Santa Cruz, California, October 28th, 2014

Santa Cruz, California, October 28th, 2014

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's a happy day...

And I thank God for the weather.
It's a happy day, and I'm living it for my Lord.
It's a happy day, and things are gonna get better,
Living each day by the promises in God's Word.

That is a camp song I learned about ...insert awful number of years ago here.
That song always perks me up and makes me feel eleven years old.

There are blue skies and the lake is like glass today. We're leaving tomorrow and I couldn't be happier, well, I could, if we were flying home. But NOT on United! Ha!

I am tired of suitcases. I've been living in mine for a month, with a 4 day break at home. I miss my friends, I miss my bed. And honestly, I miss my husband! Yes, he's here, but ...anyway...ahem. Fans self.

When I get home, I'm going to start putting together my query. GAH!!!!
I also have to outline , on my hard drive, the books that have come together and are ready to be started.
And I have to finish the sequel to the one I just typed "The End" on last night.

I am being forced to change the title of my book. Someone else has a book out withalmost the same title as my MS.
MY title was "The Secret Keepers".
There's already a book out called "The Secret Keeper".

Since mine has issues in it like a) the harm that comes from not telling the truth, b) hiding someone you love from those who want to kill him, c) PTSD and d) learning to admit when you've fallen n love...I thought my title was darn tootin' good!

I've danced with a few different alternatives and have come up with "A Night in the Darkness".

 Our heroine has lived half of her life under a cloud of pain and trauma, our hero has a history of being hunted and despised because he's Navajo, both have deep secrets they're trying to hide. Upon her arrival at her sister's ranch, and finally to safety after twenty years of horror, our heroine has a nightmare and runs out into the darkness. Our dashing hero, who's sworn off love ever since his wife died, even though he once promised her he'd remarry, goes out in the dark to find our heroine. Once he finds her, she thinks she's going to be attacked, but instead meets the kindest soul she's ever known. He brings her safely home, on his big black horse and she is smitten, but terrified. He is also in big trouble, because he promised God he'd wait for "the broken one". And here is our heroine, covered in scars and trauma. He knows that she is The One and he's a wreck, because he disobeys God's plan for them both.

So, I think, given the themes of redemption, darkness and recovery...not to mention a great love story, I'm going to submit the MS as "A Night in the Darkness".

People say writing the book is the easiest part, and they're right!!!

Also, I'm wondering about asking a few of my favourite blog/writer/Facebook/email/real life friends to guest blog here. Yes, I'm nervous as heck to ask, but I want to have my friends over and hang out.

What is the etiquette on guest bloggers and if you read this blog, YES, you're one of the ones I want to ask!!
So, ponder and pray and tell me what you think.


  1. Jennifer, glad you'll get to go home soon! :)

    As far as guest bloggers, I just write an email and ask. :) In the email, mention what you'd be looking for--how long and on what kind of subject (if you care)--and then say you completely understand if they're too busy. I think that's pretty standard. It gives people an "out" if they really are too busy. Then they know you won't be mad at them if they say no. :)

    Also, you should look into guest blogging at others' blogs. I know there are some bloggers who have pages on their blogs that ask for guest bloggers (like Melissa Tagg) to submit ideas. It's great exposure and a way to get to know people you might not ever meet otherwise (like the readers on THAT blog).

    Hope all that makes sense!

  2. Jennifer - I hear you, sister. There are so many things that pull us in so many different directions, even down to titles and camp songs. BTW - now you've got me singing it, too.

    I'm praying for you as you find your way home and as you find your way through this jungle we're in.... I'm really struggling with my titles, too. I find one, I like - or even LOVE it - then I come back three days later and it sounds flat or shallow or overly dramatic or just plain stupid.... Grrrrr.