Books by Craftie Ladies

Friday, April 17, 2015

What We Are Writing

By Margaret Daley

Author:   Pamela Tracy
Title:  TBA
Hero and Heroine: Emily Hubrect and Donovan Russell
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
The architect, one Donovan Russell, had taken to giving her covert looks should she come close.  Well, that was preferable to the irritable looks he gave her the last time she’d filed a protest.
Due date:  June 30, 2015
Word count goal today: 1000
Something cool learned recently from research:  Most bodies unearthed in the Arizona desert are from drug deals gone bad.  And, Navajo Indians will not touch the dead. 

Author: Carolyne Aarsen
Title: Meet Me In Montana #2 - working title
Hero and Heroine: Vic and Lauren
Line:  Love Inspired Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
But as they drove back to the ranch she couldn't shake the feeling that she had caught a glimpse of another life. A life that held light and joy.
Due date:  August
Word count goal today: just editing now.
Something cool learned recently from research:  A quote - “Dogs look for love. Horses look for a leader."

Author:  Jean C. Gordon
Title: I'm calling it "Josh" for now
Hero and Heroine: Josh Donnelly and Tessa Hamilton
Line:  LI Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Whatever it was, she was game. Tessa stood and offered Josh her hand. “You’re on.” If it would humor Josh for her to make a fool of herself in front of everyone she knew in the area by dancing the silly chicken dance and make him more agreeable to what she needed from him, she’d do it. For Grandma.
Due date:  November 2, 2015
Word count goal today: 109
Something cool learned recently from research:  There are very few civil engineering positions in the Paradox/Schroon Lake area of the Adirondack Mountains. (Probably cool only to me because it fits a need in my story.)

Author: Patricia Johns
Title: A Second Chance at Forever
Hero and Heroine: Ben Blake and Sofia McCray
Line:  LI Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
"Mike Layton, you are under arrest. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to an attorney..."
Due date:  NOW!
Word count goal today: None, I'm at the editing stage
Something cool learned recently from research:  Police officers have spotlights that shoot out to the sides of their vehicles to aid in searches at night.

Author: Patty Smith Hall
Title: TBA
Hero and Heroine: Jefferson Muster and Kallie Huffman
Line: Contemporary
Paragraph from the page you're currently working on:
Frantic moments passed as the man lowered Mr. Anderson's limp body to the floor. Kallie knelt beside him, her eyes trained upon the old man's chest, her fingers moving instinctively to the soft tissue of his neck. No respirations, no pulse. Kallie titled his head back gently, plugged his nose between her fingers, and blew two quick breathes into his lungs. As she moved into position to start chest compressions, Kallie called out to God in a silent rage.
Due date: May 31
Word count goal today: working on edits
Something cool learned while doing research: the technology used in hospitals now is a far cry than what we had in my nursing days!

Author:  Barbara Phinney
Title: The Heiress and Proud Ranch
Hero and Heroine: Victoria and Mitchell
Line:  LIH
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Victoria Templeton sank into the Queen Anne chair, her arms hanging over the delicately carved wood. Her mouth fell open in a most unfeminine manner as she gaped at her mother. “What do you mean, we’re broke?”
Due date:  N/A
Word count goal today:  1,000
Something cool learned recently from research:  That the curtains of a house are closed during mourning and invitations were sent to funerals in Victorian times.

Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Title: Healing the Warrior’s Heart
Hero and Heroine: Kaleb Palmer and Grace McAllen
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  She quickly turned away, reminding herself that Kaleb was her boss. Ouray was only temporary. Come the end of the summer, she’d never see either of them again.
Due date:  June 1
Word count goal today:  1500 words
Something cool learned recently from research: The abandoned mining town of Ironton, Colorado was once and important transportation junction and a stage and supply center.

Author: Merrillee Whren
Title:  Working title:  The Hope’s Healing
Hero and Heroine:  Melody Hammond and Hudson Paine Conrick, IV
Line:  LI Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Melody shaded her eyes as the first parachute opened, its rainbow of colors brightening the sky. A second one opened, then the third as the skydivers maneuvered their parachutes in a zigzag pattern, following each other toward the earth. Melody waited for the fourth one, but the diver continued to plunge earthward, his chute not opening.
Due date: April 20
Word count goal today: Doing revisions
Something cool learned recently from research: What RICE stands for when you have a sprained ankle. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate  

Author: Teri Wilson
Title: Alaskan Sanctuary 
Hero and Heroine: Ethan Hale and Piper Quinn
Line:  Love Inspired 
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Someone had tried to kill one of her wolves. How could she go on after this? Even if Koko survived—and right now, survival hardly seemed like a given—how could she stay in a place where her wolves were so despised that someone had done this? It was over. Her sanctuary. Her dream. All of it.
Due date:  Tomorrow (!!!!)
Word count goal today: I don't have a specific word count today. I'm completely reworking the ending, because that seems like a normal thing to do the day before the book is due.
Something cool learned recently from research:  Alpine aconite, a flowering plant that grows in snowmelt, is sometimes called wolfs bane because it was once used to poison wolves.

Author: Terri Reed
Title: TBD—Working title Northern Border Patrol Book #4
Hero and Heroine: Liz Cantrell-owns an antique shop on Hilton Head Island. ICE agent Blake Fallon works to protect our northern border
Line: Love Inspired Suspense
Due date: May 8, 2015
Word count goal today: 2000
Something cool learned recently from research: Uncut diamonds are ugly, they look like ordinary rocks, but they have the potential to be worth millions.

Author: Sandra Orchard 
Title: Serena Jones Mysteries, book 2
Hero and Heroine: Serena Jones
Line: Revell publishing
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Nate led me down a set of steep, poorly lit stairs into the basement of a dry cleaning business. “You sure the place is still open.” 
         Due date: October 1st
Word count goal today: 1500
Something cool learned recently from research: How to forge paintings.

Author: Linda Goodnight
Hero and Heroine:  Hayden Winters & Carrie Riley
Line: HQN
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Hayden rubbed a weary hand over his face. Dora Lee had called again last night but he hadn’t answered. The voice mail still lingered on his phone, also unanswered, haunting him, reminding him that he was a liar and a fraud.
Due date: July 15
Word count goal today:  I'm editing, trying to figure out where I took a wrong turn.
Something cool learned recently from research: During the Civil War, southerners sometimes used ground, roasted persimmon seeds to make a coffee substitute.

Author: Jolene Navarro
Title: Clear Water # 4 Surprise Dad
Hero and Heroine:  Angelica Ortega & Garrett Kincaid
Line: LI Contemporary
Due date: Just Turned in the proposal
Word count goal today: 500
A snippet:
Didn’t she realize how dangerous it was to be anywhere near the apartment let alone on the roof without any help? He rubbed his palm over his face. Getting upset would not help, but he did need patience. Getting out of the car he felt years older than twenty-eight.
Something cool learned recently from research: Children that have experienced violent domestic trauma can have the same symptoms of soldier returning from a war zone. Not very cool more on the sad side.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In Between Deadlines

Janet Lee Barton, here. From the title, you can tell I must be in-between deadlines and I am. I've just finished sending in the proposal for my next Boardinghouse Betrothal story and am waiting to see what my editor has to say about it. I hope she likes it as much as I do! I'm also waiting on final edits on the story that comes out in November, which is titled The Mistletoe Kiss. It was so much fun to write. But now,  what to do in the meantime? For me, it means a lot of catching up--or at least trying to!  And still writing some each day is a goal, for I know that it's easier to keep with it than to get back into it.

So while I'm waiting, and in between catching up on housework and gardening, I'm working on a sequel to Stormy's Rainbow that I hope to have out later this summer. This one is called To Win a Cowboy's Heart. It's another reunion story about a woman who broke up with the only man she's ever loved when she found out it would be near impossible for her to ever have a child. When she comes back home because of her aunt's health, she finds he evidently found someone else--for now he's widowed with a child to raise. And she's just accepted an offer to help his mother-in-law with her care. Having lots of fun with this one.

Other than all that, I'm finding it hard to stay inside. I love this time of year, planting and bringing in hanging pots of flowers to put here and there in our small yard and patio.  What do you think of our Hibiscus? It had a ton of buds when I bought it and I just love the color!
I've also been planting in the front--this is the third spring we've spent in our condo and each year, I've tried something a little different to see what works best. I still have to put down mulch, but think this combination of Double Impatiens and Marigolds looks great with the boxwoods--if the wind we've had doesn't get to them.  Hoping you're all having a happy Spring, too!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

God is the great Knitter of things in my life. By Barbara Phinney

Now, above is a rather unusual title, don't you think? I knew this post was coming up, but hadn't really given thought to what I would write, nor was I too worried. Like most writers, I can chatter on about anything.
Then came last Sunday and I began to see that God is indeed the Great Knitter of my life. 
My husband and I were sitting in our usual pew in the sunshine. (I have no idea why I sit there. I am after all, 'of a certain age' and really don't need to be warmed by the sun) But a fellow writer, a good friend of mine, slid in beside me and all of us began to listen to the message that day.
The new series is called 'Living A Better Story'

Our pastor asked what do we need to do in each of our lives to make each a better story. What does a 'writer' of each story need to do?
I leaned over to my writer friend and whispered, "Kill your darlings."
She giggled. It's a common answer when writing a book. Especially a murder mystery.
But I'm thinking that isn't exactly what our Pastor wants us to do.
Then our Pastor held up an index card and said, "I want all of you to write down something you want out of your life and why."
Oh, great, homework. 
But bad memories of high school aside, his request got me thinking. What do I want? And why?
Naturally, I want to write that blockbuster, sell the movie rights and have the movie and all involved in it to win all the Oscars.
And why? So everyone earns millions of dollars.
Okaaaay, let's take a step back. It's good to have lofty goals, but what do I want that lines up with God's Plan? If I wanted to lose weight, why not write down spiritually healthy reasons why I want to lose weight. 
I'd answer;
I'd feel better and could do more.
I'd be encouraging others to make healthy choices in life.
I could help out in church more because I'd be healthier.
But although I could stand to lose a few pounds, what do I want out of my life? 
I want to write a great story, and touch people's lives for Christ. I want to follow the Holy Spirit's leading and encourage those who read my books to turn to God more. I hope my latest book, Sheltered by the Warrior, does that.

I would be helping others.
I would be stretching myself and learning to be a better writer.
Yes, that's a bit more in line with what my Pastor was thinking. Yes, I do want to live a better story. And I want to live a better story for Christ. So suddenly, my need to write a blog today is knitted together with my church's sermon series and what I need to do with my life.
Do you need to Live a Better Story? What would you do, and why?

Barbara Phinney 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Allie Pleiter on When A Character Won’t Stay Put

Every once in a while, a character gets uppity.  Sometimes they decide “secondary” isn’t a sufficient status, and they want their own book.  Other times they clamor for their own ending, having seen how their buddy/sister/partner just got all the happy kisses and they now demand their own.  If you think the author’s in charge, think again…

Characters can hound you, stalking you from the back of your mind until you relent and give them their own book.  Such was the case with Ida Lee Landway from Homefront Hero.  She wasn’t going to settle for “best friend” casting, no sir.  She was ready to play leading lady, and would not hush up until I gave in.

Then came the search—what man would win this feisty army nurse’s heart?  Outspoken and unconventional, her match of course needed to be a bit on the stuffy side.  Opposites attract, after all.  He needed to share her dedication to her work, but I wanted him to be in sorry need of the color Ida brings to the world wherever she goes.  Is it any surprise, then, that one of the first ways Dr. Daniel Parker shows his growing affection is with the purchase of cans of paint?

Ida and Daniel’s journey to each other’s heart is filled with bumps and twists, tender moments and outright laughs, as well as a host of adorable little orphans who create no end of surprises.  I hope you enjoy reading THE DOCTOR’S UNDOING as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Craftie Ladies - Love Inspired Historical April 2015 Releases

Listed below are the upcoming releases from our talented Love Inspired Historical writers here at Craftie Ladies of Romance.  To purchase any of these wonderful books, just click on the book covers.  And to learn more about the authors, click on their names.

The Doctor’s Undoing
By Allie Pleiter

Healing the Doctor's Heart
When Dr. Daniel Parker requested an army nurse to help with his orphanage, he expected an organized, sensible matron. Instead he gets young, beautiful, obstinate Ida Lee Landway, whose vibrant outlook and unrelenting optimism turn his work and his life inside out.

Army life was easy compared to the discipline at her new workplace. Yet Ida is immediately smitten by the children in her care…and impressed by Daniel's unfaltering dedication. Adding color and warmth to her new surroundings is one thing. Can she also help the good doctor embrace joy—and in so doing, find the family they both deserve?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: The Doctor's Undoing by Allie Pleiter

Healing the Doctor's Heart 

When Dr. Daniel Parker requested an army nurse to help with his orphanage, he expected an organized, sensible matron. Instead he gets young, beautiful, obstinate Ida Lee Landway, whose vibrant outlook and unrelenting optimism turn his work and his life inside out. 

Army life was easy compared to the discipline at her new workplace. Yet Ida is immediately smitten by the children in her care…and impressed by Daniel's unfaltering dedication. Adding color and warmth to her new surroundings is one thing. Can she also help the good doctor embrace joy—and in so doing, find the family they both deserve? 

How exciting to have Ida Lee Landway, the heroine from The Doctors Undoing written Allie Pleiter an April 2015 release from Love Inspired Romance.

1.       Ida, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I was an army nurse at South Carolinas Camp Jackson during the Great War.  What an experience!  I felt very useful, but the army can be a drab place for someone who loves color as much as I do.
2.  What do you do for fun?
I love to paint and to knitanything to do with color.  Of course, we knit hundreds of socks for soldiers at Camp Jackson, but Im weary of drab green socks.  I think there were once beautiful gardens at the Parker Home for Orphans where I work now, and I hope to coax them back into life so I can paint them.
3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I dread what Doctor Daniel Parker will say when I ask him if I can paint some life onto the dull walls of this place.  Children need color and cheerfulnessthis place is lacking in both.
4.  What are you afraid of most in life?
Im afraid that one of these days, I wont be able to get out of the trouble my tongue gets me into.  I always say whats on my mind, and that can be a real problem.
5.  What do you want out of life?
I want to feel as if Im making a difference, as if Ive found where I belong and what Im supposed to be doing.  I feel like the Parker Home for Orphans could be where I belong, but right now its a bit of an uncomfortable fit.
6.  What is the most important thing to you?
Right now, its giving lifereal lifeto these children.  And not just as the Homes nurse.  The war has taken so much away from them, and Im driven to give them some hope and cheer.
7.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To stop talking!  If only I could learn to tame my tongue.
8.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
No pets, but Im terribly fond of the little dog Isabelle Hooper brings to the home for a visit.  Id love to have a dog one day.
9. Can you tell us a little interesting tidbit about the time period you live in?
In 1919 orphan homes were just exploring the idea of caring for children in family-style cottage environments rather than institutional dormitories.

Friday, April 10, 2015

What We're Reading

Sandra Orchard
I just finished reading: Double Agent by Lisa Phillips
I am currently reading: Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Forger by Ken Perenyi
Next, I plan to read: Shenandoah Crossings by Lisa Belcastro

Debby Giusti
I'm reading Patricia David's AMISH REDEMPTION and enjoying it so much.
Just bought Irene Hannon's Rita nominated novel, DECEIVED, which is next in line. I always enjoy Irene's books and know this one will be extra special.

Jean C. Gordon
I just finished reading: Never Trust a Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle. I've been reading more cowboys lately (thinking about writing some), and Kathy is one of my long-time favorite authors.
I'm currently reading: Tempted by a Soldier by Patricia Potter. I read her connected book The Soldier's Promise and loved it. So far, this one is meeting my enjoyment expectations.
Next, I should read the last (but not least) book on my 2014 list of Christmas books, Love Finds You on Christmas Morning by Trish Perry and Debby Mayne.

Barbara Phinney
I just finished reading, The Cortes Enigma by John Paul Davis
I am currently reading, The Texan’s Inherited Family by Noella Marchand
Next I plan to read, The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky.

Lacy Williams
I just finished reading:  Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Linda Goodnight. Loved the depth of emotion and the heroine who fought for her man!
I am currently reading: The Emperor's Edge collection #1 by Lindsay Buroker. This is mainstream fantasy/steampunk. I grabbed the first one free a few months ago and fell in love with her world-building.
Next, I plan to read: The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer. She's on my must-buy list and I can't wait to get to this one.

Mary Curry
I just finished reading:  Mariana by Susanna Kearsley  
I am currently reading: 2 books  Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon and May Sarton's journal The House by the Sea
Next, I plan to read: The first 4 Killer Voice books for LIS.

Deb Kastner
I just finished reading:Suitor by Design by Christine Johnson
I am currently reading: Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton
Next, I plan to read: Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Terri Reed
I just finished reading: Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore
I am currently reading: Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
Next, I plan to read: The Disposables by David Putnam

Pamela Tracy
I just finished reading: Calico Joe by John Grisham
I am currently reading: Twilight by Meg Cabot
Next, I plan to read: Small-Town Bachelor by Jill Kemerer

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Anticipation by Merrillee Whren

Our lives are made up of anticipation. We look forward to lots of things. When I was in college, I had a professor who said we shouldn't make a surprise visit to our parents, but we should let them know we were coming so they could have the pleasure of the anticipation of our visit. I have always remembered that. Half the fun of an event is the expectation involved.

Where I live in the desert, I anticipate the blooming of the cacti. Here's a photo that symbolizes anticipation.
The little pods on the top of the saguaro are going to be beautiful white flowers. Here is what they look like.
This is a prickly pear cactus with buds and one bloom. There's a lot of anticipation in those tiny buds.
Here's what a prickly pear looks like with lots of blooms.
Just for fun I'll share some more cacti and their blooms that I've taken in previous years. The cacti are only starting to bloom now. I'm looking forward to the beautiful flowers.

When we read romances, we anticipate the happy ending. We expect that the hero and heroine to find happiness with each other.

I'm anticipating the release of my second Village of Hope book in August, and I'm looking forward to sharing the cover when it's available.What kinds of things are you anticipating?

 Second Chance Reunion, Village of Hope Book #1

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The End Might Have Happened Sooner if.....

Pamela Tracy here and this picture of me is way too calm looking.
Really, I've not looked this calm since 2001 - before husband, before son, before multiple deadlines.

Me before husband, son, multiple deadlines.

What I look like now.
Truly, though, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

One of the few things (besides chocolate and prayer) that calms me is my seven-toed cat who refuses to let me put word count before snuggling.  Yup, I've got a twenty pound lap cat named Tyre.  He loves me because I (with the help of my friend Cathy) rescued him from a cage.

Why do people always stare at my toes?
I've had many cats.  When I'm without one, it's like having the review mirror fall off the car.  Something's missing and nothing feels right until it's fixed.

Here's a short video that perfectly depicts the writer/cat relationship.  And, Simon's creator is my hero.  I want to meet him.

This book, Pamela's April 2015 Love Inspired has a dog and lots of horses.
How can you write a Happily Ever After without animals?
Or kids?
Or a train?
Hmmm, maybe you don't need the train.