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For a Creative Change… Try a Block of the Month Quilt

I love to write. Like most of my writer friends, I have more stories inside of me than I can ever hope to write.  But I can only take so much computer time before my eyes start to cross and my stashes of fabric and paper start calling my name. (In the summer, the garden calls, too, but not so much in December.) As Christians created in the image of God – the ultimate creator – I think we are supposed to live a creative life. You are creative! You should be creative, too! It doesn’t have to be BIG creativity.  You don’t even have to be talented or trained. You don’t have to be “craftsy.” Just think outside the box (yes, I know a creative writer shouldn’t use cliches like that, but it fits.) A creative life doesn’t necessarily involve arts and crafts at all. It might just be a matter of rearranging things you already have. Cooking a new meal. Reorganizing your bookshelves.  It doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve always liked dressing up my house for the changing seasons, but I seldom spend money on it. I just pull out quilts, dishes, linens, and anything else I Read More

January Preorders and New Releases on Fiction Finder

January Preorders and New Releases in Christian Fiction Books Do you enjoy Christian Fiction?  Check out these new books from American Christian Fiction Writers  (ACFW) members on the Fiction Finder website!  More in-depth descriptions of these new Christian books can be found at fictionfinder.com –   a searchable website for the best in Christian books of every genre.   General Contemporary: Grace Across the Miles by Christine Dillon — How can you belong when you don’t know who you are? Gina Reid is surrounded by people getting married or having babies. She’s under pressure to settle down but how can she do that when she doesn’t even know where she came from? Since the startling revelation that she was adopted, it’s felt like there is something missing. But fear has kept her from searching for her biological parents. What if learning the truth is worse than not knowing? Now an overheard comment has propelled her into action. Can Gina find out who she truly is? Or will she discover that some secrets are best left undisturbed? (General Contemporary, Independently Published) Mercy’s Legacy by Sarah Hanks — After being released from prison, DeAndre struggles to make a new life for himself and Read More

2021 Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Merry Christmas! Welcome to the 2021 Christmas Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! Here’s how it works: At each author’s blog post, you will find a question that can be answered by checking out the free Amazon preview of their book. Provide the answer at this form. Note: You must answer the questions for every author in the round -robin to be considered to win the $250 first place, $150 second place or $100 third place Amazon gift cards. These prizes are USD values. If you are not a U.S. resident, you will get a gift card from the Amazon store for your country; however, it will be valued at these USD amounts.) At the end of my post is a link to the next blog, who will provide a link to the next blog, etc., to the very end, creating a circle (a round-robin) visit through all of the authors’ blogs. Always and Forever I’m pleased to feature Always and Forever for this  event. Several generations ago, my ancestors came from Sweden to America. They arrived in Minnesota, looked around and said, “Ja, hey, dis looks just like home.” They settled down, ran dairy farms and built Lutheran churches. No one left. Minnesota is a Read More

December Preorders and New Releases

December Preorders and New Releases in Christian Fiction Books Do you enjoy Christian Fiction?  Check out these new Christian Fiction books from American Christian Fiction Writers  (ACFW) members!  More in-depth descriptions of these new Christian books can be found at fictionfinder.com –   a searchable website for the best in Christian books of every genre. Contemporary – General: Broken Together by Brenda S. Anderson — Jennifer and Chad Taylor had dreamed of opening a coffee and cocoa shop since before they said, “I do.” When Chad is sent to prison for murder despite claiming innocence, that dream—along with their family—is shattered. After years of fighting for Chad’s release, Jennifer finally breaks free from her shame, anger, and hopelessness, and forges ahead with the dream the two of them once shared. With the help of their college-aged twins, she begins to move forward. Without Chad. When their lawyer arrives with news of evidence that may prove Chad’s innocence, a strange mixture of emotions overtakes her. Does she want Chad to return home? He isn’t the same man he once was, and she certainly isn’t the same woman. She’s worked hard to piece the remnants of their family back together, and his coming Read More

The Broken Nutcracker

It’s time for a Christmas story in our Ever After Mysteries series, and Chautona Havig always writes the best Christmas stories! Her The Nutcracker’s Suite released on November 26, and to celebrate it, the Ever After authors are doing another of our fun little blog hops! We’re all wondering… Who broke the nutcracker? Click HERE to see the first story.   “It was a nutcracker, not the Hope Diamond.” The hairdresser stopped, scissors in mid-air, and blew a bubble. It was nearly the size of a tennis ball before she sucked the gum back into her mouth and resumed chewing. I leaned away, all too familiar with the hazards of mixing bubble gum and long hair. “But it was my nutcracker,” I said, “and it was important to me. It was a Christmas gift from my friend, Chautona. She’ll notice I’m not displaying it, and she’ll be crushed.” “Cracked,” Trixie said. She snorted. “Not crushed.” I gave her a look and sat up straighter. If she wasn’t such a good stylist, I’d have found someone else years ago. Fortunately, she never tried to talk me into emulating her own ever-changing styles. I’d look ridiculous in pink spikes or a platinum Read More

The Lost Dutchman’s Secret

The Lost Dutchman’s Secret I’m pleased to announce that Book #5 in the Ever After Mysteries, The Lost Dutchman’s Secret by Rebekah Jones, is now available! To celebrate, the authors in the series have written a mini blog hop. A pair of villainous treasure hunters are trying to find Rebekah’s missing map. I don’t have it! At least… not anymore. Start the story HERE with Celebrate Lit Publishing, and visit all the websites to enter the giveaways on each! The Mystery of the Missing Map October was a crazy month for me. In addition to spending nearly every day peddling pumpkins and tossing around bales of straw at the family farm, I had three new books come out. I wrote more words in one month than I’d ever accomplished before, which left me a little befuddled about what was fiction and what was reality. So, when I woke up on November first, it was with a delightful sense of accomplishment. The fall sales at the farm were finished for another year. The books were published. My memories of the past month were a fuzzy blur, but I’d met all my deadlines and we’d saved the farm. Like a dollop of Read More