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Why the Jersey Shore? Why Seaside?

I’m super excited to welcome today’s guest blogger — Gayle Roper! Gayle is one of my really-long-time writing buddies and one of my mentors, both in writing and in directing writers’ conferences. Gayle has a new book out and we’re celebrating with a story behind the story and a book giveaway. Please welcome Gayle!   WHY THE JERSEY SHORE? WHY SEASIDE? As I …

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New Girls’ Devotional ~ Plus Book Giveaway

What is beauty? The answer depends on who you ask. TV advertisers might hang a beauty sign on a particular height, size, color of eyes or skin or hair. Others might say beauty has more to do with a girl’s character qualities. Anger, jealousy, lying–I think we can agree that those aren’t beautiful traits, but compassion, love, and honesty are. …

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St. Charles: Full Circle

How does an Arizona author end up setting her newest works of Historical Fiction in Missouri? Saint Charles, Missouri, to be exact? Enter . . . a children’s book illustrator named Chris Sharp.

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Book Club Fun to Celebrate The Quilted Heart

Do the members of your book club or reading group enjoy reading a series of novellas and spending time with an ensemble cast? If so, Elsa Brantenberg’s Quilting Circle in St. Charles, Missouri, might be a great fit. And I’m happy to say the 1860’s heartland setting lends itself well to having fun with historic Main Street and riverside flair. For some book club …

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Women’s History Month: Mary Easton Sibley

March is National Women’s History Month. Today, I’m celebrating the legacy of women in American History with a look at educator, Mary Easton Sibley.

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Recipes Inspired by The Quilted Heart

The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek novels and Prairie Song, Book 1 in the Hearts Seeking Home Series all feature fun foods and inspire recipes. The novellas, Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore are no different. Enjoy a meal with three recipes inspired by The Quilted Heart omnibus.

Meet Rutherford & Maren from The Quilted Heart

Meet Rutherford & Maren from The Quilted Heart

A broken soldier. A nearly-blind abandoned bride. Will love bind their hearts together, or will stubborn pride unravel the family they both love? Meet the main characters in Dandelions on the Wind, Novella #1 in The Quilted Heart omnibus! RUTHERFORD WAINWRIGHT 1. What is your job? Describe a little about what you do. I was a farmer then a soldier. …

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Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 10, Juanita Nobles

Reader-Friend Juanita Nobles is my guest in Week 10 of the Quilters and Quilts Blog Series celebrating the release of The Quilted Heart Omnibus. MONA: How long have you been a quilter? JUANITA: I’ve been quilting for 30 years. I started in 1983. I have done all types—paper piecing, applique, piecework, but I usually stick to pretty simple designs. MONA: Who influenced you to start …

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Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 9, Jasmine Augustine

The Quilted Heart Omnibus series of post Civil War novellas released last Tuesday. Reader-friend, Jasmine Augustine, is celebrating with us . . . sharing her Quilters and Quilts story. Jasmine is dedicating this interview to her Great Grandma, Ellen Derrick (1918-2012). MONA: How long have you been quilting? JASMINE: I made my first doll quilt when I was about 12 but …