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Author Spotlight: Angela Breidenbach - A Sense of Organization: It's all about the system.

A Sense of Organization: It's all about the system. by Angela Breidenbach
People tell me I'm organized. Sometimes I want to laugh when they see my desk. But did you know there are different types of organization? It's not really a general all encompassing kind of thing. Does that surprise you?
I have a normal American home. A bit cluttered, family pictures all over the walls and piano, and there's usually dishes to do in the sink. Sounds like anybody's home, right?
So what's organized about me? What's different?
It's in how I organize my thoughts. I'm a linear thinker. But I'm not naturally that way, just ask my hubby. He'd burst out in laughter. When I write, I've learned to follow a trail. That trail starts on my laptop because I keep everything in a file folder there unless it's crucial to be a hard copy. Then it goes in a file folder in my filing cart.
What does linear thinking look like?
I started a file on my computer titled Book: Ge…

Winner of A Family for Faith!

The winner is...........

Squires J!


Who is My Shelter by Netta Jackson

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingWho is My ShelterThomas Nelson (March 1, 2011)byNeta Jackson


Neta Jackson is the author of the popular novel series, *The Yada Yada Prayer Group*, and a spin-off series called *The Yada Yada House of Hope.* These novels were inspired by a real women's Bible study and prayer group that, as Neta says, "God has used to turn my life upside down and rightside up." Neta and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer books--a forty-book series of historical fiction for young people about great Christian heroes (see The Jacksons are members of a multi-cultural church in the Chicago area, and the parents of three grown children, including a Cambodian foster daughter, all with families of their own.


In Jackson's fourth Yada Yada House of Hope Christian evangelical novel, Gabby Fairbanks is now settled in her new apart…

Z - Zipped

The A-Z blogging challenge really "zipped" by and today is the last day. I had a lot of fun on the days I actually posted something that corresponded to the day's word. I appreciate my friends Lindi and Missy bringing some awesome posts during this time as well. I am also excited about everyone who has visited the blog and said hello! It's always great to meet new blogging buddies.

There is still time to leave a comment for Missy's book A Family for Faith. I'll announce the winner on Thursday. And on Friday, another FAITH blog sister, the multi-talented Angela Breidenbach will be right here on this blog talking about how she keeps her busy self organized! She'll also be giving away her new book Gems of Wisdom. Please come back and see us and leave a comment for your chance to win.

I may have to revisit the A-Z blog challenge from time to time as I would think of something cool to write about a certain letter the day after the letter premiered. That's …

Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingAbigail's New HopeHarvest House Publishers (April 1, 2011)byMary Ellis


A word from the author:I grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where my parents often took me to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. My husband and I now live within the largest population of Amish in the country–a four-county area in central Ohio. We love to take weekend getaways to purchase farm produce and other goodies, stay with Amish families in bed and breakfasts, attend country auctions and enjoy the simpler way of life.

This is my first series of novels set in the Amish community.

I would love to hear from readers of Christian novels. Please leave me a post at my blogsite.


As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young moth…

V - Give Me a "V" by Missy Tippens

I'm so excited to have my friend and multi-published author Missy Tippens as a guest today. Please give Missy a warm welcome and leave a comment to be entered to win her book A Family for Faith... I don't have a review for Missy's book yet, but I can tell you the way A Family for Faith begins is absolutely adorable! And I can tell you, Missy's books are always enjoyable and a heartwarming read!)

Give Me a “V”!
By Missy Tippens

When Christy first talked to me about guest blogging with the letter “V,” I told her if nothing else, I could talk about working Very hard. :) But that I would try to come up with something more creative. ;)

So I visited an online dictionary and it gave me to the top V words. Among them were vagabond, vector and volts. But then I smiled when I saw velocity (the speed at which something happens—pretty appropriate for writers), Verb and Vowel. Not so hard to find writing words after all! Another of the top words? VICTORY.

In the business of writing,…

U- Unveiling our winner of Her Best Catch!

Winner of Her Best Catch is Jackie S!!!

Congratulations, Jackie!

I will be sending you an email shortly to find out how to get Lindi's book to you.

And everyone, tune in tomorrow as my guest will be Author Missy Tippens, blogging about the letter "V"

Missy will also be giving away her latest novel, A Family for Faith.

R - Reviews & Winning

I gave a book review of Ruth Logan Herne's Waiting Out The Storm on the FAITH Blog and am giving away a copy. I'll announce that winner on Friday, April 22nd. Ruthy has graciously said she'll also give a winner Made to Order Family.  I'd love to see you hop over to the FAITH Blog and leave me a comment for a chance to win!

And be sure to check out Friday's post here on At Split Ends to enter to win Lindi Peterson's Debut Novel, Her Best Catch!  The winner of Her Best Catch will be announced TOMORROW!!!!

O is for Overcoming Obstacles

Lindi here. ob·sta·cle[ob-stuh-kuhl] –noun.  something that obstructs or hinders progress. o·ver·come [oh-ver-kuhm] -came, -come, -com·ing.    –verb (used with object)
1. to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.

So here we have the dictionary definitions of our A-Z challenge O words. As writers how do we feel about these words?
Personally they drive me crazy.  Mixing it up with the A-Z challenge is an overall theme of accountability. Although I’m not sure I’m the best person to be speaking on that aspect. I once told my father I was going to call one of those work from home places. He told me that was something I probably shouldn’t do.

I do have a problem with discipline.

I am a procrastinator. 

Yet there is a very ‘cool’ thing that happens when you are a writer. We’ll get to that ‘cool’ thing in a minute. After we figure out how to overcome the obstacles.

Obstacles are different for everyone. Everybody has their own lives. Some people have jobs …

Blood of the Prodigal by P.L. Gaus

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingBlood of the ProdigalPlume; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)byP.L. Gaus


Paul took an interest in writing fiction in 1993, and with the advice and encouragement of author Tony Hillerman, he began writing mystery novels set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. The first of Gaus's mysteries, Blood of the Prodigal, An Ohio Amish Mystery, was published by Ohio University Press in June of 1999, and a total of six novels have appeared in this series: Broken English, 2000, Clouds Without Rain, 2001, Cast a Blue Shadow, 2003, A Prayer for the Night, 2006, and Separate from the World, 2008. A seventh novel in the series is in preparation.

All of Paul's stories have now been republished by Plume (a division of Penguin Group USA) as The Amish-Country Mysteries, and these editions have been embraced by Christian retailers such as, Family Christian Stores, and LifeWay. Future mysteries in the series …

L - Lindi Peterson

Ok, I'm back on the A-Z blogging challenge train and today's letter is L.

And, I'm so excited to tell you to tune back in to this blog on Friday, April 15th when my good friend and newly published author, Lindi Peterson will be here!

Come back every day, but especially on Friday to chat, leave a comment and be entered to win her debut novel, Her Best Catch.

Read more about Lindi on her website.

Tea for Two by Trish Perry

A-Z Blog Challengers... Yes, I realize this isn't the letter K
And don't ask where H, I, and J went... I guess they felt abandoned and ran away... On to another book review... I haven't read this, but it sounds like a good read!

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingTea For TwoHarvest House Publishers (April 1, 2011)byTrish Perry


A word from our Author: I started writing short stories—pretty bad ones. And I started taking creative writing courses to round out my degree. So I was in classes full of people just like me—lousy writers. But we were learning!

Then the Lord led me to a local writers' group, Capital Christian Writers, and the contacts and friends I made through CCW enriched my personal life and my writing life more than I can measure. Through CCW and through reading just about every book and magazine ever published by Writer's Digest, I started catching on. Now I'm writing full time and man oh man do I love it.




G - Good

God is Good All The Time!

F - Flashbacks

Still blogging as part of the A-Z challenge and today's letter is F.

The first word that came to my mind was frustrated, but I figured I'd keep this post upbeat and blogging about my many frustrations may lead me into a realm of whining and blahs that no one really wants to read about.

I've found that when I write, I write about things that happened to my character a month,  a year, or even longer, before the story starts. I always have to figure out what's going on currently with the character and write good active scenes to keep the plot moving toward the resolution of the current story. However, sometimes, I will incorporate those past scenes into the current manuscript as a flashback. 

I've heard flashbacks aren't so great in the minds of editors/agents.  I think with everything, if it is done well, the publishing house will accept it. If it works for the story. I haven't found and dictating rules on the subject.

What are your thoughts? Do you like fla…


If you're wondering what the crazy title of this post is about, just look at this cute little green box:

I forgot to blog about C&D, so I'm picking right up with letter E. The first thing that came to mind is Editing.

I find myself editing everything I write. From emails to friends, to text messages, to things I write at work. The only thing I haven't edited very much lately is my manuscript. The trick there is you must write to edit.

For some writers, they find it easier to write the rough draft of the novel, then, go back and edit it. I used to write like this. But after that book took 4 years to edit, I decided I didn't want to do that again! However, I must add, that was the book I used to learn about the craft of writing. From knowing nothing except how to form sentences and paragraphs and hope they made sense, to learning about Point of View and Scene/Sequel.

Now, I'm working on new books. On both the books, I tried the plotter approach. I worked on c…

The Alarmists by Don Hoesel

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe AlarmistsBethany House (April 1, 2011)byDon Hoesel


Don Hoesel is a Web site designer for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal. He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but calls Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. The Alarmists is his third novel.


The 2012 phenomenon that's going viral around the globe has led sociology professor Jameson Richards to study the impact on society when, like the Y2K scare, 12/21/12 comes and goes with hardly a wrinkle.

This is the date that, according to the Mayan calendar, the doomsayers predict the world will end. Richards teams up with General Michaels, a scientist stationed at the Pentagon whose job it is to monitor the world's fanatics, keeping an eye out for potential terrorists. Together they uncover something sinister going …

Book Review: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

Well, I've joined this A-Z blogging challenge. Already, I've rebelled against the rules as each day were are to blog for each letter of the alphabet - meaning the topic will start with the letter of the alphabet for whatever day we're on. Today is B.  Today, B is for Book Review! Okay, maybe I am following the rules after all...

When Sparrows Fall. Debut novel from Meg Moseley.

What a book. I won't spoil this, but I was very worried the book would end sad. I mean, we have a mom and six kids. Miranda, our main character, is faced with a serious choice early on. I couldn't imagine how this story could turn out good.

Her children are very responsible for their age. For instance, Miranda's 10-year old daughter can prepare meals and helps look after her younger siblings. After Miranda receives news from her pastor that he is requesting everyone to move out of state, Miranda begins a serious fast and prayer time. Unfortunately, she tends to faint and does just that.…

Friday Spotlight: Debut Author Meg Moseley

I'm so thrilled to welcome my friend Meg Moseley to the blog.

Meg's debut novel When Sparrows Fall comes out on May 3rd, but is available for pre-order on Amazon.  

Tomorrow, I will be posting an official review of When Sparrows Fall, but starting today, when you leave a comment either on my blog or on Facebook, you'll be entered to win a free copy of Meg's debut novel!

Here's a sneak peak:

Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim them--for herself, and for her children.

A widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford leads a quiet, private life. When the pastor of her close-knit church announces his plans to move the entire congregation to another state, Miranda jumps at the opportunity to dissolve ties with Mason Chandler and his controlling method of ruling his flock. But then Mason threatens to unearth secrets from her past, and Miranda feels trapped, terrified she’ll be unable to protect her children.

College professor Jack Hanford is more than surprised when h…