Have you ever felt like you needed a little bit of a rest? I imagine we all feel that way from time to time. Last week I turned book #31 into my editor…that’s 31 books since 2010. Whew! My brain felt a little frazzled. So I’ve decided to take a time of rest. It’s like a giant present I’ve given to myself…a few weeks to take a deep breath and allow my body, mind, and soul to rest.
Of course I have all these things I want to do:
- Quilt (see my block of the month? What fun!)
- Read, read, read
- Take more walks (when the temp drops below 100)
- Spend time with my friends and family
Ours is a pretty fast-paced world. I almost feel guilty for taking a little time off. But guilt isn’t what I hear in my heart–what I hear is Rest…it’s okay to take time to rest. In Exodus God said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” In Mark, Christ said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place, and get some rest.” And one of my favorite verses from the book of Matthew, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Comment below with one of your favorite ways to rest, and I’ll draw one winner to receive my latest release. Our winner from the last post was Gloria.
Announcements for this week:
- VC Reader’s Boutique is up and running. You can purchase autographed paperback books as well as handmade items to go along with the books. Click here to browse my items and remember that I add new items several times a week. Also use SUMMER15 for a discount code anytime this week, and you’ll receive 15% off your entire order.
- An Amish Table, A Perfect Square, and An Amish Cradle all made the ECPA bestseller list this month. Thank you for supporting Christian fiction.
- The repackaged edition of Material Witness releases July 10th and Love Inspired should start shipping paperback copies A Widow’s Hope on July 17th (ebook available 8-1). You can preorder in all the normal places.
3 Personality Traits I’m Proud Of
I love new years, turning the calendar page, starting anew … and yes, I’m one of “those” people who jots down a few new year’s resolutions, or commitments, or goals. Call it whatever you want, I Continue reading
8 Favorite Foods
Writers spend a lot of time alone. It’s part of the job! The only way you can think through your characters, straighten up your plot, and write the book that God has given you to write is to go into your office and get it done.
But I like learning about my readers. I like meeting people and finding out interesting things about them. This week, let’s talk food.
I have some favorite food categories–like chocolate. Isn’t that a food group? That and coffee! So I thought I’d share 8 of my Continue reading
Why bother going to a conference?
Authors spend a lot of money to attend conferences. As a teacher, I did the same thing but the school district paid for it. When an author goes to a conference, they pay all expenses. So is it worth it? Why bother? The answer to that depends where you are in your writing career. I attended the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas last week for several reasons.
1. I wanted to meet up with my agent. Steve Laube is based out of Phoenix, AZ, so we don’t get to see each other much. Conference is a good time to touch base, discuss upcoming contracts, and talk about baseball cards. (Wait–that was Steve and my husband who talked Continue reading
It’s In the Bag
What better way to get to know each other than to dump out the contents of our handbag. (If you’re a man reading this blog–think of your wallet and your pockets and the front seat Continue reading
Things I Love to Do
I think the title of this blog is funny, because I don’t really feel guilty about the things that I enjoy. I’ve come to believe that “self care” is really important. It helps us to keep a positive clear outlook on life. It helps us to be the kind of people we should be–generous, kind, optimistic. It helps us to see God’s hand gently guiding our lives. Taking care of Continue reading
VC with Grandma Andrews
Memories from a Long, Long Time Ago
What’s your earliest childhood memory? I have a hard time with that question. Often I can’t decide if I actually remember something, or if I’ve been told about it so many times that I think I Continue reading
Most writers have a tag line. It’s something we put on our website, our business cards, our social media pages…anywhere we can fit it. It’s something that is supposed to describe not just Continue reading
V and Bob in Colorado, researching the Amish!
Let’s get to know each other! Today I thought I’d share 10 facts about me–some are a little strange and some are pretty normal. I’ll let you Continue reading
I’ve been answering your questions the last few weeks on my blog, so I thought I’d finish that up today. Remember: every week I give away a book, so leave a comment below and your name will be entered to win a copy of one of my mysteries (your choice).
Patricia didn’t actually ask a question, but she left a comment about being a cancer survivor and reading and taking my books to her oncologist’s office. Thank you so much for commenting, Patricia, and I’m glad the books were a blessing to you.
Meg asked, “Are you planning on writing any more in the mystery series?” No. Both of my current series are complete at 3 books each, BUT … I am putting finishing touches on What The Bishop Saw, which introduces a new series titled The Amish Bishop Mystery Series. Book one will release in May of 2017.
Marilyn asked, “What drew you to write Amish series and then change to mysteries? I love the Plain and Simple Miracle series.” Actually I was writing Amish romances for one publisher, when another publisher (Harper Collins) asked me to write Amish mysteries. I said SURE! I’m so glad you enjoyed books 1 and 2 in the Plain and Simple Miracles series. Book 3, Sarah’s Orphans, will release on August 30th. Also, you might check out my Pebble Creek series, which is in the same genre.
That wraps up our Q&A time. I hope everyone is having a great summer, and remember to leave a comment to be entered in this week’s giveaway. This week’s question: What types of things do you do when it’s too hot to go outside? (It’s too hot to go outside in Texas. Trust me.) PS- Last week’s winner was Tiffany, and I’ve sent her a email.
Announcements for this week:
- Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today!
- The giveaway at Inkslinger’s Blog will last through 7-23. Leave a comment on the blog to be entered. Plus you can read about 24 hours in the life of a romance author. Who wouldn’t want to read that? It’s RIVETING. 🙂
- Baker Kella is offering a giveaway of Deep Shadow that runs through the end of this week.
- My JULY Rafflectoper giveaway is live. I’m so excited about giving away the wall hanging, which would look perfect in a child or grandchild’s room. Click here and scan down the page to enter.