Very cool site where you can visit sites in Jerusalem. Almost like being there!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
For those of you up in the frozen lands, I spied a bud of hope the other morning. :-)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Jade Fitzgerald left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she's thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson's love.
But then Jade's hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade's wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister. Their arrival forces Jade to throw open the dark closets of her past--the insecurity of living with a restless, wandering mother, the silence of her absent father, and the heart-ripping pain of first-love's rejection.
Turns out Beryl has a secret of her own. She needs reconciliation with her oldest daughter before illness takes her life. In the final days leading to the wedding, Jade meets the One who shows her that the past has no hold on her future. With a little grace, they'll meet in the middle, maybe even before that sweet by and by.
"This Southern mother-daughter story is refreshingly well written and will easily engross readers of women's fiction." - Library JournalBio: Multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans has garnered such honors as ACM's Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA's Video of the Year, named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," and she was the first country star to compete in ABC's Dancing with the Stars. This is her first novel. Sara has said that the redemptive message always attracts her to a given story. It's the story she's cares about most in the songs she records and sings; it's the story of her life; it's the story she looks for in the faces of those she meets.
"I've been a Believer since I was 21. My faith has been everything to me in my life since then. In my marriage, my motherhood, my career, and just dealing with everyday life, God is my constant companion and friend. I find myself praying constantly prayers of gratitude and guidance. As a mom and a career woman, my life is filled daily with choices and decisions to make that will affect lots of people. So I rely on God to guide me!"
Best selling, award winning author Rachel Hauck is known for well-written stories that paint real-life characters facing real-life challenges. She writes with depth and humor. As an author, worship and prayer leader, it's Rachel's heart to spread the love and fragrance of God to those she meets. In person or on the page. His plans for each individual are vast and good. "I have one goal in life. To seek His face. Everything has come together for me because of seeking Him. Even in my weakness, He is strong. I'd like others to know the same success."
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband, a teacher and pastor, and their ornery pets.
Q: How did this collaboration come about?
RH: Really? God. Thomas Nelson approached Sara about a fiction project, then approached me about writing with/for her. My career was in a place of make-it or break-it, and I'd just prayed one of my "surrender prayers" to the Lord and was ready to go anywhere, do anything. Not having children, I am pretty much 100% available to pick up and go whenever and wherever. Knowing the Lord would take my husband and current writing and worship commitments into account, I was ready to go! It was very freeing to say, "God, I have nothing. What do you want to do? I'm 100% available. You're so good, whatever it is You want for me, I'll love it."
I've loved this journey writing with Sara. I struggled in some of my weaknesses from time to time, but this was one of the easiest books I've ever written even though I'd never written women's fiction. Never written flashbacks. Never written a continuing character series.
Q: What was Sara's part of the process?
RH: She cast the vision. We sat down and talked about what she wanted in the book, what kind of story she wanted to tell, and hashed out an overview. I went home and added the details and did the writing. If I was unsure about something, I'd email her and ask for her input. For example, we ended up dealing with a controversial social issue in this book and I wanted to know she was ready to assign her name to it.
Q. What do you want readers to take away from this story?
RH: God is good. There is always hope and redemption. While our past can impact our present, we don't have to carry the burden of pain and sin into the future. God truly does work all things together for our good.
Q. What's next for you and Sara?
RH: The second book, Softly and Tenderly, is written and releases January 2011. We are collaborating on two more books to be released January 2012 and 2013. They will be a continuation of the series. Book two is really exciting. Hit's the ground running.
Q. As an author, how did this book impact you and your work?
RH: I learned a lot about myself. Going back to the original prayer of surrender, I had to see that when God brought something to me to do it might not center around me! Maybe He wanted me to use my gifts and talents for others. At the same time, what amazing grace and peace He gave me.
My writing had to take on a different flavor and tone. I learned to write about two women instead of a romance with a hero and heroine. I had to develop back story that worked on stage instead of through dialog. This project forced me to work on a much deeper emotional level. I was exhausted when it was done. But I loved the process.
Q. Who is your favorite character?
RH: Well, Jade, the protagonist, of course. But her sister Willow really captured me. We had to back her up a bit or she'd steal the show! I also really had an affection for the character Dustin.
Q. What's next for you? Any solo projects.
RH: Yes! I have a late 2010 release from Thomas Nelson, Dining With Joy, about a cooking show host who can't cook.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
We've been waiting for a LONG time, but it's finally time for the Heavenly Daze Cruise! A group of the Heavenly Dazers (and friends) and some readers of this blog are leaving tomorrow, Thursday, for a four-day cruise to Mexico! There will be 20 of us, and we plan to have a blast.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I knew I shouldn’t do it. After all, I realize that I have a touch of OCD blended into my personality; once I latch onto an obsession, it’s hard to let go. (It's how I get so many books written!)
But in a burst of autumnal energy I’d painted the dining room . . . and the foyer . . . and my master bathroom. And since I was thinking real estate and wondering if a new house lay in my future, the purchase seemed innocent enough.
And think of all the time it would save! Instead of running to the Depot or to Lowes every time I wanted to examine a color in the light of a window or next to a piece of furniture, I could simply whip out my purchase and avoid a trip.
So I did it. Looked them up online, found several, found one on sale at Benjamin Moore. The sale is what did me in—not only did I buy one, but two.
They arrived the next week, sweetly packaged in a little cardboard box. Two fan decks—paint chips, organized by color family and tone, coordinated and named and numbered.
The second fan deck actually has interior colors on one side and exterior colors on the other. All matched with accent colors and trim colors. Ahhh.
There's such a psychology to color--red makes people want to eat (bad for dieters in dining rooms), yellow makes people want to spend money, blue is calming, green is soothing. Hmm. Maybe I should have a green kitchen and a blue office.
So lately I’ve been walking around the house, fan deck in hand, pondering the difference between Robin’s Nest and Quartz Stone. One is just a shade bluer than the other, a difference nearly indiscernible with the naked eye, but I’ve stared at enough paint chips to see the difference now. I see beautifully painted bedrooms in magazines, then I whip out the fan deck to identify the color in the photo. I see ads that combine fonts and colors in a pleasing display, and then I’m frantically trying to identify each color by name and number: Eucalyptus. Peacock Feathers. Sea Isle.
I have discovered that dog Babe is Straw Hat, and Charley is Almond Bisque. My desk is Great Barrington Green, a color I have been trying to identify for seven years.
So for the next several weeks, at least, I'll be looking at the world through narrowed eyes, trying to figure out if the color of that rose is potpourri or milano red.
Wonder if they make these things in a more portable size?
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
If you read and enjoyed my Fairlawn books, I have just discovered a movie you might like. It's a Japanese film called DEPARTURES, and I found it utterly charming. And the music--wow! I had to order the soundtrack at Amazon.com.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Whew. I just finished my latest collaborative project and sent it off to the editor. Always feels good to know I can clear the desk for a while . . . or at least until the revisions come in. :-)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Friday, January 15, 2010
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The other day I was sitting at my desk wrapped in my robe, flannel pajamas, wool socks, and big stuffed whale slippers (they were a gift). And I looked out the window and realized that though my plants were frost-bitten and drooping, the sun was shining and it looked like a lovely day.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
A couple of days ago, I downloaded the latest version of Google Earth to my computer. I was amazed to see how much it had changed--many, many more camera shots.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
. . . this is why we don't live up north. Nuff said? :-)
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Here's your chance to be wished a happy new year and take a trip back to the 80's all in one clip! Enjoy ABBA!
And, BTW, SHERRY--I'm still waiting to send you the Bible you won. Please contact me through my website's contact page and I'll get it right out to you.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Good morning! Ready to get back to the real world? I am. Holidays are too exhausting!
ABOUT THE BOOK
ISBN-10: 0373875754 Publisher: Steeple Hill (January 1, 2010)
U.S. Air Force pararescue jumper Vince Reardon was headed to a lifesaving mission. Until a too-pretty lawyer crashed her fancy car into his motorcycle—sidelinin
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born Valentine’s Day on a naval base, Cheryl Wyatt writes military and rescue romance. Her Steeple Hill debuts earned RT Top Picks plus #1 and #4 on eHarlequin's Top 10 Most-Blogged-
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Have a great back-to-work day!
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Sherry at 7:56 p.m. is the winner of the much-underlined Bible, so Sherry, if you'll send me your mailing address, I'll drop it in the mail to you. I don't know how many margin notes you'll find, but I hope you find some interesting! :-)
Friday, January 01, 2010