Sunday, January 31, 2010

At Home With Christian Fiction

Thursday, January 28, 2010

When Grandma Goes to Court

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It's only January-lots of winter to go

This about says it all--

Next up? February. A month famous for it's warm, sunny weather.........

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Top Ten Lists--I'm on it

My book for Heartsong Presents
Clueless Cowboy
Made a couple of the top ten lists
Here are the complete lists.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I'm on Margaret Daley's blog all week

Margaret is interviewing Belle Tanner...my tough-as-nails heroine from
The Husband Tree
Check out what Belle has to say. Click Here

CHANCE TO WIN---The Husband Tree

Check it out and leave a comment
to get your name in the drawing for
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A book club featured Cowboy Christmas

Here's a blog about it.
They make me sound so wonderful.
I feel almost compelled to go clear that up, but oh, why not leave it there.
Remember ladies, I write FICTION for a living.
I can be anyone I can make up.
Deborah's Reading Window

Monday, January 18, 2010

Master's Hand Candles


There is a little candle shop not far from where I live.

Just a woman, Suzie, with a candle recipe that is so fantastic and it keeps growing and growing.

Master's Hand Candles.

She keeps adding scents too. My current favorite is Cinnamon Candy. But I just bought one called Treasure of Tuscany. It's fantastic. How does she come up with this stuff?

And in the fall I can't get enough of her Harvest, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, etc. aromas. Then she's got great Christmas stuff. The Gift of the Magi, Jingle Bells, Grandma's Christmas. Then comes spring...wow do I need something right now that makes me believe SPRING WILL COME. (refer here to the snow drift pictures from last week)

And of course there are Valentine scents. Sigh
Besides the candles there's a florist shop, and someone has a booth in her store that sells baking mixes and there's a CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
I AM NOT KIDDING!
I made that last line big because the truth is so big, so huge, so delicious!
C'mon! Admit it...a Chocolate Factory is too cool to be true!
But I've had some of that candy. The Turtles are to die for.
It's a wonder I don't pitch a tend in Suzie's parking lot!
But it's the candles
sigh again
the world makes sense when I'm burning my Cinnamon Candy candle.
That's a lot to ask of a candle, but they're up to the job.

I just love it that Suzie, from Master's Hand Candles has taken her talent, added hard work, and created a business out of it.
That is what makes American great.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I'm on a blog...because of a book club

I had such a fun time visiting
The Chik Lit Book Club
by phone.
They picked
Cowboy Christmas
for their December book.
Then they set up the time ... during their meeting ... and called me.
Here's a blog that tells just a bit about the talk. It was so fun to 'be there' in California.
Lucie's Book Review Blog

Saturday, January 16, 2010

There can't be MORE titles!!! Oh yes there can.

They May Put Me In Prison, But They Can't Stop My Face From Breakin' Out
Tight Fittin' Jeans
Touch Me With More Than Your Hands
Trainwreck Of Emotion
Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother (By Jerry Jeff Walker)
Velcro Arms, Teflon Heart
What Made Milwaukee Famous Has Made A Loser Out Of Me
When You Leave Walk Out Backwards, So I'll Think You're Walking In
Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?
Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out When I'm Dead And Gone?
Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
Why Did You Leave The One You Left Me For?
Why Do You Believe Me When I Tell You That I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?
Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw? (By Jimmy Buffett On "All The Great Hits")
Would Jesus Wear A Rolex On His Television Show?
Yard Sale
You Can Lock Me Up In Jail & Throw Away The Key, But You Can't Keep My Face From Breaking Out (By Randy Scruggs)
You Can't Have Your Kate And Edith Too
You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd
You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat
You Stuck My Heart In An Old Tin Can And Shot It Off A Log
You Were Only A Splinter As I Slid Down The Banister Of Life
You're A Cross I Can't Bear
You're The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly
Your Negligee Has Turned To Flannel Nightgowns
You're A Hangnail On My Heart And I'm Gonna Cut You Off
You're A Hard Dog To Keep Under The Porch
You're Going To Ruin My Bad Reputation
You're Out Of Step (With The Beat Of My Heart)
You're The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly
You've Already Put Big Old Tears In My Eyes, Must You Throw Dirt In My Face?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My 1st birthday of being a Grandma--uh....Big Day for Elle, too

Elle discovering the glory of BIRTHDAY CAKE
Here is Elle playing with her wrapping paper and ignoring her presents.


Here is Elle getting a fraction of the attention she deserves...poor neglected baby.



Here is Elle with a costume on that makes a wild effort to ensure Elle is clearly identified as the guest of honor...just in case anyone forgot.
Can you read the pink ink?
ELLE IS ONE YEAR OLD

AND CUTER THAN EVER
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

GRAND CANYON--THE HARD WAY

TODAY'S MY DAY ON
PETTICOATS AND PISTOLS
I'M TALKING ABOUT GOING DOWN INTO THE GRAND CANYON

I have a calf in my basement

I have a calf in my basement.
I think my car must have given birth.
There's no other explanation.
Straw coating.
A scarecrow calf.
She didn't like it outside when it was 25 below, the big BABY.
Oh, wait, she IS a big baby. Poor little girl. She's doing fine.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I used to live in that house

I drove up the hill to the house I used to live in....1/4 of a mile up the road...so you get a vision of how wild and crazy my life changed due to that move.
Can you see it back in there? We've lived in this neighborhood for 33 years now. And this is the WORST snow drift ever.
Look how high it is on the left side of my car.
And look on up the road...yes it's a road...on up the hill...no one takes the road in the winter.
It's one of those Lessons Learned from the Donner Party situations.
Can someone please call the Global Warming Police and ask what we can do to speed up the warming process.

Monday, January 11, 2010

This is my home-plus snow

There are rumors of the temperature getting above freezing this week. One day of 32 degrees and this will all vanish, right? Right? HELLO? HELLO?
TAP TAP TAP
IS THIS THING ON????

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Nebraska Winter Poem

It's winter in Nebraska
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.

Oh, how I love Nebraska
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave Nebraska
I'm frozen to the ground!

Author Unknown

Friday, January 08, 2010

Thomas Nelson Publishing-Today on Seekerville

Allen Arnold, Senior Vice President of Fiction for Thomas Nelson Publishing
Is our guest today on
Seekerville.
He's planning to come by and answer questions.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

BLUE RIBBON JUNKIES


Cowboy Christmas
was named a
Romance Junkies
Blue Ribbon Favorite for 2009.
Read the review

This made me laugh

I'm not real thrilled with air travel.
A little bit scared.
A lot fretful that I'll mess up and somehow miss my plane or end up in the Yukon. Not that there's anything WRONG with the Yukon, but it's pretty upsetting when you're heading for Dallas and need to be there TODAY.
So I just read this in a piece about air travel written by Jonah Goldberg:

Air travel is the most expensive unpleasant experience in everyday life outside the realm of words ending in -oscopy.

Read the rest of it
here.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

GINGHAM MOUNTAIN IN HARDCOVER



Gingham Mountain
is coming out in large print, hard cover.
That's been up on Amazon for a while and I've mentioned it here before.
But Thorndike often chooses new cover art.
No idea why.
Maybe there are copyright issues.
Here's the cover.
The large print is expensive so don't buy it...unless you're hard of seeing.
Or need a gift for someone who is.
But maybe encourage your local library to get a copy.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Review of The Husband Tree

A Curious Reader
gave
The Husband Tree
A great review.
Read it

Monday, January 04, 2010

Trish Perry's blog today-and a chance to win

I'm being interviewed by
Trish Perry
Leave a comment to get your name in a drawing for a signed copy of
The Husband Tree

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Drawing at SEEKERVILLE for a signed copy of
The Husband Tree
I'd been writing a long time before I got my first book published. I knew ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about writing when I started, except what I knew from reading.
I just had a story I wanted to tell.
I really think I learned every single bit of the craft
as slowly and painfully as possible.
So, when I entered my first contest, a lot of the contest comments were in a foreign language to me.
Read More HERE

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Here we go again-Song Titles

It Only Takes One Bar (To Make A Prison)
It Takes Me All Night Long To Do What I Used To Do All Night Long
It's Not The High Cost Of Living, It's The Cost Of Living High
I've Got $5 And It's Saturday Night
I've Got The Cob, If You've Got The Corn
Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
Lay Something On My Bed Besides A Blanket
Make Me Late For Work Today
Mama Get The Hammer (There's A Fly On Baby's Head)
Mommy, Can I Still Call Him Daddy?
My Every Day Silver Is Plastic
My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don't Love Jesus
My John Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking My Heart
My Phone Ain't Been Ringing, So I Guess It Wasn't You
My Red Neck, My White Socks, And My Blue Ribbon Beer
My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss Him
Nashville Rash
Occasional Wife
Our Love Is Illegal, Cause Our Names Ain't The Same
Overlonely And Underkissed
Pardon Me, I've Got Someone To Kill
Phantom Of The Opry
Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Please Bypass This Heart.
Poultry Promenade
Queen Of My Doublewide Trailer
Redneck Martians Stole My Baby
Refried Dreams
She Feels Like A New Man Tonight
She Got The Gold Mine And I Got The Shaft
She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger
She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
She Walked Across My Heart Like It Was Texas
She's Actin' Single... I'm Drinkin' Doubles
She's Got Freckles On Her, But She's Pretty
She's Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues)
Thank God And Greyhound She's Gone
Thanks To The Cathouse, I'm In The Doghouse With You
The Bridge Washed Out And I Can't Swim And My Baby's On The Other Side
The Last Word In 'Lonesome' Is 'Me'
The Man That Came Between Us (Was Me)
The Pint Of No Return
There Ain't Enough Room In My Fruit Of The Looms To Hold All My Lovin' For You
There's A Tear In My Beer

Giveaway of Sharpshooter in Petticoats

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Revisions~Action

I'm talking about making revisions in my writing....as it pertains to action scenes.
Today on Seekerville.
There is a chance for a REWARD if you stop by.
Over there.
Not here.
No reward here.
Except of course the reward of knowing you're doing the right thing.
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