Author Archives: ajavilanovels

About ajavilanovels

I am the author of four Christian novels: Rain from Heaven, Amaranth, Nearer the Dawn and Cherish.

The Year of Our Lord

Just an announcement that I am taking a year off from writing to spend time praying, reading, and working on my spiritual life. The blog may or may not resume after Christmas 2019. Thanks to all of you for your … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Christmas Gifts

Looking for some inexpensive gifts for your Christian friends this Christmas? All four of my Christian novels–Rain from Heaven, Nearer the Dawn, Amaranth, and Cherish–are now on sale for just 99¢ each on Amazon Kindle. That’s less than $4 for all … Continue reading

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Power

Recently my husband came home from a Friends of the Library sale. My city library sells donated books every few months, and you pay only a measly two dollars for whatever you can stuff inside a paper grocery bag. The … Continue reading

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My Husband’s Best Friend

What do you do when you have a major problem with your husband’s best friend? How do you forgive someone who never says he’s sorry about what he’s doing to you? One thing I never wanted to be was a … Continue reading

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Missing

We live less than a mile from our local university. And apparently one of the fraternities has moved into a house about three doors down. Of course that means occasionally I’m going to miss some peace and quiet on the … Continue reading

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A Peep at Pepys

Lately I’ve been reading the Diary of Samuel Pepys (pronounced peeps), who lived in London in the 17th century. It’s a fascinating look into life in the 1660s. Most of the diary, of course, is taken up with the daily … Continue reading

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Free on Kindle 11/9-11/13

From Friday, November 9 through Tuesday, November 13, my Christian novel Amaranth will be absolutely free on Amazon Kindle. The story: Would you take an elixir that made you perpetually young and physically immortal? 

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In Line with the Crowd

At my elementary school boys and girls in the upper grades were segregated into different play areas. The boys were allowed into the girls’ yard—shared by all girls grades 4 through 8—because that’s where the drinking fountain was. Girls, however, … Continue reading

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Until Proven Guilty

With all this hoopla about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, I got to thinking about the #MeToo Movement and the whole business of the sex scandal in the Church. Have you noticed that it seems like … Continue reading

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Paying for Being a Victim

Once, when I and my siblings were young, we were visiting another child down the street. And, while talking to her in her yard, some other kids from the house next door picked up some dirt clods and pelted us … Continue reading

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