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A Very Special New Release - The Gatehaven Study Guide by Jeanette Pierce, Based on the novel Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull

I have some really big new for you guys, but I need to begin this post with an apology.

I've been a very bad blogger lately, and I know it. :(

Between work, trying to finish my current WIP before the kids get out of school, helping my mom, and spending a solid week of 8- to 10-hour days on a big editing job, I've neglected my friends. You didn't deserve that, and I'm sorry. I'll try to be a better blogger in the future.

What's the big news?
My mom is officially a published author! :D

A writer friend of ours, Molly Bull, asked her to write a study guide to go along with one of her novels. Gatehaven is an award-winning, Christian gothic novel set in a scary mansion in the north of England in 1794.

So Mom did--she used her expertise as a career language arts teacher and created a set of workbooks to go with it.

In this Bible-based study of spiritual warfare vs. the occult, documented background information provides a picture of life in England and Scotland during the late 1700s, emphasizing the status hierarchy and its effects on the people, especially those on the lower rungs of the social ladder and the Protestant Reformation, some of its leaders, and its effects on religion in Europe.
Also included are study questions for each chapter of the novel, a vocabulary list, questions related to the structure of the novel, and a writing assignment that students can complete independently of the teacher.

Note: This product description is for the student guide. The teacher's guide contains the answers and gives permission for the teacher to make copies of the final exam for the students. 

Molly Noble Bull is a multi-published Christian novelist from South Texas, and Gatehaven is the grand prize winner of the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest. As a result, it was published in trade paperback and e-book in March 2014. Molly’s next novel, When The Cowboy Rides Away, is scheduled for publication in 2015.

Jeanette Pierce is a retired English teacher living in Houston, Texas. She holds a master’s degree and has taught at high school and college levels. The two study guides for Gatehaven are her first published works, but stay tuned. Jeanette is currently working on study guides for When The Cowboy Rides Away.

This was not only Mom's first publishing experience, but her first self-publishing experience as well. Shortly after we uploaded the books, she weighed in on the process of self-publishing.

LOL - I can relate... :P

You can find the workbooks and the novel here:


You can find Jeanette and Molly here:
Thanks for visiting! :)


  1. WOW!! Congratulations to Molly and Jeanette, your mom!!!! The book is something I'd definitely be interested in.

  2. That's the funniest comment about publishing a book I've ever read! A Hippo. I agree and it's so graphic.

    Congrats all around.

  3. That is awesome! What an honor for your mother. And that is the funniest line about publishing a book I've ever heard.

  4. That's very cool - I remember book study guides from way back when I was in school, good to see they're still around. ^_^ And yes, the hippo comment is hilarious.

  5. Blogging has an ebb and flow to it. Life gets in the way, so you just have to do the best you can.

    And congrats to your mom. As an ex-language arts teacher, I can appreciate all that hard work.

  6. Well, congratulations to your mom! I hope things go well for her. And it's good to see you again. You've been very busy and sometimes blogging needs to be pushed to the side.

  7. I'd say your mom pretty much nailed it :)
    Congrats to her!

  8. Congrats to your mom! She must be so excited! I hope she gets to do other workbooks if she likes it.

    (Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your suggestion. Simply Linked has no email, no "Help" link, and their Twitter acct hasn't been active in 2 years. So no help there...)

  9. Way to go for your mom in particular Melissa. Now I wonder how she knew the comparison of giving birth to a hippo?

  10. Congrats! That's fantastic news. And her tweet made me laugh. That's one way of looking at the whole thing.

  11. Woohoo! Huge congratulations to your mom. :D

  12. That's fantastic, congrats to your mom :-)

  13. Congratulations to your mom!! How awesome.

  14. Oh man, I think it is SO awesome that your Mom is now a published author and you were able to be a positive influence in the whole process:)

    If my Mom and I ever tried to do something like this... there would be copious amounts of blood seeping from BOTH our sets of eyes :)

  15. No apologies necessary. We all struggle with balancing things. How wonderful for your Mom and you. Congratulations!

  16. Wow this brought such a smile to my face. Congratulations to your mom!! What a great story.
    And you don't have anything to apologize for at all!

  17. Please know we love you no matter! Congratulations to your mother!!! I'll be posting about it in May! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @

  18. We can only do what we can do. I think we all understand that!

    Congratulations to your mom :)

  19. Oh my gosh, I love the hippo comment. And congrats to your mom!

  20. Way to go Mom! Isn't it lovely to share in her accomplishments as I am sure she has shared in yours?! As for your apology - sometimes life gets in the way and something's gotta give! We forgive you.
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

  21. Don't worry about not blogging. Most of the time, there are more important things to worry about and we'll still be here when you get back.

    Congrats to your mom!

    If her tweet is true, I'm metaphorically pregnant with two hippos. ;-)


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