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Welcome to Canyon Mines

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I moved to Colorado 23 years ago. I’ve lived in California (twice) and the Pacific Northwest (gorgeous!), but the Midwest, where I grew up outside Chicago, seems to be in my bones (Go Cubs!). A number of times when I’ve written about small towns, they were situated in the Midwest, such as here or here […]

Meet Nolan: Can’t Shop, But He Can Cook

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If you missed reading about Jillian from The Inn at Hidden Run, you can meet her here. Nolan Duffy is her dad. They share a restored Victorian Home in Canyon Mines, Colorado, where they have settled into their grooves where Jillian works from home all the time and Nolan commutes three days a week to […]

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #20

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Note: This Scavenger Hunt is expired and prizes have been awarded, but many authors leave the links up on their sites. You may yet enjoy making the rounds and learning about new-to-you authors and their new releases. Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at […]

Meet Jillian, Genealogist Extraordinaire

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In a few weeks, The Inn at Hidden Run will release, and right there on page 1 you’ll meet Jillian Parisi-Duffy. This is the first book in my new Tree of Life series, so as I created Jillian, I settled in to get to know her not just for one story but four. A few […]

Save the Date

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If you’ve never done one of the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunts, think about giving it a try! Dozens of authors, lots of giveaways and prizes. It’s a great way to discover new authors. I’ll be participating. (See the green cover with the tree? That’s mine. The Inn at Hidden Run.)

Colors of Christmas Release Day!

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Goodness, when I turned in the manuscript for Colors of Christmas back in February, an October 1 release day felt so far off! Yet here we are. October 1. Advance copies have been out in the world for a couple of weeks, but this was the target day in my calendar and it nearly slipped […]

Empty Shelves and Clearing Up

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First, a picture. These two shelves in my office are rarely in the state in which you see them here—empty. They’re usually filled with research and notes related to whatever writing projects are in progress at any given time. Seriously, I think for the last five years, since the release of my first book, The […]

Things on My Mind I Don’t Get to Say

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Two months after writing about being MIA on my own blog, I still am. Some of the reasons are the same. The migraine issues I wrote about in December (but which began in August) have crossed over into a diagnosis of “chronic.” Thankfully medication keeps them from being acute, though they are still daily, and […]

Christmas in October

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Years ago I worked in a retail fabric store. In the craft world, Christmas starts in July. During weeks of summer heat I measured and cut red and green Christmas fabrics while everybody in town with a sewing machine stacked up supplies to keep them going till December. In the book world, Christmas seems to […]

A Big Fat Book to Sink Into

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Two months! I just realized how much time has passed since I last posted. Actually, I think of the month of August as “The Month That Was Not,” because I was under the weather for a few weeks. But also since the last time I posted, I’ve had an exciting release. Back in 2014, Hidden […]