There’s Always Dust When You Move — And a New Release! Post by Mary C. Findley

dusty fingers snapping In the course of redesigning the blog, we chose to make do with less storage space. In the course of clearing out space to make way for new content and posts, some old images have been removed from blog posts written in the past. We hope you'll excuse the absence of some …

Beatitudes & Woes: A One-of-a-Kind Anthology — post by Mary C. Findley

From the Amazon book description -- "Explore the Beatitudes and Woes of the Bible through the stories of thirteen Christian authors in this uniquely powerful anthology. These science fiction and fantasy stories will bring you to the point of tears, make you laugh, surprise you, amaze you, and inspire you. " Contributions in this amazing …

A Warm Heart — A Very Short Story by Mary C. Findley

Image of female EMT from Depositphotos “Whoa. Your hands are cold.” Eric Morrow winced. “Sorry. Sorry.” The EMT shoved her hands inside her jacket. Eric tried to smile through his grimace of pain. “I guess that’s pretty petty of me, complaining about your cold hands, Erin,” He whispered, reading her ID badge as she went …

Mapped Out Murders Ready for Readers

Sarah Groben is an LAPD Homicide detective and a pastor's wife. She's got six murders she wants to solve by Sunday. Members of a fledgling group for 10-40 window transplants seeking Christianity are being killed. A Muslim charity interested in better relations with Americans seems to be connected by the death of a former financial …

What My Daughter’s Cat Is Teaching Me

Some people are dog people. Some are cat people. I am both, but for many years we have had only cats because we have so many outside the home responsibilities and cats are better with being home alone. For eight years I rode in a semi with my hubby around the 48 states and Canada …

Mapped Out Murders: a NaNoWriMo Project by Mary C. Findley

  My NaNoWrimo project for this year is called Mapped Out Murders. NaNoWriMo, by the way, is a project to write at least 50,000 words on a new novel project during the month of November. You need to write a little under 1700 words a day to reach that goal. I won’t tell you how …

When Moving Day Comes: CreateSpace to KDP

Among my indie author friends, I am seeing a good deal of excitement and concern over the fact that CreateSpace, the go-to print book destination for many of us, is closing down. Our books will now be merged with Kindle Direct Publishing. I am going through this conversion now, and, with 50 titles in print, …

The Write Stuff with Parker J. Cole: Interview Time!

Parker J. Cole has a radio show called The Write Stuff. It exists specifically to encourage and showcase writers of all kinds. Earlier this year she asked many authors to join a group to help her line up guests for her show. I had wanted to do this for some time, but when we lived …

Book Giveaway With KDP Select Starting Tomorrow

From my author friend Russell Sherrard: My book "Genesis: Book of Beginnings" is FREE for 5 Days Monday, September 3 to Friday, September 7. This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is …

The Men of the Realmlands: Finally a Series

If you look at The Baron's Ring up on Amazon, it may shock you to discover that it was published in 2010. Yes, ten years ago I produced this Historical Romantic Suspense story of a handsome prince, Tristan, literally swept away from his father's funeral to a land where a damsel in distress, enslaved by …

Why I am, For Now, Staying on Facebook — post by Michael J. Findley

Friends, other people; it really is that simple. If I could, I would leave. But the people I like and often love are not on these other sites. These are people I trust. Friends who supply better news links than the MSN, better sports analysis than ESPN, funny animal videos, wacky UFO/paranormal humor, touching military …

This Is One Crazy Free Book Offer

Some of our readers have taken advantage of the free first book in my The Great Thirst serial archaeological mystery. It has a nice collection of reviews. However, I am working on a promotion for The Great Thirst Boxed Set, the complete seven-part series, and it has not been so blessed with reviews. In hopes …

Writer Alert! Here’s your chance to win a free book!

One of my goals for this year was to revise my writing and publishing advice book, Write for the King of Glory. I've learned a few things since the first edition of this book, and you are the ones to benefit if you want to learn how to make your writing distinctively Christian plus get …

Waiting for a Sign? — Post by Mary C. Findley

  Many people know that I've spent the last two years not writing much of anything. A few blog posts, some editing work, but the only publications in those two years have been volume 5 of our homeschool curriculum, Conflict of the Ages V: The Ancient World, Student and Teacher Editions and the summary version, …

Eight Christmas Romances for Your Reading Pleasure — Post by Mary C. Findley

Thanksgiving is just a sweet memory. Black Friday has slid past also. But before you panic about shopping unfinished and garlands not hung, settle down with this anthology of eight romances and so much more. Meet real couples with real lives, not just smarmy smooches, and especially not steamy bed-hopping. Enjoy some sweet, clean, and …

Isaiah Chapter 3: Culture of Youth and Beauty — Post by Mary C. Findley

Sounds like Jerusalem and Judah had it pretty good, right? Look over that list of material provision (support system, food, water) and leadership (military, judiciary, teachers, advisers, craftsmen, and someone who may have been a charismatic speaker or influencer). The use of the phrase skillful enchanter gives us a hint that they weren’t sourcing any …

Isaiah Chapter One: The Price of Doing What You Want

Isaiah was a prophet to four kings in Judah. His book is, in our modern version, 66 chapters long, the same as the number of the books in our Bible. Some have called it a microcosm of the whole Bible. Indeed, we can find many of the elements throughout the Bible in this one book, …

Pronoun, Smashwords, and Draft 2 Digital — The “Other” ebook sales sites

Many authors have uploaded their ebooks onto Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing site to reach readers. Amazon is a great place, and some authors even choose to be exclusive there, in the Kindle Unlimited program, through KDP Select. However, if you choose to distribute your books widely, here are three options for getting them into many …

How to Make a Print Cover for Your Book — Post by Mary C. Findley

I recently helped an author friend make a print version of an ebook cover at CreateSpace.  He asked me to give some instructions for the next time. This post assumes you have an image manipulation program and know how to use it fairly well. I won't be explaining details about tools and techniques. I assume …