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First and foremost, I want to express my deepest condolences and prayers to the brave policemen in Westerville who were murdered in the line of duty February 10th-our hearts go out to their families and communities.  And then we add to all the families who lost children in the latest shooting in Florida, God be with you all.  Words are never adequate at times like this, and if I was there I would give you all a grandma hug and remind you that this was not God’s fault, it was not your fault, it was the fault of the sick person who did it, and theirs alone.  God grieves whenever one of His children are hurt.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  It isn’t right, it seems so unfair. In my heart, as a mom and a grandma, I hurt.  Yet I know, God gave us free choice so we could learn and grow, and some people, mostly sick or just plain evil, decide to do terrible things for no good reasons at all; and their choicer to harm others results in good people getting hurt.  I also know as a Christian than death is not the final action for us; we, if we love god, will see our loved ones again.  Pauls says, in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”  We will see our loved ones again, this is not the final act of their life’s play; and the evil ones who did this to all of you will get their justice someday.  So for now, just accept this heartfelt hug from us here at Springhaven Croft and Potpourri Publishing; you are in our prayers and our thoughts.

Now deep breath, let’s move on to some thanks and appreciation:

To all who got a free download from me of the new devotional, I hope you will use it in your Lenten worship time, and that at the end you will post for me what you thought of it. It will be up for sale on Amazon soon, as are all my other books.

Now, if you don’t mind, and you have the time, and you read it, if any of you go to Amazon, and would not mind writing a review for the Lenten book when it comes out in two weeks, I would greatly appreciate it.  I think the best folks to write reviews are those who have actually read the book-I’ve seen a couple reviews for books I was considering getting to add to my library, and realized the folks who had put the review on hadn’t read the book-and in one case, it appeared they were reviewing some other book, which always struck me as kind of strange.  I prefer having you, my readers, who have actually read the book, write a review.  The book itself will comer out in two weeks, so I won’t expect reviews until much closer to Easter.  And thank you in advance.

And speaking of Easter, how many of you remember as kids getting a new outfit and going to church Easter morning?  I have some pictures of us as kids, with the cutest fluffy outfits, none of us smiling because back then you were supposed to be solemn for the camera…and my mom always looked so pretty all dolled up for church.  She’s gone now, and i definitely smile a lot more now, but this time of year always gets me to thinking about back then.  I don’t see kids dressed up fancy much anymore. I miss that.

And Easter/passover season marks spring around her, and I love the time of new chicks, and new cria-which are baby alpaca (did you know the act of birth for a baby alpaca is called criation(creation)?  It seems fitting for a wonderful little miracle.)  I set some pictures up of them when they come.

And finally, as a writer and a Shepherd, a mom and a grandma, this  time of year always seems to bring with it a feeling of hope, of rebirth and energy.  I want to get out and plant flowers-of course, as I look out the window it’s snowing, but I started my plants in little pots today.

So God bless, enjoy your book, and don’t forget we all love to hear from you!


PS, Ia dded some more humor on the humor page….can’t help to smile a little.


FREE download!

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Traveler has just completed her latest book, a devotional for lent.  If you want your free copy, then post a comment here and I shall send it out to you forthwith(I just love old English.)  At any rate, the book is for all those who want something to help them understand the difference in trying to be good and being good; to actually understand what it is that God expects of them, and how to make your spiritual life more exciting.  And it’s free for the next 48 hours: it will be posted as a regular book on Amazon tomorrow for $8.99; but you can have a free download of the book right now by posting.  God bless and happy Spring!

How can we not like a month with Valentine’s Day in it?

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And come to think of it, also happens to be:

  • American Heart Month
  • An Affair to Remember Month
  • Black History Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Creative Romance Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Weddings Month

So, chocolates and grapefruit in the same month-what’s not to like?

Except that it’s snowing again, and cold and my library isn’t quite finished.  Yes, library; we are moving from our house large enough to have six kids in to a smaller home we are rehabbing and I am making one room over there my designated office and library.  We have the shelves built, the furniture almost done and I am doing all the cataloging of all the books-and it appears that’s a lot of books.  I always wanted my books in one place, all neatly in order and databased so I know what I have-and you know, when there may be several thousand of them, that’s a job!  But we shoulder on and take a few minutes break from the spread sheet to update everyone on what’s happening around here…

I’ve added a new interview with my good friend Glen T Horne, I am 3/4 the way through my next book, we’ve started a local writer’s group and we are in general having a good time here at Springhaven Croft.  I am still deciding how best to get my webpage out to everyone-and if you want to forward it to your friends, that’s fine with me.  Or tell them where it is and they can go sign up to catch it themselves.  I am beginning a devotional for lent.  The next book in the series of Oberllyn’s is almost done, and I am deciding what book to offer as a free download…any suggestions, let me know.

And in the meantime, keep our little writer’s group in your thoughts and prayer’s-all of us are working books on one kind or another, and we all need encouragement!  It’s lots of fun to get together and work and share…

And a hint, if using Dragon, make sure the canaries are quiet…seems it makes the program think you want to change fonts and it stalls out…sigh..but I got the paragraph done anyway. Happy Valentine’s day!

And I hope where you live, your day is warm, sunny and you are feeling good.  God bless!Puppy love has to do for now…

What Ohio In Winter Does to This Writer January 2018

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Let’s see, rain, thunderstorm, lightning, snow, sleet, weather warm enough the crocuses popped up their heads and the pussy willows cracked open, the sap started to run and then it snowed again-all in the space of three weeks!  So what’s a writer to do?  Write, of course, and start a writer’s group at the public library, where folks of like mind can go on nasty days, plug in their laptops or tablet and write, send ideas past each other and in general get comforted.  Winter is the time when I normally have tons of time to write, hence finishing the latest book, The Oberllyn’s Overland, but also, starting with T-bear a new book for his series, Rise of the Rebellion, and a new one for my series called It Only Takes a Spark, for the back end of the trilogy, and one at the other end that is tentatively called the Obfuscation of the Oberllyn’s-I think I may have to change that one’s title..  It’s hard to say.  However, we have been busy and we are also putting together a newsletter for folks that will go out shortly and have some really grand things in it-articles about writing, prizes to send for, free downloads…all sorts of lovely stuff.  In the works for this winter is the beginning of a line of children’s books for you to enjoy reading to your kids and maybe grandkids, depending if you are grey enough to have them yet.  Two more books in the Oberllyn family Saga series; a set of religious devotionals for thinking folks and their families, , and possibly, just possibly, a few surprises in the fantasy realm.

Are you interested in being one of our beta readers?  A beta reader is someone who reads all our books first, then writes us a comment about what they liked/disliked or if they found something the editors missed-but in the meantime-you get it first and at no cost to you.  We also include some other freebies for you along the way, so if you are willing to become one of our beta’s, let us know.  We only need 5 more, so best hurry if interested.  

And if you have ten people who would like to get my newsletter or view my website, and you send me their emails, I will send you a choice of a) a gorgeous hand made fingerwoven bracelet or b) a free copy of my book God Wanted to Write a Bestseller-in actual paper, not an e-book or c)a free download of The Infant Conspiracy.  Just comment to me with the emails, all comments are screened: I will remove the emails and then post your comment.  Thanks for your help gettingout the word about our books!

All handmade by Dreamweaver…

And finally, thank you all for being interested in our books and farm.  I have started a new page with a small biography so you can get to know us better, and adding a page of humor because, well, you simply can’t laugh enough…and it’s better than giving into despair and crying..So smile, enjoy and see you next time-and maybe before if you sign up for our newsletter.  If you want it, please send us your email, and anyone else’s who give you permission and want to read it as well.  You will enjoy it greatly, I think.  Just send us a message/comment- I will take your email out of it before I post it.

A New Year, A New Life

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I began trying to set up this website two weeks ago; after much research, I think I am getting it done.  I had no idea it would be this complicated, I mean my kids, my grandkids, the kids I work with as a Social worker and private therapist, the kids I teach at University speak airily of their blogs and their websites and it all seemed like a great idea.  Then I started to do it myself.  Whoa, Nelly!  I see why they offer college degrees in this stuff now.

And just why do I need a website, just when all this talk of controlling the web and such is going on?  That is a sort of three part answer, but to put it shortly, I’m an author.  I have always been a storyteller and I love reading, and I write all the time.  I worked for 17 years in a government agency and in the entire time I took note on all going around me, and I bottled up all the stories and ideas and concepts and told myself someday, I was going to organize it all and write some wonderful stories.  I was constantly fascinated by the twisted ways people within and without the government thought, and as a mom, and a homeschooler, as a Christian and a Native American, I have my own ideas on where this world is going-and I ended up writing three dystopian novels about where we might be headed within a short time.  I followed that with a prequel and am following that with yet two more books.  Along the way, I met other authors, at book signings and elsewhere and started up a writer’s group.

Now lest you think I’ve diverged from the topic of why I needed a website, all my author buddies have websites-all very imaginative and gorgeous.  So combined with my students, my clients, my kids and my friends, I feel impelled to put together this website.

And just so they don’t get away with causing me all this grief, I am going to include one of them each month with what they are writing, have written and are going to write, so you can get to know some of the best writers I know…and a long the way, let’s make friends ourselves.  The world needs more friends…