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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159554271X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595542717
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rebeca Seitz lives with her husband and young son on a small farm in Kentucky. This is her first novel.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Chapter One
one year later

Jane's tires screeched as she flew around a curve on Bluff Road.

"Girl, where are you?" The excitement in Lydia's voice came through loud and clear, and Jane pushed her foot down a bit harder on the accelerator.

"I'm coming, I'm coming." She kept one hand on the steering wheel while frantically sifting through the things in the passenger seat of her Blazer. There was a brush somewhere, she just knew it, but finding anything at seven in the morning after pulling an all-nighter was difficult at best. Exhaustion picked at her brain, but she took it for the victory it was. Her all-nighter had resulted (finally!) in a completed logo for Sisters, Ink. Bleary eyes gave testament to the long hours she'd put into creating the official representation of their scrapbooking group. A box of stationery rested in the passenger floorboard amid granola bar wrappers, a beautiful Sisters, Ink logo centered at the top. Four smaller boxes held their new business cards, printed on her laser printer at three a.m. The skeleton of their web site was even up and running, though none of the Sisters knew about it or the business idea she'd been brewing for weeks.

"Do I need to grab anything for you? This stuff is going fast. There are barely any of the foam alphabet sets left."

"Shoot, Lydia, I barely even know what I need. I'll be there in about two minutes." Jane lunged again, still searching for the brush while trying not to drop the cell phone from her shoulder.

"Okay, but don't let the grass grow under your tires. I'll be over in the baby girl section. I need to find something for Olivia's first bath pages and get ribbon for Mac. What's this big secret you have anyway?"

"I told you I'm not saying a word until we all get to Mac's. Be there in a flash." Jane snapped the phone together and slammed to a stop at the red light. Turning her attention to her still-searching hand, she finally found the elusive hairbrush and grabbed it. A blaring horn sounded, and she realized the green arrow had finally appeared. This business idea had monopolized her mind for weeks. And she had Bill to thank for it, in a way. Without him, she'd never have learned the value of girlfriends.

Jane pushed thoughts of her ex-husband out of her mind. Tires squealing again, she tore into the parking lot of The Savvy Scrapper. Tossing the hairbrush back into the passenger seat, she threw the car into Park, grabbed her purse, and flung open the door.

"Ouch!"

Jane looked up just as her door collided with the midsection of one very tall man.

"Omigosh. I am so, so sorry. I'm just in a rush. The sale is happening, and I'm late and--"

"It's okay." Mr. Tall held his hands up as if to ward off any other car doors she might be hiding somewhere, and she noticed the coffee cup in one hand and bagel bag in the other. Bagels would be so heavenly right now. "I'm fine, really." He set the bag down on the ground and brushed the dust off of his olive green sweater, then looked at her. "I know how women can be when there's a sale involved." He grinned as he knelt to pick the bag back up.

She tried hard to ignore his sexist statement and not remind him of how many guys camp out at golf stores before a sale or sleep in the parking lot to get tickets to a concert.

"Are you sure you're okay? I mean, I have insurance, and we can call somebody." Jane shoved her hair behind her ears, willing herself to focus on the problem at hand rather than the sale happening about ten yards away or the way her stomach was now grumbling for coffee and a bagel.

"Really, go ahead. I'm fine."

"Okay, thanks." She turned and made her way around the back of the car. "I appreciate this. It's just that this only happens once a year, and my friend is waiting . . ." She stopped on the far side of the car and looked at him. He could sue if he was hurt, and her luck with men right now meant he would sue and she would lose to the tune of thousands of dollars. "You're certain you're fine?"

"Go." He made a shooing motion with the bag. "Happy shopping."

Her mother always said never to look a gift horse in the mouth, and this was one time Jane would be obeying Elizabeth rather than giving in to her own desire to argue. She practically sprinted to the front door of The Savvy Scrapper, yanked it open, and burst inside.

"Jane!" Lydia was in the front corner of the store, surrounded by pink, yellow, blue, lilac, and pale green. She waved a die-cut of a bathtub and bubbles above her head. "I found the perfect stuff for Olivia and Oliver's First Bath page."

"Great." Jane joined her, breathless. Her cheeks were tinged with pink.

"Okay, here's the deal." Lydia turned toward the back of the store and pointed. "All the Times letters are gone, the vellum is almost finito, and the dog section is getting riffled through as we speak. Where do you want to start?"

"Dog section." Jane stuffed her keys into her purse. "I took great pictures this morning of Mrs. Hannigan picking up poop while stepping in another pile."

"You are so gross. That poor woman, poop obsessed. To each his own, I guess."

Jane scanned the rest of the store, making a quick plan to get the most stuff. "What can you expect? She's lived there since before animals were allowed and tried to stop the changing of the rules. All she wants is a poop-free yard, and I can't say I blame her."

Lydia's eyebrows rose. "You're siding with Mrs. Hannigan?"

"I wouldn't say I was siding with her, just beginning to understand where she's coming from, that's all." Jane shrugged.

"Right. Go on over to the dog section. I'll come over there when I'm finished here. Can you grab me that new paper with the red stripes and dark brown bones? I've got some pictures of Otis with Olivia and Oliver from last week."

"Dale let that pug get near his precious twins? I thought you said the only thing he cared more about than SportsCenter was those babies."

"Dale hasn't seen the pictures yet. You know he never comes in my scrapbook studio. I think he gets hives when he thinks about how much money I spend on this stuff." Lydia waved her hand to encompass the store. "He's probably right."

"Oh, please. Men are never right." Jane turned toward the dog section. "Dogs, on the other hand, are wonderful companions who never cheat and can't even turn on a computer."

Lydia laughed and turned back to the wall of baby-themed paper in front of her, leaving Jane to take care of the dog paper. Stripes or flowers? She didn't want to make the scrapbook too babyish, but she also didn't want it to look too grownup. The papers were all on sale, so maybe she would just get both. Dale would never know, since he didn't come into her studio anyway, and she could give some of it to Mac for Kesa's baby book. She took two sheets of the pink and lime green-striped paper, then two of the blue rosebud ones.

"Men are never right," she muttered under her breath. Maybe Jane had a good point.


More About the Author

Rebeca Seitz was born to the son of a coal miner and the daughter of a farmer. She spent the first 8 years of her life on the farm in Tennessee, which her family had worked since the 1700s. Most days she could be found in the haylofts with a batch of kittens nearby, a Nancy Drew book in hand, and an RC cola and Debbie Cake waiting in the wings. She wrote her first story - about a magic cornstalk - just before her third grade year, when the family left the farm life for a more town-centric life alongside other branches of the family tree. Rebeca escaped the fear of transition by delving further into her storybook world, spending hours with the words of Madeleine L'Engle, Janette Oke, Davis Bunn, Grace Livingston Hill, Phyllis Whitney, and more. Nearly three years after moving, she'd landed her first job: shelving books at the local library.

After earning her B.A. in Communications and Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Rebeca embarked on a career in politics and promotion. Four years after graduation, she melded her love of story with her promotional skills to become the first dedicated fiction publicist for Thomas Nelson Publishers. One year later, having resigned from Nelson and opened Glass Road (glassroadmm.com), Rebeca signed the contract to publish her first novel, PRINTS CHARMING. Four additional novels were soon contracted by another publishing house and released. Meanwhile, Glass Road grew by leaps and bounds, serving authors all over the nation and working with numerous publishing houses to secure coverage in a wide variety of media outlets including USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, The Today Show, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and more.

Along the way, Rebeca earned her Master's in Mass Communication, presented her research findings while earning that degree at the International Christian Retail Show alongside Bowker, co-wrote three nonfiction memoirs, and expanded into film and TV. She has taught at numerous writers conferences on the topics of promotion and creating a multi-media approach to story exploitation. In 2014, she sold Glass Road to BelieversPress. She continues to serve as its President. She is also CEO of the non-profit SON: Spirit Of Naples (spiritofnaples.com), which helps Christians to create mainstream films, TV shows, books, and other entertaining media.

Rebeca makes her home in Naples, Florida with her husband, two children, and a dog who is routinely mistaken for a footstool. Learn more at rebecaseitz.com.

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It was so much fun to read a book about people who also enjoy my favorite hobby.
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I found it to be well written and had a great story line.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sourdough on March 5, 2007
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A light and fun read to distract me from the falling snow, I thought. But I got more: four All-American women of Faith struggling with issues we can relate easily to in our modern world and too often in our own lives. For almost 300 pages, I was invited to sit down at the scrapping table with four warm and delightful women for a time of sisterhood that was at times hilariously zany, and at other times tender, all woven within the kind of authentic, transparent friendships we were created for. Ms. Seitz is to be applauded for the way she preached a tender message without being "preachy," that message being that in the bonds of sisterhood, we can find wise counsel, comic relief, and the often sobering reminder that impasses in marriage and other intimate relationships are rarely the fault of only one. A wonderful first book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CatDog Mom on April 12, 2007
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Iwasn't sure what to expect when starting this book but once I got into it I didn't want to put it down. I laughed & cried with the women of "Sisters Inc. and even learned a few scrapping tricks along the way. I can't wait to read the next Sister, Inc. book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nashville Reader on March 8, 2007
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A stirring reminder of the power of women's friendships, these four women laugh and cry together through moments we can all identify with -- divorce, the challenges of parenting, marriage, etc. Set against the backdrop of scrapbooking, this community of women is inspiring and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly VINE VOICE on February 14, 2009
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It was a cute story. A prequel to "Sisters, Ink." In a nutshell, Jane's husband cheated on her via the internet. Her best friend had tried to point out his cheating ways the day of her marriage, but Jane wouldn't listen. Now, 2 years later, she finds herself divorced and on her own. Through her love of scrapbooking, she finds 3 other women with whom she becomes friends.

The story is told through different viewpoints and covers each life: Jane's decision to move forward or accept back her ex-husband, Lydia's inattentive husband, Mari's fertility and adoption issues, and Mac's wayward daughter. Through it all, the "sisters" love and support each other.

The story is funny and full of pop culture references: Stargate, Galactica, Creating Keepsakes and Stacy Julian, etc. It's a light read, and it's Christian without being preachy. It fell a bit flat though as each story, predictably, wraps up too neatly at the same time.

It did make me realize how much I miss having close girlfriends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lynn Park on April 25, 2007
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What a wonderful first book! The characters are warm and welcoming. You feel as though you are a fellow member of Sisters, Ink as you journey with these four strong women through the good, the bad, and the humorous times of their lives. I felt that Ms. Seitz truly captured the unique and powerful bond of female friendship, as well as the closeness and comfort found in scrapbooking communities everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hdey on October 2, 2010
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This is a cute story about a woman and her broken life. Her life is filled with friends who help her make sense of some things, but it is her passion for recording things via scrapbooking that helps her get through the hard times. This is a Christian book and the message is clear, but light. If you have a friend who loves to scrapbook, but maybe you haven't had a chance to share your faith, this would be a good book to share!
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If you're a Christian fiction fan who enjoys The Yada Yada Prayer Group series, books about women and crafts, or chick-lit, then check out PRINTS CHARMING, Rebeca Seitz's debut novel. Numerous Christian novels have developed plot narratives around quilting, but this may be the first to use scrapbooking as its motif.

The plot begins as we meet self-employed publicist Jane Sandburg, who has expected to marry her Tennessee sweetheart, Bill, since junior high. They have the perfect wedding, right down to the correct shade of gold ribbons on each pew. But two years later, his cheatin' heart has caught up with them and Jane is forced to face the truth about her less-than-dreamboat husband. "What do women do with all the things they acquired during their marriage when it ends? Post them on eBay?" she muses. After their divorce, her Sisters, Ink scrapbooking friends and her faithful dog, Wilson, are all that keep her holding on to her sanity.

Using multiple points of view, Seitz introduces us to the carefully chosen, diversely ethnic characters who will form the spiritual and relational backbone of the novel (here's where The Yada Yada Prayer Group faintly echoes). Lydia is Jane's best friend and the happily married mother of twins. But the zing has gone out of her marriage, and even wearing lingerie with the logo of her husband's favorite sports team isn't getting his attention. McKenzie "Mac" is the African-American mother of Tabby, a young single mom and former drug addict who is in and out of jail and always in trouble. Seitz does a nice job portraying the Latino Mari's sweet romantic relationship with her husband, John. The couple has a little girl, Emmy, but after experiencing "secondary infertility" they are adopting another from Chile.
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