What IS the Reason for the Season?

I keep hearing folks admonish the world to stop focusing on presents and holiday trappings. Rather, focus on the reason for the season. Which is Jesus, right? Except I think we get mixed up about the reason for the season. I mean, what would Christmas look like if it really were just about Jesus? SitContinue reading “What IS the Reason for the Season?”

Please Stop Asking Authors THIS Question

I love talking about my books and my writing. And it’s so nice when friends, family, readers, and others ask for details. But there’s one question that comes up over and over that I simply don’t know how to answer. It usually comes up in that quiet time after the flurry of releasing a bookContinue reading “Please Stop Asking Authors THIS Question”

Advent – Looking Forward to Christmas

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. Which, in my book, means the Christmas season has begun. Advent is traditionally a time of preparation, of looking forward to celebrating the birth of Christ and to his return. Do you remember what it was like to look forward to Christmas when you were a kid? IContinue reading “Advent – Looking Forward to Christmas”

Appalachian Thursday–Feeling Thankful

I traveled to West Virginia this week for an early Thanksgiving with my family. Having enjoyed turkey and all the trimmings there, my southern husband and I will enjoy shrimp and grits today. (And sweet potato pie–you can’t let all the traditions go!) Here are pictures of some of what and who I’m thankful forContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Feeling Thankful”

The Reviews Are Coming In

Well, at least some reviews. And they’re pretty alright. When I write a book, I tend to think it’s really good once I’ve finished the edits and turned it over to the publisher for the last time. Then, about a month before the book releases, I start wondering if it’s actually terrible. Or at leastContinue reading “The Reviews Are Coming In”

Is There Sex in Christian Fiction?

Christian fiction sometimes has a reputation for being prudish or stuffy. And I suppose it can be. But it can also be passionate, moving, and yes . . . even sexy. This blog sees occasional spikes in traffic as posts particularly resonate with readers, but most posts fade into anonymity pretty quickly. Except for one.Continue reading “Is There Sex in Christian Fiction?”

Appalachian Thursday – Walnuts

I’m not really a fan of walnuts and that makes me a little bit sad since they’re such a prolific food source in Appalachia. This year’s crop is, ahem–nuts–which might be a sign of a hard winter ahead. We can hardly walk around the driveway for rolling on walnuts. I remember being in the StrawberryContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Walnuts”

Appalachian Thursday–The Bees are Angry

Tis the season. Yup, September is the month when the stinging insects are mad at the world. And who can blame them? Killing cold is right around the corner and this is the time of year when bears and skunks are raiding their hives, eating larvae like popcorn. On Saturday we walked past FOUR recentlyContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–The Bees are Angry”