Appalachian Thursday–The Sentimental Stuff

During this last trip back to the farm in West Virginia, Dad let me gather up old photos and letters so I can preserve them. A wooden box probably isn’t the best container! I’ve sifted through them and am really looking forward to putting everything into some semblance of order. Items from Dad’s baby picturesContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–The Sentimental Stuff”

True Love Stories and a Winner

Last week on SouthernBelleView I asked readers to share true love stories in order to be entered to win a copy of Until the Harvest. Just let me say, after reading the comments I realized this was a brilliant idea (which means the credit for it lies elsewhere!). I promised to share some of myContinue reading “True Love Stories and a Winner”

The Best Love Stories are True

Happy June! I’m turning in the manuscript for the third book in the Appalachian Blessings series today and feel like celebrating. So I thought I’d give away a copy of my recently released book #2–Until the Harvest. Until the Harvest features the next generation of the Phillips family. Henry Phillips faces an unimaginable tragedy thatContinue reading “The Best Love Stories are True”

Appalachian Thursday–Dogs That Live Forever

Thistle is four now, which means my sweet Sammy has been gone for more than six years. But like any good, mountain dog, he’s taken on a certain mythological quality. That’s what we do with our dogs in Appalachia–we mourn them and then we tell their stories so that they do, indeed, live as longContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Dogs That Live Forever”

My Best Book Review

I’ve been fortunate to have had some very nice reviews of my books. Library Journal had some nice things to say, and there are several lovely reviews on and GoodReads. Not to mention blog reviews scattered around the web. But on Friday evening I got my BEST review. I’d given a copy of MiracleContinue reading “My Best Book Review”

Appalachian Thursday–Christmas Countdown

Guess what? It’s 21 days ’til Christmas! Yup, Christmas is just three weeks away. Are you ready? Are you counting down with joy and anticipation? Or is there a little how-will-I-get-everything-done dread mixed in there? When I was little, we had a count-down to Christmas wall hanging my mom made. It was in the shape ofContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Christmas Countdown”

A Thanksgiving Week Challenge (and book giveaway)

Welcome to the season of over-eating. First, there’s Thanksgiving with all its abundance. And since everyone else is eating too much it kind of gives us all permission to indulge. What’s one more bite of pecan pie when you’ve already exceeded your caloric intake for . . . the week? Then the build up toContinue reading “A Thanksgiving Week Challenge (and book giveaway)”

When is busy too busy?

A show of hands please–who out there is busy? Ah-ha. I see a lot of hands. And I hear a lot of friends, family members, and co-workers who share tales of their busy-ness with me. And I tell quite a few of my own. Two members of a missionary family from Turkey spoke at churchContinue reading “When is busy too busy?”

Home Again, Home Again – a WV Events Roundup

Well, it wasn’t exactly a book tour, but it’s about as close as I’ll get until my books are a bit more, well, known. I did two events back home in WV last week–a reading at a dinner at Fish Hawk Acres and a signing at Mainline Books. And it was wonderful! The dinner was a littleContinue reading “Home Again, Home Again – a WV Events Roundup”

A Note for a Friend–Through the Valley

Hard times–valleys–come in so many forms. They can be obvious–job loss, death in the family, sickness, natural disaster. Or they can be harder to spot–a child gone astray, a marriage in tatters, a difficult work environment. And all too often, we try really hard to keep others from seeing our valleys. I have a dearContinue reading “A Note for a Friend–Through the Valley”