Backlist Bonus: Stepping Into the Light

Backlist Bonus: Stepping Into the Light

Once upon a time, I had a vivid dream and woke up embroiled in a medieval-ish time period. The scarred heroine in my dream lived on the outskirts of a kingdom and worked in a pub-type place where weary travelers could stop for a meal, spend the night, and share the gossip with the villagers. Everyone was talking about a neighboring prince coming to their kingdom to claim a bride. But something strange was going

Sometimes Trusting God to Answer Prayer is Hard…

Sometimes Trusting God to Answer Prayer is Hard…

Some of you dear readers have been on my email list for long enough to remember (and have been praying for) our ongoing estate issue saga. For those who are new (or those who could use a quick refresher), here’s the shortish version:  My mother-in-law passed away very unexpectedly in the fall of 2022 and my personal writing schedule took a backseat to wrangling the details of her complicated multi-state estate. (i.e. three states and three probate

Backlist Bonus: Devotions From the Garden

Backlist Bonus: Devotions From the Garden

Spring is my favorite time of year, because green = growth. Once upon a time, I started a blog…because everyone said that to be an author you had to have one. My earliest posts were all about my journey toward publication and included metaphors such as detours and foggy weather and pit stops. Of course, I also included applications toward raising a child with special needs and living with a chronic illness because those were

Where do you find your next book to read?

Where do you find your next book to read?

If you’re anything like me, your TBR (to be read) pile is a teetering stack that far outnumbers your available reading time. And even though you already have plenty of material to keep you entertained (for years??), there’s always that fear of missing out on a great deal from your favorite author or forgetting about that upcoming book in an addicting series. What’s a reader to do? Well, you could track down those authors’ websites

Backlist Bonus – Sing a New Song

Backlist Bonus – Sing a New Song

Once upon a time, my parents owned a hobby farm complete with a large garden, a few cows, a solar-heated hydroponics vegetable grow building with tilapia in tanks, and a flock of egg-laying chickens. Plus a mean rooster. Whenever they’d go on a trip, they’d hire one of my boys or I to do their chores.  Which led to a bunch of “fun” memories like the day the mama cow got out and while she

Creation Declares Book is ready for pre-order

Creation Declares Book is ready for pre-order

On my way to becoming a published Christian romance author, I also blogged about my life as a special needs mom wrestling with chronic health issues and pursuing my dream as a writer.  I called it “Encouragement for the Journey” and I can’t count the number of readers who thanked me for my devotionals. Devotionals? I just talked about what God was teaching me using the ordinary things around me. Stuff like watching countless football

Backlist Bonus: Focus On Love

Backlist Bonus: Focus On Love

Once upon a time, my dad taught photography to high school students. And while he never had enough money on his pastor’s salary to afford the best equipment, I do remember him spinning dials and talking about stuff like shutter speeds, apertures, and focus until my eyes started to glaze over. When I was fleshing out the secondary characters at The Wardrobe Dinner Theater, I knew that Dani’s roommate Liz had a photography hobby and

Leaving a Legacy Behind

Leaving a Legacy Behind

If you’ve been around my email list for awhile, you know that my mother-in-law passed away in the fall of 2022 and handling her complicated estate became an all-consuming task that put my writing on hold. Well, I’m so happy to report that we’re nearing the end of that journey with the sale of her house being the last big item on the list. (And it seems like we already have a buyer lined up,

Backlist Bonus: Dance Over Me

Backlist Bonus: Dance Over Me

Once upon a time, I used to dance around in my bedroom. Okay, I was in elementary school. And I had a four-poster-canopy bed with yellow (why?? I hate yellow!) bedding crammed into my small room in our trailer house. And since we lived up in the mountains at the time, about the only music I could get on the radio was the classical station. But just imagine a girl with romantic daydreams spinning oh-so-gracefully

New Year, New Word…Same God

New Year, New Word…Same God

This week marks the beginning of a new year with so many possibilities ahead. Coffee dates with friends. Bible studies with a small group. Trails to hike. Books to read. Stories to create. Meals to fix. Love to share. But things don’t always go according to plan! Case in point: 2023. I started off last year full of HOPE that we would get through the myriad of details to finalize my mother-in-law’s estate. ?Then we