Finished in Beauty

Each year, toward the end of October, I celebrate my natal day by purchasing a small traditional rug woven by an elder in the homeland of the Diné (the Navajo). I do this through the Adopt-A-Native-Elder program, via their online rug catalog. "The sale of rugs through...

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Cast off the Line(edit)s!

As of this morning, I've turned the line edits for The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn in to my editors at WaterBrook Multnomah. And how does an author celebrate the completion of this important editing step? This one hurries off to PicMonkey and creates a new graphic....

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a chat and a chance to win

Today I'm chatting with Wanda/Trinity Rose at her blog. And look! It's a copy of Burning Sky on my desk, waiting to be signed and sent to... you?  

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Interview at is live!

Dianne Burnett, Fiction Editor for, and I have been working behind the scenes the past week or so on an extensive interview for this bookselling site, as well as a few other things. Yesterday I received the links, and am delighted to share them with...

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Why Neil MacGregor?

I was perusing my Pinterest board for Burning Sky and found my attention snagged by several pins pertaining to Neil MacGregor, one of the heroes of the story. I got a little nostalgic, remembering the many days I spent writing scenes from his point of view, which was...

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Walking a Changing Line…

Getting away, taking a little break in the interval between content and line edits for The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn sounded like a good idea to me, so that's where I've been for most of the past week, more or less off the grid at the Oregon coast, walking sandy...

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From the cutting room floor: About those MacGregors

While there's leaves in the forest, And foam on the river, MacGregor, despite them, Shall flourish forever! ~ Sir Walter Scott Gaelic Name: MacGrioghair Motto: 'S Rioghal Mo Dhream (My Race is Royal) Plant Badge: Pine Lands: Argyll and Perthshire Origin of Name: Son...

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Interviews: Week Ending Aug 23

A couple more interviews for Burning Sky's launch went live this week. I so enjoy doing doing these, and am blessed to have the chance to share about three of my favorite subjects, writing, faith, and the 18th century American frontier. And of course there's always a...

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