Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog Hop 18--and a new book: A Guardian Angel's Kiss

I’ve been tagged by the talented Diane Craver for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. In this Blog Hop, the goal is to find out about new books we haven't heard of or that are still works in progress. The rules state that I have to answer ten questions, and then at the bottom of my post, I've listed the author(s) who will come after me for next Wednesday.

Here are my ten questions, with answers:

1. What is the working title of your book?
Book #30 is out! 'A Guardian Angel's Kiss' was just indie published. See for details.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
This book came from the idea of an imperfect heroine, saved by a guardian angel. The heroine is contemplating suicide, after being raped and finding out she's pregnant from the rape.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Christian romance

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For the heroine, I'd like someone sassy but knows her place and is classy. For the hero, he has to be able to play the part of an E.R. doctor who cares. I'm not sure which actors would fit these days, but they'd have to be young.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Gina Russell thinks the only way out of her situation is death, but by an unusual circumstance, an E.R. doctor gives her hope and convinces her she's worthy to do a lot more in her life.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It usually takes me about a week or so to do a first draft. I wrote this one so long ago, I forget how long it took me.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any Christian book about hope.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I've known so many people who have been touched by the suicide of a loved one, I wanted people who are considering such a drastic measure to rethink their actions. Sometimes it just takes the touch of one other person or some change in someone's situation to give a person hope for their future. There's so much to live for, and so many lives to change for the better.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
This story is also about family, and how being accepted into a family, even if it's just a group of people, can mean a lot to someone who's down and out.

I had a tough time getting five people to follow me, because most of the people I know are either doing this blog hop for someone else, or didn't know five people who would follow them, so they opted out.  However, I did get one wonderful author to follow me  next week, on Halloween:  L.M. Boeltz.  Her blog is here (  She writes scary books, which is perfect for Halloween.  Her Amazon author's page is here (

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

'Into' vs. 'in to'

So I'm still editing those old published manuscripts, and am now looking at 'into' vs. 'in to.' I found this:

Use 'in to' if you can generally replace it with 'in order to.' Use 'into' if it means or can answer the question 'where' or indicates some sort of action.

Personally, I think of 'in to' as 'inside to'. I think of 'into' as just 'inside.'

I walked into the room. (where? the room. OR I walked inside the room. Use into.)
I went in to put the book away. (I went, in order to put the book away, OR I went inside to put the book away. Use 'in to'.)

Easy, peasy. YAY!

Here are a few references:


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Magazine with 'Meet Nancy O'Berry' and Treasures!

My latest magazine is out: Go check it out.

I have a posting from Nancy O'Berry about her Christmas novella, 'A Cordial Christmas.' (The cover is listed above.)  It's a wonderful feel-good story. I just love it!

Hint: There's a free book (Touchdowns and Potions) coupon, and TWO $10 gift certificates for Amazon if you solve a cryptogram. First come, first served on those gift certificates.

These hidden treasures expire at the end of the month.


On to vs. Onto

So, I'm editing this manuscript of a book that had been previously published by an epub. One of the editors kept changing 'onto' to 'on to' in this manuscript. He was from the U.K. I didn't really understand why he did it, but let it go. But now, I'm running into 'on to' words that I think should be 'onto.' I seem to use it a lot in the phrase 'hold on to' with various forms of 'hold' (held, holding, etc.).

I had to go look it up because it was bugging me. Turns out, the guy from the U.K. was right. It's not considered to be 'standard' in the U.K. to use 'onto' much at all, actually, but is more standard here in the U.S.

So that's the rule? Use 'onto' if you can replace it with 'on' or if you can put 'up' before the onto. Otherwise, use 'on to.'

Here's an example:

I'm going to climb onto my bed.
--I can put the word 'up' before onto. I can also replace 'onto' with on. Either rule can work.

I'm going to hold on to my money.
--'up' and 'on' don't work here.

Cool rule! Now if I can just remember it. LOL!