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Cruisin’ Arizona – the London Bridge

 

I admit it—I’m a history junkie. If you’ve read many of my books, you already know about my love of Old West history, but after doing some research on my family background, I’ve developed a fascination with English history as well. I’m longing for the day when I can travel across the pond and do that research in person. But during a recent family road trip, I was reminded that a perfect opportunity to study a bit of England was waiting for me right here in Arizona.

 

The London Bridge most of us sang about in our nursery-rhyme …
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Arizona’s Beautiful Grand Canyon…and a New Release!

Growing up in Arizona, I didn’t have to travel far to see one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders—the Grand Canyon. Since my first trip there at age nine, it has been one of my all-time favorite places to visit.

Last fall, I spent my birthday at the canyon with my family, which also gave me the chance to do some research on the setting for my latest release, Danielle. As many of you already know, my current project is breathing new life into my earlier titles. What better way to double-check the details in this novella and …
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Truth Be Told: Tea with Amelia Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Truth be Told, (my 30th book), I wanted to do something special for some of my favorite people– my readers!

After a hard day’s work at the press, my heroine Amelia likes to indulge in a cup of tea, poured into her favorite Blue Willow teacup. Now you have a chance to win a vintage cup and saucer in the same Blue Willow pattern…along with a supply of Arizona Desert Prickly Pear Herbal Blend tea from Maya Tea.

 

And if you took part in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt this spring, you’ll remember …
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Truth Be Told: Frontier Newspapers in the 1800s

Research is one of my favorite parts of the writing process, and I had such fun researching 19th-century frontier newspapers for my latest novel, Truth Be Told.

I was delighted to discover the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott features a printing press exactly like the one Amelia uses to print the Granite Springs Gazette.

There, I was able to get a closeup view of the way the press worked. Even the names of various parts of the press were intriguing—words like coffin, frisket, rounce, and tympan.

In case you’d like to brush up on your …
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