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Sometimes the journey is only the beginning . . .
Michael Archer might not have been able to save Ben Carstairs, but he vowed to carry out Ben’s dying wish...
In the 1870s American West, Michael Archer, wracked by guilt over having killed once again, embarks on a mission to clear the name of a man wrongly executed for murder...
The past has a way of catching up with you... Michael and Rachel have everything to look forward to and no reason to look back, or so they thought. In the midst of the newlyweds' trials and triumphs...

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Recent Blog Posts

Stewardship Is More Than Money

I think we’ve all heard the word Stewardship at one time or another. Depending on our background, it may well carry negative associations. Like, “Stewardship is what the pastor talks about when he wants us to give more money.” Money is only one of the things we are called to steward. But …

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7 Traits of a Successful Critique Group

I’m sure we’ve all participated in or heard stories about horrible experiences with critique groups. I’ve had a few myself. Unfortunately, I may also have contributed to some of them. To any writers I did this to, I apologize. I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years. During this time, …

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Living Beyond Blessed

We’ve all experienced financial stress at least once. Some of us experience it every single day, like an unwanted guest at the dinner table or a cockroach (or three) skittering when we turn a light on. Many of us live paycheck to paycheck and find there’s more month than money …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 5

The Final Frontier—The Professional Edit Over the past few weeks, we’ve done a lot of work revising and rewriting our manuscript. We’re ready to submit to our dream agent, or the agent who requested a full manuscript at the conference we attended last month. Our finger hovers over the send …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 4

We covered a lot of territory over the last few weeks. The previous blogs in this series are at these links: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 Now, we’re coming toward the end of preparing our manuscript for submission or self-publishing. Revise—Again It’s time to write the third draft. Or maybe yours is …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 3

So far we’ve discussed several areas in the art of self-editing our work. In the first post [Click Here], we covered letting our completed first draft cool off before revising and then reading a printed version of our manuscript. In the second post, [Click Here] we discussed the value of …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 2

Last week, we began exploring the process of self-editing, of getting our writing in the best shape we can before sending it out to a professional editor. Notice, I didn’t say before submitting it to an agent, a publishing house, or self-publishing it. There’s an old saying from the judicial …

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The Art of Self-Editing

Part of my call as a writer is to help others through coaching, mentoring, teaching, and editing. One thing I’ve learned in my writing and in helping other writers is the vital importance of learning to self-edit. Someone said, and I can’t remember whom, “The heart of writing is re-writing.” …

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Merry Christmas

I’m taking the next couple of weeks off to celebrate Christmas and to renew, reconnect, rediscover and repurpose. I’ll be back after the 1st of the year. I pray you all have a blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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The Meaning of Christmas

It’s that time of year when I think many of us ponder the question, “What’s it all about?” “What’s the meaning of all this decorating and buying?” “Why do we do it?” This year, the meaning of Christmas is stirring in me at deeper levels. I’m seeing the season in …

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