Christmas: Moments To Remember

Most of us are too young to remember these wonderful old days, but our grandmothers or great grandmothers will. These were the times of small towns, community, and people caring for people. At Christmas it meant chopping down a Christmas tree and decorating it with many homemade ornaments, such as: stringed popcorn or cranberries, adorned […]

Don’t miss American Chrisitan Fiction Writers 2014 Annual Conference

Make Plans To Attend the 2014 Conference! We’re excited to invite you to the ACFW annual conference. The 2014 conference will be held in beautiful St. Louis, Missouri, right by the arch, Thursday, September 25th-Saturday, September 27th, with an optional Post-Conference Session offered Sunday, September 28th. Below is just a sampling of the highlights of the upcoming […]

Are Handbells The Same As Cowbells?

This question may sound silly, but I have met people who do think that when someone speaks about handbells, they’re talking about people who ring cowbells. This is something you might see in folk-type shows in Germany and Switzerland.  The answer to the question, though, is actually no. Handbells are crafted bells using bronze, an alloy that is […]

Our Crazy English Language

How can mate, eight and strait  same sound the same and yet are spelled differently? That’s our crazy English language.  I dislike saying English, because I know the Brits are probably curling up their toes. To them, American’s slaughter the English language, and we probably do. And I know people from other countries wonder about us too. If […]

Let’s Talk About Book Signings

I gave up booksigning a few years ago when I realized that even though I sold books, the time it took to prepare for the signing and the time spent watching readers dodge my booksigning table was hardly worth the hours away from writing. I enjoyed meeting readers, and I had followers who showed up […]

Do You Research Your Setting?

I have learned over time if I want to write real I need to visit the location of my novels if I’m using a real location. Creating a fictitious location is easier, but you’ll find bonuses in writing about real places. The first bonus is visiting a town that you have never been to or […]

Treasures of Her Heart by Gail Gaymer Martin

This book has been a long time coming.  I wrote the book years ago, but writing for two  category romance line Love Inspired and Barbour’s Heartsong Presents, the book did not fit the typical formula for that genre. First it was too long. The book presently it about 86,000.  Next the hero and heroine didn’t […]

Novel Proposals That Didn’t Sell

Although you love a story idea and can’t believe your editor will pass on it, sometimes it happens. This novel was one of them. I had called it a different name, but today Treasures of Her Heart will be available very soon. We all have them, and I will admit some of the first might […]

Remember Typewriters?

I recently went to a handbell concert that did this great number called The Typewriter.  Watch an orchestra perform this interesting song.

Keep “Social” in Media

    Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads and other social media provide opportunities to netweork and connect people with like interests. We are drawn to people with similar passions whether our pleasure is golfing, sports, cooking, animals, charities, yoga, reading or writing. Establishing a group of followers is the first step in a faithful relationship to exchange ideas […]