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WELCOME AUTHOR BARBARA M. BRITTON
Friday, October 19, 2018 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK: Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey

AUTHOR: Barbara M. Britton

PUBLISHER: Harbourlight Books a division of Pelican Book Group

GENRE: Biblical Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: Stand alone, but in a series of Old Testament stories

TARGET AGE: 13+

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR BARBARA M. BRITTON TO PATTI’S PORCH. BARBARA EXPLAINS WHY HER BIBILICAL FICTION STORIES DEPEND UPON HOW MUCH INFORMATION GOD PROVIDES IN THE BIBLE.

 

 

 

BARBARA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT COPY OF JERUSALEM RISING: ADAH’S JOURNEY.

 

 

 

WRITING WHEN GOD IS SILENT AND WHEN HE’S NOT

 

 

by

 

 

Barbara M. Britton

 

 

 

I enjoy writing Biblical fiction. I always say, God has the best story lines. Though, when I look back on the books I have written, writing about God’s stories isn’t always the same. Each of my novels has had a different journey shedding light on God’s Word.

 

 

My latest novel, Jerusalem Rising, was the easiest to write. Not because I had practice writing in the genre, but because God laid out a linear plotline in the story of Nehemiah. I followed the daughters of Shallum as they helped Nehemiah rebuild Jerusalem’s wall. God had a beginning, middle, and an end to Nehemiah’s goal and the bad guys were baked right into the plot. My story is basically God’s story from chapters 1-8 of Nehemiah.

 

 

The second book in my series highlighted the end to the book of Judges where women are wife-napped so the tribe of Benjamin can survive. God gives us a cliffhanger at the end of chapter 21 of Judges. The girls are taken and then the story ends. We know the tribe of Benjamin survived because the first king of Israel, King Saul, came from the tribe of Benjamin. The apostle Paul did too. But, God didn’t say how the women adjusted to life in a new tribe, with new husbands. I had to place myself in the girl’s sandals and draft a story using the backstory of Judges. That is not as easy to write as having Nehemiah come, conquer, and celebrate victory.

 

 

My debut novel of Biblical fiction was different again. I took the servant girl from the story of Naaman in II Kings 5 and gave her a backstory and a future story. God had revealed her capture by the enemy and Naaman’s (the enemy army commander’s) healing of leprosy, but after Naaman is healed, we don’t hear about the servant girl anymore. Did she get her freedom? We don’t know. Since this was my first story of Biblical fiction, I changed where Naaman was healed and who was at the healing. I changed Naaman’s name to Naabak, so my readership would know my story was similar, but not exact, to the Bible. I always keep the theology the same. However, I learned not all readers like changes to Bible stories, even if they are small.

 

 

And, there is another type of Biblical fiction that I haven’t written. This is when a Bible story is moved to a more modern time period. We have a similar story with the same theme, but the reader may not know it’s a Bible story because it is set in the Old West or Medieval Times or even present day.

 

 

My husband told me when I was teaching chapel, “The Bible is the most exciting book. Don’t bore people with it.” My husband is right. We serve a Living God who has given us His Living Word. I feel blessed to be able to write Biblical fiction and bring little known Bible stories to light.

 

 

What type of Biblical fiction do you prefer?

 

 

 

Book blurb for Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey:

When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

 Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.

 

Amazon purchase link

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT COPY OF JERUSALEM RISING: ADAH’S JOURNEY BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT. (US citizens only eligible for print copy)

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series. Connect with Barb online:

 

website

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Twitter

Goodreads.

 

 


Comments

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 11/5/2018 10:30:00 AM

Hi Joy, I just saw your comment. Nehemiah is such a great story. I learned so much in my research. Thanks for joining us.

Joy-Real World Bible From San Diego, CA At 10/30/2018 11:21:45 PM

Such a great way to help us connect with the world of God's Word! (And Nehemiah is one of my favorites, too!). Just added to my Amazon wish list!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Joy. Thank you for joining in the conversation. Glad you are in the drawing.

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 10/28/2018 8:16:20 AM

Hi Lual and Sherri, Thank you for joining us. I learned so much more about Nehemiah when I wrote JR. God’s Word never ceases to amaze me.

Lual Krautter From MT At 10/27/2018 2:05:45 PM

I really enjoy biblical stories! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy! Thank you, again, and God bless! krautter12ATbresnanDOTnet

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lual. Thank you for dropping by and letting us know you were here. So glad you have entered the drawing.

Sherri O. Roberts From Alabama! At 10/27/2018 10:32:35 AM

I enjoy reading books that teach me more about God & His word. I'd love to read your book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sherri. We are blessed to have authors who bring clarity to the Bible through fictional works.Thank you for stopping by and joining the conversation.

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 10/26/2018 5:14:55 PM

Hi Angela, I enjoy writing Biblical stories and learning something new. Thanks for joining us.

Angela From NC At 10/26/2018 3:50:39 PM

I am excited! I look forward to reading your awesome books! :) Thank you!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Angela. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment to let us know you were here.

Barbara M Britton From Wisconsin At 10/22/2018 11:49:25 AM

Hi Terri, Vivian, and Lisa, Thanks for your comments. My comments aren’t going through via my computer so I’m trying my phone. My publisher does my covers and I’m very happy with them. Nehemiah is a man of prayer. I think I need to pray more in this busy world. Thanks for joining us and commenting

Vivian Furbay From CO At 10/22/2018 5:23:14 AM

I love the book of Nehemiah. Ever time he had a problem, he went straight to God in prayer.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about Nehemiah.

Terri Miller From Mitchell, IL At 10/20/2018 10:03:07 AM

Cannot wait to read this book. Looks wonderful and I love the cover!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Terri. Thank you so much for stopping by and entering the drawing.

Lisa Lickel From Wisconsin At 10/20/2018 9:26:54 AM

I am always amazed and often delighted how many different interpretations on personality and fleshed-out events authors can spin out of sometimes just a sentence in the Bible.

Reply by: Patti Shene

I agree, Lisa. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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WELCOME AUTHOR LEANN BETTS
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Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
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WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE KALAS
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4/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR TANYA EAVENSON
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4/1/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
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WELCOME AUTHOR KARIN BEERY
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2/24/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA RUTH STRONG
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REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELAINE STOCK
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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1/2/2016

IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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11/29/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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11/6/2015

PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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10/23/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012