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Cover Celebration Contest

Pharaoh's daughter cover

I LOVE seeing a new cover for the first time! How about you? A good cover often conveys the mood of the book before opening that first page. Cover Celebration Contest So today’s post is a celebration! I wanted to thank the folks at Waterbrook/Multnomah for the FABULOUS cover of The Pharaoh’s Daughter! Thank you! Thank you! Thank … Read More

Do Deadlines Make Your Teeth Itch?


Some of you know that when deadlines hit, I hit a wall. Some folks excel under pressure. I fold. Some people like the thrill of competition. I concede. For those of you who thrive with goals and deadlines—you have my deepest respect and congratulations. For those who struggle—as I do—with meeting demands when the clock … Read More

Do All Dogs Go To Heaven?

Has your heart ever felt so warm and full, you thought it might burst? That’s how I feel when our new dog snuggles up close for some love. If you’re not a pet person, you may not understand this feeling, but I happen to believe the Lord gave us furry, feathered, and four-legged friends to … Read More

Near-Sighted, Far-Sighted, God-Sighted


I used to work with eyeballs. My first big-girl job in 1989 was with an optometrist, who taught me basic technical skills to measure a patient’s visual acuity. When my husband went to seminary, I worked for an ophthalmologist as his scribe—following him from exam to exam, writing every word of his findings for his … Read More

No More Ho-Hum, Whiny-Pants

Our church recently hired a new pastor. Now, a new pastor is an exciting venture under any circumstance, but THIS new pastor and his family are originally from New Zealand! (Yep, been there! Loved it! Big shout-out to my New Zealand buddies.)  I don’t know if it’s the cool Kiwi accent or if perhaps this new pastor has … Read More

The Way to Rest

jogging--heart rest

I went to a writers’ conference last April and learned something about health and fitness. Crazy, huh? The speaker used an aerobics metaphor to make her point: Measure your resting heart rate before beginning a workout and then at the height of activity. When you’re ready to cool down, measure heart rate again, and time … Read More

Jerry Jenkins on the 2014 Left Behind Movie

jerry jenkins

About Last Weekend… Jerry Jenkins headed the list of ten Christian authors at last weekend’s Focus on the Family Author Day. On Saturday, August 9th FotF hosted its PURSUIT Singles’ Conference, and the community of Colorado Springs held its 5k run, so we ten authors drank coffee, signed books, and chatted with folks strolling through the FotF … Read More

My Writing Process


If you were an author… …(And I know some of my readers are) how would you write your books? My friend, Tosca Lee, asked me to participate in a Writing Process Blog Hop in which each author on the hop answers four quick questions about how they put together their stories. Here are my answers: What are you writing … Read More

Uncovering the Book Cover Process

In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews

Last week, you read a devotional written by one of my BFF (Biblical Fiction Fan) team members. This week, I want to show you the kind of preview information my BFF team members receive. The Book Cover The first draft of a book cover usually arrives 8-9 months before the book’s release. The author’s first peek is one … Read More

What Can You Share?


Today, we’re going to talk about BFFs–not “best friends forever,” but Biblical Fiction Fans. Last January, I asked fifty BFFs to join me in a special venture to help spread the word about my new release, In the Shadow of Jezebel, and I promised we’d add more members later in 2014. The time to add more BFFs … Read More