Sworn Enemy Launch

My new book is out! The paperback and audio versions began making their way into book stores the first week of April, and the Kindle version should be available any day now (the… Continue reading

March Madness: Creating Flawed (but likeable) Characters

No, I’m not writing about basketball (sorry). I’m writing about writing, over at a friend’s blog. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit her site. All month she’s been having other writers… Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Sworn Enemy

Here’s the cover for my new novel coming out in April: And here’s what will appear on the back cover: June 1944: As World War II rages, the people of Eastern Europe are… Continue reading

Guest Post by Author Stephanie Worlton on the Importance of Education

Today I’m happy to have Stephanie Worlton as a guest on my blog. Stephanie is the author of the novel Hope’s Journey, and recently released her second book, a nonfiction guide called Everything You Need… Continue reading

What’s in a Name? Part Two: Commander Courage and Other Names That Border on Perfection

I recently read an article about the first naval battle of Narvik, which took place in April 1940 between British and German ships in Ofotfjord (also called Narvik Fjord) in Norway. I won’t… Continue reading

What’s in a Name? Part One: Paulus and Paullus

Seventy years ago today, on February 2, 1943, the last German troops in Stalingrad surrendered. The fight for Stalingrad was huge in terms of lives lost and prisoners taken. (Estimates of total casualties… Continue reading

Author Interview with Kylee Shields

I don’t often join blog tours for nonfiction, but after reading about Kylee’s book, Make It Happen: A Guide to Happiness for LDS Singles, I was interested. Though I am LDS, I am… Continue reading

My New Maps

I didn’t have a map for my first novel, Espionage. Most of the novel took place in Calais, France, so hopefully it didn’t need one. But when two test readers for my next… Continue reading

Typos and Plot Holes: An Ode to Error

For this blog post, I’m going to make fun of myself and some of the crazy stuff I find in first drafts of my novels. I hope you’ll laugh with me. If you… Continue reading

Remembrance Day

Last weekend a good friend went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for their Remembrance Day activities. She posted these pictures on facebook, and with her permission, I’m reposting them (with her descriptions) below. I know… Continue reading

Happy Veterans’ Day!

I’m having this post at 11 in the morning, French time (at least according to the time zone chart I found online). Why? Because Veteran’s Day used to be Armistice Day, a day… Continue reading

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, week 20

There are the books everyone talks about: Twilight, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just… Continue reading

How to cut out 16% of your manuscript and still like your novel

This spring I submitted novel number two to my publisher. They took a few months to look it over and have the evaluators analyze it, then got back to me this summer. Overall,… Continue reading

Research Find: Why you shouldn’t tell the newspapers if you’re breaking someone’s code or tracking their satellite phone

In 1927, the government of Great Britain was looking for a reason to break off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. They had plenty of reason—for one, the staff from the Soviet embassy… Continue reading

Author Interview with Kate Palmer

Today I’m part of a blog tour for Kate Palmer’s debut novel, The Guy Next Door. Kate is an elementary school teacher turned fulltime mom, with six children, and she keeps a blog with information… Continue reading

A Catch-up Interview and Some Other Stuff

One of my blogging friends tagged me with a few blog awards (her blog is called Joy In the Moments). The first two were in June (or May—I forget because it’s been so… Continue reading

A Brief Ode to a Couple Inanimate Objects

I injured my back on Saturday. I wasn’t even doing anything cool. I was just dragging a stack of little chairs from one end of the church to the other so the children… Continue reading

Author Interview with Daron Fraley

Today I’m interviewing another friend from my writer’s group, Daron Fraley. He has a few books out (some of them free–more details on that after the interview). I was a test reader for his… Continue reading

Author Interview with Terri Ferran

Today’s post is part of a blog tour for Terri Ferran’s latest release, Choosing Charity. The book is the final in the Finding Faith, Having Hope, and Choosing Charity trilogy, but can be… Continue reading

Research Finds: Unusual Stiches and a Little-known Battle

One thing about writing historical fiction—you have to do a lot of research. Good thing I like learning new things. A lot of tidbits I come across won’t appear in one of my… Continue reading