What I’m Reading: Snow out of Season

Christy Brunke crafts a compelling debut novel in Snow out of Season and weaves two storylines together with skill. In the first storyline, which takes place during modern day, drama teacher Shannon Henry and her physics teacher husband Wade have recently lost their baby daughter to SIDS. Then Shannon discovers …

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Dining by Hearthside in 1836

A few weeks ago, I time traveled to 1836. Oh, all right. Actually, I visited Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana, for the Hearthside Suppers program, which is the next best thing to rocketing back in time. Conner Prairie is an interactive history park that depicts life in 1836 Central Indiana. …

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Fruitfulness or Disappointment?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the trend: ask God to show you a word for the coming year. Though there’s no biblical mandate to do such a thing, it isn’t a bad idea to ask God to focus our hearts and minds on a principle in his word. Last year, I …

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The Pursuit: Will You Keep Fighting?

If all hope was gone, would you keep fighting? This question is presented in the marketing copy for my latest novel, The Pursuit. Given the current state of affairs in the United States, it’s a question that resonates.  The Pursuit wasn’t easy to write. Weaving together plot threads from an …

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The Agitator: Behind the Story

Sometimes when I’m writing, my minor characters jump up and down and remind me that they have backstories too. In The Liberation, the second book in my Emancipation Warriors series, the following conversation takes place between the main character, Vivica, and her new friend, Agent Agatha Sparks. “What made you …

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What I’m Reading: Breeder by Casey Hays

Imagine your sole duty in life is to produce children for society, and you must spend your reproductive years breeding with a strange man. This is Kate’s plight in the dystopian novel, Breeder, by Casey Hays. The story begins on Kate’s sixteenth birthday, and she is facing the reality that …

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Five Secrets of The Liberation

This week I released the sequel to The First Principle—The Liberation. It is Book Two in my Emancipation Warriors series. I thought it would be fun to share five secrets, but don’t worry—there aren’t any plot spoilers. Vivica’s new alias is Fredrica Lloyd, and the name Fredrica means peace. I …

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