Friday, March 30, 2007

Oh, happy day!

Finally, the day I’ve been dreaming of since I was a teenager (and that’s a looong time ago) has arrived! I have accepted a two-book contract from Tyndale House Publishers for my women’s fiction. The first book will release in February 2008 and the second in the fall of 2008.

I’d tell you more, but it’s hard to reach the keyboard floating so far above the floor.

Friday, March 23, 2007

I picked peach -- What about you?

Don't spoil it . . . just do it, pick a fruit. Which fruit will you pick if you were handed these:

1. Orange

2. Apple

3. Banana

4. Coconut

5. Pineapple

6. Papaya

7. Mango

8. Cherry

9. Black Grapes

10. Peach

11. Custard Apple

12. Pear

What is your pick??? (Pick before you scroll down... do not CHEAT!!!)







ORANGE - If orange is your favorite fruit, it speaks of a person who has enduring patience and willpower. You like to do things slowly, but very thoroughly and are completely undaunted by hard work. You tend to be shy, but are reli able and trustworthy friend. You have an aesthetic bent of mind. You select your partner with care and you love with all your heart, and not in for just a fling. You avoid conflict at all costs.

APPLE - If apple is your favorite fruit, you are an extravagant, impulsive and outspoken person, often with a bit of a temper. While you may not be the best organizer yourself, you make a good team leader and are good at taking things forward. You can take quick action in most situations. You enjoy travel immensely. You ooze with charm when you are with your partner. You have an enthusiasm for life, unmatched by most.

BANANA - You are a softy! Loving, gentle, warm and sympathetic by nature is the banana lover. You often lack in self-confidence and are quite timid by nature. People often take advantage of your sweet temperedness, and sheer vulnerability to a situation. You adore your partner in every which way, both for their mental and physical beauty! Because of the wa y you are, your relationship is always very much in harmony!

COCONUT - The coconut lover is a serious, very thoughtful and contemplative person. Though you enjoy socializing, you are particular about the company you keep. You tend to be stubborn but not necessarily foolhardy. Shrewd, quick-witted and alert, you ensure that you are right on top of any given scenario, especially at work. You need a partner with brains, and while
passion is important it certainly isn't everything for you.

PINEAPPLE - You are quick to decide and even quicker to act. You are brave in making career changes, if that is what is to your advantage. You have exceptional organizing abilities and are undaunted by the size of the task at hand. You tend to be self reliant, sincere and honest in your dealings with others. Though you are not given to making friends very quickly, but once you do, it is for life. Your partner is often impressed with your sterling qualities but disappointed in your ability to show affection.

PAPAYA - You are truly fearless and take much that happens in life in your stride. You give considerable thought to things you do. You have a sense of humor that, along with your generous nature, keeps you in most people's good books. You are a go-getter in your professional life, and have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. You enjoy meeting new people and seeing new sights whenever you can. Your sense of humor is what attracts members of the opposite sex to you more than anything else. It is simply charming!
MANGO - A mango lover is a personality to reckon with; quite often, you are a person who has quite fixed ideas, and influencing you is not an easy task. You tend to be an extremist with strong likes and dislikes, and at times even like to control a situation. You enjoy getting involved in something that presents mental challenge. Strong as you may be, you are like a kitten when you are with your partner. You accommodate the love of your life, and make up for all the strong will elsewhere!

CHERRY - If cherry is your favorite fruit, life isn't always as sweet for you. You often face ups and downs, particularly professionally, and find that you make small sums of $$$, instead of a lump sum. You have a fertile imagination and are often involved in creative pursuits. You are a very sincere and loyal partner, but find that expressing your feelings is not very easy. Your home is your haven, and you love nothing more than being surrounded by close family and your beloved partner.

BLACK GRAPES - You are a polite person in general, but do have quick flare-ups of temper that cool down just as quickly. You enjoy beauty in all forms, including beautiful people. You are very popular because of your warm, gregarious nature. You have a zest for life; you enjoy everything you do, right from the way you dress, to your style and day-to-day life. Your partner must share your zeal and zing for life to enjoy all you have to offer!

PEACH - Like a peach, you enjoy the juice of life and all its lush ripeness! You are the friendly sort, and are quite frank and outspoken, which adds to your charm. You are quick to forgive and forget; and value your friendships highly. You have an independent and ambitious streak in you that make you a real go-getter. You are the ideal lover, fiery and passionate but sincere and faithful in love. You don't, however, like to display all that passion in public.

CUSTARD APPLE - You are a modest and conservative person who can be quite sensitive at times. You tend to be thoughtful and contemplative, and therefore are rarely rash in doing things. You are quite ambitious and are good at anything that requires much detailing or working with numbers. You are quick at finding fault with others. While looking for a partner, you value a person's inte! llect fa r above their looks or good old passion. You are quite shy and not very com fortable demonstrating affection.

PEAR - If you put your mind to something you can do it successfully, but by and large you tend to be fickle and have trouble completing a task with the enthusiasm you started it with. You need to know the results of your efforts almost immediately. You enjoy mental stimulation and love to get into a good discussion! You tend to be a restless and high-strung person, and are easily excited. Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect! It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Read this book

Deb Raney’s Remember to Forget takes readers on a journey from desperation to hope. The vehicle used to transport both reader and main character, Maggie/Meg, is the warmth of a small town in Kansas. Raney skillfully weaves Maggie’s life story throughout the plot in a natural, pleasing way. Her characters and setting are welcoming and wonderful—it makes you wish you could go to Wren’s Nest for some pie and coffee.

Friday, March 02, 2007

A Few Days in a Castle

Have you ever slept in a castle? I did. It was wonderful. I spent a few days in Colorado Springs at an amazing 19th century castle called Glen Eyrie.

The reason for my stay was to attend a writers conference hosted by Angela Hunt, Nancy Rue, Alton Gansky and Kathy Mackel. Being surrounded by writers for five days is a dream come true for any author. The instruction and encouragement was food for my soul. Of course the best part of a writers conference is reuniting with old friends and making new ones.

To the instructors and friends I was with, thanks for the memories!