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Kentucky Sugar Cookies

*After years of trying many sugar cookie recipes, we believe these are the best. I get to make them more than once during the holiday season and they're wonderful to give as gifts.   COOKIES Cream together: 1 cup butter and 2/3 cup sugar Beat in: 1 egg Add: 1 teaspoon...

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The History of the Christy Award

Since 1999, The Christy Awards™ have honored Christian novels of excellence, imagination, and creativity. The Christy Award™ is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview and...

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Nashville Reader~Writer Breakfast!

Excited to be in Nashville for THE ART OF WRITING CONFERENCE and CHRISTY AWARD GALA. To kick off that memorable Wednesday, we're having a reader writer breakfast! Author Becky Wade says it best: Join me, Laura Frantz, Jolina Petersheim, Bethany Turner (and hopefully a...

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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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