Welcome to November's Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Harry Wegley has a picture to caption and a cool prize for the winner:

OK all, give this your best shot by leaving a caption in a comment. Harry will pick a winning caption on Friday. Winner will receive an e-copy of Harry's newest release:

Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. Suspecting it's only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot. Damaged by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks Josh's life, an agnostic who isn't prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences. That's a mistake that would break Katie's heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh. If Katie and Josh survive the investigation, can they ever span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?
Triple Threat, a conspiracy you might read in tomorrow's paper, but pray you never will. An adventure that spans the Pacific Northwest, from the shores of the Olympic Peninsula to the mountains of Whistler, BC

H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked 20+ years in systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife of 48 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever possible, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian-thriller-series with Pelican Book Group. He is currently finishing his 8th novel.


Welcome to November's issue of third Friday writing news. On the third Friday of every month I'll share any writing updates I have. I'll try to let you know where we are on the next novel and I might have some special tidbit of personal news to share. (Hint--read to the bottom because this is one of those weeks.)

So, what's happening in my little corner of the writing world? THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: SAMANTHA galleys.

They look like this:

This is the most tedious part of the editing process and the part they give you the least amount of time to complete. If you'll look at the screen shot above, you'll see that each line of each page is numbered. My job? To make sure that none of the words got deleted, all the punctuation is there, and everything that should be capitalized is.  Most of what I'm finding are missing quotes and commas. If I find an error I make a list of notes like this...

Page 6, line 10, there should be a period after the word stuffy.

So, I'm reading, page by page, line by tedious line. This is the last time I'll see the story before you do, so I want it to be as perfect as I can make it. I have 10 days to finish. With 4 days left, I'm about a quarter of the way through my second pass. Thank God a fellow writer and someone at the publisher is looking at it as well!

The October issue of my newsletter is available. Author Julie Lessman is my guest. She's giving away a copy of her new release SURPRISED BY LOVE. if you haven't subscribed to this quarterly publication, I'd love it if you did. You can do that HERE

Oh yeah, there are more prizes up for grabs than Julie's book.
If you'd like to check out the current issue, click HERE

A couple of months ago I shared this picture with you:
My grandson Derrick and his wife Kyia awaiting the arrival of their daughter. This week we welcomed Miss Brinkley Marie into the world.

I might be just a little prejudiced, but I think she's PERFECT!

That's it for this week. While you're here, don't forget to click over to the Author Spotlight page for and interview with Bonnie Leon and a giveaway of her newest release, THE JOURNEY OF ELEVEN MOONS.


Welcome to November's SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE. On the second Friday of each month, I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe with us and maybe a little something about their latest book. This week I'd like to welcome Laura Hilton to my blog. She has a double Christmas treat for us. Cut out cookies and a new Christmas story.

Sour Cream Cut-Out Cookies With Cream Cheese Icing


Serves: 22-

1 cup butter (no substitutions)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream (at room temperature)
5 cups flour
For the icing
1/2 cup butter (no substitutions)
8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar
milk, to thin if needed

For Cookies:.

Mix butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, and sour cream together. Add dry ingredients to mixture. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight. Roll out on a lightly floured surface or pastry cloth. Cut into 1/8th to 1/4th inch thickness using your favorite cookie cutters. Bake at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly browned. May need more time if on the thicker side. Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to apply icing.

For icing:.

Cream butter, cream cheese, and vanilla together. Gradually add powder sugar until blended. Thin with milk to desired consistency. If adding coloring paste, you may not need milk to thin.

After icing cookies, lay flat in the fridge until set. Then store in a airtight container with a small square of wax paper between cookies. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

Wanting to relocate from Shipshewana to somewhere new, Mercy Lapp answered an ad in The Budget to work as a mother’s helper for Matthew and Shanna Yoder in Seymour, Missouri. Mercy relocated from Shipshewana to give herself space and time to heal after the death of her beau in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Abner Hilty fled Shipshewana to Montana to work on a ranch after he and his twin brother witnessed a murder. Now that the killer is safely behind bars, Abner decides to visit his brother Abram in Missouri where he’d settled with his bride of one month. Mercy is surprised to see Abner there, and equally surprised by how much he’d changed physically since she’d last seen him. Even though the two live in different districts they occasionally see each other in town and form a fledgling friendship. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected heavy snow lets Abner and Mercy spend a lot of time together in wintertime fun. Abner hopes to interest Mercy in a more permanent relationship. But then Mercy discovers her old beau is still alive. Will she choose Abner? Or return to her old love?

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) releasing in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton



Welcome to November and getting to know you Friday. On the first Friday of each month I want us to take the time to get to know each other a little better. I'll post something you might not know about me and ask you to share.

 When I was growing up my sister and I loved to play games. I can remember sitting in our bedroom floor as early as the second grade, playing hand after hand of Rummy.

Battle Ship


Connect Four


Wa Hoo



The list could take up the whole blog.  But our favorite game was Monopoly.

We would start a game on Friday night, play until bedtime, carefully put everything aside and pick it back up the next day.  Our game wasn't over until someone broke the bank. That was usually Sunday afternoon between church services.

I learned a lot about my sister during those marathon games. She cheats and she was a loan shark in a previous life!!

Those were the good old days.  I still love to play games, but you can't drag me to the table if Monopoly is involved.  I burned out all off my Park Place and Boardwalk circuits a long time ago. My favorites now are Chess, Boggle, and Risk.

So, did you play games with your siblings or friends when you were a child? What was your favorite?

Don't forget to pop over to the Author Spotlight page. Cynthia Hickey is my guest this week. She's giving away a copy of her latest, A DOCTOR'S HEART.