REVOLUTIONARY Giveaway!

I am giving away my last ARC of Revolutionary. There’s just one catch to enter: You have to have read Anomaly and Luminary. No offense to those who like to wait until all three books are out to read a trilogy, those who don’t have time, or those who just love to enter giveaways, but this giveaway is for those of you who have read the first two books and are dying to know what happens next. Comment below – you can just leave your name or, if you want, leave a prediction for how you think it should end. Feel free to comment more than once. The deadline to enter is midnight Wednesday. I’ll announce the winner Thursday morning....

REVOLUTIONARY Giveaway!

Look what came in the mail last week…! Yep, that’s an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the final book in the ANOMALY trilogy: REVOLUTIONARY. I am dying to give this baby away because there’s stuff in here I’ve been keeping secret for WAY too long! So here’s the deal: I am looking for some book recommendations – tell me about a great book you’ve read in the last few months, and your name will go in the “hat” to win this copy of REVOLUTIONARY. Pretty easy, right? So go on…the winner will be announced Wednesday...

My Top 10 Books of 2013

Let me just say, upfront, that this was hard, choosing just 10 books. But I forced myself to do it (though I did “cheat” by including a few series!). I read a variety of genres, so I tried to represent each here: YA, science fiction, historical, mystery, romance, non-fiction. Not all of these  were published in 2013, but they were (almost) all new to me this year. Let me know if you agree/disagree with any of my choices. And give me some ideas for my 2014 reads! My Top 10 Favorite Books, 2013… 1. The Bible This tops my list every year. I studied I Corinthians-Revelation in a bible study at church, Ephesians with our Sunday school class, Galatians, Jonah, and parts of Psalms and Proverbs on my own. So good! Life-changing. I never get tired of...

What Christmas is All About…

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel. There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory...

Writers are Readers

I have only been a professional writer for few years. But I have been reading since I was four. And what I have learned is that most writers are readers. Big-time readers. I read A LOT. Sometimes as much as a book a day, but almost always at least a book a week. I read a wide variety of works: mysteries, historical fiction, chick-lit, young adult, science fiction, classics. I also read non-fiction, mostly Christian works about being a mom, a wife, about theology and doctrine and Christian living. I love biographies, too. And histories. Really, just about everything. Sometimes, I have to check myself because I read other books and think, “This is SO much better than my stuff!” But that, as I heard a singer say once, is just “an opportunity to grow in humility.” So...

Let Auntie Bertha Pinch Your Cheek

Awwww. Aren’t they adorable? Those are my three kids. Seven years ago. They are still adorable (see pics on the FAQ page), but they’re not so little. My oldest is about to turn 15. My youngest daughter will be 13 in three weeks. My baby boy is 10. Those of you teens and tweens reading this are rolling your eyes. (imagine what my kids are doing ) But you need to know what pictures like this do to your parents and grandparents, your aunts and uncles, the nursery workers who changed your diapers…it makes us a little sad. Sure, we’re glad you’re growing up. My kids are amazing. I am beyond proud of the young women and young man they are becoming. But I miss that age. They all speak clearly, now, no cute little mispronunciations. They no longer enjoy sitting on the...