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    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…

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    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…

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    The Excitement is Building…

    Final edits are coming this week for Reclaimed, my award winning novel and second release. I’m so excited! Thought I’d share a peek of part of the cover here, and post the blurb as well… Suzanna Wilton has had a heavy share of heartache in her twenty-seven years. Left wounded by a marriage cut short, she leaves city life to take up residency in a tiny Nebraska town. Her introduction to her neighbor Paul Rustin is a disaster. Assuming he’s as underhanded as the other local cowboys she’s already met, Suzanna greets him with sharp hostility. Though Paul is offended by Suzanna’s unfriendliness, he can’t stop thinking about her, which…

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    Author Interview: Jeannie Kay

    One of the things I’ve loved over the past few years while walking through this writing/publishing journey has been meeting some amazing people. Today, I’d love to introduce you to one I’ve had the honor to work with for about two years. This week’s give-a-way comes from author Jeannie Kaye, aka Jeannie K. Fulbright. Welcome, Jeannie! How about we start off with an ice-breaker? Tell us two lies and a truth about yourself. This week’s winner will be someone who guessed your truth. Ready, go… Let’s see… Fact or Fiction. 1. I do not like sweets. 2. I love cold weather. 3. I was engaged three times. Huh. Good luck…

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    Help for the Mid-Week Hurdle Give-Away

    My son just wandered out of his room, sleep heavy on his drooping head, not really ready to get up. It’s Wednesday. I love my summer; no schedule, living up life. But watching him drag himself to the couch like it might be his final steps before he completely collapses reminded me that there are others out there (most?) who don’t have my sleepy summer life. So, how about a little help over the Wednesday bump? Here’s my proposal….I’ll give away one kindle copy of a book to a random visitor. Just leave me a note in the comments of this post and we’ll pick a winner on Thursday. Be sure…

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    Launch Day

    Today is the day! Blue Columbine is live on Amazon. ~”Delicate. Humorous. And plumbing the depths of God’s redeeming love.” ~”This book does not disappoint. Instead it takes you through the emotional upheaval of loving someone with a problem you can’t solve–and lets you witness the glory of the One who can.” Best friends—maybe more—until addiction shatters everything. Reeling from professional failure, Andrew Harris needs a fresh start. When he moves back to Colorado to join a Denver law firm, he runs into Jamie, his childhood sweetheart. She is still the kind and faithful girl he remembers—not to mention beautiful and still single. With her by his side, Andrew is…

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    Counting Down

    Write a book, proofread, and then print, right? Not so much. Production of Blue Columbine, my debut novel, has been in the works for over five years. Granted, it doesn’t always take that long…I started writing the manuscript when my youngest was two, and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Blue has been edited three times, rewritten at least six times (I quit keeping track, it was depressing), been through nearly a dozen critique partners and half as many beta readers, and is currently being proofed for its grand entry into the world.  All that to say, writing is work. Hard work. Sometimes gut twisting work. Sometimes…

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    If You Give a Writer a Pencil

    My fourth grade daughter wrote a circle story this spring and she was asked to read it to the school board last night. So exciting! In honor of that fabulous occassion, and because I like a fun diversion, I thought I’d give it a go…. so here it is. If You Give a Writer a Pencil If you give a writer a pencil, she’ll ask you for a piece of paper. You’ll give her a piece of paper, and she’ll sit and stare at it. A lot. Nothing will come to her, so she’ll continue to stare. Staring at the paper without any inspiration will make her want chocolate. She’ll…