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.)

The Inn at Hidden Run

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Let’s get excited! I certainly am! The Inn at Hidden Run, the first book in my new Tree of Life series, releases May 1, which is starting to feel like just around the corner. I love this fabulous cover!

I Am Monochromatic (Or Metaphoric)

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The other day I got dressed for church (I know. Some Sundays that in itself feels like an accomplishment worth celebrating!) and my mind started wandering as it so easily does. As I was flipping through my closet, I heard a voice from my past. “Your wardrobe is too beige.” The voice belonged to a […]

Just for the Record

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Just for the record, in my last post, which I realize was…um…er…uh…a while ago, I specifically did not technically resolve to post on my blog more often. I merely said I might. Since then, ongoing shoulder pain only got worse while I was awaiting surgery, I had the surgery, I’ve been rehabbing, I will be […]

“A Year is a Very Long Commitment”

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I admit I am not much on making New Year’s resolutions or choosing a word for the coming year. If those are meaningful practices for you, I do not mean to diminish them. I simply have never connected to them. One year, in talking about this topic with my mother, she said something like, “A […]

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 […]

My Summer List

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It’s Saturday night, August 19 as I write, and I’ve been having one of those weeks where I believe the maxim that the older you get the faster time goes. Blink, and another week has passed. That never happens to you, right? My daughter is a Head Start teacher. She went back to work a […]

Gladden the Heart Releases!

Gladden the Heart Releases!

Gladden the Heart has officially released! New books come with a lot of official days that gladden the writer’s heart. Turning in that manuscript! Finished! Turning in revisions in response to the editors’ comments. Finished again! Receiving the PDF galley, when it’s laid out electronically and looks like the pages of book for the first […]

Of Losses and New Normals

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I still have $2.85 left on the prepaid card at the coffee shop where I used to spend Saturday mornings. There used to be a barista who would see me coming through the door, with my laptop bag over my shoulder, and ask, “Having your usual?” I also had a usual table, and I admit […]

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 […]