Skip to main content

Guest blogger Sharon Hinck

Captain’s Log, Stardate 02.08.2007

Today I have my very good friend and sister, Sharon Hinck, blogging with me!

Sharon's latest latest mom lit novel is Renovating Becky Miller!

Becky Miller's Guide to Home Repair

* Budget the gross national product of a small country--then double it.
* Never, ever invite your mother-in-law to stay with you during a remodel.
* Figure out how to heat the living room before inviting your Bible study group over.
* Stock up on Tylenol and chocolate and sandbags.
* Hire a professional to fix the plumbing.
* Sometimes renovation is an inside job.

In addition to being a young mom, Becky Miller is a daydreamer. Most recently, she's been envisioning herself in the happy endings she sees during her weekly movie nights with husband Kevin. But her real life feels more like a broken filmstrip, spinning out of control!

When Becky and her family decide to purchase a rundown farmhouse, Becky pictures a slower, simpler lifestyle in the pastoral countryside. Of course, it doesn't quite work out like she imagined...


And now, here’s Sharon!

Hi, Camy!
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog during my “Around the World Blog Tour” for Renovating Becky Miller.

I’m so excited that the novel about Becky’s next adventure is releasing this month. I’ve heard from so many women who read The Secret Life of Becky Miller and related to her gung-ho and slightly askew view of life. I think this new chapter in Becky’s life will also resonate with women who are fulfilling a variety of roles, and trying to fix each problem that comes along.

To celebrate the book’s debut, I created some gifts for everyone who came to the first book signing.

The good news is, I figured out a way to share this gift with your readers.

The Becky Miller Tool Kit is a devotion experience. Since Renovating Becky Miller is set amid the chaos and surprises of fixing up an old home, I did a lot of thinking about tools. I looked in scripture for some of the tools that God provides us in our efforts to serve Him – and tools He uses to do His amazing renovation on our hearts. Then I gathered tangible objects to serve as symbols.

For a special devotion time, gather the small items on the list. Then read the Bible verses and pray about ways you see God providing that quality, and ask Him for guidance to use those tools to bless the people in your life.

I always loved object lessons when I was a child, and this is a grown-up version.
I’m including photos so everyone can see how the “Devotion in a Bag” was put together, in case they want to make some. Feel free to adapt this idea for use with women’s groups, retreats, or Sunday schools classes!

Camy, as a fellow rubber-stamper, I knew you’d appreciate my embellishments of paint-splattered hands stamped along the border. :)

Camy here: What can I say? The woman knows me too well.


Becky Miller’s Tool Kit

This “devotion in a bag” is my gift for you. Curl up with your Bible and savor the tender ways God provides all we need for every kind of renovation.


*Bandaid – Healing (Psalm 147:3)
*Paper clip – Love (Colossians 3:14)
*Rubberband – Unity (Eph. 4:3)
*Candy – His Word (Psalm 119:103)
*Stone – Sure Foundation (I Peter 2:4-8)
*Penny – Provision (Phil. 4:19)
*Postcard – Opportunity to Share! (Isaiah 52:7)


After your devotion time, come on back and share some comments. Which item do you feel the biggest need for right now? Which one of these gifts from God helped you recently during a tough time? How has God been renovating your heart in the past weeks?

Thanks again for letting me pop in to visit!
Sharon
www.sharonhinck.com

Camy here: Thanks so much, Sharon!

How has God been renovating my heart the past few months? I think I’ve been learning the true meaning of the phrase to “fear the Lord.” It brings to mind the power of God, but also the fervor of His love for me.

How about you? Any neat “renovations” God has done for you the past month? It’s only a few weeks into 2007, but has He spoken to you?

Comments

  1. I love the Tool Kit!

    The book sounds great too...so enter me!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Enter me please Camy. Brittanie :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sounds like a great book...love the tool kit! 'tis cool!
    Please enter me too, thanks:)
    (carolynnwald@hotmail.com)

    ReplyDelete
  4. That exerpt sounds good. Seems like a perfect book to share with my sister. Count me in please.
    survey77777 *at* hotmail

    ReplyDelete
  5. The tool kit is a great idea! The book sounds wonderful so please enter me (tWarner419@aol.com)

    ReplyDelete
  6. God watched over me when I was in the hospital Tuesday for some tests on my stomach.
    Please enter me in your book giveaway, Camy. Thanks.

    Melissa
    Meljprincess at AOL dot COM

    ReplyDelete
  7. The book sounds great.
    You've given me much to think about.
    Please enter me hawkes AT citlink dot NET

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'd love to be entered. The book sounds good and the devotional idea is great.

    I think God is renovating the area of my heart where fear resides. :)

    wittywords (at) thesilvas.com :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think God has been changing the way I have faith in Him... how to have the faith to believe that all things are possible - yet He can choose to glorify Himself by not answering my prayers, too.

    Please include me in the draw, Camy!

    jolene565363 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  10. I want to enter too =)


    Shirley Qiu

    fantasy_girl121992[at]yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Goodness, you're a busy blogger. Where DO you find the time? Stopping by on the blog tour to see what's up with Sharon here. The tips for renovation and the tool kit are awesome. Thanks for sharing you two. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. The tool kit is cool and the book sounds great. Please enter me.

    Cherie Japp
    cherierjatyahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Please enter me, too! :-)
    (chadsturge@hotmail.com)

    ReplyDelete
  14. I still haven't read the first one, but would love to have a chance at this one!

    arogers (at) gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  15. I need some renovating and so do my digs. This sounds as if it has great advice on both.

    Please enter me.

    ReplyDelete
  16. please enter me. sounds cool.
    rachelmarie42@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular Posts

Laura’s Apricot Shell Shawl knitting pattern

I usually have a knitting project in mind when I write it into one of my books, but Laura’s apricot-colored shawl just kind of appeared upon the page as I was writing the first scene of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 4: Betrayer , and it surprised even me. I immediately went to my yarn stash to find a yarn for it, and I searched through my antique knitting books to find some stitch patterns. I made her an elegant wool shawl she could wear at home. The shawl ended up tagging along with Laura into the next book, Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 5: Prisoner , where it imparts some comfort to her in her trying circumstances. The two stitch patterns are both from the same book, The Lady’s Assistant, volume 2 by Mrs. Jane Gaugain, published in 1842 . A couple excessively clever and creative knitters might have knit these patterns in the Regency era, but they would have only passed them around by word of mouth or scribbled “recipes” to friends or family, and it wouldn’t have been widely use

Phoebe’s Muffatees knitting pattern

In Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 4: Betrayer , Phoebe wears a pair of lace muffatees, or gauntlets/arm-warmers that hide a rather deadly surprise. :) I actually got the idea of having her wear muffatees because I saw a lace manchette pattern in Miss Watts’ Ladies’ Knitting and Netting Book , published in 1840, page 20. However, after doing some research, I found that they were called muffatees in the Regency era, and the term manchette did not arise until a few years later. They were essentially arm-warmers worn under those long sleeves on day dresses, which were usually made of muslin too thin to be very warm. I decided to knit Phoebe’s muffatees using a Leaf Pattern originally suggested for a purse in Mrs. Gaugain’s book, The Lady’s Assistant, volume 1, 5th edition published in 1842, pages 234-237. I think there was an error and row 36 in the original pattern was duplicated erroneously, so I have adjusted the pattern. The original manchette pattern called for “fine” needles a

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

Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 13

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

One-Skein Pyrenees Scarf knitting pattern

I got into using antique patterns when I was making the scarf my hero wears in my Regency romance, The Spinster’s Christmas . I wanted to do another pattern which I think was in use in the Regency period, the Pyrenees Knit Scarf on pages 36-38 of The Lady's Assistant for Executing Useful and Fancy Designs in Knitting, Netting, and Crochet Work, volume 1, by Jane Gaugain, published in 1840. She is thought to be the first person to use knitting abbreviations, at least in a published book, although they are not the same abbreviations used today (our modern abbreviations were standardized by Weldon’s Practical Needlework in 1906). Since the book is out of copyright, you can download a free PDF copy of the book at Archive.org. I found this to be a fascinating look at knitting around the time of Jane Austen’s later years. Although the book was published in 1840, many of the patterns were in use and passed down by word of mouth many years before that, so it’s possible these are

ひとり寿司第36章パート1

「ひとり寿司」をブログに連載します! ひとり寿司 寿司シリーズの第一作 キャミー・タング 西島美幸 訳 スポーツ狂のレックス・坂井 —— いとこのマリコが数ヶ月後に結婚することにより、「いとこの中で一番年上の独身女性」という内輪の肩書を「勝ち取る」ことについては、あまり気にしていない。コントロールフリークの祖母を無視するのは容易だ —— しかし、祖母は最終通告を出した —— マリコの結婚式までにデート相手を見つけなければ、無慈悲な祖母は、レックスがコーチをしている女子バレーボールチームへの資金供給を切ると言う。 ダグアウトにいる選手全員とデートに出かけるほど絶望的なわけではない。レックスは、バイブルスタディで読んだ「エペソの手紙」をもとに「最高の男性」の条件の厳しいリストを作った。バレーボールではいつも勝つ —— ゲームを有利に進めれば、必ず成功するはずだ。 そのとき兄は、クリスチャンではなく、アスリートでもなく、一見何の魅力もないエイデンを彼女に引き合わせる。 エイデンは、クリスチャンではないという理由で離れていったトリッシュという女の子から受けた痛手から立ち直ろうとしている。そして、レックスが(1)彼に全く興味がないこと、(2)クリスチャンであること、(3)トリッシュのいとこであることを知る。あの狂った家族とまた付き合うのはごめんだ。まして、偽善的なクリスチャンの女の子など、お断り。彼はマゾヒストじゃない。 レックスは時間がなくなってきた。いくら頑張っても、いい人は現れない。それに、どこへ行ってもエイデンに遭遇する。あのリストはどんどん長くなっていくばかり —— 過去に掲載済みのストーリーのリンクはこちらです。 *** 36 誰かと結婚するとしたら、きっと駆け落ちだ。 クスクス笑うマリコのブライズメイドの後をついて、レックスはよろめきながらパゴダブリッジ・レストランに入った。泣きわめくティキの隣で四時間立ちっぱなし——マリコはレックスを列の最後に入れてくれたから、ありがたい——抜歯と同じぐらい喜ばしい経験だった。ノボケインなしで。 (ウェディングそのものは一時間だけ。よかった)リハーサルも終わり、あとはオリバーを見つけ、四時間ぶりに椅子に座って、祖母のおごりで高価なリハーサルディナー(結婚式リハーサ

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

Quiz from Lady Wynwood's Spies #6 - question 5

The latest volume in my Christian Regency epic serial novel just released, so I thought I’d post a few of my favorite passages from Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 6: Martyr . “There is no need for you to apologize.” A sliver of her normal self seemed to return to her, and she lifted an eyebrow at him. “Yes, well, you should not have interrupted my argument with the tree.” “I could not stand by and watch you bully a defenseless beechwood.” QUIZ: Who is Keriah speaking to, Michael or Mr. Benjamin? EXTRA CREDIT: Why was Keriah apologizing to him? This exchange was an unexpected point of levity in an otherwise pretty heavy scene. It surprised me when I was writing it. Start the series with Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer ! A Christian Historical Adventure set in Regency England with slow-burn romance and a supernatural twist Part one in an epic-length serial novel She met him again by shooting him. After four seasons and unmarried because she is taller than mos

Chinese Take-Out and Sushi for One

Captain’s Log, Supplemental My agent sent me an article from Publisher’s Weekly that discussed this incident: Chinese Take-Out Spawns Christian Controversy And here’s also a blog post that talks about it in more detail: The Fighting 44s This is Soong-Chan Rah’s blog: The PCS blog In sum: Apparently Zondervan (yes, my publisher), who has partnered with Youth Specialties, had put out a youth leaders skit that had stereotypical Asian dialogue, which offended many Christian Asian Americans. In response to the outcry, Zondervan/Youth Specialities put out a sincere apology and is not only freezing the remaining stock of the book, but also reprinting it and replacing the copies people have already bought. I am very proud of my publisher for how they have handled this situation. The skit writers have also issued a public apology . (I feel sorry for them, because they were only trying to write a funny skit, not stir up this maelstrom of internet controversy. I’ve been in youth work long enou

New contest!

I haven’t had a contest since October! Here’s new one just in time for Christmas. I’m picking 3 winners to each be able to choose 10 books from my Christian book list! And yes, that list includes my books! 1) You get one entry into the contest when you sign up for my email newsletter at http://www.camytang.com/ . If you already belong to my email newsletter, let me know! 2) You get a second entry into the contest if you Like my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CamyTangAuthor . If you already Like my Facebook page, let me know! 3) You get a third entry into the contest if you join my Goodreads group: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/49078 . If you already belong to my Goodreads group, let me know! 4) You get a fourth entry into the contest if you follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/camytang . If you already follow me on Twitter, let me know! 5) You get extra entries into the contest if you get someone else to join my email newsletter. Just email camy {at] c