This past week I mailed out more than 8,000 newsletters with links to a new Shenandoah Album Christmas story, Nine Patch Christmas. If you received one of them, I hope you enjoyed the story. I loved catching up with Helen, family and friends. If you didn’t receive it, it’s not too late to sign up…

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On Tuesday I asked you to comment and tell me the title of a book that I wrote with a woman giving birth in a blizzard. Well, no one was more surprised than I was when quilter Shawn almost immediately named Endless Chain as the book. Was I surprised she’d gotten it so quickly? Nope,…

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 It’s always so nice to have something wonderful to announce. This time it’s a giveaway I’m part of. From now through October 31st–also known as Halloween–enter the giveaway on my Facebook Page.  If that link doesn’t work, and you have a Facebook account, go to my Facebook Page and then click on the Giveaway tab.…

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Those of you who subscribe to my mailing list know that I published a newsletter at the end of September with news of a giveaway. Sometime after October 15th two lucky winners will receive signed copies of No River Too Wide along with a lovely beaded bookmarks (okay, these are really bracelets, but who knew?) Winners are randomly selected…

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As a kayaker, in addition to learning how to instantly turn 180 degrees  when sighting an alligator draped across the narrow channel ahead, I’ve learned one other important survival skill.  When faced with the wake of a high-powered speedboat, steer your kayak into the waves. You’ll have a washboard rippling ride, but you probably won’t capsize. My husband and I are…

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I’ve really enjoyed your responses to my new website. Lots of you have entered the Celebration Giveaway and commented as you did on what you appreciated most. In particular many of you enjoy the ease of navigation, the colors and photos we used on the home page, the book section, and how easy it makes…

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Fiction Friday returns next week, but in the meantime, thank you so much for all the wonderful emails as you entered (and continue to enter)  my Celebration Giveaway. There have been so many I can’t respond to each one, but I have read and smiled over every email. I’m making a list of your questions to…

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Today I’m traveling home from a family Thanksgiving celebration in Virginia, but Southern Exposure will be back next Tuesday. Meantime, I want to congratulate the winners of my 5 in 2013 giveaway. Sharon, Chelsea and Lynn all won and received autographed copies of my five books that came out in paperback this year, Wedding Ring,…

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Read any good books lately?  This may be a cliched  conversation starter, but I thought it might be fun to start that very conversation right here. Now that I’ve moved to a new community and I’m meeting new people, I’m usually asked what kind of books I write. I find myself stumbling over an answer.…

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I’m delighted to begin 2013 by announcing a  contest winner.  Wanda, also known as commenter #14 on my Sunday Poetry blogs, just won an autographed copy of Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins, an ongoing contest for the read-poetry-along-with-Emilie crowd. Wanda’s comment: “Emilie I love this weeks poem. It says play! Have fun and…

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