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    Cupcake Release Day!!!

    I can’t even… I’m just so excited. I had the most fun with this book. Not my normal… but sometimes we’ve just got to mix it up, right? So today’s the day!!! Please picture me squealing, dancing around the kitchen with my kids, who love this book as much as I did (except stop with the kissing! Heheheh. They secretly love it, I think.) To celebrate, I thought I’d give you a little Ian and Kirstin teaser. A little kitchen disaster that rather typifies their collisions. And hopefully a smile (and let’s be real, I’d love for you to go buy the book and read the rest. Since we’re being…

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    A Novella…Just for Fun

    Happy New Year!!! I’m finishing up, and I’m getting excited. Another novella is on the schedule–releasing Valentine’s Day, 2018. Why? Because it was fun. That’s really all. A different flavor than my full-length novels, and for me, it was another needed break from the deeper end of story. And, it was a chance to go back to Rock Creek (Reclaimed, Ordinary Snowflakes), to catch a glimpse of some characters I have loved, and to play around with a more humorous tale. I liked it. I hope you do too! So, on February 14, 2018, grab a cup of something steamy and delicious. Curl up with a cuddly warm blanket, and…

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    Great Christian Fiction Books for Teens, the tough middle grades edition

    This week we’re doing a twist… Christian books for tweens. I’m late this week… so sorry! Traveling. Christmas gathering. Momming. You know… But we’re back with more great Christian fiction for teens! And we’ve gathered our thoughts, prepared our selections. This time, we decided to focus on Christian books for tweens–those tough middle years… I’m going to define that as 10-12 years old. I know others define it more broadly, but for our purposes here, we were thinking specifically of books that we felt like hit the sweet spot in that awkward, hard to pin down age group. So, without more wordiness from me, here we go… this week’s list…

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    Great Fiction Books for Christian Teens, Part 2

    Books for Christian Teens Another week closer to Christmas… and we have more books for Christian teens! As I sift through the options, I keep wondering why it can be such a challenge to find great fiction books for Christian teens? It seems like it’s a little bit of a vicious cycle. Books stores often don’t carry them–so publishers shy away from publishing them. Because we aren’t looking for them. But we don’t look for them because they can be so stinking hard to find, so publishers shy away from publishing them, thus, there aren’t many available for bookstores to carry. Does this sound about right? Speculation, on my part.…

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    Changes on the Horizon

    It’s time. That makes me pretty nervous, but it’s time. I hope you’ll jump in with me. I love Women’s Fiction. I love true-to-life, shift-your-thinking fiction that transforms. Maybe even redeems. I love writing those kinds of books, and I’m not done with them yet. But almost four years ago, I had a vision for a different kind of book. Young Adult. Dystopian–(read darker, heavier, more challenging). When I outlined the idea and showed it to Superman, he got that concerned line in the between the eyebrows thing on his face. Yikes. “Why this? It’s not really what you’ve been doing.” I wasn’t sure how to answer him at the…

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    Giant Giveaway!!!

    Y’all! I’m super excited… Guess who’s participating in this promo? (Me!) Enter to win over 45 Inspirational Contemporary Romances, including books from authors like Susan May Warren, Melissa Tagg, Sarah Monzon, and Janet Ferguson. Talk about a BIG giveaway! Pretty sure you don’t want to miss it (I might just enter myself…except, can’t). 🙂 This giveaway ends soon, so make sure you hurry and enter! Good luck!   GO HERE TO ENTER > bit.ly/inspy-contemp

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…