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I’ve just released by fifth self-published book, The Secrets of the Clock. It’s a contemporary tale of three ordinary sisters with extraordinary families. The concept for the book came from a writing exercise at an ICAN writers conference I went to two years ago.

The Idaho Creative Authors Network (ICAN) is a group of four Christian women who help other new and published writers with all kinds of things. They have two conferences a year. I try to attend both because it’s always a fun time, and I love visiting with other writers.

The writing assignment was for our table to pick a genre and plot a book in 15 minutes. Our table had an advantage since we had two of the speakers of the event who were well practiced in plotting. During those 15 minutes, the four of us came up with the basic concepts of The Secrets of the Clock.

I can’t explain it, but the idea grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. There are lots of books about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Headless Horseman, but nothing about their families. Having main characters who are related to famous fictional characters was very intriguing. The excitement inside made me giddy. I asked the others for permission from the others to write the book. They agreed to let me have the idea.

I was working on another book so the idea stewed inside me for a while. I’m relieved to finally release this book after two years of mulling it over and writing. Now on to Book 2, The Secrets of the Cottage, that covers the sisters second visit to the cottage. I’m almost finished with the first draft, with a tentative release date in 2018. The third and last book is plotted in my head, but nothing is on paper yet.

I hope you’ll read the book and enjoy it. It’s about behind-the-scenes of the characters of some of our favorite holidays. If you do read it, please leave an honest review somewhere like Amazon or Goodreads. Thanks so much for your support.

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