Thursday, December 20, 2007
------------------------Donald James Parker--------------------------
I got a very nice review from Donald James Parker on The Christian Pulse today. And there will be a drawing for anyone who leaves a comment for an autographed copy of Petticoat Ranch. The title of this blog post is a link to the review so just click and go check it out. There's a lot more on The Christian Pulse. A very interesting site.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
............................A Passion Most Pure........................
Read a great review of the soon-to-be released A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman. I think this will be the most fun book you've ever read.
No, I haven't read it yet but the review on this site (click on the title of this blog to read it) will pique your interest, just as it did mine.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Fair is fair. The one the title is linked to is my daughters. This is another one with me, Ivan and my two son in laws, who are even now escaping from the family and taking my daughters with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I am also guest blogging on Jennifer Yate's blog http://jennifersrandommusings.wordpress.com/
I'll be on (because I wrote for so insanely long Jennifer had to break it up) Monday, Dec. 3rd, Tuesday Dec. 4th, and Wednesday, Dec. 5th. So keep checking back.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I've known about this for a while but now Barbour has sent out a press release about it and it's popping up different places.
I've signed an exclusive contract with Barbour to write nine books for them through 2011.
With other contracts I've already signed with them that makes 18 books.
I'm writing as fast as I can. I promise.
!!!!!!!!!!!!Praise the Lord and Thank You Barbour!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
I'm the Blogger of the Day on the Seekerville blog. Click the title above
"A Declaration of...Dependence"
And go to Seekerville a blog dedicated to writer's contests. Today I talk not about being an entrant, but about being a mean old JUDGE!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Julie Lessman is one of my Seeker buddys. I actually got to have a three hours breakfast with her when her life brought her to Omaha a week ago. She's posting today on The Seekers Blog. Her first book, A Passion Most Pure is coming January First. Buy it on Amazon now.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This picture was taken at the ACFW Conference in Dallas in September
L - R back row. Sue Duffy, my agent Les Stobbe, Beverly Varnado and me, Mary Connealy
Terri Gillespie in front. She sent me this pictures. Thanks Terri.
Also check out what's going on in Seekerville.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Well, I won The Noble Theme contest and also placed third. I got a lot of requests at the conference to send in my book. I also got a really simple request from Cathy Marie Hake an author I didn’t know. She asked me to send her my first three chapters. She just wanted to see how I wrote.
I also had an agent looking at my work before this conference. He hadn’t offered to represent me, but he had expressed interest. When I emailed him to tell him I’d won the contest and tell him I received about fifteen requests from agents and editors for maybe five different books, he offered me a contract, so I got an agent, which is almost as hard as getting a book sold.
Cathy Marie Hake also kept in touch. She said she thought I was ‘ready’. No editor had yet seen that light, but Cathy’s encouragement kept me hoping. Plus, by this time, I had about twelve books and I’d had so many rejections I had a hide like a rhino, so submitting work didn’t even faze me.
Okay, well maybe I crawled under my computer desk and sucked my thumb for a day or two every time I got one but other than that I was fine.
Just before the next year’s conference, Cathy Marie Hake told me she wanted to pitch my name to write a book as part of a three book series set in historical Alaska. I worked on a proposal and talked on the phone with Cathy a lot before the 2005 conference.
Every year at the conference the acquiring editor for Heartsong Presents gives a contract to an unpublished author. I was so hopeful! I knew there was a chance it could be me. The Heartsong editor said someone else’s name and there’s only one, so okay, I’ve been rejected before. I kind of expect it.
And then she said, “And this year we’re giving two contracts to first time authors. We’re offering a contract to Mary Connealy.” I get chills saying that! It was a wonderful, thrilling shocking moment. I had to go up and get the contract, in front of 350 other writers, all clapping. A great, great moment in my life.
And it happened as a direct result of contests…and ten years of hard work of course.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
So Karen is painting...this picture a woman with a book, I love it.
And I'm writing. And we're finding out a thousand things we need to catch up on.
Go to her blog, too, which you can find through her website in the title link above.
“There are but three fundamental colors---red, yellow, and blue.” Vincent van Gogh
"And if Vincent said it then it must be true!? So I go with it, but I go with it because I like it that way. Three primaries, with maybe a daub of violet, and a bit of green, that which some people would call a limited palette. For me, it’s all that’s needed to make a painting that feels fresh and alive. And that’s where I need to be at this space in my life.
I paint with acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas. Occasionally I do ‘color sketches’ on paper which sometimes end up at exhibit as matted paintings. I do not make reproductions of any of my paintings, so each one that you look at is a unique rendering of my point of view." --Karen Cooper
Monday, October 08, 2007
The Link in the title will take you to an article written by my brother Pastor Donald Moore. Don is an Evangelical Free pastor in Omaha., His article is about ways to fund medical care in America.
It's on www.helium.com. He's on the home page today, October 8. but I don't know how often they change the home page.
The picture of Don and me, is from my daughter Shelly's wedding...I cut the whole rest of my family out except Don and me. That was kind of mean. I'll include the rest of the gang another time.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
At the ACFW Booksigning in Dallas, Texas. I sat next to Colleen Coble who is a mega-successful author. It was fun to get to know her better.
I got my picture from Myra Johnson--a good friend--and if you click on the link above it'll take you to Myra's blog and she's written some wonderful, touching thoughts about her experience at the conference.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I had a wonderful time last week at the ACFW Conference in DAllas. I'm exhausted and overwhelmed and glad to be home. But I loved it.
The link above takes you to the ACFW website. This organization is the reason I finally figured out how to get a book published and I'm incredibly grateful to it.
Plus, just spending four days with 450 Christian Women Writers is just a beatufiul, fun experience.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
My Mother-in-law Marybelle had this picture out today. She's been going through some old stuff. So I asked if I could have it. The littlest girl in the picture is my friend Janell. The link in this blog's title will take you to her blog.
This is her family. I suppose they all have this picture already, but I thought they might get a kick out of it anyway.
Janell is one of two people on earth who can ask about my brothers and sisters--there are eight of us--and actually know what I'm talking about, who I'm talking about and care what I say. And I can do that with her. That's a different and precious kind of friendshaip when you have those roots with someone.
Anyway, looking at this picture made me smile and I thought I'd try and lure HER bloggers over to see it. Maybe it'll make them smile, too.
Written on the back of this photo is:
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Sushi for One?
by Camy Tang
Camy Tang's debut novel Sushi for One? is a hilareous, high energy, fast paced read.
I loved the sass and the frustration of poor harrassed Lex the OSFC (Oldest Single Female Cousin).
But what sets this book apart from lots of fun reads is the Asian flavor Camy brings to the story. It brings a touch of the exotic, takes you away to this best-of-both-worlds American-Asian family and brings the book to life in a way few authors I've read can do.
I had a great time with Sushi for One? I highly recommend it.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I am a columnist for the online magazine Afictionado, the ezine for ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers. I've been at it a year, doing my column every four months, split with the other ACFW Let There Be Lite columnists
Ruthy Logan Herne
This link will take you to April's column