New Year’s Evolutions – Hope for 2019

What is it about the turning of the year that makes us want to reassess our lives? To pledge to do better or to, at least, not make the same mistakes we did last year? I’ve never been a fan of new year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of making plans. This yearContinue reading “New Year’s Evolutions – Hope for 2019”

Appalachian Thursday – Christmas Countdown

Guess what? It’s 12 days ’til Christmas! Yup, Christmas is less than two 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 shapeContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Christmas Countdown”

Letting Go – When Silence Sings

I submitted my latest manuscript to my editor over the weekend. After the hours of writing, re-writing, and editing you’d think I’d be glad to turn it loose and move on. But releasing a story is surprisingly hard. I think this is a good story. Maybe the best I’ve written. And as long as thoseContinue reading “Letting Go – When Silence Sings”

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”

Appalachian Thursday – Roots of the Mountain

Even as I’m looking forward to the release of The Christmas Heirloom on October 2, I’m excited to be working on my next full-length novel tentatively titled Roots of the Mountain. I signed a contract with Bethany House for two more Appalachian stories with the first releasing in the fall of 2019. And for theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Roots of the Mountain”

Why is Asking for Prayer Hard?

Pride. That’s the short answer. Last week I asked a group of friends to pray for me as a sort of last resort. Why in the world would that be my last resort?? I tried all sorts of things to resolve my challenge on my own. When nothing worked and I began to feel desperate,Continue reading “Why is Asking for Prayer Hard?”

Appalachian Thursday – Sang Hunting

While in West Virginia last weekend my brother showed me some ginseng plants. He was checking them to see if they had seeds he could plant to spur future growth. He gathered up the red fruit with seeds inside and sowed them in a new spot. Seeds need 18+ months to germinate so if we’reContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Sang Hunting”

Vinegar & Char

This seems to be my year for collections. While I don’t have a full-length novel coming out in 2018, I do get to be part of two collections releasing on October 1st and 2nd. I’ve already written about The Christmas Heirloom novella collection releasing 10.2.18, but Vinegar and Char is something else altogether. When itContinue reading “Vinegar & Char”

Appalachian Thursday – Which Winter is This?

We’ve been complaining lately about the weather. I know, I know, everyone does that ALL the time. But spring this year has really been a roller coaster ride. Windows open. Windows closed. Coats off. Coats, hats, and gloves back on. I was thinking the weather really is getting crazier. Then, this past weekend, I noticedContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Which Winter is This?”