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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! There is much to be grateful for at this special season. Family, friends, home & hearth. It was ten years ago today that my father was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. That one emergency room visit on the day after Christmas sent our family down an unforeseen path. The road was […]

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

There are the books everyone had heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, etc. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you […]

The Prologue for The Keeper’s Calling

Ever wonder what happened in 1863 prior to Chase Harper’s appearance? Well, as requested by several readers, here is the prologue I deleted from The Keeper’s Calling: The Keeper’s Calling Prologue June 2, 1863 The old man knew this was the end. He wouldn’t talk. He had vowed not to give them what they wanted. […]

When Life Demands Overtime

Life is like an ocean. Always changing and never exactly the same as it was the day before. It swells with success one moment, and the next it might pull you into a trough of trial and tribulation. There are moments when the sun rises over the horizon and paints a picture so beautiful it […]

Notes from Robert Dugoni’s Novel Writing Seminar at the PNWA Conference

Notes on Robert Dugoni’s Novel Writing Seminar The theme of the PNWA conference centered on character development. As I listened, I realized that it is our love for the characters that keeps us turning the pages and makes us feel invested in the outcome of the story. It is the desire to have those beloved […]

Notes from the PNWA Conference ~Show Don’t Tell by Jason Black

Show Don’t Tell: It is the difference between actors acting out an event and the lone playwright standing on a bare stage recounting the events to the audience. –Janet Evonivich Showing has action at its core. Analyze the Meaningful vs. Mundane ~Tell the boring stuff: setup, dull but necessary actions, filler dialogue. Then show the interesting […]

A Handful of Stardust & July Book Signing Dates

As a young teenager, I listened to a woman who was confined to a wheelchair give a motivational talk. In spite of her physical challenges she had achieved great things. I don’t remember all of what she said, but one thing has stuck with me for all of these years. She encouraged us to “Reach […]

Giveaway! Signed copy of “The Keeper’s Calling”

Laura Johnston is doing a “Keeper’s Calling” book giveaway. Visit her writing blog for details on how to enter: www.lojwriting.blogspot.com I promise it is easy. A simple two step process. Leave a comment on the blog and “like” The Keeper’s Saga on Facebook. (Remember to include contact info so we can notify you if you win) Laura […]

Costco, I’m Back

Next Costco signings will be on Friday June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last week we sold 86 books at the Hillsboro Costco. I am super excited to be heading back and after distributing flyers at several local schools, I hope to see some […]

Costco Booksigning

After selling all 96 copies of The Keeper’s Calling in about five hours last week, I’m heading back to Costco for round two! On Saturday, May 12th and 19th, from Noon to 4pm you will find me at the Hillsboro, Oregon Costco signing copies of The Keeper’s Calling. If you live in my neck of the woods, head […]

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