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The Lady and the Lionheart – Proofing Time!

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 in For Readers, For Writers, The Lady and the Lionheart | 18 comments

The Lady and the Lionheart – Proofing Time!

It’s been a busy but fun season of going through The Lady and the Lionheart one final time before sending the book off for copy edits. Part of this process has been pulling out a few favorite research books for this story and doing some careful fact-checking. I have a short attention span (yes, I just confessed that :) ) so often struggle through non-fiction books. In school, I was the kid daydreaming that the textbooks on my desk were a raft I could float away on instead of something that actually had to be studied. But now, and as most writers would agree, when we are immersed in a...

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Mount Hermon Writers’ Conference March 27-31

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in For Writers | 6 comments

Mount Hermon Writers’ Conference March 27-31

A writers’ conference –the place where writers gather to talk shop, meet with publishing professionals including editors and agents … and have some fun seeing friends that we only get to connect with through the internet. It’s a great and special time. If you’re a writer you may have heard of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. Held each spring in the beautiful redwoods near Santa Cruz, it’s one of the loveliest, most relaxing writer’s conferences around. I’ve attended in the past and absolutely loved...

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Yankee in Atlanta ~ Ebook Sale and Giveaway!

Posted 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 to get a hug for real but for now, I’m so...

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The Adventure of Book Edits

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in For Readers, For Writers | 16 comments

The Adventure of Book Edits

The edits have arrived from my editor for the 3rd book in the Cadence of Grace series. Edits are often quite an experience for any writer and for me, they’re always a challenge both emotional and mental, but always…the results are SO worth it! As usual, both my editor and I want you all to get the best book possible to end this series, which means I’ll be hanging out with these pages for the next 5 or so weeks:   I’m thankful for the support and encouragement of friends and family (and for the existence of tea and chocolate) :D And chick...

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Book Releases, Writer’s Conferences and Friends

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in For Writers, My Journal | 11 comments

Book Releases, Writer’s Conferences and Friends

I know that’s  a lot to pack into one post but that’s what the last two weeks have been filled with! Let’s start at the beginning. Book Releases. Wow. It’s been AMAZING! We kicked off the release of BE STILL MY SOUL with a book launch party that was so much fun. I posted a bunch of pictures on my Facebook page, and if you get my newsletter there will be more! Thank you to all the fabulous bloggers, writers and just plain ‘ol friends who’ve hosted me this month. It’s been a blast!! This last weekend was our local writer’s conference in San...

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Romance and Rocky Roads ~ Guest Post by Keli Gwyn

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in For Readers, For Writers, Writers, Writing | 19 comments

Romance and Rocky Roads ~ Guest Post by Keli Gwyn

It is my absolute pleasure to have Keli Gwyn visiting today. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Keli via her website, sit in her parlor, sip a cup of tea and get acquainted with Keli  and her lovely debut, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, you won’t be sorry you called. And I just have to add, that when Keli sent over her guest post and I read that she had included her thoughts on Be Still My Soul, I was touched to the bottom of my heart. That’s just the kind of lady that Keli is. It is my prayer that her heartfelt words offer you hope...

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Critique Partner Appreciation Week!

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in For Writers | 35 comments

Critique Partner Appreciation Week!

  Critique partners. Almost every writer has one. Which is why we’re gonna celebrate. And give away prizes! Critique partners…they’re what help turn our rough drafts into polished versions. Our boring plot threads into a page turner. A cardboard character into one a reader can totally relate to. They’re what turn phrases like this: “He circled like a dog before sitting.” to this: “He sat.” GENIUS. Yes, my critique partners have their work cut out for them. And right now they’re totally rolling because they remember...

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