Writing Roseanna

Word of the Week

Thoughtful Thursdays

History's Story

Books, Books, Books!

Word of the Week – Oxymoron
Did you know that the word oxymoron is itself an oxymoron? The word means "a figure conjoining words or terms apparently contradictory so as to give point to the statement or expression," such as "a little big", "pretty ugly," "deafening silence," and so on. As a...
He Called Me by Name
God knows us. He calls us by name. We know this. We can point to Scriptures that say it, we can recite it to each other. For that matter, I even sign each copy of The Nature of a Lady with "He knows your name." I've printed it on tote bags. I've put it in a pretty...
Word of the Week – Colonel
I will never forget writing the Culper Ring Series, in which I had a prominent character named Fairchild, and growling incessantly over trying to remember how to spell his rank: lieutenant colonel. My critique partner and I joked about it and started typing it (in...
Release Day for Yesterday’s Tides!
It's release day for Yesterday's Tides! In this post you'll find:The story behind the storyThe official back cover copyMy Wonderful ReadersWhat People Are SayingRelease Day FunGiveaway The Story Behind the Story I feel like I say this a lot, LOL, but this is one of...

Word of the Week

Since 2011, readers have been enjoying my “Word of the Week” posts, which look not just at the definition of a word, but at its history and etymology. These quick little peeks into words we use every day (or…don’t), are a fun way to learn something new in just a minute or two! Word Nerds, unite!

Holiday History Recollection #1

Holiday History Recollection #1

Over the years I've had so much fun looking up not only the etymology of holiday words, but also the history behind some of our common traditions. So now that we're in Advent, I thought I'd do a series of recollections and look at those posts from years past...because...

read more
Word of the Week – King

Word of the Week – King

The start of Advent seems like a great time to look at the history of a word that reminds Christians of Christ--our Lord and...you guessed it...KING! King is obviously a word that's been around forever and hasn't varied much in meaning. But have you ever wondered...

read more
Word of the Week – Upset

Word of the Week – Upset

We've all been there. We've had a bad day, something went wrong, someone hurt our feelings, or maybe we're just not feeling well physically--times when the best word we can find to describe our state is upset. We all know what we mean--that nothing's quite right, that...

read more

Thoughtful Thursdays

Though a novelist by trade, one of the trademarks of my books is the spiritual depth and exploration I includes as my characters work through what it really means to walk out their faith. Faith, in fact, is one of the things I like to ponder most. In these once-a-week articles, I gets thoughtful at the crossroads of faith, family, and fiction.

Dancing with God

Dancing with God

The other day, my husband and I were talking about the challenges of following God, of growing in Him, even of spiritual warfare. “It’s hard.” That’s what so many people say. That’s what I’ve said many times. And it’s true, isn’t it? Being a good Christian is hard....

read more
A Challenge: No More Complaining, All Gratitude!

A Challenge: No More Complaining, All Gratitude!

It's November. Every November, as I scroll through social media or blogs, I see people posting about what they're grateful for. Thankful for. People taking the whole month to appreciate all they've been given from the Lord. Beautiful, obviously! But you...

read more
Festooning the Lord’s Prayer

Festooning the Lord’s Prayer

A month ago, I blogged on Colossians 3, inspired by the spiritual formation exercises that we're doing in the Patrons & Peers group. This month, our lovely resident spiritual director, Laura Heagy, sent us a great exercise on "Festooning the Lord's Prayer." The...

read more

History’s Story

Nearly all of my books are historicals, which means I do A LOT of research. Check out History’s Story for this novelist’s take on some of the historical tidbits I’ve learned through my research, especially on topics that end up in my novels.

Remember When . . . The World Between Books

Remember When . . . The World Between Books

It's kinda strange sometimes. I'm still celebrating the release of An Hour Unspent, book 3 in the Shadows Over England Series. But I'm in the editorial process for The Number of Love, book 1 of the next series and halfway finished writing the second one, tentatively...

read more
Remember When . . . The Schools Were at War Too

Remember When . . . The Schools Were at War Too

Well, that time of year has come again. My family has officially started the 2018-19 school year. Part of me hates the loss of free time...and part of me is excited about all those awesome books we get to read together this year! For those of you who have been reading...

read more
Remember When . . . The War Brought Darkness

Remember When . . . The War Brought Darkness

War changes things. We all know that, but most of today haven't lived through a "total war" that really impacts everyone at home, whether we or our family are directly involved in the fighting or not. Most people are very aware of how WWII did this...but most of us...

read more

Books, Books, Books!

It goes without saying that with a novelist, it always comes down to BOOKS. These posts are your go-to for book news, cover reveals, book releases, Scavenger Hunts, giveaways, and bookish merch!

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt ~ Stop #17

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt ~ Stop #17

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #17 Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!...

read more
Introducing the Bookish Things Shop!

Introducing the Bookish Things Shop!

Okay, guys, I am sooooo excited to tell you about this today! For the past month-ish, I've been working on expanding my shop, and finally, the results are ready to show you!! It started when we were on vacation. For us, "vacation" is really just the best brainstorming...

read more
Ordinary Women of the Bible Blog Hop

Ordinary Women of the Bible Blog Hop

Welcome to the Ordinary Women of the Bible Blog Hop!   The authors who have written books for Guideposts's Ordinary Women of the Bible series are excited to team up and tell you a bit about our stand-alone biblical fiction. Each book focuses on a woman in the...

read more