• books,  Inspire,  Uncategorized

    The Snowflake Hunt

    I find myself in search of snowflake ornaments now. This is the first year I’ve experienced this obsession. Honestly, I don’t think I currently own even one of said decorations. But this woman—her name is Kale Brennan—has put into my heart a need to collect these things. Her story, which involves snowflakes, and hot cocoa, and sledding, and all sorts of other wonderful wintry things, also points to the amazing uniqueness of an ordinary snowflake. And how much we can see the extraordinary love of our great God in everyday, ordinary ways. In the words of her daughter Sydney, “There is no such thing as an ordinary snowflake… And we’re…

  • Christian Romance Fiction

    Snowflakes, Hot Cocoa, and Hope

    I love autumn, and I don’t mean to rush it away, so bear with me as I jump into winter for a moment. I’m only doing so out of sheer delight. My first novella is releasing November 21, and I just can’t wait for another second to tell y’all about it. So without more fluffy intro that you probably don’t care about ;)… Come back with me to Rock Creek (the setting of Reclaimed) and meet Kale, Sydney, Joe, and Craig. Someone has noticed me. A secret admirer? A man with a good heart, who sees how much I actually need help, even though I never admit it? Maybe this…

  • Give Away

    Help For the Wednesday Hurdle: Author Interview with Tammy Gray

    So, it’s been a while. I know. Sorry. But I found a great reason to do another Wednesday giveaway. Her name is Tammy Gray, and she’s one of my writing heroes. I absolutely love her stories, and my favorite contemporary transformational fiction book came from her imagination. (It’s called Mercy’s Fight, and it’s sooooo good. Maybe you picked up that vibe already? 🙂 ) Yesterday Tammy celebrated her latest release, My Hope Next Door. I’m itching to dig into it! Here’s the scoop: Can love grow in the shadow of a broken past? Former bad girl Katie Stone can feel the weight of her reputation settle over her as she…

  • Inspire

    No Escape

    Fiction… that imaginary place of story that becomes an escape. True. Sometimes. Not always. I live an ordinary life. We juggle the norm…joys, fears, tears, and the expected struggle to figure out this living thing so that we may do it well. If you were a fly on my wall, and you managed to escape my nylon swatter, you’d probably wonder why I write what I write. Sometimes, I do too. I just past the 1/3 mark on the rough draft of my current project. Usually that’s where it gets hard. Sadly, I get bored. I go looking in my imagination for new people to meet, a new story to…

  • Uncategorized

    The Carpenter’s Daughter Cover Reveal

    It’s all coming together. Two more weeks, and a handful of days, and Sarah Sharpe will launch from my imagination into the world. Can you tell that I’m excited? Good. Because I am. 🙂 So while I do a happy dance in my kitchen, which I can’t show you, and you probably really don’t want to see, I’ll hand you the cover of my newest novel…. Tada!!! This cover was fun, and I had a lot of help. My sister, Joanna Jerome (almost Conn…she changes her last name the day after TCD goes live. How fun is that?) was my cover model, and she did an amazing job. Just for…

  • books,  Inspire

    Imaginary Friends and Real Life Lessons

    Know what I love? Learning. Truly, I do. I miss school. When my kids were younger, I signed up for correspondence courses, because I just needed to use my brain, to stretch my knowledge. To know that my life skills went beyond the laundry room. (Those skills aren’t very good, to be honest, so, yes, please! Let me be useful past the clean clothes journey!) I love research. I love trying things. I love discovering. What does this have to do with anything? Here’s what I love  most about writing:  I learn. These imaginary friends who live in my head, open their wounded souls to me, they teach me things…

  • Christian Authors of Fiction,  Christian Romance Fiction

    Enough.

    Sometimes people ask if I have a favorite of my Christian romance novels. Many authors would tell you that “that’s like having a favorite child! No way!” I’m a little odd, I guess. Yeah, I have a favorite. The Carpenter’s Daughter still feels like the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit to my weary soul. While this is a Christian romance novel, this book sank into me. Like deep. Really deep. I haven’t moved past it yet. As a caveat, before I continue, let’s just clear this one thing up: I’m not Sarah Sharpe. Yes, my dad is a carpenter type guy. But that’s about all the outward similarities I…