The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

Research Along the North Shore

One of the great pleasures of being a writer is doing location research. With the advent of the Internet and wonderful tools such as Google Earth, it’s easy to research locales we’ve never visited. Still, there’s nothing like actually being there where you can capture the sounds and scents. The experience becomes tactile rather than Read More

The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

The Invisible Introvert

Lauren ran her finger down the yellowed, curling wallpaper, a final, yet disposable reminder of her deceased mother. Wallpaper was meant to be pasted up and look pretty and generally be ignored, to blend into the background and not be noticed, to have no true value. Just like herself. Always merging into the background with Read More

The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

Give Me A Revelation …

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9 On Monday, I was privileged to be a guest blogger at Julie Saffrin‘s BlessBack page and talked about a topic that’s been niggling me lately: living an obedience-driven life. (Read the post <here>) While I know being obedient is Read More

The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

Introducing Jill Urbach

I’m so excited to welcome debut novelist, Jill Urbach, to my blog today! I *met* Jill about a year ago through my aunt, and since then I’ve witnessed Jill’s fun journey as she traveled from pre-published author to published. Please give her a warm welcome. Hi Jill. Thank you so much for taking time for Read More

The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

Bits ‘n Pieces

I don’t usually blog on Mondays, but there are a few fun tidbits I want to share. *Author Julie Saffrin (BlessBack: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life) invited me to guest post at her blog today where I contemplate the Obedience-Driven Life. I’d love for you to stop by and share your opinion. http://juliesaffrin.com/2013/08/12/the-obedience-driven-life/ *My very Read More

The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

26 Years Together!

Can’t believe it’s been 26 years since Marvin & I said, “I do.”! I’m beyond blessed to have married someone who knows how to bring out my smile; someone who loves Star Trek and roller coasters as much as I do; someone who has helped raise our children to love all things geeky; someone who Read More

The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

August 2013 – Novel Anticipation

The August selection is quite small, but that’s okay. This month I’m helping prep two of my kids for college and my third child for his senior year in high school. My focus is on them. Still, I’m looking forward to reading these three new releases. BURNING SKY: A Novel of the American Frontier (WaterBrook Read More

The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald

The Stay-At-Home-Mom’s Job Hunt

Twenty-one years ago, just days before my daughter was born (she came 13 days early!), I quit my full time job to be a full-time mom. It wasn’t because we were wealthy. Far from it. We just believed our children would benefit the most from me being there full time. I briefly held a part-time Read More