Eight Christmas Mysteries for a Snowy Day

Any time is the perfect time to read a mystery, but there’s something about reading in winter—with a cup of tea, curled up by the fire—that is especially delicious. (And if the mystery you’re reading features bitter, snowy weather, so much the better.) If you’re looking for a good Christmas/winter mystery, I’ve compiled a listContinue Reading

Audiobooks and a New Mystery

Where has the time gone? Just yesterday it was spring, and now, in a couple of days, it will be autumn. My pre-New Year’s resolution is to keep up with my website’s blog, posting here at least twice a month, hopefully more. But I haven’t been goofing off all spring and summer. I wrote aContinue Reading

Two Podcasts No Indie Writer Should Miss

The Self Publishing Podcast (SPP) Hosted by authors Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright, this podcast is currently on its sixty-ninth episode. Most often a discussion of writing and the self-publishing business among the three hosts, SPP sometimes features guests—and great ones at that: C.J. Lyons, Joanna Penn, Edward W. Robertson, and Kobo’s MarkContinue Reading

Palming the Magazine

At some point or another in my life, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot rifles, pump-action shotguns, revolvers, and pistols—all of which came in handy when I wrote my soon-to-be-out thriller, All Souls (due June 2013). My experiences with these weapons, and with talking to experts like my father, who knows just about everything there is toContinue Reading

The Layman vs. the Vicar

One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes is “Once the layman was anxious to hide the fact that he believed so much less than the vicar; now he tends to hide the fact that he believes so much more.” I knew Rob Bell left his church in Grandville, Michigan, for southern California, but I didn’t knowContinue Reading

The Second Anna Denning Mystery

The Second Anna Denning Mystery

I haven’t posted in a while, but there’s a good reason for my long absence. I’ve been working furiously on Sparrow House, the second book in my Anna Denning mystery series. I just got the cover for it (left), and I think the artist nailed it. I wanted spooky but fun, creepy but cozy. The kind of mysteryContinue Reading

Top Ten TV Mystery/Detective Shows of All Time

One of the simplest yet most enjoyable pleasures in life is settling down to a good mystery on TV. A little popcorn, maybe a glass of wine. Rain beating on the windows, dog sleeping by the fire . . . Well, you get the idea. It’s heaven for us mystery lovers. There have been someContinue Reading

The Emergent Church: We’ve Heard It All Before (part 2)

Someone once said that trying to get an emergent church (EC) leader to clearly state his beliefs is like trying to “nail Jell-O to the wall.” EC leader Tony Jones, for one, finds the Jell-O analogy amusing. It doesn’t occur to him that not being able to define your beliefs or at least answer directContinue Reading

The Emergent Church: We’ve Heard It All Before (part 1)

I’m not a glutton for punishment, honestly I’m not, but I enjoy listening to and reading interviews with leaders in the emergent church movement. Yesterday it was a YouTube interview with author, radio host, and pastor Doug Pagitt. The guy is fascinating. A walking, talking lesson in postmodern rhetoric. So are his compatriots in the emergentContinue Reading

Guest Blogger Gail M. Baugniet

Guest Blogger Gail M. Baugniet

It’s my pleasure to welcome author Gail M. Baugniet as guest blogger today. Gail’s first self-published novel, FOR EVERY ACTION There Are Consequences, released in 2011, introduces Hawaiian-born Pepper Bibeau as an insurance investigator whose routine assignments lead her through a maze of suspense. (Note to my blog readers: If you love a good mystery,Continue Reading

Hope and Another Year

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? —Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I make all things new. —Revelation 21:5 I love new beginnings. Fresh starts, fresh hopes. Where would we be without the hope that things can be made new? “By this time next year . . .”Continue Reading

Atheists and Unicorns

The atheists are out in full force again this Christmas season (or as some atheists call it, “buy a billboard season”). And the same old stories are in the news: Major retail chains are telling their employees to greet customers with a colorless “happy holidays,” an atheist group in Wisconsin is trying to remove aContinue Reading