July 3, 2007

The 4 Hit the Road

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If you are anywhere CLOSE to these locations - find one that works and BE THERE!

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Monday, July 9th
ICRS Convention
Tsaba House Booth #1904 (1 of the 16 STL booths)
11:00am - noon
Meet and Greet with appetizers

Tuesday, July 10th
ICRS Convention
STL Booth #1904 (STL main booth)
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Fantasy Author Photo-Op

Wednesday, July 11th
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Heart & Hearth Home Education Support Group
Manchester, TN
Contact: Linda Reed
Email: tnhomeschooler@yahoo.com

Thursday, July 12th
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Cedar Springs Christian Store
504 North Peteris Rd.
Knoxville, TN

Thursday, July 12th

Barnes & Noble
Dreamland Shopping Center
83 South Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

Friday, July 13th
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Barnes & Noble
Sharon Corners Shopping Center
4720 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210

Friday July 13th

101 East Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609

Saturday, July 14th
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Barnes & Noble
5501 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23230

Saturday, July 14th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

His Way Christian Book Store
Normandy Shopping Center
8450 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

Sunday, July 15th

National Presbyterian Church
4104 Nebraska Ave. N.W.
Washington D.C. 20016

Sunday July 15th
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Barnes & Noble
Potomac Yard Store
3651 Jefferson Davis Highway
Alexandria, VA 22305

Sunday July 15th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Barnes & Noble
Long Gate Shopping Center
4300 Montgomery Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Monday, July 16th


Monday, July 16th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Days of Knights Store
173 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

Tuesday, July 17th

Timeless Treasures Christian Gift & Book Store
163 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday, July 18th
12 noon

Timeless Treasures Christian Gift & Book Store
673 8th Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10036

July 2, 2007

Fantasy 4 Fiction Tour

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This week we're taking a look at an awesome book tour called the Fantasy 4 Fiction Tour. The authors:

*Wayne Thomas Batson: The Door Within Trilogy and Isle of Swords (coming 8/07)
*Christopher Hopper: The Rise of the Dibor and The White Lion Chronicles
*Sharon Hinck: The Becky Miller Books, and The Sword of Lyric Series
*Bryan Davis: Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire

Four amazing fantasy authors in one place - at the same time! If you're in the area - DON'T MISS THIS!

If you're stuck over on the West Coast, like me, at least check out their websites and pick up a book or two at your local book store (Christian or secular). Ask for them, and if they aren't carrying them, for some CRAZY reason - demand - okay request - that they get it in.

Tomorrow, I'll be posting all the dates and locations of the tour.

July 1, 2007

Birthday Blessings

Well - it's official. As of last Sunday, I am 30. The best part of it all - I survived! I'm not bothered by my age, I'm not in crisis, I'm not even a little grumpy about it all. What do I have to show for my age? Wisdom. God's blessed me with far more wisdom in the last few years, than ever before. I don't feel older, I just feel smarter.

I had an amazing birthday and was pampered by my husband and daughter the entire day. It was like being a princess. I got a HUGE breakfast complete with cinnamon rolls, eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice, coffee, and flowers. I seriously think that my birthday flowers were the most beautiful, dense, colorful, big roses I've ever had. They looked like a sunset in every blossom. My little girl made an awesome card for me. It had ribbon and markers and LOTS of love in it. Neither of them let me lift a finger, even if I wanted to. It was so relaxing.

My best gift came through a realization rather than an object or service. God opened my eyes to the amazing support I have of my family. I've known that my parents, brother, and all the rest realize that I'm really embracing writing whole-heartedly. They know I always talk about writing and spend lots of time on the computer, but it's always seemed like maybe they just didn't get it. Maybe they didn't understand that I really feel God's guidance and encouragement toward writing, and that I'm sure this is exactly what He wants for me right now. Until last Saturday and Sunday.

My parents recently moved out of state, back to our hometown in California. That didn't stop or slow down my parents' excellent timing of birthday surprises. Saturday, I received a package and inside was - well - I won't spoil the "suspense" for you yet. Let's just say - they nearly brought me to tears, because their gift meant that they "got it." I know now just how much they believe in me an my abilities and my path - well God's path.

The small box carried so much more than an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder, it was my parents' belief that came out of that box and into my hands. I mentioned how hard it was to be driving, or out and about, and then struck by an awesome story idea. A pen and paper are pretty inconvenient when driving (which for some reason seems to be when inspiration strikes), not to mention that the other drivers get a little nervous when they see both hands off the steering wheel in the car next to them. All the ideas I try to repeat to myself twenty times until I get home tend to slip away by the time I get to my computer or paper and pen. There's nothing quite as frustrating as know you DID have a great idea until a few seconds ago, but not having a clue what it could be. After talking to my mom and dad about these little things that have to do with writing I knew they supported me in that parental way - but on my birthday I really know.

It's not just that they knew I wanted something, so they got it. My mom said, "I keep checking the shelves of the bookstore for your first book."

Cue - big smile!

Then Sunday afternoon, I got yet another dose of family belief: my brother's gift. He knows I've been on the hunt for some good books about the craft of writing and that I've found quite a few that I'd like to get. He gave me a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

This is coming from a little brother who liked nothing more than to find the weakest point in my armor and do everything his intelligent brain could possibly think of to irritate me and get a really good reaction. He wasn't satisfied if I became a little annoyed, OH NO! I had to be REALLY mad before he'd relent. So at the age of 25, he's come a LONG way! Now he's the sweet, loving, supportive brother who loves me with God's love and supports and believes in me.

Cue - close to tears...

In the end, it wasn't the gifts themselves, it was the thought that those gifts wouldn't be wasted on me - that they really knew what was in my heart, and they were lifting me up with all their support and love. God's gift was given to me loud and clear, through the people in my life and in my heart.