Monday, October 24, 2016

Patience is the Key

by Andrea Renee Cox

Have you ever heard that you should never pray for patience?

I have. Many times.

But I’ve ignored that suggestion every time.


Because I knew in my soul that I needed patience. And that I wouldn’t receive it if I didn’t ask.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Be My Guest: Pepper Basham + Giveaway!

by Andrea Renee Cox

For the 200th article on Writing to Inspire, guest Pepper Basham shares some of her inspiration for her latest novel, The Thorn Healer. Stay tuned to the very end, because there's a giveaway!

Discovering The Thorn Healer
by Pepper Basham

If you’ve lived long enough in this world, you’ve experienced pain.

It doesn’t have to be big, life-changing pain, but many of us may have experienced that kind too.  

Living in a fallen world, wounds happen – what really matters is how those wounds shape us - what we do with them.

We’ve buried loved ones, faced sickness, moved our families to new places and struggled through the transitions, grieved the loss of a dream or relationship, stumbled through fractured expectations. We shouldn’t be surprised that a broken world is not only made up of broken people but causes brokenness.

But perspective changes everything.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pantser or Plotter?

by Andrea Renee Cox

Next month is one of my most anticipated ones of the year. Why? Partly because of Thanksgiving, but in large part it is because it's the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I've participated several times now, and this year I even joined in on the two Camp NaNoWriMos (held online in April and July).

What is NaNoWriMo?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mountain Christmas Brides

by Andrea Renee Cox

Now available!
Mountain Christmas Brides is a wonderful collection of Christmas novellas by a host of Christian fiction authors. Some of the authors were new to me, while others were old favorites. Each brought their unique writing style and creativity to the project, which made it something of an adventure to read. When I began each new novella, it was fun to discover what made this particular story shine brightly among the others in the book. This collection would make a great gift, and Christmas is coming quicker than we know.

Here are my thoughts on a few of my favorite novellas in Mountain Christmas Brides:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Without Warning by Lynette Eason

by Andrea Renee Cox

Is it difficult to follow a great novel with an even better sequel?


Did Lynette Eason accomplish this with her latest book?


Monday, September 19, 2016

Be My Guest: Kim Vogel Sawyer (Plus a Giveaway)

by Andrea Renee Cox

Remember when I mentioned that there just might be a giveaway coming your way? Well, I think it just arrived. *wink, wink* But more about that in a minute.

Today my guest, Kim Vogel Sawyer, is sharing a couple of character reviews from her latest novel, Guide Me Home, which I absolutely adored (click to see my review). Y'all, this book impacted my heart with its sweetness, gumption, and treacherous situations. I hope each of you will be able to read it soon!

(Stay tuned until the very end of this article for details on the giveaway.)

Who are the Stars of Guide Me Home?
by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Brief physical description 
REBEKAH HARDIN is tall for a girl, with long brown hair and brown eyes, slender but strong from working in her daddy’s tobacco fields. 

Resembles… my niece Mallea, who appears on the cover of the book!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Journey Treasures

by Andrea Renee Cox

This summer, my family and I took a trip to the West Coast. It was quite an adventure, but one of the most exciting parts was that the journey took us to the last of the forty-eight contiguous states. That's right, my family and I have now been to all of the states of our country except for Hawaii and Alaska.

Something I particularly treasured about this recent vacation is all the people we met along the way. This time around, I had two particular people I wanted to meet. One is the first person who welcomed me into the book-writing world, author Beth K. Vogt. She is just as sweet in person as she is online and over the phone. The other is my friend and boss, Christina Tarabochia. I've worked for this woman for two and a half years, and it was wonderful to meet her in person, along with her husband and youngest daughter.