Thursday, September 28, 2006

God's Best For Us

At Inscribe's Fall Conference, Larry Willard said - "God is doing His best for us."
As I mingled with the folks there I could not but heartily agree. What a privilege to be part of that group - to have friends who understand what it's like to be a writer - the joys and the struggles- and to be able to teach, to laugh, to just sit back and enjoy.
He is indeed doing His best for us, on so many levels.
Praise His name!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More on Brandilyn

Check out this interview with Brandilyn http://www.focusonfiction.net/brandilyncollins.html and don't forget to check out her new book, Violet Dawn here - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310252237

Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is one of CBA's most prolific and successful writers. Her blog is outstanding - http://forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com/

The Amazon link for the book Violet Dawn: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310252237

Also, don't miss the virtual blog for the fictional Kanner Lake characters from this book series: http://www.kannerlake.blogspot.com/
This is a unique marketing tool for the series, involving about 30 other writers and eventually involving readers of the series who want to audition posts.

Violet Dawn, which released in August of this year, is published by Zondervan and is part of Brandilyn's new Kanner Lake series. There are two other books to come...Coral Moon, releasing in March of '07, and Crimson Eve, releasing in September of '07.

Violet Dawn is classic Brandiln Collins Seatbelt Suspense. It grabs you from the very beginning...
"Something sinuous brushed against Paige's knee. She jerked her leg away.What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand.Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers.Hair?She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. something solid bumped her wrist. Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out. "

I'm telling you that this is suspense at it's finest! Brandilyn has a group of friends that she affectionately calls the Big Honkin' Chickens Club, because the women in the group are unnerved by Brandilyn's writing. This new series is a prime example of that kind of work!Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night...and finds herself face to face with death.Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice.

In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith's first glimmer. One woman's secrets unleash an entire town's pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.You can go HERE to read a first chapter excerpt. But using Brandilyn's famous tagline....."Don't forget to breathe..."

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A Divine Convergence

Just returned from Inscribe's annual Fall Conference. Our main speaker was Larry Willard - publisher with Castle Quay (they are the folks who will be publishing One Smooth Stone), and Bay Ridge Books. He did an excellent job and his passion for Christian publishing in Canada is contagious. He talked about the "Divine Convergence" that he has been seeing happen in Canada over the past few years - where all the components necessary to see Christian publishing in Canada work have come together. It's exciting!

We went for supper after the conference. Unfortunately there were two other people with us who capitalized the conversation a lot of the time, so I wasn't able to ask the questions I had thought of earlier in the week. But then by that time my brain was kind of numb and I probably couldn't have remembered them anyways!

But I did find out that my novel has been delayed until next September. That seems like a long ways away but I'm kind of glad - when the editor told me she couldn't start working on it until the New Year I was thinking that only gave me one month to work on the edits and that seemed way too short a time. So... now I can continue to revise and work on it. Just changed the opening this morning. :) I'm still feeling that it needs more.
:)M

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Cover

This is exciting - my publisher just sent the artist's first crack at the cover for One Smooth Stone and has given me permission to pass it around for comments/thoughts. So, if you have any comments - negative, or positive, please let me know. Thanks!
:)M

Monday, September 04, 2006

Received an encouraging note from Mark Buchanan today. He's reading One Smooth Stone for an endorsement and said he's "entirely enthralled!"

Whew!It's so encouraging to have such great writers give that kind of praise!

I've also been getting some great encouragement and advice from a friend who's critiquing the ms. for me. It's encouraging because often by the time she suggests a change I've already made it. :) But she has made a few great suggestions that will make the book much better. Some of them have to do with things that I sort of take for granted - like what does a radiophone look like, and why are Grizzly bears so dangerous? Having lived for 12 years in the Yukon I forget that not everyone would know the answers to those questions.

I'm feeling much better about sending this ms. to my editor.

:)M

Saturday, September 02, 2006

A contract, A contract!

Yes! The contract arrived yesterday and is on its way back to the publisher. That means I'll begin working with my editor - hopefully next week. And I'll also get the advance! :) My husband asked me what I was going to do with it and I told him it is intended to go toward promotion and that's what I would like to do with it.
I'm having a speaker's one sheet designed by a publicist so some of it will go toward that. Then I'll be distributing it and that will take postage. I also want to make up a small booklet for OSS. A Word Guild member did this for the CBA in Edmonton and I thought it was a good idea to give the booksellers a glimpse of what the book is like. Then that will have to be mailed. I suspect this 1,000.00 is going to disappear pretty fast.
:)M