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A Sneak Peek of My Work-in-Progress

Two peeks:
1) the picture above...
2) the quote below...

What if you slept? And what if in your sleep you dreamed? And what if in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked  a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke you had the flower in your hand?
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Week-ending: A Commonplace Book

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by E. E. Cummings somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look will easily unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Marketing Tips for the Novice or Non-Miss Bossypants

Week Eight in the Writerly Chronicles from my Orangeberry Book Tour:

Marketing can be intimidating, unless, like Miss Coco, you are a bossy pants and live to tell others what to do or where to go. 
Of course, if like most writers you are an introvert, marketing many not come naturally. However, whether you are a writer with a traditional publisher or self-published, increasingly promoting your book will be your second job.
If like me, you are a novice at book promotion, allow me to share a few helpful tips I’ve picked as I navigate my way through my first book tour and marketing campaign in support of my first novel, MRS. TUESDAY’S DEPARTURE.
1.Establish dedicated Author Pages on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and/or Twitter. There often seems to be a fine line between what we share with our family and friends and what we want to share with readers. You want to be approachable and friendly, but not so much so that your personality overshadows your books. Unless of course, you write memoir…

One Woman's Walk Through the Bible

I wanted to share today's post from a blog I started in January: One Woman's Walk Through the Bible, where I've been posting my efforts to read through the Bible in a year after Mom gave me a Daily Walk Bible. As I share below, it hasn't always been easy to keep my commitment to read the Bible every day. Yet, when I do, I'm usually rewarded with some special verse that lifts my day.
Today's Reading: Isaiah 13 - 16

It's been so long since I've done myDaily Walk Biblereading (three weeks!)...I've missed the end of Psalms, all of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and today's reading plopped me down in the middle of Isaiah.

Yes, I'll confess that I even considered quitting this year-long reading challenge. But one of the positive aspects of my tenacious personality is that I hate to give up. So today I dove back in with surprising results.

Today's reading was all about the promised destruction of Babylon and Moab...and then amidst all the c…

Calling All Authors: Join the Orangeberry Summer Splash

NOTE: I'm posting this for my friend Pandora, who is hosting the Orangeberry Summer Splash.....currently she has 70+ authors, so she needs another 30 to reach her target. This is a wonderful opportunity to publicize your books at a reasonable cost. Whether you're an Indie-author or a traditionally published, why not join us for this fun event to get the word out about YOUR book?

Here's the details......if you're interested contact Pandora at:

As Orangeberry Book Tours reaches its 100th book tour, I will be organising a special mini book tour marathon, Orangeberry Summer Splash from1st August to 31st August.

The goal is to get 100 authors and 100 book blogs to participate in this campaign that is set to raise awareness for all participating authors and books.

1. Each author who signs up will receive
- 5 blog stops (may or may not be consecutively) per book
- 1 TwitterView
- 1 Twitter Blast (#OBSummer #Books)
- 12 months FREE…

What are the challenges you face as a writer in your genre?

Week Seven in the Writerly Chronicles from my Orangeberry Book Tour:

If you asked me what type of book I write, I’d tell you that I write mainstream women’s fiction with a Christian perspective. In other words, I write stories that reflect my view of the world. For instance, God is an essential and important part of my life, yet I am constantly questioning His presence in my life and how I should live in relation with Him.
This perspective may become a challenge within traditional Christian fiction, because I question as much as I proselytize. My writing might be too worldly for the some Christian readers. For instance, one reviewer remarked that she found my use of a few swear words in my first novel, Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure, to be offensive. I wrote back and apologized that she was offended. However, given the fact that I was writing a novel set in war-time, I felt the sparing use of those words was within bounds.
On the other hand, I would not be inclined to write an explicit sex…

Goodreads Giveaway for Chester Blue!

To celebrate the launch of my second book, I'm giving away FIVE beautiful paperback copies of God Loves You. -Chester Blue at Just click the link and enter to win!