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The Amulet Saga, Volume Two: The Traveler Others in the series: Escape Bandit Trader “Those are Legerdemain amethysts,” Jyn said, holding one of the gems up to the light. The trader ran a greasy hand through thin, stringy, black hair. “That they are, Madam. The finest in the world. They say that when the last […]



I’m sitting at my computer, working away at my editing, when it happens. Ding! It’s that special little sound that alerts me of a Facebook notification. I immediately click over to my FB page, the one I’ve conveniently left downsized on my screen. I mean, you never know when you’ll need a little break or […]

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Called 2 Speak – Profession and Vocation

What makes you want to speak out? I’m proud to be part of the Blog Hop promoting A Time to Speak. This hop is to spread the word about Nadine Brandes’s new dystopian novel, A Time to Speak, releasing October 16th. It is also to encourage myself and others to speak out for our passions and against injustice. I […]


Rejection Doesn’t Get Easier

I believed that eventually I would get used to rejection. That I would learn to accept rejection as an inevitable part of the publishing business. I wanted a thick skin and a will to persevere. But this weekend I realized it’s not happening. Not for me, anyway. Maybe some writers don’t care about rejections, but […]

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I’d Punch a Lion

I recently had the opportunity to be a beta reader for a children’s book that is in the works. The book is called I’d Punch A Lion in his Eye for You and it was written by my good buddy Ben Wolf and illustrated by the amazing Benjamin Lucas Powell. Now, I have to say, […]


The Mountain

“I’m not climbing that! I can’t.” I shielded my eyes and looked up the steep slope in front of me, there just wasn’t any way. “This is the path I’ve given you.” “But, Lord, this isn’t some hill we’re talking about, this is a mountain!” I took a deep breath and tried to calm myself. […]


How to Maximize Your Writing Time

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Slattery Today I’d like to share a few ways to avoid time-sapping pitfalls while maximizing every moment for optimum productivity. In A Woman After God’s Heart by Elizabeth George, she talks about foregoing the good to find the better and foregoing the better to find the best. In writing, this means evaluating each moment […]

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Could You Write for the General Market?

Guest Blogger: Phyllis Wheeler Maybe you’re one of those Christian writers casting an eye at the general market these days and thinking about writing for it. Here might be your reasons: Perhaps you’ve noticed that the big publishers have cut way back on the number of books trad-pubbed in CBA. Perhaps your genre is speculative, […]

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Five Tips for Making a Living World

Guest Blogger: Karina Fabian One of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten in my Mind Over trilogy was that my world Kanaan was one of the best worlds-as-character the reader had seen since Dune. The best part for me was knowing that the world had hardly become a character yet. The review was for the […]


The Need for Opposing Worldviews in Christian Fiction

When Christian authors talk about religion in their books, the main topic is often how we’ve incorporated a biblical worldview. I have another question to throw at you: how are you incorporating non-biblical worldviews? Why bother with focusing on religions that clearly aren’t Christian? 1. Realistic Variety — The world is filled with non-Christians. It […]

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Forged Steel Cover Reveal

Downtown. Coffee shop. 2 AM. One minute, Josh is firing off sarcastic remarks at his best friend Marc – the next, they’re running from shape-shifters. Apparently, even best friends don’t share all their secrets. Now Josh is in danger. He can see the monsters among the humans. When Marc is kidnapped, Josh finds himself pulled […]

Author's Journey

Killing my Darlings

Killing my Darlings

One “rule” you hear thrown around a lot in writing circles is “Murder your darlings.” Traditionally, this means those pet phrases and over-used words, the scenes you spent hours crafting but that don’t really add to the story. It’s a way of culling your fluff to tighten your story so it continues to move and […]

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Click here to read Escape The Amulet Saga, Volume Two: The Traveler Bandit Taurin slid his sword blade along the stone in slow, deliberate strokes. Shards of light reflected off the specks of mica in the surrounding rocks. Taurin adjusted the turban shading his eyes and scooted a little closer to the rock that shaded […]

Critical Views

Safe or Interesting?

Safe or Interesting?

I recently read a story by a well-known author who is highly acclaimed in the Christian market. And, unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. The writing was clean, some (not all) of the characters were well-rounded and interesting, and there were some moments of good tension, but I felt like it had a lot of unmet potential. […]

Guest Blogs

Interview with Morgan Busse

Interview with Morgan Busse

I am so very excited for my good friend and critique partner, Morgan Busse. Last Tuesday was the release of her 3rd book (and also the final book of the her trilogy). I thought you all might want to get to know a little bit more about her and her books (which I highly recommend). […]

Life and Such

Why Portion Sizes Are Out of Control

Why Portion Sizes Are Out of Control

We’re all painfully aware, I think, of the obesity problem in America. Most of us live with it daily. When it seems like everyone is so health conscious, why are so many of us struggling with this issue? Abundance. We live in a culture that is simply awash with food. It comes so easily to […]

Marketing and Promotion

That’s Not How Advertising Works

That’s Not How Advertising Works

You know how when you’re watching TV, you see the same ad at least eleven thousand times? And how if you’re watching something online, you get the same commercial two or three times in a row sometimes? The internet has made it easy for advertisers with data tracking. If you look up shoes, you automatically […]

News for Writers

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

If y’all aren’t following Havok magazine, you should be. This flash fiction magazine is the place to get your quick hits of speculative fiction, and it’s a great paying market for you to submit to. Each issue of Havok has a theme, and submitted stories must fit the theme. Below are themes for upcoming issues. […]

Our Faith

Called 2 Speak: Mission and Passion

Called 2 Speak: Mission and Passion

What makes you want to speak out? I’m proud to be part of the Blog Hop promoting A Time to Speak. This hop is to spread the word about Nadine Brandes’s new dystopian novel, A Time to Speak, releasing October 16th. It is also to encourage myself and others to speak out for our passions and against injustice. I […]

Random Things



To kind of springboard off Kristen’s post about the dark side of Realm Makers, I thought I’d share something that totally surprised me but yet didn’t. That is the atmosphere of the conference and how I left with a sense of belonging. It’s the one place I can go where I’m not “the weird one”. I set […]