Dear Friend,

This was the month for love.

We bought special gifts for our spouse, coworkers, children, even our beloved pets.

If I could, I would reach out and hug each and every one of you. Why? Because you mean the world to me. You are unique and special, like every butterfly that emerges from a cocoon, or every flower that sprouts from the rich soil.


You are my sunshine on cloudy days.

You are my inspiration.

Maybe we met at a conference, maybe we’ve been friends forever, maybe we’ve crossed paths at a lecture or you signed up for this newsletter through my website, maybe we know each other through Facebook or Twitter, or maybe you’re a friend of a friend.

It doesn’t matter.

I love you.


Happy writing and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…


It’s done! Sunny Side Up: Inspiring Stories for Dog & Cat Lovers is now available.

DOG & CAT on Kindle:
DOG & CAT on Nook:

Guess what else? Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances is almost ready as well. It’s been a whirlwind of details to get it all right, but it’s almost here.

SUNNY SIDE UP: Inspiring Stories for WOMEN and SUNNY SIDE UP: Inspiring Stories for TOUGH TIMES are also available, and so is the writer’s group book. 

WOMEN on Kindle:
WOMEN on Nook:

 TOUGH TIMES on Kindle:

Read e-books on your computer with Kindle for PC:

Also available:
“The Complete Guide to Writers Groups That Work”
In Print through Amazon:

What’s Happening…

Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference March 30 – April 3, 2012. It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career–if you want inspiration, instruction, fellowship, good food, great fun, you have to join us where the redwood trees tower above us but our hearts beat together in one song. You’ll often find me in the little stained-glass chapel saying my prayers or I’ll be teaching a class or meeting with writers (like you). This conference is going to have it all: workshops and major morning tracks geared to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior writers. For more information: 

Antelope Valley Writers’ Conference May 4-5, 2012 Put this one on your calendar. Learn more than you thought possible about the writing world, mingle with others who share your passion, come away rejuvenated and refreshed. The line-up of faculty looks fantastic. I’ll be there–will you? For more information:

Orange County Christian Writers Conference May 18-20, 2012 Guess what? I’ll be teaching an all-day workshop on Friday: Writing Personal Experience Short Stories that Sell. I am so excited to share the formula for inspirational writing (the kind we do for Chicken Soup or Guideposts or other publications). You may have attended my class last year (we had 61 people crammed into the tiny room) and want additional help, or maybe you weren’t there but you’d like hands-on help in a small group setting (the class size will be limited–sign up early). You’re going to submit your story in advance, and then we’re going to work on it in the workshop. And don’t worry, I’ll give you plenty of instruction to take with you when the day is done. This conference will have intensive workshops, faculty panels, dining with faculty, consultations with those in-the-know, and much, much more. For more information:


The Love Month

6 thoughts on “The Love Month

  • March 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

    My dear B.J. Thank you, thank you for your friendship. Your wise words.

    We’ve never talked when we didn’t find something to laugh about. Besides being an amazing heart-writers, you have the gift of encouragement. People can’t be around you without smiling.

    Can’t wait for CB’s book!!

    All my love.

    • March 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Dear Julie,

      Friendship is a two-way street and we’re on it together. I love passing by you on our journeys and waving hello, sharing a chat on the phone, emailing, or blogging. You light up my life!


  • February 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hugs, Kisses and wiggles to Charlie Bear and you BJ. are these books only available in ebooks?

    • March 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Thanks for the hugs, kisses, and wiggles for me and Charlie Bear. He loves them! And I always do.
      At this time, the three SUNNY SIDE UP books are only available as ebooks, but I’m working on getting them into print and will announce it when they come out. Thanks so much for your interest.
      Hugs to you,

  • February 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’m not a writer but I love your blog! You are special too.
    Hugs to you and Charlie!


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