of, "I'll work more on it later before sending it elsewhere. This editor probably won't have time to read it for a while anyway, I know she's busy . . ."

Meanwhile (amid getting the kids 10 lunches each--I swear that's how it feels sometimes, LOL) I worked on my edits. Made some decent progress, and I feel good about where I am on those right now. So when, an hour later, I got an email asking me to call this editor, I was a little surprised. Okay, a lot surprised. And when I was on the phone with her and heard how much she loved this proposal I'd just sent, I was more than surprised. I was floored. Delighted. Thrilled. Ecstatic.

Now, this isn't a contract or anything, but it was an amazing way to get my energy up, lemme just tell you! What writer doesn't like to hear that someone loves her work? And if that someone's an editor . . .?? Well. Yeah. Awesome.

More craziness ensued that I won't get into here and now, but let's just say that by the end of the day, I looked back and thought, "Wow, really? Can't say as I expected all that when I woke up this morning!" It was a day of encouragement and promise. A day of joy and a bittersweet ending/new beginning (the other craziness). A day that really showed me that I'm doing what I need to be doing, and that the Lord is ever guiding me exactly where I need to go.

I'm so overwhelmed by all He's given me. And so I give it back to Him, and pray He use it for His will, above all.

Hope everyone's having a great week!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Remember When . . . History Awaited You?

I'm such a geek. Yes, I admit it. I'm not just the type that will look up random histories of things as I go throughout my day (I mean, surely I'm not the only one who wants to know who in the world developed cotton candy, right? A dentist, by the way--figure that one out, LOL). I'm the type who looks forward to looking up history when I'm visiting a new place.

Examples? Sure, why not. We'll start with a familiar place, like the Outer Banks of NC. I love those beaches. I've gone every year since I was about 12, so it feels like a second home to our families. Naturally, I've picked up a bit of the island's history along the way. But lately I've been craving more. Imagining what awesome books about the Outer Banks of the past might be on a rental house's coffee table this year. Knowing I could a few internet searches and answer some of my questions, but wanting rather to get the history while there. To feel it, see it, breathe it.

Example the second: hubby and I are planning a trip to Niagara Falls. I've never been, know very little about them. But I'm plotting how our romantic anniversary trip could be stretched to include a little history-taking. I mean, surely there's a story to be told set there! And surely it'll hit me while I'm there, absorbing the place and its past. Right? I mean, did you know that the caves behind the falls were built into them in the late 1800s? I'd assumed they were natural and man just added the convenience, but nope. Totally made for tourists. Fun, huh?

So yeah. There you have it. I may just have to join a History Lovers Anonymous. I can only imagine how fun those meetings might be! ;-)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Story Time with Nicole O'Dell & a Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome Nicole O'Dell to the blog to talk about her super-cool book series--young adult books that have alternate endings the reader gets to choose! How cool is that?

Nicole is offering a copy to one lucky winner, so to enter, leave a comment below with an email address. Or if it won't let you leave a comment, email it to me at roseanna [at] roseannawhite [dot] com and I'll post it for you. ;-)

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About Swept Away

SCENARIOS 5 & 6—SWEPT AWAY

In High Stakes, seniors and best friends, Amber and Brittany, are neck and neck in a good-natured competition for a car being given away by a local business. In Essence of Lilly, sophomore Lilly Armstrong is always looking for ways to escape the confines of her unhappy home. She “invents” youth group activities just so she can hang out with her boyfriend, Jason—the only one in Lilly’s life who makes her feel special. What happens when Amber and Lilly are faced with making difficult choices? Readers help Amber and Lilly make the difficult decisions by choosing between alternate endings, and then see how their choices create consequences with life-altering results.

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About Nicole

She writes. She talks. She reads. She changes diapers. Nicole O'Dell is a mom of six--including a set of toddler triplets who may or may not be potty trained sometime in 2011. Jury's still out on that one. She is the author of a bunch of YA books, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction series and the upcoming Diamond Estates Series, 10/11. She's also the host of Teen Talk Radio at www.choicesradio.com. You can find her books and links to all the fun social stuff at www.nicoleodell.com.

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What's your latest book?

All six of my Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction books have recently been released in 2-in-1 volumes.  Swept Away contains two brand-new Scenarios books: High Stakes, which deals with cheating in school, friendship, loyalty, and honesty, and Essence of Lilly, which covers dating relationships and purity.


I'm so intrigued by these. When I have a few spare hours I am so picking up the copies I have here. ;-) What's your favorite part of the story?

Each Scenarios for Girls book reaches it’s climax when the main character faces a major, life-changing moral decision which the reader gets to make. There are alternate endings for the reader to choose from, allowing her to take ownership for the consequences of her choices as she sees them unfold through the life of the book’s character.

I love this turning point of each story. It becomes personal at that point, and it allows for change and personal commitment. That’s where it’s at for me. I want to use my stories to affect change in the lives of my readers by allowing them to really experience the issues of each book, and then commit to Godly choices for their future.


So cool. What was the hardest part to write?

Book two in Swept Away, Essence of Lilly, deals with issues of purity. Handling this topic was a real concern for me. I wanted to be real--otherwise, what good would it do? But I didn't want to offend anyone or open young girls’ minds to something before they were ready. It took a lot of prayer and guidance from friends. In the end, my publisher, Barbour, was so supportive. They realized that the scenes had to be written as they were--not to sensationalize the issue, but to drive home the gravity of it.


Always a hard, but ever so important, balance. Okay, fun question.  Other than the Bible, what's your favorite of all the books you've ever read?

Lineage of Grace, Francine Rivers
Deadline, Randy Alcorn

What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?

“She’s so organized.” Bwahahahahaha!

LOL. What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

Dream: A flowery loveseat near a big picture widow overlooking a lake. An antiqued-white desk with a comfy chair. A cup of steaming cappuccino near an old typewriter my computer. Hardwood floors with a vintage area rug. Lots of plants—fake ones . . .for the plant’s sake. Inspiring artwork on the walls, and a fire in the fireplace.

Reality: A beat-up desk in the corner of my bedroom wedged between my bed and my treadmill. The coffee is usually cold and the lake is about thirty minutes away. The artwork is either a pile at Bed, Bath and Beyond, or crayon drawings from my kids which is more inspiring than anything.

Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?

I absolutely rely on my critique partner, Valerie Comer. She’s awesome, and I’d be lost without her. She has taught me sooooo much. I only wish I’d known her before my first two books came out. I honestly had NO idea how much I didn’t know. I’m so thankful for Val’s patience and honesty. I’m also thankful that she takes enough pride in my work to push me past “good enough” when I’m ready to throw in the towel on a scene or blurb. She’d pries better out of me every single time.


A good critter is SO valuable! =) Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

Did I mention my two-year-old triplets? Plus three other kids and a home rehabbing project. Oh, and I’m taking online courses toward a teaching degree. Oh, and I teach at the local community college part time. Oh, and… yeah, there’s a lot. =)


I only have two kids, but they keep me hopping. I can scarcely fathom triplets! LOL. So . . . if someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving or gifts to charities allowed!)


Can I say tummy tuck? Now don’t judge! Did I mention those triplets? Walk a mile, folks. Walk a mile. J


Again, literally laughing out loud. Okay, back to serious. What are you writing right now?

I’m working on a few things. One is a novella project for Barbour called Rainbow’s End that I’m writing with Cara Putman, Annalisa Daughety, and Valerie Comer. It’s about geocaching in the Ozarks.

I’m also working on book two in my Diamond Estates series, The Embittered Ruby. Book one, The Wishing Pearl, releases on October 1st. This three-book series is the story of my heart. It’s loosely based on my own experiences as a resident at a Teen Challenge center when I was a teen.

Oh, that sounds good! Any other upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

On August 1st, these three Scenarios for Girls 2-in-1s also release as enhanced eBooks. Through Novo Ink, you'll be able to download the app to any eReader enabling you to access the enhanced versions. We've added links, polls, quizzes, video, audio, images, and more, right into the interface of the actual eBook. This makes reading a multi-media experience!

How neat! We'll keep an eye out for that October release too!

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Thanks so much for visiting, Nicole! Readers, be sure and check out her website at http://www.nicoleodell.com. You can purchase Swept Away at Amazon.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Word of the Week - Birthday

Yesterday was my honey's birthday, so I thought I'd take a look-see at the word and see if it's as old as I assume it is.

The answer? Mostly. ;-) The Old English form byrddæg meant an annual celebration of one's birth, but was used mostly for saints and kings. It wasn't extended to the general populace's birthdays until the late 16th century.


More interesting, is that "birthday suit" has been used as a way of saying someone has no clothes on since since the 1730s for sure, and probably earlier. Who knew? I always thought that was a modern convention, but I guess not.


Also fascinating is record of "birthnight" instead of "birthday," appearing in the early 1600s.  Which is, I suppose, what my daughter would have, as she was born at 9 p.m. ;-) I never would have thought to make the distinction.


And there we have it, all in honor of my fabulous hubby, whose birthday yesterday was a ton of fun. Have a great week, everybody!

Friday, June 10, 2011

My Friend Margaret - Some Fun & a Giveaway

Today I have a special treat for you. Rather than the same-old interview, Margaret Brownley is sharing some fun tips from her heroine Lucy and interesting facts that led to the book. You don't want to miss this!

Margaret is also offering a copy of A Vision of Lucy to one lucky winner, so leave your comments below with an email address for a chance to win!

Ready? Here we go!

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Some Timely Advice for Photographers from Margaret’s New Book:
A Vision of Lucy
A Rocky Creek Romance

·    Doctors, do not look at the camera like it’s a patient needing help through death’s door.  Such a pose will speak ill of you, and it won’t do much for your practice, either.
·    When photographing stampeding cattle, charging bulls or blazing shoot-outs, use a fast shutter speed
·    A man imagines himself more handsome than his photograph; a woman believes herself more homely
·    To photograph well, women should dress in sedate colors and unobtrusive patterns.   Even the most morally challenged woman can be made to look chaste given suitable attire and lighting
·    While posing for a photograph spinsters should avoid looking desperate or deprived.  A serene smile will show that your circumstances are by choice and not for lack of beauty or character.
·    The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. For this reason a woman wishing to look appropriately domesticated for her Mail-Order Bride photograph should wear an apron and wield a kitchen utensil (preferably not a rolling pin).

Say Cabbage

In 1850, Julia Shannon of San Francisco took the family portrait to new heights when she shockingly advertised herself as a daguerreotypist and midwife.  After reading about her I just had to write about a lady photographer.  Of course, the heroine of A Vision of Lucy doesn’t deliver babies but she still finds plenty of ways to get into trouble.

I loved writing about old time photography and have nothing but awe for the brave souls who first took camera in hand.  Not only did they contend with unwieldy equipment but also dangerous chemicals and exploding labs.

Women had an advantage over male photographers who were often confounded by female dress. This explains why one photographer advertised in 1861 for an assistant, “Who Understands the Hairdressing Business.”  Women also had a few tricks up their leg of mutton sleeves—or rather their skirts.  Elizabeth Withington invented a “dark thick dress skirt” to use as a developing tent when she traveled.   

Those cheerless faces in early photographs were partly due to vices that held heads still for long periods of time. Photographers used all sorts of devices to hold a client’s interest.  One even had a trained monkey. Another photographer had a canary that sang on command.  Mechanical birds were a favorite gimmick and “Watch the birdie” became a familiar refrain in studios across the country.

Magazines and newspaper ran ample advice for posing.  An 1877 edition of The Chicago Inter-Ocean advised women with large mouths to say the word “Flip,” although one photographer preferred the word “Prunes.” If a small mouth was the problem the word “Cabbage” would make it appear larger.

Not everyone was enamored with cameras.  One dog owner put up a sign warning “photographers and other tramps to stay away” after his dog had an unfortunate run-in with a tripod.

Did photography have a bearing on the suffragette movement?  Indeed, it did, but it appeared to be more of a detriment than a help.  The photographs of militant suffragettes or women dressed in bloomers did more harm than good.
 
If you think America was tough on suffragettes, think again. The women’s rights movement was considered the biggest threat to the British Empire.  According to the National Archives the votes-for-women movement became the first "terrorist" organization subjected to secret surveillance photography in the world. 
   
Photography has come a long way since those early daguerreotype days.  One can only imagine what the brave souls of yesteryear would think of today’s “aim and click” cameras.  Now days you can’t even drive down the street without having your picture taken. But as Lucy would say, Never leave the house unless you’re ready for your close up.

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About Margaret

My writing career began, and ended, early.  I wrote my first book in fifth grade—a mystery without an ending.  I was on a roll until I reached eighth grade.  Unimpressed with my essay on why I wanted to be a writer my English teacher not only flunked me but suggested I not even think about a career as a writer.

Dream squashed, I did little writing until I became editor of the church newsletter many years later.  After making a church picnic read like a Grisham novel, my then pastor took me aside and said, “Maybe God’s calling you to write fiction.”  So that’s what I did.  I now have 25 books to my credit, published in 15 different languages.  I’m currently working on a new series.

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Thanks so much for the fun post, Margaret! Readers, be sure and check out Margaret's website at
www.margaretbrownley.com

You can find a Vision of Lucy here.


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thoughtful About . . . Second Chances

How many times in life do we get do-overs? Do we get to fix the things we've done wrong and make them better? How many times do we have the chance to rebuild, to repair, to refine before anyone sees our first attempt?

I know there are many times I wish we could do this more. Wish we could un-say, un-watch, un-hear something. Times I wish we could tweak a few details of ourselves, of our decisions, of our pasts to make things just a little better, a little more considerate, a little more lovely.

The other day I got my first round of edits on Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, and as I read through the comments of my awesome editor, I find myself thinking, "Thank you, Lord, for the chance to improve this." The story certainly has its merits, the writing's mostly solid . . . but thank heavens I get to incorporate the advice of a team before it hits the shelves. Thank you, God, for letting me alter a few things. Tighten here, shift there, add, delete, reword.

And yet as I add a new dimension to my heroine's relationship with her family, as I open her eyes a little more to the realities of her world, it makes me realize that in life, it's not usually so simple. It's not just a matter of hitting the backspace key a few times. We can never hit Edit / Undo. We can't make our inconsistencies just go away with a few keystrokes, a few thoughts. Three weeks of work doesn't make any of us ready for the world to view us (even taking into account the need yet for polish and shine).

But you know what? We've still got our second chance. We can never undo, we can never erase. We'll always have to deal with consequences for our words and actions. But we have that blank page waiting. A clean slate. A chance to start anew. We have a Savior who can cover our blemishes with His perfection. Will others still notice the flaws? Oh, they're good at that--just like I'm sure someone will always find the errors in my books and call me on them.

But just like it's a huge blessing to have an editor, and the chance to edit, so is it an amazing thought to consider that in life we have a Savior, and the chance to be cleansed of our sin. And just as now that I know what she's looking for I'll be sure to incorporate as much as I can of it into each new work, so do we fashion ourselves after what the Lord wants once we've accepted His precious grace.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Remember When . . . The Dance Spun Round?

I'm cheating today. For your taste of something historical, I'm going to direct you to Colonial Quills, a blog for which I'm a contributor. Today one of our members is posting on 18th century dancing, and it's a fun, informative post. =)



Why am I being so lazy, you ask? Well, in part because my kids won't let me sit still for five minutes thus far this morning, and my son's going to need another breathing treatment here in a few minutes. In part because I'm staring at the screen with a total lack of genius when it comes to blog posts today. And that is the case largely because I got my edits for Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland last night, and all spare brainpower is now engaged in brainstorming a few small changes. =)

So. Hop over to the Quill. Say a prayer that my boy-o's breathing issues are resolved by the time I need to leave him with his grandmother tomorrow. And say another prayer that I do justice to the potential in my book with these edits. =)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Story Time . . . COURTING MORROW LITTLE by Laura Frantz

I'd been hearing great things about Courting Morrow Little for a good while now--things great enough that I was really beginning to regret sending that book out to another reviewer instead of hoarding it for myself. ;-) So when I was lucky enough to win a copy through a contest, you can bet I didn't waste much time in cracking it open. And once I opened it . . . well, it didn't take long to turn the last page!

Morrow Little was raised in the wilds of Kentucke, near a fort where her father preached every Sabbath. But after an Indian attack that killed her mother and baby sister and stole her brother from them when she was five, her beloved home always carried a shadow of fear with it. Especially when a Shawnee war-chief and his son kept showing up out of the blue. Spending some time in Philadelphia with her aunt provided a reprieve, but it doesn't make the fear any better once she returns to Kentucke. This is her home--but she still fears it as much as she loves it.

Tensions are ever rising between the settlers and the Indians, but Morrow hopes things will improve once some soldiers from Virginia arrive. But with her father's health failing, Morrow's concerns aren't just for the war between the Bluecoats and the Redcoats and Indians--her concerns are for her own future, and what will become of her when she loses the only family she has left in the world. Will she be forced to marry just to survive . . . or dare she follow the forbidden lure of her heart?

I'm really not sure what I expected from Courting Morrow Little, but as I began to get a picture of what would shape this book, I fell in love. Morrow is a wonderful heroine--pretty, but unaware of it. Sweet, but with weaknesses and fears that make her totally relatable. And through it all, a desire to be more faithful, stronger than she thinks she can be.

This is a book that makes you stop and think about what really makes a loyalty, what really determines which side is right and which side is wrong. It's a book that will open your heart, challenge your mind, and touch your soul as you follow the life of one young woman as she seeks the right the live and love and learn of her Father's will.

Having been researching a similar era but very different setting, I especially enjoyed the little touches of history that I know for a fact are obscure, and which therefore show what a thorough, excellent job the author did in making sure each detail was as accurate as possible. From the elegance of British-help Philadelphia to the wilderness beyond where the white man had ventured, Courting Morrow Little breathes life into the world the characters would have lived in and will make you gasp in appreciation for this Creation our Lord has crafted.

This is a book history lovers, romance lovers, and anyone who loves a good, solid story will enjoy. Laura Frantz has written a keeper--and you can bet I'll be reading her next book the second it arrives!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Word of the Week - Passport

Passport - it's pretty literal. "The authorization to pass through a port." Not surprising, right? What surprises me is that the word (and hence the concept of a noun to embody it) is from around 1500. I had no idea it was that old!

(The one in the picture is French, from 1684)

Now, this is interesting to me because for the book I'm researching, time and again it comes up that people need passes. They need passes to go freely around a city held by one military. They need passes to get from one side of the lines to the other. They need passes to move freely through enemy-held land.

More amazing? You could get those passes, LOL. Which is to say, I find it funny that you can get a pass to travel through enemy territory. But then, it was usually because you were a normal, everyday person about normal, everyday business, with nothing to do with the conflict.

This is also on my mind because this week I'm getting a passport for the first time in my life. =) Heading to Niagara Falls for our anniversary trip, but also now thinking of all the other places we can go without stopping to realize, "Oh, but we'd need a passport." Not that we necessarily will travel more, but it's a freedom I love to savor. =)

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Friend Margaret - Interview & Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome Margaret Daley back to my blog. In addition to being a prolific author, Margaret is also the President of the most awesome writers association on the planet, ACFW. ;-)

Margaret is offering a giveaway of her latest Love Inspired Suspense novel, Protecting Her Own, which just debuted this week. To be entered to win, just leave a comment below with an email address.

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About Protecting Her Own

Nothing short of her dad’s stroke could bring professional bodyguard Cara Madison back to Virginia. But her homecoming turns explosive with a pipe bomb package addressed to her father. Cara knows two things for sure. First, someone’s after either her father or her…or both. And second, this job is too big to handle on her own. Unexpected help comes from Virginia state police detective Connor Fitzgerald. Years ago she’d walked away from him…and love. Now, despite their unresolved feelings, they must join forces—and settle their scarred differences.

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About Margaret


Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold seventy-five books to date.

Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2200 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community.

You can visit her web site at http://www.margaretdaley.com and read excerpts from her books and learn about the ones recently released and soon to be released.

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What's your latest book?

Protecting Her Own released from Love Inspired Suspense for June 2011. It's the second book in the Guardians, Inc. Series

Fun series name! What was the hardest part to write?

The hardest part was working out the mystery/suspense plot. It was complicated and required a lot of coordination. Keep all the clues straight was hard.

That's always so challenging! Is there a theme to this book?

Guilt and forgiveness—guilt has a way of controlling a person’s life and the inability to forgive someone can do the same thing.

So very true. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

My favorite genre to write is romantic suspense and my favorite genre to read is suspense/mystery/thriller (with romance). I also love adventure with suspense and romance.

What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I just finished Fragment by Warren Fahy. It was very good and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

Other than the Bible, what's your favorite of all the books you've ever read?

Amazonia by James Rollins—a suspenseful adventure with a touch of romance

Sounds fun! What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

My dream office would be on a mountain overlooking the ocean below.

My real office has hot pink walls with bookcases all around the room. It is a very comfortable place that I spend a lot of time in. I have it decorated with flamingoes.

Wow, sounds so bright and cheerful! My daughter loves flamingoes. Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

My family (especially my four granddaughters) and my friends—I love doing things with my family and friends.

Well then, here's a question for them too. =) If you could take your family on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

On a Disney cruise—my granddaughters are into Disney and would have a great time.

What are you writing right now?

 I am working on the second book in A Town Called Hope Series for Love Inspired. The first one in the series will be out in December called His Holiday Family.

Any other upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

 My first Christian historical romance (I’ve written several in the ABA market) is coming out in September from Summerside Press called From This Day Forward.

Oh, fun! I have a book with Summerside coming out in December. =) I don't think I realized we were Summerside sisters. ;-)

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Thanks for visiting, Margaret! Readers, be sure to check out her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com, and you can find purchase links for all her books there at http://www.margaretdaley.com/all-books/. And don't forget her blog at http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thoughtful About . . . God Moments

You know how it goes. You're going through your day, probably thinking about the twelve things you're juggling at that particular moment. In the back of your mind you've been turning something over. And over. And over. Not exactly worrying, not exactly fretting (or maybe you are, LOL), but it's there. Always there.

Like, you know, this proposal I'm going to submit soon.

In the weeks you've been turning and churning and considering this thing, whatever it may be, a certain number of options have presented themselves. You're not sure any will work out, but you're going to try. Because, well, what else do you?

Then out of the blue, it hits. It. That realization that there is another option, a better option. An option that seems to have come from nowhere in your brain, since you already dismissed it through your awesome logic (ahem).

I had one of those moments yesterday concerning that soon-to-be-submitted proposal, where I realized an option I thought not an option might in fact be the best option. So I sent an email. Got an encouraging response. The kind that left me going, "Of course. Why didn't I think of that from the get-go?"

Those are the moments that remind me of why it's awesome to be in communion with our Lord. I seldom get answers while I'm praying, but they come at those odd moments during the day. Those whispers, those sudden realizations. I know there are those out there who don't attribute them to God, and certainly I have those bolts of inspiration that I don't consider divine. But when they come with a peace beyond which my own mind tends to fabricate, that's when I know.

As sure when my husband makes a great suggestion I hadn't thought of, God has given me a nudge. And obedience never tastes as sweet as in those moments, either, because I know only good will come of it. Maybe not the good I envision, but good nonetheless. =)

So . . . have you had any God moments lately?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Remember When . . . Things Weren't What You Expected?

As I'm researching this Revolutionary War story, as I'm reading a few other novels set in the same era (though concerning very different aspects of the time and places far removed), I'm learining so much! And it's challenging some of my basic perceptions.

I knew going in that when push came to shove with England, many folks living in the colonies couldn't bring themselves to openly revolt against the crown. I knew many of the soldiers in those snazzy red coats were in fact from America. I knew that.

But still it didn't really show me how, outside the seats of Patriotism, the Glorious Cause was not only unpopular, it was deemed a ridiculous idea. I think this is the first time I've really studied what went on in New York instead of in the war in general, so it's the first time I've really looked at how they perceived things. But the citizens of New York were, for the most part, firmly against the Patriots. When Washington fled the city and the British marched in, they welcomed them as liberators.

That said, over the years of British occupation, the harsh rule of those liberators did cause most Loyalists to revise their terminology and call them oppressors. But did that make them turn Patriot?

A few, maybe. But in general, no. They may have begun to think, "Hmm, the Patriot tyrants couldn't be any worse." But they still didn't believe in the cause. They were still pretty sure Washington wouldn't be able to mount another campaign, that this "United States" would crash and burn.

It's one of the many things that gets blurred over in school when we're learning about our nation's glorious founding, about the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party, the boycotts and the Declaration. I'm glad I first learned about the dream. But it's been really interesting to get a glimpse at the head-shakers.

Is there anything about our nation's history (or your nation's, if you're not in the U.S.) that it surprised you to learn?

Sidenote: I'm the blogger on Colonial Quills today, so come on over to hear what happens when the one church in town has to hit the road!