Archives for January 2015

Before The Freebies End

All righty. In light of all the GET THIS and BUY THIS and DOWNLOAD THIS over the last couple of weeks, I feel like it’s probably a good idea to do one last reminder about what’s available for free right now and when all the free things are going away.

So. First of all. The free eBook of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet will continue to cost ZERO AMERICAN DOLLARS until Saturday, January 31st. It’s free on Kindle, free on Nook, free on iBooks (I can’t seem to copy a link from there, but it’s there and it’s very free), free on, etc.

The pre-order / order incentives for Home is Where My People Are are also up and running until the 31st. You can find all of that information right here. If you’ve bought one copy of of Home is Where My People Are between January 15th and the 31st, you can email a copy of your receipt and get a free download of my favorite recipes from all the stages of my life. And if you’ve bought two or more copies during that time period, you can get the free recipes plus a free print of the book cover.


You’ll be happy to know that the print will be properly sized for an 8×10 frame and also it won’t say “” on it.

It’s the little things, isn’t it?

The free download of the first 20 pages of Home is Where My People Are isn’t going anywhere. It’ll be free for a sweet forever.

Finally, the book should officially be in all your favorite stores this weekend. BooksAMillion has it in their “The Write Stuff” section for Christian titles, and if the LifeWay store by my house is any indication, they are stocking PLENTY-O-COPIES (thanks, LifeWay!). Barnes & Noble will have it, too, and hopefully so will your favorite independent bookseller.

And if eBooks are more your thing, word on the street is that HIWMPA (catchy, huh?) is the least expensive at iBooks right now. I would totally link to that if I could get to the link to copy, but I can’t because apparently I have no business on a computer.

Book signings start next week (there’s a list right here), and I can’t wait! My lifelong friend Merritt (her real name is Marion, but all of our college friends call her Merritt, and I hope I’ve sufficiently confused you for the day) is flying in from Houston next Wednesday and riding to the two Mississippi signings with me, and I feel like I’m 22 and about to go on a road trip. I’M SO EXCITED. The fact that I’ll get to see some of y’all makes it even better.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

p.s. Last night my friend Mary Allison (I write about her wedding in A Little Salty posted this picture on Instagram. I was in college, she was almost 2, and I have been cracking up because NICE GLASSES.

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Sparing You The Inconvenience Of Connected Paragraphs

Well, I think the first thing I need to say is that the book stuff has been an absolute blast and also I am real sick of myself right now. I mean, on one hand it has been the biggest relief and the most fun to see Home is Where My People Are get in the hands of real-live readers, and people has been so kind and encouraging and whatnot, but on the other hand I’ve heard myself answering questions about the book the last few days and I’ve thought, Just. stop. talking. You’ve done so much talking. Nobody needs to hear any more of your talking.

So day before yesterday, when I was getting out of my car to run into work for about 30 minutes before I left to do a promotional thingie and I spilled the entire contents of a grande Pike Place (two Equals with half and half) all over my pants and boots, I wondered if that very moment might not be my own personal tipping point.

The fact that I needed to fix my hair and had left home without my hairspray was insult to injury. And I reacted a little bit like this.



Anyway, everything ended up working out just fine (it usually does), and now I’m gearing up for February, which promises to be chock-full-o-activity. And I’m good with chock-full-o-activity as long as there’s ample down time to have a few days that are chock-full-o-TV.

Priorities are important in life.

So today I’m gonna tell you about some stuff that I’ve wanted to share / pass along, and I am gonna take a little break from Book Talk 2015. DOESN’T THIS SOUND DELIGHTFUL?

– I saw these coffee mugs the other day on the Junk Gypsy Instagram, and I immediately ordered two for myself. They are so fun and sturdy and the perfect way to enjoy your morning coffee. Little things like this make me so happy.

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– Last week I read Emily Freeman’s post called “The Spiritual Discipline of Wearing Better Pants,” and I immediately bookmarked it so I wouldn’t forget to share it. Such a good word about being kind to ourselves.

– It wasn’t funny that one of Melanie’s dogs scratched her cornea, but it surely was funny when Melanie told the story.

– Every single day – at work and at home – I’m surrounded by prints from Naptime Diaires. I am crazy about their work and their commitment to giving us creative ways to display Scripture in the places where we live and work. Last year I discovered (or it was new to me, at least) that they make beautiful Lenten devotional books, and I was so happy when I saw that this year’s is now available. Lent is one of my favorite times on the Christian calendar (old Methodist habits die hard, I reckon), so I wanted to pass along the link for those of you who love a good, meaningful journal.

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– Lots of y’all have mentioned that you like listening to podcasts, and since Melanie and I aren’t always the most predictable in terms of when we record them (we seriously plan them a couple of hours ahead of time, if that, and it always depends on whether or not our schedules cooperate), I thought I’d pass along some links of other podcasts you might enjoy. Because in my humble opinion, all of these women are awesome.

God-Centered Mom with Heather McFadyen
Grace Talks with Edie Wadsworth
Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
Hope*ologie with Myquillyn Smith (Nester), Emily Freeman, & their dad, Gary Morland
Inspired to Action with Kat Lee
That Sounds Fun with Annie Downs
The Art of Simple with Tsh Oxenrider
The Be Cast with Sara Goede, Monica Steely, and Amber Miller

– Finally, if you listened to the last BigBoo Cast, you may have wondered what in the world we were talking about when we wandered down the “Another Time, Another Place” rabbit trail. Well, here you have it: the absolute finest contemporary Christian song of 1990.


And I still do.

The Big Boo Cast, Episode 43

I will go ahead and tell you that this particular podcast has a special place in my heart.

And I don’t normally say that sort of thing.

But here’s why. When we started recording, Melanie and I just talked about our usual favorite topics: kids, dogs, writing, supper ideas, and decorative woes. Surprisingly, we did not talk about mascara, but that’s probably because we just ran out of time.

Anyway, about halfway into the podcast, our friend Travis joined us. He was driving home after a night of interviewing folks backstage at the CCM United webcast to celebrate 40 years of contemporary Christian music. Travis was still beside himself about the whole thing, and it was so fun to hear him talk about the artists who have had such a big influence on his career and calling. Plus, Amy Grant was there, so you know we had to talk about that (OF COURSE WE DID).

So yes, we still laugh in this podcast, and there are couple of times when Melanie and Travis get me so tickled that I can’t breathe very well. But there’s also a little bit of tender, and it makes me happy.

You can click here to listen. Or here. You can even listen right here.

Or, as always, you can subscribe on iTunes if you’re feeling particularly fancy.

Thanks for listening, y’all.

Be Still, Be Free Podcast (And A Giveaway)

Hey y’all –

Back in October I got to meet Monica Steeley and Sarah Goede at Allume, and I was immediately drawn to them because of their sweet friendship. Back before Christmas they were kind enough to ask me to be a guest on their Be Still, Be Free podcast, and I had the best time with them and their friend Amber. We talked about all kinds of things – Chuy’s, mimes, writing, and marriage, among other topics – and we laughed a ton.


They also have fancy graphics. Clearly.

The girls at Be Still, Be Free are also giving away a copy of Home is Where My People Are, so if you’d like to enter to win, just head on over to their website.

And if you enjoy listening to podcasts, you should absolutely subscribe to Be Still, Be Free. You’ll be encouraged, you’ll laugh, and you’ll love getting to know these sweet women!

Finally, Melanie and I have a new podcast that we’ll post tomorrow, and that’ll be the final piece in the podcast triumvirate of the last few days.

Hope y’all are having a great Monday!

A Little Salty… Is Free!

I love free stuff. I especially love free books (and also free coffee). So when my publisher, Tyndale, told me that they were going to offer my first book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, as a FREE eBook this week, I thought that was just about the most fun thing ever.


Because it’s FREE. Free on Kindle, free on Nook, free on – FREE.

And now I’m sitting here laughing at myself because I kind of want to download it and I wrote the thing. But the allure of free is strong, my friends.

Anyway, I won’t waste your time with all my thoughts about free things, but I will pass along some links. The eBook will be free until Saturday, January 31st at midnight (I have no idea what time zone will apply).

Free eBook of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet at Amazon (for Kindle)

Free eBook of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet at Barnes & Noble (for Nook)

Free eBook of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet at

And if you don’t have an eReader, remember that both Kindle and Nook have apps you can download to your computer or phone or the tablet of your choosing.

I love that Tyndale is doing this the week after Home is Where My People Are released, mainly because it feels like the perfect way to say THANK YOU for making this past week so much fun. I certainly didn’t expect for the new book to come out three weeks early, but now I’m so glad that it did (it cut three weeks off of my pre-release nerves / sleeplessness, and that is a gift that will keep on giving).

Hope you or someone you love will enjoy the free book – and Happy Sunday, y’all!

An Afternoon Visit With Edie

I feel like I’ve been reading Edie’s blog forever. And from the first day that I read it, I thought, Well, she is pretty much exactly who I want to be when I grow up. Even though I’m pretty sure that we’re same age. I love her humor, her vulnerability, her style (OH, HAVE MERCY, HER STYLE), and her deep affection for people and place.

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Edie and I finally got to meet in person this past year, and she, Melanie, I laughed non-stop for approximately three hours. Actually, we hooted for three hours. And clapped our hands. And talked REAL loud.

Earlier this week Edie was oh-so-gracious to invite me to be a guest on her podcast, and I immediately said yes. And even though I apparently activated some sort of echo setting on my microphone (you can always count on me to jack up some audio) and sound a little bit like Wolfman Jack (there’s a 70’s reference for you), I don’t even care. Edie asked the best questions and was such a gracious host and I had the best time talking to her.

I also wouldn’t mind it if she would come over and accessorize my house, but that’s probably another discussion for another time.

So. You can find the podcast over at Edie’s blog, and I hope y’all enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed being a part of the conversation.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

p.s. I still want to be Edie when I grow up.

p.p.s. I’ll let you know how that works out.