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Carnations. photo by Pagemoral

Carnations. photo by Pagemoral

RomanF-01F is for flowers. I like flowers. I don’t know much about them, can’t identify too many of them. Roses. Carnations. Sunflowers. That’s about it. But they make me happy. Sometimes I add the $4 bouquet of carnations to my cart the grocery store when I’m buying food. They last forever and they make my kitchen a brighter place.

I think John started it. He used to bring them home. Sometimes for me, on the expected days, sometimes for no reason at all. Maybe that’s why they make me happy.

Composite image of the Moon as taken by the Galileo spacecraft on 7 December 1992.

Composite image of the Moon taken by the Galileo spacecraft on 7 December 1992.

F is also for a full moon. Just because they’re beautiful.

I put …

Join Me on a New Adventure!

you're invitedThis year I’m embarking on a new adventure with some very dear friends, and a couple new ones. Tanya and Jennifer are fellow writers for Christ to the World Ministries, a group that writes dramas that are then translated and broadcast to 32 countries around the world. Eileen, Diana and Delia are friends of friends! Together we are starting a new blog. I hope you’ll join me there. We’ll be posting on Tuesdays, and my first post will be on the 14th, and we’re starting it off with a HUGE giveaway!

Welcome to Faith-filled Friends, a place to talk about life, love, and storyworld! We’re a group of authors passionate about Christ and pursuing the call He’s placed on our lives: to craft engaging stories that point others to Him. When we’re not writing or reading, we’re sipping on lattes with friends, snuggling up with our real-life heroes, …

A Forever Family for Ahmose

Enjoy this excerpt from In the Shadow of Sinai when Bezalel takes Ahmose home from the palace after he has been beaten.

AhmoseAhmose was asleep by the time Bezalel stepped inside his house. He hated to wake him up, but he knew his back must be tended to.

Imma came out to the main room from the kitchen beyond it, towel in hand, and her eyes opened wide when she saw the boy on Bezalel’s back.

“This is Ahmose, a servant at the palace.”

Ahmose awakened as Bezalel lowered him to the dirt floor.

“Why on earth would you bring him here? He’s an Egyptian!”

“He’s a little boy, Imma.” Bezalel set him down on the low table and showed her Ahmose’s back.

Imma gasped. “Oh, my! Who did that?”

“I don’t know. But I intend to find out. In the meantime, I hoped he could stay here.”

“Of course …

Help me, Mama!

Mutter (German). Mère (French). Majka (Serbian). Mat’ (Russian). Madre (Spanish). And in Hebrew: Imma. In any language, mothers are special. They are who we run to whenever we are in trouble. Even Bezalel.

BezalelBezalel considered his choices as he hiked home. He knew severe punishment awaited any slave who ran away, but he could not leave Ahmose behind. A seven-year-old could not have done anything to deserve such a beating. From anyone.

Ahmose was asleep by the time Bezalel stepped inside his house. He hated to wake him up, but he knew his back must be tended to.

Imma came out to the main room from the kitchen beyond it, towel in hand, and her eyes opened wide when she saw the boy on Bezalel’s back.

“This is Ahmose, a servant at the palace.”

Ahmose cryingAhmose awakened as Bezalel lowered him to the dirt floor.

“Why on earth would you bring …

Meri – from Captive to Cherished

MeriThis is the first scene where Bezalel actually is able to speak to Meri in In  the Shadow of Sinai. Meri was forced to be a concubine in Ramses’s harem.

He took in a sharp breath. She was even more beautiful than he remembered her. Without her heavy kohl makeup, her deep brown eyes seemed to take up her whole face, though they still radiated sadness.

Bezalel’s mouth went dry. He started to speak but no words came out. He felt like a fish that had landed on the bank gasping for air, his mouth opening and closing. The closer she got, the more stupid he felt.

Her long, black hair fell straight this time—no fancy pins or flowers. Her new tunic was not torn as before, and made of the silkiest linen, not rough and coarse like his. It skimmed her body perfectly, and when she walked it …

Meet Ahmose

This is Ahmose. An orphan-slave in Ramses’s palace, befriended by Bezalel, in Sinai he finds his forever family. He returns in By the Waters of Kadesh. Below are excerpts from some of our first encounters with him in Sinai.

AhmoseIt was late in the evening, long past the time he normally went home, but Bezalel had stayed a little later to finish adding the gold balls to the bracelets. He finished as Ahmose walked in.

“Why are you here so late?” Ahmose whispered.

“I had to finish putting the gold on the bracelets. I’m finally done now. Want to see them?”

“No.” Ahmose moaned as he climbed up on the stool.

“Do you want some more milk?”

“No. I’m fine.”

“I can’t stay. I’m late already.” Bezalel cleaned his tools and packed them into a basket. “I want to go home tonight. I haven’t eaten and I’m hungry. …

Meet Kamose

This week I’ll introduce you to Kamose—or you can catch up with him if you met him in Sinai. Kamose was the captain of the guard in the palace in Egypt. He escaped with the Israelites in the Exodus.

Kamose brushed the dust from his face, dust kicked up by hundreds of thousands of sandaled feet, hooves, and wooden wheels. He loosed the leather thong at the base of his neck and ran his hands through his thick hair; they came away covered in grime. Soldiers walked for hours without kicking up dust. Why couldn’t these people learn to pick up their feet?

His stomach growled and his legs ached. Eleven months in a lush valley at the foot of Mt. Sinai had made his warrior’s body soft, and now days of desert marching had taken their toll. He retied his hair …

So What’s Next?

I thought I’d take today to let you know what’s happening in my writing life now that Sinai is well on it’s way.

First, In the Shadow of Sinai has been nominated for the Christian Small Publisher Association’s Book of the Year Award. Unlike most book awards. this one is decided by voters, not judges.  So I could really use your help!  One of the other authors in my category is a former secular romance writer and as such, will have legions of fans. So please help me out and visit the award site and vote for me! General Fiction is toward the bottom of the page.

The sequel is finished, at least my part, and in the hands of my beta readers. When they are finished, I’ll pass it on to my publisher who hopefully will want to print it, and it will be out in the fall. By

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 …

When is an hour not an hour?

Early Egyptian water clock, 1415-1380 BC  (c) Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Keeping track of the passage of time was crucial to the ancient Egyptians, especially to the astronomers and priests who were responsible for determining the exact hour for the daily rituals and sacrifices. They divided the day into two equal periods of twelve hours each. However, due to the revolution of the earth around the sun, the length of the hours in summer was not the same as the length of hours in winter. Summer daylight hours were much longer than nighttime hours, and this was reversed in winter.

A sundial from about 1500 BCE shows this division into 12-hour parts, but the sundial was no use at night. A water clock was invented.

There is documentation of a water clock on a tomb inscription from the 16th century BC, but the oldest water …