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Works that will outlast us…

If you're looking to add to your reading list, have a look at the Christy finalists for 2018. This award is associated with Catherine Marshall and her classic Christy set in my beloved Appalachian mountains. This particular novel inspired me and my writing in ways I...

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Fashion Fridays

If you've read my novels you know how much I enjoy dressing those heroines! But my interest and admiration with fashion extends beyond the 18th-century. I'd love to have you join me each Friday as I post images of gowns from various centuries in private & museum...

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A Most Romantic Verse

I love a good love story. And the Bible has some beautiful ones. Recently I stumbled across this verse and don't ever recall reading it before, at least not in the current version I'm attached to. The Amplified Bible is so rich and layered. Being a word lover, the...

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A Company of Heroes

Everybody loves a hero, be it in books, films, or real life. America was built on the bones of great heroes like Boone and Washington, Lee and Lincoln, to name just a few. Historical authors have a wealth of inspiration to draw from and I'm so grateful! Readers often...

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Pages and pages

So the pages came today, that last version of the book prior to print. The next step is holding the actual novel in hand. For now, I have 407 pages to peruse. I open the envelopes that have been Fedexed overnight and put all the pages together. And because I'd rather...

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Summertime

Colorful clothespins. Line-dried sheets. Warm porch planks. Cold Coke. Strings of party lights. Red geraniums. A barrel of blooming lavender. New potatoes and peas. Garden to table. Birdsong mornings. Warm wind. Open windows. Cherry tomatoes. Wildflowers. Wild...

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