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April 19, 1995 – What Remains

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in History, Oklahoma | 2 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, News | 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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Amazon Free Shipping Hacks

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Family | 8 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 Holidays, Silly Stuff | 9 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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