Today’s featured poet is Priscilla Kramer. We’ve known each other a long time – we met when I was 15 and  in 10th grade and she was quite a bit younger. We went to the same church and Christian school. That was 40 years ago. One thing I always think of when she crosses my […]

Welcome back to Poetry Week here at Books by Joy & Others. Today’s featured poet is Kathy J. Snow. Wings of Faith Inscribed on wings of faith ~ gracefully I soar above the world and its strife, catching the wind of earnest and riding it to … defying the gravity of doubt and fear! Relying […]

On day 3 of Poetry Week, Amy DeKok (dear friend and sister-in-law) is our featured poet. . . From Amy: Two years ago a friend and I spent an afternoon figuring out a pattern for crocheting a small owl. I had NO way of knowing that it would become something I LOVE to do..and have […]

Today’s featured poet is Carol Owens. Please visit the Owen’s website and get to know their books and music. The link is at the end of this post. Wannabe’s Mirage  The Saharan heat writhes upward in transparent, shifting curtains —like scrim— half-revealing willows, rain-wet streets, fountains, women with umbrellas; see? just over there? You flail […]

A couple of months ago, I was enjoying a morning with Mom and she asked me if I had a copy of a specific picture. It was of her and me – when I was brand new. She was feeding me a bottle. “It’s my favorite picture of us,” she said smiling. “I have it […]

Starting Monday, August 19th we’ll be enjoying two weeks of poetry from various poets.    Plus. . .Poetry – Touch the World With Your Art & Soul (Kindle eBook) is FREE today and tomorrow! (August 16 & 17th, 2013)     Do you write poetry? Do you wish you did? Was there a time you […]

Books by Others ~ An Interview with Poppy Smith

Books by Others ~ An Interview with Poppy Smith


I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Poppy and her work over the past few months. She is a delight! Reading her books means laughing (often out loud), and being challenged on a heart level about faith and the things believing women face. Poppy is an international speaker and it’s her desire to encourage […]

John Robinson

John Robinson

Last Call--Front Cover--Kindle--Redux

Today’s guest post author is John Robinson. He is a friend and I’m a fan of his writing. In fact, I read Joe Box long before we got to know each other as writers and liked the rough-around-edges hero very much. Last Call is one of those rare books that invites you to take a fresh look at the […]

This author’s work was recommended to me by a friend. She was pretty sure I’d like his writing – a lot. She was right. I’m now a fan and his third book is coming out soon. I can hardly wait to get back into Elmo’s world. I’m delighted to be able to share this interview […]

Not all the chapters I wrote ended up in Rain Dance. Practical editing played a big part in that, but there was  more. Some of it just hurt too much at the time. The first part of this chapter is real – it’s my dream about the little girl we hoped to adopt, but whose […]

Books by Others ~ Featured Author Valerie Comer

Books by Others ~ Featured Author Valerie Comer


Valerie and I “met” when we both joined Grace & Faith 4 You – a group of writers and authors who support and market each other. I’ve enjoyed her posts, suggestions, blog, and generosity. Today, I get to share her and her wonderful author news with you. Here’s Valerie. . . Do you ever pause […]

Validation ~ Excerpt from BlessBack®: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life

Validation ~ Excerpt from BlessBack®: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life


It’s a books by others day here on the blog! I love days like this. Today I have the privilege of sharing an excerpt from Julie Saffrin’s book, BlessBack – Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life. I’ve known Julie a long time and for her, gratitude is a way of life – I’ve seen it […]

After a terrible storm, I walked through our yard and picked up branches. Under a tall oak tree, I saw a tiny nest made from thin blades of grass. The fragile abode had been blown about by the strong winds but was still intact. It was lined with long, stiff horsehair from Holly across the […]

Today I welcome author Donna B.Snow to the blog!  Music has always been my dream, and it started very young. I started playing the guitar when I was about eight years old – and that was only so I had accompaniment to sing to. Before that I can remember sitting on our front step (yes, […]

Crossing, Oregon, population 725. The town square consists of a diner, ice cream shop, newspaper, General store and Micah’s hardware. The people are friendly, drive older cars and generally live life slow. And it exists only in my head. Growing up I loved Cinderella. She was sweet, cheerful, and caring. Prince Charming was so captivated […]

Paula and I met after she read and reviewed my book, Rain Dance. She’s a busy reviewer and I’m honored to have her here today. I hope she joins us again and again. From Paula. . . Carrie Daws’ book, Crossing Values, grabbed my attention from the first page, and I was drawn into the […]

This is an excerpt from my latest release: Under His Wings ~ Lessons Learned From God While Watching the Birds. . .  A wren landed on the railroad tie at the edge of my wildflower garden while I was weeding. I had dropped a small pile of dirt that was clumped to the roots of […]

Here’s an excerpt for your from Under His Wings ~ Lessons Learned from God While Watching the Birds. I hope you enjoy the story! This is the arbor and house in the winter – it’s the only photograph I could find although I know I have others. One spring morning a wren fluttered around me […]