Grace Series, Writing 101

Encyclopedia of the Grace Series

With three books published, another novel coming out in April and plans for novel five, six, and seven – it can be hard to keep up with ALL OF THE CHARACTERS. Hair color, eye color, birthdays, tall, or short, these details are very important and can’t change from book to book.

encyclopediaWhat’s a writer to do?!?

WRITE IT DOWN, of course!

I have created a notebook, a 2-inch binder full of information that I keep updated for all of my novels. I call it my Grace Series Encyclopedia and I’d like to show it to you and explain a few tips and tricks of my writing secrets that I’ve learned through trial and error.

Want to know more? Of course, you do!

Check out my Grace Series Encyclopedia

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Grace Series, Renewed by Grace

Mark’s Driving Music Playlist

DrivingFavorite Childhood Memories

Most of Mark’s favorite childhood memories revolved around his grandfather and tinkering on old cars in the rundown garage. Mark spent many hours in the summer and after school, eating cookies with his grandmother and then running out to the garage to “work” with Gramps.
His grandfather had several rusty old cars he was “fixing” and he loved to have help to keep him company. When Mark arrived, he would turn down the radio slightly and have long conversations with Gramps about life.
Mark’s grandfather died when he was still in elementary school, but he still remembers those long talks under the hood of the car, or more often than not, sitting in the ripped leather backseat talking about being a Godly-man, good husband, and good father.

Famous Author Buys Car Like His GrandpaDriving

When Mark knew he had made it as an author, he bought his favorite car, an Aston Martin, similar to what was in his Grandpa’s garage for years, waiting to be lovingly restored by someone. It hurt his young heart when his grandmother sold the car after his grandfather’s funeral. He vowed at a young age to have one of his own someday.
The one car rule is only music of the age of the car can be played. Taking Noah to grab ice cream after school, listening to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, The Mamas & The Papas are some of his favorite times.

Passing On Lessons Learned When Driving

He plans to teach Noah about oil changes, tinkering on cars, and other “manly” information, but first, his grandson needs to learn about “real” music. Mark hopes when Eva is older, she’ll want to go for car rides with grandpa, too. He wants his granddaughter to know how to change the oil, as well.Driving
Mark typically listens to Christian music, based on not being saved until his son, Kip was a bit older. He felt he needed the constant reminder of God’s grace and love. His only exception is the driving music in the Aston Martin which reminds him of simpler times, happy times.

Mark’s Driving Music

Book Four in the Grace Series

Renewed by Grace will be available on April 30, 2019. The story of Andrea Cabot and Mark Lawson Hastings has become one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy. You can read more about the novel here.
Want to read the first three novels in the series? Check out links here for Restoring Grace, Accepting Grace, and Trusting Grace available now. To read more about the Grace Series, check out the link here.

Until next time, may God’s grace surround you,



Be Happy vs. Be Holy


“My girls, volunteering at Harvest House, freshly brewed coffee brought to me by Erin, sitting with the puppy in the morning cuddling, church, and singing in the choir…” Anne Boulier

“Tea, fuzzy socks, candles, and getting silly & laughing with friends.” Jess May

“Petting the dogs, being with family, my regular customers at work, embroidery – because it’s a little taste of how God must have felt creating the world out of nothing, church…” Erin Boulier

“Singing/performing, the first sip of latte with the foam, and my dog – Gabby.” Jay Sticka

“Kongs, my people, napping, Kongs… Kongs…” Bandit, Daschund

“When Erin comes home from work & cuddles with me, and oh & carrots, lots of carrots.” Peppermint, Maltese

“Flowers – gardening, animals, cappuccino and baked goods.” Katie Spangler

Hap·py (adjective) feeling or showing pleasure or contentment

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the phrase “Do what makes you happy!” on notebooks, art décor, pens, and I could go on and on…

As someone who has struggled with depression, PTSD, and panic attacks – happiness can be hard to hold onto. It’s fleeting, temperamental, and seems most often an elusive feeling I can’t hold onto for long.

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