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Bring on the Merry this Christmas

Bring on the Merry this Christmas

Christmas is just a week away and I’ve already been given the perfect gift. My salvation, of course. Along with God’s forgiveness, presence, comfort, wisdom, and so on. But I’m also talking about my restored health. Glimpses of creativity after such a long drought. A light at the end of the reconstruction tunnel and knowledge this estate-business marathon is (finally!!!) reaching the finish line.  And a renewed purpose because I know what i was created

Sometimes Life Takes a Strange Turn

Sometimes Life Takes a Strange Turn

Lately I’ve spent some time reflecting back on my life and the various twists and turns that got me here. The reason for such introspection is all health-related because the constant stress lately is causing more-than-a-few problems and you can’t truly fix what’s broken until you get to the cause. BUT in the process, I’ve remembered several life-altering changes. Like when I was in elementary school and my dad got a new job in a

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle right now?

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle right now?

I took this picture just a few days ago while on a writing retreat with a couple author friends. Can you just feel the stories of people who lived within these walls? Of course, this is a “new” castle with a history dating back to the late 1800s, but the setting certainly proved inspirational as I was finally able to make significant headway on the next book in my castle series.  Wrangling a complicated plotline into shape

Paying It Forward Once Again

Paying It Forward Once Again

Since it’s the season of gift-giving, it’s only natural that my mind has turned not only to my Christmas shopping list, but also to those more intangible gifts I seem to treasure more and more as the years go by. The gifts of Faith, family, and even storytelling have literally transformed who I am…and that’s why I’m paying it forward once again. As a child, my Christmas list and focus was on the immediate and

A Picture Perfect Christmas: The Road to Publication

A Picture Perfect Christmas: The Road to Publication

A Picture Perfect Christmas releases next week and I can’t wait to share this continuation of Liz and Ryan’s story with the world. If you missed last week’s post about the inspiration behind the book, check it out here. But just because I had a good idea to make my readers happy in the form of a Christmas story, it didn’t mean it would be easy. Between plot brainstorming sessions, I took a serious look

A Picture Perfect Christmas: The Inspiration

A Picture Perfect Christmas: The Inspiration

Once upon a time, I wrote a book…and readers begged to know what happened next. But that’s not the only reason I wrote A Picture Perfect Christmas. Let’s start at the beginning: The Wardrobe series started with Dani’s search for family in Dance Over Me and I quickly knew that both Liz and Gloria would have their own stories to tell. I thoroughly enjoyed introducing Liz to Ryan in Focus On Love, but especially wanted to

When Sacrificing Is a Good Thing

When Sacrificing Is a Good Thing

Sacrificing is a good thing. I know. I heard the collective groan from within the four walls of my house first. However, no matter how badly we want what we want or how eloquently we state our arguments, getting everything on our wish list is not in our best interests. After all, nobody wants to hang out with a spoiled, entitled brat. (Not to mention the logical reality that I can’t eat all the ice

Editing My Life

Editing My Life

Am I editing my life or is editing my life? Okay. That was a trick question because the correct answer is…both. Last month, instead of jumping into a new writing project, I spent countless hours editing. In fact, in one week’s time, I had my brain immersed in four different stories. First was the opening chapters of my critique partner’s spring release. Then came my own Christmas novella releasing in a few months. Followed by

My Trip Down Memory Lane – 2018

My Trip Down Memory Lane – 2018

(This summer, while there have been a few road trips for our family, I also took a virtual trip down memory lane back to when my writing adventure began. Today’s post takes us all the way back to the start of this year. 2018.) This year has been a time of transition and changes but also a year of settling into my new role as a full-time author who is living her dream. That’s right.

My Trip Down Memory Lane – 2017

My Trip Down Memory Lane – 2017

(This summer, while there have been a few road trips for our family, I also took a virtual trip down memory lane back to when my writing adventure began. Today’s flashback takes us to last year, 2017.) A funny thing happened on my way to being a multi-published hybrid author with two successful fiction launches behind me. When other authors in my local writers’ group had questions about marketing or websites or social media channels,