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A world without books … would be like living in black and white.

Here is the second installment from my Orangeberry book tour adventures...
How many of you remember black and white televisions? Okay, you’re probably not as old as I am. So, how many of you have watched a vintage film, such as that Christmas classic: It’s a Wonderful Life? It’s an amazing film, and the grimy black and white film perfectly captures the harrowing desperation of the Depression Era. Can you imagine what it would look like in color?
How about another classic film: The Wizard of Oz. The majority of the film is presented in black and white, until we reach that climatic moment when the they are in the City of Oz and the film bursts into vibrant color and the entire film seems to explode with vitality.
In my mind, that is the perfect before and after of a world with and without books.
In fact, reading the original series of books that comprised The Wizard of Oz, is one of my favorite childhood memories. It was the first time in my life that I experienced the sensation of bec…

4 Ingredient - Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie

I love chicken pot pie. Unfortunately, the frozen, store-bought variety can be heavy on calories, sodium, and enough dough to  leave you feeling like you've eaten a cardboard box.

I've come up with an incredibly quick, and relatively light, alternative that requires only FOUR ingredients, making it perfect for an easy week-night dinner.


2 cups of chopped or shredded chicken meat from a rotisserie chicken

2 cups mixed frozen vegetables (microwaved for 1 minute on high to thaw)

1 package crescent roll pastry dough

1 can cream of chicken soup -or- better yet, prepare your own  quick (and easy) béchamel sauce (butter, flour, and milk)


Preheat oven to 350 F.

I used individual oven-proof soup bowls. However, you could also use one larger (2-quart) casserole dish.

1. Layer chicken and vegetables in the bottom of the individual soup bowl or casserole dish

2. Heat cream soup or béchamel sauce, pour over chicken and vegetables.

3. Gently stir soup and chicken and v…

A Commonplace Book - Weekend Edition

It is so hard for me to remember to pray daily. As a writer, you have such an unstructured life, or at least mine is, so sometimes I stay up all night working, or I get up early and forget. But when I pray, I always try to say, "Please let me do good work in your name." That's the most important thing. If my work is going to be self-serving, I really don't want to do it. The other thing I pray for is that God would reveal Himself to me.

Mark Richard
quoted in:
Inspired: The Breath of God
by Joanna Laufer and Kenneth S. Lewis

If you could change your current story in any one way, what would you do and why?

For the next eight weeks I will share the guest posts on writing that were part of my Orangeberry book tour. Pandora Poikilos, who runs the tour, creates very interesting topics.

MRS. TUESDAY’S DEPARTURE, my first novel, is set during the tragic, turbulent years of World War Two. Worse still, it’s set in Budapest, Hungary, one of the countries directly effected by Nazi Occupation and the Holocaust. For that reason, it was difficult to write a traditional happy ending that is so satisfying to most readers, myself included.
How many times have I finished a book and felt disappointed that the loose story ends weren’t neatly tied up? How could any author allow their main character to suffer and not receive the happiness she so clearly earned through her many trials? As an avid reader, one who seeks out happy endings, rather than the tragic Oprah-style dark novel, I understood completely when readers of MRS. TUESDAY, gave mixed reviews to the story’s ending.
Since the book is self-published…

A Commonplace Book - Weekend Edition

A man I know once said to another man, "you talk about God as if you know him, as if you could tell me the color of his eyes. Why do people keep creating something to worship? I make it a point not to believe in anything athat always has the upper hand."
"Then how do you explain the world?" the other man said. "How come you're here?"
"Because it happened. Things just happen."
"Well, maybe 'things just happen' is another name for God."

Along these lines, we might say that "things just happen" is another name for inspiration. We often don't know what to call the stirrings inside us that guid and empower us to create, and those stirrings cannot be adequately conveyed or described to others in the way that they are felt and reflected in the work. Yet, if we believe that there is something beyond our human capacities of imagination and sight, then we can call creative inspiration a result of our being in the prese…

Mrs. Tuesday's New Look - How to Trust Your Intuition

A couple weeks ago I was making some edits to Mrs. Tuesday's Departure, after a friend kindly handed me a short list editorial corrections that I had missed when I proofed the manuscript.

Lesson learned: make sure you have a fresh pair of editorial eyes read through your manuscript before going to publication. Truly. Your own eyes will not catch the words that you left out, but which your author's voice will insist are still there.

But that's for another post.

When I finished editing the manuscript, I made another editorial decision, as you can see above, I decided to change the cover.

Those of you who went through the agonizing two (or was it four?) weeks of endless back and forth about which of a dozen cover variations I would choose, may recognize the above cover as one of those early choices.

Choosing the first cover entailed endless polling of readers and emails to friends. I won't even confess how many 'covers' I printed out and lined up on the dining ro…

Pandora Poikilos - Peace from Pieces: Let's Set the World on Fire

I don't often go so far as to share an entire post from someones blog, but in this case, I think it bears sharing....please take a moment to read what it really takes to be a writer, self-published or otherwise.

Pandora Poikilos - Peace from Pieces: Let's Set the World on Fire: What and who are the true measures of Indie publishing success? By Pandora Poikilos  Deep within each of us, there is a burning de...

A Commonplace Book - Weekend

Many things that artists create are blocked by people or circumstances, not by God. For two and a half years I screamed at God because nobody wanted my book A Wrinkle in Time. It almost never got published. I kept saying, "It's a good book, a good book, I wrote it for You. Why all these rejection slips?" But we have to trust God's timing. A Wrinkle in Time came out at exactly the right moment, by publishers who did not expect it to be a success.

- Madeleine L'Engle

from Inspired: The Breath of God

Orangeberry Book Tour for Mrs. Tuesday's Departure

For the next six weeks I will be on a blog tour for Mrs. Tuesday's Departure, hosted by Pandora Poikilos of Orangeberry Virtual Book Tours. Pandora is an absolute profession and a pleasure to work with, so I know this month will be exciting. We kicked it off this past weekend with two days of KDP Freebies and had a terrific response.

Now we're going to slow things down a bit and take a tour of some friendly blogs and give away a lot of books. If you'd like to join us, please take a look at the schedule below, click on a link, and visit one of our new friends.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Connect with Suzanne Anderson on
Twitter Facebook & Pinterest Check out where this author will be talking about her latest release!
8th May - She's being featured at Peace from Pieces
(Book Feature)
9th May - She's having a Twitter Blast with Pandora Poikilos

10th May - She's being featured at Writers & Authors 
(A World Without Books)
11th May - She's having…

Five Minute Super Simple Chocolate Walnut Fudge

You will love how easy this recipe is to assemble and 'cook'. The most difficult part will be waiting two hours while it cools and sets in the refrigerator.

Line a glass square dish with wax paper, leaving generous overhang on all sides, so that fudge is easily removed from pan.

In a medium pan, melt together two cups of chocolate chips and one can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir constantly to keep the mixture from burning. Once the chocolate has melted and has reached a smooth consistency, add the vanilla. Stir to incorporate. Fold in one cup of chopped walnuts. 

Quickly transfer contents of pan to the glass square. Top with remaining half cup of chopped walnuts. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Cool in the refrigerator for two hours. Cut into small squares and enjoy!


2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (fat free)

2 teaspoons espresso powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

pinch sea salt

Pans and Paper:

8 X 8 …

A Commonplace Book - Weekend

I worked in the physics of elementary particles. And I actually lived through a very interesting phase in that subject, when one saw, for the first time, a new pattern of structure in the world that was very beautiful, and concise, and that could be expressed in mathematics. All of us who were a part of this enterprise were left with a sene of wonder at the beautiful structure of the world. It seemed to me that it was the mind of God that was being discerned.

- John Polkinghorne
in Inspired: The Breath of God
by Joanna Lauger and Kenneth S. Lewis