Once upon a time, a shy homeschooled teen in rural northwest New Mexico eagerly anticipated the arrival of the rural bookmobile each month. She devoured most of the books in their several shelves of Christian fiction, but her favorite series became the Red River of the North historical novels by Lauraine Snelling. She fell […]
Trusting God’s Timing: A Novel’s Journey (Guest Post and Giveaway with Lori Benton!)
You may remember me mentioning Lori Benton and the depth and detail of her award-winning historical novels in the past–I’ve been blessed indeed by both her writing and her friendship. Lori’s novels always strike me deeply with both her sensitivity in handling intercultural history and relationships, and the redemptive power in her stories. Her upcoming […]Book Giveaway, Lori Benton
The Color of Life: A Journey toward Love and Racial Justice
This winter, I’ve had the privilege of being on the launch team of Cara Meredith’s debut memoir, The Color of Life. Cara and I belong to the same literary agency, and I’ve followed and admired her work since first hearing her as a guest on one of Barb Neal Roose’s podcasts (which are wonderful—check […]Cara Meredith, James Meredith, racial reconciliation, The Color of Life
Giveaway and Guest Blog with Kathleen Maher!
Today I’m delighted to host a new writer friend, Kathleen Maher! We have connected through being regular contributors on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog, as well as a common interest in Native American history and racial reconciliation, which all weave into our stories. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as […]Abolitionists, Books, Giveaway, Guest blog, Iroquois, Kathleen Maher
3 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month—All Year Long
Well, it’s the last day of February—the month we take to especially honor and celebrate the heritage and history of African Americans. In the past I’ve written about why to celebrate Black History Month, and some ideas for how. My favorite article for this month remains one written a few years ago by my dear […]Black History Month, Hidden Figures, Sandra Barnes
How I Thought I Didn’t Want to Be a Teacher (And Why I’m Glad I Was Wrong)
Sometimes my students ask me if I always wanted to be a teacher. “I think I did,” I say. “But I didn’t realize it.” Many times in my six years of working in the Writing Center at our local community college as a tutor and TA, different English professors would ask me if I […]Getting to Know You, Little House on the Prairie, Teaching
Our God Who Knows: Blog Tour and Giveaway with Author Debbie Lynne Costello!
Today I’m excited to host historical author Debbie Lynne Costello here on my blog! It’s been a blessing to get to know Debbie a bit as she has welcomed me as a new blogger on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog, of which she is a hostess. In addition to sharing some of her personal […]Blog Tour, Book Giveaway, Debbie Lynne Costello, Sword of the Matchmaker
Inauspicious Moments Leading to Land of My Dreams: Visit and Contest with Author Norma Gail!
Today I’m excited to have writer friend Norma Gail visit my blog! You may remember Norma from her first visit here when her beautiful contemporary romance, Land of My Dreams, first debuted. This spring her novel is “turning three,” and in celebration Norma is hosting a special contest and giveaway. See below for details, […]Contest, Giveaway, Land of My Dreams, Norma Gail, Scotland
And our Winner Is…
Thank you so much to all who participated in our 28 First Kisses Giveaway this past week! Today I’m delighted to announce that our randomly chosen happy winner is…Kristy! Congratulations, Kristy! We hope you deeply enjoy this delightful novel. Thanks again for joining the conversation, everyone! I hope you will still take a […]28 First Kisses, Book Giveaway
Can You Have 28 First Kisses? Interview and Book Giveaway with Sandra Barnes!
I have a special treat for you this Valentine’s Day week: a delightfully romantic book giveaway! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have seen me mention my amazing friend, critique partner—and wonderful YA novelist—Sandra Barnes. Today I want to introduce her to you again, along with her newest […]28 First Kisses, Book Giveaway, Sandra Barnes, Valentine's Day