Loved and Not Forgotten

Loved and Not Forgotten

  On what had been a particularly horrible day, a faithful friend invited me over for a long walk through the woods to talk and to be bolstered. Afterwards, she invited me for dinner with her and her family. Together, she and I crowded into her kitchen and cooked...

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A Circus Celebration & A Peek Behind the Curtain…

A Circus Celebration & A Peek Behind the Curtain…

We have so much to celebrate today! The circus wagons have all rolled into town to celebrate the first birthday for The Lady and the Lionheart and they've brought an extra special surprise along. Grab a bag of hot popcorn and let me hand you an ice cold lemonade....

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Coming Summer 2018!

Coming Summer 2018!

The first book in my Norwegian-American series with Thomas Nelson has an official title! It's a title that's ever so dear because it's not only the heart and soul of this story, but it's been the name of this novel before the first word was even typed. Without further...

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Learning How to Do This

Learning How to Do This

Lounging there, I checked the text on my phone. It was a response from a friend. I read her message, responded, then tossed the phone back to the end of the bed. Except clumsy me didn't toss it as soft as I had meant to. It skipped right off of the edge of the...

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Video Q&A with Joanne (and a Giveaway!)

Video Q&A with Joanne (and a Giveaway!)

Happy Thursday, all! As promised, here is that *slightly-belated-but-finally-here* author chat of bookish news, research tidbits, and a few writerly confessions. 😉  I had SO much fun answering your questions and thanks to all of you who weighed in with those. As part...

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The Lady and the Lionheart ~ in German!

The Lady and the Lionheart ~ in German!

Pictured here is a girl signing over the rights for her first ever foreign language translation for an indie book. It's an absolute dream come true and my biggest thanks to my agent, Sandra Bishop, and publisher Brunnen Ver Lag for taking Charlie and Ella on a whole...

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The Message in a Bottle Blog Hop & Giveaway (stop #1)

The Message in a Bottle Blog Hop & Giveaway (stop #1)

Flames lapped at the monk’s robes. He raced down the corridors that crackled with the collision of dampness and heat, dodging fire-lit debris. So this was to be the end, then. The night the stones of Ballyfir Monastery would tell their last tale…  So begins the tale...

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Hope in a Dry and Thirsty Land

Hope in a Dry and Thirsty Land

"I'm too sad to write." I heard a friend say this just the other night at a small writer's retreat we attended.  Too sad to write. Yes. I know this. She was referring to her own heart-trial, and though the words weren't spoken for me, it was the first time in a long...

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2 New Romances with Thomas Nelson!

2 New Romances with Thomas Nelson!

It's an absolute joy to get to team up with Thomas Nelson and Harper Collins Christian Publishing for a brand new Appalachian Romance series!   I’ve had the HONOR of signing with Harper Collins Christian Publishing for a new historical series - the 1st book releasing...

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A Trip to the Blue Ridge

A Trip to the Blue Ridge

For all of you who know me, you know that my historical romance heart goes pitter-patter at the thought of a love story woven in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This region has been a passion of mine for quite some time, but the only problem was, all my...

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Road Trips & Audio Books (plus a Giveaway!)

Road Trips & Audio Books (plus a Giveaway!)

Last year, I did the second craziest thing I've done as a writer - I wrote a contemporary novel. And a young adult one to boot! Throw in a story written exclusively from an 18-year-old skateboarder's point of view and I had officially lost my mind. 😉 But for those of...

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Book Club Day 2 & Reader Pics!

Book Club Day 2 & Reader Pics!

Yesterday on my Facebook page, we dug into a discussion question and it was so much fun to get to chat with you all who've been reading The Lady and the Lionheart! If you'd like to join us for this impromptu week of Q&A, please do! You can hop on over and answer...

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To Get to You ~ On Audio!

To Get to You ~ On Audio!

It's here! An audio book almost a year in the making. Friends, I am so excited for you to get to hear these characters -- their voices and their story -- come to life. Whether you're young, or young at heart, this story is meant to encourage you and bring a smile to...

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Rock of Ages and A Thank You

Rock of Ages and A Thank You

For one week, The Lady and the Lionheart has been out in the world and you all have positively blown me away. It's been seven days of sitting here in awe with the fullest heart and the most bolstered spirit. I cannot thank you enough for the gift of your reviews and...

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Sigh-Worthy Cover Awards ~ Summer 2016

Sigh-Worthy Cover Awards ~ Summer 2016

I've got a serious case of cover love this summer. So much so that I wanted to round up a handful that have recently caught my eye and that are deserving of a few sighs. Better yet, let's make up some awards! We can do that, right? 😉 BEST DRESSED ~ Keep Holding On by...

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Some Kind of Wonderful

Some Kind of Wonderful

Oh what a joy! The Lady and the Lionheart has received a 5 Star TOP PICK! review from Romantic Times Magazine. I was so surprised that I could scarcely believe it until a helpful source joyfully assured me that it truly is possible, just extremely rare for five stars...

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Behind the Cover for Lionheart

Behind the Cover for Lionheart

We stood in a meadow just before sunset. After months of prep and planning, it was about to happen. My lovely friend and cover model was transformed into a young heroine from 1890, the photographer was driving up in her car, and it was showtime.  I was a blissful kind...

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Folk Music Spotlight – the Sad & the Sweet

Folk Music Spotlight – the Sad & the Sweet

It's high time for a new Folk Music Spotlight! It's been way too long. 🙂 Since my list has gotten longer and longer over the months (eek, years!), I decided to spotlight three that are on repeat lately -- all a little sad and sweet. These are songs out of my writing...

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The Lady and the Lionheart ~ Cover Reveal!

The Lady and the Lionheart ~ Cover Reveal!

When I sat down to write a story about a courageous young man in the Victorian-era circus and the lives that are touched by his own, I had absolutely no idea that it would grow into what is my most favorite story ever. EVER. It became a dash of Les Misérables and a...

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The 2016 Christy Awards

The 2016 Christy Awards

What a delightful surprise to wake up yesterday morning to an email from the Christy Award coordinator that To Get to You was a finalist in the YA category! The press release went live shortly after and it's a thrill to see so many author friends on the finalist list....

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