Jennifer Slattery’s Breaking Free

BreakingFree_N1664109My guest this week is Jennifer Slattery. I met Jennifer at the Blue Ridge Conference several years ago. She has since become my crit partner and friend. Breaking Free is her 4th book.

Tell me about Breaking Free. Give us the back cover of the book.

I’d love to! Breaking Free is a women’s fiction about a woman nearly destroyed by shame and her husband’s sin who’s forced to make an impossible choice—save her marriage or her kids.

From the back cover:

Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can …

Sandi Rog’s Out of the Ashes Giveaway

Out of the Ashes finalI’m thrilled to introduce you to Sandi Rog. Sandi was instrumental in my writing journey. She helped me develop my first manuscript into one worth reading, and then helped me find my first publisher. She’s an amazing author, and today we’re bringing you her latest, Out of the Ashes. She’s offering a paperback to one lucky reader, so don’t forget to leave a comment before Wednesday midnight for a chance. (U.S. residents only, please.)

Tell me about the story of Out of the Ashes.

Out of the ashes is what you could call a rags-to-riches story. Actually, here’s a letter I wrote to my readers in the opening cover:

Had it not been for the Lord and the many thousands of people who prayed me through cancer, this book never would have been written. If you’re one of the people who prayed for me, thank you. Mere words …

Miriam Scavenger Hunt

I’m so excited to be a part of this scavenger hunt blog hop in celebration of the launch of Mesu Andrews’ second book in her Treasures of the Nile series, Miriam!

Miriam Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop

I realize most of you are probably already “on the hunt”, but if you just happened on this page first, you’ll want to hop on over to the start of the hunt at Mesu’s blog and then you’ll finish your journey at At the bottom of this post, you can find the full list of stops for the entire hunt. Between March 15th and 20th, click on the next link, head over to the page, meet a new book-lover, and read their thoughts about Miriam. Somewhere in each post there will be a single word that is in BOLD AND ALL CAPITALS. Write it down. (The words “Home” and “Good Luck” are not secret words …

Miriam Scavenger Hunt and Book Giveaway!

I have the privilege of being a part of the launch team for Mesu Andrews’ newest book, Miriam, the second installment in her Treasures of the Nile series. Several of us on the team decided to get together and have a scavenger hunt and giveaway to celebrate the book’s release. We want to invite you to be a part of the fun next week!

Miriam Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop

From 1am Eastern (US) time on March 15th, the book’s release date, until 11:59pm on March 20th, there will be a scavenger hunt with stops on 14 different blogs!

You’ll start at Mesu’s blog and finish your journey at At the end of each post, you’ll find links to all of the stops in the hunt. Between March 15th and 20th, click on the next link, head over to the page, meet a new book-lover, and read their thoughts about this fantastic book. …

Tanya Eavenson’s Restored

Restored_1400x2100I’m going to take a break from my Thankful Alphabet in March and introduce you to some new books by some wonderful authors. Today I’d like to you to meet one of my very dearest friends and critique partners, Tanya Eavenson. She is the author of the inspiring contemporary fiction Unconditional and its brand-new sequel, Restored.  

Leave a comment with your email at the end for a chance to win a free ebook copy of Restored. Deadline Wednesday, March 9, midnight EST. Winner will be announced in next week’s blog.

Tell us about Restored.

Restored is the second book in the Unending Love series and it has taken me about six years to write. Not that it was difficult, I mean, it’s a story I wanted to write, one I knew I could write, but something was missing.

Four years ago, Carole and I attended the Blue …

Connie Almony Flees From Evil

Flee From EvilI’ve known Connie for many years. She lives right up the road from me in Maryland and I am delighted to host her here on my blog. She has four books out now, and she’s here to tell us about her latest.

Tell me about the story of Flee from Evil.

It’s a story I first conceptualized almost twenty years ago after seeing the Mel Gibson movie, Ransom. I’d just started reading Christian Fiction at that time and wondered while watching the movie, how could this story be written from a Christian point-of-view? Then, because I love a good thread of romance, I also wondered, how could it be made into a romance? Some ideas swam around my head and just wouldn’t leave. A decade or so later, I decided to get serious about writing, but for some reason this was not the story I started with. I think God …

I. Have. A. Blog.

To most writers, those four words would be fun. Exciting even. To me, they’re unnerving. Intimidating.

I write fiction for a reason. For one, I don’t have to write about myself. I write about characters I have created, and I design them exactly the way I want them. They are as nasty or kind or insecure or silly as I decide they should be. And I craft a story-world just the way I want it. If I don’t like the way a plotline is turning out, I just hit delete, and rewrite it. Again, and again, until it ends up in a manner that pleases me.

Well, life is not like that. I don’t get to write the ending. God has that honor. And things don’t always go the way I want, or even in a way that makes sense, at least to me.

I started writing In the Shadow