Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Injustice For All by Robin Caroll

Wow!! Where have I been that I have missed Robin Caroll? I must have been under a rock. Unbelievable! I can tell you that I have a new favorite added to my list of unputdownable suspense novels! This woman can pen a story. Seriously, once I began reading I didn't want to put this book down. When you're stirring soup over the stove with a book in your hand you know it's not only good, it's fantastic! 

The plot is continuously building and perfectly timed. Caroll doesn't just pen a story. She allows the reader the privilege of feeling as though you're right there with a 9mm in your hand. The characters are not only believable, but you want them as friends. Well, not the bad guys. Caroll sets the scene and invites us in to join her. The story holds a bit of everything. Faith, hope, love, friendship and trust. These characters face all of these. Some believing and some angry at God. Some living in hope and others searching. We see that love is lasting and begins with friendship. With these characters trust isn't always easy, but at times needed more than ever. We learn that if we are going to allow love we must allow trust. If we are willing to love we must be willing to be wounded. 

I love the bonds of friendship that we see within these pages. Each character brings something unique and combined they make this a page turner. You are missing out if you haven't read a novel penned by Robin Caroll. This novel is part of A Justice Seekers series. The next book in this series is To Write A Wrong, and concludes with the final book, Strand of Deception. I have these copies and am so excited to continue with these characters and journey with new characters that we have met in this first book of this series. 

This novel was a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you. 

Robin Caroll has authored twelve previous books including the Holt Medallion Award of Merit winner, Deliver Us From Evil. She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. A proud southerner, Robin lives with her husband, three daughters, and two precious grandsons in Arkansas.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas At Rose Hill Farm (An Amish Love Story) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is queen of Amish fiction! You can never go wrong with a novel penned by this gifted writer who shares her heart through each character and brings us to places with such solace and joy. She weaves a story of love with her gift of bringing the reader to Rose Hill. I love visiting Stoney Ridge!  

The cover is so inviting. The story warm and affectionate. I love the characters and the journey they are taking. We can never run too far from God. He's always there to turn us around so we can have a clear vision of where home is. And yes, He always has a the perfect plan to bring us to exactly where we are to be. 

Who doesn't want to read about Christmas miracles? This is heartwarming and such a story of beauty and letting go of fears and what we think others expect of us. The main characters have a bit of regret. They can't exactly go backward, and moving forward carries a fear of it's own. Moving quickly and making decisions that we are not quite sure of can alter life in ways that cannot be changed. It's always best to wait upon the Lord and hear His wisdom and direction. But as we see, we get in hurry and we tire of waiting on others to change. So we jump in head first and then we are left wishing we would have waited. 

Something I love is that the main characters are brought together by something they both love. A rose. Unique in every way. As they are trying to figure it out, God is giving them time to figure themselves out and we witness a blossom that will stir your heart. 

This is a short novel. A wonderful afternoon read. An easy read that will remind you that miracles do happen and embracing a  Christmas spirit is just what the heart needs. 

This novel is a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you. 

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, includingAmish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post andCooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Motherless by Erin Healy

I have read, "Kiss", and "Burn", by Erin Healy and Ted Dekker. Absolutely loved these novels! Took me for an amazing ride. So, after enjoying those copies I thought I would review, "Stranger Things". I must say, that although Erin is a talented writer, her writing style just isn't my cup of tea. I wanted to give her another try. When I seen, "Motherless", for review the cover intrigued me. The description grabbed my attention. 

I understand the premise of this novel. I usually never share any part of the story-line, but in order to share my truthful review I have to reveal just a bit. 

As the story begins my heart was right there on the edge of the cliff with the main character. I thought this was going to be a roller coaster ride, but after those first few pages I was lost. 

We have a mother who is on the edge. As the story begins it sounds like she is committing suicide. The story moves then to her husband who thinks he sees her. Obviously so many years later, with no body found, he is still grieving and still living with hope. But before that hope can even take off he is in a crash and his life has ended. Now the children are alone. And this is where the story picks up and takes off. But in the surrounding scenes there is the mother, with all of her regrets and deep raw pain. 

I love how the author takes  us on a journey of a mother who wishes she could have done things so much differently. A father, living in hope, but never getting the chance to see life unfold. We see the raw pain of the children and how the circumstances that has touched their lives have truly defined them. 

But this novel for me was very sporadic. So much imagery. There was nothing left for the imagination. Erin Healy takes the reader on a journey. That's for sure, but it's the writing style that kept me from truly enjoying this novel. You may pick up this selection and totally love it and embrace it and walk away with great lessons. I could never fully get into the story. The characters didn't grab me. With Erin's writing style the novel flows very fast. She loves descriptive words and takes them and weaves a scene before your eyes, but before I was even comfortable where I was I felt I was being whisked off to yet another place. 

This novel was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She is a member of ACFW and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, Stranger Things, and Motherless. She and her family live in Colorado. Facebook: erinhealybooks Twitter: @erinhealybooks

Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher has been an all time favorite for years. She is one of the first Christian writers that truly spoke to me. She writes easy and smooth. She tugs at the heart and creates a story that takes you on a heart journey. 

Each character brings something unique. They are characters we can relate to and understand. She brings us characters that have pasts and are trying to simply make it day by day. Circumstances out of their control has brought them to a place in time where trust is a huge issue. Neither character is looking for love, but as we see God is always at work in healing hearts and bringing new life. 

This is my first visit Kings Meadow and I hope it isn't my last. What a wonderful setting for a story. This novel is so much more than romance. It's healing, family, and finding solace in a world that doesn't always make sense. We see these characters give forgiveness in those that have wounded them. 

Another aspect that I really enjoyed about this novel was that Robin brought the children to the forefront of the story. Children who are hurting by the choices of others and in other ways just by the trials that life brings. The children have a great voice in this novel and I admire the characters for taking the attitude that there isn't time in giving up. They face their fears and anger. They struggle just as we do, but always knowing their children's well being and healing are of such great importance. 

A character I loved is Nana Anna. Meeting her and having Robin take us back in time to learn of her history and all the beauty she shares and brings to others that cross her path. I wish I walked with her character always. 

This is a sweet and tender novel that once again reminds us there is hope where there is faith and where faith lives there too love will be found. 

This novel is a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Robin Lee Hatcher Bestselling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 60 novels. Website: www.robinleehatcher.com Twitter: @robinleehatcher Facebook: robinleehatcher

The Holy Land Key by Ray Bentley with Genevieve Gillespie

This is one of those extraordinary books that everyone should read. Yes, it's that amazing! Prophesy. Some of us don't know much. We believe, but do we really believe God is unveiling to us things to come? Let's just say, without a doubt, God is forever and always speaking to us, His people, His creation. Ray Bentley brings this book to life with sharing personal stories and allowing us to be welcomed into the times he has shared in the holy land. He shares beauty of friendships that are not just happenstance. There are no coincidences. Everyone who has crossed Ray's path has been ordained by our God to bring us closer to understanding and uncovering His Word. 

Once I began reading there was no way I could put this book down. As I read, each chapter became more and more intriguing. These are not just Ray's thoughts and words. He backs up everything he shares with the Word of God. He inspired me to dig deeper into the Word and uncover new truths for myself. 

Something I found amazing was the meaning of the Sphinx and the Zodiac. I was blown away by all he shared. Astronomy is Biblical. I am in awe of God's creation and all He brings to us through the heavens He has created. There are messages for us to seek and understand for our future. Astrology is evil and takes the Zodiac way off base, but when looking at it Biblically the light bulb went off in my head and I was enlightened to such amazing aspects of God's glory. 

How can we understand what is taking place today unless we travel back? So much , the Arabs, Jews, and Christians, goes back to the beginning with Abraham and his two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Truly, my eyes have been opened in such a new and curious way that I want to study more. I want to uncover more. Ray encourages us just not to study, but to step in and pray and seek God's will in how we participate and make a difference in Israel and the lives of the people. 

I have learned so much about the Arabs and the peoples living in the holy land. I just found this book to be so revealing and encouraging. It's one I highly recommend to all who seek to grow as the people God has created us to be. 

Ray speaks of the patterns and predictions in prophecy. He opens our minds up to going back to Columbus. He shares about 9/11 and the Holocaust. I believe this book is going to fascinate you!! 

This book was a gift from WaterBrook Multnomah for sharing my review with you. 

Ray Bentley's close ties with Israelis and Palestinians have given him a rare insiders perspective on the involvement of Jews, Arabs, and Christians in the events to come. A popular speaker, Bentley's feet-on-the-ground approach brings life and surprising insights to the study of ancient prophecies. The founding pastor of Maranatha Chapel near San Deigo, he also hosts the daily Maranatha Radio program broadcast nationally. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

David (90 Days With A Heart Like His) by Beth Moore

This signature series is simply amazing! I began the series studying, "Paul". (Check out my review). I was blown away by that study and had to see what the others held. There are four in all. Paul, David, John, and Jesus. I received the study of, "David", and was once again in awe of the book I held in my hands. 

Not only are these studies beautiful, they behold a wonderment that takes the reader on a personal journey of deep growth. In this case with the study of David, Beth takes our hand and heart and we travel together to growing a heart more like His. 

This study of David was intimate. We begin the study in 1 Samuel. We move to 2 Samuel and touch on many Psalms that correlate to the lesson and David's words. We take our journey through 1 Chronicles and end with Jeremiah. Beth doesn't take us verse by verse through every book I've mentioned, but she does share a valuable amount of scripture. Each study begins with the scripture for the lesson. Beth shares a few questions to ponder. I can tell you that these are deep questions that if enough time is given by the reader, opens the heart and allows the Spirit to speak. The lessons are one to two pages long and Beth ends each lesson with a beautiful prayer that is brought out with scripture. I love how she takes the scripture and teaches us to make it personal. 

This is a study for 90 days. You could easily begin each morning with study. End your day with study or just simply open it up and travel your way through any way you like. In doing a review it's hard to take 90 days, but I made my entire way through this study and feel that I know David as I've never known him before. 

We simply journey through the life of David. We see his moments of splendor where blessings flowed and those in which he was crying out to God. I loved this study. It brought me closer to truly understanding that Jesus loves me. He just loves me. It's nothing I do. I could never earn His love. I could never be perfect. What I can do is simply give Him my all, my heart, my love and with that blessings will surly flow from a God who is in total control of my life. 

I love how Beth teaches. She just makes everything personal. She brought David to life within these pages and encouraged me to dig deeper and to know him even more. As each lesson begins Beth gives us the scripture for the lesson, but what I really love is that she allows us to go as deep as we want. She meets us right where we are and takes us as far as we want to travel. This is a study I greatly suggest to those who love studying the Word. If you have read, A Heart Like His, this study will be familiar to you. But one that you will enjoy immensely. 

This study was a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you. 

Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker

I'm a fan of Ted Dekker. Love his work, but I can tell you that this novel is his best yet! I didn't want it to end. Once I began reading I couldn't put this masterpiece down. It stuck with me. During the day I imagined the desert. At night in my dreams I followed Mavia and dreamed of Judah, the love of her life. This book is simply riveting! It's engaging and captivated me. You might say it took me hostage. 

I didn't want it to end. I turned each page in the last chapter knowing that it was coming to a close and I just wanted more of this story. Yes, this is the best novel I have this year, maybe in many years! I'm not sure how I'm ever going to wait until A.D 33 comes out. 

This story was beauty in every way. Dekker brought out each character perfectly. He gave us just enough and then gave us room to use our imagination. I love that! 

When I opened this book and read the words of Ted Dekker and how he wanted to experience God in a new way I knew without a doubt this was going to be one of those books that leaves behind a legacy. One that grips the soul and changes lives. The story is far from over. It's just beginning and I cannot wait to see where he takes us next. 

The story flowed, it quickened, my heart skipped a beat many times. I felt the pain the characters. The unknown ahead, the tragedies that changed them forever. This is just a magnificent novel!

This has certainly been a journey back in time to another place, unknown in many ways. Secret and untamed. Dekker brings the desert to life. The characters bleed raw beauty and integrity. I love everything about this novel. 

It's kind of difficult as a reviewer now, after reading this novel, I find myself comparing other books to it. You know, there just isn't any comparison to this unputdownable Dekker masterpiece!! 

This novel was given to me as a gift from Center Street Books for sharing my review with you. 


TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 novels with a total of more than 10 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.



"Surprised by Love" by Julie Lessman

San Francisco here we come! I am loving my visit here with each new gem Julie adds to this series. Once again she delivers a romantic love story that shines faith through and through. 

The Characters are those in which we can relate to. They are not so far out there that they are unreachable for the reader. Julie is gifted in bringing the reader into the story and weaving it so that the reader isn't just upfront with popcorn looking at the big screen, but making us feel like we are a part of the story. 

I have loved this journey with the McClare sisters. With each story Julie allows us to better know each sister, but still interweaving the sisters in the story-line. We not only meet them once again and catch up like old friends, but we too meet new friends. 

What I love about this story is how the characters plan their lives in the way they see it should go, but find out that God has other plans. When we leave God out of the planning things tend to get confusing and we lose track of who we truly are and what is important in life. His plans are perfect and come together in perfect timing. For us to see all He has for us we often have to surrender and go through a bit of a struggle letting go of what we think life should be and embracing the life He has for us. 

I am a huge Julie Lessman fan! This girl can pen a novel that grabs the heart and tugs at every emotion. If you haven't read the first two books in this series I suggest that you begin with them. Follow my links and you can check out the reviews for each in this series. I'm never let down by Julie. She is a gem!! There's a reason she has received seventeen Romance Writers of America Awards!! 

This novel was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you. 

Check out my reviews of the first two books in this series, Love At Any Cost, and Dare To Love Again

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series, the Winds of Change series, and The Heart of San Francisco series. The recipient of seventeen Romance Writers of America and other awards, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family. Learn more at www.julielessman.com.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lord, Please Heal My Friend


What do you say to your friend who was forced to say goodbye to her son much too soon? She didn't know that the morning of September 12, would be the last time he would ready for school. This is forever a morning she replays in  her mind every day. This horror caused by five reckless and irrational people, who chose to act selfishly, changed the life of this mother forever. 

As many of you know, my friend, Bobbie, lost her son, Donnie, to the actions of a drunk driver and his four friends, who were racing after getting off of work.(You can read, My Letter To My Friend, Bobbie.) 

Nothing is the same. Life has changed forever. My friend is broken. Her heart has been ripped from her chest. She feels an emptiness she never knew could exist. She now needs God as never before. But how does she even begin? She wants to move forward, but her heart doesn't want to leave behind yesterday. A mixture of emotions that doesn't add up. This kind of pain cannot be measured. There is no scale of 1-10. This is something off the charts. An injustice that no mother should have to face. She is overtaken by an immensity of affliction. 

She can't breathe. Her mornings have changed. It's as though 7:00am no longer chimes a sweet melody but now a turbulent siren blasts and her heart skips a beat. Everything slows down. Time isn't passing, but standing still. She is motionless. She wants to go back to the normal. She wants to kiss her son again. She wants to hear his laugh. Touch his face. Just one more day. One more moment. But would that be enough? 

Nights are no longer calm, but are now overtaken as nightmares quicken the beat of her heart. She rises as screams can be heard. They aren't coming from someone else. These screams now belong to her. She doesn't want to claim them. She wants them gone and wants her son back. 

These are her shared words today: 
"My heart is crushed...I cant have my baby back...everything hurts...looking at his beautiful face hurts...then I feel I have betrayed him. Hes touched everything in this house, but I cant hold him...I cant see him...why cant heaven be enough...why....I know my baby boy is in the presents of the King of kings....and if I can only keep my mind on heaven for those brief moments....grasping tight before they fade ..then they are replaced with.....'he was such a wonderful young man....he was going to be an excellent dad...his witty humor...his hugs. ..Our long talks...star gazing....its gone....why cant I just let heaven be enough."

My heart aches for my friend. As a mother I can only imagine the burning fire in her chest. How do I bring comfort? Is there anything at all I can do? I find myself praying throughout the day and waking at night to pray. I pray for God to give her strength. To wash her in His sweet comfort. May He just surround her with His presence. Lord, give her breath. 

I know the pain of losing a parent. A childhood friend. But this is something much different. I remember all the well intended words spoken after the death of my dad. Those words seemed to only aggravate me. I wanted to scream at those who said that time healed all wounds, "Are you kidding me? Time? I didn't have enough time. Screw time!" 

I was angry at a God I had yet to know. I didn't want anything to do with God. Bobbie loves the Lord. She is a woman of strong faith, but with this? With losing her son? Can God understand her anger? I think He can. He knows her heart and the wrenching anguish she breathes. This is that shaky ground that our faith becomes our everything. This is the time she needs God more than ever. In a way she never expected. Lost and lonely, grieving and raw, she tries to live. She wishes for the days of normal again. Not this madness that is life for her now. 

What can I say? What can I do? I can love her. I can be there. Most of all I can pray. God knows the deepest parts of her heart. He knows her every need. The Spirit intercedes and calls me to prayer. I can wrap my arms around her by covering her in prayer. 

This is my friend who was so full of life and laughter. An infectious laughter! My pink and purple colored hair girlfriend who could make me laugh until I cried. My friend who would sent me goofy texts that made my day. My friend who would dream with me. Help conjure up plot lines for stories that we could write together that would for sure be number one on the best-selling list. Movies and shopping. Perfume hunting and gathering samples and more samples. We could talk about Jesus for hours. It seems every conversation we had would always lead to our Jesus and our love for Him. 

There have been times in my life where she stood right by my side. Times when I needed a friend the most. She helped me through some tough times. Times that I never thought I would make it through. And look, here I am. I made it through. There have been many times we have prayed together. She was there to encourage me and pray me through. But now it's my turn, God, and I don't know how to help. I'm lost at what I should do. This is something that I myself cannot make right. This is a healing that only You can do. I know You have perfect timing and a purpose and plan for everything. I know we are Your vessels and You can use us in mighty ways to do Your will. Lord, please share with me what I am to do. My heart breaks that I cannot reach her and bring comfort.

She has inspired me to write and share the gifts that God has given me. She inspires me to simply be me. The me God has created me to be. She inspires me through her life and actions. This is what friends do. They are there for each other. I try with all my might to gently guide her to Your promises. May the Psalms be soothing ointment to her broken soul. Lord, You are enough. Reach her. Touch her. Bless her. Please keep the darkness from reaching her. Protect her as only You can. Fill her with Your everything so that one day she can smile again. That hope is not lost by this great despair that has robbed her of her son. 

Our community has come together with benefits to bless this family. With all of this Bobbie is so grateful. Most of all she is proud of the impact her baby boy has made on the community. She has been touched mightily by his school friends. This is a mother's hope. That her son will forever be remembered. 

I text her every morning and every evening. Many times throughout the day. I send words of hope and encouragement. Scripture that reminds her where her strength comes from and who is holding her tight. But is this enough? Even as I type these words tears fall. If only God could catch every tear and turn them all into blessings that unfold before her eyes today and for all the days to come that she must live without her son.

Lord, I want her to enjoy her favorite rainy days once again. I want her to look up in the heavens of night and be in awe of Your glory. I want her to be able to pick up a book and get lost in it again. I just want her to feel again. Feel something besides this anguish that isn't fair. I just want her to breathe You in and be able to breathe out Your peace and bask in Your comforting salve of Your Word. I want her to be whole. 

What is it that I can do, Lord? Please show me how I can reach out. I want to protect her. To cover her in every way. I want to stand with her. Lord, I'll carry her. I'll do whatever You ask of me. I want my friend back. I want my friend whole again. But even as I pen these words I know that isn't happening any time soon. 

I think of something funny and I want to shoot a text her way. But then I remember I can't. Not today. I want to call her and make plans for something fun only for us to cancel at the last minute and then laugh because we never quite it make it out the door and in the same the car. But now life is different. My friend is so broken. All I want to do is help her heal. Lord, I lift her up to You! 

Lord, how can you know a friend so well and not know how to help them? I want to place all five of these senseless people in a room and scream at the top of lungs. I want them to know what their thoughtless actions has created. I know, but only by the grace of God there go I. But right now, I feel anger. I see what they have caused. I write letters to the prosecutors and the judges. I pray for justice. 

Friends, if you live here in Franklin County, regardless if you knew Donnie, you can write a letter to our County Prosecutor Bob Parks. If you knew Donnie, write and share about him and his life. Help the prosecutor know just who Donnie was on this earth and the impact his life has made. If you have never met Donnie and don't know the Tipton/Boyer family, you can still make an impact by writing a letter and taking a stand against drunk driving and racing. You may think that your letter isn't enough, but it is. Your words could change everything. Most of all, it gives this family great hope that no other family would have to face the tragedy they are living with today. 

Prosecuting Attorney Robert E. Parks 
15 S Church St Room 204 
Union, MO 63084. 

I know it would be a blessing to Bobbie and her family if you could send a card of encouragement. I ask that you please pray for this family as they find their way through this new life that was forced upon them. In these coming days as trials begin for those charged in the death of Donnie this family is going to need prayer. Please intercede. Pray for peace and for justice. 

Bethel Baptist Church
c/o Bobbie and Jeremy Boyer
569 Bethel Church Road
Lonedell, Missouri 63060

Bobbie, my beautiful friend, I love you. I simply love you. This is my prayer for you:

You, Lord, are close to the brokenhearted, and You save those who are crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18). You are surely so close to me, Lord. Help me to sense Your presence in my life. I need You more than I need the next breath. I am still confident of this: I will see Your goodness, Lord, in the land of the living. I will wait for You, Lord. I will be strong and take heart and wait for You (Ps. 27:13-14).


The Wonderful Gifts of Winter by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrations by Katherine Blackmore

I LOVE Christmas books! What a wonderful way to snuggle in with our little ones and enjoy some cuddle time together. This book makes for a great start to being grateful during this winter season. Not only is the story precious and fun, but our children are introduced to scripture. 

The illustrations are bright and fun. Even though it may be cold out this book is an invitation to a loving warmth of our God who gives us each and every season to enjoy. 

"God created everything-
Summer, autumn, winter, spring.
See what winter blessings bring...
Thank You, God, for winter."

I'm a winter loving girl, so this is perfect for me to share with my grandchildren. It invites children to experience winter. To see all the wonders of winter as treasures from God. 

This is one for all ages to love. In the back of the book there are a few ideas that you can share with your children. Like making a snow mobile. This is one that is certainly fun!

I encourage you to check out, "The Super Gifts of Spring", and more to come by Dandi Daley Mackall. 

This children's book is a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you.

Dandi Daley Mackall always wanted to be a writer, even before she could hold a pencil.  Her parents were great storytellers, so bringing characters to life seemed as natural as riding horses bareback, which she also grew up doing.  She won her first writing contest as a 10-year-old tomboy.  Today, she has over 400 children’s books published and has won numerous awards for her writing.


Katherine Blackmore was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. With a BFA in Illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Katherine has been a professional artist for 20 years. She moved to Florida in 1995 to learn traditional animation at The Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio. Today, she resides in Edgewood, Florida, with her husband, Eric, and their 3 cats.

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