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10646741_10204870944154085_8514285265217180766_nWell, so much has been going on lately that I figure it’s time for a recap…and just maybe I’ll get back on track to posting at least once a week on this blog 🙂

Ever hopeful!

God has an amazing way of surprising us with more than we expect.

I’ve been pursuing writing for the past ten years and in that time God’s done some amazing things like:

Introduced me to the fabulous Alley Cats

He brought the FABULOUS, Julie Gwinn to be my friend first – and then my agent

Brought wonderful authors like the Seekers, Janice Thompson, Beth Vogt, and so many others into my life

He’s brought teaching and resources to help hone my skills.

And now..well, I’ve joined the roller coaster of published authors.

1. I signed my first contract with Lighthouse of the Carolinas for my Contemporary Romance novel, A Twist of Faith, at the end of September. It’s a fun story that is a modern day retelling of My Fair Lady set in Appalachia. It’s scheduled to release in June 2015.

2. I signed my second contract in mid-November to co-author a Middle Reader/YA novel that accompanies a new video game releasing in 2015.

3. Yesterday I signed a three book contract with Vinspire Publishing for my historical romance series, beginning with The Thornbearer to be released in October 2015. This Penned in Time series takes place during World War 1 and follows the lives of three friends who each struggle with forgiveness and the definition of true beauty as they face a world at war.

I’m excited about these new opportunities but also nervous about how to make it all fit into a very busy schedule as a full-time speech language pathologist and mom of five. It’s great to know if God provided the opportunities, He’ll also provide the ability to complete them 🙂

Here’s to seeing what God ends up doing with MY story in the middle of writing these stories!!

The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson

thedreamdressJanice Thompson stitches a seamless romance in her newest release, The Dream Dress, her third book in the Weddings by Design series. Poor Gabi Delgado resigns her life to follow int he glass-less footsteps of poor Cinderella. As an ‘alterations girl’ for an erratic yet famous wedding dress designer, Gabi is confined to a small room in his shop and hide her amazing skills within her own wedding designs. But the threads of God’s grace show up in Gabi’s life in unexpected ways, particularly through the charming, Jordan Singer. From his fluent Spanish, boyish grin, and unquenchable charm, he winds into Gabi’s life tighter than bobbin string. His wit and easy manner, coupled with his gentle love for the Lord, opens Gabi’s heart to healing at her deepest level – her soul. Not only does his tenderness awaken her dreams to create her own wedding dresses, but it also begins the process of introducing her to what a good, Godly man can do with the Cinderella dreams of a girl’s heart.

But dreams threaten to unravel when Gabi’s boss discovers Gabi’s talent. Will Gabi give up on every dream, even the newest ones closest to her heart, or will she grab her glass slippers and pin cushion, and run for her dreams? It’s a fantastic story to tug at her heart strings and your funny bone.

Don’t miss it. One of Janice’s best and definitely a hero worth swooning over.

This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson

9781441242907_p0_v2_s260x420Are you ready for a sweet treat? Something with the flavor of romance and laughter? Then check out Janice Thompson’s newest novel, The Icing on the Cake.

Love comes in any size and at the ‘sweetest’ moments.

The Rossi’s are back and this time it’s the bad-boy-turned-good Armando who sweeps into Scarlet Lindsey’s life and melts her heart like a Gelato on a summer sidewalk.

Scarlet loves her job as a baker, but her insecurities about herself keep her from really stepping out in the romance-department. She’s been content with safe and familiar Kenny, until Armando Rossi walks into her bakery to help Scarlet with a wedding. Ms. Predictable and Safe gets a slice of romance as dangerous and delightful as Italian chocolate.

It’s not going to be a piece of cake for the two of them to overcome their insecurities and find a happily-ever-after together. Armando has as difficult a time believing in himself as Scarlet does. And will Scarlet realize beauty isn’t just icing deep, but is a result of all the special ingredients that make it just the way it is?

The Icing on the Cake will win your heart with it’s cute humor, adorable blunders, and sweet romance.

Hello, Hollywood by Janice Thompson

I LOVE humor!!!

It’s why I like to snuggle up to a snuggly person and watch movies like Sleepless in Seattle, or While You Were Sleeping, or Just Like Heaven or Leap Year or My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Oh wait – speaking of GREEK!

Janice Thompson’s new novel, Hello Hollywood (second in her Backstage Pass series) is just what I like to read. Funny, crazy at times, with a drool-worthy hero and a hilarious family. Poor Athena, from the first moment she steps on Stephen Cosse’s (aka Adonis) perfect feet, there is never a dull moment. One slapstick fall after another brings them together in the most unlikely of ways.

And they’re both such sweet people, but getting to be inside Athena’s head (and her imagination) makes for a fun ride on the roller coaster of ‘what next’.

It’s a hilarious journey of love framed in with the nostalgic Hollywood era and a band of quirky characters.

From the back of the book:

When it comes to love, one thing’s for sure–it doesn’t follow a script!

Athena Pappas is the head writer on Stars Collide, one of the most  popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is
brought in to beef up the show’s suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition–and attraction–between the two
writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem writing the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?

With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as Athena and Stephen discover that not being in control
of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.

Endorsements

“Romance, drama, fun–Hello, Hollywood! has it all.”–Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life
series

“Thoroughly delightful! A blend of contemporary life and romance with nostalgic snapshots of Hollywood’s golden age. Thompson writes with warmth and
humor, creating a world we can all escape to for a little while.”–Rachel Hauck, bestselling and award-winning author of Dining with Joy

this book arrives in October 2011 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

 

Swinging On a Star by Janice Thompson

 There’s a fine line between ambitious and crazy.

Bella’s just not sure where it is.

Bella Rossi’s life is nearing perfection. Not only does she have the perfect guy, but she’s also running a successful wedding-planning business and is about to plan its most ambitious wedding yet–a Renaissance-themed fairy tale come true, complete with period costumes and foods, horse-drawn carriages, and even a castle. There’s only one hitch. The best man just happens to be Hollywood’s hottest and most eligible bachelor, and he’s showing an interest in Bella. Oh, and did we mention he’s staying at her house to avoid the paparazzi?

With all the pressure surrounding this wedding, Bella’s not sure she’s going to make it through. Add her starstruck sister and her feuding aunt and uncle, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster–and a lot of laughs.

There are two things that always go together: Pasta and Italian. There are three things that don’t: Two guys and one girl.  Bella finds herself stuck in the middle of a true fairytale when the perfect Italian dream guy pops into her life. Between her eccentric family, her wedding planning business, and her Texas hunk B.J., Bella still has a lot to learn about life, love, and faith.

Janice Thompson continues the humorous chaos of the Rossi family in her second book in the Weddings by Bella series Swinging On a Star. Without a doubt, three things that DO go together in a Janice Thompson novel is humor, romance, and lots of insanity. The Rossi family are completely hilarious and their eccentricities coupled with a deepset faith, make them endearing.

If you’re interested in a book that tickles the funny bone and is reminiscent of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, stop by the bookstore and pick up one of Janice’s books, preferably Fools Rush In to get started right. You’ll laugh and get this wonderfully warm feeling around your heart – no not indigestion, the Rossi’s cook way too good for that 😉

To read my review of Fools Rush In follow this link:

https://pepperbasham.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/fools-rush-in-by-janice-thompson-2/

This book was provided by Revell and Baker Publishing.