Contract Signed for sequel to Her Deadly Inheritance

“When is your next novel coming out?” Bless you, dear readers, you’ve been asking that question since Her Deadly Inheritance released in January last year.

Good news! We will soon know the answer!

Today I signed the contract for the sequel to Her Deadly Inheritance. According to the U.S. mail, publisher Eddie Jones at Lighthouse of the Carolinas will receive the three copies in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 30.

As soon as managing editor Darla Crass lets me know the new novel’s projected release date, I will pass that happy information on to you!

Thank you for your continued interest. You are great encouragers.

Selah Award Winner: Her Deadly Inheritance

Tonight was a night to remember! Her Deadly Inheritance–the novel that had taken me years to write–won the Selah Award for “Fiction: First Novel.”

Though unable to attend the gala Awards night at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, I watched at home in Wisconsin through live-streaming, clapping for every recipient. It was such fun! I had plenty of friends who were up for awards. Suddenly I heard my name and jumped back in my office chair. Me? My novel?

It seemed too much to take in. Yet publisher Eddie Jones was running onstage in my absence to receive it. Yet I couldn’t help but remember of all who helped make this incredible honor possible.

My deepest gratitude to the One who makes all things possible. My thanks also to:

  • the hard-working the staff at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
  • coordinator Eva Marie Everson who organized the contest
  • contest judges who put in many hours
  • Eddie Jones at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
  • editors Rowena Kuo and J. Christine Richards
  • agent Jim Hart
  • my two critique groups
  • and my faithful prayer team

God bless you all!

A Very Happy Birthday!

2016-birthday-cakeThis morning was different. I woke up at home on my birthday for the first time in years–instead of in Michigan at Mom’s. The house was silent. No “Happy birthday, Beth” from Mom first thing because she went to heaven this past April.

But God is good, and so are loving family and friends who are filling the gap:

  • My sister Aimee texted “Happy birthday!”
  • My sister Shelly called with birthday greetings.
  • Next, my son Bret called to say he planned to visit with me later today.
  • Then my friend Susan Baganz called to sing “Happy Birthday” and chat.
  • My dear friends and next door neighbors, Jackie and Dennis Kotloski brought a big bouquet of fall flowers with a card and sang “Happy Birthday” and visited a bit.
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The morning flew by, and before I knew it,  and I had to hurry to get ready to meet my former Oshkosh Public Library co-workers for this month’s lunch at Primo’s. We discovered the restaurant had a special menu of free birthday dinners. I chose the tenderloin steak with mushroom and onions, garlic mashed potatoes that came with soup & salad bar. I also ordered the birthday cake to shared it with my friends. After they sang “Happy birthday,” Mary and I cut and served the cake.

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Left to right, that’s Mary, Lou Ann, Doris, Sherry, and me. We had a great time.

In the meantime, at home:

  • my sister Mary Jo texted, “Happy birthday!”
  • my friend Bonnie sent a fun card and gift certificate
  • My Aunt Donnis and brother-in-law Larry sent lovely cards
  • And many dear family and friends posted birthday greeting on my FB page.

It’s been a fun day so far, with more to come. As The Word says, far more than I could think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

Thank you all–those who have already celebrated with me and those who will as the day goes on. You’ve made this day special with your love and prayers. Can’t thank you enough.

God bless you all. When I woke up this morning, I never dreamed of all the Lord had waiting for me. What a blessing you are.

 

Neglected Blog? No More–Let’s Have Fun!

The main speaker startled me in August at the Green Lake Christian Writers Conference. When Wendy K. Walters said, “A neglected blog tells visitors you don’t care” …

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Please accept my apology! I never meant to send you any such message. Not to excuse myself, but I stopped posting only because I didn’t want to waste your time.

Posts should offer you something with meaning and value–something to enrich your life, right?

So, here’s the good news, dear readers! After much searching of my heart, I finally discovered what I truly want to share with you. Things to satisfy your curiosity and, hopefully, spark real conversations between us.

I value you, my novel’s readers. You’ve been so wonderful–buying Her Deadly Inheritance, telling me how much you love it, and sharing your enthusiasm with others. You are a huge blessing! And a huge encouragement. I can’t thank you enough.

Now I want to bless you, too. Obviously, you love reading fiction and are curious about a novelist’s life. When we meet in person, you quickly ask when to expect my next novel and what my life is like now. (Pretty much like yours except that I also write.) And you ask so many interesting questions.

So, what can you look forward to as we chat on my new blog?

  • updates on the progress of my next novel–a lot is happening!
  • behind-the-scenes glimpses of what it’s like to____
  • reviews of terrific new novels by other authors along with my interviews with them

I’ll also:

  • post fun online games we can enjoy together
  • ask your opinion on topics related to writing and reading
  • schedule occasional one-hour Q & A sessions where you can ask me anything about my novels and writing life

And so much more!

But first, here’s your chance to “influence the author.” This blog is for you, so …

What would you like me to write about as an author of Christian romantic suspense?