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The Birthing of a Beautiful Book Cover

Cover Appeal I love meandering through book stores and relishing in the visual smorgasbord of colors, images, fonts, and witty words crafted into titles, cover copy, and tantalizing taglines. If I’m lucky enough to land myself in a store with a built-in coffee shop, the scent of printed paper mixed with the waft of my… Continue reading The Birthing of a Beautiful Book Cover

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Images, Imagery, & Imagination

Capturing Two Worlds I’ve been on a treasure hunt the last several weeks, and oh, yes, I can get use to this kind of adventure! Minutes turn into hours. Daylight transitions to darkness. My backside is numb and my stomach rumbles–all in the pursuit of digging up and collecting a treasure trove of images to… Continue reading Images, Imagery, & Imagination

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Andrea Merrell– Author. Editor. Blogger. Instructor. Mother. Grandmother. Wife. All with a Heart for Jesus

Back in 2014, when Andrea Merrell was assigned as editor for my debut book, I may as well have died and gone to heaven. I was spoiled from the get-go–my learning curve shot straight to the moon with her edits and suggestions–all with a loving, kind, and genuine heart. Now, it’s my privilege to share… Continue reading Andrea Merrell– Author. Editor. Blogger. Instructor. Mother. Grandmother. Wife. All with a Heart for Jesus

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Helping an Author Bring a Book to Life

Time to Round Up the Posse Those who know me well will attest I’d rather head off on an adventure with sidekicks than being the Lone Ranger. I wear that hat enough while I’m writing–countless hours at the computer and hanging out with my imaginary characters can make for a lonely ride. So, a girl’s… Continue reading Helping an Author Bring a Book to Life

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4 Reasons to Celebrate the 4th of July

Not To Rain On the Parade, But… When the final crepe paper, flag-laden bicycle rides by, parade watchers stow away folding chairs, last fireworks pop and fizzle, and I swear never to eat another hotdog (well, maybe just one at the ballgame next week), July 4th draws to a close. For a few days, the… Continue reading 4 Reasons to Celebrate the 4th of July

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Warrior Women & Why They Matter in Story and Life

Who Are These Brave and Courageous Women? Not who you might think. I’m not talking about Wonder Woman or Jamie Sommers the Bionic Woman (okay, I just dated myself, plus we share the same name and, therefore, she was my childhood alter ego). Admittedly, I sped around my elementary school playground with superhuman agility, strength,… Continue reading Warrior Women & Why They Matter in Story and Life

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Creative Instruction Makes Learning Memorable & Fun

Author. Artist …  It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I stepped out of the formal classroom after a wonderful twenty year career in elementary education. It was a difficult decision but one that allowed me to breathe new life into my long-time art studio, Piggy Toes, and provide the freedom of time… Continue reading Creative Instruction Makes Learning Memorable & Fun