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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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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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Oklahoma Land Run Comes Alive Through Historical Fiction

The Tale of “Oklahoma Grandma” I grew up hearing the tale of Mary Louisa Roberts, my great-great grandmother–a red-headed, feisty, and determined woman who successfully staked claim to one-hundred sixty acres in what later became part of Oklahoma. Her hard-drinking and “rounder” husband, Tuck, made a poor decision to seek gold in Colorado, leaving Mary… Continue reading Oklahoma Land Run Comes Alive Through Historical Fiction

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Book Clubs…

Tamarisk Book Club at Shana Fonte’s home The Best Cardio Workout As Valentine’s Day approaches, my heart is warmed, energized, and deeply touched–the best cardio workout around! My secret…hanging out with wonderful women who believe in the power of books. Recently, I’ve been on a streak of attending book clubs to talk about writing and… Continue reading Book Clubs…