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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Taking a rest between books

The only thing that’s more fun than beginning a new novel is sending off a completed one to the editor . . . before deadline! Now that Love Thine Enemy is safely in Melissa’s hands, I’m taking a little break between books to think about upcoming projects.

I’m also revising the Freshman Composition I class that I teach at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee, Florida. This is my tenth year of teaching, and I’ve found over those years that my students’ grammar has gotten worse. In this age of text-messages, many young people don’t realize how important it is to have a grasp of formal communication.

Of course, it never hurts to hone my own writing skills. I have numerous books on writing that I’ve only skimmed. Time to pull those off the shelf and dig in deeper, beginning with James Scott Bell’s Revision and Self-Editing. I have writer friends who hate rewrites, but I love them. Love Thine Enemy went through two writings. I threw out a bunch and kept what I could use, and the second version is much better than the first.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

November 1 Booksigning (not Nov. 15)

Romancing the Holidays
Saturday, November 1 (rescheduled from Nov. 15)
2 - 5 PM
Altamonte Mall Main Court
Benefits Adult Literacy League


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

And the winners are...

In my Name the Heroine contest, Carrie Turansky's winning suggestion is Rachel. This biblical name suits the time period and my heroine's character and social class. Carrie will receive two Love Inspired Historical novels. Congratulations!

Bethany Goff's winning title suggestion is Love Thine Enemy, which perfectly includes the many layers of conflict in my upcoming Love Inspired Historical novel, to be released in July 2009. Bethany will also receive two Love Inspired Historical novels. Congratulations!

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Suspense Begins!

Our contests for a new title and heroine name for my upcoming Love Inspired Historical novel have closed. We have a wonderful list of options for both. Steeple Hill editor Melissa Endlich will be choosing the winners and sending out the prizes very soon. Be watching to see what she has selected.

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