Archive for September, 2011

The Laughing Side of the World by Robin Hardy

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I’m thrilled to see that Robin Hardy’s new book, The Laughing Side of the World, is now available on Kindle (HERE).

I’m sad to know that this is the last of her Latter Annals of Lystra, the wonderful nine-book series that follows her original Lystra trilogy.

The print version of Laughing Side is due out in the next few days, and I understand it will include something not available in the e-book version: a retrospective covering all of the Lystra books from the past 27 years. That’s a pretty impressive retrospective!

If you haven’t read these books, what are you waiting for?

Read more HERE.

No crabs were harmed in the making of this book cover.

The Dragons of the Watch by Donita K. Paul

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Chronicles of Chiril continue as Ellie and Bealomondore find themselves trapped in an isolated city guarded by dragons and separated from everything they know and love. How can they escape? Along the way they meet a group of wild children and a very old man, whose needs they must meet before they can find their way home. With the help of the dragons of the watch, they discover that their fate depends upon their ability to recognize and step in line with the Creator’s will.

About the Author:

Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”

That’s Cool!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

What do you really need?

HERE is what I think. 😉

Catch It While You Can

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

I have had an interesting week to say the least, but am I on to something?

Check out Inkwell Inspirations HERE.

Love Finds You On Christmas Morning by Trish Perry and Debby Mayne

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Love finds a home on Christmas morning in two heartwarming holiday stories.

Deck the Halls (Debby Mayne): In 1925, the wealthy William Tronnier becomes smitten with the lovely but penniless Lillian Pickard. Not one to give up easily, William pursues Lillian even though she does everything in her power to resist falling in love with a man from a completely different social class. As Christmas descends on the picturesque town of Cary, North Carolina, William plans to make Lillian a proposal she can’t refuse.

‘Tis the Season (Trish Perry): When personal chef Nikki Tronnier moves back home to Cary, North Carolina, she plans to fulfill a lifelong dream and buy back the family home built by her great-grandfather for his bride. But before she is able to make an offer, someone else buys the house. Just as she prepares for a fight, she learns that the very person who stole her dream is the man who has also stolen her heart. Unaware, handsome new owner, Drew Cornell, seeks Nikki’s help in restoring the home to its historic beauty in time for Christmas.


Award-winning novelist Trish Perry has written nine inspirational romances for Harvest House Publishers, Summerside Press, and Barbour Publishing, as well as two devotionals for Summerside Press. She has served as a columnist and as a newsletter editor over the years, as well as a 1980s stockbroker and a board member of the Capital Christian Writers organization in Washington, D.C. She holds a degree in Psychology.

Trish just released Love Finds You on Christmas Morning, written with Debby Mayne. Her nostalgic romance novel, Unforgettable (Summerside Press), released in March and Tea for Two, Book Two in her Millicent’s Tea Shop series (Harvest House), released in April. She invites you to visit her at



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Pickard-Tronnier Shortbread or Shortbread Cookies

1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

1. Mix the flour and cornstarch in a medium bowl.
2. In a large bowl, mix softened butter with sugar and vanilla (optional) until you have a creamy consistency.
3. Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar.
4. Press the mixture into an 8″ by 8″ cake pan. (See below if you are making cookies.)
5. Bake in a 325-degree oven for approximately 30 minutes.
6. Cool slightly but cut into 2-inch squares while still warm.

Directions for cookies:
1. Follow 1–3 in the directions above.
2. Use a teaspoon to scoop the batter, roll it into balls, and flatten each one on a cookie sheet.
3. For cookies, bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until brown around the edges.
4. Cool before removing from the pan.

Our Flag Was Still There!

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

As we remember the events of September 11th ten years ago, it’s easy to remember how terrifying that day was, even for those of us far from the actual scenes of the terrorist attacks. But even in the aftermath, America was determined to keep on being America. We weren’t going to let a small group of hateful fanatics keep us down.

This little video made me proud to be an American.

May God forgive, heal and continue to bless our country.

United we stand.

The Wedding Kiss by Hannah Alexander

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Against the backdrop of 1901 Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the surrounding countryside, one simple kiss draws two people into a discovery that will forever change their lives.

Marriage seems the only option for Keara McBride and Elam Jensen after Keara’s father gambles away her home and ends up in jail, and Elam’s children need a mother’s care. When the Jensens seal their vows at the altar with a kiss, however, their marriage of convenience seems much less convenient. The first kiss they share before a church filled with witnesses ignites a beacon of attraction that leaves them both feeling guilty.

Elam’s wife, Gloria–who was also Keara’s best friend–has been dead less than a year. How can they betray her like this?

And yet…oh, that kiss. When a stranger who bears a striking resemblance to Gloria shows up injured on the front porch on Elam and Keara’s wedding night, the whole family is thrown into confusion, suspense and danger. But does this stranger also hold a key to the Jensens’ future happiness?

Published by Summerside Press

About the Authors:

HANNAH ALEXANDER is the pen name for the writing collaboration of Cheryl and Mel Hodde. They chose the name “Hannah Alexander” to incorporate their two names into one. They have read that Hannah means “her hope is in the Lord,” and Alexander means “servant of mankind.”

Visit their website HERE.

I Has A Pleased!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

I just turned in the manuscript for The Key in the Attic, Book Sixteen of the Annie’s Attic Mystery series.

I’m very happy to have this done. Thanks to tireless efforts of Robin Hardy, it’s a much better book than it would otherwise have been.


Don’t Quit!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Hang in there, even when it seems like you’re treading water.

MORE HERE at The Inkwell!