Back from the misty beyond

I have a few very good reasons for being invisible the last two weeks.

I was working on a deadline. I was speaking at an event in Canada. I was working on a deadline. I was launching the fall small groups ministry at my church. I was working on a deadline. I was teaching at the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference in Dallas. And then of course, there’s the deadline.

But I am back at my desk with the deadine met, (big hallelujah!) the small groups grouping, Canada a lovely memory, eh? and the ACFW workshop taught and apparently enjoyed by those who attended.

I am thrilled to tell you that Widows and Orphans, the first in my Rachael Flynn mystery series, won second place in the ACFW’s Book of the Year contest in the suspense category. It was wonderful to hear my name called and to see this beautiful book cover appear on the big screen as I walked to the stage this past Saturday. You can read the entire list of Book of the Year winners, all wonderful friends and superb writers, on the ACFW site.

I came home last night to this lovely email from a reader who had just finished reading W & O: “I loved Chapter 26. It was the reason for me picking up this book. I went through the same emotions and conversations with myself and God just this past August. I knew one of the ladies that died in the I-35W bridge collapse. It didn’t make sense….it still doesn’t, but I know God is like the rays of moon, that no matter how much you cover His light, He Still Shines!! When I read Chapter 26, I realized I’m still going through the grief, but also knowing I can still trust God with all that is going on around me. So Thank You again for writing this book.”

And reading that, friends, was also like hearing applause. I am in awe of having written anything that meets someone at a place of need. Wow.

I am a bit behind in sharing with you some news about new books a couple good friends have just released, so if I may, here’s some great reading available for the taking:

Tricia Goyer’s second book in her Spanish Civil War series is now on bookstore shelves: Here’s what my friend Tricia has to say about A Shadow of Treason: “There are very few of us who go through life without giving away a part of our hearts to someone who didn’t deserve it. Even though Sophie [the main character] had the best intentions, she gave away her heart and she was hurt-not only that she must revisit those emotions. I wanted to include this element-to delve into the topic that emotions are sometimes as big of a trap as any physical cage. Emotions are real and they guide us — even when we don’t want to admit it. Poor Sophie, not only does she have to deal with a war around her — she also has to deal with a war within herself. It’s something I’ve battled, and mostly likely others have too.”

Tricia is an award-winning novelist, a top notch researcher and a one of the most capable people I know. This book follows Valley of Betrayal and precedes Whisper of Freedom which is slated for a February release. You can learn more about Tricia’s new book right here. And you can read the first chapter here.

I’ll have another great read to recommend to you on Friday. Until then, enjoy these infant fall days. . .

Author: Susan

This post has 2 Comments

  1. Christina Berry on September 27, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Oh yes, the workshop was good! Mom and I missed the first few minutes because of an editor appointment, but we caugh on quickly.

    Glad you met your deadline!

  2. Carol on November 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    My father first inrdutoced me to TED even before it was TEDTalks back in its beginning stages. We soon began poring over the site, watching video upon video. My parents, truly my best friends, have taught me so much, and by looking at these stories, I’ve really seen how lucky I truly I am to have them. As a student of International Communication, I continue to check the TED site often for inspirational stories from around the world and often, he’ll send me links to ones he knows are pertinent to the field. The most amazing part of TED is the fact that, as outsiders, we can hear the same stories and learn the same information as everyone there. I’d love to attend this conference with him in Buffalo so that we can have a similar experience to what those amazing participants see at TED. We’d both love to enter in these discussions and create long-lasting connections.

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