‘Twas Just Before Christmas

One writer's take on a popular holiday poem. Enjoy! ’Twas just before Christmas, ideas had been humming Fingers clacking the keys and suffering from numbing Time to shut down for the end of the year Munch on a cookie, drink a cold beer The house was so quiet because I'd been up late Drafting a plot … Continue reading ‘Twas Just Before Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Conversation

It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite holiday films. I was talking to my mom about it the other day, and she said she'd never seen it, although she'd like to. I told her when I saw it run, I'd tell her about it so she could watch it or record it. She said she doesn't … Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life: A Conversation

City Sidewalks, An Addendum

This time of year, I think we're all busy. In addition to any holiday preparations and celebrations we might be dealing with, we probably have a lot of end-of-year work to complete. I know I do. On all counts. In short, I've been distracted. So distracted, in fact, that I scheduled a post for today … Continue reading City Sidewalks, An Addendum

BLOG HOP! Decem-brrr Reads… Increase the Heat to Ward Off the Chill

This December, ward off the chill with the Decadent Decem-brrr Reads Blog Hop. Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire. You do not have to enter my prize drawing to be eligible for the grand prize. Simply use the Rafflecopter link to enter. December 15 -19, join these romance authors who are showcasing their winter weather … Continue reading BLOG HOP! Decem-brrr Reads… Increase the Heat to Ward Off the Chill

Christmas Cover Reveals

So, last week I talked your ears off about the Cathedral Lake series releases (Pride and Fall and "Footprints in the Snow").  I'm very proud of that series, and I'm happy to announce those releases. If you do read either/both of them, let me now shamelessly ask you to write a review on Amazon. (Okay, … Continue reading Christmas Cover Reveals

Countdown to Christmas: Peace

This is the last week of the Advent Season. That means we light the last candle. We now have one rose and three purple candles lit; the circle is complete. Four candles representing the four thousand years from Adam and Eve to the birth of the Savior are all illuminated, and Christmas is almost upon … Continue reading Countdown to Christmas: Peace

Here We Come A Caroling… Sort of. Won’t You Come With Me?

I have a real honor today. I'm guest posting/visiting on a friend and fellow Tribe Writer's blog talking all about family Christmas traditions. Won't you join me on Joan Hall's site (Joan Hall Writes) as we discuss Christmas and family? Hope to see you there!

Countdown to Christmas: Joy

We’re entering the third week of Advent. This week is called Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” (pronounced gow / dey / tay) is the Latin word for “rejoice” and this is the week priests wear rose-colored vestments and we light the rose-colored candle, because we are rejoicing reaching the half-way point through this anticipatory season. This third … Continue reading Countdown to Christmas: Joy

Countdown to Christmas: Love and Faith

This is the second week of Advent in the church. Some modern conventions have a white candle in the middle of the wreath to be lit on Christmas Eve representing Christ’s birth, or even all white candles instead of the traditional purple and pink, but at our home, we use the traditional convention. That means … Continue reading Countdown to Christmas: Love and Faith

HELP THE ELF: I Found Santa’s Missing Nice List!

Hi everyone! As you may remember, a few weeks ago Pete the elf had a touch too much Eggnog at the Holiday Christmas Party and as he stumbled home, he lost Santa's NICE LIST. The North Wind scattered the papers to all four corners of the world, and The Bookshelf Muse put out a call to help … Continue reading HELP THE ELF: I Found Santa’s Missing Nice List!