Thursday, December 5, 2013
Debby Giusti here!
While everyone seems to have swept away their fall leaves and replaced Thanksgiving decorations with hanging lights and evergreen garlands, I'm still holding onto November. The month flew by much too quickly and was filled with family and fun and wonderful events that warmed my heart. If you don't mind, I'd like to look back and remember some of the highlights...
I was both humbled and honored to be on the cover of the November issue of Fayette Woman
Magazine. Thank you, Joyce Beverly, for creating such a great magazine. Click here
to read about the photo shoot and how a wonderful photographer and a talented makeup artist can make a frumpy writer feel so special.
November 2, I headed to Birmingham, Alabama for the Southern Magic Readers' Luncheon. The event is always wonderful and this year was no exception.
|Debbie Kaufman (R standing) and I (L standing)|
hosted a table together.
November 11, hubby and I celebrated Veteran's Day by attending our grandchildren's school for a program to honor all those who had served in the Armed Forces. The children sang patriotic songs, and the veterans were recognized and thanked for their service. One of the teachers created a huge flag that hung on the wall in the library. Look closely and you'll see the stripes are made up of photos of each child in the school.
|The flag was amazing! Look closely to see the|
I was invited to talk about books and writing and Christian fiction to a church group in a neighboring town. The ladies were so warm and welcoming and made me feel right at home.
My eldest daughter and her family, plus my youngest daughter joined us for the Thanksgiving holiday. We played games with the little ones, took golf cart rides and ate lots of turkey.
The pumpkin goes into the garbage tomorrow, and I'll start decorating for Christmas. Thanks for allowing me to look back at November. I continue to give thanks for all of you.
Wishing you abundant blessings,
WILL PROTECT HER?
wants Stephanie Upton dead. A warning to leave town is just the
beginning. Fearing for her life, Stephanie turns to Special Agent Brody
Goodman for help and protection. But can she trust him when he’s
convinced her own brother is a prime suspect? Torn between her devotion
to two men—an estranged brother whose trust she yearns to regain
and an agent she may be falling for—Stephanie doesn’t know who
or what to believe. As feelings between her and Brody escalate, she’ll
have to choose sides to stay alive.
Labels: Debby Giusti, Love Inspired, November, The Soldier's Sister
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Christmas comes TWICE a year for Allie Pleiter!
"What?" you say. "Christmas comes twice a year????"
This year, for me, it does. I got an extra special early Christmas present - a new cover for my 2009 holiday novel, “Bluegrass Christmas”!
Seems the Kentucky Corners novel of a Christmas pageant gone horribly wrong (in the way only quirky Middleburg can create) will be available again to Love Inspired readers as a January release.
Here’s what the old cover looked like:
Here’s the new one:
The big change is that that Mac’s showman of a cockatoo, Curly, is missing from the store window. But it’s a lovely Christmas scene--especially how they captured the look of falling snow.
What do you think?
Labels: allie pleiter, Bluegrass Christmas, Christmas, Christmas book, new covers
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
D.R. the Happy Reindeer by Leann Harris
Last Saturday when my husband made a run to Walmart for different items, he came back with D.R.--Daniel the Reindeer. When I walked into the garage to help him with the bags, he'd turned off the engine and sat smiling at me. In the front seat next to him was DH. It was a sight that made me smile. I know the man is too comfortable at the store, since he's picking up items not on the list, but this was something I'm glad he got.
I'm celebrating this Christmas with a grateful heart. I have only 2 chemo sessions left to go then I'm done. And the prognosis is good. No lymphoma.
I'm waiting for the time I can leave the house again and go to church, critic, and lunch with friends. 2014 will be a great year. Also, in March, my next book will be out, A Ranch to Call Home.
My hero, Caleb Jensen, is a rodeo pick-up rider and the heroine is Major Brenda Kaye, whose career in the Army ended with a bomb exploding at the restaurant she was at. Going home she has to face the ghosts of the past and deal with that trauma she endured. Caleb is also facing his own crisis of confidence, but somehow these two touch each others hearts.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Hero Interview from Her Holiday Hero by Margaret Daley
How exciting to have Jake Tanner the hero from Her Holiday Hero a December, 2013 release from Love Inspired Romance.
1. Jake, tell me the most interesting thing about you. I played football in high school and took the team to state finals. Being on the football team helped me to learn to be a member of a group.
2. What do you do for fun? Lately not much. Since leaving the Army because of an injury, I've gone back to school to get my doctorate in psychology. I want to help veterans.
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it? Getting back into the mainstream of things. I don't like being in large groups.
4. What are you afraid of most in life? Not being able to overcome PTSD.
5. What is the most important thing to you? Helping fellow soldiers deal with returning from a war zone.
6. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book? Right now I'm reading for my doctorate program in psychology.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? That my men were never ambushed and slaughtered, that I could save them.
8. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? I have a service dog that Emma Langford trained and gave me. His name is Shep. He has been a wonderful companion and a big help easing my anxiety.
9. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? Back before the ambush and stop my men from being caught in the middle of it.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Back Home Again in (a Resilient) Indiana
Dana Corbit here. I'm writing today from a remote location in Kokomo, Indiana. My hometown. I had been planning to come home
this week to visit with family, but the city I drove into last night - the uprooted trees, the huge signs and poles twisted like wire hangers, the homes and businesses either with gaping holes or reduced to rubble - bore little resemblance to the hard-working, hope-filled city of my childhood memories. At least on the surface. You see, on Sunday, Nov. 17, when multiple tornadoes ravaged the Midwest - 23 in Indiana alone - two of those tornadoes tore a path of destruction through the center of this city. Still my city, even if I haven't lived here for the last 25 years.
It was so strange rolling down US 31, the main drag that bisects Kokomo from north to south. The car crept past police officers directing traffic because of power outages and past huge chippers and workers clearing away downed trees at the Chrysler Kokomo Transmission Plant. (I took the photo below while stopped in traffic, but the others are from my sister, who'd taken them earlier yesterday.)
When I turned off the bypass onto Lincoln Road, I drove past a heavily damaged American Legion Golf Course and then past several locations inextricably tied to the memories of my youth. The Maple Crest Shopping Center, which was once home to my favorite cruising spot by the old Hills Department Store, looked like a war zone. The UAW union hall where my friend had her wedding reception had been destroyed. Even the complex where my dad and stepmother still live sustained damage.
Yes, I feel a sense of loss, but mine is but a raindrop in a flood when compared to the devastation many Kokomo residents are facing. So many, including one family I know personally, have lost their homes, and most will face huge obstacles as they rebuild.
I tell you about these losses because I wanted to share the other side of this story. Even while they were digging out from beneath the rubble, residents were already giving thanks, that there has been no loss of life, for neighbors who are willing to help, for the ability to rebuild. Someone posted on Facebook last night giving thanks for the group of local youth who showed up together to help clear away debris at that same union hall. These people are resilient. They will rebuild...together.
Now this is the Kokomo I remember. It might not look the same. Truth be told, it didn't look like I remembered, even before Sunday. Twenty-five years is a long time. :) But I do recall this warmth. This faith in God. This hope for the future. Yes, you can go home again. And I'm happy I did.
This trip has been a reminder to me that as we look forward to Thanksgiving next week, we need to give thanks for all of our blessings, especially that we have enough to share with others. But more than to give thanks, we need to be Christ's hands on earth, whether digging out from a disaster like this one or helping others in our local communities in whatever way we can. The hymn we always sing at Thanksgiving, "Blessed Be the Tie That Binds," has been flowing through my thoughts all day, so I looked up the lyrics. The words from Verse 3, seem so fitting:
We share each other's woes,
our mutual burdens bear;
and for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.
Let us pray for the people of Kokomo and of the other communities affected by natural disasters.
Blessings to all!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Winner of Surprise Box of Christian books
The winner (by random number generator) of my contest for the Surprise Box of Christian books is:
Congratulations! (I've emailed you. Please email me if you don't get a response from me, because I might not have gotten your email.)
For the rest of you, cheer up! I had such a great response for my Surprise Box giveaway, I've decided to do another giveaway on my blog (http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/
)in the coming week! I figured, it's a nice prize for the holiday season. :)
Labels: Camy Tang, giveaway
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Firefighter's New Family - Sisters #2
Here it is again, time to talk about the excitment of things going on at Love Inspired. Hi from Gail Gaymer Martin at www.gailgaymermartin.com
I'm excited since my last two Sisters Series novels are being released close together for once. Readers of Her Valentine Hero
have been waiting a long time to hear more about the sisters and their lives. Book 1 was Neely's story and you met Ashley at that time. Her story is the next release, Sisters #2, The Firefighter's New Family
is a January release (in stores at the end of December) with the final book, Rescued By A Firefighter
, will be in stores at the end of March. If you enjoy excitement and romance, you'll love these novels.
A tornado may have left Ashley Kern injured beneath a
fallen tree, but it's her rescuer who plays havoc with her emotions. Firefighter
Devon Murphy is everything the single mom could wish for in a husband: handsome,
a doting father and ready to join his family to hers. But how can the pretty war
widow make a life once more with a man whose career is full of danger? Devon has
fought some pretty big battles in his life, but can he help Ashley conquer her
fears and show her the safest place of all is in his arms?
RT Review: 4 stars
: In, The Firefighter's New Family
, second book in the Sisters series, strong characters demonstrate how we
should not let fear prevent us from living the life God has planned. Martin is
inventive with her offbeat comparison of a family to a puzzle.
If you decide to preorder the novel, please send forward me the proof of your pre-order, and I will send you a PDF file of my fun, romantic short story, In The Market For Love
. Send the proof of purchase on the contact page of my website. It will provide the email address. You can get to the book order link by going to the books page at: http://bit.ly/1gPbKiO
Or you can read Chapter 1 Excerpt. Hope to hear from you.