Tuesday, May 29, 2007

My Hero, My Love....

I'm fighting to get bits of writing time in between work and home life. It's so hard to get back into the story time after time. I'm going to start taking it to work to do long-hand during my one hour break - not a fascinating, new way to write, but it'll take some discipline because usually my lower back's so sore at break time I collapse in a chair and can't think straight.

Anyway, reading over the original MS in it's entirety has made me realize that there's alot to be said for "when it ain't broke, don't fix it". I think I've taken it's biggest rejection too hard, and am trying too hard to make it into a blockbuster. It's not blockbuster material, but it's still a good, solid story. I just need to keep my focus on theme and characters.

How do you like my brooding hero? :) Any guesses as to who it is? Love that strong jawline!

Monday, May 28, 2007


This wasn't what I was going to post - that post is lost somewhere under "drafts" and I can't get Blogger to publish it (another sign of how computer illiterate I am)...but this is a topic that combines my love of social justice, adoption, babies in general, and my favourite store. Yes, I confess! I love Wal*Mart and shop there all the time.

In Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, a woman gave birth to a baby boy weighing about 8 lbs., in the Wal*Mart's washroom. A video clip showed her coming into the store wearing a bulky coat, and exiting just under fifteen minutes later. A woman in the next bathroom stall saw/heard what was happening beside her, and in her words "I've given birth before and I knew what was going on..."

The mother left her baby boy IN the toilet, and departed out the front doors. The spooked woman in the stall beside her, pulled up her particulars and ran for the Customer Service desk, which is right beside the washroom and front doors in every Wal*Mart. The assistant store manager was able to clear the baby's airway and keep doing CPR till the ambulance came. This little baby is stable and holding his own in hospital.

The big news today? His mom came in to the police, along with family members, after the paper printed the story from the "woman-in-the-next-stall". Mom isn't from Prince Albert, but from La Ronge which is way north of PA. So she would've needed transportation to get there.

Now, tell me how a woman a) can define her labour enough to walk into a store, give birth in the washroom, and walk out all in under fifteen minutes?, b) be out of her mind enough to leave a baby IN THE TOILET??? and c) couldn't have driven to the PA hospital instead of the store.

She was smart to pick Wal*Mart, and I'll tell you why.

1) It has a huge amount of traffic and you can bet that if someone wasn't in the ladies room, there'd be someone or several ladies coming in every two minutes at least. Therefore, baby would be found quickly. (doesn't explain the "leave him in the toilet" part though)

2) Wal*Mart's have highly trained first aid staff on duty on every shift. All managers, and at least one regular staff are highly trained for any emergency situation. Maybe she knew this, probably not. But, it certainly played a factor in saving her son.

3) Wal*Mart's big on community efforts, and this one's already held a fund-raising BarBQ, and has a 4 ft. donation box filled with baby items, a stroller, and car seat.
At least the baby will get them, even if mom doesn't get the baby back. (Pray to God she doesn't!)

In February we had another infant abandoned - this one a baby girl left on the back steps of a house in a suburban neighborhood in Saskatoon. They found the mother in that case as well, and didn't lay charges as she agreed to counselling.

Why would any mother abandon her baby when so many parents languish on adoption lists? I don't care if she's a crack addict, there's no excuse for it with the number of social agencies both north and south of our border, ready to help anyone who's pregnant and doesn't want to be a mom.

It always amazes me that the police don't lay charges in these cases. The law is on the books - but it seems easier to get them medical treatment (temporary insanity, perhaps?), and counselling. I agree that these are both necessary and good things to do. However, when people are charged for leaving their infants/toddlers/children in hot cars during the summer - how is this different from leaving your baby in a box, or a toilet? One is careless, thoughtless, and stupid. I'd like to think that the second one is as well.

(In case this photo is copyright, I've taken it from "Off The Beaten Path", which I've also linked to as the author has some interesting things to say re philosophy)

Little Known Books by a Fabulous Author

***Note: this was my original post, and I've managed to figure out Blogger. Finally!***

I've been absent (obviously) for about a week, so thought I'd take a page from TONI ANDERSON'S BLOG and post my three favourite "older" historicals by Barbara Erskine. They were the beginning of my fascination with historical novels, and led me to write my door-stopper historical novel that takes place during the Third Crusade. Aside from "new writer-itis", the book turned out to be unsaleable due to the Christian/Moslem theme of the Crusades. I was concentrating on a "Beauty & the Beast" story, with Templar trappings, but still couldn't find it a home. Guess it needs a major rewrite! :)

Anyway, these books were written in the '90's by Barbara Erskine, and the first one celebrates it's 21st year anniversary with a new edition:

LADY OF HAY (above) is the story of Matilda of Hay, wife of a lesser baron, in the time of King John. She really lived, and Erskine has taken her story and joined it with the story of a modern-day journalist who's out to debunk reincarnation. During a regressive-hypnotic session, Jo Clifford finds herself experiencing Matilda's life, and soon her present is tangled up with Matilda's story of secret passions and betrayal.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you love "time travel" of any kind, no matter how the present-day character reaches the past, you'll love the richness of this story based on real historical people.

KINGDOM OF SHADOWS is the true story of Isobel, Countess Buchan, who was cousin and lover to Robert the Bruce. She was persecuted for her part in crowning him King of Scotland, and died in a cage overhanging a castle parapet. Her story is entwined with the present-day heroine Clare Rowland - a rich, bored, and unloved wife who finds solace through meditation. She reaches Isobel through meditations, until she finds Isobel part of her life whether or not she's actively meditating in privacy. Again, Erskine paints a thorough, fascinating picture of life in that era of Scotland, and marries up the past and present in a believeable fashion. I think I loved this story best because I'm fascinated with Robert the Bruce. (My DH graduated with his MBA from Herriott-Watt University in Edinburgh, which stands on the lands he dowered to his daughter Margaret)

CHILD OF THE PHOENIX is a straight historical about Eleyne (or Helen) of Mar, who lived during the 1290's and was the great-grandmother of Robert the Bruce. She's also a distant ancestress of Barbara Erskine. This was another deep and emotionally satisfying historical about Scotland.

BARBARA ERSKINE has a brand new historical out called DAUGHTERS OF FIRE. This is the story of Cartimandua, queen of the tribe of Brigantes who inhabit Britannia during the time of the Roman invastion. Current day historian Viv Lloyd Rees has written a book about her, and is doing a screenplay with an actress, when she finds an ancient and cursed brooch. She becomes convinced that Cartimandua is real in the present time, and this sets the course for rivalry, love, and jealousy between the two women, and Viv's love interest, Hugh. They must all come to grips with the great danger facing their lives.

Needless to say, I'll be ordering this book asap!

There's alot suspense writers can learn from writers of "historicals" - their vivid descriptions, for one thing. Historical authors have a talent for evoking details of settings, smells, and emotions that are often lacking in "genre" suspense or romantic suspense. This is just something that I've observed from reading many books in both genres. I'd love to bring more word paintings into my WIPs. While this is a matter of practice, it would be nice to marry up the two styles to enrich my suspense writing.

As for my current WIP, I've got 10 pages written today on my day off. Will I keep them? :) At least they're not blank pages, and that's about all I can say....

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Snowbird Pilot Died Doing What He Loved Best...

I'm late posting this message of love and condolence to Capt. Shawn McKaughey's family. Everyone here at 15 Wing Moose Jaw are shocked and mourn the loss of this wonderful officer and pilot. Those of us who are friends with his fiance, Claudia, share in her sorrow as she faces this terrible tragedy.

Capt. McKaughey loved to fly and had been a well-liked instructor here at 2CFFTS Flight School. He'd been with the Snowbirds for two years and proudly flew Snowbird 2.

To Claudia, his family, and many, many, friends, we extend our deepest condolences on your loss. May Shawn rest in peace.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Falling Behind...

I hurt my back at work today. My helper disappeared on me once again, leaving me to lean over our ergonomically incorrect ledge in the Garden Kiosk, and pulling my lower back muscles. Even after two heavy-duty muscle relaxants and a nap, I feel like I've been sliced in two.

Needless to say, I was mildly ticked. I went to the break room to recuperate and read an interesting article in Cosmo on "work blogging" - venting, educating, providing resources, and NOT mentioning where you work. So, I won't mention that. The fact that I find employees who're lazy and will do anything to get out of what they're supposed to be doing, is irrelevant.

I'm steamed because having done this to my back, I'm further behind on my WIP revisions, not being able to think about anything except the pain I'm in, and how in the world am I going to get through tomorrow's shift? SHE's not worried about it!

Well, I've added a few new links tonight - so there are your "resources" :), and I'm sorry I'm not up to a post that educates or enlightens. I just have a crazy sore back, and nothing done on a night when my DH was out biking, and I put the kids to bed early. Arghhh....

Whoever thinks that mixing "work" with "writing" is easy, hasn't done it. Just like you can't imagine what a migraine feels like if you haven't had one.

So, how do you mix writing time with "work" time? Aside from writing on scraps of paper and hiding them in your smock - I have to warn you, I HATE people who can write chapters in 20 minute chunks. Guess I'm one of those plodders who need about a two hour window to get anything accomplished.

And if you have a remedy for recuperating from a strained back in less than 12 hours, please share!

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Day After Mother's Day...

What did you do/get for Mother's Day? This Mother's Day, I was grateful that my mom survived her townhouse burning down Monday the 7th. While it was hard to lose alot of her things and memorabilia, she's still here, not hurt, and that's the most important part. My sisters found her a new temporary lodging in another retirement home, although she's complaining that it's just a bedsitting-room! :)

I bought myself a huge hanging basket of purple petunias. Purple being my favourite colour, and one I'll wear incessantly if I find enough great clothes in it. Anyway, that was my way of celebrating Mother's Day. DH owes me a snazzy lunch on one of my day's off. (Soon!)

I wish I had a progress report on BA, but last week I got nothing done except the bare minimum of housework.

In the News:

1) The horror story of another Canadian tourist being beaten to death outside a bar in Cancun, Mexico. His parents donated all of his organs. This is the third Canadian to be killed in Mexico within the year. It's about time we all stayed north of Texas.

2) The horror story of a B.C. woman being killed by her pet tiger. The stupid animal swatted her leg with it's paw, supposedly through the cage, and ripped open her femoral artery. Her two children had to watch her die, while the oldest one called 911. This woman and her fiance own two tigers, a lion, a baboon, and some other kind of small wildcat. They've been cited by the SPCA five times, the last time in January of this year - all the while, the RCMP and provincial government has done nothing to support the SPCA's claims of "a tragedy waiting to happen". Well, it's happened and a woman is dead. NOW the provincial government it introducing legislation to make owning "exotic" animals a crime.

How a tiger could get it's paw through a cage side and be able to savage her leg is beyond me. And she had her kids in and out of these cages!

3) Stupid media frenzy over Prime Minister Steven Harper's stand on Afghanistan again, and whether or not Canadian soldiers should be handing over Taliban prisoners to the Afghanistan army. Unbelieveable! I suppose according to the Geneva Convention, we're responsible for their safety and well-being...ahem, perhaps we should just be keeping them in our custody then? It only makes sense that if you hand somebody over to another jailer, you can't be responsible for how that person treats the prisoner. And we ARE talking about the Taliban, here. Yes, lets give them back to the Afghanies so they can re-immerse themselves in the culture and plot more terrorist attacks. So far, nobody in the media seems to have picked up on this...or the fact that maybe terrorists shouldn't be living in the lap of luxury. There's cynical little old me talking again! :)

I hope to be able to post some progress on BA soon. Tonight DH has to study for his final French exam, so I'll be offline. If anyone out there has some good suggestions on how to mix "work" with writing, I'm all ears! Aside from getting up at 4 a.m., that is! I couldn't see to make a cup of coffee straight at that hour, never mind finishing a chapter.

Friday, May 11, 2007

I'm taking a well-deserved day off, if I do say so, although I've had my share of housework to catch up on today. Starting to "work" again has already made me appreciate my writing time. It's more of an "escape" now, than the way it was turning into something stressful and a bit of a drudgery. Too bad "work" doesn't give me a full hour for lunch so I can write there too. Anyway, I was buzzing around blogs and found this quiz, which I took for fun:

You Aren't Cutthroat

You definitely have ambitions and drive, but you also have integrity.
You'll get where you want to in life, and you'll do it the right way.
For you, the ends never justify the means.

Nice to know I'm able to get along with 95% of humanity!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Blogger Problems Strike Again!

I'm not sure if it's my server, or Blogger in general, but it seems I've lost some link material. I can't link through to my List of Bloggers either.

Hopefully, I can get this thing up and running again by tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Best Things in Life....

I've been absent because I've recently gone back to "work", after twelve years of being a SAHM. We're all getting our routines rescheduled and on track. I'm working at getting enough writing time in, too.

WINTER from Rodeo With A Twist of Suspense tagged me a few days ago, to put up eight random facts or habits about myself. I'm supposed to tag eight other friends, but MeMe's have been going around so much lately, I thought I'd just catch up with you all and post my own. So, here goes:

1. My DH is five years younger than I am, and we married a week after my 30th birthday. Lol! I got a lot of flack from friends at the time, for "robbing the cradle", but I sure don't regret marrying a young man who's keeping me young as I approach my "middle age". :)

2. I love "young" pop stars that apparently don't "go" with my age. :) For example; Gwen Stafani, Shakira, The Pussycat Dolls, Carrie Underwood, and Nelly Furtado. Who said you had to dry up and float away as dust when you're in your 40's??

3. I'm heavily addicted to Diet Coke with Lime, and had to cut back on my 3-4 can a day habit when my heart started palpating from all the caffeine I was consuming along with my 4 cups of coffee in the a.m. I'm now down to one cup of coffee and one Diet Coke a day. It hurt!

4. I'm a proud Canadian - newly moved out West to our great Prairies and sitting on top of North Dakota. I love the wide open space and being able to see straight to the horizon of a cerulean blue sky. They make jokes about being able to see your dog run away for three days, but it makes me feel BIG and at one with nature.

5. I used to raise prize-winning Angora rabbits. At one time, I had twenty of them in my garage and out in the back yard. I spun their wool, and won at rabbit shows all around our county back east. I *loved* those rabbits and as they all had pedigrees and were approved by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, I regularly got $75.00 each - $125 for a breeding pair. I miss not having them, now that we're in the military.

6. I scrapbook and go on binges doing it when I get writers block. It seems to unlock something in my creative processes - not to mention give my family a beautiful photo heritage of all our memories.

7. I used to be a police officer, a correctional work with young offenders, and ran a n overnight crisis-shelter for street youth. Back before I was a SAHM. :) I received a Governor-General's Medal for my work with street youth. If *I* was in the military instead of my husband, I'd be able to wear it on my uniform on November 11th. My dh had it shadow-boxed for me instead. (our Governor-General is the Queen's representative in our Canadian government)

8. I wish I'd been able to finish my degree years ago. Now, I wish I had an MFA, but life just isn't going to let me get there. I'll have to learn as I go, writing my romantic suspense/thrillers and hoping to someday be published.

And the Best Thing in Life right now - my mother's townhouse burnt down on Monday but she and her pets are safe. It's shocking when you lose everything, but having my mom still around is the Best. As she said, "It just wasn't my time."

And what is the Best Thing in Your Life?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

This week TONI ANDERSON tagged me and awarded me the "Thinking Bloggers Award". Thanks, Toni, for being a loyal reader!

Here are several Blogs I read almost daily:

SANDRA RUTTAN - Sandra's always up to date with crime writing, current events, and blogs about her writing journey. I love her Blog!

ROMANCE WORTH KILLING FOR - this is a group blog of five romantic suspense writers. They run weekly topics on writing for the RS market, and always have great information to share.

CJ Lyons - Award winning author of medical thrillers, CJ always has the latest info on her blog - plus you can email her for answers about medical information for your WIP.

ANGELA HUNT - Angela's a prolific writer who always has interesting background info on her WIPs. She writes as if she's having a conversation with you - and I can't wait to see her next book out!

KERRY BLAISDELL - last but certainly not least, Kerry blogs daily about her writing journey. Her WIPs are romantic suspense/comedies, and she's always good for a "pick-me-up" read.

If you would like to be tagged you need to follow these three simple steps:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged write a post with five Blogs that make you "think".

2. Link to THIS post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

3. Optional: proudly display the "Thinking Blogger Award" with a link back to the post you wrote.

And thank you to all of the above ladies who making checking cyber-space with your first coffee of the a.m., a joy and inspiration!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


I'm thrilled to have Pamela S. Thibodeaux blogging with us today! If anyone has any questions for Pamela, feel free to leave them in the "Comments" section and we'll get them answered for you.

Pamela, please tell everyone about yourself!

Hello Laurie, Thank you for hosting me on your blog. As well as being a writer, I am a housewife, mother, grandmother and licensed sales producer in the insurance industry with a background in accounting.

You’re an award-winning author. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and what awards you’ve won?

I began writing 25 yrs ago in 5-subject notebooks. As a former member of RWA and Coeur de Louisiane –an RWA chapter- I won Coeur's "Diamond in the Rough" award in 1999 and their "Ruby" award in 2000. I also received my RWA "Pro" pin in 2000.

TEMPERED DREAMS is the second book in your series. First, tell us about the series, and how TEMPERED DREAMS fits in to it.

My original thought for the series was for 2 novels, book 1 Tempered Hearts and book 3 Tempered Fire. However, when Dr. Scott Hensley came on the scene in Tempered Hearts, I knew he had to have a story. My heroine, Katrina, came to me way-back-when and I'd jotted down some notes and forgot about her. As I learned more about Scott, Katrina came back to my mind and I knew she was the perfect heroine for him.

What was your inspiration (or the story behind the story) for starting the series?

As I mentioned, I only intended to have 2 stories, Tempered Hearts and Tempered Fire, and both were intended to be Harlequin type romances. However, when I recommitted my life to Christ I committed my writing to Him and the focus changed from "just another romance" to something that would glorify Him. This was back in 1989. At that time I had no idea that there was a "CBA" market. Since romance is by far my favorite genre, I simply wrote what I thought was a good romance but allowed the characters' relationship with God to shine forth in their lives. Little did I know that my writing was far more sensual than allowed in the CBA market/readership.

As for continuing the series, as certain secondary characters came to life, they began telling me their stories so I just had to write them. Also, what intended to simply be an interesting fact in Tempered Hearts, became a major question throughout the series….are Craig Harris and Scott Hensley blood brothers as gossip and rumors suggest?

For people like me who’ve not read the Tempered series yet, can you elaborate on who the characters are – some teasers for the hero/heroines story?

I'd love to!

Tempered Hearts revolves around Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet. Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel. Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love. Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them. It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.

Tempered Dreams of course revolves around Dr. Scott Hensley (introduced in Tempered Hearts) who has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife. Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another?

Based on Proverbs 22:6: "Train a child up in the way he should go, and he shall not depart from it", Tempered Fire revolves around Craig and Tamera's daughter; Amber. Conflict occurs when daddy's little girl finds love of her own. Craig must learn the hardest lesson a devoted father has to learn: To let go and let God make of His children what He will. They are, after all, a gift from God, entrusted to him for as long as He chooses. Through love and laughter, temptation and tragedy, Amber Harris and Stanley Morrison must come to understand the absolute meaning of trust and forgiveness if their marriage is to last as long, and be as strong as her parents'.

Tempered Joy revolves around Ace Harris (Tamera & Craig's son) and Lexie Morgan (Scott and Trina's adopted daughter). All-Around rodeo cowboy and heir to the Rockin’ H Ranch, Ace Harris is determined not to fall in love. He’s only loved one woman in his life, his mother, and no one can even come close to filling her boots. Her death has left a hole in his heart and emptiness in his soul. Lexie Morgan thinks rodeo cowboys have rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul. A broken childhood and the death of her father and best friend leave her doubting and questioning God (despite her years of religious upbringing) and afraid of love. Can two young people who clash from the onset learn to trust in the healing power of God and find love and happiness amidst tragedy and grief?

Also, the answer to whether or not Craig and Scott are really a blood relation is answered which leads us into Tempered Truth because it is only when you know the truth that the truth can set you free!

What kind of themes do you like to explore in your writing?

All of my books have a Scripture reference and I guess that could be notated as the "theme" of the book, though this isn't always the case. For instance, although the Scripture reference Acts 20 does match the overall theme of the story, it is not necessarily THE theme in my book, The Inheritance. The Inheritance is about the chance we all long for…the chance to start over and finding new love after loss. Tempered Hearts is another case of Scripture reference and main "theme" not necessarily matching. The Scripture reference for Tempered Hearts is Ezek. 36 but the "theme" is…Only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.

So I guess the best answer to this question is that the main theme throughout my writing is a personal relationship with Christ since I don't always know what else will come to light in a story until I begin writing.

Your inspirational books have been called “edgy”. How do you feel your books compare in this respect with other Christian novels on the market?

Well, it's evident that my books cross the line when it comes to the CBA market since I am not published by a traditional CBA publisher. Although the guidelines are loosening up in some aspects, an editor for Steeple Hill (Harlequin's inspirational imprint) told me at a conference last year that when it comes to sensuality, the guidelines will probably always remain strict. This means that I may never be published by a traditional CBA publisher.

Who are you published with, and why did you choose that publisher?

The 'Tempered' series is contracted and published through ComStar Media, LLC. I chose ComStar when the editor, Jennifer Andersen told me that she didn't care about 'guidelines' she just wanted good stories with good characters. ComStar publishes my books in trade paperback as well as Ebook formats. I also have a single title novel, The Inheritance published through The Wild Rose Press for the same reasons. The Wild Rose Press titles debut as Ebooks but those over 55,000 words go to print. Both utilize POD technology and both use Lightningsource which is owned by Ingram who is one of the largest book distributors in the US! Although they do adhere to Biblical principles, The Wild Rose Press' White Rose line (inspirational) allows more sensuality than the traditional CBA publishers.

Do you encourage unpublished writers to enter contests?

I encourage unpublished writers to do as much as they can to get feedback on their work, but caution them to not get hung up in the contest cycle. I've seen some really good writers get good feedback and even invitations from editors to send their work in as a result of a contest, yet never do so feeling that "it's just not right yet." Contests can be great, but at some point, you've got to take that leap of faith, get off the contest merry-go-round, and submit to a publisher, editor or agent.

Do you have a critique group or partner? If so, does this help with your writing?

Yes, I have a critique partner who challenges me to grow as a writer. In fact, every time I begin a new project or open an existing one to edit, I hear her voice along side all the others in my head…"Show don't tell, active not passive, what is 'it'?"

Why do you write romantic fiction? Is this the kind of book you’ve always loved to read, or did the opportunity to write the series come later?

I've always been an avid reader of romance so the writing naturally came out of that love. Like most romantics I've enjoyed romances since the fairytales we're taught as children…true love, heroes on white horses, and knights in shining armor; who doesn't dream of love everlasting and happy-ever-after? Also, I love…love! Those sweet, all-consuming emotions…the flush of new love or the deep-seated contentment of long-time romance and everything in-between deserve to be honored.

What WIPs do you have “in the hopper” at the moment?

Currently I'm editing Tempered Joy, book 4 in the series and I still need to write book 5, Tempered Truth. I also have two completed novels The Visionary and Circles of Fate that need homes as well as a gift book titled Love is a Rose (which is currently at Thomas Nelson) and a book of short stories titled Seasons of Love in the works. After these, I have a host of other ideas for future works.

What are your long-range goals as a writer?

To keep writing and continue glorifying God in the books and stories I write.
Once again, Thank you, Laurie, for having me as a guest on your blog!

Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder/President & Treasurer of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Email: pthib-7@centurytel.net Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

In association with the book tour, Pam is offering a special discount coupon for VBT participants! To receive your coupon for 25% off of Tempered Dreams (or any of the Tempered Books) simply email her at pthib-7@centurytel.net with "VBT Coupon" in the subject line.