Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tuesday Tidbits: SELAH AWARDS & NaNoWriMo RESULTS

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Though I wasn’t able to get together with family, I had lots of good turkey with potatoes and gravy. As long as I have those three things on my plate, I need no other food. =0D

I am tickled pink about the Selah Awards! I watched them on November 18th via a live stream on YouTube and both my entries placed! I am honored to have been awarded 1st place in the novella category for "Bygones" in Thimbles and Threads!

I was also honored with a tie for 2nd place in the Western category for The Daughter's Predicament, Quilting Circle 2!

There were a lot of great authors, so to have my stories chosen over theirs is amazing and humbling. I could not do any of the writing I do without the Lord. I feel truly blessed.

Then Yesterday, I reached my NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words during the month of November with 50,172 words. YAY!!!!


It still seems unbelievable that I wrote 50k in one month. I have done it many times before, but I have been struggling with writing very much at a time for a several years. Many times during November I wanted to quit, having only reached 25,000 (half of the words) two-thirds of the way through the month, I felt my NaNo goal was out of reach with only nine days left. I had done a lot of research the first half of the month to have things to write. That slowed down my writing a lot.

I kept thinking how nice it would be to have beginning-to-end all down of a very rough draft of this at-some-point-in-the-future-80k novel. So I kept going to see if I could get to 30k (because that would be better than 25k) and then 40k and then I pushed to the finish line. I did stay up late every night for about a week to reach minimum words counts to have a shot at 50k. The Lord provided the words.

From the time my agent emailed me to ask if I had any WWII novel ideas (which I didn’t) to this very rough draft, it has been a little less than 12 weeks! It was fun to stay with an idea and write the novel without too much time in between the idea, the synopsis, and the first draft. I did take a break between writing the synopsis and writing the novel. In October, I needed to finish writing and editing a novel that was due to my publisher November 1st, Quilting Circle 4. I turned it in and jumped into the WWII story. It is far from complete, but I have the bones and large chunks of it fleshed out, mostly at the beginning and end. It was nice to write 50k in one month once again.

Blessings to you all!


THIMBLES AND THREADS: 4 Love Stories Are Quilted Into Broken Lives

Love Stitched into Four Women’s Lives
Enjoy four historical romances that celebrate the arts of sewing and quilting. When four women put needle and thread to fabric, will their talents lead to love? #thimblesandthreadscollection
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“Bygones” by Mary Davis (1st Place 2020 Selah Awards winner)
Texas, 1884
Drawn to the new orphan boy in town, Tilly Rockford soon became the unfortunate victim of a lot of Orion Dunbar’s mischievous deeds in school. Can Tilly figure out how to truly forgive the one who made her childhood unbearable? Now she doesn’t even know she holds his heart. Can this deviant orphan-train boy turned man make up for the misdeeds of his youth and win Tilly’s heart before another man steals her away?

Other stories in this collection:
“The Bridal Shop” by Grace Hitchcock, “Mending Sarah’s Heart” by Suzanne Norquist, and “Binding Up Wounds” by Liz Tolsma

Book 2 THE DAUGHTER'S PREDICAMENT (2nd Place 2020 Selah Awards winner)
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Can a patient love win her heart? Or will a forced marriage be the end of her romantic dreams? Get it here for FREE on Kindle Unlimited or Kindle to buy for $3.99 or paperback for $12.99: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQZVNWY/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_WcM.DbRBRKVQ9
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MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. Her latest release is THE DAMSEL’S INTENT (The Quilting Circle Book 3). The Quilting Circle Book 4, The Dèbutante's Secret, will release August of 2021. Her 2018 titles include; "Holly and Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides CollectionCourting Her Amish HeartThe Widow’s PlightCourting Her Secret Heart , “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in The MISSAdventure Brides Collection , and Courting Her Prodigal Heart . 2019 titles include The Daughter's Predicament and "Bygones" in Thimbles and Threads. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-six years and one cat. She has three adult children and three incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:

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