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Woo-hoo! I Know You Can Do This!

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Silly Stuff | 0 comments

Woo-hoo! I Know You Can Do This!

Announcing the Book Cover Do-Over Contest!! Have you ever read a book and thought, I would have never chosen this cover? Or maybe there’s a scene that really makes you giggle and you wished that it was on the cover instead of the pretty image they chose? Well, this is your chance to show all those art departments what they should really be doing to sell books… or maybe a chance to show us how absolutely hilarious you can be. It’s summer, the kids are playing, so why not you? Here’s how it works: Make an alternate book cover...

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Finalist…. but It’s Not Final.

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Books | 1 comment

Finalist…. but It’s Not Final.

I don’t really understand the term Finalist, because it doesn’t mean that anything is over. In fact, it means that you get to go on to the next round. Very confusing. Maybe it should be called a Continuist? Anyway, this has been an exciting spring, that’s for sure! I’m so pleased to get to share that both my novella An Unforeseen Match and my full-length historical romance A Most Inconvenient Marriage have made finalist. In fact they both double finaled in two contests and An Unforeseen Match finaled in a third. The...

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How To Get An Autographed Book For Your Mom

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Holidays | 1 comment

How To Get An Autographed Book For Your Mom

How different my childhood would’ve been if my mother hadn’t loved books! How about your mom? Did you share books? Do you share books now? Or maybe she doesn’t read much now, but you wish she would. Well, I can think of a few books to recommend. <<wink, wink>> And if Mom is going to get a book, it might as well be autographed. How can we make this work? 1. Snap a picture of the receipt showing where you bought your book (Dated April or May 2015) or a screen shot will work, too, if it was purchased online. The...

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April 19, 1995 – What Remains

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in History, Oklahoma | 3 comments

Twenty years ago today I was eight months pregnant with our first child. Coy and I were young – married for less than two years – and still trying to find that happy distribution of chores, for which we are still searching. Having recently resigned from my job at our church office, I figured I was the one with the time to mow, so I was dressing in my yard work clothes that morning…those that I could still fit into…when I heard thunder. Immediately I went to the window and looked at the sky. Odd, there wasn’t a...

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The Shocking Truth Behind the Book Covers: The Red-Eye Effect

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Books, Silly Stuff | 12 comments

The Shocking Truth Behind the Book Covers: The Red-Eye Effect

When talking about book covers, the most frequent question I’m asked is why my book covers no longer show the heroine’s face. I thought it was a simple matter of marketing preference, but when I finally asked our marketing team, I got an answer that will truly shock you! The fact is that recent research has shown that over-exposure to flash bulbs can have disastrous consequences…consequences that could have already affected you and your kids. Noelle Buss of Bethany House Publishers was kind enough to forward to me a letter from their modeling...

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Hartville, Missouri – Civil War Festival & Booksigning

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in History | 2 comments

Hartville, Missouri – Civil War Festival & Booksigning

Civil War Festival and BookSigning April 24th – 26th, 2015 Hartville, Missouri   Come join me in Hartville, Missouri, for a big shindig in April! There’ll be dancing and singing, shooting and hooting. And I’ll be speaking on: “A Look Behind the Book: Bringing History to Life Through Fiction.” That’ll be on Saturday, April 25th at 1:00 up on the hill. I’d love to see you there!   Complete Schedule: Friday, April 24, 2015 6:00 – 10:00 – Registration & Check-in of ...

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I’ve Always Dreamed of Making a Movie…

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Silly Stuff | 1 comment

…of one of my books, but this isn’t exactly what I expected. Enjoy!  

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The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Books | 0 comments

The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

Today I found out that my novella “An Unforeseen Match” is a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence! I’m so excited! If you haven’t read about Grace and Clayton, now’s a great time to download the ebook. The whole collection of “A Match Made in Texas” is on sale for $1.99 on most e-reader sites. Or you can find the paperback version at your local store.   Thanks for celebrating with me! Love,...

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New Cover Reveal

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in At Love's Bidding, Books | 4 comments

New Cover Reveal

Finally I can share the amazing cover of the second book in the Ozark Mountain Romance Series:   Isn’t that fun? So what do you think is at the end of Miranda’s rope?  That’s the question, isn’t it? If you had the book in your hands you could just flip it over, but here in virtual land we can’t just flip our device over and look from that side. So here’s the complete cover:   So cute! And if you’re looking closely you’ll realize that Miranda has been to the beauty salon and got her...

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The Best Cookie in the World

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in History, Holidays | 4 comments

The Best Cookie in the World

My friend Shanna has the gifts of cooking and hospitality and come Christmas time, these two gifts go into overdrive. For the last several years she has baked cookies for friends and family, but not just Grandma’s sugar cookies. No, she’s put together a sampler of Christmas cookies from all over Europe to reflect her heritage. We’re talking ELEVEN different types of cookies that she bakes by the dozens. Yep, she’s amazing, and I thought you might want to hear more about her International Cookie Project. Shanna, thanks for taking time out of...

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