July 14, 2011

First Contest Win!

Any day I'm still above the ground is a good day, but today is extra special.

My first contest win, and I couldn't have been more thrilled to work with such tremendous characters as those of To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer. Karen is a wonderful writer and if you haven't already enjoyed this historical romance in full, you're really missing out.

Many thanks to W.M. and T.H. who had the difficult task of critiquing this for me prior to submission (On account of Duncan's accent and Chloe's unique manner of speaking), and to Karen Witemeyer. First for the novel itself, and second for the wonderful contest.

CLICK HERE to read the Epilogue, and HERE to order this wonderful historical romance if you don't already have it.

July 10, 2011

Video Interview

While I am very traditional and prefer old fashioned things, like wooden pencils and real Christmas Trees, 
in honor of how much I'm loving digital books these days I'm posting clips in response to the most common questions I receive regarding CHASING THE LION.

What was the biggest myth regarding gladiators you uncovered in your research for the novel?


What was your inspiration for Chasing the Lion?


Is it a romance novel?


What do you hope readers take away from the novel?


July 4, 2011

The End

The CHASING THE LION manuscript became complete today, Independence Day 2011 at 6:31 p.m. Central Time at 110,457 words. It feels a lot like how I imagine becoming a mother must be like.
I've already texted and spoken with my friends and family, sharing my happy news and celebrating.
I'm so blessed that God allowed me to not only write this book, but to finish it on the day that I had made my goal. The road to publication is a long one, so the manuscript is still a ways from the shelves of the bookstore, but today was a huge milestone and I'm just so excited to have achieved my goals.

This is the closest I can get to baby pictures =)

Above is my cork board near the desk with my time lines, most important research notes, one liners I wanted to be sure to include, important scriptures, historical references and maps, and my visual age progression of my hero.

Yes, I write on the walls. It's just easier and I get to be a kid again.

I also became the proud owner of a Barnes & Noble nook E-Reader this week. (Thank you so much!) I still prefer my books to be... well... books, but I gotta tell ya, I'm not hating the nook =)
Change isn't always bad. Or what you thought it would be, or not be.

A dear friend asked me tonight what could the new prayer be for my book. (Thank you!) It's this... that I can polish it up to be the very best it can be and find the right agent who will steward it as well as I have tried to. So that God can use it in people's lives the way Redeeming Love was used in mine, and in a real and powerful way define God's truths while entertaining readers.

Now, to get to sleep at a descent hour for a change.
The joys of being a writer.
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