Spring greetings + a 10 book giveaway!

Spring greetings + a 10 book giveaway!

Happy April, friends! My how the time has flown. It's been a few months since my last blog post -- the reason for that? I've been hard at work on the second book in the Blackbird Mountain series and oh...my...goodness. It was an adventure through and...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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