How Many Wise Men Were There?

Question: How many wise men were there who visited Jesus?

Bonus question: Did the wise men visit Jesus when he was still in the manger?

Sometimes what you’ve always heard isn’t factual! I’m interested to see what you all think! Let me know what you base your answer on.

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I’m Still Around

It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve posted anything here. As a writer, I’ve gotten so discouraged over so many things…mostly the lack of motivation to write. I do work full time, and then I moonlight as an editor and formatter. I also have hobbies and grandkids, and…you see how that goes. Somewhere down the line, I let my writing go. I was in the middle of a Gothic romance, and it was going really well. I was excited about it. And suddenly, the passion for writing left me. Or maybe I was so busy doing other things that it just got pushed back.

Anyway, my boss decided we were going to take two weeks off for the holidays. TWO WEEKS. So I’m thinking maybe it’s time to pick that book up, read what I have so far, and get to work. It’s time.

I did release a novella a while back that was originally part of an anthology. You can find it here:

I know not many people will be here to comment since I haven’t been around in a while. I’m sure I’ve been forgotten, and that’s my own fault. But, hopefully, I’ll stay around this time. Thanks a bunch for reading!

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Turkey Trot Blog Hop!


Thanks for stopping by my blog on the Turkey Trot Blog Hop! Click on that cute little turkey above to get a list of all the authors participating. Then just click the links to go to each one!

Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. We should really be doing that all year ’round, but it seems like the holidays make us more mindful. I’m thankful for so many things, but especially my family and friends. And I am so, so thankful for my husband. He’s funny, hard-working, and very sweet. And he does the dishes…and the laundry. You can’t beat that, can you?

For a chance to win an ebook of Brewing Up Murder, Murder on the Ridge, and my brand new novella, Virtual Surprise, just tell me in the comments what you’re most thankful for. I’ll pick randomly from all the comments and announce the winner on Friday, November 25. Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs. One commenter will be randomly chosen from the comments on all the blogs for a $50 Amazon gift card, provided by Rose Gordon of Parchment and Plume! The more blogs you visit and comment on, the better chance you have of winning. Be sure to include your email address so we’ll be able to contact you if you win. Good luck!

Did you forget to click the turkey at the top of the page for links to the other blogs? Don’t worry, you can click this turkey!


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I’m Still Alive and Kicking!

It’s been awhile since I posted. There’s been so much life stuff going on that I put writing on the back burner for a bit. I hope to be back for good now, so keep your fingers crossed that nothing else happens.

I just thought I would let you all know that there IS going to be a third novella in the Hemlock Ridge mysteries. If anyone has read the first two, you’ll remember the chief of police, Win Bedford. This story will be about him.

That’s all for now. Hopefully, there will be more to come soon!

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I’m Still Alive!

I know I don’t blog here very often. I’m still trying to figure this pen name out and where I want to be with it. But I have some exciting news! April 1 (yeah, that’s tomorrow!) I will be releasing, along with seven other authors, an anthology called Virtually Yours. All eight novellas have a similar theme, and I can tell you, it’s a whole lot of fun! So be looking for that tomorrow! 🙂

Psst! It’s only .99!

Virtually Yours

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What I’ve Been Up To

I know I haven’t been blogging lately. I haven’t had this pen name long, so I’m kind of just getting my feet wet.

Anyway… what I’ve been up to. I just recently finished writing a short novella for an anthology I’m doing with some other authors. I’m now writing the second in the Hemlock Ridge Mysteries series. The first book, Brewing Up Murder, has been very well received, and I’m really happy with how that’s going. I hope I can keep the momentum going with the second book, which I’m probably going to title “Murder on the Ridge”. I expect to do a cover reveal for this in the very near future.

I’ve also started doing some things for better health. Eating better, exercise, etc. I really want to be healthier, and it’s time I got serious about that.

That’s about it, except for working at my full time job, going to church, and spending time with my hubby. Yeah, I’m kind of boring, but it’s a good life. 🙂

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Nervous About my Book Release

So, in a few days, I’ll be releasing my first novella in the Hemlock Ridge Mysteries series, Brewing up Murder. It’s my first novella written under this pen name except the one written in the anthology, Bride by Design, with Ruth Ann Nordin writing as Barbara Joan Russell. I’ve been writing under another pen name for about seven years. This is a whole new genre for me, sweet romances and mysteries. I have no idea how these will be received. With the other pen name, I’ve already built a platform, and many people know me. I have 10 times more Facebook friends under my other pen name than I do on this one. It feels like starting over again.

I know you might wonder why I didn’t just write these stories under the other pen name. It’s complicated, but it’s more about the difference in audience than anything, I guess. I have a lot of FB friends with the other pen name who are very supportive, but they don’t read my books because they don’t read paranormal romance. Some of those people might read these.

Anyway, I feel like a newbie author just starting out, so the nervousness is there. I just hope I can build a good platform with this pen name and actually get a few fans. The novella was well received by some of the fans of my other pen name. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and praying hard.

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Cover Reveal!

It’s almost here! The mystery is almost solved! Here’s the cover of my first novella in the Hemlock Ridge Mysteries series. Thank you Anya Kelleye for another great cover.

Brewing Up Murder

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So excited!

I’m so excited about the release of the anthology, Bride by Design, I’m doing with Ruth Ann Nordin (writing as Barbara Joan Russell)! This is the first time I’ve done something like this with her, although we’ve been friends for quite a while. Ruth is the sweetest person, and I’m so happy to be working with her.

Look for it on February 14, published by Parchment and Plume.

Oh, and don’t forget our Facebook party celebrating the release of the anthology! Find it HERE.

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The Life of an Author!

Bride by Design (UPDATED eBOOK) 1-30-15Sometimes the life of an author can be challenging. Take, for instance, this anthology I’m doing with Ruth Ann Nordin, writing as Barbara Joan Russell. Everything was going along smoothly when someone spotted a cover just like ours, but in a very different genre. So we had to scramble to get a new one. Anya Kelleye worked very hard to create a new one for us. Ruth, Anya, and I searched images until Anya found the perfect one. And she kept me calm the whole time since I was about to panic. 🙂

Nothing ever goes as smoothly as we think. So we should always make sure we’re prepared for all kinds of things. We’re now right on schedule, the manuscripts have been sent to Parchment & Plume, and we’re good to go!

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