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Breathe!!

Okay, I’m back!! After plunging into edits on my latest novel over the past two weeks, I am finished! So ready for a break! Good thing summer is almost here, right? First things first – I have to announce TWO WINNERS! The winner of Nicole O’Dell’s  The Embittered Ruby, is Elaine Stock. Elaine, let me…
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Today's Featured Author is JoAnn Durgin!

I’m pleased to have JoAnn as my guest on the blog today! JoAnn writes Inspirational Romance, and she’s had a busy few years! Her first novel, Awakening, released in 2010, followed by Second Time Around, in 2011, and now she’s just released a third novel in the series, Twin Hearts! Whew! So here’s JoAnn to…
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That's All She Wrote…

Many who know me understand just how long and hard I worked to achieve my dream of becoming a published author. It took years. Years of believing I had a story worth telling. A story others would relate to and relish, characters readers would love as much as I did. That dream came true on…
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Dare To Be Different…A Lesson In Teacups.

I collect vintage English bone china teacups and saucers. The above image is mine, an assortment of just a few of the cups you’ll find on display should you ever pay me a visit. I couldn’t tell you how I got started or why, but my collection is growing. I love visiting antique stores, browsing…
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Listen To The Music…

“It’s all around you…” August Rush. Here’s my favorite song from that movie- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxmZrJRvti0 I love that movie! Admittedly, it is a little hokey and as an author, I wanted to do SO much more with the characters, but the music in it was awesome. And of course, it has a happy ending. But it…
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Meet Author Gail Sattler!

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of a chat with Canadian author, Gail Sattler, I urge you to take the next opportunity you get and nab her for a cup of coffee or tea! Gail is a talented musician, and can usually be found playing her bass guitar on the worship team each year…
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Vacation…

I’m enjoying some family time and will be resuming my normal schedule in April – however, my featured authors will still be visiting the blog on Fridays! Please stop by this Friday to meet debut author Pamela S. Meyers! Meanwhile, play amongst yourselves. Okay, if all else fails here’s a question- Hunger Games. Movie. Excited…
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Meet Author Kathi Macias!

It’s my pleasure today to have esteemed author, Kathi Macias on the blog. Kathi is one of those rare gems of an author, someone who gives back to the writing community in wonderful ways. She’s also someone who graciously offered to read my debut novel for endorsement and gave me the amazing gift of a…
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Don't Talk To Me, I Don't Want To Be Your Friend!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. And you’re right. That’s a really weird title for a blog post. What kind of person writes something like that on a Monday morning? Maybe she needs more coffee. I do. I always need more coffee. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about making…
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What To Do With Fear and Failure and Other Nuisances

February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’m fine. I’m fine. I’m fine. Maybe you’re familiar with the mantra? It’s easy to say. Easy to repeat. And easy to convince yourself of. Because if you say something enough times, eventually you begin to believe it. Even if it’s not true. So last week I wrote about change, and how I was going…

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Maybe It’s Time

December 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

“You gain strength,courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt. So we…

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms I know and love. Those with us and those who have gone before us. This day is hard for some of us, I know. I miss my Mom too. But I’m grateful for the memories. Grateful for the legacy she left us. And grateful that I got…

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Write, Straight Up

May 7, 2018 | 3 Comments

Not on the rocks. Not with a splash. Maybe a twist, that’d be fun. But don’t water it down. Write what you want to say, write from you heart, and write, for the love of everything, like you mean it. If you don’t mean it, don’t waste your reader’s time, or yours. After 20 something…

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This Thing About Community, And Why We Need It

April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Can I be honest? Groups scare me a little. Anything larger than my husband and I, and two other couples is just a bit out of my comfort zone. Even when our group of eight, all close and fun friends, gets together, the house is just a bit too loud. And that’s kind of funny…

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What Am I Afraid Of?

January 29, 2018 | 2 Comments

Words fail me. Lately. When I try to sum up what this thing is that I do and why I do it and why I can’t not do it and why some days the words won’t come . . .  words fail me. And the question rattles hard in my head. Is it . .…

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The Magic Formula

January 22, 2018 | 4 Comments

Sharing some thoughts on writing, and life. So I’m asked this a lot. Mostly in author interviews, occasionally in an email from an aspiring author who just wants a break, wants her words to be seen, heard. “What’s the magic formula?” I’d tell you if I knew. Honest. So this is the part I could…

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Why Not Me?

October 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

The stories make me sad. So terribly sad. And angry. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen them too. All over social media. The hashtag #MeToo Sometimes no story at all. Sometimes more than we may want to know. But they’re all connected. Women. Women who have in some way, been violated. Been…

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And So We Choose This Thing

June 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

Thirty one years. Today. I stood before him in a long white gown that cost more than my father wanted to spend, but he bought it for me anyway, because it was the one and he was ‘the one’ and my Dad would have bought me the moon if I said I wanted it. I stood…

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Is It Supposed To Hurt This Much?

June 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

That was a text I got from my daughter a few hours into labour. “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I wanted to laugh, but I didn’t. Because, yes. It is. And it does. And it will continue to. With every challenge that comes with being a parent. Being a mother or father or…

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Breathe!!

Okay, I’m back!! After plunging into edits on my latest novel over the past two weeks, I am finished! So ready for a break! Good thing summer is almost here, right?

First things first – I have to announce TWO WINNERS! The winner of Nicole O’Dell’s  The Embittered Ruby, is Elaine Stock. Elaine, let me know how to get in touch with you!
And the winner of my novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, is Caleb Rocke! Ditto Caleb.

So as you can imagine, it’s been a challenging time for me, trying to whittle down words and re-write scenes, all the while wondering why in the world I wanted to be a writer in the first place. 🙂 It’s easy to get discouraged when you feel overwhelmed, isn’t it? I have to admit, I plunged in feet first and then had a major freak-out attack midway through. Suddenly the whole thing sucked. Fortunately for me, I have no problem having a good whine on Facebook, as you do, haha, and soon I had many friends and authors sending me oodles of encouragement. My agent told me to CHILL OUT. And I needed to.

I took a few days off. Sat in the sun. Went swimming. Walked. Played with the dog. All the while my brain was still processing what I had to do, but in a calm, logical manner. I began to believe what everyone said. I COULD DO THIS. When I went back to work on that book Monday morning, I had a plan and I put it into action. And I think I succeeded.

What do you do when you feel snowed under? Do you have a particular place to go to get away from it all? I love to look at the ocean and that’s usually where I spend my time complaining talking to God. He’s a pretty good listener, even though I’m sure He has that eye-roll down pat. One of the big things I got out of my time of angst the past couple weeks was a big reminder of Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  God breathed life into me some almost 47 years ago – He had a plan for me then. He has a plan for me now. He wants me to succeed. Isn’t that amazing? No matter how bad things get, no matter how out-of-control or overwhelmed I may feel, I know God’s got this. And He’ll help me get through.

All I have to do is breathe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfQktHzNccE

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