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Monday, July 29, 2013

Tiffany Amber Stockton - Antique Dreams

Lagniappe Welcomes...

Author - Tiffany Amber Stockton

Her latest release:  Antique Dreams

My Writing Journey & Faith
By Amber Stockton

Like a lot of other writers and authors, my journey toward publication began many
years ago. I wrote my first short story in 5th grade with several accolades from both my teacher and my fellow students. It was even entered into a ‘Young Writers of America’ contest and placed but didn’t get selected for publication. Ever since I learned to read at age 3-1/2, I’ve been telling stories. My parents often had to correct me from the extra embellishments I’d add from what really happened. I could often easily keep a captive audience, so writing seemed to be a natural progression from the verbal.

I wrote often, but it wasn’t until I was a Senior in high school that I got the ‘bug’ to write. My English teacher saw potential, and as an author herself, she encouraged me to pursue the talent further. However, I became more focused on finishing my education and getting my degree, so my writing took up residence on the back burner.

In 1997, I joined an online community for a television show and wrote my first fan fiction. After receiving a lot of encouragement and feedback, I realized I might be able to make something of this ability. It took me another 5 years and encouragement from Tracie Peterson (one of my favorite authors and a dear friend) before I took the step professionally to begin a career by joining a national organization called ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).

I did everything I could to improve my skills and develop my craft. I bought writing books, studied a wide variety of fiction, conversed with other writers and authors, attended conferences, purchased audio recordings of workshops and presentations, and soaked up as much information as I could handle. Almost 4 years later, I sold my first book and took a rather scary step into the world of authorship.

 When I received the notification that my first book was actually going to be bought, so much elation and excitement filled me. The first thought that went through my mind was, “I have to tell someone!” Since the hour was late, and everyone had gone to bed, I logged online. 
The only one signed on was the man who is now my husband. 

Some people would call that ironic.    
I call it God. 

One of the biggest moments of my life, and the first person I tell is the man I would marry just 8 months later. Amazing!  

A key component in my books is the underlying faith of my characters. I’m not one to write a phenomenal conversion story or horrific and tragic events that bring characters from the brink of despair back to Christ. What I do write, though, is characters living out their faith in real and practical ways. It’s the way I live my life, so it naturally flows into my stories. You might not find a gripping tale that has you on the edge of your seat, heart pounding. But you will find a story that keeps you turning pages as you discover how my characters use their faith to get them out of the many predicaments in which they find themselves.

Today, I have sold 14 novels and am represented by MacGregory Literary. 
Total sales for my books have crested the 300,000 copies mark. God truly has blessed my endeavors, and I look forward to sharing more stories with my readers in the years to come. 
Thank you for supporting me. 
An author is nowhere without readers.

So, please drop me a line any time. I’d love to hear from you. Find me at any of these places:


Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning best-selling author, speaker, and virtual assistant who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold 14 books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary Agency. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for Barbour’s Heartsong Presents book club. Read more about her at her web site:

Tiff, thanks for sharing!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.

What do you think? God or Ironic that the only person online was her future husband the night of Tiff's big news?
Which one of her books is your favorite and why? 


I pray that you find "a little something extra" in each of your days.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Motorcycle Diaries: Day 5---Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Had an amazing breakfast scramble at the Historic Redstone Inn's Grill before heading out under SUNNY skies along Hwy 133 to Carbondale and then West on 82 to
Glenwood Springs. I-70 West to Rifle. Then north to 
The Clock Tower at Redstone Inn in Redstone, CO

Crystal River Through Redstone, CO
View from 2nd Story Balcony

Down Redstone's main street
Redstone Inn Lobby

Redstone Inn Stairs to 2nd Floor
The Redstone Inn - with clear skies!

Ready to go home?

Between Rifle and Meeker. Almost Home!

Although the trip was great, it's always good to be HOME!

98 miles today for a grand total of 999 miles in 5 days.

Yay, Meeker!
Thank you, Lord for a safe trip and for creating such beautiful scenery. Truly feel blessed for getting to experience these awesome places.  

If you've been to any of these places, tell us when and your most favorite memory!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.
I pray that you find "a little something extra" in each of your days.


Motorcycle Diaries: Day 4---Monday, July 15, 2013

Early breakfast at the Carver restaurant. Then south on Hwy 550 (the Million Dollar Highway) to Silverton, CO. Amazing ride through gorgeous country!  Stopped to visit a few shops in Silverton—bought a t-shirt at the World's Highest Harley Store (9313 feet).
Tourist coal-fired train runs from Durango to Silverton

Doing the Curves

Entering Silverton

World's Highest Harley Store - Got the T-Shirt!

Coal Fired Train Scenic route - Durango to Silverton
Old Time Bank Teller Cage


Thee Pitts BBQ - Guy Fieri says, "It's off da hook."

Continued on the Million Dollar highway to Ouray. 

No GAURDRAILS! Yikes. It's a LONG way down!

It takes determination and Grace to be a flower among the rocks!

Goofing off at about 12k feet!

Ahhh, giving the ole' bottom a break!
It's a LONG way down

Close to a Merritt family historical point. Appox. 13 years ago while crunching on Pringles Potato chips nearly choked when a bear crossed the road!

Riding into Ouray!

 Wow, the best spinach burritos at the Buen Tiempo!

Buen Tiempo dollar bills stuck to the ceiling!
 Followed Hwy 550 south to then Hwy 50 to Hwy 92 to Blue Mesa Lake Dam. Started raining AGAIN!


Near Blue Mesa Dam

Turned onto Hwy 133 over McClure Pass to Redstone, CO where we spent the night at the Redstone Inn.
Hit the Jackpot!

Got a room and the restaurant was TO. DIE. FOR!

Small town with quaint houses and shops. The beautiful Crystal River runs along the highway and the town is nestled along the opposite side of the river.

199 miles today. Many of them wet! Really, Thank the Lord for safe travels!

If you've been to any of these places, tell us when and your most favorite memory!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.
I pray that you find "a little something extra" in each of your days.