Sunday, December 13, 2009

For a chance to win The Substitute Bride...

I'm posting at Seekerville Monday, December 14 on Giving--the Secret to Success. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my February 2010 release THE SUBSTITUTE BRIDE.

Hope to see you there!

Blessings, Janet

Thursday, December 10, 2009

For a chance to win Courting the Doctor's Daughter

Today I'm at Pepper Basham's blog, Faith and Fiction on Fire, sharing an excerpt from Courting Miss Adelaide where hero Charles Graves comforts an abused child and in the process finds his way back to God. I hope you'll stop by at:

Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Courting the Doctor's Daughter.

Blessings, Janet

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gourd Christmas tree

Several years ago in my pre-pubbed days, I went through a gourd painting phase, producing Santas, large and small, snowmen, even angels with netting wings. I loved painting with friends. We used hard shell gourds that last for ages and acrylic paints, then sprayed them with a topcoat that protected the paint and gave them a sheen.

I made so many I had enough to decorate a small tree in my kitchen. Here's a close up. They are a bit weird but they make me smile.

To paint Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus I looked at Christmas cards. I left the background of the gourd natural to give the look of the stable walls.

I painted the snowman from directions in a gourd painting How To book.

If you like to paint with acrylics, try painting on hard shell gourds that have been cleaned. It's fun!
Blessings, Janet

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

We're decorated for Christmas

I love Christmas! I love celebrating the birth of our Savior through music and carols and the giving of gifts to family and those in need. The whole month of December is such a happy, hectic time that we decorate the house early so we can enjoy it all month long. I thought it would be fun to share a couple pictures from one of our trees and the significance of the ornaments hanging on it.

I call this my Victorian tree because it's loaded with ornaments of every color and style. My mother decorated the blue and silver ornament in the close up photo, just one of the many she made that are now hanging on our tree. I remember the joy she had crafting them and the beauty of her trees. She's gone now so each one holds a special place in my heart. The sand-filled ornament is a souvenir from an anniversary trip to Bermuda. The sand really is pink there. :-) If you look carefully, you'll see the holy family in the glass ornament purchased the year we had our first child. The little red Chinese lantern is a Shiny Brite, part of my collection. On the left is a sideways glimpse of the Mickey Mouse ornament from a trip to Disney World with our grandkids. The entire tree is hung with precious memories.
It looks nothing like the trees I had growing up. We hung icicles with care on each branch. When the furnace kicked on the icicles would dance. The lights had large hot bulbs and we didn't have a lot of purchased ornaments. But I loved looking at those trees, as I do now. There's something magical about a Christmas tree!

Blessings, Janet

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Substitute Bride author copies arrived today.

The Monday after Thanksgiving is the day we decorate our church for Christmas. A fun, busy time stringing lights and fluffing artificial trees, garland and poinsettias as we chat and eat. Oh, yes, we enjoy a delightful high caloric lunch that does nothing to help shed those Thanksgiving pounds, but gives us energy to keep going until the job is done. And what a great feeling that is!

When I pulled into the drive this afternoon, I noticed two familiar boxes on the front porch. My author copies of The Substitute Bride had arrived! I couldn't wait to rip into the boxes. One of the most exciting moments for me is holding a new book in my hands. The Substitute Bride releases in February, but I know it won't be long before I'll get e-mails from book club readers who get the book early. My husband took a picture of the moment to share with you.
Life got hectic and I neglected to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope the day was a great time of fellowship and sharing your blessings with family or friends. We had a lovely day. On Friday our daughters and I fought the crowds at the Mall while my poor husband battled stomach flu. Saturday I took our grandchildren on the annual trek to select a Christmas ornament. Unlike the older grandchildren, our youngest selected a non-moving, non-musical ornament. When he got it home and the other three were showing off the action and sounds of their choices to their parents, he kept asking, "Where's the button? Where's the button?"
With my d/h feeling well again, we're back to routine, whatever that is. And squeezing in time to decorate for Christmas at home. Hoping all is well with you.
Blessing, Janet

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Editor Tina James at Seekerville Thursday

The Seekers are excited to have Steeple Hill's Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired Suspense Senior Editor, Tina James be our guest in Seekerville Thursday, November 12!
In honor of her visit, we're giving away a Seeker book or chocolate on the hour. If you'd like to ask Ms James questions about the lines, just want to say hello or get a chance to win a free book come to and leave a comment.

Hope to see you there!
Blessings, Janet

Monday, November 9, 2009

If you struggle with Author Speak...

I'm in Seekerville this morning, defining craft terms. Granted the definitions are only the tip of the iceberg but I hope this check list will be useful for writers.


Blessings, Janet

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Substitute Bride has a cover!

I'm super excited to post the cover of The Substitute Bride, releasing February 2010! The bride is Elizabeth Manning Logan, right off the train and still holding the lily of the valley bouquet she carried at her nuptials. Ted Logan's mail-order bride carries some secrets, too, but then so does he. Guess you could say their marriage has it's stormy moments. :-) But I guarantee a happy ending!
Blessings, Janet

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Lesson in the Pumpkin Patch

I wrote this essay several years ago after a precious time with our family in a pumpkin patch. I hope you enjoy reading about that day, as much as I enjoyed the lesson it taught me.

Blessings, Janet

A few years ago our family headed out on a crisp, sunny day in October for our annual visit to a pumpkin patch. We’d selected a new patch that we’d heard about from friends who promised it full of great big pumpkins. When we arrived, an attendant directed us where to park in the sea of vehicles in the open field. We bumped along the uneven ground, parked, gathered children, strollers and diaper bags—everything we might need for even a brief outing.

As it turned out, this wasn’t any ordinary pumpkin patch. There were activities galore with a giant jack-o-lantern moonwalk, a maze made of bales of straw, plaster pumpkins to paint, playground equipment to crawl over, face painting and the best of all, kettle caramel corn. We bought a huge bag and stuffed handfuls into our mouths, letting kernels drop to the ground, leaving a path behind us that would compete with Hansel and Gretel's.

Now we were ready to head out to the patch the highlight of our visit—choosing pumpkins to bring home for Halloween carving. We walked out to the dirt lane where families had cued up for the next ride out to the patch. We didn’t have long to wait before we heard the chugging of a bright green tractor, a John Deere, turning up the path and hauling a straw laden cart. Everyone, adults and children alike, perked up, smiling and chattering with excitement, as if we were heading out on a world-class tour.

Soon we were nestled in the bed of straw, bumping along the rutted dirt road that led to the patch. Frightened by the noise of the tractor, our one-year-old granddaughter clung to her mother, wailing. Our grandsons, four, and two, crawled around in the straw as far as their parents’ outstretched legs allowed, oblivious to Lauren’s howls and the old John Deere putting along in front of us, triggering memories in my farm-reared husband. We passed an Alyce Chalmer eliciting more tractor stories from my husband, on its way back with another load of pumpkin toting children and parents. We all waved like old friends.

The patch was in sight now. I saw large pumpkins dotting the field. “That one would make a good jack-o-lantern,” I told my grandsons. “Or that one.” But they were more interested in the tractor than in the grand specimens I’d spotted.

When we arrived at our destination, the boys shrieked at the sight of what appeared to be an endless field of orange and gold. We helped the three grandchildren down from the flatbed trailer and watched them scatter across the field in search of the perfect pumpkin. We trailed along behind, watching them dart here and there, enjoying their energy and enthusiasm. Lauren had forgotten her fright and toddled along, holding her mother’s hand.

Four-year-old Tyler darted from pumpkin to pumpkin, checking out a good portion of the huge field in his quest, while his sister plopped down to play in the dirt. Two-year-old Drew, his eyes on his target, not on his feet, stumbled and lurched over the bumpy ground and dying vines until he reached a tall, skinny specimen. Its flesh was more apricot than orange. It had a missing stem and a lopsided base. Anyone could tell at a glance that this pumpkin was not a good candidate for a jack-‘o-lantern.

Anyone, that is, except Drew. He dropped to his knees, wrapped his arms around that pumpkin and claimed it as his. All our efforts to dissuade him with larger, rounder, deeper colored orange pumpkins didn’t sway him one bit. We went so far as to show him that his pumpkin would topple over unless it was propped, but he only smiled and said, “Mine!”

Standing there in the patch on such a perfect fall day proclaiming the artistry of our Maker, I realized Drew’s pumpkin was a lesson from God, one of those insightful times I’ve come to cherish. This was how God sees you and me. As His. How thankful I am God, like Drew, does not love us according to our shape, or the color of our skin--or even if we need bolstering to keep our lives on an even keel. He knows us inside and out, and no matter how flawed or inadequate we might be, He loves us just as we are. And I knew why. Because he formed us; died for us. It was that simple and that complex.

His mommy took Drew’s picture beside his pumpkin and his daddy ruffled his blond curls, then with a smile as wide as the great outdoors, Drew trotted along between his parents as the three of them made their way out to the road, carrying his pumpkin. Soon Tyler and Lauren had made their selections and there were smiles and shouts as we gathered at a bale of straw for family pictures with the children’s pumpkins.

In the distance I heard the tractor returning to pick us up. I knew back at the starting point there was a scale to weigh the pumpkins and determine their cost. No matter the shape, uniformity or color all the pumpkins would be valued the same. Again as our Heavenly Father values us.

“See my pumpkin, Gramma!” Drew shouted.

“Yes, I do.”

And I did. This time through his eyes. With the unconditional love of a child.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bald eagle sighting

My husband and I were out for a leisurely drive in the country to look at the Fall leaves. Ahead of us, we saw this large shape alongside the road. About the time we spotted it, it flew. The large size and white head and tail told us we'd seen a bald eagle.

At the spot where we'd seen the eagle was a opposum. I didn't realize eagles ate dead creatures. This opposum wasn't playing dead.

We drove on past, then returned, hoping to get an even closer look. As we approached, the eagle veered and flew off. Then we spotted two large birds in the distant trees, easy to see from that distance. We didn't see any sign of a nest so I suspect they were out cruising and stopped for dinner.

I'd never seen an eagle up close before. It's a very impressive bird. A friend captured this eagle on film near his home in Florida.

Blessings, Janet

Monday, October 5, 2009

Book In A Week in Seekerville

If you've ever considered the "Book in a Week" challenge, here's a chance to get in on the fun. Visit and sign up.

Read the daily posts giving tips for writing fast. Here's the schedule:

Monday: BIAW Day 1, Camy Tang presents, Right Brain, Left Brain.

Tuesday: BIAW Day 2, Cheryl Wyatt presents, Productivity. How to get the editor off your shoulder to spit out the first draft. Cheryl will also be giving away a copy of Noah Lukeman's, The First Five Pages.

Wednesday: BIAW Day 3, Glynna Kaye presents, Writing, the Day Job and You. Glynna will also be giving away of Victoria Schmidt's Book in a Month.

Thursday: BIAW Day 4, Myra Johnson presents, Your face is familiar, but . . . Join Myra as she expands her novel planning Excel workbook into the area of characters. You learn how to keep track of character details and descriptions. She'll also be giving away of her current release from Abingdon Press, One Imperfect Christmas.

Friday: BIAW Day 5, Mary Connealy presents, Pedal to the Metal-or-Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

Saturday: BIAW Day 6, Ruth Logan Herne presents, Persistence: Tapping Your Inner Moabite Princess.

Sunday: BIAW Optional Day 7 and reporting day.

Monday: BIAW Conclusion and reporting day. Take the survey. Tina Russo presents Plan B.

Even if you're not ready for BIAW, these tips are great for productivity.

Blessings, Janet

Sunday, September 27, 2009

American Christian Writers Conference and beautiful Colorado

I'm back home after spending four fabulous days at the ACFW conference in Denver. I attended workshops, met with my editor and agent, and was inspired by testimonies of attendees and keynote speaker, Debbie Macomber.

I had a blast connecting with fifteen precious friends, the Seekers, and a few of the Seeker husbands. I also had dinner with many Love Inspired authors, wonderful women all. Here the Seekers squeeze together for a group photo.

The book signing and Award Ceremony on Saturday were highlights.

Missy Tippens, Debby Giusti and I
before dinner at the Award Ceremony dinner.

My book, Courting Miss Adelaide, a Book of the Year Debut finalist, didn't win, but no one deserved it more than good friend Julie Lessman's wonderful book, A Passion Most Pure. Here's Julie on stage accepting the award. Congratulations to all the Book of the Year winners!

Before the conference started, we did some sightseeing in Denver, touring the beautiful Capitol building and Margaret Brown's Victorian home of "Unsinkable Molly Brown" fame. I climbed all 90 plus steps to reach the dome's great view of Denver.

After the conference my husband and I spent time in the area with family. We visited the impressive Red Rock's amphitheater and a couple old mining towns.

In Rocky Mountain National Park, we enjoyed the beauty of the mountains, bright yellow and lime leaves of the aspen and gurgling streams while bundled in several layers to keep warm in the suddenly chilly temperatures and first snowfall that closed roads in higher elevations.

The highlights were a walk around beautiful Bear Lake with a light dusting of snow falling--if you use your imagination you'll see the flurries--and watching the bull elk posture and bugle to impress the cows and keep away other bulls. The golf course in Estes Park was also an elk hangout. I'm glad I didn't have to play though that herd.

It was a great trip, but it's good to be home on this sunny Sunday.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

For a chance to win Courting the Doctor's Daughter

If you haven't read the second book in the Courting series, and would like a chance to win a copy of Courting the Doctor's Daughter, visit Missy Tippen's blog and leave a comment at:

Thanks for your interest in my books!

Blessings, Janet

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CMA is a Maggie and ACFW BOTY finalist!!

I'm thrilled to report that my debut, Courting Miss Adelaide, is a finalist in two wonderful contests:

American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year in the Best Debut category.

Georgia Romance Writers Maggies in the Inspirational category.

Thanks to all the judges and coordinators!

Blessings, Janet

Friday, August 7, 2009

Harlequin's 60th Anniversary celebration at Don's Books

As part of the fun during the two-day celebration of Harlequin's 60th Anniversary at Don's Books in Kokomo, IN, I'm signing Courting Miss Adelaide and Courting the Doctor's Daughter from 11:30-2:00, along with Blythe Gifford, Jade Lee, Dana Corbit, Denise Lynn and Lori Foster. Hope you can stop by!

Blessings, Janet

Monday, August 3, 2009

New winner for Deadly Intent

I didn't hear from Tammy so have drawn another name. Karin is the new winner of Camy Tang's Deadly Intent. Congratulations, Karin! I'll be in touch. Thanks again to all who entered.

Blessings, Janet

Friday, July 31, 2009

Deadly Intent Winner

I'm happy to announce that I drew Tammy's name as the winner of Camy Tang's recent release Deadly Intent. Congratulations, Tammy! You didn't leave an e-mail address with your comment so please contact me at with your snail mail address.

Thanks to everyone for entering. If I don't hear from Tammy, I'll draw another name.

Blessings, Janet

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Hi there! This is Camy Tang, and I'm thrilled that Janet is letting me guest blog today!

I wanted to talk about something in my latest novel, Deadly Intent, that I think a lot of folks will relate to—parental pressures.

I have to admit that contrary to stereotypes, my Japanese American parents didn't pressure me about grades in my youth, nor did they nag me about getting married.

On the other hand, my husband's Chinese American family constantly harped on hubby's single state before he met me and brought me home to meet the fam. When we had just started dating, they'd ask us when we intended to get married, right in front of a huge room of people!

I am almost positive that a majority of you guys are cringing because you've had something similar happen to you. Am I right?

Even if you're Russian or Irish or Norwegian or Italian or whatever ethnicity, all families are alike. There are always a few people who think that their opinions, if voiced strongly enough and/or often enough, will sway you into doing what they want.

In Deadly Intent, my heroine's father has had a stroke. He's the owner of a very successful day spa in Sonoma, California, which caters to some very rich, elite clientele.

His oldest daughter, Rachel, is the spa's resident dermatologist researcher, who creates the unique skin care products that draw their clients to the spa. Rachel, obviously, is too valuable in her current role to take over the spa if something happens to her father.

His youngest daughter, Monica, has been a nurse in a San Francisco hospital for several years, and she and her father have always butted heads. While he admires Monica's strength of character, her contrariness makes her a bad candidate, in his mind, for taking over his beloved spa.

So he settles on his middle daughter, Naomi, who is the head massage therapist at the spa. He pressures Naomi to take over as acting manager while he recovers from his stroke, and he's grooming her to take over the spa eventually when he decides to retire.

Naomi, however, likes giving massages, not running the spa. She's always been a good daughter, and so she goes along with her father's wishes, but beneath the surface is a discontent with the direction her life is taking.

Then, one of her clients dies in her massage room. Talk about bad publicity for the spa! Her dad is not pleased, to say the least, even though he knows it's not Naomi's fault.

I hope you all read Deadly Intent to find out what happens—not just about the dead body, but also about Naomi's relationship with her father and how her life takes another turn when her crush, Devon Knightley, shows up at the spa and is a second suspect.

Thanks for having me here today, Janet!



The Grant family’s exclusive Sonoma spa is a place for rest and relaxation—not murder! Then Naomi Grant finds her client Jessica Ortiz bleeding to death in her massage room, and everything falls apart. The salon’s reputation is at stake...and so is Naomi’s freedom when she discovers that she is one of the main suspects! Her only solace is found with the other suspect—Dr. Devon Knightley, the victim’s ex-husband. But Devon is hiding secrets of his own. When they come to light, where can Naomi turn...and whom can she trust?

About Camy:

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She used to be a biologist, but now she is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She also runs the Story Sensei fiction critique service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every week, and she ponders frivolous things like dumb dogs (namely, hers), coffee-geek husbands (no resemblance to her own...), the writing journey, Asiana, and anything else that comes to mind. Visit her website at for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away fourteen boxes of books and 24 copies of her latest release, DEADLY INTENT.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

For a chance to win Courting the Doctor's Daughter

Margaret Daley interviewed my heroine Mary Graves. Stop in all this week and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Courting the Doctor's Daughter. Hope to see you there!

Blessings, Janet

Monday, June 15, 2009

Signing Courting the Doctor's Daughter

I had a wonderful time signing copies of my second book, Courting the Doctor's Daughter a few weeks back. I want to share some photos.

All prepared and raring to go.

Dale, Andrea, Dave and Tyler and Lauren shared in my day.

I taught this fine young man in Sunday school. He shares the name of my hero in Courting the Doctor's Daughter. :-) He and his mom, Mary, also the name of my heroine, stopped in on the way to a wedding.

Friends Carol, Barb, Martha and her foreign exchange student and Val.

Mary Lynn, namesake for my heroine, Val, Nicolina and me holding a rose another friend Carol gave me.

Anchor Room is always very supportive of me and my books. A huge thanks to owners Paul and Pauline Holsopple and staff.
Blessings, Janet

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Author Missy Tippens at Cup of Faith!

I’m delighted to have Missy Tippens, a dear friend and fellow Seeker at “Cup of Faith” today. In 2006, Missy and I were Golden Heart finalists, Romance Writers of America’s unpublished contest. Now we both write for Steeple Hill Love Inspired and hang out in Seekerville and at American Christian Fiction Writers and RWA conferences.

Good morning, Missy!

Janet, it’s great to be on your blog today!
JD: Why do you write?

MT: Why do I write? Well, in the beginning, I guess I did it because I thought it would be fun to try. So I waited until I got my first computer and jumped right in. Then the more serious I became about it (as I started to write for publication), I found that writing was harder work than I ever imagined. The rejections were difficult, too. But the more I wrote and learned and re-wrote, the more I grew to love what I was doing—even though it can truly be hard work! It’s very rewarding, especially once you make that first sale and get your first reader letters. Nothing compares to those wonderful reader letters!

JD: Aren't Steeple Hill readers the best? If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing with your free time?

MT: Probably still teaching. And I would also want to do something creative—maybe making jewelry like I used to do for fun. I would love to paint, too, but I didn’t get the artistic gene my dad gave to my sister. :)

JD: What are you working on right now?

MT: I’m working on a new proposal for Steeple Hill. It’s so exciting to be working on something new! And I just love this story idea. I wrote the gist of the idea in my “ideas” file in 2006. :)

JD: Tell us about His Forever Love, the book you have out right now.

MT: This was a story I loved so much! I just love the hero, Bill. Here’s the back cover copy:
In Magnolia, Georgia, local legend says that a couple who holds hands around the “forever” tree will have an unending love. Even so, Bill Wellington held Lindsay Jones’s hands around that tree years ago…and then left her behind. He chose the big city, and now he wants to bring his grandmother there. But to his amazement, he finds that Granny has a boyfriend—and a vibrant life. A life that includes Lindsay, Granny’s caregiver. Bill never thought he’d want to come home, yet Magnolia clearly has its charms. As does Lindsay, who makes him long for a second chance at forever love.

JD: What themes do you like to write about?

MT: I think I’m not alone in that I seem to have my own themes that keep popping up over and over. Maybe it’s based on life experiences. But whatever the reason, I find I tend to write stories about opposites attracting, about wanting to be loved for who we really are, and reunion stories. And it always seems like my stories have some sort of secret in them. But no, I don’t have any juicy secrets in real life! :)

JD: How has your view of romance changed over the years?

MT: Interesting question! If you’re talking about real-life romance (not in books), I guess I’d have to say I’m a little more realistic after nearly 23 years of marriage. Romance is hard work! LOL It takes effort, and yes, even planning. It doesn’t just seem to happen like it did when we were students and dating. Or like it does in any new relationship. Things like bills and jobs and children make it a little more difficult to keep the flame burning. But it’s something worth working for! :)

Great questions, Janet! Thanks so much for having me today.

Thanks for coming, Missy, and sharing a look at you and His Forever Love with us today.

Readers leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of His Forever Love.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Missy Tippens will be at Cup of Faith tomorrow

I hope you'll stop back tomorrow for the interview with my dear friend and wonderful published author, Missy Tippens. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of her second book, His Forever Love.

Blessings, Janet

Monday, June 8, 2009

I'm posting at Seekerville today

Stop over if you'd like to know more about using setting in your writing to not only enrich your story, but to up emotion, emphasize mood, advance the plot, even as an analogy and a secondary character.

Blessings, Janet

Thursday, June 4, 2009

For a chance to win Courting the Doctor's Daughter

Today, June 4, I'm Keli Gwyn's guest at "Romance Writers on the Journey" and Crystal Miller's guest at "When I was Just a Kid." Click on the links below for a chance to win a copy of Courting the Doctor's Daughter.


Blessings, Janet

Monday, June 1, 2009

A "Coming Out" party for Courting the Doctor's Daughter

I had a wonderful time at the "Coming Out" party that Val and Gene hosted for the May release of Courting the Doctor's Daughter. I thought you might like seeing some of the fun that evening. Val, Lynn and I anticipate all that wonderful food!

Here I am with the print of the cover done by artist James Griffin that's now hanging in my office.

With my critique partner and friend, Shirley Jump. Shirley has 28 books in print. She's taught me so much about craft.

A toast to Courting the Doctor's Daughter.

I wasn't the only one who had fun.

When did a cover ever look so good? :-)

Thanks to all my friends who celebrated the release of my second book and have been a wonderful support over the years.

Blessings, Janet

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A huge thank you!!

A huge thank you to friends and family who've helped get the word out about my second release Courting the Doctor's Daughter!

My cousin Cathy sent me a picture of her with my book in a Wal-Mart store. Love it! Thanks, Cathy. Hope you enjoy Courting the Doctor's Daughter.

So many of you have passed along bookmarks to friends and family, even sticking them in my books on store shelves. I'm waving at Judie Oberheuser in Texas for all the efforts she's made to publicize my books. And to Pam in AZ. Whether you passed out one bookmark or a 100, I'm grateful.

If you enjoy my books, tell others. That's the best way to create buzz.

God has blessed me with wonderful people in my life, but one particular person has made the biggest impact on my writing. Thanks to Shirley Jump, my dear friend, a wonderful writer and critique partner who's taught me so much about craft.

Blessings, Janet

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you're enjoying a lovely Memorial Day holiday with family and friends. Take a moment out of the day to remember the men and women who lost their lives serving our country. And for those serving now. Because of the sacrifices they made, we live in freedom.

Blessings, Janet

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Borders Hamilton Town Center Book signing

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to my signing at Borders in the Hamilton Town Center May 15. It was a wonderful evening for me, thanks to you! I hope you enjoy reading Courting the Doctor's Daughter!

This is the last book set in Noblesville, IN. A huge thanks to David Heighway, Hamilton County's Historian, for your help with my research and to Diane Nevitt of the Hamilton County Historical Society who showed me around the museum.

And a special thanks to my daughter who rallied her fabulous friends and shared this special evening with me.

Blessings, Janet

Marion Library visit

Thanks to all who came to hear me talk at the Marion Library May 14. I enjoyed meeting everyone and hope I left you with a nugget or two that will help you in your journey toward publication. Thanks, also, to the staff who turned out in full force. You're the best!

Blessings, Janet

Monday, May 18, 2009

Courting the Doctor's Daughter blog tour

If you'd like a chance to win a copy of Courting the Doctor's Daughter, go to the blogs listed below on the date I'm posting and leave a comment there. No winners will be drawn from leaving a comment here.


May posts:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Courting the Doctor's Daughter book signing

If you're in the Noblesville, IN area, I'm signing Courting the Doctor's Daughter from 7-9:00 tonight, May 15, at Borders in the Hamilton Town Center. Hope to see you there!

Blessings, Janet

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Courting the Doctor's Daughter

I have three winners of Courting the Doctor's Daughter.

Katherine and Patricia are winners at Petticoats and Pistols.

Tonya is the winner at Running with Quills.

Congratulations to the winners. Thanks everyone for entering.

Blessings, Janet

Saturday, May 9, 2009

For a chance to win Courting the Doctor's Daughter

I'm a guest at Petticoats and Pistols this weekend. Stop in and leave a comment for a chance to win either Courting the Doctor's Daughter, my May 12 release or Courting Miss Adelaide, my debut.

I'm posting at Seekerville on Monday. and at Running with Quills.

Hope to see you there.

Blessings, Janet

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy news!

I'm very excited that Courting Miss Adelaide is a "Best First Book" finalist in the Desert Rose Golden Quill. It's a great contest and I just love their icon!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Substitute Bride

I'm smiling tonight. I sent my third book, The Substitute Bride, by express mail to my editor in New York today, meeting my May 1 deadline with a few minutes to spare. This is a mail-order bride story so sending it via the post office seemed appropriate . :-)

Now that the book's turned in, I'll try to catch up with everything from e-mails to sleep. The last week the only thing I didn't skip was eating. LOL With a broken toe I won't be able to get the exercise I need to offset all that sitting and eating. My foot is swollen. The only shoes I can wear are sandals with Velcro straps. Not a great fashion statement, but at least this didn't happen in winter. There's always a way to find the positive.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Courting Miss Adelaide in Thorndike hardback

If you haven't seen Thorndike's large print hardback version of Courting Miss Adelaide now on Amazon, it's on the right. Nothing like the original paperback version from my publisher Steeple Hill, but sweet in it's own way.
Which cover do you prefer?