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Introducing Author Jennifer Fromke!

Okay, I double booked my Friday authors this week. Bad me. But the upside is, you get to learn about TWO authors this week!! Today we have the pleasure of Jennifer Fromke’s company! Jennifer is celebrating the release of her debut novel, A Familiar Shore, and she’s here to tell us about it and about…
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Meet Author, Katy Lee!

Who are you? That is not an easy question to answer. When I sat down to write this, I actually stumped myself on who is the real Katy Lee? Did I want to share about my role as wife to my helpful and handsome husband and mother to my three young children? Did I want…
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Meet Author Sherri Wilson Johnson!

I’m excited to have my fellow OakTara author, Sherri Wilson Johnson, author of To Dance Once More, on the blog today! Sherri writes historical romance, and she’s here to tell us all about her journey to publication! My Road to Publication I have been writing for as long as I can remember—probably for as long…
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Meet Author Michelle Sutton!

Michelle is one of those prolific authors – you know the kind I mean – the kind who seems to have a new book coming out every other day! I don’t know how she does it, but she’s been an inspiration to me for many years. I’m pleased to have Michelle on the blog today…
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Introducing Dani Pettrey!

This is the month for debut authors! I’m thrilled to have Dani Pettrey here today, to share a bit about herself and her new novel, Submerged. People often ask me why I enjoy writing about adventure so much. This question is usually followed by, “Are you as adventurous as your characters?” The answer to the…
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In Celebration!

Outside of celebrating a book release of my own, the next best thing is celebrating with friends when their turn comes! I happen to have several friends who are launching novels this month, so I thought it would be fun to showcase them here for you! In no particular order: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning…
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Meet Author Yvonne Lehman!

In May of 2011, Abingdon editor Ramona Richards said “Yes” when we were at the Blue Ridge conference together and I asked, “Do you want a Titanic book?” Thus began the fastest writing job I’ve ever done. There was no time to think… just write, read, research, at every possible moment. The characters cooperated, came…
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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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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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The Next Best Step

March 25, 2019 | 2 Comments

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…

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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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Family Matters

October 28, 2016 | 9 Comments

I grew up an only child. As much as I was loved and probably (okay, definitely) spoiled by my parents, I think part of me missed not having a sibling. There were times when it was lonely. Times when I had to use my imagination to create the extra people I thought I needed in…

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Fun Friday Five!

June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Answering five questions from my readers today! Want to get in on the fun? Send me a question and I’ll answer it next time!

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So My Mom Wrote A Book…

June 14, 2016 | 15 Comments

Hey, everybody! This is Noah. (I’m the adorably handsome dog in the picture). I’m hijacking my mom’s blog today, because, quite frankly, enough is enough.  I’m used to getting all the attention around here, seriously, and lately? Well, my mom wrote this book. And it’s getting AAAAALLLLLL the attention. That’s my Mom. That’s her book.…

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And This Is Why The Words Matter …

May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

So I wrote a piece about Guarding The Writer’s Heart – and it’s true. It’s tough out there. You’re going to get criticism no matter what. It’s just a given. Kinda like running for President. But not. And we won’t go there. But you know . . . this year so far . . .…

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Remember When?

April 4, 2016 | 20 Comments

How many conversations start with that question? Probably more than we remember. Yet it’s an immediate pull back into the past, back to an event or shared memory that somehow binds people together, often whether they like it or not. The biggest events in history have turned strangers into friends. V-Day. The assassination of JFK.…

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Conversation in A Coffee Shop

February 18, 2016 | 7 Comments

I see her there. This sad reflection of myself. Sitting. Alone. Alone only with her thoughts and the icon flashing fierce on the blank screen. Cautiously I slide into the seat opposite her. Offer coffee. And a smile of recognition. “Hello, writer.” She looks up, bleary eyed. Befuddled. “How did you know?” The question sighs…

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Why Do The Words Matter?

January 19, 2016 | 23 Comments

There will be those who simply refuse what you’re giving. They will scorn, belittle and reject. And okay, sure, that might hurt. But that doesn’t mean you stop trying.

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More Coffee … Need

January 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

Yeah, okay. But it’s Monday morning and I just spent two hours working on changing up this blog, and five minutes ago I sat staring at this screen in full out panic mode, thinking I’d just deleted the ENTIRE THING!! So I need more coffee. Because this is pretty much me in the morning. And,…

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Introducing Author Jennifer Fromke!

Okay, I double booked my Friday authors this week. Bad me. But the upside is, you get to learn about TWO authors this week!!
Today we have the pleasure of Jennifer Fromke’s company! Jennifer is celebrating the release of her debut novel, A Familiar Shore, and she’s here to tell us about it and about herself!

Who are you?

My name is Jennifer Fromke and I’m a water-aholic. I think I was created with something inside me that naturally longs for large bodies of water. Sunrises, sunsets and the moon look best to me when reflected in water. The sound of running water, trickling water, lake lapping against the hull of a boat, waves washing up on shore, rain falling on a metal roof, mountain stream tumbling over giant boulders, pretty much any kind of moving water serves to soothe the rough places inside me. And if I get to watch as well as listen, so much the better.

Where are you now?

I love this question because there are so many answers!

1. I’m on my back porch – one of my favorite places to write. Running water and chirping birds make it extremely peaceful.

2. I’m living in Concord, NC. Thinking back on my life, this really is a surprise. I grew up in Michigan, and North Carolina never even appeared on my radar. I loved the lakes, and continued to treasure my lake time when I went to school in Chicago and later moved to Minnesota. After four years in the “land o lakes” we moved to St Louis, MO. Land-locked was the term that pressed in on me as I longed for water that was not the Mississippi River. Finally, God brought us to North Carolina, where we live close to several lakes and less than three hours from the ocean (seriously, the OCEAN! For a girl from the “middle” it’s amazing to think I can DRIVE to the beach!).

3. I’m at the beginning of my writing career, in the best part of my life, three months into my debut novel’s release, working on my next novel.

Where are you going?

Up north. Every summer we escape the crispy temperatures of late summer in the south, and flee to a lake in northern Michigan. We have family with a lovely place on our favorite lake, and we sit for two weeks with our toes in the cold water, looking for Petoskey stones and soaking up the low humidity, cooler temps, and family time. Feeding our souls.

How about you? Do you long for the sound of ocean waves? Mountain streams? Tell us about a favorite “on the water” memory.

A Familiar Shore

Jennifer’s love for the water comes through loud and clear in her debut novel, A Familiar Shore. She starts the novel Oceanside and takes her protagonist north to a lake in Michigan. Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge, or will she choose something more?

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