The Writing Process, Q&A, Interviews with Tyndale Oh My!

It’s been an amazing week for me. The writing process for me has taken me on many journeys. Every time a book is published I am amazed and awed by the publishers responses. All of the publishers I’ve worked with have provided me with exceptional editors and marketing staff.
Tyndale, my latest publisher, is among them.
Working with them has been a pleasure.
Tyndale Blog
Tyndale has begun the promotion for Mind of Her Own  on their blog.  To say that makes me happy is not good enough. Ecstatic? Yep, that works.
In case you missed any of the copious amounts of tweets and facebook status here are the links:
If you haven’t read them, please do and leave me a comment over there. I’d love that!

Ped Love for Toes-review

PEDS RELAX YOUR TOES

a2z: the Letter “P” is for Peds

When Kim my essentircs instructor suggested her students pick up toe stretchers I was skeptical, or rather thinking she might be a bit nuts.

Feels so good!

Thick sides seperate each of your toes. Peds spread your toes wide and your whole foot relaxes. It almost feels like you’ve had a foot massage when you remove them.

OH! My feet aren’t turning blue! It’s a shadow!

I’m sold.

Are there any odd products you’ve tried thinking they wouldn’t work? Tell me about them in the comments.



 

Nascar Dreaming

Rusty Wallace Race Day

a2z: the letter “n’ is for Nascar

copywright Diana Lesrie Brandmeyer
Race With Rusty Wallace

Last year I had a great idea for Ed’s Christmas/Birthday gift. He’s a New Year’s Eve child so combineing gifts is not new to him. Groupon sent out a deal that seemed perfect.

What man could resist 12 laps around the track in a Nascar race car? Not mine! So I bought it, along with extra insurance! 

What I didn’t know was that many other wives were buying the same deal, and all of our husbands would be driving the track at the same time. 

I should have read the fine print! If I had I would never have purchased this bucket list item for my beloved. 

I asked if I could return the gift. Ha! No!

copywright Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Fire Proofed!

So he arrived, took a class and wore this fireproof suit.

Before he climbed in he took a ride around the track with a real driver. It was so fast I couldn’t catch it on my camera. He climbed out of the car beaming like a teenage boy.

Turns out there are no doors in these cars. 
No, I didn’t know that, or that the headlights are really stickers!
 

copywrite Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Sliding in the Window

 
He’s in. He’s ready. 

My stomach is knotted with explantions I will have to make to friends and family if he doesn’t come back alive. 

Hey, I watch some racing! There are always crashes and burning cars!

copywright Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Ready to Race

Here’s a badly shot video taken by a nerve wracked wife. I caught the take off’ and the wave after that my camera went in my pocket and my hands folded in prayer.

He came back safely!
This year I think I’ll give him socks.
 Have you ever given your spouse a gift you wished you hadn’t? 
Would you give your spouse a dream gift that scares you?
Diana

Thai Red Chicken Curry Gluten Free

Roni is back again today!

Thai Red Chicken Curry Gluten Free

This will feed 4-5 hearty eaters. So here we go…

  • Gently fry off 1 chopped onion, 1 tblspn. each of crushed garlic & ginger, & 1 tspn. red curry paste.
  • Chop & add to pot 1 kg. chicken thighs. Brown off a bit.
  • Add tin of coconut cream or milk, 1 tblspn. palm sugar (or brown sugar), ½ bunch chopped coriander stems (or a tblspn. coriander paste), & 2 tblspns. fish sauce.
  • Simmer together about 15 mins. then throw in some diced pumpkin (maybe 1½ -2 cups). Cook another 15 mins. or so.
 
Meanwhile, cook your rice….we do ours in the microwave.  Water level about a knuckle length higher than the rice, 14 mins. on high. Perfect every time!
And then place pappadums around the outside edge of your glass plate, not quite touching, & cook about 1 min. (depending on your microwave). Repeat, repeat…No oil this way, no gluten, it’s so good.
Stick a bowl of these in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves. They add a fantastic crunch to your awesome curry.
Food that sings
Thai Red Chicken Curry Gluten Free
Serve, and top with the fresh coriander leaves that you saved from the pot before…:)) maybe some cashews too.
Gorgeous, filling, warming and great for sharing….and; the next day it tastes even better!
Don’t forget to check out Roni’s home on the web: Food that Sings

Book Fun Magazine Free and giveaways!

Book Fun Magazine is giving away 140 books by more than 100 authors of which I am one.

The Signature Library Contest details can be found in the magazine.

One winner will get first choice of 30 books, the next person 20, 5 people will pick 10…. it will be awesome.

Just register for the magazine and you are entered… 80 pages of great articles too! While you are there if you would click on my book cover for A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee. You’ll help me to win a competition between the authors.

Here is the link for the magazine: http://www.bookfunmagazine.com/i/90331

Thanks!
Diana

Guatemala Mission

Going to Guatemala 

a2z is for ‘G’

Only some people are meant to go on mission trips–I’m not one of them. 
Two of our members went to Guatemala to help build stoves and teach Vacation Bible School. 
So what’s that got to do with me? 
Or you, if you don’t feel called to leave the comforts of home?
LOTS!
This is Dorinda.

She planned on building stoves when she arrived in Guatemala. A few days before leaving, she received a phone call asking her to do the crafts for Vacation Bible School. 
Dorinda does a lot of things but crafts is not on her list.
That’s where others came in to help.
This is something I could do! I’m in the middle of two fun women and we were a bit crazy by the time the photo was taken.. People came and went all afternoon punching holes in paper plates, sticking stickers on Popsicle sticks and assembling over 200 craft kits to be used.
Then there was the fear of not being able to stick them all in Dorinda’s suitcase! 
Not a problem as I never travel light, I sent Ed home for my suitcase. The one I take to conferences and bring back loaded with books.
That’s a strong young man to pull that heavy thing up the street! Good thing Dorinda found him. 
These are a few of the kids who put together the crafts assembled in Illinois by women who couldn’t go to Guatemala. 
Mission trips like this one to Guatemala need more than one kind of person to make things happen. Dorinda may not have been crafty, but she didn’t have to be. God provided hands and materials for her to use with the Guatemala children. I may not take a far away mission trip but God has people who function well without Diet Dr Pepper and 24 hour internet, like Dorinda.
I’m so glad I had a very small part in the joy. Plus I can say my suitcase has traveled out of the USA.
Have you ever been on a mission trip? Will you go again? Would you like to go or are you more like me willing to  help from home?
Diana

A typical Writing Day

A typical Writing Day
by Keli Gwyn
Diana invited me to respond to this prompt: “What does a typical writing day look like for you?”
I chuckle when I’m asked this question because I don’t have a typical writing day. I’d like to say that I bound out of bed full of energy, spend an hour in sweet communion with the Lord, and head to the computer to crank out a couple thousand words before lunch, but that scenario is a wee bit idealistic in my case.
In reality, I don’t think in terms of days—typical or otherwise. I think of my writing as happening in seasons. I have Research Seasons, Plotting Seasons, Drafting Seasons, Revising Seasons, and Editing Seasons. When my debut novel released this past July, I experienced the whirlwind of my first Promotion Season.
While I’m in the planning stages of a new story, I’ll spend countless hours devouring reference books. During the actual writing phase, I lose track of time as I immerse myself in the 1800s. I can get so into the period that hearing the phone ring or the dryer buzz startles me, since such sounds have no place in my story world.
I enjoy each season, but like so many writers, I have to allot time to respond to email, connect on social media, blog, etc., too. And then there’s housework, exercise, and family time. Finding a balance that works for me can be a challenge. I’m beyond grateful for my incredibly supportive husband, who understands when certain seasons consume me and certain chores don’t get done. Yup. He’s a keeper.
Thanks for hosting me, Diana. Spending time with you and your blog’s visitors is a pleasure.
I have a question for all of you: If you’re a writer, do you have a typical writing day, or do you tend to have writing seasons as I do?

Thanks for posting today, Keli.

Here’s some information about Keli and her new book, A Bride Opens Shop in ElDorado, California

Fun (and my favorite) version: Keli Gwyn writes stories that transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters, and adds a hint of humor. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, set in the heart of the Gold Country where she lives is currently available.

When Keli’s fingers aren’t hovering over the keyboard of her newfangled laptop, she enjoys strolling past stately Victorian houses in her historic town, burying her nose in reference books as she unearths interesting facts to include in her stories, and interacting with other romance readers. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

To learn more about Keli, you can visit her Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com, where you’ll find her parlor, study, carriage house, and more, along with her blog and her social media links.

BrideOpensShop-Small-Web.jpg

Widow Elenora Watkins is determined to provide for herself and her daughter without relying on anyone else. Can she run a successful business after falling for the competition? Miles Rutledge finds himself willing to do anything to keep Elenora in town. But can he win her heart while putting her out of business?

I liked this book. Elenora is not a wimpy character. She is a determined single parent making sure her daughter feels like they are family.

Keli is giving away a copy! All you need to do is leave a comment with your email address.
Here’s Keli’s question again.

“I have a question for all of you: If you’re a writer, do you have a typical writing day, or do you tend to have writing seasons as I do?”

My question is: If you aren’t a writer how to you get your reading time?
Diana

Andy Giffith is Gone Fishing I Hope

Television Isn’t the Same

Hearing the news this morning that Andy Giffith had died made me sad like many Americans.
His shows brought us joy, made us think about doing the right thing and how to care for others.

I wanted to live in Mayberry.

Twitter is going crazy with tweets about Andy. Here are a few:

 

RT @mental_floss: Andy Griffith Singing the Original Lyrics to The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song — http://t.co/xj8cHBs

 From Mayberry to Matlock to old country hymns, you left an indelible impression on American culture. Rest in peace, Andy Griffith.
RT @RockItOutBlog: R.I.P Andy Griffith. May the angelic hosts whistle your theme song loudly as you enter the pearly gates
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 A very special Andy Griffith tribute: youtube.com/watch?v=IGnYu8
 RT @ThaFreshBiscuit: If you can’t whistle the Andy Griffith show theme song your not American #RIPAndyGriffith
 RT @ralphmacchio: Take a moment and whistle “The Andy Griffith Show” theme today – finger snap optional – RIP Andy Griffith
 RT @RealRonHoward: Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy
 RT @TheDeanLantern: RIP Andy Griffith. You can meet your friend Don Knotts at the fishing hole now
 RT @jrlind: Just the best. RT @NoelAbstract: I hope Andy Griffith is just faking his death in some elaborate scheme to capture Ernest T Bass.
 RT @edeweysmith: Andy Griffith could entertain you without profanity, vulgarity, obscenity or misogyny. #RealTalent #RIPAndyGriffith
 Sunset: Andy Griffith Obituary: The Obituary and Death Notice of Andy Griffith | Legacy.com dlvr.it/1pDtv1

Testing BlogJet

                                        Blogjet and Windows will it work?

I have installed an interesting application – BlogJet. It’s a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here: http://blogjet.com
“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein

Sorry for this brief interruption but I’m trying out this program I heard about from Michael Hyatt. Already I’m a bit ‘unsure’ as they suggested a FTP server and sent me to a link to sign up (paid link) so we’ll see if I can upload photos without it.

If it doesn’t work you’ll see a blank space where the cat hovering over the keyboard is supposed to be.

black, white and gray cat standing over keyboard

I’d say it didn’t work. I can’t figure out how to make ftp service work (it does come with windows) you have to know things that I don’t.  So for me, while this program seems pretty great it, but not so much for me and blogger. 
Besides it’s Saturday. What are you doing inside?