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Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'd love to meet you at this upcoming multi-author booksigning!

Please join me for the Romancing the Holidays Romance Author Book Signing on Saturday, November 1 from 2 - 5 pm at the Altamonte Mall Center Court, 451 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL, 32701. At least 20% of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to The Adult Literacy League and the first 75 customers will receive a special goody bag! We'll also have lots of tempting raffle baskets and items. For information please call (407) 261-0213 or log onto Sponsored by Barnes & Noble and Central Florida Romance Writers.

Need directions? See my map by clicking on November 1 on the right side of this page.

See you there!


Friday, October 10, 2008

Eve. Myth and legend surround her in mystery. Now hear her story.

Recently I read the most amazing novel about our first mother, Eve. I am delighted to feature Havah here, along with my endorsement AND a book giveaway.

This is our Beginning, deeply, richly, beautifully imagined, lifting our hearts in worship to the One who Is.

From paradise to exile, from immortality to the death of Adam, experience the dawn of mankind through the eyes of Eve—the woman first known as Havah.

Words from Tosca Lee:
Why I wrote it--I like examining conventional wisdom and staple stories – which have become woven into the fabric of our culture so thoroughly as to be taken for granted – in a new light. I don’t like comic-booky characters, villains or protagonists—whether they be red-horned demons or, in Havah’s case, the first woman of Genesis. No one—including demons, humans, or God, are that two-dimensional.

About the name “Havah”--“Havah” is the Hebrew name for Eve. I’ve drawn on nontransliterated names for her family members as well in this rendering, mostly to help escape the cliché images that spring to mind when one hears “Adam and Eve,” or “Cain and Abel.” The one name that remains mostly the same is Adam’s, as “Ha-adam,” meaning merely “man from the (red) earth.” Though we are told Eve’s proper name in the Genesis account, we are never given a proper name for Adam. He was literally… “The Man.”

What I want readers to take away--That sense of “Oh!” at what that perfect communion with God, and with another human might have been like. As I envisioned it, in writing it, I sometimes sighed. I hope there are moments like that for Havah’s readers. I want them also to think, “Haha—I have felt that way before toward my spouse/children/chores.” Regardless of the age, some aspects of life really don’t change. We all have moments of bliss, of feeling taken for granted, of heartbreak and hope.

It was important to me to write this story, too, because frankly, Eve has long been vilified for her role in this story. But both Eve and her mate were culpable. And while all of humanity is fallen because of it, women throughout history have suffered varying degrees of guilt, suspicion, and even abuse because of this story. That, alone, merits close scrutiny. It is my belief, especially for those who consult scriptures for guidelines on daily living, that we have a moral obligation to delve deeper than we have into what exactly happened here.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Looking for a great book to read? See Below.


A Taste of Murder
By Virginia Smith

A ruthless killer stalks a young woman during a Kentucky town's annual Bar-B-Q Festival. He's had a taste of murder … and is hungry for more.

When classical music lover Jasmine Delaney accepts a gig to play her violin in a small town, she arrives in time to join in the festivities of the local Bar-B-Q Festival. But when she checks into the hotel, Jazzy is in for a few unpleasant surprises--like a body in the bathtub covered in barbeque sauce. Not even the soothing strains of Mozart can still her jangled nerves--especially when it seems the killer is intent on making her the next victim.

"A Taste of Murder is a delightful read. ... Virginia Smith dishes up strong characters, a viable plot and a warm, effective conclusion. " -- Romantic Times (4-star Review)


Lying on Sunday
By Sharon Souza

For Abbie Torrington, betrayal and truth are about to collide.

After learning her husband died of a heart attack—in another woman's bed—Abbie is faced with a choice: She can give in to despair, or she can create a new life. Abbie does both … Then a shocking revelation threatens to undo everything she's accomplished. Will the power of the truth really set Abbie free, or is forgiveness too far out of reach?

"Sharon has created a character so vivid and real you'll feel as though you've stepped into Abbie Torrington's life. You don't want to miss this beautiful story of healing and grace." --- Virginia Smith, author of Stuck in the Middle.

"Lying on Sunday is delightful and poignant, witty and moving . . . Bravo!" --- Nancy Moser, award-winning author of Washington's Lady and Just Jane.

To read an excerpt of these new titles, click on the CAW icon on the right -->

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