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A Story of Pain and Hope

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Some of you who have been reading the blog or seen occasional chatter on Facebook are aware that several years ago I began a season of disabling migraine that led to a diagnosis of chronic migraine disease. I wrote about it a couple of times, for instance here. Along the way in the last four […]

Book Birthday!

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What You Said to Me! Book 4 in the Tree of Life series has released! When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with […]

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #14

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Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes! • The hunt BEGINS on 10/15 at noon MST with Stop #1 […]

Hang On Just a Little Bit Longer

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How are you hanging on? You’ve probably heard variations on that question these last few months! I know I have. Whether you’re still hunkering down at home most of the time or have gone back to work, whether you’re ordering groceries or venturing forth into stores, whether you’re sending your kids back to school, getting […]

No Good Reason Is Usually a Lie

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I wrote to a friend in a email recently that, “For no good reason I was behind on every good intention in my life.” It sure seems that way! One of my chronic good intentions is to write more in this space. Some of the days I miss my mother most are the ones when […]

We Are Not Alone

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Well, it’s a weird time, and we are all trying to make our way. In my day job, I’m a remote employee, so you might think not much has changed under stay-at-home orders. The truth is it’s often hard to concentrate, and I miss the simple structures that gave some framework to my days–getting out […]

Third Cousin Twice Removed

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 If you get a Facebook message from a name you don’t recognize, do you take it seriously? Since I’m an author with an author page, I feel some obligation to look at the messages that come through that page! A couple of weeks ago, a young woman wrote to say she was surprised to see […]

Snow Yea or Nay?

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I make no secret of the fact that I feel like having grown up in the Midwest, I paid my dues with surviving winter weather. Winter in Colorado, where I live now, is actually quite mild in comparison. For instance, while we do have cold and snow and things can be messy, the next day […]

In the Cradle Lies Ready for Preorder

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Just a quick note to say that the second book in the Tree of Life Series, In the Cradle Lies, is available for preorders now. This is the time of year when we say, “Where did the summer go?” Mine went into edits on In the Cradle Lies and finishing the writing of When I […]

Let ’Em Eat Cake!

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At my book club meeting last night, one member, who LOVES to bake (and we love to have her bake) made me a special cake to celebrate the release of The Inn at Hidden Run. It’s a carrot cake, which I enjoy but don’t get to eat very often because usually people make it with […]