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Looking Out the Window: One Weird Bug

In the winter in Georgia someone always says, “Our weather isn’t cold enough to kill the insect eggs and larva.”

I recall this now because we had an unusually frigid winter here, and I’ve seen more bugs this summer than I’ve seen in years. One particularly fascinating insect appeared on our deck while we had a house guest. I first heard it fling itself into the sliding glass door in our living room. It sounded as though a baseball struck the glass. Our guest sat in front of it. I jumped and looked at her. She shrugged her shoulders, but said nothing.
A few nights later we turned out the lights to get ready for bed, and I heard a loud, staccato clicking outside. Our guest said, “It’s that bug.”
“What bug?” I asked.
“The same one that banged into the door the other night. When you go to bed, and I'm here on the sofa I hear it. It makes that sound. Pull back the curtain and look. It spins around.
I peered outside. A lime green insect about the size of a butterfly spun around in circl…

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award was given to me by Connie Almony
Thank you, Connie!

I'm passing it on to:
Danielle Thorne 
Anne Patrick
Miss Mae
Laurean Brooks
Regina Andrews

Looing Out the Window: Staci Stallings, English Teacher Turned Writer

In Staci's interview she tells about a dangerous school situation. As for writing, she prefers characters who've decided life stinks. She offers them hope. She advises other writers to write their hearts.

Welcome, Staci. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids a husband and a writing addiction! I've written 30 full-length novels, hundreds of articles, six Bible Studies, and two God Help books (for when self-help just isn't working anymore!) I blog. I volunteer at two schools and my church. I teach Sunday school and substitute. And the only reason I'm still sane is because God loves me and does an awesome job scheduling my days.
Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
Yes. Words were one of my first loves. I told my grandpa when I was four that I was "anticipating" getting a ring when we went back to town. However, when I hit junior high and found romance novels (anyone remember Sweet Dreams?), my lo…

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Regina Andrews

REGINA TALKS ABOUT ANGELS OF THE HEART, BOOK TWO IN HER STERLING LAKES SERIES
Hi Regina, welcome. First, tell us a little about yourself.

Gail, thank you so much for having me here today! I’m a New England girl through and through who loves to travel the world and loves getting home. I love in Providence, RI, and love being near the ocean. I met my husband because my sister moved in next door to him and I visit her all the time. She had a Christmas party, and well…that was that! Now I love there, too. We have a cat rather feral we rescued from a shelter named. Her name is Tiana.
I love getting to know more about you. Tell us about your latest book.
My newest book is called “Angels of the Heart”. It is book two in the Sterling Lakes Series, a 9-book series from Desert Breeze Publishing. The series looks at the town of Sterling Lakes as they undergo a rebirth while they are renovating their church.

In three words describe your style of writing. That’s a great question, Gail! I’d say: Uplift…

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Mildred Colvin, Award Winning Author of Sweet Inspirational Romance

Mildred talks about three new E-Books.
She's giving away one. Winner picks!
To enter to win leave a comment with an email address.

Hi Mildred, First, tell us a little about yourself.
Gail, thank you for inviting me here today. I’ve been writing for about ten years for Heartsong Presents, which is the romance line at Barbour Publishing. I have eleven novels published with them as well as two collections and one audio book. Learning to Lean is a new venture for me as I launch into ebook publishing and promotion. It’s exciting to reach into a new area of readers with my work. While I fully intend to continue writing for my Heartsong readers, I hope to reach many ebook readers with the stories I am now working on for Amazon. In fact, as my backlist becomes available, my goal is to rewrite some of those and publish them as ebooks as well as new, unpublished stories.
It sounds as though we readers have lots to look forward to. Were you an avid reader as a child?
One of my earliest memori…

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Anita Mellott

Anita Mellott shares a devotional about trust from her new book, School Is Where the Home Is, 180 Devotions for Parents

She'll give away an e-book.
To enter to win leave a comment and an email address.
He’ll Catch You

“I will trust and not be afraid.” (Isaiah 12:2)

“How do I know you’ll catch me?” Seven-year-old Caleb peered down from a tiny ledge five feet off the ground, a deep gorge behind him.

“Look at us,” yelled a homeschool co-op buddy. A dozen kids and adults faced each other as their intertwined arms formed a safety net.

Caleb had been the first in line for Trust Fall, a team-building exercise for our co-op kids at camp. Now he took a half step backward, bringing his back up against the solid tree trunk.

“Well, I trust you with my secrets,” his voice faltered. “But not to catch me.”

“But we’re your friends,” a chorus of voices replied.

“You can do it, Caleb,” the adults encouraged.

He sighed and turned around to face the tree. He closed his eyes, leaned backward, and with c…