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Launch party! More pics later.

Thanks to Books for Less and my wonderful friends, When Sparrows Fall had a wonderful launch party yesterday. The woman in black is my daughter, who handled the raffle tickets for the gift baskets.  The winners are Maria Trapp and Maureen Hardegree. Now I’m out the door to church and then to the “Barefoot in the Park” festival at the…

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The best freebie is a book. Or two.

Update: We have our winners! The list is posted here. Looking for new and great books to read? Enter a drawing for a chance to get a copy of When Sparrows Fall AND another novel from WaterBrook Multnomah. Just go here and fill in your information: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/bookcontests/. Be sure to include the contest code for the book you’d like to…

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A visit with author Allison Pittman

I met Allison Pittman at a writers’ retreat and felt right at home with her. I think you will too. Please pull up a chair and join the conversation. Q&A with author of Lilies in Moonlight ALLISON PITTMAN   1)      When did you first start writing, and what was your journey towards becoming a published author? My first novel, Ten…

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It’s Release Day for “When Sparrows Fall”

“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,” said Toni Morrison. So I did.  As of today, my debut novel is officially out there in the world, in bookstores and online.  Its name is When Sparrows Fall. Book, meet world.  World, meet book.  I hope you’ll get along,…

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Marlo Schalesky: Regret and the Birth of Shades of Morning

Today I’m honored to feature a guest post from author Marlo Schalesky, whose novel Shades of Morning was named a Rita finalist in March.  Here’s Marlo: It happened on an ordinary Sunday morning at church.  I went not expecting to see anything different, or special, or extraordinary.  But God had other plans.  And so did Andy. In the middle of…

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Book-launch news & the RT review of When Sparrows Fall

Thanks to the wonderful Elizabeth Ludwig for posting an interview with me on The Borrowed Book.  Leave a comment there if you’d like to enter a drawing for a copy of When Sparrows Fall.  (Of course I hope you’ll leave comments here too, but Elizabeth will draw a name from her commenters, not from mine.) And guess what?  RT Book…

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My first-ever book giveaway!

This will be short.  I promise.  I have a guest post up at Christy LaShea Smith’s blog today, and we’re giving away a copy of When Sparrows Fall.  Christy will pick a winner from her commenters.  Thank you, Christy!

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Can of worms: gender roles and abuse

I might be opening a big can of worms here, but I can’t help myself. I subscribe to Paul Wilkinson’s blog,  “Thinking Out Loud,” because I’m interested in how churches function and how they sometimes become dysfunctional.  Paul posts regularly and intelligently about theology, church, and worship, to name a few of his subjects. Paul has written about a book…

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A sneak peek at Sparrows

Not so very long ago, I was still arguing with myself about how to write this crazy novel about extremist homeschoolers and the literature prof who shakes up their lives.  The time for arguing with myself is over.  The story is out of my hands and in the hands of advance readers like Cindy Kunsman.  At her blog, Under Much…

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