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My Two Secrets

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 01, 2015 in Journal | 6 Comments

*Pssst...if this looks familiar to you, don't worry. I'm not a chronic secret-keeper. This post originally appeared on author Susie Finkbeiner's blog on April 29, but I figured I should also share it with my own peeps. So here you go:

When I began writing Spy of Richmond, I had no idea I’d learn for myself what it meant to keep a...

Home Is Not Where We Think It Is

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 29, 2015 in | 0 Comments

Today I'm so pleased to have with us Kimberly Drew, my co-author on the recently-contracted devotional book for children with special needs. Whether or not you find yourself in this category, I pray her words will bless you just as much as they blessed me. Take it away, Kimberly!

#DEAL: $3.99 Military Wives New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 27, 2015 in Books | 0 Comments

Military wives, if you own an ereader, I've got great news for you! From now until May 31, the Military Wives' New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs is only $3.99 as an ebook! This special NIV volume includes 90 devotions and stories written by close to 30 military wives. Features: * 60 devotions written by military wives, for military wives that provide hope, encouragement, and spiritual growth *30 Home Front Heroes stories of inspiring military wives from all generations *Basic Training Bible study guides *Favorite hymns for military wives *Foreword from...

Civil War Births Memorial Day

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 25, 2015 in Civil War History | 0 Comments

 

Memorial Day, as we know it, began as Decoration Day shortly after the end of the Civil War. May 30, 1868, marked the first official national observance, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan.

But the South refused to acknowledge the observance, and it's little wonder. If you read the text of General Logan's proclamation, you'll see that the day was really meant to honor...

Carrying On: The Sullivan Brothers' Survivors

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 21, 2015 in Books | 4 Comments

 

In honor of Memorial Day, I'd like to share the following excerpt from Stories of Faith and Courage from Home Front. 

A knock at the door early one January morning in 1943, brought Thomas Sullivan face-to-face with three men in naval dress uniforms. “Which one?” Thomas asked. “I’m sorry,” replied one of them. “All five.” George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan had enlisted in the...

Winners of the Military Spouse Book Give-away!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 19, 2015 in | 0 Comments

Congratulations to the following ladies, winners of the book give-away I hosted for Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Winners, please check your email inboxes. I've emailed you with a request for your mailing  address--check your spam folder if you don't see it! Thank you! Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front

  1. Anna Dowell
  2. Lucinda Denton
  3. Jessica Whitcomb
  4. Brianna Radloff
  5. Alison Ramsey

Military Wives New Testament with  Psalms & Proverbs

  1. Susan Higbe
  2. Chelsey...

Why I Say No to Good Things

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 19, 2015 in | 13 Comments

Recently, I read something in my gardening book which you natural green thumbs have probably known for eons. I read that in the spring, one of my gardening chores should be to strip off the smallest peony buds, leaving only the largest one to grow on each stalk of the plant. That way, the plant will put all of its energy into one bloom per stalk. So, rather than having several small-yet-somehow-still-droopy flowers, I can look forward to "show-stopping blooms" instead.

This made so much sense to me, on a life lessons level, that I immediately marched outside and set to work pinching...

Seven Courageous Years of MPS "Awareness"

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 15, 2015 in | 0 Comments

Today, for International MPS Awareness Day, I'm handing the blog over to a mother whose daughter Waverly was diagnosed with the disease seven years ago. Shannon McNeil and her husband Matt learned, not much later, that their son Oliver, also, has the same form of MPS.

Waverly and Oliver have MPS IIIA, or Sanfilippo Syndrome, a recessive autosomal genetic disease. Children with Sanfilippo Syndrome are missing an essential enzyme needed to breakdown and dispose of long sugar chains in the body called mucopolysaccharides. also known as GAGs. Because these sugar chains cannot be broken...

5 Tips for Writing a Series

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 14, 2015 in Writing | 2 Comments

Many stories work best as stand-alone novels, but if you think a series is for you, there are different ways to do it. Here are just a few:

Sequential timeline, same characters. Take the same main characters in different episodes (novels) of a chronological story.

Sequential or overlapping timeline, different characters with some unifying theme. That theme could be occupation, such as The Midwives series by Laurie Alice Eakes, or the stories of siblings, or of close friends. In Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series, the heroines are all...

Military Marriage: Mission Possible–Staying Together Apart

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 12, 2015 in Military | 0 Comments

In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, today we have with us guest blogger Marshele Carter Waddell. She is an author, speaker, and veteran wife of a Navy SEAL. Her book Hope for the Home Front encouraged me so much as a military bride, and I have been so blessed that she also contributed to several of my own books for milwives! We hope this post blesses you!

I browsed the “marriage and relationship” section of my local Christian bookstore.  My heart was heavy, missing my husband…again.  I tilted my head to read the colorful spines of the latest releases...

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