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9 Must-See Sites of Gettysburg (Plus 7 Spots for R&R!)

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 08, 2015 in Travel Guides | 4 Comments

This year Gettysburg was named the #1 Family Historic Vacation Site! Congratulations, Gettysburg, and I couldn't agree more! This town is one of my favorite spots on earth. I've visited to research for my novel Widow of Gettysburg, and then my husband and I went in 2013 for the 150th anniversary of the battle (and to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary!).

Grill Your Characters: 7 Questions to Make Your Plot Sizzle

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 05, 2015 in Writing | 4 Comments

I love summer! For three or four months out of the year, our family grills and eats outside whenever possible, until cold weather puts an end to it all.

But when it comes to writing fiction, grilling is always in season, and it’s guaranteed to add a depth of flavor to your characters and a sizzle to your plot. Let me explain. You may have heard it’s a good idea to interview your characters before you write your story. I say grill ‘em. Turn up the heat and make them sweat. In addition to getting their basic bio information and physical description down, you’ll want to dig...

We All Need Backup Singers

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 03, 2015 in Journal | 12 Comments

This is a picture I didn't know was being taken. What do you mean, you can tell? ;) My dad had asked my daughter what "that famous Frozen song that everyone is groaning about" is. So we popped in the Frozen soundtrack and my daughter began singing along to "Let It Go." I thought Dad was taking a picture just of her, but clearly, he captured me, her dish-wiping-but-ever-so-sincere backup singer, as well. I'm actually OK with this. In the future, when we look back together on my kids' growing up years, and notice that Mom isn't in all that many pictures (because normally I'...

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...

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