How to Be Encouraged & Encourage Others!

How to Be Encouraged & Encourage Others!

In the coming days, I have some exciting book news to share -- including a cover reveal and all the details about my first ever non-fiction workbook! Stay tuned and in the meantime, here are some fun updates. First is that The Gold in These Hills is $1.99 on eBook...

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A Single Mom in need of Encouragement?

A Single Mom in need of Encouragement?

With each of these videos, my heart is to bring joy, encouragement or fresh inspiration to women. This month, I've posted an all new Youtube series including a message of hope for single moms (like me!), a few thoughts on taking a social media break, and a fun...

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Book Lovers Giveaway

Book Lovers Giveaway

Congratulations to the giveaway winner, Keren H! Thank you to everyone for participating. More fun to come! With spring in the air and the weather growing softer, what better way to celebrate than with an all new giveaway!? I put together all these goodies with...

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Creating for the JOY of it

Creating for the JOY of it

Have you ever been in a season when you wanted to create something --whether it was sewing, painting, knitting -- for the sheer joy of it? Even if no one ever saw it? This week, come behind the scenes on one of the projects I'm currently writing: a story for my...

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New Videos with Joanne!

New Videos with Joanne!

Over the past few months, I've been busy behind-the-scenes . . . adding some new videos to my channel! And there are more to come--several which are already in the works! I'm excited to talk more about books in future videos (ideas are brewing!) and also, have been...

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A Magical Performance: Lionheart on Stage

A Magical Performance: Lionheart on Stage

Incredible. That’s the only way I can describe the ballet performance of the stage adaption for The Lady and the Lionheart. It was delightful from beginning to end, and not only did my mom, daughter, some friends and I get to watch it live in Colorado Springs this...

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Keepsake Bookmark Giveaway

Keepsake Bookmark Giveaway

Almost a year ago, I stumbled upon a hymn called “Lead Kindly Light” and it was the perfect song to weave into “The Gold in These Hills.” It has a special place in my heart, and a special moment near the end of the novel. One that I hope brings courage and hope to...

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“Lionheart” is Coming to the Stage!

“Lionheart” is Coming to the Stage!

  It was a surreal moment, when just a few days before Christmas, a message came in from the director of a dance company for children and young adults in Colorado Springs, inquiring about the possibility of adapting The Lady and the Lionheart for the stage. My...

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Thrift Store Christmas Presents

Thrift Store Christmas Presents

This year our family is doing something different for Christmas! As a single mom, and like many families who have experienced either a cut in work hours, or even lost jobs, we’ve had to be extra careful during these 2020 challenges. So, I talked to my kids about many...

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Cover Reveal! The Gold in These Hills

Cover Reveal! The Gold in These Hills

"Can I please have this cover!?" That's exactly what I said to my editor at Thomas Nelson when she showed me what they had come up with during the design for THE GOLD in THESE HILLS. She and the rest of the publishing team agreed that it was just the right one, and so...

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A California Historical Romance!

A California Historical Romance!

Coming 2021!! Dear reader friends, I’m delighted beyond measure to have the honor of writing an ALL NEW novel for Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian. The contract is signed, first draft is nearing completion, and I can’t wait to share more. All kinds of...

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A Christmas at the Circus Celebration

A Christmas at the Circus Celebration

Welcome to the Christmas at the Circus Celebration! For those of you who've discovered the new short story, I hope you've enjoyed a December 24th visit to the circus with Charlie and Ella! This time of year seemed like the perfect season to swing open the...

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