I did come home to face a root canal, having to visit urgent care on Saturday morning due to the swelling and pain. I'm doing well now and the root canal will be completed on Tuesday of this week.
My proposal for the last book in my contract, Waiting For You, is on my editor's desk, and I received some interesting news that two of my older novels with a Christmas focus will be released this year. Upon A Midnight Clear, my first novel with Love Inspired in 2000, will be available next month. Here's a link http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=24427 that will show you the cover and back cover blurb. If you check periodically, the book should be available for purchase or look for it in the stores this month. Another re-release in November will be With Christmas In His Heart, which was released first in 2006 and is set on the romantic Michigan Mackinac Island. Both of these books won national awards.
Now I'm working on new projects, catching up on my travels, and preparing for a writers' retreat in another week. I'm in rehearsal for the wonderful Detroit Lutheran Concerts and you can read a little about it and see our photo (I'm second from the right in the front row) at www.gailmartin.blogspot.com
A Family Of Their Own is no longer in stores, but always available on Amazon and other Internet bookstores, but keep your eyes open for Small Town Christmas which was praised by Romantic Times, saying it has strong characters and touching scenes. I hope you enjoy this novel which I loved writing. You'll see a link below to pre-order if you are interested.
Dreams Come True
Book 3 A Dream Of His Own Love Inspired Coming in June 2012
Dad In Training Click here to purchase
Groom In Training Click here to purchase
Bride In Training Click here to purchase
Monterey Memories Click here to purchase
2011 APPEARANCES, TRAVEL AND EVENTS
October 8 - 12 Writer's Retreat Cruise from Miami, FL to the Caribbean.
October 16, Sunday - Detroit Lutheran Singers - two concerts (Details forthcoming)
October 27 - 30, American Christian Writers Conference, Phoenix, AZ Held at Grace Inn Ahwatukee. Presenting multiple workshops and keynote address.
November 13, Writers on the River, Monroe County Library System, 3700 S. Custer, Monroe, MI from noon to 3 PM. Meet over 40 authors, book signings, and gift basket raffle.
GAIL'S FREE BOOK CONTEST DRAWING
The winner of the September free autographed book and small gifts is Sara from Tennessee. The free book drawings are held six times a year: January, March, May, July, September, and November, offering you six opportunities to win, but you must sign the guestbook for each drawing. The next drawing will be in November, so please drop by www.gailmartin.com and look in the boxed area for the Read and Sign My Guestbook. I love to hear from you.
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As we approach the holiday season of All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas, we begin to think of family and friends, and those people who may be in heaven who impacted us while they were on earth. These special days open our eyes to hospitality and how we enjoy others' company, but as well, how we touch each other in word and deed. The Bible has many verses on hospitality. It reminds us in Hebrew 13:2: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. But we also show love and affection to those we know, and we share with them when they have hard times. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?1 John 3:17. While we can, tell those we love and those who have shown us kindness and generosity that we are grateful for all they've done. Sometimes we wait too long and our thoughts of kindness slip from our minds or our actions are covered by our busy schedules. Or death parts us before we have a chance. We are God's children, his footsteps on earth, and we can open our doors, our wallets, and our hearts to all those in need. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matt 25:40
May God's loving hand rest upon you and Jesus' open arms wrap around you. Blessings.