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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

Simplification 2013

It seems like every year I realize I’ve filled my time with things that take up too much of my time! As I’ve been praying over 2013 during the month of January, I’ve been feeling I need to (once again) simplify my life. So I’m stepping back from a blog I contribute to. I’m also aiming for less participation in some of my Goodreads groups (that is truly a time suck! Fun, but time suck.) My book writing schedule is still very busy, so I’ll be doing no more critiques with my Story Sensei business in the first half of the year so that I can focus on my books, on writing what God wants me to write. I’m going to focus my energy on my own blog --I’m aiming to post 3-4 times a week, as well as posting contests more regularly. I’m also going to be more active on my Goodreads group and my Facebook page , posting contests there as well. And I absolutely DEPEND on those three outlets for help when naming characters, since many of you know how pathetic challenged I am in coming up wit

Giveaway on the Love Inspired Authors blog

For you Love Inspired Suspense readers, I'm giving away five copies of my Love Inspired Suspense novel, Narrow Escape , on the Love Inspired Authors blog ! Click here to enter.

Pink fuzzy stash buster blanket

Like many knitters, I have a lot of extra yarn, almost all leftovers from other projects, and I didn’t know what to do with it because there wasn’t quite enough to make anything except perhaps hand mitts or a scarflette, and I have tons of those. So I decided to combine them all to make a blanket using Tunisian crochet! I think it’s pretty! Here’s the Ravelry link in case you were interested: http://ravel.me/camytang/sbb I showed the blanket to Captain Caffeine first, then to my friend Dineen Miller. After my visit with Dineen, I complained to the Captain: Me: I showed Dineen my pink fuzzy blanket and she expressed the proper exclamations of praise for it. Captain: Like what? Me: “Oh, is this your pink fuzzy blanket? It’s so nice! I can’t believe you used all your stash yarn for it! I love how the pink fun fur makes it so cute and fuzzy! It’s so heavy! It’s so soft! It’s so pink! It’s so you!” (I pause for dramatic effect and give the Captain a Significant Look.) Captai

Wings Shelter in the Protection for Hire series

Today, I’m on Lyn Cote’s blog talking about Wings domestic abuse shelter in the Protection for Hire series. I’m also doing a giveaway of A Dangerous Stage ! Click here to read the blog post and enter the giveaway.

Winner - NARROW ESCAPE True Large Print winners

The winners of the two True Large Print versions of my Love Inspired Suspense, Narrow Escape , are: Jane S. Michelle F. Congratulations! (I've emailed you. Please email me at camy {at] camytang[dot}com if you didn’t get the email message.) I know that all of you who didn’t win are now crying in your Wheaties. Cheer up and order the book! Back cover blurb: KIDNAPPED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT Arissa Tiong and her three-year-old niece are snatched off the street by members of a notorious drug gang. Having lost her police officer brother to a drug bust gone bad, Arissa knows the danger she's in. But she has no idea why they want her. Desperate to protect the little girl, Arissa escapes and runs straight to Nathan Fischer. She knows the handsome, weary former narcotics cop hasn't told her everything about the night that ended her brother's life and Nathan's career. But he's all that stands between her and dangerous thugs who are after something she doesn't e

Return to Marble Cove with "Steps of Faith"

Some of you guys might know that I--in addition to several other authors--write for the Guideposts women’s fiction series, Miracles of Marble Cove . My next novel in the series, Steps of Faith released recently and I did an interview on Guideposts.org . I talk a bit about the series, the book, my personal bucket list and also some tips for writers. I hope you click on the link to read the interview!

A word for the New Year

I got this idea from an author friend of mind--every year, she prays and asks God for a word or a short phrase that is her “theme” for the year. It’s something she works on for the year. One year, my word was “fear.” It sounds weird, but I wanted to understand what it meant to fear and revere the Lord. During my Bible reading that year, I started highlighting every passage that mentioned the word “fear” in relation to God, and it was really eye-opening to understand what it really means to “fear” the Lord. This year, my word is “prayer.” I want to work on my prayer life and learn how to pray more often and with more intensity. The first thing I did was get an app. :) I got the “Let’s Pray” app on my iPhone because you set up an account and then it’ll sync your prayer requests across all your devices. I usually pray with my iPad since I use an iPad Bible app for my Bible reading (Olive Tree, because it lets me write notes as long as I want!), but if I happen to ever not have my iP

Book giveaway - NARROW ESCAPE, True Large Print version

This week I'm giving away two copies of the TRUE LARGE PRINT version of my Love Inspired Suspense novel, Narrow Escape : KIDNAPPED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT Arissa Tiong and her three-year-old niece are snatched off the street by members of a notorious drug gang. Having lost her police officer brother to a drug bust gone bad, Arissa knows the danger she's in. But she has no idea why they want her. Desperate to protect the little girl, Arissa escapes and runs straight to Nathan Fischer. She knows the handsome, weary former narcotics cop hasn't told her everything about the night that ended her brother's life and Nathan's career. But he's all that stands between her and dangerous thugs who are after something she doesn't even know she has. Excerpt of chapter one: Arissa Tiong awoke to darkness and the stench of fear. Pain throbbed from a sharp point at the back of her head and radiated forward to pound against the backs of her eyeballs. She drew in a ragged b

Filipino names and phrases in NARROW ESCAPE

Source: tvrage.com via Camy on Pinterest I’m Japanese and my husband is Chinese, but I have several friends who are Filipino, which is why I decided to write a Filipino heroine for Narrow Escape . However, I had to do lots of research, especially for the character names. I had a hard time coming up with the name of the Filipino drug gang in the book, but there are several real-life Filipino gangs who just use initials for their names. So I picked the phrase, laki sa layaw, which means “pampered while still young” in Tagalog (a Filipino dialect), and shortened it to the gang name, LSL. The phrase seemed appropriate for a young, tough, attitude-saturated gang of drug dealers. I don’t actually know the meaning of Arissa’s last name, Tiong, but I liked it because it was easy to read and pronounce (sort of) for non-Filipino readers. :) Some of the Filipino surnames are really long and complicated to pronounce for an American like me! Charity’s uncle is Johnny Capuno, is a captain

Winners of my NARROW ESCAPE contest

Congratulations to the winners of my January contest! Each winner gets a free copy of my Love Inspired Suspense, Narrow Escape : Carolyn B. Lourdes M. Judy S.B. Joyce A. Elaine W. Maxie A. Sherry D. Harry W. Sharee S. Valerie/Lora (I've emailed each of you. Please email me at camy {at] camytang[dot}com if you didn’t get the email message.) I know that all of you who didn’t win are now crying in your BBQ flavored potato chips. Cheer up and order the book! About Narrow Escape : KIDNAPPED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT Arissa Tiong and her three-year-old niece are snatched off the street by members of a notorious drug gang. Having lost her police officer brother to a drug bust gone bad, Arissa knows the danger she's in. But she has no idea why they want her. Desperate to protect the little girl, Arissa escapes and runs straight to Nathan Fischer. She knows the handsome, weary former narcotics cop hasn't told her everything about the night that ended her brother's li

Naming characters in NARROW ESCAPE

Most of you guys already know how much I suck at coming up with names, right? So when I needed to come up with names for Narrow Escape , I ran a contest with the prize of naming my characters in my then-untitled Love Inspired Suspense manuscript. Huge thanks to my winners who named my characters: Jennifer F. was the grand prize winner, and she named Arissa and various characters, including Arissa’s discipler at church! I didn’t need a true Filipino name for her first name, but Jennifer actually did some internet research and came up with some Filipino names! Charity L. named Arissa’s niece, Charity! Holly M. named Arissa’s brother, Mark! I would have allowed one of my winners to pick the hero’s name, but he had already been mentioned in Stalker in the Shadows . :) Are you good at naming characters? I’m always working on a new manuscript, so keep your eyes on my blog and Facebook for when I post for help! Don't forget to enter my Narrow Escape contest for January! Clic

Winner - A DAUGHTER’S REDEMPTION by Georgiana Daniels

The winner of A DAUGHTER’S REDEMPTION by Georgiana Daniels is: redheavenbound Congratulations! (I've emailed you. Please email me at camy {at] camytang[dot}com if you didn’t get the email message.) I know that all of you who didn’t win are now crying in your Cheerios. Cheer up and order the book! Back cover blurb: Inheriting her estranged father's property isn't the reason Robyn Warner wanted to come back to Pine Hollow. She thought she'd make amends with her father—but his sudden death made that impossible. And when she learns the identity of the handyman fixing the run-down cabins, Robyn is ready to flee Pine Hollow again. Caleb Sloane, the cop responsible for her father's accident, just wants to uphold his promise and then return to the force. But he can't seem to walk away. After all, he understands about guilt and regret. And he'll do everything he can to help Robyn find healing, happiness and—just maybe—a lifetime of love. Excerpt of chapter