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Bespoke – A Tiny Christmas Tale by Amanda Dykes

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in For Readers | 67 comments

Bespoke – A Tiny Christmas Tale by Amanda Dykes

Have you heard about The Bespoke Project? Some of you may have caught the whispers that are going around about what Amanda Dykes has been doing over the summer to raise money to donate bicycles for Gospel for Asia. I have had the joy and the privilege to walk alongside my friend as the gentle idea of this tale grew into what you see today and each step of the way, I’ve been amazed not only by her heart for story, but her heart for others. And then I got to fall into the pages of this Christmas novelette. I got to meet Aria and James and...

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This Quiet Sky – Quotes and Pins

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in This Quiet Sky | 18 comments

This Quiet Sky – Quotes and Pins

This Quiet Sky releases this Friday! Are you ready?! If you’ve pre-ordered your copy, you likely are. :D If you’ve been wanting it on paperback, I’m happy to tell you that it’s ready to order! Just click here. ____ Recently, I sat down with the novella and combed through some of the text, on the hunt for quotes to make a few pinnables for Pinterest. It’s one of those processes that kind of lets the characters speak for themselves which is always a bit of an adventure.  A few of the quotes below...

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My Hope is Found – SDCWG Novel of the Year

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in My Hope is Found | 117 comments

My Hope is Found – SDCWG Novel of the Year

Update : We’ve drawn a winner at random and congratulations to Karen Clinton for winning the 3-book series. Thank you to ALL for your kind words and warm wishes! This weekend I had the honor of receiving the members’ award for ‘Best Fiction Book’ published in 2013 from the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild. It was a joy to celebrate with friends, receive the award from one of my absolutely favorite authors, Susan Meissner, and feel an overflowing of gratitude. Now I just need...

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The Making of an Audiobook (Part I)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in This Quiet Sky | 20 comments

The Making of an Audiobook (Part I)

I’ll begin this post by telling you that I’m a huge fan of audio books. My family–and especially my kids–listen to them all the time. It’s always been a dream of mine to have a book on audio and as the rights holder to This Quiet Sky, the opportunity presented itself. After a bit of research and helpful advice from others, I discovered ACX, a platform that connects books with professional narrators. It’s been an incredibly fun and rewarding experience! Here’s an inside peak at the process so...

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The Delightful, Buckling Bookshelf

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in For Readers | 12 comments

The Delightful, Buckling Bookshelf

Ok, I was going to say something cheesy about it being fall and the time to ‘fall into reading’ but I’ll spare you any attempts there and simply confess that my bookshelf is buckling in the most delightful of ways. These are just a few of the upcoming releases that I’ve got my eye on. See any you want to read? Any that I missed that you would recommend? The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert A beautiful voice in contemporary fiction, I can’t wait to get my hands on Katie’s next book!...

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New Novella Coming Soon!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in For Readers, News and Updates | 39 comments

New Novella Coming Soon!

A kind friend recently reminded me of some wisely spoken words, “all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage.” Oh how I needed to hear that because over the last few weeks, I had to harness those twenty seconds daily as I worked on a new project–a celebration of love and life–that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time. And now, it is with absolute joy that I share with you that I have a novella coming this December. Today, I’m thrilled to share the cover with you plus, below are the details on...

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Yankee in Atlanta ~ Ebook Sale and Giveaway!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in For Writers | 23 comments

Yankee in Atlanta ~ Ebook Sale and Giveaway!

A few years ago, I was out to dinner with a lovely author friend when she began telling me about an up-and-coming author, Jocelyn Green.   I’d heard of her and seen the stunning cover for her debut novel, Wedded to War, but that was all. So on a whim, I sent her a facebook message to say hello and right off, we became fast friends. Since that day, we’ve had the privilege of being Christy nominees together and through it all, have been swapping books, advice, prayers and virtual hugs. One day I’m going...

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Homemade Tortillas ~ (Kid) Fun in the Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Recipes | 10 comments

Homemade Tortillas ~  (Kid) Fun in the Kitchen

Tortillas are a big staple in our home. We’re always fixing up burritos or tacos or my husband is making a batch of his famous enchiladas. I buy them every time I go to the store and even still, we’re always running out. I got the idea to make homemade tortillas a few years ago and had tried it a few times, but the results weren’t…great.  Struck again with a craving for homemade tortillas, I tried a new recipe–and it was a dream! So the next time we were ready to whip up a batch, seeing as we...

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Waiting on the Rain

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in My Journal | 21 comments

Waiting on the Rain

We live in Southern California where dry summers and arid, blue skies reign. And after a remarkably dry winter, the word drought, is heard often in these parts. But lately…something has been happening… Many of the days over the last few weeks have met us with clouds rolling in. The light has dimmed and the air has cooled and the children and I have peeked out the windows to see and to feel that sense of coming rain. Many times, we’ve gotten droplets. A few plip…plop, plip…plops. Enough to make...

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Writing Update & A Peek Behind the Scenes

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in My Journal | 57 comments

Writing Update & A Peek Behind the Scenes

One of the most frequently asked questions that I’ve gotten since the release of My Hope is Found, last fall, is when is my next book coming out. And I confess, I don’t yet know. It’s been a journey though. There has been hope, there have been tears, there’s even been laughter and lots of lessons in God’s graciousness. Laced through all of it has been the sweet outpouring of a few friends’ hearts and the wisdom and support of my agent. While I don’t know how long this particular season will last,...

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