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…

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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;)

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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

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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

 

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 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…

Life

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:)

snowstorm

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.

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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 Christianbook.com 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…

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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…

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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

 

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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?

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

My Kentucky Kitchen…

January 10, 2015 | Comment on This

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I’m getting excited to decorate my kitchen and thought I’d start with this;) I love making biscuits and gravy so it fits. Here’s my granny’s old recipe that I often make today. Unfortunately, it’s done with a pinch of this and a pinch of that. But you can take short-cuts and I’ll include the easy version here…

1 pound sausage (Jimmy Dean is our favorite)

Dried sage, salt, fresh ground pepper, cayenne, flour, milk, butter

Frozen Pillsbury Biscuits

In cast-iron skillet, brown sausage in a bit of butter (yes, butter. Somebody put Jimmy Dean sausage on a diet and it’s too lean nowadays). Add pinch of sage. Then add a couple of tablespoons of flour and pepper and mix well. Gradually add 2 cups milk. Turn to simmer and let thicken, stirring occasionally. Add salt and more pepper or even a pinch of cayenne to taste.

Bake biscuits (I know it’s a terrible thing to use store-bought biscuits but does anybody make homemade biscuits anymore besides me)!? Besides, Pillsbury makes a good biscuit as well as a pie crust in a pinch. 

Anyway, when gravy is bubbly and thickened, slather on freshly baked biscuits. Eggs and fried green tomatoes can be served alongside.

Happy eating:)

Journeys

January 4, 2015 | Comment on This

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Every January equals new hopes or changes and I wanted to share my favorite devotional books this year, including one fictional book a dear reader gave me for Christmas called Stepping Heavenward. Some of you undoubtedly have read this little gem of a woman’s journey to Godliness. 

Since last August I’ve been on the sweetest journey of my life and hope to share more of that with you here soon. It came after a very dark period, a time of searching and wrestling like I’ve never known. Just as that new journey began, the Lord led me to the little book, Blessings for the Morning. It was tailor-made for me during that sweet season and continues to bless me in ways I can’t recount.

I’m re-discovering that God is a deeply personal God, passionate and involved in every detail of ours lives, and He desires a rich relationship with us every minute of every day. Some of you may be saying, “Well, yeah – duh!” but for this girl, I’m learning it later than sooner. Better late than never:)

I’d love to hear what your favorite devotionals are ~ or anything that the Lord is using to bless and change you! We’re in this together and I’m so very thankful!

a new year…a new song!

December 31, 2014 | Comment on This

a new song finally!

I’m very thankful for new years, new circumstances, new opportunities. The last two New Years my ‘words’ for 2013 and 2104 have been ‘focus’ and ‘joy.’ 

This year my word or words are ‘a new song.’ 

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I’d love to hear yours!