It’s been awhile

As I prepared to publish this novella, I felt very rusty. And then I realized why. The last book I published was All the Way My Savior Leads back in MAY! That is a long time for me in recent years. It’s good to be back in the publishing realm again.

My current book was inspired by a couple of minor characters who first showed up in Lily of the Valley. It was first published in an anthology I was part of entitled Where the Light May Lead. I have since updated and edited it. A few things are different, but not many. And all the changes were made after I started writing He Hideth My Soul (Orphans of the West #3)

And now here we are. I am excited to present this novella. It was fun to write and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Of course, as with all of my blog tours, there is a giveaway, so make sure you scroll through and enter it. I’m also including an exclusive excerpt you won’t want to miss. But first, here’s a little bit about the book.

About the Book

Trusting God is hard

Eleanor Miller has never lacked for anything, but she wanted to become a schoolteacher anyway to instill the love of learning into other children. Unlike what happened with her brother, Grover.

Grover hated school and authority. He rebelled any change he could. When he almost killed a man, their family was torn apart and he was disowned.

Eleanor understands her father’s decision, but she worries she will never see Grover again. Will she find out how sweet it is to trust Jesus in everything no matter what happens or will she stop trusting Him completely?

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Have a Fruitful New Year!

 

Last Sunday, December 31, Pastor Stephen preached a sermon entitled, Have a Fruitful New Year. It was the perfect sermon. The sermon was based on John 15:1-8 and talked about abiding in Christ so we can bear fruit for Him. After the news we got the Thursday before, I needed to hear it.

Here are some of my favorite points from the sermon, summarized by me.

There are two different kinds of people. Those who bear no fruit and those who do bear fruit. Continue reading

Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance

I’m always amazed by how God often provides the teachings you need before you need them.This blog post connects many things that have happened the last four months of 2017 with what I have learned through Bible Study and from two sermons our pastor preached. This will be a long two-post blog series full of many difficult things, but in the end, and intermingled through it all, is peace that only God could provide. Continue reading

The Honeymoon

Hi! I’m back! I made it through the wedding, married my beloved, disappeared from the internet world (mostly) for about 2 weeks, and now I’m back. And still not online much because I have a house to put together. But I took today off of house work for the most part. So here I am to post a bit about my honeymoon. And yes that is coming before the wedding pictures because I don’t have those yet. You can get those pictures later.

I’ll give a few more details as we get to the pictures, but for now, a summary. We took three days to drive out to Montana starting in Wisconsin, going through Minnesota, North Dakota, and finally getting to Montana where our final destination was in Great Falls. We never saw any wildfires, although they did prevent us from going to Glacier National Park as well as Yellowstone. We stayed in Great Falls for three days before making our way slowly back via Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, seeing a few people in Minnesota, Niagara Cave, and Wisconsin Dells.

From North Dakota Plains…

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July Goals (and an exciting announcement!)

Monthly Goals

Can you believe another month is here? I know I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I wrote up my goals for June. A lot has happened, and I’m not just saying that tritely. A LOT has happened. In fact, it was something life-changing. Continue reading

When the Writing Gets Tough…

…the tough get writing.

That’s the way the saying goes, isn’t it? Okay, maybe not, but it still applies in my mind. Some people think writers have the easiest job in the world. They get to do something they love with little to no effort and just publish books and make some money.

*insert annoying wrong buzzer from random game show*

Nothing could be further from the truth. Well, maybe I shouldn’t go that far, but a career in writing, or even a side job in writing, isn’t a bed of roses. Unless those roses still have the thorns on them. Continue reading

1 Writing Tool

Today is the hardest of the bunch. I can only share one writing tool. ONE?

#1 Writing Tool

Day 3The tool I have found most useful of late is the WriteMind Planner. You can see a full review of it here.

Some of the things I find most useful about the planner are:

  • One, localized place for all my notes
  • Easily moveable pages (plus it’s fun to freak your family out by tearing a page out of it and putting it back in. Only works once, though)
  • The word count calendar (probably my favorite feature since I’m a bit obsessive about keeping track of my word count)
  • The character sheets have helped me keep my characters straight and consistent throughout the book
  • The scene pages keep my outline steady and I can tailor them to fit the way I do it

There are a few highlights of my favorite writing tool. What is your favorite writing tool?

And an update on the giveaway! There have been so many people entering that we’ve added extra prizes.

Grand Prize:

  • Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus
  • $5.00 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn
  • $30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum
  • Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews

Second Prize:

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

Third Prize:

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card


Quote Trail

If you visit each blog, you will find three words on each and when you put them all together, it creates an entire quote. Once you gather the full quote, you can put it in the correct spot in the giveaway widget for another entry.

Here is my part of today’s quote: to do is

And you can continue on by clicking on the blog button below:

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