Historical novel

Inside the Aldridge Hotel’s elegant lobby

Thanks to all who helped on my second historical novel, A Promise Child! The support and encouragement has been overwhelming. All the way from the editors, proofreaders, to friends and family members who came to set up for the book release party. Thank you everyone!

It had been a lot of work but also a lot of fun. I must say, the Aldridge Hotel where we had the party is one of the most elegant spots in Shawnee. Plus the hotel existed back in the 1930s! I could pretend to be a rich Easterner traveling to Shawnee, Oklahoma, on a train for a few days of shopping and festivities.

Sibyl, a banker’s daughter, marries a penniless hobo during the 1930s Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. Her father abandons the family during one of the worst times in the twentieth century—the Great Depression. The wind blows the topsoil away, hundreds of jobless men hang around town, and the economics structure of the day falls apart. Even Fremont, her stable, handsome husband, grows discouraged and wants to return to California. Sibyl hopes to put the decade behind her and begin a new era. Finally Fremont finds a job and they have a new baby, but then disaster strikes again. Will her faith hold her through another trial? Will they be able to survive in Oklahoma or will they leave with thousands of others making their way west?

I’m looking forward to meeting readers and chatting about life in the 30’s. Based on a true story, A Promise Child can be found along with the first book in the series, A Promise to Break, on Amazon at

Historical novel

A Café with a past.

Shawnee, Oklahoma has some interesting places that have existed since the 1920’s or 30’s, some mentioned in my book, A Promise to Break. Last week, when I was in Shawnee, my mother and I ate at the Hamburger King.
She says they make the best hamburgers she’s ever eaten with toasted buns, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. They also make many kinds of homemade pies. Oh, delicious.

What important people or dignitaries may have eaten at this hamburger joint during the past decades? Many famous people came through Shawnee and could have stopped in. It’s strange to think that my great-grandparents probably ate at the same café I did. That history connects me to them in a tighter way.

Which makes me think of my ancestors’ godly, Christian lives and the way their values have been passed down through the years. Some history never fades. I hope my great-grandchildren remember the values I’ve been taught and tried to live by. Maybe that’s one reason I write historical fiction based on true stories, so future generations won’t forget their past.



Fake Love

True love versus false love. How can we tell the difference? Both may be as attractive as roses, but one is the dime-store plastic kind and the other a fragrant red beauty. We need something more substantial than a temporary solution, wider than an Oklahoma sunset, and deep enough to fill the void inside.  Actually, we need a God’s kind of love. Nothing else will completely and always satisfy. Nothing.

I’ll be driving to Shawnee once a week to teach a wonderful group of women at Temple Baptist Church. My Bible study, Love From the Inside Out, is about true, godly love, the kind Jesus exemplified. Part of the study evolved from women prisoners I counseled and the amazing truths they taught me about love.

Please pray for me and these 21 women as we study and share together – and as we learn to love others, even those difficult people in our lives.