Thursday, May 26, 2011
However, I decided to give the book a second chance, and I'm glad I did. I don't know if I'm enjoying it more because it's not an assignment this time or because I started well in advance of the book club deadline. Or maybe I appreciate the writing and storycrafting more because I'm writer too. Or maybe I like the book better because I'm older and wiser, with more life experience, than as a teen. Whatever the reason I'm glad I'm giving this book another shot.
What book(s) did you struggle reading as a teen, but now you enjoy as an adult? Or vice versa? What have you read recently that you surprisingly enjoyed?
Friday, May 20, 2011
Queries, submissions, and such
To dreams of publication I clutch;
The waiting’s the worst,
The rejections are terse;
Queries, submissions, and such.
Have a great weekend - my plans are lunch with a friend and getting rid of this flu bug that's made the rounds of our family this week.
What are your plans for the weekend?
Friday, May 13, 2011
2. Reading all your well-wishes and congratulations for the eHarlequin contest. Thank you!
3. Doing the online chat with one of the senior editors of Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line. The ten minutes went really fast, but she requested the full manuscript of Pistols and Petticoats!
4. Attending a fiction awards gala last weekend with my DH. I helped judge the historical fiction category for the awards. It was fun to have my hubby in the writer world and meet a local author who's books inspired me as a teenager.
5. Hearing my boys sing "Happy Birthday" yesterday morning when they got up and (re)gift me with Silly Bands and rocks and books from their room.
6. Watching my daughter's fascination with the outdoors and finding these flowers.
7. Seeing Jane Eyre last night with my DH. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have lots of admiration for Charlotte Bronte, the novel's author. Publication didn't come easily to her either, but she persevered. She also got married after Jane Eyre was a success, and that's a sweet love story in itself. Hope they make a movie of that one day.
What things or moments have brought you goodness lately?
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
On Thursday I'll have a chance to chat online with one of the editors about my book. I'm a little nervous, but mostly just excited. Thanks, eHarlequin.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
After discovering a different route to my destination, I set out again. This time I found the house easily - only to realize the spot where I pulled over before was just up the street. I had literally been three houses away from where I needed to be and hadn't known it.
Isn't life like this? Mine is. I'm moving along and I hit a roadblock and I think "I can't keep going." I hit a similar point in my writing journey the other week. But what I didn't know - that the Lord did - is that I was much closer to success than I realized. Literally it was right up the street from my place of discouragement.
A week later, some great news came - a little illumination from the Lord that I was indeed on the right path, that good things were closer than I'd thought.
As it says in Hebrews 9:11, the Lord is "an high priest of good things to come." In the midst of trial and challenge and discouragement, those good things to come are closer than we think. Sometimes, both figuratively and literally, they are right up the street.
What successes have you had lately? What ones have been closer than you thought? What good things do you hope are close?
*The winner of my blog giveaway is Chantele Sedgwick!!! Congrats Chantele. E-mail me through my Contact page and I'll send along your prize.
**I'm going to a local writers conference this weekend and then to a fancy dinner event with my DH afterward!
- Stacy Henrie
- I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids and an author of inspirational historical romance. I love laughing with my family, reading, interior decorating, and chocolate.
Lady Outlaw, published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012, is my first novel.
I am represented by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds, LLC.
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.
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I blog on Wednesdays - about life, motherhood, writing or my recommendations for inspirational romance books.