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A Trip to the Blue Ridge

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in My Journal, The Cadence of Grace Series | 6 comments

A Trip to the Blue Ridge

For all of you who know me, you know that my historical romance heart goes pitter-patter at the thought of a love story woven in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This region has been a passion of mine for quite some time, but the only problem was, all my research has never gone beyond books, computer screens, and the woods that are my own back yard here in the mountains of CA. So after years of dreaming,and with my mom as a travel companion, we journeyed to the glorious hills and woodlands of North Carolina and Virginia last week. Below...

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Road Trips & Audio Books (plus a Giveaway!)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Audio Books, To Get to You | 63 comments

Road Trips & Audio Books (plus a Giveaway!)

Last year, I did the second craziest thing I’ve done as a writer – I wrote a contemporary novel. And a young adult one to boot! Throw in a story written exclusively from an 18-year-old skateboarder’s point of view and I had officially lost my mind. ;) But for those of you who’ve read this book, you know how much fun we had and today, the fun continues as I get to introduce you to my friend Nick Powers who is the voice behind the audio version of To Get to You. He’s the talent who has brought Riley Kane’s...

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Book Club Day 2 & Reader Pics!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in For Readers, The Lady and the Lionheart | 5 comments

Book Club Day 2 & Reader Pics!

Yesterday on my Facebook page, we dug into a discussion question and it was so much fun to get to chat with you all who’ve been reading The Lady and the Lionheart! If you’d like to join us for this impromptu week of Q&A, please do! You can hop on over and answer yesterday’s question, or dive right in with today’s. Here we go! Q #2:  At the end of chapter 19, Angelina tries to encourage Charlie by saying, “God will make a way for you.” Is there a time in your own life that you had to do a very difficult thing in...

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To Get to You ~ On Audio!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Audio Books, To Get to You | 2 comments

To Get to You ~ On Audio!

It’s here! An audio book almost a year in the making. Friends, I am so excited for you to get to hear these characters — their voices and their story — come to life. Whether you’re young, or young at heart, this story is meant to encourage you and bring a smile to your day. And if you’re a crier like me, you might need one little Kleenex on hand. :) It’s my joy to introduce you to Nick Powers, a professional voice actor and California native who has performed the audio version of To Get...

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Rock of Ages and A Thank You

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in My Journal, The Lady and the Lionheart | 24 comments

Rock of Ages and A Thank You

For one week, The Lady and the Lionheart has been out in the world and you all have positively blown me away. It’s been seven days of sitting here in awe with the fullest heart and the most bolstered spirit. I cannot thank you enough for the gift of your reviews and emails that put a lump in my throat of the happiest kind. Thank you for sharing what this book has meant to you.  This gratitude is something that I can scarcely put into words – but Charlie is sweeping his hat from his head, and giving you all the...

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Sigh-Worthy Cover Awards ~ Summer 2016

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in For Readers | 28 comments

Sigh-Worthy Cover Awards ~ Summer 2016

I’ve got a serious case of cover love this summer. So much so that I wanted to round up a handful that have recently caught my eye and that are deserving of a few sighs. Better yet, let’s make up some awards! We can do that, right? ;)   BEST DRESSED ~ Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg Can the designers of this cover please come and give me and my hubby a fashion overhaul. Seriously! I want to give these two a closet raid and impeccable style aside, the adorableness of this is...

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Some Kind of Wonderful

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in News and Updates, The Lady and the Lionheart | 20 comments

Some Kind of Wonderful

Oh what a joy! The Lady and the Lionheart has received a 5 Star TOP PICK! review from Romantic Times Magazine. I was so surprised that I could scarcely believe it until a helpful source joyfully assured me that it truly is possible, just extremely rare for five stars to be given. It makes the honor all the more deep and has me completely in awe and filled with gratitude. When I shared the news with my mom, she sent me this verse: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions...

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Behind the Cover for Lionheart

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Covers, My Journal, The Lady and the Lionheart | 30 comments

Behind the Cover for Lionheart

We stood in a meadow just before sunset. After months of prep and planning, it was about to happen. My lovely friend and cover model was transformed into a young heroine from 1890, the photographer was driving up in her car, and it was showtime.  I was a blissful kind of happy. It was a moment, heaven sent. May I tell you the story? Kind of like the circus itself, there’s a little more to it than what meets the eye…   March 8th! Jotted down on a calendar with a star. The big day. I was like a little kid,...

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Folk Music Spotlight – the Sad & the Sweet

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Folk Music Spotlight | 10 comments

Folk Music Spotlight – the Sad & the Sweet

It’s high time for a new Folk Music Spotlight! It’s been way too long. :) Since my list has gotten longer and longer over the months (eek, years!), I decided to spotlight three that are on repeat lately — all a little sad and sweet. These are songs out of my writing mix that are perfect for all the feels. ;) Some you may have heard before and some may be new to you. I hope you enjoy...

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The Lady and the Lionheart ~ Cover Reveal!

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in The Lady and the Lionheart | 26 comments

The Lady and the Lionheart ~ Cover Reveal!

When I sat down to write a story about a courageous young man in the Victorian-era circus and the lives that are touched by his own, I had absolutely no idea that it would grow into what is my most favorite story ever. EVER. It became a dash of Les Misérables and a hearty sprinkling of Beauty and the Beast, all mixed within a most magical setting that’s meant to illustrate the freedom that comes from Christ’s love and sacrifice for us. This is the novel of my heart, friends, and the most romantic romance I’ve spun to date...

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