Monday, August 25, 2008

If you're one of those people who can never get enough of their favorite authors, have I got a deal for you. The American Christian Ficiton Writers will be hosting one of the largest booksigning events for Christian authors ever! On September 20, 2008, in conjunction with Barnes & Noble, ACFW will welcome over 100 of your favorite Christian authors to the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Among those present--yours truly! I hope to see you there.
Below is a list of the others you might see:

Tamera Alexander
Jennifer AlLee
A.K. Arenz
Diane Ashley
Karen Ball
Janet Lee Barton
James Scott Bell
Joseph Bentz
Terri Blackstock
Robin Caroll
Patricia PacJac Carroll
Jeanie Smith Cash
Eleanor Clark
Debra Clopton
Gloria Clover
Brandilyn Collins
Mary Connealy
Lyn Cote
Kathryn Cushman
Margaret Daley
KM Daughters
Susan Page Davis
Mary Davis
Janet Dean
Megan DiMaria
Brandt Dodson
Lena Nelson Dooley
Cecelia Dowdy
Sharon Dunn
Wanda Dyson
Lynette Eason
Meredith Efken
Leanna Ellis
Sharon Ewell Foster
Miralee Ferrell
Tina Ann Forkner
Darlene Franklin
Jonathan Friesen
Rhonda Gibson
Terri Gillespie
Debby Giusti
Beth Goddard
Cathy Gohlke
Rene Gutteridge
Cathy Marie Hake
Kelly Eileen Hake
Karen Harter
Rachel Hauck
Roxanne Henke
Cynthia Hickey
Patti Hill
Sharon Hinck
Joan Hochstetler
Steven Hunt
Angela Hunt
Denise Hunter
Jennifer Johnson
Jenny B. Jones
Golden Keyes Parsons
Deb Kinnard
Julie Klassen
Kathleen Kovach
Harry Kraus
Harry Kraus
Patti Lacy
Maureen Lang
Jeanne Marie Leach
Tosca Lee
Julie Lessman
Michelle Levigne
Sherri L. Lewis
Elizabeth Ludwig
Christine Lynxwiler
Richard L. Mabry
Sharlene MacLaren
Gail Martin
Debby Mayne
Vickie McDonough
Andrew McGuire
Susan Meissner
Becky Melby
Dana Mentink
Amber Miller
Judith Miller
Sara Mills
Siri Mitchell
Nancy Moser
Janelle Mowery
Elizabeth Musser
Mark Mynheir
Jill Nelson
Mae Nunn
John Olson
Donita K. Paul
Trish Perry
Marta Perry
Allie Pleiter
Cara Putman
Deborah Raney
Sandra Robbins
Paul Robertson
John Robinson
Martha Rogers
Cynthia Ruchti
Gail Sattler
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Shelley Shephard Gray
Virginia Smith
Lynette Sowell
Candice Speare
Kathryn Springer
Denice Stewart
Sarah Anne Sumpolec
Michelle Sutton
Camy Tang
Donn Taylor
Janice Thompson
Cindy Thomson
Missy Tippens
Carrie Turansky
ML Tyndall
Amy Wallace
Susan May Warren
Linda Wichman
Beth Wiseman
Cheryl Wyatt
Kathleen Y'Barbo

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I heard from Rebecca Germany on a Christmas anthology proposal that three other authors and I submitted almost a year ago. It's a yes!!

Christmas Homecoming will be released December, 2009. Working titles are, "Silver Bells," by Debby Mayne, "The First Noelle," by Paige Winship Dooly, "I'll be Home for Christmas," by Elizabeth Ludwig, and "O Christmas Tree," by Elizabeth Goddard.
Collection Blurb: After being scattered by jobs and missions, the Scheirer family comes together to witness their grandmother's wedding to a long-time family friend. Noelle, Christmas, and Holly return to their hometown of Boulder, Colorado, where they find love and happiness in their own backyard. As they get back to their roots, they find comfort in the fact that the Lord's plan for them is greater than anything they could ever have imagined.

It's definitely an exciting time for me!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sometimes, the weekend just can't come soon enough. In this case, it was because I was looking forward to attending the Texas Christian Writer's Conference in Houston. I had no idea what else God had in store.

Along with interesting workshops, a booksigning, and conference bookstore, IWA presented cash awards to published and unpublished authors alike for categories such as Poetry, Book Proposals, and Devotionals. Like everyone else, I was enjoying witnessing the winners. Imagine my surprise when the last category, IWA Writer of the Year was announced, and my name was called! It was quite an honor, and I felt compelled to share a scripture God gave to me the day I first knew I'd been called to write:

2 Then the LORD answered me and said: “ Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Hab. 2:2-3

It was almost six years ago that I first received this scripture. Yes, the vision tarried, but in the end, it surely came! When I hold my book in my hand, I hold the fulfillment of a promise God gave me. To be honored by IWA was adding blessing to blessing! Thank you, IWA.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Oh, what fun!

Janelle Mowery and I attended our first booksigning for our cozy mystery, Where the Truth Lies. Along with thirty-eight other authors, we welcomed nearly a hundred fans of Christian fiction to WoodsEdge Community Church in The Woodlands. The event was organized by Linda Kozar and crew. They did a fantastic job and I was honored to be a part of it!

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