Monday, July 30, 2012

New Classes

I'm really going to have a busy year! I'm teaching five classes at Cornerstone Tutorial Center: Biology, Physical Science, Beginning Composition, Creative Writing, and Guerrilla Marketing for Entrepreneurs. My students will be in grades 7-12. It's been a while since I've taught this age group, but I'm excited about doing it. If you know any homeschool families looking for individual classes in the Tulsa, OK, area, send them to the CTC website. We're having OPEN HOUSE this weekend on August 4, 2012. Come meet the teachers and check out the school. If you like what you see, you can register at that time.

One of my previous students, Shandra Wilson Pinion, has started her own business called Line Eleven. She creates custom jewelry and sells it on Etsy. She is so clever and talented! She created a necklace for me that goes with a special outfit. She matched the color of the stones and gave me a choice of stones for the centerpiece. Awesome! And she's not expensive. Check out her line on Etsy at Line Eleven.
Here's a sample of her work:


Saturday, July 21, 2012

What's Next? Tidewater Inn

Anxiously awaiting: Tidewater Inn by Coleen Coble, the first in her new series, Hope Beach. This series takes place on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Can't wait!

Review of End of the Trail

I also just finished End of the Trail by Vickie McDonough. Vickie is one of my favorite inspirational romance writers (see my review of Finally a Bride.

End of the Trail is book 6 of the Morgan Family series; however, you don't have to read the entire series to enjoy this one. (I haven't read any of the others yet.)

Although I didn't enjoy End of the Trail as much as the Finally a Bride series, I did like this book very much. The story is about a girl who thinks she has inherited her uncle's ranch only to discover that some gambling cowpoke has won it in a poker game. The uncle, knowing he was going to die, lost it on purpose and gave Brooks the stipulation that he was to take care of "Keri" as part of the deal. He doesn't know who Keri is until he rides to the Ranch and is greeted by a cute girl with a rifle pointed at his chest!

This is another winner by Vickie McDonough. Don't miss it!

Review of The Inn at Rose Harbor

I finished The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber and posted my review on Amazon.

Bottom line: I'm glad I read the book, and anyone who likes Debbie Macomber will enjoy reading it. However, I wouldn't recommend it to new readers of Macomber as it's not her best work. You can read my full review on Amazon.

Tutoring Services

I have just updated my website with information about my tutoring services and classes. Please check it out and pass it on to anyone you know who may be interested. Thank you! Cindy

Teaching again!

I'll be teaching three, high-school level classes at Cornerstone Tutorial Center, a private co-op for home schooled students, in Tulsa, OK, for the 2012-2013 school year.

Physical Science: Exploring Creation with Physical Science is the study of the non-living world taught from a Christian perspective. 

Biology: Exploring Creation with Biology is the study of the living world taught from a Christian perspective. 

Guerilla Marketing for Entrepreneurs:  Whether you attend college or not, creating a home business can help you succeed financially. In Guerilla Marketing for Entrepreneurs, students will examine various careers and entrepreneur opportunities, take a job interest and skills assessment, brainstorm ideas for a home business, learn how to target the best market for their product or service, review Biblical principals for running a home business, and learn how to manage time. Students will write a business plan, a marketing plan, and a financial plan, as well as create both print and online tools necessary to market their product or service. Participation is through discussion, lectures, in-class activities, homework assignments, conducting surveys and interviews, Internet research, and an end-of-year project. 

Registration information is on the CTC website!  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Rose State Short Course with William Bernhardt!

Rose State College is offering a two-day short course on writing September 15 to 16 at a remarkably low rate.  This weekend conference will feature more than twenty speakers from all across the nation, including major bestselling authors like Phillip Margolin.  The people at Rose know that times are tough for those in the artistic community, so they've made the short course available for only only $99, the lowest conference registration fee I've seen anywhere.  And for teachers and students, it's only $39.  (For students at Rose State, it's free.)

That price includes programming for the serious professional writer, one-on-one meetings with agents, editors, and writers, the Saturday night program/awards ceremony, food/drink at the Saturday evening reception/booksigning, and all contest entries.

Rose State sponsors five contest categories: fiction (short stories or novel segments), nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and writing for children. You can enter every category, if you want, at no additional cost. This is the first year Rose has held this program, so there may be a chance to get into a contest that isn't inundated with entries yet.  The winners in each category will receive cash prizes that start at $100 for first place, so you could walk away with more money in your pocket than you paid for the conference.

Register for the conference one of three ways: 

By Phone with a credit card by calling 405 733 7392.

In Person at Rose State College, Community Learning Center, 6420 SE 15th Street, Midwest City OK 73110.

By Mail by sending your name, address, phone, and email address with payment to: Rose State College, Community Learning Center, 6420 SE 15th Street, Midwest City OK 73110. Please make checks payable to:  Rose State College.

And after registering, send your contest entries to this address: Contests, Rose State Short Course, Community Learning Center, 6420 SE 15th Street, Midwest City OK 73110.

You can find more details about the short course and the contest submission guidelines at the Rose State website: or at Bernhardt's website: If you have any questions about the seminars, just shoot him an email ( or call (405 683 2881).