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My Upcoming Children’s Book, Especially for Military Kids

Many years ago, I took a broad stroke writing course that briefly talked about the various forms of writing: fiction and nonfiction, newspaper articles, screenwriting, and more. As part of this class, I had to do a couple of lessons on children's books. Not my thing. Well, that's not exactly true. I love to read children's books. When my kids were little, we'd visit the library almost every week, and we frequently walked out with thirty or more books between the four of us. The stories we read were fun. Poignant. The characters were sweet. Daring. Hilarious. But to combine character development and plot lines into a story that was largely communicated through pictures and keep it under 1,000 words (shorter than many of my blog posts) — that was not my kind of writing. However, a seed was planted in those writing lessons that wouldn't let go.
How's your attitude?

Is Your Attitude Showing?

As I prepare to attend the American Association of Christian Counselor’s World Conference this week, my friend and author Joanie Bruce agreed to stop by and spend some time with you. I’m so grateful! Thanks, Joanie!

Dear readers: Does your To Do pile keep growing and your Done pile stay the same … like mine?

How's your attitude?As hard as I try to catch up with my work, it never gets done. I wash dishes, clean the sink, wipe down all the counter tops, and the next thing I know, there are more dishes in the sink to wash. I put a load of clothes in the washing machine, dry them, fold them, and put them away, but when I go back into the utility room the next day, the hampers are full again.… Want to read more?

Kindle Fire

Win a Kindle Fire AND Four Books!

This is the biggest giveaway I’ve ever offered! But I wanted to make it more exciting, so I asked some friends to join me. Between us, we’re giving away a FREE Kindle Fire PLUS four books to get you started reading on it!

The giveaway is open to all US mailing addresses, including APO/FPO addresses, and it end at midnight, Friday, July 3, 2015. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, July 4th. Here are the details of what’s included:

Kindle FireKindle Fire HD 6, a six-inch tablet by Amazon. It is available in black, white, magenta, citron, or cobalt–and yes, you get to choose the color! It will be purchased from Amazon and sent directly to you, so you will have all paperwork you need to exchange it if something happens to it during shipping.… Want to read more?

Want to be an Author? Here’s how …

Once people find out I'm a published author, I typically get one of two responses: 1) I've always wanted to do that, or 2) How do you do that? Today author Joanie Bruce offers good advice for those of you who want to know how to get started in publishing.

4 Book Giveaway!

The holidays are coming! Hmmm, maybe some of you didn’t want to hear that quite yet. Sorry, but telling you won’t slow down time — and maybe I can help! How about the chance to win some free books!?

Authors Lindon and Sherry Gareis, Joanie Bruce, Kathy Barnett and I want to bless you this holiday season with FOUR FREE BOOKS! Whether you keep them for yourself or give them away at Christmas is up to you.

Here are the books included in this giveaway:

Alana Candler, Marked for Murder by Joanie BruceAlana Candler is on someone’s hit list. A stalker is breathing down her neck at every turn, hiding in the shadows, waiting for her to make a mistake—to freeze long enough for him to make his hit.Want to read more?

To Military Families, from a Civilian

I am now in the position that everything my coauthor, Kathy Barnett, and I could have poured into our book to military spouses is done. The file is at the printers, waiting its turn in line to become a printed paperback. And now I wait for this book I spent so many hours praying over, so many hours writing and editing, so many hours wrestling with my coworker and editor on how to best convey truth to military spouses.

Book Review: A Memory Worth Dying For

It's not often I truly have trouble putting a book down. Yes, I find many books I enjoy, many books I look forward to picking up again. But a book so good I make a deal with my children that I'll cook them lunch if they can find their own breakfast--just so I can finish a book? Yeah, I did that with A Memory Worth Dying For.

Sidetracked! with Joanie Bruce

How big of a problem are distractions for you? Are interruptions a normal part of your day, and if so, how do you deal with staying on task? Or at least completely a task? Today author Joanie Bruce offers some thoughts getting sidetracked. Joanie ...