"I need French toast and waffles sticks!"
My daughter stood in the kitchen, dressed in her Superman pajama pants and a tie-dyed shirt, tanned and thin after a summer working at camp. She returned home four days ago and was bemoaning her return to reality.
Meanwhile, I stared at the empty fridge, wondering where all the food had gone. Hadn't I just filled it up before my trip to Philadelphia?
"Yeah, well, I'd like to go downstairs to the hotel buffet and get some eggs and a bagel, but this is reality. Get used to it." I winked at her, though.
Reality. Reality is laundry piled like Everest in the basement. Reality is a garden choked with weeds and grass in need of a serious drink. Reality is 476 unanswered emails. And Reality is frozen pizza with a family that rarely sees each other.
But reality is also waking to the smell of pine and birch, listening to my children laughing at my jokes, talking a walk around the yard with my hubby. It's being among my people, no words necessary.
Although I have fun on my travels (Waving at friends in Florida, San Francisco (Cindy, Alexi, Janelle, Tomi!) and Philadelphia (Carol and Rambo and all my GPCWC pals!)) and especially hanging out with friends, the truth is that I'd rather be home, with my laundry and stale cheerios than seeing the world. Reality.
I guess that's what vacations are all about...realizing the reasons why we go home.
I hope you're all having a great summer vacation! Here's a glimpse of what I did in California (thanks to Renaud and Lee who made the day safe and fun!) The things I do for research! (yes, that's a hint to an upcoming novel!)
Thanks again for all your letters of encouragement this summer! I'm blessed to call you friends!
Winner of July's "Find Stefanie" Contest is...
Wow...Stefanie is all over the contry! Thanks to all of you who played along and snapped all those great pictures of Finding Stefanie!
Congratulations to our grand-prize winner...
She's won a giant magnifying glass!
Okay, just kidding...she's won signed copies of all three books in the Noble Series. OR, if she already has them then I'll send her ALL FOUR BOOKS of my Award-winning and hard to find HEIRS OF ANTON SERIES!
And five runner-ups will be receiviong a copy of A SMW BOOK THEY DON'T HAVE (that I have in stock *g*). Those winners are:
Send your mailing address to my assistant Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll get your book/s right out to you!
Watch out Rafe...here comes Stefanie!
While, big brother Rafe, might be up for a RITA AWARD this summer, for Taming Rafe, his little sister Stefanie is beginning an adventure all her own...
Everyone around Stefanie Noble is content, but it seems that her "happily ever after" has passed her by. Then two troubled girls and their older brother, Gideon, show up in town and clearly need help. Could they bring the fulfillment that Stefanie has been searching for?
Hollywood hotshot Lincoln Cash has made a life playing the role of an action hero, basking in the laurels of his fame, fortune, and adoring fans. But when he's diagnosed with a debilitating disease, he knows that life will soon be over. He only has a small window of time to start a new career, one that will earn him legitimate filmmaker kudos. He soon heads to Phillips, Montana, to put his plan into action. Not everyone is pleased with the movie star's arrival, especially not Stefanie Noble. She's even less enamored when he accuses Gideon of arson and tries to run him out of town.
But what Lincoln and Stefanie don't know is that neither the fire nor the other strange things that have happened around town are really accidents. Someone is out to get them . . . but who? And who is the real target?
Check out some of the buzz from the Finding Stefanie blog tour!
Ronie at Supernatural Craving With two powerhouse brothers, I knew Stephanie would have to really pull off a strong, emotionally riveting story--living up to such hunky, heroic brothers is tough, but Stephanie holds her own. I loved this story, and found it very fulfilling and extremely satisfying!
Heather at Fresh Sweet Peas I just *could.not* put this novel down! There is a splendid mix of intrigue, romance, faith and inspiration set in a modern atmosphere. Susan has a fantastic way of weaving just the right amount of imagery into her tale to guide your imagination in bringing the characters to life.
Joy at Five J's
...I continue to be impressed by her writing. Finding Stefanie was an engaging story with dynamic characters and a very enjoyable read. It even delved into sensitive subject matter that I've not seen touched in other novels. I would even go as far as to say that both men and women would find this book especially encouraging, and there are not many Christian fiction books for which that is true. Finding Stefanie is definitely a book you won't want to miss.
Pamela at Pammer's Ramblins
I don't know how Susie does it. She takes these awesome characters and drop them into a wonderful setting and then takes you there. The story is always fresh and new, the cast alive and the setting a breathing thing.
Amy at My Friend Amy This book is filled with the same romantic tension, gorgeous prose, and perfect pacing of all of Susan May Warren's books, but I suspect if you read it, it will also touch your heart and speak to the lonely dark places in you. Highly Recommended.
Read more here!
Grab your magnifying glass and join me on a fact-o-find!
Answer these questions about the bloggers on the tour and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to the movie theater of your choice (you know so you can see some of Cash's great movies *G*)! Winner will be announced next month!
Go here to submit your answers!
Ready, get set, giddy-up!
1. Which blogger is adopting a girl from China?
2. This word 'featherbunkle' is found on which blog?
3. Which blogger is supporting the 'Pickens Plan'?
4. Which blog is "The Cutest Blog on the Block"?
5. Which blogger is a S@HM and also a wife, daughter, sister, friend, nursery director, and woman that is just trying to keep it all together?
6. Which blogger is taking the Southern Reading Challenge?
7. Which blog asks 'How may we serve you'?
8. Which blogger refers to her son as 'super good big guy'?
9. Which blogger is a self-proclaimed 'Starbucks Addict'?
10. Which blogger is a big Trekkie?
Summer Travel Re-Cap!
During ICRS (International Christian Retailers Show) this year I got a chance to sit down with Gina Conroy at Writer-Interrrupted. It was a fun interview! Go here to see it. Go here to see the ICRS photo album!
Go here and here to read more about my trip to California.
Oh! I almost forgot!
In September I'll be traveling to the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN for a HUGE book signing with a ton of other Christian authors. So if you're in the area, stop by and see me!
What: ACFW booksigning
Who: 127 Christian novelists
Where: Best Buy and Sears Rotundas and connecting hallway, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
When: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Why: To meet your favorite authors
Here are a few of the authors participating:
James Scott Bell
Jenny B. Jones
Susan May Warren (that's me!)
and a heap more!
Go here for the complete list!
|Let's have a PARTY!
I'm all about Self- Therapy - meaning, Friends, Faith, Fun and Food!
So - let's get together!
You know that empty spot on your ACFW Conference schedule (if you're going!) on Friday night between 6-8 p.m.? Where other people might be taking off to hang with their publisher or critique group or just a gang of writers they met at conference, well...
Come hang out with the VOICES in the first ever
My Book Therapy Voices PIZZA PARTY!
~Meet your fellow voices face to face.
~Give your input about how to improve My Book ~Therapy and Voices
~Talk about writing
~And hear what's in store for MBT in the next year!
There might even be a fun bag of goodies to take home!
When: Friday, September 19th, 6-8pm
Where: ACFW Conference Hotel (room TBA)
Who: My Book Therapy readers and VOICES. (Even if you're not going to the ACFW Conference!)
What: Well, we covered that above.
Why: Because we like you and want to encourage each other with friendly faces!
Cost: $10 will cover all you can eat pizza and soda
Reserve your spot at the party by sending $10 via paypal to email@example.com, or a check to:
Susan May Warren
PO Box 1290
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Come and party with us! Can't wait to see you!