The (Christmas) reviews are coming in!

The Christmas Heirloom has been out for nearly two weeks now! Yes, I’m still talking about my latest release–a novella that’s part of a collection with Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, and Becky Wade. Why? Because I’m excited about it! And, the ever nerve-wracking reviews are (thus far) mostly good (and mostly good is great!).Continue reading “The (Christmas) reviews are coming in!”

Praying with Jane (Austen)

How could I resist? I was offered an opportunity to be part of the launch team for Rachel Dodge‘s new devotional Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen.┬áSign me up! I’ve read and reread all of Austen’s novels and while I was vaguely aware that her father was a clergyman itContinue reading “Praying with Jane (Austen)”

Appalachian Blessings on Sale

Leading up to the release of The Christmas Heirloom on October 2, my publisher has put some of my books on sale. You can currently get the digital editions of Miracle in a Dry Season for $0.99, Until the Harvest for $1.99, and A Tapestry of Secrets for $2.99 (or less!). The stories follow threeContinue reading “Appalachian Blessings on Sale”

Contests–It’s all relative . . .

. . . or do I mean subjective? I got scores back from RWA last week. (That’s Romance Writers of America.) I entered The Sound of Rain in the “Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements” category. Spoiler alert–my story didn’t win. I tend to brace myself when I get scores. Having not even made theContinue reading “Contests–It’s all relative . . .”

Are Writing Contests Worth It?

Carol, Rita, Christy, Inspy, Selah, Genesis, First Impressions, Badge of Honor . . . and those are just the ones I’m most familiar with. Some contests are for pre-published authors, some for published, some for traditionally published, some for independent, and some mix it up. And only ONE story wins in each category. Which canContinue reading “Are Writing Contests Worth It?”

Revisiting My First Love – Poetry

I had a wonderful time at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest this past weekend. I had a chance to teach a class, sit on a panel, and interact with readers (and writers!). Some of my favorite things to do! On Friday I sat in on a poetry workshop with former Wisconsin poet laureate and KentuckyContinue reading “Revisiting My First Love – Poetry”

Southern Kentucky Book Fest – Come See Me!

I’m super excited to be heading to Bowling Green, Kentucky, this week for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. I’ll be teaching a class titled “Setting as Character” at 9 a.m. Friday morning, attending a meet the authors reception Friday evening, and sitting on a panel titled “People, Places, and Pie” Saturday morning. That last panelContinue reading “Southern Kentucky Book Fest – Come See Me!”

A Man Called Ove–a Book I Hated Then Loved

I’ve had a copy of A Man Called Ove in my to-be-read pile for quite a while. Finally, I got an audio copy and began listening to it on a long drive. I could NOT stand Ove. There were one or two flickers of seeing something worthwhile in him, but overall, I simply found himContinue reading “A Man Called Ove–a Book I Hated Then Loved”

Dreaming Big – Once Upon a Prince

When Rachel Hauck released Once Upon a Prince, I hesitated to read the story. I was afraid it was going to be just another reinterpretation of Cinderella. And while I LOVE Cinderella, did we really need another, modern version? Boy, was I wrong! Oh, there are echoes of Cinderella, but somehow Rachel has managed toContinue reading “Dreaming Big – Once Upon a Prince”