I can’t believe fall will be here in a couple of weeks. I did a blog recently about Christmas being just around the corner. It will be here before we know it, and I haven’t bought anything. Usually by now, I have most of my presents because I was teaching and knew my time after school started would be limited. I’m retired (Yay!!!) and don’t have to get anything until the last minute with tons of others out there shopping. With grandkids that’s important because they keep changing their mind with what they want.
In a few days I’m attending the American Christian Fiction Writers’ annual conference in Denver. This year I’m teaching a continuing education class called How to Construct a Novel. Please pray that my PowerPoint works. Until you get to a place, you never know if you have the right hook ups for the PowerPoint to work. Forsaken Canyon is up for the ACFW’s Book of the Year Award in short romantic suspense. The winner will be announced at the conference. After the conference I’m going to a writing retreat in the mountains outside of Denver.
I have two books coming out at the end of the year. In November I have the fifth book in my Fostered by Love series (Love Inspired) called Together for the Holidays.
Back blurb for Together for the Holidays:
A single mother with a traumatic past, Lisa Morgan only wants to raise her son with love and values. But lately the boy is struggling. When his basketball coach becomes a reluctant role model, Lisa is relieved. Until she learns that David Russell is also a cop. She’s not ready to share her past—or her heart. And neither is the world-weary detective. Yet as Christmas comes closer, the true meaning of the holidays brings them together in ways they never dared dream.
Also in November http://www.eharlequin.com will be featuring an eight-part story of mine called Shattered Trust. It is about David Russell’s police partner.
The other book this year is a Love Inspired Suspense out in December called Christmas Peril. There are two stories in the book. My story is called Merry Mayhem and Debby Giusti’s is called Yule Die.
My recipe for this newsletter is one of my favorite soups. We will be getting into cooler weather, which means soup time. My husband and I eat a lot of soups during the colder months. Make a batch on the weekend, and it lasts most of the week. This recipe makes a lot and freezes well. I often half it and put part of it in the freezer.
Chicken Cheese Soup
1 whole chicken and 1 package of chicken breasts—cooked with seasonings and diced up into smaller pieces (I usually use a large package of boneless chicken breasts rather than the whole chicken—easier to cut up—no deboning)
4 cups of chicken broth (I use the water after cooking the chicken)
1 ½ cups of chopped carrots (I love carrots but my husband doesn’t so I substitute broccoli for carrots and it works well)
1 cup of chopped celery
1 large onion diced
½ cup of chopped green pepper (I use a whole one which is usually more than ½ cup)
2 cups of milk with 4 tablespoons of flour mixed in it
1 pound of Velveeta cheese
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
Add vegetables to the broth and cook about 10 minutes. Then add the cans of soup and milk. Pepper (black) to taste. Add Velveeta and heat slowly until it melts. Stir often. Add chicken. Then cook until flavors have blended and the vegetables have cooked.
Use a spreadsheet to keep track of your scenes in your story. I have one where I can note the reasons I wrote the scene. If I don’t have at least three reasons to have that scene in the book, it is deleted or rewritten to give it three or more reasons to be included. When you edit you sometimes have to be merciless with your own words. Not always easy.
Win free books:
If you want a chance to win a free book in a drawing once a week, visit my blog at:
http://margaretdaley.blogspot.com to enter the drawing. I host different authors and their books. I also take part in another two blogs where we give away the four Love Inspired Suspense books at one and four Love Inspired books at the other each month to one winner. All you have to do is leave a comment on one of the post during the month. Check it out at:
If you want a chance to win one of my books from my backlist, please visit my web site which I update monthly and sign my guestbook. Also, I post excerpts from my new books coming out. My web site is http://margaretdaley.com .
Together for the Holidays, Love Inspired, November 2009
Merry Mayhem in the Christmas Peril analogy (with Debby Giusti), Love Inspired Suspense, December 2009
Books still available through online stores and local bookstores:
Family Ever After, Love Inspired, May 2008
The Power of Love/The Courage to Dream, Love Inspired Classic, July 2008
Forsaken Canyon, Love Inspired Suspense, October 2008
A Texas Thanksgiving, Love Inspired, November 2008
What Sarah Saw, Love Inspired Suspense, January 2009
Poisoned Secrets, Love Inspired Suspense, March 2009
A Family for Tory/A Mother for Cindy, Love Inspired Classic, June 2009
Second Chance Family, Love Inspired, July 2009
May God be with you,