Seasons (Thriving in Hard Times Week 4)

December 30th, 2019

My heart sank when my co-worker told me she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Since you were so close to Tammy, I wanted to call. I’d like to hear her story.” I never mind sharing my bestie’s story as it’s one filled with bravery and faith, but I would have preferred it to be under [...] more.

Something to Ponder (Thriving in Hard Times Week 3)

December 22nd, 2019

It’s bound to be a stellar day when a teenage store clerk accuses you of stealing. Her exact words? “I can’t remove the security tag from the item unless you have a receipt. You could’ve come in and stolen it.” These were the incorrect words to say to me four days before Christmas when the [...] more.

When it’s not Your Fault (Thriving in Hard Times Week 2)

December 16th, 2019

My bags were packed by December 3 to fly to Texas the following morning. For months I’d been planning my trip. The week was bound to be filled with laughter and joy as I was spending time with some of my favorite people. After a stressful month filled with increasing pain and talk of cancer, [...] more.

The Thought of Cancer (Thriving in Hard Times Week 1)

December 8th, 2019

“Oh no,” the ENT doctor said when he saw the lump on my neck. “That’s not good,” came once he felt it. “We need to get a sample today.” He turned to his computer and began to type. For six weeks this lump has been growing. I went to my primary doctor the week after [...] more.


December 7th, 2019

Life isn’t easy. Sometimes it feels downright impossible. I’ve learned this over the past two years. While I hoped the hardships were over, some days I feel they have just started. If you feel this way, or if you just want to know the promises in God’s Word that apply to tough situations, join me [...] more.

Overcome Depression Media Highlight

October 30th, 2019

One of the things I love about Writer’s Conferences is meeting fellow writers. I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret a few years ago. She is truly a prayer warrior and a woman with a heart for God. We stay connected during the year on social media and then have the pleasure of connecting face-to-face [...] more.

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September 29th, 2019

Not only will you receive ALL the lastest in my book news, but you will receive a special devotional every month not published on my blog or social media. Sign up on my website today for the September edition! more.

The One Thing

September 17th, 2019

My father went in for what they said would be routine neck surgery on June 28. Doctors said this surgery would be an easier recovery than the shoulder surgery he was scheduled for and might stop the pain he was having. If not, he would have shoulder surgery next. Complications from the surgery kept him [...] more.

Waiting for God Blog Tour

September 6th, 2019

Book: Waiting for God Author: Xochitl Dixon Genre: Non-Fiction, Devotional Release Date: August 7, 2019 Inhale God’s Word. Exhale in prayer. Rest in God’s love. If your heart is weary and longing for answers—for healing, for provision, for miracles—Waiting for God renews your hope with strong biblical truth and encouraging Scripture-based prayer. Conquer your fears and frustrations as you inhale God’s Word, exhale in prayer, [...] more.

The Deceived SUMMER Book Clubs

June 12th, 2019

Monday July 8, 2019 – Friday August 9, 2019 Map and Directions | Register Description: Danny Morton is a typical teen. He sits in church every week with his family. He’d rather not go to most of his high school classes. Danny strives to achieve the sports goals his father has made for him. He [...] more.


June 3rd, 2019

Would you love a little spending money this summer along with good books to read? Sign up for my NEW monthly newsletter and you could be one of three to win an ebook of my newest book, The Deceived, published with CelebrateLit. Or you could be the grand prize winner and receive a $15 Amazon card [...] more.

Three Reasons Why Adults and Teens Should Read The Deceived

April 1st, 2019

Click on the link below to watch my video on why my latest YA novel,The Deceived, is an important read for teens AND adults. Three Reasons Why Adults and Teens Should Read The Deceived more.

Storm Proof Review and Giveaway

March 21st, 2019

About the Book Book: Storm Proof Author: Carol McLeod Genre: Religion/Christian life/Woman’s issues Release Date: March 5, 2019 Go “storm chasing” through the pages of the greatest Book ever written! What storm has blown into your circumstances? Are you—or someone you love—suffering from the trauma of plans that have been washed away, relationships that have been [...] more.

Love Deeply

March 12th, 2019

It was a year ago today I had my last conversation with my bestie. I came to see her at home like I tried to do almost every day and found her upstairs in her hospital bed. “I don’t have the strength to get up anymore,” she said with tears in her eyes. I just sat beside [...] more.

The Deceived Blog Tour

February 13th, 2019

I am very excited to announce that my new book, The Deceived, will be on a Blog Tour from February 25th through March 10. Every day it will be reviewed on a different blog. My publisher and I are also giving away several prizes, so you will want to jump on some of the blogs [...] more.

The Deceived in stock!

February 8th, 2019

Guess what arrived?!? To order directly from me, go to…/the-deceived/. If you are local to Temecula or San Diego, choose local delivery to save on shipping. You can also order the paperback or the e-book on Amazon at this link Click here to see me unveil my first shipment of The Deceived! more.

How Danny Morton Changed My Life

January 19th, 2019

I remember the night I created Danny Morton. I needed a strong Christian role model who Tyler Stevens, one of the main characters in The Lauren Drake series, could become friends with. Tyler was in the early stages of his faith, still worldly in his thinking. It was evident the only Christian he’d befriend was [...] more.

Christmas in Heaven

December 21st, 2018

If I could text my bestie who’s in heaven, I’d ask her if they were planning a birthday party for Jesus. I’d ask her if this month they are singing Christmas carols and hymns instead of the regular hallelujahs they sing every day. I’d ask if Mary was over-the-top excited as we get to be [...] more.

Exciting News!!

December 8th, 2018

Christmas came early to the Harrel house. First, there was a contract for The Beloved, the second book of The Once Lost series. Then there was the completion of the front cover for The Deceived, book 1 of The Once Lost series. Join me at the cover reveal party of The Deceived on December 17th at [...] more.

My Identity

November 27th, 2018

In a few hours, I’ll climb into an MRI to get images taken of my hand. My left hand. My dominant hand. The hand I write with. To say I might be a little anxious, well, that’s an understatement. A few hours ago when I woke because my pain meds had worn off I was reminded of the seriousness of [...] more.


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