Saturday, March 31, 2007



Those participating in Promo Day will receive an autographed bookmark, a picture, first chapter of Book V: Heather and a chance to help the author select her next book!
She has outlines for two new novels - and wants her fans to determine the one they want to read next!!

Order Book IV from Barnes& on April 12.
Email the author proof of your purchase (omit credit card info!) and a mailing address for the bookmark & picture. Chapter One of Book V and synopsis of potential upcoming novel will be sent electronically.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Susan May Warren

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award winning author SUSAN MAY WARREN recently returned home to her native Minnesota after serving for eight years with her husband and four children as missionaries with SEND International in Far East Russia. She now writes full time from Minnesota's north woods. Visit her Web site at
ABOUT THE BOOK: RECLAIMING NICK is the first of The Noble Legacy series. Book Two, Taming Rafe, will be available January 2008.
A Modern Day Prodigal Comes Home...
But when his father dies and leaves half of Silver Buckle--the Noble family ranch--to Nick’s former best friend, he must return home to face his mistakes, and guarantee that the Silver Buckle stays in the Noble family.
Award-winning journalist Piper Sullivan believes Nick framed her brother for murder, and she’s determined to find justice. But following Nick to the Silver Buckle and posing as a ranch cook proves more challenging than she thinks. So does resisting his charming smile.
As Nick seeks to overturn his father’s will--and Piper digs for answers--family secrets surface that send Nick’s life into a tailspin. But there’s someone who’s out to take the Silver Buckle from the Noble family, and he’ll stop at nothing--even murder--to make it happen.
“Susan May Warren once again delivers that perfect combination of heart-pumping suspense and heart-warming romance.”--Tracey Bateman, author of the Claire Everett series
If you would like to hear more about Nick, he has his own blog. Also, the first chapter is there...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Contributor To New Book!

One of my articles, "Overcoming Obstacles With Spunk", was selected for inclusion in a new book, The Motivated Monkey!!! I am in Chapter 40.

Things are beginning to snowball!!!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Jocelyn Andersen - Woman Extraordinaire!!

I was fortunate enough to meet an outstanding woman, courtesy of the power of the Internet! Jocelyn Andersen is a writer, speaker and publisher. She is the author of "Redemption: Bible Prophecy Simplified" and "125 Years of Bible Version Debates: Why?" Jocelyn and her husband, Butch, are passionate about their mission and message. I got a chance to ask her a few questions regarding her upcoming book, "Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence”, and about her ministries & other activities.

Your next book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence”, comes out this fall. How hard was it to write? Wow, talk about cutting right to the heart of the matter!
When I felt I finally had something relevant to say and got serious about writing the book, I began going through my journals and notes and found I had already written a rough draft of approximately ten chapters (which is how many chapters the finished book has).
Most of what went into the first draft had been written over a period of several years and was written while I was still living in the crucible. I would say that was the easiest part of the writing the book, as the hard part was what I was living through at the time.
The difficult part of writing the book came when I began editing my journal entries into what is now the finished book. I share in the acknowledgments section of the book that "The subject of domestic violence is not a subject I would normally choose to immerse myself in. God knows it is only by His grace that I was able to complete this work at all. I confess I set it down and allowed it to collect dust far too often while burying myself in other projects." It was an extremely emotionally charged project for me, while at the same time, I felt an incredible burden to speak up and speak up now.

What are your goals for this book? First of all, to save lives. Over 1000 women are beaten to death each year (in this country alone) by their husbands or male companions. I should be dead, but by the grace of God I am not.
I hope that by sharing my own personal experiences, insights, and research into the subject, I can impart a greater understanding, among the uninitiated, of the dark arena of domestic violence. And that it will serve to generate greater compassion for battered and abused women within the evangelical community--and that evangelical Christian women will more consistently be given life-saving counsel rather than the regurgitated, archaic, destructive platitudes they are constantly being fed today--even in these "modern times" we live in.
I guess you can tell that was not a neutral question for me. Even after writing a book, I still get emotional about the subject.

The genre of Christian fiction seems to be growing – would you agree? Yes, it seems to be, but I am not certain it's growing in exactly the right direction. I am happy to see that Christian Publishers have loosened up a bit and are allowing less preachy work to be published. However, to be fair, one of my favorite authors, John Aubrey Anderson, makes no effort at all not to be preachy, and the man writes absolutely riviting and believeable fiction.
My concern is that Christian authors and publishers are loosening up a bit too much. I saw an absolutely pointless nude scene in one of Frank Peretti's books. It was a very short scene, and he managed to redeem himself as a Christian writer by the end of the book, but, nevertheless, it really upset me. It was a great book, and Frank did not need to pull a cheap stunt like that in order to spice up his book. The editors did not need to allow it in order to generate future sales of his books. The man's fans literally chomp at the bits and foam at the mouth waiting for his next release. It seems that Christian publishers are trying to blend just a little too much, and I hope that is not the reason for the growth of the Christian Publishing industry.
On a more positive note, since I do book reveiws, I am on the mailing list of several Christian publishing houses and receive some really excellent fiction books to review, both preachy and non-preachy (my preference is non-preachy, because few authors can pull off the preachy while keeping it in a natural, real-life context). Authors I feel write excellent books are high-lighted at .

Are people seeking out these books just because they are a Christian or because they want a good, clean book? Probably a combination of both. I know I initially began shying away from secular fiction several years back when it became difficult to find a good clean book. I used to love those paperback romance novels, but I found my favorite authors incorporating practically pornographic love scenes into the books, and I would find myself skipping several pages just to avoid these and get back to the story part. if it wasn't a romance novel I was reading (I have always had very diverse reading tastes), the strong language was usually atrocious. And if the strong language and pornographic material wasn't prominent, I noticed the characters lived in a spiritual vacum that was just un-natural. It turned out most of my favorite authors were athiest/Darwinists/humanists or couldn't care less about God, and their views were naturally incorporated into the very fabric of their work. How could it not be? It all got too much for me to handle.
But I love to read, so what does a Christian gal do? Over time, I began seeking fiction written by Christian authors as I realized that an author's world view, romance writer or not, was going to come out in his or her writing.
Well, I don't read romance novels anymore (except Mary Lu Tyndall's--hers are delightful. The woman wrote about a born again pirate of all things. And pulled it off!), but I still love fiction. And I'm constantly looking for Christian authors who spin a good yarn. Thank God, a fairly steady stream of them keep arriving in my mailbox.

You publish an online magazine, "God's Amazing Love”. How did this get started? I started the ezine in order to spread encouragement through real life stories of God's Amazing Love. One of the catagories of stories published in the ezine is "Miracles Along the Way," and I have been able to publish some amazing testimonies. Another catagory is, "Real Men Love Jesus," where the guys get to tell their stories. I also highlight my favorite books and authors, both fiction and non-fiction. And my husband, Butch, writes a column entitled, "Faithful Notes," on his favorite subject--music.
Where can people find it? God's Amazing Love Ezine can be found online at

Your Hungry Hearts Ministries touches on some tough subjects, ones that many people, including Christians, don’t want to discuss. How has the response been to this ministry? I'm smiling. Mixed. Mostly positive. Some extemely negative. Never neutral. At the moment we are averaging over 9000 page hits a month on our website, while that in itself doesn't really tell us what the responses are, we receive a fairly steady stream of emails and testimonies from those whose lives we've been blessed to touch in profound ways. That encourages us to keep on keeping on and serves to remind us that this is not about us.
People are hurting. They need help. Those "tough subjects" need to be dealt with. Butch and I both know that's why we are still alive. I'd lot's rather be in Heaven. I've had a few really great opportunities to be there. God didn't see fit to let that happen. I was truly dissapointed. Butch is grateful Jesus pulled him out of hell. The focus of both of our lives has changed completely since 2003.

Your huband, Butch, is involved in the ministry- Yes, Butch is very involved in the ministry. He's the man behind the scene. He handles all the audio aspects of Hungry Hearts Ministries. We have five internet radio stations--one is a streaming station, so you hear it in real time. The others are actually webpages with audio.
Butch is my chief musician. He is a very talented musician and sound man, so he handles that part of our ministry when we minister either online, with the radio stations, or live somewhere such as in churches or street ministry. He is also my favorite preacher.
– does he assist you with your writing as well? Actually Butch and I are working on a fiction project together. The title is, Green Briar Lies. He has quite an imagination! Due to everything going on with "Woman Submit..." right now, GBL it has been sidelined for the moment--but only for the moment.
As far as my non-fiction writing goes, I could not do it without his support. The man is a rock. He assists in my writing by creating an incredibly stable, loving environment for me to be creative in.
He works and brings home the bacon. I write. Things are changing a little with "Woman Submit...," though, He will be very involved in the promotional aspect of "Woman Submit!..." In fact you will probably get a phone call or two from him. He has already decided he needs to talk with you. I told him to read your interview first.

One Way Café Press has obviously been a learning experience for you. What advice would you give to others considering a publishing company business? Yes, it has been an incredible learning experience, and I'm learning I still have a lot to learn.
My advice would be directed to writers who would like to start their own publishing company as that is the only experience I have so far.
Do it right.
The people you will be dealing with are professionals. They can smell amateurs a mile away. Do not be chintzy. Whether you are plublishing your own work or someone elses, do not be afraid to pay for professional services in order to make your work as good as any on the market. If it's worth writing, it's worth doing right.
I bit the bullet and paid a professional copy editor to go over "Woman Submit...." for me. The results blew me away. The $230 I paid her was money well spent. I paid a pretty penny for page layout and help with my cover as well. Book buyers can open your book and tell at a glance if it is professionally laid out or not. And you may not be able to tell a book by its cover, but don't kid yourself, you open a book for a first look, why? Because of its cover!
As far as the nuts and bolts of starting a publishing company go, I think I've recorded everything I did step by step on my Publish Yourself™ blog . I also have some resources on my Publish Yourself™ website at
I'll also repeat the great advice you give, Diane, that authors had better be prepared to promote their work in addition to just writing it.
I can only encourage anyone who is willing to work "40 hour days," and wants their own publishing company to do it. Butch and I are having an absolute blast.

You have so much going on – how do you keep up with it all? I don't know. We are constantly regrouping. That's not very helpful is it? The writing part was the easiest. Butch went to work every day and I wrote every day. That system has worked beautifully for us. I have written 4 books in two years (expanded versions of the others will be released by One Way Cafe Press after they get the same professional treatment "Woman Submit..." got). In the meantime, they can be downloaded and read on site or a print copy purchased at .
Two of them are offered free for download. The other one is downloadable for only $3.75. Don't tell anybody, but if you look at the book pre-view, I have included the entire book in the preview. I have a problem with not making ministry materials available to everyone.
Getting back to your question about how we do it all... one thing Butch and I pay close attention to is prioritizing. Even during some of our seemingly most disorganized times (I am not highly organized--wish I was! [Butch is better), we are able to keep a bead on what is most important.
Sometimes we feel like all we're accomplishing is just putting one foot in front of the other, but as long as each foot lands where it's supposed to, we know we are making progress.
Becoming more disciplined and organized is one of our high priority goals, but we are firm believers in Proverbs 3:6, that if we acknowledge God in all our ways, He will direct our paths. And that has proven to be so true in spite of our failings in the organizational area.

Thank you Jocelyn for your answers! (And the kind words about my interviewing skills - I will leave that to professionals, though!)
May God continue to bless you and your mission.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

NCAAW Tournament

*Guest blogger today

"Did anyone see the final minutes of the Duke-Rutgers game?

"There was one second remaining on the clock and someone fouled Duke's best player, Lindsey Harding. Duke was down by only one point, so the whole game rested on this one young lady - and she missed both shots!

"It'll haunt her for awhile, but as the coach said, she can't let it define her as a player. After all, she was key to Duke's success up to that point. And the rest of the team could have scored more points before that final second, too!

"Besides, the Lady Blue Devils made it much further than the boys ..."

-Heather Jennings; Assistant Coach, Clemson; and graduate of Duke & Georgia Tech

Friday, March 23, 2007

What Road Trips Teach You

After logging over 55,000 miles in the past three years, I thought I would share with everyone some of the things I have learned while on these long road trips. Perhaps this will better prepare you should you ever travel extensively up and down the East Coast from one book store to the other!

When traveling in Washington DC proper, in order to reach your destination, you will have to make an illegal turn or some other moving violation to get there. Get over it!

Never snack on finger food immediately after using scented hand sanitizer, unless the taste of flavored soap turns you on.

MapQuest will never give away the exact location of anything.

Tunnel/Bridges are pretty neat, until you are in a line of about five hundred cars waiting to enter one and supposed to be at your next signing in fifteen minutes. (You're gonna be a little late.)

It is physically impossible short of teleporting to get from one side of the Orlando Metro area to the other.

Trust your instincts, not the map - the sun always sets in the West/SouthWest.

And the last great truth about road travel ...

While on the freeway, never, ever use your wiper fluid with the windows rolled down!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Book by Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING ( Tyndale Fiction, 2007) by Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer

GARY CHAPMAN is the author of the New York Times best seller The Five Love Languages and numerous othe rbooks. He's the director of Marriage & Family Life Consultants, Inc., and host of A Growing Marriage, a syndicated radio program heard on over 100 stations across North America. He and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina.
CATHERINE PALMER is the Christy Award-winning, CBA best-selling author of more than forty novels--including The Bachelor's Bargain--which have more than 2 million copies in print. She lives in Missouri with her husband, Tim, and two sons.

IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING is the first of The Four Seasons fiction series, based on the ever-changing cycles of relationships detailed in Gary Chapman's nonfiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage. The novels will focus on four couples, each moving in and out of a different season.

Word travels fast at the Just As I Am beauty shop.
So when a simple homeless man appears on Steve and Brenda Hansen's doorstep, the entire shop is set abuzz, especially when Brenda lets him sleep on their porch.
That's not all the neighbors are talking about. Spring may be blooming outdoors, but an icy chill has settled over the Hansens' marriage. Steve is keeping late hours with clients, and the usually upbeat Brenda is feeling the absence of her husband and her college-age kids.Add to that the unsavory business moving in next to the beauty shop and the entire community gets turned upside down. Now Brenda's friends must unite to pull her out of her rut and keep the unwanted sotre out of town. But can Steve and Brenda learn to thaw their chilly marriage and enjoy the hope spring offers?

The book link is:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Polluting Minds with the Bible?

*guest blogger today

"A teacher was fired in Oregon for including Biblical references in his material. He claimed he was definitely NOT teaching creationism and simply wanted to teach creative thinking. The school board released him for deviating from the curriculum. It's unclear if the teacher himself believes in creation or the Bible.

"While the meat of the story is controversial itself, I won't delve into religion and schools. That's not what has me infuriated. A parent asked how many minds the teacher polluted!

"Polluted? With the Bible?!

"That's right! Wouldn't want to pour any values or morals into your kid's brain. Wouldn't want them to learn about the Ten Commandments or anything!

"Maybe this parent thinks A manga book would be better!

"Grrrrrr.... I gotta go clean something!"

- Danielle Taylor, wife of former GT running back, Mike Taylor

Monday, March 19, 2007

A Book You Must Read!

My good friend and fellow author, Darlene F. Wofford, has just released her book "Edgewise - An Assignment to Remember"!
Darlene suffered several traumatic events in 1984. She withdrew from the world and became completely unreachable until a psychiatrist gave her an unusual assignment. The book follows these assignments and Darlene's journey back to reality. It is a very powerful story, one you will never forget!

I met Darlene through a ListServe last summer. She invited me to tape a radio program out of Atlanta with Kathy Lewis called "Your Inner Voice" and then came to my appearance at the Barnes & Noble outside of Georgia Tech.

A devoted supporter, fan and friend, I am thankful we met. Darlene is an amazing woman. Hopefully everyone will read her incredible story!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Recommended book!

I had the good fortune to come upon the following book and got to converse with the author!

Write Now!: Exercises for the Aspiring Writer
By Jamieson Wolf

From Canada, Jamieson is a delight and a very busy writer!! He maintains a blog and a website, plus is putting together a magazine which will appear next month - MUSINGS: A Magazine of Words

His books include: The Muse: Learning to Write from Inspiration, Garden City, Garden City: Exposed, Electric Red, Electric Blue, Electric Pink

So, check it out, buy a book, and tell Jamieson Spunky sent you!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

My Space

A question I recently posed to one of my ListServes regarding virtual book tours eventually became an arguement over My Space.
Some say it is a great way to reach a lot of people. They point to bands & celebrities who have a My Space, saying it is the great way to reach fans.
Others say spending time on one of these virtual communities has yet to prove itself in sales. They say that My Space is a bunch of teenagers looking for something for free.
The discussion has been going on for two days now, and it does bring up some interesting questions. With any advertising, one has to weigh cost versus profit. Since My Space is free, there is no dollar cost, but building up a network in any online community takes time. So basically, how much is one's time worth?
To me, My Space is like people wandering the mall. Other than all being in the mall, they have nothing in common - therefore, there is nothing to draw them together. It's just a random selection of people. Which also means there are a great many undesirables.
Think I'll just skip the My Space.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Official Pic

This is the first promo shot for the next book. It also features the poster for book signings!

Always hate having to do these! Never like how I turn out in the pic.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Women's College Basketball

*guest blogger today

"With all of the media coverage of the NCAA, no one has even noticed the rankings of the women's basketball!

"All those lamenting that Duke is doing poorly this year should note that The Lady Blue Devils are ranked number one. And the Tar Heels are doing equally well in both men & women's basketball.

"I know everyone finds men's sports more interesting, but it's still frustrating. I've spent my whole life playing basketball and it's just as tough for the ladies. Sometimes even tougher! And I believe some of the toughest coaches out there in college sports reign over the women's teams.

"I'm sure my Lady Tigers would agree with that, too!"

- Heather Jennings, assistant coach, Clemson

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Quick Update

The custom posters for book signing displays have come in and look fantastic! Just waiting on those postcards and bookmarks now.

Radio interview tonight - ready to get back into the grove of interviews. I am actually less nervous doing TV interviews than radio - don't know why. Press release is undergoing final edits as well.

And on a side note, I am so glad graphic novels are receiving due credit these days. I think far more effort goes into one than a regular short novel due to the fact both a writer and illustrator are involved. At least the movies are getting the flair of graphic novels correct - 300 was incredible and I still love Batman Begins. Both are perfect examples of a graphic novel come to life!

Back to work!!

Friday, March 09, 2007


One of my ListServe groups has been discussing the logistics & legalities behind ghostwriting - royalty percentages, etc. And that's very important, because all of that needs to be set in place before any writing occurs.
Of course, ghostwriting implies one will do most of the writing and get none of the credit. That has to be a factor when deciding whether or not to venture in this direction. What if the book does well? Your name will not be on it!
I was asked to consider writing a historical romance for someone, but with the understanding that yes, my name would be on the book. This would certainly be a better scenario than no credit at all.
Ghostwriting has been around for years. Author H P Lovecraft had many writers under him who would, with his guidance, write the story - then Lovecraft would make a couple minor changes and place his name on the piece. No wonder he put out so much work, espcially considering he lived a short life!
If you Google 'ghostwriting', you'll pull up websites that offer it as a service. "Become a best seller - let us write the book!" It is big business though, and a lot of authors make money in this manner. Of course, I do have to laugh at the self-publishing companies who offer it - if you have them do a full service on the book (editing, cover, marketing, etc.), then you've done almost nothing to contribute to the process! Takes a bit of the creative fun out of to me.
Outside of the historical romance I mentioned, I have no desire to write someone else's story. I have enough of my own ideas rattling around in my head at the moment!!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Deep Breath ... It's Happening!

Book IV is at the printers! The April release will happen on time!

There will be another special promotion this year for Book IV as well. Look for it soon on the website - free stuff for participants, including bookmarks, sneak peak at Book V, and a glimpse at the novel coming after HEATHER!!!

Several new dates are up for appearances this year at Borders.

And a Five Star review of JAMES has just been posted at! -

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sports Illustrated's Most Controversial Players

*Guest Blogger Today

"Sports Illustrated just released a list of the ten most controversial players.

"Twenty years ago, controversial meant they were troublesome on the field. Today, out of the ten players, only Jeremy Shockey falls into that category. He's also about only player NOT in trouble with the law.

"What is wrong with these guys? Here they are given the opportunity of a lifetime, to play professional football, and they show no respect for that honor! The list has everything from steroids to illegal firearm possession to felony assault charges. Many of the players have been arrested multiple times! They are risking their promising futures needlessly.

"Perhaps it was my upbringing, but I know better! I know right from wrong. And I've got a family to think about, too. Most of those guys are being selfish, childish jerks when they do these things. When they act that way off the field, one has to wonder about their attitude on the field, too.

"I certainly don't want anyone like that on my team!"

- Jason Phillips, Chicago Bears Quarterback

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Live Discussion Thursday!

Thursday, March 8th, my online writing club will be getting together for a live discussion. It begins at 5;30pm EST and everyone is invited to join! Go to:
and register - it's free - if you would like to join us!

Also, I have several new links up here, so please check them out. There's a whole world of awesome book bloggers out there!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Charging Moose & Other News of the Weird

* Guest Blogger Today

"Working in the news industry, I see all sorts of strange stories come through the wire.

"I have to say 'Moose Brings Down Helicopter' is one of the stranger tales. Brings images of Godzilla to mind. The moose had been tranquilized and in its delirium, charged at the rotor. The helicopter had to land and unfortunately, the moose had to be shot due to injuries. If someone had been filming, it would have become 'When Animals Attack' video footage.

"Obesity surgeries in teenagers caught my eye. That's just really sad. As is the story about rats chewing on the baby or the toddlers taught to smoke pot. What sick person would teach a child to smoke pot? Makes me so thankful I go home to a happy, loving and normal family every night!

"Now if you will excuse me - a story just came in about Elvis Presley voting in a New Guinea election!"

- James Sheppard, Junior Editor, Orlando Sentinel

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Pizza Hut's Book It Program and Other Reading Incentives

There's an article on today about Pizza Hut's Book It program, which has been around for over twenty years.

Those against cite rewarding reading with fattening food and using the program to get more consumers in the restuarant. In light of how many youngsters are fat these days and eat unhealthy, I have to agree with that part.

And while dangling a carrot to get kids to read, rather than instilling the desire to read as a reward in of itself, is not the best way to promote literacy, it's been done for years. As a grade schooler, our teachers had reward programs for reading. I clearly remember one where the teacher gave a free small book for every ten books the student read. (I got a lot of free books, as I loved to read!)

There's other programs I question, too, like the Advanced Reader Program. A book must be on the list or it does not count, and there are so many not on the list! Many great books are lost this way if they are not nominated by enough people for the list. I think making the list all-inclusive would be better and give the students a wider selection.

Then again, I am just an author - what do I know?

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bookmarks & Jacket Cover

Proud to announce the final jacket cover for Book IV has been approved and into production:

And the bookmarks have gone to the printers as well!

Getting closer every day ...

Thanks to all of my wonderful fans for making the dream of a fourth book become real!!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Stephen Hawking & Zero Gravity Corp.

Guest Blogger Today!

"I just read where scientist Stephen Hawking will get a chance to go weightless on April 26.

"I had heard about the "Vommit Comet", but did not realize companies like Zero Gravity Corp. were offering such rides to the public! It's almost $3800 to go up in the modified Boeing 727 for about twenty-five seconds of weightlessness. That's about $150 a second to feel as if you're going to hurl!

"When's the last time you paid that kind of money to toss your tacos?

"And I wonder if I can talk Matt into going?"

- Sarah Gardner, wife of Broncos wide receiver, Matt Gardner