Keep Me Accountable – Day 21

Today I’m headed to the Georgia Romance Writer’s workshop Break Into Fiction.

Workshops and writer’s meetings usually inspire me to write more, to be excited about my story. So far today, I haven’t written anything new. I’ve got to hurry off and print off the “homework” for the workshop.

But you know me and meetings. Hopefully I will stay focused and glean all the good writerly information I can from this workshop. However, if I begin to drift off into day dream land, I pray, I will be thinking about the new scenes I need to write and maybe, if I’m really bold, I’ll just write those new scenes in the middle of the workshop.

Hopefully, osmosis will kick in and some of the great info I expect to get out of this workshop will sink into my sometimes thick skull.  I’ll let you know.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

ACFW – Writer’s of Remarkable Design Meeting Tonight!

WORD’s very own Missy Tippens and Belinda Peterson will present The Hero’s Journey-Part Two: The Inner Journey tonight at 7pm.

If you are interested in writing and want to learn more about the craft/the business, or, if you would like to consider joining our ACFW chapter, please visit our website: http://www.acfwword.com/

Directions and our schedule of meetings is listed on the website. Hope to see you there!

Atlanta Falcon’s, Veterans, and Fishing on Lake Lanier

How do all of these things fit together? Easy! The Falcon’s hosted the Vets from Fort Gordon in Augusta at Lake Lanier for a day of Fishing with the Falcons. My husband, Billy, was asked to participate. We looked forward to this day for weeks.

The event took place Tuesday May, 19th at Van Pugh Park. Here’s Billy’s rig in our driveway. It was a very windy day and he was ready with his boat, fishing equipment and his POW and US Flags.

Next stop was for bait at the famous Dam Store on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Here, Billy hooks up with fellow Captain Corey Payne. They’re in front of Corey’s Carolina Skiff.

Ready to set sail on a very windy afternoon. Waiting for the Veterans and the Falcons.

Here’s a view of all the other boats that participated.

On the water, finally, we’ve got our honored Vets- One wearing the Michigan T-shirt and the other in the red UGA hat – Go DAWGS! One Falcon is in the front, this is Justin. The other player is Tyson in the middle.

When I think of Veterans I think of men with graying hair talking about the Gulf War, Vietnam, the Korean War and all those other battles of the past. The thing is, its so easy to take for granted the boys fighting for freedom every day. These two Vets on Billy’s boat were in their 20s! One young man was injured by a suicide bomber and the other was an IED. I saw another young woman in a wheelchair. Remember these young adults and all the soldiers that have gone before them and the many more that will continue to fight and protect our nation.

Read more about the Falcon’s Fishing Day on AtlantaFalcons.com.

After a half day of fishing, we ate some great food provided by Outback Steakhouse.


Of course, I had to get my photo with two of the players. Todd is on my right and Tyson on my left.

Here’s the Coach! Mike Smith was so gracious to our daughter Downey. She was a little shy in this picture and really clung to her daddy.

Billy & Todd

Billy and Tyson

And, Billy with the lovely cheerleaders. Not one of these girls made a bad picture.

They autographed a picture for Downey and were really sweet to her. I wish I looked that great in pictures! Downey loved meeting the cheerleaders.

Enduring Justice by Amy Wallace

Are you like me? Have you followed Amy Wallace’s Defenders of Hope Series? If so, you read Ransomed Dreams with your nails dug into the pillow, wondering how Gracie and Steven were ever going to escape the madman? And you read through a veil of tears to find out if Clint and Sara could take any more trials in Healing Promises?

I enjoyed both journeys every step of the way. Yet there was one item I pondered once I’d read the last words of each book and that was…

What about Hannah and Michael?

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Secrets Can’t Last Forever

A PAINFUL PAST

Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her memories.

A RACIALLY-MOTIVATED KILLER

As a Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. Difficult cases and broken relationships have plagued his entire year. But when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.

A LIFE-ALTERING CHOICE

A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. The dividing line is the choice to heal. But when the attack turns personal, is justice enough?

Good Links:
**Buy the book at Amazon by clicking here.
** Read the first two chapters of Enduring Justice
** Sign up for the Dark Chocolate Suspense Newsletter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Wallace is a wife, homeschool mom, author, speaker, and avid chocoholic. She loves crafting high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues, but who she really is can be summed up in a few short words: Amy is a daughter of the King learning to live and love with laughter.Amy is also the author of the Defenders of Hope series: Ransomed Dreams, Healing Promises, and Enduring Justice, a contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes, and God Answers Moms’ Prayers. Visit Amy at http://www.amywallace.com and join the Dark Chocolate Suspense newsletter http://www.amywallace.com/Newsletter.html

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This book is definitely one I recommend. The characters are flawed. They are real. No paper doll types you think you may find in Christian Fiction. No, modeled after real life people, these characters are trying to live up to what God wants but they still fail. Sound familiar?

Michael still deals with his promiscuous bachelor past while trying to constantly prove his dedication to Hanna and find a racially motivated lunatic. Hanna’s challenges in reliving her past will clench your stomach. The situation reminds you how difficult it is to trust anyone and the consequences when things go wrong. And if those challenges aren’t enough, we are thrust into the mind of the murderer behind the plot that is threatening Hanna, Michael and their friend’s lives.

I am amazed again at what a sweet spirit I know Amy is, how she manages to make the bad guys so darn bad. I guess she’s just that good at this writing gig.

If you’re in Georgia, here’s a special invitation from Amy:
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25th – Come celebrate the launch of Enduring Justice, the third Defenders of Hope story, with an awesome book launch party! The Enduring Justice launch party will be held at the Lifeway Christian Bookstore near the Mall of Georgia from 11 am to 2 pm. Please join us for great food (including a chocolate fountain), door prizes, and the chance to win a huge and very cool treasure chest stuffed with books from many beloved authors and lots of Defenders of Hope merchandise. I hope you’ll be able to join us!

Black Bear Cabin Rentals

Here are some pictures from our Thanksgiving Getaway!
Starting inside, the cabin had beautiful wood walls and floors.

Outside, here is a low view of the lovely cabin, clearly on the side of the mountain, but with a wonderful view of the river below.

This is a fly-fishing river and my husband brought his weighters to give it a try. The water was cold, it was in November, but it was so serene.

I loved sitting on this porch, listening to the river rush.

My daughter standing over a small ledge overlooking the river.

Here is a side view of our cabin. We had several clear, cold days there. The cabin was located a couple of miles beyond the town of Margret, Georgia. Anyone have a clue where Margret is?


If you’d be interested in renting a cabin like this, book through Black Bear Cabin Rentals. Click here for their website.