Road Trip: New Mexico

Three Rivers Trading Post Gallery

We’ve been on an extended road trip the past few weeks–one of my daughters, her three sons, and my two dogs. Though the dogs didn’t go everywhere we did. They got to stay at The Keep, my sister’s mini-farm, while the rest of us headed west.

We stayed about a week with my other daughter’s family in Arizona then spent two days on the road on our way to spend the July 4th holiday with my son.

These photos were taken at the Three Rivers Trading Post Gallery located on the less-traveled state route that angles from I-10 to I-40. The stopping places along this stretch of US Highway 54 are few and far between. But I would want to stop here even if that wasn’t the case.

This blue door fascinates me. It’s such a vibrant pop of color among the desert tans and browns. Don’t you just want to open it up to see what’s on the other side?

The grandboys check out a cactus and an old-fashioned cart. (Both replicas but still fascinating to three Florida boys.)

The trading post’s covered entrance included this intriguing display. Real cacti, blooming flowers, green trees, and–surprise–a ladder.

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I’m almost as fascinated by the ladder as I am by the blue door.

One room of the trading post is a combination museum/art gallery. Bronze sculptures, artifacts, and paintings fill the room. This framed newspaper article is about artist Cameron Blagg whose “oil paintings and prints of cowboys, mountain men, Indians and wildlife are based on hours of historical research” (“Palette of the Past”).

In the article, Blagg says: “I like a painting that leads you into thought, not just a pretty picture of an elk standing by a lake. People often tell me the longer they have one of my paintings, the more things they keep seeing in it.”

If you ever find yourself in the vicinity, be sure to stop at the Three Rivers Trading Post Gallery.

And if you’re so inclined, send me your photo of the blue door!

Where Treasure Hides

Art theft by the Nazis. The Battle of Dunkirk. Colditz Castle POW camp.

These are just a few of the challenges facing Ian and Alison as they struggle to survive World War II and find their way to each other again.

One reviewer prayed for red lights so she could read the story while waiting for the light to change (not recommended by the way!). Another “ugly-cried” throughout the night while on a camping trip with her family.

What will this award-winning story keep YOU from doing?!

Find out now while the ebook edition is only 99 cents.

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If you’ve got a dollar, then you’ve got more than enough to buy TREASURE!

The ebook edition of Where Treasure Hides, a CBA bestseller, is only 99 cents this month.

That means you’ll have a penny left over–what will you do with such riches?!

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WWII Christian Fiction Facebook Party

Celebrating Memorial Day!

You’re invited to join six other historical novelists and me for the WWII Christian Fiction Facebook Party on Monday, May 22nd!

In addition to the Amazon gift card and copies of our novels, we’ll be giving away additional prizes including The Monuments Men DVD. The book that inspired the movie also inspired scenes in my story Where Treasure Hides.

Here’s the schedule:

5:30 – 6:00 – Billie Houston
6:00 – 6:30 – Gail Kittleson
6:30 – 7:00 – Carole Brown
7:00 – 7:30 – Johnnie Alexander
7:30 – 8:00 – Joan Leotta
8:00 – 8:30 – Naomi Musch
8:30 – 9:00 – Tamera Lynn Kraft

To join the fun: Facebook Event

Hope to see you there!

 

A Potential Valentine’s Day Story

Celebrating Love Lost and Found

Happy Valentine’s Day!

During my search for a Valentine’s Day card to share with you, I came across an image that–what can I say?–it spoke to me.

I felt that little tug in my heart that whispers: here’s a story.

So instead of sending you a valentine, I’m sharing this image with you. Do you hear its whispers, too?

Pretend with me.

Imagine your character is walking in a park, grateful for the warmth of a sunshiny day that promises spring is coming soon. Something shiny in the grass catches her eye, and she finds this ornate key and lock tied with slender ribbon to a ceramic heart. Deep inside she knows it’s meant for her.

But what does it mean?

Does it symbolize a love she has found? Or a love she has lost?

Which story would you prefer to read? Or to write?

Where Treasure Hides February Special!