Fan Girl Friday

Yes, I obviously love to read. And, I obviously love authors. Recently, I have gathered a few on my Facebook pages, and I really would like to have a fan girl moment over a few of them.

Robin Lee Hatcher. She writes a few different genres, from contemporary to historical fiction and romance. She has a slew of awards and a nifty, printable booklist on her page. Her stories are uplifting and filled with characters that are believable, sturdy and ones you’ll just fall in love with immediately.

Angela Hunt. Not only does she have a wide range of genre, but she also has a great series on writing that she regularly offers for free for Kindle on Amazon. Her suspenseful story lines are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of the seat and reading very late into the night.

Colleen Coble. She loves the ocean. You can tell from her writing. And her webpage and recent contests. You can feel the salty breeze as you enter the story and get swept away in the plot. Wonderful characters and places you want to visit someday.

Tamera Alexander. Historical fiction on par with Margaret Mitchell and John Jakes. Sweeping scenes of grandeur, proper ladies and gentlemen of Southern breeding, beautiful book covers with period gowns. And, dang if she doesn’t have a cute little accent herself! (There’s a video tour of Belle Meade plantation on her website)

Susan Sleeman. She’s got a knack for suspense as well as a great sense of humour. If you love a cozy mystery, or a cozy and funny mystery, Susan is the author for you! I love the Justice Agency for drama and  The Garden Gate series for some good old fun!

Not only do these ladies have talent, but they are downright nice. Each one of them has taken the time from their more than busy day to chit chat with me. Yes, me, little indie author who probably pesters them more than anything. I don’t know if it’s just “the age in which we now live” that provides us a bit of easy access to those we wouldn’t normally hob nob with. Then again, I can not imagine some other authors I enjoy posting encouraging comments on their Facebook page (if they even have one). No, these ladies, and a few others, are a step above. They take the time to reach out to those who enjoy their work and show appreciation. A few words goes a long way. Many others in the spotlight should take the lesson to heart. (Hello, ComicCon people who charge $50 per autograph. And race car drivers who think they don’t need to talk to children who have waited hours for them to show their faces. I could go on, but I won’t…now.)

Which brings me to a funny story involving my son. When I pointed out to my 14 year old that all of the library books in my hand were by authors who I knew (using the term loosely) he asked me, “Are they famous?”

“Yes,” I said, my chin raised, with not a little pride.

“And, they actually talk to YOU?” 

Wretched little six foot tall twerp. In a further attempt to impress him I sputtered, “Yes! And don’t forget I talk to Chautona all the time!”

He made “that face” (you know the one if you have a 14 year old son) and said, “She’s known you a long time. She HAS to talk to you.”

Dude. Let’s see if he eats tonight.

Check this out when you leave today. Let me know what your favorite is 😉

Till Next Time, Dream BIG! And let them Soar!



Book Review: The Story Jar by Robin Lee Hatcher and Deborah Bedford

Brag warning: I am friends with RLH on Facebook and Goodreads. So there. 😉 Yes, I can get all fan girl about it, but I won’t (anymore).

Robin posted last week about Authorgraph (hence, the nifty widget to the right, where you can request a personalized signature from me for your Kindle versions of my books. Way cool, right?) I decided that I must have one from Robin, so I made a quickie purchase. The title intrigued me, and I always like to read stories that have co-authors to see the way they mesh styles.

In the forward, Robin tells how this book came to be written. I’m hoping to present the idea of a story jar to my Bible study group. What a wonderful way to remember all that Jesus has done, and continues to work, in our hearts.

I read this book in a total of 5 hours. It would have been 5 straight hours but I did need to sleep a bit in between. The main plot takes place in a small church where Beth Williams is hired to clean the sanctuary. She’s care worn, discouraged. In the course of her duties, a woman comes in to sit. Beth discovers she is the former pastor’s wife. As she’s cleaning, Beth discovers a jar hidden underneath a chair on the platform. Mrs. Halley opens the jar and by that opens Beth’s heart to the wonderful ways Jesus touches the hearts of others when it seems that there is no hope.

This is the beauty of this book; it’s three stories! As Mrs. Halley takes treasures from the jar, she tells Beth about two special people. The first, written by Deborah Bedford, involves a pastor’s family dealing with the wife’s battle with breast cancer. The second, by RLH, touches on the fears of every mother: a wayward child and the hard road of reconciliation.

In the end, Beth is able to release her own fears, and her two sons, into God’s loving hands. It’s a wonderful celebration of mothers, their love for their families and the way the family loves them. As a special bonus, several other well known Christian authors pay tribute to their mothers, including Francine Rivers, Jerry B. Jenkins, Karen Ball and others.

You can find Robin’s books in print and Kindle on Amazon, and at her website (which is in the midst of a makeover).

Deborah Bedford’s books, print and Kindle, can also be found on Amazon. Her website is found here.