Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A star is born...

This is a special post featuring one of our Scribble Chick readers, LAURIE TOMLINSON! :)

It was so fun to meet Laurie, loyal Scribble Chick follower and romance writer, at the 2013 ACFW Conference this past week in Indianapolis. 

And guess what? She entered the Contemporary category of the GENESIS CONTEST and....WON! :)

If that doesn't encourage you to enter contests and put your manuscripts out there, guys, I don't know what will! 

Check out these pics I snagged while yelling like crazy for her:)


This one was the projector screen listing the finalists...




Now Laurie accepting her award and giving a thank you speech!




How adorable is she? :)
And her speech was flawless. So smooth. I would have been a mumbling mess. 





Here's Laurie's story blurb from the manuscript that won:

Being jobless and single can seem like the end of the world. But sometimes it’s just the beginning.

Spencer Brooks has always dreamed of how her storybook ending will unfold. Rewarding career. Picket fence. Husband who makes Prince Charming seem like a waste of perfectly good paper and ink.
But when life after college doesn’t turn out as planned, Spencer returns to the small Oklahoma town she promised she’d never call home again to draft a better blueprint for her future. Because so far, her best attempts have landed her back under her parents’ roof with an inbox empty of job leads. And her only relationship is with the mop and broom of the local coffee shop.

As Spencer attempts to stay out of her flawless cousin’s shadow and dodge her newly engaged ex-boyfriend, she must learn to surrender control and discover God’s plan for her life. Even if it looks nothing like her own. 
Can Spencer learn to trust that only God can lead her to the life—and love—she’s always dreamed about?


And here's some facts about Laurie!

Bio: Laurie Tomlinson is a wife and mom from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who enjoys reading and writing stories that uncover God’s grace in the “wait-and-see” seasons. She is a member of My Book Therapy and the American Christian Fiction Writers, and received the 2013 Genesis Award for the Contemporary category.

A self-professed bookworm, Laurie earned a degree in literature but bypassed the traditional teaching route to build a career as a book publicist. For six years, she has enjoyed helping authors identify their niche in the marketplace and draw from their strengths to ensure their messages are conveyed. She now looks forward to sharing the stories of love, grace, and redemption God has placed on her heart.

In addition to writing, Laurie enjoys cooking, singing with her church’s worship band, and going on adventures with her husband, daughter, and yellow Lab. She always has a good novel in her bag, tucked between the diapers. 


Here's me with Laurie! We're so proud of our Chicklet! :)


16 comments:

  1. Yay!! Congrats Laurie! That is so awesome and so encouraging! :)

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  2. Congrats again, Laurie! It was so great getting to meet you. You're beautiful inside and out! :)

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    1. I loved getting to meet you, too! We definitely clicked instantly :)

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  3. Congratulations, Laurie! I've seen a few people post about it and I've wondered want the book is about. Thanks for positing it, Betsy! Its sounds great, I hope it's picked up soon :). I have a very vague broad idea like that but haven't been able to reign in a plot :( so I really love this idea

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    1. Thank you, Tonya. I hope it will reach an age group who needs lots of encouragement.

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  4. Congrats, Laurie! (I loved your acceptance speech, too, by the way!) Your book sounds great - I hope I get to read it someday! :)

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    1. Thank you, Dana. I promise I was running on autopilot during that speech -- all God! It was like an out-of-body experience for sure!

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  5. Yay Laurie!! I am so excited to read your book someday - it sounds FANTASTIC! Congrats!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Erynn! Love your work, and this blog has been so, so valuable along my journey to publication :)

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  6. Betsy! You are so, so sweet to post this. Grateful I got to meet you at conference and that you took me under your wing at the airport <3

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  7. You're a rockstar. It was my pleasure :)

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