What a Week it has been!

My first book signing for Rebekah Redeemed went well. We learned a lot and had a great time. Not a big crowd, but several people came on a very busy day for many. I sold more books than some do at a first signing and was very happy.

My daughter made a fabulous book trailer that I’ll be loading soon for everyone to see. We have a couple of things to tweak, but it made me cry when she showed it to me. She really captured the essence of the story. Can’t wait to share it with everyone.

Rebekah Redeemed can be purchased from awoc.com directly from the publisher, from amazon.com or at Barnes & Nobel. I have a couple of reviews up on amazon. Hope you’ll stop by and see them and order a book.

My next novella is a story about Simon Peter’s wife and what it must have been like to be married to him. What affect would Jesus  calling  her husband as an apostle have on her? What was her life like before and after?

I’m also planning a story about the woman at the well and what happened to her after she met Jesus.

What do we know about John and James mother? We know she asked Jesus to elevate her sons, but what else do we know? what was her life like? Her husband Zebedee and her sons were fishermen. How did her life change?

Another story idea I had is about a fictitious Egyptian woman who helps Mary and Joseph when they flee to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath. What was it like for Mary raising her little boy, Jesus, for the years they lived in Egypt and how did they affect the people close to them? I love the ‘what if’ questions. That question keeps me full of new ideas.

I’m interested in your thoughts about these subjects. Feel free to leave comments on these and other women of the Bible we don’t know much about.

Have a great weekend everyone! Good writing. Good reading.


Ransom Nobel – Guest Author

I want to welcome Ransom Noble to my blog as a guest author. What a smart lady you are Ransom. I don’t know about other women (especially Baby Boomers, which I am) but I love to see women succeed in life and Ransom is one of those great women.

Tell us a little about yourself, Ransom.

I love reading and writing. I can’t remember when it began, but I’ve always loved the written word from both positions. . I know I started making up stories around 1 year old, because we got a TV around that time. Mom would catch me watching it (when it was off) and asked me what I was doing. Apparently I told her it was more fun to watch when it was off because I was making up my own shows. I also enjoy movies and playing games with my husband and our friends.

Is it true that you are an engineer?

Yes, I earned an engineering degree at University of Iowa in Iowa City.

I think that’s great. So much for the old adage that women aren’t good in sciences and engineering. You are a great example to other writers and women. Tell me about your books.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology: Ruins Metropolis, by Hadley Rille books
Upcoming: The Art of Science, YA novel by 4RV Publishing, LLC.

I’ll be watching for your upcoming book. How do you find time to write?

When I got out of college, I took a couple correspondence courses because I wanted to learn more and give myself an excuse to write, but work often made me too tired to do it on my own. Still, I finished my first novel while working as well as several short stories and some unfinished novels. Now I write full-time, as well as being a stay at home soon to be mom.

Congratulations, Ransom. Can you tell us where to find more information about you?

You can find me at www.ransomnoble.wordpress.com

Thank you for coming over to my blog today.

I’d like to invite everyone back tomorrow for more insight into Ransom and her writing.
Thanks for being here, Ransom.

Thanks for having me, Dianne.

Rebekah Redeemed Release

Beginning January 16, 2009 you can purchase your copy of Rebekah Redeemed at AWOC.Com Publishing or on Amazon.com.

Can Rebekah forgive those who have abused and neglected her? Is there anyone who can redeem her from servitude? Can she be cleansed and change her life? Who is this Nazarene?

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State of Wilderness by Elysabeth Eldering

I hope you will enjoy this great book review for Elysabeth Eldering’s great book. I just love geography, myself. This is a good book for my grandson or if you have kids or are a teacher.

BOOK REVIEW

STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE

BOOK: State of Wilderness

AUTHOR: Elysabeth Eldering

ILLUSTRATOR: Aidana WillowRaven

PUBLISHER: 4RV Publishing LLC (2008)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9797513-5-6

ISBN-10: 0-9797513-5-7

READING LEVEL: Grades 5-6

RATING: 5 stars

REVIEWED BY: Wayne Walker

Geography was one of my favorite subjects in school. Even at home as a child, on a rainy day I could spend hours of delight with an atlas or a set of encyclopedias in which I could read about different places. I still enjoy learning about various countries, states, and other localities on earth. The study of geography can be dreary and boring when reduced to rote memorization of nations, capitals, and such information. However, it can also be fun, as this first book in the “Junior Geography Detective Squad 50 States Mystery Trivia Series” shows. This novel presentation of geographical facts about the United States is a fascinating way to reinforce geographical awareness, something that studies show is sorely lacking in our children’s education.

Matt Patterson is almost thirteen and likes to hang out with his friend Guy Lombard. They enjoy not only skateboarding and video games but also geography. Matt’s eleven year old sister Mary Beth also joins Matt and Guy. Matt’s mother has given him a new hand-held geography game that has both a screen and a voice. It gives a set of clues, going from obscure to more well-known, about one of the fifty states. As Matt, Guy, and Mary Beth ponder the clues and try to guess the state, the reader moves along with them and can try his own hand at determining which state is being described. As the “Junior Geography Detective Squad” passes through the fifty states of the series, there are also “bonus clues” about one of the five territories which are part of the United States.

People like me who enjoy geography and trivia buffs in general will really like this book. However, it should especially appeal to middle school aged students whose lives revolve around video games. Take a break from the computer or pod for a few minutes and read a book that will be both fun and educational. It is well written and the drawings by Aidana WillowRaven help the reader visualize what the “Junior Geography Detective Squad” is seeing. When I received my copy and began to look over it, I found it so interesting that I finished it in one sitting. I guessed the state by Clue #4, but if you cannot guess it by Clue #25, you need to brush up on your U. S. geography! And if you want to know what those clues are, you will need to get the book. I look forward to further volumes in the series.

Related website: http://4rvpublishingllc.com

http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com

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Welcome to my guest, Elysabeth Elderling

I’m happy to have author and world traveler, Elysabeth Elderling, visiting this week.

Thanks for having me.

How did you get interested in geography and traveling?

I was raised in a military family so we moved around. I think it was a great experience to be able to see different countries in the world.

Has it helped you in your writing?

Yes, I’ve put my experiences to work in the Junior Geography Detective Squad’s 50-state mystery trivia series.

I enjoy geography, too. Can you tell us more about this trivia series?

The series made its debut in summer 2008 with State of Wilderness. The Junior Geography Detective Squad will continue to put their mystery-solving talents to work in each state, challenging young readers on their knowledge of the nation’s geography and interesting facts about each state.

State of Wilderness, book 1 in the

Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery,

trivia series:

Title: State of Wilderness,

book 1 of 50 in the Junior Geography Detective Squad,

50-state, mystery, trivia series.

Author: Elysabeth Eldering

Illustrator: Aidana WillowRaven

Category: Middle grade readers

ISBN 10: 0-979751357

ISBN 13: 978-0979751356

Pub Date: July 2008

Price: $10.99

Pages: 100

Type: Paperback, perfect binding.

Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces

Web site: http://jgdsseries.blogspot.com

I look forward to chatting with you again on Monday and can’t wait to hear more about your writing projects and books.

Thanks for having me, Dianne.

Happy New Year – 2009

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone has had a great holiday season and that 2009 will be a great year for all of you readers and writers alike.

Tomorrow I’ll have a new author guest. Come back and see who and what great reading you can include in your list of things to read for 2009.

Also, later this month, watch for release information for my Christian fiction novella, Rebekah Redeemed.