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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 […]

Let’s Partaay! Release Day!

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The dream of this day began a long time ago, when I received the gift of an editor who said, “If you could write anything you’d like, what would it be. We’d like to hear your ideas.” I let my mind drift in an entirely new direction than what I’d been writing. And the Tree […]

Hop into Spring

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If you haven’t heard about the Hop into Spring event on Facebook–going on right now until May 4–you might want to join the fray. Live chats with authors, free books, and a grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card. Every day between 10-12, there’s something going on. I’ll be live-chatting on Saturday, May 4, […]

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 […]