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School Daze

Ugh. I had this whole post done Wednesday and then my computer froze and ate it. And then I cried and cried. Because it was brilliant. And would’ve had the Pulitzer committee knocking on my door. And possibly Orlando Bloom. Not really. But still. Don’t you hate when that happens? I think the fate of […]

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A Pictorial Essay of Kansas City

I’m a little worried. I just realized most of my back-to-school clothes have ruffles. This is disturbing. I hope the next step isn’t writing sonnets and playing a lute. Good weekend, everyone? I had inservice on Saturday (teacher informational meetings of matters so critically important, it couldn’t wait ’til Monday) and survived it. But just […]

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Wednesday already?

Okay, I have no post. Nothing prepared to discuss at all. Because my work week started on a Tuesday, which was a Monday, but it was really a Tuesday, which clearly made today a Thursday. And Wednesday? It got eaten. I don’t watch The Office because I’m not cool enough. I really struggle with this. […]

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But Summer, We Were So Good Together

Have you ever thrown something in the trash at night so you wouldn’t eat it and then dug it out the next morning? Me neither. The picture above is from Isle of Palms, a small beach community near Charleston, South Carolina. This is also where you will find seven million dollar homes along the beach […]

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Summer, You Wear Me Out

I am pooped. Reasons I am exhausted and in need of frozen dairy sustenance: 1. Editing. I make mistakes. A lot of them. 2. Lack of sleep. The word summer in Latin translates into “it’s hard to go to bed.” Last night (or this morning) I went to bed at 2 am (see item number […]

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Wha’cha Reading Good?

Years ago our district started a reading program, and now thanks to that and wonderful teachers like my friend and critique partner (read: unpaid editor), Erin Valentine, our teens are reading maniacs. In one of our junior highs, EVERYONE read during reading time, including the principals. Not only did this up our test scores, promote […]

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I’M SO SURE I’m Rambling.

Happy Monday! I only have one more Monday left before I return to school, but I don’t want to talk about it. ACFW has announced it’s book of the year finalists, and a few familiar ones made the cut. If you’re wanting to check out some Christian fiction, this list might be a good place […]

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Carrying on With Cara

Congrats to Kristin, winner of Stars in the Night. Kristin, just send me your home addy! And by the way, Kristin has a great blog–Miss Vintage Girl. I love her blog design AND Kristin’s sewing and craft projects. Girl is an artist and so creative. AND she has a cool song on her blog right […]

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Fab Cara! Fab Giveaway!

Hey, guys! I’m back from a week in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. I’m just as tan as ever and ready to get back to blogging. Today we’re welcoming my friend and fellow author, Cara Putman. We’re also giving away a copy of her new historical Christian fiction release, Stars in the Night. AND Cara […]

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Stars In The Night

I have been hanging on for weeks until I could tell you about my friend Cara Putman’s book, Stars in the Night. First of all, there could be nothing written inside the book besides THE END, and I’d still buy it for the cover art alone. Without a doubt, this is my pick as best […]

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Eight-Legged Terrorists

Congrats to Ken, winner of Cindy Matinusen Coloma’s Caleb+Kate. Ken, you’re gonna love it! (Just send your addy to jen at jennybjones dot com) And good job those of you who signed up for the newsletter (which went out last Wednesday) and are sharing your prize-seeking answers. I’m loving reading about your summer plans. If […]

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Contest+Cindy+Caleb+Kate

Happy New Week! First of all, let’s have a little contest. No…two…No THREE! My newsletter goes out this Wednesday. Are you on the list of my favorite people to get it delivered to your Inbox? If not go to THIS PAGE on my website and scroll down for the sign-up. OR just sign up in […]

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You Light Up My Life…And Took Out My Cornea

Happy Fourth of July week!!! I hope everyone had hot dogs, homemade ice cream, and lots of ear-drum bursting fireworks.I got together with my family for dinner and dessert (of course), but had to leave before it was dark enough to do sparklers. Because sparklers are about as pyrotechnic as I get. As I said […]

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Charleston, You’re My Kinda Town

Okay, for real this time, you can get a free Kindle download of In Between. But just for a limited time, so hurry and download that thing now! I just got back from a week in lovely Charleston, South Carolina and Asheville, NC. It was a very hot time, but I had a great time. […]

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ACFW–Where All the Cool Folk Gather

Before I jump in, I wanted to let you know that Amazon is offering my first book, In Between, free in the Kindle format. But just until the 27th, so if you’re a Kindle user, download In Between while you can. It’s a great chance to read about Katie Parker, who is still my most […]

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Keepin’ It Real Y’all

Dear Blog Friends and Readers, I love to get reader emails. I don’t always get the time to respond to all of them, but I read every single one. They brighten my day, give me encouragement, and allow me yet another way, when I’m able, to connect with readers, young and old. Every writer gets […]

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Stars in My Eyes

A few weeks ago I went to the annual Wal-Mart shareholders’ meeting. It’s usually some great entertainment. It also starts super early. I think we were there by 6:30 a.m. (which involved getting up at 4:15). And even at that, we found we were pushing it on time because the arena was almost filled. (Which […]

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Mr. President, Take Care of My Book

Hooray to Stephanie H, the winner of A Blue So Dark. Stephanie is spending her summer going to school and hanging out with her daughter. I loved reading everyone’s summer plans. Sounds like many of you are going to Disney World. I’m not jealous though. (I considered asking you to never return to my blog.)  […]

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Call Me, Glee

(photobucket.com) Don’t forget this week’s contest. You can find details HERE. For those of you watching Glee, did you see the finale? It was so good. Very little going on in the plot, but so much singing and dancing, I didn’t even care. I will miss Sue Sylvester this summer. I like Glee a lot. […]

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What a Week!

Happy Monday! This is my last Monday as a teacher for this school year. Until next Monday. When I have to go to work. But no children will be involved. Just me, some co-workers, and my sweet attitude about already being back to work. This week I’m doing a giveaway, so keep reading… I had […]

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