May porch

May 23, 2016 | Comment on This

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May porch.

All winter I’ve been waiting till spring and porch-sitting weather.

It’s here!

Sometimes I write in the swing. Sometimes I just sit and drink coffee. Or read. Pen letters. Have quiet time. Sometimes I do nothing at all but listen to the birds and look down in the valley, which is what my grandfather used to do. All I can think of is what Scripture says…

His mercies are new every morning.

Kentucky girl

May 12, 2016 | Comment on This

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It’s with a lot of joy that I share these new author images with you. A bit of Kentucky for this Kentucky girl. I’m ready to part with that very pink promo shot made in Monterey with the blooming bougainvillea of five years ago. I’ve shed a foot of hair since then and added a wrinkle or two:) One of these new images will end up on the back of my next novel and float around social media. They’re more in keeping with my return to Kentucky and also the frontier as A Moonbow Night nears.

I should add that the quilt you see in some of the images is my great-grandmother’s and is said to be 115 years old.

Heartfelt thanks to Kristin Johnson Photography .

If you have a favorite, I’d love to know.

A blessed May to you and yours!

Nashville venue…

May 3, 2016 | Comment on This

I’m so excited to take part in this first ever, long awaited event in Nashville! No, don’t have a clue what I’ll be speaking about yet but I’m praying about the message and cannot wait to connect with readers and other authors but primarily DEAR READING FRIENDS! There’s always been something of a disconnect between my writing a book and your reading it. I rarely am able to meet readers in person as most of our contact is through social media. Well, no more! Here’s to an event I hope will be anticipated and participated in for years to come. And I’d love to see you there!

*Registration link at bottom

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April Bookshelves…

April 10, 2016 | Comment on This

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Happy spring to you!

Now that the redbud and dogwood are blooming, I’m often in my loft office working. The galleys for A Moonbow Night landed on my desk recently so I’m busy with those, the second to the last step before print. This new Kentucke novel releases January 2017. Between editing, I’m reading some noteworthy books I wanted to share here in case you want to add them to your list.

The first book is by fellow Revell author, Christie Purifoy – Roots and Sky; A Journey Home in Four Seasons. I follow Christie on Instagram and love her photographs. She lives in a historic home in Pennsylvania and her prose is wonderfully poetic. Plus she writes with an honesty and authenticity that I find refreshing and unhurried as she takes you through the seasons of her life at Maplehurst.

For you Downtown Abbey fans, I’m almost finished with season 5! I’m lagging a bit behind the rest of the world but am enjoying it. My favorite plot lines involve Marigold as well as Violet’s handsome Russian Prince. Love is truly blind and ageless;) I  want to spank Lady Mary and still miss Lady Sybil but haven’t warmed up to any of the show’s heroes so far. Though I do like Mr. Bates!

For research I’m enjoying Cokie Robert’s Founding Mothers since my next novel after A Moonbow Inn is set in Colonial Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution. I’ve even gotten some adult coloring books, mostly historic dresses/figures, though I haven’t had time to uncap those gel pens.

As for fiction, I’m halfway through Julie Klassen’s The Painter’s Daughtera Regency novel. I’ve endorsed quite a few books lately so here are a few more titles for you ~ Captive Hearts by Michelle Griep and Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall. Lots of hearts in titles lately!

Two of the books I’m most looking forward to this year because of fresh content and unusual themes are The Lady and the Lionheart by my dear friend Joanne Bischof and also The Ringmaster’s Wife by another beloved friend, Kristy Cambron. These ladies can write!

Anyway, would love to know what you’re reading or hope to…

A joyous April to you!

Spring

March 24, 2016 | Comment on This

Happy Spring! I can’t believe it’s almost April. We were snowed in much of January and February, so March has been a welcome change. I began the first weekend of spring by speaking about “The Search for Authenticity” in writing and really enjoyed it.  I’ll soon be in Nashville, Indianapolis, Seattle and other parts which is fun as I love to travel and meet fellow book lovers.

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As we turn the corner on April, I’ll join a small group of hikers and Friends of Boone’s Trace to honor my hero, Daniel Boone, by hiking from Fort Boonesborough in Kentucky to Martin’s Station, Virginia. We’ll be walking about 17 miles a day for 150 or so miles on the original trace Boone carved out of the wilderness though today much of the trek is roadway. We’ll be passing by my cabin which is on the other side of Boone Gap. Though I can’t hike the entire 10 days I’ll be joining in for the first few and can’t wait!

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As for book buzz, it’s been a joy to see The Mistress of Tall Acre well received and prepare for my next release in January, 2017. The cover shoot for A Moonbow Night is taking place this spring and will be finalized in June. Can’t wait to share it here. The plot pivots around a little known incident in Boone’s life that has fascinated me since childhood. Here’s hoping it intrigues you, too.

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Last but not least, life at the cabin remains sweet. Despite the wild winds and critters that come from living in the woods on a rocky hilltop, it’s all good. Gooder than good;) More than anything, God is good and it’s a joy to see His hand everywhere I land. Here’s a view from the cabin porch of the last sunset of winter taken last weekend.

I can’t wait to see what spring brings.

Cover Art

February 24, 2016 | Comment on This

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Cover art update!

The designer for A MOONBOW NIGHT is John Hamilton Design. Gotta love a designer who even reads the book! He created THE COLONEL’S LADY cover and also the other novels shown here, two personal favorites. I must confess to liking some of my covers better than others. Each designer is unique. Some are very private and I know little about what’s happening. Others are quite open and share their creative process. I always hold my breath when the finished cover appears in my inbox months from now. Hamilton’s covers are historically rich and have an elegance and depth I appreciate. It will be interesting to see what he does with A MOONBOW NIGHT.  The search for the model has begun and soon the cover shoot will take place.

Happy almost March!

A new book title for you!

January 28, 2016 | Comment on This

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Naming a book is a wee bit like naming a baby. You hope to get it write – right! While I was writing away on this new Kentucke novel that opens in the spring of 1777, I called it Moonbow Inn. But for historical purists, inns were referred to as ‘ordinarys’ in the 18th-century so the working title wasn’t historically true. Plus, much of the action in the story is set outside the Moonbow Inn, in the howling wilderness as Cassius McLinn said in The Colonel’s Lady.

The novel’s setting is unique in that it’s only one of two places in the world where a phenomenon called the moonbow happens. Go ahead and Google it:) Words don’t do it justice. Cumberland Falls, near where my heroine lives, is one of my favorite places on the planet. I opened the novel in spring when the river has its ‘big britches on’ as frontiersmen would call it.

Suffice it to say, my heroine can’t get enough of the falls and the moonbow, especially when a lanky, enterprising surveyor is in sight.

A cover is coming soon! For now, hope the title makes you smile:)

Snowed in!

January 20, 2016 | Comment on This

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I think this looks very Lael-like. For those of you who remember The Frontiersman’s Daughter, I’m thinking of that beloved character and her cabin in the Kentucke woods as the snow falls today.  I woke up early (thankfully not to milk the cow or gather wood!) but to move our car down the hill by the gate. It’s nearly impossible to climb this hill in the best of weather so down the hill I went in the dark, long before sunrise. As I trudged back up toward the tiny lights of the cabin in my bathrobe and boots, I felt like I was caught in a snowglobe:) Didn’t mind the cold a bit!

And so here I sit, working by the fireplace and watching the snow fall. On the page of this new novel, I’m smack in the middle of Virginia, 1776, and it’s  June! But what I’d really like is to write a snow scene:)

Hope you’re snug wherever you are today.

Cabin Fever

January 15, 2016 | Comment on This

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Here I sit in my own little woods by my own little hearth waiting for snow:) Last year this cabin was buried beneath a couple of feet with record cold temps but this year nary a swirling flake! We did have a whiteout which looks more like fog than snow below. But the wind blew it all away and blue skies abounded in the span of about fifteen minutes. So I await the white stuff…

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Some of you have asked what I do all day in this little cabin:) Well, my desk is in the cabin loft and I spend a lot of time there since the porch requires a few quilts this time of year. As far as the writing, I’ve just turned in another 18th-century Kentucke story that opens in 1773. It’s dear to my heart because I actually have Daniel Boone in it and the plot pivots around a little known incident in Boone’s adventurous life.

The cover and title are being decided upon now and I can’t wait to see what direction Revell goes with cover art and such. The book will release early 2017. Heartfelt apologies to those dear readers who were expecting another book this coming fall. I’m moving to the spring schedule which will be quite fun after 7 fall releases. Spring is a favorite time because of Easter. I’ll laugh if it comes out on my birthday!

Anyway, a brief update on my neck of the woods.

I’d love to know what’s going on in yours:)

See JESUS

January 7, 2016 | Comment on This

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I always start a new year with good intentions. In fact, my word for 2016 is ‘intentional’ because I struggle with a sense of balance in my life. I tend to approach everything with passion and have a hard time letting go of things, people, events. For example, we are involved and in love with with three churches right now! This may be too much of a good thing. In Kentucky there seems to be a church on every corner. Being back in the Bible belt has its perks. But I sense the Lord telling me to live more intentionally, less out of habit, to streamline choices and focus on the things that truly matter and are eternal.

After seeing WAR ROOM in the theater with a dear friend and sister in Christ, I bought the book Fervent for us both. Love the title! Sadly, my prayer life lately has gotten squeezed to the far margins of my life. My devotional time has been reduced to iPad apps. Not long ago my husband said, “How much time are you spending on that thing?” He doesn’t have a Facebook account nor is he online much as he’s an action man. “He doesn’t understand,” I thought. “Social media is so much of my work.” But it seems to fit with ‘intentional.’ Being unplugged is a wonderful thing. Being offline more than I’m online is wonderfully freeing.

I just returned from a two week vacation out west with family and opened this devotional above (Powerful Moments in the Presence of God) for the first time since I’ve been back. Why was I surprised to see my word~ intentional ~ waiting for me? There was also focus, a word from my past. Today I reopened this little book and for the first time saw the words in stained glass,

SEE JESUS.

Seems Jesus is right in front of me and I so often miss him.

I pray we will all see more of our Savior in 2016.