Not a winner, but…

I was graciously given the opportunity to submit From Shards to Sea Glass into the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards competition. No, it did not win. But… I do not know how many judges read my book; however, each entry receives a commentary from a judge. Below is what I received today–cut and…

A Historical Short Story

It all started while thumbing through pictures of teacups on Ebay two summers ago. The heading on one caught my attention: “A hidden lady….” Of course I was intrigued! Who doesn’t want to be privy to something such as this? I thought the lady would be somewhere in the design, when, alas, she was actually…

Empathizing with Job

I’m reading through the book of Job in my devotions right now, and today while reading chaper 19 these two verses popped out: “Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!” Job 19:23-24…

Changes and Diversions

When I saw this sign on a busy London street, I immediately thought of my writing and had to snap a picture. How often I’m diverted from sitting down and just writing! I start in on my novel and decide I should stop and read a book…or two…first for research. I start again and get…

What shall it profit a man…

I’ve read in the news this past week that not just one but two billionaires have died–Chris Cline and Ross Perot. Can you imagine being a billionaire? I certainly can’t. I can’t even fathom being a millionaire. No doubt these men worked hard for their wealth, and while I applaud them for their grit and…

Book Anniversary Giveaway–Week Two (July 8-14)

It’s week two of July, and the celebration of the one-year publication of my book, From Shards to Sea Glass, continues. This week’s (July 8-14) giveaway item is a pinecone and tassel teacup and saucer. While this is not the set that inspired me for the scene at the Soames’ house, it is very close….

Book Anniversary Giveaway–Week One (July 1-7)

It’s July, and this month I’m thrilled to celebrate the one-year publication of my book, From Shards to Sea Glass. For the next four weeks I’ll be offering a special giveaway (some book-specific) to commemorate the event. For week one (July 1-7), I’m giving away this pair of sterling silver, Adirondack chair shaped, pierced earrings…

One Year Anniversary Celebration and Giveaways

It’s almost July. A year ago this coming month, on July 21, 2018 to be exact, I published my debut novel, From Shards to Sea Glass. I’m grateful for and humbled by those who have read it and expressed how much they like it. It has even won an award. There is certainly much to…

The Romantic and the Book of Ruth

I love the book of Ruth. When I come to it in my Bible reading, I always try to read it all in one sitting. The historic, prophetic, and spiritual lessons are numerous, and other than its obvious account of the lineage of King David and the establishment of Bethlehem as the birthplace of the…