Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Need help? Another kind of 9-1-1

Psalm 91 (New International Version)

Psalm 91 (NIV)

 Ps 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
       will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 2  I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
       my God, in whom I trust."

 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
       and from the deadly pestilence.

 4 He will cover you with his feathers,
       and under his wings you will find refuge;
       his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 5 You will not fear the terror of night,
       nor the arrow that flies by day,

 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
       nor the plague that destroys at midday.

 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
       ten thousand at your right hand,
       but it will not come near you.

 8 You will only observe with your eyes
       and see the punishment of the wicked.

 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
       even the LORD, who is my refuge-

 10 then no harm will befall you,
       no disaster will come near your tent.

 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
       to guard you in all your ways;

 12 they will lift you up in their hands,
       so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
       you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
       I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
       I will be with him in trouble,
       I will deliver him and honor him.

 16 With long life will I satisfy him
       and show him my salvation."

Hope you are encouraged today.

Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Monday, August 27, 2007


Ben Calhoun & Bro(from The Least of These)and Mercy Me at Rockford Edan Concert with special guests:
Echoing Angels
Caedmon's Call
The Least of These
Steven D


India pics:
(Part of our media team that went following the tsunami to see about building orphanes for children who lost their parents to the tsunami)

One interesting bit of trivia about that is it only costs about five thousand American dollars to build an orphanage for a few hundred children in India.

I had a thousand and some dollars to send toward it, and prayed God would give me the rest so I could help the children have a home and beds to sleep on. My first book contract was the EXACT amount I needed! Only God could know how much it meant for me to be able to help these children I met and fell instantly in love with.

One really awesome thing, and I wish I'd had memory left in my card to get a pic of it..but for nearly a hundred miles of travel to a remote area of India, the landscape was hot, drab, brown and gray. Then this brilliant, magnificant yellow glowed on the horizon of the road. As our bus neared, I realized it was a field of yellow flowers. It seemed to go on for a mile. It was THE only bright spot for what seemed like ever. Our bus stopped in the middle of it, and across the road, mere feet away sat the site for the orphanage! It was coming along nicely as far as construction. Then the orphanage pastor told us the flowers were a mustard seed field!!! HOW COOL IS THAT? If you have faith as much as a tiny mustard seed....

Pics above are a few of the folks who were on our fifteen (or so) member team:

Logical as her father and gal with a great sense of humor...Sarah Zacharias Davis (daughter of Ravi Zaharias) who is also an author, talking to a child.

Orphans draping my neck with flower necklaces they made for our team.

Me playing in the floor with some adorable orphans...well, orphaned no more because they're all God's kids.

Beautiful and Tenderhearted Kelly McCorkle (Miss North Carolina and Amazing Race star) with the children.

Me with children. I just couldn't get or give enough hugs. LOL!

Band Pics:

The Least of These artist Ben Calhoun and his brother with a couple of their littlest fans.

Mercy Me playing.

Sound check for Mercy Me, Echoing Angels, The Least of These, Caedmon's Call and Steven D.

Oh, and another cool thing I learned at the concert is that Caedmon's Call band members have a huge heart for the dalit (outcasts, unwanted) community in India, as I do. This blessed my heart tremendously. As some of you may or may not know, I've been there on media and humanitarian missions. Mostly to pray for and help the orphan, widow, leper and Christian (four groups considered dalits) communities.

A bit of Trivia: "Share the Wealth" song was written for and about India.

I may eventually repost some of those India pics...I know they were hugely popular on my blog. But I deleted them after receiving some threatening comments from an anti-Christian extremist. I didn't want to put the children or the orphanage workers or pastors or their families in danger. I probably overreactd by deleting all the posts. Many of you have requested those photos to be put back up. I prayed about it, and decided that since I doubt terrorists are stalking my blog, I'd post a few back up.

Please pray for these bands and for the dalits of India.

Enjoy the pictures!




Hey all,

Since I seem to be on a provision kick lately, I thought I'd toss this out there.

Some of you know my husband is very involved in the Christian music industry. He has played in bands as well as ran sound for nearly every major (and many underground) bands out there. He does some secular stuff too, but mostly Christian venues.

Anyway, recently one of the concert/festival promoters he works with mentioned I could sign my books at the concerts. This is so cool because it's like a merging of both of our ministries. Okay, my church hates that term, but I mean it in the sense that, If you’re a surrendered-to-God-Christian, you HAVE a ministry, meaning what outlet God is using you and your gifts to draw people to Himself. So ministry is about HIM, not US. Just so we’re clear in case anyone from my church is listening. LOL! I love my church by the way. Anyway, book signings would require travel, and so do sound gigs. So this merging would actually give our family time together rather than cause us time apart.

Another cool thing...he may also start running sound at NASCAR races for infield entertainment. So far, 12-24 races. The really cool thing about this is I was raised on the track practically. LOL! We went to the races as far back as I can remember and in fact, I may have been potty trained in Pit Row. LOL! Going to the races was one of the fondest times I remember with my family.

Except for that one time the tractor truck at the tractor pulls ended up with it's throttle stuck wide open and came out of the mud bog...crashed through the fence and nearly took out my entire family. I'm talking the first several rows of bleachers were splintered. It landed on mom's glass makeup container crushed in her lap. I ended up shoved between the bleachers somehow, and my cousin's tennis shoes, which were seated on either side of me were shredded. They found my hair in the tires. God definitely had his hand on my entire family that day...aka another form of provision is God's protection. Other than getting scraped up, scared out of our wits and mighty muddy, no one was seriously hurt.

Anyway, back to the NASCAR thing. I started some racing (not "racy" Very Big Grin!)stories a few years back, one was titled Thrill of The Chase... The Chase is actually a NASCAR finaling race. Anyway, it would be so cool, if, after I set the artillery-leaden stories I'm currently writing aside, if I could pick up those racing stories again.

I love to write anything high adrenaline, and in fact have branded myself (writing-wise) on My Space, Shoutlife, etc. as "High Caliber Romance. High Octane Faith."

Harlequin (my publisher) currently has a merger with NASCAR for a line of stories. And while they won't launch that line with unknown/unproven authors, in a few years I will have hopefully built up my readership enough to maybe try for one of those if my editors are cool with it. The stories are commonly set in the Midwest where I live and have a Midwest feel. My agent at the time mentioned the NASCAR stories to me, and the information she obtained was that I could write low sensuality and include a faith element. Not sure if that'll be the case when and if I decide to pursue this with God and my editor's blessings but it's something for you all to pray about.

I've batted around a few Non-Fiction ideas. One on Impartation of Spiritual Gifts...and the other music and faith related. Basically I had this idea that, since I'm backstage with hubby before, during and after concerts, I usually get to interact with the bands. In fact, my children splashed around in a hot tub with one of Mercy Me's guitar players' children since the promoter put us up at the same hotel. It's these encounters where you meet the bands and get to see their hearts. Also, to be able to pray for them because life on the road is tough if their families aren't traveling with them.

I've heard so many stories about how songs came about, or how people were touched by certain songs, or how certain songs were inspired, I've started writing them down as a self-study about the kind of impact words can have to heal hearts and situations. Who knows if anything will come of the ideas book-wise. It's encouraging to me to see God's hand through music because I think He works through books (even fiction) much the same way. At the last sound gig we went to, Mercy Me headlined with several other bands. One of those bands was The Least of These. One of Ben Calhoun's (Photo Above) songs (on his solo album) was inspired by a friend of his. She prepared and worked hard and saved to be able to go on a missions trip. She organized concerts to raise money for it. She got the money, but was killed just a couple of days before her flight was to leave. One of the band members telling this story said he told God he didn't understand why God would take this girl's life. A life who served Him. He didn't know what to do or say, so he wrote a song. It's absolutely beautiful and titled Fall Like Rain. Check out Ben’s My Space Page here:

Stories such as this inspire me.

I've often thought of writing a book about this sort of thing, but then I found out CCM does something similar called Behind the Song...or something like that. Probably similar to MTV's (I think) Behind the Music. So I set that idea aside, but still write the stories down because they remind me of God's provision in grief and in times of suffering. Music is healing, as is laughter. Anyway, at this concert, when Mercy Me got ready to go onstage, I had a tidal wave of compassion hit me for the people sitting directly behind me. I hadn't met them, didn't know them. All I knew was I was very nearly in tears during the entire set because my heart was squeezing with empathy for them. I had no idea why. I knew God knew though, so I spent the better part of the set just interceding silently for them. After the concert, my daughter turned around to them and casually mentioned that she's sad because Brownie (her guinea pig) died. The woman leaned forward, held my daughter's face in her hands so tenderly and said, "I'm so sorry about your pet. I know how you feel. My brother died two weeks ago."

My heart fell to my toes. I began to talk to her and she shared with me that he'd drowned two weeks prior. Her and her sister (sitting next to her at the concert, along with their other brother) were coming back from their brother's funeral and they were arguing. Things were tense between them. Then the radio came on and Mercy Me's song "Imagine" came on. If you haven't heard that, it basically is from the point of view of a man who is singing to God about what Heaven will be like. He asks Jesus (in the song) questions such as "Will I stand in your presence? Or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing Hallelujah? Will I be able to sing at all? (Etc, Etc.) I can only imagine, I can only imagine."

During the song in the car ride, the two sisters were stricken with remembrance that Mercy Me was their brother's (the one who drowned) favorite song and Imagine was his favorite song. She said they knew, just knew God intended them to hear that song. It caused them to patch things up and put better perspective on things. After the song, the radio announcer offered free tickets to the Mercy Me concert (where I met them). They called and won the tickets. It was like God wanted them there. (Provision in grief) So during the Mercy Me set, they played “Imagine” last...and that's probably why my heart was about to squeeze out of its chest for this family. They'd lost a loved one so very recently, but here's his favorite band playing his favorite song...and the song is about a man pondering what Heaven will be like. Only during the playing of that song I think they were realizing God was speaking to them about what their brother is experiencing in Heaven.

So the words, for this family, became not only touching, but literally a balm from God's fingers pressed to the grief wounds in their hearts. And though they miss him, God gave them hope. Their story profoundly ministered to me, and that's the sort of thing I'd like to put in the NF book. God's provision or something about how He ministers through the creative, books, etc.

I'm just tossing this out there for feedback. Would this sort of thing be of interest to you? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Come on y'all. Don't be shy!

Extremely ponderous today....Squirrel

Friday, August 24, 2007

What would you be willing to endure just to be with Him?

Yes, I write romance....and that header kinda sounds like a romance kind of question. I love my hubby more than words can say, but I'm even more passionately in love with Jesus.
A friend (thanks, Robin!) sent me this link and I BAWLED my eyes out. I mean the kind of heaving cry that comes from your gut.
Get your tissues ready, click the link, and be prepared to be changed and touched. It's got a slow start...but well worth it if you watch until the end.
Warning: Don't have anything important planned after you watch this. It'll make you want to hole up in your room and worship for about ten hours straight.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
If you're a lurker here...come out and play with us! Hee hee!
and by the way...the subject line is a bit misleading....He endured the worst of EVERYTHING for us. Just to be with us. The message in this video speaks for itself, but if you're struggling to believe the depths and lengths Jesus would go to just to be in relationship with really NEED to watch this.

Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

God's Provision...even in Rejection

Hey all,
I received a rejection on my submitted book yesterday, but that's not what this post is about. 
I'd been asking for direction regarding my writing, specifically what I needed to work on learning this year to improve my craft.
I'm a list maker...and I also try to set goals for each year as far as writing, family life, God, etc.
So on my writing, I've known my endings are weak, so I've been reading books in my genre and in the line I'm targeting to see how they end. To study the books for author's techniques that really seemed to work. I don't want readers to get let down at the end and be like..."well, the engine took off strong, and the rest of the train chugged pretty good...but that caboose....anticlimactic."
Anyway, with the rejection, it made me all the more want to work on strengthening my endings so they're not so abrupt. My stories always end happily, but sometimes the pacing is off, usually because I've run out of word count and I rush. I've got to learn to write leaner throughout and leave readers with a truly satisfying ending.
So today, I'm going through a gazillion emails and stumble on this one digest that I never have time to read. It's called Writing Tips. I was about to route it to its folder to be read some other year (lol!) when my attention snapped back to it. 
I had this vague, out of nowhere thought, "Don't delete that. It'll help you end your books. You'll learn from it." Then I had the strongest sensation God was saying to me, "I will give you everything you need. Everything." 
These thoughts were so vague I nearly deleted the email. On a whim I opened it....and every article that issue was on how to end books! LOL! 
This is so cool. God knows my books need SERIOUS help on the hind end. LOL! I really think He directed me to that email. How cool is that? Stuff like this takes the sting of rejection away because to me, it's worth it if I get to know Him and His voice better and learn to trust that He has my best interest at heart. 
By the way, the endings weren't the only reason the story got rejected. We're not sure the story or characters are redeemable for the line and house I'm writing for. We'll see, but for now, I'm working on a different book in that series and will try to move it to be book three instead. 
That's why it's always good to have something else in the works for an editor, in case one project doesn't work for them. Even if it does, they're going to want to see something else from you if they contract you. So again, I stress...don't be idle. When you submit that sucker...fling yourself fully into another story right away. When my editor asked, I was able to say I do have another proposal ready...although it needs polished and I need to work on the synopsis. We brainstormed it a little today and I'm going to tweak the synopsis and opening a bit to incorporate my editor's suggestions. I wish I would have done that (ran it past my editor first for her thoughts} with the last book....but live and learn, right?
The more I learn in this industry, the more I learn I need to learn more. LOL! It never stops, nor should it. Now I know it's better to take up fifteen minutes of her time to go over a story idea before I write it than to write it and make the poor thing suffer for hours or days slogging through 280 pages of mean fertilizer. LOL! Okay those are my words, not hers. She was much more kind and gracious. I'm brutal with myself. LOL! I just wish, wish, wish I could see the flaws in my own writing. I certainly have no trouble picking them out in others' writing. LOL!
It's just SO cool to me that GOD ALMIGHTY...Creator of Heaven and Earth...cares about me and something so menial as the endings of my stories. He cares about the things we care about. It was a beautiful reminder to me. I hope it encourages you, too. God knows you and loves you and knows everything you need, exactly when you need it. 
Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Sunday, August 19, 2007


Hey all...back from the sound gig...which was AWESOME! More on that later this week or next.

But I have to share something really embarrassing that happened. We're in the hotel room one morning. My kids are brushing their teeth with the water running. I tell them this at home but I guess they needed a reminder at the hotel to turn the water off while they're actually brushing. They asked me to remind them why and I said, "Because it conserves water. You can waste gallons of water if you leave it running while you brush. Just turn it on to wet your toothbrush, then again when you get ready to rinse."

So they ask, "What does conserve mean?"

I said, "That means to save water, meaning not use so much. It also saves money because using water costs money."

Sometime later, we're in the vehicle which has 7 passengers, including two of my husband's friends who do sound gigs with him, and my 15 yo niece.

One of my children asks out loud: "Mom, are you and daddy conserving water when you take showers together? Because I'm pretty sure you do."


With muffled snickers around me...except for my teenage niece WHO IS HOWLING with laughter....I manage to gulp a few times and say, "Um...yes, sort of. Yes." I mean what can you say in this situation? I was NOT going to have THAT conversation with a seven year old in front of our friends. LOL!

Still red,


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Will be MIA from Blogdom

Hey all,

I'm going to another sound gig with my hubby. So no posts for a few days.

If you are in the Rockford, IL area this weekend, drop by the concerts sponsored by Edan Productions.

Saturday, August 18th, 2007
5:00 pm Show

Summerwood Amphitheatre
2223 N. Mulford Rd. Rockford, IL

Bands playing:
Mercy Me
Caedmons Call
Burlap To Cashmere
Echoing Angels
Least of These

Click the Edan link above for pricing info, etc.

I'll "Blog" at you when I get back....


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

BLUSH AND CRINGE...The REAL story behind my Amazon discovery


I was too embarrassed to post this yesterday and day before, but I'm over it now other than residual chuckling at my own ignorance.

Here's the REAL story behind my Amazon search which led to the discovery of my book being there.

I had an author email me recently to thank me for the "nice review I put of her book on Amazon." She said it was the nicest thing she'd ever heard about her writing. Since I haven't done a review in quite some time, and I couldn't recall what exactly I said about her book, I decided to look up my review. Generally to do that, at least in years past, I've just typed my name into the Amazon browser and my reviews pop up.

Okay, so I did that...and I'm looking at what I think is the review page. Now, you have to understand that 99% of the time publishers will change your title. They do this because they're marketing whizzes and well, I'm not. SO...though I sold the story and they changed the title, and I love the new title, I still (in my mind) think of the story by the old title..which was Ominous Code.

The browser opened up a new window and I looked at the screen that says, "A Soldier's Promise by Cheryl Wyatt." For a split second, my mind went, Huh. That's odd. Then my mouth went, "I don't remember reviewing a book named A Soldier's Pro--OH! OH! OH my goodness! That's MY book! THAT'S MY BOOK!" and I'm standing from my keyboard and shrieking through the house that my book is on Amazon.

My kids hardly blinked. Oh well. Not only are they not that impressed, they don't have any idea what Amazon is. LOL!

So I ran outside scouting for ANYONE or anything in their yard. Nothing. Except the neighbor's dog. He got an earfull about my book being on Amazon. Also totally unimpressed. LOL! Although he did give me a strange look, tucked his tail, dropped his ears down flat against his head and walked slowly away...eyeing me with brute force the entire time. As though he needed to figure out if he was gonna have to take me down and out to escape my yard safely.

But no matter. I was so excited I couldn't help myself.


I promise to try and contain myself when I see my book in Wal-mart.

Now that I'm off my wheelchair, walker (not rocker! LOL)and neighbors will hopefully get used to seeing me blare down the street in my sneakers whooping about this or that. I had received a friend's book (Camy Tang) from Zondervan and I did the same thing. Hugged it to my chest and ran through the streets telling everyone I saw and showing them Camy's book. I think the entire neighborhood will pick up her book, and hopefully preorder mine. LOL!

So, yeah, I'm admitting my mind didn't recognize at first that what my eyes were seeing was the book I authored, not a book I reviewed. LOL! But I recognize it now and hey, I just have to shout it one last time....




Monday, August 13, 2007


YAY! My book is also now on Borders!!!!! Looks like you can get a large print edition there.
You'll have to type my name Cheryl Wyatt AND the book title...which is A Soldier's Promise for it to pop up there. It's not listed on Barnes and Noble yet, or a couple others...yes, I'm nuts enough that I obsessively checked! LOL~
Oh, goodness this is so exhilarating. I cannot describe with human words the feeling of seeing my book on the online book stores. It's probably a good thing this didn't happen in seeing a book with my name on the cover...for the first time. Okay, well, not exactly my name on the cover, but the book becoming available.
Thirty-three years now I've longed for this! And it's unfolding before my eyes and I'm so filled with thankfulness I'm bursting at the seams. I literally danced around my living room, in the dark, to worship music until three am while my family slept. 
That I can once again dance made me all the more thankful. As some of you may or may not know, this time last year I was in a wheelchair following a huge surgery with a long, difficult recovery. I'd had to have my hip, femur and part of my pelvis completely reconstructed after a year and a half misdiagnoses. No there was no litigation involved but that's an entirely different story for another day. 
This day, I REJOICE and THANK GOD for His goodness in handing me this dream. 
Do you know you are doing EXACTLY what you were created for? Do you know that you absolutely CAN know it? Ask and it will be given.....
Sound familiar? If you remain in Him (spend time with Him, talk to Him, hang out with Him, make time for Him and only Him, soak in His presence, etc, etc) you can ask ANYTHING and it shall be given. How do we know if what we're asking is from God or God's will? If you abide (rest, live, breathe, take up residence) in Him, you need not worry. Because when we are in His presence we are transformed. Our desires will likely be His will. I felt like recently He told me that the few things I've been asking (okay..begging) Him for lately are indeed His will because He's the one who thought it up first and planted the seed of desire and want for those things there.
It puts a whole new slant on the verse that says if we delight ourselves in Him, He will grant us the desires of our hearts. But that verse always makes me think of another verse that says our heart is deceitful above all else. So when can we trust our hearts?
When we are abiding in Him.
Webster's defines abiding as such: (remaining, residing, enduring, awaiting, obeying, keeping our promise to) and is synonymous with abode. Meaning living in a house. Making God our home. Abiding. Living in Him. He's the structure and we stay there. Yet He also lives in our hearts.
I pray you are fulfilling your destiny and purpose in Him. Fancy words for simply doing what you were put on this earth to do. Do you know? I hope so because there's no feeling like it. To have surrendered my life completely to God and have Him allow me to use the creativity He's given me to worship Him and also make a difference in the world. That has been my prayer for my writing from day one. Not publication...but that my writing would 1. Be worship and honor Him and 2. Reach others either by encouraging, cheering, provide a pure escape from life's troubles, and help others wonder if maybe God would respond to them the way He responds to my characters. Though I do not write agenda-driven fiction, and actually have a strong aversion to agenda-driven fiction....I told God from the beginning that if my books aren't going to make a difference temporally or eternally, it's not worth it and I don't want to do it. That's when I knew He called me to it and said over and over, "This is Me...This is Me...proceed as planned." LOL!
So it's not just about having my name on the cover of a book although that's pretty awesome and exhilarating! But I can take a magic marker and do that with construction paper like I did when I was five and have it mean the same to God. It's about a promise coming true and about God opening doors I couldn't have opened myself. It's about taking the gifts He's given me and giving them back to Him. It's about all the times I wanted to give up because it was so hard and so long and so painful...and me just knowing I couldn't persevere...and having Him beside me every step of the blistering run, cheering me on, whispering in my ear, "I think you can." Then imparting strength to keep going. Encouraging me with a blog comment (yes...He uses you guys MIGHTILY to encourage me) or a contest judge comment or perhaps a contest win. He knows exactly what we need when we need it. And I am NOT going to stop going to that Amazon page to grin at my book once they do put a cover up. I haven't seen my cover yet...another thing to look forward to! In fact, I'm not gong to stop going to Amazon to look at the title...LOL!....I know it's there because of Him.
Thank you, Jesus. Words aren't enough to tell you what this means to me. I know you know because you always see inside my heart. Thank you Eph 3:20.
Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Sunday, August 12, 2007

I'M ON AMAZON!!!!!!!!

I was searching for a book review I wrote for a book a while back....typed in my name...and FOUND MY BOOK INFO!!!!
My cover's not up...but it looks as though you can preorder the book now. Can I just say YEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm freaking out. Truly, I'm so jazzed that I cannot, cannot, cannot sleep until I email everyone in the entire world and tell them. MY BOOK IS ON AMAZON! And I HAVE AN ISBN!!!!! YEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWW!!!!
Type in Cheryl Wyatt  and the book "A Soldier's Promise" should pop up.
I tried to provide a link but it's too long.
I hope you all will get the book. It's around 6-7 dollars is all.
Thanks so much for letting me e-scream in your e-ears!!!!!! I'm SO excited and praising God for this dream come true!
Please, please, please pass the word along to your family and friends.

Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Dh (Dear Husband) owns his own business but he has a form of dyslexia that makes him a terrible, terrible speller. He had several thousand new business cards made and only after he'd mailed and/or handed about half them out, did I realize he'd made a critical spelling error.

My husband is a professional stripper.

A line stripper to be exact. (whatever that is)
In public parking lots. Gives special discounts if churches let him strip in their lots. Call for free estimates....WHAT?

He hates me right now because I'm laughing so hard and typing al;ke thissssst to you. He's batting at my hands, trying to keefp me from twyping sebdubnding it but i can't help it it's too funnytyy.

Okay okay, he stalked off to bed shaking his head, mumbling something about revenge.....

He runs an asphalt maintenance company. The business cards were supposed to say "Parking Lot Line Striping and Asphalt Maintenance." He put two 'P's" in "Striping."

The cards also say stripping is free if you buy a parking lot overlay. I won't ponder that further.

Squirl-The proud wife of a Professional Parking Lot Stripper. He he he he he.

Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Thursday, August 09, 2007


A few of you have been asking for writing I thought I'd post it up here. I'm still awaiting a verdict on book three....with my editor now. Just because I've sold two books doesn't mean every book from here on out will sell. I'm really, really, really hoping and praying this one does though because it's book three in a seven book series. If it doesn't sell, that'll throw the series into a tailspin and I'll have to do some major changing up.
But here's the deal...I think even if the story needs a significant amount of work...plot or character wise....I think my editors would give me a shot at revision. Revisions are a given anyway. I actually look forward to them because I love the collaboration of my creativity at the hands of my editors who absolutely know the market and the readership of the house they're acquiring for.
They know I'm easy to work with and that I'd paint that novel purple, stuff it in a canning jar and run it to the moon and back if I thought it would sell the book. The only instance I would refuse to revise is if they asked me to add sensuality into the book. Hint: Steeple Hill would never, ever do that. They are a Christian imprint and one of the most conservative publishers in the industry right now.
I'm putting this out there because on a forum I won't mention here, there was quite a disturbing upheaval after a contest I recently judged. A lot of the people were offended and balking at some of the suggestions and comments...which I honestly thought were pretty tame.

Here's the deal...if we want to survive in this industry and have our stories make a difference in the people's hearts...WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO HEAR HARD THINGS ABOUT OUR WRITING.

I am one of the most sensitive people I know, but let me tell you...I've come to the place with my fiction where I CRAVE brutal honesty. Does this mean I've grown a tough skin? Yes. No. Maybe. I've tried, but I'm not sure how one grows a tough skin other than tying oneself to a NASCAR bumper and being dragged around the track twenty times. And yes, sometimes revisions and rejection feels like that kind of raw pain. LOL!

I try to trust that the person on the other end of the critiques are generally, for the most part trying to help me and help my ailing story. We cannot see shortcomings in our own writing. For some reason, when it comes to our own work...we have blinders on. At least I do.
So right now, I'm waiting patiently...not bugging my editor even though I'm dying to know what she thinks of Chance's story. You have to understand they're not just sitting around twiddling their thumbs and playing Spider Solitaire while your story is rotting on their desk with a thousand others. Until I contracted, I had NO clue how very, very much work goes into one novel. It's a process of about one to two years to make a book ready to sit on the shelf at Barnes and Noble or wherever books are sold.
So what do we do while waiting? I personally dive into another story. In the little over two months since I sent my story in....I've written the first three chapters to two other stories as well as ripped all the suspense out of book four of the PJ series. I've plotted the rest of the entire series and written two opening scenes of the last two books.

The best thing to do while you wait on one submission is...don't wait. KEEP WRITING. Getting your mind and heart on and into new characters and a fresh plot will keep you from being anxious about the manuscript or proposal you have under consideration.
I know once I contract my next book (speaking in faith here! LOL!), I'll be immediately thrust into revisions for it, so I want to be able to have another book ready to send as soon as those revisions are accepted. So I'm trying to have that ready so it won't be so hard to switch gears from one story to the next. I am NOT good at multitasking...but I manage. So what I'm working on now is proposals for the last four books in the Wings of Refuge series. I will let you all know when I hear about book three. With the launch of the historical line coming up, and the increase of the suspense line, I know my editor is swamped. I'm hoping and praying my story will be worth the wait for her. So another thing I'm doing while I wait is pray for her and for all of the editors and employees of my publishing house.

I'd appreciate prayers that every book I write is cleaner (grammar, punctuation, etc) wise than the last. I am a terrible proofreader by computer. This is why I print a hard copy (paper) of the manuscript and attack it with a red pen, or some other color that stands out from black. Then I go through and make changes and corrections on the manuscript. This is after I've proofread it a gazillion times, set it aside for a period of weeks, then poofread (snicker) it another gazillion times. Then, because I want to turn in the best work I can, I invest in editing services such as Robin Miller's Critique Boutique, and Camy Tang's Story Sensei. They are so valuable to me because, not only do they improve that current story, but things I learn from their line edits and structural critiques can be applied to future works. Their links are to the right.

Another thing I'm working on now is studying up on grammar. I'm trying to go through the Chicago Manual of Style and memorize something new every week. So constantly striving to improve my writing and my craft is very important to me and another thing I'm working on now. I feel God has given me a gift of writing, and I need to be a good steward of that gift by studying and polishing and learning to execute my gift as responsibly as possible. Part of that encompasses striving to get a better handle on grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, etc.

Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Tuesday, August 07, 2007


You guys let me forget! Okay, bloggers....sorry this is a few days late. EEEK.

Also, if you've entered any of my contests and want your name announced, I'm happy to do so near the end of the year when I announce the annual winner.

As always, write a 500 word scene using one of three Scene Starter Sentences and at least 5 of 10 Prompt Words. Email it to me IN THE BODY OF AN attachments please.

My email address to send it to is now anavim4him @ gmail dot com (Replace "dot" with "." and close up spaces before and after the "@" and dot.)

Scene Starter Sentences

"Turn around slowly with your hands in the air."
"What's that sound?"
"Are you sure you locked it before you left?"

Prompt Words



Sunday, August 05, 2007


Okay, that's it.

It's official.

I thought this every book before...but I REALLY know this now.

Shirlee McCoy is officially and unequivocally my favorite suspense writer. I'm serious. She just surpassed Suzanne Brockmann and Dee Henderson on my personal Favorite Authors List. I've been waiting for Hawke's story for soooooo long...and let me tell was worth the wait. I'm not going to put spoilers out'll love the book.

So forget about buying a pizza this week. Go spend the twenty bucks on four of these books. Keep one and give the other three to your friends...but let me warn you...this book will make you want to pick up the previous ones in this series. Well, not really a series...but sort of. Yes, the book can stand alone. You won't be confused or frustrated if you haven't read the rest.

Shirlee's characters have a way of wiggling themselves into my heart...even the minor ones. Sometimes ESPECIALLY the minor ones because of how her hero and heroine interact with them. If you are a reader who loves awesome romantic suspense...I have a feeling you'll LOVE this book. Her writing is addictive, plain and simple.

If you are a writer wanting to do a book study on crafting great characters and gut-clenching suspense with heartrending emotion, a feel-good romance with a beautiful, uplifting faith element woven in...GET THIS BOOK. If you want to be inspired...get this book. If you want to be entertained...get this book. If you want to get more than your money's worth...get this book. if you've never read Shirlee's stuff...what are you waiting for? GET THIS BOOK! :-) LOL!

The opening scene was emotionally intense and pulled me right in. Every scene afterward kept me riveted emotionally. I know an author is good when they make me nearly have to ask forgiveness because I hate the villain. LOL! To be able to evoke that kind of emotion is not an easy feat for a writer.

Hats off to Shirlee for crafting another unforgettable story. I truly wish she'd write more single titles for Steeple Hill so her books would be available longer.

If you read this book and decide you love it...I hope you will bless this author by posting a favorable review on

Did I happen to mention I LOVE THIS BOOK? LOL! I'm not just saying this because I write for this publisher. Honest. THIS BOOK AND THIS AUTHOR ROCKS!

If you're curious to see who an author's favorite author to the store and pick up a copy. Or order on Amazon, or provides a link to purchase books. Fridays are a great day to get books off the eharlequin site because they have Free Book Fridays. I hope you'll go check it out, or go to Shirlee's Web site by clicking the title link at the top of this post.

Have a wonderful Sunday!



Saturday, August 04, 2007


This may not be a complete list...but here are some. August 2007 Releases

1. Abomination Colleen Coble from Thomas Nelson. A young woman flees from a serial killer who leaves his victims at geocaching sites.

2. Family for Keeps and Sadie's Hero reissued as one book by Margaret Daley from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. This Love Inspired Classic captures two touching stories that were favorites of readers.

3. Jacob's List by Stephanie Grace Whitson from Bethany House Publishers. Facing the challenge of their lives, the Nolans learn that their son's list is about a lot more than youthful adventure. Jacob's List: a story of reconciliation. . . against all odds.

4. In His Dreams from the Michigan Island Series by Gail Gaymer Martin from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Two widowed in-laws meet again on Beaver Island after a few years absence and find joy in the sense of family, especially the hero's emotionally impaired pre-teen daughter, but the familiar friendship goes far beyond what they expected.

5. Massachusetts Brides Lisa Harris from Barbour Publishing. Three old-fashioned romances bloom in the heart of New England.

6. Missionary Daddy Book 4 of A Tiny Blessings Tale by Linda Goodnight from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A single missionary battles to adopt two boys from Africa and discovers the woman of his dreams is not who he thought she was.

7. Murder by Mushroom by Virginia Smith from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. A potluck on the lawn of Heritage Community Church brings out the usual pests: ants and flies, gossips and murderers.

8. Off the Record by Elizabeth White from Zondervan. A hidden past with journalist Cole McGaughan could end Laurel Kincade's judicial career...Or will the truth set them free to love again?

9. The Restitution 3rd book in The Legacy of the King's Pirates series by MaryLu Tyndall from Barbour Publishing. When Lady Isabel Ashton's only son is kidnapped, she is forced to enlist the aid of the boy's father, the pirate who ruined her life and stole her virtue.

10. To Love Anew... Book One of Three by Bonnie Leon from Revell. When Hannah Talbot is banished from London and transported to Australia on a prison ship she's certain God has turned his back on her.

11. Trusting Him by Brenda Minton from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A woman learning to trust, a man longing to be trusted, and a love that takes them by surprise...

Happy reading~


Friday, August 03, 2007

SCARED TO DEATH by Debby Guisti from Steeple Hill Suspense and Valley of Shadows by Shirlee McCoy

I just finished reading Debby Guisti's second release (SCARED TO DEATH). I love Debby's writing, how she says so much with so few words. This book is an August 2007 release from Steeple Hill's Love Inspired Suspense line. You can order it on Amazon, or the Eharlequin site here
I met Debby at the Romance Writers of America conference one year, right before she was contracted with her first Love Inspired Suspense book. We were both unpublished and targeting Steeple Hill. It jazzes me to be able to hold her book in my hands, knowing we sat together just a few short years ago, dreaming of writing for Steeple Hill but not knowing whether our dreams would ever be realized. So you can imagine why I'm SO thrilled to be reading her published works by Steeple Hill. I hope you will pick up a copy wherever books are sold.
There are some other great books releasing this month too. I'm getting ready to read one by Shirlee McCoy called Valley of Shadows. If you've read her previous suspense books, set in Thailand, you'll remember a  minor character, Hawke....well, this is Hawke's story and I've been waiting for it for awhile now. I remember us asking her on the Steeple Hill message boards after a previous book in this story if he'd ever get his story. He did! Can't wait to dig in.

Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


I'm pleased to announce the finalists for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Contest for published authors: (Feel free to pass on or post in other loops.) Winners will be announced at the ACFW conference in Dallas, Texas in September. For more info on the conference, which will feature keynote speaker James Scott Bell, please visit
A Recipe for Romance BY Vickie McDonough
Diamond Place BY Robin Lee Hatcher
Dreams of Home BY Kathleen Miller Y'Barbo
Home for the Holidays  BY Christine Lynxwiler
Tea for Two  BY Carrie Turransky
A Carol for Christmas BY Robin Lee Hatcher
The Encore BY Sarah Anne Sumpolec
Through Every Storm BY Sharlene MacLaren
A Bigger Life BY Annette Smith
Feather BY Susan Page Davis
DragonKight BY Donita Paul Tompkins
Reuben's Atonement  BY Lynette Sowell
A Gamble on Love By Tamela Hancock Murray
To Do Justice BY Cathy Marie Hake
Joie de Vivre BY Lynette Sowell
I Saw Three Ships By Pamela Griffin
Front Porch Princess BY Kathryn Springer
At Home for the Holidays BY Meredith Efken
The Secret Life of Becky Miller BY Sharon Hinck
RV There Yet BY Diann Hunt
Hot Tropics and Cold Feet BY Diann Hunt
Leather and Lace BY Diann Mills
The Measure of a Lady BY Deeanne Gist
Waiting for Summer's Return BY Kim Vogel Sawyer
Son of Perdition BY Louise M. Gouge
William Henry is a Fine Name BY Cathy Gohlke
Season of Secrets BY Marta Perry
Hearts on the Line BY Margaret Daley
Stormcatcher BY Colleen Rhoads (Coble)
Strictly Confidential BY Terri Reed
On Wings of Deliverance BY Beth White
No Place Like Home BY Debra Clopton
A Season for Grace BY Linda Goodnight
That Wilder Boy BY Kim Vogel Sawyer
Christmas Homecoming BY Lenora Worth
My So-Called Love Life BY Allie Pleiter
A Bridge across the Sea BY Pamela Griffin
Spoke of Love BY Cathy Marie Hake
The Prisoner's Wife BY Susan Page Davis
A Daughter's Quest BY Lena Nelson Dooley
Bayou Dreams BY Kathleen Miller Y'Barbo
Spinning out of Control BY Vickie McDonough
Fire Dancer BY Colleen Coble
Alaska Twilight BY Colleen Coble
Widows and Orphans BY Susan Meissner
Dangerous Depths BY Colleen Coble
Hazardous Duty BY Christy Barritt
Coldwater Revival BY Nancy Jo Jenkins
Wishing on Dandelions BY Mary DeMuth
Watching the Tree Limbs BY Mary DeMuth
The Fragrance of Roses BY Nikki Arana
Promise Me Always BY Christine Lynxwiler
Reclaiming Nick BY Susan May Warren

Cheryl Wyatt   Gal. 2:20   Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Jan. 2008
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill Love Inspired~ Mar. 2008