February 28, 2009

WARNING: Under The Influence

Warning: Never try to write while under the influence of muscle relaxers.

I only say this because I threw my back out Thursday and was put on some super duper meds to relax my back and help me forget the pain. The doctor told me to stay home in bed for two days and so I thought (as I do when presented with time away from work) I would get some writing accomplished.

WRONG!

After one paragraph I quickly realized my fingers would not do what my brain wanted them to do. Annnddd, my brain was saying the weirdest things. I should have saved my paragraph and posted it for a good laugh, but thought I shouldn't embarrass myself like that. I'm an aspiring author, not a glutton for punishment. Oh wait, they go hand in hand, don't they?

So the next time you want to write when under the influence, don't. You never know what might come out on that computer of yours.

And The Winner Is....

The winner of a copy of Before The Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard is...


PAM BRANUM HAYDEN


Congratulations Pam! Email me your snail mail information and I will get the book to you! (sherrinda[at]gmail[dot]com)

Thanks to Linore Rose Burkard for offering her book for the drawing! Be on the lookout for her next book coming out in the spring!

Thanks to all of you who commented to make the drawing possible. Come back anytime!

February 19, 2009

Before The Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard



Win a copy of this book by posting a comment! Drawing held February 28. Leave your email so I can contact you if you win. (sherrinda[at]gmail[dot]com) I need at least 10 comments to hold a drawing, so tell your friends.



England, 1813: Romantic woes at home send Ariana Forsythe to her Aunt Bentley's town house in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There she finds worse troubles than those that prompted her flight from home. Under her aunt's watchful eye, Ariana is soon steeped in high society--and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London's current darling rogue.

Then, unexpectedly, rumour of a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her faith and her future are at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent's attention.

Will Ariana's faith survive this test? And what about her heart? For it is Ariana's heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to a man who cannot share her faith, how can it ever turn out right?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
:Linore Rose Burkard creates Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. Her characters take you back in time to experience life and love during the Regency England era (circa 1800 - 1830). Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square (coming April, 2009). Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency period. Experience a romantic age, where timeless lessons still apply to modern life. And, enjoy a romance that reminds you happy endings are possible for everyone.


MY THOUGHTS:
I was priveledged to win this book at Romance Writers on the Journey. I have to say I loved this book! I have read Regency romances for as long as I can remember, because they are usually a "clean" read. I am just so excited that this genre is popping up in the Christian arena. And Before The Season Ends doesn't disappoint!


Linore pulls you into a world so beautifully woven with romance, detail, and the flavor of the era. The descriptive detail, from the lush clothing to the traditions and customs of the times, was masterfully done.


Of course, there is the romance between Ariana and Mr. Phillip Mornay. (sigh) Ariana's free spirit intrigues Mr. Mornay and the time spent together in the midst of a scandal only helps to develop their growing feelings for one another. Faith in God becomes a major issue in their blossoming relationship, but Linore brings the story to a most satisfying close.



Linore has graciously offered up a copy of her book to a lucky poster of this blog. If you would like to win a copy, leave a comment along with your emai like this: sherrinda(at)gmail(dot)com. I will hold a drawing on February 28 and contact the winner! (I need to have 10 comments in order to give away a book!)



You can visit Linore Rose Burkard's beautiful and informative site here.

You can purchase Before The Season Ends here. here.

February 16, 2009

Pet Peeve....Seriously?

I have a pet peeve. Do you ever go to a movie and a family brings their little kids...we're talking one to maybe 4 years old here...and then lets them run up and down the aisle?

Seriously?

Okay, granted we are at the dollar movie. I only paid $1.25 to get in, but really, could you not just wait until it came out on video so your kids could run around at YOUR home?

This is not the first time this has happened. I went to a more mature show (not R, but definitely not a kid movie) and one family had the nerve to bring a plastic riding toy for their toddler to ride up and down the aisle! How they got it in the theater, I will never know.

Anyway....that's my peeve.

February 14, 2009

Lottery Winner!

I feel as though I have won the lottery! Seriously, I never win anything and in the last 2 weeks I have won four -- no, make that five--(NOTE: I just got an email saying I won another book!!) books! FIVE! Seriously!!! I feel like I have just been handed a four leaf clover, a lucky rabbit's foot, and have had a truck load of salt dumped over my shoulder.

Here is the low down on what I have won....

1. Before The Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard. I won it on Romance Writers on the Journey site. It has great interviews and book reviews.

2. Walk With Me by Becky Melby and Cathy Wienke. I won it on Margaret Daley's blog , a great site for author interviews and reviews.

3. Love Finds You in Humble Texas by Anita Higman. I won it on A Christian Writer's World, also a great place for author interviews and reviews.

4. I Do Again by Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs. I won it on Melanie Writes-Fiction and Book Reviews. Great blog.

5. The Proposal by Margaret Evans Porter. I won it on Word Wenches, a historical fiction lovers site.

And for the grand finale (and I know you will gasp, as I did, when I read the news):

I won a 15 page critique of my WIP by Kaye Darcus, author of Stand In Groom. Kaye Darcus has a great site that has many articles on writing that are just fabulous! She had a series on Becoming a Writer and if you commented on the articles, you were put in a drawing for a 15 page critique!

AND I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is so amazing, is that I waited until the last day, until the end of the day, and wrote my comment and posted it fast so that I would not chicken out. It was a terrible post, fraught with typos and bad grammer, and I cringed and walked away from the computer with my hands hanging low in embarrassment. But somehow, I won. Luck of the draw.

She said I could send her a synopsis of my WIP...a one page synopsis. Well, I could not get it to one page. It was 1-1/2 pages. I just need to learn to chop, chop, chop, I suppose. I am nervous about sending someone my work, because I feel that I am being so presumptuous in attempting to write anything.

Who am I to try my hand at novel crafting. I am nothing but an avid reader, a lover of books. For some reason, though I want to pen stories that will bring someone else the joy that reading has brought me. To craft a great read would be the ultimate high for me.

So, I look at my WIP as my practice book, the book where I learn how to write. A stepping stone, if you will. I hope to learn alot from this critique, because I know it will be covered in red from all the mistakes I have made. But that is good, because I really do want to learn.

How excited am I?????? TOTALLY EXCITED!!!!!!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S TO ME!

February 11, 2009

Success

I spent my lunch time out in the beautiful courtyard of the school where I work. The sun was overhead warming the stone bench and table, where I sat with a pad of paper and pen in hand.

This was a new experience for me, as I have been writing my novel on the computer. But having been stumped for the last week, I decided to go for it long hand. And boy, did it pay off! I got 3 pages written! Of course, I do tend to write BIG, but to have the words flow like they did was just heaven for me.

Woohoo....I am going to claim that spot again tomorrow! Bring on the sun!!!!!!

February 10, 2009

Trudging Through

I am getting back into my novel and am having a hard time. I decided to go back and read through it, since I had been away from it awhile, but keep finding things to edit! I am not ready to edit, but am afraid I will forget what needs changing. What's a girl to do?

I think I may quit reading it and just keep writing. I think I have the voice of the book back in my head, so maybe it will be easier. Maybe the words will flow now.

I am still scared, but need to get over the fear and just get it finished! I have 53,000 words and want to be able to finally write THE END and say that I have accomplished my goal! Maybe I will make this a Christmas present for my family.

Did I mention that my dad is an editor and a ghost writer? I am going to let him critique it when I am finished and I hope he can be honest so that I can learn something valuable.

I better get back to writing. I here the thunder coming and love to write when it is raining! Now, where is my candle?

February 04, 2009

Emotional Writing...Or NOT!

You would think that being in an emotional state would be great motivation to put pen to paper...or fingers to keyboard. That is definitely not the case with me. I can't bring myself to write. I don't know why that is.

It is just that we are about to lose our home of 12 years. The only home my 2 younger kids have known. I keep telling myself that it is just a house and I will be able to make a home out of any old house.

I find the difficulty lies with two things:

1. My daughter is very sad. The tears come in an instant when we discuss anything about the process. We aren't going to move far, so they will be able to stay in the same school, but it is just hard for her.

2. There is sooooo much to do that I don't feel like I have the stretch of time needed to write creatively. Yet, here I sit blogging away, changing the template, finding more blogs to read, and more. What a waste.

I need to just write a page a day. That's all. Just a page. Maybe that will get the juices flowing and keep me sane during this crazy time.

Oh yeah....did I mention that my son just got married? Yep. Lots of stuff going on in my life. But God is gracious. I know that there is purpose in everything, His Word is true and we shall be overcomers.

February 01, 2009

I Won A Book!!

I am just so excited, because I just won my first book ever! I am new to writing and blogging, and have been searching for blogs that instruct and encourage beginners like me and found a GREAT one. It is Romance Writers on the Journey and it is a fabulous site with author interviews, book reviews, helpful articles, and links to other great sites.

The book I won is called Before The Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard. It is an Inspirational Regency and I am just thrilled to get to read one of my favorite genres from a Christian perspective. I have read regency for many years because I love the balls, traditions, and romance of that era, as well as the relatively clean reads they are. I have continually looked in the Christian market for regency books, but have not found any until recently. I suppose this will be the up and coming genre in Christian fiction. Woohoo!

I was going to begin reading it today, but I have a Super Bowl party at my house and have much to do to prepare. I have it by my bed and ready to crack open as soon as I hit the sheets!
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