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Rejoicing with my friends

The last couple of weeks have been chock-full of good news for some friends of mine. In no particular order…. Amy Wallace’s debut novel, Ransomed Dreams, has been released. It’s an action-packed, suspenseful story of a young woman who lost her family but dares to dream again, with the help of an agent with the F.B.I. Crimes Against Children unit….

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Let the symbols live

I’ve finally figured out where the title of one of my novels came from. I think. A couple of years ago, I churned out a fairly strong first chapter and a mess of a synopsis in six days just so I could enter a contest. I almost didn’t enter this particular contest, sponsored by a particular writing group that wasn’t…

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Playing by the rules or not?

I should be writing Christmas cards. Instead, I’m immersed in one more read-through of the suspense novel I should have sent my agent weeks ago. My friend Suzan just read it and gave me some suggestions that shouldn’t take long to implement. I’m still debating just how real and gritty to make this story. As an unpublished writer, I’ll have…

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Relief Journal is here

I was headed out for a trip to the library when I stopped at the mailbox and found my copy of the first issue of “Relief, A Quarterly Christian Expression.” In other words, a Christian literary journal. I know one of the contributors in this issue, Mike Snyder, who’s brilliant and funny. The treasure in my mailbox was almost enough…

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Good reads for chilly nights

Nights are getting a bit chilly here in Georgia. A good excuse to curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. (Like I need a good excuse, right?) What I’m reading right now: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. I stayed up late reading it last night and woke up this morning with his lovely, literary voice in my…

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Zola and the Art of Motorcycle Noise

“If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” –Emile Zola I liked that quote long before Steven Curtis Chapman sang about it. Although I’m a quiet person, part of me loves to make noise. Maybe that’s why I enjoy my husband’s motorcycles. He loves Hondas. One…

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ACFW 2006

I had a lovely time at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas over the weekend. It’s fun to be around people who have imaginary friends to talk about, or even to talk to. Among fiction writers, muttering under your breath as you walk down the hall, alone, is considered normal behavior. Everybody knows you’re just having an argument…

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Dee & Me

My friend and critique partner Deeanne Gist posted a picture of the two of us on her blog today and shared some kind and completely true words about my husband. Ever since I started writing, Jon has been my encourager, always going the extra mile and shelling out more money so I can follow my dream. He even played chauffeur…

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Best sellers, best givers

My husband and I took a one-day trip on his bike a couple of weeks ago. We stopped at a garage sale just down the road, and I bought a novel by a Famous Christian Author, or F.C.A. Lo, how the mighty have fallen. A best-seller for a quarter. I’ve never read any of this F.C.A.’s books, but I’ve read…

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Deliver Us From Evelyn

With the blessing and permission of the author, here’s the first chapter of Deliver Us From Evelyn by Chris Well. This is his second “quirky crime drama,” as he describes it. I enjoyed his first one, Forgiving Solomon Long, and I’m looking forward to reading this one, too. Published by Harvest House Publishers, it’s available in stores and on Amazon…

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