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A New Hallmark Movie — It’s Happening!

Hallmark is producing Engaging Father Christmas as one of their 2017 Christmas movies! This is what my desk looks like right now and it feels like a huge God-thing.

The principal actors from Finding Father Christmas all signed on and I’ve been invited to go on set for three days later this month.

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I’ll be posting lots of photos and video while I’m on set. Be sure to join my Instagram account and sign up to receive the Robin’s Nest Newsletter. I want you to share all the fun moments on set with Niall Matter, Erin Krakow and Wendie Malick.

Summer Reading

Some of you have read, How My Book Became a Movie and you know how difficult it was for me to write “Engaging Father Christmas”. You read how I almost gave up and never finished writing this story.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever guess

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would one day become a movie!

Do you need encouragement in the midst of something difficult you’re going through? I hope you’ll read How My Book Became a Movie. You’ll find yourself ready to dare to dream again and you might even #AskForTheMoon. Best of all, you’ll be supporting LittWorld, a wonderful ministry that provides training for writers in difficult places in the world.

Are you curious about how my husband and I ended up moving to Hawai’i almost seven years ago? I shared all the vulnerable details of the painful circumstances that brought us here in my book Victim of Grace. This book is also available at Audible.com. You can listen to me reading about my favorite women in the Bible as well as sharing glimpses of the writing life I’ve experienced over the past thirty years.

Summer Contests

My clever team is putting together some lovely FREE giveaways, downloads and drawings that will be announced over the next few months. Be sure to stay connected on my social media and watch for the next Robin’s Nest Newsletter with all the details.

For those of you who have been so faithful about praying for me, especially in the area of film productions, please pray during the next few weeks while I’m traveling and on set. My prayer is that my life would radiate God’s irresistible love and grace in every situation.

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Spring Babies

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April brought two babies into our lives.

Our son and his wife welcomed this precious bundle of Sweetness – our first granddaughter! Their 3 year-old is enraptured with her and so are we. A 7-hour plane ride separates us so we’re counting the days until we can go visit.

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BABY YEARS - New Release Salty Kisses - Wide BannerThe second baby of April is a book-baby.

Salty Kisses released April 28th and the reader reviews have been terrific for this 2nd book in the Christy & Todd: the Baby Years series.

It’s crazy to think that when I started writing about Christy Miller and her Forever Friends our own two children were babies. Now our children are married and having babies of their own. It seems fitting that these imaginary characters are having babies, too.

I hope you enjoy catching up with Christy in the new Baby Years series!

 

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Salty Kisses Presales

BABY YEARS - Presale Salty Kisses - Wide BannerPresales for Salty Kisses begins March 15th!

As always, I like to bless the first 100 Beautiful Readers who order from Robin’s Nest BookShop by including a signed peel and stick bookplate.

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Salty Kisses, Book #2 in Christy & Todd: The Baby Years kicks off with a spur of the moment visit from Katie who has come all the way from Africa. It’s going to be a great! Just like old times. What could possibly go wrong?

The story scoots along with Christy and Todd jumping into Gussie the Bussie and taking the Surfin’ Safari trek up the California coast Todd has been waiting for. They go all the way to Glenbrooke, Oregon where they reconnect with Sierra, Alissa and Doug and Tracy, as well as Christy’s little brother, David. Wait a minute. Who is this girl that David wants them to meet? And when did he grow up and turn into such a likable guy?

Has life changed much for Christy and Todd now that they have an active toddler who keeps them on their Sandy Toes all the time? You’ll find out when you read Salty Kisses.

You’ll also find out what’s happening with Katie and Sierra, your favorite characters from the Katie Weldon and Sierra Jensen series.

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Best of all, Glenbrooke fans will love revisiting their favorite small town and hearing all the latest news as well as visiting Camp Heather Brook and the Wildflower Cafe.

Preorder your copy of Salty Kisses from Robin’s Nest BookShop now.

Release date is April 28th.

 

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Come to Glenbrooke

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The Glenbrooke series started with an invitation. A phone call from an editor I’d never met. Would I be interested in writing a romance novel for the Christian market?

I remember how the rain was making silver polka dots on the upstairs window of the 100 year old Victorian bungalow we called home. We’d only lived in Portland, Oregon a few weeks and our family of four was still getting used to the single bathroom with its original claw foot tub and the sound of squirrels scampering across the roof.

“Set the story in the Great Northwest,” she said. “Write about what you see out your window.”

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At the time I was finishing the last Christy Miller High School novel and had signed a contract to write the Sierra Jensen series.

“It’s just one book. Pure romance. The market is ready for stories like this.” She was convincing and I’m so glad she was. (Thank you SO much, @LisaBergren !)

I dove in to the new novel as a flurry of autumn leaves released their golden grip and fluttered to the earth. Secrets was the title fixed in my thoughts. Jessica met Kyle. She was shown kindness from strangers in a small, Oregon town with the made up name of Glenbrooke. Friendships formed, romance blossomed and Jessica’s secret came to light. The story grew.

Secrets became Book #1 in the award-winning, bestselling, 8-book Glenbrooke series. Each story welcomes readers with the same invitation  –

Come to Glenbrooke

A quiet place where souls are refreshed.

I’m delighted to let you know that the entire series of gentle love stories is now offered to you for 3 days only for the special price of $88 for all 8 books. That’s only $11 per book! I hope I can be as convincing as my editor was. Just one book, and you’ll want to read the entire series. The offer is available exclusively through Robin’s Nest Online Shop and ends at midnight EST on Sunday, January 29th.

If you’ve already completed your set of Glenbrooke novels, get excited because you’ll be able to visit Glenbrooke once more when you buy Salty Kisses, Book 2 in Christy & Todd: The Baby Years series.  Presale for Salty Kisses starts March 15th in the Robin’s Nest BookShop.

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You’ll remember all the feels when you join Christy and Todd on their summer road trip to Glenbrooke. You’ll read about what happens when they connect with old friends, dine at the Wildflower Café and meet a young woman who just might change their lives forever.

Release date for Salty Kisses is April 28th but we’ll have a special offer for all of you who preorder from Robin’s Nest BookShop on March 15th. Watch for the next Robin’s Nest Newsletter for all the details and sign up today if you don’t already receive the Newsletter in your email.

Enjoy your visit to Glenbrooke, Beautiful Readers!

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2016 Ponderings

2016 Ponderings

Aloha, Beautiful Readers
Earlier this week I posted these words on Facebook:
Selah week begins for my ruffled spirit. Time to pause, ponder and quietly praise God as the year wanes. My journal is full. Much to share.
A Beautiful Reader asked:  What is Selah week?
I replied: Selah week is what I call the week between Christmas and New Years. You won’t find it on any calendar. Just mine. The word Selah is included in some of the Psalms. It means “pause”. Take a moment to consider. Absorb the deeper meaning. For me it means instead of being in such a hurry, stop, look, listen. Don’t rush into the next year without taking wisdom from all that happened this year.

Have you found time to pause and ponder yet this week? I hope you do.
I’d like to share a few dream-come-true moments that happened here at Robin’s Nest during 2016.

JANUARY
Swam in the ocean with our wee grandson, BabyBoyBlue and wrote my little heart out
FEBRUARY
Spoke at Point Loma University Writer’s Symposium by the Sea
MARCH
Spoke at the HIM Conference, Oahu, with my husband
APRIL
Took AmTrack to Colorado to celebrate GrandBabyBoy turning 2
MAY
Re-release of Christy&Todd: The College Years Series with gorgeous new covers
JUNE
Spent 3 delightful days on set in Vancouver BC for the filming of
Finding Father Christmas starring Erin Krakow

July/August
Visits from lots of friends, lots of writing and lots of conversations with publishers and producers
SEPTEMBER
Release of How My Book Became a Movie and
Re-release of Finding/Engaging Father Christmas in one book

OCTOBER
Release of a new novella, Kissing Father Christmas

NOVEMBER
Premier airing of Finding Father Christmas on
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel on November 13th. The movie broke the network record by being the most
watched and highest rated Christmas movie!
Release of Sandy Toes, Book 1 in the Christy&Todd: The Baby Years Series
DECEMBER
Gunn Clan gathering in Newport Beach for Grandpa’s 90th birthday. Spoke at 3 Christmas events.
Ended the year with Robin’s Nest BookShop offering an exclusive Collection Sale
Sale runs from December 28th-31st. 
A highlight of my time in Los Angles this month was a lovely dinner with several producers and my agent that involved . . .
plans for a future movie!
Details coming as soon as I can share more with all of you! Until then, may I share with you several verses that resonated in my heart throughout 2016?

Ask for a sign from your GOD. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon! Isaiah 7:11

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!  Psalm 115:1

I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Revelations 3:8

Wishing you a quiet time this week when you can pause and ponder the happenings of 2016 in your own life and then dare to dream about what God might desire to accomplish in you and through you and for you in the year ahead..

Selah.
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Sandy Toes

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Sandy Toes Release Day

November 25th

It’s almost here! Book #1 in the Christy & Todd: The Baby Years Series releases this Friday!

  • Copies are available now at Robin’s Nest BookShop
  • Ebook versions are available from most digital distributors.
  • Many, many Beautiful Readers have already received their pre-ordered copies from the Robin’s Nest BookShop.
  • Bookstores as well as Amazon and other booksellers have confirmed that they’ve received their copies.

Don’t miss our annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers in the Robin’s Nest BookShop!

You first met Christy and Todd in the Christy Miller High School series and followed her through the College Years and Married Years. Now you can soak up all the happy/exciting/confusing moment with your favorite imaginary couple when you read Sandy Toes.

Ready for some fun behind the scenes info?

  • There will be 3 books in this new series. Book #2, Salty Kisses releases in April, 2017.  Book #3, Sunset Lullaby releases in October, 201
  • The couple on the covers of all 3 Baby Years books are the same real life husband and wife who were the hand models for both The College Years and The Married Years series. They used to live around the corner from me and are a real life Christy and Todd couple. Their children are the models with them on the Baby Years covers.
  • The setting for the covers, complete with the palm trees and the amazing sunsets, is all real. The photographer took us to a sort of secret location about an hour from where I live. It’s one of the photographer’s favorite hidden places for capturing special moments like the ones she shot for this series.

I hope your enjoy your reunion with Christy and Todd!

 

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Finding Father Christmas Set a Hallmark Record

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Finding Father Christmas Set a Hallmark Record

You did this, you know. You Beautiful Readers rallied behind the release of the Hallmark Original Movie, Finding Father Christmas when it premiered on Sunday, November 13th.

Two days later the ratings were in and the producer sent me the great news in an email filled with exclamation marks and red letters in all caps. Finding Father Christmas set a record on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel for being both the most watched and the highest rated telecast ever in the history of the network.

Wow. Just wow.

Finding Father Christmas will continue to air on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Visit their website for scheduled times in your area. If I find out that it will be airing on other channels, I’ll post the info here.

Thank you, Beautiful Readers.

But most of all, thank you, Lord God.

Get your copy of the stories that inspired the movie. Support your local bookstore! And of course we have copies of both “Finding Father Christmas/Engaging Father Christmas” and the continuing sequel, “Kissing Father Christmas” in my Online BookShop ready to ship to you today.

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Premier of Finding Father Christmas

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Tune in Sunday, November 13

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel

Check local listings for air times

 

 

 

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Kissing Father Christmas

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Enjoy Kissing Father Christmas the newest story in the Father Christmas Collection.

Anna is a daydreamer. Ever since her cousin’s wedding last summer she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Peter, the groomsman who spontaneously kissed her under the stars. She is about to see him again and visions of romance dance in her head. When Peter takes her on a hand-holding Christmas tour of enchanting London Anna is hopeful that his feelings have matched hers all along. Why is it that he keeps pulling away, leaving Anna to wonder if her fairy tale heart has misled her once again?

Available now at Robin’s Nest BookShop.

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Christy&Todd Baby Years

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Happiness!

A new Christy Miller Series!  I wanted you to be the first to know.

Yes, we all know they’re not real, but come on. Tell me you haven’t been wondering if Christy and Todd were ever going to have a baby.

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all the sweet details will be revealed

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Want to find out the due date? Scoot on over to Robin’s Nest BookShop now.  Presales are in full swing. The first 100 orders receive a free signed bookplate for Sandy Toes along with a big mwah across the miles from me.

Thank you for all the letters, all the posts, all the years of squeals and sighs and endless requests that the stories of Christy and Todd continue. I hear you. My heart is right there with you. I’m writing as fast as I can and lovin’ every minute of it. I hope you will, too.

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