Author Archives: lnorlander2013

Up, Up, and Away

I recently attended an event in Wausau which included a festive array of hot air balloons. As a dozen brightly patterned balloons were inflated and launched, I was reminded of the soaring hopes I had three years ago when my … Continue reading

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Racing toward Perfection

For the past month, I’ve been working on the final edit of my book, The Jonah Complex. It’s a time-consuming and exhausting process. No matter how many times I go over the words, I’m pretty sure I can never make … Continue reading

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Narrow Mindedness Revisited

  What if I told you I was trying my best to be more narrow-minded? Would you think I’d joined a radical religious sect or some extreme right—or left—wing organization?  Or would you simply assume that I’m a small-town girl … Continue reading

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Hearts Under Attack

You wake, sweating, at two a.m. A crushing weight in the middle of your chest demands immediate attention. Instead of calling 911, you pad to the fridge for a snack and settle into the recliner in front of the TV. … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Adoption

My son and his wife are trying to adopt a child. For anyone who has been this route, you know the process can be expensive, time-consuming, and downright frustrating. The home studies, the fees, the waiting, the prayers. Adoption is … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Better Backseat Driver

On a recent road trip to Alabama, we loaded up the car, programmed an address into the GPS, and took off—with little advance planning and less concern about the maze of unknown streets, intersections, and highways that lay between us … Continue reading

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A Carpenter’s Son

Dad was the son of a carpenter in a time when basements were dug and laid by hand—shovelful by shovelful, block by block, when boards were cut to length with tape, square, and handsaw, and rafters were constructed and nailed … Continue reading

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Novel Cover Design

The cover for my second novel, The Jonah Complex, is currently in the design process. What are your thoughts on the layout so far? Feel free to comment below. Click here to read the first chapter of The Jonah Complex.

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Chapter One, The Jonah Complex

1 Bai was freefalling. Terror mocked her deliberate plans. Contain the chaos, Donovan. Analyze the dissonance. The staccato of her boot heels echoed through the parking garage as she hurried toward her BMW. Rewrite your fear belief. Become the new … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mirror Images!

I was asked recently to submit a post for the blog at WestBow Press. As I gathered my thoughts, I realized that Mirror Images had its first birthday on July 29. It’s hard to believe Maddy and the gang have … Continue reading

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