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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Goals and Accomplishments

As well as a time for Thanksgiving, this is the time of year most people look back and review what they’ve accomplished and make goals for the New Year.

I’d like to take a moment to do that now…with an attitude of gratitude.

Some of you follow my career closely; you check my website for updates, read my blog, read everything I write…others drop by on occasion to see what’s new. Whether you’re a faithful follower or an occasional drop by, I am eternally grateful and I’d like to THANK each and every one of you, my reader friends, for your constant support.

Accomplishments for me may be nothing to others, but we each have to evaluate our life according to not only our abilities but take into consideration our limitations. You all know I work full time, so for me to get a full-length novel published, another edited, a short story released, and another written/accepted/edited and scheduled for publication are great accomplishments! I also secured the services of a literary agent this year – which is a huge accomplishment in this business.

Goals for next year include but are not limited to writing/editing/submitting at least 2 more short stories, editing full-length novels for publication (because my agent is going to get us a nice contract) :-) and possibly writing yet another novel and/or short story.

I also hope to attend at least one writer’s conference (besides Bayou Writers’) and to continue to hone my craft and work to get more exposure for my books.

What are your goals and accomplishments?

I’d love to hear from you!

Pamela S Thibodeaux"Inspirational with an Edge!" (TM)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Cheryl St John

Good Morning Folks!

Hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright.

Today's guest is Cheryl St John and her book, Her Montana Man. Enjoy!


Chapter One
Silver Bend, Montana, May 1885

Jonas Black looked up from his ledgers and flipped open his ornately engraved gold pocket watch. Nearly three already. In preparation to leave his desk, he blotted the numbers he'd just tallied, then rubbed his ink-stained fingers on his denim trousers. There was something he did every afternoon at this time.

"Gonna be trouble at the North Star!" The tall stoop-shouldered man who tended bar rapped on Jonas's open office door at the same time as he shouted.

The North Star was the three-story hotel a few doors down, where Jonas and most of his employees lived. Jonas owned the hotel as well as the Silver Star Saloon.

"Tall fella, but not beefy," Quay told him. "He's hollerin' for Mrs. Holmes."

Jonas didn't bother to grab his jacket. He might talk this man into leaving peaceably, but experience had taught him it might take more than a simple please to appeal to an abuser. No call to ruin a perfectly good coat.

He glanced at the holstered Colt hanging on a peg just inside the door, but deliberately walked past and locked the door behind him.

With the shutters open to the warm afternoon sun, the saloon was warm and bright. The freshly scrubbed floors, the two patrons and the woman polishing the top of the mahogany bar barely registered as he strode for the door and out onto the shaded boardwalk.

"Madeline, come out here now! Don't make me come in and get you."

The stranger stood in the street, a sweaty bay tethered to the post in front of the hotel. His tailored black suit was coated with a layer of dust as though he'd been pushing the mare for the better part of a day. In Jonas's book, men who abused horses ranked right up there with men who mistreated women. Jonas had heard Madeline Holmes's story and drew the easy conclusion that this was the man she'd run from before finding refuge in Silver Bend.

"Don't make me come in there and drag you out!" the man shouted.

"Looking for someone?" Jonas called easily.

"Stay outta this, mister. Ain't none of your concern."

Jonas walked several yards toward the hotel. "Well, seems it is my concern since you're standing there hollerin' at the front windows of my establishment. State your business, Mister…"

"Baslow. This your hotel?"

"That it is. Jonas Black's the name. And you are?"

"I'm lookin' to take a woman back with me. I want Madeline Holmes."

"Is she your wife?"

The angry man deepened the scowl on his already craggy face, and his complexion reddened. "Ain't none of your damned business what she is. All you need to know is that she's comin' with me."

"I guess we can leave that up to Maddie, now, can't we?"

At Jonas's familiar use of her name, Baslow turned his whole body toward Jonas and squinted. "What's she to you?"

"A good employee. I'll go tell her you're here and you can ask her directly what she'd like to do."

The man jerked his head toward the saloon Jonas had exited. Quay still stood just outside the doors.

"She's in there?" Baslow shouted. "Whoring?"

Jonas gestured to a brightly painted wooden sign that hung on the outside of the building. "No sportin' women in my establishment. Maddie's one of my housekeepers."

"The hell you say. Madeline!" he roared, stalking toward the saloon.

Jonas frowned at Baslow's belligerent tone and aggressive stance. Eagerness for the man to try to push past him so he'd have reason to restrain him made his fingers tingle and his blood pump.

Instead, Baslow gave him a wide berth, striding to face the open saloon doors.

Casually, Jonas turned and stepped past Quay into the dim interior. This time his gaze sought and found the dark-haired woman who'd stopped polishing the bar and stood in rigid fear, her eyes as wide as saucers, her face pale. "Frank," she said on a dry rasp.

Jonas thought she might have been pretty once, before abuse and fear had added the appearance of more years to her narrow face. Using intimidation, the man had held her in his home and his bed for eight years. Breaking away had taken courage. Following through with her decision to escape would take even more.

"You don't have to be afraid," Jonas assured her. "Quay and I are right here. The whole of Silver Bend would see if he tried to force you away in plain sight. You don't have to go back with him. He can't make you. Tell him you don't want to leave. Make it loud 'n clear so there are witnesses."

Her frightened gaze moved from Jonas to the doorway. He'd seen the same bleak dread on too many faces, and it made his blood boil. "You're free, Maddie. You have a job and can take care of yourself. You don't need him. He has no control over you except what you give him. From here on out you can live your life any way you see fit. It's up to you."

His words took effect, and her expression changed. Madeline Holmes placed the cloth she'd been holding on the bar and, with precise movements, removed her apron, folded it neatly and set it down. She ran her palms over her skirt in a nervous gesture, then straightened and raised her chin. "He can't make me do anything I don't want to, can he?"

"No, he can't."

She walked toward the doors. Jonas followed.

As she stepped out onto the boardwalk, Baslow's severe gaze narrowed on her. His attention sidled over Jonas and Quay before fixing back on her as though the men were irritating flies he intended to swat later. "If you want to bring anything with you, get it now."

Her hands trembled, but with obvious deliberation she hid them in the folds of her skirts. Jonas cheered silently for her brave front.

"I have a job now. And my own room at the hotel," she said, her voice louder than he'd expected, though a slight tremble betrayed her nervousness. "I'm content to stay right here."

Baslow's thunderous expression darkened even more noticeably.

A few citizens had gathered on the boardwalk across the street and were watching the goings-on with interest. Wouldn't be the first time a fight had erupted in front of his place, Jonas thought, his blood pounding with keen awareness, and it wouldn't be the last. He had never minded a good fight to clear the air.

"You choosing a life of whoring over comin' with me?" Baslow bit out between clenched teeth.

Jonas kept his mouth shut. He'd already told the man there weren't any sporting women at his place, and everyone in town knew it. This was Maddie's chance to speak her piece.

"That's what I felt like when I was with you," she said, coming straight to the heart of the matter. "I don't want to live that way anymore. I'm not your wife." Her voice and demeanor showed renewed strength in her decision. "Nobody hits me," she declared. "And I get a fair wage for a day's work. I can take care of myself just fine."

Baslow headed toward Maddie. "I don't know who fed you that hogwash," he said, "but you belong to me, and you'll do as I say."

She backed away.

Jonas met him before he could reach the shade of the boardwalk. "Remember the brother's war, Baslow? It's against the law to keep slaves."

They stood three feet apart. Baslow's right eye twitched with anger. Jonas's palms tingled.

"Get outta my way, mister, before you regret it."

"Can't do that. Maddie's my employee, and I take care of my people."

Baslow lunged toward Jonas. Jonas dodged his first attempt to reach him, spinning with hands locked together to land a blow on the back of the man's neck.

Caught off guard, Baslow fell to his hands and knees in the dirt, losing his hat. Slowly, he shook his head, and then scrambled to his feet to come after Jonas. The fight was on.

The growing crowd pushed forward for a better look.

Energized now, Jonas raised both fists and bent his knees in readiness. Baslow faced him and they squared off, circling in avid concentration. The man's eyes bored into Jonas's with contempt. Jonas studied his stance, his movements, waited to see how he hit. Faster than Jonas anticipated, Baslow landed a blow to Jonas's shoulder that forced him to catch his balance and got him mad. He retaliated with a quick right that landed on the man's jaw with a crack and drew a grunt from his opponent and a murmur from the crowd.

Jonas didn't feel the hits that came next, though he knew one landed against his ribs and another at his temple. Adrenaline lent him strength and numbed the pain. In the minutes that followed he used the reprieve to his advantage, skillfully finding opportunities to put down punches.

Half-a-dozen solid hits later Baslow's lip was bleeding. He had a cut over his left eye, and he was breathing hard. Jonas watched for and found an opportunity, hit his eye again, then positioned all his muscle into landing a blow to his gut.

The man moaned and doubled over, dropping to his knees in the dirt. He glared up at Jonas, one eye red from streaming blood. "You got no right to keep Madeline."

"You're finally right," Jonas answered. "Nobody's got a right to hold her. She's free to leave, she's free to stay." He turned to Maddie, who'd been watching with both hands clasped under her chin. "You want to go?"

She shook her head and released a pent-up breath. "No."

"You sure? 'Cause we don't want any misunder-standin's. You're free to leave any time you want."

"I want to stay."

"There you have it." Jonas's knuckles were stinging now. "Need any more convincing?"

Marshal Haglar parted the crowd and made his way to stand on the brick street a few feet away. He took in both men's appearances. "What in blazes is goin' on here?"

Maddie immediately ran forward to explain what had taken place. When she'd finished, the marshal turned to the spectators. "That how it happened? Anyone see the whole thing?"

Jonas couldn't remember if anyone had been there during the initial exchange of words. He scanned the faces nearby. People had an aversion to getting involved, especially when a dangerous-looking fellow like Baslow glared at them as though daring someone to speak against him.

The marshal eyed the crowd, and one after another, the bystanders glanced at the person beside them and then away. Jonas figured his reputation and position on the town council would have enough sway. He wasn't a troublemaker, but he never ran from a fight, either. He didn't want to put Warren Haglar in a bad position, and the indifference of the locals irritated him.

Townspeople turned as movement caught their attention, and Jonas looked, too. From the opposite boardwalk, a slender woman in a blue-and-white gingham dress and a straw hat held the hem of her skirts above her shoes and stepped down onto the paving bricks. She walked to within four feet of the law officer. An unexpected tremor stabbed at Jonas's belly.

"I saw the entire incident, Marshal," she said. "I saw that man ride up and shout for Mrs. Holmes."

Of course. Jonas's three o'clock obsession. She'd been on the boardwalk the whole time. Eliza Jane Sutherland was rather tall for a woman, and on the rare occasion that she'd been without a hat, he'd seen that her hair was black and glossy in the sunlight. Jonas had never heard her speak more than a one- or two-word greeting, so now her magnificent silky voice, more than the words she spoke, caught and held his attention.

"Mr. Black came out of his establishment and suggested that he—" she pointed to the scowling stranger "—leave." Her bright amber gaze moved to Jonas.

Something in his chest throbbed at the direct look, something ragged and weighty, something more alarming than facing a dozen angry men in the street.

The marshal asked her several questions and she replied directly. Jonas couldn't take his eyes from her.

Every afternoon, rain or shine, Eliza Jane walked to the small tea shop that was a red brick storefront nestled on the corner beside Earl Mobley's tailor shop on the opposite side of the street. Once inside, she seated herself at a table before the front window, where Bonnie Jacobson brought her a china cup and a pot of tea. Most days Jonas observed her ritual from just inside the door of the saloon where she couldn't see him, but occasionally he found a reason to run an errand to the hardware store across the street in time for her arrival.

Once or twice he'd paused on the boardwalk as she passed and tipped his hat. As soon as she'd raised those amber eyes, his heart thudded in his chest and he'd chastised himself. Nothing and no one intimidated Jonas Black.

Apparently the marshal had no problem accepting the true story now that Eliza Jane had verified it, because he turned to Baslow. "Time you moved on."

Baslow shot Maddie a look of seething rage. "You ain't seen the last of me, woman. Don't think your friends can protect you forever."

"Anything happens to Miss Holmes, and we'll know who to look for," the marshal told him. "I'll be wiring the county seat to let 'em know about this disturbance."

Baslow located his hat where it lay in the street. He snatched it up, whacked it against his thigh and settled it on his head before walking toward his horse and untying it. From the clumsy way he mounted, Jonas suspected he was masking a couple of cracked ribs.

Marshal Haglar watched as the man turned his mount away and galloped out of town. "Stay out of sight, but follow him a ways to make sure he's headed home," he told one of the young men who had a horse tethered across the street.

Once Baslow was out of sight and the man he'd sent was tailing him, the marshal approached Maddie.

"Thank you, Marshal," she said.

"I had the easy part," he replied. "Looks like Jonas got the worst of it."

Maddie looked Jonas over, but after noting the onlookers, a tinge of embarrassment stained her cheeks. "Sorry," she said low enough that only Jonas and the marshal could hear.

Well Friends, looks like that's it for today's Saturday Spotlight. Hope to see you next week!

IMW Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas Miracle

The ghost of Christmases past haunted our house again in 1993. To say that we were poor, would be an untruth, but to say that money was tight is an understatement. As in years before, funds seemed to vanish, leaving very little, if anything, for gifts. This year was one of the worst.

My husband, an outside salesman, hadn’t been paid since November, when his boss left town on an extended vacation from Thanksgiving through New Years without paying his employees, and we were trying to make it on my meager salary as a State Civil Service Employee at the local Charity Hospital.

Two days before Christmas Eve, I was in the Emergency Clinic picking up charts when the topic of being ready for Christmas was opened for discussion. When asked if I was ready, my reply was that I was waiting on my check which would be available on Christmas Eve and that we didn’t even have a tree yet.

Knowing that I had three children at home, everyone was shocked!

As things were brought out in the open about my husband’s check, or rather, lack of one, I was encouraged to scrounge the barrels of toys that had been collected for needy children who came to the hospital and see if there was anything I could use for mine. Not knowing that this was allowed, I hesitated. After all, we’d been through this before and the kids were old enough to understand our finances. Continued support as well as the knowledge that other hospital employees often did this as Christmas got closer and the barrels empty save for the less desirable gifts that children didn’t seem to want anyway, encouraged me to check it out. I found things like Uno cards, regular playing cards, puzzles and other small gift items that could be found at any Dollar store. Still, it was better than nothing and I was able to pick out a couple of things for each of my children.

But the greatest gift came from an unexpected source.

Psalm 34:15 says that “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears hear their cry.” As a newly recommitted Christian, I knew the Lord would provide something, though I never imagined how He would do it.

Upon leaving the clinic area, I returned to my desk in Admitting to finish up the necessary paperwork before returning the charts to Medical Records. I hadn’t been at my desk for more than a few minutes when I was called by a nurse to meet her in the nurses’ lounge.
Since this particular nurse was one of my favorite people to work with, I didn’t hesitate, not knowing that the incident would be one that would live in my heart forever.

Upon entering the lounge, I found her nearly in tears. “I hope I don’t embarrass or humiliate you,” she began. “But I’d like to give you something.” With that, she handed me a check. “When I was newly single, I needed tires for my car and a new friend, a stranger really, gave me fifty dollars to buy them,” she said, as I, too humbled and, yes, embarrassed to say anything, just looked at her; tears welling in my eyes.

“He told me not to pay him back,” she continued, “but to return the favor by doing something in kind for someone in need whenever I could.” By this time, the tears were flowing freely between us. “I was going to give you the fifty, but I found a little extra. I don’t want you to pay me back either, but do the same for someone whenever you can,” she concluded

Without even looking at the check, I put it in my pocket. We embraced and returned to our perspective work stations. The next morning over coffee with my husband, I told him the story and we opened the check to find it in the amount of one-hundred-dollars.

One-hundred-dollars doesn’t buy a lot, even in 1993, but it was more than enough to share the miracle of Christmas with our children and we were able to send a small gift to our daughter that lived out of state.

The very first thing I did was go out and buy a tree; a pitiful little display item that had been knocked over and kicked around but was the only one available anywhere. The kids and I strung popcorn and they made ornaments called The Eye of Jesus (or God’s Eye) that they’d learned to create in Catechism.

It was one of the most memorable Christmases I’ve ever had.

The gift this dear lady gave was more than money, it was affirmation…proof that my God shall supply all of my needs according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

Extra money is still a rare commodity in our house, but I’ve managed to pay the gesture back numerous times, and I will continue helping others in need every chance I get; for there is one Truth that can’t be denied….You CAN NOT out-give God!

Through all the years of change, I have only one Eye of Jesus ornament left and I still hang it on the tree. It is a physical reminder of the blessing and miracle of Christmas, of how God used this angel of mercy to impact the lives of a newly recommitted Christian and her family; and a spiritual reminder that the eye of the Lord is upon the righteous and His ears do hear their cry!


Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Another Christmas Poem for You....

The Gift

No gift ever given, great or small can compare to greatest Treasure of all.

Born in a manger in the town of Bethlehem Christ the Lord, who died for all men.

Sometimes referred to as thePearl of Great PriceGod so loved the world that He sent His Son to die

- the perfect sacrifice.

So please remember in this season of cheer God is to be honored and praised each day of the year.

This simple poem is my humble gift to wish you Merry Christmas!

 Pamela S Thibodeaux                                                                                                  
(c) 2006

More Poems to Celebrate the TRUE Meaning of Christmas!

Holy Days
© 2006

As we journey through this special time of year
We give Thanks, share Joy and spread lots of Cheer
Let us keep in mind that life is a gift and offer God praise
And always remember to keep the holidays, Holy Days.

From My Heart to Yours
© 2004

In this season of giving and good cheer, I've a message for all to hear!
Good news and glad tidings sent to all men, for a Savior was born in the town of Bethlehem.

Christ the Lord came down to earth, born in a manger, from holy to lowly by birth.
Throughout His life He chose to live right, to be and example of God's power and might.

To die on a cross in just a few years, but never FEAR!
For in victory He rose from that awful grave.
To give Life to all those He came to save.

So in this time of giving and season of cheer...Remember, Christ is to be praised all through the year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year!

The Gift
© 2003

No gift ever given, great or small
Can compare to greatest Treasure of all.

Born in a manger in the town of Bethlehem
Christ the Lord, who died for all men.

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Pearl of Great Price’
God so loved the world that He sent His Son to die
- The perfect sacrifice.

So please remember in this season of cheer
God is to be honored and praised
Each day of the year.

This simple poem is my humble gift
To wish you Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Poems

If you read my post yesterday, you'll see that one year I made Christmas Ornaments for my family and friends.

Well, here are the poems I used......

The Blessing of Family
© 2002

As wise men once followed a bright, shining star
We gather together from near and from far.
A special bonding of hearts, of life and of blood
A sign, a wonder! A miracle from above.

Though our lives are far apart,
We come together; one Spirit, one Heart
We gather to celebrate the blessed day
When Jesus was born to light our way.
We gather as a family in joy and in love
To honor God’s perfect gift from above.

From our hearts to yours…May the
Blessings and miracles of this Holy Season
Be yours throughout the years to come.

Merry Christmas! We love you.
Pam and Terry Thibodeaux & Family
The Year of Our Lord; 2002

The Blessing of Friends
© 2002
Prov. 18:24

We've heard it all before but I'll say it again,
There's no greater blessing than that of a friend.
Dearer to us than a sister or a mother
God defines a friend as one closer than a brother.

Being a true friend, doesn't take much
A shoulder, an ear, a special touch.
You've been all of this to us and so much more
You're someone we love, cherish and adore.

God came to earth on the wings of a dove
To be a friend to man and to show us His love.
A true friend is One who will lay down His life
Christ was born for this purpose; the perfect Sacrifice.

As we count our blessings this Holiday Season,
We know God placed you in our lives for this reason.
Thank you for being our friend, we love you.

Merry Christmas!
Pam and Terry Thibodeaux & Family
The year of our Lord; 2002

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weeklong Christmas Celebration!

Hi Friends,
This week I'm only posting Christmas Related stuff - at least through Christmas Day. Today's post is an idea for Homemade Gifts.....

What do you give when money is tight? How about a piece of your heart?

As a writer I’ve found a way to do just that. I’ve written poems for new parents, anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas.

You may be thinking that’s nice, but how do you give these poems as a gift?

The poem for new parents, color in pink and blue, add clipart, personalize, and put in a pretty frame and you have a wall plaque. Same goes for the anniversary, Mother’s Day or Father’s day poems – use a pretty font, add clipart, print on nice paper and frame.

But what about Christmas?

Make tree ornaments!

Create a document with 4 copies of the poem in red and green font on page one and a cute Christmas picture on page two – which is printed on the back. Laminate the pages and cut each individual poem out. You can use special scissors, Christmas cookie cutters (the large ones), or just your imagination to design each one. Lace, ribbon, colored pipe cleaners, tiny boxes, and stickers make cute accessories. And of course, you’ll need a small hole-puncher to add the hook.

Simple, inexpensive and a gift that will be treasured by family and friends for years to come!

Here's a picture of one I made years ago.
Front Back

Speaking of Christmas Ornaments, here's another great idea!

The Eye of Jesus or God’s Eye ornament is fashioned out Popsicle sticks and crochet thread. Make a cross with the sticks and loop the thread outward into a diamond shape. In the center of the design, where the sticks meet, the “eye” is formed.

Find our more here!

This is fun and easy and even your kids will enjoy making this special ornament....especially if you tell them the story of Jesus and His birth or sing Christmas songs and hymns while doing so!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Amber Polo

Well...Christmas is getting closer by the minute!
Today's guest is Amber Polo and her book Christmas on Wherever Island. Perfect for this time of year don't you think?
Bio: A recovering English major and librarian (two ways to make sure writing fiction is the last thing you’ll ever do) Amber turned to stories because she had no choice. Amber has lived more places than many people visit. From a career as a librarian to yoga teacher with a few stops in between, she most recently moved from Key Largo, Florida to Arizona near Sedona. She is a member of RWA and NARWA. You can find out more about Amber and her writing by visiting here website and/or blog.

Blurb: Marti Bell is facing the prospect of a very unmerry Christmas. Reluctantly leaving her married lover, she travels toward ice, snow, and judgmental family until a magic Santa sends her to a surprise destination in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Wherever Island would be paradise, except the only place to stay is the beachside cottage of gorgeous globetrotting photographer Cliff Holmes. Cliff wants to unwind and treat Marti to a little romantic Caribbean Christmas fun but she’s determined to stay in the warm ocean and out of hot water.
Christmas on Wherever Island is available now from The Wild Rose Press!
Well Friends, that wraps up another Saturday Spotlight - if you haven't finished your shopping or gift wrapping...time's a wastin!
Next week I'll be sharing Christmas poems and stories with you so drop by often!
Until later take care, God Bless and remember....Jesus is the reason for Every season!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Shack

Well, I finally broke down and read The Shack by William P Young and must say I don't understand what all the controversy is about.

No, I would not call HIM "Papa" nor portray Him, Jesus or the Holy Spirit in the manner as Mr. Young did, but then again, who am I to say the author is wrong to do so?

Doesn't the bible state that we are children of the Most High God and that He meets us where we are...He not only pulls us out of the pit - He walks with us in the pit? Didn't Jesus say, "I call you friends" ?

Personally, I found the book to be a lovely example of the intimacy God wishes to share with us.

Though clothed in romance and weaved throughout a story of human emotions and sometimes human tragedy, I too try to show God's desire to share an intimate relationship with us.

If one person looks at Him in a new light and reaches out to Him with an open heart to know Him on a more intimate level as a result of reading this book, then Mr. Young has done what he set out to do....he drew someone to Jesus.

I only hope I can say the same of my writing.

If you haven't read it yet, read The Shack. Read it with an open mind and a searching heart and know how much the Blessed Trinity loves you.

Drop by Saturday for our Spotlight on Amber Polo and Don't Forget - the White Roses in Bloom authors are Celebrating Christmas all month long with poems, recipes, tips and stories to help you beat the holiday stress! I'm giving away one advance copy of Winter Madness to someone who drops by the blog and leaves a comment!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!" (TM)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.....

Everywhere we go....with lights, and trees, decorations and....SNOW!
Not a typo Friends, it SNOWED here in SW Louisiana on 12/11/2008!

Now for some of my northern friends, this is nothing new, but for us here in SW LA it's a rare treat. In fact, it's been nearly 20yrs since we had enough snow to measure - like this.
Here are a few photos for you to enjoy.
My Front Porch Rail
Along the sidewalk in the front yard
Hubby's Satsuma trees in the back yard.
Of course, all of the snow melted away by noon and the next day the temps were up in the high 60/low 70's - which is typical LOL, but this is one December we'll not see again for many years.
May your days be merry and bright....and filled with the LIGHT of Christ!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Wendy Davy!

Hello Friends!

Time for another Saturday Spotlight and today I'd like to introduce to you author and friend, Wendy Davy and her book, A Matter of Trust.

Bio: Wendy has been hooked on reading romance novels ever since she picked up the first one over twenty years ago. That's also when herimagination started to roll and it hasn't stopped since. When she finally realized that it was God who put it into my heart to write, I knew my dreams of becoming an author could turn into a reality. Wendy is a member of the Romance Writers of America and continues to be an avid reader. When not writing, she spends her energy chasing around beautiful young children, enjoying her own real-life hero, and watching movies with friends. Wendy by visiting her Website.

A Matter of Trust
An inspirational story of:
Faith… Forgiveness… and Second chances.

Federal Agent James Montgomery is used to getting what he wants. Right now, he wants to find out what Victoria Connor knows about her grandfather’s illegal activities. Prepared to do whatever it takes, he plunges into her life with single-minded determination, intent on gaining the trust she is so reluctant to give. But, when his compassionate suspect challenges him to face the past that still haunts him, he discovers he has much more to learn from her than he first assumed. You can find out more about

"Am I under interrogation?" James stood and sauntered over to stand in front of her. He placed one hand on the post beside her head, leaned in close to her and said slowly, deeply, "Is it just me you don't trust or is it all men?" He met her eyes and held them captive.

Victoria found the sudden need to swallow. She wanted to turn and leap over the railing to get away. However, knowing how silly that would look, she stood her ground. "At the moment, just you."

"Well then, I'll have to give you a reason to trust me won't I?" He leaned forward a bit more, his lips inches from hers…

"I want to kiss you." His eyes trailed down the length of her face to land on her lips. "And…I always get what I want," he said in a low whisper.

A Matter of Trust is available in Ebook from The Wild Rose Press and will be available in print soon!

Wendy also has Free Reads up at TWRP!

Well Friends, that's about all for now!

Don't forget, the White Roses in Bloom authors are celebrating Christmas all month long so drop by for lots of fun!

Until later, take care, God Bless and remember...Jesus is the reason for every season so make sure your holidays are HOLY days!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unexpected Blessings

I’m typing a series of sermons for my pastor in which he teaches that the love of God is eternally giving and is a daily, provisional covenant from which we should expect provision, favor and blessings. Psalm 68:19 tells us that God “daily loads us with benefits.”

Therefore, we should expect to receive good things from God – and I do!

But the unexpected blessings mean the most to me…a phone call or card from an old friend, a luncheon where I’m treated, finding money in the parking lot.

This week I received an unexpected blessing and not only did it make my whole week brighter, it made my whole Christmas brighter!

In August I switched jobs, new hours, same pay, new benefits package, but I NEVER expected to receive a Christmas bonus! When I was told to check my account and see if the funds were there – I got another surprise as it was far more than I ever imagined much less expected.
Many may know that I prayed for God to find me a “nice quiet office” somewhere and this job was all I asked for and even though I’d rather be home and not have to work, I KNOW He is providing for me and I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

Have you ever received an unexpected blessing?

I’d love to hear about it!

Remember – Dec. 15th is the deadline for the Sony E-Reader contest;
Cindy K Green’s Christmas Jubilee is this week only
The White Roses in Bloom are Celebrating Christmas ALL MONTH LONG and I'm giving away an ADVANCE copy of Winter Madness to one lucky commenter - so drop on by!

And don’t forget to come back Saturday when we’re Spotlighting Wendy Davy and her book A Matter of Trust.

Until later, take care, God Bless and remember….tis the Season to spread Joy!

Tempered Joy is available Now!

Pamela S Thibodeaux

"Inspirational with an Edge!" (TM)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Countdown has Begun!

Well Friends, it's been a busy week already and Christmas is getting closer every day.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of your holiday shopping and preparations, don't forget about these GREAT events going on.

#1) The Wild Rose Press Sony E-Reader Contest ends on Dec. 16th so if you haven't entered to win, run over NOW and do so!

#2) Cindy K Green's White Christmas Jubilee is for one week only! 14 Authors and 14 books up for grabs.

#3) The White Roses in Bloom authors are celebrating Christmas ALL MONTH LONG at their blog with holiday tips, recipes, stories and yes, gifts!

I'm participating in all of these events - AND - giving away ONE ADVANCE COPY of Winter Madness during the White Christmas Jubilee and White Roses in Bloom Christmas celebration (that's 2 advance copies up for grabs!)

So run over to those two blogs and leave a comment. I will collect the names of EVERY person who comments and draw for a FREE copy of Winter Madness so be sure and leave your email address in your comment.

Don't forget to drop back by for our Saturday Spotlight featuring Wendy Davy!

Have a Blessed week!


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Sylvie Kaye!

Well Friends, time for another Saturday Spotlight and today I'd like to introduce to you Sylvie Kaye and her books, Banned in Texas, Wrong Side of Love and Devil in Cowboy Boots!
Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the shadows of the Pocono Mountains and its honeymoon havens, Sylvie Kaye breathes the air of romance daily. After getting one short story published in 1994, she went from hooked on reading romances to hooked on writing them. Her years of work experience in manufacturing, as well as varied jobs in offices, retail, and a bank, to name a few, lent itself to writing contemporary romances. Road trips to exciting locations in our beautiful country inspire the settings for her stories.
BANNED IN TEXAS~ When the local bad boy meets a bad girl gone respectable, it’s anyone guess who will come out on top. Cole wants to add Angie to the notches on his bedpost, while she wants respectability. He’s the serial dating bad boy of the RFD singles while she’s new in town and seeking a fresh start. Will she tame the bad boy or will he shame her?

Or will the secret he’s deadest on hiding with his playboy image be revealed?

DEVIL IN COWBOY BOOTS~ When a sexually frustrated medical transcriber on vacation in Texas in search of a man to fulfill her fantasies meets a dark, devilishly handsome loner out to clear his name by finding the man who framed him for manslaughter, she finds more excitement than she bargained for.

When The Devil In Cowboy Boots stalks the man who framed him for manslaughter, his vengeance becomes tempered by Mercy, a woman as tantalizing as his most erotic fantasies.

WRONG SIDE OF LOVE~ Stop by Wayback, Texas where a cowboy falls in love every eight second! Lili Marlene is hell-bent to get out of Wayback. To anyplace where sports, music, and culture don’t center around cows or rodeos. Two things stand in her way, the down payment on a new business and Luc Fremont, the mayor of Wayback.

Luc has two birthday wishes. To stay aboard the meanest bull at the Wayback Rodeo for eight seconds and to make it with Lili. One of many generations of Wayback mayors, Luc loves the town, his homestead, and, to his exasperation, Lili. She won’t commit to stay and a mayor doesn’t live elsewhere.

BANNED IN TEXAS~In Print at Amazon.com & Barnes&Noble
WRONG SIDE OF LOVE,Wayback, Tx~The Wild Rose Press
Contest and Excerpts at www.sylviekaye.com
Hope you enjoyed this week's issue of Saturday Spotlight, join me next week when we meet Wendy Davy.
IMW, don't forget, author Cindy K Green is having a White Christmas Jubilee on her blog and the White Rose in Bloom authors are celebrating Christmas all month long on theirs!
Both promise to be loads of fun with great gifts so drop by often!
Until later....take care, God Bless and remember....Jesus is the reason for every season.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

White Christmas Book Jubilee!

Come one, Come all to a special Christmas Book Giveaway Event!

December 8th to the 14th --
Make sure to pop in everyday for a chance to win. There will be lots going on everyday--all day long.

White Christmas Book Jubilee
14 Authors ~ 14 Holiday Book Giveaways
December 8th to December 14th

Free Books, Holiday Recipes, and Excerpts to warm you to the tips of your toes

Don’t miss the celebration! http://cindykgreen.blogspot.com

Monday, December 8th – Rose Ross Zediker & Jan Scarbrough
Tuesday, December 9th – Pamela Thibodeaux & Linda Swift
Wednesday, December 10th – Cindy K. Green & Sarita Leone
Thursday, December 11th – Kara Lynn Russell & Anna Kathryn Lanier
Friday, December 12th – Marianne Arkins & Stacey Joy Netzel
Saturday, December 13th – Nan Jacobs & Teri Wilson
Sunday, December 14th – Stacy Dawn & Carla Rossi

Also: Your favorite White Rose Authors are celebrating Christmas all month long on the White Roses in Bloom Blog!

Drop by often to our celebration where you'll find stories, tips, recipes and more to help you get in the Holiday mood!

Who knows, you may even receive a gift for posting a comment :-)

Hope to see you there!

Don't forget....drop back by here Saturday for our Spotlight on Sylvie Kaye!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Confirmation and Validation

Hello Friends,

Whew, what a week! Hope everyone enjoyed a BLESSED and Happy Thanksgiving weekend...not too much food...didn't overspend on Black Friday.

Forgive me, I just can't imagine the chaos that goes on in the stores the day after Thanksgiving, but then, I'm not a shopper. I go in, get what I need, get out as fast as possible...usually on my lunch hour LOL!

Anyway....on to my topic.

Last week I had one of those days when I wonder if this writing business is worth the time, energy, and heartache we put into it. I prayed God would give me some kind of confirmation and validation.

We all need encouragement from time to time, but I needed more...I needed to know that what I'm doing is worth the effort and that my writing IS blessing someone.

Well our God is an awesome God!

Not only did at least 1 person tell me how much she loved my writing (while she bought 2 books), but I received a great review for Tempered Joy!

This reader/reviewer went so far as to email me and say...."I was truly blessed by the book. It is annointed."

She then said she'd emailed Christianbook.com and asked them to carry my books!

Now, if that's not confirmation and validation....what is?

God is SO Good!

Well friends, that's about all for now.

Until later....take care, God Bless and remember....sometimes all it takes is an encouraging word to change someone's perspective and validate their life.

Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!" (TM)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Judith Rochelle

Well Friends, hope your Thanksgiving was Blessed and Happy!
Today we're spotlighting fellow TWRP author, Judith Rochelle (aka: Desiree Holt) and her book On the Run.
Judith lives in the Hill Country of Texas where most of her hunky cowboys come from. Her real love is Texas, where so many of my stories are set. She's had a lot of firsts in her life – first female sports report on The Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan; first woman to own a rock and roll agency in Detroit, the home of Motown; first woman president of the Pasco (Florida) Economic Development Council. Her background is so varied it’s given her a lot of experiences to choose from when plotting stories. She's been an insurance agent, newspaper reporter, a public relations and special events coordinator, managed rock and Top 40 bands, worked for both a public and private university, chaired regional economic development councils and served on political campaign committees. When Judith is not writing she's an avid reader – anything and everything – and watches football, especially her favorite team, the Michigan Wolverines.
Blurb for On the Run: When Robin Fleming witnesses the murder of her sister, Jamie, her only thought is to grab her nephew and run, from her vicious brother-in-law. Running and hiding, covering their tracks, they eventually settle in Memphis to begin a new life. Robin, now Laura, though still grieving for her sister, is determined to make a good life for her nephew. Then illness hits Andy, and while Laura is dealing with that crisis, bad luck and unfortunate circumstances bring all the players together again and endanger everyone’s lives. Can Dr. Gage Hollander, who has fallen in love with Laura, find a way to save them?
Excerpt: Taking the highway into Oregon might have been easier on her, but she was sure that was the first route C.D. would check. Instead, she cut east immediately into Idaho. Besides evading C.D., she had a specific reason for coming this way. Tomorrow they'd get to Helena, where she had important business to take care of. Things that would help keep her and Bobby safe.

Robin had only a vague idea of how long they'd been driving but it felt as if she'd been doing it forever. Her eyes were gritty from lack of sleep and her muscles rigid with tension. It didn't help that she was constantly watching for some car to run her off the road. She'd been lucky enough to find a couple of drive-through's where she fueled up with coffee. Caffeine raced through her system like a wild horse, revving her up and making her edgy.

She slid a glance at Bobby, wrapped in a blanket and buckled into his car seat. What a lucky thing he was sleeping so heavily. Still, she knew they needed to find a bed pretty soon. And food. Starvation wouldn't be a pretty way to die.

By the time they reached Kellogg, Idaho, she was more than ready to stop. She pulled gratefully into a motel whose sign blinked ‘Vacancy' in big red letters. It was the most welcoming site Robin had seen in a long time.
All proceeds of On the Run will be donated to Victim’s Advocacy Office of SAFamilies, San Antonio Police Department.

Also, November is Crimson Rose month and On the Run is on sale so get your copy today!
Hope you enjoyed this Saturday Spotlight. Join me next week when I introduce to you Sylvie Kaye!
Until later....take care, God Bless and remember....every day should be thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Just a quick note to wish Each and Every One of You, My Dear Friends a BLESSED and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I also want to Thank You for your continued support of my writing, Thank GOD for the successes I've attained to date and for the lessons I've learned on this journey and Thank MY Family for their unfailing support.

Have a Blessed day and remember....a grateful heart is a merry heart and a merry heart brings life to the body and health to the bones.

There's always something to be grateful for....and when you express gratitude, you open yourself to receive more good things!

Don't forget, Saturday I'm spotlighting Judith Rochelle and her book On the Run so if you get a chance, drop on by!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!" (TM)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What's Going on in MY World

Hello Friends,

When I consider what to blog about, I try and post something that would be of interest to many.... places where readers and authors connect, author spotlights, etc.

Today I thought I'd just drop by and fill you in on what's happening in my world.

On a personal note, you may or may not know that I am the grandmother of two beautiful children. My Angel Girl, Bryanna is 4 (5 in March) and "Baby Sean" will be 3 in April. I must admit I never beleived the saying, "there's nothing like being a grandparent" until I became one...and yes THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT!

The great news is I'm going to be a grandmother again! My daughter is almost 3 months along now and we're hoping for a little brother for Bryanna.

On a professional note, my Agent has also accepted my gift book to pitch! I'm so happy about this!! Love is a Rose parallells the love of God and the Christian life to the words of The Rose, written by Amanda McBroom and performed by Conway Twitty and Bette Midler.

I'll be sure and keep you posted on what happens with the projects he pitches.

Bayou Writers Group's Anuual Fall Conference on the 15th was a smashing success! I was going to write a whole post about it, but my fellow BWG members beat me to it. Visit Nona, Mindy or Jess's blog to find out more. One of our guests also blogged about the conference!

Well Friends, that's about all the news for now. Today I'm guest blogging @ Simply Romance Reviews Blog so if you get a chance run over there and check it out.

Saturday Spotlight this week will be Judith Rochelle and her book, On the Run.

Hope you'll drop by and check out this great book.

IMW, have a BLESSED and Happy Thanksgiving!!


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Julie Lessman!

Hello Again!

Time for another Saturday Spotlight.

Today I'd like to introduce to you a wonderful lady and fellow author, Juile Lessman who has garnered much writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. She is the author of The Daughters of Boston series, which includes A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. You can visit Julie at her Web site at http://www.julielessman.com/.

Book one in the series revolves around Faith O'Connor. She’s found the love of her life. Unfortunately, he loves her sister.

As World War I rages across the Atlantic in 1916, a smaller war is brewing in Boston. Faith O’Connor finds herself drawn to an Irish rogue who is anything but right for her. Collin McGuire is brash, cocky, and from the wrong side of the tracks, not to mention forbidden by her father. And then there’s the small matter that he is secretly courting her younger sister. But when Collin’s affections suddenly shift her way, it threatens to tear Faith’s proper Boston family apart.

Book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Most Pure will carry your heart from the sophisticated streets of Boston to the green hills of Ireland as men go off to war and women long for their return. Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, it will captivate you from the first page.

Book 2 is about Faith's sister, Charity. Depth of beauty … shallow of heart, Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. She sets her sights on a man who wants nothing to do with her, and although the sparks are there, he refuses to fan the coals of a potential relationship with a woman who ruined his life. Charity burned him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won’t play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants—one way or another.

Well folks, if you like historical romances, these are two must reads!

That's it for this week's Saturday Spotlight. Stay tuned next week when we meet author Judith Rochelle!

Don't forget to run over to Elaine Cantrell's Blog and check out my interview.

Tuesday I'll be guest blogging at Simply Romance Reviews - hope to see you there!

Until later...take care, God Bless and remember...The One whose Passion saved us from sin!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Save the Series!

Hello Friends,

Many times you hear horror stories of authors being rooked by unscrupulous agents, small press publishers folding and authors books tied up with red tape and all sorts of things. As you know, I've experienced my share of disasters and near disasters.

But what you may not know is even large publishing houses will pull a book or series. Today I have a very special guest, Christy Barritt to talk with you about the possible demise of her series.

Bio: Christy is the author of the Squeaky Clean Mystery series, which follows the adventures of a crime-scene cleaner who likes to stick her nose into police business. The first book in the series, Hazardous Duty, was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year. She’s married to a teacher and they have a two-year-old son. When Christy has some free time, she’s enjoys… who’s she kidding? She never has any free time! And she wouldn’t have it any other way. For more information, visit her website at: http://www.christybarritt.com/. Help save the Squeaky Clean series by buying a book… and win a gift certificate in the process. Visit her blog at http://myblog4fun.com/cbarritt for more details.

Christy's Story:
Do you remember the TV shows that had cult followings and were critically acclaimed, but the networks canceled them because their viewership wasn’t high enough? Shows like Jericho, Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, Twin Peaks, and Arrested Development. All had a good fan base, but, in the end, it just wasn’t enough.

We have to face it: sometimes good TV shows that have gotten great reviews have the plug pulled.

I never thought the same might happen with my Squeaky Clean Mystery series. My fan base was steadily growing and the series was getting great reviews. But in September, my publisher informed me that unless my sales numbers increase, the Squeaky Clean series will cease to exist. My publisher said he loves my writing and wants the series to continue. But, like any business, money is the bottom line.

You see, even when you’re published, you still have to seek publication.

When I heard about my numbers, I realized I had two primary choices. I could pout and whine and feel sorry for myself. This was a very tempting option, one filled with lots of chocolate and sappy movies and “woe is me” moments.

Or, option number two, I could fight with everything in me to keep the series alive. I could put on my boxing gloves, prepare to sweat and take a few knocks in the face. I could prepare myself to take a bullet and maybe pull some hair out, all with the hope that I might come out victorious.

If I went with option number two, then I knew I had to be honest with my readers about the potential fate of the series. But let’s face it—does any writer really want to own up to having bad sales numbers? I mean, what if I marked myself in the industry as a failure and no publisher ever wanted to touch me again? There were definite risks involved with total and complete honesty.

But over and over again, God has been calling me to honest. I know this sounds funny, since I am a Christian. But I’m a peacemaker, so if being honest causes hurt feelings or drama, I have a tendency to keep my mouth shut. In more than one area, God has been leading me to speak up, even if it means ridicule, conflict or falling out of someone’s good graces.

So, I went with option number two. I decided that if my Squeaky Clean series is going to go down, it’s going to go down fighting. The process has surprisingly been energizing so far, probably more of an adrenaline rush than anything else. I’ve been contacting the media, book clubs, libraries and following up with them if I don’t hear an initial response. I’ve been blogging and doing more blog tours. I’ve been contacting stores and readers, trying to get them interested.

I’ve been learning a lot this whole situation, things that I think can help other writers, both published and unpublished. I’ve been learning that:

· If you’re called to do something, don’t give up, even when the odds are against you
· If you believe in something, give it your very last breath. Anything that’s worth having is worth fighting for.
· Publishing isn’t for the faint of heart.
· View being published as a challenge—and learn to embrace challenges.

By the way, I started a contest to save the Squeaky Clean series. Tell me how you’re helping to spread the word about the series, and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Christianbook.com. Details are on my blog at: http://myblog4fun.com/cbarritt.

About Suspicious Minds: Rock and roll may never die, but the King is definitely dead . . . again.

In this smart and suspenseful sequel to Hazardous Duty, crime-scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire finds herself stuck doing mold remediation to pay the bills. But her first day on the job, she uncovers a surprise in the crawlspace of a dilapidated home: Elvis, dead as a doornail and still wearing his blue suede shoes. How could she possibly keep her nose out of a case like this?

Elvis turns out to be Darnell Evans, a down-on-his-luck impersonator whose luck just got a lot worse, and there is no shortage of suspects. When his widow begs her to help, Gabby takes on the case of who-killed-the-King. In the meantime her would-be rival, Chad Davis, is turning into one hunka hunka burnin’ love and starting to dish out some serious TLC, which is the last thing Gabby needs right now.

Realizing the futility of running from God and from her responsibilities, Gabby decides to reconsider her priorities her life. But when the ersatz Elvis killer catches on to her investigation, will she survive long enough to be able to?

Well Friends, there you have it....the story of a couple of books which may be pulled from distribution due to the bottom line.

If you enjoy mysteries, check out Christy's Squeaky Clean Series - Hazardous Duty and Suspicious Minds!

Saturday Spotlight this week will be author Julie Lessman and two of her Daughters of Boston series books, A Passion Most Pure and A Passion Redeemed.

Also on Saturday I'll be the guest over at Elaine Cantrell's Blog!

Hope to see you here!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

There's Still Time to WIN!!

Hi Folks!

Just wanted to let you know there is still time to participate in The Wild Rose Press's Sony E-Reader contest! I'm not the only author participating in this contest - there are fifty of us!

Here's the cover & blurb for my TWRP titles.....

The Inheritance is about the chance we all long for…the chance to start over. Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness. Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now. Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again? US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her. A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?

Best-selling novelist and songwriter, Camie Rogers has penned numerous accounts of the secret love she holds in her heart. Country-Music Superstar Kip Allen has changed from the shy, humble boy, to the epitome of “star.” Can the two rediscover each other after one night of his Home is where the Heart is Tour? Find out in Choices.

Single mom Cathy Johnson is tired of running her life alone…what she needs is a well-trained angel to help out. Jared Savoy gave up the dream of having a family when he discovered he is sterile. Can a confirmed bachelor and the mother of four find love amid normal daily chaos? Find out in Cathy’s Angel.

Anthony Paul Seville is known as the ‘most eligible bachelor’ in New Orleans, possibly even the entire state of Louisiana, but finds himself alone—completely and explicitly alone. Jessica Aucoin is a writer on her way to fame and fortune, but is haunted by a man from her past. Will the “champion” lawyer and the author of romantic suspense find love written in their future? Find out in A Hero for Jessica.

If you've already purchased my titles I THANK YOU!
If not, now's a GREAT time to do so because for every purchase, you're entered to win!!!.
And don't forget, March 11, 2009 I'll have another TWRP release, Winter Madness.
Unitl later take care, God Bless and remember.....Jesus is the reason for every season.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Amber Leigh Williams

Hello Again,

Time for our Saturday Spotlight and today I'm proud to share with you a fellow TWRP author, Amber Leigh Williams (aka: Amber Shedeck) and her book, Denied Origin!

Amber Leigh Williams is a member of RWA and secretary of the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA. Her first novel Fox & Hound was published in February with Red Rose Publishing and received an "Outstanding Read" review with Simply Romance.

DENIED ORIGIN, a romantic suspense with The Wild Rose Press, is available now with a print release of November 14. She is also contracted with TWRP's Wayback, TX series with her western novella BLACKEST HEART. The first book in her contemporary Fairhope series, A SUMMER'S HOPE, is also contracted with TWRP.
She enjoys being a stay-at-home writer mostly because she loves spending as much time as possible with the three Labradors she shares with her husband, Jacob. She’s lived in the South all her life and currently resides in Alabama. Contact Amber at amber@amberleighwilliams.com. Visit Amber at http://www.amberleighwilliams.com/.

Blurb for Denied Origin: Former FBI agent and bodyguard Mark Welles’s career and life are going downhill until he meets Marcisso Tuttora, the man his father died protecting years ago. Wealthy businessman Marcisso puts the life of his only child, Valentina, in Mark’s hands by asking him to return to Rio de Janeiro to guard her.

Less than a week later, Marcisso and his wife are murdered in their beds, and Valentina is running for her life for reasons she cannot begin to guess until she meets Mark Welles. A stubborn heiress to an oil fortune and the son of a highly decorated soldier, they must find a way to escape the country without getting caught and find out why they are chased by a deadly terrorist. In a matter of weeks, they are driven into a scavenger hunt across the globe laid out by Valentina’s parents and embark on a passionate, emotional journey as exhilarating and intense as the race for their lives.


"He's gone…gone." She chanted it like a sinner at a shrine, her eyes wide with fear. "He was there…then he was gone."

"Drink it," he ordered, holding her tight. He managed to pour the liquid into her mouth.

She winced as she swallowed it. There were tears pouring down her cheeks again. "They took him to get to us. He was just a ladder to me." She ripped the envelope from her bra strap and, in a sudden burst of righteous anger, hurled it across the room. "What is it worth? People shouldn't have to die for me!"

She collapsed into shudders against him. He held her close as she sobbed loudly into his shirt. "Don't think of it," he advised.

Her face lifted and she stared incredulously at him. "Don't think about it?" she shot back. "Why don't you tell me how to do that? Why don't you tell me how to block it out, numb it? You must be an expert on that!"

He was silent. The anger was better than helpless shudders. He let her berate him without interruption.

"They killed a good man to get to me! It's my fault he's dead! It's my fault that some poor, innocent man is lying out on the street in a million pieces! There's no way they can justify that!"

"They're not trying to justify anything, Valentina," he said calmly, taking her face in his hands to keep her eyes on his. "They're not thinking about morals or justice. They're thinking about you and the letter. They're thinking about eliminating you. They think they can weaken you or take you out by targeting the people you love. He didn't die a coward. That matters. Let that be your comfort."

Unmoved by his words, she shoved his hands away from her face and scrambled to her feet. "Who's going to die next for me, Mark? You?" Her lips trembled threateningly and her eyes filled with hot tears at the mere thought of the idea. "If you die, too, because of me, I'll never be able to live with myself. If somebody else dies for me, I won't be able to keep going. Why not just let them take me? It should end here! Right here, right now!"

He got to his feet and went to her quickly. In a quick surge of anger, he pushed her against the wall with his hands on her shoulders. "Don't say that ever again, you hear me? You're not going to give up. You're not going to quit. If you do, you're quitting your family. You're quitting what we've worked for together. You're quitting me. Could you live with that, Valentina?"

Her hands came to her face as her throat heaved with dry sobs. "Why can't it all just go away? I don't want my life anymore. I don't want it. I can't live this way anymore. Take me back home, Mark. Take me right now."

"I am taking you home!" he yelled without thinking.

She stared at him for a long moment. "What's that supposed to mean?"

He paused, collecting himself. "You're going to find out soon enough because you're not quitting. The end's not far and I won't let you quit now. I can't. You're moving on even if I have to drag you every inch of the way."

She shoved him away, her eyes hot with fury. "You don't control me!"

"You can justify his death by finishing this. You will finish!"

"Leave me alone!" she cried, turning from him. "Just go away; take my father's money and run. I don't need you anymore."

"You need me, Valentina," he warned, gripping her arm before she could walk away. "You need me and you know it!"

Ooohhh, sounds facinating!
Denied Origin is available in Ebook and print (released yesterday!) so get your copy today~ PS: Crimpson Rose is TWRP's Romantic Suspense line and November is Suspense Month therefore all of the books (including Denied Origin) are on sale!
Well Friends, stay tuned next week when I give you an account of Bayou Writers' Group's conference and tell you who our next Saturday Spotlight is!
Until then....take care, God Bless and remember...every day should be Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The One Minute Coach

Well Friends as promised today I'm spotlighting Masha Malka and her book, The One Minute Coach which is on virtual tour from Streets Marketing
Masha Malka is a former Soviet refugee who knows first hand what it is like to be living below poverty level; to have low self-esteem; to start out without the language, money, or contacts and to make a great life for herself!

Masha went from living a life with little clarity and focus to becoming a successful entrepreneur, author, Clarity and Focus guru, international speaker and trainer as well as the mother of 3 children.

Understanding what it takes to successfully balance the demands of a growing career as an author, international speaker and a life coach with 3 children, husband, family, friends, and personal needs - she is passionate to show others how they can do it too!
The One Minute Coach: change your life one minute at a time - Here's a look at what's inside....

CONTENTSForeword (by Cary Johnston)
Introduction Part 1: Freedom To Be Who You Are Whose Life Are You Living?
Part 2: The Secrets of People Who Are Successful What Successful People Know What Is Success?
Part 3: Why Do We Suffer?
Part 4: The Secret to a Great LifeWho Are You Not to Be?
Part 5: Are You a Natural Leader?
Part 6: Time Management and Effective Decision Making
Part 7: The Best Source of Wealth - You Have The Power – Mind Power!
Part 8: It Is Never Too LateYou Make a Difference!
Conclusion: The Most Important Job You Do
Wow, sounds like something we all should read!
To find out more about Masha and The One Minute Coach go to: http://www.streetsmartsmarketing.com/mashablogtour.htm
To order the book got to http://mashamalka.com/bookpromotion/
To find out more about your own virtual book tour visit Streets Marketing. Com

Well friends, that's all for today. Thank you for joining me and Malka on her virtual book tour!
Don't forget, Saturday Spotlight is Amber Leigh Williams and her book, Denied Origin and Saturday is also Bayou Writers' Group's Annual Fall Conference.
Hope to see you there!
Until later....God Bless!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Good News - We Have An Agent!!

Hello Friends!

If you read my post on October 16th, you'll know that I pulled my book, The Visionary from Enspiren Press due to unforseen and unfortunate circumstances. This put me back to square one with the novel...should I pitch to other small presses or take a chance and find an agent to represent me?

With much prayer and consideration, I decided to give myself a time frame to find an agent and if no success, pitch to small presses.


By the grace of God or a miracle (aren't they one and the same?) I hooked the 2nd person I queried!!

Mr. Les Stobbe has been in the business for 53yrs and is known as the champion of getting contracts for new authors.

Now some of you may feel like I do, that I'm not a new author, but in the eyes of bigger publishing houses, I just may be.

And that's fine!

As long as one contracts this book and my other WIP - Circles of Fate LOL!

Well Friends, just wanted to share with you this success and to THANK YOU for your continued prayers and support.

Now, on to more news.....

Wednesday I'll be spotlighting Masha Malka and her book The One Minute Coach for her virtual book tour through streetsmarketing.com.

Our Saturday Spotlight this week will be Amber Leigh Williams and her latest book Denied Origin.

Saturday is also Bayou Writers' Group's Annual Fall Conference so if you're in the vicinity of Lake Charles, Louisiana c'mon out and join us!

That's all for now, Folks!

Until later...take care, God Bless and remember....the Vision is yet for an appointed time!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday Spotlight - Rose Zediker!

Time for another Saturday Spotlight and today I'm pleased to introduce to you a fellow TWRP author, Rose Zediker and her book, Through the Eyes of Love!

Rose Ross Zediker, well published in the Christian children's magazine genre, kept to her Christian publishing roots with her first romance novella, Through the Eyes of Love. Rose enjoys reading all types of romance novels but concentrates her writing efforts on inspirational romances. Rose lives in rural Elk Point , SD with her husband.

Wisteria, of Long and Short of It Reviews says, "Through the Eyes of Love is a touching story of a young woman's internal struggle that challenges the human spirit. A compelling read and a feel good story all in one, Audra and Mike's love story is sure to bring a tear to the eye as well as find a well deserved place on your "keeper" shelves."

Rose blogs weekly, please drop by and visit her My Space page, www.myspace.com/roserosszediker and Shout Life page, www.shoutlife.com/roserosszediker. She also takes her turn blogging on the Wild Rose Press inspirational author's blog, "White Roses in Bloom", http://www.whiterosesinbloom.blogspot.com/.


Once the gangly boy next door, Mike Redmond grew into a six-foot, six-inch man. His former occupation as a guitarist in a Christian Rock Band necessitated a certain look including waist-length blond hair, goatee and hoop earrings. Forced into a major career change, Mike gave the situation over to God and follows what the Lord put on his heart. Opening a music store in Clearview and winning Audra's love.

Audra Pope runs a successful insurance agency but shies away from relationships, including one with God. Men want a perfect "magazine ad" woman and, due to her spine deformity, Audra doesn't meet that standard. Although Mike's outward appearance bothers an influential business owner, Audra begins to fall in love with him. Can she learn to see people, including herself, the way God does from the inside out?
Through the Eyes of Love is available now from The Wild Rose Press!

Sounds like another author on the rise!

Well friends, hope you've enjoyed this edition of Saturday Spotlight. Please join me next week when I host Amber Leigh Williams and her new release, Denied Origin!

Until later...take care and God Bless!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Another Great Place for Readers & Authors!

The search never ends to find new places (new to me anyway) where readers can find new authors/books and authors can find promotional avenues such as interviews, reviews and guestblogging.

Today I'd like to introduce to you Wild on Books!

Wild on Books has a blog and a forum for readers and writers to connect. They also set up author interviews , guest blogging, and do book reviews.

So if you're wild about books, visit Wild on Books and see what they have to offer.

Remember, tomorrow TWRP authors will be on the SRR Readers & Authors Connect loop and Saturday I'm spotlighting Rose Zediker and her book, Through the Eyes of Love.

Hope to see you on the SRR loop and back here on Sat!