Decembers Past & Present: a Christmas Note

Last December, right about this time of the month, I had the last phone conversation I would ever have with my Dad. I didn't know it would be the last. He was 70 and had been in poor health off and on for much of the past 30 years. Many heart surgeries, crippling...

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The final editing stage

The brown truck stopped outside my house... I heard the knock at the door... my dog set to barking... I opened the door... The typeset pages of The Wood's Edge are here!  Time for a final proofread and then... next I'll see of this story it will be bound between...

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There are no Depends for the Soul

I can't claim that post title as my own creation. My pastor/Bible teacher, Jon Courson, said it last night during our Wednesday night through-the-Bible teaching. He taught last night through Psalm 51.You probably know Psalm 51. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and...

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A devotional & a giveaway

Today I'm visiting with Charity Lyman, aka The Giveaway Lady, sharing a devotional I wrote with tie-ins to The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.... 2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with Lori Benton! And giving away two copies of the book! Please drop by, hope you'll be...

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Did you know…?

Did you know that my literary agent, Wendy Lawton, is also a published writer? She has a wonderful series of historical fiction, Daughters of the Faith, based on the lives of real young women, written for the middle grade market (8-12). Though I'm far more middle-aged...

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It’s all Dutch to me!

Introducing a new version of Burning Sky: "The Land of My Father" (Dutch version) November 11, 2014 (the release date listed by online booksellers) I'm excited to announce this first translation of one of my books! Even though I can't read it myself, as a writer I'm...

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Linsey-Woolsey Writing: Weaving Fact with Fiction

Linsey-woolsey is a fabric woven from linen and wool. Linen is used as the warp, wool as the weft. It was commonly worn in the 18th century and is, in fact, an ancient form of cloth. Writing historical novels is, for me, something like that linsey-woolsey weaving....

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The Grandma, the Book & the Award

It's not often I can look back over my life and see a series of events unfolded in a way I might have written them in a novel (and perhaps been called on the "coincidence"  or contrivance of it). But I was coming to my desk a moment ago for my day of writing and...

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The Wood’s Edge: cover reveal

So happy to finally introduce you to the cover art for The Wood's Edge   (The Pathfinders #1) Coming from WaterBrook Press  April 21 2015 This book marks my foray into series writing, and is a little different from my previous two releases. How so? While I...

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We had two nights at the Oregon coast. My first (more than a Sabbath) break from writing/editing in 2014. No work. No internet. No computers. I walked in the sand. I watched the sun set. I watched my dog watch the sun set. I took pictures of rocks. And of my husband....

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