Home Sweet Home. I’m back where I belong, safe and sound. With all the busyness of settling back in, I missed my Monday post, but I don’t want to wait another week. So we’ll politely ignore the fact that it’s Tuesday and enjoy a little chat. I have some pictures and some odds and ends of writerly news to share. Come and see!
Pretty in Pink. It’s always fun when someone sends me a snapshot. My good friend added one of my postcards to her board! Does it look familiar? ; )
Party Favors. Thank you to everyone who took part in last week’s Pursuing Prissie party. The watercolor notecards went out in yesterday’s mail. I settle on a camping scene and northern lights for this round of prizes. I have another set on reserve for our next party, which is now on my calendar. Those of you who couldn’t play along this time can look forward to September 21. I’ll host another giveaway leading up to the anniversary of the Threshold Series & the book birthday of The Blue Door. ♥
Family Fiction Edge. Every so often, I am asked what I’ve been reading lately. For instance, I was asked for a summer reading story recommendation by Family Fiction Edge, an online magazine for Christian YA fiction. [Don’t spoiler me! I’m still partway through the Remnants books!]
A Brotherhood of Monks. I’m well aware that my taste in stories is a little odd. Yes, I like to explore new worlds in science fiction and fantasy. And I adore a good mystery. Hints of romance are welcome, but I’m equally satisfied with books that celebrate friendship. And I enjoy gently-paced stories that stir my soul. Like this one. The Hawk and the Dove is set in a Benedictine monastery in the twelfth century, centering around the experiences of the new abbot of St. Alcuin. Father Columba (dove) is a strange name for a man with the proud bearing of a hawk. His tale is a story within a story, charmingly told by a mother to her daughter in a modern setting. I quickly fell in love with the main character Melissa’s turn of mind and imagination. I can’t wait to read the whole series! [Parental note: while this is a quiet little story, the monks face difficult situations. While not graphic, there are scenes of violence and mentions of immorality that may trouble tenderhearted readers.]
Writers Write. After my time away, I’m getting back into the swing of my daily writing routine. I’m wrestling a few proposals together, and in August I’ll be tackling my pile of notes and turning them into a full-fledged manuscript. And I’m starting a new author group with some of my friends from the ACFW who live here in San Diego. So I’m busy in my favorite ways! : )
What have you been reading? What are you plotting?
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