• Giveaways,  Swimming in the Deep End,  writing

    Swimming in the Deep End Releases Today!

    It’s official! Swimming in the Deep End is now available for purchase. I want to celebrate by giving a gift to one of my awesome followers. 

    Check out the line up you could win:

    Swimming in the Deep End by Christina Suzann Nelson

    If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson

    Liar’s Winter by Cindy K. Sproles

    A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

    Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

    Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

    No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

    The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

    Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

    Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

    a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Giveaways

    It’s Giveaway Time!

    It’s time for another giveaway. Sign up for a chance to win Karen Barnett’s new book, The Road to Paradise. Along with this great read you could get a coffee mug that I really want to keep, coffee beans to roast just how you like, huckleberry chocolate, boysenberry jam, and more goodies.


    Click here to view this promotion.

    If you can’t wait for a chance to win Karen’s book, here’s a link:



    And of course, If We Make It Home is available for pre-order. Click the picture below.




    And the winner is…

    Carol Weaver!

  • Giveaways

    Celebrating My Birthday and Election Day!



    I have always loved election day. Those years when the election falls on my birthday have been my favorites. That was, until this year. My voting excitement dimmed as the country tore it’s citizens apart and fights broke out where free speech should have been embraced. In fact, I’ve been dreading my election birthday this year. But today I took my ballot to the drop box in front of the courthouse. I was one of many, a constant flow of Americans with ballots in hand, and a bit of my faith was restored.

    I didn’t care who they voted for, only that they had the freedom to cast their ballots.

    Who wins the presidential election is less important than how we treat each other.

    It matters that we love without that being dependent on our agreement. We can choose if we will allow the election to separate us from others, or if we’ll learn to serve our communities with our neighbors no matter what their political affiliations.

    So, let’s celebrate! I’ll be giving away the mug and chocolates, in the picture above, to one of my subscribers. Check out the link at the right side of this page. The winner will be drawn randomly at noon on November 19th.

    All subscribers who share this blog will be entered twice into the drawing! Leave a comment or send me a message to make sure I catch your share.

    The winner is Heidi G.







  • Giveaways

    Let’s Celebrate the New Look with a Giveaway!

    Welcome to my newly-designed website!

    I’ve been working with a great team for the past weeks. Due to my complete incompetence in the area of technology, I depended on the genius of Mandy Roberson and Carol Poortvliet. Both Mandy and Carol remained patient with my lack of understanding. They took me through the process with simple and clear instructions. I’m pleased to report that not a single tear was shed on my part during this process. That, right there, is a miracle!

    A big thank you also goes to Katey Tryon for providing the new headshots. Katey stepped in at the last minute and did a fabulous job.

    Something this big deserves a celebration! And what’s a party without a prize? I’ll be giving away a $15 Amazon gift card on July 15. Drawing will take place at 5pm, PST.


    How to enter:

    To enter the drawing for the Amazon gift card, you must be a member of my email list and comment on this post. Subscribing to the email list gives me access to your email address, which is how I will be contacting the winner. Joining is easy. The form is located on the top right side of this page. I promise not to inundate your inbox with pointless emails, and I will never share or sell this list.

    That’s it. Just subscribe and comment.

    Please follow me on Twitter or Facebook! I’ll be announcing future contests there as well as on this blog.

    Come back soon to stay up on publishing news, the writing life, and chaos from the Nelson farm.

    Now it’s your turn:

    What do you think of the new design?


    Any plans for that gift card?


    Have you read any great books this summer?


    The winner is Theresa!