Review of Gone To Texas

Though there were a few things I didn’t like, I eventually came to care for several of these characters. And as you may know, characters are the most important aspect of a story for me.

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Help me choose!

Help me choose the new covers for my redesign of the “Love is…” series! A contemporary Christian series, the “Love is…” series follows the story of Morgan from her perspective, from dating to engagement, and past marriage into the Happily Ever After that doesn’t end the story in real life.

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First Time 11-Day Launch Strategy & Results

How I made my first launch strategy. Marketing for the beginning author. Before, I just hit publish and blasted my email list and all social media platforms at once, and that was it. This time, I had to exercise a little planning and patience. Here’s my plan for you to copy and tweak as you need.

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How 90 Days Can Change a Man Struggling with Purity

In retrospect, it really wasn't for me or for my son. But I do believe that the content is very helpful--for men who have already struggled and fallen into sexual sins. If this is you, or you know someone who is struggling, you can recommend this 90-day devotional as a great starting tool for men who want to begin again with purity.

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Day 3 of the Quote Challenge

If you've been weary in well-doing, I hope this quote from Summer Lacey will motivate you...

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Day 2 of the Quote Challenge

Today’s quote is one of my favorites from one of my favorite Bible study leaders, Lysa TerKeurst, from her book Unglued, a book about anger management and self-control of emotions that really resonated with me.

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Day 1 of the Quote Challenge

I’ve been tagged for the 3-day quote challenge! Today I have a favorite from Max Lucado, a help against stress and worry and anxiety, from his book Anxious for Nothing.

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The Big Announcement

Contemporary Christian Romance new release, #3 in the “Love is” series by Lila Diller. Love is Patient continues Morgan’s first-person saga of realistic relationships, with small town atmosphere. An easy-to-understand and relaxing story full of faith and fun.

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Review of Monstrous Beauty

I was privileged to be selected as an ARC reader for a new clean romance novel, Monstrous Beauty by Carol E. Keen, a re-telling of the Beauty and Beast tale. Here are my honest opinions

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Create More with this Crafting Bundle

I've been talking mostly about books for a while, because I know you enjoy reading. But many of you also enjoy using your hands to create some kind of craft, too, right? Why do you like crafting? It’s happy, soulful work that helps you unplug, recenter, and restore — and I want to help you do more of it!

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Evolution...of a Cover: Inside a Designer's Mind

Have you ever stopped to think why the cover of that new novel caught your eye? I can pick out those that catch my eye, but I have a lot harder time explaining why. If you've ever wondered the thought process that goes through a cover designer's mind, here is a glimpse.

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Guest Post on Christian Creative Nexus

Please check out the guest blog I wrote for Christian Creative Nexus. It's about what I did when I lost all my work, plus other behind-the-scenes stories for #3 in the "Love is..." series, Love is Patient.

Plus, there's a giveaway!

Amazon Prime Day Ideas for the Christian Reader

Today and tomorrow (July 16 at 3 pm - July 17) is a special sale on Amazon Prime products. I thought I would give you some of the best books I've recommended over the year that I have been blogging. :) These are all books I've read and enjoyed and can testify to their benefits.

Created in  Canva  by Lila Diller.

Created in Canva by Lila Diller.

For those of you who already are Amazon Prime Members:

Clean Fiction:

  1. The Complete Works of Jane Austen

  2. Or, if all 7 novels intimidate you, you can wet your feet with my favorite, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

  3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. The Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke

  5. Quest for Leviathan by Amanda Tero

  6. No Other Will Do (#1 in the Ladies of Harper's Station series) by Karen Witemeyer

Writing Help:

  1. Style: 10 Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams

  2. Elements of Style by Strunk & White

  3. The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne (I haven't read the book, but I've found his excerpts and blog very helpful)

Marriage Help:

  1. Marriage Roots to Fruits by Matt Pavlik

  2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Parenting Help:

  1. The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

Christian Walk Help (Christian nonfiction):

  1. His Word Alone by Summer Lacy

  2. Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

  3. UnInvited by Lysa TerKeurst

  4. Why Her? By Nicki Koziarz

  5. Life Lessons from the Book of Ruth by Susan Elliott (I haven't read this one yet, but I've enjoyed the quotes & excerpts I've seen and want to get this one next.)

Technology & Bible Study Tools for Bible Study Help:

  1. Amazon Echo Dot (2nd gen.)

  2. Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case

  3. Inspire Bible NLT for Bible journaling & coloring

  4. The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English (English, Hebrew, and Greek Edition)

These are all my Amazon Affiliate links. Since my family is going through a tough financial situation, I would appreciate you using the links here to help me receive a small commission (at no added cost to you). Thanks in advance!

For those of you who are not Amazon Prime members:

Here are some bonuses you gain access to with Prime Membership. The first two are well-known and worth it for most people to join, just because of these two. But the rest are lesser-known and yet valuable, in addition.

As always, as an Amazon Affiliate, if you sign up to become a member of Amazon Prime through this post, I will earn a small commission to offset the cost of my author business. I would appreciate your support, and it costs you nothing extra.

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1. Free Shipping

“The benefits start with free shipping for all merchandise, and you don’t have to meet a certain dollar amount to receive this benefit. You just have to be a member.” - Sara at the Holy Mess

2. Movies & TV Shows

As a member, you will be able to access thousands of free videos, movies, and TV shows. You will also have the option of buying movies, too. Need to relax with a good movie or binge-watch a good series? 

3. Music

In addition to movies and videos, you also gain access to free music downloads and streaming. Amazon offers a wide variety of free downloads plus streaming songs on Prime Music. So you always have access to your favorite artists. My husband would binge on TobyMac, if I let him. ;) Who doesn't want more worship music? 

4. Special Credit Cards

“As an Amazon Prime member, you have access to both a Rewards Visa Signature and an Amazon Prime Store Card. These offer special savings that you won’t get with other credit cards. For example, you’ll get five percent back when you use these cards to buy from Amazon and there is no annual fee for either one.” - Sara at the Holy Mess

5. Amazon outlet & warehouse centers

As a member, “you can find a wide variety of overstocked or slightly used items at discounted prices when you shop at the Amazon outlet and warehouse centers. If you buy a used item and you’re not satisfied with it, Amazon has a great return policy.” - Sara at the Holy Mess

6. Cloud Storage

Instead of backing up your hard drive, you can access Amazon’s Cloud Drive. Not only does it come with 5GB of cloud storage for free, but you also get free unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos.

7. Coupon Site

You can save lots of money on tons of products when you use Amazon’s easy coupon site. Simply choose the coupons you're interested in and redeem them whenever you’re ready, automatically applying the discount to your order. 

8. Sharing Program

This is one I hadn't even heard of. You can actually share your Amazon Prime benefits with two other adults in your household so that you don’t all have to pay for separate memberships.

9. Free Books

Amazon offers a variety of eBooks on Kindle for free only for Amazon Prime members, as well as some comics and magazines periodically. The free books and periodicals change often, so be sure to check in regularly to see what's available.

Bonus benefits for Amazon Prime members:

  • Anyone can get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime membership with free two-day shipping. You can try it for 30 days and then cancel. This might be especially good to sign up for before Amazon Prime Day (July 16-17), Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving)!

  • College students get a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime Student.

  • Buy groceries with Amazon Pantry. Learn how to get a free $5 credit by using no-rush shipping. Also, to save money try their $5.99 flat fee shipping for pantry items.

  • Use Amazon Family (formerly Amazon Mom) to get 20% off on diapers, shipped right to your door. Create a child profile to unlock even more savings.

  • Have trouble with a delivery? When you talk to customer service, request a month of free Prime membership in exchange for the 2-day delivery guarantee not being met.

  • Say goodbye to cable when you invest in the Amazon Fire Stick. Thousands of TV show options are available.

  • Prime Members get early access to deals. (Remember the Instant Pots that sold out in an hour on Black Friday and Amazon Prime day? Be sure you get the deals you want as a prime member.)

  • Baby on the way? Sign up for Amazon Baby Registry and receive a welcome box full of gifts.


With all these added bonuses, a yearly membership to Amazon Prime is extremely valuable, saving lots of money. Again, if you decide to sign up, even for the 30-day trial, please use one of my links in this post, so that I can receive a small referral fee to offset my costs. I only offer this, because it's so valuable, and I truly believe it could help you save money on things you're already paying for. If you sign up, feel free to let me know how you like it.

How to Make our Writing Impactful by Understanding Theology

I don't know about you, but I have never realized that my view of theology could affect how I write! I want to create more authentic characters within a designed story arc so that I can impact my readers in a way that transforms their lives. But how does my view of God do that?

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Will God Do Miracles for Me?

I know God is the same God that did all those miraculous wonders in the Old Testament. He even gave the first New Testament Christians power to do some pretty amazing healing. But He sure doesn't seem to do those kind of miracles anymore, at least not in my life. Or does He?

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10 Reasons I Gave a 5-star Review

Today I'm sharing a Christian Historical Fiction novel I recently read for a book club on Goodreads.  It made my 5-star rating, which is hard to do., as I can be picky with my Christian literature. So I thought I would share why I loved No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer so much.

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Do Dragons Exist? They do in this Short Story...

Interesting biblical fiction from the time of Job. But is the enemy really Leviathan?

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How to "Spring" into Joy & Peace by Growing in Gratitude

It's so easy for me to give thanks in the spring! I've always thought the Thanksgiving holiday ought to be in the spring.

But I have to confess: at all other times, gratitude doesn't come naturally to me. My mind naturally focuses on the tasks I need to get to done, the problems I need to solve, or the flaws I wish I could change. I don't normally enjoy joy and peace. I'm too busy.

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Three Areas to Guard when Judging

I don't know about you, but sometimes I struggle with name-calling or personally attacking people I see as enemies, at least in my mind. I may not actually say these thoughts out loud or write them on social media for everyone to see, but I'm thinking them. Is there a time when this is permissible, even beneficial to do? This touchy subject led me to some rather surprising conclusions.

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