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Book Pick: Lori Benton and Rebecca DeMarino

Ever since I was little, I’ve been fascinated by stories involving Native American characters. Unfortunately, good choices were few and far between. Rarely did any author feature American Indians as point-of-view characters. In today’s Book Pick, I want to introduce you to two of my favorite authors, Lori Benton and Rebecca DeMarino, who both featured Native […]

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Friday Book Pick: Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

 “You absolutely must read Dani Pettrey’s books!” I can’t tell you how many people have said this to me. This five-book series, set in the wilds of Alaska, has clearly grabbed readers’s hearts. And what’s not to love? Wilderness, danger, dashing heroes, and strong female protagonists–it’s a perfect combination. I’ve been fascinated by Alaska since […]

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Christmas Chronicles Winners!

Thank you so much to all of you who joined us last week for The Christmas Chronicles. What I’ve loved most about the three Chronicles events (Hope Chronicles in 2012, Trust Chronicles in 2013, and Christmas Chronicles in 2014) is the spirit of community that has blossomed each time. The five of us are so blessed by […]

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Writer’s Coffee Shop with Sherry Kyle

One thing I enjoy most about being a writer is hanging around with other creative individuals–people who understand talking to imaginary friends and who stop to jot down plot ideas in the middle of a conversation. I intend to make “Writer’s Coffee Shop” a regular feature on my blog, and I hope you’ll enjoy meeting some of my writer friends as we […]

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ACFW Mix & Mingle

The 2014 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (ACFW) is quickly approaching, and I’m seeing many excited “Who’s going?” posts popping up on Facebook. I hadn’t planned on attending this year, but after one of my dear friends–Marilyn Rhoads–became a finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest, I couldn’t wait to cheer her on at the awards gala. […]

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Tell Me: What Makes Great Historical Fiction?

I’m curious . . . what makes a historical novel “great” in your eyes?  What features draw you into the story? For some it may be the romantic thread, for others it could be a desire to experience a specific time period. Here are four characteristics of great historical fiction that never fail to hook me. […]

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Friday Book Pick: The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room by Sherry Kyle

My eleven-year-old’s room is in a pretty sad state: Beatrix Potter curtains, pale pink walls, scattered piles of forgotten toys, and stacks and stacks of books… It doesn’t match the young woman she’s becoming. After a long day of middle school, ballet practice, and an evening chatting with friends on FaceTime, the last thing she […]

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Writers Conference

I recently returned from the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Annual Conference. Close to 600 attended this year, beginning writers all the way up to multi-published, best-selling authors. As far as writers conferences go, this had to be one of my all-time best experiences, partially because it was an opportunity to celebrate the release of […]

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5 Ways to Help an Author

A lot of friends have asked, “How can I help you get the word out about Mistaken?”With millions of books being published (as many as 3,000,000 in 2012 according to one source), “disoverability” is key. How does a new author hope to get their book into the hands of readers? To help an author you admire, […]

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Friday Book Pick (and bonus interview!): THE HEART STONE by Sherry Kyle

I love reading novels that feel like they reflect the seasons, and as summer begins, my thoughts always turns to the beach. I recently finished reading The Heart Stone by author Sherry Kyle, and this lovely California novel was as pleasant as a walk on the shore. Sherry Kyle is a friend of mine, so as […]

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