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Reading and Writing Challenges for 2017

Writing Challenge 2017

I’ve spent today thinking about what lies ahead for 2017. Here are a few things on my list: Our oldest will graduate from high school We’ll be sending that same child off to college! Our youngest has ten gazillion dance competitions and performances coming up I have a book deadline . . . . . . and […]

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Have you heard? It’s a Book-Selfie Giveaway!

Book-selfie giveaway

The last couple of months have been packed. Plenty of crazy mom stuff, like dance competitions, prom preparations, overnight field trips, and–get this for wild–putting blue dye in my teen daughter’s hair. As a writer, it’s been equally crazy: conferences, writing, editing, and deadlines. Here are a few of the big highlights and a fun book-selfie GIVEAWAY! BOOK […]

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Reading, Writing, and Redwoods: The Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference

I’m finally unpacked and rested from the 2014 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and I have to say this year was one of the most relaxing conferences I’ve experienced. In previous years, I’ve attended in order to learn the business and to pitch to editors and agents. Last year I was desperately trying to meet […]

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A Writer’s Life: Juggling

Have you ever been curious about the day-to-day life of a writer? I’ve compiled a quick list of what my working life entails right now. I’ve also included a prayer request with each section. I’ve been feeling led to pray more earnestly about my career–I hope you will join me.1. Writing the second book in […]

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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 Embarrassing Conference Moments, or How a Social Misfit Gets Published

I was TERRIFIED when I attended my first writers conference. Speak to an agent? Are you crazy? What would I say? He’ll think I’m an idiot! A social misfit! Five years later, I’m looking forward to the release of my first novel, MISTAKEN, which comes out in July. How a social misfit become a debut […]

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Big, Big, BIG News!

It is an honor and thrill to make this announcement… I have officially signed my first book contract! My 1920s era novel, MISTAKEN, will be published by Abingdon Press this coming July 2013. A few days before Christmas, I was doing some last minute shopping at Burst’s Chocolates in Corvallis, Oregon when my wonderful agent […]

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Friday Book Pick: Flight of the Earls by Michael K. Reynolds

I’m not sure what the weather has been like where you are, but here in the Pacific Northwest it is C-O-L-D. Perfect weather for tossing a log in the fireplace and curling up with a good book. Flight of the Earls, the debut novel by new Christian author Michael K. Reynolds, is the ideal choice. I […]

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Friday Book Pick: ME, MYSELF, & BOB by Phil Vischer

Most Fridays I reserve this blog post to promote great titles in Christian fiction. Today I want to offer you a story so big, so crazy, it’s got to be true. A bible-college dropout who likes to tinker with computers and animation has a big idea–create a CGI video series for children that will teach […]

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Friday Book Pick: BE STILL MY SOUL by Joanne Bischof

“Night’s chill tickled her skin. Lonnie pressed her hands together and glanced up. He was even more handsome up close. Having grown up the shy, awkward daughter of Joel Sawyer, she’d hardly spoken to any boy, let alone the one who had mothers whispering warnings in their daughter’s ears and fathers loading shotguns.” (Be Still […]

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