Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday.

I'm thankful for a husband who loves me very much and is my best friend. A mother who raised me to be the woman I am today. A brother who has known me all his life and still loves me. For children and grandchildren who brighten my world.

But above all I am thankful for a man named Jesus who came to this world and died for me so that I might live this wonderful life set before me. What makes Jesus so special? before He became flesh and blood He was God. He still is God and He loves me. Wow!
And, He loves you too.

Wacky Wednesday!

Taking a little break from writing to say hello today :)

The morning started out promising and then a series of events soured it for me. My pets had issues and I had issue clean up duty today... makes Rhonda a cranky girl. But, I know I have it easy so decided not to dwell on the ickiness :)  You know, I am so happy that God understands when I get cranky and loves me anyway.

I decided to focus on my office. I got my decorative heater moved inside and put up the valence over my window. It turned out very pretty. All I have left for my office to be complete is to move my bookshelves inside. They will be a big job to move so I'm putting that off for another day.

Now break time is over, so back to the writing. Night all.

It's Tuesday

Laundry was on the agenda today. I managed to get some done and did a little housekeeping.  I love having an indoor office. It is warm and sunny in my room today. A couple of days ago I added green plants in the windowsill. Today I'm thinking I should get a flowering plant so I can have some color but not sure what flowers this time of year... I'll have to give that more thought.

Writing today was fun, I love an good old fashioned taffy pull and my hero and heroine seemed to enjoy it too :) I'm thinking it would be fun to do one with my grandgirls :) Not sure when but someday.

Monday Musings

Today is a holiday which means my sweet man got to stay home. You would think we'd have spent a lot of time together but we didn't. He cleaned the yard while I worked on my word count. Then he went to town and got parts for a trash bin that he is making for me while I cleaned on my office. We ate our meals together and enjoyed a little TV time together which was very nice. Then this evening he helped me brainstorm my next book. I have to ask myself if this is what retirement is going to look like and if so, I like it. 

It's Christmas Time!

How time flies! It seems like just yesterday I was posting about it being fall and now it's winter.

I love Christmas. This is the time of year when I celebrate Jesus and his birth. The fact that God would send his son, Jesus to earth as a baby to save my soul from Hell is something to celebrate. Can you imagine living in Heaven and being sent to earth to save human souls? I can't imagine ever wanting to leave Heaven for a bunch of sinful people. But, that is exactly what Jesus did for us. Amazing!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!


Fall/Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the cool crisp air. The leaves changing color. Just about everything about this time of year makes me happy.

I love this picture. The colors are beautiful. I'm also crazy about water and my favorite place to visit is the woods. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Do you have a favorite season?

2014 ACFW Conference

It is that time of year again when I get excited because I will be attending the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference!!!

St. Louis, Mo

What is there to get excited about? Here are 5 very good reasons and not necessarily listed in their order of importance.

1. I get to reconnect with my writing friends that are attending.
2. I get to reconnect with my agent, Tamela Hancock Murray, who is also one of my friends.
3. This year I will meet two, new to me, Love Inspired editors and reconnect with Melissa Endlich.
4. And this is a big one, I will get to listen to Lauraine Snelling as the keynote speaker and spend a little time thanking her for helping me in my writing career.
5. I will be attending classes to help me improve my writing. Very important to do.

So are you going? if so, what are you looking forward to doing?

2014 Carol Award Finalist

Congratulations Everyone!!
Debut Novel:
The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Natalie Hanemann
Jasmine by April McGowan, WhiteFire Publishing, editor Roseanna White
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Becky Monds, Natalie Hanneman, L.B. Norton
The Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer, David C. Cook, editor Tonya Osterhouse
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Becky Monds, Natalie Hanneman, L.B. Norton
The Dance by Gary Smalley and Dan Walsh, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Andrea Doering
When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell, David C. Cook, editors Ingrid Beck, John Blase
Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Becky Philpott, Julee Schwarzburg, Jodi Hughes
Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Lonnie Hull Dupont
Historical Romance:
Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr
A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Dave Long
The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky, Waterbrook Multnomah (Random House), editors Shannon Marchese, Karen Ball
Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Dave Lambert, Sue Brower, Ellen Tarver
Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins, B&H Publishing, editors Karen Ball, Julie Gwinn
Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes, David C. Cook, editors L.B. Norton, Jack Campbell
An Ever After Summer from A Bride for all Seasons by Debra Clopton, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Ami McConnell
Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr
A Christmas Prayer by Linda Wood Rondeau, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, editor Amberlynn Noelle
Silver Bells by Deborah Raney, Summerside Press (Guideposts), editor Rachel Meisel
Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt, Howard (Simon & Schuster), editor Jessica Wong
Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Sarah Long, Charlene Patterson
Romantic Suspense:
Trapped by Irene Hannon, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Jennifer Leep
Vanished by Irene Hannon, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Jennifer Leep
Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink, River North (Moody Publishers), editor Deb Keiser
Short Novel:
Seaside Blessings by Irene Hannon, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich
The Doctor's Family Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich
Mending the Doctor's Heart by Tina Radcliffe, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Rachel Burkot
A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long, Karen Schurrer
The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long, Karen Schurrer
The Sinners' Garden by William Sirls, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Natalie Hanemann, Lisa Bergren
Young Adult:
A Simple Song by Melody Carlson, Revell – A Divison of Baker Publishing Group, editors Lonnie Hull Dupont, Wendy Wetzel
Captives by Jill Williamson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Jacque Alberta, Jeff Gerke
Project Gemini by Jill Williamson, Marcher Lord Press, editor Jeff Gerke


The Writer's Desk Welcomes Amanda Dieckmann Olsen

I actually have two places where I write. I wish I had an office, but my house is small- less than 1200 square feet.

In the morning I write at the kitchen table. The kitchen is the only finished room in our house, so I like hanging out in there. I stare out the bay window at the birds or watch the dust dancing in the slanting light while I drink my coffee. Then, I start typing. I don’t always get a solid hour in before my kids start making demands, but I do what I can. I usually leave the laptop out so I can take advantage of every lull in the chaos. Between cooking, cleaning, and diaper changes, I get quite a bit done.

The other place I write is a big, red wingback chair. I inherited this chair from my Nana. It’s a lovely, cozy place full of happy memories. I work here mostly at night. I don’t need complete silence to write, so I can curl up in my chair while my husband watches the Mets lose. In the winter I cover up with a crocheted afghan and in the summer I am in front of the AC.

Being flexible about my writing environment helps me get more done. If I can’t write something out completely, I will at least get the idea down in my notes. That way I can flesh it out when my kids are in bed. I hardly ever lose a thread, and if I do, that usually means it wasn’t strong enough in the first place. I try to write wherever I am, whenever I can.

Wonderful YA series

The Nightshade Chronicles is a new favorite series.  Hillary Wagner does a great job in telling the story of the Nightshade City residents. I finished this series in a weekend. Couldn't put the books down. Highly recommend this young adult series to anyone who enjoys reading books about animals.