Sunday, December 1, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
How can we instill in our children that happiness isn't in the material things when our daily life is bombarded with the obvious happiness the "newest thing" is sure to bring?
With four little ones, this is something I grapple with on a daily basis.
Age old lessons such as "the gift is in the giving" seem to be long lost to the advertising world -- a heartbreaking realization, but one I work daily to overcome so my children will learn the TRUE meaning of what it means to be thankful and blessed.
Good health, a loving family, a beautiful Christmas tree decked with memories, a houseful of loving rescue pets, hope for tomorrow and plans for the future ... and that's just in the living room! Just a few things money can't buy but we'd be lost without.
What are you thankful for today? How do you instill the importance of the priceless things in your children?
Monday, November 25, 2013
Unforgiving Plains is quite different from your first novel, Heart Like an Ocean. How did this contemporary story come about?
Tell me about Fieldstone Ranch. Is it a real place?
Contact Christine here!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
An Amish Settlement. An English stranger. The Blizzard of 1888.
Rebekah's mother, Elnora Stoll, is the finest quilter in all of Gasthof Village but it seems Rebekah has inherited none of her skill. It's not until the arrival of a mysterious English stranger that a lifetime of questions are answered and Rebekah, her special friend Joseph Graber, and the entire settlement of Gasthof Village learn the true meaning of what it truly means to be Amish.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Today, I am going to help some fourth graders work on their writing skills. Then, I'll be working on edits for two amazing manuscripts from 5 Prince authors -- both of which you'll hear more about in the near future! I am looking forward to starting edits with my own awesome editor on the fourth installment of the Everlasting Heart series, A Heart Forever Wild.
How are you spending your day?
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Who can Rebekah trust when the line between English and Amish becomes blurred?
An Amish Settlement. An English stranger. The Blizzard of 1888.
Rebekah's mother, Elnora Stoll, is the finest quilter in all of Gasthof Village but it seems Rebekah has inherited none of her skill. It's not until the arrival of a mysterious English stranger that a lifetime of questions are answered and Rebekah, her special friend Joseph Graber, and the entire settlement of Gasthof Village learn the meaning of what it truly means to be Amish.
I smell a stigma!!
My reply went something like this:
I began writing Christian fiction by accident. I love love love adventure, especially wilderness and old west adventure. So this is where my characters usually wind up. Once you've been lost in the woods, alone, possibly with outlaws on your tail, God is sometimes your only option, and He's always there -- at least for my characters (and for me!)
I'm not perfect, neither are my characters. Actually, I'm probably about as far from perfect as you can get, at least it feels that way! For my characters, too. I try to put them in as real-life situations as I have been in, and I have had some adventures. So, it sort of came naturally when my writing turned from inspirational to Christian. Plus, writing for God is the least I can do and I am proud to do so.
I pride my books on having a kernel of truth my readers can relate to and take with them without being preachy or overbearing. A good book can change your outlook, or your life. Lonesome Dove did for me. Maybe mine can do that for someone someday ... maybe you!
Check out my new release, bestselling Amish Romance Rebekah's Quilt!! It WILL be a series!
Monday, July 22, 2013
An autographed copy
can be yours!
Each author answers five questions about his or her latest release and/or current WIP. They also post a recipe… hopefully pertaining to their work. Then, each author invites five more authors to participate and links them all together!
One lucky commenter will receive an autographed copy of A Heart Broken, book 2 in the An Everlasting Heart series. Be sure to leave a comment WITH contact information so I can get your book to you!
|Book 1 in the An Everlasting Heart series. In other words, the one I mention in this post!|
1. When writing, are you a snacker? If so, sweet or salty? Actually, yes. Since I write late at night after the kids are in bed and most of the world is fast asleep, I make a cup or three of decaf coffee and grab a handful of raw spaghetti to snack on.
2. Are you an outliner or someone who writes by the seat of your pants? And are they real pants or jammies? I have written one fiction book with an outline and it wasn't my favorite way to write. I prefer to be a "pantster" and enjoy the adventure with my characters! As for if I prefer real pants or jammies, I like my new balance and danskin shorts that double as sleep shorts AND day shorts ... sometimes in a row!
3. When cooking, do you follow a recipe or wing it? Depends on what I'm cooking. Since I cook as little as I can get away with, I usually cook something I don't need a recipe for, but if I get a wild hair and go all out, I totally wing it.
4. What is next for you after this book? Well, this book is first in a series, has become a bestseller, and is up for the RONE award in Romance Excellence for 2012 in American Historical Fiction. Hopefully good things will happen with that come August! Books 2 and 3 in the series, A Heart Broken and A Heart at Home, are available now with book 4, A Heart Forever Wild, coming soon! Rebekah's Quilt, my debut Amish romance, will release November 16. My next children's book, Little Spoon, will release in September -- all coming from 5 Prince Publishing!
5. Last question … on a level of one being slightly naughty and ten being whoo-hoo steamy, how would you rate your book? I would say a three. It is a definite romance, but it is sweet.
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Enjoy this excerpt from A Heart on Hold:
The trees were thick along the Sabine River that muggy October day in Arkansas. “Something’s not right,” Sanderson muttered to Lieutenant J.B. Price.
“What is it, Captain?” The Lieutenant’s voice trembled.
Unable to put his feeling of unease into words, Captain Redding simply shook his head. There was no way he could explain to the green Lieutenant that he sensed he was leading the Lieutenant and the rest of his men of the 17th Griffith’s onto the brink of a great precipice with the howling wind blowing angrily behind them. Or that the wind could send them hurtling to their deaths at any moment, was growing closer by the millisecond.
“Can’t you feel it, Lieutenant?” Sanderson could hear every crack of every twig, every leaf that shimmered in the rare passing breeze, every footstep from every man, and every breath taken by them, hoarse and jagged with fear.
Lieutenant Price held out his hand as though to feel for precipitation. “Feel what, Cap’n?”
“INCOMING!” The dreaded word tore from Sanderson’s lips as the thick, heavy calm was transformed in an instant into a hail of bullets raining down upon them. The cypress tree that Sanderson had been standing alongside was stripped of its bark, mini balls riddling the soft wood underneath. “We‘re caught in a crossfire, Lieutenant,” Sanderson called as he realized the bark was gone from both sides of the tree. “Take five men and cover the front, the rest of us will take the rear!”
Sanderson instinctively dropped to one knee, leveled his musket and squeezed off a shot, dropping a Federal soldier who had dared peek out from behind a gnarled cypress tree, only yards away. He managed to kill two more before Private Joe Dan ‘Lil Joe’ Simmons’ urgent tugging on his sleeve drew his attention off of the ensuing battle.
“I’m plumb out of munitions, Cap,” the young soldier chirped, his voice wavering on the edge of hysteria, “And they’s comin’ through that there marsh in droves!”
Sanderson dared a glance over his shoulder and verified that, indeed, a passel of Yankees were headed their way. “They’s gonna reinforce them that’s already behind us, Cap!” Private Simmons’ voice was a high-pitched cry now. “An’ we got ‘em in the front of us, too!”
Without so much as a pause, Sanderson drew his Bowie knife from its scabbard and tossed it in one fluid motion to the trembling Private. “We fight to win, Private!” Sanderson’s voice was a booming thunderclap over the melee alongside the boggy river before he killed another Union troop that charged at Lil’ Joe’s back.
Here's an 19th century recipe for green beans:
Fry a slab of bacon in your cast iron skillet. While it browns, slice an onion and add to your skillet. Do not drain the fat! Dice a clove of garlic and sauté until golden. Add your fresh snapped green beans -- as many as the skillet will hold. Cook on a high flame, covered, until you taste one and simply have to eat them then and there. Enjoy with hot coffee and homemade bread!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
In this scene, our Amish couple, Joseph and Rebekah, are talking in Rebekah's barn when a strange English visitor appears.
Friday, May 10, 2013
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Since last week, I have some wonderful news to share. A HEART ON HOLD, book 1 in An Everlasting Heart series, has hit TWO bestseller lists on Amazon! To celebrate, my publisher decided to knock the digital purchase price down to .99 cents for the month of May! Whee-ha!
So to celebrate series titles, my 8 sentences today come from the smack-dab, dad-gum, boot-scootin' beginning of book 2, A HEART BROKEN. I hope you enjoy!
Friday, May 3, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A Heart on Hold, book 1 in An Everlasting Heart series, has hit not one but TWO bestseller lists!! Voting is still going on as well for the 2012 RONE award -- A Heart on Hold is a finalist in the American Historical division!!
If you'd like to catch up on the adventures of Charlotte and Sanderson --or experience them for the first time -- get your digital copy today for .99 cents -- limited time only!!
Already finished with A Heart on Hold? Check out books 2 and 3 in the series, A Heart Broken and the newest release in the saga, A Heart at Home.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Want to catch up with the adventures of Charlotte and Sanderson? Check out A Heart on Hold (Book 1)
Friday, April 26, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The thought of war was removed from Charlotte's mind as she uncurled her legs from beneath her patched cotton dress and stretched them into the brook. She tilted her head back and closed her eyes as the icy water swirled over her bare feet. It felt good to have finally loosened the tight braid from her hair. She swayed back and forth, letting the way locks tickle her shoulders. Achilles, who had been grazing contentedly, whinnied at the light bugs that flickered about his muzzle. Charlotte's fingers found the soft jade and eggshell tassels that ringed her picnic blanket and her mind began to wander.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Now, the time has come to introduce you to my family. Here is a poem I wrote when my son, then 5, rode his first bull at an area rodeo. Rest assured, they were mini-bulls and the only riders were children 4 and up.
Here are seven stanzas for my contribution this week for the awesome group at WeWriWa!
in your voice so sweet,
you wanted to be a cowboy,
and I thought, how neat!
"Not just a cowboy,"
you assured me right quick,
"I want to ride bulls!"
Mommy's stomach went sick.
But your time finally came
and we were rodeo bound.
On the back of a young Brahama,
your heartsong was found.
All emotions were a go-
Fear, terror, and dread!
They combined as you prepped,
adding gray hairs to my head.
Our excitement built up
as Daddy lowered you down,
then you blew out of the chute,
with the bull spinning around!
One and a half seconds later,
you dashed to the gate.
Your eyes big as saucers,
your smile was so great!
"Did you like it? Did you love it?"
"Mom, that was so cool!"
I guess it's time now,
to look into bull riding school.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
From Chapter L...
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Farkleberry. Chrysothamnus nauseosus . Old Man’s Beard. Zanthoxylum clava-herculis. What do all of these farkling, nauseating, hairy clubs of Hercules have in common? They are all easily-identifiable plants found in Oklahoma, that's what!
A Heart on Hold (An Everlasting Heart, #1) begins in Arkansas just before the outbreak of the Civil War. Charlotte Adamsland and her long time love, Sanderson Redding, are just recently reunited until she learns he's enlisted for the Cause, and is certain to be swept away from her once again. As the story unfolds, Charlotte is forced to continue her life in Arkansas while the Army takes Sanderson to various Civil War battlefields before he finally winds up at Alton Confederate Prison in Illinois. I chose these particular places based on the life of real-person Confederate Captain E.A. Adams, who hailed from Arkansas, was commander of the unit Sanderson finds himself in, and who also did time at Alton. Unlike Sanderson, Captain E. A. Adams never made it out of Alton, dying there just three days before Appomattox.
How do the temperature, terrain and other factors inform the story?
Since this story is set in the 19th century, lots of outdoors are involved so temperature and terrain are always an issue. Also, since a prison break is involved, temperature and terrain can either be to an advantage or a severe disadvantage ... or a little of both.
What would change if your book were set somewhere else?
As the An Everlasting Heart series progresses, so does the setting and landscape. Charlotte and Sanderson find themselves as far east as the thick, humid woods of Kentucky hunting notorious Outlaw William "Bloody Bill" Quantrill (A Heart Broken, An Everlasting Heart #2) and on the trail to California battling nature, renegade Indians, and bloodthirsty Army units (A Heart at Home, An Everlasting Heart #3). Who knows what book 4, A Heart Forever Wild will bring!
How is this setting different from ones in your past books?
This is my first series of historical romance books, though I have another Amish romance that is also set during the 19th century. I also have two kids books out, many more in review with my publisher, and an 18th century Scottish romance in the works!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I am going to be attending my very first writer's convention and I'm fortunate enough that it be the annual one of the Western Writer's of America in none other than Las Vegas, Nevada!! If I run into Robert DeNiro, I may fall down and beg for an autograph and embarrass myself, so be sure to watch the news while the conference is going on. I can hardly wait as the days flying by oh-so-fast and this summer quickly approacheth! (Yes, I am watching Braveheart, so my vernacular may slip into that of the 13th Century Scottish form ...)
The ABC's of Oklahoma Plants has made top 10 on Amazon for nonfiction nature books! Another exciting snippet of news is that the follow up, The ABC's of Texas Plants is almost complete and should be so by the summer, just in time for flower hunting in the Lone Star State! Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center has graciously agreed to donate the pictures for this book as well and I can hardly wait to see how awesome it will look! I will keep you updated!
Until next time ...