Sometimes I (gasp!) read reviews

So many authors will tell you not to do it. Some even have friends who read reviews for them and only pass along the ones that are really stellar. Because even if there are only a handful of bad reviews, they tend to dent your confidence. Some will even batter your confidence and make youContinue reading “Sometimes I (gasp!) read reviews”

Appalachian Thursday – Snow Day!

We had a snow day yesterday–a couple of inches of the white stuff, hardly anyone venturing out, bacon for breakfast, and a good book to read (not to mention one to write!). Ahhhhh. When I was a kid, of course, snow days were a bit more exciting. And in West Virginia in the 1970s, theyContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Snow Day!”

Appalachian Thursday – Deer Season

It’s almost holiday time in West Virginia. Oh, sure, there’s Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the REAL festivities begin on Monday. The first day of deer season. Many schools are out all week because, well, no one would come if they were open. Teachers, students, staff–they’re all out “celebrating” deer season. So how does one celebrate?Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Deer Season”

Release Day is Tomorrow!

Releasing a new book just doesn’t get old. It’s kind of like my birthday. There ought to be cake and maybe some champagne. Certainly streamers and cheering. And there’s NOTHING wrong with celebrating all week long! So today, to kick off the party, here’s a link to the first chapter of The Sound of Rain.Continue reading “Release Day is Tomorrow!”

Book Review – These Healing Hills

I try to keep up with books set in Appalachia, so I was excited when I saw that fellow Baker Publishing Group author Ann Gabhart was writing a book about the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky in the 1940s. These were women who went into remote hills and hollers as nurse-midwives. Ultimately, These Healing HillsContinue reading “Book Review – These Healing Hills”

An Abundance of Riches–Vacation

I know lots of folks who plan wonderful, far-flung vacations to exotic locales. I’ve never been one of those folks. Vacation for me means time to do whatever I want. Which typically includes eating some really good meals (cooking in and going out), extra dog walks, watching a movie or two I’ve been meaning toContinue reading “An Abundance of Riches–Vacation”

Christian Authors ROCK!

Being a published author is a dream come true for me. And while some aspects aren’t quite as wonderful as I imagined (book signing with two attendees anyone?), others are better. Like the way Christian authors look out for each other. I just spent several days at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta. I wasContinue reading “Christian Authors ROCK!”