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Amazon Free Shipping Hacks

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Family | 7 comments

Amazon Free Shipping Hacks

You know how it is – You fill your cart with the items you need at Amazon and then low and behold, you find out that you’re only $2.42 short of reaching that magic free shipping number! What else should you buy? I asked my thrifty friends on Facebook what they do to reach the magic number and they had a whole cartload of ideas. Here are a few of them:   Liberty’s Kids – $5.00 The fabulous Lori told me about this special. I LOVE LIBERTY’s KIDS! This series was on TV back when my 19-year-old was little and...

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Twas the Night Before a BBC Christmas

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Silly Stuff | 8 comments

Twas the Night Before a BBC Christmas

Some of you will NOT understand this. It’s OK. We’re still friends. But three of my equally geeky friends joined with me to write a poem worthy of our homeschool co-op Christmas talent show.  I don’t think our recital won (that six-year-old singing Rocking Around the Christmas Tree totally nailed it), but we had a good time and succeeded in embarrassing our children to boot! In the hopes that there might be a few kindred spirits who appreciate this, we present:   Twas the Night Before a BBC Christmas T’was the night...

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Looking for a Gift? How About a Personalized Autographed Copy of “A Most Inconvenient Marriage”?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage | 1 comment

Looking for a Gift? How About a Personalized Autographed Copy of “A Most Inconvenient Marriage”?

Sure, you’ve already finished all your Christmas shopping. Everything is waiting in your closet until you get a evening home to wrap the presents. But before you wrap that book up, I’d like to help you make it a even more unique gift. Can I sign it for you? While I’d love to fly around like Santa and magically appear at everyone’s house with Sharpie in hand, that won’t be possible, but here’s what I can do: I can mail you a bookplate signed to the friend of your choice. You stick it inside the cover of the...

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Winner! of the Christmas Chronicles Event

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage | 0 comments

Winner! of the Christmas Chronicles Event

Thank you to all Two Hundred and some of you who entered the Christmas Chronicles giveaway! I so enjoyed reading your comments and humming along to your favorite carols! Using Random.org I drew a winner Monday morning. The winner of my drawing for a copy of A Most Inconvenient Marriage and the Christmas ornaments is Carrie M. S.! Carrie, I’ll email you to get your mailing address soon. And the winner of the Grand Prize Fresh Evergreen Wreath is Chris Bures! Chris, you will be hearing from us as well. Thank you again for kicking off the...

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Christmas Chronicles

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Devotions | 208 comments

Christmas Chronicles

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 Christmas Chronicles post will go live, complete with a letter and a new ornament giveaway for that blog post.   To read more about the project and enter for a chance to win the fresh evergreen wreath which represents the gift of...

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Before and After: Book Cover Changes

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Books, Caught in the Middle, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 30 comments

Before and After: Book Cover Changes

My publisher Bethany House is famous for their historical romance books…and covers. Their covers are adored by authors and readers alike. I’ve never had a cover from them that I didn’t like, but occasionally I get a cover that needs just a little change to make it fit the story better.    For instance, this is my first book cover. Gorgeous, isn’t it? The blouse even matches the descriptions of Rosa’s hand-embroidery work and drawstring neckline.  The one problem we had was that this series takes place in...

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Out of the Ruins winner…

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The winner of the Out of the Ruins drawing is Melissa H. of Edmond, OK!  Congrats, Melissa, and thanks to everyone who entered. I enjoyed hearing your stories. Don’t forget there’s still time to enter the Texas Cowgirl Drawing.   Here’s the link: Texas Cowgirl Prize Package. God bless!...

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When Your World is Shaken…

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Book Reviews | 165 comments

I’ve been thinking about earthquakes a lot lately. It’s a hot topic in Oklahoma where we’ve had an outbreak of them. Sometimes we have several a day, which is unusual, but for the most part they don’t do any damage. Still, it’s unsettling to know that we could be working up to the big one.  So instead of sitting around imaging how bad that could be, I thought I’d read a book on it – specifically Karen Barnett’s Out of the Ruins. Thank goodness we’re not in San Francisco and this...

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Say “Yes!” to the Dress

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Caught in the Middle, History | 38 comments

Say “Yes!” to the Dress

I’ve always envied the ladies of the 19th century for their wardrobes. Yes, I know the dresses were tight, hot and probably smelled like B.O., but they looked so pretty! I used to spin around in my Easter dresses with the cancans, but I knew that if I only had one of those old-fashioned dresses, it would stand out like that permanently, without making me dizzy! Even after I grew up, I longed for a dress like that. I’d watch period dramas and try to play it cool but inside I was whispering, “Some day I will have one of you....

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