Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Wishing on Dandelions by Mary DeMuth

This sequel to Watching the Tree Limbs delivers an emotionally satisfying continuation of Maranatha’s story.

Now a high school senior, life throws her a curve when Uncle Zane’s health takes a nose-dive and a nosey home health nurse worms her way into Maranatha’s big white house.

Maranatha is drawn to her best friend, Charlie, the son of her house maid, Zady. Even though good-hearted Charlie loves her, she frustrates him with the way she constantly pulls away. They nearly get swept up by a tornado, and prejudice from her neighbors—some that she wouldn’t have expected—rears its ugly head. A lot of changes are on the way for Maranatha, and her fear of men will get worse before it gets better, as the prophetic words of Mama Frankie come true.

If you enjoyed Watching the Tree Limbs, you’ll like the sequel even more. The ending is hopeful and sweet. I highly recommend it.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Count It All Joy, aka Rejection

Consider it pure joy, my sisters (and brothers), whenever you receive rejections of many kinds, (whether they be brief form letters or a personal note telling you all the things you still are doing wrong) because you know that the testing of your faith in yourself and your writing develops humility (which you'll need once you become as rich and famous as J.K. Rowling) and perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Melanie's paraphrased version of James 1:2-4

So there you go. Those rejections are necessary.

And now I would like to announce that I am accepting query letters from all bona fide literary agents. If you would like to be my agent, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will send you a template application document. If I decide not to choose you, please do not be offended. My agent needs are limited, therefore I must be very picky.