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Invitation to join Daisy Chain blog tour

Invitation to join Daisy Chain blog tour

Daisy Chain releases March 1st. Tina at The Blog Tour Spot will be organizing a blog tour March 9-13. My desire for this blog tour is to expose folks to Daisy Chain as well as invite people to share their family secrets at My Family Secrets blog. (The book deals with family secrets; the blog […]

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A Slow Burn cover

A Slow Burn cover

Here’s the cover of book two of the Defiance, TX trilogy, entitled A Slow Burn. It will release in October. What do you think? And a cool thing happened yesterday: I received my first hot-off-the-press copy of Daisy Chain. It’s always a thrill.

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If you haven’t read this book, you need to. Now.

If you haven't read this book, you need to. Now.

If you want to see the gospel played out in the lives of ordinary (and extraordinary) folks, get this book. It’s life-changing. It’s one of the few books I’ve read this year that I cried through, loving the prose, reveling in the beauty of the story. I don’t want to give away the farm here […]

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Bret Lott’s speech

I had the privilege to listen to Bret Lott address the Christy Awards in July. I recently found out his speech is on the Christy site. If you are an aspiring novelist, take his words to heart. *** Also, look at the post below to win a free book. Only ONE of you has entered […]

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The Making of a Masterpiece. Part One. Familiarity.

The Making of a Masterpiece. Part One. Familiarity.

I’m reading an altogether fascinating book right now entitled Mockingbird by Charles J. Shields. It’s a book about the life of novelist Harper Lee. Though, granted, it’s frustrating that Shields has no first-hand interaction with his subject, I am learning a lot about what went on behind the scenes of my favorite novel. Here’s what […]

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Christy Award Winners

And the winners are: Contemporary: Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer, Bethany House Contemporary (sequels, series and novellas): The Road to Hom by Vanessa Del Fabbro, Steeple Hill Historical: Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs, WaterBrook Press Romance: A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist, Bethany House Suspense/Mystery: River Rising by Athol Dickson, […]

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The Best Words

As you can see by the post below, I finished writing a book today. That’s a lot of words. A lot of time. It’s been an interesting day of words for me. My publisher sent a letter (in typed words) that said, basically, HOORAY your fiction manuscript is acceptable so we’re paying you your advance. […]

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80,865

I finished writing a novel today. Yep. And so far, that’s how many words. Of course, it will go through the reamer of developmental edits and copy edits, but at least the initial draft is done and I can rest awhile from so many words.

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Crying Over Prose

You will think I’m crazy after reading this. Yesterday as I plodded through my novel (sequel to Watching the Tree Limbs), I came to a scene I didn’t expect. That’s how I write. I’m what I call an organic novelist. A story comes to me as I type. Though I know where I’m headed, I […]

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Stressville and Moi

Moi? I live in Stressville. Our lives read like a novel, which is nice since I’m writing one right now. All this suspenseful living, if I employ it, will make for a page-turner. Monday, I asked people to pray that Patrick’s airline tickets would hurry up and come. “Have the tickets arrived?” Patrick asked when […]

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