Hungry for Home’s Christmas Playlist

While my latest release, Hungry for Home, is not a Christmas story, it does take place at Christmastime, and therefore it’s filled with references to popular Christmas music. You’d likely find this music on my hero and heroine’s Christmas playlist, which is always a work-in-progress. What’s on your Christmas playlist?

The Music of Memory Box Secrets

I’m blogging over at Inkspirational Messages today! For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing whether we’re a “little bit country” or “a little bit rock ‘n roll.” I took a different path on this topic by sharing what type of music Sheila, my heroine from Memory Box Secrets, prefers. http://inkspirationalmessages.com/musical-memories/ Also, over the Read More

The Soul-Reaching Power of Music

I’m not a cryer–my closest friends and family will confirm this. Friend Nicole Petrino-Salter even referenced me in a blog post this week, and I couldn’t help but chuckle. Apparently, I’ve previously mentioned my “ice queen” status when it comes to emotions. No, I don’t cry at sappy movies. Not even during Marley & Me. Read More

Amazing Grace – Playlist Song #6

MERCY … Merriam-Webster defines mercy as “kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly.” In other words, mercy is an unearned pardon. In Chain of Mercy, my hero Richard Brooks is granted mercy, but rather than grasp its freedom, he rejects it. By refusing to accept it, he lets mercy shackle him. Read More

When God Ran – Chain of Mercy Playlist – Song #5

” …we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15:32 Most of us are familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). The son of a wealthy man takes his inheritance and squanders it on wild Read More

Chain of Mercy Playlist – Song #2

Forgiveness is an underlying theme in Chain of Mercy as each of the main characters struggles with one aspect of it. The hero, Richard Brooks, cannot accept forgiveness. The heroine, Sheila Peterson, doesn’t realize that what she has done requires forgiveness. And a third main character, Meghan Keene, refuses to forgive. Matthew West wrote the Read More

Chain of Mercy Playlist – Song #1

Music has always been a big part of my life, having grown up in a family that has often sung together. My parents would even sing duets when we’d go on day driving trips. Now, I have a daughter who’s a vocal performance major. Music keeps playing on. So, it’s no surprise that each of 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