Printing Process – Trip to Bethany

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On May 17th, I had the extreme pleasure and honor of visiting my new publishing home, Bethany House Publishers, in Minneapolis. Putting faces to names and voices proved invaluable and wonderful. I knew from my experiences with BHP that there were a solid team, but after sales, marketing, and editorial meetings over the course of two days, I came away more convinced than ever that I made the right move. In fact, I wrote my agent, Steve Laube, while standing in the BHP foyer: “I love love love my Bethany family!” Bethany Press International, independently owned and just around the corner from BHP, is where the book printing is done–but not only for Bethany/Baker Publishing. Many of the publishers use BPI, …

Falcon & Embers – Shortlisted!

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I’m honored to discover that both Falcon (Shiloh Run) and Embers (Enclave) are on the 2016 Inspy Award Shortlist!! Thank you to the many judges and coordinators–and for you amazing Rapid-Fire Fiction fans who voted these books onto the long list in the first place!!

Dead Reckoning – Re-releasing this summer!

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I’m so excited!! About a  year ago, I got the rights back to Dead Reckoning, my debut novel. It released March 2010. But since I wrote that story in late 2008, that means it’s been EIGHT YEARS and whole lot of growth in me as an author since that puppy made it to bookshelves. In light of that, I’m going through and cleaning Dead Reckoning up and adding NEW CONTENT! I’m very excited to re-release it this summer, though I don’t have a definitive date yet. Stay tuned!! Super fun news: Last summer, I knew I’d be re-releasing this novel, so I hired design genius, Kirk DouPonce to create a new look for Shiloh and Reece. What do you think? …

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #30

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  Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 33 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes! The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. The hunt is BEST VIEWED using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer) It is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants. PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 books, $500 in Amazon gift cards and many authors are offering additional prizes! There is NO RUSH to complete this hunt—you have ALL WEEKEND. So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that …

COVER REVEAL – The Warrior’s Seal & Giveaway!

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HOOAH! I’m having some serious fun with the AWESOME covers for The Tox Files, and the cover for THE WARRIOR’S SEAL, A Tox Files Novella (October 2016) is proof! A hundred-thousand thank yous once again to Kirk DouPonce of DogEared Designs for his creative genius. THE WARRIOR’s SEAL will provide a brief introduction to Tox Russell and his team in a digital-only format (or in other words–I’ll tease you like crazy with what’s to come in CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE). Without further ado…     A Special Forces team is thrust into a war with the past after an artifact unleashes a deadly toxin.   Special Forces operator Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are tasked in a search-and-rescue—the U.S. president …

David Baldacci Won My Reading Heart

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It’s official. David Baldacci has edged into First Place as my favorite author. The last two books of his that I’ve read have launched me onto a journey of discovering WHY his books are so un-put-down-able. I’m sure there’s more to it than these “simple” elements, but these are what resonated with me, both as an author myself and as a reader. CHARACTERS – Baldacci’s expertise in this area is nearly criminal. I’ve tried NOT reading one of his, but then I think…oh, I’ll sample a chapter…and WHOOSH. 100 pages later and I can’t stop reading. It’s like a crack addiction to his memorable but oh-so-flawed and/or broken characters. He’s master at making me care. In my own writing, I start with characters. …

Meet Chima from EMBERS!

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Last fall, I talked with Sarah Grimm, owner/designer/genius of Grimmlies, about creating a Grimmlies version of Chima, the raqine from Embers. And now…here is she–CHIMA!! And for your reading pleasure, for those who have yet to read Embers, here is a snippet with Chima:      In the yard below, Klome stumbled backward from the den, using one of the corded whips and aiming it at the opening. Tili’s question froze on his tongue as the wood gate exploded. Shouts and screams. A second later, a raqine soared into the open, roaring. The sound vibrated against Tili’s chest. Zicri? But as the beast angled toward the den master, he saw the familiar red tinge to the coat—Chima! Klome shouted. “What …

Conspiracy of Silence – Cover Reveal!!

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When something is this gorgeous, there’s not much to say…except, You’re welcome! Conspiracy of Silence Tox Files #1 December 2016   Available for Pre-Order 2/24/16 BLURB: Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, former Special Forces operator Cole “Tox” Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that’s fine—he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed at an archaeological dig where three Bronze-era artifacts are found, Tox is lured back into action. Partnered with an archaeologist and an FBI agent who’s an expert in deception, Tox and his team are pitted against a secret society, a plague, and a revered codex—which may hold the key to stopping …

Conspiracy of Silence

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OH. MY. GOSH!! Y’ALL!!!! I just saw the cover for Conspiracy of Silence and it’s STINKIN’ AWESOME!! I cannot wait to share it with y’all, but my publisher said I can’t do that until next month. But trust me–it’ll be worth the wait! And a smidgen of bad news–my release date is pushed back to December. Sorry. I cried, too, but I trust my publisher that this is a good move. smile emoticon