Time has passed with the speed of a fastball. I'm always astounded when I check the calendar and see another month has gone. Here we are in June. I hope you've already picked up your copy of A Dream of His Own. I'm sure I told you that the book received 4-1/2 stars in Romantic Times and that's as high as they go. It means "exceptional." I was thrilled. This book closes out the Dreams Come True series and answers the question who was the single donor for the foundation and why? The book has also received many lovely reviews. You can see some on Amazon.com. If you haven't purchased it yet, you still have time. The novel will be in K-Mart, Walmart, Target and bookstores until the last week of the month and then is available at online book stores. It's also available on Kindle and other ereaders.
I taught an online workshop through the first weeks in May and had a chance to meet numerous new writers and teach them about plotting a novel. It's not an easy process but my tips should help them make their stories better. I try to learn new writing techniques and correct flaws in my writing with each book, and one reader wrote me a lovely letter to thank me for "giving readers credit for remembering what they had already read." That's called redundancy, and yes, I'd been working on that in my last couple of books.
I've been home most of the month, except for an overnight trip, and finally completed my next book proposal based on sisters. The first book is Her Valentine Hero to be released in February 2013. I'm excited about the new series.
I'm so pleased to tell you that two of my books out last year have become finalists in three contests.
A Family Of Their Own - is a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and also received the 2012 Holt Medallion Award of Merit.
Small Town Christmas (in Christmas Gifts) is a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and a finalist in the 2012 Golden Quill Award.
I praise God for His blessings and the validation of my work for Him.
Also I want to tell you about a wonderful novel I just finished reading. Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starnes Clark and her husband John takes readers into the past with the dramatic story of the Titanic, weaving the past into the present, tied together by family relationships. Filled with suspense, historical accuracy, emotion, drama and romance, this novel can't be beat. It grabbed me and wouldn't let go. It's available in bookstores, online bookstores and also on Kindle and other Ereaders. Don't miss this wonderful book in memory of the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
This coming month I will be teach at the American Christian Writers conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan and otherwise, I will be home and working on other writing projects until I hear if my book proposal was accepted. It's with my agent now and will be with my editor soon.
The following months, I will be traveling and I will combine the July and August newsletter. When I return, I'll share all my travel news with you with photos too. I hope your June will be one of joy and good things.
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Dreams Come True
Dad In Training Click here to purchase
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Bride In Training Click here to purchase
Monterey Memories Click here to purchase
Christmas Gifts Click here to purchase
2012 APPEARANCES, TRAVEL AND EVENTS
June 22 & 23 - American Christian Writers Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. Ramada Plaza Hotel, 3333 28th Street SE. http://www.acwriters.com/ Hit Conference tab, then Grand Rapids.
July and August - Trip to Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Como, Italy) celebrating my sister's 25th wedding anniversary.
This recipe came from my writer friend, Carol Steward also with Love Inspired. I love peanut butter cookies and these are like cookies but in a bar. You can cut them small or larger for parties or just to enjoy with your family. Cookies freeze well so if you don't want to eat the whole batch at one time, you can keep them fresh in your freezer. You'll also find a recipe for frosting which is optional. They're excellent with or without.
Peanut Butter Brownies
Makes a 12 x 18 pan, but can be cut in half for a 9 x 13 pan.
Optional - if you'd like to frost these, here's the recipe from Carol.
GAIL'S FREE BOOK CONTEST DRAWING
A novel I read recently quoted this verse from Ecclesiastes 1:7: All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. The words reminded me that when we love our Lord, His love never ends. It returns to us as it flows to Him. What a blessed gift. But the verse says more to me. As we touch others with God's love, the acts we do in Jesus' name returns to the Lord and comes to us again with His blessings. The Lord looks at our hearts and knows our intention to share His love with others. Each time you act or respond to someone in your life, the kindnesses you do are swept to the Lord in the waters of grace and return with blessings. Thank you Jesus