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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Suspense Author Marcy Dyer invited me to the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. She’s blogging about her debut novel, Down and Out. For a chance to win Marcy's book, please visit Sleuths and Suspects between January 5th and 21st. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Today, I'm blogging about my debut novel, Dog Tags.

Heidi Glick 

A woman's face is shown on the cover with a hand over her mouth.


Dog Tags (coming soon from Harbourlight Books)


I took a romance novella I'd written and revamped it to make it a suspense novel. The suspense version made for a better story.

I wanted a villain with certain weaknesses that might help lead to his demise, but at the same time, I wanted the villain to be able to capitalize on the weaknesses of the hero. Also, I wanted a strong female as my heroine.


Suspense (with a touch of romance)


Paul Walker (to play hero Mark Graham) and Rachel McAdams (to play heroine Beth Martindale). To learn more about the characters, including the villain (The Knight), please visit my boards on Pinterest.


A former Marine determines to protect the woman he loves at all costs, and yet his own secrets might turn her against him forever.


Published by Harbourlight Books (Pelican Book Group)


I'm not sure about the first draft, but I've worked on the story (on and off) for about four years.


Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon or The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker.


I like military-themed shows like NCIS and JAG.


I used my husband as part of my inspiration for my hero. My husband is quite the history buff and can spout off trivia facts at random. Also, one of my dogs served as the inspiration for the dog in the novel. And like the heroine, I'm a free spirit. 

People have told me I look like the girl on the cover. I think it's a happy coincidence. 

To find out more, including taking a sneak peek at the back blurb, please visit my author site

Please also visit the following other authors on the Next Big Thing Blog Hop:

Bethany McManus
Bethany lives in Houston with her husband, daughter and son. After practicing as an RN for five years, Bethany left the nursing field to pursue a fiction writing passion the Lord planted in her heart when she was a child. And as Nancy Drew mysteries were her guilty pleasure during those early years, so she naturally gravitates her pen toward the things that go bump in the night.

She draws many interesting and perplexing facts from her former career as a wound care nurse. These come in handy when her characters get themselves into serious scrapes--the kind involving hospitalization.

P.S. It also helps to have a paramedic for a husband!

Member American Christian Fiction Writers since Jan. 2011
2011 ACFW Genesis Finalist for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

She will be blogging on January 6th at about her W.I.P., Raw Nerves.

Harry Wegley
H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. He has a BS in Meteorology and worked as a Research Scientist in Atmospheric Physics at Pacific Northwest Laboratories, where he published scientific articles, reports and books. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked more than two decades as a Systems Programmer at Boeing before retiring in the Seattle area to pursue his love of writing. He has 3 books contracted in the Pure Genius Series and has begun work on the 4th and final book in that series.

He'll be posting about his upcoming release, Hide and Seek, on January 20th at
Hide and Seek is an espionage thriller about an ingenious plot to neutralize several critical U. S. military weapons systems using cyber-warfare.

Donna Basinow
Donna is a native New Englander and has lived there all her life except for a year in northern California (which reminded her of home). She  loves the change of seasons and the beauty each one brings. and says there is no place else that will ever feel like home.

She's been married for 20 years and has one teenage daughter who will be going to college next year. 

An active member in her church, she is a member of the choir (along with her daughter), and she writes not just stories, but her own music as well (that she hopes to get published).

Donna will blog about her new release on January 27th, as well as Daffodils, which was released last year. You can find her blog at For more information on Daffodils, please visit

Anne Greene
Anne Greene is a mystery/suspense writer, who has won several awards, including
  • Winner 2011 New England Readers’ Choice Award
  • Winner 2011 Laurel Wreath Award For Published Writers
  • 2011 Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Award
  • 3rd Place 2011 First Coast Romance Writers Published Beacon
  • 3rd Place 2011 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie for Published Authors

Anne will be blogging on January 13th about her mystery and suspense stories:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Giveaway of The Christmas Stalking

Do you like suspense?

Stop by Sleuths and Suspects for a chance to enter a giveaway to win an e-copy of The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan and read my interview with Lillian! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Book Giveaway--Song of the Meadowlark

Head over to Sleuths and Suspects to enter a book giveaway (copy of Sherri Wilson Johnson's Song of the Meadowlark).

Friday, November 30, 2012

Review of Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness is a Biblical suspense novel by Tracy Higley. I picked up this book at the library, unsure if I’d like it, but I soon discovered the book is a page turner. The book is about King Nebuchadnezzar’s daughter, which might not sound exciting at first, but the story really is. The novel contains romance and suspense as it follows the life of Babylonian princess Tiamet during a time when much “madness” is surrounded the royal palace. It is evident the author has done their homework because of their close attention to detail. If you like Biblical fiction and or romance/suspense stories, you should check out this book.

A young brunette woman is shown in a palace garden. Her father is King Nebuchadnezzar. Her secret could destroy a nation.

Review of Double Blind

Double Blind is a suspense novel told in first person by Brandilyn Collins. The story is about Lisa Newberry, a young woman who enters a clinical trial and undergoes brain surgery to receive a microchip to help overcome her depression, but soon, her depression becomes the least of her worries. The story involves a series of twists and turns. What I liked best about the book is that Brandilyn does not write fluff. Each word is intentional. Also, the plot is very different and original. If you like enjoy suspense, this book is for you.

A suitcase is shown sinking underwater with what appears to be blood coming from inside it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Carole Towriss and In the Shadow of Sinai

Not only is Carole a good writer, but she is quite an encourager, too. She wears many hats--wife, mother, and Biblical fiction author. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of Sinai, was released on Nov. 1st by DeWard Publishing. 

In the Shadow of Sinai brings the Biblical story of the plagues and the Exodus to life. Carole Towriss remains true to the factual, Biblical account, yet allows readers to experience the Exodus anew through the eyes of fictional characters Bezalel and Meri. While the Exodus is a familiar story for many, the story of Bezalel and Meri is new and brings a fresh perspective to the Biblical account. While set in ancient times, modern readers struggle with similar doubts as Bezalel and Meri: Can they trust in El Shaddai? Bezalel is an artist and slave in Pharaoh’s household. Meri is one of Pharaoh’s concubines. Readers will be drawn in by Bezalel and Meri’s story and will be frantically turning the pages to find out what happens to the characters.

To learn more about Carole, please visit her Web site and enter the Artisan of Shaddai Sweepstakes and/or view her book trailer

A recipe and Pinterest photos

Looking for a good recipe??

My author Web site is finally up, and I've posted a recipe for Beth Martindale's chocolate buckeyes. For those of you outside of Ohio, buckeyes are chocolate treats with peanut butter centers. Yum!!! 

Also, if you're on Pinterest, I encourage you to stop by and meet characters from Dog Tags

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mrs. Graham's Pistachio Salad

Dog Tags character ex-Marine Mark Graham misses a lot of things about his Mom--her smile, her kind heart, and also her pistachio salad. 

Mrs. Graham's Pistachio Salad*

1 (3 ounce) package of instant pistachio pudding mix
1 (12 ounce) tub of imitation whipped cream (thawed)
1 cup of miniature marshmallows
1 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup of chopped walnuts (or whatever nuts you like; pecans work well too)
3 bananas, sliced

Fold together the pudding mix and imitation whipped cream
Add rest of ingredients and refrigerate at least six hours.

(Cottage cheese--about a cup or two--could be added to this.)
(I often leave out the 3 bananas and/or the marshmallows.)
This is what I like about this recipe--it is versatile--you can add and/or subtract ingredients, and the salad still turns out.  

*Thanks to my mother-in-law, Betty Glick, for letting me borrow her recipe. 

measuring cup

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Contest offers chance to win a $300 Kindle Shopping Spree

Do you have a Kindle? If not, you can always download the Kindle reader to your PC or Mac. 

For a chance to win a $300 Kindle shopping spree--a chance to purchase the books you love--please visit the following site for further contest details:

This contest ends at 5 PM EST on September 30, 2012. 

Have you ever wondered....What would Jesus tweet?

Today, my pastor, Jeff Greer, answered this question (that is, what would Jesus tweet) in his sermon. The podcast of the sermon should be available a week from today.

Some have concerns about the use of social media, and I like the way Jeff tackled this issue. If you use social media, you might be interested in how it can be used positively, for example, to encourage others.

my husband typing on the computer

Friday, September 7, 2012

Interview with a Schip

About 8 years ago, my husband and I rescued a Schipperke mix from an animal shelter in Florida. Today, Sparky is still an important part of our family. When our elderly neighbor was sick, Sparky cheered him up. When my dad was confined to a hospital bed with ALS, Sparky jumped up on the bed and livened things up with his sparkling personality. 

I decided to interview Sparky because the Schipperke in my debut suspense novel, Dog Tags, is based on him.

photo of Schipperke on a chair



Ruff, Ruff* (I enjoyed it and am hoping I make it into a few scenes in upcoming sequels.) *For ease, all of Sparky’s responses have been translated to “human speak.”

photo of Schipperke on a deck


My sister, Cocoa, a Chihuahua, is a bit jealous because she’s not in the story. Also, I think one of the neighbor dogs has been eyeing me a bit more. I hope to get enough courage to talk to her through the fence next week.


No, but I’d like to ride on one someday.

photo of a Schipperke rolling and having fun on a chair


Chasing squirrels. Definitely. And chasing my tail.


A release date has not been set yet; however, the book will be available through Harbourlight Books.

cover of the novel, Dog Tags

To learn more about the Schipperke breed, please visit

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review of With Every Letter

A brunette female lieutenant is shown on the cover

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin is a historical fiction novel set during World War II. Lt. Philomena Blake is a nurse that is part of an Allied group that is supposed to help treat wounded soldiers and airlift them to safety. Lt. Tom MacGilliver is an engineer that is also aiding the Allied effort. The story is quickly set in motion as Philomena’s superior introduces an anonymous letter-writing campaign between Philomena’s group and her superior’s husband’s group, of which Tom, is also a member.
With Every Letter is carefully crafted and cleverly written. The plot is well devised, and the characters are likeable and believable. Tom and Philomena are regular people with common faults. Readers should easily identify with the main characters.
The author does a good job of interweaving historical facts with a fictional story. In addition, Sundin superbly provides rounded and multi-faceted, as well as dynamic characters.
This novel should appeal to a wide audience, especially readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance. With Every Letter is a conflict-packed, fast-paced novel that should keep readers turning the pages. (I had a hard time stopping to eat dinner and putting down the book for a few minutes.) The book had a cinematic feel (like an old war movie), and I would love to see it adapted for film.
To learn more about the author or to view her flight aboard a B-17 bomber, please visit her Web site,

Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Five Tips for Getting Published

First, I wanted to post the cover art for my debut novel, Dog Tags, available from Harbourlight (Pelican Book Group). Nicola Martinez did a great job on the cover. 

a woman's face with a hand covering her mouth is shown as well as a hand writing a note and a pair of military dog tags. Text on the front cover reads "You Belong With Me. You'll See. I'll Prove it to You."

Second, I wanted to share five tips for getting published:

(1) Find a professional writing organization and join it. 

(2) Obtain a copy of Writer's Market

(3) Research agents and publishers. 

(4) Establish a platform. 

(5) Continue to learn the craft of writing. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Good News

I have some good news I wanted to share with my faithful followers.

I just signed a contract with Pelican Book Group for my suspense novel, Dog Tags.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Love in Disguise Giveaway

I recently read and enjoyed Love in Disguise, written by Carol Cox and published by Bethany House. The main character, Ellie Moore, takes a job with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and must solve the mystery of stolen silver from an Arizona mine.

The story should appeal to those who like historical fiction and mysteries. 

If you would like to enter a promotional giveaway related to the release of the book, please visit the following Web site:

If you would like to read the first chapter of the novel, please visit

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Book Giveaway

Shameless plug for Sleuths and Suspects. Please head over their for a chance to win a book by Jordyn Redwood.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Interview with Author Debbie Roome

Author Debbie Roome has written several books, including Embracing Change, Magnitude 7.1 and 6.3, and Cyber-Bullying is Never Alright.


Writing is a way of life. Everything I see and experience has potential to end up in a story one day. Try carrying a notebook wherever you go and write down flashes of inspiration. Remember also that you can learn to write on demand. You don’t have to wait for an entire story to fall into your mind. It may come bit by bit.


I wrote my first ‘book’ when I was six. It was about a pixie named Agarel and filled a spiral bound notebook. I sold my first story to the children’s section of a major Johannesburg newspaper when I was eight. At school I won many awards and certificates for poetry and creative writing and went on to do freelance work for newspapers and magazines in Zimbabwe and South Africa. I moved to New Zealand in 2006 and determined to make writing my full time career. I write everyday and have never been more fulfilled.


I read widely, but current favorites are Richard Paul Evans, John Grisham, and Nicholas Sparks. I like some of Ted Dekker’s books and also enjoy Robin Cook’s medical thrillers.


I lived in South Africa for 15 years and Embracing Change includes
some of my own experiences. The book opens with Sarah, the main
character flying out of Johannesburg to live in New Zealand. Her
thoughts about leaving family and familiar sights and sounds were very
much my own when I emigrated. I also focus on the racial tension in
South Africa and the story weaves hope, forgiveness and understanding
into a thought-provoking message that spans two continents.


Christian fiction is popular amongst Christian readers but accounts
for a very small percentage of the New Zealand market. The population
of the country is only 4 million and when you narrow that down to
Christians that enjoy fiction, the number is small. Most of the
Christian fiction available here is written by American authors.


One of the chapters is set in Soweto which is the area of Johannesburg
where the black people live. I learnt a lot about the conditions they
endured during apartheid including a power station that polluted the
area but only supplied power to the white suburbs.


I love travelling and have explored a number of countries and
continents. However, I have never been to the USA and that has been my
dream for years. I would like to spend a few days in New York and then
travel around meeting some of my writing friends.


I have a Jack Russell named Nelson. He’s my hairy child and terribly
spoilt according to the rest of the family. He has his own beanbag and
duvet in my office and loves to keep me company when I’m writing.

brunette woman is shown on cover, standing in field of purple flowers

Cover shows a man holding a wireless computer mouse, presumably sittting near a computer. Text on front cover is as follows: Dealing with the Pain of Cyber Abuse.

To learn more about Debbie and her books, please visit her Web site.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Making Your Blog More Accessible--Writing Alt. Text

Writing Alternative Text
If you're an author, then you should be adept at writing description, so writing alt. text should be a piece of cake.  :)  Just keep in mind what you'd want to hear read back to you.  
  • Avoid making descriptions too long (it's an image description not a novel). I write that, and then my example, of course, is long. ;) If it has to be long, it is what it is, but if you can condense the description, I'd suggest doing so.
  • Describe objects in the foreground and the background (is the season shown on the book cover, for example, fall leaves).  
  • Describe any text in an image.
Author Dora Hiers graciously allowed me to use the cover of her excellent romantic suspense novel, Journey's Edge, as an example for writing an alt. text description. 
A woman's face is shown in the background. A ledger is shown in the midground. In the foreground, a young girl stands amidst a field of flowers, while a man watches her and holds a knife behind his back. Also, text on the front cover is as follows: When your daughter is kidnapped, can you trust her safety to the one man you swore to never trust again?
Title: Cover of Journey's EdgeAlt. Text: A woman's face is shown in the background. A ledger is shown in the midground. In the foreground, a young girl stands amidst a field of flowers, while a man watches her and holds a knife behind his back. Also, text on the front cover is as follows: When your daughter is kidnapped, can you trust her safety to the one man you swore to never trust again?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How Accessible is Your Blog?

Do you include alt. text for images on your blog(s)?

Alt. text describes images on your blog.  Programs known as screen readers read the alt. text to blind/low vision users.

For a while, I had been inserting alt. text descriptions into html code for Blogger, but then the interface changed.

Recently, I learned the new way to add alt. text and wanted to share this with other bloggers:

  • Left click once on an image once you've inserted it (in compose mode). 
  • A menu will pop up. Click once on "properties."
  • Enter a title of the text and the alt. text. 
For example,
title: cover of [book name]
alt. text: (describe what's on the cover)

I Corinthians 9:22b: " I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some." NIV

Jenna's Cowboy is free on Amazon!

As of today, April 4, 2012, Jenna's Cowboy is free on the Kindle. I really enjoyed this entire series.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Winner of Copy of Broken Trust

Pegg T. is the winner of the copy of Broken Trust. Thanks to all who participated in the giveaway. I hope you come back and participate in the newest giveaway.

Book Giveaway - from now until April 30th!

From time to time I review books, and I decided it would be nice to giveaway a review copy (hard copy, paperback) to followers.

So what I ask is that between now and April 30, 2012, that you'd

(1) Become a follower of my blog. If you already are, that's fine.  :)
(2) Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite book is.

Once you do that, you'll be automatically entered in a random drawing to win a review copy of Race Against Time by Christy Barritt.

If you post anonymously, please post your e-mail address so I contact you in case you're the winner. Winner to be announced on May 1, 2012. Giveaway open to U.S. residents ONLY. It's not that I don't like readers outside the U.S., but I have to pay to ship the book, and well, I'm a blogger not a billionaire!  :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review of Race Against Time

I recently read Race Against Time, written by Christy Barritt and published by Harlequin (Love Inspired Suspense). It is the story of widowed, single mom Madison Jacobs who is targeted by a serial killer. It’s a good thing for Madison that her neighbor is Detective Brody Phillips. While trying to solve the case, Brody must also attempt to keep Madison and her son Lincoln safe. But as the two grow closer, Madison and Brody must come to terms with their feelings for one another, all the while, on the lookout for a maniacal killer. 
house shown by water's edge

The author did a great job of leaving clues throughout the story as to the identity of the killer. Also, the beginning of the story does a good job of hooking readers, right from the start. One scene felt perhaps a teensy bit contrived, but it could have just been me. Overall, the story was a good balance of romance and suspense. 
photo of author christy barritt

If you would like to learn more about the author, please visit her Web site -

*Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Book Giveaway - from now until March 31st 2012

From time to time I review books, and I decided it would be nice to giveaway a review copy (hard copy, paperback) to followers.

So what I ask is that between now and March 31st, that you'd

(1) Become a follower of my blog.
(2) Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite book genre is.

Once you do that, you'll be automatically entered in a random drawing to win a review copy of Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn.

It's a great book. You can read my review of it here.

If you post anonymously, please post your e-mail address so I contact you in case you're the winner. Winner to be announced in a separate post on April 1, 2012. Giveaway open to U.S. residents ONLY. It's not that I don't like readers outside the U.S., but I have to pay to ship the book, and well, I'm a blogger not a billionaire!  :) 

And if you want to enter a second giveaway, please visit this site and follow the instructions there.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Second Chance by Eileen Rife

Today, I wanted to feature author Eileen Rife. Eileen is the author of Second Chance. I've read parts of her story, and I must say that it is EXCELLENT! 

Second Chance: A poignant story of middle age, surprising friendships, and unexpected places. Inspired by Eileen’s own journey through the empty nest and her daughter’s and son-in-law’s work with inner city teens.  

Eileen Hinkle Rife

photo of author eileen rife

An alumna of Christian Writers Guild and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Eileen has published several non-fiction books, written newsletters, a marriage column, and over ten church dramas. Her byline has appeared in magazines, such as Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, Mature Living, Christian Home & School, Drama Ministry, and ParentLife, as well as other print and online publications. Her fiction works include Journey to Judah, Restored Hearts, and Chosen Ones in the Born for India trilogy, and a stand-alone novel, Second Chance.  She and husband, Chuck, conduct marriage seminars in the States and overseas. Her favorite pastime in this season of life is dancing with hubby, spending time with her daughters and sons-in-law, and playing with her six grandchildren. 

an elderly caucasian woman and a young African american man are shown on the cover.

Second Chance Back Cover Blurb

Mave Robertson, a recent empty nester, wants the fire back in her marriage, but her husband, Jerry, remains aloof. Is he having an affair? A midlife crisis? When a neighbor suggests she “get a life,” Mave accepts the challenge and volunteers at an inner-city teen ministry where she is thrown into a culture of drugs, gangs, and unwed teen moms. She soon discovers someone she can help, but might he also be the cure for both her stale marriage and her crumbling relationship with her father?


Dareece Jackson, a teen from the projects, wants something in Mave’s purse…and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.


 “Gently unfolds the truth that sometimes, the best is yet to come, from unexpected people, and places, and hearts.”
—Sandra Byrd, author of To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

“Transcends race and reaches the extremes—from suburbia to the ghetto, from guilt over a loved one’s murder to a marriage gone dull. With a dash of humor for balance, Second Chance will speak to your heart, no matter your station in life.”
—April W. Gardner, author of the Creek Country Saga; Sr. Editor of the literary site, Clash of the Titles

“Refreshing and thought-provoking.”
—Jennifer Slattery of Novel Reviews and Clash of the Titles

“Transports readers into the worlds of two very diverse characters. With laughter, tears, and sighs, you’ll enjoy every turn of the page.”
—Fay Lamb, author of Because of Me, Treble Heart Books

“Lovingly crafted imagery and dialog will carry you into the lives of two very different families and show you what forgiveness really looks like.”
—Lisa Lickel, author of Meander Scar

To view the book trailer, click here.

Review of The Narrow Path

Recently, I read The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler.

This is story about Miranda Klassen, a girl from a more modern Mennonite church (who happens to like the color red--so do I), who is hired to help out with the music for a program at Ted Wiebe's church, a more conservative Mennonite congregation. Miranda and Ted have differing opinions on the program. But as we all know, though they have their differences, there is a fine line between love and hate! ;)

I am not Mennonite but happen to have ancestors that were Mennonite. I can't comment on the realism of the book, that is, did it stay true to Mennonite culture. However, I enjoyed the book. It's not your average romance, but I think that's what I liked about it. The characters were likeable, and the story kept my interest. I would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy inspirational romance.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Your Two Cents Worth

Have you ever used beta readers? If so, who did you use? If not, why not? Do you provide compensation for beta readers?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Microsoft Word Tip

I feel sad when I see someone has used manual spaces for indents rather than tabs. My sadness is not because of the person's lack of word processing skills. Rather, I am sad because of all the extra time that the person spent hitting the space bar when they could have used that time for writing instead.  :)

(1) Type your story.

(2) Ctrl + A to select all text.

(3) Make sure your ruler is visible.

(4) Find the hourglas-looking tabs at the top left of the ruler.

(5) Grab the top tab and drag it to where you want your indent (presumably 0.5 inch).
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