As of today, I officially have a new website hosting my blog. Here’s the new address:
I can’t wait for you to see it!
As of today, I officially have a new website hosting my blog. Here’s the new address:
I can’t wait for you to see it!
If you are in the Dallas area Saturday March 21st, please come by the Christian Book Expo at the Convention Center! I’ll be giving away free autographed copies of Miss Match and I’d LOVE to meet you!
I’ll be signing at the Christian Writers Guild booth. As soon as I know times, etc, I’ll post them for you.
I can’t wait to meet you!
Congratulations to Shannon C.! You just won a free autographed copy of Miss Match! YAY!!
For everyone else who entered, thank you so much! I’ll be giving away the whole Lauren Holbrook series for the two-year anniversary of Miss Match’s release on April 15! Be sure to try again for this contest by sending me an email with the subject line “Series Giveaway!”
Congrats again Shannon!
There is only three days left in my contest! Be sure to enter for an autographed copy of Miss Match by sending me an email with “Contest” in the subject line. My email is email@example.com.
Also, you can get autographed books anytime by ordering off my website! It’s cheaper than buying retail and it’s also personally autographed to you! 🙂
Kody apparently heard me and Jon discussing our summer traveling plans because I’ve found him playing with two different duffel bags that he pulled out from under the bed. Someone is ready to go see our relatives!
I cannot wait to introduce you to Maya! Keep checking my wesbite, I’ll post a preview to her story soon!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend! Mine was awesome – we drove up to Colorado Springs and spent the weekend with some very sweet friends of ours. The boys went snowboarding, the girls went shopping ($3 shirts! Yay!) and we ate lots and lots of AMAZING desserts. Pretty much it was one of the best weekends ever. 🙂
So, being used to having a dessert every night over the weekend, I had to come home and make a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies. You can’t have chocolate every night and not get somewhat addicted to that warm fuzzy feeling deep in your heart. How’s that saying go? A cookie a day keeps depression away? Something like that…
Jon and I have been reading through 1 Corinthians before we turn the light out at night and I was struck by something in chapter 3. It says: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”
Think about that! You are so precious to God that if anyone messes with you, God will destroy them. On the flip side, though, if you mess with yourself you’re in trouble. Earlier in the chapter, he talks about there being jealousy and strife among them. (I have never used the word “strife” in a sentence, but that will now be my goal for today). It’s a good reminder to pay attention to what we’re doing with ourselves – especially that time of the month when PMS is raging (don’t you HATE that?!).
Yesterday, Kody bit the tail off of Mr. Dinosaur sending the happy little green guy to the big Jurassic Park in the sky. Which left his toy count at two – one rawhide bone and a plastic newspaper thing. A little less than the twenty he started out with. We’ve sent chickens to the big Chicken Coop in the sky, hedgehogs to the big Forest in the sky, and bouncy balls to the big Tennis Court in the sky. So, I realized that if we didn’t give him something to work those little almost-adult teeth on, he was going to tear apart my house. And yes, he ripped two towels in his crate to shreds before I realized this. I’m not the brightest sometimes.
So, after Jon got home, we loaded our little monster into the car and drove him to Petsmart, where he slipped and slid across the tile floor trying to meet all the cute girls in the place (I’m dead serious. Kody loves girls!). We found the toy aisle and he proceeded to sit there staring at us while we tried to ask him what toys he wanted. So frustrating. I think he was showing off for this really cute little ten year-old girl. Sort of like, “Toys? I am so much more mature than toys now. Sheesh.”
Once we got back in the house with his two new toys, though, he couldn’t put them down. He’s been playing with them ever since. Dorky dog.
He’s actually a very good dog, despite the hard time I give him. He has yet to chew anything important in the house (the towels were his), and he’s very good about asking to go outside. He plays by himself very nicely while I’m writing. The only issue we’ve had is digging, and that’s only on occasion.
I’m putting up a few pics of the weekend. What did you do with the AMAZING three-day weekend? 🙂
Kody’s Happy Face
The Girls in Colorado Springs
The Whole Gang (minus Brian’s fiance Becca)
My attempts at photography. These are the flowers Jon gave me. 🙂
I’m sorry guys! I forgot to put the date for the release of Cool Beans – it’s April 2010. So, not this April, but the next. I’m sorry!
Hope you are all having an amazing Monday! I have an update on the Maya Davis series. Because of some financial issues due to the economy, Cool Beans will actually be releasing in April instead of this fall. But, that’s the perfect time for some summer reading, because Book 2 in that series (currently untitled) will release right afterward in July!
I hope you all enjoy this upcoming series! I’m very excited about it!
In the meantime, I’m going to be working on a new series idea about a group of newlyweds. I’ll keep you all posted on that!
Things have been a little hectic here – and on top of that, Jon got sick and now I’m sniffling. 😦 Not fun! But in the midst of swabbing with Zicam and popping Sudafed (yuck, yuck, yuck), we’re doing pretty good! Kody is growing like a marshmallow in the microwave and starting to get way more vocal. Only he doesn’t bark very often, it’s more like a groaning/howling/whining sound. Very odd.
Also….drumroll please…I’m starting a new contest! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Contest” as the subject title and you’ll get the chance to win a signed copy of Miss Match! I’ll draw the winner on March 1st.
Be sure to check out my website – for a limited time, you can order an Autographed Copy of any book in the Lauren Holbrook series. Prices and such are listed on my website. 🙂
Today is kind of a cloudy, gray, dryer lint day and I wouldn’t mind it so much if there was even the vaguest chance we would get snow. But, it’s too warm and so this is like the weather is mocking us. To all of you in the midst of snowstorms, go out there and make a snowman for me please! 🙂
Have a wonderful week!
I just started a new women’s only Bible study at church. I’ve never done a corporate women’s Bible study, but this one has the works: small groups, homework, memorization…
And…I’m loving it!
Granted, we’re on week one, but so far this has followed that trend of me always always studying something that exactly pertains to what I’m going through at the time.
Think it might have to do with God knowing exactly what we need to hear? 🙂
I tend to be a pretty organized person most of the time. My comptuer desktop is ridiculous – I’ve got folders, subfolders, sub-subfolders… Stuff like: “Fiction” “Fiction I Started And Didn’t Like” “Fiction I Might Finish” “Fiction That Will Never Get Published.” And that’s not even going into all the different genres categorized in there! Needless to say, it’s sad. It’s a part of me that I find a little weird, honestly, considering that I tend to be waaaay unorganized in my thought processes.
Without going into a bunch of details, if I were going to try to organize my life right now, I think I’d have problems labeling all the folders. There’s been a bunch of stuff I’d just categorize as “Unknowns” in these past few weeks. Here’s what I’m noticing about myself – I really, really, really don’t like Unknowns. I know I’ve talked about this before, and how it’s probably because we live in a society of microwaves and three-minute heating pads and pay-as-you-go cell plans, but I still don’t like it. I’m pretty certain I never will.
Enter the women’s Bible study.
Here’s a verse that stuck out to me in this study we’re doing in 2 Peter: “Do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day as is a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you.”
I know this is usually used to talk about a whole myriad of things: death, salvation, creation, end times, etc. But here’s what struck me:
Whatever I’m going through – good times, bad times, weird times, boring times, times that never seem to just resolve, whatever it is, it’s happening TODAY.
But to God, today is only the tiniest little blip on the screen.
Doesn’t sound very comforting? It is! Even though I’m totally consumed in what’s going on today, God already knows the ending. He knew the beginning, He knows the conflict in the middle and He knows exactly how the resolution will work out for His glory.
We like to say that God is writing our story, but don’t forget that implies an Authorship – He’s got everything planned out for this book already.
If you need to read the end, flip to 2 Peter 3:18. There is our mission. And there is our hope. Especially when a lot around us falls into the “Unknown” box.
Love you all,
I’ve discovered something about myself that I am not super proud of – I’m a time waster. Sometimes I do it on purpose, sometimes I don’t mean to, sometimes I don’t even realize it, but I’ve knowingly and unknowingly honed this skill until I consider myself one of the best in the field.
This is not a thing to be proud of.
Whether it’s the TV (I have a weakness for the style shows and the Food Network), a good book (I’ve been so wrapped up in a book that I didn’t even notice I’d missed lunch), or Facebook (ah, the international time-waster), I have perfected the art of not doing what I need to be doing.
Everyone can always tell when I’m on a deadline and having trouble writing. My house is spotless (not anymore, with my insane puppy pulling every toy he owns out of the toy basket), there’s usually some kind of dessert or something I baked on the counter (blueberry muffins this time), and my workout routine becomes very consistent.
But, as I have been reminded lately, this isn’t a good thing. And, if I’m reading my Bible correctly, it’s actually a very bad thing. In Ephesians we’re warned to make “the most of every opportunity.” I can tell you right now, I do not make the most of every opportunity. These days, those opportunities have become when my still-not-housebroken puppy isn’t wandering the house and I’m able to sit and work on a story for a while. However, I often miss out on those opportunities to waste time catching up on who was the best dressed at the Golden Globes instead.
As I’ve said before, and if you’re a writer you know this, the hardest part of writing isn’t the writing. It’s the ability to sit down, turn off the world around you and focus. My 15-month-old nephew is the master of focusing. I’ve never seen someone so enthralled with a piece of tape – it entertained him for about thirty minutes.
So, this is my new goal: Don’t miss another one of the opportunities God gives me, whether they are opportunities to write, opportunities to read His word or opportunities to share that word. And right now, with Kody finally asleep, is my chance to write.
What are you taking or not taking advantage of?
Have a fantastic week!
I once heard someone say they didn’t believe in writer’s block. I guess that’s good, considering I know Someone else to put your faith in. But if we’re talking about the existence of writer’s block, I’m not sure I agree with them. I think their point was writer’s block is too often used as an excuse to not make deadlines.
Maybe there is a better title for it. Writer’s Distraction. Writer’s Laziness. Writer’s Too Busy Staring At The Gorgeous Sunny Day Outside.
As someone suffering from the last one, I have to admit – it’s hard pulling my eyes from the baby blue skies back to my mind-numbing computer. Honestly, I think I’ve discovered the reason I’m so fair-skinned. The wattage glowing from this computer screen doesn’t do much in the way of tans.
Right now, I’m attempting to write as much as I can on a new proposal and on the second book in the Maya series while Kody – curious little rascal – is sleeping on my ankle and not wandering the house trying to find something else he can play with. However, instead of getting anything done, I’m completely zoning out just like the little guy.
In the past, I’ve been able to avoid writer’s block by making some kind of dessert or eating something made by a little company called Hershey and washing it all down with a huge cup of coffee. Four cookies later, though, and this particular method isn’t working. Maybe I’ve built up my immunity to chocolate?
Actually, I think it’s because anytime I’m sitting for more than twenty minutes at a time now, I start nodding off. Poor Jon – last night we watched a movie he had been wanting to show me. Make that he watched a movie. I promptly fell asleep on his shoulder. I couldn’t help it! The lights were off, we were cuddling under a blanket and our couch is one of those awesome sqooshy ones.
I think I way under-estimated how much energy a puppy takes. And he’s just one little puppy! My hat is off to women balancing kids and dogs.
So, to those of you struggling with writer’s block, I feel your pain. And I’m making a cup of coffee in your honor. And on top of that, I think I’ll set the laptop down for a few minutes and spend some time with the One who invented creativity.
Have a fantastic afternoon, everyone!