Showing posts from July, 2015


What's a cover reveal without a story, right?

Friends and long-time readers know that I have a love of Scandinavia, and in particular, Finland. A big part of that is the fact that my mother was born and raised there. Another is that my father did church service there for 2 1/2 years as a young man.

And no, they didn't meet then. Five years after his mission, he returned to Finland on a Fulbright scholarship to do research for his dissertation. That is when they met and courted, and the following autumn, they married.

Dad is a retired linguist (again, something long-time readers will already know). In addition to speaking Finnish, he taught Finnish literature at the university where he served as a linguistics professor. Throughout my childhood, we regularly had Finnish visitors, heard stories about the country, and so on. Christmas in particular became a time for family traditions centered around Finland.

When I was 6, my family visited Finland for three months, each in a diffe…

Where I Get My Inspiration

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Recently on Facebook, someone (I’m forgetting who, unfortunately) tagged me and several other writers to ask where we find our inspiration.
I wasn’t sure how to answer because the term inspiration can be defined in so many ways. Did she mean how do I find ideas? How do I find the inspired rush that drives me to the keyboard? Something else?
I never did get around to answering the question when it was posted, but it’s been tumbling around in my head for some time, so I thought I’d tackle it here from the perspective my 20+ years of writing seriously (plus another 15 of dabbling in it).

INSPIRATION AS AN IDEA GENERATOR Finding things to write about is one type of inspiration. Finding ideas isn’t the hard part; they’re everywhere. Finding good ideas with a fresh angle that are interesting and worth pursuing is a big trickier. In my experience, the good ideas are the one…

$50 Giveaway & the Awesome Rachelle

A little over 5 years ago, I hosted Rachelle J. Christensen in an author interview right here on my blog. In the time since, I've come to know her a bit better, and I've been impressed with her savvy-ness as a writer and business woman on top of being one of the most genuinely  nice and sincere people you'll ever meet.

On top of all that, she's writing a ridiculously fun mystery series centered around wedding planner Adrielle Pyper, who ends up entangled in the mystery and sleuthing.

The second book comes out Tuesday July 7. It stands alone, so you don't have to read the first one, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things first (but get it at that link if you want to!).

You can pre-order the Kindle version (only $2.99!) or the paperback already. Check out the details of her book below and then enter the $50 giveaway!

Veils and Vengeance, book #2 in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series from award-winning & bestselling author Rachelle J. Christensen.
Available July 7th wi…