Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Release Spotlight!

Today I am proud to share with you a new release from inspirational author Kristen Marquardt entitled Releasing Jesus from the Weeds. More about this interesting title in a minute. First, I'd like to tell you a little about Kristen.

Kristen has been serving the church and God both volunteer and professionally for over 30 years, starting as a Sunday School teacher, CE Director, and Licensed Pastor. She holds a dual B..A. from Connecticut College in English Literature and Environmental Science and an M.S. In Theology and the Arts from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. She lives in Connecticut in a multigenerational home with her husband and many pets. She enjoys her family, writing, gardening and so much more...

About the book:

From the pew to the pulpit to prayer, Kristen Marquardt’s writing has been serving God’s People in Connecticut for over thirty years. Her unique style in prose, poetry, and short story reminds us of our shared humanity and how our faith and faith struggles are no different than those of both biblical characters and the people we see everyday in our daily walk. With rare insight, Marquardt looks deeply into faith and strips away the boundaries that we all assume exist, reminding us that our hope is not ours alone, we all share a common path as God’s children.

"Kristen is a gifted writer, a writer that stirs the soul and causes us to think more openly the existence of God in ordinary life. I call Kristen a wisdom writer." ~ Rev. Dr. Sharon Ledbetter

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Heading home...

We had a wonderful stay in Panama City Beach this week. I didn't get as much writing done as I'd hoped, but it was still productive.

We stayed overnight in Eufaula, Alabama and had two hours to waste before we could check into the hotel, so we decided to tour the town and do research for my next series. First I went to the Old Fairview Cemetery. I want to use this as a spot where my heroine goes when she wants to be alone or read.

Next we drove around the old downtown where I want my heroine's quaint bookstore to be. 

Lastly, we went to the Shorter Mansion where Sweet Home Alabama was filmed. It's an incredible house built in 1870 which is now owned by the Eufaula Heritage Association, serves as a museum and a rental facility for weddings, etc.

The tour guide was an avid reader and had her Kindle with her, because she reads in between giving tours of the house. She said they will sell books featuring Eufaula at the mansion, so of course I'm thinking about that!

When we arrived in Panama City Beach, Florida, it looked like this... 

But within 24 hours, it deteriorated...

Strong thunderstorms kept waking me up one night, but every time I woke up and remembered where I was, I just smiled and went back to sleep. The rain arrived on Monday, so I went to Office Depot and printed out a hard copy of the chapter I finished. Personally, I think I jinxed the city by hoping it would keep on raining, so I wouldn't want to go out and do anything. It's been raining ever since. It was great writing weather, though because I was working with this view...

The rain turned into a monsoon, and they posted flash flooding and possible evacuation warning in outlying areas. I didn't matter to me, but I felt sorry for the folks who just checked in with their little kids. I can't imagine being cooped up in a condo with 3-4 children.

We went to Pier Park, the huge outdoor mall and did some souvenir shopping. Mostly we ate, and ate, and ate. One of the best breakfasts was at Another Broken Egg.

We're headed home this afternoon, and I'm trying not to get emotional over having to leave the ocean. Oh well, back to reality...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Working Day and Night

I know, I know. I've been a bad, bad blogger, but I have a really good excuse. For the past two weeks, I was dealing with family business which took me away from the computer for a couple of days. Also, I was focused on trying to get the house in order and prepare for vacation.

The other day when I mentioned I was going to the beach for a week, my favorite manager in Atlanta Bread Company asked me, "You're not taking your laptop, are you?"

"Of course I am," I responded. "The main reason I'm going is to be able to write by the ocean!" Thus, the reason for the video below:

I love writing! And writing during my vacation is the best of both worlds. This is a picture I took last year from our hotel balcony.

 And this is what I expect this year...


At least I'm not this bad...
I'll be posting daily on my progress on Inner City Blues. On the way down, we're stopping in Eufaula, Alabama so I can do some research on the town where my next series will be set. That should be fun. The story collage below isn't finished yet. I need to find pics for the other charaters, and I want to fill in the blank spaces with pictures I take while we're there.

I'm just not crazy about the idea of our house sitters bringing their dog. Most of you know I'm not an animal person. The idea of having to vacuum up dog hair when we get back gives me the creeps. Talk to you during the week!