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Book Review: Finding Eliza by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

Lizzie Clydell is a young woman struggling to come to terms with her own tragic past—the death of her parents. When her grandmother invites her to a meeting of the local genealogy group, she reluctantly agrees in order appease her grandmother. “It’s just a little family history. What could go wrong?”

Book Review: Mystery Ink, Mystery Heir by Staci Troilo

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? I’ve always been intrigued by them—Unsolved Mysteries was once my favorite television show. When it comes to reading, suspense and mystery books are my favorite genre. This summer, I was excited to read Mystery Ink, Mystery Heir.


When David arrived back at the office on Monday morning, the first thing he saw was an email from his boss that read, “See me first thing Monday.” Short and simple, but David knew the words held the key to his future with the company.

When God Says “Wait” ~Guest Post by Anne Peterson

This summer, I took some time off from writing in order to read. To me, there is nothing like having a good book in my hands or on my Kindle. During the month of September and early October I’m featuring guest posts, author interviews, and book reviews. Today, I’m delighted to have Anne Peterson as [...]

Summer, AWOL, and Building a Tribe

Once again, I’ve been absent from the blog for most of the summer. I’ve been busy with writing—just not here on the blog. Add to that vacation and other summer activities and… Well, you get the picture. Now that summer is almost over, I’m ready to get back into a regular schedule of blogging. In [...]

A Crucial Decision

August is upon us and that means it’s time for First Friday Fiction. I’m continuing the story of David and Sarah. Last month, we left David wondering if his meeting with Sarah was more than a chance encounter. If you didn’t read that post, you may do so by clicking on this link. To read [...]

Finishing The Race

Only a few thousand spectators remained in the Mexico City stadium. Most of the crowd had already departed, the sun had set, and the winner of the 1968 Olympic marathon crossed the finish line over an hour earlier. Seventy-five competitors started the 42 km race; fifty-six had finished. When word came another runner was about [...]

A Chance Encounter

Morning sunlight filtered through the tall pines and cast long shadows along the path. The air was cool and refreshing—perfect for a hike. After only three days of being away from his demanding job, David felt more relaxed than he had in a number of months. In fact, he found himself dreading the time when his two-week vacation would be over.