Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Obvious/Not So Obvious - Part 2

Sometimes we inspire people when we have no idea it's happening. Earlier this month, I did a blog post about obvious beauty and not-so-obvious beauty. I showed it to my husband as always. A couple days later he came to me with the camera and we scrolled through some pictures he'd taken. He said, 'My version of obvious/not-so-obvious'! Thought I would share a sampling of his pictures:

It was one of those foggy mornings where the moisture coated the trees and the spider webs. In this first picture, the web looks like strings of pearls!

In this second picture the web is clearly defined!

Starting to see a pattern! My husband has a love for spider webs!

And he has a fascination for spiders! This bad boy had really long, scary looking legs!

Beauty through the camera lens! (Yes, another spider web)

Ah ha! No spider web! A lovely sunset over our pond!

This is an awesome picture! Looks like we have trees growing in our pond.
There were so many great photos to pick from, I've shared just a few.
Have a lovely autumn wherever you are!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cover reveal for THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY!

I'm happy dancing all over the place today!! I have the cover for THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY :-))

The cover was designed by Deborah with Tugboat Design! :-))

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, ONE SMALL FIB

Coffee for everyone! I'm celebrating the first birthday of ONE SMALL FIB being published! It's been an amazing 365 days! The nerves of having my first book out there have settled and I'm able to reflect lovingly on the journey.

From that first sale to today, I am grateful that readers have taken and continue to take a leap of faith in my writing. You all rock!!!

In February, One Small Fib was nominated as Book of The Month by Long and Short Reviews! Whew! A whirlwind of voting took place. While it didn't win, I was humbled that it stood proudly among some other great books. And again, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who voted (and then re-voted after the technical snafu that dropped the first votes). I have to admit, that was one joyful, nerve-wracking weekend that I still smile about from time to time.

The news that One Small Fib had been chosen to be translated into Greek and sold in Greece made March an incredible month!!

The months following have been equally wonderful, with the release of four other books: Lucky Ducks, Kiss Me, The Gift of Gray, and Stay Close, Novac!

Regardless where my writing journey takes me, I will always have a special place in my heart for One Small Fib.

In lieu of cake, I'm giving away a copy of any one of my books to three lucky people -- (your choice of book since many of you have already read One Small Fib) All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered into the random drawing. Also, please leave your email address so I can notify you if you've won.

You can find my books at:

Thanks to all of you again for making this heart-and-soul adventure a joyous one!!



Monday, September 3, 2012

The Lovely Alle Wells!


Today I have the honor of having Alle Wells on my blog!

I thought it would be great to ask her a few questions:

Could you tell us a little about your love for writing:

Hi Jan! Writing is my favorite way to communicate. I loved writing in a diary as a young girl and writing steamy love letters to my high school crushes. Whenever I had something to say, I wrote it. Back then, putting my feelings on paper often kept me in trouble at school and at home! Throughout my adult life, I jumped at job opportunities that gave me opportunity to write.

What are you currently working on?

My work in progress is called, Mill People. Mill People tells a story of the people who lived in the now deserted cotton mill towns in the South.

When will it be available for our reading pleasure?

Mill People will be available in the Fall of 2012.

Would you like to share an excerpt?

Well, okay. Here's the Preface:

Hundreds of mill towns sprang up along the water falls and rivers of the Appalachian Mountains and Carolina Piedmont regions during the reconstruction years that followed the Civil War. In many ways, these communities saved our nation's economy and created the backbone of today's middle class Americans. At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of displaced landowners and war widows flocked to the newly formed mill towns created by the nation's wealthiest families. There they found job stability and amenities they'd never known in rural farm life. The creation of the American mill town created a new society that would last for the next one hundred years.

You not only love to write, but you also enjoy reviewing other author's books. Can you tell us a little about Alle's Five Star Reviews?

Thanks for asking about my review blog. The blog is dedicated to promoting indie authors. I only post five star reviews because I never want to jeopardize an author's future by posting a negative review. If I don't think a book warrants five stars, then I don't post a review.

When you're not busy writing Southern tales of strength and courage, what do you like to do?

Recently, I've started posting a blog entitled, "Southern Sunday". Southern Sunday is presented weekly on Betty Lee Crosby's Books: Words, Wit and Wisdom site and Goodreads. In Southern Sunday, I write about simple Southern living, my organic lifestyle, and Southern writings. The blog is light and easy, perfect for Sunday morning reading.

In addition to writing, I maintain a complete organic, vegetarian lifestyle. My diet is mainly vegan, but I do incorporate a little low fat cheese occasionally. During the summer months, I purchase veggies from a local farmer. I freeze or dehydrate enough fruits and vegetable to last throughout the winter months. I also have an herb garden in my backyard. The process is time consuming during the summer months but well worth the effort the rest of the year.

Do you have any words of wisdom or writing tips for aspiring writers?

Keep it simple and smile while you write!

Thank you for being here today, Alle!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Obvious/Not So Obvious!

Today has been an incredible day! I've written a lot of words on my upcoming novel, THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY! My fingers have flown across the keyboard, I've guzzled a lot of coffee, and I'm filled with the kind of giddy-happiness that comes from knowing I'm almost finished.

During a much needed break, I took a walk outside to find my Rose of Sharon on the north side of my house in full bloom, so are a few stubborn dandelions. On a whim, I raced back inside to get my camera.

While I let my brain breathe from hours in front of the computer, I snapped a few pictures -- some with obvious beauty, some with not-so-obvious beauty. Thought I would share some of the photos from today and some from awhile back. Enjoy!

Have a great Labor Day Holiday!