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WORTH FORGIVING
will release on Sept. 1, 2016

You can preorder now at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

****For all who preorder the book before its release, Pen-L Publishing will enter into a contest to win a free autographed copy on release day, so preorder now.****






Saturday, August 27, 2016

Author Interview with Susan York Meyers

Welcome author, Susan York Meyers, to Writing with God's Hope blog. I met this fellow author online when my debut novel released. I loved asking Meyers questions and learning more about her. I think you'll enjoy her answers.


1.    Susan, tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey

In high school I loved to write scenes, usually dramatic and tension filled (or at least I thought so). It was fun. However, in college, I began to take the idea of writing seriously. I graduated from emotion filled drama to actual full stories. But, it wasn’t until several years later when I started telling my son bedtime stories that I found my passion – children’s writing. That’s when I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and realized I knew nothing about writing! But I learned. Now I am the proud author of two chapter books and two picture books, one the award winning “Grrr … Night!” I’ve also stretched my writing wings and this past year my first adult book, “Two Old Ladies – It’s all in the Attitude” was published. It’s been a great journey.

2.    Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Yes. A few years ago I experienced burnout. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to write next. I had so many ideas and half-finished stories on my computer that I felt overwhelmed. I had to step back and decide exactly what I wanted to accomplish. I picked out a couple of stories and put the rest in a folder where I couldn’t see them. At the moment I am working on a sequel for Grrr…Night!. My middle grade novel, Stone Girl, just went to the publisher and my YA novel, I Spy Something Wicked, is in edits with another publisher. It’s a busy time.


3.    Where did you get the idea for your new book?

Two Old Ladies – It’s All in the Attitude started out as a short scene about contrasting attitudes toward winter weather. I fell in love with the main characters, two sisters, Lillybelle and Annabelle, but had no idea what to do with the scene. So,I put it aside. Every couple of years, I’d pull it back out wondering what to do with it. I finally decided to write a few more scenes. Each humorous “scene” showed how attitude can affect your life. I added a few thoughts and prayers. It became a humorous inspirational book about attitude.
I also have to put in a plug for my poetry book, Shoe Haiku. It’s official launch is next month. It’s for the woman who loves shoes as much as I do! You can find out more information about Shoe Haiku on my website.

4.    How do you feel this book will encourage readers?

Life is hard enough without focusing on the negative. So many things in life we can’t change, but our attitude is in our control. Lillybelle and Annabelle use love and humor to show the difference a good attitude can make in a stressful situation.

5.    How did you find your publisher?

I was very blessed in the fact that the publisher of Doodle and Peck is also a critique partner. She fell in love with Two Old Ladies. I was extremely blessed to have someone publishing my book who loved it as much as I do.

6.    If you were a song, what would it be?

Depends on the day. Many days it might be the hymn “I’m Happy Today.” But, there are a few days when “I’m Not Crazy” by Matchbox 20 definitely fits.

7.    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read. I’m a huge mystery fan. Crochet. I’m making a Halloween afghan at the moment. Play on the computer. (Wayyy to much!) Drive. I love to drive back roads listening to CDs. Spend time with my family.

8. Tell us what your new book is about?

When your late husband worked downtown, thongs were something people wore on their feet,” Lillybelle Maudine Granger told her sister, Annabelle Verline Kingston. This pair of seventy-something senior citizens tackle everything with flair and humor, whether it’s trying to imagine heaven (“Wouldn’t a purple halo be nice?”), playing matchmaker for the youth minister, or helping a stressed-out young mother. Because, for these two old ladies, it's all in the attitude!   

Find Susan York Meyers at:

Website: susanameyers.com
On the main page of my website you can sign up for my once-a-month newsletter.
Blog: http://susanameyers.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISpySomethingWicked/

Links where your book can be purchased.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Little-Old-Ladies-Attitude/dp/0996620508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449066318&sr=8-1&keywords=Two+Little+Old+Ladies%3A+It%27s+all+in+the+Attitude

Doodle and Peck: http://www.doodleandpeck.com/#!product-page/cekl/1043888d-0a0e-2ce5-9973-1bd4e2d231e4
  


Susan York Meyers is the author of two chapter books and two picture books. Her latest book, Two Old Ladies, It’s All in the Attitude, is a humorous inspirational book.

Susan worked in elementary school libraries for over 12 years and is familiar with both books and the children who check them out. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Susan is a past judge for the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation as well as a speaker for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Oklahoma.


Thank you for visiting us, Susan. I sure enjoyed the interview. Since I am "an old woman," I think I must read that book. I'm glad you shared it with us. I also wish you great things with the upcoming book of poetry. You're a busy woman.

Any questions or comments for Susan?

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Story of a Writer: WORTH FORGIVING, BY JANET K. BROWN

The Story of a Writer: WORTH FORGIVING, BY JANET K. BROWN: Today, I'm delighted to share Author Janet K. Brown's latest novel with you.  You may recall awhile back that we had the cover revea...


Beverly Stowe McClure interviews Katie, the main character in Worth Forgiving. I never could make Katie be nice and polite.
                                                      Janet K. Brown
                                          

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Caprock

Since my post last Saturday, I've had questions about what is the caprock? Anyone living in the northern half of Texas knows all about it.

I'm in awe of God's creation. Writing with God's Hope blog viewers from all over the world might extol the beauty near where they live. Some live in the mountains, and some by the seashore, but despite where we live, God placed breath-taking sights everywhere. I live in Wichita Falls, Texas on the North Texas plains. Our biggest claim to beauty is gorgeous sunsets.


a view from our back patio
When we drive about an hour and a half northwest, we come to another wonder, the Texas' Caprock. Weathermen watch the Caprock for accuracy in their predictions. Storms dissipate. Intensity increases. Fronts head in a new direction after they cross the Caprock.


What is the definition of a cap rock?
 A cap rock is a harder, more resistant rock type that overlies a weaker, less resistant rock type. Usually especially in Texas, this traps oil, natural gas, or water, keeping it from rising to the surface, and thereby creating a reservoir of the resource.

The erosion of our Caprock formed 1 -2 million years ago before the USA came into existence or the land was known as Texas. It stretches from the Texas Panhandle to Central Texas and separates high plains from low plains.

Grandchildren climbing near the bottom of Palo Duro




Our Caprock forms canyons such as the deep Palo Dura Canyon near Amarillo. This is a beautiful place. Find out more about it at:
http://palodurocanyon.com/


My husband, me, & a grandson looking over Palo Dura












Find more about the history of the Caprock at:

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rxc01



Caprock State Park falls halfway between Lubbock and Amarillo (about 2 hours from each) For more info, check here:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/caprock-canyons


God gives beauty in all settings. I thank Him for His mighty creations. Nothing was created without Him.


the part of the Caprock nearest Wichita Falls

Did you find Wichita Falls on the Texas map?


What is the most beautiful thing that your area is known for?


Saturday, August 20, 2016

God is Always Awake

A couple of nights ago, I suffered restless leg syndrome all night long. I finally slept about an hour and a half. I usually sleep well. My hubby was dozing away. I couldn't even sit. I stood most of the night

  Night is a lonely time when you're awake. Everyone is asleep or on their jobs. You can't call anyone for encouragement. It's not safe to go running around town by yourself. So, I walked back and forth. I stood and swayed to the tempo in my head.

  Most of all, I prayed. Praise God. He's never asleep. I could talk with Him about anything. He created me, so He knows all about my troublesome aches and pains. It's a great time to intercede for your children, your friends, and your church.

  I didn't like having that fitful night, but God used it for good.

  When a restless night ends, it's like dawn over our world.
 
Dawn over North Texas Caprock



He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 
                                    Psalm 121: 3-4 KJV
 
 
I love the quote: Why lay awake worrying? Give the job to the Lord. He'll be awake anyway.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lettuce & A Recipe

Varieties of lettuce at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
How many of you really like lettuce? Do you long for the leafy green color of crunchy texture? What about the taste? What does it taste like?

I don't like or dislike it. I can truthfully say I've never craved lettuce. The taste is so mild as to be non existent. Yet, lettuce adds an important element to healthy eating.

Watching our weight would sure be difficult without lettuce. Lettuce is the basis for most salads. It fills us up, and adds needed fiber.

Last summer, while visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Aurora, Colorado, we took a day trip to Vail that included a tour of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. I highly recommend the trip. There, I learned some new things about lettuce.

In 1920 ranchers in Gore Creek Mountain Valley near Vail discovered that lettuce grew better above 7000 feet elevation. For years, that area produced most of our lettuce. Interesting.


Varieties of Lettuce:

1. Iceberg - the most common
2. Bibb Lettuce - extra small
3. Boston - loose leaves
4. Green leaf - no head, more perishable
5. Red Leaf
6. Romaine - the most nutritious


The greener the leaves, the more vitamins and minerals in the lettuce.


The entrance to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Average nutritional make-up of lettuce:
1 cup
calories                     5
carbohydrates           1 g
fat                             0.05


No, I don't really like lettuce, but it's a food addict's best friend.

Here's a recipe you might want to try:



Summer Lunch Salad
 
 
 
3 cups red leaf lettuce
 
1 cup spinach
 
4 T. red peppers
 
6 grape tomatoes, halved
 
1 peach cut-up
 
2 Splenda or Trivia packets
 
1 T. peanuts
 
2 T. fat free ranch dressing
 
1 t. olive oil
 
to complete the above salad, add 3 oz. grilled chicken, 4 oz. lobster bites, 3 oz. lean ham, or 2 chopped up boiled egg.
 
***Trivia tip about lettuce
 
Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. When you travel through eastern Colorado, the sunflower fields are gorgeous.
 
Thank you, God, for lettuce.
 
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Winner of Alice K. Arenz E-Book

Last weekend's guest, Alice K. Arenz offered a free e-book of her new release, Portrait of Jenny. Today, we choose the winner.


And the winner is:
                                   
                                    Gail Kittleson
 
 
Congratulations, Gail.  So proud for you. I know you'll enjoy the book.
 
 


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cover Reveal for Blanche Manos' New Cozy Mystery

Do you like cozy mysteries?

If so, I guarantee, you'll love Manos' Flora and Darcy books.

Author, Blanche Manos will soon release her fourth book in the series, and I can't wait. Since I'm a mother of three adult daughters, I love the use of this mother-daughter team with enough moxie and intelligence to solve murders, even when the evil threatens their own lives. Pen-L Publishing will release this new book, Grave Heritage, the middle of September, and it's up for preorder at their catalogue store NOW!


A killer is loose in Ventris County and is trying to make Darcy Campbell and her mother Flora Tucker victims three and four. In addition to that, Levi, Oklahoma is experiencing its rainiest July in history. Has even nature turned against Darcy and Flora?

Sounds fascinating as usual. The link for preorder is http://www.pen-l.com/GraveHeritage.html


And, now the moment you've been waiting for: the reveal of Manos' new cover.

Ta-da!



Oh, Blanche and Pen-L Publishing, I think that's the prettiest cover yet. YEAH!


Check out the covers of Books 1, 2, and 3:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3











Which cover do you like the best?

They're all beautiful, but I vote for #4.

Which one do you prefer?