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Sisterhood

Barbara Vey -- March 12th, 2014

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9781460328033_p0_v5_s114x166Today’s guest blogger is Debby Giusti. She writes inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Books. Her thirteenth novel and the sixth book in her Military Investigations series, THE AGENT’S SECRET PAST, is on sale now at your favorite book stores and available in print and digital form at Amazon.com.

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“I’m an Army wife—a member of that sisterhood of women who have had the courage to watch their men march into battle and the strength to survive until their return. Our sorority knows no rank for we earn our membership with a marriage license, traveling over miles or over nations to begin a new life with our soldier husbands.”

Debby lived in Japan as a child.

Debby lived in Japan as a child.

I wrote those words in a short article entitled Sisterhood, first published in Family Magazine when I was a young wife with small children. Since then Sisterhood has been republished in numerous magazines and given in calligraphy form on parchment to thousands of Army wives around the world.

My dad was career military, and I first learned about the uniqueness of the Army sisterhood from my mother. She was one of the first American women to arrive in Germany at the end of World War II. My mom and dad had married when he came back to the States on leave. A few weeks later, she said goodbye to her parents and traveled alone, over more than four thousand miles, to be with her
soldier husband.

Fast forward to when I was six years old. My mother and I journeyed cross-country by train to San Francisco where we boarded a military troop transport ship. We shared a crowded stateroom with another Army wife and her children for a long and stormy voyage across the Pacific to join my father who was, at that time, stationed in Japan.

You can read the rest of this blog at BarbaraVey.com where my Beyond Her Book blog will move to permanently on March 19th.

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference 2013!

Barbara Vey -- September 30th, 2013

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Our Cub Reporter today is Debby Giusti.  She is a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write.  Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husband–then a Captain in the Army–at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Together they traveled the world, raised three Army Brats of their own and have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where Debby spins tales of suspense that touch the heart and soul. Her work has won numerous awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award for Inspirational Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill, the Beacon Award for Excellence, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Write Touch.  Debby’s twelfth novel, The Soldier’s Sister, is a September 2013 release from Love Inspired Suspense.

Jen Cvelbar, Susan Mason, Debby Giusti and Carol Moncado  before the next workshop.

Jen Cvelbar, Susan Mason, Debby Giusti and Carol Moncado before the next workshop.

 

Seeing old friends and making new ones is always a special part of the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. This year was no exception. Six hundred writers and industry professionals gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis from Friday, September 13, to Monday, September 16, for ACFW 2013.

Music minister Rachel Hauck and her band provided praise and worship music each morning, and keynote speaker and best-selling author Robin Jones Gunn reminded those attending that God is in control and wants the very best for us. We, in turn, must be open to his will and care for those he has placed in our path.

 

Friday night, the writers were invited to “dress” for dinner—as their favorite characters. Fictional figures dotted the dining room with an assortment of Regency ladies, Southern belles, fairies, cowboys and alien creatures that added a buzz of excitement to the evening events.  I went as a contemporary woman (yes, that means no costume).

 

Regency ladies, Debra Marvin and Susanne Diet

Regency ladies, Debra Marvin and Susanne Dietz

Civil War belle, Lyndee Henderson, models the outfit she stitched. Her skirt contains 13 yards of fabric pleated by hand.

Civil War belle, Lyndee Henderson, models the outfit she stitched. Her skirt contains 13 yards of fabric pleated by hand.

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The conference theme, “Endless Possibilities,” was borne out with an outstanding lineup of programs. Editor and agent appointments, workshops on craft, story structure, motivation and marketing as well as spotlights on publishing houses and literary agencies provided a wide selection from which to choose.

 

James Scott Bell takes a break from his workshop to chat with some of the authors from Seekerville (www.seekerville.blogspot.com). (L to R) Myra Johnson, Debby Giusti, James Scott Bell, Missy Tippens and Janet Dean.

James Scott Bell takes a break from his workshop to chat with some of the authors from Seekerville  (L to R) Myra Johnson, Debby Giusti, James Scott Bell, Missy Tippens and Janet Dean.

I attended James Scott Bell’s all-day, continuing education session on Saturday, “Blasting Past Good to Unforgettable Fiction,” and came away with new ideas on how to improve my work in progress. He started off by asking us to write a letter to our novel explaining why we love the story. Our next assignment was to have the novel write a letter back to us. Bell said we need to love our project or we’re not ready to write the story. He went on to say, “A good story is the record of how a character fights with death,” which can be physical, professional or psychological.

That night more than thirty Love Inspired authors, along with executive editor Tina James and editor Emily Rodmell, enjoyed a yummy, multicourse meal at nearby PF Chang’s Restaurant.

 

Biblical author Stephanie Landsem and ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Frank Peretti pose for a picture in Starbucks.

Biblical author Stephanie Landsem and ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Frank Peretti pose for a picture in Starbucks.

Sunday morning I had the honor of having coffee with best-selling author Frank Peretti. Frank’s a down to earth guy who enjoys life and makes everyone he meets feel at ease. The success of his debut novel, This Present Darkness, opened the doors to Christian fiction in 1986 and proved that Christian readers were hungry for all types of stories in a vast array of genres. Frank received the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night at the ACFW Gala Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The Genesis and Carol winners were announced that evening amid cheers and tears of joy. Congratulations to all the winners…and finalists!

 Patti Jo Moore and best-selling author Mary Connealy at the Awards Ceremony.

Patti Jo Moore and best-selling author Mary Connealy at the Awards Ceremony.

 

Monday everyone packed their suitcases and headed home. I flew back to Atlanta tired but happy and brimming with ideas for my next story. Thanks to Robin Miller and her staff for a fantastic conference.

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Bottom Line:  Next year, ACFW will be held in ST Louis. Hope to see you there!

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From Debby Giusti: Celebrate Seekerville’s 6th Birthday from OCT 1-31! Daily and weekly giveaways, plus a Grand Prize of an iPad Mini. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawings! The more you comment, the more chance you have to win!

 

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

Barbara Vey -- September 29th, 2011
Seekerville bloggers (L to R) Debby Giusti, Sandra Leesmith, Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, Cara Lynn James, Myra Johnson, Ruth Logan Herne, Audra Harders, and Janet Dean.

Seekerville bloggers (L to R) Debby Giusti, Sandra Leesmith, Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, Cara Lynn James, Myra Johnson, Ruth Logan Herne, Audra Harders, and Janet Dean.

Cub Reporter Debby Giusti’s second book in her Military Investigations series, THE CAPTAIN’S MISSION, will be released in October. The third book, THE COLONEL’S DAUGHTER, will be out in 2012.  Visit Debby online and blog with her at Seekerville.

Ten years ago a small group of inspirational authors formed an organization originally called American Christian Romance Writers.  To embrace the growing membership and expanding
spectrum of Christian genres, the organization’s name eventually changed to American Christian Fiction Writers. Today, 2500 members strong, ACFW is known as the voice of Christian fiction and attracts writers in all genres whose stories are told from a Christian world view.

Last week, 680 writers gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, for the tenth annual ACFW conference. This year’s theme, “Building a Strong Foundation,” laid the groundwork for a variety of
workshops that targeted five levels of expertise, ranging from beginning writer to multi-published author.

Carol Awards Coordinator Mindy Obenhaus and ACFW President Margaret Daley

Carol Awards Coordinator Mindy Obenhaus and ACFW President Margaret Daley

ACFW president and multi-published author Margaret Daley welcomed the writers and explained the organization’s numerous programs that provide a firm foundation on which to build a writing career. She also announced a new ACFW writing magazine, free to members, slated to begin publication in 2012.

Keynote speaker Tracie Peterson, winner of the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and author of 95 books, encouraged attendees to put God first. She talked about the importance of staying connected to the industry through organizations such as ACFW and challenged the audience to determine their own motivation for writing.

Janet Dean, Myra Johnson and Debby Giusti chat with Stan Williams, author of THE MORAL PREMISE, during his workshop break.

Janet Dean, Myra Johnson and Debby Giusti chat with Stan Williams

Stan Williams, Ph.D., author of The Moral Premise, Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success, taught the early bird session, “Secrets of Successful Story Writing,” to a packed house
on Thursday. Stan shared the techniques he employs when working with Hollywood screenwriters and producers to create blockbuster movies. Pulling examples from movie clips, he explained how writers can use the conflict of virtue and vice to develop riveting stories that hook editors and keep readers turning the page.

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Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich chats with Love Inspired authors Linda Goodnight, Irene Hannon, winner of this year's Carol Award in Short Contemporary, and Ruth Logan Herne.

Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich chats with Love Inspired authors Linda Goodnight, Irene Hannon, winner of this year's Carol Award in Short Contemporary, and Ruth Logan Herne.

Eager to find new voices in Christian fiction, 25 editors and 19 agents accepted pitches during scheduled appointment times as well as at specially designated tables they hosted at lunch. In addition, “Spotlight On” programs provided guidelines and writing tips for those interested in submitting.

The gala awards ceremony on Saturday night was a fitting climax to a wonderful weekend and provided a dream-come-true experience for the winners of the Genesis Award in the unpublished category and the Carol Award for published authors.  Check out the Genesis Award Winners here and the Carol Award Winners here.

After a Sunday worship service led by author Rachel Hauck, the writers packed their bags and said goodbye, their lives enriched not only by the information shared but by the friendships formed throughout the weekend. The next conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, on Sept 20 – 23, 2012. Plan now to attend.

Bottom Line:  I have been invited to the conference next year and am looking forward to meeting these amazing writers…plus I’m excited to go to Dallas.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- August 3rd, 2011

Hard to believe we’re in the dog days of summer already.  August seemed to sneak up and soon kids will be back in school (I still think it should be after Labor Day so they can enjoy the best days of summer).  But, before the hustle and bustle of doing all the back to school shopping, there’s still time to relax and enjoy the sun while reading a good book.

Ashley

Ashley

Romancing the Countess by Ashley March

Read by Ashley

Sebastian, the Earl of Wriothesly, loved his wife with all his heart and he thought his wife did too, until a fatal carriage accident exposures her affair with his best friend, Ian George. Now Sebastian is determined to avoid a scandal in order to protect his young son.  Leah George once was madly in love with her husband Ian, until she discovered him in bed with his best friend’s wife over a year ago. She has lived in silence since but now their deaths have freed her and Leah is determined to enjoy her new found freedom, even if it does create rumors and scandals, especially rumors about her and Sebastian…

An endearing story about two people who get a second chance at love. Filled with deep emotions and fiery passions, Romancing the Countess is my new favorite book of the summer!
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Heidi

Heidi

The Officer’s Secret by Debby Giusti

Read by Heidi

Maggie Bennett is called home because her sister is having troubles. She is devastated to find her dead in her military housing, which is eerily similar to her father’s death over sixteen years ago. Nate Patterson is the investigator who is assigned to this apparent suicide, but Maggie needs to convince him otherwise, before it’s too late.

One of my favorite things about mysteries is the whodunit. My gold star seal of approval, is when you are blindsided and the killer isn’t the person you were suspecting. That is what makes this book so much fun!! Love, Death, and blindsides!! Excellent!!

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Stacey

Stacey

Something Wicked by Michelle Rowen

Read by Stacey

Eden is still possessed by a hunky demon named Darrak (who gains solid, separate form during the day).  This time, the search for someone or something that can break the curse placed upon him ages ago leads them to a Wizard’s assistant…and a demon from Darrak’s past who might not be exactly what either of them needs.  As each of them get pulled in different directions, will the trust and safety they’ve found during this unique situation survive?

Great world building, wonderful characters combined with a new and slightly darker dimension to Rowen’s writing make the second book in the ‘Living in Eden’ series an absolute win for me.  The dual narration brings me closer to the characters and makes me much more invested in the outcome of this extremely satisfying relationship.

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Ashley

Ashley

Trades of the Flesh by Faye L. Booth

Read by Ashley

After her mother’s death Lydia is forced to become a “working girl” in order to support herself and her younger sister. Lydia is determined to provide a stable life for her sister and to pay for her younger sister’s school. Lydia’s life begins to pick up when she meets Henry, a young and rich surgeon who offers her a way to make more money, by nude modeling. By doing this Lydia believes she can finally afford to not be a working girl anymore.  What starts off as a business arrangement, starts to venture into something more when neither can deny their chemistry together.

I found Trades of the Flesh to be a fascinating novel about the body, desire and passion. An extraordinary novel about the devastating outcomes that sometimes happens when two unlikely people fall in love.

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Heidi

Heidi

Blackberry Summer by RaeAnne Thayne

Read by Heidi

Claire Bradford is forced to rely on others when a car accident changes her life forever. She is uncomfortable leaning on others for help, when she is usually the one to help those in need. Her best friends younger brother Riley McKnight may be the man who teased her in childhood, but now as the new town police chief; Riley seems like a different man to her. A man who could bring a change to her future.

Looking at the struggles between the two main characters, both internally and externally, make the story move so quickly. I thought it was very inspiring how the town came together for a tragic loss and became a community again. It made me think that anything is possible.

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joysann

Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Brilliance Audio

Listened to by joysann

In Book 3 of The Iron Druid Chronicles, Atticus O’Sullivan fulfills a promise to accompany some mutually vengeful companions to Asgard to kill a vicious thug, Thor the thunder god. As a 2000+ year old druid, the last in the world, Atticus possesses some talents and magics that can make the endeavor successful. Facing the furious deities of Norse mythology will be tough, and getting there is half the battle.

I listened to Hounded (1), Hexed (2), and Hammered (3), one book right after the other, and I hate that I have to wait ages until the next story comes out. For a wise and powerful ancient, Atticus is a down-to-earth, easy-going, cheerful, likable fellow, and reader Luke Daniels’ portrayal suits him to a T. The Iron Druid Chronicles wanders through an urban-fantasy-land full of fanciful and mythological beings, and is fast-paced, exciting, engrossing, and unstoppable.

 

Bottom Line:  Did you know that this week is National Psychic Week?  I did…I think I may be psychic.

Monday News and Giveaways

Barbara Vey -- July 19th, 2010

I’m on my way to San Diego Comic Con and the many adventures awaiting me there.  Since I’ll be going directly to Orlando for RWA, I’m taking a couple of extra suitcases for all the goodies I plan on bringing back with me.  It’s always better to be prepared.  And, since it’s Monday, here’s the news I heard this week.

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From The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales Blog: The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales have gone international with the arrival their latest blogger, Deborah Beckers, a 30-something writer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Deborah was the winning bidder for an honorary blog membership with the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales at Brenda Novak’s 2010 online auction to benefit Diabetes research.  Deborah says she was very excited to win the auction. She’s been a reader/lurker on the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog site for a while and is looking forward to joining a great group.

Petit Fours and Hot Tamales is a blog created by a group of writers and readers who live along the East Coast, from Georgia to Maryland. The blog serves a selection of writing and reading styles to satisfy any palate, from sweet inspiration to hot and spicy and everything in between.

Please help us welcome Deborah. Don’t miss her first post on Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

From author Paul Levine: “TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD” has a special place in my heart. The international bestseller was my first novel and introduced Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, to readers worldwide.

Now, on the 20th anniversary of hardcover publication, the courtroom thriller is available as an e-book at the astonishing price of $2.99. That’s right, less than your double mocha latte, with far fewer calories. Even if you don’t own an e-reader, you can download the book to your laptop or desktop.

I’m donating all proceeds of the book to a cause that’s very special to me: the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports cancer treatment for kids at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

From International Thriller Writers: The USO to Carry Out “Operation Thriller” on U.S. Troops  Stationed in Persian Gulf. In Fall 2010, some of the nation’s New York Times best-selling thriller authors will deploy to the Persian Gulf on a week-long USO tour to visit and uplift troops.  The tour, fittingly entitled Operation Thriller, will kick off with a special visit to Washington, D.C., where the group will visit with troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center.  The group will then fly to the Persian Gulf to talk fiction, inspire, spread cheer and, most importantly, show their heartfelt gratitude.

Participating in what will be their first USO tour, the authors will visit multiple posts, sign autographs, pose for photos and distribute advance copies of their upcoming novels.

From Central Ohio Fiction Writers: Please join us at the Central Ohio Fiction Writers’ Write from the Heart Conference on October 1-2, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Worthington, Columbus, OH.  The Keynote Speaker will be Suzanne Brockmann.

And a special congratulations to our own WW Ladies Blurber, Heidi, who’s daughter Amanda won a contest through Scholastic book club to become a cartoon on the show, WordGirl on PBS.


She will be on episode #226 called “Kid Action News” on July 20th at 3:30 pm in Milwaukee!!  The 1/2 hour show is split into two segments. She will be on the second half of the show!  If you are out of town from Milwaukee, you can go to PBS and put the information in for WordGirl and see when it is on in your area!!

We are very excited for her!! The cartoon looks just like her!! She doesn’t speak but she does have a significant role in the episode!!

Monday Giveaways

From author Debby Giusti:  Debby is bringing a bit of levity to Seekerville this Wednesday, July 21, with her blog about the writer’s life, Jeff Foxworthy style.  Bring your creativity and leave a comment to be included in a drawing for one of Debby’s books—title of your choosing—and a $10 gift card from Starbucks.

Bottom Line: Today is National Hug Your Kid Day…personally, I think everyday should be Hug Your Kid Day.