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When I went to Greensburg in January for my first residency at Seton Hill I was struck by how nice everyone was. I had a chance to talk several times with romantic suspense writer Kim Howe, who graduated while we were there. Not only is she a fantastic person and a darn good storyteller, she’s made it all the way through the Romantic Times ‘Whose Book Will Be The Next American Title’ competition. Readers have been voting via email on various samples of books featured on the Romantic Times website. Kim’s is one of the final two to make it all the way through.

The winner gets a contract with Dorchester books, which is what Kim is aiming for. Don’t go simply on my recommendation – click here to read this round’s excerpt for yourself and consider voting for the piece on its own merits.

You can also vote by sending a blank e-mail to webmaster@romantictimes.com with ONE SHOT, TWO KILLS in the subject line.

K.J. is also running two contests connected with the voting. Here are details in her own words:

The final round showcases the all-important love scene. To celebrate my sniper heroine’s romance, I thought it would be fun to give away two $100 gift certificates from Victoria’s Secret. After all, a girl who wears fatigues all day definitely needs something pretty underneath! Just send an e-mail with Victoria’s Secret in the subject line to me via my website http://www.kjhowe.com and you’ll automatically be entered in the draw.

I’m also raffling off an autographed, framed photo of hockey star Curtis Joseph (generously donated by Curtis’ personal trainer) to celebrate Jack scoring with Kenya! Just send me an e-mail with Curtis Joseph in the subject line to enter the raffle.

Voting ends on Sunday, so head on over right away to vote!

Kim’s also been interviewed by fellow SHU grad Heidi Ruby Miller for her “Heidi’s Pick Six” series. Follow this link to see which questions she chose to answer!

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The Art of Wonder

While reading this morning I came across the following, written by Nicole Johnson:

Wonder is not a possession to be acquired, nor can it be bought; it is merely a response, like joy.  We can’t make ourselves feel wonder or amazed admiration any more than we can make ourselves feel happy or hungry when we’re not.  But how often do we give ourselves the chance to be  captured?  Our pace is fast and our souls are slow.  We’ve grown sluggish in our spirits, and our hearts have closed to wonder.

In such a fast-paced, results-oriented world it’s easy to get tunnel vision and forget to look up at all the wonder-ful things around us.  I live in the shadow of the beautiful, amazing Rockies and yet all too often I find myself forgetting they’re there, too focused on the guy who just cut me off on Santa Fe and muttering imprecations about his driving skills.

I think this is why I write fantasy – not only does it give me a chance to slow down and look in wonder at this world and the world I’m creating, but hopefully it gives others a chance to do the same.  If only I could keep my “wonder focus” more consistently…

What does it take to get you to slow down and look with wonder on the world around you?  When’s the last time you let yourself be captured?   How do you develop the art of wonder within yourself?

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The World is Changing

My dad sent me a link to this:

Sort of makes you think, eh? How much of this technology is really necessary? If a week’s worth of the NY Times holds more info than the average person in the 18th century came across in their entire lifetime, how unfocused have we become? Would life be better if it were simpler? Is it possible to go back, as individuals or as a society? Is our lifestyle – and the lifestyle of the near future – worth the cost?

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Initial Progress

Well the Bio and Links pages have been created.  More material coming soon!

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog. Feel free to poke around. Make suggestions about anything you’d like to see posted!

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