Celebrate with Me! Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit

Celebrate with me! My blog tour with Celebrate Lit starts today! I’m excited I get to meet new readers and offer them the prize package pictured above. Below are the links for all the stops. When you comment at the different blog stops, you receive extra entries for the prize package. Please stop by and we’ll talk mysteries, books, and the inspiration for my novel, A Shadow on the Snow. Hope to chat with you soon!

Blog Stops

December 18: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

December 18: Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy

December 19: Nancy E Wood

December 20: Texas Book-aholic

December 21: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

December 22: Inklings and notions

December 23: Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews

December 23: Bigreadersite

December 24: Gina Holder, Author and Blogger (Author Interview)

December 25: Vicarious Living

December 26: For Him and My Family

December 27: deb’s Book Review

December 28: Locks, Hooks and Books

December 28: Library Lady’s Kid Lit

December 29: Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting

December 30: A Modern Day Fairy Tale, (Spotlight)

December 30: Blogging With Carol

December 31: Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama

A Shadow on the Snow: the Book Trailer

I am so excited to share my book trailer with you! I hadn’t planned on making a book trailer because I knew I didn’t have the skills to make it look great. Or even nice. But my niece has been editing home movies with music and special effects for years, so I asked if she could help me create one. For two hours one Saturday afternoon, we searched for public domain video and music clips to create the 45-second trailer. It was fascinating watching my niece work. I felt like a Hollywood director collaborating with a top-notch editor while my sister acted as creative consultant. So much skill, and my niece is all of fourteen years old. Without further delay, enjoy the world premiere of A Shadow on the Snow: the Book Trailer.

Thank you so much to authors Laurie Lucking and James R. Hannibal for providing endorsements for my novel!

For my fellow writers–if you like how the trailer looks, I recommend downloading the software Filmora. You pay a one-time price, and the software comes with automatic updates. However, that price does not include a fourteen-year-old film technician. So you’ll have to recruit your own.

To pre-order my debut YA mystery, click on the links.
Barnes and Noble

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Great News about “A Shadow on the Snow”!

I hope you can tell from the look on my face that I am thrilled beyond words. Actually, not really beyond words because I’m typing this post to you. But I’m still in shock. I sold my WIP, my YA Christian mystery A Shadow on the Snow, to Mt. Zion Ridge Press. They published my two short stories, but this is my first book. I’m a novelist!

I got the news while we were taking a spring break vacation at Burr Oak State Park in Morgan County, Ohio. It’s fitting that I read the email there because southeastern Ohio is the setting for my mystery.

This has been a long time coming and yet I wouldn’t want it to have happened any sooner. I’ve been writing stories since I was seven. I’ve dreamed of publishing a novel since high school and began writing regularly when I was a freshman in college and was recovering from an appendectomy. I took time off when I had my kids. Not a conscious decision, but I didn’t have the time or brain power left after a day of wrangling preschoolers.

For the past six years, I buckled down to effort of getting published. I’ve also learned so much about writing, mostly gaining an understanding of the current interpretation of “show, don’t tell”. The effort forced me tackle things I’d never considered possible, like social media, which I’m still learning, and flying by myself.

I’m very grateful to Mt. Zion Ridge Press for giving me this opportunity. But mostly I’m grateful to God. A Shadow on the Snow is truly His story, and I am so happy that I could work on it with Him. As a Christian writer, I know God wants me to use these stories to touch and help people. But He also uses the writing process to help me get to know Him better. That’s what I love and find so exciting about writing for and with my Father. I’m always learning something new about Him!

I’ll have lots more about my novel this year. So happy I can share this with those of you who have been kind enough to follow me. Stay tuned!

The Winners for the Giveaway are …

childrenw-593313_1280I’m happy to announce the winners of my giveaway! The prize package of a copy of From the Lake to the River, signed by eight of the authors, an Ohio ornament, and a box of chocolate-peanut butter buckeyes goes to Audrey Stewart. The prize package of a copy of Christmas fiction off the beaten path, signed by three of the authors, an Ohio ornament, and a box of chocolate-peanut butter buckeyes goes to Paula Shreckhise. I’ll be contacting you shortly.

Thanks so much to all of you who entered. It’s made the launching of my mystery short story so much fun!

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