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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First Lines of Famous Books Quiz + Giveaway of Under Duress

Have you read a lot?

Want to win a signed copy of my Love Inspired Suspense novel, Under Duress (Love Inspired Suspense)?



I have a few copies left, and I would love to mail one out to the commenter who can answer the most of the following questions correctly.

When the ladies at my church got together in February to celebrate the book, they took this quiz. It was so much fun! 

The following are the first lines of well-known books. All you need to do is leave a comment with the titles, and the one with the most right wins a book. Knowing the authors as well will only add to your chances of winning! I'll announce the winner next week.



  1. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
  2. Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs. 
  3. Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
  4. "Where's Papa going with that axe?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. 
  5. Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids.
  6. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
  7. Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.
  8. "Tom!" No answer. "Tom!" No answer. "What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You Tom!" No answer.
  9. Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay out scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. 
  10. As I walk’d through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a Dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a Man cloathed with Rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a Book in his hand, and a great Burden upon his back. 

Comments are moderated, so leave a comment like usual, and I just won't publish the comments that include answers. You can also send me an email through my contact page.

This is the honor system. No google! J

Have fun!










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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Daily To-Do's with My Children

I’ve noticed recently that our family is in a bit of a sweet spot right now.

I’ve hesitated to say it out loud for fear of jinxing it. You know that old childhood refrain – “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, cheeseburger, you owe me a Coke.” Of course, there’s nothing to it, but it still sticks in my mind with the consistency of gum on the bottom of my shoe.

Our oldest is 16, developing independence but still adoring time spent with brothers and sisters. Our youngest is five, so we have freedom from diapers and bibs and strollers. It’s become immensely easier to go just about anywhere or do just about anything.

But did I mention our oldest is 16? The clock is ticking. Loudly.

This blog post is not a list that includes things like taking vitamins or cleaning out closets or running them to activities.

These to-do's are relational. They didn't always exist, but as my children are growing older and we're counting months instead of years before the first might leave the nest, they've become more clear. I have my moments of spaz-out, thinking about how close they are to adulthood. It will, most likely, still be years before anyone leaves, but I'm not taking any chances.




I'm also a list-maker, an analyzer. So yes, I do wake up in the morning and praise the Lord for another day with my children. Then I mentally run through the day’s activities and deliberately think of ways to savor this one more day. The time will be over before I'm ready, and I don't want to have any regrets.

Say, "Good Morning." The first moment I see each child in the morning, they get a verbal greeting. The littlest boy and the youngest girl still like hugs or cuddles on the couch.

Smile, any chance I get.

Savor a moment with them. It could be just noticing them hunched over their bookwork and admiring their perseverance. It could be appreciating one of the girls' hairstyles. It could be when my oldest son brings me another shirt he outgrew and thanking the Lord for the time I've had with him.

Praise something or encourage them in some way. A good grade on an exam. A kind word or gesture to a sibling. A thoughtful question about current events or their faith.

Pray, hug, and say, "Good night."

I’m looking closely, and I find that blessings abound in what seems mundane.








What do you do every day with your children?



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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Time Off, Under Duress, and Lilla Rose

It's time for another blogging break, and I like to let you all know so you don't wonder where I went.

I'm working on another story, trying to get a first draft done in the month of March along with the other writers at the Seekerville blog.




I'll be back here in April, but in the meantime, you can still find Under Duress at Amazon and other online retailers. Some stores still have it as well, like our local Meijer.





Easter is coming soon, and spring is on the threshold already. Here in the Midwest, daffodils are popping out, and temperatures were in the 70s yesterday. So, I'll also leave you the images of these snazzy March flexis from Lilla Rose.




Happy Spring, and have a blessed Easter!











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