Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
Mark 16: 1-20

Happy Easter Everyone!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Writing Friday

Hello everyone!
How have you liked these "character interviews" I have been posting and having you participate in? If you have any suggestions for me to do for posts about my writing, or anything else you would like me to do, please let me know. I'd be glad to hear it!
Today I will continue with giving you a description of another character. After you read it, please give a question or a few that you want to ask this character and he'll answer it next week!

Now, on to the description of Adam Douglas, a secondary character in my second work-in-progress novel.

Adam Douglas is a tall, handsome young man with tightly curled light brown hair, dark green eyes, and relatively tan skin. He is about 25 years old, and very well-built. He has the appearance of a young, strong sailor and he stands up straight, with confidence. He has a scar on the side of his otherwise handsome face. This scar was the result of a terrible fire he escaped in the aftermath of the hurricane and earthquake of 1692.

I imagine him looking like Aaron Tveit as Enjolras.


He is loyal, caring and strong, and can be very protective of the things he cares about or loves.

He regularly scratches his chin when he is nervous, upset, or even angry. 

Adam grew up in a wealthy but unhappy home in England. His mother died when he was eight years old, from a terrible sickness that killed her slowly. All of his life he has wanted to live on the vast sea because he loves the freedom of it. It is very different from his cooped up, fancy lifestyle in his father’s English estate.  When he was sixteen years old, he ran away from his home, seeking a life of adventure. He paid for his passage on the ship by becoming a crew member. A few years later, he became a first mate on a merchantman’s ship. He was injured in a fire in the earthquake that came after the hurricane in Port Royal in 1692. He is now looking for work.

What do you think of Adam? Leave a question for him in a comment, and it will be answered in next week's interview!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Music Thursday

I just love Sutton Foster.

Here she is performing "Astonishing" as Jo from "Little Women".


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bible Verse Wednesday

I should've posted this on Sunday, but here is a reminder of Palm Sunday.

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Matthew 21:8-11

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Broadway Tuesday

Have you heard of "The Far Pavilions", a book written by M. M. Kaye? I hadn't, but it looks rather interesting. It was made into a musical in 2005, I believe, but it was cancelled due to attendance dropping following the 7/7 London bombings.
I think this musical deserves another shot! Here is Hadley Fraser singing "Born to the Battle" from "The Far Pavilions".


Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review Monday

I finally finished reading The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen.
Here is a book description from Amazon: "Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.
When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame...and which brother to trust with her heart?"

My thoughts:
I really liked it! This really was an awesome read. I like the characters of both Emma and Henry, and the plot included a lot of surprises that kept me guessing. Emma goes to the Weston home to help her father teach the twin Weston boys. She has always been very organized, and is a bit reluctant to come to the Weston home, knowing that Henry Weston, a boy who taunted her relentlessly back at their boarding school in their childhood, will be there.
Henry Weston is regretful of all the pranks he pulled on Miss Smallwood when he was younger. However, The Smalllwood's visit comes at a bad time for the Weston family and their secrets are hard to keep hidden.
I loved all of the mystery in this book; it kept me guessing til the very end! It reminded my a little of Jane Eyre, because it had a few similar elements, which is awesome because I like Jane Eyre, but it was written in a more modern style, which was more pleasing to my taste.
All in all, this was a great book! My favorite I have read of Julie Klassen's.


What are you reading? Have you read many books set in this time era?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
John 8:7

Friday, March 22, 2013

Writing Friday

Last week you met my character Addie Thompson Poole.
Some of my awesome readers left questions for her to answer in an interview for today's post.
So, here is the interview!

1. What is your favorite food? (from Nathan)
I really enjoy French onion soup. Our cook made it once when I still lived at home, and I loved it.
2. Would you ever go out to sea with your brother on one of his voyages with Caspian if you could? (from Nathan)
I have been sailing only a few times, but I really like it. I think that it would be fun to work up in the shrouds like the men do, but I don't think that my brother would like that idea.

3. How did your husband die? (from Eden)
My fool husband got hit by a carriage one night on his way home. I'm sure that he was drunk when it happened. When wasn't he drunk?
4. Do you prefer to grow food or flowers in your garden? (from Cortney)
Oh, I like this question! Gardening is probably my favorite thing to do. It is necessary for me to grow food in the garden, but I really like to grow flowers. They are so pretty!


5. What's your favorite color? (from Cortney)
I don't know, really. I like lavender, I suppose.


6. Why do you think Caspian's father became cruel to you when Caspian's mother died? (from Sandy)
I suppose he had trouble adjusting to her being gone. A death like that can really change a person.

7. What did your husband do for a living, and did he leave you any debt? (from Sandy)
My husband inherited a large sum of money from his parents. He decided that he didn't need to do anything for a living, the fool. He wasted all of our money with his drinking and gambling, and I have had to live mostly off of what I grow in my garden to survive.


Thanks for the questions, everybody! I hope you enjoyed this interview. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Music Thursday

Many of you have probably heard of the classic novel "The Scarlet Pimpernel" but did you know that it was made into a musical?

Here is a song from it, performed at the 1997 Tony Awards.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bible Verse Wednesday

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5


Also,don't forget to vote for Marylu Tyndall's book, Forsaken Dreams at www.bookfun.org for April's Fiction Book of the Month. :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Broadway Tuesday

Hi everyone!
I'm going to share a song from Memphis the musical. Here is Adam Pascal performing "Radio".

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review Monday

So, I've had this TERRIBLE problem...

I have SO many books, and SO little time...

I don't have a review written for today because I still have a hundred or so pages left before I am finished reading the book I am on right now.

So, today I will share with you a photo of just a portion of the ever-growing to-read list that has accumulated.


The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

Swept Away by Mary Connealy

Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble

Black Hills Blessing by Mary Connealy

Rugged and Relentless by Kelly Hake

Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson

Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy

Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy

Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parson

The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson



And the list goes on and on!!!!!!


What is on YOUR reading list right now? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned?





Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:3


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blog Hop!

I was tagged by Caitlin Hensley to participate in a blog hop featuring questions about my work-in-progress novel.

Take a look at these author's blogs to see their posts for this blog hop, also!


http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com/
http://www.aidylewoh.blogspot.ca/
http://salexmartin.webs.com/apps/blog/show/24643664-blog-hop-w-i-p-questions
http://storitorigrace.blogspot.ca/


Here are the questions. I will be answering them about my current work-in progress, Swept to Sea. You can read a little about it here.



1: What is the working title of your book?
Swept to Sea.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I have had this idea for a very long time. I have always loved stories about pirates, and I thought it would be interesting to tell the story of a woman stowing away on a ship, only to find out that it was inhabited by pirates. I immediately thought up some characters, and thus my book began. ;)
3: What genre does your book come under?
Christian historical romance.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmmm...I can't think of anyone specifically according to their acting styles, but...
I DO love acting, and I DO look kind of like Eden....could an author play her own character in the movie of her book? LOL
However, Selena Gomez is close in age and looks to Eden, so I might choose her.
I have no idea who I would have play Caspian. I have found this model who looks a lot like him, but I don't know the man's name. 
I would also have Molly Quinn play Ivy, Orlando Bloom play Gage, and Hadley Fraser play Matthew.5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Fleeing an unwanted marriage, Eden Trenton stows away aboard a pirate ship. Terrified, yet determined, she sets sail with a notorious captain into the unknown.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Swept to Sea is currently unpublished. 
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I have worked on it leisurely over the past two or so years. I only seriously started working on it in the past year. 
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would compare it to The Restitution by MaryLu Tyndall or Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Basically my idea that I talked about in question two inspired me.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think my readers would enjoy the history, romance, and adventure in my book. I try very hard to make well-rounded characters that my readers can connect with. And besides, who doesn't love pirates? (I know, not everybody, but a lot of people do!)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Writing Friday

Hi everyone!
Today is Writing Friday, so as usual, I will be posting about my work-in-progress series, the first book of which is titled "Swept to Sea".
The character I am about to introduce you to is featured in my as-of-yet untitled manuscript, the second book in my trilogy.
You already met Lady Ivy Shaw here and here and Gage Thompson here and here.
I like my secondary characters almost as much as my main characters, so I always try to make them just as real as my heroes.
Today I will introduce you to a secondary character who plays a part in my second book.
Addie Thompson Poole is the younger sister of Gage Thompson.
Addie has dark, curly brown hair that is often found hanging loose from her coiffure on the top of her head. her skin has a nice golden tan to it, partly natural and partly from her love of gardening.  Her eyes are a brilliant sea-foam green, framed by thick black lashes. She is seventeen years old.

Addie is a strong young woman, very mature for her age, who has recently taken control of her life and learned she needs to take care of herself after her husband dies, leaving her alone in a city she does not know. She can be quite the spitfire and will do anything to protect herself.

She taps her foot when she is upset or nervous and she chews on her bottom lip when she is thinking.

Addie is strong and willing to work to eat. She is nice, especially to other women and children. Addie does not like to admit defeat, but she has no way to support herself so she needs the help of her brother, Gage Thompson.

Addie’s parents died when she was very young. She and her older brother, Gage, were abandoned on the streets. After a couple of months, they were taken in by Caspian’s family and raised with him. They were a very nice family to be a part of and she enjoyed every minute, but things changed when Caspian’s mother died. Caspian’s father was not so kind anymore and after Gage and Caspian left to sail, and she was given to marriage to a cruel man by Caspian’s father when she was fifteen years old. Caspian’s father was not aware that this man was cruel, and she was not either, until after they were married. This man died two years later, leaving her without any money. She had no reputable way of earning money, so she wrote to her brother, Gage for help.


So, now you have met Addie, one of my secondary characters. What do you think of her? Leave some questions for her in your comments today, and I will have her answer them in next week's post!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Music Thursday

This is a very beautiful song by Scott Alan performed by Hadley Fraser.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bible Verse Wednesday

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1

Monday, March 11, 2013

Book Review Tuesday

Hello everyone!
You probably read my blog post from yesterday, where I explained this temporary schedule change.
Anyway, today is the release day for Tracy Higley's So Shines the Night!
I am taking part in her blog tour today in celebration. Here is the author's bio:
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at TracyHigley.com

Take a look at this to win a gift card....
Get more books! Enter to win a $50 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Guess where this book is! The Theater of Ephesus...
Also, here is a video of Tracy Higley herself on location. 

http://youtu.be/17TJm7vR9XA




Okay, here is a description if this book from Amazon:

"In a city teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way.

She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her.

But the darkness she fled has caught up with her.

The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’s exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings.

When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul’s God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything—Lucas’s fate, her position in his household, and the outcome of the tension between pagans and Christians. But only if she survives long enough to divulge what she knows."
And finally, an interview with the author, using questions that I sent her. For more interviews, stop by her blog for all of the blogs participating in the tour.


1. You have gone on so many amazing travels. What was one of your favorite things about visiting Ephesus?

I think it was the sense of being somewhere “where Paul walked.” Sitting in the theater, looking down over the Harbor Street where he was likely kept prisoner at times, I had this amazing moment of “I can’t believe I’m here” – the kind of moment that gives you chills and makes you feel connected to something larger than yourself.


1.          2. For you, what is the hardest part of the writing process?
The The actual rough draft, the first time I get the words out of my head, is the hardest part. I have to discipline myself to stop the research, stop the planning and plotting, and just start writing!

1.                 3.   What is a typical day like for you, as an author?
Since last fall I’ve started a new routine, which is working very well for me. I get up at 5 AM every day and work on writing until about 8:30 AM. The rest of the day is given to the “business” side of writing and life, and my other business. Sometimes I’ll add in some more research or planning during the rest of the day, but those quiet early hours are when I’m at my most creative and get the most done.


Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, Tracy! 
And, finally, stop by her site to complete the blog tour! http://tracyhigley.com/

Broadway Monday

Hello all!
You may have noticed that I am posting Broadway Monday instead of Book Review Monday. This is a one-time only event. After this week I will go back to my normal schedule.
I am part of a blog tour with author Tracy Higley for her new release, So Shines the Night, which comes out tomorrow. So, tomorrow I will do my book post about Tracy's book and today I am doing the typical Broadway post.
Anyway, today I will share with you a song from a musical I had never heard of until a couple of days ago. It is called "The In-Between Musical" and written by Laura Tisdall.
I found it on youtube while searching for songs Hadley Fraser sang.
Here a description of the musical I found on their website:
"There are places you've never dreamed of...
The Story
Nineteen-year-old misfit and perpetual underachiever, Flick Wimple, has always lived in the shadow of her caring but neurotic elder sister, Alice. Since their parents died in a car crash, Alice has had to become more of a mother to Flick - a responsibility that traps them both and heightens their love-hate relationship. Resigned to the way things are, Flick determines to expect nothing exceptional from life and give little in return.

She is forced to re-evaluate, however, when one day she steps through the wrong doorway and finds herself trapped in the space between parallel worlds; the place known as the In-Between. There she is met by the mysterious, if slightly nerdy, Guide Calicus; a young man who has spent his entire life leading people between worlds. He offers Flick the chance to leave her problems behind and journey to another world and, as he leads her through the In-Between, the two begin to form a close bond, causing him to wonder what it would be like to live a life of his own.

But all is not right in the In-Between; other Guides are starting to go missing and tears are appearing in the walls... Ultimately, Flick must make a choice; to hold on to her past, her sister and the world she knows, or risk everything to try and save much more...

The In-Between is an original story of love, friendship and letting go, with both humour and heart."


This musical has not opened on the stage yet, but a concept album was recorded.
Here is Hadley Fraser singing a song from it that I absolutely love now.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:15-16

Friday, March 8, 2013

Writing Friday

Hi everyone!
Last week's post was about my character Lady Ivy Shaw. If you missed it, you can read it here.
My readers very kindly gave me questions to ask Ivy in a character interview, so I will get to those right away.
1.What is your favorite food? (from Cortney)
Hmm...I like anything sweet, really. Apple pies have always been one of my favorite foods.
2. And do you enjoy sailing? (from Cortney)
I'm afraid that although sailing seems quite pleasant and adventurous, I cannot seem to enjoy it. I am seasick most of the time so I find it awful, but I am happy to do it to help find Eden before she finds herself stranded somewhere in the Caribbean with nowhere to go and no friends to turn to. 

3. What is your favorite hobby? (from Nathan)
I really enjoy knitting. It is something that my mother and I always used to do together and I find it very soothing. I also enjoy that it is something that I can do that is actually productive; I can make blankets and hats for my younger brother.
4. Are you bringing your younger brother with you and your friend to look for Eden? (from Nathan)
Sadly, I am not bringing my brother along. I fear the voyage would be too stressful for him and I don't want him to be harmed should anything happen, especially if we cross paths with Lord Rutger, the man to whom Eden is engaged. I think he wouldn't think twice about hurting a child. I can only pray my brother is safe back home and I can return as soon as possible.

5. Will/does Ivy keep in touch with her mother while away? Does she know how her mother is doing? (from Kedzie)
I have not been able to keep in touch with my mother as of yet. I am considering sending off a letter home as soon as we stop at a port somewhere to let her know how I am doing and I will pray it gets home before I do so my family doesn't worry about me. That won't stop me from worrying about them, though. It is hard for me to be away from my family, but I need to find my friend, Eden. I trust that my mother will be well, however, because although she has been sick, lately she has been stable and hasn't been declining so far. It is my hope that she will remain the same and even return to good health.

6. How do you view your father now, after he took up drinking? (from Ali)
I love my father, and always have, but I wish that he had never taken up drinking. Drinking can really change a person. I am sorry that I wasn't able to do something to prevent this from happening, but I only feel sorry for him; I am not angry at him. I just wish he would stop and take care of us, his family, once again.

7. What's your favorite color? (from Bethany)
I have always liked a pale green color. I think it is soothing.

8. Who is the most important person to you? (from Bethany)
The most important person to me right now is my little brother. Lately my entire life has revolved around him for the last four years and I wouldn't want it any other way. I would do anything to protect him and he just brightens up my every day. I don't know what I would do without him.


Those are Ivy's answers! Thank you so very much, everyone, for asking her questions!
I really appreciate each an every one of my readers, followers, and commenters. 
Have a great weekend and stop by on Monday for my weekly book review!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Music Thursday

When you hear the phrase "9 to 5" you may think of the movie starring Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton. However, did you know that that movie was made into a Broadway musical in 2009?
Here is the talented Stephanie J. Block performing "Get Out and Stay Out" from the musical.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bible Verse Wednesday

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Broadway Tuesday

After receiving a comment on Thursday's post from Bethany (click on her name to visit her awesome blog) I decided to share a beautiful song performed by an awesome singer.
Here is the "All I Ask of You" reprise from Phantom of the Opera, performed by the talented Ramin Karimloo.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Review Monday

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good weekend.
I am very excited to say that today I will be reviewing Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall! Find it on Amazon and check out the author's blog.
Here is a book description from the back cover: "They Left Everything Behind to Build a New Southern Utopia
Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.

Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can't help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she longs to start over again in Brazil.

But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for."

What an awesome description! I know I couldn't wait to start reading when I saw that.
Here is my review:

Each of MaryLu Tyndall’s books gets better and better as new ones are published, which is saying a lot, because I have loved every single one of them!
Forsaken Dreams is no exception. It encompasses many page-turning qualities that I loved: adventure, romance, and a thrilling plot-line.
This story centers around a group of Southerners who leave everything they once lost home to start a new life in Brazil after the devastations of the Civil War. They hope to create their own Southern Utopia in the new land which is called a paradise. What is amazing is that this really happened in history. I never knew that before, but Southern colonists really went to Brazil in hopes of creating a utopia!
Colonel Blake Wallace, who lost his whole family in the war, leads this group, wanting the very same goal as them: a new life. He wants to escape his past and all the memories of the war and begin again. Blake suffers from PTSD and a limp, both resulting from the war. I really liked this character, and MaryLu Tyndall displayed his conflicting emotions beautifully. She has a true, God-given talent for creating amazingly real characters and edge-of-the-seat plots.
Eliza Crawford also goes on this journey to escape her past, one she doesn’t want anyone else to find out about. She was raised a Southerner, but after her mother died and her father became very protective, she became rebellious. She married a general in the Northern army before the war began, against her father’s bidding, and was disowned by her remaining family. When her husband died in the war, Eliza was rejected by both the North and the South, even after serving as a nurse for Southern soldiers. She goes in the voyage to escape her past and hide the secret of the man she married. Eliza was another character I enjoyed, and I was always eager to keep reading to discover her fate. And when she and Colonel Wallace begin to fall in love, she fears he could never forgive her for marrying the enemy.
This story is also filled with a full cast of well-developed minor characters who truly seemed like real people.
The colonist’s voyage is threatened, however, by countless events that seem to plague them. Mysterious fog, enemies chasing them, and terrible storms follow them all the way, but God is always with them.
I enjoy reading but I don’t say this very often: I literally felt like I was living inside of these pages because it was so wonderfully written.
I definitely recommend this to anyone; especially to readers who enjoy history, romance, adventure, mystery, or a sea-faring tale. You will not regret reading it.



What are your thoughts on this book? Does it look like something you would read?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Friday, March 1, 2013

Writing Friday

Happy March! Today is Writing Friday which means I will introduce you to another one of my characters from my work-in-progress novel, Swept to Sea.

Today you will meet Lady Ivy Shaw, who I intend to be the female main character of the sequel to Swept to Sea.
Ivy grew up with Eden and they have been friends practically since they were born. She has wavy golden-orange hair that she typically wears in a tight bun. She gets annoyed when her hair comes out of its confinement. She has pale ivory skin and her face is dotted with freckles that multiply every time she steps out in the sun. Dark, stormy blue eyes the color of the sky before a storm display her emotions. She is nineteen years old.

I imagine her looking like actress Molly Quinn in this photograph.
Ivy is self-sacrificing, generous, and loves to take care of others.

She lives in England with her mother,  father, and younger brother Christopher. Once a wealthy family, they lost nearly everything when her father made a poor business investment. Her mother has been sick for the last couple of years and her father took to drinking after their loss of wealth, so Ivy has found herself taking care of her brother as if he were her own child. During Swept to Sea, she sets out on an expedition with her close friend Aimee to find Eden because they fear for her safety, running off alone to the Caribbean.
So, now you have been introduced to Ivy Shaw!
What do you think of her? I need you to please ask her whatever questions you want, and she will answer them in an interview next Friday! So, feel free to ask her any question you would like. Thanks, and have a great weekend!