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Learning How to Do This

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Learning How to do This, My Journal | 38 comments

Learning How to Do This

Lounging there, I checked the text on my phone. It was a response from a friend. I read her message, responded, then tossed the phone back to the end of the bed. Except clumsy me didn’t toss it as soft as I had meant to. It skipped right off of the edge of the mattress and clattered to the floor. A brand new iPhone. But I smiled. Because I could almost see him. I knew what he would do and say. He would have turned to me–a laugh in his eyes–and asked what was wrong with me. Or asked how long I had been tossing phones onto the floor. It would have been some cheeky one-liner...

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

Posted 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 you!   Giveaway winners will be drawn at random and...

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Hope in a Dry and Thirsty Land

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Learning How to do This, 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 here as often as I once was. And when I am,...

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A Trip to the Blue Ridge

Posted 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 are some pictures from our trip, would you like to...

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Rock of Ages and A Thank You

Posted 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 deepest, most heartfelt bow. He’s smiling...

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Behind the Cover for Lionheart

Posted 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, waiting for those wagons to come ambling down the...

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2016 Releases (with a little help from Jane Austen)

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 in For Readers, My Journal | 26 comments

2016 Releases (with a little help from Jane Austen)

Last fall brought with it a fun and busy season of book-releasing. In August, To Get to You launched and it was an absolute blast road-tripping with you all! Just a month later, the Heirloom Brides collection released, and it was a joy to share a new historical romance with readers! Shortly after, 21 Days of Christmas hit shelves and included my short story, “The Balsam Walk”. So as a writer, life was kind of like this…   After all the launch happenings were over, I savored some delicious time of R&R but with the turn of a new year, so comes the...

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