Friday Self Promotion Party!

Once again, my blog is all about YOU. We’ve been talking a lot about self-promotion lately. Here’s your chance! Today’s assignment:

Tell us about ONE book you’re writing, or have written.

If your book is available for purchase, go ahead and include a link.

Please stick to a maximum of 100 words per comment in this post.

Have a terrific weekend!

P.S. Remember, if you want people to click through, you have to provide a link using HTML. (Self promotion 101.) Go to this post to get the HTML code.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  6. sarah on December 21, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    >Rachel you're the best. Thanks for the opportunity. My book, In the Eye of Deception, a true story of one woman's struggle to overcome the effects of child abuse, rape and addictions has been released this month. It's available at
    Gentle Recovery

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  11. sarah on July 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    >Rachelle your the best. I love reading everyone's post here and seeing how creative people are.

    Query Stage In the Eye of Deception: Inspirational Creative Non-fiction.
    Everything looks good from the outside but no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Sarah was raised in a strict Jewish home. Her parents held high positions in the synagogue but at home they emotionally and physically abused their two daughters. To cope, Sarah becomes a drug addict and develops a serious eating disorder and self injury problem. When life can't get any worse, she is pulled into a cult, held for six months and raped. She finally comes to know the Lord yet continues to struggle with self destructive problems. Through the help of a Christian counselor she is finally able to find freedom.

  12. ArabianMagic on July 29, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    >Catholic Guilt, A Memoir

    Pamela Santerre was a bright, overweight young woman outcast from the hormonally-charged waters of puberty. But when she loses 100 lbs to fit into a prom dress, she suddenly finds herself thrust into a sexually charged world she isn't prepared for. Santerre gives voice to the struggle to reconcile Catholic morality with modernity. Here the events unfold episodically the way she remembers life from the euphoria of a first love to the guilt of apologizing to a dying loved one. Most importantly, Santerre pairs the character that we all have in our lives with mature interpretation of the events that shaper her—and our—adulthood.

  13. marcie ciampi on July 1, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    >From the nude beaches, to an exorcism, to the kidnapping of her friend, Marcelle, a prophetic dreamer and visionary, takes you on a tailspin journey through Northern California with her childlike mother, her mother’s psychologically-warped, foreign boyfriend and a beloved flea-bitten mutt named Justice.

    Though downtrodden and fearful, immersed in bizarre situations with dopers and drunkards, exposed to the erratic behaviors, sought after by sexual predators and haunted by a heavy-breathing ghost, remarkably, the much neglected Marcelle continues to endure and triumph, ending her chronicles with a prophetic worldly vision.

    Based on true life.

    (Manuscript to be sent in Summer of 2009)

    ~ Marcie Ciampi
    Spectrummother on Twitter : )

  14. D.I. Telbat on June 30, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    >Book – Dark Liaison. It's finished; queries are out.

    It's a Christian action/adventure about a team that goes into foreign countries to extract Christian workers who are under serious persecution or have been kidnapped. It reads like a spy novel, with disguises, aliases, and suspense. The unique thing is that the team, though all ex-military or ex-CIA, have all become Christians and they no longer want to kill even their enemies, so they only use non-lethal weapons. There is a strong spiritual battle going on as well, with the demonic antagonist trying to thwart their every move.

    Thank you, Rachelle!

  15. Anonymous on June 29, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    >Hi Rachelle! I am writing about contemporary women's fiction. The storyline is about three women facing the greatest tragedy of their lives, divorce.

    Rosalyn, had an affair with a man that will not disappear, and has left her with a lifeime reminder. Vicki, happily married for twenty years, enjoyed a traditional Saturday morning breakfast in bed with a note that her marriage was over. Antoinette, has been living a lie for nine years with a man that refuses to touch her.

    They meet at the suggestion of a mutual friend that invites them to pray. They find healing, deliverance and peace in a passionate and prayerful way that opens doors they knew where closed forever.

  16. Rebecca Knight on June 29, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    >Wow, Walking In the Deep End sounds really interesting :).

  17. Susan Parker on June 29, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    >Walking in The Deep End, a Memoir

    Disaster demanded life-or-death heroics of Susan Parker as her family headed for destruction. Adults babbled in Tongues, and the happy, baseball-card-collecting tomboy careened into adolescence. Marriage didn’t shield her from a life that tested what she thought faith even was.
    When salvation finally graced Susan’s life in the form of love—for another woman, she became an “abomination” Determined to break the family cycle, Susan dragged herself out of the murky deep end to discover the true nature of miracles.
    Walking in the Deep End pits fatal but conventional lies against the saving grace of honesty. An inspiring story of redemption and God’s unconditional love.

  18. Rebecca Knight on June 29, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    >Astrid escapes her mother’s castle using a book of magic. She doesn’t know why the queen would lock her away for a decade, but she has her suspicions—power is growing within her.

    She discovers the same magic corrupting her mother is feeding off the people of her land. The only way to stop it is to find an imprisoned Empress who banished the same evil centuries before.

    Twisted monsters, uncertain allies, and the deadly mystery of the book are the least of her concerns. Facing the darkness in herself, she realizes saving the kingdom may mean watching it burn.

    Please visit me at Rebecca Knight: Writer In Progress.

    Great party, Rachelle! Thank you!

  19. Cecelia Dowdy on June 29, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    >Karen is angry at herself for falling in love with Lionel, her ex-fiancé. When Lionel disappears, carrying thousands of dollars stolen from their mega-church, she re-locates to her hometown in Annapolis, Maryland to live with her mother. She’s stunned to discover handsome plumber Keith Baxter living next door. Keith is smitten with Karen, but wonders if she’s still in love with Lionel. He wants Karen to accept him, but he doesn’t know if he’d be a good match for her due to his troubled past. Can Karen forgive Lionel, and let the Lord back into her heart?
    Read Bittersweet Memories by Cecelia Dowdy!

  20. Gigi on June 28, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    >I've just submitted my first devotional book manuscript to my publisher. It is called "Caregivers' Devotions to Go" and will be out in November at Extreme Diva Media. I've also finished a proposal for a nonfiction book entitled "Hope in Hard Times" which points the reader to the hope of Jesus even in the most difficult times. It is based on personal experience stories from my life as one of ten children raised by a single mom. You'll also meet my youngest son Gabe who has inspired thousands with hope even in his uniquely formed body.

  21. Sharon M. Smith on June 28, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    >I am in the query stage as well. My book is about raising well-adjusted children. As a mom searching for answers on how to raise healthy, well-adjusted children, I turned to experts and other parents for answers. The book covers a multitude of subjects that a parent of school aged children could experience. The goal is to take an honest look at common occurances such as bullying, over scheduling, teaching our kids about money, building up our child’s self esteem, the truth about Santa and other lies we tell our children, and much more.

  22. Julie Hahnke on June 28, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    >The Grey Ghost is a blend of fantasy and historic fiction for kids set in medieval Scotland. Beautiful pencil drawings help tell the tale in a Hugo Cabret-like style. It was voted #3 on the Summer Kids' Indie Next List by independent book stores around the country!

  23. Suzi on June 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    >Ambitious Sarah Jessica McCarey is more confortable hunting or roughhousing with her rowdy brothers than doing 'women's work." Her plan for an escape from the routine appears when she strongarms her siblings in a drilling company in the 1900's Oklahoma oil patch. Join Jessie on her "Long Horizon" — back to an exciting era — when those entrepreneurs BOLD ENOUGH to gamble amassed fortunes. Available at and Amazon:

  24. Sara Cox Landolt on June 28, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    >As an overweight mom I confront fear, weight and expectations while training for an Ironman triathlon (140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running within 17 hours). IronMakeover takes readers from signup to throwup, from good pain to bad pain, and from failure to the finish line as they cringe, chafe, marvel, and experience the rewards triathlon offers. I'm a moderator in's triathlon community and write encouragement for triathletes.

  25. Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie on June 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    >Ready to take your marriage from good to great? Here's how:

    Endorsed by dozens of marriage therapists and family counselors, but the only endorsement we want is YOURS! Here's how to build the relationship of your dreams — while you're wide awake!

  26. Kathryn Magendie on June 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    >Tender Graces! On sale at the usual online places and in (some) bookstores…

    Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Southern A gentle yet unflinching look at how we find our way home. Virginia Kate returns to her West Virginia roots to resolve the ghosts of her childhood. The death of her troubled mother and memories of her abused grandmother lure a her back to the Appalachian hollow where she was born.

    Thank you!

  27. LeAnne Hardy on June 28, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    > Glastonbury Tor .(Kregel, 2004) The ancient olivewood drinking bowl that young Colin finds in the treasury of Glastonbury Abbey, was disregarded as worthless wood by King Henry VIII’s men when they inventoried the abbey’s treasures. But Father Dunstan, the tortured prior who preaches forgiveness, treasures it. Father Bede, as demanding as the hated father from whom Colin has fled, covets it. Abbot Whiting finds in it the courage to face his enemy, even as monasteries are being dismantled all over sixteenth century England. Will Colin find the personal faith and sense of worth he seeks? Can he ever forgive his father… or himself?

    I am currently working on the sequel when Colin returns home to his father in Wales, and the cup remains as cold and empty as Colin feels inside. Both books have fantasy/visionary elements superimposed on what is basically historical fiction.

  28. Christina G. on June 28, 2009 at 12:52 AM

    >Oh, man. The ultimate tease post. A number of non-published books I really want to read!

  29. C.L. Moyer on June 27, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    >I am writing "Stolen Spring," the first in the Elliot Lake series. Lake is a reporter living in a crappy little trailer on the Oregon Coast, working at the local weekly newspaper. When the first-born grandsons of the town's local coffee club begin disappearing, Lake finds himself tangled up in the mystery, as well as with a new love, Sky, who pushes him to work toward what is right instead of what will make the best story for the paper.

    To follow: "Drowning Summer" (Lake discovers people are "surfing" vacant beach homes along the coast), "The Fall of the Cove" (Sky's family is threatened when someone poisons their water supply and the children begin dying), and "The Winter of Reveal" (Lake finds out who targeted the Cove, and rises above himself to bring down the completely screwed up society Sky escaped from, with global ramifications).

  30. Sandy Dover on June 27, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    >Many parents raise their kids in Christian homes, planting the seeds that God has intended for families to be rich with in wisdom, knowledge, understanding, love and faith, but then when they leave the nest, the world is truly a whole other ballgame. Many young believers go to college, struggle and many times are sucked into the temptations of the world.

    "The Way, The Truth & The (College) Life" is a self-help/motivational/auto-bio that uses the real past experiences of a young person and the Scriptures to help guide other young believers through the wilderness of sin and temptation and achieve a greater sense of God's love and develop a more reliable faith.

  31. Sandy Dover on June 27, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    >Hi, my name's Sandy Dover, and have you ever wished you could get in shape without all of the hangups of whether you're "sexy" or "attractive" enough to hit the gym as you are? Maybe you wonder why it's so hard to do the things you need to do to be fit and well, without the hang-ups? My book, "The Reason Why America's So Bent Out Of Shape" is a self-help that teaches you to appreciate your mind and body and also use minute time in the rat race of life to remake your body.

  32. Gini Grey on June 27, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    >Although I've just finished writing a book that is half fable, half how-to about the empowering journey of discovering yourself, what I want to plug here is my previous book:

    From Chaos to Calm: How to Shift Unhealthy Stress Patterns and Create Your Ideal Balance In Life.

    So many people are stressed to the max these days and this book helps people go under the surface of typical stress mgt techniques to look at what hooks them into their patterns, what beliefs limit them, how to shift all of this and touch into the bigness of who they really are.

    If this book speaks to you, visit my website for more info Celebrate YourSelf

  33. magraham on June 27, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    >A Faerie Fated Forever

    A faerie curse means one perfect love awaits Laird Nial Maclee. But he must find his fated lady and avoid traps and schemes of females lured by the blasted legend. Failure condemns him to his father's fate – craving the love he can't have or forget. But a laird must put his clan first, even if it means wedding "Heather the Hag," daughter of a rival, wealthy laird. He should marry the dowd even if she won't "set the claws of passion" to his manhood, as the curse provides. She can't possibly be his faerie fated forever.

    Before his solution sent Heather fleeing to transform herself for launch on the marriage mart in London, Nial should have recalled that faeries sometimes make the impossible the inevitable.

    Quacking Alone

  34. Ashley on June 27, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    >Thanks for this opportunity, Rachelle! I'm currently working on the first book of my series, tentatively titled The Socialite.

    THE SOCIALITE: DISGRACE begins the journey of Elena Bancroft, Boston's most notorious socialite slash heiress. For years, she's drowned her sorrows in a martini glass, desperately trying to forget the series of incidents that first catapulted her into the spotlight. But the more she drinks, the deeper she plunges, until one scandal forces her to take a life-altering step toward redemption.

    To preserve her future, Elena must reveal one shameful secret to keep another concealed, proving to a city that chastises her and a family who scorns her that she's capable of being more than a disgrace. And that, with their forgiveness, she'll be able to change for good.

  35. Toby Bloomberg on June 27, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    >It’s a new genre! Social Media Marketing GPS #smgps is the first biz book written on (not about) Twitter. Twitter was used as the content platform and distribution channel. #smgps is structured as a tradition biz book with chapters that include tweeted interviews with experts on the topic. Book will also include none tweeted content. #smgps combines multiple medias: tweets, a blog, podcasts eventually video. I believe integrating long with short, especially when people don't have time to read a 400 page book but want the information, will work. Now to find a publisher with vision 🙂 Thanks!

  36. Chad on June 27, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    >Current book project I'm writing:
    Left Unsaid is a story about the period between relationships when a person evaluates why the past relationship failed, what went left unsaid – what didn't, and the fears and the baggage they carry with them to the next relationship.

  37. Londa S. Hayden on June 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    >Oops – guess clicking on the name doesn't work after all. Sorry about that. Just copy and past the links listed in the above comment into your browser. Thanks.

  38. Londa S. Hayden on June 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    >My first book, "In the Savanna" is dedicated to the orphaned children of Africa. All profits go to a charity that aides orphaned children in Africa. With beautiful pictures and illustrations set in a picture book format, this is a simple poem that gently introduces other children to the AIDS pandemic in Africa and the effects it has taken on children in Africa. You may preview and purchase a copy at the following link – – just copy and paste or you can visit me at – just click on my name, it will take you there.

    Thanks for your support.

  39. Jil Plummer on June 27, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    >I grew up on the Yorkshire moors which is the location for my completed, literary gothic, "A Life Deferred".

    After her sister's suicide Doril is sent to Swale Hall to care for her reclusive and delusional great grandmother. She becomes immersed in the old woman's imaginary world,gets to know her passionately loved, long dead Tristrum, and discovers the misconceptions which caused such anguish in their relationship.

    Thank you,

  40. gabe on June 27, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    >The Kulak's Daughter in coming out this fall from Blooming Tree Press. It's set in Soviet times and is based on my mom's childhood. I'm currently working on the sequel. East Prussian Princess is the working title.

    Thanks for letting me self-promote!

  41. Tricia on June 27, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    >My completed, but in the never-ending revision stage, novel is about a hearing impaired girl. She is uprooted from her home state to start a new life in L.A.
    The family moves often and she finds herself always the new girl, or the only white girl, or the only poor girl. Always the "only" something. She is labeled a freak and her oddball family is labeled a circus … by her teacher.

    The story is her struggles to conform and her humorous journey.

    You can reach my blog by clicking on my name.

  42. Lena Nelson Dooley on June 27, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    >Here's the correct link:

    Lena Nelson Dooley

  43. Lena Nelson Dooley on June 27, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    >Wild Prairie Roses
    Lost Gold Leads to a Treasure Trove of Romance

    In the decade following the Civil War, rumors of gold lost near Browning City, Iowa, lead three couples on quests for treasure. Constance Miller’s father’s dying request sends her on a manhunt.
    Among a family famous for their heroics, Tara Young seeks the chance to make a name for herself recovering the gold cache. Lily Reese can’t wait to leave her boring town—until Ben Purcell arrives, looking to set down his roots. Can the little town of Browning City handle so much excitement?

    What’s Happening With Lena Nelson Dooley

  44. Sara J. Henry on June 27, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    >In my novel, LEARNING TO SWIM, a childless woman living in a small Adirondack town dives into icy Lake Champlain to rescue a young French-speaking boy, and discovers he was kidnapped five months ago. She then accompanies him to Canada to help him adjust to a new life with the father he thought abandoned him.

    Here's a brief sample.

  45. Mariana on June 27, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    >I’m writing a fantasy book about a young woman who wants to break the protection bubble she’s been living in. She gets more than expected when strange things happen and she finds herself in a mental institution, where she is abducted and unwisely agrees to help her captor save his world, all by herself. Why help her captor, one may wonder? Because she believes it’s a mind trick to get her sanity back, and only in the very end the doubt on what is real is clarified (sort of). The story contains lots of magic and action, but it’s mainly focused on the protagonist’s psychological process of growth and self knowledge.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity, Rachelle. Nice linking to the previous posts. =)

  46. Roxane B. Salonen on June 27, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    >My life as a daughter of teachers and lover of children led me to become a children's author, but I consider my latest work, an adult piece, the story I'm meant to share before I die. No, I'm not expected to die anytime soon (though we never know for sure, right?), but I do look forward to sharing my memoir about growing up on a reservation to all of you someday. Stay tuned!

  47. Robyn on June 27, 2009 at 6:35 AM

    >My book is of the variety you don't take queries on. It's a MG story about two girls thirteen years old. They head out on a one day endurance ride in the NC side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These two girls end up lost with night fast approaching. The MC is a type one diabetic, and her pump is almost out of insulin. That means she could go into a coma and die. I am beginning the query process next week. Wish me luck and thanks for doing this, Rachelle. I might have a hard time selling, because God and prayer are mentioned several times under these life threatening circumstances. I have decided to enter it in the Delacorte Yearling first novel competition. It goes out Monday. 🙂

  48. sarah on June 27, 2009 at 5:43 AM

    >MY book, In the Eye of Deception, a true story is now in the hands of an editor. It's a story of overcoming the damaging effects of child abuse, kidnap and rape and becoming free of the destructive coping behaviours; drug addiction, eating disorder and self-harm. It is how God took one life and redeemed it for His glory.

    and by the way Rachelle, thank you so much for your wonderful site.

  49. Dee Yoder on June 27, 2009 at 3:24 AM

    >Oh, and thank you for the opportunity, Rachelle!

  50. Dee Yoder on June 27, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    >Leah Raber is caught between two worlds: her Amish community where traditon of the forefathers rules every move, and the Englisher world where grace is more important than sacrifice. Leah discovers true faith through a Bible she can understand. Her acceptance of Christ begins a journey that her Old Order Amish community forbids.
    My novel is based upon the experiences of ex-Amish that I know through Mission to Amish People. Leah's story, The Miting, reflects and mirrors their own painful and joyous journeys to know Christ.

  51. Steena Holmes on June 27, 2009 at 12:55 AM

    >Here's my first book. It's called 'Once Upon A Dream". It's available at my blog Chocolate Reality. If you love christian chick lit, chocolate and romance, this is the book for you!

    Wynne is a woman in love with chocolate. The day she opened her store, Chocolate Blessings was the day Wynne felt her life was fulfilled. She had been burned by love too often – she was even left at the altar on the day of her wedding – so she was quite happy to fill any void love thought to fill with chocolate instead.

    Or so she thought. Then she hears that her ex-fiance is back in town and her dreams of the perfect man start back up, leaving her breathless and confused. The man she thought she would always love announces he's getting married and Wynne somehow she finds herself planning her ex-fiance's engagement party.

    Her dreams of the perfect man who only loves her continue, until she can smell his cologne even when she's awake. Wynne quickly realizes that her heart is playing tricks on her. Is she still in love with Jude, her ex-fiance, or in love with this mysterious dream man? As she begins to question the sanity of her heart, she also begins to realize she has some heart issues with God. Can she surrender her heart to God in time or will she remain alone and single, always afraid to trust her heart to someone else?
    Chocolate Reality

  52. Hillary McFarland on June 26, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    >Thanks for this, Rachelle!

    Within many conservative Christian households, the “right” style of dress and the “right” home-schooling curriculum are just two elements of graceless religious observance. What happens when the soul of a woman is bludgeoned by the religion she so faithfully serves? While many books exist regarding spiritual abuse in churches, Quivering Daughters is the first book to scoop up the broken remnants of the little girl who quivers within, and to address the rampant, devastating consequences of an aberrant religious family.

  53. Carla Burke on June 26, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    >I'm writing a non-fiction book about healing after a tragic loss though faith and hope.

    I lost my brother through suicide. It is the most tragic and devastating of losses. I wished so bad after he died that he had died of cancer (because I could have said goodbye", or in a car accident (because that would have been out of his control), or doing what he loved best – fighting fires and saving people's lives (because he would have died a hero). He was a well respected fire fighter and paramedic for over 18 years. It is a loss that survivors of suicide NEVER get over (because we'll never know why) we just get through it – somehow.
    You can visit me at the blog which has nothing to do with my book because I'm too ashamed to "put it out there and build my platform". My blog is about my latest children's book about a child living with peanut allergies.

  54. Stef Kramer on June 26, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    >Ria wants to volunteer in South Africa. When her sister, Jade, moves back home, Ria finds her chance to escape. It’s Jade’s turn to care for their handicapped mother.

    But Ria’s plans are thwarted when breast cancer is discovered. Jade vows to be her sister’s support system; even though Jade struggles with issues of her own. A diamond ring. Corporate suits. A strange neighbor girl. Artifacts surrounding her own life are only vaguely familiar.

    RUBIGUNDA depicts two sisters’ journeys to overcome crises and mental illness. Ultimately, the sisters create something monumental for their town which ultimately becomes the symbol of maternal love.


  55. Robin Minnick on June 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    >Mainstream fiction; 2 revisions away from ‘done’.

    October 15, 2001. Lynette Weems moves in with Gwanyca Billings; Pablo “Picasso” O’Hare’s Special Forces unit is called up; and Lyle Cummins learns he is going to die. Within a few days, Wilson Parker begins buying land for an unwelcome developer; Ella Mae Knapp starts keeping her 83-year-old eyes on Rahim Waahid; and Marty Jensen struggles to find his muse, who’s boot-skooted right out of the country music industry.

    Against the backdrop of life post-9/11, the diverse inhabitants of Remainder, TN bond when threatened by disease, death, and less fatal vagaries of life.

  56. Lisa Lawmaster Hess on June 26, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    >Casting the First Stone, Christian Chick lit

    Marita Mercer has no intention of giving up her daughter, especially to a man who has spent twelve years not being a father. But determination won’t be enough to keep Charli away from Jim. He’s successful and established in his business and his church and to top it all off, he’s married to a perfect little trophy wife. How is Marita supposed to compete with that?

    If only she knew how imperfect Angel felt. And that all Angel really wants is what Marita already has.

    Thanks, Rachelle!

  57. Hobo Teacher on June 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    >With another school year about to begin, Hobo Teacher, a self-imposed moniker due to his shabby lifestyle his career demands, decides to share the absurd details of what it truly feels like to be a public school educator: from the student who has a knack for breaking eye sockets, to the administrators whose secret mission has to be sabotaging the faculty, to yelling at Oprah for giving gifts to teachers. With irreverent vignettes that reflect the pandemonium that is teaching, Will Teach for Food covers a world that is misunderstood and held to expectations based on those assumptions.

  58. Kori on June 26, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    >My current WIP is EDEN'S GATE, a story about a boy followed by demons who want to use his power to enter into the human world. Because they can't stand sunlight, they only come out when it's dark, and keep him from getting any sleep.

    In an effort to get some rest, he downs an entire bottle of prescription sleep aids and is shuttled off to a century-old mental hospital that's on it's last leg for treatment of his supposed 'suicide attempt.' He works with the people he meets there to overcome the demons, and finds some good friends and a lover along the way.

  59. Danae Ayusso on June 26, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    >I'm completed with the first three manuscripts and am in the query stage.
    Prophecy is a Tween/Adult Romance/Action/Adventure/Thriller story.
    Tynan is one of the damned, an abomination to the vampire world sentenced to die before she drew her first breath, part human and part vampire, best and worst of both worlds. Little did Tynan and her family know that she was part something else, something that will either destroy or unite the mythical worlds. Between making amends with her family, attending high school, and fulfilling a Prophecy that will either kill everyone she loves or save them, the dark angel steps out of the shadows. Four little words turned Tynan’s seemingly mundane world upside down, “I’m your other half.”

  60. learningtoread on June 26, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    >THIS I KNOW – Christian Historical Romance

    1898, New York City —

    Brita de Meer, daughter of Manhattan's richest and most revered atheist, knows exactly who she is, what she believes, and what she wants. Even though she's sure to claim dozens of marriage proposals, she knows there is no man in New York's high society that can capture her heart.

    Colorado native Ian Cabot pursues his dream of journalism in New York, and is assigned the society column. On the job he meets the de Meers and, while fascinated by their views and enamored with Brita, realizes his once-solid faith in God isn't as strong as he thought.

    Brita is equally intrigued by Cabot and loves their heated discussions about faith and science, but doesn't believe religion should be taught to children. Her desire to undermine religious education leads her to volunteer as a teacher for a Christian children's aid organization–where Cabot volunteers. As she gets to know her co-workers and the children whose beliefs are solid and real, her faith in science and reason are shaken.

    While Cabot's own faith is tested through professional and personal trials, Brita must choose family, reputation, and inheritance or the most solid, inexplicable love she's ever known.

  61. Lori Benton on June 26, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    1793, North Carolina

    Tag line: When the master’s nephew returns to Mountain Laurel, the boundaries between the big house and the slave quarter are irrevocably breached, and one slave finds her lifelong secret perilously exposed.

    Kindred (under the title Trouble The Water) placed third in the 2008 ACFW Genesis Contest, Historical category.

    I began querying agents in April, at the Mount Hermon conference. I'm still querying, with some encouraging responses, while continuing to edit the manuscript and plot my next novel, set in the same 18C world as Kindred.

    Lori Benton


  62. Amy Sue Nathan on June 26, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    >Just when Evie Glass finds her footing as the only divorced mom in a very married suburb, her ex-husband is killed in a car accident. Now she's not just a single parent — she's the only parent. And if things aren’t confusing enough, her ex’s young widow – who was his mistress — shows up on Evie’s doorstep with a baby on her hip, suitcase in hand.

    In Unbroken Glass, small town loyalties are tested and secrets revealed, as Evie risks everything – and changes the definition of family forever.

    * * *

    My writing blog: Amy Sue Nathan: Writer, Editor, Single Mom

    My mom blog: Suburban Kvetch

  63. Heather B. Moore on June 26, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    >My most recent release is ABINADI, which won the 2008 Whitney Award for Historical Fiction and 2009 Utah Best of State in Literary Arts. It's a historical novel about a man (Abinadi) who gave up everything for his religion, including his life. Based on a true story, set in 128 B.C. Mesoamerica.

  64. lalumandier_s on June 26, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    >The Nephilim have sinned against man particularly against David and Joshua having murdered their father. Now it’s up to them to not only seek revenge for their father but for all who have suffered at the hands of these giants.

    Halfway through the editing stage and just starting the query process. Questions

  65. Alexis Grant on June 26, 2009 at 4:45 PM


    I second the question about whether this is representative of your slush pile. (I'm asking partly because I noticed there's very little nonfiction.)

    I wonder how different your blog audience is from the general pool of writers who query?

    Thanks — This was fun and I connected with a few cool writers.

  66. DavidWever on June 26, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    >All-in: The Most Courageous Deal a Man Can Make

    Random House is currently in meetings about the manuscript.

    It’s an EQ book for men and the women in their lives.

    Follow me on Twitter for updates on the book.

    Thanks for the invite to the party!

  67. Dayle James Arceneaux on June 26, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    >My short story "The Truth" was recently published in Writer's Digest Your Story 16.

  68. Eva Ulian on June 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    >When in, GOD’S APPAREL 74,300 words a novel set in the 1960s, Monica Dunbar, a teacher from England, is summoned by a family friend to the funeral of the Mistress of Villa Carlucci on Venetian Hills, whose death is wrapped up in mystery, she did not imagine she would meet the man who would extinguish all other loves.

    She is overwhelmed on discovering that the step-son Alexander, now a top fashion designer who is by no means devoid of suitors, returns her love and thinks the only obstacle which bars her way to complete happiness is that Alexander is one of the main suspects of murdering the Mistress of the Villa; however, Monica did not bargain that there would be yet a greater rival to overcome- God.

    The novel has been inspired by the life of Chino Bert, a top Italian fashion designer, who created clothes for Jacqueline Kennedy when she was at the White House and who at the height of his career abandons all to don the brown habit of a Franciscan Friar, however, the characters are all fictitious.
    Here is the link to the 1st Chapter- it's under the introduction of "Reality Fiction"
    And thanks for this opportunity of posting on your site.

  69. Dawn Herring on June 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    >I'm working on a novel about a college-aged young man who is on the verge of major life change in his friendships, love life, and relationship with God. Lots of subplots woven throughout with themes of forgiveness, friendship, and loyalty.
    Thanks, Rachelle, for the opportunity to share with others.

  70. Peaches on June 26, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    >If you think life is hard, you haven't tried being a vampire in the 21st century. The latest in prejudice, speciesm, makes racism look charitable. And if the synthetic blood the government makes to satisfy your lethal appetite just doesn't work for you…
    Meet Judy. Tag name 'St Jude', patroness of disaster. With no memory of human life and too many memories of a program called Velocity, Judy knows a lot about disaster. While carrying on what she calls an 'unoriginal' vendetta, Judy dodges the Wildlife Protection Services in search of meals that will keep her from being a murderer…

  71. learningtoread on June 26, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    >There's a lot of great stuff here! Your readers are a cool lot, Rachelle!

  72. Swirly on June 26, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    >I self published Ordinary Sparkling Moments last year, which is a book that combines my artwork and writing about finding wisdom in everyday life. Thank you Rachelle!

  73. Cay Gibson on June 26, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    >What a great opportunity, Rachelle. Thank you! 🙂

    I just wanted to send kudos to my wonderful publisher who has lots of faith in my work: Hillside Education

    Happy Writing, everyone. 🙂

  74. MisterChris on June 26, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    >Thanks for the opportunity, Rachelle!

    A Prince of Lynvia Book I – Where Dreams Come True

    Weeks before his 13th birthday, Kyne Goodrum's family moves from Memphis to the sleepy town of Arbortown, into a haunted house, where Kyne begins to have vivid and frightening dreams of a world where dragons and magic exist, and where everyone seems bent on trying to kill him!

    Kyne Goodrum is a thirteen-year-old boy, with a past he cannot remember, and a future he cannot escape.

    First book has gone through SIX edits and is now at 98,000 words, ready for an Agent. Book 3 is currently being written, with book 4 plotted out as well.

    You can read an excerpt and get updates HERE

  75. Icy Roses on June 26, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    >I am working on a YA Fantasy set in Ancient Greece.

    When the vindictive goddess Hera strikes Heracles with insanity, he kills his wife Megara. She is sent to the underworld, leaving behind her repentant husband and a two-year-old son. Determined to find a way back to the land of the living, she unwittingly stumbles into a competition set by a feuding Hades and Athena. If Megara can complete the three tasks set forth, she will be given a second chance at life. The problem is, she isn't the only one with this opportunity. Her opponent is the legendary Athenian king Theseus, and he will do anything to return to his city as the rightful ruler.

    A lot of work yet to do!

  76. Lynnda Ell on June 26, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    >Happy Friday, Rachelle! You certainly are a fabulous hostess. Thanks for having another party so soon.

    I have one book in query stage: "Passionate Prayers, Psalms Book One."

    S. D. Gordon said, "You can do more than pray after you have prayed. But you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed."

    For people who are frustrated with their ho-hum prayer life and would like to see God answer more of their prayers, I have written prayers to go with the first 41 Psalms. Some of the prayer titles are "Choosing Life," "Death by Gossip," and "You Make My Day."

    Now I am praying to find an agent and a publisher!

  77. Camille Cannon Eide on June 26, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    >Set against the rolling green hills of Scotland, Love Worth Fire is a tender, contemporary love story.

    Ian is plagued by a mischievous grannie, bitter regrets, mislaid faith and worst of all—an ache for something he’ll never have. Emily cares for her elderly aunt in Oregon, but longs for more. When Ian meets Emily, she stirs things in his heart and soul he never thought possible.

    But when their dream of a life together is within reach, Emily discovers a devastating secret that crushes their hopes for a future. Can Ian’s heart withstand the blow? Can Emily find the courage to face her worst fears and truly leave those she loves in God’s hands?

    Love Worth Fire is a Zondervan Contest Finalist. Thanks to valuable editor and agent feedback, LWF is undergoing some booty-kicking revisions and will be looking for a permanent publishing home soon.

    View a sweet little trailer here:
    Book Trailer for Love Worth Fire

  78. Cole Gibsen on June 26, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    >A secret past, a forgotten love, and an unbelievably large toaster…

    Seventeen-year-old Rileigh Martin wanted to spend her summer hanging out with friends, shopping, and working at a hair salon…too bad fighting ninja is a full time job in itself.

  79. Anonymous on June 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    >Betty A. said:

    My WIP, Dear God,Thank You for Purple Tulips,is a memoir telling of a ten-year traverse through a painful, frustrating, bizarre, and occasionally humorous pathway as the major care-taker of my parents, both of whom subsequently died of Alzheimer's. During the ordeal I had to seek a guardianship for them, excluding my older brother based on his financial mismanagement of their affairs and physical abuse by him to my father. Woven throughout this ordeal is my own search for God's help and God's will.

    The MS is complete, and I am self-editing—and procrastinating future steps for the project.

  80. Marsha Ward on June 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM


    Jessie Bingham put heartbreak away to tend to her sister's needs, but when she settled for second best in love, she didn't foresee that James Owen would come back into her life.

    The aftermath of the Civil War creates cruel circumstances for the Bingham family. A brutal attack on Jessie's sister, Hannah Fletcher, drives the extended family to flee to the West. They are soon joined by Heppie Bingham's beau George and his brother, Ned, who bring news that the Binghams are being pursued by cronies of Hannah's attacker. Even after they fight off that onslaught, poverty, bad weather, and Hannah's frightful secret plague their journey. Nursing her battered heart when she hears James Owen took a wife, Jessie accepts Ned's offer of marriage. But a stop on the trail holds surprises that launch Jessie into a bewildering tangle of values, emotions, and high adventure.

    Available at Amazon, and my website,

  81. Tina on June 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    >So very generous of you!

    I am finishing up my memoir/novel.
    When I was seventeen I was in a car accident with my sister. She was killed instantly. Her head was crushed between the pavement and the truck. My mom took her grief and anger out on me. She would say she hated me and wished I had died. Through the years I developed eating disorders,depression and was in an abusive relationship. When I was raped I hid the pregnancy the whole nine months. I successfully placed her in a loving home. My son and daughter are one year, one day apart.

  82. Eileen Astels Watson on June 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    >I'm currently editing a book about a widow with three daughters who fights her attraction of a missionary on furlough for the stability of her family, and because she can't let go of the past.

    Looking forward to reading about what everyone else is working on.

    A Christian Romance Writer's Journey

  83. Iapetus999 on June 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    >Dawn's Rise is a completed SciFi novel I'm about to query.

    Dawn works as a fake psychic, but when visions of a devastating future with Dawn as the world's leader beset her, she must either accept the role or leave Earth to its doom.

    Leading the poor survivors of a massive worldwide quake isn't easy, what with battling factions and divergent interests, so Dawn is overthrown, contrary to the promise of her visions.
    She decides that whether or not the visions were real or just her own delusions of grandeur, she's going to reclaim her position and lead the remnants of humanity to safety,

    More details at

  84. Haste yee back ;-) on June 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    >Ten year old Claire risks all to save her 12 year old brother from a fate worse than death – becoming a bug! Title… BUGAFICATION.

    Middle grade novella, 30K words.

    Visit me here

    Haste yee back 😉

  85. Jenni Saake (a.k.a. InfertilityMom) on June 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    >You were my editor at the time of publication, so you are well aware of my one published title, Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage & Adoption Loss. Thank you again for helping this work become a reality. The feedback from my readers tells me over and over that God honored our efforts in this project! 🙂

  86. Beth on June 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    >I can't pass up this opportunity.

    In VOICES WITHIN, a lonely teenager meets her inner voice, or Guide, for the first time. Her Guide is kind and attentive, not to mention extremely attractive. Unfortunately,however, not all Guides have good intentions, and when the Mara discover Ruby can see them, they are driven to silence her.

    As they hunt her, she must make a difficult choice. Ruby already knows she can’t hide from them and has no chance of surviving if she fights back, so relinquishing her ability to see all Guides seems the safest decision. But in Ruby’s opinion, death may be preferable to giving up the one person she loves above all others.

    I'm terrible with HTML code, but my blog address is listed below.

  87. Alicia on June 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    >Cheyenne Butler wants to be a normal teen: hang out with friends, sleep in class, maybe date. But after spending five years in juvenile hall for accidentally causing her aunt’s death, she knew it would be a challenge.

    Cheyenne is orphaned shortly after she’s released into her uncle’s care. She avoids going to her therapist, convinced she can handle everything on her own. It can’t be hard to adjust to the outside world. After a close friend goes missing, Cheyenne’s life begins to fall apart, and she discovers that being a normal teen may be the most abnormal thing of all.

    Falling to Normal is YA fiction, complete at 50,000 words.

  88. Wendy on June 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    >Through the Sunroom Door is my women’s fiction manuscript.

    There is something resolutely special about Lily’s having an older sister, except when her older sister resolves to steal away the special, leaving her with nothing or no one to look up to.

    Lily undergoes an emotional metamorphosis as she lets go of her past and accepts her relationships in whatever form they come in: an estranged sister, a dying friend and three daughters on the brink of breaking away from her.

    The novel asks the repeated question, “How do we love those who don’t know how to love themselves?”

    Writing Website
    ~ Wendy

  89. Alexandra on June 26, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    >Yikes! Here it goes…

    My (untitled) novel is set in 1911. Sixteen-year-old orphan Elizabeth Bronson comes to live with her great uncle, millionaire Horace Bronson. Her dream of acting sends her butting heads with her uncle and his handsome young secretary, Paul Landon. When she meets actor Donovan Murray, her dreams seem to be coming true. But deep secrets shroud her uncle’s past. Who is the woman in the photograph in the attic? Why is her uncle so against her acting? What is the secret that everyone is hiding? Will Elizabeth follow her heart, or will acting become nothing more than a dream?

  90. Shannon Vannatter on June 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    >I just signed my first contract with Heartsong Presents. The series is set in Romance and Rose Bud, AR. Real, very tiny towns. People come to Romance to get married or send their wedding invitations and Valentine cards there to get the Romance, AR postmark.
    I'm working on Book 2. The heroine is the postmaster and the hero is a mail carrier. They end up working together to insure what's best for a young paralyzed boy who's very important to them both.

    Shannon Taylor Vannatter
    Heartsong Presents May 2010

  91. Frank Redman on June 26, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    >Thanks, Rachelle, for the opportunity! My recently completed thriller:

    Breck Ethier, an alcoholic with a history of suicide attempts, gets pulled into the search for an unbelievably powerful religious relic on the black market. Additionally, he has an unknown twin who’s been brainwashed and his memories erased. The twin, eventually discovering he’s an elite hitman, is tricked into believing his brother is the creator of his hated existence. The hunt leads to paths filled with heartache and murder. Dark themes are lightened with humor.

    More information is available on Find Me and Die

    Thank you to everyone who ventures to the site!

  92. Peter P on June 26, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    >Thanks for the opportunity to publicize our books Rachelle.

    I'd tell you all about the Professor Alexander's Fantastic Field Trips series but, more importantly, I think you should check out Marla Taviano's books See her comment a little above this one or visit her here:

  93. Bruce on June 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    >I have a nearly-completed manuscript (90k words) in sixteen chapters with a working title of: Christian Soup for the Chicken-Hearted Soul. Subtitle: Finding Courage in an Age of Terror.

    It is an examination of the paralyzing effect fear has on the life of a believer in these troubling times, and how we can overcome our fear and become bold witnesses of Christ through acts of compassionate service with a goal of opening hearts and minds to the liberating truth of the gospel.

    I have ministered in over 40 nations, and responded to numerous high-profile natural and man-caused disasters. I sprinkle in some of my personal experiences (and some of my mistakes) to keep the narrative interesting, with the goal of inspiring readers to begin thinking outside the “religious” box and come away with an “I can do that too!” attitude.

    While I’m considering the idea of self-publication, but I’m open to discussing the advantages of representation. My only previously published work, The Martyrs’ Torch; The Message of the Columbine Massacre (Destiny Image, 2000) detailed my personal involvement in the family of Rachel Joy Scott during that dark period after her death at Columbine. Much of what I learned at Columbine was incorporated in later responses to school shootings and terrorist attacks around the nation and world.

  94. luisa on June 26, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    If England has J. K. Rowling and the wizard Harry Potter, we have Luisa Fortes da Cunha and fairy Teodora. The scale is much smaller, and Teodora not yielded yet to Luisa a fortune that the little wizard has surrendered to Rowling, but the limitless imagination and the ability to dream with magical worlds is common to both. Surely if Teodora and Harry Potter cross itch other they will be friends or maybe a romantic pair…
    In Tribune Islands newspaper.

    have a look:

  95. Rachel H. Evans on June 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    >Who can pass up an opportunity for shameless self-promotion?

    "Evolving in Monkey Town" is a spiritual memoir about growing up in one of the most religiously conservative towns in the country only to seriously question my faith as a young adult.

    Agent: Rachelle G.

    Publisher: Zondervan

    Status of Book: Sending the edited manuscript to the publisher next week!

    Status of Author: Sleepy

    For more information: I blog at

  96. Jennifer AlLee on June 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    >Thanks, Rachelle. Here's my book:

    THE PASTOR'S WIFE – Abingdon Press, February 2010

    When circumstances force Maura Sullivan to return to Granger, Ohio, she must face everything she ran from: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she loved. But being back in town and working closely with Nick isn’t what she expected. She starts to believe their broken relationship can be healed. But Maura still has one more secret. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave Nick three years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.

  97. Rose McCauley on June 26, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    >Wow! Rachelle's bloggees are the most creative around at plots, titles, and character names! But I better take a speed reading course so I'll have time to read all of these books when they get pubbed.

    My WF novel, Perfect Trust, is in the throes of a "final rewrite" (or is that an oxymoron!)A school librarian and the soon-to-be editor of the weekly newspaper move to a small town in KY. They meet many colorful characters who impact their lives as they go through a child's rebellion and troubles in their marriage due to a long ago secret. Can they learn to trust God and each other with everything?

    I do have contributions to several devotions and anthologies which are listed on my website (I'm gonna keep trying this link business until I get it!) Christian author and speaker

  98. Gwen on June 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    >DECEIVER'S WILL, unpublished: Physics prodigy James DeHoff is accidentally abducted by dimension-hopping princess Jaana after a midnight walk in his mom's graveyard. Instability in the webs used to travel the dimensions causes her spell to misfire, and upon attempting to return him lands them directly into the midst of a colonization campaign. Unable to leave without being made targets by the leader of the campaign, James and Jaana must work with the rebels to make the horrors happening in Hapeq known to neighboring nations. Along the way, James mistakenly wields dark magic, binding himself to an evil contract. Realizing that the disturbance in the Nexus webs, James' curse, and the fighting in Hapeq are all connected, the pair must find the cause and stop it before their lives–and the Nexus–come undone.

  99. Amy Storms on June 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    >These sound so interesting!

    I'm writing essays based on Philippians. Not a Bible study, but just devotional thoughts for women – contentment, attitude, joy, etc.

  100. Anonymous on June 26, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    >ARROWS, By Buck Young, Published 2008.
    Stuart Kerr, his wife, Helen and their three children are unintentional obstacles to the mass marketing vision of a pornography magnate. No cost is too high to remove sixteen-year-old Eric from the epicenter of the subliminal infiltration into his high school’s computer tutorial program.
    I was motivated by the invasion of pornography in our culture which slithers through cyber space with mind altering subtlety. How can such a subject be suitable for teens, young adults and any general audience? I have served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America for fifteen years as well as coached football for a small Christian high school. I have witnessed the damage done to male and female, young and old, single and married caught in the constricting snare of an ungoverned thought life. And I realize the need to present the truth. But I also realize that receptiveness must include discretion. “Truth in Love.”
    When the rough draft of this manuscript was still wet, I shared it with a friend in a national youth ministry who blessed it's method and message.
    Thanks for the Plug Opp!

  101. eden tyler on June 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    >Intense visions transport twenty-year-old Alexis to the unseen world of faeries. She soon discovers she was born into this world, and it’s where she truly belongs.
    Two friends guide her home after a nightmare reveals that one of her kind is attacking mortals. History has never seen such evil, and Alexis alone must stop it.
    The unexpected help of a Depraved faery makes this quest easier. But, when Alexis becomes attached to him and starts seeing the world differently, will she have the strength to choose the right path? Or, will she succumb to her innermost demons at the expense of innocence?
    The Abandoned Edge of Avalon

  102. lynnekelly on June 26, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    >What a cool idea!

    I started the query process at the end of April for a mid-grade novel called CHAINED, about a boy in India who takes a job as an elephant keeper to work off a family debt. He's supposed to work for only one year, but soon realizes that he will never be allowed to leave. His bond with the elephant grows stronger with each passing year, and he will not escape without also freeing her.

    I just got "the call" from an agent last week! We're not official yet, but if my revisions look good, we'll talk more about representation!

  103. Shen on June 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    >The book I described above is the one I would like to promote.

    After considering, I decided I would post the link to my blog.I wasn't going to because it is really a personal (recovery) blog and not about my book.

    I am thinking of using some of the posts from my blog to write an entirely different book from what I normally write.

  104. Stephanie Reed on June 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    >Try this link:

    Book Bait

  105. Stephanie Reed on June 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    >Thanks, Rachelle! You're the best.

    Okay, not only can you read a review of The Light Across the River at my Book Bait blog, today only (6/26), you can enter to win a signed copy.

    Light is a family book. It would make a great summer read aloud. It's the true story of one family's station of the Underground Railroad and the courageous woman who rescued first her husband, then her infant son. Three years later, she returns to ask Johnny Rankin to help her free her grown daughter and six grandchildren (with another due any minute). It's a race against time and evil. Can Johnny keep Eliza's secret and help her family to freedom?
    Book Bait

  106. Kristina on June 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    >Most people think their newborns are tiny and fragile, but imagine having a newborn who weighs a mere 1 lbs. 13 oz…and then looses weight after birth. That's what happened when our first child, Anastasia, was after my water broke during my second trimester.

    The doctors said she'd never survive (in fact, they encouraged us to abort her before she was born), or that if she did survive, she'd struggle with medical disabilities. But they were wrong.

    Read more about Anastasia at Miracle Baby Anastasia, and sign up for more information on my forthcoming memoir about our family's struggle to survive, keep our sanity, and strengthen our faith in God during this experience.

  107. Zoe Murdock on June 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM


    I'm Zoe Murdock, My new novel, Torn by God: A Family’s Struggle with Polygamy, chronicles the devastation brought upon the Sterling family when the father becomes involved with a local polygamist group. Even though polygamy is against the law and grounds for excommunication from his church, Michael Sterling feels it is something God demands of him. Twelve-year-old Beth watches helplessly as her mother sinks into depression and illness. When her father leaves town with the polygamists, it is up to Beth to take care of her sick mother and her little brother. The story delves deep into the controversial association between mainstream Mormons and fundamentalist off-shoot groups such as those led by Warren Jeffs. Inspired by true events.

    Torn by God

  108. ginny martyn on June 26, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    >My Life in Not Like the Pottery Barn Catalog is a nonfiction guide for “screw ups” and how God can use them even in the midst of failures.

    If we are supposed to write about what we know then what I know best is failure. Failure as a mom, a wife, a woman and a Christian; in fact, I’m so familiar with failure that the biblical character I relate to most is Gideon. He is in the guidebook along with Moses, David, Jacob, Peter and a host of other people who have helped me laugh my way through the life that doesn’t look anything like the glossy pages of a picture perfect lifestyle. I do NOT have it all together and I’m willing to bet that there are a host of other women who don’t either. The good news is that while many feel isolated and unusable because of their failures God has a better plan. In our weakness He is strong; Oh, Happy Day!

  109. Shen on June 26, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    >I am currently writing a Michael Crichton style Sci-Fi thriller, which is the first of a trilogy. I have less than fifty pages to go, and then it needs a final edit.

    A top-secret military research project in the 1960s goes terribly wrong. By the end of the first book, nearly everyone who knew about the project is gone. Josh, the son of one of the research scientists, will carry the secret through the next two books. His history and actions will push humanity to the next evolutionary level. In the final book, his children will change the world forever.

  110. SM Blooding on June 26, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    >There are some freakin' awesome books listed here. Wow!

    Demonic Alliance is the paranormal thriller that I'm currently querying.

    Paige is a homocide detective with the ability to summon and send back demons. She suddenly finds herself in the middle of a war to take over Hell and has to find a way to keep it from filtering over into our reality and to keep the angels at bay.

    You can read more about it on my blog and on my website.

  111. linda on June 26, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    >A traitor to his home state of Georgia, Trey McShannon has left the divided loyalties of the Civil War behind and begun a new life in the untamed Colorado Territory. Now it's time to find a wife to share the future he's worked so hard for – but can he free himself from his past?

    McShannon's Chance, my debut novel from Mystic Moon Press, is now available for purchase. Here's the link to my site:

    Jennie Marsland

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  112. jimnduncan on June 26, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    >Well, I have a paranormal suspense novel I've been querying around called Deadworld, which people are free to peruse over at the scribd site.

    My current novel is about a hitman who is sent back to the world of the living after being killed himself, and must help others not become like him in order to save his soul. At the same time he has to deal with the dead who are after a special gun he retrieved while on the other side, who want it for some reason the hitman can't figure out.

  113. Emily :) on June 26, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    >Hello! I am new here, but very encouraged by this blog! Thank you for your great words of wisdom.

    I am currently working on telling my own story of clinical depression and discussing the different factors that play a role, in particular the spiritual aspect.

    I'm still working on the title, and I start the book saying, "This is not the book I wanted to write" because normally I enjoy writing humorous pieces. But, I felt that this story was one that needed to be heard.

    I would love for you to come by and check out my blog at Speaking the Truth in Love and Laughter.

  114. cara on June 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    >My work in progress:

    In the green mountains of Yunnan, China a group of scientist monks works quietly to understand the universe. The foundation of this understanding is that there is an energy that runs through all matter and that, with the right training, humans can control that energy to re-shape matter, build structures from seemingly nothing, and even fly.

    But their quiet existence is called into question when a group dedicated to their destruction decides that the time has come to destroy them and their work, before the prophesied Champion can be trained.

    The Champion will face the toughest challenge imaginable in the struggle, but which of the hundred young students will rise to the title? Follow thirteen year old Evan as she struggles to learn the secrets of the monks, make sense of strange patterns that seem to be telling her something, and discover if she is the one who is being hunted.

  115. Heather on June 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    >The country of Lerem is teetering on the brink of civil war…and only one girl, a peasant named Rhia, can stop it.
    Following a young mercenary's dark hints, she pries open the locket her guardian always warned her to leave closed. Doing so thrusts her, the mercenary, and some friends into a desperate quest–a quest to save a country.
    My blog is Magical Ink. There I blog about adventures and heroes (both real and imaginary). Please stop by to say "Hey!"

  116. Sandra Sookoo on June 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    >Working on a book set in 1900 Indiana. She can talk to ghosts. He is a shape-shifting lion with a tendency to kill. Together they must look for a solution to his affliction before he kills someone he loves.

    Pop in at my website for all my books available: Sandra Sookoo's website

  117. Rain Likely on June 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    >Congratulations to all the published authors!

    In my WIP, an ornithologist recounts a 1973 childhood summer spent with an eccentric and disintegrating foster family on a ranch in the Pacific Northwest.

  118. Joel Q on June 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    >Current project description…

    If Frank Peretti would have written about Josey Wales and instead of sending him to Texas, sent him to Jerusalem's Lot…

    Angels, demons, vampires, gunslingers, coal mines, Hungarian vigilantes all in a mining boom town in the Elk Mountains of Colorado in 1884.

    Ready to start the query list

  119. veronicablue on June 26, 2009 at 10:32 AM


    UG Sweets by Veronica Blue is the story of two witches who own a magical bakery and are being sued for a love potion gone wrong. Surrounded by magical and mythical creatures, they're trying to win the lawsuit, keep the dust bunnies from devouring their home and not lose their hearts in the process.

    Please vote at for UG Sweets by Veronica Blue.

  120. Michael Gray on June 26, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    >Like a true man, I didn't listen to everything Rachelle said and failed at Self-promotion 101. I see that many of you did the same thing. 🙂

    Let's try this again:

    Swimming in Circles: A Sperm Story

  121. Jennifer MackInday on June 26, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    >My first book, Friends for Life: Strangers Brought Together by the War in Iraq, was just published in May. The book chronicles the lives of two women who met online while supporting their soldiers who were deployed with the famous Deuce Four Stryker Combat Brigade to Mosul, Iraq, one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq.

    My co-author Patti Donahue and I are working to find a distributor, schedule signings at Independent bookstores and network to promote our book.

    To read more or to purchase, visit Friends for Life Book Online

    Thanks Rachel for a great blog event!

  122. Theresa Meyers on June 26, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    >Thanks for the opportunity!

    My latest story is a vampire romance with Silhouette Nocturne Bites called Salvation of the Damned.

    Every thousand years, a plague ravages the vampire population, bringing them to near extinction. In forty-eight hours, a virus will turn all vampires into their true chronological age and kill them all, unless the right woman is sacrificed. Every millennium, vampire Raphael finds the perfect woman and seduces her so thoroughly that she willing gives her own life and soul to save his kind. But only once in six thousand years has he fallen in love with his victim…until now.

  123. Plot Whisperer on June 26, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    >Thank you for your generous spirit, Rachelle!!
    Help available now for writers struggling with plot:
    Plot tools available at:
    Link to free plot tips at Plot Whisperer blog voted as one of 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2009 by Writers Digest:

  124. Bonnie on June 26, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    >After Emily Meade's husband dies in a helicopter crash, she vows never to date another man committed to a dangerous profession . . . until she meets F-16 pilot and widower Ted Foley. Emily makes Ted feel alive again. She lowers her emotional guard, and their relationship soars. Separated by military assignment, they build an imaginary home — in their minds. When pilots in Ted’s squadron die in mysterious crashes, Emily’s darkest fear resurfaces. This mystical love story includes a timely subplot of military intrigue involving a "lone wolf" white supremacist saboteur.
    90,000 words, complete; Women’s Fiction

  125. Anna Claire on June 26, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    >In progress:

    In 1918, Quil Sweeney is 17 and wants more than anything to be a film actress. To make the money that will get her to Hollywood and out of rural Alabama, she takes a job tutoring the difficult Soames twins at Bella Luna, a neglected and dilapidated antebellum mansion near town. But the Soames family—and the house—are not what they seem. Ghostly encounters leave Quil rattled. When the twins' moody father returns from the war, the disturbing occurrences escalate even as Quil finds herself falling in love with him. As she uncovers the dark secrets hidden at Bella Luna she’ll question everything she knows about herself and what she truly wants in life.

  126. Lea Ann McCombs on June 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    >My novel The Legacy, now with my agent:
    Deserted at birth by her mother, Sara Purvis grows up in a loveless home, determined to some day find the woman who abandoned her. At eighteen, the death of her boss and only friend propels her on a cross-country search, following her only lead— a newspaper photograph that she believes to be her mother.

    What she finds is a dangerous group of people who do not wish to be invaded. Believing that only the woman who gave birth to her can heal those aching places in her heart, Sara presses on, knowing she is as close as she’ll ever be to finding the answers she so desperately needs.

    The more she learns about this group her mother has chosen, the more she wonders: Is her mother a victim or a villain? And can Sara handle the truth?

    Read the first page at (The Legacy)

  127. katieleigh on June 26, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    >I'm working on a novel about Leslie, a young woman who goes overseas to do her master's degree at Oxford, and falls in love both with the city and with an old friend who turns up unexpectedly.

    It's still in the working stage, but thanks for the chance to talk about it!

  128. Maggie St. Germaine (Woychik) on June 26, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    >Greetings, Rachelle! I'm writing a book of seafaring poems and tales. You can visit my Encouraging Emerging Authors blog here: Encouraging Emerging Authors

    You've got a great site here! Continued blessings on your work and attempts to honor God w/your life.

  129. Nina Pierce on June 26, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    >Thanks for the opportunity!

    Vampires are dying in fires in South Kenton, CA and along with them, several humans. When Reese Colton, part of an elite military operation bringing rogue vampires to justice shows up as an undercover firefighter, things really begin to heat up. But will his investigation lead him to the female vampire, Alexandra Flanagan, who appears tangled in these mysterious deaths … and his sheets?

    Shadows of Fire, an erotic suspense novella, is part of the “Hearts Afire-May” anthology from

  130. lynnmosher on June 26, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    >Rachelle, I took the ancient, Jewish 12 step betrothal process and developed it into 12 chapters for holy living, as the bride awaits the return of her Bridegroom. From being chosen, to covenant, cleansing, consecration, construction (preparation), and catching up (rapture).

    I stopped in mid last (hopefully!) edit of my first book in order to develop a platform. It's still waits to be finished! But I'm not giving away the title. It's a secret for now.

  131. Scott Bailey on June 26, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    >I writing a book on my personal experiences and training living in a "spiritual wilderness". Just as Moses spent 80 years of his life in two different wilderness experiences, we as Believers also have our "spiritual wilderness" experiences to draw from. It is facinating what God taught me in my own wilderness.
    It was once said by A.W. Tozer that "for God to us greatly, He must first hurt us deeply". This book is about that deep hurt I experienced over several years travelling through a "spirirtual desert".

  132. E. D. Johnson on June 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    >In the world of Ilanthia, an unlikely trio confronts an old prophecy which revolves around the very foundation of magic on which the world exists. Currently, the fantasy work is 75,000 words long, and it is my first novel.

    I currently have the first five chapters available on my web site, here. Feel free to stop by, read them, and leave comments. I will have a give-away to read the whole thing starting tomorrow too!

  133. Inez Kelley on June 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM


    When opposites attract, they are screwed three ways from Sunday.

    Frannie learned the hard way that a McHottie doesn’t always equal marriage material. She’s happy with her vanilla life. She has friends, a career and a double-D-powered vibrator. Then Fate shoves her, literally, into Prince Charming’s lap. Jinx knows Frannie thinks he’s several fries short of a Happy Meal, but he’s determined to breach the fortress around her heart and give her a Happily Ever After.
    Even if he has to carry her fanny-first into his kingdom.

    available now

  134. LiteraTeens (Jenny) on June 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM


    My completed YA manuscript about interdimensional time travel in the life of a lonely teen:

  135. Tracey solomon on June 26, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    >I am working on "1492 Walnut St" historical fiction based on the great influenza outbreak of 1918. A group of women who mobilized to help care for the ill and maintain the community, when no one else would. including the mayor. Based on a true story- fictionalized.

    it's my first fiction.

    I blog at:

  136. Livia on June 26, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    >"Maybe this James fellow wanted her dead. The thought didn't occur to Kyra until she was already coiled into a crouch, ready to spring off the narrow sixth floor ledge"

  137. Susan Ouellette on June 26, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    >I'm in the query stage for the second novel in a series of espionage thrillers. RELUCTANT MARTYR features Maggie Jenkins, a CIA analyst whose fiancé was murdered by terrorists. When Maggie embarks on a mission to hunt down one of the terrorists, she must conceal her intentions from CIA officials, who maintain that all those responsible for the murder were captured or killed. The novel also introduces readers to a new face of terrorism – someone who doesn't fit the usual profile, who can slip undetected from attack to attack, and who will pursue a vendetta at any cost.

  138. -Kelly Meding on June 26, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    >My debut novel, THREE DAYS TO DEAD, NOV 24, 2009 (from Dell).

    Evy Stone was one of the city's best paranormal bounty hunters, until she woke up in a morgue, in a new body, with no idea how she died or who brought her back. Now she has tto solve the mystery of her own murder and prevent a devastating alliance between vampires and goblins–and she only has three days to do it.

  139. Susan J. Elliott on June 26, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    >Was so busy reading the terrific comments, I forgot to self-promote ! (sssh…don't tell my publicist!) I think I posted last week (is two weeks in a row okay?)

    My book is a non-fiction/self-help/relationship book about getting over a devastating breakup and putting together a wonderful life that is second to none!

    It's called, "Getting Past Your Breakup: How To Turn A Devastating Loss Into The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You" and the book website is at

    Thank you for the opportunity to post it here.

  140. Heather Long on June 26, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    >Remembering Ashby set against a backdrop of mountains and magic tells a story of true love. Take the time to get to know Melanie and Adam as they defy convention to make their own destiny in a time where the Goddess is still revered.

  141. Cheryl Barker on June 26, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    >I'm not quite to the querying stage yet, but I'm working on a book of reflections for the mother of the bride.

    While pulling off the event of a lifetime for their daughters, mothers of the bride rarely take time to concentrate on their own need for refreshment and
    encouragement. This book will give MOBs the attention they deserve by offering them a way to relax and refresh through the common bond of understanding, the helping hand of encouragement, and the soothing appeal of attractive gift book pages. It's time to pamper the MOB! 🙂

  142. Jasmine Aherne on June 26, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    >What if you travelled thousands of miles only to get unceremoniously dumped – and then have your passport stolen?

    Find out what happens when London girl Rachel Coles leans on a handsome stranger to save her vacation.

    Stranded is out now!

  143. Sharon Elaine on June 26, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    >I have two published books: "The Book of Affirmations" which has been endorsed by Dr. Deepak Chopra; and "Ready, Click, Win! (How to find, enter and win online sweepstakes)". They're both available on, and through my web site: I'd love to have you come and see all the pictures of my hundreds of wins, and wander around my site! I'm also a weekly columnist for No Limits online magazine. I have more self-help books and articles on nice, hot burners. I'd love to have anyone join me on Twitter @unleashedminds Much success to all fellow authors,

    Sharon Elaine

  144. Watery Tart on June 26, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    >When Mac Rawlins is recruited to a prestigious genetics program in a university town, it seems the perfect launch to his career and to raise his young children. The move however, is burdened with obstacles; his unwilling fifteen-year-old daughter from an earlier marriage accompanies the family, and when they arrive, they find a town with divided loyalties and strange undercurrents. Unwelcome occurrences begin to alter their lives one by one. Things come to a head as a grand event shakes them all and forces them to pull together to learn the real reason the family was brought to Clear Springs.

    [am in the process of editing]

  145. Susan J. Elliott on June 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    >So many great ideas and storylines!!! I love the "Overreaching" (non-fiction) title. That is so very true! Good luck to you! Sounds like something every mom could use!

  146. Tamera Lynn Kraft on June 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    >My WIP is about a woman who, before the Civil War, goes to the only co-educational college in the country, Oberlin in Ohio, and becomes an abolishtionist. She returns to Kentucky to try to convince her father, a slave owner, to free his slaves. A handsome abolishionist preacher who's also a student a Oberlin helps her.

  147. cruciformlife on June 26, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    >The Christian life is all about being shaped by the cross into the shape of the cross. Cruciform: Living The Cross Shaped Life will encourage and equip readers to become “cruciform disciples,” to be shaped by the gospel into people who live the vertical life of loving God with all their head, heart, and hands and the horizontal life of loving people as Christ has loved them (Matthew 22:36-40; I Timothy 1:5), so that their lives take the shape of the cross.

    For more about the Cruciform Life please visit my blog The Cruciform Life Blog.


    Jimmy Davis

  148. Gina on June 26, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    >June was a busy month for Melanie Hines. She became a Christian, broke up with her boyfriend, Luke, only to fall into bed with him again. So when Luke, also her manager, offers her a six-month project in Seoul, Korea, Melanie Jumps at the opportunity to move far, far away from Luke and her old life style.

    As she faces prejudice against a female project leader, maneuvers through the culture, and stumbled across an international espionage scandal, she witnesses an amazing faith of a man who risks his life to save hers. Can she ever return to her old life?

  149. Erin on June 26, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    >I'm working on a group of personal essays. I'm an Irish American who grew up in Los Angeles and Chicago, with a brief stint in Belfast, and now I find myself living in North Carolina working as a writer and editor. After being accepted to Divinity School, my husband decided to instead become a police officer.

  150. Teri D. Smith on June 26, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    >Sole Custody– Contemporary Romance

    A celebrity fahter embroiled in a custody battle struggles to fit into the real world of parenting a special needs child.

    An early childhood development specialist falls in love, not with a man, but with a baby.

    She must help the child and find her own purpose in life, but will the celebrity father tarnish her plans–or even her soul?

  151. SJDuvall on June 26, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    >The Renegade Dragon is a young adult dark fantasy that follows 17 year old Eoin (pronounced Owen), a boy born with dark hair when the world is full of blonds. But his trouble doesn't end there, he soon finds out that he has an amazing ability to transform into a dragon, an ability that only a select few elves have. Not only does Eoin have to figure out where he fits in the world, he has to protect his friends and family from those who would seek to destroy it all.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  152. Dara on June 26, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    >My new project, a historical fantasy/paranormal called Lady of the Snow is based off a Japanese mythical creature. It's going to be written entirely from her POV and I'm developing a backstory as to how she became the terrifying creature. It's ultimately going to be about a search for love, acceptance and redemption.

    Only one chapter written so far and still doing a bunch of research on the customs of classical Japan, but I'm hoping to get at least 25K written by August/September.

  153. lynnrush on June 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    >Happy Friday, Rachelle. Wow, great stuff here in the comments. Nice!!

    I'm havin' fun working on Violet Midnight:

    Maybe if Emma Martin hadn’t witnessed vampires kill her first true love, she’d be more willing to fall in love again. Despite her best efforts to resist him, Jake Cunningham steals Emma’s heart. But when his family starts triggering her mystical tattoo, which detects the undead, she may be forced to hunt them.

    Violet Midnight

    Have a great weekend, everyone!!

  154. marynoel on June 26, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    >Thank you, Rachelle!

    It takes more than skill to be a Fox–it takes blood. All of the athletes are recruited from troubled homes, leaving the team a fractured mess of untrusting individuals. When Neil is offered a chance on the line, he knows he should refuse. He's spent the last ten years on the run, trying to stay away from his father's people. The Foxes bring him full circle: one of his teammates-to-be who he really is. Neil should cut and run, but the chance to finally have a home might be worth fighting – and dying – for.

  155. Jess on June 26, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    >In Hunt Abby experiences ghostly things that nobody else remembers. Thomas starts school the next day. When the female population starts falling over themselves to be with him, Abby isn't impressed, and even rejects his advances. He is just so arrogant. Soon she discovers that Thomas is the leader of the Wild Hunt, and has been seventeen for a couple hundred years. The problems? Seeing the Hunt foretells death. And Abby can't seem to shake her growing attraction for Thomas, no matter how inhuman he may be.

    Hunt is YA urban fantasy, currently halfway done at 30,000 words.

  156. Douglas L. Perry on June 26, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    >Hey Rachelle, thanks for the opportunity.

    My latest is an aviation thriller. Lost in the Sky is about a guy who boards a plane in LA for a business trip to Denver. About an hour into the flight he decides to check what time they will land. He plugs his GPS card into his laptop and finds not only are they not near Denver, they are 1000 miles West of LA over the Pacific Ocean.

  157. Bill Peschel on June 26, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    >Wow! Michael, with a title like that, I had to Twitter about it.

    My book was sold recently to Penguin: "Writers Gone Wild: Feuds, Frauds and Frolics from the World's Greatest Writers." A collection of all those great stories that you were told about in your college lit courses. (I may do a contemporary version after this, so y'all behave :))

    Currently writing about the project at my PlanetPeschel web site.

  158. Patricia Raybon on June 26, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    >Sounds weird. But I love my books like children.

    My prayer memoir, I Told the Mountain to Move, was a 2006 Book of the Year Finalist in Christianity Today's Book Awards contest in the spirituality category.

    My race memoir, My First White Friend, won a Christopher Award.

    My wonderful agent (you know who you are!) recently submitted my first novel, a mystery romance featuring The Praying Detective. May God bless all of these titles, and others still to come!

  159. Michael Gray on June 26, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    >Swimming in Circles: A Sperm Story

    After more than a year of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, Heidi and I visited her OBGYN for some tips on getting pregnant. I couldn't believe my ears when he started by saying, “You need to think of the vagina as the beaches of Normandy.”

    Let me tell you, a doctor that explains medical details with World War II battle analogies is going to pique any man’s attention. I sat on the edge of my chair as he continued…

  160. Mary DeMuth on June 26, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    >Hey, Lori, I'm in that one too! Way to go.

    My memoir, entitled Thin Places, won't release until January, but the video trailer released this week.

  161. Lori on June 26, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    > Contributor to the new book, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace. See the information on the right hand side bar.

    All proceeds go to Charity!

  162. Elle Parker on June 26, 2009 at 8:54 AM


    My novel, Like Coffee and Doughnuts is an M/M Erotic Romance/Mystery featuring Florida P.I., Dino Martini and his best friend and mechanic, Seth Donnelly. Humor, Mystery and hot romance.

    Like Coffee and Doughnuts is available now!

    Elle Parker

  163. Nicole on June 26, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    >Very generous, Rachelle.

    The Famous One takes an introverted yet passionate character of few words and deep running emotion and puts him into the spotlight of fame where he is hungry for value, substance, and real love but struggles to find them.


    (Six more completed, one other published, working on eight and nine.)

  164. Alexis Grant on June 26, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    >Looking forward to connecting with more great writing folks here!

    I'm a writing a travel memoir about backpacking solo through Africa, telling the funny & scary tales of what it's like to travel alone in the region as a woman. It's based on my travel blog, Inkslinging in Africa. Hoping to finish the manuscript by this fall!

  165. Deborah Vogts on June 26, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    >Good morning,

    My debut book, Snow Melts in Spring, released this month and is now in stores & available for order. Right now, has the best price. For more information about the book or about my writing, please visit my author site.

  166. Megan@SortaCrunchy on June 26, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    >We are daring to enter the controversial (and overrun) waters of Christian parenting! Why?

    Because over the years, a mainstream approach to Christian parenting has emerged . . . one that promotes sleep training and feeding schedules for infants, warns that spoiled children and marital discord are certain by-products of homes where newborns are over-indulged, and seems to promote these methods as the Biblical way to care for a new baby.

    We have discovered an approach to parenthood that honors the character of God over the wisdom of man. It's what we wish someone would have told us when we were brand new mamas – that there is another way.

    We are un-agented and pre-published, but we speak weekly on topics related to our WIP As He Leads Us: Parenting on the Path of Servanthood in Baby's First Year in our As He Leads Us series at SortaCrunchy.

  167. Matilda McCloud on June 26, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    >Thanks, Rachelle, for this opportunity.

    A few years ago I went to the Baltimore Aquarium with my family and was so inspired by the seahorse exhibit, I wrote a book about them for kids. The book, Seahorses and Sea Dragons, was published by Children's Press/Scholastic. My co-auhor is a world renowned underwater photographer–the photos are not stock photos as is usually common is these types of books. He went on over 1000 dives to photograph these intriguing creatures. The books are for roughly 2nd and 3rd graders, or reluctant older readerss (LOTS of big photos). Last time I checked this book was available as part of 4 for 3 deal on Amazon (buy 4, get 1 free)

  168. Marla Taviano on June 26, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    >Looking for the perfect (and CHEAP) wedding gift??

    From Blushing Bride to Wedded Wife

    It's real, funny, and well worth the $6 (including shipping!).

    Just SIX dollars!!

    And there's a(n) f-u-n book about s-e-x that would make a great companion gift…

  169. Joyce on June 26, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    >The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow releases September 1 from Abingdon Press.

    The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is the story of an unusual woman, Agnes Sparrow. No longer able or willing to leave her home, where she is cared for by her long-suffering sister Griselda. Agnes has committed her life to the one thing she can do—besides eat. Agnes Sparrow prays and when Agnes prays things happen, including major miracles of the cancer, ulcer-healing variety along with various minor miracles not the least of which is the recovery of lost objects and a prize-winning pumpkin.

    The rural residents of Bright’s Pond are so enamored with Agnes they plan to have a sign erected on the interstate that reads, “Welcome to Bright’s Pond, Home of Agnes Sparrow.” This is something Agnes doesn’t want and sends Griselda to fight city hall. Griselda’s petitions are shot down and the sign plans press forward until a stranger comes to town looking for his miracle and Agnes's feet of clay are exposed bringing the whole town to its knees.

    Agnes can be pre-ordered now at

    or you can learn more at

    Thanks, Rachelle for letting us in on some free pub.

  170. Karla Carlson on June 26, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    >It is my goal in this book to explore our journey as women through this life. How do we do it with the joy and confidence our Lord wants us to have? We are all at so many different places some of us are wives, some mothers, some single mothers, sisters and friends. This book is about how to learn to be joyful confident women in the Lord who are excited about the adventures that are ahead of us.

    My blog address is

  171. Buffy Andrews on June 26, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    >Thanks for the op.
    The Brain Invaders is about four teens who try to save their community from hideous sea snakes that control the brains of humans they inhabit. These are not ordinary sea snakes. They were genetically engineered by the U.S. government as a weapon of war. But the government’s plan failed when the ship carrying the sea snakes on a top secret mission sank.
    Somehow the sea snakes survived and even thrived in their new environment. When divers discovered the sea snakes, they thought they were prehistoric in nature and kept specimens to study. Little did they know the horror they would unleash on the world.

  172. CKHB on June 26, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    >FYI, I'm the poster formerly known as Carrie. You may remember me from such blog posts as Rachelle's May 13th Odds of Getting an Agent post.


  173. CKHB on June 26, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    >What’s in a name? Just ask Dani Kobayashi, a 26-year-old graphic designer of Irish and Russian heritage who must constantly explain her Japanese surname. A designer of calling cards and other personalized stationery, Dani can tell you the origin and meaning of any name she comes across. She has an apartment in Manhattan, a career plan, and a comfortable relationship with her boyfriend. But when Dani discovers she is accidentally pregnant, she starts questioning her path in life, and ultimately learns that her identity is much more than just 13 letters.

    IN NAME ONLY is in the querying stage, and I just last week started a blog to talk about the book and about the agent-querying, publication-seeking process. Stop on by!

  174. Levi Montgomery on June 26, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    >My name is Levi Montgomery. I am an author living and working in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. My most recent book is Cursing the Cougar.

    Fear is a powerful enemy. But it’s a powerful ally, too. Seventeen-year-old Morgan has been too busy with her music to have time for a boyfriend. Now it may be too late. Now someone may have to die.

  175. John M. UpChurch on June 26, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    >The Connection: When Brent Nelson returns home to save his brother from what may be a suicide cult, he finds himself thrust into the middle of a supernatural struggle for the survival of an entire town. As the stakes rise, Brent begins to wonder if anyone will survive.

  176. Scott on June 26, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    >Margarita Nights focuses on the choices made by a group of friends as they try to find the elusive happily ever after. They do not have fairy godmothers, but they do know a few drag queens in sparkly dresses. Throughout the course of a year they confront their insecurities and loneliness and, for some of them, find an appreciation for what is gone, and the hope of what is to come. Ultimately, they realize that even the meaningless relationships ironically have meaning in the end.

  177. Tabitha Bird on June 26, 2009 at 7:45 AM

    >The book I am currently revising is called 'The Beast.' It is a spiritual memoir about facing the pain behind depression and self-harm. It is also about the courage it takes to confront yourself, the dark places in your life and then find hope worth hanging on to. It is a completed manuscript, but I am trying to remember all of you advice, Rachelle, about patience, time and purposeful revision! I care about not annoying agents!

  178. Novice Writer Anonymous on June 26, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    >One of my current projects is a chapbook of poetry inspired by works of art. They vary in time period but are largely written about some of my favorite works, like The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton. Each is an exploration of a story that struck my mind as I viewed the painting. I do hope to someday have it ready for entry in chapbook contests.

  179. Marybeth Poppins on June 26, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    >My novel, The Guardian, is about a young woman who has died and is sent back to the Living World to become a Guardian to a man whom she falls in love with. Although he knows nothing of her existence, she must decide whether it is worth it to break the rules of The After Life to be with him, even if it means ruining her chances of ever entering into The Eternal Paradise.

    You can read about it further on my website

  180. Richard Mabry on June 26, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    >My first novel, Code Blue, releases in April 2010. It's the first book in the Prescription For Trouble series.

    Life is coming at Dr. Cathy Sewell fast—about as fast as the black SUV that runs her off the road, just one more sign that coming back home doesn’t necessarily bring peace of mind…because small towns have long memories.

    Cokesbury books already has it available on their website for pre-order at a discount.

  181. Krista Phillips on June 26, 2009 at 7:14 AM

    >This is my new books’ Internet debut mention (besides a very brief blurb about pimento loaf on facebook…)

    The book is geared towards the Summerside Press "Love Finds You" series. LFY in Sandwich, IL.

    A new life awaited Maddie in Sandwich, IL, but when her path crosses with Rueben, a young entrepreneur trying to fulfill his dead father's dreams, everything goes bananas. She finds herself sandwiched between Rueben and his fiancé, and a series of mysterious mishaps that threaten Rueben's success. And it all started with one very bad haircut.

  182. Holly Bodger on June 26, 2009 at 7:07 AM

    >Fridays at Rachelle's are so much fun!

    I am currently polishing a book I wrote last year which is called The Style Chamber. I like to describe it as "Dilbert meets Devil Wears Prada". It's about three technical writers who form a secret society whose purpose it is to send anonymous makeover tips to unsuspecting co-workers. (Insert Sesame Street Count's cackle here)

  183. MJFredrick on June 26, 2009 at 7:05 AM

    >Thanks for the opportunity, Rachelle!

    Peyton Michaels expected a simple assignment—write an article about everyday heroes, like Hot Shot firefighter Gabe Cooper. She never expected to find herself with a wildfire at her heels, her life in his hands.
    She never expected to be drawn to Gabe. She can’t fall in love with a man who routinely puts his life at risk.
    Gabe has had enough of women who want to make him into someone he’s not. Peyton sees him as a hero when he’s just doing his job. Each time Peyton proves her mettle, she gets deeper under his skin.
    With danger is closing in, Peyton and Gabe have to dig deep to be real heroes—to find the courage to love.

    Hot Shot is available here:

  184. Marie Force on June 26, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    >LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT (July 1, 2009)

    Juliana isn't looking for love. . . When she meets Michael in an airport, Juliana's been dating Jeremy for ten years. While Jeremy is taken in by the lure of other women, Michael offers Juliana everything she's ever wanted.

    Michael is going to his engagement party. . . But with one look at Juliana, his beautiful but manipulative fiancée fades to the background.

    What begins in an airport takes off into friendship and then love for Michael and Juliana. But with desperate exes who won't let go, their love at first sight is tested beyond anything either of them ever could have imagined.

  185. Timothy Fish on June 26, 2009 at 6:41 AM


    Are these typical of what is in your slush pile?

  186. Timothy Fish on June 26, 2009 at 6:33 AM

    >For the Love of a Devil is the story of an English teacher who comes home on his anniversary and discovers that his wife has abandoned him and their three very young children. He struggles to care for the children and to face the questions of those around him, while trying to find his wife, who has fallen for a wealthier man. The other man leaves her and as does another man, while Geoff tries to do the unthinkable, protect a wife who has only caused him pain, from the one of the very worst enemies, herself.

  187. Lisa Jordan on June 26, 2009 at 6:32 AM

    >Wow! Talk about a diverse group of stories.

    I’m writing a contemporary romance novel** targeted for Love Inspired about a woman who left home five years ago after her father was killed in the line of duty and her fiancé broke their engagement by choosing honor over love to marry a former girlfriend. She returns home to care for her critically-ill mother and struggles to keep her now-widowed former fiancé at arm’s length to protect her heart. When he provides closure to her father’s tragic death and offers her another chance at love, she needs to learn to trust God again in order to find her true happily ever after.

    **This novel finaled in the contemporary romance category of this year's Genesis contest through ACFW. 😀

  188. Katie on June 26, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    >Here's the elevator pitch for my WIP that I hope to pitch at the ACFW conference. Right now I'm still revising. It's titled Beneath a Velvet Sky.

    An up and coming architect wants to associate herself with the innovation and grandeur she never knew as a child. But when tragedy forces her home, her ambitions are challenged by an estranged best friend, a farm she doesn’t want, and the handsome man who lives there.

  189. Sharon A. Lavy on June 26, 2009 at 5:57 AM

    >Ah ~~ time for an elevator pitch. I shall return. =)

  190. Jim on June 26, 2009 at 5:51 AM

    >I have a completed manuscript for It Was Out of Love, A true love story of deception, grace, and forgiveness. Follow my links above to my website to read more about it. I'm on the verge of a custom publishing decision with WinePress, but God brought another editor across my path who wants to review my story first.


  191. Jessica on June 26, 2009 at 5:42 AM

    >Oooh, I love reading all these cool stories.
    The one I've been editing/revising is a contemporary romance. Jilted at the altar ten years ago, businessman Alec comes back to his hometown, sees the woman who left him at the altar and finds out she had his baby, a little boy who is now dead.
    It's a reunion story plus secret baby with a sad twist.

  192. Jill on June 26, 2009 at 5:42 AM

    >I"m working on queries for "What Time I Am Afraid". Jennifer Hamilton's missionary husband was killed in a car accident, leaving Jennifer and their three children stranded in Uganda, East Africa. When rebels attack the marketplace, the family is rescued by an American who claims to have been Jennifer's husband's partner. During the time they are trying to get back to the States, Jennifer discovers that her husband was actually an intelligence agent and the missionary life was his cover. What's worse, now the men that killed him are after the information they think he gave her.

  193. Ruth on June 26, 2009 at 5:29 AM

    >My current WIP is a fantasy about a girl who's captured by the ruler of her land for "treason" (or rather, for getting in the way of his commercial enterprises and sticking up for the little traders). She finally escapes him – but then he disappears, and his place is taken by a new, very cruel ruler. When a friend is killed, the heroine has to track down the original ruler to reestablish him on the throne – at the cost of her own freedom.

    I've only finished the first draft to date, and started on some revision. *nervous* It's going well so far, though!

  194. Margot on June 26, 2009 at 5:10 AM

    >My first book, a spiritual memoir, was just released! Check out The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail at ( ) InterVarsity Press or learn more at .

    Thanks, Rachelle!

  195. Ellen on June 26, 2009 at 4:52 AM

    >I’m working on a novel set in Ireland with two intersecting timelines. One is set in the present day, as a struggling young journalist is left a house in her father’s will. Trouble is, she didn’t know that he owned it, and she sets about investigating how it came into his possession.
    In the process, she discovers snippets of a strange love story from the early 1940s, when a good-time girl finds herself pregnant in a hostile society and takes an unlikely course of action.

    Think Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood but less sexy and with more rain 🙂

  196. Miss Mabel on June 26, 2009 at 3:58 AM

    >I'm finishing up a classic "fake engagement" romance between a woman whose last fiancé dumped her for being infertile, then toured an award-winning one-man show about it; and the childhood sweetheart who's just reappeared in her life. Story includes poetry theft, a family curse, and gossiping chauffeurs. 🙂

  197. Megan on June 26, 2009 at 3:38 AM

    >I'm working on a YA novel which is set in four different times, leading up to and after what happened to this girl who goes missing, Penny. It's told from her best friend POV and although I'm only about 10,000 words in, it's going well.

    My blog, Literary Life, keeps me busy most days!

  198. Mark Adair on June 26, 2009 at 3:34 AM


  199. Mark Adair on June 26, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    >What if a tall, lanky man with a British accent dropped into your Pub, the one you owned? What if he spoke with you about a weapon of sorts, and threatened to use it on someone you know? What if your name was Scott MacDonald? What if?

  200. Leigh Lyons on June 26, 2009 at 2:53 AM

    >The book I'm writing is about a young witch who has the (super evil) power to do mirror magic and how it affects her life and her very Christian beliefs. She is also a cop trying to find the person killing people and turning them into undead magic-users. Her partner’s blog is

  201. Bailish on June 26, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    >Romance, Mob Style

    Trevor Hanes, a Mob collector, is the only man for Lisette Chapman, but she cannot handle his philandering. She hires Charlie to keep him away from other women. As Charlie creates coincidences that prevent his trysts, Hanes’ boss is dying and the heirs to the Mob empire have sworn to replace him with his trusty assistant, Harry. A couple of FBI agents, sensing the change in the Mob, squeeze Hanes to cooperate as his only way of survival. Has Lisette ruined her chance of a happy and stable life?

  202. Adam Heine on June 26, 2009 at 2:24 AM

    >Azrael’s Curse is about a cowardly bookworm named Hagai who joins an air pirate crew in search of his lost mother. She died 18 years ago, but when Hagai receives a package from her in the post, he wonders if she might still be alive.

    The package – a stone that gives chance visions of the future – brings trouble of its own, and Hagai soon finds himself on an adventure he never wanted, a fugitive from both pirates and police. He’ll do whatever it takes to find his mother, even if he has to die trying.


    This is good timing, Rachelle, as I'm actually looking for beta readers very soon.

  203. Lydia on June 26, 2009 at 2:09 AM

    >I am writing a book titled "Overreaching." Geared toward Moms, it tackles various aspects of overreaching as it relates to body image/dieting, time, relationships, parenting/homeschooling, acceptance of others, making decisions, knowing yourself, materialism, success and comparison, and happiness. While determination and perseverance are worthy character traits, they have frequently been elevated beyond what God intended. Too many Mothers live as if they can do anything with one arm tied behind their back, myself included. I write this book out of my personal experience in overreaching as well as my observations of the surprisingly many Type-A Moms I have met both online and in person.

  204. Marissa Miranda on June 26, 2009 at 2:08 AM

    >Alyce and her sister drink a can of juice, and before they can say “What on Earth?”… they’re not on Earth anymore! Haven is a planet where magic exists… and Alyce might be just a little magic.

    Ray wasn’t thinking when he left his juice lying around. Now he’s trying to keep these two sisters from being caught by the Queen—because if she finds out they got the juice from him, he’ll be jailed. Or worse—thrown into the Army!

    Ray and Alyce will need a lot of luck—and a little magic—to get out of this mess!

    I’m currently writing Haven and Earth and blogging at Don’t Judge Me By My Cover.
    ~Marissa Miranda

  205. writer jim on June 26, 2009 at 1:55 AM

    >RARE but TRUE
    Book Title: America’s 3AM Call
    It tells about being led by the voice of God for 40 years with 100% accuracy in extraordinary circumstances with amazing wonderful results. Yet it also tells of people who laughed about our Savior’s death on the cross; so I warned them of death: they ALL died QUICKLY.
    SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, 3AM: The voice of God awoke me, saying, “Go to your desk.” There I received America’s 3AM Call. For over 5½ hours I had a detailed dialogue with God about judgment pending America. Finally, God said, “TODAY will change America.”

  206. Gary Corby on June 26, 2009 at 1:47 AM

    >Nicolaos, the ambitious son of a minor sculptor, walks the mean streets of Classical Athens as an agent for the promising young politician Pericles. Murder and mayhem don't bother Nico; what's really on his mind is how to get closer (much closer) to Diotima, the intelligent and annoyingly virgin priestess of Artemis, and how to shake off his irritating 12 year old brother Socrates.

    Due out, Fall 2010. Yay!

  207. Sandy on June 26, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    >I'm finishing up the first draft of an urban fantasy about a human who has the ability to both see AND track the fae. McKenzie has worked for the fae king for a decade tracking rebels who want to overthrow him. When those rebels kidnap McKenzie from her college campus, she's determined to escape. But the rebels' leader is determined to keep her, to win her loyalty, and to make her his.

  208. Amy L. Sonnichsen on June 26, 2009 at 1:37 AM

    >Telepathia Tromboli is the most organized eighth grader you'll ever meet. She has life under strict control, from her weight to her report card to her pristine bedroom. But when she wakes up one Valentine's Day with a fail-proof plan to snag the perfect boyfriend, one rumor threatens to undo everything she's worked for. She has one day to pick up the pieces, 24-hours to set the record straight. What she can't control is whether or not the rumor is true.

    I'm on my second draft, and have yet to settle on a title. 🙂

  209. ~Jamie on June 26, 2009 at 1:35 AM

    >The book I am currently in the querying stage for (Sketch McGee) is about a 16 year old super villain that can draw the future. She's just a regular high school student most of the time, but her family all has special abilities and they are super evil.

    She revs up her power, and ends up turning her band geek boyfriend into the perfect bad boy- but he ends up going kind of nutso because he doesn't really get bad guy code.

    Thanks for this ooportunity!