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like the dryer

I'm sitting here on an early Saturday morning, while my household sleeps, listening to the sound of the dryer. Something with zippers keeps rattling every few seconds.

I was thinking my mind is tumbling around like that dryer, thoughts being turned in circles. Reading several blogs already this morning made me think of God, how He accomplishes His purpose (in spite of us!); books I want to read; friends dealing with crises and losing loved ones; coffee; Lent.

I think I might need to make myself another cup of coffee...

CFBA Presents Daisy Chain

I am almost halfway through this novel, so I will be reviewing it next week for Mary De Muth's other blog tour. So stop by next week for that.
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Daisy Chain
Zondervan (March 1, 2009)
Mary DeMuth


Mary E. DeMuth is an expert in Pioneer Parenting. She enables Christian parents to navigate our changing culture when their families left no good faith examples to follow.

Her parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2007), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005).

Mary also inspires people to face their trials through her real-to-life novels, Watching The Tree Limbs
(nominated for a Christy Award) and Wishing On Dandelions (NavPress, 2006).

Mary has spoken at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, the ACFW Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and at various churches and church …

CFBA Gingham Mountain

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Gingham Mountain
Barbour Books (February 1, 2009)
Mary Connealy


Mary's writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. She just kept typing away. She think the reason she did it was because she was more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when she really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when she ought to sit silently).

So, Mary had all these things, she want to say, in her head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. She keep all this wit to herself, much to the relief of all who know her, and then wrote all her great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if not…


Welcome to the Blog Tour for My Book Therapy's new book!
Click on the logo below to go to My Book Therapy's website.

A therapist thought: Writing in the midst of a busy life, by bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Early on in my writing life, I had to give up the notion that writing time would come easy, be ideal and full of inspiration.

When I signed my first book contract, I was working full time for a software company as a department manager. I’d recently become a worship leader at my church, adding that to my job as youth pastor’s wife. My husband and I also gathered with other area pastors to start a weekly multi-church prayer meeting and I’d become the Vice President of a national writers organization and was coordinating our second annual conference.

Writing? Yeah, like when? Where? And I didn’t even have children to raise. I felt pushed, pulled, torn, frazzled and on the edge. I’d never written a book to be published before. I’d not coordinated a conference and my committee was…


Welcome to the Blog Tour for My Book Therapy's new book!
Click on the logo below to go to My Book Therapy's website.

Link to buy the book:'s post is from author Susan May Warren.
Thoughts from Therapist Susan May Warren: Writing the story of your heart

Q: Have you ever had a story that you wanted to write, a spiritual message you wanted to share, but it won't let you just yet?

A: Yes, I have a couple stories sitting in my heart that I haven’t had the opportunity or perhaps the divine timing to write yet.

I’m a firm believer that God will work out the story in the right time, so I continue to collect ideas, impressions, do research and let those ideas soak, waiting for the right timing. But sometimes I’m not ready – emotionally, or even professionally to write it. Maybe I don’t have the skill level yet. And I certainly don’t want to waste my swan’s song on mediocre writing! So, in the meantime, I move onto the stories I have t…


Welcome to the Blog Tour for My Book Therapy's new book!
Click on the logo below to go to My Book Therapy's website.
Have you always wanted to write a novel, but didn’t know where to start? This book is for you. With proven techniques, easy to understand explanations and practical steps, From The Inside...Out will teach you how a story is structured then take you through the process of creating and marketing your novel.

Topics include: Character-driven plotting, How to HOOK your reader, The elements and flow of SCENES, How to build STORYWORLD, Secrets to Sizzling Dialogue, Proven Self-Editing techniques, Synopsis and Query letter writing, How to manage your writing career ...and everything in between!

You can purchase the book here:

Write a book with My Book Therapy Voices in 2009!

Remember those games you used to play where your friend started the story, and you finished it? Or the “Choose your own ending” books? Ever wanted to be a part of the …

Tracey's Drama Queens

I have begun the process of going through review books and making sure I've posted reviews...and if I have not, then posting a review as I promised the author.

I came across the Drama Queens Series by Tracey Bateman. I did a review on book 3, "That's (Not Exactly) Amore" for CFBA and did a quick review of Book 1, "Catch a Rising Star" in that review. You can read that here. Then, Tracey herself sent me book 2, which is titled "You Had Me at Goodbye." It turned out to be my favorite, actually. It's about a gal who loses her job in publishing and ends up working in a coffee shop while secretly writing a novel at home. I really enjoyed it.

The trilogy is everything good about chick lit, and everything nice about Christian fiction. It's a great marriage of the two. Each book focuses on the story of a trio of friends living in New York City. The stories are fun to read! I enjoyed them all.

If you enjoy fun stories with a little bit of romance and …

Happy Birthday, Kate

From The Writers Almanac:

It's the birthday of Kate Chopin, born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1850. She came from a wealthy family — her father was a successful businessman and her mother was a beautiful socialite from one of the city's oldest Creole families. Kate was a Southern belle, a devoted wife, and the mother of six children. But then her husband died, and soon after that her mother died. Chopin was depressed. Her family doctor thought she was a very good letter-writer, so he encouraged her to try writing fiction as a way to stay occupied. Over the next 15 years, Kate Chopin wrote almost 100 short stories and sketches, and two novels, At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899). The Awakening is the story of Edna Pontellier, who gives up her roles as wife and mother, has an affair, and eventually walks into the sea, perhaps committing suicide. And when it was published, Kate Chopin was censored and criticized. But now she is considered an important early feminist author, and…

Other Books

Most of the time, I don't blog about every book I read. I do post reviews for a couple of different publicity groups (Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for one), so those books are mostly what I review here at Fresh-Brewed Writer. In fact, I actually used to post more book reviews over on another blog that I was hoping, eventually, to receive payment for. I went to post a few reviews tonight and discovered the blog is gone. Poof! Thank goodness for Google's cache, so I can save some of those reviews that would otherwise be lost to the ages.

So, I'm going to mention a couple of books I've read that were not for review, that I read for fun.

The first of these is by Kate Jacobs. I first heard of Kate Jacobs when I read somewhere that Julia Roberts bought the film rights to her first novel, Friday Night Knitting Club. I read that book last year on my way to my friend Roma's wedding. I liked it. So when I came across Comfort Food, her second novel, at my library, I checked…

Word Gets Around by Lisa Wingate

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Word Gets Around
Bethany House (February 1, 2009)
Lisa Wingate


Lisa Wingate lives in central Texas where she is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books. Her novel, Tending Roses, received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out ten printings for New York publisher, Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of America, and is currently in its tenth printing.

The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, Drenched In Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa’s Texas Hill Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star CafĂ©, which was awarded a gold medal by RT BOOKCLUB magazine and was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “A charmingly nostalgic treat.” The series concluded with Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner.

Lisa is now…