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On I-75 with Levi’s Will

I didn’t know I’d chosen the perfect book to read on this particular road trip with my family: Levi’s Will, by Dale Cramer. Just before we started our 12-hour drive to a wedding in Michigan, I grabbed the book. It’s about an Ohio boy named Will who ran from his Amish family at age 19, wound up in Atlanta with…

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The fiction addiction

The fiction addiction is taking over my house again. For a while, I had everything under control. Books were on shelves, where they belonged, except for two or three that I was reading or re-reading. Then my friend Suzan came over and lent me a stack of good reads. Then I hit a bookstore on Mother’s Day and bought a…

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Feeling like an auntie

I don’t know this from experience yet, but I’ve heard that authors feel like new parents when they hold their newly published books for the first time. They’ve gone through a long pregnancy, but there it is, finally. A baby made of ink on paper. The thoughts of the author’s heart have gone through all the stages of the writing…

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Revisions and Amy’s chocolate

You want to know why I haven’t been blogging lately? Okay, maybe you don’t care but I’ll tell you anyway: Because I’ve been revising like mad. I took a manuscript that was around 70,000 words and added all kinds of good stuff to it. Now it’s at 85,000 words and I’m much, much happier with it. I’m not done yet….

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Scattered

Yesterday was one of those scattered-in-all-directions days. I really wanted to be writing, especially because I’d figured out a major plot change for one of the novels I’m revising and so I wanted to dig into it. Immediately. But it was our night to host a home-group Bible study, so I had to clean the house, never a small task….

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Landon Snow, in time for Christmas

Snow, just in time for Christmas! Landon Snow, that is. This is the coolest new book for kids: Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle by R.K. Mortenson. It has sort of the same feel as Alice in Wonderland except the hero is a boy, and the fantasy world that he steps into possesses a beautiful logic that makes for a…

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The Seven Sevens

I’m it, I’ve been tagged by Deeanne Gist, and it’s my turn to play. Seven things to do before I die 1. Drive the entire coast of California, stopping wherever and whenever I please. 2. Learn how to ride a motorcycle. The real kind, not just a little-bitty dirt bike. 3. Organize about ten thousand photos for my kids. 4….

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Comes a Horseman, and he’s scary

I’m interrupting my usual mindless ramblings with a book recommendation. Yesterday I started reading Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo, a thriller with nice, creepy cover art, and I’m hooked. Set a couple of likable FBI agents on the trail of a killer who dresses like an ancient Norseman and travels in a VW bus with three bloodthirsty wolf-dog hybrids….

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Of Panama, Russia, and Dixie

I indulged in my favorite kind of shopping last Saturday morning. My husband and I strolled down the frosty sidewalk to a garage sale a few doors down. We’ve lived here less than six months and hadn’t met these particular neighbors yet, so it was part social call, part business. Soon another neighbor showed up with a box of books…

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Dark Star Shining

You never know who you’ll meet when you walk into a bookstore. A few months ago, I walked into a local Lifeway store and was accosted by a friendly-looking guy behind a table stacked with books. His name was Creston Mapes, and he was there to promote his first novel, Dark Star, published by Multnomah. Creston happens to live just…

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