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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Release from White Rose Publishing!

Hello Friends,

I'm a little late posting this week - been a crazy, busy week at the Silver Spur Guest ranch! I arrived back home in Iowa, LA late last night.

Anyway....better late than never I guess LOL!

This week's new release from White Rose Publishing is Saving Christmas by Clare Revell......

Rather than do the expected thing, Christmas Daniels, pursued a high powered career in London, flying across the world, never being home long enough for anything. When her father is taken ill, she returns to run Hollies Christmas Emporium, an all year round Christmas shop.

Matt Pringle doesn't make a good impression on his new boss when he accuses her of stealing his parking space. Wanting to make up, he tries to impress her, but ends up falling for her instead.

When the bank threatens the store with closure, Chrissie sacrifices everything to try to save it. A committed Christian, Matt knows that Chrissie needs saving  just as much. 

Will their growing attraction help Matt save Christmas before it’s too late?

Saving Christmas is available NOW as a $1.00 download!

How can you pass up such a deal? :-)

Until later...take care & be blessed!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good Morning Friends,

It's a busy crazy week here at the Silver Spur Guest Ranch in Bandera, TX but I wanted to take a moment to THANK each and every one of you for your continued love and support. Despite the hardships of the past 15 months I KNOW how truly blessed I am.

May God bless each and every one of you and may your Thanksgiving be the most blessed and happiest ever!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Release from White Rose Publishing!

Good Morning Friends!

Well, my schedule of Saturday Spotlight guests ran out for a couple of weeks but don't worry, I still have a special treat for you!

This week we welcome Tanya Stowe to the White Rose family, and she brings us an inspirational story of healing...and not just spiritual healing, but physical healing, as well. You're sure to find your heartstrings stretched to the limits in this faith-filled and exciting historical novella.

Lacy Butler is graced with the gift of healing. She can save strangers-even those undeserving-yet fails to save her mother. Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart?

With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most-Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?

Tender Touch is available now!

Also, did you know WRP has a digital book club? Yeah! and you can get 20% off of every ebook you purchase all the time! Get details HERE.

Oh, and one more thing....White Rose authors and staff put together a FREE cookbook just in time for the holidays. Download your copy today!

While you're over at WRP, check out the New Releases, Special Deals & Featured Titles!

Well friends, that's about it for this week. I'm heading back to the Silver Spur guest ranch in Bandera, TX for the week on Monday. I'll try to drop you a note or two while I'm there, but if not.....

Take care, Be Blessed and have a BLESSED & HAPPY Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Release from White Rose Publishing!

Good Morning Friends!

Oh well, I made it through the weekend~Praise God LOL! Seriously though, if you missed BWG's conference, you missed out on a great event. No worries though, there's always next year. Watch our website for details.

Now on to the latest release from White Rose Publishing....Continents Apart by Dana Sudboro.

Odette Peterson has a clear understanding of where the Lord wants her, and that's in the African missionary field. When she meets veteran missionary, Xavier Sand, she embraces their budding relationship. He's everything she's wanted in a man: Christian, kind, and a man who's dedicated his life to ministry. But when he insists she put aside her evangelization efforts and join him in Japan, she finds she must let Xavier go.

Xavier cannot understand why Odette stubbornly clings to the idea that God wants her in Africa. Missionary, yes, but she can do missionary work anywhere. After all, he does. Despite all his efforts to convince her to change her conviction, she refuses and Xavier finds himself floundering for significance in his life.

Across three continents, and with others vying for their hearts, Odette and Xavier must learn to trust that God knows what's best for their futures...even if that means they will never be together.

Continents Apart is available NOW from White Rose Publishing in ebook & print!

While you're there, check out my titles!

Okay Friends, there's another book for your TBR pile and/or Christmas list!

Until later...take care & be blessed.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Spotlight - Clare Revell!

Good Morning Friends!

Since I'm probably half-crazy by now with the Bayou Writers' Group Conference I'm going to jump right in with today's spotlight.....but first a little about Clare in her own words....

I live in a small town in England with my husband of 18 years and my three children, all of which are now in secondary school and taller than me. I'm not sure which is scarier, but it does make trying to ground them interesting. I've been writing from early childhood and encouraged by my teachers, I graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan fiction - which is still out on the net in various places under my pen name Tels - to using my own original characters writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories.

I read a lot, but at least I don't hide under the covers with a torch anymore. As well as writing, reading, I used to do a lot of cross stitching. Sadly now my eyesight is too poor to see to do it. I also try to keep up with the many piles of laundry my children manage to create. I also work part time in the breakfast club at one of the local schools. Although this means leaving the house at 7am and starting at 7.15am... I'm home by 930am and have 6 hours before the kids come in from school.

I have been a Christian for more than half my life. I go to Carey Baptist where I am one of three registrars. So far I have overseen two weddings. On neither occasion did the bride wear white. (Hopefully the next time she will.)

 A Killer lurks in Headley Cross…

…And Holly Carmichael is the only woman to survive his attack. Now she lives in fear, searching for normalcy and trying to put her life back together. When she meets Kyle Stevens, he turns her world upside-down. He’s as exasperating as he is appealing. How can Holly make sense of her awakening feelings when she’s so unsure of Kyle? His voice is familiar, he’s left-handed, and he wears the serial killer’s cologne. Who is he…really? As Holly struggles to restore her damaged faith, she must find the strength to trust once again—in Kyle and in God.

Kyle Stevens isn’t ready to live again. Racked by guilt, he’s afraid to feel. His sole focus is finding the Headley Cross serial killer—his girlfriend's murderer. That is, until he meets Holly Carmichael. He’s drawn to Holly, vows to protect her where he failed to protect his former love. But Holly makes him feel again, emotions quickly morphing into something much more dangerous to his hardened heart.

When the serial killer returns to finish what he started, only a miracle can save them…but then, it's the Season for Miracles.

Excerpt: Kyle’s voice came from a long way off, and Holly had to concentrate to hear it. “I’m sorry, Holly. He’s normally pretty well behaved, but he’s never seen snow before and is a little over-excited. Plus he was on his own all day yesterday. Are you all right?”

Holly nodded. The headache upped a notch. That was a stupid thing to do.

“Can you stand?”

She moved her head a little as Kyle helped her to her feet. She brushed the snow from her coat and tried to focus on the man. His hat, pulled down over his ears, hid his hair. Her head pounded, stars danced in front of her eyes, and it was all she could do to stand upright.

I want to sit down. Please, let me sit down. The words echoed in her mind, but she wasn’t sure she’d said them aloud. He didn’t respond.

His deep voice reverberated as he pulled off his glove. “Are you sure you’re all right?”

Holly nodded for a third time. She had a huge lump in her throat and she struggled to breathe. Her legs didn’t want to hold up, but she didn’t want a fuss. Fingers tingled inside her glove where he held her hand. His grip kept her upright.

Kyle’s other hand cradled the back of her head. Holly winced as he found and examined the lump. His touch increased the pain by a magnitude of five. Kyle checked his fingers and relief crossed his face at the lack of blood. “Holly? Please, say something. Otherwise I’ll have to assume Orion ate your tongue.”

Season for Miracles is available NOW from White Rose Publishing!
Well Friends, that wraps up this edition of Saturday Spotlight - stay tuned for more!
Until later...take care & be blessed.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BWG 2010 Conference "A Bridge to Publication"

Good Morning Friends,

Well it's conference week here in SW LA and the Bayou Writers' Group annual "Bridge to Publication" conference is underway!

Scheduled for this Saturday - November 13th - we've got a great lineup of speakers!  Here are the details:

At the Door Registration 8:00 – 8:45

Announcements 8:45 – 9 am

9-10 am – Harold Underdown – Preparing Children’s or YA book for Publication
     Children’s Book Editor Harold Underdown is a freelance editorial consultant. He has worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing. Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Children's Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs "The Purple Crayon," a respected web site with information about the children's publishing world at www.underdown.org. Mr. Underdown will be happy to answer questions between critique/consultation appointments – please check his sheet to see what time your evaluation is and if you have basic questions, sign up in any available time slot.

Break/Announcements 10:00 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:15 Chere’ Cohen – Developing the NF book proposal/selling ideas to the NF market
     Multi-published Author, Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist and author living in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has worked or written for many publications and currently works as a freelance travel and food writer, plus pens the weekly books column and newsletter, Louisiana Book News. Her fiction includes Kensington historical romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her nonfiction books include the cookbook travelogue “Cooking in Cajun Country” (2009) and the upcoming “Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris and Sachets.” (2010) She is currently at work on the “Historic Guide to Cajun Country,” scheduled for release in 2011.

11:15 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 Gary Goldstein – What Editors/Kensington Expect
     Gary Goldstein, Sr. Editor, Kensington started his editorial career at Crown Publishing in 1986. He spent two years at Bantam Doubleday Dell (now Bertelsmann AG) from 1988-1990. He joined Putnam Berkley Publishing (now Penguin USA) in May 1990. Following his stint at Berkley, in 1997 he moved on to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books division (where he signed up a then-unknown author named Dan Brown and his novel ANGELS AND DEMONS). He rejoined Penguin USA in 2000 (Alpha Books division, publisher of the Complete Idiot’s Guides.) In October 2003, he joined Kensington Publishing Group, where he acquires and edits both non-fiction for Kensington’s Citadel Press imprint and fiction (military and political thrillers, westerns, suspense), among them NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and Michael Walsh.

1:45 – 2:00 Break/Announcements

2:00 – 3:00 Self/E/Small Press Published Author Panel - The INS & OUTS of Self, Electronic, & Small Press Publishing.
     Lesa Boutin is a children’s author who discovered a love for every aspect of a book’s life, from concept to completion. With a background in education, Lesa started her own publishing company, Boot in the Door Publications, in 2006, followed by the release of her YA novels, Amanda Noble, Zookeeper Extraordinaire in 2007, and Amanda Noble, Special Agent in 2008. Currently a writer with Writers in the Schools Houston, Lesa enjoys sharing her imagination and passion for storytelling with her students.

     Wendy Lanier is a Texas author whose writing includes book for Lerner Books, Capstone Press, Lucent Books, Kid Haven Press and contributions to: Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, CBN.com, MOPS.org, Devokids.com, and The Amazing Bible Fact Book for Kids. Her educational and professional background includes a BS in Speech Communication Disorders and a M.ED in Elementary Education and over 18yrs in TX schools. She is a member of SCBWI and Bayou Writers’ Group.

     Curt Iles is a Southern writer with a warm style that makes one glad to be alive and wish to enter his world. He and his wife DeDe live in Dry Creek, Louisiana. Curt is a graduate of Louisiana College (B.S. 1979) as well as McNeese State University (M.Ed. 1985 and 1987). After fulfilling careers as a teacher/coach, school principal, and outdoor camp director, Curt began writing full time in 2006. The author of seven books, he speaks at over one hundred events yearly and can be reached at curtiles@aol.com. He recently released his seventh independent book, A Good Place. His previous six books have sold a cumulative 20,000 copies. Curt’s mission in life is “to be walk closely with Jesus, be a man God can use, and be respected by my wife and family.” His life verse are the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

     Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group. Multi-published in creative non-fiction and romantic fiction Pamela has five novels available in Ebook & Print (4 part Tempered Series ~ Com Star Media & The Inheritance ~White Rose Publishing) and six short stories (all available at White Rose Publishing) as well numerous articles, essays, & devotions to her credit. Her writing has been tagged as “Inspirational with an Edge!”™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

3:00 – 4:30 Door Prizes/On the Wall/Reception/Author Signing

As you can see there is something here that will benefit nearly EVERY writer so if you're in the area - drop on by and join us for a fun-filled/informative day!

Download the brochure HERE!

Hope to see you there!

Until later...take care & be blessed!

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Release from White Rose Publishing!

Hello Again Friends and Welcome!

It is with great pleasure I bring to your attention the latest release from White Rose Publishing: Season for Miracles by Clare Revell.

  A Killer lurks in Headley Cross…

…And Holly Carmichael is the only woman to survive his attack. Now she lives in fear, searching for normalcy and trying to put her life back together. When she meets Kyle Stevens, he turns her world upside-down. He’s as exasperating as he is appealing. How can Holly make sense of her awakening feelings when she’s so unsure of Kyle? His voice is familiar, he’s left-handed, and he wears the serial killer’s cologne. Who is he…really? As Holly struggles to restore her damaged faith, she must find the strength to trust once again—in Kyle and in God.

Kyle Stevens isn’t ready to live again. Racked by guilt, he’s afraid to feel. His sole focus is finding the Headley Cross serial killer—his girlfriend's murderer. That is, until he meets Holly Carmichael. He’s drawn to Holly, vows to protect her where he failed to protect his former love. But Holly makes him feel again, emotions quickly morphing into something much more dangerous to his hardened heart.

When the serial killer returns to finish what he started, only a miracle can save them…but then, it's the Season for Miracles.

Season for Miracles is available now for only $4.69!
Get your copy today - and while you're at it, check out other great Christian/Inspirational romances (including mine) from White Rose Publishing.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Spotlight - Shawna K Williams

Good Morning Friends and Welcome to the first Saturday Spotlight for November!

Wow, can you believe we are winding down this year already?!

Today, please join me in welcoming a new friend, Shawna K Williams with her book, In All Things sequel to her debut novel, No Other. But first a little about Shawna in her own words....

I'm a lot of things: a Christian, wife, mother, friend, author, artist, rock hound, science geek and animal lover. The first four take priority. The rest tend to jostle for my attention. Since I'm always a dreamer, author usually wins.

Indeed, my first two books are the result of a dream -- an actual dream. It nagged me for six months as I mentally tried to fill in all of the gaps. I finally had to write it down. Since then, God has continued to bless with me inspiration at times of His choosing.

Technically, I'm an Inspirational Romance writer. But I like to think that romance includes more than the relationship between two people. It can also be about the era or place, or even a single moment in time, when an elusive whisper reaches inward and ever so gently taps the soul, saying, "This. Remember this."

It's my desire that my stories create such a moment.

Some of my methods for filling my creative reservoir are reading about the histories of small towns, pouring over old photos in antique shops and people's homes (if I'm at yours, I'll ask to see your picture albums) and asking prying questions about your best family stories. Oh! And if you ever see a lady on the side of the road, taking pictures of old, dilapidated houses and buildings, it's probably me.

Find out more about Shawna by visiting her website, blog or follow her on Facebook & Twitter!

Jakob and Meri's story continues...

Meredith Louis's Hollywood career is at a point of transition. No longer under Majestic Studios' control, Meri is free to broaden her appeal as an actress and finally earn the recognition she desires.

Meri and Jakob return to their hometown for the holidays where Meri hopes to reconcile with her parents after a decade of silence. But after a disastrous encounter, Meri is plunged into turmoil as old fears resurface in unexpected ways.

Jakob, already dealing with unresolved family issues of his own, is further burdened by his inability to help his wife. Can he learn to step aside and trust God's plan.Will Meri recognize what she already has?

In All Things is a story of faith and restoration, cemented in the belief, "...that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Excerpt: Meri crept into the bedroom after getting her baby boys down for the night. Eight months old and the twins were finally sleeping a full six hours in a row. Jakob lay sprawled out on top of the bed covers, listening to the broadcast of the Shamrock Hotel's grand opening. He'd marveled over its architectural design during the final months of the building's construction, saying it was a delicate balance of bulk and elegance, a modernistic French chateau. Whatever that meant?

At $42 per ticket, attending the event was beyond the realm of possibilities. She knew that he ached to see inside, though. Maybe after the hubbub died down, they could dress up and sneak into the lobby. Pretend to be guests as they strolled about.

Meri crawled onto the bed and snuggled close. "Anything interesting?"

"Oh yeah. This thing is huge. Did you know that's Dorothy Lamour?"

Meri listened closely to the full-bodied, charismatic voice emanating through the airwaves as it introduced a host of celebrities -- Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers, Robert Preston.

"Wow, sounds like some party they're having."

"A little while ago she announced there were fifty thousand people outside the hotel. That can't be right. Do you think?"

Meri shrugged. "I don't know. Maybe."

Jakob rolled onto his back. Meri laid her head on his chest as he ran his hand through her hair. Neither spoke as they listened to the increasingly rowdy festivities. It sounded like champagne was flowing in abundance.

"You should be there," Jakob said.

Over a year of marriage and the birth of their boys, and Jakob still punished himself as though he deprived her of something important. There was a strong possibility that her parents were at the opening. It was being touted as the biggest social event in Houston's history, so her mother wouldn't want to miss it. But Meri didn't care. All she wanted was Jakob. He fulfilled her.

"No. I should be here with you."

Miss Lamour broke out in song, and several not so talented voices joined in. Meri snickered.

"I meant that you should be a guest of honor, a celebrity -- invited to celebrate."

"Don't be silly."

He stopped playing with her hair and tipped her chin up toward him. "Let's move to Los Angeles."


"I want your dreams to come true."

"What are you talking about?"

"You want to be an actress."

"Oh, Jakob. That doesn't matter anymore." She laid her head back onto his chest. "I'm a wife and a mother. You've got your job and school. Besides, we wouldn't even know where to start."

He lay still for a minute, and then his fingers ran through her hair again. "What if I figured something out?"

"Such as?"

"I don't know yet."

Meri giggled. She pushed herself up and kissed him on the lips. "I love you." Jakob's deep blue eyes held her gaze. Wheels were definitely turning in there. "What are you thinking?"

"I promise you, Meri. Somehow, I'm gonna make it happen."

A buzz of drunken laughter crackled through the radio at their bedside, drowning out Dorothy Lamour as she continued in song. Then a single word burst through the noisy clamor.

Meri covered her mouth. "Did he just say..."

The broadcast cut off and static buzzed from the radio's speaker.

She and Jakob looked at each other with widened eyes.

"I think so." A smile covered his face. He wrapped his arms around her, and rolled her beneath him as they laughed. "I wonder how they'll write that up in the papers?"

"As a warning against live broadcast in the excess of champagne." Meri fought to catch her breath. "I can't believe that happened."

Jakob hovered over her with a gentle smile and tender eyes. She reached up and brushed his cheek with her fingers.

"Believe in me, Meri. Will you believe in me?"

It seemed so crazy. What did he plan to do? Knock on Louis B. Mayer's door. This is my wife. She wants to be an actress. Yet, the conviction in his eyes overwhelmed all reason, and from her lips she heard the words, "I do." And it was the truth.

Purchase from the publisher: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-118/Shawna-Williams-In-All/Detail.bok

Also available at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Allromance Ebooks, iBookstore, Books on Board, and soon to be at Christianbooks.com.

If you'd like a free pdf file sample read of the first three chapters of In All Things, and its predecessor, No Other, contact Shawna at shawnawilliams@allegiance.tv

Well Friends, that's it for today! Check back next week for another edition of Saturday Spotlight!

Until Later...take care & be blessed!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Home Again.....for now LOL!

Hello Friends, Family & Dear Reader Fans!

Well I arrived home yesterday from two weeks at the Silver Spur Guest Ranch in Bandera, TX in time to see my granson, Karson (Sugar Bear) get his first haircut. You can view photos of this special event here: http://www.facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux?ref=profile#!/album.php?aid=303407&id=635042175

Today I'll be at the Calcasieu Parish Library in Iowa, LA for an Author/Book talk - so if you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!

Not much else going on - home for about 3 weeks then back to the Silver Spur to work the week of Thanksgiving.

Until later...take care & be BLESSED!