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

February Focus on Love

February Focus on Love

As I’m writing this, the entire family is home with a snow day. Which made me remember those times in the past when the weather gave me a free day to do nothing but snuggle under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate, a bowl of buttered popcorn, and a book. I love snow days. I also love peppermint mocha coffee, similar to the ones on freshboost. Dark chocolate. Italian and Mexican food. Castles.

Focus On Love – The Ultimate Sacrifice

Focus On Love – The Ultimate Sacrifice

This week is the perfect week to focus on the ultimate sacrifice of love. Between Palm Sunday and Easter, Jesus walked an unfathomable road to lay aside His supernatural rights, submit himself to unjust human authority, face false accusations, bear the weight of our collective guilt, endure a brutal beating and humiliating (torturous) execution on a cross…and then descend to the depths where He defeated Death and rose again in order to give us new

Focus On Love – What It Means to Love Myself

Focus On Love – What It Means to Love Myself

The two greatest commandments in the Bible are to love God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength…and then to love our neighbors as ourselves. However, in a continuing effort to Focus On Love this year, I discovered that I didn’t fully grasp what it means to love myself. (After all, if I’m failing in this area, then I won’t be able to love my neighbors that way either.) Now, don’t get me wrong,

Focus On Love – Celebrating a Successful Book Launch

Focus On Love – Celebrating a Successful Book Launch

Less than a week ago, Focus On Love officially released and I’m still speechless and overwhelmed and incredibly grateful at the response from readers. That’s why today I’m devoting this blog to celebrating a successful book launch with all of you! Of course, a book launch doesn’t happen overnight any more than writing the book itself. I spent months planning (and praying) and recruiting members to my launch team and writing guest blog posts and

Focus On Love – Meet Ryan Callahan

Focus On Love – Meet Ryan Callahan

It seems there’s a bit of excitement brewing here at The Wardrobe Dinner Theatre. That nice girl in the box office–Liz–filled us in on a bit, but then I overheard the owner say he was holding a full cast meeting to discuss the robbery with everyone. Wish I could eavesdrop…Oh, wait. That’s part of Dance Over Me. (Aren’t I a devious author to tease you with stories like that…) Anyhow, maybe we can pick up

Focus On Love – Romance is in the Air

Focus On Love – Romance is in the Air

His eyes narrowed as if contemplation revenge. “I think you’re just asking for a…” Would he wash her face in snow as he had his sister’s earlier? The flirtatious twinkle in his eyes transformed into something more potent, and his voice lowered to a whisper. “A kiss.” Her relief at the reprieve morphed into anticipation. Her lips started to curve into a smile as he leaned down, their breaths mingling…  (From Focus On Love) Of

Focus On Love – Daily Encounters With the God of Love

Focus On Love – Daily Encounters With the God of Love

“We don’t deserve our next breath or forgiveness either, but God loves to give lavish blessings.” ~ Ryan Callahan, in Focus On Love A month after the Christmas season, it should still be fresh in our memories that God’s love came down to Earth as a baby and lived among us. And in a few months, we’ll celebrate another event where that love went to a cross, paid the penalty for us, and then defeated

Focus On Love – Surrounded By Love (or Not)

Focus On Love – Surrounded By Love (or Not)

A round of giggles echoed down the hall followed by the quieter tones of Cheryl’s voice and the tromping of running feet before the children burst into the room and headed straight for the tree. ~A Christmas morning snippet from Focus On Love There’s nothing quite like the recent Holidays to remind us of the people that mean the most to us. Yet those same gatherings can trigger painful memories or spotlight our loneliness. Why?