Chain of Mercy Update

I had the pleasure of talking with Winslet Press‘s very-talented cover designer today (check out a sampling of his other work <here>. I loved his vision for the cover for Chain of Mercy–front and back–and can’t wait to see it. I can’t wait to share it with you! But, until then, I’m waiting … In Read More

Heather’s Little Free Library

Scandinavian Cottage Image used with permission from Little Free Library At a recent ACFW Minnesota Chapter (MN NICE) meeting, one member, Heather Edwards, enthralled the group talking about her Little Free Library journey. (If you’re not familiar with Little Free Library, check out their website: Heather convinced me that I need a Little Free Library Read More

Lucy & Schroeder in Rice Park

I’ve gotta admit, I’m at a loss trying to think up a blog post for today … so since it’s not even a week since Valentine’s Day and since I talked about music this past Tuesday and since snow is still two-feet deep in Minnesota with a forecast of four to eight more inches falling Read More

Story and Music

When I read, the musicality of the prose is vital to my enjoyment of the story. Prose isn’t just words, but it’s cadence, it’s harmony and dissonance, staccato and legato. Stories must crescendo and decrescendo. Some stories fall flat, while others go sharp. Like music, some books are simple, while others are complicated. Some authors Read More

Romantic Reads

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d take a day to give plugs to my friends–co-Inkspirational Messages contributors who write romance. If you’re looking for the perfect romantic read, check out any of the authors and books below. Lorna Seilstad – If you enjoy historical romance with a touch of laughter, you’ll want to Read More

Novel Anticipation, February 2014 – Part 2

I’m very excited about these next four novels, all written by veteran authors, authors with a gift for challenging the reader to think–my favorite type of books! Are any of these on your to-read list? A STILLNESS OF CHIMES by Meg Moseley (Multnomah Books) When Laura Gantt returns to Georgia to handle her late mother’s Read More

Uncomfortable Praise

Since announcing my contract signing with Winslet Press, I’ve been flooded with congratulatory emails, phone calls, notes, hugs, etc. Needless to say, it’s been pretty wonderful. But along the way, a few compliments have made me uncomfortable, not because what they said was bad. No, just the opposite. Their praise *felt* too good, describing me as Read More

Exploring the Twittersphere

***Warning: Commercial Ahead*** Well, I finally broke down and did it: I joined Twitter. Albeit, I did not join without a great deal of groaning and stalling, but I figured now that I actually have a book coming out, it was time to become a Twitter hatchling. So, if you’re already on the Twittersphere or Read More

Novel Anticipation – February 2014, Part 1

Now that football season is officially over, and since the entire country seems to be in a deep freeze, I can’t think of anything better to do than pick up a book. February’s options are eclectic, and that’s just the way I like it. There are too many to talk about today, so you’ll have Read More