The Rose & the Thistle releases!

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Nay, it never gets old! Releasing a novel remains a unique experience even for someone who’s been writing stories since age 7. I’m always felt so at home with my writing & it’s always been a joy, a bit like the best friend I never had. Releasing it for public consumption has been a learning curve as it does feel …

A new novel & a new imaginary world

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This time of year is always exciting as I’m busy with promo, release prep, podcasts, etc. I’m also busy polishing that next historical novel due to my editorial team the same day The Rose and the Thistle releases on January 3rd, 2023. Then there’s the holiday rush, decorating the house (Christmas tree on the deck this year, little white lights everywhere …

Scotland in May!

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What a whirlwind of a trip! Reading friends who traveled with author Pepper Basham & I in May to Scotland were the most wonderful, fun, edifying group! We ate & fellowshipped & laughed our way through the Lowlands, Highlands, & Islands, beginning & ending in Edinburgh, my favorite city. Some of us even got sick together which required an extended …

France & Dr. Lucy Worsley

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So, I’ve just returned from the Lucy Worsley tour. France has never been on my bucket list but that’s entirely my mistake. If I was younger, I’d become fluent in French & move there! While there, thanks to my hosts, I was blessed to visit the chateau that opens this upcoming Scottish novel releasing next January 2023. It was interesting …

What’s new in 2022

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Friends, 2022 began with a bang! The release of A Heart Adrift in January was a wonderful way to start a new year. Here’s a look at what’s happening in my world this spring & I’d appreciate your prayers. I really depend on them. So much happens when we pray, both seen & unseen. With the pandemic nearing an end, …

Podcasts for A Heart Adrift

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At some point in my publishing career, podcasts became the thing. I’m having fun talking books with a variety of podcast hosts so if podcasts are your thing, too, please have a wee listen… Billie Jauss – Start Small Believe Big Nicole & friends – The Unending TBR Ruth Douthitt – A Writer’s Day UP NEXT: Liz Tolsma – Christian …

The Armchair Traveler

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A few months ago the words “armchair traveler” came to mind. Having had several trips cancelled due to the pandemic, I found the thought intriguing so just sat on it for awhile. The only traveling I’d done last year was through my books! Truly, every story is an adventure that takes you somewhere. Or should! In my case, the Kentucky …

Valentine’s Day Cake

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Ingredients 1 package white cake mix (regular size) 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup water 1/2 cup canola oil 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup finely chopped strawberries FROSTING: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup crushed strawberries 4-1/2 to 5 cups confectioners’ sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Line the …