Friday, May 27, 2016

Curse by Steven James




About the Book:

As Daniel Byers prepares to attend a basketball camp before his senior year of high school, the terrifying blurs that’ve plagued him for the last nine months return.
Dark images begin to haunt him—creatures crawling from the deepest pits of his nightmares, glimmers of chilling memories from his early childhood. But before he can unearth the meaning behind his mysterious hallucinations, Daniel must team up with two other extraordinary teens to save a young woman who has been abducted by a scientist obsessed with enacting his own warped form of justice.
This atmospheric mystery picks up where Fury left off and takes readers into the uncharted regions where reality and madness intertwine.

My Thoughts:

"Curse" is the most intense, gripping YA thrillers I've ever had the pleasure of reading.  Steven James has a gift, creating and measuring out suspense and action, while sprinkling in bits of wry humor.  He then wraps the story up with characters so richly developed you feel them sitting with you as you read.

The Blur Trilogy is superb, but fair warning: this series is gritty, sometimes violent, and can get very dark.  And yet hope permeates every chapter, demonstrating how the importance of relationship and persistence in the face of intense adversity will triumph over difficulty.

I'm a huge fan of Steven's adult fiction, and now a die-hard fan of his YA novels.  I can hardly wait to see what he creates next.  "Curse", "Fury", and "Blur are all three highly recommended (but for older teens, please)!


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon





About the Book:

After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew.

As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?
Three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon takes readers back to Hope Harbor for a new season of charm, romance, and second chances.

My Thoughts:

Every reader needs to spend a little time in Hope Harbor.  This small coastal town has a way of bringing clarity when life becomes confusing.  Just ask Eric Nash, a driven attorney who seems to have lost his way.  Discover healing as you soak in the tranquil setting.  Kind of like BJ Stevens, an up and coming architect with a battered and bruised heart.

In need of a miracle?  You might want to spend some time with Eleanor and Luis and discover their story.  While you're in Hope Harbor, be sure to try Charley's fish tacos...he might share a bit of wisdom with your order.  Either way, you're in for a treat.

Grab an iced tea, put your feet up and take a memorable journey down "Sea Rose Lane".  You'll be glad you did...highly recommended.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson



About the Book:

Katie Fisher is ecstatic. Pro basketball star Brady James has proposed, and she can't wait to start planning their life together. She's confident she'll make it down the aisle this time--but it still may be easier said than done. A high-society Houston bride has Katie and the Cosmopolitan Bridal team scrambling to get the perfect dress done in time for her spectacular wedding.

Meanwhile, Katie finds herself bombarded with everyone's competing visions regarding her own special day--and she's beginning to worry that her own ideas will get lost in the crossfire. Will she ever manage to settle all of the details for her perfect day? Or will bridal shop chaos and overzealous friends and family make a mess of everything?

Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers what they've been clamoring for: another funny, romantic romp with a Texas twang.

My Thoughts:

Janice has been crowned the Queen of Romantic Comedy, and it is a title well deserved.  Every book hits just the right note of hilarity, with deep undercurrents of faith and family.  "Every Bride Has Her Day" concludes a wonderful series about weddings in the South.

Katie Fisher accidentally won a wedding dress even though her beau hadn't popped the question as yet.  That opened a door to a new way of life for Katie in "Every Bride Needs a Groom".  Offered a position at the bridal boutique, she settles into life in the big city while helping to bring families back together in "Every Girl Gets Confused".

In "Every Bride Has Her Day"...you guessed it--Katie is getting married!  But she's not the only bride in the bunch...nope.  Bridal fever has hit her home town of Fairfield, Texas.  Which is a good thing...and a not-so-good thing.  Turns out folks from her hometown are rather set in their ways, doncha know!

Can Katie plan her own wedding, help plan the weddings of some of her closest friends, and settle a feud that has divided Fairfield and threatens to spoil her happiest of days?  Faith, family and festivities abound in "Every Bride Has Her Day".

My thanks to my friends at Revell Publishing for my copy in exchange for an honest review.  I highly recommend any book by Janice, and "Every Bride Has Her Day" is sure to be a fun read!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I Can Read! Heroes of the Bible Treasury, illustrated by David Miles




About the Book:

The Adventure Bible Bible Story Collection is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!
Read all about people in Bible times and their adventures in these well-known Bible stories.
This 6-book bind-up includes:
  • Elijah and the Power of God ISBN: 9780310750819
  • A King, A Statue and a Fiery Furnace ISBN: 9780310750932
  • Miracles of Jesus ISBN: 9780310732426
  • A Father’s Love ISBN: 9780310732402
  • The Good Samaritan ISBN: 9780310746621
  • Paul Deliver’s God’s Message ISBN: 9780310750765

My Thoughts:

I have four grandchildren and one more on the way, and each one learns in a unique way.  The youngest is just now wanting read aloud time, her brother is very advanced, and one of the twins enjoys reading as well.

My oldest grandson is a reluctant reader, so I am completely in love with the "I Can Read" collection from Zondervan Publishing!  Not only does this "6 in 1" book save money, but the number of pages lets him feel like he's reading just like his younger brother.

The stories are from "The Adventure Bible", one of the best selling children's Bibles of all time.  My friends at Zondervan Publishing graciously sent me "Heroes of the Bible Treasury" and "Great Stories of the Bible" to preview.

Each story gives the Bible reference, has an easy to read story with age appropriate words and a handful of sentences on each page.  At the end of each story, a special feature adds to the story, like "People In Bible Times", giving a little extra information for your child to learn.

This new series is a sure fire best selling series, and my thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copies in exchange for an honest review.  Highly, highly recommended!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli, Lee Holland




About the Book:

Children count along from 1 to 10, following the sweet rhyming text by beloved author Eileen Spinelli and the cute and cuddly illustrations by Lee Holland. Along with counting, this padded cover board book teaches children to see the blessings in life.

With whimsy and joy, Counting Blessings captures the attention of young children, filling their minds with numbers and their hearts with happiness.

My Thoughts:

One word: ADORABLE!!  From the cute bunny illustrations to the simple and sweet story, I think this may be one of my all time favorite children's books.  While "Counting Blessings", your child will be learning to count from one to ten.

At the end of the book, the wonders of God's creation are explored, as one great big blessing from above.  Hugs, colors, birds, snow, songs...your child (and you) will realize that God's blessings are endless, and all we can do is say thank You to Him.

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Very highly recommended.


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Memories of a Mad Man by Don Spector




About the Book:

Mad Men. Don Spector didn’t just watch them on television. He was one of them. Starting in a Madison Avenue ad agency in the ‘60’s, he actually lived the life captured in the TV show. In "Memories of a Mad Man" he shares with us an unforgettable era filled with humor, brilliance, wonderful heroes and big, bad villains. The funny and fascinating stories he tells uncover the reality of the ad world behind the show.

• What was it like dealing with celebrities of the era?
• How did the advent of computers spoil one of the greatest boondoggles that Mad Men—and Mad Women—enjoyed?
• The Three Martini Lunch. True or false?
• What's the real truth about truth in advertising? The book answers these and many more intriguing questions in this unique look into a unique profession.

My Thoughts:

I don't do this very often, but I'm very impressed with this non-fiction offering by Don Spector.  This isn't a faith-based book, but it is entertaining and filled with information about the advertising industry.

I personally have never watched the television show "Mad Men", but I do know it was extremely popular.  And very well written and accurate.  Mr. Spector writes from that perspective, a time when doing a shoot for an ad campaign was a chance to travel.  When hiring people often meant meeting famous people, sometimes before they became famous.

Mr. Spector tells of meeting Lon Chaney, Jr at an audition for a commercial he was shooting.  And while Mr. Chaney didn't win the role, it was very incredible and you won't believe who actually ended up with the spot (and to find out you have to read the book!).

As someone who often fast-forwards through those 45-60 second breaks in my favorite shows, I was very entertained.  Mr. Spector has an engaging writing voice, and reading about some of his adventures brought back fond memories.

My thanks to my touring manager (book touring), Tia Souders, for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Yes, you'll encounter some very mild language, but I highly recommend "Memories of a Mad Man".  Get a copy for your favorite "Mad Men" fan...and get one for you, too!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

God is Watching Over You by P J Lyons, Tim Warnes




About the Book:

As a follow up to their bestselling Thank You, Lord, for Everything, P.J. Lyons and Tim Warnes have created a sweet and relaxing padded cover board book that tells the story of God’s constant presence around you.

Meant to be read at night, when a child is warm and snug in their bed, the rhyming text and adorable illustrations in God Is Watching Over You gently remind us that God is constantly watching over us, protecting us, and caring for us.

My Thoughts:

This is another wonderful book that is ideal for bedtime reading.  Actually, for anytime reading!  But knowing how going to sleep can sometimes be scary for little ones, imagine drifting off knowing "God Is Watching Over You"!

This board book has sturdy pages, clever rhymes and fun illustrations.  The three elements come together to craft a wonderful book for children.  My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Highly recommended.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Little One, God Made You Special by Amy Warren Hilliker, Polona Lovsin




About the Book:

Little One, God Made You Special, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made each one of us very special.

My Thoughts:

With a new grandchild due this summer, I'm on the hunt for quality children's books to build him a library of great reading that points the way to Jesus.  "Little One, God Made You Special" is perfect for his collection!

Every child needs to know and be confident in the love of a parent.  And words convey meaning, but when paired with story, words become memorable.  This book celebrates the uniqueness of each child and how their Father made them special.

"God Made You Special" is a wonderful read aloud book for the very young, with short sentences and creative language that express the heart of the book.  My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Very highly recommended.



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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Read With Me Bible For Little Ones by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers, illustrated by Dennis G. Jones



About the Book:

The Read with Me Bible for Little Ones is this perfect way to introduce the Bible to young children. Featuring simple language and vibrant, full-color illustrations by Dennis Jones, this action-packed padded cover board book is a great way to jump-start literacy and a love of the Bible.

My Thoughts:

I love this one!  Colorful illustrations, sturdy pages, and easy to read and understand text all come together to create the ideal Bible for ages 3 and up! 

The best part...each story includes the Scripture reference to a 'grown up' Bible.  I believe it's important to show your child where to find these passages in God's Book, and for older ones even to read from the Bible along with the Storybook.

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Highly recommended.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

My Toddler Bible by Juliet David, illustrations by Chris Embleton-Hall




About the Book:

Fans of Chris Embleton-Hall's cheerfully distinctive artwork will be eager to see this new Bible! Twenty stories—nine from the Old Testament and eleven from the New—are retold in a concise and friendly manner in a rounded, easy-to-read font. Very, very bright, and very, very fun!

My Thoughts:

What a cute Bible for little ones!  The illustrations are whimsical and colorful, and the stories are easy to understand.  Nine well known stories from the Old Testament are featured, along with eleven from the New Testament.

The cover is sturdy, and the pages are easy to turn for little fingers.  This is such a fun Bible for toddlers and preschoolers, and a great way to introduce her to God's Word. 

My only quibble is this: the actual references to the stories in the Bible aren't included, but parents, I encourage you to take your little ones to your Bible.  Begin to teach your children early on that the stories in the Bible are true.

I received a complimentary copy of "My Toddler Bible" from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  Recommended.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Tenth Plague by Adam Blumer


About the Book:

Water turns to blood. Flies and gnats attack the innocent. Marc and Gillian Thayer’s vacation resort becomes a grisly murder scene, with a killer using the ten plagues of Egypt as his playbook for revenge.

When their friend turns up dead, Marc and Gillian put their vacation on hold, enlist the help of a retired homicide detective, and take a closer look at the bizarre plagues as they escalate in intensity.

Meanwhile, a stranger is after the Thayers’ newly adopted baby. Will they uncover the truth behind the bitter agenda before the tenth plague, the death of the firstborn son?

My Thoughts:

Okay, the 'about the book' description really doesn't do the story justice, but any more and the story would be spoiled.  Just allow me to tell you this story is epic suspense, and a stellar second novel from Adam Blumer.

I loved his debut "Fatal Illusions", so I was eager to get my eyes on "The Tenth Plague".  Marc and Gillian Thayer are back (their daughter makes a cameo appearance) and the two have just adopted an adorable son named Chase.

An old friend invites the couple to a luxurious retreat, and the Thayers eagerly accept the invitation, hoping for a second honeymoon of sorts.  Instead, they stumble in on a murder...

...with the most bizarre weapon.

Someone is out for revenge of Biblical proportions.  Masterfully recreating the ten plagues of Egypt, the perpetrator has a hidden agenda.  Is it tied to the protest against the new Bible (that idea blew my mind, by the way!), or something more sinister?

And is someone really stalking Chase Thayer or is Gillian's imagination on overdrive, still scarred from her ordeal in "Fatal Illusions"?  Nothing is as it seems in this book, and no detail can be overlooked.

I did not see the ending coming, and I loved that!  The characters are very realistic and the scenarios are chilling and real enough to keep you up at night.  What a nightmare Adam has created...and I mean that in the best possible way!

But the plagues aren't the only Biblical message you'll find in this book.  Adam is very clear about where our true hope comes from, and the powerful of forgiveness in a person's life.  This is a great book, filled with rapid and brief chapters...something that helps keep the pace brisk.

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Tenth Plague", but that will seem odd once you've read it.  I mean, how can you really enjoy a novel about flies and frogs and gnats (oh, my!)?  It's easy if it's a novel written by Adam Blumer.

I received a free digital download of "The Tenth Plague" in exchange for an honest review.  You can find your own copy of "The Tenth Plague at online bookstores, or visit Adam at his website.

"The Tenth Plague" is highly recommended...just remember to keep the lights on...even after you've turned the last page. 


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Friday, April 1, 2016

God's Not Dead 2 Prize Pack!


About the Film:

From the college classroom of GOD'S NOT DEAD to the public square in GOD'S NOT DEAD 2, the name of Jesus is welcomed less and less with each passing day. If Christians don't take a stand today, will we even have a choice tomorrow?

The film takes you back to Hope Springs, home to the University, but also Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher Grace Wesley teaches her passion, history. Her love of teaching, her love for her students, and her love of life all come from the same place: her love of Christ. When a student asks a question regarding Jesus in class, Grace's answer causes her to face an epic court case, that could expel God from the classroom.

Gov. Mike Huckabee endorsement, "A riveting story, brilliantly told, and one that is absolutely plausible as if it were taken from today's headlines. A must see for every believer!"

Chance To Win:

I'm giving away a prize package to one person leaving a comment on this post!  Included in the package is:

· The book “Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question” by Rice Broocks, bestselling author of God’s Not Dead writer
· Postcard· Mini-poster· GND2 bag· Pen

So leave me a comment and tell me why you would like to win!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Author Spotlight: Allia Zobel Nolan Wrap Up


This is it.  Our last day with Allia.

I hope you've enjoyed getting to know her.

Today, I'm giving you one more chance to win a copy of her gorgeous new book.  Seriously, this is the best illustrated book on angels I've seen.  And it's perfect for Easter.

Just leave a comment with a way to contact you.

My thanks to Allia for her generosity, her time, and sharing her talent with us.







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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Angels in the Bible Storybook by Allia Zobel Nolan, illustrated by Alida Massari




About the Book:

Where were the angels when God created the world?

Why did an angel force a donkey off a road?

Who did the angels get out of jail twice?

Young readers will find answers to these and other questions in this exciting storybook, written by bestselling author Allia Zobel Nolan with illustrations by Alida Massari.

Angels in the Bible Storybook gives children a fascinating look into how God’s powerful behind-the-scenes helpers interacted with Bible greats from Abraham, Lot, and Gideon to Zechariah, Mary, and Jesus himself, acting as messengers, protectors, warriors, and more.

My Thoughts:

First and foremost, this is by far the best book on the subject of angels from a purely biblical perspective.  Allia respects her readers (and their parents!) and gives a clear and accurate--and majestic--picture of God's messengers.

Filled with full color illustrations that are gorgeous, each story shares a biblical account of an angelic appearance.  Allia tells stories from both the Old and New Testament, beginning with creation and ending with the angels of Heaven.

Each story is accurately represents Scripture, but is told in a child's language.  Allia includes the reference to the story found in the Bible (which is so important to this grandmother!), and the stories are a little longer than in her previous books.  But the style of writing is engaging and will capture the imagination of your little ones.

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my complimentary copy of "Angels in the Bible Storybook".  This is an absolutely gorgeous book for children, and perfect for Valentine's Day and the coming Easter holiday!  Highly, highly recommended.




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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Author Spotlight: Allia Zobel Nolan Day Three


Good Morning, Readers!

Today, your assignment to enter for a free book is simple, but it's fun.

Here are the links to learn more about Allia for yourself.  Visit one or all, and then come back and leave a comment about what you discovered!

Yup.  It's that simple.  Now, off you go!

Website: www.AlliaWrites.com. However,I am in the process of revamping for a new look. So check back from time to time to see the new, improved site.


Twitter: @KittyLiterate




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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Author Spotlight: Allia Zobel Nolan Day Two


Hello again!

Welcome to Interview with Allia: Part Two!  Isn't she so much fun??  And at the end of our interview, another chance to win a copy of Angels in the Bible Storybook!




Fast Five: 1) M&M’s—plain or peanut? Neither, prefer Good & Plenty

                     2) Beverage—tea or coffee?  As we say in New Yawk, “cawfee.”  

                     3) Books—hardcover or paperback?  Hardcover

                     4) Craziest thing you’ve used as a bookmark? CatToy mouse

                     5) Pizza—pepperoni, cheese, or combo? Cheese only.

 1)   What one message do you want families to take away from Angels?

I want families and especially children to know how important, powerful and majestic the angels are and how they have and continue to, go about behind the scenes carrying out God’s Will.  I want children, especially, to realize angels aren’t…as they are so often portrayed, ….like Valentine’s Day cupids….chubby, toddler-like babies. They are awesome spirits that God created to act as messengers, protectors, and warriors.

And this book is unique because it introduces readers of all ages to the Bible stories that demonstrate the role angels played, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, and how angels will figure in at the end of time and throughout all eternity.

What’s more, I feel children need to know that even though we can’t see them, God still uses his angels to help, protect, and guide us, and that we should never lose sight of that fact because as the Bible says, “For God will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.”  Plus we have Jesus’s words when he tells us to pay attention to our little ones and not look down on them because their “angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.”

2)  How are the illustrators you’ve worked with selected?

Having worked with illustrators my whole life, I have a portfolio full of samples. Plus whenever I notice a good illustrator, I put her/his info in my files. Before I submit a project, I generally look through these files, plus I look at artists’ online portfolios and pick out a few whom I think might work well with the book I’m pitching. I have a section called: “suggested artists” in my pitches and I list these illustrators as possibilities for the editor to consider. If the editor agrees with my choices, she finds out if the artist is available within the timeframe and budget.

   7) Can you please share about any upcoming projects?

Well, I wrote a tween devotional a while ago, based on St. Paul’s admonitions to seek out whatever is “pure, noble, right, true, excellent, praiseworthy, lovely, and admirable,” and the book will be reprinted in hardcover, in a colorful format, with journaling pages and a new title.  This book teaches young woman that thoughts are powerful tools for good…and for evil; that they can change their lives by changing their thoughts; and that they don’t have to succumb to the crassness, impurity, and violence that permeates our world if they live according to the virtues espoused in Philippines 4:8. It highlights alternatives and ways to do this, ways that will keep readers’ minds and hearts on things that are uplifting and lovely. And in fact, that’s the new title of this book, WHATEVER IS LOVELY. And that book pubs next year.  I also finished a toddler version of ANGELS IN THE BIBLE STORYBOOK, geared obviously to the youngest set. And that will be available next year as well. I’m also working on a gift book about being grateful, and a book about cat loss.

   8) What one piece of advice would you give parents on helping their children engage with God’s Word?

Start a routine of reading Bible stories to your children at an early age. There are zillions of Bible storybooks (including Angels in the Bible Storybook) you can use.  Set aside a quiet time, before bed or naptime, and make that time a sacred bonding time with both God and your child. If you get a chance to use something that happened during the day as an introduction to a Bible story lesson, jot it down and make the connection during your quiet time. Also let your child see you reading the Bible. Lead by example.

   9) Where can my readers find you on the internet?

Website: www.AlliaWrites.com. However,I am in the process of revamping for a new look. So check back from time to time to see the new, improved site.


Twitter: @KittyLiterate


10) Anything else you’d like my readers to know?

   Just that I consider myself really really blessed to be doing what I love to do. But it didn’t happen overnight.  It took a lot of work and a dogged perseverance. Plus there were plenty of bumps in the road. And I came close to throwing in the towel and becoming a spelunker. Still, writing is the only thing I ever wanted to do. And I think though it all, I was led…which is why I love the Scripture… “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."  Thanks so much for your support, Deena.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Author Spotlight: Allia Zobel Nolan, Day One


Good morning everyone!  I'd love to introduce you to a fabulous and gifted author--Allia Zobel Nolan!  She has a new book for children (and adults!) out, and it's the perfect Easter gift!  So, without further ado....I present to you Interview with Allia, part one!!



1)    Would you please tell my readers a little about the start of your career as an author? 


Like a lot of struggling writers, I had many part-time jobs while I was trying to establish a career. Most of it was office and public relations work. However, once I tried working in a restaurant. On my first night, I went out the wrong door as another server was coming in, wound up with a black eye, and had to go home.

During all this, I had always written, but nothing for publication. Then two things happened: God sent two mentors to help me along: Norma David, who gave me a job as a stringer for her weekly newspaper and Dr. Fran Shaw, a writing teacher who encouraged me to send one of my humorous pieces to the New York Times.  I did; they published it; and I never looked back.

Then, one day, I sent a letter to Peter Workman, founder of Workman Publishing. I had no agent, just a lot of nerve. I pitched him a book idea based on my newspaper article, “The Joy of Being Single.” Workman loved it, called me himself to acquire it, then he got New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast, to illustrate it. It sold about 200,000 copies  and was translated into German, Japanese, Portugal, and a British version.  

After that, I got a detached retina and nearly went blind. An operation and almost a year of rehab came next, after which  I applied to Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing. They were looking for a senior editor of religious children’s books.  Through the grace of God, I got the job, and when the opportunity came to go full-time, I grabbed it. I stayed nine years at RDCP, wrote a lot of children’s books, and learned more about the Bible than I ever knew, the main point being that there is an answer for every challenge and problem within its pages. I loved writing for children and believe everything I did before was leading me to where I am today…where I should be. It was a circuitous route. But I made it.   


2)   You’ve published many books, and not just books for children.  Care to share a bit?


Well, my books range from the Divine to the feline. When I’m not writing Bible stories and humorous books for children, I’m writing about cats. I’m a bona-fide, card-carrying member of the Cat Writer’s Association and have been for ages. My latest is WOMEN WHO STILL LOVE CATS TOO MUCH, which chronicles my cat addiction, and CAT CONFESSIONS: A KITTY-COME-CLEAN TELL ALL BOOK wherein cats admit what they do when we’re not looking.  Oh, and my favorite book, which was written as a promise to God to stop worrying, is a book for adults with anxieties, called THE WORRYWART’S PRAYER BOOK. I go back and read that a lot.



3)  I’ve been a huge fan of your writing for many years, but Angels is your best, in my opinion.  What’s your take on this project?


Thanks so much, Deena. I feel that way, too. All you have to do is open the book and you can’t help feel it’s special. It’s unique.  Alida Massari’s art just takes your breath away. In all my years in the business, I’ve never seen such glorious images. And Alida was a dream to work with. Now, as an author, you are always thrilled when your book comes together just the way you imagined it would. And that’s what happened with this book. My idea to approach some of the not-so-well-known, but absolutely extraordinarily powerful and interesting Bible stories, highlighting the part the angels played in them really coalesced, and the result is a really unique book. There isn’t another on the market like it. Plus I was so thrilled, Zondervan did an audio version which is beautifully read and brings the stories alive.

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