May day!

May 1, 2015 | Comment on This

 Life is a whirlwind, I recently told a friend. May has arrived and I’m not ready:) I’ve decided  to update the journal here monthly as time gets away from me. Heartfelt thanks to those of you who read my ramblings and comment and/or email in response. You mean more to me than I can say. Since my readers aren’t ‘fans’ but friends, I wanted to let you know of some upcoming changes…

journal may moving day

We’re moving! Due to a snowball of circumstances, it’s time to say goodbye to Washington State and return to Kentucky. Since I’ve been a little girl, it’s been my dream to live and write in a log cabin. Only the Lord could have brought this about. He truly gives us the desires of our hearts. This comes after a couple of years of walking in a valley with many changes and challenges. Here’s a photo of our cabin when I saw it for the first time last fall…

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  After a 6 month pursuit, plenty of prayer, and the expertise of our amazing realtor, we can call it home. It’s especially meaningful since this cabin was originally built by a writer as a writing retreat, something we didn’t know at first. Not only that, it’s on the same road as my great-great grandfather’s farm that my family sold in the ’50s. So it’s truly coming home.

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On the book front, those Ballantynes have made the leap from print to audio! It’s always been a dream of mine to listen as well as read Eden and Ellie and Wren’s stories, and now we can. Since I’m not usually an audio listener but have been told by audio fans that it takes a story to a whole different level, I can’t wait to listen! Love’s Reckoning released  in audio format April 30th, Love’s Awakening releases in May and then Love’s Fortune in June. The narrator is the lovely Angela Brazil and you can hear her reading an excerpt here…

Love’s Reckoning Audio Excerpt

A blessed May day to you!

Spring break (sort of)!

April 8, 2015 | Comment on This

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Time is flying and I need to catch up with you here on the journal so will try to keep it short and sweet! Hope you had a beautiful Easter wherever you are. We celebrated by going to a sunrise service at the beach. Fellow churchgoer and friend, Roger Mosley, shared this photo with me after the service. It was so beautiful there and a very shivery 35 degrees at 7 am. But God’s handiwork was really on display at Freshwater Bay as you can see…

spring break pie

The boys have been on spring break so I’ve spent more time in the kitchen than my desk lately, occasionally taking a break to post pics on Instagram, my latest obsession;) If you’re over there, please look me up and I’ll follow you. It’s a really creative place, my second favorite site, with Pinterest still firmly in the lead;) And I’m living proof you don’t need to be handy with a camera to open an account!

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Thankfully, there’s lots of book buzz happening with audio versions releasing soon for The Ballantyne Legacy series first, followed by the Kentucky books. In the meantime I’m working away at a new Kentucky story. Here’s a bit of silliness from today’s bout of work ~ but no spoilers for you! I can’t wait for you to meet these characters and join me along the Shawnee and Chenoa Rivers in ‘the year of the bloody sevens’ as it came to be known, or 1777.

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Lastly, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be celebrating my next release, The Mistress of Tall Acre, at the beautiful Richmond, Kentucky LifeWay store this fall:

Release Party/Book Signing
for The Mistress of Tall Acre

September 8th, 2015
LifeWay Christian Store
Richmond Centre
2085 Lantern Ridge Drive
Richmond, Kentucky

As the event draws near I’ll post more details. If you’re in the heart of Kentucky during that time or can travel to get there, I’d love to see you!

Happy spring!

Mistress Galleys

March 12, 2015 | Comment on This

There is a phenomenon in publishing known as ‘galleys’ and they have sailed into my life for the seventh time;) In my pre-publishing days, when I existed in a state of ignorant bliss, I thought galleys sounded rather romantic and images like this floated in my head…


I’m not sure who named galleys but there is one thing ships and books have in common ~ work.

So for the next couple of weeks I will become a galleys slave to the about-to-be-printed page. One great thing about galleys is that they’re typeset and look like a book. I always ask for a hard copy in addition to an e-copy as I work better with a ‘flesh and blood’ copy. Since I’ve been away from these characters since September (and have missed them madly), it is always a joyful and somewhat jarring experience to revisit them through the eyes of my editors. Who might not be as fond of them as I am;)

galleys mistress

On with this next journey… Thoughts and prayers appreciated!

the Word

March 8, 2015 | Comment on This

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The word of God is a living thing. It has both warmth and intellect. It has discretion, generosity, subtlety, movement, authority. It has a heart and a pulse. It keeps a beat and has a musical voice that allows it to sing. It enchants and it soothes. It argues and it forgives. It defends and it reasons. It intoxicates and it restores. It weeps and it exults. It thunders but never roars. It calls but never begs. And it always loves.

~ David Teems

Cover Reveal from Revell

March 3, 2015 | Comment on This

The Mistress of Tall Acre_cover (2)

A marriage of convenience.
She is in love with someone else.
He has no wish to love again.
What could possibly go wrong?
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Releases September 8th
Available for pre-order:

Wren goes Dutch

February 26, 2015 | Comment on This


dutch cover wren

 I’m so thankful for my Dutch publisher, KOK, and Dutch readers who are among the most generous and loving people on earth. They take time to write emails/letters that inspire and delight me so it’s a joy to share another book with them. Interesting, too, to see how Wren and Love’s Fortune are adapted for a different country and culture. I really do like the rural background on this edition. And the new title?

Rowena’s Homecoming

Next up the French edition…


February 20, 2015 | Comment on This

 It’s been a whirlwind of a February with little time for the journal here. Now that I’ve landed it’s a good time to catch up with you and tell you about the blessings amidst the busyness. We’ll skip right over flu season and other snafus to the highlights:)

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I’ve been spending a lot of time with our son, Wyatt, who’s a senior and about to graduate from high school and college this June. We’ve been on the road prepping for his firefighting career which makes me thankful the Lord made me a writer! Firefighting is not for the faint of heart. But we’re so proud of him and appreciate your prayers as he begins his own journey. I’ve decided the only thing better than books are my boys:)


I flew east mid-month on business, straight into a snowstorm where I was grounded for 3 days after a plane slid off the runway. My sojourn in an airport hotel was sweet! Several planes, trains, automobiles, and ferries later, I’m back to work again.

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In the downtime waiting for that elusive flight I became a HUGE fan of Instagram. 

If you’re a fan, too, I’d love to see you over there! Lots of fun playing photographer and capturing moments more frequently than here on the journal page. 

Anyway, as we say goodbye to February and move toward spring, my prayers and thoughts are with you.


I’d love to hear what February has held for you…

The Mistress of Tall Acre

January 25, 2015 | Comment on This

I was delighted to see my new title up on a few days ago and wanted to share that with you here. I feel a little like a new mama naming her book baby. This time the title is mine and I’m so glad my publisher kept it…

The Mistress of Tall Acre

The cover and back cover copy are yet to come on Amazon and other sites so this is a delicious teaser, or so you readers tell me! To entice you further, or so I hope, here’s a look at the Pinterest board that will go live in September when the novel is released. Just a few images central to the heart of the story. I hope you like the sneak peek!

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  This book was a joy to write. The story was born on the Isle of Mull off the coast of Scotland almost two years ago. Here’s a pic of the manuscript in longhand and my writing chair in my lodging there. Truly a magical place! It’s hard to believe this book is now about to go to print…

mull collage

Can’t wait for you to meet these characters! Counting down till September with you!

What I’m reading ~ and endorsing

January 15, 2015 | Comment on This


flight of the sparrow

Flight of the Sparrow was recommended to me by reader and Pinterest friend, Becky, and I can’t thank her enough. It’s the kind of book I wish I’d written. Full of beautiful prose, both evocative and emotional, with a hero of all heroes named James Printer who happens to have feathers in his hair:) But be forewarned, this isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s written with a lot of early American angst and does not necessarily have that HEA…

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The final three are ones I’ve recently endorsed with pleasure ~

Brentwood’s Ward just released by the very talented Michelle Griep!

Mist of Midnight is coming soon. Author Sandra Byrd, my fellow tea drinking buddy with British genes, really wows with this book! If you’re a fan of Victoria Holt and Gothic romance, this one is for you!

And last but not least, Melanie Dickerson reminds me of why adults still read fairy tales in The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. Isn’t that cover beautiful?


I’d love to know what you’re reading, too…!