Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday and Easter - explained by a 4 year old

I once listened to a four-year-old tell the entire Easter story in about five minutes. She had been given an egg carton at Sunday School filled with 12 plastic eggs. Each egg popped apart and held small things that the teacher had inserted. This precious little girl opened them one by one for me and explained the objects inside such as a blade of grass that signified the palm branches and a tiny felt cut-out of a coat, both objects thrown down as Jesus entered Jerusalem. There was a plastic donkey like the one he rode in on, a piece of bread from the last supper, a thorn from his crown, a nail that they used to "pin" him to the cross. She continued on explaining in simple pre-school English ten of the eggs. I listened to the perfect story from a child who doesn’t even read and write yet. 

When she got to the eleventh egg she showed me a stone and told me of the rock that was rolled away from the tomb. I had already guessed that the last egg would be empty, as the tomb was. She opened it slowly and with great expectation. The animation on her face showed hope and mystery and awe as she revealed the empty egg. She whispered the grand finale with more skill than a practiced actor: "Jesus died for US, so we can go to Heaven, too."

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sneak Peak at THE GIRL IN THE TIME MACHINE (1st page)

Available on Amazon right now in paperback and Kindle
 and in all digital formats through Smashwords .

Here's the first page:

Chapter 1

What did we (two nervous, frantic girls) do with a dead body while a storm brewed outside, the lights actually flickered, and the minutes ticked closer to the moment when my car would drive up—with me driving? You would have thought we’d discussed the subject before. Because in less than five minutes of rational, scientific debate we settled on burying Megan, time machine style, in the hill out back. It sounded cold and callous, but really it was the best thing for everyone.
Mack made agitated chimpanzee howls when we dragged Megan down the hall, past his cell. The steps were the worst. Her toes smacked every stair tread with a dull thump. It was heart-breaking.

I hope you’re reading this, Skylar. Or Emily. Or whatever you’re calling yourself in your new reality. (I’m still going by Laken Mitchell, by the way.)
Sorry about leaving you in the past. I’m writing this down—a totally complete explanation and apology—so you’ll understand. And so when, and if, we meet up again in some future or past you’ll have already forgiven me.
Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure we’ll never be best friends again where I am now. Never finish high school together. Never have another sleep over where we dye my hair black and bleach yours blond. Never giggle over you-know-who’s cute butt.
Anybody who did what I did—what we did—would eventually lose someone. Kill someone. Accidentally … or not so accidentally. And sometimes you can see death on someone’s face. There’s nothing you can do then except move on. Right? Right?
I’m going to leave this diary at the pump house in hopes you’ll find it. That seems to be the only place that didn’t change. I can only hope that maybe an earlier version of you or me will find it, read it, and figure out a way to restore things. After all, I seem to be getting smarter with every time jump. It’s the hibernation that’s the killer.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Cool Stuff in 2nd Kings, the 12th book of the Old Testament

In 2nd Kings we find the prophet Elijah at the end of his life. We’ll take a close look at chapter 2. Here is 2nd Kings 2: 1-18:
1 When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel."  But Elisha said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.
 3 The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?"
 4 Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, Elisha; the LORD has sent me to Jericho."

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

THE GIRL IN THE TIME MACHINE - Kindle Releases Today

Also available in paperback.
I'm so excited for this release!

A desperate teen. A faulty time machine. A rising body count.

Laken Mitchell has been bullied one time too many, but using a time machine to make her tormenters disappear means putting her own future—and her past—at perilous risk. THE GIRL IN THE TIME MACHINE is science fiction at its complex best. If you’re looking for a new twist to time travel, a heroine who dodges parallel universes, and a story that makes you think, then you’ll love this dark and mysterious tale.

Click the link to get THE GIRL IN THE TIME MACHINE now and enter a world that will challenge your concept of time.

Here are a few snippets from book reviewers who received advance review copies:

  "The Girl in the Time Machine will take you for a ride through time and then spit you back out in places and situations you'll never see coming. Hang on to your seats for this one!" —Tifani Clark, author

“This book has such an original story in the time travel genre, I was riveted from the opening line and spellbound all the way through to the incredible conclusion.”—Sue at Bedazzled by Books

Stormi at Boundless Book Reviews: “The Girl in the Time Machine was a unique, captivating, edge of your seat read from the very first page. I was impressed! The story was phenomenal! It wasn't anything like I've ever read before involving time travel. It kept me deeply enthralled from the beginning. It was one big thrill ride with action, humor, and mystery. I absolutely loved this story!”

"The Girl in the Time Machine is a dark, creepy, sleep-with-the-light-on kind of fun. I loved it." - Melissa at EveryFreeChanceBooks

Friday, March 4, 2016


Coming soon - real soon.
Pre-order for Kindle now.
A desperate girl
A faulty time machine
A paradox waiting to happen ...

Seventeen year old Laken may want to get revenge on the girls who have bullied her, but she also wants to help them. Honest. Secretly using the time machine in her father’s science lab, she sends them one by one into the last century. Poof, problems solved.

Except they’re not.

Now the disappearances are being linked to unmarked graves. Parents are lying about their missing kids’ whereabouts. The police want to search the lab. And Laken is running out of time to retrieve the last girl she sent to 1994.
Available March 8, 2016
on Kindle