Friday, December 19, 2014

Update on My Christmas Gifts to You

How exciting! Some of you are unwrapping your Christmas presents I'm giving you. DO YOU KNOW HOW GOD LOVES YOU? is #5 on Amazon!

Look at this:

#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Christian Books & Bibles > Bible Study & Reference > Meditations



#23 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Romance > Historical

To get your gifts, please go to these links:



Today (December 19, 2014) is the first day of my Christmas giveaway.

December 19-23, you are welcome to download a free copy of my newest book, a historical and inspirational novel called THE DREAM BUCKET. This book has received an award. It appeared on the "hot and trending" list of the Kindle Scout program every day for the thirty days it was featured there.

Go here to get your copy of THE DREAM BUCKET:

The Dream Bucket for Free

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congratulations to Mike Link, a friend who taught at Louisiana Tech several years ago. Mike is a great educator with an humble spirit. It is thrilling to see his great accomplishment.

McKinney Orchestra at Midwest

Christmas Gift Idea -- New Kindle

There's a Kindle for only $59. Amazing that the price has dropped so much!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Christmas Gifts to You

A schedule of the Kindle books I’m giving you this Christmas:

The Dream Bucket
Newest novel, available FREE on these dates in 2014: December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

Do You Know How God Loves You?
Big book of daily devotionals, e-book version only available FREE on these dates in 2014: December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson
New novel, available FREE on these dates in 2014: December 20, 21, or 22 and December 29, 30.

I'm Choking . . . But Life Moves On Along the Path of Grief
Little book about grief, available FREE on these dates in 2014: December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

The above books are free to anyone who goes to and downloads them either to a Kindle, computer, or other electronic device.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Help with Grief

I'm Choking . . . But Life Moves On Along the Path of Grief

In case you’re feeling blue this Christmas or know someone who is grieving, you may want to read this little book after Christmas. Everybody I know has felt that way at one time or another. Several people who have read the book say it has helped them through some sad times.

I’m giving this one to you as another Christmas present. It will be available for free to download onto your Kindle or computer December 26-30, 2014.

Another Christmas Gift to You

In addition to a free Kindle copy of The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson, The Dream Bucket’s sister book, on December 20, 21, 22, 29, and 30, 2014, at, I’m giving you something else.

Christmas 2007, my daughter requested a book of daily devotionals for Christmas. I gave her two, but she told me after Christmas that she wanted me to write a devotional book for her. What a gift she gave me! The opportunity to say some things I may not have remembered to tell her when she was a child.

Christmas 2008, I gave her Do You Know How God Loves You? She thought of the title. It contains 366 daily devotionals. Through the years, I’ve sold a few. It has been read in the Philippines, Europe, Africa, and South America.

Christmas 2014, on December 19-23—any time during those five days—you can go to and select the Kindle version for free of Do You Know How God Loves You? If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download it to your computer.

Thank you for the wonderful gift so many of you have given me: your nomination and your support for The Dream Bucket, which is near the end of its campaign in the Kindle Scout program. Go here for details.

A Christmas Gift for You

4 days remaining in the Kindle Scout Program for THE DREAM BUCKET.

Kindle Scout

Thank you for keeping this book on the hot list.

16 Days until Christmas. Here’s a gift for you:

The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson is a new novel, released as a Kindle book on November 16, 2014. This inspirational romance is about a woman in her thirties who lives in the town of Taylorsburg in the early 1900’s, and it’s a companion to The Dream Bucket, which tells the story of a family’s difficulties on a farm near the same Mississippi village a year later.

As a Christmas present, I’m giving you a free copy of The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson. Since it is a Kindle book, you will need either to load it onto your Kindle or download onto your computer. There are no strings attached (although reviews are a great blessing).

To unwrap your gift, go to the page and type The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson on Amazon's search bar, OR click on the picture below. You can get your free book any time on December 20, 21, or 22, 2014. If you’re too busy then and miss this, wait until December 29 or 20, 2014, when it will be available for free again. If you have any problems, please send me a private message on Facebook. (CONFESSION: I've never participated in this five-away, and I hope I'm doing this right.)

In the meantime, remember to nominate The Dream Bucket if you haven’t done so already. You’re allowed to nominate it only once. If Amazon chooses to publish it through the Kindle Scout program, you will receive a free copy of it.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Random Thoughts

Now it's Christmas. Almost. What does it mean? What else does it mean besides the wonderful coming of the Savior to rescue us from our depravity? What I'm trying to ask is this: once we have Christ's grace, what do we do with it?

This year I'm absorbed in a project of sharing some thoughts so personal I cannot spell them out in literal terms. I need to say them in fiction. If you read my stories, you may catch a glimpse at what I want to say. Even better, you may find something within yourself that the stories evoke.

The question is often asked of writers--plot or character driven? I think my stories are setting driven. A place with a situation comes to mind. I ask who would be in that place.

Then I let them do what is natural. There is little control on my part about the outcome of writing. I wasn't always sure which man Loretta Larson would choose, and I wasn't sure how Zoe Cameron would solve her horrendous problems.

What I have observed about the heroic characters in these two books is an unselfish attitude.

Please nominate The Dream Bucket.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Duck in the Well

When Ruth, my sister seven years older than I am, was young she had a baby duck. (This event happened before I was born.) For sport, she was chasing her duck through the yard. Our dad had removed the wooden frame that protected the well so he could repair it.

The results were not as bad as they could have been. Ruth didn't fall into the well, but her baby duck did. Upon her insistence, Daddy drew bucket after bucket of water to rescue the duck, but he never found it.

My sister's recollection of losing her duck in the well inspired a scene in The Dream Bucket.

Please help me publish this book by nominating it here: Kindle Scout