Category Archives: Guest Blogger

Jodi Linton Guest Post

I’m so excited to have Jodi Linton here today. Jodi was my student years ago. Her writing always had so much voice. I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard she’d signed with Entangled Publishing! I can’t wait to read her Laney Briggs series starting in March.–MB


Cowgirl with red bootsI wanted to say, thank you Mary Beth, for having me on your blog!

I’m often asked how I came up with my series…

For the most part, the series started out with a brainstorming session with my husband. As I was in the middle of writing a manuscript (which will never see the light of day) I hit a wall and decided to trash the project until I could find my writing muse again. In the end, my husband suggested that I should write what I knew, and that was…Texas. My inner cheerleader wanted to shake her pom-poms when the name Laney Briggs popped into my head.

After that, it all sort of fell into place. I grew up in a small town, knew the language, and within days I knew who my protagonist would be.  When I was done I had myself a sassy female sheriff deputy whose sharp tongue could outwit any hunky cowboy.

I will be releasing with Ignite an Entangled Imprint in March 2014.

The Laney Briggs Series

  • PRETTY RECKLESS  debuting in March 2014
  • WATCHA GONNA DO WITH A COWBOY (A Laney Briggs Novella) July 2014
  • PRETTY SHAMELESS  October 2014


Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows the one rule of thumb, secrets only last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has a pretty sweet job as a deputy in her sleepy hometown of Pistol Rock, Texas. Everything’s fine and dandy until her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots in Pistol Rock’s first murder case. The troublesome cowboy’s rugged good looks and T-shirt straining muscles have always left Laney in hot water. As the body count starts to rise in her small town, Laney is forced to ask the lethal bad boy for help.

DSC_1321Jodi Linton lives and works in Texas, with her husband and two kids. Pretty Reckless is her first novel. She is currently at work on her next Laney Briggs adventure.

Visit Jodi’s Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Tumblr

Divine Dining FREE! Guest Post by Janet Brown

I’m thrilled to have my good friend Janet on the blog today! Her book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness is free on Amazon now. –MB


DivineDiningCover 8-7-13 copyThe National Health and Nutrition Survey in 2004 tells us 133.6 million (66%) adult Americans are obese or overweight. I heard on TV the other day that the percent has risen now to 72% of adult Americans.

     A Purdue University study indicates conservative churches such as southern Baptists, Assembly of God, and Church of God fight this battle most often. Richard Kreider of Baylor University gives further insight into this. These denominations “avoid dancing, tobacco, and alcohol, but give no guidelines for overeating.” He goes on to say our churches more often attract with food, not action events.

From my own true story, I can say that though I gave my heart to God at age seven and attended church regularly, compulsive overeating almost ruined my life. I teetered on the brink of suicide and divorce for several years. Praise God, He gave me an emotional and spiritual healing in time.

Even if you don’t suffer from compulsive overeating to the point where it almost ruins your life like I did, still unhealthy eating habits can slow you down and diminish your witness.

Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness inspires compulsive overeaters to rely on God for their true spiritual nourishment day by day. One woman’s journey to healing leads the way.

Here’s one of the devotions from Divine Dining:September 11

254. My Do It Myself

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13

My oldest daughter and son-in-law bought an inside basketball goal for our first grandchild, their niece. We put it away and brought it out for each one thereafter. By the time, my third and youngest grandchild was born, the basketball goal was worn, but still usable. The pen that held it to a certain height kept getting lost, so I hid it. My grandson loved that goal. By age two, he was wise to my tricks of hiding the pen. He’d drag the whole contraption into the living area and say “pen,” indicating I should get the lost part. He would take it from my hands and say, “My do it myself.”

He would aim and miss several times. I’d say, “let Mimi do it.” But no, “my do it myself.” In God-given grandma wisdom, I covered his right hand with mine and guided the pen into the hole. His eyes lit up. Then, he swatted away my hand and reaffirmed, “my do it myself.”

What a picture of us at times. We’re taught to be independent. When faced with a compulsion we can’t control, we argue with ourselves saying, “I’m an accomplished, capable, intelligent woman. I can get on a diet, stay on it and control this thing.” But, we try and try, and can’t. No matter how many times we tell God with our actions and words, “my do it myself,” we can’t.

Finally, God holds our right hand and puts the pieces together. But, do we still shake His hand away and say, “my do it myself.” We can’t. God help us. We never can.

Prayer: When I try to walk in my own power, remind me of my grandson slapping away my hand. God, I need You to hold my right hand.

Notice: Amazon is offering Divine Dining for free during the dates of Nov. 12-16. Here’s the link:

Janet K. Brown  Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Though she has written most of her adult life, since her retirement as a bookkeeper and medical coder, she writes as a second career and as a ministry.

Divine Dining is the author’s second book. It encompasses her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.  Janet released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012. She continues to write short stories for teens and adults. The sequel to her young adult is contracted to release in June, 2014.

She and her husband love to travel with their RV, visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren, and work in their church. Find her at http:/ / on Twitter, @janetkbrowntx , on Facebook @!/pages/Janet-K-Brown-Author/143915285641707

Thanks for being here, Janet! And thank you for being so open and honest about your weight loss journey and your walk with God. I know Divine Dining is helping others!

Guest Blogging at

writing as Mary Beth Lee and Elizabeth Lee.

I’m over at Janet K Brown’s blog today talking about writing, my current release Letting Go, and self-publishing. I’d love to have some friends stop by. If you have questions about writing, self-publishing, the education world today, holding on to the dream, or pretty much anything, come on over! ###

If you like my blog, I hope you’ll look at my books available in print everywhere and in eformat for kindle. I write YA as Elizabeth Lee (Honor and LiesDead Girl Walking: The Guardian Book 1) and christian fiction as Mary Beth Lee (Grace is Enough, Letting Go). Find out more on my Amazon author’s page. If you’re a reviewer and would like to review my books for Amazon, Good Reads or a personal blog, let me know. THANKS!


Q&A with debut author Janet K. Brown

I met Janet Brown years ago at a local RWA group meeting. Over time I watched as she grew in her writing. When Janet got the call for her novel Victoria and the Ghost, I wasn’t surprised. Join me in welcoming her here today.

1. When did you start writing?

Writing – in junior high school
Studied with a writing teacher in 1980s.
Work and life got in the way, so, then
Studying the craft and submitting my work – 2005

2. What is your writing ritual? 

I write nearly every day, except Sunday, I keep BICHOK (bottom in chair, hands on keyboard) nine to twelve in the morning. I also attempt to get back to writing before dinner most days. I stop by 7:30 pm. That’s hubby time.

3. Toughest part of writing?

Balancing my time is problematic, but on the writing itself, I hate editing.

4. Best part of writing?

I love facing a blank page with ideas popping in my mind.

5. Best writing advice?

Write every day to keep your head in the story.
Also, when you get a rejection letter, have one day of a pity party, if you must, but then send it off again and send something else besides that.

6. Where do you get your ideas?

Life. The people I meet. Things my family, friends, or I face. With a twist, of course.

7. How do you handle self-doubt?

First, I write straight through without turning on the self-editor.
When I must edit, I quote my favorite saying, “If God leads me to it, He’ll get me through it.”
I persevere.

8. If you could go back and tell your beginning writer self something, what would it be?


9. Can you tell me about your writing journey so far?

I’ve written all my life. Shortly after moving to Wichita Falls, I studied under a wonderful writing teacher, Connie Stockard, but then, for years, my demanding job and active family stopped all writing except journaling.

When I retired in 2005, I took writing courses and joined groups to learn more. I wrote, submitted, and faced rejection. I attended several conferences.

I first sold short stories and articles, some without pay and some with good pay, while I pursued my desire to publish a novel. I completed seven Christian novels, and nearly finished one non-fiction book before I published. In July, 2011, I received a contract for my YA. This year, that book has become a reality.
10. Tell me about your new book.

The title is Victoria and the Ghost.

At fifteen, Victoria, a city girl, loses her mother’s love and copes with country isolation, no friends and no one who cares, until she meets a ghost.

When her mother leaves the family to become a Dallas trophy wife, Victoria’s dad moves her and her sister to a North Texas farm to herd cattle and raise chickens. Refusing to believe this is more than a temporary set-back, Victoria tries to make new friends which isn’t an easy task. The first one stabs her in the back with gossip and a sharp tongue. Meanwhile, her new stepsister takes Victoria’s place in her mother’s heart. Rejection and anger stalk Victoria like a rattlesnake in the cemetery. Good thing she makes friends with a ghost and through him, a good-looking teenaged cowboy

11. Why do you write inspirational fiction?

When I first joined Romance Writers of America, an inspirational romance writer, Margaret Daley, taught our local chapter. I’ll never forget the title of her talk. “Falling in love, without falling in bed.” She inspired me to write what I know and what I like to read. I turned toward Christian fiction, and never looked back to anything else.

12. What other writing do you do?

Christian romance, women’s fiction, YA, short stories, and most recently a book of devotions.

13. What’s next?

I jump all over the board. In May, I proposed a 365 daily devotion book for compulsive overeaters. I recently received a request for that full manuscript, so I’m hurrying to complete it within a month. Otherwise, my work-in-progress is a romance. I plan to attend American Christian Fiction Writers conference in September and pitch it. Next will be another teenage ghost tale. I find I love them.

14. What writing organizations do you belong to?

RWA, and the inspirational RWA group, Faith, Hope and Love, ACFW, Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc., Christian Writers Fellowship International, DiAnn Mill’s fiction mentoring group, Rippers.

15. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

God allowed me to do what I love to do. I feel blessed. Also, He provided me with kind friends to help along the way. Elizabeth Lee taught me Twitter, and helps on linking social media. I’m blown away by ones like her willing to give their time and expertise to assist others.

I also want to thank 4RV Publishing for taking a chance on a new author. They don’t publish exclusively Christian, but all genres are consistent with Christian values. A few years ago, Vivian Zabel used her years of experience in writing and publishing to begin her own company. Her authors have brought her recognition and awards as a publisher. I’m honored to be their newest challenge.  Thanks to Harry, KC, and Robyn for all the help with editing, and a big vote of gratitude to Aidana WillowRaven who designed the beautiful cover for Victoria and the Ghost.

Thank you, Mary Beth, for allowing me to visit your blog.

Janet K. Brown Facebook and twitter @janetkbrowntx To Buy the book click here.

Writing God’s Message of Hope

Thank you, Janet, for sharing your journey with us!