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Chill Out, Josey and Contest
Mall of America Book Signing
27 Tears, er...Dresses
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Life comes at you fast. 

Last Friday.  I  woke up early trying to get ready for the ACFW conference this week after hubby told me that we were leaving early (he joined me for the first couple days). 
I was feeling overwhelmed, so instead of having my quiet time, and exercising, I thought, I'll just get started...and get to that in a bit. 
So, there I was at 11:30am, still in my pajamas, trying to get something to work on photoshop, when girlfriend number one calls and says, "we're going to be a little late." 
"Uh, fer what?"
"For the meeting at your house today?" 
Silence.  "Right!  The meeting!"
"But we won't be there until 1:30."
"Peeeerfect."  I hung up the phone.  Looked at my house.  Right.  Uh huh. 
Girlfriend number two called two minutes later. "Hey, how are you doing..."
So, I sat down right there while she prayed for me over the phone. 
I've had an amazing summer - busy, but fun.  Took a vacation with the family and went to the state fair.  Here's us eating a bucket of chocolate chip cookies and milk. 
I hope you had a great summer - and that through it all you were able to find some balance.  
And most of all, a friend who knows how to say, "um, would you like me to pray for you?" 
Thank you for all your letters!  They are so greatly encouraging and I'm grateful to call you friends. *g*


new susan


Winner of July's "Find Stefanie" Contest is... 
Coffee Cup from Happily Cleaned Up 2 gbContest!! Grab your magnifying glass and join me on a fact-o-find!
Congrats to Dana Cannady who answered all the questions correctly about the bloggers on the tour! Woo-hoo...Dana has won a $50 gift certificate to the movie theater of her choice (you know so she can see some of Cash's great movies *G*)!

1. Which blogger is adopting a girl from China?
Amy at Amy's Random Thoughts
2. This word 'featherbunkle' is found on which blog?
Heather at Fresh Sweet Peas
3. Which blogger is supporting the 'Pickens Plan'?
AnnMarie at More Than Just A Mom
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?
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm

6. Which blogger is taking the Southern Reading Challenge?
Brittanie at A Book Lover Forever

7. Which blog asks 'How may we serve you'?
Peggy at Sips 'n Cups Cafe

8. Which blogger refers to her son as 'super good big guy'?
Kate at A Simple Walk

9. Which blogger is a self-proclaimed 'Starbucks Addict'?
Melissa at Breath of Life

10. Which blogger is a big Trekkie?
 Leticia at My Daily Trek

 Go here to see what people are saying about Stefanie!

Kerry Stubs
Gail at More Than Song Blog
Were chosen at random and have won a copy of Chill Out, Josey just for playing along! 
Send your mailing address to my assistant Amy ( and we'll get your
 book/s right out to you!
Chill Out, Josey! 

Josey's about to come home from Russia...and she's dreaming of small-town Minnesota life! Aaaahhh.

But, wait! Why is her hubby mentioning SIBERIA with that killer grin on his face ?

Oh, no Josey...looks like you'll be Gone with the Windchill!
How do you get cozy when your new "home" is a frozen tundra? Josey's dreams of small-town Minnesota bliss melt away when her hubby's relocated to a Siberian village. No indoor plumbing...or junk food! But this feisty former missionary knows how to multitask: juggling toddler twins, empowering local housewives, spreading God's word - no worries, Josey. It's finding time alone with the man of her dreams that will take some real work!
See what others are saying...follow the blog tour here!
And leave a comment on The Blog Tour post for your chance to win a Get Cozy gift basket! In your comment tell me your favorite winter time activity or winter memory! 
The basket will be loaded with Godiva chocolate, Starbucks coffee, Harry and David Moose Crunch, gourmet hot cocoa, and a fab pair of snuvvy PJs!
And 10 runner's up will receive a copy of Chill Out, Josey! 

Winner's will be announced in next month's newsletter.

Don't Forget! I'll be signing books at the Mall of America Book Signing!
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
1-3 p.m.
Why: To meet your favorite authors

Here are a few of the authors participating:
Tamera Alexander
Karen Ball
James Scott Bell
Brandilyn Collins
Brandt Dodson
Jonathan Friesen
Rene Gutteridge
Rachel Hauck
Angela Hunt
Annette Irby
Jenny B. Jones
Tosca Lee
Christine Lynxwiler
Nancy Moser
John Olson
Cara Putman
Deborah Raney
Camy Tang
ML Tyndall
Susan May Warren (that's me!)
and a heap more!
Go here for the complete list!

This month's Christian Fiction Online cfoArticle!
27 Tears, er...Dresses
What we can learn from 27 Dresses?
The problem with bridesmaids dresses is that they're overcute. Especially the ones from the '80s-you know what I'm talking about. Go to your closet, way in the back where you hid them and take a close look. Puffy sleeves, dropped waists, mermaid curves with one-shoulder straps. And the colors-peach, turquoise, metallic blue. Yes, there wasn't one woman in the audience of the movie 27 Dresses who didn't wince just a little when Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigle) opened her overstuffed closet and dragged out her monstrosities.
We vowed, right there in the theater, to run home and take a match to our own closets full of bygone trophies. But the very element that made this movie's premise sympathetic and even endearing is also the reason this movie doesn't work. Why it is . . . in a word . . . overcute.
Or, in another word: Sappy.
I really wanted 27 Dresses to be sweetly romantic. I love  Katherine Heigl and James Marsden, who plays hero Kevin Doyle. The truth is, it's not their fault the movie is syrupy, to the point of eye-rolling sappiness.
No, I blame the dresses.
Think about it. A bridesmaid dress is made to accentuate the bride's dress. But instead of one of them, there's a flock of look-alike dresses, all fitting (painfully) differently on each attendant. It's overkill of theme and color. It is, in writer's terms, overwriting. Overwriting is simply saying the same thing over and over, in different ways, with different words, using different angles . . . you get the picture. Sort of like wedding photos.
Read the rest here!

Susan May Warren
Soul-Stirring Fiction