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Video Q&A with Joanne (and a Giveaway!)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in My Journal, Video Blog | 122 comments

Video Q&A with Joanne (and a Giveaway!)

Happy Thursday, all! As promised, here is that *slightly-belated-but-finally-here* author chat of bookish news, research tidbits, and a few writerly confessions. ;)  I had SO much fun answering your questions and thanks to all of you who weighed in with those. As part of this, I‘m giving away TWO paperbacks! To enter, simply leave a comment below sharing which of the books mentioned that you would like to win. Also … if you missed the chance to ask a question, be sure to add that too! I look forward to chatting with...

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The Lady and the Lionheart ~ in German!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Mason Jar Books, My Publishing Journey, The Lady and the Lionheart | 12 comments

The Lady and the Lionheart ~ in German!

Pictured here is a girl signing over the rights for her first ever foreign language translation for an indie book. It’s an absolute dream come true and my biggest thanks to my agent, Sandra Bishop, and publisher Brunnen Ver Lag for taking Charlie and Ella on a whole new adventure! After I got the news from my agent, I texted a sweet friend who speaks German in her home and asked “how do you say the circus is coming?” I tipped her off as to why I was asking and not only was her excitement contagious, but...

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The Message in a Bottle Blog Hop & Giveaway (stop #1)

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in For Readers, Novellas, Writers | 145 comments

The Message in a Bottle Blog Hop & Giveaway (stop #1)

Flames lapped at the monk’s robes. He raced down the corridors that crackled with the collision of dampness and heat, dodging fire-lit debris. So this was to be the end, then. The night the stones of Ballyfir Monastery would tell their last tale…  So begins the tale of a humble monk, his unwavering courage, and the bronze bottle he sends into the night with a prayer that its contents might bring hope—the very word etched into the bottle—to someone, somewhere. The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection follows the...

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Hope in a Dry and Thirsty Land

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in My Journal | 52 comments

Hope in a Dry and Thirsty Land

“I’m too sad to write.” I heard a friend say this just the other night at a small writer’s retreat we attended.  Too sad to write. Yes. I know this. She was referring to her own heart-trial, and though the words weren’t spoken for me, it was the first time in a long time that something clicked into place in my heart. The answer to why I couldn’t update my blog very often. Why I couldn’t seem to get personal. Those of you hanging around here might have noticed. I’m just not...

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2 New Romances with Thomas Nelson!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in News and Updates, Thomas Nelson | 43 comments

2 New Romances with Thomas Nelson!

It’s an absolute joy to get to team up with Thomas Nelson and Harper Collins Christian Publishing for a brand new Appalachian Romance series!   I’ve had the HONOR of signing with Harper Collins Christian Publishing for a new historical series – the 1st book releasing summer 2018 from Thomas Nelson! The story sets sail when a young widow leaves Norway for America to make a new start housekeeping for her late husband’s cousins—three rough & tumble brothers who brew cider in the hills of Appalachia....

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A Trip to the Blue Ridge

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in My Journal, The Cadence of Grace Series | 10 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 | 64 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 | 6 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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