Give thanks

November 25, 2014 | Comment on This

give thanks

Appalachian Autumn

November 16, 2014 | Comment on This

berea trip fence

Back from the heart of Appalachia and was it ever inspiring! I could write a book about all the things that touched me while there but will just condense it to a few pictures here…

berea trip sign collage

Though I spent most of my time at home in Kentucky, I was able to enjoy Virginia and Tennessee, too. Each state is so unique yet intertwined with rich history and hospitality and more…

berea trip locust grove collage

The weekend at the Locust Grove estate had me spinning:) If you’ve read The Colonel’s Lady, you’ll know Colonel Cassius McLinn was fashioned after George Rogers Clark so it was wonderful to return again to the place that inspired that story.

berea trip food collage

One of the many joys of going home is the food! I had some great meals, including Cracker Barrel, but think the one that gets ‘creative best’ is Boone Tavern’s Eggs Benedict ~ country ham with fresh mushrooms, pimento cheese, lemon hollandaise and a side of cheese grits!

berea trip fort

Growing up, I spent a lot of my childhood at the Fort Boonesborough site though the replica of the fort wasn’t erected on the bluff until after I was grown. The Kentucky River setting is beautiful. My admiration for those first settlers continues to grow.

berea trip martin's station

The weather was wonderful and I spent time hiking in the Appalachians, specifically Cumberland Gap. So many artifacts and happenings here! Historic bliss! The fall color was exquisite!

Berea trip woods best

Sunset at one of my favorite haunts. My heart and head are so full and I’m joyously writing away at that next story for you.

Have a blessed rest of November.

Appalachian autumn

October 19, 2014 | Comment on This

Kentucky collage

Just wanted to share where I’ll be in body and spirit till mid-November or so.

Prayers with my dear readers here as I write and travel and remain offline.

A blessed autumn to you!

At my desk

October 12, 2014 | Comment on This

cabin desk best lighter


Some of you have been asking what I’ve been doing now that I’ve laid those Ballantynes to rest:) Well, I’ve been sitting at my desk beginning another novel after 8 months of research. So far, since Chapter One opened a few days ago, I have 2,068 words written. I only have about 98,000 left to go. And I’m enjoying every minute of it:)

Prayers so appreciated!

My Kentucky Kitchen

October 10, 2014 | Comment on This

recipe summer salad

Some of you requested the pasta salad recipe I posted about in the August Joy’s post. Here ’tis…

recipe card peach cobbler

Here’s our favorite peach cobbler recipe, too. So easy but so delicious! And now that summer is ebbing, you can use canned peaches, too.

Happy cooking/baking/dining!

A peek into the past…

October 3, 2014 | Comment on This

wren collage dress and fan

Fashion Friday! Something Wren might have worn – only she’d be barefoot under that big dress;)
Philadelphia Museum of Art/1850/Silk Brocade Dress

Have a blessed weekend!


Ask your library!

September 28, 2014 | Comment on This

pa library

We have a beautiful library here. One of the best things about it is that it’s very user-friendly and the acquisitions librarian is usually willing to order books their patrons request. Since books are expensive and many readers are on a book budget, asking your library to order books benefits everyone – you, others, and the author.

If you’d like to see Love’s Fortune on the shelf at your local library, I’ll be happy to send you a lovely card Revell designed for me to help with that. Just email me ~ ~ and include the name of your library so that I can send them a card directly, or give me your snail mail address so that I can send the card to you and you can take it to your library.

Love those libraries – and you readers who keep Christian fiction circulating!

pa library interior

Thank you!

The cover that wasn’t!

September 24, 2014 | Comment on This

Love's Fortune snow scene

For you kindred cover spirits out there, I just had to post the lovely cover that was designed when he realized I had my heart set on a snow scene. Bless you, Brandon Hill! Since Wren’s story begins in autumn but quickly shifts to winter where the bulk of the novel takes place, I thought this cover would be perfect.

In Love’s Reckoning, Eden’s cover reflected fall, Ellie’s was set in spring, Wren’s would naturally be winter. But alas! I do love the final cover since the story opens in late summer or autumn and Wren looks pretty shivery in that snow scene in her lovely dress!

The working title for Wren’s story was originally Love’s Enduring.

Perhaps I shall save that for another story in future!

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So now you know you know the rest of the story!

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Happy Release Day!

September 16, 2014 | Comment on This

wren and gabrielle flowers best

Happy release day! Heartfelt thanks to Gabrielle Meyer for her beautiful photo!

Thanks to those of you who have purchased the book or are helping with its release!

Happy reading!

The creek ran full…

September 15, 2014 | Comment on This

wren pin creek