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“Sigh… there goes another summer, Snoopy!” — Charlie Brown

“Summer should get a speeding ticket.” — Anonymous


I cannot believe August is almost over, which means the sun will soon be setting on summer, and quite frankly …

I am NOT ready!

Despite the heat and lack of rain, I have to admit that I have truly enjoyed this summer, so I hope you have too. But it went sooooo fast, that I thought it would be fun to look back and share some of the things I’ve been doing during this glorious season.

So … in this Journal Jot blog, you will find more about the following:

😎  A New Book Release

😎 A New Contest

😎 A New O’Connor Novella

😎 A New O’Connor Cousins Trilogy

😎 An Extended Summer Sale

😎 Photos from My Summer

So, are you ready? Here we go!


😎  A New Book Release!

Okay, for all you aspiring writers, there is a brand-new writer’s how-to book you are NOT going to want to miss! I am part of this very unique writer’s book where you literally get to pick the brains of ten award-winning authors on everything from writing to publishing to marketing! That way, you get ten viewpoints on what has worked best for each of us in becoming a published author.

Release date is September 1st in e-book, and the paperback soon to follow, so if you pre-order a copy, please let me know, and I will send you a free e-copy of one of my indie books OR my Gone With the Wind alternate-ending flash fiction, When the Fog Clears.

WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors


😎  A New Contest!

I am kicking a new contest off to help promote WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors, so will you help me?

And what can you win if you do?

GRAND PRIZE: $50 Amazon gift, character named for you in my next paperback, & a signed copy.

2ND PLACE: Character named in my next paperback, signed copy, & choice of 2 of my indie e-books or 1 signed paperback.

All it takes to enter is to promote WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES: Tips & Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors  on Facebook, Twitter, or on your blog, indicate that in the Rafflecopter box at the end of this blog, and you are entered! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! PLUS there are additional ways to accrue points as well, so just scroll down to the very end and GOOD LUCK!

😎  A New O’Connor Christmas Novella!

Yes, it’s true — I’m currently writing my third O’Connor Christmas novella, and this one will be about one of my favorite couples, Katie & Luke. I’m hoping to release it sometime in October, so prayers appreciated for supernatural productivity and anointing. I’ve actually had the idea for a long time now, so it’s fun to finally tackle it. Here’s a very short blurb, so stay tuned for a cover reveal and more info!

She’s always dreamed of a best friend.

He’s always dreamed of a large family.

Until hope intervenes with a dream fulfilled.

😎  A New O’Connor Cousins Trilogy!

As mentioned in my last Journal Jot blog, I’ve submitted a proposal to my agent for my upcoming O’Connor Cousins series starting with Gabe’s story, so prayers appreciated! Here’s a stock photo that shows I envision Gabe for the cover.

Most of book one, A Wing and a Prayer, takes place in England and France during WW2 with a hero who is a aeromedical evacuation pilot. Gabe is an expelled WASP trainee (Women Air Force Service Pilot) who sneaks onto an Army medical ship bound for D-Day in order to be a foreign war correspondent and photographer. Here’s a sneak peek at the blurb, and if you missed the full synopsis in my last blog, you can read about it HERE.

From WASP to war correspondent, a charismatic troublemaker

flies high in the war effort of WWII until a no-nonsense flight officer

clips both her wings and her heart.


😎  An Extended Summer Sale!

Goodness, my Isle of Hope Beach Bundle has done so well, that I am extending it till the end of summer, so if you haven’t read the Isle of Hope series yet, you have until September 22 to download this award-winning 5-star trilogy at a dirt-cheap price of 99 cents per novel. After that, I’m yanking it from Amazon, and each book will go back to their original prices, so take advantage!

And if you left a review for the bundle, GOD BLESS YOU because I know who you are, and I am SO grateful. And if you’ve already read the trilogy and haven’t posted a review, PLEASE consider doing so. All it takes is a 1-line review on Amazon, saying you liked it if you did. Here’s the link and THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!



😎  Photos From My Summer!

Oh my, have we had a fun summer, so I thought you’d like a tiny glimpse of some of the things we did!

Ice cream with our grands, daughter, and son-in-law!

Look how Genevieve has grown (the “heart” baby you prayed for)!

FINALLY renovated our bathroom — YAY!!


Writing on the Dock of the Bay, hopefully not wasting time …


I love gardening in my deer-free flower pots!




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