Baking bliss

December 14, 2014 | Comment on This

sugar cookie collage

I’m deep into baking bliss with sugar cookies, chocolate mice, and such here at home. I’ve gotten out my granny’s vintage cookie cutters and tied my apron on. My motto tends to be ‘a little extra butter makes everything better’ but lately am having to loosen my apron strings! For those of you who’ve asked for my sugar cookie recipe again, here ’tis…

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Bless you all!

in the heart…

December 7, 2014 | Comment on This

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It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

~W.T. Ellis


Dressing a new heroine

December 1, 2014 | Comment on This

dress collage

We’re already gearing up for that next novel!

Recently my publisher sent me a portfolio of gowns to choose from for my next book cover. The dresses above aren’t the ones I was sent (no spoilers for you!) but are from Pinterest. It’s not difficult to bid farewell to those big hoop skirts Wren was wearing in 1850 and leap back in time to 1783 and these lovely round gowns, quilted petticoats, lace and embroidery and whatnot. I especially like those 18th-century sleeves and fichus. Quite feminine and alluring.

I was delighted to find that Revell likes the working title of this next novel so much they are keeping it. They said it had a sense of intrigue and suited the storyline so well. After all the romancey titles from The Ballantyne Legacy, this one is quite different!

I’ve made a big splash about cover art and titles in the past but this year I’m not going to say a word. When the new cover appears I’ll just let you tell me:)

Here’s to great titles, lovely gowns, and upcoming book covers!

Give thanks

November 25, 2014 | Comment on This

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Appalachian Autumn

November 16, 2014 | Comment on This

berea trip fence

Back from the heart of Appalachia and was it ever inspiring! I could write a book about all the things that touched me while there but will just condense it to a few pictures here…

berea trip sign collage

Though I spent most of my time at home in Kentucky, I was able to enjoy Virginia and Tennessee, too. Each state is so unique yet intertwined with rich history and hospitality and more…

berea trip locust grove collage

The weekend at the Locust Grove estate had me spinning:) If you’ve read The Colonel’s Lady, you’ll know Colonel Cassius McLinn was fashioned after George Rogers Clark so it was wonderful to return again to the place that inspired that story.

berea trip food collage

One of the many joys of going home is the food! I had some great meals, including Cracker Barrel, but think the one that gets ‘creative best’ is Boone Tavern’s Eggs Benedict ~ country ham with fresh mushrooms, pimento cheese, lemon hollandaise and a side of cheese grits!

berea trip fort

Growing up, I spent a lot of my childhood at the Fort Boonesborough site though the replica of the fort wasn’t erected on the bluff until after I was grown. The Kentucky River setting is beautiful. My admiration for those first settlers continues to grow.

berea trip martin's station

The weather was wonderful and I spent time hiking in the Appalachians, specifically Cumberland Gap. So many artifacts and happenings here! Historic bliss! The fall color was exquisite!

Berea trip woods best

Sunset at one of my favorite haunts. My heart and head are so full and I’m joyously writing away at that next story for you.

Have a blessed rest of November.

Appalachian autumn

October 19, 2014 | Comment on This

Kentucky collage

Just wanted to share where I’ll be in body and spirit till mid-November or so.

Prayers with my dear readers here as I write and travel and remain offline.

A blessed autumn to you!

At my desk

October 12, 2014 | Comment on This

cabin desk best lighter


Some of you have been asking what I’ve been doing now that I’ve laid those Ballantynes to rest:) Well, I’ve been sitting at my desk beginning another novel after 8 months of research. So far, since Chapter One opened a few days ago, I have 2,068 words written. I only have about 98,000 left to go. And I’m enjoying every minute of it:)

Prayers so appreciated!

My Kentucky Kitchen

October 10, 2014 | Comment on This

recipe summer salad

Some of you requested the pasta salad recipe I posted about in the August Joy’s post. Here ’tis…

recipe card peach cobbler

Here’s our favorite peach cobbler recipe, too. So easy but so delicious! And now that summer is ebbing, you can use canned peaches, too.

Happy cooking/baking/dining!

A peek into the past…

October 3, 2014 | Comment on This

wren collage dress and fan

Fashion Friday! Something Wren might have worn – only she’d be barefoot under that big dress;)
Philadelphia Museum of Art/1850/Silk Brocade Dress

Have a blessed weekend!


Ask your library!

September 28, 2014 | Comment on This

pa library

We have a beautiful library here. One of the best things about it is that it’s very user-friendly and the acquisitions librarian is usually willing to order books their patrons request. Since books are expensive and many readers are on a book budget, asking your library to order books benefits everyone – you, others, and the author.

If you’d like to see Love’s Fortune on the shelf at your local library, I’ll be happy to send you a lovely card Revell designed for me to help with that. Just email me ~ ~ and include the name of your library so that I can send them a card directly, or give me your snail mail address so that I can send the card to you and you can take it to your library.

Love those libraries – and you readers who keep Christian fiction circulating!

pa library interior

Thank you!