Friday, December 28, 2012

Another year gone

Hi everyone.

I hope you had a wonderfully blessed Christmas.

Not only did I get to enjoy the holiday with my family but loved all the decorations around town. This year we met some family members from North Louisiana area. We all met up in Natchitoches for the Christmas lights. There were twenty of us all together. It was great fun! Natchitoches does it up beautifully. It had been 10-15 years since the last time I attended the Christmas lights...and man how it has grown. There was so much for the kids (grand kids & nieces) to do. They actually got to ride down a snow bank. Real snow and ice...just not natural. Remember we're still in Louisiana. For us this was great. The kids enjoyed the heck out of it. For all of you who live north sliding down snow comes every winter. This was a first. Unfortunately not all the stores on the main strip stayed open, so only a little shopping was done. The town was so quaint. We loved it all.

The week before Christmas I flew to California and spent time with my oldest daughter, Rachael, in Dublin. She had surgery and is doing well now...still in some pain but getting better every day.

My son Chris and his new bride of one year (Rosie) had Scott and I over for dinner Christmas night. It was wonderful. An elegant table setting with fine china and crystal...I felt like a queen...and the food was delicious. We had a marvelous time. There we have two grand-pups. They aren't puppies though. Butch and Sundance. When they stand on their back two legs they are as tall as me...or taller. Both are Pitt bulls I believe...but so sweet and so well behaved!

2013 is less than a week away. Are you ready for the new year? Every year gets better and better. I know God has blessed my writing, growing it more every year. My first book signing for 2013 is January 5th at the Barnes & Noble in Citiplace. It's for Crime in The Big Easy. I'm looking forward to it.

I was interviewed by a writer for Town Favorites and will be in their magazine in February. I'm looking forward to that too.

This year I hope to be speaking at two conferences...The Berries, Bridges, & Books Conference in Ponchatula (April I think) and ACFW conference in September of 2013. I'll keep you posted of these things on my web. MY LINK

There should be two more books released in 2013 by my publisher Oak Tara. That too, I'll keep you informed.

The big news for 2013 is -- a new baby -- Yes. My daughter, Molly, (my middle child), is pregnant with her 3rd. Her oldest is 16 and youngest is 10. Both are boys (Scotty & Koby). Pete, her husband, is are we. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a girl, but if its a boy -- that's great also.

Nothing but good coming in 2013. I'm looking forward to next year. I hope you are too. God bless you one and all.

Talk to you soon.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another Day!

Hello everyone.

Today is beautiful...isn't it? I hope you are as blessed with such gorgeous weather as we are. We have beautiful blue skies and a crisp breeze blowing gently through the air. The past two days have been dreary but today is a new day.

Today after our morning coffee, my husband and I set out to go buy his Christmas gift this year. We had decided on a new flat screen the one he bought me last year. After a disastrous day yesterday, we found his 60" Samsung with all the specs he wanted. Me, I don't know the difference in the LED and the plasma. His, like mine, is the LED but a little bigger. It works for me. And don't you know, now that everyone is getting 55", 60", 70" screen TVs, kids watch movies on their iPhone, or iPad, or Kindle Fire. Shrink that down to 5", 10", or 13" if they are lucky. What a world? We never seem to be satisfied. I know my old eyes love the big screen. When my friends send me an email or text on my phone that you download and watch...I wait until I can pull it up on my lap top. Oh to be 16 again. Not really. I am so happy to be where I am, the age I am, and the life I live. God has blessed me in so many ways.

I hope you had a glorious Thanksgiving. Did you eat the traditional turkey? Or did you go for the ham? Either way, I'm sure you filled up. Aren't we blessed. America...what a nation!!

Christmas is around the corner and then before you know it, it will be 2013. Time flies.  Have you bought the gifts you want to give, as God gave us Christ? If money is tight this year, give extra love to a friend or family member. By love, I mean give of your time. Do something special for them or make something for them. Or if you have a big family, instead of buying for each and every one, draw names for the adults of the family. For the kids, look around. You'll find something that fits into your budget. Just remember what Christmas is all about. Not about what you get or what you give...but that you give. Mostly, give of yourself -- meaning your time and energy.

Our lights are up on the outside, tree on the inside. I love the feeling of Christmas. Christmas gives us hope for eternity. Take time to enjoy the season. Don't get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world. We've all been given the gift of God's Son. If you haven't taken the opportunity to accept your gift, do so now. God is waiting. He loves you.  

Although I'm not doing anything in the month of December (such as signings and talks and interviews), I will be back in January of 2013. I want to give everyone a chance to buy my two new books...Testimony of Innocence & Crime in The Big Easy. Barnes & Noble in Baton Rouge will be doing a signing for me for my latest book -- Crime in The Big Easy. If by January 5th you haven't purchased it yet, be sure and come on down. I'd love to see you.

For those who read the eBook form and have a Kindle, Testimony of Innocence and Crime in The Big Easy are available. I posted it on Facebook and on my website. I know several of you asked when they would be available in eBook.

As most of you know, I'm a member of ACFW and have been for many years. If you write Inspirational fiction or nonfiction and are not a member, you need to sign up. They give so much help year round, through the magazine, the courses taught on-line, and contests. All are great ways to improve your art of writing. I was blessed to judge the Genesis Contest earlier this year and am now judging in the First Impressions Contest. What an honor! I'm loving it! Entering contests are a great way to grow your craft.

This past month has been a busy blur, but for the next few weeks I'm devoted to working on book 3 of my Samantha Cain Mysteries and my stand alone for 2013. Also I was intrigued by my grandson, Scotty. I'd been out and about with both boys (Koby & Scotty), and on the ride home a bright spot light waved back and forth in the sky. Well my oldest grandson saw it and with a few words spoken, he had me thinking on a plot for a young adult fiction. This will be new to me, but I'm so intrigued. In fact, the idea was for one story, but thoughts of it becoming a series churned in my head. I love when that happens. Needless to say the first couple of chapters have now been written followed with notes on the rest of the novel, but it had to be set aside. First I must finish, The Truth Revealed, and After You're Gone (wip) for my stand alone if OakTara picks it up too.

Have a merry Christmas. Take care and God bless you all!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Going Full Speed Ahead

Hello everyone. My life has been moving forward in the plan God has for me. I know He has great plans for me and my life, and things have been happening all around. Isn't He a great God!!

Shortly after the great book signing at Barnes & Noble in Mandeville and then typing my blog on October 25th, Around Town, a local talk show, had me in for live taping. This appeared on Channel 9, WAFB TV the following Sunday -- October 27, 2012. I was in awe at how awesome the taping of the show flowed. Everyone there moved in such grace...and the timing. WOW. I can't even explain how great it was. The people made me feel so special...and I'm telling you when you watch Around Town, you as a viewer feel satisfied, informed, lifted, and so much more. The studio for Around Town was a wonderful place to be and I'm proud I was part of one of their shows. I've ordered a copy of the show, but in the mean time you can see the five minute segment I was on. click here to view, then click on Media page. This clip is 2nd on the page. The full show will be available soon to me so I can share it with you. One of the guests (besides me) was Percy Sledge. How cool is that?

On October 27 the State of Louisiana, along with Barnes and Noble, held the Louisiana Book Festival downtown. I was a part of it again this year. The weather was cool and brisk. The wind blew most of the morning. It was a gorgeous day. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The crowd that gathered downtown was not disappointed in any way. There was great music, fantastic food, various things to see and participate in, as well as a lot of authors with every genre of book you could possibly want. No one went home empty handed. I hope you made it to the festival...if you didn't, you missed a great day. I loved it. There were several camera men & women filming for news shows, future adds for LA BK FST, as well as other reasons. I was blessed by being taped by a few of them. One sent me a clip of three authors interviewed in one clip. I was one of the 3. Teena L Myers did a fantastic job on this clip. I can't wait to see the rest. In the meantime, I copied mine on to my website.                          Click here to view the clip. Once you click, go to my media page. It's the top video.

October 31st our church, HeartsEase Family Life Church, had the Annual Fall Festival. So many children came out for the fun. My husband and I over-saw the Milk the Cow booth. What a treat!! Kids competed, seeing who could fill the pale with milk (water was used) first. I'm telling you, it was so much fun watching them try hard to get the cow to comply. It was a full sized wooden cow (made by Pastor P himself). With 30 seconds the time aloted to milk the cow, over a two hour span, the most was 325 ML. The normal was 50 - 150 ML. This little boy was fast...or was it a girl? I can't remember. There were two who kept coming back trying to beat the best score. Scott and I were worn out by the end of the night (and felt it still the next day), but we wouldn't trade the time we spent with those kids for anything in the world.

My sister-in-law had surgery on her other eye on November 1st. It too went well. Even her doctor was amazed at how Sarah no longer needs to wear reading glasses. New lenses in both eyes now. She may be 62, but she's seeing like a young woman of 25.

On November 3rd, I was a part of the Holiday Bazaar at the library in Denham Springs. It too had a good turn out. I love talking to readers and hearing feed back on my well as finding new authors to read. Next year the city (I believe) will be putting this on so it should be even bigger. Kathy Mayeaux of the Denham Springs/Walker Library has had this for three or four years that I've known her and has done a great job. She loves helping writers grow. I was blessed and still am, of being a part of the Writer's group there.

This coming Saturday, 11/10/12, I will be attending Fall in Love with Romance Luncheon, being put on by Heartla, a chapter of RWA. The luncheon is being held at Juban's Creole Restaurant from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. I don't know if there are tickets left this late in the game, but check with Heartla if interested. There will be a number of authors well as avid readers. This is for the them a chance to spend time and meet the authors they love well as another opportunity for writers to hear from other authors on things happening in the writing world today. I look forward to it and am blessed to be a part of the authors offering their books to be available at the end of the luncheon. It should be another fun day.

You see, I told you I've been busy. But can I tell you -- I love it!! I am so blessed this is what God chose for me to do. Thank You, Lord.

I hope to see you all one day, face-to-face. In the meantime, keep reading. And you writers...keep writing. My latest books - Crime in The Big Easy & Testimony of Innocence, book 2 of The Samantha Cain Mysteries are selling fast. I'm so pleased.

Oh...I almost forgot. The Barnes & Noble in our town have set a signing for me. I'll keep you posted on the event page of my stay tuned.

Just a reminder:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nominated for WIP Blog Hop & more

I was nominated for the WORK-IN-PROGRESS BLOG HOP by my dear friend and fellow author – Allyn Stotz - Thank you, Allyn.

I’ve taken the questions she sent me and answered them as well, Now they are posted on my blog. I hope you take a minute to read them.

At the end, you’ll see three I sent the questions to: followed by their websites. Check them out as well.

First I'd like to take a quick moment to send pictures from the book signing at Barnes & Noble. I posted info on blog last time.


What is the title to your work - in - progress?
I’m working on book 3 of my Samantha Cain Series…The Truth Revealed

Where did the idea for your book come from?
The idea for the character, Samantha Cain, came when I was working the nightshift as a dispatcher and heard a noise outside. After I checked it out and came back inside, I thought what if I had a character who did that and found a person being killed, and she tries to help stop the killing till the police arrive -- only to become the killers next target. Book 1 – Be Not Afraid – followed with Book 2 Testimony of Innocence (here Samantha has to prove her innocence after her boss is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect). THEN comes book 3. What crime would come to Samantha now? I thought of her son, near and dear to her heart – so maybe a kidnapping? As I’ve been working on the MS it has taken a few turns during the writing. That is the fun part of being the author…and letting your characters take on a true persona as you are writing. They guide me into different directions. I can’t wait to read the finished product in The Truth Revealed.

What genre does your book fall under? Mystery – with a touch of romance.

What actors would you choose to play the characters in the movie rendition? Sandra Bullock for Samantha Cain

What is the synopsis of your book in one sentence? Their first PI case…a missing child…or is it two…can they find him in time?

What other book would you compare this work - in - progress to in your genre?
Books by Dee Henderson (her mystery novels) or Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s – To Catch a Thief series

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’ve been working on the first draft for almost a year off and on, between getting my latest two releases Testimony of Innocence and Crime in The Big Easy ready for my publisher this year. The series book came out in September and the stand-alone suspense came out a few weeks ago in October.

Will this book be self-published or represented by an agency? My publishers name is Oak Tara Publishing. God blessed me when He had them offer me a contract on Be Not Afraid. I believe we will have a long relationship. I love Ramona Tucker and how well she works with me…helping me…encouraging me.

What inspired you to write this book? I prayed, asking for where my series should go, and this was where I was lead in my heart.
What else about your book might pique your readers’ interest? My series books take place in Baton Rouge Louisiana. If you live in this area, that might make you want to take a closer look. If you don’t live here and want to get a little of our southern flavor, you might want to read my Samantha Cain Mysteries.

Now it's time to announce the three people I've nominated. I hope they have some fun with it!

Jill Elizabeth Nelson --

Sylvia Rochester --

Elaine Grant --

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What a day!

Today I had another book signing. This one was at Barnes & Noble. I love the chance I get to meet my readers, and introducing my book, Testimony of Innocence, to new readers. Today I was blessed by seeing a cousin I hadn't seen in years. It was such a joy. We reminisced about the good old days. Both got a little teary eyed when we talked about our fathers who were brothers. Both are deceased and missed but still loved. All and all the signing was a good one and I look forward to more.

Next Saturday will be The Louisiana Book Festival. I'm looking forward to that. People come from all around to meet Louisiana authors. Not only are there books galore, but there is so much more. They have story reading for children, face painting, usually some sort of cooking display, teaching how to fix a special book that may be falling apart, food of all sorts to eat, and more. It's a festival, what can I say? And its in the south...we do everything in a big way.

This Friday I'll be taping for the local talk show, Around Town. I'm looking forward to meeting Scott Rogers face-to-face. He seems like a very nice guy. I believe this episode will be aired Saturday morning of the 27th.

My grandson, Scotty, went to his homecoming dance. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of he and his date. I hear they made a very handsome couple. I'll share a picture or two when I see them.

Koby, my other grandson, is under the weather at the moment. He's been sick since this past Friday. He'll see a doctor Monday. It may be strep throat. Keep him in your prayers.

I think I shared this previously, but if so, sorry. You get to hear it again. Everyone always asks me which book is my favorite. I usually say I love them all...because I do. But my newest release is Crime in The Big Easy and I believe it's my favorite book of all times. As much as I love Samantha Cain and the mystery series...Crime in The Big Easy was my first suspense and it was so much fun writing. An excuse to visit New Orleans and hang around. Although I was born in New Orleans, my family moved to Baton Rouge before I was a year old, so I grew up here. Of course, I wouldn't trade living here for anything in the world...or should I say growing up here. Now that I'm older, I wouldn't mind retiring on a beach somewhere. Hee-hee. Check out the cover and check out my web site. Tomorrow and Monday I'll be adding a few more places I'll be in the next month. Hope to see you there.

I'll add the back so you can read the blurb.

Now I'll add my website so you can check out my events.

Monday, October 8, 2012

an important part I left off my blog - check it out

Here is the address to click on to watch the book video for Testimony of Innocence, book 2 of The Samantha Cain Series.

It is soooo good.  Check it out.

Afternoon Connection

Hey guys. It's afternoon time here...later than I normally post. Today is Columbus day. How many years ago was our nation discovered? I believe it was in 1462. All I can say is, God bless America...and I'm proud to be an American. For those of you who get the day off, I hope you are enjoying it.

A few minutes ago Scott, my husband, put together a laptop stand so I can sit in the living room or out on the deck and have a steady place for my lap top to go. I love it. It was a gift from our cousins in Cincinnati OH. We took a short vacation up there and enjoyed every minute of it. Hey Cathey and Barry (if you're reading this).

I came back to a wonderful surprise. As you all know, Testimony of Innocence book 2 of The Samantha Cain Series released in September. My publisher, OakTara, told me they would try to have Crime in The Big Easy ready in time for the Louisiana Book Festival on October 27, 2012. They did. The box I ordered for me was delivered my first day back. I LOVE IT!! Don't get me wrong. I love all of my stories I've been blessed to write, but Crime in The Big Easy and Hidden Secrets (not published yet) are my two favorite books I've written. I believe I have a special attachment to Crime in The Big Easy because it was my first suspense with a little romance. I was tickled pink when Ramona Tucker said they wanted to publish it. Not only is it an awesome story (I believe), I love my characters. They were probably the first ones who came to life as I was writing. This, by the way, was my 7th book written out of the many I have completed and started as of today. Wait till you get it. I hope you love it as much as I do. Check out the front and back cover of my new book...I tried to download the back and front cover and like on face book, it wouldn't work. I'll have to check into that. SO...I'll down load the cover.

Here is a quick reminder -- On October 20th, I'll be at Barnes & Noble in Mandeville from 2p.m. until 4p.m. If you live in that area, come see me. This signing is for Book 2 -- Testimony of Innocence that was released September 2012. They also have my other 4 books (Be Not Afraid, Book 1 of The Samantha Cain Mysteries, Passion from the Heart, All in God's Time, & Grace a Gift of Love. Crime in The Big Easy wasn't ready in time...not that we ever thought it would be. Anyway, I hope you in the area will come on down to the store. I love to visit with my readers and I'd love to meet you face-to-face. Here is the front and back view of Testimony of Innocence, book 2 of The Samantha Cain Mysteries. I love Samantha and her life...I hope you do too.

The Louisiana Book Festival will be October 27th in Baton Rouge, downtown by the Capital and The LA State Library. I have a booth, so watch for me.

I think I figured out the problem as to why I couldn't download the full cover. I'm going to try again. Here goes:

It worked. What's that old saying..."when all else fails, read the instructions." I needed to download it as a JPEG not a PDF. That's probably why I couldn't do it on FaceBook. Oh well. It's hear now. I hope you can get it big enough to read about Taylor Jaymes.

Also, my daughter in California let me know I was wrong on the date. It was 1692. Sorry. History and Geography were not my best subjects...and I've been out of school for some time.

Take care and God bless you. I hope to see you soon.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Good Morning Sunshine

Hello everyone. If you woke to the same thing I did this morning, the sun wasn't shining. I stepped out on the deck, and I sensed the freshness. God had cleaned the earth (at least my little part of it) yesterday and again this morning. Check out my flowers. They are loving it!

See what a glorious job the sweet rain did for my flowers and plants. My husband and God take care of them. Anyone who knows me know I destroy plants. Don't get me wrong. I don't mean to. The second picture usually has the Gerber daisies mixed with other flowers that the seeds have been dropped by birds or transported by the wind. Those little blue flowers (look close up - they are gorgeous) only open in the morning. Also I was told its a morning glory weed...but man what a beautiful weed. We decided to keep letting them grow. When the Gerber daisies (yellow, red, and mixed), the purple impatience (I think) and the little red flowers bloom all at once, talk about a beautiful bouquet. Anyway, this morning I enjoyed going out on the deck after the rain. The sunshine I talked about in the title was you all who are reading my blog. Good morning.

Things are happening in my life. As I showed you the sneak peak of my new book Testimony of Innocence, it is now out. There was a little glitch with and when it was first released and Ingram for bookstores to order through. The book side was fixed enough for some people to order the hard copy, but for the ebook they were still working on it. All will be fine soon. (In the meantime and as always you can order it straight from OakTara's bookstore and get a 15% discount on any OakTara book--50% if you're a bookclub, school, bookstore, or library ordering 10 or more) My regular saying for all will be fine soon is, "all in God's time." I love that saying so much it was the title for one of my books, or maybe that's when it became my favorite saying. Who knows? Anyway, I was spotlighted on OakTara's website. Check it out. I think it's still there today. Deborah Lynne's page at OakTara  (I just looked. They are spotlighting another author today (which is great for him). Sorry. I knew it was for a few days only. So I changed the link to my page on the OakTara website. They mention I have 3 other books besides the 2 with them, but only give 2 titles. The one not mentioned is Passion from the Heart. You can buy it at a LifeWay near you. Too see all my books, go to my website. Click Here. On the website, browse through it all. I think you'll like it. And you know, I'd appreciate you "liking" it there and on facebook as well as sharing me with your friends. Also once you've read one of my books, feel free to send me a review through "contact" and I'll post it on my website. (bad or good, but hopefully it will be good) :)

Let's talk about upcoming events. Those too are listed on my website, with more to come. 

THIS SATURDAY, 9/22/12 the is a FREE all-day workshop at the Denham Springs/Walker Library. More info on my website, check it out--There will be several authors sharing information on several subjects. Aspiring authors don't want to miss it. Authors who are already published may learn more. I know I will. I feel as a writer we should never stop growing. So come on down. Register today. Phone number on my website under EVENTS.

9/27/12 - The Bible and Book Center on Government (in Baton Rouge) will be hosting my first book signing for my newest book, Testimony of Innocence. They always have so much to chose from in way of nice gifts for weddings, birthdays, just because you want to be nice to someone, and any other occasion you can think of. I got the coolest brown/pink LSU flip-flops this summer. (oops, a gift for me) Their store is fun to shop in...and to meet local authors. Janet (co-owner) is very friendly and loves to promote us...we love her. (I love them all!) Details also listed on my website.

10/20/12 - Barnes and Noble in Mandeville has a book signing planned for me. Details for that...again on my website. Their bookstore may be a part of a huge conglomerate but the people who work there are pure southern sweetness. They are so hospitable. Everyone makes you feel so welcome and part of their family. I love visiting there when I'm in the area.

THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL - is coming this year on 10/27/12. I have a booth with another author, Allyn Stotz. She writes children's books. We are planning to have a drawing after the festival. Every person who purchases our books, their names will go in to this for every book they purchase.  So the more you buy, the bigger chance you have of winning. The winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. I love the festival every year (except 2010 when we didn't have it). It's right there on the grounds of the capital and the streets of downtown near the Louisiana State Library. A true southern site. It may be cold in October in some areas of the U.S. but down here fall usually is perfect weather...a brisk breeze in the air, leaves turning colors, people walking around in sweatshirts or sweaters, but nothing too heavy. (sometimes we still wear shorts, that depends on how cool, cool is). Anyway, I hope to see you all there. So many authors from Louisiana will be there. It's your chance to meet them all. Details are on my website.

Well I've been talking...or should I say typing for over an hour. I need to work on my talk for Saturday. This time I'm speaking on writing mystery and suspense. I hope you'll come see me there.

Take care and everyone have a blessed day.