Category: Mothers Day

Double the fun today!

I am happy to share two very exciting things with you today. And I will be quick about it because I am deep in revisions for the Hollywood book (will I ever finish this novel!!??) and need to get right back to the writing cave. Don’t get bored reading the first bit because there’s a fun Mother’s Day Giveaway drawing in second bit!

Amish Blacksmith The_cover hi rezFirst, it’s my pleasure to share with you that THE AMISH BLACKSMITH, one of three books I co-wrote with Mindy Starns Clark, is a finalist for the 2015 Christy Award in the contemporary series category. The Christy Award is like the Oscars for fiction written from a Christian worldview. We are both extremely happy to be nominated. This is one of those instances where it really is enough just to make the short list! The winners of all the categories will be announced at the annual Christy Awards banquet, which will be held this year in Orlando on June 29. You can see the list of all the finalists right here. LOTS of great books here. Two of my favorites are Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

And now for the giveaway opportunity! Christian Audio has just released the audio versions of A Fall of Marigolds and Secrets of a Charmed Life.  Tavia Gilbert, whose amazing narration of The Shape of Mercy back in 2008 earned her an Audie Award nomination, read for A Fall of Marigolds. Alana Kerr,is a new rafffevoice for me, but I can’t wait to hear her narration of Secrets of A Charmed Life. Alana was born and raised in Belfast, N. Ireland and has a BA in Drama/English from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. I love that she could read all those English voices and sound convincing!

So, in honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to have a giveaway! I will send a set of the CDs of both to two moms. Just enter the Rafflecopter below will all your information and if you are one of the two the lucky winners, I can either send the CDs to your mom or grandmother or favorite motherly person on your behalf, or I can send them to you and you can do the honors of gift-wrapping and distribution. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. Comment on the blog as per the instructions (say something nice or funny about your mom!), and if you visit and/or LIKE my Facebook page (I post fun stuff there!) you can increase your chances of winning one of the two sets. The drawing starts at midnight tonight (Apr 25) and ends at midnight on Apr 29.  Good luck!

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Sweet and Cheesy Spiders

Every year on Mother’s Day — for the last few years anyway — I’ve let my sons take me to an action flick. That’s right. Not a chick flick. An action flick. I’ve seen Van Helsing, X-Men 2 & 3, both Spiderman movies and probably a couple others on Mother Days gone by. My sons love Mother’s Day. They think I’m the best mother in the world.

I can live with that.

Well, this year, we had Mother’s Day today, because my youngest will be on a school trip on the real deal and he didn’t want to miss it. You can’t blame the guy. We saw Spiderman 3, on opening day no less. And I have to say it wasn’t a bad way to spend time with my beloved heirs. Yeah, the movie was a little cheesy in places — it has to be. You can’t expect a script that calls the arachnid hero “Spidey”on occasion to be all business. And it’s got to appeal to eight-year-olds — who are notably big fans of Kraft singles.

I laughed in places where I’m not sure I was supposed to laugh. Like when Peter Parker goes Goth. (I don’t think that’s a spoiler. If you’ve seen the previews you’ve seen Spiderman in black)And there were a couple lines and scenes that were Velveeta-ish. (But I loved the scene in the French restaurant. It was funny and poignant at the same time. Chick-flicky!)

But the thing is, the plot of this movie — when you strip away the special effects, the chase scenes, the thrills — is all about forgiveness. That was the movie’s blessed sweet side. More than once the movie-watchers (that would be us) were told that revenge is a poison that kills from the inside out. And that you always have the choice to do the right thing. Always.

What mother doesn’t want her sons to learn that?