West Tennessee Autumn

Fall color has been brilliant here in west Tennessee this year. I am told it is due to our hot dry summer, warm days and cool nights for most of the fall, and a very late frost. Whatever the reason, the leaves have been more beautiful than I can ever remember. I thought I’d share a few of my photos with you. All of the photos were taken in fields that surround my home. I wish there had been opportunity to venture further for more photos but that wasn’t possible this year.

The last 2 photos are ones I had fun playing with in my favorite graphics software. I like the watercolor effect I was able to achieve.

Tennessee Autumn #1

Tennessee Autumn #2

Tennessee Autumn #3



Autumn Leaves Watercolor

Autumn Watercolor

Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet – CFBA Blog Tour

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

(WaterBrook Press September 4, 2007)


Jeffrey Overstreet
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Jeffrey Overstreet lives in two worlds. By day, he writes about movies at LookingCloser.org and in notable publications like Christianity Today, Paste, and Image.
His adventures in cinema are chronicled in his book Through a Screen Darkly. By night, he composes new stories found in fictional worlds of his own. Living in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne, a poet, he is a senior staff writer for Response Magazine at Seattle Pacific University.Auralia’s Colors is his first novel. He is now hard at work on many new stories, including three more strands of The Auralia Thread.


As a baby, she was found in a footprint.

As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk.

As a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.

When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.

Auralia’s Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations.

Visit the Website especially created for the book, Auralia’s Colors. On the site, you can read the first chapter and listen to Jeffrey’s introduction of the book, plus a lot more!


“Film critic and author Overstreet (Through a Screen Darkly) offers a powerful myth for his first foray into fiction. Overstreet’s writing is precise and beautiful, and the story is masterfully told. Readers will be hungry for the next installment.”
Publishers Weekly

“Through word, image, and color Jeffrey Overstreet has crafted a work of art. From first to final page this original fantasy is sure to draw readers in. Auralia’s Colors sparkles.”
-–Janet Lee Carey, award-winning author of The Beast of
and Dragon’s Keep

“Jeffrey Overstreet’s first fantasy, Auralia’s Colors, and its heroine’s cloak of wonders take their power from a vision of art that is auroral, looking to the return of beauty, and that intends to restore spirit and and mystery to the world. The book achieves its ends by the creation of a rich, complex universe and a series of dramatic, explosive events.”
-–Marly Youmans, author of Ingledove and The Curse of the Raven Mocker

My Review
I highly recommend Auralia’s Colors. I was drawn in by the lyrical writing style and transfixed by Jeffrey Overstreet’s truly artistic imagery. The characters and creatures of the expanse came alive through the words on the pages of this book. This novel is woven throughout with wonder, mystery and color. I find it hard to accurately describe the impressions left after reading Auralia’s Colors. I do believe that because of this book I felt a renewed appreciation for the riot of light and color that has been so abundant in our area this autumn season. I look forward to the next volume of the series.


Get your copy of Auralia’s Colors by clicking here.

Book Review and Giveaway: For Parents Only by Shaunti Feldhahn & Lisa A. Rice

About the book:
fpo-l1.jpgFor every bewildered parent, there’s a kid longing to be understood. What parent hasn’t occasionally looked at their beloved but bewildering offspring and wondered, What in the world is he thinking? or Why is my sweet little girl acting like that?

In this remarkable book, Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa Rice take you inside the mind of teens and preteens through the same innovative approach that seized national attention in the best-selling books For Women Only, For Men Only, and For Young Women Only. They explore the results of a nationwide survey and personal interviews with more than 1,000 real-life teens and tweens to tackle those things parents often don’t “get” about their kids. You’ll hear first-hand about the longings that drive your kids’ seemingly illogical decisions, the truth behind those exasperating “attitude problems,” and what your children would tell you if they could trust you to truly listen.

About the Authors:
Shaunti Feldhahn & Lisa RiceShaunti Feldhahn is the author of For Women Only and numerous other books, with sales totaling nearly one million copies. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and public speaker, Feldhahn earned her master’s degree at Harvard University. She and her husband, Jeff, have two young children. Lisa A. Rice is the associate editor of Christian Living magazine, the mother of two teenage girls, and a screenwriter and producer.

My Review:
I will be totally honest and admit that I have not finished reading the book yet. I have read enough to wish that it had been available over a decade ago when I was raising teens. Everything I have read so far has resonated with me as truth and gave me a few “ahah” moments as I recognized my children and even myself as a teen.

For Parents Only has a fresh, easily read approach that helps the reader to see inside teens’ minds to understand why they are behaving the way they are and the correct parental response. I will be passing my copy on to a friend who has a teen and preteen.

To get a copy of For Parents Only for yourself click here


I have two copies to give away courtesy of the publisher. For a chance to win leave a comment no later than December 1.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson – CFBA Blog Tour

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing


Thomas Nelson (October 2, 2007)
Neta Jackson Neta Jackson’s award-winning Yada books have sold more than 350,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning husband/wife writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books–a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.8 million in sales–and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4).Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of the Chicago Tabernacle, a multi-racial congregation that is a daughter church of the well-known Brooklyn Tabernacle.ABOUT THE BOOK:
Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls–it’s that time of year again! And I Jodi Baxter, can’t wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year’s party.But God’s idea of “decked out” might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our family…it’s times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out celebrate God. So let’s get this party started!

THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DECKED OUT is a festive novella featuring America’s favorite prayer group, the Yada Yadas!

Sometimes dubbed “chick-lit” for their bright covers and catchy titles, this series provides far more depth than witty banter and wacky situations. Inspired by a prayer group of real women, each book will have you laughing, crying, and perhaps praying anew.

In this highly anticipated installment, the Yada Yada sisters-a group of multi-cultural friends-and their families prepare for the event of the season.

But yes, eager readers, this novella—which picks up a year and a half after the end of book #6 The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling concludes the series with some twists and turns that will amaze and encourage you. Plus, it sets the stage for Neta’s new series with new characters and new situations but also occasional roles for the beloved Yada Yada sisters in familiar Chicago neighborhoods with all their cultural richness.

To purchase your own copy of The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out”
click here.

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