Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This book follows Deadly Intent, but you don’t have to read Deadly Intent before you read this one. Formula for Danger stars Rachel Grant, the sister of my heroine from Deadly Intent, Naomi.
Rachel is close to my heart because she’s a dermatologist researcher. And while I didn’t do dermatology research, I did do biology research and it was fun to delve back into my biology days in order to do Rachel’s story.
Rachel is the researcher at her family’s Sonoma day spa. She formulates the exclusive, in-demand skin products that make the Joy Luck Life Spa so wildly popular. Her latest product is an amazing scar-reducing cream that has the potential to make the spa to the number one day spa in the country.
But she discovers someone is trying to steal her research and kill her in the process. While Rachel scrambles to protect her formula, Edward Villa, the greenhouse owner who has been growing the scar cream’s secret ingredient, discovers the danger to her life and tries to protect her. But in keeping her one step ahead of the thieves, he has become a target as well.
Here’s something I just got today—the bookmark design for Formula for Danger! My friend, Dineen Miller, is a fantastic graphic designer who worked professionally as a designer in the corporate arena before she became a stay-at-home mom and writer, and she did my bookmark design for me! Check it out!
And in case you haven’t heard, I’m holding a giveaway for my Street Team members with a chance to win Formula for Danger! Click here to find out how you can join my Street Team—it’s free and there’s lots of chances to win prizes!
Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is her humorous contemporary romance novel, Single Sashimi, and her romantic suspense, Formula for Danger, releases in September. She also runs the Story Sensei critique service. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders frivolous things. Sign up for her newsletter YahooGroup for giveways!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
1. He was super cute!
2. He liked me as much as I liked him.
Looking back, I dove in way too hard, way too fast. I didn't take time to consider if he was the type of person I could imagine spending my life with. I didn't pay too much attention to his character qualities ... I was too focused on his dazzling baby blue eyes. In the end I gave him all of myself, and I ended up with a broken heart. I want better for you.
Are you interested in someone? Is he a person you'd consider dating? Here are some things to ponder before you draw closer:
1. How is his relationship with God?
2. Would your parents and youth pastor approve?
3. Do you have similar interests?
4. How does he treat his parents and siblings?
5. Does he date just to date, or is he looking for a special person?
6. Does his goals in life match yours?
7. Does he treat women with respect?
8. Would his personality continue to draw you over the years, even if his looks fade?
You don't have to know the answers to all the questions right away, but these are something to consider. HE is something to consider ... before the excited beating of your heart clouds your judgement.
Monday, July 19, 2010
That got me thinking: what would I do if I did not have access to Internet, e-mail, or even MS Word? What if I had no control over when this computer-free season would end? What would I do? It would impact my career, my contact with friends . . . so many things. If not for that, maybe it would be such a bad thing. It would force me to . . .
Write with pen and paper (maybe my handwriting would improve)
Call friends on the phone
Spend more time with my family
Spend more time with God
Get more done around the house
What would you do without your computer? How would it complicate your life? How might it impact you in a good way? How do thoughts of what you would do without Internet access and social networking prompt you to consider new ways to spend your time and interact with friends?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
My mother, Marion Bond West, is affectionately known as Guideposts must published/most rejected author. When I was about ten, she asked me to started editing her writing. Not being too excited about it, I loved using a red Magic marker and writing, "Boring/Who Cares" all over her work. But it seems God had a plan. I started writing after turning 40, and she went on to write seven books.
We began blogging together weekly for Guideposts in January. I want to pass along their new link for our blog. You might like it if you like to read about stuff mothers and daughters talk about.
Friday, July 16, 2010
“They live their own soap opera. I call it ‘Tomorrow’s Sorrows’ because whatever they choose today inevitably ends up being something they regret tomorrow.”
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
When I graduated high school, I was given a copy of Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go. I never read it. I put it on the shelf with all the other Dr. Seuss books I'd loved as a child, and went on with my life. Until a couple weeks ago when my daughter asked if we could read it.
Stephanie Morrill is a twenty-something living in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and daughter. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately, she discovered a passion for young adult novels a few years ago and has been writing them ever since. Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and is currently working on other young adult projects. To check out her blog and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrillBooks.com.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I have to admit that when I was a teenager it crossed my mind, but I never took it seriously. While I was in high school, though, a friend of a friend did commit suicide after his girlfriend broke up with him. I remember how the whole community was saddened by this. We all wondered if there was more that we could have done to help him.
Last year I had the opportunity of working on a book with a young woman named Kristen Anderson. Kristen tried to commit suicide by laying down in front of a train when she was 17-years-old. Kristen's life was saved, but she lost her legs. Here is Kristen's story.
If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts there is hope!
Contact Reaching You Ministries if you need help ... or just someone to talk to.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The crows attacked at dawn.
Monday, July 05, 2010
For me, summer seems to include a lot of movies. Over the weekend I watched one that came highly recommended by my sister Sherry—the Young Victoria. The story followed Queen Victoria as an 18-year-old adjusting to her role as ruler of England. A scene from the end of the film really resonated with me. Earlier today I wrote a post for another blog, relating this particular scene to the writing life. Then I realized that it applies to life in general.
Victoria is married to Prince Albert of Germany and is clearly struggling to let him have a say in things. After all, she is Queen. Though they obviously adore each other, the royal marriage is suffering due to her refusal to relinquish control and his repeatedly-dashed efforts to respect her authority while also knowing that he is a ruler in his own right, not to mention her husband. To complicate things even more, Victoria has a personal advisor to help her make tough decisions, and a nursemaid who has cared for her since childhood and continued in her role after Victoria and Albert’s wedding.
Prince Albert proves his devotion to Victoria through a heroic act that I won’t give away for those of you who haven’t seen the movie. While he is recovering, Victoria’s advisor gently offers her a piece of advice based on his observations: she needs to give Albert a say in things. It was also time to let go of her nursemaid and let her husband care for her. The movie ends shortly after this but the historical notes that precede the credits make it clear that Victoria and Albert flourished in their partnership.
How often do we stumble through life’s journey because we insist on making our own decisions, fighting God’s leadership? How many times do we brush off the care and guidance that He stands waiting to give because we have too many other advisors and nursemaids in our lives that we can’t bring ourselves to let go of? And how we flourish when we listen to that gentle instruction to, not only give Him a say but let Him lead, and actually have the courage to obey!
In what ways do you need to give God more of a say in your life? Personally, my list is probably too long for a blog entry. Join me in the challenge of letting Him rule, noting how we flourish as we give up what is holding us back.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.
By the grace of God, and the lives of many, we are free.
Question. Is there anything that keeps you, me, us from living a life of personal freedom? Freedom where our hearts are totally open to God? For me, other things and/or people can slip into being more important to me than God. Even emotions--fear, worry, doubt.
I'm just thinking a lot today about the word FREEDOM. And what the scripture really means that says, "If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed." John 8:36The truth is, sometimes I choose slavery.
Love and thoughtfully,
Friday, July 02, 2010
Anyway, since so many of my young friends are aspiring writers, I thought I would point you to a new blog for writers.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
I have been thinking a lot lately about one of the 10 Commandments:
Exodus 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."