The Guest House: A Unexpected Research Gift

I spent much of July acquainting you with The House Guests, my latest novel. Months ago, as I did research , I came across this powerful poem by Rumi because of the similar title. Today I want to share it with you. Does “The Guest House” relate directly to “The House Guests?” I think it…

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Sunday Inspiration: Perception is the key

  “Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given only a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude a key component to joy.” -Amy Weatherly   I must confess that as…

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Sunday Inspiration: Did I offer peace today?

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. -Henri Nouwen Can you imagine asking these questions at the end of every day — and…

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Sunday Inspiration: Be Soft

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. -Iain Thomas Tomorrow is my birthday — not…

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Thank You For Your Reviews and Support

When I was finishing edits for The House Guests, I realized it was also time to write acknowledgements to include at the end. I usually do just a page of thank yous, concentrating on the book my contacts helped with. But this time I wanted to recognize, if not all, most of the people who’ve…

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Sunday Inspiration: Summer

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screen porch on cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape.” -Harper Lee   May your summer be filled with happiness, good food, and a thousand colors!  

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From Start to Finish (The House Guests)

From start to finish, a novel takes more time and work than I ever dreamed as a reader. Before I was published the first time, I assumed an author finished a book, turned it in, and readers had it in their hands in a matter of months. But, of course, I immediately learned that in…

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