Journey of Choice 012

If you’re subscribed to my writing newsletter, then you know that nope, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year. 🙂 I haven’t done it yet, actually, as Novembers tend to be super busy for our family. BUT… I am going to try really hard to get 20,000 words done in Choice. Already I’m lagging a little behind and need to step it up. Prayers really appreciated as I’m in the home-stretch!




What is one of your favorite things about the Civil War era?


Journey of Choice 011

Time for more quotes! One of the things that I “dreaded” the most about writing Choice was the battle scenes. I’m not so sure I’m doing a swell job with the rough draft, but it’s coming. In fact… I think I like writing fighting scenes!


The following quote about the Hornet’s Nest is true history. A regiment is supposed to be 1,000 men. From what I’ve researched, The 18th Missouri never really reached full strength. But after the Hornet’s Nest, there were only about 300 men left in the regiment who were not killed or captured.

*spoiler alert* Yes, one of my characters that is close to Nat ends up captured by the confederates in this chapter! 🙂




Journey of Choice 010

Before I share more quotes, I just have to say, y’all are an amazing encouragement! I’ve not really shared many WIP’s as I go along… there is the pressure of people wanting me to finish this, and I’m just trusting in God to help me reach “the end.” 🙂 In the meantime, enjoy another glimpse of Nat’s life, and thank you for your encouragement and excitement!!


Yeah, I’m liking Zeke and Nat’s relationship. Kind of an antagonistic type of love. And then, let me introduce you to one of my top favorite characters. This guy is loosely inspired by my younger brother, Samuel. 😉


And another character who “popped up” there is Gregory. He’s not a favorite of mine, but he serves a purpose, so he needs some room to shine.

The following quote is between Grits and Camden. Those two… I envision their relationship and am hoping to get that idea clearly on paper.

Fall Freebies and Deals!

Trust me, ALL I want to do was forget all this “business stuff,” find a swing, and read. The weather is gorgeous right now!! But… I used a little bit of self-control.

How many of you like to read when the weather gets cool and snuggly? I’m definitely there! Guess what? I’ve linked up with several authors from Clean Indie Reads and there’s a pretty sweet sale going on right now. You can find all the info (you know, for freebies and discounted prices) HERE. I haven’t read many of these books so I can’t personally endorse them, but you can look through and decide what suits you. 🙂


Oh yeah, some of my books are there. 😉 Coffee Cake Days and Letters from a Scatter-Brained Sister are free. Journey to Love is discounted $.99.

Other books to look out for at CIR are by my author-friend, Faith Blum. If you like Western romances, there ya go. 😉 You’re welcome! 😀



Journey of Choice 008

I haven’t been doing so well keeping this blog updated. My apologies.

Right now, I’m back to focusing on writing Journey of Choice.  I’ve had some rough days, but God has been so very gracious in helping me get past those and I’m making good progress once again.

For those of you who like stats, here are a few:

  • I’m at a little over 24,000 words
  • I just started chapter 14
  • I have no clue what my “goal” word count or chapter count is. 😉
  • I’m really liking side-characters Camden and Grits 😉

Now for some quotes. Some of these I’ve already shared on here, but they’re improved — in graphic form. 😉 These are also going backwards from chapter one (I know, some of you have already read excerpts up to chapter six; bear with me!)


It’s Here! Befriending the Beast

Wow. How did I get here? When I think back to that one question…


It was just going to be a short story. And, it was just going to be “an idea for sometime.” Within three months (THREE MONTHS!), the Lord had given me time, ideas, and help to make one question into a novella and published. Wow! I’m seriously overwhelmed here, y’all!
First things first. A few weeks back, I had a little guessing game, for how many words would end up in Belle’s story. I didn’t know what this number would end up being, and it was such a blast to see over fifty people join in the fun! My personal guesstimation was that Befriending the Beast would end up being 14,000 words. I was one of the closer guessers (no, this wasn’t on purpose), but several people guessed even closer to the final word count than I did.
So, what was the final word count? According to Microsoft Word…
The closest guesser was Eliza Noel! She guessed 14,389 words and will get a paperback copy of Befriending the Beast. Runner-up was Alicia Ruggieri, who guessed 13,372 words, and will receive an eBook.
Yep, about double my original word count. 🙂
But, maybe you’ve not heard anything about the story yet. So let’s move on to Belle…


In case you can’t watch the trailer, here’s about the book:
Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the
king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The
king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is
unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn.
Timemis running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy
strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together?
Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?
And, as I like all things reduced-prized and free, here’s two things I don’t want you to miss out on!
1) Reduced price!
Purchase Link
2) Giveaway! (of course)
U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win one of two paperback copies of “Befriending the
International Giveaway: Enter to win one of two eBook copies of “Befriending the
One last thing: if you’re on FaceBook, author Faith Blum and I are joining together to have a super fun party this afternoon (2-4 Central Time) to celebrate the releases of our new works. Of course you’re invited to join us, if you’re on FB!

Waiting for the Flowers

It happens almost every time. I write a book, and then wham! The Lord uses the very words *I* wrote to speak to me — at a much-needed time! I find it amusingly awesome. 🙂

For Befriending the Beast, the theme is one of hope, trust, and waiting. As I was editing it, I realized one scene that held a message that I needed.


“Did these roses bloom as soon as you and your mother planted them?” Percy’s voice was next to Belle. Without looking, she knew that he knelt beside her. “Or were you that impatient little girl, dragging her mama here every morn to search for buds?”

The tears finally emerged. Percy had watched her grow up. Of course he remembered those days of impatience.

“Did you stop watering and nurturing the rosebushes just because you didn’t see flowers?”

Belle shook her head and gave up on pretending to weed.

“Nay. Just like it takes time with flowers, it takes time for the Spirit’s work. And you cannot give up ‘watering and nurturing’ because things aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like them to.”



Wherever the Lord has you today, keep trusting in Him, waiting for Him, and following Him!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Galatians 6:9

Questions for “Befriending the Beast”

Some more things for you to help me with! 🙂

1 – I’m thinking about doing a fun “Q&A” video as part of my book release for “Befriending the Beast.” I could think up a bunch of questions to ask, but why not have someone ask questions — you know, more “for real?” So, did you have any questions about “Befriending the Beast,” how I wrote it, got ideas, researched, anything?


2 – For one of my books, Alicia Ruggieri suggested doing discussion questions. I’ve just never been a step-ahead enough to do that, but I’d like to do them for “Befriending the Beast.” For those of you who have read it, what are some things that stood out to you that might be good for readers to discuss and really ponder?

Discussion Questions