August 19, 2020

Wings Like a Dove wins OCW's Cascade Historical Fiction Award

Wings Like a Dove is the recipient of the 2020 Oregon Christian Writers' Cascade Award for Published Historical Fiction!

What an honor and a blessing. I had no idea what at timely story this would be when I first plotted it out several years ago. But the Lord knew. It's a story for such a time as this, but fear not, it won't take you into heavy topics and leave you there. This award-winning story is also full of love, friendship, courage, and hope. 

Find out what readers are saying about Wings Like a Dove at Goodreads or on Amazon.

December 9, 2019

Christmas BOOK Giveaways

Looking for a thoughtful yet inexpensive Christmas gift? WhiteFire Publishing is giving away 5 books in a Christmas Gift Giveaway. Nominate a friend to receive a WFP title as a gift now through 12/11. Winners will be selected & sent a GIFT WRAPPED book!
1. Browse WFP titles HERE
2. Then fill out THIS FORM telling WHO should receive WHAT book and WHY.
WFP will gift wrap and ship the winners' books (12/13) either directly to them, or to you to give them personally.
Fill out the form as many times as you like for as many books and recipients!

And while you're entering book drawings... I'm giving away a signed copy of Wings Like a Dove. Enter through midnight, December 10, by leaving a comment on THIS POST telling us who inspires you. Winner announced December 11.

December 1, 2019


It’s HERE!! My Book Baby has finally arrived!

(And, coincidentally… there is a birth scene in this book, but let’s not camp on that topic just yet, since you probably haven’t had a chance to read the book. But soon, I hope to get some conversations going about the journey each of the characters take in this story, including a couple of intense scenes…)

Needless to say, I’m so excited to finally be able to share Anna’s story with you!

1. You can enter a DRAWING for a signed copy of Wings Like a Dove HERE. Just follow the link and leave a comment about someone who inspires you, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a paperback or e-copy of the book (US only, sorry). Winner will be announced December 11th.

2. You’re Invited to TODAY’S “BOOK BIRTHDAY” PARTY! Since today is Launch day, I’m celebrating by hosting an “in real life” party, so if you’re in NW Oregon, come on over to Sandy Assembly of God Church between 3 – 5pm (PT) today.

Note: this party is NOT limited to local folks. We are also hosting a Facebook LIVE “virtual”party which will magically coincide with the “IRL” party, so you can celebrate with me from wherever you are. We will be giving away some great prizes, both in person and online, so I hope you'll join us! If you do, be sure to say HI! and let me know you’re there! All attendees will be entered in our drawing pool – online attendees just need to check in on the PINNED post & let us know you’re there. It should be fun!

3. If you can’t make it to either party, or are more of an introvert (totally get THAT), did I mention that the book is now available (yay!)? So another way you can join me in celebrating its release is to read the book and then EMAIL ME to discuss Anna’s story and some of the topics & themes in this novel. I’d love to hear from you!


November 17, 2019

Two Weeks to Launch!

My upcoming novel Wings Like a Dove releases in two weeks, but here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions that might be handy to have in one spot.

First, a little about the story:
In 1933, Anna, a young Jewish immigrant, discovers to her shame and horror that she is with child. Forced to leave home, Anna travels in search of her missing father, but stumbles upon six orphans in need of a tutor and their deep-hearted mentor with troubles of his own. She dares not risk staying too long, opening her heart, letting her secrets out. 

But with the Klan presence in town growing stronger, and the danger to this family increasing the longer she stays, Anna is torn between fleeing to keep them safe … and staying to fight beside them. It’s a tale of love, loyalty, and the power of grace.

Wings Like a Dove releases December 1, 2019 in paperback and ebook.


1.  Should I pre-order the book?
Yes! Preorders help authors in several ways: they count toward the book’s first week sales, and a strong first week gets bookstore and readers’ attention. A strong first week shows bookstores this is a title they should stock, and being on store shelves is a delightful thing for a book (and author).

·         2.  When will I receive my pre-order book?
Ebooks will show up on your device on Sunday, December 1st (if not sooner). Paperbacks a day or two after that, depending on your shipping selections.

·         3.  Is this book available in paperback?
Yes! And the cover is stunning, thanks to the artwork of Roseanna White, designer.

·         4.  Where will the book be available?

·         5.  Will Wings Like a Dove be a series?
Anything is possible. Anna’s siblings may have stories of their own… stay tuned.

6.  I love this book! What can I do to help spread the word?
ü Ask your local bookstore and library to stock it
ü Leave a review at one or more of the sites where the book is sold, also Goodreads and Bookbub
ü Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, bookaholic aunties, book clubs, church librarian, dog groomer, bank teller—you get the gist
ü Post a photo of the book in a cool arrangement or pose, or in some interesting setting, etc
ü Share quotes on social media, or make memes to share
ü Share in your online reader groups
ü Share with colleagues or groups with a focus on social/familial elements touched on in the story

November 1, 2019

Publishers Weekly Weighs In on WINGS

November 1st marks one month until the release of WINGS ... and, to my breathless surprise, I just discovered that Publishers Weekly recently posted a review of Wings Like a Dove. I confess I forgot that we submitted the story for a possible PW review, and I really wasn't expecting one because they don't review every book they receive. I'm thrilled to learn that the reviewer thinks it's "powerful" as well as a "harrowing, enthralling" tale. This is good!

(On a side note, I'm not sure how, but the reviewer somehow got the idea that Thomas is a chef (?). He is not. He is a carpenter who runs a woodworking trade school for orphan boys. In fact, anything Thomas cooks tends to be scorched, and the boys are all too eager to let Anna take over the cooking.)

The reviewer believes this story will appeal to fans of Linda Byler. I am embarrassed to admit that I had to Google Ms. Byler, but by the looks of her strong legacy in historical fiction, I am most honored by the comparison.

Anyway . . . one month to go! And a Publishers Weekly review! 

Here's a snippet of it:

October 20, 2019

Preview: Wings Like a Dove

Just wanted to share this little snippet of the Wings Like a Dove endorsement from award-winning author, Melanie Dobson. Check out Melanie's newest book HERE.

Thank you, Melanie!


August 24, 2019

BETWEEN THE PAGES: Burned Bridges & Lost Lambs

Hey, there!

I’m kicking off a new series of weekly blog posts under the heading Between the Pages. We’ll be taking a look at precious gems of Truth found in fiction and film. Each week, we’ll talk about some of the novels, characters, films, and other forms of story that have left an impression on our hearts, or have impacted our lives in some way.

Bridge-to-Haven_3001I recently read Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers. It’s a beautiful allegory, and it doesn’t take long to see how Ezekiel and his son Joshua—a carpenter—symbolize God and Jesus. How a fast-talking charmer deceives and lures the main character, Abra, away from those who love her and into a path of ruination. How quickly she becomes enslaved, and how, with every bridge she burns, she feels more and more separated from her father. How unforgivable and unlovable she believes herself to be.

It’s a powerful and painfully raw story. But life is often painful and raw. Gritty. Enslaving. And the consequences of our choices often hurt more than we ever anticipate. But to me, the most heartbreaking consequence isn’t Abra’s lost innocence or the degrading enslavement she finds herself in. It’s the assumption she is too far gone, and her bitter resolve to keep running away from God and never look back.
sad girl bridge

Have you ever believed a lie like this? Felt you'd burned too many bridges? Believed that God is fed up with your repeated failures and you might as well just give up? 

We see God through human eyes, and assign him human qualities, such as impatience, resentment, frustration, etc. Even the enemy of our souls, the father of lies, knows that God will not write you off, let you wander off, lost and alone.
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  Luke 15:3-7
Jesus leaves the 99 and goes out in search of the one, his precious lost lamb, his beloved. He won’t force us to come home, but he will climb every hill and ford every stream and beckon to us, show us there is no place we can go that he has not already gone, no place we can hide that he is not already there.

The idea of leaving loved ones behind and believing oneself beyond redemption runs through my next book, Wings Like a Dove (Dec 2019). We’ll talk more about Anna’s story soon.

But in the meantime, let's talk about burned bridges.
  • Have you ever burned a bridge with someone in your life? Left a trail of burned bridges? 
  • Have you ever felt you'd reached a point of no return with God or people in your life? 
  • Have you ever wanted to make amends, but didn't know where to begin? How did you deal with it? If you haven't, what are you waiting for?
  • What advice would you give someone who feels they are truly unforgivable?
  • What stories or characters have left a lasting impression on you about the relentless love of God?

July 15, 2019

Longing to Belong

As a Jew growing up in Poland in the 1920s, Anna, the main character in my upcoming novel, lived through many upheavals and displacements and has never truly felt at home. This feeling intensifies when she lands, yet again, in a place where Jews are despised, but this time, she has been cast from her family and is far away from any reinforcements. She is wired to flourish in a community setting, so now, with no people of her own in this hostile environment, she is forced to face not only the danger she is in, but the loneliness of her heart.

Have you ever felt as if you didn't belong anywhere?
If you've moved a lot growing up or in life, what anchors you?

July 5, 2019

Cover Reveal for WINGS Like a DOVE

Cover art: Roseanna White Designs
The Cover has been revealed!!
I can't stop staring at this stunning new cover for my upcoming book, Wings Like a Dove, coming Dec 1, 2019 from WhiteFire Publishing. I'm really excited about this book!

It's the story of Anna Leibowicz, a lovely young Jewish woman whose life has taken a sudden, devastating turn...

In 1933, Anna Leibowicz is convinced that the American dream that brought her Jewish family here from Poland is nothing but an illusion. Her father has vanished. Her dreams of college can’t make it past the sweat-shop door. And when she discovers to her shame and horror that she’s with child, her mother gives her no choice but to leave home. Deciding her best course of action is to try to find her father, she strikes out…hoping against hope to somehow redeem them both.

When Anna stumbles upon a house full of orphan boys in rural Indiana who are in desperate need of a tutor, she agrees to postpone her journey. But she knows from the moment she meets their thoughtful, deep-hearted mentor, Thomas Chandler, that she doesn’t dare risk staying too long. She can’t afford to open her heart to them, to him. She can’t risk letting her secrets out.

All too soon, the townspeople realize she’s not like them and treat her with the same disdain they give the Sisters of Mercy—the nuns who help Thomas and the boys—and Samuel, the quiet colored boy Thomas has taken in. With the Klan presence in the town growing ever stronger, and the danger to this family increasing the longer she stays, Anna is torn between fleeing to keep them safe…and staying to fight beside them.

Oh, that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest...

Quote: “She had never known that love could be so consuming, so tenacious. That it could take root and burrow down so deeply, even in ground that rejected it, even when there was no hope of it ever being cultivated.”

  • You can now pre-order the book HERE.
  • Book Reviewers: drop me an email if you're interested in reviewing or being part of the WINGS Launch Team!
Happy Summer!!

May 29, 2019

And HOPE Does Not Disappoint...

When the recent college scandal brought Hallmark Channel's TV series When Calls the Heart Season 6 to a screeching halt, the network set out to remove all traces of one of the most prominent characters in the show. Plans to rewrite and reshoot the remaining episodes went into instant hyperdrive in an effort to get Season 6 back on the air asap.

I didn’t know what to expect when WCTH S6 resumed, other than to see a really good, solid effort to salvage a wounded show.

What I didn’t expect was to find myself back in Hope Valley watching one of the best seasons yet.

Something happened in that scramble to rewrite the episodes. I don’t know how writers, directors, cast, and crew were able to come back from other projects and commitments, and I don’t know how crazy the writers’ room was while it was decided how to remove whole scenes and scenes that referred to those scenes, and remove or alter storylines to replace one character with another.

I certainly don’t believe it’s the absence of certain characters, but the increased depth of those remaining that has made this season so engaging.

I’m not sure if they took scenes that had been shortened because minutes had to be edited out and then stretched to fill the hour by adding more lines for other characters, but somehow, the scenes feel longer and fuller, the characters seem to be displaying more depth, secondary characters are SHINING. The Kids' storylines are truly engaging and delightfully reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie (Come on, Allie/Nellie!). Lee and Rosemary have gone from charming comic relief to a couple with poignant, relatable struggles. And the increased tension & action is reminiscent of Season 1.

Bravo to those who dropped what they were doing and came back to the drawing board & set and ended up pulling off some of THE finest TV I've ever seen.

The When Calls the Heart Season 6 Finale airs Sunday, June 2 at 9/8c (6 pacific) on the Hallmark Channel. Tune in live, tweet if you can, and watch this stunning gem of a TV series that has (once again, long story) emerged from the ashes. Join the Facebook “Hearties” fan group (over 70,000 strong) to chatter about the show.

Then prepare to return to Hope Valley for the return of WCTH, Season 7!



I've published three novels and a novella (more about those on my website.) I've been writing all my life, but decided in 2007 to get serious about being published.

I love action movies and Jane Austen. (she’s dead, I know. I found that out when I tried to get her to endorse my novel)

They let me play Bass guitar and sing in a worship band.

I can produce 4 dozen homemade cinnamon rolls in a flash for a crowd of drooling young adults. Or publishing house editors.

I used to have a Harley. Now we have twenty-something kids. Decent trade, really. The window-rattling grumble isn't quite the same, but we are still enjoying the ride.

I am a proud Grammy. Don't even think about taking candy from my babies.

I hate shopping (Yes, I'm aware that I'm a girl)

I've lived in Oregon all my life, spent time in Eugene (Go DUCKS!), Springfield, Reedsport, and Smith River. Which is not really a town, but a river, about 70 miles long, a tributary of the Umpqua River in southwest Oregon.

Although it's not a town, it is a community with a strong sense of pioneer history. It's cool to say you've lived there, especially if you lived there during the days when you had to take a boat to school. No joke! The old farmhouse my grandfather and my mother grew up in still stands, nestled into a narrow, pasture carpeted valley, complete with a swimmin' hole and its own 'crick'. It may turn up in one of my novels.

There's a rumor that my ancestors had a connection with the Mafia back in Sicily. I used to fantasize as a kid about a big black limo with tinted windows pulling up and whisking me away from school. Ahhh. So THAT'S why I'm having so much trouble conjugating my dangling participles now.

NOT RANDOM: I am challenged by the truth and amazed by the grace of God. And it's either in spite of or because of that grace that I hold a PhD in Learning Stuff the Hard Way.