Thursday, August 26, 2010


One of my favorite things about starting a new story is envisioning my characters. While there's never a perfect match for the person that's in my head, the photos I found are fairly close.

A brunette Kate Hudson stars as the heroine. However, she will undergo a physical as well as an emotional transformation throughout the story. While she starts out looking like this sweet photo, she will end up looking quite different.

Love interest #1 looks like Dermot Mulroney.

Love interest #2 looks like a very young Val Kilmer. The great thing about women's fiction is that you're not 100% sure who the heroine will end up with. Hee hee!

Elaine Hendrix makes a great frenemy (villain) who befriends the heroine in a meanie kind of way.

Do tell...if you were to cast the book you're currently working on, who would star?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Truly a great blend of history, suspense, and romance. The subject matter intrigued me from the beginning, and I really could picture myself as the heroine solving the codes. (Silly, I know! Too bad I couldn't solve the cipher at the end of the book.) Looking forward to reading another Suspan Page Davis book someday!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Crimson Cipher
Summerside Press (July 1, 2010)

Susan Page Davis


From Susan: I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah's Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor's degree in history. I don't shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books.

Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters.

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer, covering local government, school board meetings, business news, fires, auto accidents, and other local events, including a murder trial. I've also written many profiles and features for the newspaper and its special sections. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. The two youngest are still learning at home. Jim recently retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, and we’ve moved from Maine to Kentucky.



A female Navy cryptographer seeks to save lives...and uncover her father’s killers.

In 1915, German sympathizers escalated acts of sabotage in the United States to keep the nation from joining in the war. With enemies lurking at every turn, whom can Emma trust? Is romance the true motive behind her tow suitors advances? Or could one-or both of them-have traitorous intentions in mind?

Following the mysterious murder of Emma Shuster’s father, Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer because of the expertise she gained in helping her father develop a cipher system.

Emma races to discover the nefarious plans of her country's foes and unmask their leader before others are killed. She finds new strength in her faith as she strives to outwit her adversary, known only as Kobold - German for goblin.

And yet, her greatest challenge may be deciphering the cryptic messages her heart sends whenever she encounters a certain navy lieutenant... Can Emma and John find love in the midst of turmoil as America plunges toward war?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Crimson Cipher, go HERE.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Summer was entirely too short. Seems like we were just in the middle of graduation planning, then in the throes of 12 hours of gymnastics each week, plus soccer and swim lessons. Now it's time for school to start again.

This year I'm teaching K and 1st/2nd. We started the day by taking pictures of the kids and setting up their supplies and books. Then we made our way through Bible study, health, math, phonics, reading, and spelling. Whew!

Let's not forget that conference is coming and I'm not ready. (Haven't even put together my "What-I-Won't-Be-Wearing-To-Conference" post yet!) Not to mention one-sheets--or power suits--business cards, and all the extras I may or may not have.

Anyhoo--what is keeping your plate full these days? Are you ready for conference or preparing for other things?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm enjoying the book so far. I do wish I'd read the others in the series first, but the author does a good job on filling in what already happened without overwhelming the reader with backstory. It'll be interesting to see how the hero turns out, as that is the character journey I am most interested in at the moment!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Twilight's Serenade
Bethany House (August 1, 2010)

Tracie Peterson


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels.

She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.

She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books


Britta Lindquist left Sitka six years ago in an attempt to distance herself from the love of her life, Yuri Belikov. Upon her return, she finds Yuri absent and his wife about to deliver a child. When tragic circumstances ensue, Britta suddenly finds herself caring for Yuri's children--and her life intertwining with the man she's tried so hard to forget.

But Britta's other great love is for the violin, and her talent is recognized by Brenton Maltese, a conductor from England. He proposes she accept the coveted first chair position in his orchestra...and also his hand in marriage. At a crossroads, Britta must determine what her heart truly longs for--and if she's willing to fight for it.

At a Crossroads, Britta must determine what her heart truly longs for─and if she's willing to fight for it.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Twilight's Serenade, go HERE.

Monday, August 02, 2010


Sometimes a little encouragement is all we need to keep on truckin' even when the odds are against us. Most of the time I get propped up by my pals, time in the Word, or from those SOS prayers that have become all-too-frequent.

And occasionally I run across a song that just hits me in the gut, like "Hey, I could have written that!" (Well, parts of the song, anyway.) Check this out, it's "The Comeback Kid" by B. Reith, and take special note of the lyrics:

Can't stop now we can't afford to give in
Learned my lesson through facin' opposition
If life doesn't hurt then we're not really livin'
So we take punch after punch like
Cassius Clay or Sugar Ray you see
This hard knock life might make my heart break
But you ain't gonna make no quitter out of me

How do you get propped up when you fall into a rut or have a down time?

PS. For the record, life is going well here, but there's always some kind of hurdle that pops up unexpectedly....

PPS. Ran/slow jogged/practically crawled 5 miles today. And yes, this song was in my head.
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