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It’s release day for Gone South

Today is the big day! Gone South is in bookstores all over the place. Big thanks to my patient and long-suffering family, my critique partners and friends, my editors and all the wonderful people at Multnomah, and most of all to my readers who light up my life with their willingness to enter the world of my imaginary friends. In…

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“Gone South” is on its way….

A few weeks ago, the UPS driver left a box at the door while I wasn’t home. It was a fun surprise: my first copies of  Gone South.   I love the cover! Thanks to Multnomah’s art department for capturing the protagonist’s impetuous personality as well as the lush green look of northern Alabama.     My favorite details? Tish’s…

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Of writing retreats and tractors

Last week, I spent a few days on a writing retreat in Blue Ridge, Georgia, with two of my friends. We shared the cost of a rented cabin and brought our own easy-fix food, leaving lots of time to plot and write. I’ve wrangled a new story idea into something that vaguely resembles an outline, but I expect it to…

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He helped me see Jesus.

I don’t remember what year it was or exactly why I’d opened a search engine to look for Larry Norman, the musical icon of the Jesus Movement, but I found a lot more than an article about Larry Norman.  I found the guy who’d written the article: Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. The more I browsed Michael’s blog, the more…

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Giveaways (edit: closed) and a podcast with “That Mom”

Congratulations to my friend Karen Campbell on the sixth anniversary of producing podcasts on her blog, “That Mom,” which is a great source of information and encouragement for homeschooling mothers.  She features good recipes on her site, too.  Every one I’ve tried has ended up in my big, messy, three-ring binder where I keep my favorites.  Not that I’m much…

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Moments

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago on a foggy morning in the back yard. I’m not a great photographer, but I have fun with my little camera–especially when the subject matter is something that holds still, like a tree. My photos of moving targets (birds, deer, grandchildren) are often just blurs of motion, destined for the delete…

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Publishing news

First, just because I love him, here’s a picture of Hobbes, one of our elderly kitties.  Now, on to the news. For my friends who are waiting for the release of “A Stillness of Chimes,” I’m afraid you’ll wait a little longer.  My publisher is switching the order of my second and third novels.  (They’re stand-alone stories, unrelated to each…

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What we’ve been up to

In  my usual scattershot approach to blogging, here are a few quick updates. What I’ve been reading lately: Faithful Place by Tana French. A big, messy Irish family has a 22-year-old mystery on their hands. I figured out whodunnit halfway through, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the story.  French’s characters are wonderful and she’s a master of dialogue….

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Retreat, Take 2

Last week I was privileged to be part of a WaterBrook Multnomah authors’ retreat near beautiful Colorado Springs.  From left to right, that’s senior marketing manager Amy Haddock, editor Shannon Marchese, and then the authors: me, Mona Hodgson, Lori Benton, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Joanne Bischoff, Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, and my roomie Katie Ganshert.  I had a wonderful time,…

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2012 Carol nominations

This is the tidy side of my office as it was just after I sent my third novel to my editor.  This is scrupulously neat, compared to the messy side. So, the third novel is in my editor’s hands, and my first one, When Sparrows Fall,  has just been named as a finalist for the 2012 Carol award in the…

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