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I am honored that you would visit my website. I have been a Christian for 40 years and still clearly remember the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ. Since that day, the path the Lord has taken me on has been filled with potholes of discouragement, painful rocks that tore into my soul, and moments of joy-filled light that has illuminated my walk with His peace that passes all understanding. I pray that my words might help you on your journey.

Saratoga Letters: Finalist in Selah Awards!

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Awards, Colonial America, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 6 comments

Saratoga Letters: Finalist in Selah Awards!

    Yesterday was extra special when it was announced that Saratoga Letters was a finalist in the historical fiction category for the Selah Awards! What made the day even sweeter was my good friend, Janet Grunst, was also announced as a finalist … in the same category! I am truly excited for us both.   Janet’s book A Heart Set Free was a labor of love for many years for Janet and finally saw fruition this past year when it was published. Saratoga Letters was published at the culmination of one of the most difficult...

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DNA kit for my birthday

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in American History, Front Page, General | 4 comments

DNA kit for my birthday

I recently celebrated a V.I.B. — a very important birthday. In celebration of the event, I asked for one gift: A DNA kit from Ancestry.com to determine the lineage of the person that I am. It’s not that I don’t know the probable ancestry of most of my bloodlines. Lots of English, Irish, some German, and French Canadian. But there is a lingering question that birthed years ago when my grandfather shared that one of our “great-greats” was the first white child born in Indian territory. Whenever a family member brought up our heritage, I...

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Mother-Of-The-Bride Devotional by Leign Ann Thomas

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Front Page, General, God's Handiwork in Our lives, Reviews | 2 comments

Mother-Of-The-Bride Devotional by Leign Ann Thomas

                I so enjoyed Ribbons, Lace & Moments of Grace, a devotional written for mothers of the bride before the wedding. But I’ll let you in on a secret—it’s a blessing for mothers of the groom as well. In fact, this should be on the must read list for all parents of the bride or groom because it zeroes in on some of the key issues that can surface when preparing for a wedding. And it adds a Godly perspective to help you survive! And the cover with purple (my favorite color!) only adds to the blessing that Ribbons, Lace &...

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Meet Debut Author, Cindy Huff

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in American History, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction, Reviews | 10 comments

Meet Debut Author, Cindy Huff

Cindy, CONGRATULATIONS on your debut novel, Secrets and Charades! Tell us a bit about the plot, without giving away any spoilers. Dr. Evangeline Olson’s niece has been writing to a rancher out west, posing in her letters as her Aunt Evangeline. When the good doctor finds out, she is livid. But a series of events both past and present cause her to revisit her niece’s charade.  Shame and fear had a lot to do with the decision. Prayer brought peace to go forward. Rancher Jake began writing for a mail-order bride so that the niece he is caring...

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Returning to Saratoga

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Front Page, God's Handiwork in Our lives, Historical Fiction | 2 comments

Returning to Saratoga

It hardly seems possible that June is less than three months away! When I first began setting up events in the Saratoga Springs area, June seemed like a decade away. Yet here I am planning my tour and anxiously awaiting book signings, speaking events, and visits with historians! It is a history geek’s dream! If you are interested in having me speak at your church, library or women’s group in the upstate New York area, please feel free to contact me. I speak on everything from Colonial American history to being a patient caregiver...

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Christmas in Legacy of Deer Run

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 8 comments

Christmas in Legacy of Deer Run

  December is a lovely time to celebrate the release of Legacy of Deer Run. And although the characters in the story do not attend a church where Christmas is celebrated, I managed to work in a tender Christmas story in the chapter entitled “Gift.” Here is an excerpt with quotes from the character of Susannah Dobbins: “’My mother’s family always celebrated Christmas as the birth of Jesus. I know that most of the churches feel it is unscriptural, but Mother always said it was her favorite holiday growing up. Although we did not celebrate...

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Book Launch: A Heart Set Free by Janet S. Grunst

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 2 comments

Book Launch: A Heart Set Free by Janet S. Grunst

I am delighted to share the book launch of my fellow author and friend, Janet S. Grunst. Her debut novel, A Heart Set Free, is releasing today! Welcome Janet! 1. God often teaches us something through our writing. What did you learn about life, faith, or yourself in the process of writing? About life: I have and continue to learn that it is never too late to pursue a dream. It may take many years, but with perseverance and a willingness to learn and not give up in spite of failures, if it is within God’s will, it will happen. About faith: I...

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Thanksgiving Excerpt: Legacy of Deer Run

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Deer Run, Front Page, General, Historical Fiction | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Excerpt: Legacy of Deer Run

Some things were very much the same during Thanksgiving of 1800 (discussion about elections and the electoral college) yet some were quite different—like women not being able to vote! Here is the Thanksgiving scene from Legacy of Deer Run, releasing on December 8:   “So what do you think of the election next month, Father?” Mr. Dobbins scowled. “I think our country is in for another precarious attack upon our freedoms. With that extremist Jefferson in the running, no telling where our country is headed.” Stephen nodded. “The newspapers...

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Announcing the Winner of the Series Title!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Front Page, Historical Fiction | 2 comments

Announcing the Winner of the Series Title!

I was SO impressed with the submissions for this contest! All of the contestants were very creative and it made it difficult to narrow it down. When all was said and done, however, a choice had to be decided. So my publisher and I have chosen…   IN PURSUIT OF LIBERTY AND LOVE Saratoga Letters will be Book 1 in this series.   And the WINNER IS: BECKY SMITH!!   Congratulations, Becky!! She will receive a signed copy of Saratoga Letters, plus a $10 Amazon gift card. THANK YOU once again to all of my faithful readers who...

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Series Title Contest!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in American History, American Revolution, Colonial America, Front Page, Historical Fiction | 8 comments

Series Title Contest!

Dear readers, My publisher and I would like to come up with an idea for a series name, with Saratoga Letters being Book 1 in the series. Are you feeling inspired? Well if you are and your series name is chosen, or your suggestion is closest to the final decision, you will win a signed copy of Saratoga Letters plus a $10 Amazon gift card. Here are the guidelines: - It should reflect the American Revolution, possibly with a phrase from the Declaration of Independence - It should have a definite hint of romance - It should be no more than a 4-5...

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