Saturday, December 25, 2010

A White Christmas in Georgia!

Merry Christmas! It's been snowing in Georgia. I thought I'd share a couple of photos my daughter took this evening. And yes, my grill is still sitting out in it! I guess it's finally time to store it away. :)

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas day.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cute Nativity Video!

Ever think about a modern, digital take on the Nativity? I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. :)

Click Here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Won (in a tie) with the Cookies I made!

Thank you to all who responded with recipes for cookies! I ended up taking two types to the cookie swap party. One recipe, Chinese Noodle Cookies, a recipe shared by Ruth Logan Herne, ended up tying for first place in a vote by the ladies who attended! Congrats to Maddie for her fantastic cookies, too!

You can find the recipe I used here. It's so easy and good.

I also want to let you know about an original serial story we'll be doing on one of the group blogs I share with other Love Inspired authors. It starts Wednesday! Please visit each day for installments. To visit the Craftie Ladies of Romance blog, click here.

I hope you have a great week and are able to finish your Christmas preparations!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Need a Good Cookie Recipe!

I need your help! I'm going to a cookie swap party this weekend, and I need a good but easy recipe. Why? Because I don't do cookies! I just buy the slice and bake kind. Or I use the tubs of dough I've bought from school fundraisers. But for this party, we're supposed to share a copy of the recipe. I guess I can't tear off the ingredient list from the package, now can I?  :)

So help me out. I'd like to take something that's not the typical chocolate chip or peanut butter. What's your favorite recipe?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wonderful Discovery!

I just made the most wonderful discovery while shopping with my mother on Friday in Athens. Isle of Candles Soy Lotion Candles! They're made of pure soy oil. As they burn, you can take the warm wax and use as a lotion. Oh, my! My hands never felt better. It's amazing.

I bought the caramel vanilla and blackberry sage fragrances. They both smell yummy! And they smell good on my hands as well. I just placed an order online for a couple of other fragrances. You'll have to check it out!   And for anyone near Athens, I bought them at Southern Comforts of Athens in the Five Points area (across the street from Five and Ten.)

Missy--with satiny soft hands and cuticles! :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!


I'm thankful for you, my blog readers, and for God's many blessings! I hope you have a joy-filled (and tummy-filling) day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Newsletter Mailing--Did You Get Yours?

I just sent a new email newsletter Tuesday night. If you didn't get your copy, and you think you've already signed up, then please look in the side-bar and sign up again. They notified me of that there were about 22 email addresses that bounced (were incorrect). Don't worry about getting a duplicate. The newsletter service automatically removes duplicates.

And if you've never signed up, I hope you'll consider it! I only send newsletters quarterly or when I have special news. So far this year, I've only sent two. I promise not to fill your email box! :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's Cooking?

I've bought the groceries. My son is traveling home as I write. More of my family is coming in tomorrow. And I've decided I'm going to start cooking tomorrow!

I know I'll do the turkey and dressing on Thursday. But I may go ahead and bake the desserts tomorrow. Make the cranberry jello salad tomorrow as well. I'm also thinking of cooking the squash for the casserole. What do you think?

How much cooking do you do a day ahead of time for Thanksgiving? Last time we had the meal at my house, I did just about everything on Thursday and was totally exhausted. I think I want to plan better this time around! I'd love your input.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Very Cool Video to Put you in the Christmas Spirit

Someone sent me this link last week. And I just received it again so decided to share. :)

"Opera Company of Philadelphia Rallies Over 650 Singers To Surprise Macy’s Shoppers With A Random Act of Culture."

This is an amazing video. I hope you'll check it out. Very fun! Click here.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Author Sandi Rog

MastersWall.jpgI've just learned of an author, Sandi Rog, who is a friend of a friend. I hope you'll hop over to the F.A.I.T.H. blog to read her story. On the day her first book released, she found out she'd been diagnosed with brain cancer. Such a sad story. Please stop by and read how you might be able to help...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book Giveaway Thursday!

I reviewed this book and will be giving away the copy that the publisher provided on Thursday! I loved the book and will be buying my own copy. I hope you'll stop by and read the review on my group blog and enter to win!

We were formerly

But we've bought a new domain name so you can find us at

Hope to see you there on Thursday! You'll have through Friday to enter. I won't draw the winner until the weekend.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Fixed the Link from Today's Post

Ooops! Several people contacted me. I guess I was still celebrating the Giants' win and copied and pasted the wrong link. :)

Here's the correct link for checking out Sun Stand Still.

Ever Wondered How to Pray?

Have you ever wondered how to pray? I can tell you that I have. That's why when I got a promotional email from the publisher for this book, Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick, I clicked to check it out. The author talks about praying for things that are out of our league--that only God can accomplish. He gives several other "steps" to help us pray like we've never prayed before. There's an excerpt at this link (click here) that I really found inspiring. (And you can download the list.) I'm going to try to incorporate it in my own prayer life!


Thursday, November 04, 2010

San Francisco Giants Parade

I just got to look at some great photos from the parade to welcome home the Giants after winning the World Series. I thought I'd share a few from You can see all of them by clicking here. We had hoped to see Buster's championship ring at Christmas, but have since heard from a friend that they aren't presented until the opening of next season. So I guess it'll be a while!

The article says hundreds of thousands of fans showed up. Some estimated maybe a million. Must have been quite a celebration.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bieber--and San Francisco Giants--Fever

In the Tippens household, it's pretty much accepted that Justin Bieber is my daughter's future husband. :) She even stuck letters on her old cell phone case that said Mrs. Bieber. She has a major star crush and openly admits it.

So last night, we were watching the DVR of the beginning of World Series game 3 just for Justin's new video, and there in the middle of the video was a shot of my nephew, Buster Posey! Yes, my daughter was watching a video of her future husband along with her cousin. ;)

It's been so fun to see Buster on TV. In the video, you can see a brief shot of him in his catcher's chest protector but without a helmet. So cool!

I thought I'd share a link to the video on YouTube if you're interested. Justin Bieber World Series video

By the way, I think I announced this everywhere but on my blog! I was blessed with another book sale this past week! Steeple Hill Love Inspired bought another book, working title Hope for Hannah, that will be out in January or February 2012. Woo hoo! :)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Scary, Scary Pumpkin! :)

Okay, so maybe our pumpkin is more gross than scary. :) But it is what it is.

Mistake #1: We didn't check it over when we bought it. Got home and saw a little spot on it that looked like it was going bad. But it was on the back, so I plopped it on the front porch anyway.

Mistake #2: My daughter probably cut it a little too early. But she had the time and the motivation (and I didn't), so I said, "Go for it."

Mistake #3: Probably should have hauled it off and started over at the first sign of mold. But hey, my daughter had worked so hard on it I didn't have the heart.

So now we'll just get through tomorrow and then haul it to the woods. :)

BTW, are you watching the World Series tonight, cheering for the Giants??!! You need to help pull them through!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Dog's Surgery

My dog just had his second surgery today for a malignant tumor in his leg. We're praying they'll find clear margins this time! I'm just thankful he made it through another surgery okay. Poor thing has been wobbling around, trying to walk on three legs, acting drunk from the pain medication. But at least he's not in pain.

I just took a photo of the staples in his leg. Rather Frankenstein looking for Halloween week, don't you think? :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Life is Good!

I've just had a second cup of coffee and life is good! I'm playing catch-up this week. Last week was fall break for the kids, so we went to visit my husband's parents. We had a great time! While we were there, we even got to go visit Plains, Georgia, former President Jimmy Carter's hometown.

Tybee Island beach shot

Heading to the beach.

Blue crab (we released him back in the water!)

Non-stinging jellyfish. Surprisingly heavy!
The week before, I had a blast chaperoning a school trip with my daughter. We visited the Tybee Island 4-H center.  Got to learn lots about the marsh, beach and ocean creatures! And the kids were great. I thought I'd share a few photos from this gorgeous island...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Win a Kindle!

On one of my group blogs, Seekerville, we're celebrating our 3rd birthday with lots of prizes--and a final prize of a Kindle loaded with our books! I hope you'll stop by in the month of October to enter. There are prizes for writers (critiques) as well as many prizes for readers. Here's some info:

The Seekerville party schedule is now up. Our birthday bash is October 1-31. We have an awesome line up of guests...Steeple Hill Assistant Editor Emily Rodmell, Bob Mayer, Stanley D. Williams, Patty Hall, Nancy Kress, Debra Dixon, Caroline Tolley, Jeff Gerke, and the Usual Suspects. Don’t forget our pre-party guests, Avalon Editor Lia Brown, authors Angi Morgan, Sara Mitchell & Barbara White Daille and our exciting post-party guests include authors Alicia Rasley, and Cat Shield. Stop by for a chance to win CRITIQUES, GIFT CARDS, BOOKS and the GRAND BIRTHDAY PRESENT--a Kindle loaded with Seeker books.

Also, on my other group blog, the F.A.I.T.H. blog, we're finishing up a week-long contest this Friday. Be sure to stop by to comment for chance to win prizes there as well!

One more thing! If you're in the Decatur, GA, area this Saturday, Oct. 2, 4:30-6:00, please stop by the Holiday Inn Conference Center. I'll be signing books with other authors from Georgia Romance Writers! Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Catching Up--Lots of Photos!

The Tippens at S.F. Giants game

Supporting our nephew!
I'm the world's worst at uploading photographs. So I'm finally sharing some from way back in August! For the first time since he was drafted, we had the opportunity to go watch our nephew, Buster Posey, play for the San Francisco Giants! They came to Atlanta to play the Braves, so we went to cheer him on. (Which was a bit strange since we've always been Braves fans.) You can see the photos of our matching shirts. :) And we weren't the only ones. A bus of friends came up from his hometown in south Georgia to show support. A lot of family came as well, so it was a mini family reunion.

Buster Posey at bat
You can see a couple more photos. We had great seats and were thankful to be out of the rain during the rain delay. Overall, it was a fun night!
On the Big Screen
The next photos are from the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. I just returned last week. It was an amazing time. Lots of great speakers, workshops, meetings with my editors and agent, and...time with writer friends!

Debby Giusti, Missy Tippens, Michael Hauge, Janet Dean
 One of my favorite workshops was taught my Michael Hauge. I'd already listened to his DVD's on writing, The Hero's 2 Journeys. In fact, I've listened to it multiple times. So it was great to hear him in person and to soak up his methods.

Other photos are of time spent with my writing friends. Some of us spend time online each day but only see each other in person once a year. It's also like a family reunion.

I hope you have a great weekend!
Seekerville blog girls L to R: Janet Dean, Debby Giusti, Pam Hillman, Audra Harders, Myra Johnson, Missy Tippens, Cara Lynn James.

Pam Hillman accepting the Genesis Award

Carol Award winner, Mary Connealy, with Missy Tippens

L to R Glynna Kaye, Janet Dean, Myra Johnson, Audra Harders,  Julie Lessman (front), Mary Connealy, Debby Giusti, Missy Tippens. Celebrating with Mary.

L to R: F.A.I.T.H bloggers Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Angela Breidenbach, Missy Tippens, Christy Smith,  and Mindy Obenhaus

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Book Signing

I'm sorry I've been so out of touch! I've been doing revisions, then working on a new proposal, and now am doing edits! I have a bunch of photos to share eventually. But I'm actually going to the American Christian Fiction conference this week so will have to share later. :)

For anyone who lives in the Indianapolis, IN, area, there will be book signings open to the public this coming weekend! ACFW will be holding signings for the different publishers Friday-Sunday.

My books aren't available at this point (except for some online booksellers or as e-books), so I won't be officially taking part in the signing. However, if you already have one and would like to bring it for me to sign, please do! (If you aren't allowed to bring previously-purchased books into the bookstore, just flag me down.) :) I'll be hanging out with the other Steeple Hill authors who'll be signing on Saturday the 18th from 5:15-6 pm. I'll paste the info below. I hope to see you there!

Book signing location:
Hyatt Regency

One South Capitol Avenue · Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: 317.632.1234 - Fax: 317.616.6299

For a schedule of participating authors, click here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sharing Photos from the RWA National Conference

I'm sharing photos today from the Romance Writers of America conference! I hope you'll stop by the F.A.I.T.H. blog to check them out!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Are You In the Orlando Area?

If you're in the Orlando area, I hope you'll stop by to see me! I'll be taking part in a huge book signing that raises money for literacy. Here's the info:

Romance Writers of America National Conference
Orlando, FL
Public Autographing to raise money for charity--over 500 authors participating!
Wednesday, July 28, 5:30-7:30, Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Pacific Exhibit Hall.

Click here to see a map of where authors will be sitting (and see which bestselling authors will be there).

As you can see, the seating is alphabetical. I hope you'll come by and say hello! 

For more info, visit the RWA site:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading this summer?

I love nothing more than taking a huge bag of books to the beach for vacation. I also love having more evenings at home in the summer since a good many of the activities that keep us on the run in the school year are over. So it's a great time to read!

Recently, I finished Cara Lynn James' debut novel, Love on a Dime (click the link to read the first pages) and really enjoyed it. And now I'm reading Jennifer Hudson Taylor's debut, Highland Blessings. (Click the link to go read the first chapter.) It's fantastic, too!

So what are you reading?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Talking Tennis and Tenacity

I hope you'll stop by the F.A.I.T.H. blog today! I'm talking about the amazing Wimbledon match between Isner and Mahut that's continuing today.

Click here to visit the blog!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Don't Forget Father's Day!

This is your reminder to mail your Father's Day cards and gifts if you've forgotten! I'm thankful that I remembered this morning, but I still doubt the cards will arrive in time. I guess I'll be calling my dad on Sunday and telling him to look for his card on Monday. At least I got his birthday card to him early last month! :)

This photo is of my dad at my very first book signing. He and my mom drove the 6 hours just for the event. And bless his heart, he bought about 20 books to send to friends and family. He had me autograph all of them, and then he mailed them. I guess you could say he's my biggest fan! :)

And this is one of those shots I couldn't resist snapping. My dad napping. Thankfully, his Internet is sporadic, so he barely has time to check email. He won't be checking my blog. :)

But just in case... Happy Father's Day, Daddy! I love you!!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Justin Bieber Birthday :)

Well, we did it. We got tickets for teen heartthrob Justin Biebers's concert in August! It's for my daughter's birthday. My husband generously declined taking her, so I'll get the honor. Can't imagine why he wouldn't want to. ;)

Actually, I think it'll be fun if I survive all the screaming girls. Justin's a cutie with an amazing talent. And what could be better than a girls' night out with my daughter?!

Have you been to any concerts lately? I can't even remember the last time I went to one.

Oh, yeah! It was about 5 years ago--Point of Grace and Michael Card. :) What about you?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Giveaway Today!

Today on the F.A.I.T.H. blog, I'm giving away a copy of His Forever Love! So please stop by to enter the drawing! To go straight to the blog, Click here.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Booksellers' Best Award Finalist!

I'm so thrilled to announce the my book, His Forever Love, is a finalist for the Booksellers' Best Award! The contest is sponsored by the Greater Detroit chapter, and the judges are booksellers and librarians. The winners will be announced at the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Orlando in July. I'm excited that I'll be at the conference so can attend!

Here's a list of the finalists in all categories. Congrats to all!


Helen Brenna
From The Outside

Lucy Gordon
Italian Tycoon, Secret Son

Fiona Harper
Invitation to the Boss's Ball

Glynna Kaye
Dreaming Of Home

Joselyn Vaughn
CEO's Don't Cry


Christine Columbus
The Perfect Country and Western Story

Robyn Grady
The Billionaire's Fake Engagement

Sandra Hyatt
Having The Billionaire's Baby

Geri Krotow
What Family Means

Lynne Marshall
Temporary Doctor, Surprise Father

Cara Summers
Twin Temptation

Cara Summers
Christmas Male


Lisa Dale
Simple WIshes

Susan Gable
A Kid To The Rescue

Elaine Grant
No Hero Like Him

Janice Maynard
Hot Mail

Terry McLaughlin
A Small Town Reunion

Kay Stockham
Simon Says Mommy

Linda Warren
Caitlyn's Prize


Toni Blake
One Reckless Summer

Marilyn Brant
According To Jane

Robin Kaye
Breakfast in Bed

Susan Mallery
Hot On Her Heels

Karen White
The Lost Hours


Kylie Brant
Waking The Dead

Marilee Brothers
Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam

Ava Gray
Skin Game

Sandy James
Free Falling


Jaci Burton
Riding On Instinct

Red Garnier
The Satin Sash

Lara Santiago
Rogue's Run

Shelli Stevens
Take Me

Tracy Wolff
Full Exposure


Jennifer Ashley
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Caroline Fyffe
Where The Wind Blows

Carolyn Jewel

Margaret Mallory
Knight of Pleasure

Elizabeth Rolls
Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride

Christine Wells
Wicked Little Game


Anna Campbell
Captive of Sin

Hannah Howell
If He's Wicked

Hannah Howell
If He's Sinful

Regina Jeffers
Darcy's Temptation


Sharon Ashwood
Ravenous: The Dark Forgotten

Maureen Child

Lisa Childs
Immortal bride

Gail Dayton
New Blood

Cynthia Eden
Midnight's Master

Ann Hinnenkamp
Dyad Dreams

Sharon Sala
The Warrior


Sandra Bricker
Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida

Amanda Cabot
Paper Roses

Irene Hannon
An Eye for an Eye

Trish Perry
Sunset Beach

Marlo Schalesky
If Tomorrow Never Comes

Missy Tippens
His Forever Love


Marilyn Brant
According To Jane

Red Garnier
The Satin Sash

Ann Hinnenkamp
Dyad Dreams

Glynna Kaye
Dreaming Of Home

Monday, May 24, 2010

Welcome Debut Author, Cara Lynn James!

I'm so thrilled to welcome my friend and Thomas Nelson debut author Cara Lynn James! Cara's first book has just been released (check out the gorgeous cover!), and I'd like to introduce you to her today.

Cara: Hi, Missy! Thank you for having me on your blog.

Missy: How long have you been writing for publication?

C: I decided to start writing for publication a few months after I moved with my family from Vermont to north Florida. That was November 2002. I remember because that’s when I joined RWA and the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA. It was wonderful to talk to writers and learn more about the craft and about publication from people who knew what they were talking about. Some chapter members were already published and the rest were also serious writers. That was so different from typing away in private not having a clue about what I was doing. I was afraid if I told anyone about ‘my secret habit’ they’d laugh at me. Actually, I did tell a friend and she did laugh!

M: Who are some of your favorite authors or what's your favorite book?

C: Of course my favorite authors are Seekers! I read both inspirational and secular fiction—women’s fiction, mystery, historicals, suspense and romance. I used to read mainly thrillers, but I moved on to other genres. I’m not going to mention who my favorite inspirational authors are because I have many I really enjoy and I don’t want to leave anyone out. Maeve Binchy and Rhys Bowen are two I always read. I have two all time favorite books. It’s a tie between The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Picher and Gone With the Wind.

M: What's your fav movie?

C: Same as above—Gone With the Wind. I also love the Godfather movies, the Jane Austen movies and most anything on Masterpiece Theatre or Masterpiece Mystery. I loved Upstairs, Downstairs. My favorite movies make me laugh or make me cry.

M: Can you tell readers something unusual about yourself?

C: I once owned a small bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont. I guess that’s not out of character for a writer. But running a business is completely different from reading or writing books. Let’s see. I was also a Naval officer for almost eight years and flew in the back seat of training command jets wearing about 50 pounds of equipment--a flight suit, boots, a helmet, oxygen mask, torso harness and G suit. Very heavy stuff. Sitting on an ejection seat is really uncomfortable and kind of scary!

M: What's your family make-up?

C: My husband is a retired Science teacher and Navy pilot. Our daughter and her three year old son live with us along with her Papillion, Sparky. We have a son who just graduated from college. He lives in an apartment about five minutes away from us.

M: What's your writing area like?

C: My office is our enclosed porch which I love. My desk and bookcases are up against the brick wall. Usually I sit on a recliner loveseat and write on my laptop—or look at the jasmine vines or flower garden. The jasmine smells so good. I hate it when the weather gets so hot I have to close the windows and turn on the air conditioner. I’m a New Englander at heart. I like lots of fresh air. The problem with the porch is you have to walk through it to get to the deck and the back yard. I don’t always get a lot of privacy, but I love the feel of the room.

Thanks, Cara, for letting us take a peek into your life! I didn't know about you owning a bookstore! And I loved hearing about your writing space. :)

Now here's a peek at Love on a Dime:

In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.

Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons--dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

But it's not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that's exactly what she does.

No one in Lilly's social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company...and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.

But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family's social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.

Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?

Be sure to visit Cara at

Monday, May 17, 2010

Guest Interview

Mindy Obenhaus has posted an interview with me this week on her blog, Divine Imagination. I hope you'll stop by. And be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of one of my books!

Please also stop by the Seekerville blog today. I'm having Irene Hannon as my guest! And she's giving away a copy of one of her books as well.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Catching up!

Since I turned in my book, I've been working on a new proposal. But I decided to take today to answer reader letters, package up some books to mail to blog winners, update my website and finally put together a newsletter! So for those of you who've subscribed to my quarterly newsletter, I hope to have one out soon! And for those who've sent me snail mail, my reply postcards will go in the mail today. I enjoy reading your letters so much! Your messages truly touch me. (The emails as well.)

Thanks, all of you, for your support!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Finally Finshed and Mailed the New book!

I've finally finished and mailed off the book I've been working on! Yay!! I'm thrilled. :)

The book is from Steeple Hill Love Inspired and is titled A Family for Faith.

I hope you'll head over to the F.A.I.T.H. blog today to celebrate with me and to read a fun story about how I finished it. :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Francine Rivers new release, Her Mother's Hope!

I'm excited to share an interview with you today. Francine Rivers (you may know her from the bestselling Redeeming Love) has a new release, Her Mother's Hope!So please stick around to read a bit about Francine and her books...

How did you get started as a writer?
From the time I was a child, I knew I would be a writer. Because I didn’t know what I would write, I majored in English (emphasis in literary writing) and minored in journalism (emphasis on who-what-when-where-why). My parents had always been non-fiction readers. Rick’s family loved all kinds of books – and lots of fiction. Mom Edith loaned me novels and I loved them. On a dare (from Rick) I decided to write a combination of my favorite genres and wrote a “western-gothic-romance”. Romance novels were booming in the general market, publishers were on the look-out for new writers. My first manuscript sold and was published. I was hooked! I followed with eight or nine more (of what I call my B.C. (before Christ) books). They are all now out of print, are never to be reprinted, and are not recommended.

When I turned my life over to Jesus, I couldn’t write for three years. I tried, but nothing worked. I struggled against God over that because writing was my “identity.” It took that period of suffering “writer’s block” to bring me to my senses. God was trying to open my eyes to how writing had become an idol in my life. It was the place I ran to escape, the one area of my life where I thought I was in complete control. (Hardly!) My priorities were all wrong and needed to be put right. God first, husband and children second (we had three children by then) and third-- work. I prayed God would change my heart. My love for writing and reading novels waned and my passion for reading and studying God’s Word grew.

Rick and I began hosting a home Bible study. I began working with Rick in his business. The children came along and played in the office, hiding in the shipping popcorn. Writing ceased to matter. I was in love with Jesus and my husband and children. God never stops with the transformation process. We began studying the book of Hosea, and I sensed God calling me to write again – this time a romance about Jesus’ love for each of us. Redeeming Love was the result. It is the retelling of the Hosea story, set in Gold Rush-era California. After I turned it in, I wasn’t sure whether I would write anything more. I had so many questions about what it means to be a Christian, how to live for God, different issues that still haunted me. I felt God nudging me toward using my writing as a tool to draw closer to Him. I would ask my question, create characters that would play out the different viewpoints and seek God’s perspective. I began work on A Voice in the Wind. Writing has become a way to worship the Lord through story – to show how intimately He wants to be involved in our lives.

Where do you get your ideas for your plots?
Almost every story I have written since becoming a Christian has come from a question that regards a struggle in my own faith walk. The plot centers around the different ways that question can be answered by “the world” – but the quest is to find God’s answer. Here is a list of my novels with the questions that started each story:
  • A Voice in the Wind: How do I share my faith with unsaved family members and friends who have no desire to read the Bible or hear me talk about my faith?
  • An Echo in the Darkness: How many times are we called upon to forgive people who hurt us deliberately -- and (in many countries) would like to see us dead?
  • As Sure As the Dawn: How do you deal with anger – especially when there is “good” cause? What is “righteous anger” and how does it look?
  • The Scarlet Thread: What does “sovereignty” mean in man’s relationship with God? If He is in control of everything, what does that say about the bad things that happen to people?
  • The Atonement Child: Is there complete forgiveness and restoration for a woman who has aborted her child? Does abortion have any effect on the woman and the man involved in the crisis pregnancy? Does it impact people around them? (This was my most painful and personal book because I needed to face and deal with my own abortion experience. The character of Hannah is based on my story; Evie is based on my mother’s.)
  • The Last Sin Eater: What is the difference between guilt and conviction? This book came out of The Atonement Child. What I learned: guilt kept me imprisoned for years. Conviction sent me to my knees before the Lord where I received forgiveness and experienced His love and grace.
  • Leota’s Garden: Are abortion and euthanasia connected? Is euthanasia merciful or an act of murder? This novel also came out of my work on The Atonement Child. While studying the abortion issue from all sides, I realized the arguments for abortion are exactly the same as those for euthanasia. While going through a post-abortion class with other women (one a nurse), I learned that the elderly are already at risk. One scene in the book continues to shock people. I wrote it for that purpose. I want people to understand life is precious. The movement toward legalizing euthanasia continues to gain momentum (and has less to do with “mercy” than saving money for care).
  • And the Shofar Blew: What is a church? How do you build it? During my travels around the country and speaking at various churches, I saw many struggling through building projects and massive programs to draw more parishioners. Size of building and number of people in the pews seemed to define success or failure. Like a government out of control, the “church” (in many cases) has forgotten its foundation and purpose. Christ is the cornerstone. Believers meet together to study the Word of God, worship Him and encourage one another – and keep their doors and hearts open to those seeking God. Unfortunately, too many congregations have left their first love (Jesus Christ) and turned to idolatry (placing a building/drawing a crowd/being “politically correct” above a relationship with the Lord).
  • Her Mother’s Hope / Her Daughter’s Dream: What caused the rift between my grandmother and mother? When my grandmother had a stroke, my mother raced from Oregon to the Central Valley of California to be with her. Grandma died before she arrived. My mother was heart-broken and said, “I think she willed herself to die just so we wouldn’t have to talk things out.” I have wondered since: What causes people (even Christians) to hold grudges? What might have brought resolution and restoration to these two women? Could my grandmother have loved my mother without my mother understanding it? The two books have many personal, family details woven in and I will be sharing this information in my blog.

Which is your favorite book of those you’ve written?
My favorite book is Redeeming Love. It was my first as a born-again Christian, my statement of faith, and the most exciting year I’ve spent writing anything. I felt God’s presence throughout the months of work, as though He were telling me His story through thousands of Scriptures as well as explaining the inner heart-ache and quest of each “my” characters.

Which book was the hardest to write and why?
The Atonement Child was the most personal and difficult to write because I had to face my own abortion experience. Added to the considerable research I did, and women who shared their experiences with me, I went through an intensive post-traumatic stress Bible study for post-abortive women at our local pregnancy counseling center. Reliving all aspects of my abortion decision and experience was excruciating – but healing. After twenty-six years of being imprisoned by guilt and shame, I was free through the power and love of God. Though the book was the most heart-wrenching to write, it also proved to be the most life changing. I’ve received countless letters from other post-abortive women and have learned my experience is not unique. Our nation is filled with wounded men and women. The character of Hannah is based on my story, Doug is based on Rick’s, and Evie is based on my mother’s.

Are any of your novels going to be made into movies?
The Last Sin Eater was produced and directed by Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird (They did an outstanding job.) The movie was released in theaters in 2007 and is now available on DVD. You can see the trailer on Rick and I were invited to visit the set during filming in the mountains north of Salt Lake City. We had a great time and there are pictures of our trip in the movie-edition of the novel.
A film based on Redeeming Love is currently in development with Abba Productions/ Christy Lee Taylor. She has partnered with producer Ralph Winter and they are trying to pull together funding to get the project off the ground.

Tell us about your current work.
I have just completed the second in a set of two books about mother-daughter relationship over four generations. This was intended to be one long novel dealing with the different ways generations have lived out their faith – but became so long it needed to be divided. Her Mother’s Hope will be released March 16, 2010. Her Daughter’s Dream will follow in September. There are numerous family and personal details woven into both books and I plan to share those things on my blog. You may find out more about my new book and more by visiting my web site at

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PLEASE NOTE: A complimentary copy of this book was provided to the me as a blog tour host by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at for more information about blog tour management services.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

New Cookbook Release with Angie Breidenbach!

I'm so happy to welcome my friend and co-blogger on the F.A.I.T.H. blog, Angie Breidenbach. Angie has just published her very first cookbook! I've seen the book, and it has lots of great tips and a wonderful plan (with yummy recipes) for dealing with colitis. To celebrate, I thought I'd do an interview to let you know more about it. And Angie has graciously offered to give away one copy to a lucky commenter. I'll draw a name this weekend. Please leave your contact info! So here's Angie...

M: Can you tell us how you came up with the idea to do a cookbook? And why one for people suffering from colitis?

A: Last year, I suffered from severe malnutrition and dehydration. We couldn't figure out why. Once I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis, it was so hard to find information on what I could eat. I began to get really depressed because everything hurt. I had even stopped going out to social events and eating meals with my family. I'd watch them eat because I'd get so sick.

Once the diagnosis was made, it took 3 more months to just start finding out how to manage. During this time I'd been crowned Mrs. Montana International and I was considering not competing for Mrs. International. I had to find a solution. It came through prayer and God's nudging a friend, Tod, to suggest fasting and starting on an Addition Plan instead of the elimination diet that I'd been on. (Elimination diets take out food that bothers you. All food seemed to bother me. Fasting and starting over like a baby with food made all the difference.)

From that point on, I began to understand what foods I could eat and started to have hope again. I wanted to share that hope and joy with other colitis sufferers. The joy is that the recipes are fun for the whole family! So we don't have to eat that differently from those we love.

M: What's your favorite recipe in the book?

A: Oh man, that's a hard one! I grew up on Swedish rice so it's a comfort food. But I adore orange rolls. Wait, I can't stop on the Spiced Roast Beef. Well, then there's Stroganoff (had that for dinner tonight, lol.) Honestly, finding out I can eat these recipes brought joy back into my life when I was so terribly down from the condition. So I love them all.

M: I see that $1 of the proceeds go to one of the foundations that you support--The Jadyn Fred Foundation. Can you tell us about it?

A: The Jadyn Fred Foundation is very close to my heart. These people are strong Christians who love the Lord and are helping families with funds that insurance won't cover like gas, food, and hotel costs associated with medical treatments for their children. Before I was Mrs. Montana, I fell in love with the hearts that run this program through watching my friend's child be part of the Jadyn Fred Foundation. I want to do what I can through my talents to give back to my community. This is my way of tithing on my talents to support something I believe in so strongly. You can find more information at and see who they are, who they help, and why it's so special.

M: Can you tell readers a little of what they'll find inside Creative Cooking for Colitis?

A: Tons of photos! One of the things that bothers me with cookbooks is when I need or want to see a photo of the finished dish. I decided I needed one for every recipe. But to me, the simplicity of how to make each one is important to the busy mom. I sold my very first cookbook the day it released because the lady told me she needed simple! So I'd say simple to elaborately simple :-) There are some really elegant dishes, but they're still easy to make!

M: And where can readers purchase it? (And in what formats?)

A: Thank you for asking, I'm running a new release special on my website and the corresponding blog at: on pdf download for the ebook.

It's 58 pages, but you will have beautiful photos right on your computer. So only print the one you need at the time or read it right off the screen.

You can also order it by CD, that link is coming this week! But PDF download is available now :-D

It'll be formatted for Kindle and e-readers this summer too.

I'll be at these events where you can buy it on CD in person too:
April 17-18th, Naked Truth Singles Conference in Memphis, TN
May 12-15th, Colorado Christian Writer's Conference in Estes Park, CO
(June 19th in Richmond, VA & July 10th in Rockingham, NC)

We're working out the details, but it will be available soon with 550 online stores through the network as well.

Book Summary:
Creative Cooking for Colitis: Tips & recipes on how to start living and eating confidently again is full of gorgeous color photographs for each dish. The Addition Plan and 25 tips really help get you back into a joyful family and social life too! All the recipes are suitable for the entire family. Recipes range from very simple to elaborately simple. Hope and joy are in the pages of this book!

Angie's Bio:

Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009, author of Creative Cooking for Colitis, works with Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries, the American Heart Association, and the Jadyn Fred Foundation. Angela also teaches online classes and coaches one-on-one in courageous confidence, personal growth, and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and Assisting Minister. She serves as the American Christian Fiction Writer's Publicity Officer and is a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and author. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom's brain, but she is also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. She is married, has a combined family of six grown children, one grandson.

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter from Georgia!

Happy Easter!! I hope you'll stop by the F.A.I.T.H. blog and see photos I've shared of our yard. It's such a gorgeous spring here in Georgia!

And I hope you've had a wonderful day with family and friends, praising God for the gift of our Savior. He is risen!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Out with the Old...In with the New

Out with the old, in with the new.
I spotted this scene the other day, and that was the first thought that popped into my head! You may have to click on the photo to blow it up to get a good look (I took it while driving!). It's a old, beat up TV someone ditched by the road. And all around it are beautiful daffodils! What a contrast, huh?

I'm loving the warm weather we had yesterday. Sunny and 74 degrees! Perfect driving weather, as I always tell my kids. So I was doing all my normal taxi mom runs yesterday with my windows down, music blasting and my sun roof open--and sneezing! I know I must've looked crazy sneezing my head off, then going back to singing at the top of my lungs. :) But I couldn't help it. I just love a glorious spring day.

One of my stops yesterday was at the library, and as I was pulling out of the parking lot, I had to stop and grab my phone to take this gorgeous photo out of my sunroof. The cherry blossom trees are outstanding! And there are areas in town with clusters of Bradford Pear trees that give the feeling of snow because you're surrounded by white.

So spring is here in Georgia! If you're not experiencing it yet, I hope you will soon!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review of Winter's End by Ruth Logan Herne

I'm posting a review of debut author Ruth Logan Herne's book, Winter's End (loved it!!!) on one of my group blogs on Thursday, March 18. I hope you'll stop by and read it. The review is geared toward writers, but I think a reader might be intrigued by how I studied the book to learn. :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence!

I know I've been a terrible blogger lately! But I've been totally absorbed in writing a new book which is due May 1. I'm happy to say I'm 43,000 words into a 55-60,000 word manuscript. And I'm having so much fun with it!

But now, the main reason I'm blogging today... I got a call that my most recent book, A Forever Christmas, is a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence! They'll be naming the winners around April 1st. But I'm so totally thrilled and honored to simply be a finalist! You can check out the full list of finalists on the Southern Magic Chapter website. Gayle Wilson is an amazing woman, another reason this is such a great honor. Plus, two of my fellow Seeker bloggers are also finalists! It's like old times again, coming up against each other in writing contests (which is what brought our group of friends together in the first place). :)

I've also received two blogger awards the last couple of weeks from some wonderful bloggers. I'm so sorry I haven't posted the awards (again, I've been typing away!). So thank you Jane and Hannah for honoring me! I'll try to do better about posting these things! :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blogging All Over Thursday!

I'm on several group blogs, and it just so happens that three of them all hit on Thursday! I hope you'll come by:

F.A.I.T.H. bloggers--I'm talking about Break Into Fiction, a how-to book I've been using today.

Love Inspired Authors Blog--I'm talking about having dark circles under my eyes from watching the Olympics every night!

Craftie Ladies of Romance Blog--I'm talking about Valentine's Day and the surprise I got. :)

I hope you have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow in Atlanta!!

We've had a rare--and decent!--snow in the Atlanta area! It was all very exciting yesterday. Our kids were already out of school for a holiday weekend, so we went to a movie. When we went in, there was no precipitation at all. When we came out, there was about 2 inches of snow! The drive home, that normally takes about 35 minutes, took 2 hours!! And we fishtailed all over the place. Very exciting (for the kids) and scary for this mom driving!

Today, though, it's gorgeous outside. Although, soon, we'll have to venture up the road to get our car. We didn't dare drive it down the hill yesterday. We were afraid we might just slide the whole way home. :)

Are any of you readers in an area that's had a lot of snow?

Monday, February 01, 2010

Great Time with Pals Janet Dean and Debby Giusti!

I was so thrilled to get to have dinner with my good friends--and fellow Steeple Hill authors--Janet Dean and Debby Giusti on Sunday evening! And our husbands got to join us as well. :) Janet and her hubby were passing through Atlanta, so Debby and I converged from opposite sides of the city to meet them at Maggiano's (yum!) for dinner. We had the best time! And it was great to get to know their husbands better. We're hoping to make it a regular event when Janet and Dale are travelling south. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Give a Book, Get a Book!

Stop by today (and each day this week) for a chance to win a book to give away as well as a copy to keep for yourself! My most recent book, A Forever Christmas, is being given away today! Also, be sure to visit Steeple Hill Books on Facebook, Goodreads and Shoutlife for chances to win other books. I hope to see you there!

Click here to go to the Give a Book, Get a Book promotion. You'll just have to tell who'll you'll give the book to for entry in the contest.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Test Run on the Empty Nest

My kids are on their way home after spending the weekend on a ski trip with the youth from our church. This was the first time my husband and I have been home alone for this long--four days! It felt pretty normal at first, because there are times where both of the kids spend the night away on the same night. But when it got to the second evening, then the third, life felt really strange! And quiet. :-)

I'm ready for them to get home. I'm really excited to see them and hear all about the trip (they didn't have very good cell phone signals while gone). I'm ready for life to be back to normal. But for just a little while, I got a taste of future normal. And I'm not ready for it! I can see why parents have a difficult time adjusting to an empty nest. Of course, the kids will start to wean us once they're driving and busy with high school activities. And that'll help. In the meantime, I just won't think about the future! :) I've still got several years to enjoy the day-to-day life of teenagers.

Friday, January 08, 2010

What an Honor!

I just found out I've been honored by the --Atlanta! My June release, His Forever Love, has been named on the 2009 Top 10 Christian Fiction Atlanta Based Authors list! Here's the complete list:

1.Cindy Woodsmall's Hope for Refuge (Random House)
2.W. Dale Cramer The Summer of Light (Bethany House)
3.Stephanie Perry Moore, Work with What You Got (Dafina)
4.Amy Wallace Enduring Promise (Multnomah)
5.Kendra Norman-Bellamy The Lyon's Den (Urban Christian)
6.Missy Tippens His Forever Love (Love Inspired)
7.Crossing Lines Richard Doster (David C. Cook)
8.Sherri Lewis The List (Urban Christian)
9.Tia McCollors The Last Woman Standing (Moody)
10.Rhonda McKnight Secrets & Lies (Urban Christian)

I'm so honored to be among this group of authors! To see the whole article, please click here. Dee Stewart is the author of this article at the

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Haunted Car

I've decided my husband's car is haunted. :) It all began when the windows would roll down all by themselves at odd times when no one was in the car. And then this morning, the emergency brake was locked in place--with the handle moving loosely (no tension, as if the cable was unattached). But once the tow truck got here, the handle worked! And this was after the battery died just over a week ago.

I guess we don't have the best of luck. LOL

Once we got a new smart junction box put in, the windows quit the auto-roll down trick (thank goodness! We've had a really wet winter!). And we now have a nice new battery. I'll be really interested to see if they can find something wrong with the emergency brake. I guess we'll know something tomorrow. In the meantime, we're lucky our son is out of town and we have his truck available. And speaking of my son. He's on a mission trip in New Orleans this week. They're doing post-Katrina construction. I'd appreciate prayers for the mission team!