Nancy's youngest son, who was more interested in his candy than in being photographed.
Below is my oldest son, Justin. I'm not usually a big fan of my kids in scary costumes but I made an exception this year since it was the only costume he could borrow that wouldn't cost us any money! I guess teenage boys prefer scary costumes to cute costumes, anyway. He's very creepy, isn't he?
Below is my friend Nancy and I. She put purple dye in her hair to match her costume... I could never be that brave!
Even our dog, Leo, got into the act. This is his Spongebob raincoat, but it made a great makeshift costume, too!
Monday, October 25, 2010
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Note From Wanda:
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. When I was in the second grade, I wrote my first poem about a moth. Luckily, I received encouragement from my teacher. During my teen years, I wrote skits that my church teen group performed during special holidays.
It wasn’t until 1980, that I took a course on writing for children and teenagers. I became serious about a career as an author. Soon after that, I began to write stories, articles, poems, and devotionals, which appeared in a variety of Christian publications. Later, I had 5 books of puppet/ventriloquist scripts published. *These books are currently available by contacting me. (email@example.com)
My first novel was released by Barbour Publishing’s book club, Heartsong Presents, in Dec. 1997. I have now written nearly fifty books, with over 4 million books in print. Many of the novels I've written are Amish-themed.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Levi Stutzman, another newcomer to the area, is the only one in his family not handicapped by dwarfism and has dedicated his life to caring for them. As fall colors the countryside, will anonymous gifts left for Lydia bring her hope for a new life and romance, or will another tragedy flood her with infinite despair?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Lydia's Charm, go HERE.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Who knew our old homestead truck was an antique? Yep, our 1978 GMC Sierra is officially classified as an antique by many auto insurance companies. Which means it costs more to insure that old, rusty, farm truck than it does our minivan.
I just discovered that today. My North Carolina auto insurance policy expires later this month, so my insurance company was going to have to write a completely new policy for South Carolina.
Apparently, South Carolina must be a high-accident state or something, because all the policies cost more down here. The gasoline is cheaper down here, though. I guess you can't win them all.
Anyway, the new quote from my old insurance company was outrageous. More than double what it was in North Carolina. Part of that was the differences between one state and the other. But here's the clincher. I have two teenagers living with me. My 15-year-old son and my 18-year-old niece. My son's name had to be on the policy but I don't have to insure him. But apparently anyone over 18 has to be insured - even if they don't have a license yet. Do you know how much it cost to insure an unlicensed teenager? After going around and around with the agent on the phone, he finally told me that I could sign an exclusivity form saying she couldn't drive yet. Well... duh. She doesn't have her license, of course she can't drive yet.
When the rate was still double what I had been paying with the same company in a different state, I was informed there was fee for signing the exclusivity waiver. Huh? Apparently, they were going to get me one way or the other, so I told them to forget it.
Which means I've been looking for a new South Carolina insurer. Getting quote after quote to try and find the best price isn't much fun. But I was laughing on the phone at one point with one agent when he informed me that my truck was an antique and would have to be insured as such. Who knew? Maybe I shouldn't use the old rust bucket to haul things around in after all.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.
In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.
She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Deborah, the determined matchmaker, puts her sights on uniting her brother and dear friend in a true love match. Deborah soon meets Dr. Christopher Clayton, a much-needed addition to the town. As their lives intersect, Deborah realizes that she has a much greater interest in medicine and science than the bookkeeping she was trained in.
But when typhoid begins to spread and Lizzie's jilted fiance returns, Deborah wonders if true love can overcome such obstacles...for those dearest to her, and for herself.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Embers of Love, go HERE.
Monday, October 11, 2010
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Like believing the best life is one lived in the country enjoying the pleasures it provides—summer nights beneath the stars, rocking chairs on the front porch, deer grazing in the fields. And believing that no matter how iffy life can get sometimes, there are some things that are eternal and unchanging.
But above all else, believing that in everything there is story waiting to be told.
That’s where I come in.
Billy Coffey was raised on stories. The first ones came on the front porches of relatives, tales laced with local charm and deep meaning. Then came the stories from people like Max Lucado and Robert Fulghum, who write with a charm and deep meaning of their own.
Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. If you drive by his house, you’ll probably spot him on the front porch. If you do, give him a wave. He’ll wave back.
ABOUT THE BOOK
With humor and a gift for storytelling, Billy Coffey brings you along as he spends his snow day encountering family, friends, and strangers of his small Virginia town. All have had their own battles with life's storms. Some have found redemption. Others are still seeking it. But each one offers a piece to the puzzle of why we must sometimes suffer loss, and each one will help Peter find a greater truth--our lives are made beautiful not by our big moments, but our little ones. (2010)
To read an excerpt from Snow Day, go HERE.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
These awards include the 2009 and 2008 Christy Award, the 2007 RITA for Best Inspirational Romance, the 2009 and 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2007 Bookseller’s Best Award, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction for 2006, among others.
After living in Colorado for seventeen years, Tamera has returned to her Southern roots. She and her husband now make their home in Nashville with Tamera's father, Doug. They enjoy life there with Joe and Tamera's two adult children, and Jack, a precious—and precocious—silky terrier.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand’s dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient’s life is threatened, Rand makes a choice—one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd’s stubborn heart.
From the beloved, bestselling author of From a Distance and Beyond This Moment comes an unforgettable story about faith in the face of fear, about tarnished hopes and second chances, and ultimately about the resilient courage and tenacity of hearts broken––and mended––by love.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Within My Heart, go HERE.