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If you’ve ever been to Vermont, you’ll remember the covered bridges. I’ll never forget my first glimpse of one, as a girl traveling with her parents, from a tiny island surrounded by ocean, to see this long red wooden structure perched precariously over the rushing water beneath it … I was mesmerized. Even cooler was…
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Join The Fun – Bridge of Faith Launch Party!

As you may know, my latest novel, Bridge of Faith, released in April! I’m really excited about this book, and so pleased with the great reception it is getting so far. A HUGE thanks to everyone who has read and reviewed the book. You’re the best! We’ll be celebrating the official launch of Bridge of…
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If you don’t like champagne, grab a coffee or your favorite beverage of choice, but come on in and join the party! Bridge of Faith HAS RELEASED!!!  Stay tuned for more excitement over the next few weeks – we’ll be having an official Facebook Party to celebrate on May 29th, which will give you all…
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The Next Best Step

March 25, 2019 |

The one sure thing about life, the one thing you can pretty much count on, is that it won’t always be easy. You know this. You’ve already been through some tough stuff. And you’ve survived. Maybe even triumphed. But then it all comes back for a second round. Or a third. Maybe you’re getting hit…


What To Do After Launch Day!

May 23, 2018 |

So Where Hope Begins is now out in the big wide world. Godspeed, my lovely. And yesterday was a little nuts. The nerves. The onslaught of notifications. The well wishes and fun comments, and feedback. All wonderful and totally mind blowing, not to mention a tad overwhelming. Oh and did I mention a Facebook LIVE…


10 Stages of Book Birth – An Exposé

May 15, 2018 |

Today we are one week away from the release of my new book, Where Hope Begins. And there are a million things I should be doing right now. So I’m blogging. As you do. Also, since I connected my blog to my new website, I’m really not sure anyone is seeing it. So if you…


Write, Straight Up

May 7, 2018 |

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…


Newsy Book Related Stuff and Giveaways!

March 26, 2018 |

So blogging is clearly not at the top my ‘things to do’ list lately. Life is crazy busy and I’m working hard to carve out writing time in between babysitting and book release stuff and laundry and trying to remember to make dinner. 🙂 But anyhow, for anyone still popping over here, I’ll share a…


Full Disclosure

April 3, 2017 |

Happy Monday, friends. Not sure why we say that, really, since most folks I know aren’t all that jacked about Mondays. Me included. But hey, maybe it helps the motivation pick up a little speed, who knows. Positive thinking is always a good thing, right? So, April 2017. Which means I have survived the release…


All Good Things

March 23, 2017 |

Ever been in a place where you were just awed by the majesty of God’s creation? While we were in California on our anniversary trip, one thing we knew we wanted to do was see the Redwoods. Having only seen photographs of these amazing trees, I could hardly wait to experience them up close. It…


Beyond Imagining

March 16, 2017 |

We’ve been talking about my trip to Sonoma on the blog this month. You can catch up on the past few weeks here and here, if you want! Last week I shared how enthralled I was when we visited a small family-owned winery. I couldn’t imagine what a larger one might look like. And oh…


A Different Perspective

March 9, 2017 |

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday Post! We’re talking about my California anniversary trip that inspired me to write The Memory of You! If you’re just jumping on here, you can read last week’s post here. Today we’re going to to talk about perspective. Meaning, how we view things, the world, our families, friends, co-workers. Sometimes…


#TBT – A Dream Come True!

March 2, 2017 |

As you may know, my upcoming release, The Memory of You, takes place in Sonoma, California. As we count down to March 28th, we thought it might be fun to use “Throwback Thursdays” to share the origin of that story, and how the seed was planted back in 2010. One of my bucket list trips…


Spine Poetry Challenge!

If you’ve ever been to Vermont, you’ll remember the covered bridges. I’ll never forget my first glimpse of one, as a girl traveling with her parents, from a tiny island surrounded by ocean, to see this long red wooden structure perched precariously over the rushing water beneath it … I was mesmerized. Even cooler was when we were able to drive through them. Something about the damp darkness, the almost eerie silence, the whoosh of the wind through the open windows of the car as we drove on through,  fascinated my young mind.


So I shouldn’t have been surprised when one of my stories landed in the location of Vermont. And of course, there had to be a covered bridge.

In Bridge of Faith, as you’ll discover when you read the book, Faith Bridge plays an important role in a number of ways. I didn’t intentionally plan it that way, but as the plot unfolded, the bridge became significant to the story, a symbol of the past and a hope for the future. Once I knew what happened there on that bridge, both in history and over the course of the story, the title of the book, Bridge of Faith, was born. And it was perfect.

I think we all need a bridge of faith at some point in our lives – that moment when we know we have no choice, because if we want to get to the other side — if we want to claim that victory, we must cross the bridge, no matter how difficult it may be or how impossible it may seem.

With that said, let’s talk about Spine Poetry. If you’ve never done this, it’s really fun, and easy. All you need are some books, and your imagination. But maybe a visual will work best.

My “Spine Poetry” describing – Bridge of Faith


That’s all there is to it! Are you up for the challenge?

Join me and my author friends and and have some fun as we celebrate our new releases this week! Here’s the scoop:

The task:


Grab your favorite books and create a “poem” or loose “limerick” from the titles. Something as simple as:

  • All your favorite authors in one stack
  • Similar titles
  • Similar spine colors for a lovely mosaic
  • Titles that when placed in a stack tell a simple story or rhyme
  • All of one author’s books in one stack

IMPORTANT: Be sure to post a link to your spine poetry in the PromoSimple form for your entry to be counted!

Ready for step two?

Take a picture and post it on social media, tagging one or all of our authors: @PepperBasham, @KCambronAuthor, @CarlaLaureano, @BethVogt, @cathwest

Want extra credit?

Visit each of the blogs:

Pepper Basham,

Kristy Cambron,

Carla Laureano,

Beth Vogt,

Catherine West

and build a spine poetry entry for each author. You can enter as many times as you’d like!

The prizes:

You didn’t want to do this just for the fun of it? Well, okay then. :- ))

Any spine poetry is entered to win a prize basket with a copy of each of our author’s books:

The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

London Tides by Carla Laureano

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Bridge of Faith by Catherine West

If you create a Spine Poetry with any of our authors in one collection, you’ll be entered to win THIS mother lode:

Hand-crafted journal

Hand-crafted Swarovski crystal bracelet

Pride & Prejudice DVD

Signed copy of The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Signed copy of Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West

Signed copy of Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

Spine Poetry Challenge