I’ve learned in writing their books, authors research many interesting things that for whatever reason are lost to the story. Today I thought I would share a piece of history that tried hard, yet failed to make it onto the pages of Tangled Promises. Several of the Reinhold women in the book make a trip […]
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Welcome Cynthia Roemer & New Release, Beyond Wounded Hearts
Cynthia Roemer’s newest book in her Wounded Hearts series, Beyond Wounded Hearts, released this week! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!! I asked her to share something about herself and her writing to feature here on the blog, and feature in my newsletter, Inklings from my Pen. Cynthia is a special lady and her books are special, too. […]
Tangled Promises, Gowns, and Miles of Fabric
God grew mighty large in my eyes!!!
World’s Fair Christmas in Chicago & Meet George A. Tribble!
Participating in Jocelyn Green’s World’s Fair Christmas Tour of Chicago last month met every expectation and more. What an amazing time we had. Oh, how many new places I saw and new things I learned about this city of my family’s roots in America. And tons of ideas for Tangled Promises’ sequel. See a few […]
Why a Courting Candle?
A young lady coming of age to begin dating often arouses fears for her parents. Many years ago my husband light-heartedly suggested we send our daughter to a convent until she was 30. Should we have invested in a courting candle? Before you learn their real purpose, you might assume the spiraled courting candle adds […]
Heidi – My First Christian Fiction Read?
What was the first Christian Fiction book you read? My answer to this question posed in a social media post: Christy by Catherine Marshall. Released while we were in high school in 1967, many of my friends and I read and thoroughly enjoyed this story of faith set in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee. (Little […]
What Do You Know about Pigeons?
Pigeons get the limelight in a few scenes in my novel, Tangled Promises. According to the Pigeon Control Resource Center, “Perception of the pigeon through the centuries has changed from God to devil and from hero to zero!” Pigeons and doves hail from the same bird family. Doves in the Bible receive two significant mentions. […]
A Touch of Victorian with Modern
My current work-in-progress (WIP) keeps me looking at all things Victorian. This article, How to Create Modern Victorian Interiors, caught my attention. Just last fall, I had the opportunity to drive by my Great Grandparents’s home in Chicago and click a few photos. The home was built for them in the 1890s, and it’s current […]
Hitting the road in September and returning in October did nothing to switch our blazing temps to Autumn ones. But we’re home again. A great trip, Regardless of the weather, it’s always good to be back home. (NOTE: Since beginning the blogpost a few days ago, our temps have finally dropped into a more normal […]
Victorian Beauty – Treasures and Pleasures from Novel-Research
When you’re writing a Victorian Era novel, what could be better than a Victorian mansion featuring Victorian wedding gowns? My friend and I caught the last day of the “Wedding Belles on Millionaires Row Exhibition” at the Woodruff-Fontaine House in Memphis’ Victorian Village. From the oddly arranged 2-sided courting chair and courting candle to all […]