“Please, sir, I want some more.” —Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

You know that moment when someone poses the question you’ve always wanted to ask, but never had the nerve? I remember the collective gasp of the roomful of orphans in this scene in Oliver Twist. No one had ever dared ask for a second helping. So, they waited with bated breath for what they all knew would come next.

coffee, cup, laptop, memeHello, Thursday Morning readers!

Are you wondering where I’m headed with that opening? Me too! It all started with my need to finish a project for my publisher. When I wrote “The End,” and declared it “a wrap,” I hoped to put writing aside for a few weeks and get busy on some household chores. A little spring cleaning, painting, organizing. All those things waiting in the wings for me to tackle.

But sometimes work takes precedence. Already, the marketing needs to be done. Which means I have to continue writing things to get ready for the release of the book I so recently finished, while it’s fresh in my mind, and also because time has a way of sneaking up on you.

So, I’ve gone back to the land of Annabelle’s Ruth. Not that I mind. You know, I was already missing Annabelle, Connie, Alton, Tom, and Miss Lillian. They are like old friends. Or maybe like my cousins who live where Annabelle lives. Whenever I have time to visit, it’s like I never left.

Back to Oliver’s question, it was my publisher who asked for more. I was like the roomful of orphans, staring back at her, waiting for the inevitable explosion. But of course, it didn’t come. Not out loud, anyway. After a bit of thought, I realized, in this case, a little more was just the thing.  I’ll scrape the bottom of the pot and see what I can come up with. Sometimes, that’s the yummiest part.

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I trust you’re having a wonderful spring. If you’re a mom, I hope this Mother’s Day holds many blessings. I look forward to spending time with some of my family this weekend. And then, it’s back to the writing board. Maybe a dash more adventure is what is needed, rather than washing walls and scrubbing baseboards. Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask for More!

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. —Luke 11:9 ESV

A New Thing at Write Integrity Press!

It’s been an exciting (and busy) month at Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing! I’ve watched and prayed as the ownership changed. That happened today, October 1, 2016. Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing announce a change in leadership. Marji Laine Clubine brings a fresh enthusiasm to the publishing companies along with a vision and strategies for growth and maintaining the high quality readers have come to expect. Tracy Ruckman, founder, will remain as Creative Director for WIP and PNP and will continue as publisher of the subsidy press, TMP Books. “It is our expectation and hearts’ desire that God will continue to use these businesses to bring glory to Himself,” says Ruckman.

Why am I so interested? Write Integrity Press is my publisher for the Legacy Series (Amelia’s Legacy & Carlotta’s Legacy), and the Kinsman Redeemer Series (Annabelle’s Ruth). This move is a positive one, though I am sad to lose Tracy Ruckman, the former owner. She took a chance on me, helped me in so many ways, to grow as a writer. Of course, she’ll still be around as Creative Director for WIP and PNP, as a personal friend, and one of the mentors in my life.

As the initial shock of the announcement wore off, excitement crept in…

New logo for Write Integrity Press
New logo for Write Integrity Press

I wait with “breathless anticipation” to see what the future holds for us at Write Integrity and Pix-N-Pens.

Marji Laine Clubine calls this a new chapter in her life. She has some great ideas going forward, and a fresh perspective. I love the work she’s done so far freshening up the website and logo. You can check it out HERE.

While you’re over at the website, check out the books and other excellent writers published by WIP and PNP.

If you’re interested in joining our ranks, you’ll find a submissions tab near the top of the page. Click on it for more information.

Marji Laine Clubine
Marji Laine Clubine

Congratulations and God bless you, Marji Laine Clubine, in your new role. I look forward to working with you!

“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” — James 1:17 NLT