Just in Time


This is perfect! I just remembered that November is NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month.

Ok, I didn’t remember, but one of my young writing students just, very excitedly–how cool is that, told me that she’s doing it this year…and also NaNoWriMo started emailing me.

So, despite my forgetfulness, this is perfect. I just started a new novel, and I really want to make some progress on it. Once I can get the rough draft done, then I can start the fun part. Revising. (Yes, you read that right. I love editing. It’s where all the magic is.)

So, let’s get the tricks all planned out and get this thing written, so that I can start pulling rabbits out of my hat.

Ready, set, WriMo!

Hi, Friends!

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I’m so happy to see some new “faces” (I only see your user name, but “faces” seems so much more friendly) signing up to follow my blog and be a part of the circle here at Amy’s Place.


If you (old faces and new–you’re all gorgeous either way) haven’t yet, follow this link over to my newsletter sign-up and put yourself on that too. The September issue comes out soon where I’ll announce the winner of a copy of the audiobook for The Lemonade Year! All you have to do to be entered is be on the newsletter email list. Super easy!

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Thanks, y’all!


Jane by the Book Cover Reveal!

Check out my author friend, Pepper Basham’s new book! Drum roll……



About the Book

Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s plans and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.

As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

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The Cover!
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You can find Jane by the Book this JULY in the Once Upon a Laugh Novella Collection.


About the Author


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.


Also by Pepper Basham


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As part of this Cover Reveal Blitz, Pepper is giving away 1 (ONE) ebook copy of Second Impressions. Please enter via the Rafflecopter Form below.


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Lauren Brandenburg; A Writer’s Desk

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This week’s This Writer’s World has us peeking into the writing space of middle-grades author Lauren Brandenburg.



Lauren says about her charming writing desk:

I recently had my husband build me this simple little nook behind our family table. I don’t like being alone in a room by myself and actually think better when my family is nearby.

As a homeschool mom, having my desk so close to the “action” allows me to work in my own space and literally turn around to help with math, grammar, history, or whatever my kiddos are working on at the time. I also love small spaces that I can make my own with all my little lovely things—like all my macarons 🙂

I try to handle all my marketing, social media, and homeschool related grading and lesson planning before lunch and then save the afternoon for writing. 

Find Lauren online at:

Buy her newest release Orlo: The Burdened at Amazon here. (While you’re there, Check out Orlo: The Created and her Boone series!)
Don’t you love this cover!
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Thank you, Lauren! Happy writing!

Annette O’Hare; A Writer’s Desk


Ever wonder what the life of a writer looks like–well, their desk anyway? I have. I love to image a writer at his or her “space” creating new worlds and filling them with people I love.

This Writer’s World Wednesday we get a peek as A Writer’s Desk with historical fiction author, Annette O’Hare!


“My writing space has a great view for when I need to think on something. Also, I have everything I need in reach…like snacks! The best part about this space is the chair I inherited when my dad passed on last year. It’s comforting; like I’m sitting in my daddy’s lap.” Annette O’Hare
Annette is the author of Northern Lights and Redeeming Light.


Amazon Links:
Northern Light – https://amzn.to/2vvZxyK
Redeeming Light – https://amzn.to/2Hxmrur
Find Annette online at:


Thank you, Annette, for letting us take a peek into your writer’s world!




The Sunshine Blogger Award


Talented author and fellow blogger, Margo Dill, who has been a great source of support for me and who is an old friend whom I miss seeing, nominated me for a Sunshine Award and assigned questions for pondering. The game goes like this:

  • Thank the person who nominated you. (Thank you, Margo.)
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate other bloggers for the award.
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated them.
  • Hope they don’t block you, hope they do link to your blog in a nice post, where they answer these 10 questions.

1. What do you love most about blogging/writing?

I write fiction, so I spend a great deal of time with fictional people. I love that. But I love to blog because I feel like it’s a chance to connect to real people, too!

2. Name a place you’ve never been but would love to visit and why?

France or Italy. Easy answer–the food. That’s really why I like to visit any place.

3. Describe your favorite snack.

Cheese. Another cheese. Maybe a different cheese just to finish it off.

4. What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?

I love movies, but I don’t get much time to see one. I can manage to watch a movie on Netflix over the course of three days or so. But I did get a chance to see the newest Star Wars and I loved it.

5. What is your favorite season and why?

Spring! I’m not a fan of winter in the slightest, so spring is a long awaited relief for me. I love to see the trees budding and the first bulbs blooming. I love to dream about a garden and to buy the little baby plants to put into the ground. I love the first warm breezes and the feel of the sun on my skin. Heaven.

6. Do you believe in ghosts?

I’d say yes. But then again, I’m not sure that they’re ghost or something darker… whatever they are, I think there’s something there. Luckily, Jesus is too, so I let Him handle it.

7. What advice do you give but don’t take yourself?

I tell my kids to “Chill” when they’re frustrated. I’m not very good at “chilling” when the tables are turned. 🙂

8. If you had to choose one favorite color, what would it be?


9. When is the last time you laughed?

I laugh a lot. There are just too many funny things out there. I laugh at myself often. I goof up quite a bit.

10. Do you prefer a tablet or actual book while reading?

Book! I’m old school there. I just love the feel of the cover and the pages. I also like to toss a book in my bag or carry it around the house. I’m way to clumsy to cart around a delicate device in the same way I do a book. I also like to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and books recover better from beverage mishaps.


Okay, now I’m nominating three bloggers: (this is a tough choice)

Taylor Bennett : I love this young writer. I teach young writers myself, and she’s setting such a great example for them.

Candace Carrabus:Candace Carrabus: This is a good friend, who I miss seeing as well! She’s such an inspiration for writers. Life is a busy place, but she still finds time to write some terrific stuff. Get to know her!

Miss Annie Girl: Because sometimes, people are just awesome rays of light. If ever there was a Sunshine blogger, this young lady is it.

Writer’s World Wednesday

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole 101, or The Search History of a Writer

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I write contemporary fiction, so I don’t often spend much time combing through historical texts and tomes trying to make sure I get the tale of the times correct.  Still, that doesn’t mean that I never have to consult good old Google with a question.

Just the other day, the following searches occurred where one thing led to another and ….

What Color robes does a catholic priest wear at a wedding? (depends on the liturgical calendar…ok)


What color robe would a priest be wearing in May? (It’s not the month, but the season)


When is Easter 2019? (oh, it’s a longer time frame than that.)


When is Pentecost 2019? (what if the book doesn’t take place in 2019… dates of Easter and Pentecost vary : look up 2020, 2021 maybe I’ll go backwards 2017…. ok, nevermind, I’ll just say “robes.”)


Who is a recent gold medalist in swimming? (Michael Phelps. Didn’t something weird happen with Phelps…)


Did something weird happen with Michael Phelps? (Something about racing a shark and getting arrested… we all make mistakes… nevermind, my swimmer character is a girl anyway.)


Who is a female gold medalist in swimming? (Just get a name and go with it.)


What last names go with the name Oliver. (Are you telling me I never gave one of the main characters a last name. I need to know his name. *Ask (fictional character) Oliver himself, but in true Oliver fashion he tells me it didn’t matter to him, whatever I wanted to call him was fine. So…


Stumble upon someone else searching for the same thing ten years ago. Read through the  long list of suggestions—people are very helpful and they suggest many names even Twist. Asker of question seems to have gone with Cavenaugh –not bad.


Suggestions I pondered from the list…Mason or Finley. (—Finley….Realize this is a great play on names as giggly girls can make a cute nickname for him by reversing some of the letters. Fine-ly… get it, he’s cute.)

And the writing day goes on…

When is Spanish Mass at the Basilica in Asheville? (5pm on Sunday… oh, that changes the time of day in that scene if I want to make it match, which I don’t really have to, I never actually say they are in Asheville… I’ll make it match.)

Best places to get an appetizer in Asheville? (ooh, Zambra…)

Menu for Zambra downtown? (That looks delicious.)

Who is the chef of  Zambra (not that I’m going to put that in the book, I’m just interested now.)

Ok, so for the most part this list might look like I was googling a fun time in Asheville and trip to church–if I want to hear Mass in Spanish that is.

But sometimes my search looks like this:

How long does someone have to be suspected dead before a marriage dissolves itself?

How deep is the water off the coast of Kure Beach?

How is a new chief of police selected when the current one dies suddenly?

But that’s a whole different story… literally.


I wonder what I’ll search for today…