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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Heather's Sarcastic Post

Organic brownies…

Okay, why does that just sound wrong to me? I’m all for healthy food. I happen to love organic meats, dairy, veggies (I prefer it actually)… but brownies??? What’s up with that?

If I’m going to eat brownies… I want it to be the real thing. Loads of real chocolate. Tons of calories. And it darn well better be fattening! If I wanted healthy I wouldn’t be eating a brownie! Come on folks, that’s just wrong, on so many levels!

What brought this on you ask? Well, my lovely blog mate, Pammer (who is like a sister to me), made organic brownies today. And apparently this is a normal occurrence in her household. They are whole wheat…. Okay anyone else, besides me, see how much of a crime it is to have wheat in your brownies?? Then she puts in evaporated cane juice… uh, yeah, ever hear of good old plain sugar?? LOL

That’s just as bad as someone that goes into a coffee shop (name withheld of the actual coffee shop but we all know which one I’m talking about) and orders a Grande Nonfat Nonwhip Cafe Mocha with skim milk… oh and make it decaffeinated too. WHAT’S THE POINT???????????????????

Sound off people, tell me which side of the fence you’re on… or if you’re straddling it in fear of me blogging about you next week. LOL!

(update on last weeks post. I took the laptop to a friend's son-in-law. Who fixed it for free. And saved the majority of my files for me. Yay! The ones that were lost.. well that was my fault, I didn't tell him where to find them. because, well, I forgot about them.)

Friday, April 28, 2006

WOVEN HEARTS Barbour Anthology


BOOK: "Woven Hearts" Novella
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN:1-58660-510-0
Authors: Susan Downs, Cathy Marie Hake, Kelly Eileen Hake, Kathleen Paul
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Historical-Novella collection of four interwoven stories.

Set in Massachesetts, mid-1800's, four stories about a group of men with the last name of Steadman, and the women who weave their ways into these men's hearts.
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Ribbon of Gold by Cathy Marie Hake:

Carter inherits a weaving mill and discovers the women are working under cruel conditions. He looks to Isabel Shaw, one of the weavers, for information and gets more than he bargained for as he falls in love with her.

This story is a "keep you up all night" kind. I fell in love with Cathy's characters from page one. The depth of emotion kept me rooting for these two to get together. Well-crafted scenes, delightful dialogue and careful attention to historical detail made me feel as if I lived in the weaving room with those women. Excellent read. Sweet story.
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Run of the Mill by Susan Downs

Maxwell Steadman has a tiny problem with tradition: He doesn't think women should be placed in positions of authority over men. So why is he so strongly considering Kathleen McKenna to fill the overseer's post for his shipping company? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she's smart, hardworking, honest, and kind. Kathleen soon realizes he thinks she's also qualified to fill the vacancy of "wife" in his life.

This story has strong conflict, especially Maxwell and his traditional views. Susan does a wonderful job showing his struggles without making him out to be a chouvinistic creep. He is a likeable character. Kathleen weaved her way into my heart as one of the most memorable heroines I've ever had the privilage of meeting in a story. This story will tug at your heartstrings and pull tight.
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A Second Glance by Kathleen Paul

Ginger Finnegan, nearly blind and raised in an orphanage, doesn't think there's a man out there who would want her for a wife, but her heart won't seem to listen to reason when Lucas Steadman, a new, young doctor comes to town and gives her not only the gift of sight through special glasses, but his stubborn heart as well.

I had a hard time warming up to Lucas at first, but the rest of the story was so good, I kept reading. I'm glad I did because the rest was worth grinding my teeth over not being able to sympathize with the rude and aloof doctor. Kathleen masterfully redeems him and makes her heroine's dreams come true. This story is packed with emotional "umph" and there were some pretty tense moments when I didn't think everything would be all right. Good read.
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The Caretaker by Kelly Eileen Hake

Widow Amy Ross runs an orhpanage and has a heart as big as Massachesetts. As if she doesn't have enough trouble with her late husband's mother threatening to close the orphanage, rendering homeless the children she's grown to love, her new neighbor seem to be working against her as well. When he sees her true heart, Tyler Samuels fights for the orphanage. . .and Amy's heart and hand in marriage. There should be more *real* people in the world like this hero and heroine.

I kept reading the bio of this author, saying to myself, "no way is she this young, no way." Watch this one. Though she's young in years, she knows her craft and how to weave a wonderful, story with engaging characters and a hole-proof plot that will leave you inspired and longing to read more.

I highly recommend this book. Well worth your money. It's not a new release, but you may still be able to pick up a copy at Amazon, or whereever books are sold. Sometimes managers can order copies. This book is worth the effort.

Squirrel/Cheryl Wyatt

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Watching the Tree Limbs


by Mary DeMuth

Knowing something bad will happen if she misses, nine-year-old Mara keeps her appointments. And she's never told a soul. But despite the fear and shame that ensnare her, she clings to the hope that she can break free. Mara doesn't know her real name. She doesn't even know who her parents are. But with the help of her best friend, Camilla, and the mysterious Radio Man, Denim, she determines to unveil the secrets that shroud her life. Caught in a malestrom of lies and deceit, Mara picks her way through the wreckage of a lost childhood until the day something magical happens underneath the pecan tree.
Written in beautiful prose and set against the backdrop of the quirky town of Burl, Texas, Watching the Tree Limbs takes us on a journey through a young girl's self-discovery and reveals the lengths to which God will go to redeem His precious children.

This book is a work of art. It's written in language simple enough to be in the mind of a nine-year-old child, yet compelling enough to hold your interest. The story grabs you immediately and won't let you go. (We won't talk about all the things I've been late for since beginning this book, lol.) The characters are rich and entertaining. One minute you'll want to shake their teeth out and the next you'll wanna hug the stuff out of them. The journey of Mara, one little step at a time, reveals the true beauty, grace, and mercy of God and all His angels who wear skin.

I recommend this book, no matter what your normal tastes are. Watching the Tree Limbs has it all, mystery, romance, suspense, and most of all, genuinely wonderful storytelling.

I can't wait for the sequel. Hurry up, Mary!

Monday, April 24, 2006

DREAMING IN TECHNICOLOR by Laura Jensen Walker

DREAMING IN TECHNICOLOR by Laura Jensen Walker

From the back cover:

Phoebe's family has money troubles. Her spiritual life is dragging. She really, really misses her long-distance best friend, Lindsey. But all that's bearable because of Alex, the gorgeous man who shares her love of movies and actually likes women with a little meat on their bones. At last-a real boyfriend to kiss on New Year's Eve!

But by New Year's Eve, Alex is in London, called home by a family emergency, newly engaged Lindsey has turned into Bridezilla, and the snooze button still sabotages Phoebe's morning quiet times. She needs a break, which is why she jumps at the cheap off-season fare and flies to England. She's not chasing Alex. Really. She just wants to broaden her horizons.

What awaits Phoebe in the land of Mrs. Miniver and Notting Hill (and beyond) is nothing short of disaster . . . and nothing less than a miracle.

Camy here:

I liked this sequel even better than the first book, DREAMING IN BLACK AND WHITE. Phoebe matures more in this story. Her spiritual and emotional struggles will strike a deep, resonant chord with single Christian women who've listened to the "purity" sermons and been nagged about putting career before their God-ordained role as wife and mother.

Phoebe's voice in this novel is more dreamy/fantastical and less neurotic/spastic than in the first book. She struggles with her singleness, occasional bouts of lust, and longing for a relationship, and she eventually finds her peace--but it isn't some cheesy pat answer or a preachy epiphany. She strives and falls and climbs and splats. When she rises out of the muck of her mistakes and misconceptions, God is there to make the pieces fit, somehow.

Phoebe's adventures in England are slapstick funny. The author paints Great Britain with a masterful hand--not so much description it's like a tourist guide, not so little that the setting is ambiguous. Esther's story makes the setting especially poignant.

It starts off a bit too slow, but the action picks up after a few chapters. Also, her friend Lindsey was a bit cliché in her Bridezilla role, but it provides nice contrast and conflict for green-eyed Phoebe.

I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what happens next. The ending is very satisfying, and not over-the-top.

This book especially speaks to singles caught in their own struggles and misunderstood by their churches. Some of the references are more applicable to those in their late twenties and older--younger singles might not understand the kinds of emotional conflicts at work.

A great read. It can also stand alone--readers don't necessarily have to read the first book to understand and enjoy this one.

(An excerpt of chapter one is on Amazon.com)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Heather's Sarcastic Saturday

How is it that I bought a laptop two months ago and it died already?? What is the deal with that? You pay your hard earned money for something that you assume will last longer than two months and whamo!

Called the place I bought it and the dude says “oh, yeah we see this all the time.”

They see this all the time??? Why is it they don’t tell you that when you pay out money for these things?

“Ma’am you realize this is likely to die on you in about two months… but don’t worry as long as it happens while it’s still under warranty you should be okay… of course now, after we fix it this time… by the time it dies again, your warranty will be up.”

Another words, you’re screwed. LOL

So come on people, sound off. Have you had this happen to you? (Doesn’t have to be a laptop.)

Edited two hours later. Took in the laptop to where I bought it. They confirmed it's still under warranty. Then proceeded to tell me that it will cost me $60 for them to figure out if what's wrong with it, is covered under the warranty. And if I have data I need saved I have to pay $100 for them to pull that data before they find out what's wrong with it. Um, hello people, this thing is less than two months old!! It's under warranty!! Am I just crazy to think that's insane???

Friday, April 21, 2006

AN UNEXPECTED BLESSING BY MERRILLEE WHREN (Steeple Hill Books)




Review by Cheryl Wyatt of An Unexpected Blessing by Merrillee Whren
Steeple Hill Books-Love Inspired
ISBN 0-373-81266-3

I absolutely loved Chase's interaction with the baby.
Merrilee's writing is fresh. Some emotional parts of this book gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. It wasn't that it was sad, just very touching. I can't tell too much or I'll spoil what happens in the book for you. Dori's feisty yet compassionate. You can feel her internal struggle and her strong will where the baby is concerned. Oh and the baby...this story made me want to have another one. LOL! It caused me to pause and remember back to when mine were little like that. I am very, very picky when it comes to Marriage of Convenience stories, especially contemporary ones. So what do I say about this one? BRAVO MERRILLEE!!!!! She made it very conceivable and believable. And something that happened on Pg 88 happened to me once when I worked in a hospital nursery in the OB department. We'd just brought a baby in from having been born by cesarean. I lay the infant on the scale with about 100 people smooshing their noses on the window...and guess what happened?

Get Merrillee's book and find out. LOLOL! Okay, cheap shot. Let's just say the baby was a little boy, and he must have believed in the sprinkling form of baptism....right in my ear...which is why I laughed out loud at page 88 and several other parts in this book where Merrillee captured the everything that is the essence of life with an infant. That wasn't the best part of the book though. The development of the romance between Chase and Dori is poignant and sweet, and funny, and left me remembering the days of falling in love with my husband. A true goose bump read.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Pieces of Silver

PIECES OF SILVER by Maureen Lang

For Liesel Bonner, the path to love is strewn with lies, deceit, and treachery.
Faced with the awful truth about her longtime friend and confidant, Liesel is forced to choose between protecting and betraying him. How could she have been so blind to his charade?
Oblivious to her distress, the intriguing and handsome federal agent, David de Serre, complicates matters even more when he insists that Liesel choose where her loyalties truly lie.
Just as everything in her life seems to be falling apart, and her trust in those she loves most is faltering, she turns to God for help, finding peace and protection in some unexpected places. In this thrilling tale of threats, betrayal, and love, Liesel is torn between her commitment to her faith, her loyalty to her country, and her desire for love.

Awesome book. I just have to say first off, it has a gorgeous cover, kind of an old fabric look.
The story itself is fascinating. Delightfully written, it grabs hold of you before you know it. Engaging and lively characters steal your heart (I loved Liesel and David especially and their interaction together). The suspenese sometimes simmers just below the surface, and sometimes you can feel your heart beating as you race along, not daring to miss a minute. Liesel had a great family, one I'd love to be a part of. Most of all, I appreciated the realness of the growth of the characters and the attraction between David and Liesel. (I'm really trying not to give away any spoilers.

The tale is set in the time of the Great War and it is so real it puts you there. You know what the ration is like, you understand the unrest and distrust. Maureen has done a wonderful job of weaving fiction with historical fact in a manner that doesn't know the meaning of dry or boring.

This book is for you if you like historicals, or just enjoy a poignant story with heart and meaning, regardless of the time period.

Monday, April 17, 2006

DREAMING IN BLACK AND WHITE by Laura Jensen Walker


DREAMING IN BLACK AND WHITE by Laura Jensen Walker

From the back cover:

Phoebe Grant is everyone’s favorite movie geek--unbeatable at trivia, convinced that all the world’s a movie screen. She can organize a four-hankie chick-flickathon with a wave of her tall, nonfat, double mocha. And she’s a shoo-in for the job of her dreams--movie reviewer for the newspaper where she works.

Enter Alex Spencer--not only gorgeous but also a film buff, perfectly cast for a celluloid kiss and a fade to sunset. Unfortunately, Alex is the villain who sends Phoebe packing to the last place on earth she wants to be--back home to boring little Barley, California.

But wait. It couldn’t be. Dark, handsome, and annoying Alex . . . in Barley?

Can Phoebe protect her hometown--and her heart--and prove It’s a Wonderful Life? Or is her promising future truly Gone With the Wind?

Camy here:

Fabulous! Hilarious writing--dialogue, scenes, characters--I was laughing my tail off. The humor is truly witty, versus sarcastic put-downs.

The characters are genuine people I cared about and related to. Phoebe Grant is more like "everygirl” with her obsessions and outlook on life. Phoebe struggles with her single status and nagging relatives just like Bridget Jones, but with less emphasis on the physical as the basis for attraction and more on the personality differences.

Readers who have attended Christian Singles’ groups at their own churches will find Phoebe’s group both funny and frighteningly familiar. The characters are not over-the-top, but they stand out as caricatures of anyone’s real life friends.

The movie trivia peppered in the prose makes things interesting. I had seen some of the movies mentioned, although not all of them, but it didn’t matter because the references are always explained and I felt as hip as matinee-hopping Phoebe. It made me put those old movies on my Netflix queue. Haha.

This was fabulous entertainment from page one to the end. I wouldn’t hesitate to hand it to any high school girl because it’s good, clean fun, although the fears about getting older and being single might go over the heads of young women who are nowhere near the 3-0 mark. I found this on par with Kristin Billerbeck’s Ashley Stockingdale series, but with a very different sort of heroine who is nevertheless equally endearing.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Heather's Sarcastic Saturday


Okay, I know the whole point of Heather’s Sarcastic Saturday was so that I could get out of doing reviews… but I just couldn’t resist interviewing Colleen Coble about her new book, Alaska Twilight. Besides, it’s my blog, I’ll do what I want. LOL

See, just to prove I hate doing reviews… Robin Miller wrote this short review of Colleen’s latest book. (Yay, I still don’t have to write a review! Gotta love that!)



ALASKA TWILIGHT by Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble's greatest romantic suspense yet! Set in the Alaska bush, amid bear country, readers can fall in love with heroine Haley, a photographer who must face the fears and torments of her past, and the hunky hero, Tank, a bear biologist who must uncover the secrets of his wife's death. Watching these two fall in love amid unraveling the mysteries surrounding the secrets of their pasts was like riding a fast carnival ride. Coble has woven a carefully plotted suspenseful story with characters who will stay with you long after you close the book. An added bonus? Expect a surprise appearance by Coble's most beloved characters! This book is a must read for any suspense reader! I give it my highest rating!

Now with out further delay, please welcome Colleen Coble to the FabFour blog. (I would say you could throw money… but it would just bounce back at you off your monitor.)


HDT: What's your favorite sarcastic line?

CC: Sarcasm? You must be confusing me with Kristin Billerbeck. It’s easy to see why—we look SO much alike with our svelte bodies and frizzy hair. Okay, maybe it’s just the frizzy hair. I’m more liable to mother you to death than to say anything sarcastic. I keep hoping Kristin and Diann will rub off on me, but so far it isn’t working.


HDT: If you had a choice between a wooly bear, a rapid dog, or a killer dolphin, which would you choose as a pet?

CC: A rapid dog? As in fast? LOL Oh you mean RABID. I had a baby skunk once but it wasn’t rabid. It sprayed the house when the vet told us it was too young to do that. My mom could have KILLED me. It took weeks to get the smell out of the house. Okay, that was more information than you wanted to know.

I think I’d take the wooly bear. Now if you said MAN-EATING bear, I might choose differently, but I’m not stupid. Wooly, rabid or killer. I picked out the least harmful of these words and picked.


HDT: Have you ever owned a Chia Pet? LOL! Just kidding. Ok, let's get serious. Do you use humor to diffuse tension in your stories and how do you do it?

CC: Hey I HAVE had a Chia Pet! It was a cow, I think. One of those original ones. Okay, you want to know my secret when I need humor to diffuse the tension? I’ll be typing along and when I get to a place that needs humor I type: DI, SOMETHING FUNNY HERE. Then when good ole crit partner, Diann Hunt, sees it, she helps me along! LOL Seriously. I’m not kidding even if you think I am! LOL Okay, I can come up with a few funny scenes but when I’m in writer mode, my mind runs to murder not to funny. LOL


HDT: In my experience, God has a huge sense of humor. Ironic, even. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of this humor, care to share the tale with us?

CC: The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me WASN’T funny at the time! I was in the church bathroom. When I came out of the stall, I heard two teenage girls giggling as I walked to the door. I didn’t think anything about it. I’d just entered the sanctuary when a friend came FLYING in behind me and yanked by skirt out of the waistband of my pantyhose. I was MORTIFIED! She’d heard the girls giggling and asked them why. When they told her, she came running to the rescue. We later both scolded the girls! Women are supposed to stick together. They owed it to me to tell!


HDT: Tell us a little of what Alaska Twilight is about and what you hope your reader will take away from the story.

CC: Haley was hiding behind the lens of her camera, afraid to live life because of the past. She had a lot to overcome in her past—including the loss of a leg. But the past can STAY there if we make the choice to let it. We can’t determine the things God allows in our lives, but we CAN choose how to react. Haley has to learn that.


HDT: Colleen, thank you so much for coming to our blog. We appreciate it and everything you do for writers out there. Any last words?

CC: Such a fun interview, girls! Thanks for having me join your very fun blog! You’ve done the hardest part of this writing life—you’ve found like-minded friends to share the journey with. Congratulations!


Be sure to check out Colleen’s website for the latest information regarding her books, writing, and her speaking and touring engagements.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Dawn of a Thousand Nights


A Story of Honor
by Tricia Goyer

I'll wait for you. That's what Libby Conners promised Dan Lukens as World War II tore the two pilots away from each other and the Hawaiian island where they'd fallen in love. Now, bound by duty to their country and buoyed by the hope that they will be together again, Dan and Libby face grueling tests on opposite sides of the world. Libby is pressed into service as one of the first female pilots to serve in a time of war, while Dan endures what would become the legendarily brutal Bataan Death March in the Philippines. With tragedy around every corner, the couple must look deep inside to find stamina and a faith that will endure the nightmare of the war.

If you haven't read this book, what are you waiting for? Get this book! It's a work of art. I loved it.
Superbly written, using actual historical facts as it's backbone. But it's not a dry dull history text, (not that I consider history dry) but a gripping tale of love and endurance and faith. Once you dive in you will immmedatiely fall in love with Dan and Libby. Such wonderful and endearing characters. There is plenty of humor and there will be tears. I cried when I found out the "why" of the title to the book. And I stayed late at work to finish it.
I consider Dawn of a Thousand Nights a must have for any history lover's bookshelf, as well as the WWII buffs out there. And if you just love a great story, you should read this book. It's on my keeper shelf and one I intend to enjoy again. (And read anything else the author writes.)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Heather's Sarcastic Saturday

Nut job or writer?

“Is she talking to herself??”
“Oh, yeah, she’s one of those writers… that’s what they do.”

“Man, is that the woman that lives up in that house on Hermon Ave? I didn’t think she ever came out of her house.”
“Oh, she rarely does, she’s a writer. They’re just naturally hermits. She comes out for printer paper, books and on occasion, food.”

“Man, what’s up with the ink he always has smeared on his face??”
“That’s old man Johnson, he’s a writer. Doesn’t believe in those new-fangled computers. Uses those old typewriters with ribbons.”

“Betty Jo, I was talking to Feather Johnson in the ink cartridge aisle at the office supply store, the other day. And she actually said LOL to me. What on earth does that mean??”
“Oh, she’s a writer, she’s always online talking to other writers. Laugh Out Loud. She’s rarely out in public, always online, forgets how to speak to REAL people.”

“There goes that crazy chick, Camy. You know, they say she hears voices in her head.”
“Yeah, but she’s a writer, so it’s okay.”

So tell me, are you a good case for the mental ward… or are you a writer? Tell us about your nut-job tendencies.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Black Sands



by Colleen Coble
Book 2 of the Aloha Reef Series

Even a tropical paradise can have fire surging beneath.
Even a loving family can break each other's hearts.
Even an unforgivable act can be redeemed by love.

Volcanologist Annie Tagama loves her family with a fierceness that lights up her quiet exterior. But unseen forces seem to be tearing the family apart with the fury of the hot lava that seethes beneath their Hawaiian home. And the only person she can turn to for help is the man she blames for all the trouble.
Mano Oana can't get past the guilt of what happened to his best friend on that devestating day in Iran. He's even taken a leave from the Navy to make amends to the Tagama family and help them out of trouble for which he's partly responsible. But how can he get them to trust him when he can't even trust himself?
Like Distant Echoes, the first book in Colleen Coble's popular Aloha Reef Series, this page-turning story combines mystery and suspense with tender romance in an irresistible island setting.

I am a loyal true-blue fan of Colleen Coble. She didn't disappoint me with Black Sands. Wonderful story, beautifully crafted with nail-biting tension. The setting was wonderful, I felt like I was there. The characters were so wonderfully flawed and real. The plot kept you guessing and everything they tried to do only compounded matters like the lava building up under the islands. I loved Mano and Annie, as they stumbled through the mystery and their growing attraction to one another. I loved Wilson. I have to get me a mongoose now, :0). The secondary characters were also well done, I closed the book feeling like I had made a whole bunch of new friends. (I also stayed up until 2:00am to finish it because I couldn't bear not knowing what happened.)

The book is not preachy, but it has definate take away value. At least it did for me. I know Colleen only wants to do God's will. I want her to know that she touched me with her work.

And now I can quit hiding it and let my son have it to read. (I think my hubby read it during the times I didn't have it clutched in my hands.) Can't wait for Dangerous Depths.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Guest blogger Jack Cavanaugh and book giveaway!

Best-selling author Jack Cavanaugh graciously agreed to do a guest blog post! His latest book STORM has just hit the shelves this month.

Approximately six months before his death, Dr. Bill Bright teamed up with Jack to write a series of books to create a hunger for revival in America. Knowing it was unlikely that Dr. Bright would live to see the publication of the project, the authors spent intensive sessions forming the novels, after which Dr. Bright signed off and allowed Mr. Cavanaugh to write them.

Storm : 1798 - 1800 (The Great Awakenings)
by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh
Howard Books (March 6, 2006)
ISBN: 1582294933

As the spiritual fervor of the Great Awakening begins to decline in America, a young student at Yale College becomes the target of both academic and personal attacks as he takes a stand for his faith. In time, he discovers that this is no coincidence but rather the work of a secret society bent on squelching a spiritual revival that breaks out on campus. Written with the intensity of a political thriller, this compelling novel-set against the historical backdrop of America in the late 1800s-reminds readers how the Holy Spirit can shape not only individual lives, but an entire nation.

We're also giving away a copy of STORM! If you want to enter to win it, leave a comment (at the end of this blog post, click on “comments”), giving your name and saying you want to enter.

If you post anonymously or if your email address isn’t on your blogger profile, please leave an email address or website where I can contact you (use this format with the brackets: you [at] yahoo.com). International readers are welcome to enter!

You have a week to comment--I'll pick a name out of a hat next week Wednesday, April 12th. (BTW, you can post a comment and NOT enter, too.)

And now without further ado, here's Jack Cavanaugh.

Life doesn’t always turn out how we imagine it. The dreams of our youth often become victims of life’s realities. In sixth grade I wanted to be an astronaut. Poor math skills destroyed that dream. In high school I was going to be a professional photographer. Then God called, and I became a preacher and a writer.

In my novel, Storm, Asa Rush dreams of being a great preacher. His mentor, Dr. Timothy Dwight, confronts him with a hard truth. Dwight tells Asa he doesn’t have the skills to be a preacher. That’s the good news; then comes the bad news. Dwight predicts that Asa’s rival will become one of the greatest preachers of the age. Then, comes the really bad news. Dwight challenges Asa to help his rival fulfill his preaching destiny.

What do you do when God hands your dream to your greatest rival? This is the story of Storm.

I like to tell stories of ordinary Christians in extraordinary situations. It has been my observation that God has a habit of using ordinary people to do things they don’t think they can do. Nobody else would pick them for the task. Not their family. Not their friends. Not even themselves.

Why does God pick the most unlikely people to perform extraordinary works? So that everyone will know that it is God who did it, not them!

Is your life ordinary? Are there others more qualified than you to do God’s work? If so, watch out! You’re a prime candidate to be chosen by God to do something great! All you have to do is love God’s will for your life more than you love your dream.

Jack Cavanaugh

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Heather's Sarcastic Saturday

Okay I know this is supposed to be a sarcastic post but you see the first word in the title for this post? Heather’s Sarcastic Saturday. Which means I can talk about anything I like.

I want to talk about the fact that my lovely blog mate here… you know, the anal loud Asian chick… Is getting a contract with Zondervan!!!! Not just any contract… but a three-book deal contract! Camy Tang ROCKS!!!! When I first “met” her online two years ago, I knew even then that she was destined for great things. In the two years since, I’ve grown to love her and consider her one of my closest friends… and I admire her writing ability.

Check out her Single Sushi chick-lit series here.

Now of course, seeing as she’s all rich and famous now… I expect her to pay for my conference and my trip to see her this summer… hmmm maybe I should shut up before she hurts me. LOL

Please go check out her blog and leave her congrats… she posted her story of getting the contract.