Celebrate my Birthday!

My brother spent several years in a country where they celebrate birthdays differently than we do in North America. The person who is having a birthday throws a party for his or her friends. I thought I would try that this year.

The price you see listed includes shipping. I think it’s a win/win. You are able to get some new books to read at a super discount, and I’m able to share some of my writing with you. I hope you join the celebration at http://ruthlsnyder.com/shop!

The books include:

If you’d like to know about other special offers and learn along with me, sign up for my monthly newsletter.

Save

Save

Save


Musical Countdown to Christmas: Do You Hear What I Hear by Noel Regney & Gloria Shayne

Musical Christmas11

It’s Christmas Eve! As you make last minute preparations, take time to still your heart and mind. Read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and listen to your favourite Christmas carols. Enjoy this second to last musical countdown to Christmas.

Who were Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne?

  • Noel Regney was born August 19, 1922 in Strasbourg, France
  • Studied classical music at Strasbourg, Salzburg, and Paris
  • Drafted into the Nazi army even though he was French, but became a deserter
  • Settled in Manhattan in 1952, working as a television music arranger, composer, and conductor
  • He met Gloria Shayne in Manhattan while she was playing the piano in the dining room of a hotel
  • They married a month after they met
  • They composed many songs together. Usually Gloria wrote the lyrics and Noel wrote the music.

The Story behind Do You Hear What I Hear?

  • Written in October 1962
  • A plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Regney wrote the lyrics and Shayne wrote the music
  • The lyrics were written after Regney watched babies being pushed in strollers in New York City
  • Sold more than a quarter-million copies in the first week it was released
  • Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1963
  • The song has been recorded many times since

Here’s a version with some sand art

Historical Context

  • Written during the Cuban Missile Crisis (threat of nuclear war)
  • First recorded on November 22, 1963 – the day  United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
  • American Express introduced credit cards in the United Kingdom
  • Pope John XXIII died
  • Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”
  • The Beatles released their first album

Looking for more details?

My Gift for today:

Leave a comment below for your opportunity to win a paperback copy of the San Francisco Wedding Planner Series II.SFWP Series 2 Cover

 


Musical Countdown to Christmas: Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel

Musical Christmas9

Welcome to Day 9 in my musical countdown to Christmas. Only three more days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

Who was George Frideric Handel?

  • Born February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany, the son of a barber/surgeon
  • Wanted to take music lessons; Was opposed by his father, but encouraged by his mother
  • Played the organ for Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow at age 7 and was accepted as his pupil
  • Composed for organ, oboe, and violin by age 10
  • His father died when George was 11 years old
  • At age 18 accepted a position as violinist with Hamburg Opera’s Goosemarket Theater and also taught private music lessons
  • Attended Halle University
  • Produced his first opera, Almira, in 1704
  • Wrote and produced operas in Germany, Italy, and England
  • Moved to England in 1726 and became an English citizen
  • Started the New Royal Academy of Music and produced successful operas for the next 10 years
  • Began writing oratorios after the opera was no longer popular

The Story behind the Hallelujah Chorus

  • Handel wrote the Messiah (oratorio) in 1741 under the commission of Dublin’s Lord Lieutenant, based on a biblical libretto assembled by art patron Charles Jennens
  • The complete Messiah was written in a mere 23 days!
  • In April 1742, Messiah debuted at New Music Hall in Dublin
  • The Hallelujah Chorus occurs at the end of the 2nd part of the Messiah, which focuses on the Passion
  • The chorus presents both a single melody and then two or more melodies (polyphonic) at the same time
  • The chorus ends with the presentation of “And He shall reign” arranged in the style of a fugue, a popular form of music in the Baroque period
  • After Handel’s death, the Messiah was adapted for performance by a larger orchestra and choir

And just for fun – a flash mob version 🙂

Historical Context

  • A British fleet reached Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)
  • Captain Bering discovered Mount St. Elias in Alaska
  • Anders Celsius, an astronomer, introduced the Centigrade temperature scale

Looking for more details?

My Gift for today:

Leave a comment below for an opportunity to win a paperback copy of The San Francisco Wedding Planner Complete Series I, which I wrote with four other authors: Jen Cudmore, Mishael Austin Witty, Sheila Seiler Lagrand, and Patti J. Smith.

Cover for San Francisco Wedding Planner Series 1 Complete


Wedding Planner 2 Paperback

New paperback, book signing, & writers’ conference – all in one week!

Wedding Planner 2 Paperback

Yes, you read the title correctly! The paperback copies of The San Francisco Wedding Planner Complete Series II arrived yesterday. I’m excited to share them with you, my readers. As usual, they are available from Amazon.com (U.S.) or can be ordered directly from me. (I’ll have them up in my store next week.)

Fig Tree Book Signing

On Thursday afternoon I will join 5 other members of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship for a book signing at The Fig Tree bookstore in West Edmonton Mall. The address is Suite 1919, Phase I, West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7. We will be there from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and will be giving away a book every half hour. Come join the fun!

 

Although the first two events are very exciting, I’m most looking forward to our InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Fall Conference 2014 taking place on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27th. There’s nothing like the fellowship, networking, and inspiration I enjoy when I spend time with fellow writers who love Jesus Christ. I will be teaching a workshop on blogging this year. Perhaps in one of my future posts I will be able to share what I taught and learned (I usually end up learning more than I teach during workshops).

What are you up to this week? Anything you’d like to share?

 


It’s Here! The San Francisco Wedding Planner Series 2 Complete

Life Lessons Cover SFWP2

Life couldn’t be better. Heather dreamed of being a nurse for years, a goal that motivated her through years of study. Now she’s a dedicated obstetrics nurse, dating the most eligible bachelor at Northwest. Heather is enjoying making new friends, learning new skills, and building her career. She’s also enjoying spending time with Jonathan. Her relationship with her mother is better than it’s been for years, although Christmas is a bit awkward. Heather’s dream world suddenly turns into a nightmare when she’s instructed to do something that goes against everything she believes. Will she remain true to her morals? Or will she sacrifice everything she thinks she believes to keep her dreams intact?

The San Francisco Wedding Planner Complete Series II CoverThe author team of “The San Francisco Wedding Planner”, Jen Cudmore, Ruth L. Snyder, Patti J. Smith, Sheila Seiler Lagrand, and Mishael Austin Witty, thought it would be fun to highlight the main characters from the series and tell a little piece of their backstory.
Each story in Series II focuses on a different character: Bryan Tate, MD, Gloria, Indigo, Skye, and Heather.
The time frames of each story vary from the day, the week, the month before we meet the characters in “Volume 1- The Initial Consultation”.
Sit back, relax, have some fun, and get to know the cast and crew of “The San Francisco Wedding Planner” series a little bit better.
If you want to know more about the authors in the series please visit them at: bit.ly/1qt7aXz

Available from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com


Book Signing information from Heaven Sent

New Paperback and July 30 Book Signing

20140721-093246-34366946.jpg

The author team of “The San Francisco Wedding Planner” will be releasing the “Complete Series” ebook & paperback this Thursday evening!
Who is on the author team? Jen Cudmore,Patti J. Smith, Mishael Austin Witty, Sheila Seiler Lagrand,and Ruth L. Snyder!
Heather Donovan has no time for her own romance—she’s busy making wedding dreams come true for other people and trying to reel her lonely and lovesick widowed mom Gloria back from beyond the brink of good taste. Her receptionist, Raul, is as interested in his hair style as he is in the clients. Indigo, the wedding photographer, never goes anywhere without his beret—or his attitude. Toss in Skye, the mommy-track best friend who wants to breathe organic air, Mario, the talented, hotheaded caterer with an eye for the ladies, and a tall, dark, and handsome stranger visiting the office on the eve of the busiest weekend ever, and you have a recipe for disaster. Or love. Or maybe both? Along the way discover how duck-hunter ice sculptures end up as rehearsal dinner décor at an upscale hotel, why the young doctor has a broken heart, and whose will prevails when the photographer challenges a young couple’s vision of the perfect wedding.

SONY DSC

On July 30th I’ll be at Heaven Sent in St. Paul from noon to 4 pm to meet you and sign copies of the books to which I’ve contributed. Copies of Rise, The Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas, and The San Francisco Wedding Planner will be available for purchase at special prices. I look forward to seeing you there!


Summer Reading Blog Tour

Introducing Heather Donovan from the San Francisco Wedding Planner Series

Shadows and Sunshine cover

On July 2nd Shadows and Sunshine, volume 6 in the San Francisco Wedding planner Series was released on Amazon. Today I’d like to introduce you to Heather Donovan, the main character in the series.

What is your name?  Heather Marie Donovan
What one word best describes you?  Some people call me creative, talented, stubborn. I would use the word persistent.

How did you first become involved in the story?  Since I’m the main character, this is my story, but I’ve built a team around me that helps me succeed.

What worries you? Several things, actually—I’m a bit of a worry wart 🙂 I worry about my business failing, about losing people close to me (I lost my dad when I was a teenager), and about being single the rest of my life.

What’s your favourite song?  What a feeling by Irene Cara

http://youtu.be/4Rvs6mNoMcs
What’s your favourite food?  You mean besides chocolate and comfort food? Lol  I enjoy all kinds of food, but Mario’s Cotoletta Alla Milanese is my absolute favorite. (If you want to prepare your own, check out the video below.)


What do you think of the other characters?

  • Skye is my BFF, so of course I think she’s wonderful. We are opposites in many ways. She’s an absolute health nut who insists on organic food with lots of fruit and vegetables. You already know what I like to eat.
  • Gloria is my mother. She and I have a love/hate relationship. Her choices frustrate me. I mean come on, she’s supposed to be the mature adult leading the way. Unfortunately, when my father died suddenly my mother seemed to lose her moorings. Now she works as a real estate agent, which has been helpful for me lately. However, her flirtatious behavior is annoying and embarrassing, especially when she hits on MY dates.
  • Raul is my diva admin. assistant who answers the phones and keeps us all organized. (He also likes to dish out advice on fashion, which I usually ignore.) Although he can be very annoying sometimes, he actually is very responsible. In fact, he’s helped me out of a scrape or two.
  • Bryan is an orthopedic surgeon and Raul’s older half-brother—the tall, dark, and handsome one. He knows how to make me feel special and can be very funny, but sometimes I wonder if he’s ready for a serious relationship. Baggage from his past relationships seems to come between us fairly often.
  • Indigo is one of the best photographers in San Francisco. I count it a privilege to have him on my team, but he also causes me the most trouble. You see, I have to handle his ego with kid gloves. He often complains no one understands his art.
  • Mario is a chef extraordinaire, and has been a great addition to my team. He also tends to be a bit of a lady’s man, but a recent love interest is taming him. Mario is one of those people who is everyone’s friend. I don’t think he knows what the word enemy means.

What do you think should happen?  I think me and my team should provide the best event experience for everyone in San Francisco. The Pendergast event is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our skills. If we can pull this off, the sky’s the limit.

I also think that Bryan and I belong together, but I despair that will ever happen. We’re both extremely busy and he seems to have a lot of baggage from past relationships.
Are you happy right now?  Most days, yes. But sometimes I dream about what my life will be like when (I guess I should say IF?) I marry Bryan.
What do you hope to do with your life?  I hope I will be successful in my business and be surrounded with good friends

DRAW for free e-book:  Leave a comment below and your name will be entered to win a copy of volume one of the San Francisco Wedding Planner Series 🙂

Rafflecopter contest: For your chance to win a copy of the whole San Francisco Wedding Planner series, enter at the right.

Want to read more about Heather? My novella, Life Lessons, is scheduled to be released on Thursday, July 24th. Stay tuned for more details. In the mean time, check out some other suggestions for your summer reading list by following the Summer Reading Blog Tour:

Summer Reading Blog Tour

 


Shadows and Sunshine cover

News Release: Ruth L. Snyder, Canadian Author, hits #1 on Amazon.ca’s hot new release list

Ruth L. SnyderRuth L. Snyder, an author from Glendon, Alberta, hit #1 on Amazon.ca’s Hot New Release list in the Christian romance category with her second novella, Shadows and Sunshine, which was released on July 2, 2014. The story is the entertaining conclusion to the San Francisco Wedding Planner Series. This series takes readers on many interesting twists and turns, since five authors collaborate on a single plot throughout the six volumes. All the volumes are available from Amazon.

Tracy Krauss, Canadian author, artist, and playwright says, “Author Ruth Snyder does a wonderful job of ‘wrapping it up’ in this installment to the series. There were lots of loose ends and they come together naturally and with the right amount of believability. It was romantic without being over the top.” Snyder likes a good clean love story and aims to give her readers an enjoyable read. Snyder says, “There’s a lot of negativity about love and marriage these days. I hope my writing gives people a realistic and positive picture of true love.”

Shadows and Sunshine cover

In Shadows and Sunshine, Heather and her crew are determined to pull off the wedding of the year for their high profile client. The stakes have never been higher—this single event could make or break the business. The venue is set, decorations are ordered, and the menu is one-of-a kind. Two days before the event, one thing after another goes wrong. Mario knew he should have made back-up plans, but he didn’t. Bryan thought his past was behind him, but it reappears at the worst possible moment. Heather is forced to deal with personal issues while responding to the challenges of running a business. Does the wedding planner team have the resources and creativity to bounce back and pull off the perfect event?

Ruth L. Snyder has had articles published in Testimony, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and FellowScript magazine. This is her second novella. She is working on a Twitter manual for writers and her first full-length novel, Olga’s Discovery. Ruth is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. She is currently serving as President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.