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The Perfect Gift

img_0195November and December are my kitty’s favorite months. Our tree goes up November 1. It might take a week or two to get all the ornaments up, but that red velvet skirt goes around the base right away, and she loves to lie on it. It’s also about nine feet tall, which means the base is about six feet wide, letting her get nice and deep under those branches. And then when we put the presents around, she can really hide.

Presents are tricky in my house. We have to use a code. We can’t just use regular to/from labels, or the wrapping would be opened at the ends, and boxes would be shaken within an inch of their lives. In previous years we’ve used a number derived from some combination of the letters in their names or their birthdays, like some kind of weird numerology. This year we tried …

Welcome to the Grace-filled Christmas Blog Tour

Our Christmas tree – 2012

I’m very excited to be a part of The Grace-filled Christmas Blog Tour, sponsored by the Grace Awards, which has the goal of expanding the tent pegs of Christian literature. This tour features twenty-two talented Christian fiction writers.

Today I’m introducing you to my first novel. In the Shadow of Sinai is the story of Bezalel and Meri. Bezalel is a Hebrew slave in the palace of Ramses II. Meri has been sold to the harem. After nearly a year of chaos brought on by Moses’ appearance, they escape with the nation of Israel in the Exodus.

What makes In the Shadow of Sinai perfect for Christmas reading and/or gifting?

Sinai is a tale of redemption, not just of the young nation of Israel but of each person in the story. Everyone—Bezalel, Meri, the warrior Kamose, the orphan-slave Ahmose, even Bible heroes Moses and Joshua—has …