Show. Don't Tell

The mantra good writers embrace is this: Show. Don’t tell.

It means that in our writing, we strive not to "tell" what happens in the story, or how our character feels. Instead, we desire to engage the reader’s senses and emotions - thereby giving them an experience through a character.

What would happen if we lived our lives by that mantra?

I grew up during a time when the Jesus People movement was going strong. When Christian bumper stickers, large cross necklaces, and buttons with Christian slogans were the “in” thing. It was also a time when zealous Christians knocked on doors and stood at street corners handing out tracts containing the sinner’s prayer.

I look back on those times and cringe.

Being enthusiastic about your beliefs is never wrong – as long as those beliefs don't harm people.

But, I wonder if the method in which we tried to share our faith and love for God was in the end detrimental to what we wanted to accomplish.

I’ve been a strong believer for years that the way to share God’s love is through relationship with people. Not through preaching or handing them tracts that list spiritual laws.

I sincerely believe that caring about people in the work place, in the community, and even in our own homes is the way to spark a desire in hearts to seek God. Actions do speak louder than words.

If you want to share God with someone in your life . . .

Show. Don’t tell.


Megan DiMaria - Author of Out of Her Hands

I just finished reading Megan DiMaria’s Out of Her Hands. What a delightful book! No wonder the Romantic Times gave it 4 ½ stars.

Just like in real life, the family in this story is comprised of imperfect people. They disagree, disappoint, and frustrate the other members. But they also love each other.

The novel is laced with entertaining humor. But it also holds a deeper message. I related to the main character on so many levels. What woman doesn’t have visions of the mate their child will choose? And like Linda, don’t we all at one time or another want to be able to control what’s going on in our lives, and the lives of those we love? We forget there’s someone else in control who can do a much better job than we can.

Here’s the back cover copy . . .

Linda Revere is losing control. Her grown children are poised to launch into life with exciting choices and endless possibilities. And like all parents, she only wants the best for them. She has been praying for her children’s future spouses since they were very small. Confident that her prayers will be answered, Linda is not prepared for the young woman her son brings home.

In the midst of balancing a challenging job managing an upscale photography studio with her busy home, Linda is trying to help her father-in-law get on with life after he’s widowed. And now her best friend and confidante is moving across the country. How does Linda manage when she realizes it’s all out of her hands?

About Megan

Megan was born and raised in New York State and have since lived in Maine, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, and now lives in Colorado. She graduated with a degree in Communications, and after graduation, worked as a radio and television reporter, freelance writer, editor and marketing professional.

When she’s not tapping out another story on her computer, she loves to spend time with her husband and three adult children in the beautiful Rocky Mountain state of Colorado.

Out of Her Hands
is Megan’s second book. Searching for Spice, her first novel, also received rave reviews.

You can read more about Megan and her books by visiting her web site at

Happy Reading!

Thanking Our Troops

I recently became aware of the Xerox Corporation’s “Let’s Say Thanks” program. It makes it easy for us to thank soldiers who give up so much in order to do what they do.

From the “Lets Say Thanks” website:

“The mission of Let's Say Thanks is to provide a way for individuals across the country to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas. By submitting a message through this site you have the opportunity to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women.

The postcards, depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images, were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country.

All you have to do is click on your favorite design and either select the message that best expresses your sentiment or draft a personal note. The postcards are then printed on the Xerox iGen3® Digital Production Press and mailed in care packages by military support organization

During the holidays, it can become easy for us to take for granted the ability to attend parties, concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

But not everyone has the opportunity to spend Christmas with their families. People in the military are often separated from friends, parents, spouses, and their children.

The other day a Seattle radio host spoke via phone to a woman who’s experiencing separation. Stationed in another country, she won’t see her husband and three children for six months. The youngest child is only two months old, but as difficult as it is to not have the baby with her, the mother still feels strong about serving our country.

It takes only a minute to send a card.

Take that minute today and thank a soldier at


Blessed by the Butterfly Award

My dear friend, Cynthia Ruchti, nominated my blog for the Butterfly Award. Cynthia is an author, a blogger, and the newly elected president of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Cynthia's blog is also a favorite of mine! She shares insight on spiritual life through her delightful sense of humor at

The rules of the Butterfly award are:

1. Put the logo on your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.

3. Nominate 10 other blogs.

4. Add links to those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

I'm pleased to nominate these awesome blogs - in no particular order. This isn't one of the rules, but I’m also going to tell you a little bit about them. See if you can find something that will strike a chord with you!

Rachelle Gardner’s Rants & Ramblings
On life as a literary agent.

Writers gain better understanding of the publishing world as Rachelle shares her life as an agent. She cares about people – published and those aspiring to be published. She talks straight, but with a soft tone.

Annette Irby’s Net’s Notes
Devotions based on daily life experiences.

Cynthia also nominated this blog. Annette is a close friend, author, and critique partner who has encouraged me both spiritually and as a writer.

Annette Irby’s Net’s Book Notes
Author interviews and book reviews.

Annette will help keep you in-the-know on Christian fiction.

Ocieanna Fleiss’s Mommy-O
Encouragement, tips, and fun for moms.

Ocieanna is another good friend and critique partner. Besides being a home schooling mother of four children, she’s also a writer and a freelance editor. Her sense of humor always makes me laugh.

Lisa Harris’s The Heart of Africa
On the life of a missionary mom in Africa.

Not only is she a published author of Christian fiction, Lisa and her husband are missionaries in Africa. She shares snippets and colorful photos of their life in that country.

Nora St. Laurent’s Finding Hope Through Christian Fiction
Book reviews and author interviews.

Nora is a writer who works by day at a book store. She also runs three book clubs. Her author interviews are always fun to read because she doesn’t ask the typical questions.

Michelle Sutton’s Edgy Inspirational Author Blog
Book Reviews, giveaways, and more . . .

Sought out in the publishing industry as a book reviewer, Michelle gives it to you straight on the latest books being released in Christian fiction. She covers all genres and gives many books away to readers of her blog. She’s also a published author, an editor of the Christian Fiction Online magazine, and a friend.

Rachel Hauk
Spiritual lessons through everyday experiences.

An author of contemporary Christian romance and chicklit, Rachel offers variety on her blog, including author interviews and what she’s learning in her own spiritual life. Rachel is a worship leader and the wife of a minister. I’ve had the privilege of singing with her for several years on the worship team at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. She’s a wonderful spiritual leader with a sense of humor.

Susan May Warren’s Scribbles by Susie May
Thoughts on love, writing, and living the great adventure.

Susie is talented author who’s been able to cross genre boundaries. She’s written Christian contemporary romance, chicklit, historical fiction, and suspense. She lives in northern Minnesota and since I lived in that state for fifteen years and grew up in Wisconsin, her blogs about her writing life in the area are especially fun for me to read. She and Rachel Hauk also provide Book Therapy group for writers The writing tips that show up in my email box have been a valuable resource.

Happy Reading!


Thankful for People Like Brenden Foster

Today is Thanksgiving – the day our country sets aside to celebrate family and think about our blessings.

As I write this, most of my food preparation is completed. My husband and I are waiting for our daughters and son-in-laws to join us for a dinner with all the trimmings.

We’ll fill our tummies until we think we can’t eat anymore – and then we’ll find room for one last bite of apple or pumpkin pie.

A fire will blaze in the fireplace while we spend the evening playing games and enjoying each other’s company.

I’ve heard several people say over the past several days that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday because it’s one of the few that isn’t consumed in commercialism. Instead, the focus is on spending time with family and friends. We think about what we “have” instead of what we think we “should have” or “want.”

Today I’m also thinking about a little boy, Brenden Foster. Exactly a week ago today, I wrote about Brenden’s dying wish to feed the homeless.

Last Thursday, here in Western Washington, people from all over took part in the Stuff the Truck food drive in Brenden's honor. Seven semi-truck loads of food and more than $95,000 in cash were donated to benefit Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline – organizations that provide food to those in need.

But, it didn’t stop there. People in other parts of the country from Los Angeles to Ohio to Florida also held their own food drives.

While reports were coming in of how much food was being donated throughout the day, Brenden’s family knew he didn’t have much longer to live.

But Brenden told his grandmother that he was at peace. He also told her that angels had come three times, but he wasn’t ready to go with them. And that when he became an angel, he would continue to do good work.

Brenden died last Friday, after seeing what had been accomplished for the hungry.

Today I’m thankful for my family, friends, home, and job.

I’m also thankful for little boys with big hearts who inspire me to be a better person.


Never Too Young or Too Old to Make a Difference

Brenden Foster is only 11 years old.

Brenden is dying from leukemia and doesn’t have much longer to live.

And Brenden has inspired thousands across the world to help feed the homeless.

One day he was on his way home from one of his clinic appoints in the Seattle area and saw a large encampment of homeless people.

He wanted to help. “I thought I should just get them something.”

But, he was already too sick to leave his bed, so volunteers passed out 200 homemade sandwiches on his behalf.

"They're probably starving, so give them a chance," he said.

Through the media, people have heard about his desire all the way to Saudi Arabia. He’s received wishes, encouragement, and prayers from all over.

And Brenden wonders, "Why at so young an age? I could have done more. But if it has to be now, it has to be now.”

People are losing jobs. Or scared of losing their job. Last night’s news report told how the number of Thanksgiving dinners that need to be provided for people this year has grown by astronomical numbers compared to what was provided only a year ago.

Because he’s touched the hearts of people, they’ve done what they could to help make his wish to feed the homeless come true. One woman told him that 20,000 cans of food were collected and donated to a local food bank in his honor.

Why have people chosen to be generous during a time when many are struggling to survive financially?

The answer is so clear . . .

Because even though he’s dying, Brenden is more concerned about other people than himself. His attitude toward life puts things into perspective and teaches an important lesson.

It’s not all about “us.”

His unselfishness is a reminder that we’re not here on earth to serve ourselves. It doesn’t matter how young we are – or how old we are. We all still have the capability—and the need to reach out to others. We all have a purpose.

Is there someone you could help today?


Climbing Challenges and the Buddy System

Are you a climber?

If given a choice, do you take the elevator or the stairs?

Like many people, I have a job where I sit in front of a computer all day. Then I return home to either sit in my home office and write, or in front of the TV with my laptop so I can catch up on e-mail.

All that inactivity isn’t healthy, but it’s often difficult to work-out when we’re tired and feeling various responsibilities pressing in on us.

My oldest daughter and I work for the same company and department. Last Monday we decided, along with another coworker, to become stair buddies. Twice a day we hike down to the lowest parking garage and then climb nine flights of stairs to the fifth floor where our office is located. While I catch my breath, the other two twenty- somethings run up and down several additional floors.

It’s a great workout - combining cardio and weight training – and we feel exhilarated when finished.

I'll admit, the last several flights of stairs are difficult to complete. My thighs burn and my breathing becomes labored. My hope is that it will soon get easier and I’ll be able to hike up to the seventh floor without huffing and puffing.

Even as much as we mentally want to climb those stairs, we’ve admitted that we wouldn’t continue to be disciplined or motivated without our buddies. Without encouragement, it would be easy to quit. Because it’s hard. And because it hurts.

Sometimes we face situations in our lives where it feels like we’re climbing not just stairs, but mountains. The next level may appear insurmountable. We may become weary and tired of pain. And we may want to just give up.

That’s when we need our friends – our climbing buddies – to come along beside us with encouragement. Reassuring us that we can make it if we just keep going.

I have buddies like that. Friends who stay with me during a rough time and then celebrate wiht me when I reach the peak of a personal mountain. Do you?

God is also with us, whispering in our ear, “You can do it. I’m here. I’ll help you.” Do you hear Him?

If we’re open to it, God will use us to physically represent Him to someone who is facing a tough climb. Do you know someone who could use a climbing buddy today? Will that be you?


What do You Have to Lose by Trying?

Yesterday, while listening to the radio during my morning commute, a thirty-seven year old woman called in and shared an inspiring story.

As a child, an accident caused her to lose all the fingers on one hand. At the hospital, three surgeons told her mother there was nothing that could be done. A fourth surgeon became aware of the situation just as he was leaving to go home for the day. He approached her mother and said he was willing to attempt the surgery necessary to reattach the fingers to the girl’s hand.

His words were, “What do we have to lose by trying?”

The surgery was successful, and today the woman has full feeling and movement in her hand.

The doctor died several years ago, but recently, the woman felt compelled to call his wife and ask if she knew what he had done for a little girl that day. The man had never spoken about it, as he usually kept quiet about his work.

The doctor didn't perform the surgery out of desire to elevate himself. He just wanted to help. And because of being willing to try, he changed a little girl’s life. In more ways than one. Not only does she have a normal, functioning hand, the woman learned something she’ll never forget. Don’t be afraid to try something out of fear that you might fail.

Are you holding back from anything?

What do you have to lose by trying?


Judging People by Their Appearance

Are you tempted to treat people differently because of how they look?

Do you think most people are?

I’ve watched TV documentaries and talk shows where discussions focused on people being treated differently because of weight or ethnic background. To have my daughter actually experience a change in how people perceive her because of appearance has made the behavior a reality in my own backyard.

Ana gave me permission to share her story . . .

“Of course I’ve been blonde my entire life, so when I made the decision to change my hair color to brunette, I had absolutely no idea that the way I would be treated by people (especially men) would more different than I could ever anticipate.

As a blonde growing up, I was always known as the bright-eyed, energetic "cheerleader" by my friends. Men would always do the once over and give me the look . . . you know that look . . . like they want to eat you for dinner. Haha . . . But I never really realized it, because it was just what I was used to. When we went out to socialize, I was used to having guys approach my friends and me . . . but it always seemed that they didn't want to have an actual conversation . . . they just wanted to have the attention and see if they could go away with one of our numbers. Our personalities didn't really matter. It was definitely the "I-want-to-take-you-home approach" . . . and by that, I don't mean the take-you-home-to-mom kind of way.

After I finished college and started my career, I quickly realized that being a young and pretty woman could be used to my advantage. But at times it was also a disadvantage. With my blonde hair, I was never taken seriously. As an event planner, I was able to communicate to people in a way that would help them understand why things could or couldn’t be done. People would often say, "Wow . . . you really do know what you’re taking about!" I’d share my education background and they’d seem surprised.

When I went brunette, I noticed a dramatic change in the way that I was treated. My clients would listen to what I was saying and would not question me in the least. They seemed to have more confidence in me and believed that I would take care of them throughout their entire planning process.

While I’m still often approached, I see a huge difference in the way guys look at me and respond to what I am saying. They seem to take me more seriously and they show a lot more respect.

I don't look completely different . . . I mean, after all . . . it’s just my hair color. A guy I formerly dated even approached me at the gym and told me that I looked much more sophisticated with my hair dark.

It’s been fun to see people's reactions as well. A lot of guys have complimented the change . . . all the more reason for me to believe the men like the blondes for "dating" but take brunettes more seriously when it comes to relationships, as well as careers.”

I found Ana’s experience fascinating, especially during a time when I’m writing a novel about two people who are struggling with how the world perceives them.

I’m so thankful that God doesn’t look at our outward appearance.

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7


It's Not About Me by Michelle Sutton

I’m thrilled to have Michelle Sutton as a guest on my blog this week. Her debut novel, It’s Not About Me, has been awarded 4 stars by Romantic Times!

Michelle is one of the first friends I made in the writing/publishing world. We met almost five years ago through American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and worked as critique partners for several years. I've learned a great deal from her.

Michelle is a prolific writer with a passion for telling real stories that don’t minimize the hard stuff in life. Her characters are real people who struggle with sexuality, abuse, addiction, and self-worth - you name it, she’s not afraid to write about it. Her background as a social worker gives her much to draw upon. No wonder she’s known as the “Edgy Inspirational Author.” Through story, Michelle shares how new life can come from a relationship with Christ.

I have a few questions for her, but first let me tell you about the young adult (YA) novel, It’s Not About Me.

Annie has it all. She’s attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. The focus of her life is to please everyone and not make any waves. Her reputation means everything to her.

But one night Annie’s safe world is shattered. As she fights to put the pieces of her broken life back together, against her will she is caught in a war between two brothers, both of whom claim to have her best interests at heart.

Who will Annie choose? And will she finally come to know the One whose love will never fail, even in her darkest hour? Will she learn the truth about life – that it’s not about “me”?

It’s Not About Me is not a fluffy novel. In this touching story, the characters learn to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Readers will embrace Annie, Tony, and Dan with open arms as they join them on a journey of twists and turns.

Questions for Michelle . . .

You tackle some difficult topics in this book. What's the most important thing you want readers to take away?

What real faith and real love is. So many people accept far less and it's a shame, but they don't know that there is anything better than what they know. I pray they see that there is through my story.

There’s been a lot of buzz about It’s Not About Me. You’ve received wonderful reviews and endorsements. Have you received any feedback from general readers?

Lots of feedback from people I don't know and so far it has all been very positive. And encouraging. I guess people want to read about real issues in fiction.

You’re known as the Edgy Inspirational Author. How do you define edgy and why is it important to you to write edgy fiction?

For me it means telling it like it is. No sugar coating, but honest, gut-wrenching true-to-live pain and issues. I think with great tragedy comes great faith and I hope to show that in a realistic manner. My goal is to present temptation and consequences as they really are so that people can learn vicariously through the fictional character and hopefully avoid doing those same things.

You’re a wife, mother, social worker, book reviewer, and editor for an online magazine. How do you find time to write?

That is a FAQ (frequently asked question) and the truth is that I do it when I can. I don't watch television and just plan/structure my time to make the most of every minute.

Thanks, Michelle!

Michelle works hard at her writing, but she also supports and promotes other writers. She’s developed a great reputation as a book reviewer within the industry. You can read her reviews at www. . She’s created a network for readers and writers of Christian fiction found at . More recently, she became an editor and helped to launch the new Christian Fiction Online Magazine found at .

She lives in Arizona with her husband of more than eighteen years and her two teenage sons. You can read more about Michelle at

Where the Heart Leads by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Regardless of whether you normally seek out historical romance or not, I recommend you read, Where the Heart Leads, by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

Where the Heart Leads is an engaging story about Thomas Ollenberger, a young man torn between his Mennonite roots on the Kansas prairie and his love for the big city of Boston. Thomas also struggles with his feelings for two women. Two women who are so different, the only thing they have in common is their love for him.

Even though this novel is set in 1904, it still resonates with what people experience today. We all must decide on a daily basis what path we choose. Do we let ourselves be drawn to what looks like the ultimate path to happiness? Or do we seek God for His direction and His timing?

And sometimes, when we think we have it all figured out . . . God surprises us.

I have to admit—this book was not satisfying for me—but only because I was not ready to see the story end! I wanted to continue the journey I’d begun with the characters. Where the Heart Leads is the sequel to Kim’s novel, Waiting for Summer’s Return, another favorite of mine. Both also work well as stand-alone novels. You don’t HAVE to read one to enjoy the other, but I encourage you to read both.

I met Kim four years ago at my first American Christian Writer’s Conference. I would describe her as lovely, gentle, and humble. It’s been fun for me to see her career take off and grow. After reading this novel, I had a few questions for her.

What draws you to writing stories about Mennonites?

Since I have a Mennonite background (I was raised Mennonite Brethren), I feel as though I'm writing about my own family history when I pen stories including the Mennonites. That makes it personal. I am proud of my Mennonite heritage--they are faithful people who endured persecution for staying true to their faith. It pleases me to honor that heritage through story.

What do you want readers to take away from reading this novel?

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for every life. When we seek Him and follow His plan, we find joy and contentment. Sometimes we stubborn humans run in directions of our own choosing, and while we might enjoy temporary pleasure in that venture, lasting fulfillment only comes when we are in the center of His will.

I became attached to the characters in this story – especially Belinda. Are there plans for any sequels?

As much as I would enjoy writing another story about these characters (wouldn't it be fun to see what Abby, Gussie, and Little Lena do with their lives?) I doubt there will be a third story. I am contracted to write stand-alones. Thomas's story was very different from the first one--and wasn't really dependent on the first one--so it worked. However, a third book would denote a "series," so that probably won't happen. But thanks for getting attached enough to the characters to want their story to continue!

Thanks, Kim, for answering my questions.

Kim’s Bio

Kim Vogel Sawyer is fond of C words like children, cats, and chocolate. She is the author of eleven novels. She’s active in her church, where she teaches adult Sunday School and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

You can find out more about Kim and her novels by visiting her website at

Laughter is a Gift

Laughter is a wonderful gift.

A small child’s giggle can put a smile on your face.

A deep, stomach-contracting laugh can make your sides ache and bring you to tears – yet make you feel so good, you forget the day’s troubles.

Laughter can contribute to your mental and physical health. It can bring you closer to those around you. And it can just plain make the world a brighter place.

I choose friends who have a sense of humor. They not only laugh with me, they also help me to laugh at myself. It’s good not to take ourselves or life too seriously.

Yep, God sure knew what He was doing when He shared laughter with us.

Have you ever wondered what it will be like to hear Him laugh?

Will it be a Santa Claus-like belly ho-ho kind of laugh?
Will it sound musical? Magical?

My guess is that it will sound warmly familiar—yet like nothing we’ve every heard before. And it will fill us with such joy, we won’t be able to help but join in.

This week—laugh.
As much as you can.
And don’t forget. God has a sense of humor, too.


To get started, read the funny bloopers that were either published in church bulletins or announced in church services. I can almost guarantee that they’ll put a smile on your face.

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.
Please use the large double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours".

Trying to Live in Two Worlds

I came home from the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference exhausted, but also inspired to dive back into writing my current novel. Not only are the workshops helpful, but being surrounded by hundreds of people who have the same passion for the written word is always energizing.

After immersion in a creative culture, it was difficult to return to a day job where I needed to switch over and use my left brain. I’m employed by a company who expects me to focus on logical thinking and analysis.

This past week it became even more apparent that in some ways I live in two worlds. The effort it takes to move between them can be draining. The photo I included in this week’s post is titled, “Strange Worlds.” Though I don’t live in a science fiction story, the picture is an illustration of what it felt like to be back at my job. Out there! It was a struggle to concentrate on my work. Thank goodness, several days later I was back in the swing of things.

But what I experienced made me wonder…

How often do we try to live in two separate worlds when it comes to our personal or spiritual lives?

A woman puts on a happy face in front of her friends, unwilling to let them know that her home life is miserable.

An employee teaches his children that stealing is wrong, but at the request of his employer is willing to manipulate the company’s books.

A man purchases a new car in order to look successful and then fights depression because of how close he is to filing bankruptcy.

The youth director secretly lives with her boyfriend, but tells the teenagers in the church youth group not to have premarital sex.

A young man parties on Friday night until he can’t remember what he did or who he slept with and then shows up at church on Sunday morning to lead worship.

These scenarios are all fictional. But they’re also close to reality.

Too often we lie to other people - and to ourselves – as to what’s really going on in our lives. We put up fronts in order to hide from…what?

It takes a toll on us—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—to try and live in two worlds at the same time. It sucks the energy from us.

For now I need to live in two professional worlds. But I only want to live in one when it comes to my personal and spiritual life. I want to be who God created me to be regardless of what I'm doing, where I am, or who I’m with.

How about you?


Heading to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

I’m getting ready to attend the (ACFW) American Christian Fiction Writers conference. This year it's being held from September 18th - 21st in Minneapolis. Over 500 writers, editors, and agents will attend. This is my fourth year and it feels like I’m going back for old home week. I’ve made great friends from across the country and it will be wonderful to see them.

I lived in the Minneapolis area for fifteen years and a bonus is that with going a day early, I have the opportunity to hook up with a few friends I haven’t seen in a long time. I’m excited to have the chance to sit down with them and catch up without relying on email.

Our key note speaker for the conference is Angela Hunt. I love her work and am excited to hear her speak. Angela is the best-selling author of The Tale of Three Trees, The Debt, The Note, and The Nativity Story, with over three million copies of her books sold worldwide. My favorite is Uncharted.

This year an off-site public book signing has been added that will outshine any book signing imaginable. Below are the details. So, if you live in the Minneapolis area – or are within driving distance – this is something you don’t want to miss!

Public Book Signing

Mall of America

Saturday, September 20th

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

ACFW has been working with local bookstores, book clubs, and media to spread the word about this event. Approximately 100 authors are participating.

The book signing will be located in the main rotunda of the Mall of America, down a hallway, and in the Sears Rotunda. Barnes & Noble is located next to the main rotunda and will have books of participating authors available for sale.

I’ll fill you in on my conference adventure when I return, and hopefully will be able to share some fun pics.

Have a great week!

Paragliding, A Leap of Faith

Despite what some people believe, we do experience sunshine in Seattle. On such days, I’m blessed with an awesome display while driving through the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

As I follow the road, I watch the paragliders from the Seattle Paragliding organization sail in the sky above me. They take off from an area called Tiger Mountain, where the location is high enough to catch warm air currents. When they’re ready to land, they maneuver their way down to a small field below.

Their colorful and graceful aerial dance is a spectacular sight.

I’ve been to the top of Tiger Mountain where the paragliders
lift off. It’s a long ways up . . . and just as far coming down. Every flight is a leap of faith. They must first trust the wind to lift them high enough into the air. And then they must trust their equipment to function properly, enabling them to float safely to the ground, instead of plummeting into the thick evergreens below.

But, once they’re up . . . they’re given a spectacular view and a terrific sense of freedom.

It isn’t much different than situations we experience in our relationship with God.

Don’t we also sometimes need to take that scary step off safe ground and trust that He’ll not fail us?

If we leap with faith—just like a paraglider—we too may find ourselves soaring with freedom and joy.


Suspicious Minds by Author Christy Barritt

I recently finished reading the second book in Christy Barritt’s Squeaky Clean Mystery Series, Suspicious Minds. What fun! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

Hazardous Duty, the first book in the series, introduced readers to crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire. In Suspicious Minds, Gabby takes on a job doing mold remediation in order to pay the bills. On her first day, she discovers a dead Elvis impersonator in the crawlspace under the house. Of course Gabby can’t resist trying to solve the murder. After all, she’s studying to be a forensic scientist. In the meantime her would-be rival, Chad Davis, turns on the charm. There’s also an ex-boyfriend and a current boyfriend in the mix to complicate Gabby’s life even more!

Gabby is a quick witted, fearless young woman. She’s not perfect, has baggage that she still carries, and struggles with the whole God thing. I’d like to hang out with Gabby and the assortment of quirky friends and people who live in her building.

The story is fast paced with a wonderful blend of humor, mystery, and romance. Christy has also done a wonderful job of weaving in a message that will be sure to touch every reader.

After reading Suspicious Minds, I asked Christy a few questions…

I’m a fan of the TV series, CSI. I’ve also enjoyed the alphabet mystery novel series by Susan Grafton, one being “H” is for Homicide. In Grafton’s books the main character, Kinsey Millhone, is a private investigator. Suspicious Minds is a wonderful blend of the two, but Suspicious Minds also includes the spiritual element. What inspired you to create Gabby’s character?

I was writing an article for a publication and one of the topics they were interested in was crime scene cleaners. Up until that point, I had no idea that crime scene cleaners even existed. I started chewing on the idea of having a protagonist in a mystery novel being a crime scene cleaner. Plus, I loved CSI and thought I could combine that aspect into the novel also. The ideas just grew from there! I can’t explain exactly how Gabby grew. I’ve always loved quirky characters and I love music. Readers can see some of that in Gabby!

How did you research the job of a crime scene cleaner?

I read tons and tons of articles. But the best research I did was sitting down for coffee with a real life crime scene cleaner. He had great stories to tell and answered my endless questions. I’m also friends with one of the medical examiners here in Virginia and she helps me with some of the forensic details. I’m NOT scientifically minded, at all, so I tried to be careful and make sure I got all of my details correct!

What would you like readers to take away from reading Suspicious Minds?

Number one, I want them to be entertained! I don’t write that to sound shallow, but isn’t that what every good story does? It draws people from their current world into someone else’s life, if just for a moment. But I also wanted people to reflect on the issues of loneliness and isolation. I feel like these two issues are only going to become more serious in the coming years, as technology makes it easier and easier for us to never really interact with people. People are even going to church online now! That’s just crazy to me. I know that loneliness is something I’ve dealt with myself as a writer. But as Christians—and as humans, for that matter—being around other people is so important. I hope the book makes people reexamine their own lives in that way.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Gabby and her friends. When can we look for the next book in the series to come out?

I wish I had a definite date to give you! I’m working on the book right now. It’s tentatively titled Organized Grime and I’m having a blast writing it. The mystery revolves around Gabby’s best friend, Sierra, who gets caught up in the wrong crowd. Things get pretty bad for her, especially when the FBI gets involved. I’m hoping to have a date for the book’s release from my publisher this fall. I’ll keep you updated!

Thanks, Christy!

Christy Barritt is the author of several books. She’s also a frequent speaker and freelance writer whose byline has appeared on hundreds of articles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and psychology from Cincinnati Christian University. She lives with her husband and son in Virginia.

To learn more about Christy Barritt and her work, please visit her website at
Have fun reading!

Why Do Writers Write?

Why do writers write?

Is it for fame?
Very few become “known.”

Is it for wealth?
Unless you’re J.K Rowling, Stephen King, or the newly acclaimed author of the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer – you’ll probably never make a fortune. Most writers hold down other jobs in order to supplement their income.

Is it because of a deep-seeded need to leave a legacy? Possibly.

Then why?

After all . . . writers spend countless hours at their computers pouring out their stories, their thoughts, and their hearts . . . only to be often told their article or novel isn’t good enough, not marketable, or any number of reasons why the editor can’t or won’t publish the work.

Some deal with friends and family not understanding why they’d put so much time into a “hobby, or so much effort into something that doesn’t yield immediate financial rewards.

Ask any writer and they’ll tell you why.

It’s because we can’t not write.

It’s in our blood, our genetic make-up . . . our spiritual DNA.

I like how Diane Fromme - a writer in Fort Collins, Colorado - put it when she wrote a slogan for a bumper sticker.

Writer: One who brings life to words and words to life.

Why do writers write?

The truth is . . . deep down we have a desire to make a difference. We believe that if our stories – our words – can bring even one person to be:




brought to laughter

provoked to think about life and people differently

or given a reprieve from the day’s struggles

then we’ve done our job.

We’ve used our God-given gift and done what we’re called to do.

That’s why a writer writes.


Road Construction Ahead

Road construction here.
Road construction there.
Road construction everywhere!

It’s summer. And summer brings with it even slower traffic, torn up pavement, and the need to maneuver around orange barrels.

It seems to be worse this year. No matter which road I take to work, I’m forced to pay attention to signs telling me to stop, drive slowly, or take a detour.

I try not to become frustrated, but there are days when it’s very difficult not to arrive at my destination weary of the hassle.

One day I actually had to use my cell phone to reschedule an appointment – twice – because I was delayed by two hours!

Okay, maybe that’s the exception.

But, it seems to take forever to complete improvements to our roads and highways. In the meantime, we plod along.

Instead of grumbling, I know that I should focus on the end result, which will help make travel – and my life – more pleasant.

Like road construction, most things that are beneficial come from hard work and sacrifice. They also take time to come to fruition.

You can’t obtain a college education within a week.

You can’t lose ten pounds without sacrificing favorite foods and sticking to exercise, regardless of how much you’d like to.

You can’t find your dream job without exerting time and energy into preparing yourself, and then actually applying for that position.

If you have somewhere you want to go in life, think about road construction.

The road may be bumpy and it may take you a long time to arrive, but hang in there.

The end of the journey will be worth it.


Fire Rainbow

Isn’t this photo amazing!

On June 3, 2006, these clouds hung for about an hour across a several-hundred mile area of sky above northern Idaho (near the Washington border).

I'd never heard of fire rainbows before receiving an email this week that included the above photo. So, I did a little research...

Fire rainbows are the rarest of all occurring atmospheric phenomenon. They appear when the sun is higher than 58 degrees above the horizon and light passes through high altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal plate crystals.

Sunlight enters the crystal’s vertical side faces and leaves through the bottom faces refracted, as it would through a prism. The light is separated into a rainbow of color.

An awesome display appears in the sky!

I believe God uses creation to share His glory and greatness.

I believe nature’s beauty is given out of love and is a reminder that God is always with us.

I believe the strength of an ocean wave, the wind of a thunderstorm, and a blizzard leaving people housebound, remind us that we don’t have to worry about being in control—because He is.

It’s easy to get distracted and miss God revealing Himself at every turn.

How often do you push through our day without thinking for a nanosecond about what’s around you?

The next time you start to feel down, discouraged, or hopeless...


And remember the fire rainbow…


Bridge Over Troubled Water

Music is one way my spirit connects with God. My soul is fed through combinations of beautiful melodies, passionate rhythms, and heartfelt words.

I sing with one of the bands at my church and am blessed to help lead our congregation in worship. Occasionally we include secular music that fits in with the topic of the day. People who don’t often attend church can sometimes relate better to familiar music.

Today, the message centered on the story of Moses. As a baby, Moses was placed in a basket and set adrift in the river so he wouldn’t be killed by Pharaoh’s men. God had plans for Moses and protected him. He was rescued from the river and brought up in Pharaoh’s own home. Moses lived, and later as an adult, led the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery.

God repeatedly uses water in our relationship with Him. We’re baptized with water. He flooded the earth with water, but saved faithful Noah and his family. He parted the sea so Moses could lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Jesus walked on water in order to teach the disciples a lesson on faith and trust.

After the morning’s sermon, my band played and sang the popular, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” by Simon and Garfunkel. The music was probably never meant to be “spiritual.” But, read the words…and the next time you hear or sing the lyrics…imagine God singing them to you. It’s awesome!

Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel

When you’re weary, feelin’ small.
When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all;
I’m on your side
Oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down,
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down

When you’re down and out,
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so far, I will comfort you.
I’ll take your part.
Oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around,
Like a bridge over trouble d water, I will lay me down,
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.

Sail on silver girl, sail on by.
Your time has come to shine; all your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine.
Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind,
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind.
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind.

Let God be your bridge over troubled water…


Cracker Jack and the Prize Inside

The other night my husband and I drove into Seattle to watch the Mariners play baseball. The evening was beautiful and we enjoyed the amazing view of Puget Sound from Safeco Field.

I had in tow my favorite kettle corn, but my husband opted for peanuts and Cracker Jacks. How could he not go with the standard fare of die-hard baseballs fans?

The next day, out of curiosity, I googled Cracker Jack. Would you believe there’s an entire website dedicated to this treat? Yep, there is. You’ll find interesting information at .

For instance, according to the website:

Cracker Jack is the world's largest user of toys. More than 23 billion toys have been given out since 1912. Some old Cracker Jack prizes are valued at more than $7,000. And a complete series of original 1915 baseball cards has been valued as high as $60,000.

There are even official organizations focused on Cracker Jack collectables. They have their own newsletters and hold Cracker Jack conventions.

Cracker Jack has remained popular for many years. It was even included in the famous song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Part of the notoriety of the snack has come from including a prize in every bag or box.

While watching the baseball game, my husband opened his bag of Cracker Jack and handed me the prize buried beneath the sweet snack. I sighed. It wasn’t the type of prize I used to find in my youth. Years ago—yes, many years ago—we used to find “real” toys. Objects we could actually play with, or if we were really fortunate, maybe a cool ring.

The prizes of today - small paper puzzles, riddles, or pencil toppers - are disappointing for those of us who remember better times. If you’re really lucky, you might get an imitation baseball card.

As followers of Christ, the opposite is true.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14.

We’ll never be disappointed in the prize that awaits us. And that’s pretty cool…


Are You a Bloom or a Withered Leaf?

I enjoy the many flowers in my yard. But for them to look beautiful, they need to be given tender, loving care.

The hanging baskets are too high for me to reach, so most of the time I attach a wand to the end of the hose in order to water them. It’s hard work hauling the hose from area to area, between the bushes and over brick borders.

Certain jobs require me to climb a ladder—like removing spent flowers and browned leaves in order to promote new blooms. Or pouring water containing Miracle Grow into the dirt so the roots can absorb nutrients needed to maintain health.

I’m convinced neighbors peer out their window and think, “There goes that crazy lady again.”

I must be an odd, but entertaining sight, teetering as I reach for the elusive dried up leaf just out of reach.

You know…it'a a lot like our spiritual life. No kidding!

Plants need H2O in order to survive.
We need Jesus—the Water of Life. He quenches the thirst in our souls.

Plants should be pruned, and dead stuff, removed.
We need to eliminate things from our lives that hinder growth.

Plants require food in order to thrive.
As spiritual creatures, we need God’s word. We also need to be in fellowship with people who will encourage us to live the life we’re called to live—and be all who God desires us to be.

Just as it takes work to help my flowers grow, it also takes effort to grow spiritually. It takes time to read the Bible and other books. It takes time to attend Bible studies, church, or fellowship groups. And time is a pretty precious commodity.

Pretty weird to be compared to vegetation???
I understand.

But, think about it. Wouldn’t you rather be a gorgeous, blooming vine than a twig with only a few dried up leaves?

Remember…it doesn’t take much for a dry leaf to crumble.


Author - Amber Miller

I’m pleased to introduce Amber Miller (Tiffany Stockton) and her debut novel, Promises, Promises.

I attended my first writers’ conference in Nashville four years ago. Tiff was someone who made her presence known by the humor, warmth, and energy she shared with those around her. She’s the kind of person people are drawn to. It’s been exciting for me to see her hard work pay off and I’m thrilled to participate in this week’s blog tour with her.

Read on as Tiff shares more about her books and what’s behind her stories…

Promises, Promises

Has God forsaken Raelene?

What kind of God would take a girl's family and leave her alone in a wild land where women have no voice? When Gustaf Hanssen promises Raelene's dying father that he will take care of her, he finds himself bound to her happiness, her success, and her well-being in ways he never imagined. To keep his word, must Gustaf really oversee all of Raelene's affairs, find her a husband, and maintain her farm, while she does nothing but scorn him? Can God reach through Raelene's pain and self-centeredness and give her the love that awaits, if only she will accept His will?

Ordering link:

And just released this month!

Quills & Promises

Innocence paired with wisdom beyond her years--

With these traits, Elanna Hanssen unwittingly captures the attentions of Major Madison Scott. Her honest desire to understand the war fascinates him, and he resolves to get to know this perspicacious young lady better. When he is called away to fight the French and the Indians, they begin a correspondence, cautiously baring their hearts to one another. Elanna has never known emotions like these before, but she is drawn to the integrity she sees in her major. When a writer for the first newspaper in the colony questions the major's credentials and activities, however, will she allow her heart or her head to rule? Can true love grow over such distance and around such obstacles?

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From Tiff…

Hi, my name is Tiffany Stockton, but I publish under the pen name of Amber Miller, derived from my middle and maiden names. I was published before I got married in July 2007, and my wonderful husband doesn’t mind that I have this alter ego. I’m thrilled to be here on Dawn’s blog and honored at the opportunity to be a guest blogger.

She’s graciously provided some discussion questions, but I hope you’ll indulge me if I stray a little off subject as the inspiration strikes me. You will? Oh, thank you! That means a lot.

So, let’s see. This is day 1 of my 3-week blog tour promoting my very first novel, which released in February of this year. It was shipped to the Heartsong Presents book club and available on their web site, but this month, it will be added to,, Parable, Barnes & Noble and so many other places. That’s why I waited before doing a tour. The live links aren’t available yet, but stick with me throughout this tour, and you’ll learn what they are soon enough.

Book 2 just released on July 1st, to the book club, but we’re here to talk about book 1. The inspiration behind that came about five years ago, when I drove by a house with a historic marker at the edge of the driveway that said, "circa 1740." Wow! If only those walls could speak. What a story they would tell!

That started me on a research journey about the home that revealed not a lot was known or recorded about the actual family who lived there. The home remained in the same family for nearly 200 years before the house and original land was sold at a state auction. So, being the writer that I am, I took a literary license and … made it up!

The ‘what if’ moment came when I tried to develop the story line for the first book. Without a lot of background, I had to rely on the elements I had learned would make a good story. Some excellent advice given to me included the method of taking your character to a point that seems hopeless…and making it worse. So, I asked, "What if a heroine with no siblings also loses her parents, then finds herself as the sole owner of land in a new world where women have no voice, feeling as if God has forsaken her?"

And thus, Promises, Promises was born!

The main character, Raelene Strattford, suffers an awful tragedy at the opening chapter of the book which turns her world upside down. As a result, she becomes angry with God and declares that she doesn’t need Him; that she can make it all by herself. So, she tries.

And fails.

Despite her hurt pride, she realizes she isn’t going to succeed without at least some help. That assistance comes from her neighbor and the man whose pursuit she’d scorned only a year before. As Gustaf Hanssen and Raelene are thrust into a working relationship, yet another wrench is thrown into her plans. Her father’s will states that she must marry by age eighteen or forfeit the family land. Helpless to know how to even begin a search for a suitable husband, she tosses that responsibility into the capable hands of Gustaf.

Raelene reacts out of her pain, though, and the betrayal she feels guides both her conversation and her actions. She is convinced that God wants nothing to do with her and turns her back on everything her parents taught her. I’ve known a lot of people in real life like that. As a result of one tragedy or another, they change their entire behavior and act more like a wounded animal than a beloved person of God.

And from my experience, most people can’t help it. It’s the only way they know how to react or respond to the situation. It takes a steadfast and committed person to open their eyes to the freedom from the pain and hurt before they learn to trust again.

That’s what I tried to show through Raelene and Gustaf’s journey. And from the reader feedback, I’ve succeeded on some levels. Just knowing that this book has touched even one life means a lot to me.

But I didn’t stop there. Not only does Raelene return to her faith in God, she also finds love with Gustaf. It wasn’t easy, though. Because of her father’s will, she was forced to endure attention from a parade of men. Not many possessed the qualities necessary to run a farm let alone be what Raelene needed. And there were times when Raelene didn’t want to continue with the search. She wanted to be done with it, so she almost settled for less than the best.

How many times do we do that in life? Or how often have you seen someone you know or love do that, only to end up more hurt and worse off than when they began? Far too often, we have a limited view of what we need, and we take it upon ourselves to search for that perfect relationship. Like many of us, Raelene thought she knew the type of man she wanted in her life. But God knew better.

In some ways, I can relate to Raelene. I spent my entire decade in my 20’s waiting and hoping for the "right" man to come into my life. There were times when I was tired of waiting and almost settled for something just for the sake of having a relationship. God reminded me, though, that He had a plan for my life. I’m glad I waited too, because I couldn’t imagine being any happier than I am right now. I met the love of my life at a writer’s conference in 2004. One problem—he lived in Colorado! That didn’t deter us, though, and through emails and instant message, we built a friendship. We only saw each other once a year at the conferences. It didn’t take long for our friendship to develop into something more special. In March of 2007, he flew out to visit for 4 days. One week later, we were engaged, and 5 months later, we were married.

So, don’t settle for second-best when you can have the best, if you only wait for the right moments. My husband and I spent a lot of time in our 20’s wondering when or if it would happen. And today, we can both proudly say that we have no previous relationships. We have only our own as our first experience. It’s truly a blessing to know we have no comparisons and no past haunts. We have other issues, as all marriages do, but that one does not exist.

Many know our story, and I’ve had a lot of people ask when I’m going to write our story in a novel. Right now, I’m on other deadlines, but you might see it soon. Who knows? It might end up being a historical, or it could be a contemporary. Whatever it is, I know it’s going to be fun to writer.

In the meantime, I have my 3 novels releasing this year as part of my first series. This first book has lessons in faith, trust, sticking to your promises, being steadfast and loyal, and above all, being patient for God’s best to come.

The other 2 books have a similar theme, but each set of characters deal with other issues as well. In Quills & Promises, which released on July 1st, the hero is engaged in the French and Indian War. While he’s away, the heroine is presented with accusations against a man she’d come to believe as honest and trustworthy. She’s forced to make a choice, and it’s not an easy one.

Choices rarely are.

Book 3 is set during the Revolutionary War, and the heroine encounters a man who is serving both armies. Lies abound on both sides, but this soldier assures her she can trust him. Spying is dishonest, though, and she isn’t sure she can befriend someone who lies for a living. In the end, she too has to make a choice. One could reveal secrets to the wrong side, and the other could put an end to this soldier’s career.

Throughout the series, promises and trust play a big role. Although these are set during the Colonial era, the truths in them can just as well apply today. And while you’re experiencing the consequences of these characters’ actions, you’re also learning a bit of history regarding the foundation of this great country.

So, I hope you’ll pick up a copy to read. Or better yet, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE copy from a drawing of those who comment. I won’t be doing this on all of the blog stops, but there will be a few. Stick with me throughout the tour, and you just might be a winner.

Thanks for dropping by. Hope to see you at other tour locations these next 3 weeks. That’s all for now.

Author Bio

Amber Miller is an author and freelance web site designer who lives with her husband in beautiful Colorado Springs. They don’t have any children yet, but they do have a vivacious puppy named Roxie, who is half Border Collie and half Flat-Haired Retriever.

Amber has sold four books to the Heartsong Presents line of Barbour Publishing with the promise of two more before the end of the year. Other writing credits include several writing articles for various publications, five short stories with Romancing the Christian Heart, and nine contributions to the book, 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage. A born-again Christian since the age of seven, her faith in Christ has often sustained her through difficult experiences. She seeks to share that with others through her writing.

Read more about her at her web site:

Blog Tour Schedule

Shirley Connolly (July month-long feature) -

July 7 - Dawn Kinzer at From Dawn til Dusk, Musings of a Night Owl
July 7 - Margaret Daley (bio)
July 8 - Donna Moore at Write by Faith

July 8 - Kim Woodhouse at God's Grace, Love & Forgiveness

July 9 - Margaret Daley (interview)
July 9 - Amy Riley at The Friendly Book Nook

July 10 - Jenny Blake at Come Meet AusJenny
July 11 - Rose McCauley July 11 - Shauna Sturge at The Coffee Stop
; Long and Short Reviews
July 12 - Carolyn Strawder at Quiet Time with Carolyn

July 14 - Martha Rogers at Martha Writes

July 14-19 - CAN! blog spotlight
July 15 - Leslie Sowell at A Little Bit of Sunlight

July 16 - Novel Journey / Novel Reviews /
July 17 - Eileen Astels at A Christian Romance Writer's Journey

July 17 - Cheryl Wyatt at Squirrel's Treehouse
July 18 - Cara Putman at Cara's Musings
July 18 - Tyora Moody at CB Reviews
July 19 - Stacy Johnson at Vader's Mom
July 21 - CFBA blog tour date (various blogs)
July 21 - Camy Tang at Camy's Loft
July 21 - Jennifer AlLee at Musings on This, That & The Other Thing -
July 21 - Trish Perry (interview)
July 22 - CFBA blog tour date (various blogs)
July 22 - Cindy Woodsmall at the Plain Talk Blog
July 23 - CFBA blog tour date (various blogs)
July 23 - Delia Latham at The Melody Within (review/interview)

July 24 - Margaret Chind at Creative Madness

July 25 - Delia Latham at The Melody Within (guest blogger)

July 25 - Christa Allan at Fictionary

July 26 - Paula Moldenhauer at Grace Reign

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