Friday, September 28, 2007

Camy Tang on Historical Romances

Even though I write chick lit, I looooooooove reading historical romances. Something about being swept into another time, place, and culture is thrilling and exciting.

Janet, I know your historical romance, Courting Miss Adelaide, releases next year around September, right? Isn’t that a scrumptious title? I can’t wait to read it.

I got my hot little hands on an Advance Reader Copy of The Briton by Catherine Palmer, which is the launch book for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical line. I only read a few pages, but it’s totally awesome.

I have also started reading Just Jane by Nancy Moser, a novel of Jane Austen’s life. So cool! I love Jane Austen. I reread Persuasion every few months.

I think it was Jane Austen who got me hooked on Regency romances. One of my favorite things to do is to go to Salvation Army or Goodwill and browse their books section. I’ve found tons of old Regency romances—Signet, Fawcett, Zebra. All the “sweet” imprints that died a slow, painful death as the sexier historical romances grew more popular. Those sweet Regencies are so satisfying to me. Romance and elegance, all rolled in one!

I like Biblical fiction, too. I really enjoyed Dark Hour by Ginger Garrett. She brought the ancient Israel culture alive for me. So did Randy Ingermanson in Premonition and Retribution.

And did I mention I love PIRATES??? I just finished The Restitution by M.L. Tyndall. That redeemed-bad-boy-hero is swoonworthy!

Aaah, I could talk about historical romances all day. Thanks for letting me indulge here on your blog, Janet!

Camy writes "romance with a kick of wasabi." Don't miss her debut novel, Sushi for One? It's a fabulous, fun romp!
Thanks Camy for stopping by! Janet

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

ACFW photos

Conference buddies:

Front row: Julie Lessman, Carolyn Slaughter

Back row: Myra Johnson, Mary Connealy, Janet Dean, Debby Giusti, Darlene Buchholz

Mortimer Literary Agency:

Cindy Hickey, Dineen Miller, Kelly Mortimer, Robin Miller, Pam Hillman, Janet Dean

American Christian Fiction Writers conference

I recently returned from Dallas, the site of the 2007 ACFW conference. I had a great time connecting with writer friends, clients of my agency and its owner, Kelly of Mortimer Literary, and Steeple Hill's Love Inspired authors. I attended excellent workshops and inspiring worship sessions with music, testimony and talk by James Scott Bell, our speaker. All the while building my craft and my faith muscles. No one understands a writer like a writer, even a caring husband who valiantly tries not to allow his eyes to glass over while I discuss the ups and downs of being a writer.

We drove to Dallas so I had lots of hours to work on the revisions of my second book. I'm home now, putting the changes suggested by my editor into my computer--rewriting, revising, working to make this book the best it can be. I'm expecting to need another week to get these finished and back in. Two at the most.

The pictures are from the conference.


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Labor Day weekend

Life is often hectic. How fun at the end of summer to have an extra day to play. Hope you had time during the Labor Day weekend to read, work out or do your favorite thing. Maybe like us that's to hang out with family. Our kids and grandchildren joined us for the weekend celebrating birthdays. One of them was mine. The candles on the cake weren't a three-alarm fire. Yet. But life is whizzing by, a wonderful reminder to enjoy those special moments together. So we soaked up rays on the last day at the pool. Rooted for our college football team on the first game of the season. Watched the kiddies eyes light when they leveled a few bowling pins. My husband and I meandered through a crowded Art Fair and searched an antique mall for that perfect find, all my idea of a great time. Now it's time to get back to work on my novel. Refreshed. Ready to play with the people in my head.