Monday, May 31, 2010

Talking About the Old West

Okay, so today's the day I'm blogging at the International Christian Fiction Writers (ICFW) blog.

Since the ICFW blog is targeted at readers, my post is about my childhood and why I write stories with a prairie setting. I talk about the Old West and those old western shows.

The question I'm asking over at the ICFW blog is ... What was your favourite movie genre when you were a youngster? Is it the same now that you’re all grown up?

I hope to see you over at the ICFW blog today.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Book Giveaway and a New Blog

I'm in 2 places today!

First... I'm hosting author Vickie McDonough over at Prairie Chicks Write Romance where she's talking about the different types of heroes and heroines in books. If you leave a comment with your email address before midnight, you might win your choice of a book from her website. But you have to go over to Prairie Chicks to do it. I'm sorry, but for this giveaway only, you need to reside in Canada or the U.S.

Vickie's current book is The Anonymous Bride Book 1 in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. If you think this post looks familiar, you're right because I posted a book review yesterday and a promo post for Inkwell Inspirations last Sat.

Canadian Prairies Missed the Old West

Second... Narelle, one of my Inky sisters, invited me to be a guest blogger at the International Christian Fiction Writers  (ICFW) blog.

Since the ICFW blog is targeted at readers, my post is about my childhood and why I write stories with a prairie setting. I talk about the Old West and those old TV westerns.

I'm not giving away a book on this blog, but I ask... What was your favourite movie genre when you were a youngster? Is it the same now that you’re all grown up?

I hope to see you either at the ICFW blog or Prairie Chicks Write Romance today.

Note - Because the ICFW blog is International, I'm not sure what time my post goes live. Narelle had said 'See you Monday' but they're about 20 hrs ahead of us... I guess that means it goes up tonight at midnight? Your guess is as good as mine. LOL

Friday, May 28, 2010

Book Review: The Anonymous Bride

The Anonymous Bride (Book 1 Texas Boardinghouse Brides series) by Vickie McDonough

There’s just something about a mail-order bride story that fills me with more anticipation than a normal romance. Probably because of that unknown factor of the hero and heroine expecting to wed – sometimes within hours – of meeting.

So when Vickie McDonough put out the call for influencers to review a copy of the first book in her Texas Boardinghouse Brides series , I put my hand up faster than a winner does at Bingo.

The Anonymous Bride greatly exceeded everything I hoped for in a romance. Vickie’s easy writing style was the perfect vehicle for this historical set in 1886 Lookout, Texas. Visually appealing, the scenes unfolded without laborious descriptions to slow down the pace. And the humor… I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud.

But, what really kept the story close to my heart was the emotional impact the mail-order bride had on the heroine, Rachel Hamilton. Because you see, Rachel wasn’t the mail-order bride. Oh, no. Rachel was just the owner of the boardinghouse where the mail-order bride stayed, which meant Rachel was the one to do her laundry, clean her room and cook her meals.

And there wasn’t just one mail-order bride trying to marry the man Rachel loved. There were 3 of them.

How could a man be so insensitive and encourage three women to think they were the only one? Well, it certainly wasn’t Luke, the town marshal. No, Luke was moseying along minding his own business, wondering what he was going to do about Rachel when the brides begin to appear bearing letters he supposedly wrote. Seems his cousins figured once a new woman was on the scene, Luke would forget all about the love he used to share with Rachel. They didn't figure on three women wanting to marry Luke.

I sympathized with Rachel when she realized her boardinghouse was the only possible place for the hopeful brides to reside. And, I cried buckets when the brides – who travelled so far on faith, each desperate for their own home – put forth their small requests of assistance to Rachel, without realizing their effect on her trampled heart.

And oh, the pain when honorable Luke agrees to pick a bride.

I loved this story. Both Luke and Rachel place their lives in God's hands, trusting He knows best although they may not like it at the time. 

Second Chance Brides, Book 2  in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, releases Sept. 1st. Yay!

Vickie McDonough came be found at

Vickie will be blogging with me at Prairie Chicks Write Romance tomorrow, Sat, May 29th and she's giving away a book from her website to one commenter who leaves and email address before Sat midnight. Sorry, US and Canada residents only for this giveaway. :(

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Prairie Chick Resources

I'm blogging at Prairie Chicks Write Romance today about the resources I use to make my novels come alive.

This is one of the items I use in Emma's Outlaw but which I knew nothing about. So, I went looking for information and found it in spades at a yahoo group. That's just one of my many resources.

So if you're into history, you might want to check out some of my favourite sites.

I haven't told you what this is because I thought you might like to play along. Try to guess what it is or what it does.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Victoria Day

Summer is here! Forget the calendar and the weather. It's Queen Victoria's birthday and that means summer is unoffically here. Yay!!!

And to celebrate, I'm blogging over at Inkwell Inspirations about what the Victoria Day weekend means to Canadians. Drop in for a visit and tell me what this day/weekend means to you.

Some of the choices are... gardening, camping, partying, etc. Oh yeah, and lets not forget the good queen's birthday so let me know where the nearest firework display is going to be held.

And if you're an American, the long Memorial Day weekend is just a week away so let me know what you plan on doing then.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blogging at the Inkwell: The Anonymous Bride

I'm blogging about The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough over at Inkwell Inspirations today. I'm giving you the lowdown on Book 1 in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series which really touched my heart.

If you like stories about mail-order brides, then you have to mosey on over to the Inkwell.

My question for you over there is:

Anyone else like reading about mail-order brides?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Raw Talent Contest Winner

The sun is bright and the days are hot. I've got my curtains closed and I'm in my cool house hiding from the ticks. *shudder

I was very disappointed when I learned I didn't final in the Touched by Love contest. I'm now waiting for all my judges' comments for the second contest and then I'm going to hole up in my cave and get to work.

But I wanted to give you something to smile about so I'm including this video. A few months ago, Trost Moving Pictures held a scriptwriting contest called The Raw Talent contest. This is one contest I didn't enter. However, in today's email was the video announcing the writer who did win. Watch this and see if it doesn't make you smile...

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's a No on the Genesis

The results of the American Christian Fiction Writer's annual Genesis contest were announced yesterday and I couldn't find my name anywhere on the list. And I looked at least three times.

My rollercoaster feelings went from a depressing low for not being 'good enough' to an exhilarating high for my Inkwell Inspirations' sisters - Lisa Richardson and Susanne Dietz - who DID final.

Woo hoo Lisa and Susie!!!

This post was going to be about how to pick yourself up and continue writing after a devastating disappointment such as this but my morning email brought a pleasant surprise... I've been asked to guest blog at the International Christian Fiction Writers (ICFW) blog on May 31st and I think that will be the theme of my post over there.

I'll leave you with this photo taken just a few days ago. As you can see, we awoke to a heavy frost and still no leaves on the trees. Oh my blossoms, where are you this spring?

So, what about your yard? Any leaves or blossoms on your trees? Tulips or Daffodils? Anything else?

Susie - Thanks for asking about the bird. It's the noisy magpie. It's a pretty bird but chatters quite a bit. It's about a foot long from beak to tail-tip but it has a bad reputation. A scavenger, it's known to attack other nests and eat the offspring. Bad magpie!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Prairie Chicks: Dialogue to Remember

I'm blogging at Prairie Chicks Write Romance today about those memorable lines in books, TV and films.

I've mentioned lines from Gone With the Wind, Star Trek, When Harry Met Sally, Always, Poltergeist, Sudden ImpactThe Terminator and Terminator 2.

But there are so many others where you instantly remember the book or movie as soon as you hear the line.

Here's one I didn't mention over there... "Hey, what's up, Doc?" (Bugs Bunny) or what about "Elementary, my dear Watson." (Sherlock Holmes)

Drop by and share your favorite lines.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

At the Inkwell: Poky Little Puppy

This week at Inkwell Inspirations we're discussing books from our childhood under the theme 'Once Upon a Time'.

I'm blogging at the Inkwell today about my favorite childhood book, The Poky Little Puppy. I've talked about what this small book meant to me and about the author and illustrator who brought the story to life.

As well as discussing the book in the comment section, I've included a list of all the other Poky Puppy stories which have been published over the years.

Stop by if you have a chance and let me know about your favorite childhood story.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mud Bath

Just thought I'd post some photos of our muddy ride to church yesterday. The roads were so greasy, we fishtailed a wee bit a few times. As a professional driver, hubby was in his element.

Then we got behind a 'Sunday driver' who wouldn't pull over to let us pass. We had to follow him (hubby says it was a her) for about 20 km/20 miles. He/she was going so slow. And then we were late for church. *sigh

When we arrived in Glenavon, we saw they had received a lot more snow than us. Or maybe it was just that theirs stayed around while ours melted.

After, when we were having brunch at the bakery, I was telling them that I had prayed the whole way. My prayers consisted of asking God to put His hands on the wheel. Hubby perked up and said, "So that's why it was so hard to steer." LOL

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May Rains Bring Snow?

It's May! Sunshine. Flowers. Green Grass. Sure, sure. LOL

Here's a photo I took from my front step at 7:42 pm just a few days ago:

And here's what it looked like yesterday on May 1st:

Yes, I know the farmers need the rain but really... what's with the snow in May?