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Historical novel

Are you a reader?

Readers—those who love the smell and feel of books, words strewn together in enticing ways, and a plot that thickens toward midnight—might be kinfolk. Someday, someone will probably discover a gene we have in common.  A reader gene, so to speak.

I love books, and the book signing for Fremont’s Promise, my new historical novel, was loads of fun, primarily because I got to chat with so many interesting people (readers are always interesting). This signing was in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and I can’t thank The Arts at 317 enough. Beth was so helpful. If you missed it, more book signing events will be coming up!

I was overjoyed that my co-writer and book mentor dropped by. Margaret Pope Akin, at 88 years old, signed her first book! It’s been a few tough years for my beautiful mother, but she’s hanging in there. Please keep her in your prayers.

Thank you all for your amazing support and if you’re a reader and especially love family sagas based on true events and about the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the 1930s and 40s, you’ll love this book series.

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Historical novel Memory House Publishing

Nashville Christian Writing Conference

Writing conferences tend to lift my spirits, but the 2016 American Christian Writers Conference (ACFW) in Nashville inspired me beyond measure.

First I traveled by car from Oklahoma with renowned authors—three sweet, godly women who have successfully published many Christian books, finalists for Carol awards, and on top of that were friendly and fun. Who could have orchestrated that except God? I didn’t know the ladies before the trip and they didn’t know me, so it was by pure miracle they tolerated me. Thank you, thank you Robin Patchen, Sharon Srock, and Linda Goodnight! I am now firmly planted in your super fan club!

The conference, housed in the hotel adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame, was one of the best I have ever attended. Worship service and prayer rooms set the mood, with keynote speaker, the awesome suspense thriller author Ted Dekker, leading us through spiritual awakening as intense as his books. I loved meeting fellow authors like Martha Fouts, my dinner buddy, and Carrie Pagels, the atmosphere of helping one another, the gala, and the classes offered. I also received good feedback on my book, A Promise to Break, from encouraging publicists, Jeanne Wynne and Katie Shroeder.

 

I toured the Belle Meade Plantation, where Tamara Alexander’s books are set, so it wasn’t just all work! Thanks Linda.

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Yes, I dressed in an outfit for genre night. I’m beginning to feel right comfortable in my 1930’s hat and gloves. The conference was overwhelming but I returned home ready to finish my second book! I think every Christian fiction writer should make an effort to attend an ACFW Conference!