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Christmas Chronicles: Abby Fischer

The Christmas Chronicles is a blog hop between 5 historical romance authors. Our desire is to bring you joy through these letters, grounded in the true spirit of the season, and written from the fictional viewpoints of each book’s heroine. We’re so glad to have you join the event. Each day this week, a new […]

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Book Pick: Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson

Over the years I’ve recommended many writing aids–books to assist with plotting, characters, or navigating the publishing world. Today I want to recommend a book for inspiration. Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life is a wonderful journey into the heart and mind of a writer. Written by Robert Benson, […]

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Shaking it up: Comparing the 1906 and 1989 Earthquakes

Did you know today is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake? I doubt folks in the Bay area are celebrating with balloons and cake, but I’ve already seen many of my friends posting the “Where were you when this happened?” type of questions on the internet. Having spent years researching the 1906 San Francisco […]

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The Winner of the Reader Photo Contest is…

A couple of months ago I decided to do a fun contest. I encouraged readers to send me a photo of someone reading Out of the Ruins for a chance of winning a $25 Starbucks gift card. We’re well past the deadline, so it’s time to choose a winner. Only I can’t. I love them ALL. […]

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GIVEAWAY celebrating MISTAKEN’s Cascade Award!

I just returned from the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut novel, MISTAKEN, took home a Cascade Award in the Published Historical Fiction Category. [In celebration of this win, I’m hosting a special GIVEAWAY. The winner can choose either a copy of Mistaken or my newest release, Out […]

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Trivia Answers, Prize Winners, and More!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I wanted to thank all of you who attended my Author Chat Party on Facebook last night. What fun we had! I was able to learn so much about my readers, and hopefully you were able to learn a few things about Out of the Ruins and the Golden Gate Chronicles series. My […]

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Would Jane Austen want an iPad for her birthday?

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! It’s times like this where my brain starts turning in funny circles. What if Jane Austen (born Dec. 16, 1775) could be transported to today? What would she think of us reading her novels on iPads, Kindles, and Nooks? How would she react to her life’s work being offered for free […]

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Fantastic 1920s Launch Party for Mistaken

On July 16th, we celebrated the launch of my debut novel, Mistaken, with a huge 1920s party. It took quite a bit of planning and preparation, and I must confess–I did much of my research on the internet. From Pinterest, to blogs, to Google… the ideas were out there! Now, in homage of all those […]

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Visiting the setting of Mistaken

We traveled north to Port Angeles, Washington this week for a family reunion, and I had the opportunity to revisit some of the locations I used in MISTAKEN. For those of you who have read the book, I thought you might enjoy seeing how these places look today. Above, I’m posing on the lovely walkway […]

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Old-Time Soda Fountain Drinks @Home: Strawberry Ice Cream Soda

While writing my Prohibition-era romance novel, Mistaken, I did plenty of research on 1920s soda fountains. And tasty research it was, too! After some trial & error, I’ve collected some basic recipes so we can make them at home.  Today we’re looking at one of my favorites, the strawberry ice cream soda. The drink is similar […]

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