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Book Auction!

On December 1st, the city of Taylorville, and many small towns in the surrounding area, was hit by a high end EF3 tornado. The damage was extensive, and many families are still working hard, trying to get the repairs done. I wanted to do something to help, so after a discussion with a fellow writer,

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Death Frames the Editor

As the latest Lizzie book goes into final edits, I thought I would share the first chapter with you all to get you ready. Lots of excitement, laughs and closure for a long-standing story line. I hope you enjoy this!   Chapter 1 Usually, eating alone was something to be savored. For once, no one

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Mother’s Day

It’s time for our yearly homage to mothers on Sunday, and I would be very remiss if I did not sing the praises of the lovely woman in my life. But let’s start this conversation with something that recently happened. Since my father’s death last year, I have stepped up and become the family “handywoman”,

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Mittens the Wonder Dog

As I sit writing the next installment in the Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries, I couldn’t help but think about Mittens. Many of you know Mittens as the dog Lizzie adopts following the murder of her caretaker, but many of you don’t know that Mittens is based on my own dog. That’s why I’ve decided to repost

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Honoring my father

It is hard to imagine that one week ago today, we buried Dad. He’s not far from the chapel at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, which seems very appropriate for a preacher, don’t you think? I do not know what possessed me to tell my mother that I wanted to do his eulogy. As I mentioned

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An answered prayer leads to true love

A young woman, who was a youth director at a Methodist church in Missouri, was lonely. Dating was not that much fun, and the type of man she was looking for seemed to be out of reach for her. So one day, she said a simple prayer, asking God to show her the path He

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A Long Year’s Journey

I know that all of you have been waiting for a new book from me, and despite my best efforts, I have not been able to deliver. There is a very good reason, and I want to share my story with you. I hope that it will help someone else who is struggling through the

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This is Me…

(With sincere apologies to my wonderful assistant for this rather personal post) In the past three years, I have gone through a lot of personal, life-altering things that have left me questioning who I am after all of this. The struggle has been difficult, and at times so overwhelming that I have felt like I

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Middle of the night bathroom adventures…

Half-asleep, our heroine stumbles to the bathroom, the only light coming from the distant glow of the living room bulb. She sits down to take care of business when, through half open eyes, she spots a big bug in a darkened corner near the sink. “Oh crap,” she thinks, “there’s a bug in here with

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Walmart Adventures

Last week, I became acquainted with several gentlemen at my local Walmart Auto Shop. Monday, it was an oil change for James’ car. Tuesday, it was to order tires for my “new” Jeep Cherokee. I was run into a ditch about thirty minutes after we had the oil change on Monday. Yes, I’m all right.

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