Appalachian Thursday – The Dog That Didn’t Make the Book

I recently turned in the latest round of edits on my third novel–A Tapestry of Secrets–due out in August 2016. The book has gone through several drafts, one of which included a stray dog. In the end, he didn’t fit the story, so he got cut. But I kind of miss that sweet little dogContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – The Dog That Didn’t Make the Book”

Appalachian Thursday — Cover Reveal

My Mom was kind of sad when she found out she could only ready my novella, Appalachian Serenade, digitally. My mother-in-law has yet to read it since she wouldn’t know how to read something on a screen. But soon, the whole world will be able to hold Appalachian Serenade in their hands and turn theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday — Cover Reveal”

Appalachian Thursday–An Author’s Anniversary

One year ago yesterday my first, full-length novel officially released to the wide world. Now, one year later, there are two books out there with my name on them not to mention a novella (which is still free if you’ve been meaning to download it!). And a third book in the editing stages which shouldContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–An Author’s Anniversary”

Appalachian Thursday–Ladies of a Certain Age

I have been blessed to know some of the most amazing women who grew up in these mountains and lived to ripe, old ages. Great Grandma Jane – Native of Laurel Fork, WV, lived to be 98 Grandma Burla – Native of Laurel Fork, WV, lived to be 97 Aunt Bess – Native of LaurelContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Ladies of a Certain Age”

Winning a Selah Award

The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference just gave me my first award as a published author. It is, as you might expect, a pretty wonderful feeling. And making it even more wonderful is the fact that I got to celebrate my award with one of my favorite authors–Ann Gabhart. She not only won aContinue reading “Winning a Selah Award”

Take Me Home, Country Roads

I just spent a spontaneous weekend at the farm because my Dad is having some health issues. It’s tough, seeing my once invincible father age and face challenges that I’d give almost anything to spare him. But I was blessed to be able to go home and put my arms around his neck and tellContinue reading “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Appalachian Blessings–Wow, a news release!

I’ve been in marketing and public relations since I graduated college which was, um, 20 years ago. In that time, I have written more than a few news releases. But I don’t think I’ve ever been the subject of a news release. So check this out! Debut novel from Bethany House featured in both PublishersContinue reading “Appalachian Blessings–Wow, a news release!”

My new tagline–Appalachian Blessings

For a long time my tagline has been, “Everyday miracles happen every day.” Very nice. But maybe a little long and a little narrow. I mean, what happens when I write books that don’t focus on miracles? So my editor looked to cast a wider net. He suggested blessings might be a word that wouldContinue reading “My new tagline–Appalachian Blessings”