Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

So, a writer friend of mine decided to nominate me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Chances are, you've heard of it, but in case you haven't, it's basically this: If you get nominated, you have to dump a bucket of ice water over your head within 24 hours of being nominated, or you have to donate $100 to the ALS Organization.

Here's my video:
Have you done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Bible Verse Wednesday: Learning and Guidance

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. 
Proverbs 1:5

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Monday: Caught in the Middle

Hey everyone! I'm finally back to hopefully posting on a regular schedule once again.

Today I have a review for you of Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings.

Here's a little about the book:

"She Wants the Freedom of the Open Plains. He Wants the Prestige of a Successful Career.
Neither is Ready for What Comes Instead.

The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring life's next victory to Nicholas Lovelace. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected--Anne Tillerton from back home in Prairie Lea.
Anne's been hiding away as a buffalo hunter. She's only in town to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees--leaving Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person Anne knows in town, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.
But being in town means acting and dressing for polite society--and it's not going well for Anne. Meanwhile, Nick's work is bringing new pressures, and being seen with a rough-around-the-edges woman isn't helping his reputation. Caught between their own dreams, a deepening relationship, and others' expectations, can the pair find their way to love?"

My Thoughts:
The Idea:
The beginning of this book is very attention-getting. It starts with a train robbery when the main character, Anne, saves the hero, Nicholas, from near-death by the train robbers. 
Anne later gets stuck with taking care of her former cook's abandoned child, and trouble ensues as she grows to care for the child and struggles to take care of him. 
Nick's work causes a whole other set of issues and he works together with Anne to help keep an eye on the child and make Anne--a buffalo hunter--more presentable to the town's society.
The Characters:
I really enjoyed reading about Anne and Nick! They seemed very real. Anne had a dark past and because of that, was very strong and cold. I tended to like the characters more as I got into the book rather than at the start of the book. 
The Plot:
The plot was slower at the beginning, and it took me a while to get into it. However, after a bit, I really enjoyed the book! Especially the last third. I really enjoyed it.
The Setting:
The setting fit very well with the story. Anne is used to being a buffalo hunter out on the range, and now she is forced to live in a city setting. She is not used to being around people after some unfortunate events when she was younger. This setting really challenges her.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a touching read!

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Hey everyone! I'm just letting you know that I'm taking a hiatus from this blog for a week or so! I'll look forward to seeing you all soon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Monday: Giveaway of Through the Deep Waters

Hey everyone! I am offering you a giveaway from Waterbrook Multnomah for Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer! 
So, enter to win this amazing book today.
The contest starts on July 31, 2014 at 6:00am EST and ends on August 20, 2014 at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen at random on August 21, 2014 and will be alerted by email. For a complete listing of the rules, please see below.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Catch Up Friday: A Fun Week

Hey everyone! What have you been doing this week?
I've been really busy doing different things--one of them being editing my first draft of Carried Home.
I created this necklace featuring--you guessed it--my very own Swept to Sea! Do you like it?
Also during the week, I went out to see the movie Pompeii. I really enjoyed it! Have you seen that film?
In the middle of the week, President Obama stopped by my town to stay overnight and give a speech. (Without getting all political, even if I don't agree with everything the president is doing, it's still pretty neat to have someone so famous come near you.) He even stopped at my favorite local coffee shop in Parkville--one owned by my friend! 
Here is his plane as he flew over my house to land in KCI. How close have you gotten to a president?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Music Thursday: Hushabye Mountain

This week I had the pleasure of seeing a classic musical performed at a local theatre. It was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and I really liked it!
Have you ever seen that show? It was a movie in the 1960s. 
Here's a lovely song from the musical called "Hushabye Mountain."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014