NaNoWriMo recap

IMG_4729I want to give a little shout out for an awesome group: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Before COVID19 attacked, I had signed up to participate in the April Writing Camp. I set my goal at 30,000 words on my new work in progress, Whispers of Wisdom. I didn’t know if I could meet my goal, since normally I teach full time. I will add that I did meet the November NaNoWriMo 50,000 goal for 2019. Yet, I knew I’d have to adjust to add new words every day in the spring.

IMG_4437Then, I had a lot of help. No more full time teaching for the school year. I treated my writing as a job. I researched in March finding resources in French and English to support my plot. The topic: 1747 France, Chenonceau Château, Enlightenment, Salons, Rousseau, gardening, Madame Dupin, Madame Pompadour, King Louis XV.  I’m still researching even though I have written 30,000 words of the novel.

IMG_4756On April 1, I began the first chapter of Book Three in Gardens in Time: Whispers of Wisdom. I’ve finished six chapters and will keep writing another 60,000 words until The End.

The times are difficult for the nation, the state, the individuals, the family but hopefully you can find the extra time to do something you thought you’d not have time for in the normal day.

For the month of May, I will be sharing about the little things I’ve added to my day during these simpler times.

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Because Fiction Magazine

I’m very excited about this new online magazine–Because Fiction Magazine

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The subscription is free! So sign up today.

Every month there will be giveaways and articles by authors. There are categories to fit your interests: contemporary, historical, women fiction, suspense.

because fiction official bannerPlease read my article and enter the giveaway. There are many giveaways so while you are there, check out other authors and their giveaways. Each month I will have a new article and giveaway.

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A little bit about the historical edition.

April Historical Fiction Edition

Welcome to our new online magazine where we share the heartbeat of Christian fiction. Each issue will be delivered right to your inbox every month. Each monthly issue will be split into categories so you will receive different issues. YAY!

Along with having articles, stories, and interviews, each issue will have giveaways and sometimes even a free book! Be sure to click on the “read more” button so you can enter the giveaway or grab your book.

Be sure to stop by the #BecauseFiction website to check out Chautona Havig’s #BecauseFiction Podcast, see our latest book reviews, subscribe to the free magazine, and check out our #BecuaseFiction Read alongs where authors are reading chapters of their books – So fun!

Bloggers, readers, and authors alike are sharing the #BecauseFiction hashtag so be sure to search it on your favorite social media platform.

In this issue we are featuring all things historical and amish fiction. We hope you enjoy what the authors have brought. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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Some Stay at Home Lessons

IMG_4146Rumor has it that the world is about to open up, offering a new normal. All I know is that I have learned lots of lessons that I hope I will implement in my life after the pandemic. Each of us has carried different burdens, perhaps bringing some from before the stay at home mandate–health, finances, jobless, depressed, loss. Most of us did not need the addition of a pandemic in our already hectic, over busy lives.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 

This morning as I thought about a release from quarantine, I prayed for the health of the nation and more specifically for me to not forget the lessons from the past 40 days. Your list will look different from mine.IMG_4418

Slow down                                                                                                                                                Simplify                                                                                                                                                  Spend less                                                                                                                                                Read                                                                                                                                                          Grow                                                                                                                                                          Reach out                                                                                                                                                  Support                                                                                                                                                    Appreciate                                                                                                                                                Love                                                                                                                                                          Listen                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy                                                                                                                                                          Exercise                                                                                                                                                    Pray                                                                                                                                                            Celebrate                                                                                                                                                  Encourage                                                                                                                                                Write                                                                                                                                                          Praise

                     “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

Join me as I decide to take these lessons to heart and make them a part of my life as I’m called to enter the world again.


What are some lessons you will keep close no matter the condition of the world? 


“S” on the Shelf


Recently, I shared what the Gs look like on my personal bookshelf. Gray has wonderful company. Now, let’s look at my S shelf. That’s right! In the same vicinity as Shakespeare and Steinbeck!

I have many copies of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. My oldest copy in on my children’s bookshelf. Next is a remarkable author Amber Schamel and Days of Messiah Vol 1. I have all of her works on my shelf.

Then I have two of my favorite authors side by side. Can you imagine filing your books next to William Shakespeare? I have volumes of Shakespeare’s works in a glass bookcase. Here in my library I have his Sonnets. Toni Shiloh gets the honor of residing next to the Bard. Her novel Returning Home is one of many that I own.

Enjoy Amish novels? Beth Shriver offers Annie’s Truth. Next to her novels is Rachel Skatvold and her Ladies of Ardena series, Lady Airell’s Choice. Amish to Medieval. I love the choices.

Mary Helen Specht has a debut novel Migratory Animals that takes the reader to Africa and back. I’ve enjoyed Anne Easter Smith’s historical novels like Queen by Right.  Interested in the Wives of David? Jill Eileen Smith has a great series with Abigail as # 2.

Just writing these titles and seeing these covers makes me want to read them all again.

Do you have some S authors to add?

April Giveaway

April Giveaway (1) 2020For my April giveaway, I’ve purchased The Scarlet Coat by Angela Couch–I love this book. Also, I’ll giveaway a copy of Surround Me (Book 2) in the Revolutionary Faith series. Both are set in the American Revolution!

Comment for your chance to win! Good luck!

Read Along

Do you have some spare time? If you promise not to laugh, this might be a good way to spend 20 minutes of your time.

Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

It added a bit of fun to my day….

Stay safe…


IMG_4132Happy Easter, everyone! We have a lot to celebrate, even in these uncertain times. God is still in control. He is still on the throne. That is enough to make me celebrate every day.

IMG_4352As the angel said at the tomb two thousand years ago, “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead.” Matthew 28:5-7


My household will be focusing on our Savior, His sacrifice and Resurrection, this weekend. On Good Friday,  we will read and meditate on the stages of the cross while reading a guide my father made called The Way of the Cross with original drawings of the suffering, death, and resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. The text is from The Book of Occasional Services.

We’ll join corporately online with our church family on Easter Sunday, joining in praise, prayer, and proclamation.

Hallelujah, He is Risen. And He still reigns.


My Library Shelf

IMG_3886One question I will never forget from the very first writer’s seminar I attended is “Where would your published book be on a bookstore shelf?” The assignment was to picture my future book among other cherished authors. I remember following through with actually checking at a few stores. While my books are not in any large national bookstore (yet), they do sit on my own library shelves nestled with some of my favorites.

During the Christmas break, I put up some bookcases to house my personal library. Since then, I have filled the shelves with my favorites in alphabetical order. Now, I can see my novels on the shelves–those shelves that matter the most to me. And, the awesome thing is my love of the books surrounding mine. Some of the authors are now friends and others are super famous.

IMG_3887Today, I’ll share what my novels look like on my shelves and who the fabulous authors are who serve as book ends.

Lynne Gentry, Healer of Carthage, Jessica George, Princess of Glass, Cathy Gohlke, The Medallion, and Winston Graham, Poldark are on the left side. Then, me! My novels have such great company.

The right side consists of Philippa Gregory, The Lady of the Rivers, Nigel Green, The King’s Dogge,  F.E. Greene, The Never List, Michelle Griep, Ladies of Intrigue, John Grisham, A Time to Kill, and Janet Grunst, A Heart for Freedom.

The wonderful thing is that list only consists of a few of the “Gs.” Imagine A-Z. I’ll share more of my fabulous authors in future blogs.

If you wrote a book, who would be the authors surrounding your book on your bookshelves? Please share.