Coming Soon to the Pen, Please Welcome Debut Historical Author Dawn Crandall!

Dawn and Rhett

I’ve been in love with history for as long as I can remember. I decided to choose The Gilded Age as the setting for my books, it had a lot to do the dresses of the time period, the neighborhood of Back Bay in Boston, and the way the elitists of the time would flock to the coastal towns of New England for the summers.

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Biblical Author Tessa Afshar!


One of my favorite things about being a published writer is the letters and comments from the fans. I am constantly astounded by the power inherent in a story to touch lives, to call forth new hope and insight. Another blessing about being published is that it’s a lot easier to connect with people in the industry and have new contracts.

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Giveaway Winners and other thoughts!

Hello, my friends. So it’s been a bit and my computer has been turned off, because we have been planning for the imminent arrival of our Almond Blossom, our first baby boy. However, he seems to be throwing us all for a loop and giving us an entirely different pregnancy this time around than his sisters did. First off, let me tell you the names of the winners of the most recent contests. I have contacted and heard responses from most of you. Hope at Dawn – Andi Annie’s Stories – Janet Children’s Activity Bundles – Lynne, Amy K., Amy C., Christy … Continue reading


Still pregnant.

Totally still pregnant in case you’re wondering. Technically I’ve been in the early labor stage since before Thursday (7/3). Not in active labor yet, but continuously told it can happen anytime. Achey mama.

Fair Play by Deeanne Gist

Fair Play

Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for pursuing a man’s profession. As a lady doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice–until she doctors an imposing man who threatens the fulfillment of her dream.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who aspire to walk in a man’s shoes.

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Stacy Henrie!

Stacy Henrie

What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?

I’ve always loved history, romance, and historical fiction, so writing historical romances came pretty naturally.

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Summer Activities for Adventures in Odyssey Fans


Summer is officially here! Don’t let your kids’ boredom run rampant. Adventures in Odyssey is here to save the day. Below are some must-try ideas for summer fun! Want even more summer fun? For the month of June, you can join the Odyssey Adventure Club for only $5! More details can be found here. Summer Activities As a parent you are probably a big proponent of reading. Encourage your kids to dig into a book or two this summer with Adventures in Odyssey’s On Your Marks Summer Reading Challenge. Bonus points if YOU create a reading challenge for yourself as … Continue reading

B. Bear and Lolly: Off to School by A. A. Livingston


B. Bear (formerly known as Baby Bear) and Lolly (short for Goldilocks) are best friends. After all, they like all the same things. With a bear-and-girl friendship that fits just right, this duo is ready for any adventure…even going to school for the first time.

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Rival Hearts (Quilts of Love, #19) by Tara Randel {Preview}


Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

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Hope at Dawn (Of Love and War, #1) in stores now!

Hope at Dawn

With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents’ farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Author Cindy Thomson!

Cindy Thomson

When I was preparing this post, I was planning to link back to my review of Grace’s Pictures, An Ellis Island Novel #1 that I read in July 2013 and loved beginning to end. I was surprised to discover while that review is prominently on my Goodreads shelf it seems to have either disappeared or never quite made it to my blog. But then, that was a drastic summer (surgery and all). Now I’m delighted to post that review as well as this brand new interview with Cindy to entice you to the entire series! What made you interested in … Continue reading

Favorite Grace’s Pictures (An Ellis Island Novel, #1) by Cindy Thomson

Graces Pictures

Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader. A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her. Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.

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Adventures in Odyssey Adventure Club – join today for just $5!


Are your kids in need of a safe and fun environment where they can explore, create and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth? Enter the Odyssey Adventure Club (AOC)! When I was a child the music on the radio was not something that I desired to listen to (I’m still not into 80s/early 90s music…), so I ended up listening to Oldies and radio theatre. My favorite program was undeniably Adventures in Odyssey. I listened live on the radio and could quote the mailing address by heart and even wrote a letter to Connie back in the … Continue reading

Children’s Activities from Math Mammoth {GIVEAWAY!}


You may or may not be familiar with the quality and inexpensive downloadable math curriculum from Maria Miller, called Math Mammoth. Well now thanks to the creativity of her daughters Hannah and Abigail they have even more to offer in this neat Children’s Activities Bundle! There are all sorts of Dot-to-Dot Activities for various levels as well as many different other types of Children’s Best Activities from coloring pages, word searches, and more! Right now you can purchase the workbooks individually or in a bargain bundle (currently at 30% off!) from CurrClick. *Affiliate Link* These are large worksheets, with hundreds of … Continue reading

Yankee in Atlanta (Heroines Behind the Lines, #3) by Jocelyn Green


When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin’s only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.

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Don’t you love getting a new and neat book by an author you like, but haven’t read in a while that is autographed and you have no memory of whether you signed up to review it or if it is just a gift. ???

Thinking back for planning forward…

So pardon the lack of images and links as I type from my phone while lying in bed. (Lying/laying? – grammar is definitely a weakness for me). I was looking back at the “Birth Story” post where I recalled the awful experience of AppleBlossom’s birth and the “Had a Baby” experience of been there done that in OrangeBlossom birth to remind myself of what is to come. I’m a little curious about what I wrote on AB, because that’s not how I currently recall the statistics but maybe I was orally told something then and know it now from paperwork … Continue reading

Mending and preparing.


All repaired ready to go. The green is for a toddler rail, the khaki for crib rails. The sage bed skirt was also in the mending box. But I’ve run into an issue. The skirt has ripped from the body in two places. But not only has the safe fabric separated from the white, but the white has torn where the stitch line is. I’m not sure how to fix it. I think the fabric we used was just too thin. Rails covered. Not sure what to do about skirt. … Continue reading