Monday, December 29, 2008

Snowed in with A Passion Most Pure

If you’ve been following the latest news, most of you know of the horrific winter storm that hit the Northwest this last week. I myself was snowed out of my house for the entire week. (Don't worry, I was rescued and had a nice warm safe place to stay.) My family and I missed Christmas together. My daughter was unable to fly home for the holiday from college due to all the flight cancellations. It was not the merry Christmas many had hoped for. However, God has a way of turning things around and making good come out of chaos. And as the winter storm raged outside many a home, there were a lot of folks who rediscovered what it was like to have a good neighbor, how to appreciate loved ones more, and that family is the most important thing. Not what gifts are under the Christmas tree.

Myself, being a writer, I wondered what it would be like to be snowed in with various characters from some of the books I’ve read over the last few months. My own book’s characters included. And after much thought, I decided that if I had to be snowed in with the characters from any of the books I’ve read, including my own, I’d have to say that the characters from Julie Lessman’s book, A Passion Most Pure won. Not that being snowed in with Dallan MacDonald doesn’t have its appeal. But let’s face it, those of you who have read my books know that one can only take so much of Kitty Morgan, and I just couldn’t imagine being snowed in with the whole Time Master bunch, which would definitely include Kitty. So the O’Connor family from Julie’s book won out.

Set against the backdrop of world war one in 1916, A Passion Most Pure spills off the pages and into one’s heart and mind like butter. It had a way of gripping me like no book had in many years. And let me tell you, it takes a lot to hold me especially when I’m working on my own stuff. Emotionally compelling and just as satisfying, the story revolves around Faith O’Conner and her younger sister Charity who both have their cap set for the same man. One the girls parents would rather they both leave alone. Collin McGuire isn’t exactly the type of chap to write home about in their book, let alone bring through the front door. But that’s exactly what happens.

Faith’s ever growing affection for Collin is kept hidden in her heart for many years and to suddenly find her sister Charity wrapped in his arms one day shatters her world. To see Collin then court Charity nearly rips it apart. Why can she not just let it go? What is it about him that so draws her? And why does he have to be in love with her sister? But wait! Collin seems to be asking himself some of the same questions. But he’s asking them about Faith! Ohhhh now we have a pickle!

The thing I loved about this book is the strong family core of the O’Connors. They love and laugh together, cry together, fight together. They are the stuff of the heart. The grist and guts that holds a family together. They are steadfast in their love for each other and that, along with an understanding of God’s forgiveness pulls them through an extremely difficult time. I’ve never started a rating system when I review a book, but if I did, and scored on a scale of 1 (being don’t waste your time) and 5 (being keep it on the shelf and never lend it out!) I’d have to give Julie’s book a five! The copy I read was loaned to me and under penalty of death too I might add. I need to remember to get it back to its rightful owner. One of these days …..

Monday, July 14, 2008

And the nominees are ...

Well first off Time Masters Book One; The Call was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards. This is a big deal and certainly made my publisher happy. In fact my publisher had quite of few of their authors do well in various contests this year. You get that wonderful email that says you've won! But it's even more interesting when people start congratulating you on things that you have no idea you were involved in! I received several congratulatory emails from people telling me about my "nomination". Nomination? Nomination for what? Why am I always the last to know these things! I need to get out more! Lo and behold however, I was featured author for the month of June for the same site sponsering the Pluto Awards. Check it out at:

The Pluto awards will announce their winner in September. Time Masters is one of the nominees. And here is a complete list:

FLASHPOINT by Frank Creed

THE LION VRIE by Christopher Hopper

BLUE by Melanie Budiarto

IN EXILE by Joanne Hall

SHEPHERD'S QUEST by Brian S. Pratt

WIND FOLLOWER by Carole McDonnell

TAU 4 by V. J. Waks


VIRTUAL EVIL by Jana G. Oliver

TIME MASTERS: THE CALL by Geralyn Beauchamp

QUEST'S END by Brian S. Pratt

MASON'S LINK by Bill Andrews

For more information go to:


My personal favorite truth be known! And since I not only love them, but am also quite adept at writing them, I was asked to be a guest blogger to explain just how I do it! Check it out at:


Monday, May 12, 2008

The Winners of the National Time Master Give Away Are:

1. Dona W. of Temecula, CA
2. Landon K. of Modesto, CA
3. Pamela M. of Mason, TN
4. Cheri J. of Pensacola, FL
5. Mimi B. of Annandale, MN
6. Donald James P. of Puyallup, WA
7. Kathy C. of Portland, OR
8. Teyha V. of Gladstone, OR
9. Linda F. of Trumbull, CT
10. Nicolette L. of Selden, NY
11. Cindi H. of Edwardsville, IL
12. Cathi H. of Amelia, OH
13. Rowena W. of Jenks, OK
14. Kay C. of Frisco, TX
15. Kathy B. of Fort Morgan, CO
16. Debra U. of Colorado
17. Bill B. of Philadelphia, PA
18. Sue R. of Auburn, WA
19. Kristy C. of Oklahoma City, OK
20. Emily H. of Elkton, KY
Congratulations to you all! I'll be signing and sending out your copy of Time Masters in the next week or so! I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

National Time Master Book Give Away!

Woo Hoo! A Book Give Away! Yes, a book give away. Twenty Books to be exact. Autographed even. This of course means a drawing! Which of course means you have to enter. Which at this point means I have to give you some pertinent information on the matter! Ok fine!

So toddle on over to my website if you will at and sign up for the Time Master newsletter. Winners will be announced in the May/June newsletter. Please send your name, snail mail address, contact email along with the answer to the secret question to to enter the drawing. Entries will be taken through April 25, 2008. No we do not give your email out. It’s to let you know if you won! And of course to find out if you want to be announced as a winner in the May/June newsletter under your real name, secret identity, or borrow your uncle Charlie’s identity. At any rate, we would like to let folks know the lucky twenty! OH WHAT’S THE SECRET QUESTION? I’m glad you asked. For those of you who like a bit of a hunt, here’s a little question to answer when you enter.

What is the name of Dallan MacDonald’s little brother?

You can find the answer at:

Hint: It’s in the prologue posted on the amazon page!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Kitty Morgan Has Escaped!

Kitty Morgan, my ditzy, boy crazy character from Time Masters Book One; The Call, has escaped the pages and is running all over the internet trying to find her dumb cat! She's raving about some book the Christian Fiction Review Blog is touring in April that apparently has a bat and a wolf in it and I think Kitty has them at the top of her suspect list! Along with a few dragons, orcs and individuals of questionable character. She's trying to recruit other characters to help her in her quest of finding her cat, Sinclair. So far she's managed to talk about the wolf and the bat on Shoutlife, Myspace, The Time Mistress's blog, and I'm sure if I turn my back she'll have it posted on the Time Master Blog too! That ding dong will have that bat and wolf all talked up within days darn her! But I hear Kitty is actually WORRIED about the bat and the wolf, which she thinks are in some sort of danger. Quite the puzzle! She also thinks the bat and the wolf are not just a bat and a wolf! Who is responsible for them? What is her name .... ahhhh .... DENT! That's it! Sue Dent! Ah ha! And her bat and wolf are characters in a book called .... just a minute ... I can remember it .... ahhhhh NEVER CEESE! Yes, that's it! Never Ceese. Whew, for a second there I thought my memory was failing me.

Ok, so if anyone sees Kitty, tell her I need her back amongst the pages by chapter fourteen of Time Masters Book Two; The Prophecy or I'm going to tan her hide! And tell her to leave the bat and the wolf alone!!!!! If they are in danger then that's their problem! Good gravies! What next?

Something Ate My Cat!

Something Has Eaten My Cat!


Yes, I’m sure of it! I haven’t seen Sinclair for nearly two weeks now and I’m sure something had him for lunch! Gaaaawwwwsh but I’m upset about it! And everybody be really quiet too! You see, my name is Kitty Morgan and I managed to sneak out of the pages of Time Masters to find Sinclair! Well, that is if there is anything left to find ... but I’m an optimist you see! All I need is a little help to find out what happened. At least if I knew what happened then I could go back to where I came from and no one will be the wiser! But I only have until chapter fourteen of Time Masters Book Two the Prophecy to solve this! If I come up missing I’ll be in BIG trouble! Gawsh but I better move fast!

What makes me think something ate my cat? What makes me think?! Good golly! For one there are characters from other books perfectly capable of eating my poor Sinclair! I think some of them come from books by authors belonging to the Christian Fiction Review Blog! They are going to be touring a book next month that I bet could be trouble! It has a wolf and a bat that wanders around not only this place but I hear they get into other places as well! At least I think it’s just a wolf and a bat. Could be something more, I’m not sure but I’m not leaving them off the suspect list! And what about the dragons?! There are a few of those mind you and they definitely could have made Sinclair into a tasty snack! Ohhhh what am I to do? I need help! Aren’t there any other characters from the CFRB’s other books who can help me find my poor Sinclair? I need the police! Are there any policemen in there? Detectives? Sleuths? Someone told me there was actually a dragon private eye in Shoutlife and the CFRB, and he may even be in myspace too! Not that he’ll do me much good. For all I know HE is the culprit of this horrid crime! Could any characters from that CFRB group help me? I think I know a few of the members and they all are quite agreeable. I don’t think they’d eat me ...that I know of that is ....

Maybe I can ask the new neighbors, some chap by the name of Duke Vahn. He and his wife are vacationing near me for a few weeks. Her name is Kee and she seems nice. I bet she would answer my questions and tell me if she saw anything! Ohhhhhh if only I could get in touch with Dallan and Shona from Time Masters. But I can’t travel through time, and they left me at the end of Book One; The Call for the far future. A dragon might be able to travel that far. I wonder if that dragon private eye is a good dragon, or a bad dragon? Ohhhhh gaswh! I’m stuck! Who can tell me what to do next? HELP!

Sunday, January 27, 2008


AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! (Insert actual screams of panic here). And how does one around these here parts know when they are snowed in? By a trial run up the hill! Which I did. And quite unsuccessfully!
I live in a canyon with a mile long drive way, with a quarter mile being a good hill. Unfortunately when one is already down in the canyon, that first quarter mile to get OUT of the canyon is a doozy! And I did try it this morning as my daughter is in town at her friends house. Ahhhhh winter formal was last night for them and in a teenage moment my daughter Hannah decided at the last minute to go home with her friend Hailee and spend the night. With no spare clothes. I'm picturing my daughter in her red evening dress formal out building a snowman this morning ... ohhhhhhh dearie me! I'm sure her friend has some spare clothes for her! This same friend got snowed in with us last year for three days. I guess it's my daughter's turn to be snowed in at her friends house now!
When one is snowed in there are different things that run through one's mind. The first and foremost is to build a fire. Which I haven't done yet. I'm blogging instead! Aren't you glad you aren't stuck with me out somewhere in the wilderness? You'd be toast for sure! Or at least you wouldn't be very toasty warm! Not if I still had computer access! And then of course things like "The last can of beans" flashes through your mind. Except I haven't got any cans of beans. And then you remember this is the 21st century, and I have a freezer full of food. BUT! Is there any CHOCOLATE? In this case? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Insert pain-racked screams of despair here). Oh but I do have a piece of non-fiction I need to get done. And I suppose Dallan and Shona, the lead characters from Time Masters wouldn't mind a run today. So all in all, snow, and a fire, (once I build one) and writing are on the agenda, sans chocolate, but I'll live. :)
Have a good Sunday everyone!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Time Master's Blog Tour Has Begun!

Time Masters Blog Tour Starts Today!
A blogging we will go ... a blogging we will go ... high ho the merrieoooooooooo, a blogging we will go ... Hmmmmm some how I don't think that's an actual song, but it works for me! The Time Master's blog tour hosted by the Christian Fiction Review Blog will begin Sunday January sixth and run through Saturday, January twelfth. Who knows who will be stopping by to comment amongst the bloggers! The teens? The poet? Yes, I'm working with a poet for book two. In fact, he's the top contemporary poet in the nation right now, one Poet Bartoluciano! And a very popular fellow on myspace!

Let's see, who else might show up? How about the PUBLISHER! He's mentioned he'll take a
peek during the week. I keep telling you how personable they are at Cold Tree Press! Let's see, who else ... hmmmm ... my sister? Ohhh you just never know during a blog tour! I tried to show up to Kevin Lucia's guest blogging to heckle him but was late in getting there! Heckled him anyway with a comment ... er ... sort of. At this point I don't remember what I said, but I'm sure I heckled him! Of course, now it's his turn to heckle me! I'll keep you posted as to how it's all going! I know that some folks from Myspace and Shoutlife are blogging! This will be fun! Check it out!

Ohhhhhhh and there's even a trailer! Ya gotta have one of those fun things!

Other folks who have posted so far are:

Sojourner's Journey

A Frank Review

Coffee Time Romance : ,

Cathi's Chatter: ,

A Peek at My Bookshelf by Deena: ,

Queen of Convolution by Caprice: ,

Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa:

Grace Bridges

Stephen Rice

Christian Mystery Writers

To Purchase your own copy of Time Masters:
Order direct from Cold Tree: ,

Order through Barnes and Noble in Paperback: and Hardcover: , or

And of course on Amazon on
Paperback: and Hardcover: .

Time Masters is also in Barnes & Noble's stores. If your Barnes and Nobles doesn't have it in stock, you can ask them to order it for you- hint give them the ISBN and they'll pull it right up. Any bookstore can special order for you again the ISBN is the key to finding the book.