Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
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Friday, January 27, 2006
For the past two weeks I have been conflicted with how to address a Christian novel that was sent to me to review. There is a sexual scene in the novel. I stopped reading at the end of that scene.
Although I am just as progressive as the next liberal Christian, my soul has a problem with this passage. What's even more disconcerting is that I know some readers and writers who do not find anything wrong with providing sex scenes in a Christian novel, especially if the couple is married(which they are in this case.) If only I could feel that okay with it. My personal opinion is that regardless of the marital status, we have to be watchful and prayerful about our diction and what we choose to tell. Soft porn has become a major problem in American Christian culture.
But I am approaching my deadline for the review next week, so I need to get off my soapbox , complete this book and write the review. So I prayed to God to help me get through this. He answered my prayers this morning. J. Mark Bertrand, I give you huge kudos for directing me to this commentary.
To read how this commentary helped me and can help you, let me direct you to my new site.
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Set in a small community on the Lake of the Ozarks, the Chapman-Palmer series will “dramatically portray” how God can use the seven strategies Chapman outlines in his The Four Seasons of Marriage, released by Tyndale last September, to help couples work through marriage issues. “Through memorable characters and engaging plotlines, the four seasons of marriage will come vividly to life,” the publisher said. The three other titles will be released through 2008.
Question1 : Do you think self-help authors have the chops to write a novel?
Question2: Will someone anyone ever write about Christians in the city?
Monday, January 23, 2006
"You may not know the name Terry Brown, but thousands of girls across the United States do. She's the brain power behind Todays Girls -- the series of books for teen girls that have been Christian bestsellers, the Web site that has received millions of hits, the radio show answering girls' questions that airs on radio and the Web."
Friday, January 20, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I would like to know what needed to be done to get the word out about a new
African American Christian author. I have attached some information about her
wonderful book about healing sexual abuse and deliverance.
I look forward to hearing from you.
- If a writer is in the process of writing a book, they should begin presenting this book to media outlets six months before the book comes out. Why? Magazine content is decided at least six months in advance. Therefore, if you're trying to pitch a book that will be released in February, then you need to be pitching a magazine or me in August or September.
- You need a marketing plan to present with your book proposal if you're submitting a book to a publisher.
Stay tuned. Marina and I are in the process right now of preparing an E-book on creating a marketing plan for Christian book promotion. I will disclose more details about that the sooner the book is complete.
Thanks, Monique for your question. You are on the right track to promoting your friend's new book. You sent it to me.:) In the future, if you want an endorsement, or review, please complete my book review request form. Her book will automatically become a source for me once I read and rate the review. Tia McCollors, Creston Mapes and Chris Well will vouch for me on that. :)
And if anyone else has a question, please submit them to me before next Thursday.
Writing to see what the end's gon' be,
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
Genre: Short Story Anthologies
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A TIME TO MEND, Angela Hunt (Steeple Hill)
Sacred Sons, Linda Hudson-Smith (New Spirt)
WAITING FOR MORNING, Karen Kingsbury (Multnomah)
BREACH OF PROMISE, James Scott Bell (Zondervan)
Read the full story of the Gullah Gospel Project at the Baltimore Sun. I cried when I read this article. It's nice to see that Gullah is getting more dignity and attention that it deserves. Now I can say dey and yes'diddy all I want. Shoot. I say it anyway. :)
Friday, January 13, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
River Rising explores a similiar division--race and class in Louisiana. But it also provides a hope in it's plot and character development that one day things will be better. The final chapter reminds me of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I have a dream speech when Jean Tibbetts stands on the boardwalk and observes the citizens of Pilotville. We need that kind of hope, to keep ourself out of that muddle. We need it now more than ever.
Welcome to Pilotville, Louisiana, 1927, isolated outpost on the Mississippi River--a stilt village bounded by swampland to the horizon, accessible only by boat, an island of brotherly love in a sea of racism. Meet Hale Poser, a stranger with a bad hip whos come looking for his roots--a humble man, a righteous man, a miracle man. In the swamp beyond the cypress and the tupelo and veiled by Spanish moss lies a lingering evil. For years it slept in dreadful isolation. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more. It will rain down on Pilotville, it will rise up like a river, and nothing but a miracle can stop this awful flood.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
She's fun and she's following God. The popular Christy Miller invites you to join her unforgettable high school adventures! It all starts during a dream summer in sun-kissed California...The first nine books in the popular Christy Miller series are now available in three treasured volumes! Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn packs each one with enough action, romance, and drama to keep you reading and wanting more. It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she'll fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy's high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what she'll do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a "peculiar treasure." Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.
I'm a big teen fiction fan. And yes...I love Smallville has been a devoted fan since Episode 1.
My favorite book is Me and Fat Glenda, and I used to own all the old Sweet Valley High Books. Yeah, that's right. Stephanie Perry Moore has some great teen fiction out and she will share them with us here and/or at Gospel Fiction in the new future. But for now my pick for a good teen read. Selah's baby sitter will love this. So I guess I have to get her this collection, too.
And oh, yeah... Monkeys and Hello Kitty rocks on!! Kimora Lee designed this glammed up watch. I can't afford it yet, but if I got me some Kryptonite or a few donations it would sure be a blinged out Happy Birthday to me.
Boy, oh, boy. No wonder she's award winning. Blessings, Jacquelin.
From bestselling author Michelle McKinney Hammond...her debut novel,
The Last Ten Percent.
Harvest House Synopsis:
Tracy awakens one morning to a radio reportthe ratio of eligible men to available women is slim to none. Now, armed with actual statistics and a past of heartbreak, Tracey explores, with her four good friends, how intelligent women with impressive careers, coveted urban dwellings, and closets full of fashions can still worry so much about the shortage of men.
But as life unfolds, they discover that it is not the last ten percent of eligible men in the country but true faith that will ultimately give their hearts one hundred percent love.
Haven't received an advanced read on this one, only email blurbs, so we'll see in March(release date) how this novel fares. But if you attend her Diva Principles conference you'll get the book before I do.
Musings on Tech stuff, Java, Linux and Open Source: Steve Jobs' keynote speech - MacWorld Conference Expo 2006
From Melvin'sMusings on Tech stuff, Java, Linux and Open Source Blog...
For those who can't view Steve Jobs' keynote through streaming video...Here's a summary of his speech...
From what I read I think iMovie is interesting, especially if you want to do like author, Deanne Gist did and create a trailer for your book.
appiWeb is interesting too. I don't have a Mac, so I will be reading more about Apple, as I am in the market for a laptop or powerbook.
I will come back to this later on how these features and other techy stuff can be useful to Christian writers. I use Outlook everyday and don't know how I could stay ontop of my magazine queries without it.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
What Men Don't Tell [ The play formerly entitled PMS ]
|Laterras R. Whitfield|
From Marvelous Entertainment What Men Don't Tell is an inspirational play written and directed by LATERRAS R. WHITFIELD boasting an all-star cast as follows: the sultry voice of CHANTE MOORE, Stellar Award-winning gospel artist DOTTIE PEOPLES, sensational balladeer KENNY LATTIMORE, legendary crooner LENNY WILLIAMS, and former lead singer of the R&B group Silk- GARY JENKINS. In this drama/comedy, three men face the decision to allow God to use the combination to their hearts and unlock them for their relationships. Women, do you often wonder What Men Don't Tell?
Patrick is married to a backsliding Christian woman who believes her relationship with God has deteriorated since creating a covenant with him. Monticello is at the peak of his career. He looks down from the mountain of success and senses a void in his life. He later begins to fill that void with a drug addiction. How can one be so depressed at his level of success? Stephán is on a quest to find a true emotional connection with the opposite sex. However, his sexual addiction always seem to block his heart from ever loving again.
Monday, January 09, 2006
4. and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
5. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Usually I find my examples for this topic in the news or from observing some form of fiction entertainment. But yesterday at McKendree UMC I witnessed it during a sermon...
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Saturday, January 07, 2006
Moody Publishers is partnering with Inspirational Publishers Group, effective Jan. 1 2006. IPG will provide sales and representation for Moody product, including Northfield Publishing and Lift Every Voice imprint, to independent U.S. Christian bookstores. Sales and distribution to Christian chain stores will remain in-house. IPG is a subsidiary of GL. Services.Powered By Qumana
I am pleased to announce that this story has been picked up for publication by The New Pantagruel. This is one of the premier online Christian art journals and I'm grateful to them for agreeing to partner with faith*in*fiction for this contest.
If you don't know T.S. Beckett, then you should. His prose evokes the Holy Spirit for me. So I'm glad his conversion story is getting great recognition.
After reading Dave's conversion story picks I still felt like I had a pretty strong piece. I'm thankful to al the emails that praised the story and was suprised that I wasn't listed. Although I think my story is strong, for me I'm glad it didn't get picked. There are many things about it that I'm not satisfied with. Therefore, I'm rewriting it and extending it into a longer piece.
My goal was to do what Beckett accomplished. My external plot overpowered my internal conflict. I couldn't find a suitable place to setup Bebe's questioning of God. After months away from the story and reading the other stories now I can see an opening for Bebe. Exodus might be the novel I'm searching inside myself to write. Who knows. I wrote two novels in two years and still feel I need to keep at it for a little while longer.
I uploaded my latest version of chapter one of Angel on the Back Pew. You can check that out. This year I'm writing two novels at a time-- a paranormal and a literary. And a short story a month. Gotta get the chops up for the next contest.
What are you writing this year?
Friday, January 06, 2006
The Ivy League Bible Club Goes to War"If you're even thinking of getting back together with Eric, I'm going to have a migraine."-J. Mark Bertrand
I'm a tad offended. As I am a Good Girl Agnes Scottie, you are bordering on getting a Hallelujah beatdown. :)
March 31-April 1, 2006
Hotel & Suites
Official Hotel of the North Carolina Black Book Festival
3050 University Parkway, Winston-Salem 27105
Reserve rooms at the NCBBF special rate ONLY $79.00/Night
Please inform receptionist you are traveling in town for the North Carolina Black Book Festival
Discussion Panel: Impact of Christian Literature
Authors: Kendra Norman-Bellamy, Linda Hudson-Smith, Jacquelin Thomas, Vanessa Davis Griggs, Stacy Hawkins Adams, Ryan Phillips
Meet the Author & Book Signing: 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ann Burton, Women of the Bible: Abilgail's Story: A Novel (Signet)
Melody Carlson, Crystal Lies (WaterBrook Press)
W. Dale Cramer, Levi's Will (Bethany House)
James F. David, Judgment Day (Forge Books)
Robert Elmer, The Celebrity (WaterBrook Press)
Philip Gulley, A Change of Heart : A Harmony Novel (HarperSanFrancisco)
Randall Ingermanson, Double Vision (Bethany House)
Susan Meissner, A Window To The World (Harvest House)
Ruth Axtell Morren, Wild Rose (Steeple Hill)
Chris Well, Forgiving Solomon Long (Harvest House)
Congratulations to all the novelists on the list!
Thanks and congrats, Chris. Click on this entry title to direct you to the full post.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
AMERICAN CHRISTIAN WRITERS REACH OUT TO READERS
by MONTANA NEWS ASSOCIATION
Jan. 3, 2006 -- /MNA PRESS/ -- From airport newsstands to Newsweek, Christian fiction continues to grow in popularity, resonating with readers looking for both faith and fiction.
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The Witness, Dee Henderson
With Love, Libby, Roxanne Henke
My February Buzz Pick: Stay tuned and I will reveal mine this month.
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SHORT STORY Winner: Michael Snyder's "My Name is Russell Fink" with 15% of the vote
POETRY Winner: Brandon Smith's "You Take In" with 14% of the vote
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
My mentor and former boss, Tom Gregory(who is the owner of another TMA-The Master Architects, church architecture firm) along with his son, Chase rebuilt Narnia for their family bookstore.
Mr. Gregory took tons of photos of Selah, including her stepping into Narnia. I will be showing more of them on my own blog. But she had so much fun going in and out the wardrobe.
This Narnia display has been featured in Christiian retailers magazine and other CBA magazines throughout the country. Tom and Cherie will be keeping the display up until the rapture. They say. Disney plans to produce a movie from the Narnia collection every two years. So expect at least fifteen years of Narnia Mania.
Hope you Have a Good Year!