From my kitchen to yours, best wishes for a very Merry Christmas! May you be blessed by the love of Christ.
Merry Christmas December 24, 2021
Traveling in the Clouds July 9, 2015
I had the pleasure of spending my Fourth of July weekend in North Carolina. The weather was 20-30 degrees cooler than
Florida and I basked in every minute of reprieve from the heat. Usually when I go to NC I spend most of the time working on my next book, but this time I only had time to cram in a few hours of work time.
Another Florida friend was already staying with my family and we had made arrangements to drop her off with her sister in Banner Elk, NC on July 2. This should have been about a 3-hour drive, but it ended up being more like 5 or 6 hours. I’m beginning to learn to be wary of anything that says it’s 3 hours. One day I’m going to be on a 3-hour trip and become the next Gilligan! (more…)
Laughter, Love, and Lemons February 3, 2014
Growing up, my family was part of a family life group at our church and the times we shared together were deeply ingrained on my subconscious. I don’t remember how old I was when the group started to drift apart for a variety of reasons, but then again, I am getting older and memories are harder to call upon.
However, I do remember the love, laughter, and feeling of safety of those nights singing and studying the Bible. I’ve measured every church group since then against the feeling that settled deep in my heart during those gatherings. (more…)
Bountiful Blessings July 16, 2012
Last week was a downpour of blessings upon my writing career, showing me how God’s plans for my life are far greater than my own. This post will be a bit longer than normal, but I hope you can forgive me as I really want to take a few minutes to share this experience.
On July 8, a review of my new book, Julianne, was published by Lonita Cook on the Kansas City Examiner website. Ms. Cook’s kind words for the story and writing style gave validation to my writing dream, but what really made my heart sing was how the reviewer really captured the essence of why I write, which is to tell stories that will minister to those who are already followers of Christ and provide a warm invitation to those who aren’t yet believers. However, it wasn’t just the positive review, the response to the review was also overwhelming. As of this writing, the article was shared via Twitter 149 times and Facebook 34 times. I hope these numbers are encouraging to Ms. Cook as well, because it is a testament to her own beautiful writing.
Just as the glow and excitement of the review were fading, I started my first giveaway via Kindle Direct Publishing’s Select program. On Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 and 12, my business manager and I worked to promote Julianne being available as a free download for Kindle. I admit I was expecting to get 20, maybe 50 downloads. When I first logged on Wednesday morning I was floored to see there had already been 193. When the promotion ended at 3:00am on July 13, a total of 1,749 books had been downloaded worldwide. The idea so many people chose a book I haven’t hesitated to promote as Christian fiction has given wings to my creative spirit. Since my first book sale, I made a commitment to myself to pray for each person who makes a purchase. This past week certainly made the prayer list longer, but I treasure each of those unknown lives.
Despite being emotionally and physically drained after all of this wonderful excitement, I had a taste for strawberry scones. I made them Sunday afternoon after getting caught up on all the mundane tasks pushed aside to focus on my marketing. They smelled absolutely wonderful in the oven and were the perfect end to a dream week. The recipe I used can be found here if you want to take advantage of the end of strawberry season yourself.