Skip to main content

Happy Girls' Day!

I realize it’s not a traditional hinamatsuri photo, but I couldn’t help it, the cat was so cute! Happy Girls’ Day!

Guest blogger Laura Jensen Walker

Captain’s Log, Stardate 07.04.2006

Lovely Laura: Hilarious and bubbly Laura Jensen Walker is guest blogging for me today! Her newest book is Women of Faith Novel of the Year RECONSTRUCTING NATALIE!

"You think you're self-conscious about YOUR lack of cleavage?!"

You wouldn't think the words "breast cancer" and "hilarity" belonged in the same book, much less the same sentence, but chick lit author and breast cancer survivor Laura Jensen Walker knows how to address painful topics with a wink and a smile.

Reconstructing Natalie is the story of a woman whose breast cancer is the catalyst for some serious changes—not the least of which is her cup size! Holding tight to her old friends while reaching out to new ones, Natalie must redefine herself and her faith on new terms.

And now, here’s Laura!

No Place Like Home

Don’t hate me, but my husband Michael and I just returned from three weeks in Europe (England, Scotland, Wales, and Paris) on a desperately needed vacation. (The cool thing is my part was a tax write-off since I was doing research for an upcoming chick lit :) so you may see some of the things below in a future book…) Some memory-making moments (please forgive any mistakes, these are the writings of a jet-lagged chick :)).

Lying in bed and having a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower out our hotel window as it put on a dazzling light show just for us.

Riding in a bateau mouche (open air boat) down the Seine at night as we listened to Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” on Michael’s iPOD (sooo romantic) and then as we approached Notre Dame, listening to the rousing chorus of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Miz. MAJOR goose bumps.

The best crème brulee EVER at a sidewalk café in Paris

Weeping at the sight of one of my favorite paintings (Monet’s Woman with Green Umbrella) up close and personal in the Musee d’Orsay

All the Renoirs, Van Goghs, Monets and Degas’ in the Orsay and the Orangerie…

Deciding (like Kellie Pickler in the American Idol finale) against escargot

Visiting Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in England’s Lake District. Weeping again. (Love his ‘Daffodils’ poem, plus he’s all tied into my writing dreams—it was in the same English class where we studied him that I shyly told my college professor I dreamed someday of becoming a writer and he said the words that thrilled me to my soul… “You already are.”)

Wandering through the ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral in Scotland

Cadbury’s melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate buttons

Seeing one of my favorite actresses, Oscar-winning Judi Dench—I mean, Dame Judi Dench—onstage in the West End in Noel Coward’s comedy Hayfever from THE SECOND ROW! (A rough job, but somebody’s got to do it.)

Attending Evensong services at Winchester Cathedral—gorgeous. (Both the music from a visiting choir and the cathedral.)

Scottish shortbread (Walkers, of course)

An unexpected side trip to Conwy, Wales which led us to the best B&B of our entire trip at a lovely inn in the woods… Tir y Coed (means woodland) Had an amazing meal—including the best pate of my life.

A Parisian pigeon pooping on me in a park (Okay, not on a par with the other stuff, but definitely memorable.)

There’s a ton of other cool things, but I don’t want you to start throwing food at me (although if it’s an éclair or Napoleon from a Parisian patisserie, I’ll take it).

Definitely an amazing trip of a lifetime and one we’ll never forget, but near the end I was clicking my ruby slippers and longing to be home. Nothing like your own bed and not having to wear a bra around the house. In fact, we’d barely gotten in the door when I whipped that bad boy off and dropped it on the dining room table—much to the bemusement of our dog sitter. (Whine: That Dolly Parton prosthesis really gets heavy.)

Speaking of bras and prosthesis…two boxes of ‘Reconstructing Natalie’ welcomed us upon our return. Yippie! Natalie is near and dear to my heart—and my boobs, lopsided as they are. She’s my thirteenth book (third novel) and while I was in the midst of writing her last year, I celebrated thirteen years cancer-free. This summer, I’m happy to say I’ll be fourteen years cancer-free. Thank you, God. I may not have a breast, but I have LIFE!

I was blessed to have a loving, supportive husband help me through my cancer experience (I was diagnosed the day after our first wedding anniversary) but what would it be like to be single and battle breast cancer? And Natalie was born. Hope you like her!

Laura Jensen Walker

Camy here: Thanks, Laura! And I absolutely LOVED Natalie!

Popular Posts

Bethany House Publishers Cover Survey Invitation

Captain's Log, Supplemental I just got this from Bethany House Publishers: Hello Reader, We at Bethany House Publishers appreciate our readers opinions about the books we publish. Occasionally, we seek your input about upcoming products. Currently, we are conducting a survey about the cover image for an upcoming novel. For your time, we are offering a giveaway in conjunction with this survey. You will be able to choose from ten recent Bethany House novels, and there will be ten winners. Winners will be notified within two weeks. Click here to take the survey, which should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation, and feel free to forward this email on to your friends or link the survey on your website. The survey will be available through Monday, September 17. Thanks for your time and your opinions. We value your feedback. Sincerely, Jim Hart Internet Marketing Manager Bethany House Publishers

Year of the Dog serial novel

About Year of the Dog : A month or two ago, I remembered an old manuscript I had completed but which hadn’t sold. It was a contemporary romance meant for Zondervan, titled Year of the Dog . The book had gone into the pipeline and I even got another title ( Bad Dog ) and a cover for it, but eventually my editor at the time decided she didn’t want to publish it, for various reasons. She instead requested a romantic suspense, and so I cannibalized some of the characters from Year of the Dog and thrust them into the next book I wrote, which was Protection for Hire . Honestly, I didn’t take a lot from Year of the Dog to put in Protection for Hire , aside from character names and a few relationship ties. I was originally thinking I’d post Year of the Dog as-is on my blog as a free read, but then it occurred to me that I could revamp it into a romantic suspense and change the setting to Hawaii. It would work out perfectly as (yet another) prequel to the Warubozu series and introduc

Grace Livingston Hill romances free to read online

I wanted to update my old post on Grace Livingston Hill romances because now there are tons more options for you to be able to read her books for free online! I’m a huge Grace Livingston Hill fan. Granted, not all her books resonate with me, but there are a few that I absolutely love, like The Enchanted Barn and Crimson Roses . And the best part is that she wrote over 100 books and I haven’t yet read them all! When I have time, I like to dive into a new GLH novel. I like the fact that most of them are romances, and I especially appreciate that they all have strong Christian themes. Occasionally the Christian content is a little heavy-handed for my taste, but it’s so interesting to see what the Christian faith was like in the early part of the 20th century. These books are often Cinderella-type stories or A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) type stories, which I love. And the best part is that they’re all set in the early 1900s, so the time period is absolutely fasci

Clean & Christian Romance Book Sale

I’m participating in this promo. Click on the graphic to check out all the Christian suspense books available and stuff your eBook reader! Clean & Christian Romance Book Sale

Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 22

I’m posting a Humorous Christian Romantic Suspense serial novel here on my blog! Year of the Dog is a (second) prequel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series. Year of the Dog serial novel by Camy Tang Mari Mutou, a professional dog trainer, is having a bad year. While renovating her new dog kenneling and training facility, she needs to move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate—according to them, a job requiring her to be covered in dog hair and slobber is an embarrassment to the family. She convinces her ex-boyfriend to take her dog for a few months … but discovers that his brother is the irate security expert whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier. Ashwin Keitou has enough problems. His aunt has just shown up on his doorstep, expecting to move in with him, and he can’t say no because he owes her everything—after his mother walked out on them, Auntie Nell took in Ashwin and his brother and raised them in a loving Chri

Cupid's Library Escape

Sign up for these authors’ newsletters and get free books! Click on the graphic to check out all the free books. You might find a new favorite author! Cupid's Library Escape

No Cold Bums toilet seat cover

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.22.2008 I actually wrote out my pattern! I was getting a lot of hits on my infamous toilet seat cover , and I wanted to make a new one with “improvements,” so I paid attention and wrote things down as I made the new one. This was originally based off the Potty Mouth toilet cover , but I altered it to fit over the seat instead of the lid. Yarn: any worsted weight yarn, about 120 yards (this is a really tight number, I used exactly 118 yards. My suggestion is to make sure you have about 130 yards.) I suggest using acrylic yarn because you’re going to be washing this often. Needle: I used US 8, but you can use whatever needle size is recommended by the yarn you’re using. Gauge: Not that important. Mine was 4 sts/1 inch in garter stitch. 6 buttons (I used some leftover shell buttons I had in my stash) tapestry needle Crochet hook (optional) Cover: Using a provisional cast on, cast on 12 stitches. Work in garter st until liner measures

Cover Reveals!

Here are the covers to my next books! Spinster will be the 7th volume in my Lady Wynwood’s Spies series. I don’t yet have a release date because I’m still writing it and it’s taking a bit longer than I had anticipated, but within the next few months, I’m pretty sure. This is the cover for Lissa and the Spy, a novella I’m writing that will be in Once Upon a Courtship , a multi-author box set releasing in October this year. You can preorder Once Upon a Courtship now for only 99 cents! And then click here for how you can get additional free Christian romance ebooks! When the box set is unpublished in January 2025, I’ll release Lissa and the Spy as a separate ebook. I’m thinking that I might make it only available to my newsletter subscribers, and if that’s the case, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you can download it for free. But that wouldn’t be until spring of next year. In the meantime, preorder Once Upon a Courtship!

A List of my Free Blog Reads

Curious about what my writing is like? Here’s a list of all my free books and the free short stories, novellas, and novels that you can read here on my blog. I’ll update this post as I add more free reads. Christian Humorous Romantic Suspense: Year of the Dog (Warubozu Spa Chronicles series, Prequel novel) (Currently being posted monthly on my blog as a serial novel) Marisol Mutou, a professional dog trainer, finally has a chance to buy a facility for her business, but her world is upended when she must move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate. When she stumbles upon a three-year-old missing persons case, security expert Ashwin Keitou, whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier, is tasked with protecting her. However, danger begins to circle around them from people who want the past to remain there. Can they shed light on the secrets moving in the shadows? Christian Romantic Suspense: Necessary Proof (Sonoma series #4.1, n

Cleo’s Drawstring Purse knitting pattern w/ @KnitPicks CotLin

Kari Trumbo is one of the twelve authors who participated with me in the Christian Contemporary Romance anthology, Save the Date . Kari’s novella in the anthology is titled January Hope . In celebration, I wrote a knitting pattern for the lace drawstring purse used by Kari’s heroine, Cleo. (In case you missed it, here are the links for my interview with Kari part 1 and part 2 . Tomorrow I’ll post an excerpt of one of Kari’s other books, Better Than First .) This is a pretty and practical little bag used by the heroine Cleo in Kari Trumbo’s novella, January Hope . Knit in a cotton/linen blend yarn, it’s just large enough for a cell phone and a small wallet. In the book, Cleo’s bag was a coral shade, but the bag I knit here is a chocolate brown color. The lace pattern is the Double Rose Leaf stitch pattern originally published on page 195 in The Lady's Assistant, volume 2 by Mrs. Jane Gaugain, published in 1847. ( You can download a scanned .pdf of the book from Archive.