Authors Inspiring Writers #6) Anne Carol

Today I’m joined by indie author and music lover, Anne Carol. Anne shares her intense love of writing and how God, through difficult circumstances, brought her to a crossroads of faith in her writing and spiritual life.

So, without further yakking on my part 😉 I’ll hand this post over to Anne. ~ KyLee

Confession: this is the first blog post I’ve written for another author – thank you, KyLee! I am beyond thrilled to be here and to have this opportunity to share my writing journey with you.

When KyLee said she was doing a blog series to encourage authors, I immediately became interested. What a great idea! We all need encouragement from time to time: aspiring authors, “newbies”, and seasoned authors alike can be inspired. Like most authors, I’ve made many mistakes along the way, and by sharing my story, it is my hope and prayer that you can learn something from my experiences and discoveries.

I’ve been writing fiction since childhood. In 2011, after devouring the infamous “Twilight” series, the writer in me resurfaced, and I decided to publish a story that had occupied my imagination for twenty-seven years. (Yes, that long!) Since the story evolved in my mind over those years, by 2011 I had enough material to make it a four book series, not unlike “Twilight”. The first book was self-published in 2014, and the second book a year later in November of 2015. I’m currently in the editing stages of the third book.

Wait…its 2018, and that third book hasn’t been published yet? According to my “one book a year” standard, I should’ve published the entire series by now. What happened? Let me explain—

As a Christian, what is the first thing you do (or should do) when making a major decision or embarking on a big project? Pray for God’s direction, right? I know that now, but before a few years ago, it wasn’t foremost in my mind, despite my background of attending church regularly, having an education in Christian schools, and traveling to Ghana for a short term mission trip. My life was the perfect representation of the Christian faith, but to look at my book shelves or Kindle, you would have thought otherwise.

For some reason, I separated my entertainment choices from my faith. I voraciously read mainstream romance novels without blinking an eye—one after another. They were my escape from the daily grind of life. So naturally, when I began writing my series, I included steamy scenes in my books, even though my main character, for the most part, kept strict morals. Without giving away anything, let’s just say she “waited”—that was one standard I wasn’t willing to compromise on for this story. However, that didn’t mean the bedroom door remained closed in my second book.

The rationalization that the characters were married, (so it was “okay”), kept me content until a few months after the book released, when God brought me to an awareness. Did He hit me over the head? Not really, but close. A week before the book was set to release, my husband and I were involved in an automobile accident in which the airbag inflated and bruised my cheek. I also required physical therapy for a month, but my physical injuries were minor compared with the emotional trauma that followed. Unfortunately, a woman in another vehicle that had been hit passed away. Even though we didn’t know her personally, my world was shaken.

In the midst of depression and anxiety, I turned to reading Christian fiction and fell in love with it. Once again the ache in my soul began, only for a different reason. At the time, I was beginning to write my third book, but I found myself struggling more than I ever had before. The words wouldn’t come. By summer, I’d managed to write a few chapters, but I couldn’t deny the ugly truth: I was suffering a mental block.

In the fall of that year, after “cranking out” another chapter or two, I joined a local Bible Study Fellowship group, as well as a number of Christian author Facebook groups. More than anything, I wanted to surround myself with people who lived out their faith. Gradually my heart began to change, and I realized I could no longer continue writing the same material as before, which meant it was necessary to go back and revise my first two books, since this was a series.

Needless to say, I was discouraged, and part of me wanted to give up.

But I couldn’t. This story was in my blood, and it had to be told; just in a “cleaner” fashion. So here I am, in early 2018, in the process of revising my first two books. My third book took almost two years to write, because I had to go back and revise/rewrite certain parts that had already been written. Furthermore, I had to learn how to write in a new and different way.

Why am I telling you this story? A few reasons—

First, in order to avoid the very long, complicated process I’ve endured, make sure when you write, you remain true to who you are. Don’t compromise your faith because you think your books will have more success. Write WITH God; He’s your co-writer. You can be sure He will not steer you off course. Pray for direction and for your writing to be God-pleasing, not people-pleasing. Write for an audience of One.

Secondly, if you do mess up, don’t get discouraged. God will take your mistakes and use them for His good. I’ve adopted Romans 8:28 as my theme verse: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Do I wish I could go back and do things differently? Of course! But am I going to obsess about it? No. I’ve learned a great deal from this experience and my faith has grown stronger in the process.

Whatever challenges you encounter in your writing journey, above all else, let God be your guide.

About Anne Carol


Anne Carol grew up reading, writing, and listening to English rock bands, obsessing over one in particular. Continuing her fascination with musicians, she married a bass player, with whom she has two sons, both blessed with the music gene. Besides reading, writing, and music, Anne also loves traveling, visiting with friends, watching Netflix, and daydreaming on Pinterest. A native of Northern California, she occasionally indulges in good red wine and a square of dark chocolate.

You can find Anne on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and her website

Other authors who shared thier writing journey:

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #1 J’Nell Ciesielski

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #2 Joanna Davidson Politano

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #3 Jennifer M. Davids

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #4 Dawn V. Cahill

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #5 Kelly Goshorn


Authors Inspiring Writers #5) Kelly Goshorn

The Moment that Changed Everything

Thank you, KyLee, for welcoming me on your blog today. For those of you who don’t know me, and that is probably most of you, I am a historical romance writer, wife and mom who is somewhat obsessed with my Pembroke Welsh corgi, Levi. KyLee and I met through American Christian Fiction Writers and are now critique partners.

Encouraging other writers is something dear to my heart. I would never have finished A Love Restored if it wasn’t for the encouragement that came my way just when I needed it. An email from a friend who liked my characters or a comment in a critique that my dialogue made them chuckle. Whew! There’s nothing worse than trying to be funny only to find out you’re falling short of the mark!

But one particular piece of advice, changed everything.

I’d been writing seriously for about two years in April 2014 when I sat at my computer looking at the all the comments in red I’d received from a contest entry—”deepen the POV here, more detailed description there, and you used the word ‘gaze’ seven times in this scene.” While I knew the judge’s comments were intended to help me improve, I felt overwhelmed and way out of my league.

I closed the laptop and shook a mental fist at God. “Why did you call me to such a ridiculously unattainable task?” The names of my favorite authors flooded my mind—Tamera Alexander, Karen Witemeyer and Julie Lessman. I failed miserably in comparison.

Discouraged, I slumped over my computer and sobbed. “I can’t write like them, Lord. I can’t write like Julie Lessman or Tamera Alexander. Why are you asking me do this?” As the tears streamed from my face, another voice spoke to my heart.

That’s right, you can’t write like them.

Wait. What? That wasn’t exactly the encouragement I was hoping for, God. Maybe a “keep at it, you’ll get there” or something. Then He spoke again. This time zinging my heart like only He can do with His timeless wisdom and truth.

I don’t want you to write like them. I want you to write like you.

Reality struck. The only one expecting me to write like someone else, was me. Although I had no idea what “writing like me” meant, I felt a great burden lift from my shoulders. My God who placed this desire in my heart didn’t want me to be anyone else but who he created me to be. I began praying for his inspiration as I wrote each day and while there were still many ups and downs along my road to publication, I no longer lived in the shadow of wanting to be like someone else.

Don’t get me wrong, I still read and admire the way my favorite authors tell stories, but I am content with letting Karen Witemeyer be Karen Witemeyer while I work on being the best writer I can be.

A friend sent me this quote which I printed and pinned to the messy bulletin board that hangs above my writing desk.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

I do believe God has given me a gift for weaving words, but where that talent will take me is likely to be quite different from where it will take Julie Lessman. And that’s fine with me. After all, any talent he may bestow on us as writers, even in the tiniest measure, isn’t granted to make us feel good about ourselves or even for others to read an entertaining, well-written story. The purpose of His gifts is always to glorify the Giver.

I can’t do that if I’m trying to be another Tamera Alexander. Besides, He has one of those already and she’s quite amazing in that role.

Instead, I choose not to compare myself to others or their accomplishments, but instead to rejoice in their successes while trusting God with the unique path He is preparing for me. That is where I will find the freedom to express myself and tell the stories He’s laid on my heart. That is how I will find joy in the journey.

About Kelly

Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith and family set in nineteenth century America. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, received recognition as the winner of the 2015 COTT Olympia Contest and as a semi-finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis Contest. Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever- after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 27 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

You can connect with Kelly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and her website

Other authors who shared thier writing journey:

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #1 J’Nell Ciesielski

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #2 Joanna Davidson Politano

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #3 Jennifer M. Davids

#AuthorsInspiringWriters #4 Dawn V. Cahill

Authors Inspiring Writers # 4) Dawn V. Cahill

Continuing our series of inspirational articles from published authors, I’d like to introduce indie author Dawn V. Cahill.

~ KyLee

Hello there, I’m an indie author from the great Pacific Northwest, and I write under the pen name of Dawn V. Cahill. I began my self-publishing journey on Kindle Direct, then branched out to Smashwords. I’m here to share a little of my journey and some words to encourage you on yours!

First, let me tell you a little about my books. My “brand” is Hot Topic Fiction. As my website describes it, the characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable twenty years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about. “Hot Topic Fiction” isn’t afraid to explore the question, how does God want us to live out our faith in this not-so-brave new world? Without insulting the reader by offering pat or easy answers–because there aren’t any–HTF tells stories of ordinary Christians following hard after Christ in an upside-down world.

A few summers ago at a writers’ conference, I met an agent who showed interest in my debut novel, Sapphire Secrets, and asked me to send the entire manuscript. Excited, I did so, and concluded that, although not a guarantee that she would take me on as a client, it meant my writing was good enough to draw attention from a publishing professional. A few weeks later, I received her response. She did enjoy my story, but unfortunately the edgy factor made her decline. But by then, I’d gotten enough positive feedback, lifted enough “what-now” prayers to the Lord, that I felt it was time to go ahead and indie publish. I had heard of too many wannabe published authors who had been waiting for years for either a book deal from a trad publisher, or even an agent to pitch for them. I’m the kind of person who goes after what I want, and I didn’t want to wait untold months to get my story out there. So the DIY option turned out to be the perfect solution for someone like me.

Some new authors find that after their debut hits the market, burnout can strike. After all, writing is hard work, and takes a lot out of you. What if you become weary of it all? I would say, a mini-sabbatical might be just what you need to infuse new life into your writing. Put away your manuscript for, say, a week, along with your writing books and your writer loops, and just read some good Christian books. This will give your mind a rest from the strain of putting words on paper…er, screen. There’s nothing like a mental break that can revive a weary writer. As long as you stick with the time-frame you’ve promised yourself.

When I need inspiration, or I’m “stuck”, a hike up my favorite mountain trail almost always gets those brain juices aflowin’. I’ve had some of my best “epiphany” moments on a mountain trail. Now, not everyone has access to a mountain trail. But do you have a happy place, or a favorite outdoor spot, that calms and soothes you? A place where you feel close to the Lord? Meditate on His presence, and wait for His reviving touch!

“What about those lazy days when I’d rather do anything else but write?” you may be asking. Here’s where an accountability partner can give you that push you need. I encourage you to make some goals and share them with that person. Another place to find accountability is through ACFW’s Novel Track. When I make a monthly goal and make it known to my fellow loopers, I write a lot more than I would have without them. Accountability is key!

For you perfectionists out there… A long time ago, I resigned myself to the reality that I’ll never achieve perfection. Instead, I downgraded to “excellentist,” which is, unlike perfection, attainable. The more we keep learning, the closer we get to excellence. Fortunately, the resource reservoir for writers is full to bursting! Nearly to the point of information overload, in fact. Before I finished my first novel, I took an online fiction-writing course from a well-known Christian author. If you have the monetary resources to do so, it’s a smart move. If not, I highly recommend one or two novel-writing books which contain exercises to hone your skills. Also, join a writers group—local or national—if you haven’t already, and get plugged into a critique group. I can’t tell you how valuable other authors’ feedback is. They spot things we can’t see ourselves. For me, entering writing contests generated additional feedback. Before I published my first book, I entered about five contests for unpublished authors, and it seemed that in each one I received better scores and more favorable comments than the last one. It was encouraging to track how much I’d improved! If not for professional coaching, I doubt my debut novel, Sapphire Secrets, would have received the glowing reviews that it did!

If you want to know more about me and my books, come visit my website at Thank you for sharing my journey today.


Author Dawn V. Cahill pens “Stories of Victorious Faith for the 21st Century,” nearly always with a crossword puzzle, sudoku, or dark chocolate nearby. “The characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about.”

Seeing an unfilled niche in the Christian fiction market, Ms. Cahill created Hot Topic Fiction at an intensive four-day writers conference. HTF isn’t afraid to explore the question, how does God want us to live out our faith in this not-so-brave new world? Without insulting the reader by offering pat or easy answers–because there aren’t any–HTF tells stories of ordinary Christians following hard after Christ in an upside-down world.

Ms. Cahill also blogs about puppies, substance abuse, and single parenting…sometimes all in the same day. She’s going to finish that novel she started at age 11 called Mitch and the Martians…someday. She has written several newspaper articles, three Christian contemporary novels, and more limericks than she can count. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). You can email Dawn at, find her on Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Pinterest, and her website  

Authors Inspiring Writers #3) Jennifer A. Davids

Hey there, Weary Writer.

My name is Jennifer A. Davids. I’m a published author and though I haven’t been in this business as long as some, I’ve been around long enough to know how it feels from where you’re sitting right now. I hope what I have to say will encourage you to keep moving forward.

Have you ever noticed that when we talk about our writing – or life for that matter – we often refer to it as a journey?

“My writing journey began…”

“Our journey together as man and wife…”

“This is where my journey in life has taken me…”

That all sounds so lyrical and patient and put-together. But do we really act that way? Do we talk the talk but not walk the walk, so to speak?

“I have to get an agent right. now.”

“I have to go straight to college after I graduate.”

“I’m 22! Why aren’t I married yet?”

My son is mildly autistic. He’s graduated high school and while he’s taken a semester of college he hasn’t gone back. He’s just not ready. When people ask about him I tell them he’s doing Adulting 101. He has a job, his own budget, and pays us money for his car insurance. He’s learning. Yes, his peers are ahead of him. And that worries some people. But it doesn’t worry me. He’ll get there. I trust God to tell me when it’s time to give him that push.

He’s on a journey, not in a race.

Writing is no different.

I got my first contract with Heartsong Presents in 2010. After three books with them I didn’t get another publishing contract (different house this time) until 2017. Yes, that is a huge gap. What was I doing all that time?


I knew little to nothing about the writing life back then. I didn’t even know about ACFW until after I had gotten my first contract. I didn’t even know there were organizations like ACFW. Yeah. Real newbie. I knew next to no one in the business. Not an editor (save the one who signed me) or an agent or a fellow author. And God knew that. He knew what I needed to learn and exactly how fast I needed to learn it. And that took seven years.

Because I’m on a journey. Not in a race.

And so are you.

I know it stinks to feel stuck. To feel tired and weary. To sit down at your keyboard and wonder, ‘Why on earth am I still doing this???’ But the thing is this: You’re on a journey, not in a race. The best journeys take time. Sit back. Look out the window. Enjoy the view. Learn from where ever you are right now. What is God trying to teach you right now?

I know what you’re thinking.

Yeah it worked out for you but what about me? What if it doesn’t work out for me?

No matter what God has in store for you it will be wonderful. He promises good things for His children and He will bring you to what is best.

I used to think I wanted to get published by this big publishing house. They had the best covers and they published the best authors and I wanted to sign with them so much I could taste it. But because God knows me better than I know me, He saw I needed something different. So He had me wait until I was ready to let go of that dream and take hold of another. And I am thrilled to be with the publisher I’m with now. It’s not the most traditional route but I’m not a very ‘traditional’ sort of person. Something else I came to realize during that long stretch of time.

Wait on the Lord, learn from Him.

Life is a journey. Not a race.

About Jennifer
Jennifer A Davids_photoJennifer A. Davids
is a self-professed book nerd. The shelves of her office are overflowing with books and there are stacks of them by her bedside. When she’s not reading, she’s dreaming up a new story to tell her readers. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in English Education. Her next book, A Perfect Weakness, releases in July through Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as a part of their Smitten Historical Romance line. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband, two children, and two cats.

You can find Jennifer on Facebook, Goodreads, Amason, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and on her website

Authors Inspiring Writers #2) Joanna Davidson Politano

For the second installment of our Authors Inspiring Writers Series, I’m pleased to introduce Joanna Davidson Politano author of Lady Jayne Disappears and A Rumored Fortune. I met Joanna through American Christian Fiction Writers a short time before she signed with Revel. She is one of the most kind-hearted, gracious people I’ve met in the writing community. I know you will see this in her article below. Enjoy, and blessings to you in Jesus name.

I’m Joanna, the author of the historical novel Lady Jayne Disappears. I entered the world of publishing for the first time about 15 months ago when three different publishing houses offered me multi-book contracts around the same time. About 17 months ago, I decided I’d probably never be published so I was going to quit.

Isn’t it crazy what discouragement will make us believe?

I’d been writing for several years and submitting when I had the opportunity, but no one even responded to my submissions then—not in the agent realm or publisher. And then my babies started coming along, and I assumed (as in, DIDN’T talk with God about it) that it was time to set writing aside and raise my family. It seemed the sensible, noble route, and even though God had directed me to pursue this writing thing years before, I figured I’d just shelve it for a few years and pick it up later.

But more than taking the path of least resistance and prioritizing my family, the very human part of me had decided to shelve writing because I secretly believed there wasn’t room for me. It’s very wrong thinking, but that’s the candid reality of my heart at the time.

Have you ever reached the end of an absolutely stunning book and told yourself, “I can never do that” or “I’ll never be that good!” That was the first lie I allowed to seep into my heart (and I’ll share the second later).

Guys, I want to tell you all something super important. You have zero competition. None. If God has beckoned you into the adventure of spinning his truth into stories, there is an actual hole in this world that is the shape of your story, and no other book can fill it. He has people whose lives need to collide with your novel at the exact time it will be available to them, and He is sovereign over orchestrating that timing.
Think of your writing as a language. That language is a combination of your writing voice and tone, all the spiritual truths God has woven into your heart, and all the intricate parts of your personality, from passions to failures and wisdom. While other books you thought were amazing may not jive with certain readers for one reason or another, your book may be the exact “language” that synchs with someone else’s soul and your words flow directly, unhindered into their heart and hit them where they need it most. That book you think is so deep it makes your stuff look corny? Well, maybe that’s just not a topic that interests someone, or maybe it’s even too deep for another reader to pick up. But they’d pick up yours and be hit with truth about themselves or their life.
Imagine if you had stopped writing out of fear, or if you’d changed your writing to emulate some other language.
Ok, now to explain the second lie I believed. I thought that because no one was interested in publishing stories of my language that they weren’t of value. That meant I should change how I wrote, give up, or strive harder. So that second lie is this—publication is the ultimate goal. Please, hear this—publication is not the finish line we’re striving for. God is. Pursue Him hard through your writing as you untangle your stories together and see where he takes it from there. He has the power to pull absolutely anything together.
Happy writing, and blessings on your stories!

About Joanna

Joanna0005 (1)I’m a work-from-home mom of one super cute baby girl (pictures to prove it) and I write novels. I married my hero Vince, who is my love and my polar opposite. I write, he tears it up with the red pen. I break cars and other mechanical things, he puts them back together. He’s nailed the “speak the truth” thing, and I bring the “in love” part. But the real spark to our marriage is that he does not like chocolate and I…  like it a normal amount. We love and live from our little house in the woods near Lake Michigan, which is undergoing a constant renovation.

You can find Joanna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and her website


Authors Inspiring Writers #1) J’nell Ciesielski

Hello readers,

KyLee here. Today we begin a series of guest blog posts, Authors Inspiring Writers (#authorsinspirewriters), from various Christian authors. The purpose of these articles is to encourage, uplift, and motivate others to keep reaching for their dreams. I hope and pray God’s blessings will pour out on the authors of this series who’ve chosen to share their experiences with us. As for you, dear readers and writers, be blessed by these testimonies as you commit your ways to the Lord and reach for your heart’s desires. (Psalms 37:4-5)

Future articles include those from Joanna Davidson Politano, Jennifer A. Davids, Dawn V. CahillKelly Goshorn, and Anne Carol.

So, we begin with author J’nell Ciesielski as she shares a snippet of advice from her writing journey.

I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams in particular are my specialty. Knights on white horses, beautiful puffy dresses, swashbucklers, Highland warriors, and highborn ladies of the manor. I can disappear into these worlds for hours with an utter sigh of happiness and longing. Longing to be a part of it. Books are the perfect escape, but it wasn’t enough. I needed to create the worlds and inhabit them with people I wanted to know, who journeyed off on adventures I wanted to do.

So I became a writer.

My first novel was a piece of my heart. Set in Scotland with more kilts than you can shake a stick at, I was deliriously happy with it. But, as is the fate of most first novels, it will never see the light of day. It’s riddled with beginner mistakes, unmotivated characters, a sagging middle, and head hopping. All big no-no’s. But like all novices with stars in their eyes, I didn’t know any better. So I started reading about the craft of writing and learned what point of view is, what the black moment consists of, and goal motivation and conflict. I joined Romance Writers of America and took their online classes. I entered contests where I won a few and lost plenty. I heard about these things called writer’s conferences, and critique partners. Each step built on the last and pushed me forward in my knowledge of the industry and the craft of writing. Then I started hearing things like “write to the market” “historicals are dead” “you need at least 1,000 followers on Facebook before a publisher will even look at you” “post on your blog weekly” “write what you know” and “to be published you MUST do x, y, and z”. My goodness! I wasn’t doing any of that! I panicked. I dove into social media and nearly drowned in the sheer exhaustion of it. I tried keeping a blog, but no one was reading it. I tried doing x, y, and z, but that wasn’t working either. But I loved writing and so I kept at it. The market may claim historicals are dead, but they aren’t to me. They are alive with such vibrancy that I can’t help spinning stories set in eras long gone. And as for “writing what I knew”—no way am I giving up my titled English ladies or army captain serving on the front lines of WWI France. I’m writing the stories I want to write not for fame or money (though that would be nice and most welcome). I write because I love it. Because I have so many things and people and places shifting through my head that I just have to get it out or I’ll explode. There are no hidden agendas in my stories, no subliminal messages, no stances on the current state of the world. I desire only to create simple love stories that survive whatever horribleness the world throws at them, whether that be Nazis, war, mustache twirling villains, or a past coming back to haunt them.

I’ve been officially writing for fifteen years. In 2013 I landed an agent, and only last April I got The Call for my first novel to be published. No, not that Scotland one. 😉 Through all these years and the highs and lows I’ve always said that I will continue to write even if I never get published. I will write the stories I want to write, and tell them in the way they want to be told. The world may never read them, may never like them, but I will. And that is enough to make me happy and content. Because at the end of the day it’s not number of Tweets, or Facebook followers, or how many blog casts you did that will sell a book. Stories with heart and soul and truth, and hope written into every line are what keep readers coming back again and again.

JnellCiesielskipicMeet J’nell!

Believing she was born in the wrong era, J’nell Ciesielski spends her days writing heart-stopping heroes, brave heroines, and adventurous exploits in times gone by. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages contest and Maggie Award, J’nell can often be found dreaming of a second home in Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Born a Florida girl, she now calls Virginia home, along with her very understanding husband, young daughter, and one lazy beagle.

You can find J’nell on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website

Review: Such a Hope, by Sandra Kraak



Anna Warren grew up on the seat of a wagon, the daughter of Seattle’s busiest freighter. After her father’s death—a tragedy away from home—she returns to their cabin on the outskirts of Seattle, seeking the sense of belonging that eluded her childhood. But will her desire to pray for miraculous healing for the sick and wounded endear or alienate her to the community? Her most aggravating challenger is also her staunchest defender and has brown hair and eyes, stands six feet tall, and farms with unchecked tenacity. Tristan Porter. This farmer her father had befriended holds more secrets than Yesler’s Mill holds logs.
When ugly rumors arise about her spiritual gift and her property, Anna fears her quest to find belonging will be thwarted.
Tristan holds the truth to set her free, but revealing it will require him to face the disappointments of his past and surrender his plans for the future—a sacrifice he’s not sure he can make.


I thoroughly enjoyed Sondra‘s portrayal of historic Seattle, and also the way she weaves Biblical values through the book. I was surprised by some of her ideas, in a good way. 🙂 The characters were likable and captivating. Continue reading “Review: Such a Hope, by Sandra Kraak”

Fabulous Fall Books & GIVEAWAY!

Another season has passed, and (with summer being so dreadfully hot) I for one am grateful to welcome Autumn along with its turning leaves, pumpkin pies, apple cider and…NEW BOOKS! Below, the list of fall releases includes: biblical fiction, contemporary fiction, historical fiction/romance, sci-fi & fantasy, suspense & mystery, and young adult. You can browse and add to your “Books to Read” pile. Part of the reason I host this giveaway is to encourage people to leave reviews when they read a book. Authors need to hear from their audience, and you– the reader–need to be heard. So please, take a moment to review and say thanks or hello to those who create fiction. 🙂

As for the GIVEAWAY, two winners may choose one book each from the list of Fabulous Fall Books. To enter, please click on the link below! Continue reading “Fabulous Fall Books & GIVEAWAY!”

No Way Up, by Mary Connealy

No way up

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative. Continue reading “No Way Up, by Mary Connealy”

Be the First to be Kind

Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesian 4:32


KIND, adjective

  1. Disposed to do good to others, and to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants or assisting them in distress; having tenderness or goodness of nature; benevolent; benignant.

God is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil. Luke 6:35.

Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted. Ephesians 4:32.

  1. Proceeding from tenderness or goodness of heart; benevolent; as a kind act; a kind return of favors.

From the 1828 edition of “American Dictionary of the English Langue” by Noah Webster.

What it takes to be kind:

Kindness comes easily to me, yet I still struggle to exhibit this virtue in my life. Why? Because showing kindness makes one vulnerable to criticism and/or rejection. Allow me to explain. Two things you need to know about me before we explore this topic further. One, I am an introvert. In class, as a child, I never raised my hand. “Who cares if I know the answer? Once everyone stares at me, I’ll forget it.” (Can any of you relate?) The second thing you ought to know is,

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