Songspiration – Charming the Troublemaker Part 1

Songspiration  Now, you may be wondering what that word means. Well, Songspiration means songs that have inspired characters, story lines, and other aspects related to writing a book. Today I am sharing the Songspiration for the hero in my upcoming release, Charming the Troublemaker. Alex Murdock is a swoony hero - a flirt...and #adorkable but he's also quite… Continue reading Songspiration – Charming the Troublemaker Part 1

Book Journeys

Book Journeys – A Biltmore Love Story

It’s sad to say that most of the best love stories are not widely known. We hear a great deal about people to split up, but real-life romances are not as celebrated. They happen. In all time periods, classes, places, and people-groups, true love has a way of making ordinary life rather extraordinary. As we’ve… Continue reading Book Journeys – A Biltmore Love Story

Fiction Book Reviews

Faith, Friends, and Storytelling

Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the American Christian Fiction Writers' Conference. I've been going to ACFW for five years now and over that time I've developed great connections with remarkable people, met some of my dearest friends (Go, Alleycats!!), and cultivated a deeper understanding of the 'call' God's placed on my… Continue reading Faith, Friends, and Storytelling

Fiction Book Reviews

Fun Posts and a new Review

Hey guys, I'm blogging at The Writers Alley on Monday about the Green Eyed Monster 😉 But Sunday, don't forget to stop by and check out Jennifer Slattery's post-conference tips. And my review for Deeanne Gist's newest novel, Love on the Line, is up at

Fiction Book Reviews

Post-Crit Review

So... the contest entries are back in hand, or you've received your crit partners response to your newest chapter. What you have before you is your precious manuscript covered in red remarks. What happens now? Well, besides the usual initial response of throwing the paper across the room, blurting out something unkind, screaming into a… Continue reading Post-Crit Review

Autism and Asperger Info/Posts

Growing Challenging Characters – A Spectrum of Possibilities

Ya know, I was going to write about characterization from the Bible today, but I wanted to share something a little different today. As some of you may know, I am a speech-language pathologist (by day) – with a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Almost every day, I get the opportunity to work with… Continue reading Growing Challenging Characters – A Spectrum of Possibilities

Fiction Book Reviews

Storybuilding Places – Inspirations from the click of a camera

Are you guys as crazy as I am? Do you take your camera with you everywhere? I do. Because I never know when I might walk into a place of inspiration. A sunset. A interesting panoramic scene. A historic bit of information. Who knows!?! In fact, I’ve taken pictures of places that are a part… Continue reading Storybuilding Places – Inspirations from the click of a camera

God's grace

Writing Dialogue with The Woman At the Well

Ever just been WOWED by a scene in a book? Maybe the descriptions bloomed with detail, the characters flickered to life, or the plot gripped at your heartstrings like candy in the hands of a 3 year old. Or maybe… Something in the dialogue captured you and deepened ALL of the above. Ever read a… Continue reading Writing Dialogue with The Woman At the Well

God's grace

Nicodemus and Setting a Scene

If you’ve not been following along, last week I started a new series. A little different than my usual kind. We’re applying ‘scenes’ from the Gospel of John to the world of writing. (or I’m trying to do that) Last week, it was the stories of Jesus’ call to the 12 disciples and Jesus’ first… Continue reading Nicodemus and Setting a Scene

Fiction Book Reviews

Love at First Thought with Deb Raney

Another great day for Love at First Thought, and today I have award-winning author, Deb Raney. Deb is a fabulous resource of information and encouragement. I met her three years ago at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina – and have looked forward to seeing her each consecutive year. Truly, she’s… Continue reading Love at First Thought with Deb Raney