Where Treasure Hides #1 in CBA Historical Fiction

November 2015

where-treasure-hides-682x1024-new-coverGreat news! Where Treasure Hides is #1 in the CBA Historical Fiction Category and #18 in the Top 50 List. The latter includes both nonfiction and fiction books.

Where Treasure Hides is one of nine fiction books on the list.

Congrats to Pam Hillman, author of Stealing Jake, and Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, author of Mind of Her Own. These novels placed, respectively, at #14 and #40 in the Top 50 list.

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Announcing New Cover, New Title, New Translation

Tigger Bounces & Happy Dances Abound

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Barbour Books released the cover for the Courageous Brides Collection which releases in July 2016. The collection includes my novella, The Healing Promise. The story takes place in 1870s Nebraska and was inspired by a true event.

New Title

Misty Willow Series Book #2 has an official title: When Love Arrives!

The story, which begins just a few weeks after Where She Belongs ends, are about two people who were scarred by the same childhood tragedy. She knows it; he doesn’t. The novel releases from Revell in September 2016.

New Translation

This wins the prize for the most unexpected news–Where Treasure Hides will be published by Norwegian publisher Lunde Forlag. I don’t know when, but I’m so excited the story will be translated into another language. Whoo hoo!

NaNoWriMo: My Experiences Writing 50,000 Words in One Month

National Novel Writing Month 2015

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Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month six times with varying degrees of success. Here’s a summary:

2003: A multi-generational saga centered around one house and my mom’s lengthy genealogy, this story is a choppy mess. I dream of someday revising this project into a set of short stories.

2005: The story of my heart, this project is about a young woman who regains her family’s ancestral home (actually, the same house as in my multi-generational saga) only to realize that her grandparents’ spiritual legacy was of more value than their material one.Where She Belongs

This much revised–and oft re-titled–story, which placed as a Bronze Medalist in the  My Book Therapy Frasier Contest a couple of years ago, releases from Revell in January as the first novel in the Misty Willow Series. Books #2 and #3 release in September 2016 and May 2017. Yay!

2008: Years ago, I learned that POW camps were set up in Florida and other states during War World II to imprison captured Germans. What kind of woman, I wondered, would help a German prisoner escape from one of those camps. So I tried to find out during this year’s NaNoWriMo.

When Memory Whisper v2With revised openings of this manuscript, I won the Writer of the Year and Best Novel awards at the Florida Christian Fiction Conference in 2009 and signed with my agent. Polished but unpublished, I haven’t given up hope for it yet. You can read the opening chapters of the now titled When Memory Whispers on my website.

2009: Friends who read the complete (and completely revised) manuscript of When Memory Whispers begged for a sequel. “Can’t happen,” I said. “Everybody died.” (Do you think that’s why editors aren’t interested? Hmm!)

where-treasure-hides-682x1024-new-coverIn an aha! moment, the proverbial lightbulb blinked above my head. A secondary character, a widowed British officer, became the male protagonist of a World War II love story, Where Treasure Hides, this year’s NaNoWriMo project.

The revised manuscript won the 2011 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest in the Historical Fiction category. Tyndale released the ebook in 2013 and the print edition this past August. There’s also a Dutch version!

where-treasure-hides-in-dutch12010: Wanting to do something a little different, I decided to write my 50,000 unedited NaNoWriMo words by hand. But I didn’t get very far. Family emergencies and hospitalizations derailed my plans. This was the first time I signed up for NaNoWriMo and didn’t win a completion certificate.

2012: Though I have successfully “won” NaNo when I was working full-time and had kids underfoot, for some reason this year — no job, no kids — I procrastinated until I could procrastinate no more. On November 29th and 30th, I pounded out the remaining 30,000 words.

The result: I got my NaNo certificate. And a pain that radiated through my wrist and up my arm to my shoulder.

This project was the sequel to Where Treasure Hides, tentatively titled What Time Reveals. It needs major work before anyone but me can read it. 🙂

2015: With a December 1st deadline looming, I’m not officially participating in NaNoWriMo this year. However, the “just do it” bug is catching so I’ve agreed to write 25,000 words–what I’m referring to as NaNoWriMo Lite.

Join me next week to see how I’m preparing for the November madness.

Where Treasure Hides: Author Mini-View

Book Tour and Giveaway

Where-Treasure-Hides-682x1024 new coverInspirational author Anna Weaver Hurtt invited me to be her guest this past week on her site. We’re also giving away a copy of Where Treasure Hides so please hop on over and join the fun. The deadline for participating in the giveaway is Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. CST.

Click here to join the Where Treasure Hides giveaway tour.

Authors Patricia Bradley & Marion Ueckermann at ACFW Conference

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Authors Patricia Bradley and Marion Ueckermann at the ACFW Conference in Dallas.

Authors Patricia Bradley and Marion Ueckermann at the ACFW Conference in Dallas.

This photo is so precious to me.

Marion Ueckermann is one of my first fans. She loved Where Treasure Hides so much when it released as an ebook a couple of years ago that she kept her Kindle nearby when she was driving so she could read the story at traffic lights. (She prayed for red lights and I prayed for her safety!)

I definitely wanted her to have a copy of the recently released print edition but Marion lives in South Africa. Instead of mailing her the novel, I gave it to my friend and critique partner, author Patricia Bradley.

Here they are–two dear friends–together at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas which is going on this week.

Thank you, Pat, for tucking my envelope to Marion into your suitcase. Let’s try to get together in October.

Thank you, Marion, for all the encouragement, support, and friendship you’ve given me over the past few years. The next time you’re in the States, I hope we get to meet in person.