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A little grass roots advertising

Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Christa Allan This weekend I went to Nashville, TN, to a writer’s retreat. I had been working on college junk and running on low sleep prior to leaving. Combine that with getting up at 4:00 am to leave Thursday morning, then driving 12 hours to get to Tennessee, and I was […]

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What He Said

Remember when I said my college prof remarked that my tone in response to the reading material was “dry?” By the time this class is over, I will have read thousands of pages of articles and written 53 papers. FIFTY-THREE. I thought I’d share a little of the reading I’m required to write about. Can’t […]

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I’m Not That Type of Girl

As mentioned I’m on longer in the classroom, but instead working as a junior high librarian. Lots of perks. Lots of adjustments. I have a white board over my circulation desk that welcomes the kids to the library and says what I’m reading or have finished reading. Last week it said: Ms. Jones is reading […]

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Words.

So I’m taking a college management class, and there is a lot of work. Last week I had to write about six 1-3 page papers summarizing various articles on the evolution of management, as well as the timeline of the creation of the library system.  I got the papers back today. My professor said, “Your […]

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How It Is

Winner of Friday’s Mackinac Island drawing has been contacted. Melanie and Cara thank you for playing! Taps microphone. “Is this thing on? Helleww?” WHERE have you guys been? I’ve been waiting around here ALL summer by myself. Kidding. I took an extended blog break obviously. I appreciate the emails and messages sent my way checking […]

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Mackinac Island Giveaway

Mackinac Island. It’s a magical place that allows you to step back in time from the moment you first step off the ferry. Authors Cara Putman and Melanie Dobson have teamed up for a tour of the island, now and then. Comment at each stop for a chance to win a copy of one of their books set […]

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Contest Winner and Summer Hiatus

Congrats to Ladette for winning a copy of There You’ll Find Me. Ladette, just email me your snail mail addy (email form on site). Summer is in full swing here, and I’ve decided to take some time off. So I’ll be pushing pause on the blog and won’t be back til July 15. If you […]

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Winners

Thanks for all who played along in the Scavenger Hunt. There were hundreds of you. So cool! The winner, who will collect 23 new Christian novels with a value of over $250, is Elizabeth Scherer.Look for another hunt this fall! Winner of Shannon Dittemore’s Angel Eyes is Clare Kolenda. (Clare, email me your snail mail […]

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Scavenger Hunt Stop #9

Welcome to the first ever Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! Make the loop to discover 23 new or upcoming novels, and write down the clue at each stop. When you know what the clues say, fill out the Rafflecopter form by June 4, 2012 (midnight EST) at www.LisaBergren.com, and you could be in the running for […]

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Shannon Dittemore+Giveaway

First of all, be sure and swing back by tomorrow because I have a BIG and FUN and NIFTY giveaway opportunity. A number of Christian fiction authors, led by Lisa Tawn Bergren, have banded together to create a scavenger hunt, and you don’t want to miss it. More details tomorrow, May 31st! There’s a new […]

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Summah

Today is my first day of summer vacation. My brain is mush. I have all these bloggy things to share, but I’ve yet to master my Jedi skills. So the hours I spent trying to move the keys on my computer with my mind power came to naught. In the meantime, let me take out […]

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There You’ll Find Me: The Lost Chapter

I wrote TYFM a number of times, never liking what I had. I was two weeks away from turning it in, two-hundred pages in and…I trashed it. I knew it all had to go. Before I trashed it all, the book had a different title. And Finley did not have an eating disorder–Erin did. Beckett, […]

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The Semester is Trying To Kill Me

I just wrote a marathon post about my crazy night and the blog ate it. Forty minutes of typing for naught. Let me sum up. I found the caffeine. I lost my sanity. I lost a cat. I found a raccoon. I lost a student’s project. I took two flash lights to my backyard and […]

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Castle Finale: The Romance Score Card

Raise your hand if you watch Castle? All of us. Good. I gotta vent. If you haven’t watched the finale, there are spoilers below, and you need to not read further. (But hurry up and watch it and come back.) And warning, some of this is not appropriate for all eyes. If you’re super young, […]

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The Avengers

Congrats to Kathy Beal, winner of Cara Putman’s A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island. Kathy, go to my contact page and email me your snail mail addy please. So I saw The Avengers. It’s good. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. I really like comic book movies. And there are so many super […]

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Cara Putman+Mackinac Island+Book Giveaway

Happy Monday to you. I have all my advice giving out of my system, so let us move on to gentler topics. Today I’m happy to have friend and wonder-woman Cara C. Putman on the blog. Cara is a wife, mom, ACFW board member, attorney, professor, author, blogger, and she makes Martha Stewart look lazy. […]

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White House Correspondent’s Dinner

I’m a big fan of journalists, TV journalism, and comedy. Put them all together, and you have the only event CSPAN broadcasted that didn’t put the average person to sleep. Every year the White House puts on the Correspondent’s Dinner. Even though we see little humor in the articles or on the TV shows by […]

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Lost That Lovin’ Feeling? (Part Tres)

This week we’re talking about burnout. Of the writing variety. I don’t usually weigh in with advice, but so far it’s going well enough I might try it again. So join me next week when I discuss how to disarm a dirty bomb, make a perfect baked Alaska, and how to get out of a […]

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Lost That Lovin’ Feeling? (Part Dos)

Monday I listed some clues to help you discern if you have Writer’s Burnout. Please refer to that post (or to your psychologist) if you have doubts. Writing is a hard job. (Isn’t everything a hard job? Well, except for maybe ice cream tasting. Or fry maker. But then you’d get tired of fries and […]

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