Nothing is wasted

Screen Shot 2014-10-18 at 8.14.33 AMI have been working on a new book and plotting out the story elements. I wanted my heroine to have done something nefariously bad in her past that she is trying to hide. I came up with all kinds of scenarios and then finally landed on one I thought would be perfect. I had the scene play out in my head, I plotted it into the book…..and then, as I wrote the outline, I found myself unsnarling too many story tangles.

I put out a call to fellow writers and got some good advice from Cara Putman and James Coggins. And with each letter I read, my heart sank. I knew I would have to lose this lovely plot element. The one I had already written in my mind, visualized, dramatized. I went back to the beginning, studied my characters a bit more, tried to figure out what I was exactly doing with this particular plot device and what reaction had to come out of it. Then I  came up with a new scenario that worked better. But, in the meantime, I felt as if had wasted these good peoples time by throwing it out.

But then, as I held that thought, I realized, this research was not wasted. It was a great scene and it would work well.

In another book. This isn’t the only book I’m writing. There will be more stories where this particular idea will work better. So, thanks Cara and James. You’ve given me an idea for another book. Something every writer craves.


There’s an interesting conundrum that goes on in this world.

If you are on the receiving end of something bad done by someone unknown, it becomes a filter through which you view other people. As if you are looking for the perpetrator in every face you see. It colours your view of mankind and the people around you. You see other people as capable of this bad thing.

But if you are the happy recipient of something wonderful and equally anonymous, I believe you start looking around you as if waiting for that person to show up. You look at each person in your life, that has crossed your path and you think, ‘Is it you? Are you the one who did this wonderful thing?” And the amazing part is when you do this, you start to see other people with that same hope. That same idea that maybe this person did this for you.

I have been the recipient of a few of these acts of kindness and the latest one has been this amazing birthday cake a couple of weeks ago. At the time I got it I had no idea who gave it to me, and with every bite I wondered. Who did this for me? Who thought of me enough to order a cake with my name (spelled correctly) and then have it delivered? Part of me wants to know and yet, another part of me doesn’t. As long as I don’t know who gave it to me, my mind sifts through my friends, relatives, acquaintances and I give them each the credit for this gift. Maybe it’s not fair,to give others credit for what one person has done, but it has been fun to wonder who did this.


If you are the wonderful person who did this for me, thank you very much. It was delicious!IMG_3856

Scavenger Hunt is over

Thanks so much to all of you who participated in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. The Hunt is now officially over and the winners have been declared on Robin Lee Hatcher’s site. Congratulations to Erin, who won the Kindle Fire and Heather and Lynne who won 33 books by the authors. It was a lot of fun and I hope all of you who participated, enjoyed it as well. 

As for me and my house, I did my own draw as well and will be contacting the winner and announcing that here as soon as she or he gets hold of me.

Thanks again for participating.Autumn Scavenger Hunt 2014_450


Follow the clues for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HDX or 30+ novels.

Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt. You have arrived at Stop 30. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start which could mean all of the sites aren’t ready yet. Once the official start has begun you should go to Stop #1  ( and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaway, until you reach the final stop which will also be on the site of Robin Lee Hatcher.

The hunt ends on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at one minute before midnight (Mountain). That means you have all of the weekend to finish it, so take your time. Enjoy reading the exclusive content the authors have prepared for you. You will connect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will enter the clues into a Rafflecopter form. (The answer will make sense, even if you aren’t familiar with the quote.)

The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX. Two runners-up will receive a new release from each of the participating authors.

In case you find a broken link:

Robin Lee Hatcher has prepared a ‘cheat sheet’ with direct links to each author’s post in case a site goes down or a link gets broken. We hope there will be no such issues, but just in case, please make note of the URL for the Participating Authors and Stops page so you can check back and be able to complete the hunt.

I’m happy to be hosting Donita K. Paul. Donita retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist  of the DragonKeeper Chronicles and Chronicles of Chiril. Her current work-in-progress is the third book in the Realm Walkers trilogy. She has co-authored two picture books with her daughter, and has just released an early reader, The House on Troll Hill, about a gnome real estate agent trying to sell a smelly house in the enchanted forest.

Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh and whenever Donita is at a conference or a gathering of fellow writers, she makes everyone around her laugh as well. Welcome Donita.

Thanks Carolyne.dkp2

As Christians, it’s easy to “talk the talk” without “walking the walk.” We can say we’re Christians, but if we truly are children of God, we need to act like it. To act like it, we need to learn and remember the principles God has given us through His Word to live out in our faith. In this case, our memories are essential to guide our future actions. If we forget the principles we’ve learned, then we’ll be left unable to function–or doomed to repeat the same mistakes–as if we’d never learned from them in the first place.

TwoRenegadeRealmsCoverIn Two Renegade Realms, several characters have faulty memories, and one character was raised on false information. Each character’s journey is punctuated by a different set of causes and effects based on what lessons they’ve learned and how well they’ve managed to ingrain those lessons into their lives. While some have been led to question things they’ve held dear for so long, others are squinting through the foggy confusion that results from watered-down or forgotten faith.

Cantor and Bixby’s foundations have been shaken in One Realm Beyond. The goal they’ve both worked toward for so long has revealed itself to be overgrown in the thorny nettles of corruption. Now it is up to them to track down Chomountain, the right hand of Primen, who may be the only person able to help them confront the Realm Walkers Guild. But what are they supposed to do when they discover the great wizard no longer exists? Cantor and Bixby’s priorities are challenged as they seek a way to defeat an invading army and block the Guild’s pursuit of powers.

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The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #31 which is Donita Pauls, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #30 clue: others to be

Also, please note: Many of the authors use Rafflecopter for their giveaways. Rafflecopter requires JavaScript to work. If you can’t see the form, please turn JavaScript on in your browser in order to enter. Rafflecopter sometimes doesn’t work on mobile devices. If you are on a mobile device and can’t see the entry form, then you’ll need to find a computer.

Before you go……. enter to win copy of my yet-to-be-released book, the first in a new series, as well as some home-made cards – unique cards you’ll never find in any store…..ever…..









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