So… What Next?

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For a writer, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as landing your first book deal. Toss in a three-book deal and the series of your heart and you’re convinced you’ve just been showered with fairy dust. From the moment your agent delivers the news that an editor loves your project and has made an offer, to signing your name on the dotted …

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But I Have Great News!

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Brrr. Here in my little corner of the world, it’s cold! Though we’ve started a slow warming trend, for the past week or so, winter’s locked us in the deep freeze. I’m a born-and-raised Ozarks gal, but I’m not a fan of cold weather. Never have been, never will be. The good thing? It can’t last forever! And despite the …

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Romance… My Top Five Blog Posts

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Today I thought it might be fun to dial up the “feel good.” If you’ve visited before, you know I’m a huge romantic. I’m a hearts and flowers kind of gal who melts at a sweet sentiment, tender gesture, or—be still, my heart—a great love story. (And who, in his right mind, can argue with that?) Since I write Heartfelt …

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Book Review)

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One of the things I love about this author’s books is her immediate connection with the reader. Beth doesn’t need or use fancy, frilly words to draw us in. It’s all about story. And the way she communicates a story is sublime. In Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I expected a quick, happy read—light summer fare to satisfy my hankering …

Family of Her Dreams

Talking Family with Keli Gwyn, Author of Family of Her Dreams

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Today I’m delighted to welcome my friend Keli Gwyn, author of Family of Her Dreams. I first met Keli online, and then in person at the 2011 ACFW conference in St. Louis. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed getting to know Keli better—and let me just say—she’s the real deal. Nice. Thoughtful. Down-to-earth. And a huge Taco Bell fan. Let the …

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That Love Thing… Why the Biblical Definition Matters

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Like many couples, when my husband and I were married we chose to include a portion of 1st Corinthians in our wedding vows. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. …

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Real Romance: How Do We Get it Right?

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I love romance. I particularly adore those swoon-worthy heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, knee-knocking moments that leave me breathless in a good way. In our reality T.V. world where romance seems to be more about shock value than the sanctity of what God intended, it’s refreshing when books and movies get it right. By “get it right,” I mean we don’t see the …

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Is Christian Fiction All Hearts and Flowers?

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For readers not familiar with Christian fiction there’s the preconceived notion that if it’s Christian it must be all hearts and flowers. Or boring. Or something. For example, a friend once asked why I wanted to write for the Christian market and not the secular one. It was actually something I’d thought about a lot. “Well, a Christian is who I am. …

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10 Things You Should Know about Christian Fiction Novelists

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During our writing journey, it’s interesting to see people’s reactions when discussing our craft. Occasionally, the conversation may go something like this: “What is it you do anyway?” “Well,” (we may slug back our favorite beverage as we gather steam for what we know is coming) “I’m a writer.” “A writer, huh? That’s nice. I’m going to write a book …

Valentine’s Day Countdown

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This week begins the official countdown to one of the busiest floral seasons of the year. (Have you ordered flowers for your Valentine yet?) I usually plan a quiet (and delicious) meal at home, and of course, it involves chocolate. And candlelight. We have a teenager still at home and so our daughter helps me with meal prep. It’s a …