Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: With Every Breath

I recently read With Every Breath By Elizabeth Camden.
Here's a little about the book:

"In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.
Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all. "


Here's what I thought:

This was the first book I've read by this author, and WOW, was this good!
I am going to be going back and reading all of her other books pretty soon. It's always great to find a new author whose writing you like.
This story follows Kate and Trevor, who have been competing with each other all their lives, since they were around thirteen years old. Now, many years later, they are reunited as Trevor hires the brilliant Kate to work with him as an assistant at his hospital, where he is fighting to find a cure for tuberculosis with a group of terminally ill patients.
Trouble ensues as someone seems to be planting false evidence and spreading bad rumors about Trevor, bringing out secrets from the past. Will Kate and Trevor find love in the midst of sickness and attack? Will Trevor survive the lies being spread about his career?
I LOVED everything about this book and was sad when it was over. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Spotlight: Queen by Heather Gray

Hey everyone! Today I have a book spotlight for you. This book was written by my fellow Astraea Press author Heather Gray!


Back Cover Blurb:
You can't hide from the past.

Queen's world was shattered, and she was banished to a foreign land. Years pass before she dares to return, but what she finds is of little comfort. Greed and dishonesty have festered and grown in her absence. Embittered and cynical, Queen trusts few people.

Owen pursues a clandestine investigation and finds himself working side-by-side with a veritable ghost, an agent few have seen, a master of disguise known simply as Queen.  He craves her trust…but then uncovers a secret from his family's past that could destroy her.

Queen once sought refuge in America and now seeks it in disguise. Owen has always found his refuge in God, but will his faith be strong enough for the challenges ahead? Can he convince Queen to stop hiding, or is he doomed to become her most hated enemy?


Excerpt:
"I don't want him knowing what either of you look like. You need to leave until I get him back to the inn."
"It's not safe."
"The situation is a disaster, but he's safe. I trust him."
Owen listened to the voices. The first was Isadore/Iola. Thankfully, she'd dropped the horrible screech she'd been using as part of the barmaid act. The other belonged to a man. Older, he guessed, but he couldn't say by how much.
"I don't like it. This isn't part of the plan."
A woman's voice, also older. Isadore/Iola's parents?
The voices talked some more in a hushed whisper, then a door opened and closed.
"You can stop pretending to be unconscious, Mr. Loring."
"How do you know my name?" Owen sat up, his movement slow. He winced at the pain while taking in his surroundings. He was on a pallet in the main room of a small cottage. His hand explored the source of his discomfort and found a tender lump on the back of his head.
"I make it my business to learn things about people." She stood near the front door, not very far away in the smallness of the room. Her frizzy red hair looked as if it might take flight were it not held down by the small linen cap that was part of her uniform at the inn.
"I'm at a disadvantage, then, because I'm fairly certain I don't know your name. Isadore. Or should I say Iola?"
A kind of tired silence was her only response, and Owen decided to go for the jugular.
"Maybe it's Queen?"
Her hissed intake of breath told him he'd hit the mark.
"I stopped to visit Peter on my way here. He mentioned you two went fishing."
She smiled then, and the lines of tension eased from around her eyes. "Peter never mentions anything on accident."
Owen stared, puzzling out her words. "You didn't go fishing, did you?"
A quick shake of the head. "But you and I appear to be fishing in the same pond."
Peter had always been a sly fox. He'd told Owen, but the younger agent hadn't listened.
"Nobody's seen you in these parts for a long time."
She tipped her head in agreement. "Four years."
"Where have you been?"
"Does it matter?" She frowned at him.
"You told someone in this room that you trust me. So trust me now. Tell me what's going on."
"Where do I start?"
"Your name would be a good place."
Her mouth again stretched wide, her eyes crinkling at the corners, and light danced in the blue orbs. "Let's stick with Queen for now."


Author Bio:
Heather Gray authors the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order ManJust Dessert, and Redemption.  She also writes the Regency Refuge series: His Saving Grace, Jackal, and Queen - plus contemporary titles Ten Million Reasons and Nowhere for Christmas.  Aside from a long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys are her relationships with her Savior and family.  Heather loves to laugh, and this theme is prevalent in her writing where, through the highs and lows of life, her characters find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.

You can find Heather online at http://www.facebook.com/heathergraywritinghttp://www.twitter.com/laughdreamwrite, and http://www.heathergraywriting.com.  She can also be found most days at The Inspired Inkpot, a street team, prayer group, and all around awesome place to hang out - http://www.facebook.com/groups/theinspiredinkpot.


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catch Up Friday: TV, Book Signings, Contract, Oh My!

I have been ridiculously busy for a long time, and I am sorry to have neglected this blog!

Here's a little bit of what I have been up to:

1. I dressed as a black and white Audrey Hepburn for Halloween.



















2. I signed a book contract with my publisher for Carried Home, sequel to Swept to Sea.



















3. I was Dorothy in my school's skit of Wizard of Oz.















4. I was on TV.



















(Watch Heather Manning's Report on Fox 4 News.)

5. I met Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.














(If you live in the area, go see this amazing show at the Coterie Theatre!)

6. I will be signing copies of Swept to Sea at  the Woodneath Library Center. 
Stop by and get a signed copy of Swept to Sea for yourself and for a Christmas gift!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review Monday: Golden Daughter Review



Hey everyone! I'm sorry I have been neglecting this blog so much lately...between book contracts, writing, homework, and college search, I have been terribly busy!

I have a guest review for you today from Cortney. Here's what she thought of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's latest novel:


Thanks for having me here, Heather!

Dreams, bodyguards, secret orders, divided families and kingdoms, war, adventure, love, and of course… dragons all meld together in this epic new book of the Tales of Goldstone Wood.  With Golden Daughter, Anne Elisabeth Stengl proves once more that she has been blessed with a tremendous gift for writing powerful, moving, and emotional tales.

Vibrant new characters join familiar favorites to create a unique cast of heroes and villains that you can’t help but love.  Sairu, a Golden Daughter, is placed in the service of Lady Hariawan, a Dream Walker.  To the eyes of many, she is nothing more than a handmaiden, but in reality, she is a highly trained bodyguard, devoted to her mistress for the rest of her life.

But other forces are at work, and Lady Hariawan is not the only Dream Walker, nor is she the only one in need of protection.  A fan favorite returns in this book of the series to guard Sairu herself, and the bond that forms between these two is both lovely and unique.

Another returning favorite is the mighty villain, the Dragon, who seeks to fulfill his own dark purpose.  Aiding him are many who feel displaced and angry with their lot in life.

At the same time, two brothers are divided by hatred and jealousy, and readers will be pleasantly surprised to discover a bit more of Sunan’s (from Goddess Tithe) backstory.

Several other mysteries are explained, including one which has been referenced multiple times since the beginning of the series in Heartless.  Also, readers may discover threads woven throughout the story that are reminiscent of the Old Testament accounts of Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and even Adam and Eve.  Truly Golden Daughter is an epic tale with far-reaching effects upon the worlds of Goldstone Wood, yet the struggles of the individual characters makes it relatable, and the powerful description breathes life to the characters and their story.

I would highly recommend Golden Daughter by Anne Elisabeth Stengl to any fan of Fantasy or even any fan of reading.  However, if you intend to read the entire series of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, then I would recommend beginning with Heartless and reading through the rest of the books in the order they were written.  Either way, you are certainly in for a treat with this delightful story and series!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Catch Up Friday: Disney, TV Interview, and Book Sale!

Happy Halloween! Are you doing anything special today?
I am dressing up for Halloween...my yearbook staff is sponsoring a costume contest which I am excited for! I'll post pictures of my costume at some point.

So...I have been incredibly busy lately.

Last week, I got to go to Disney World, which was awesome. I went to all four parks and had an awesome time.


Me and Gaston!

At the 1950's Prime Time Cafe!

I also want to tell you that my TV feature for Fox Four's Reaching for Excellence award will air THIS Wednesday, November 5th at 9:00 PM. It will also re-air several times after that, and I will be sure to post the link for you to see it. 

Finally, yet equally important, I wanted to tell you that Swept to Sea is CURRENTLY ONLY 99 cents! So if you buy it right now you would be saving $3. Sounds like a deal to me! 
So, please consider purchasing Swept to Sea during this limited time if you have not already and sharing the deal with your friends. As I am writing this, Swept to Sea has reached number 38 on the Amazon Bestseller list! Let's see how far we can make it go!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bible Verse Wednesday: Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review Monday: Abandoned Memories

Hey everyone! I just got done reading Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall.

Now, it is time for a review! But first, here's some info about the book.
"In MaryLu Tyndall’s stunning conclusion to her Escape from Paradise series, Angeline Moore longs to make a fresh start in the Confederate colony of New Hope, Brazil. James Callaway longs to create a city free from immoral women who caused his failure as a preacher. But a series of strange happenings soon lead the colonists to believe they have been brought to this place for a divine purpose."


Now, on to my review.
My Thoughts: 
The Idea:
I have been following this series since the very first, Forsaken Dreams. This trilogy follows a colony of Southerners after the Civil War, who are sailing to Brazil to create a Southern Utopia. This book solves the mysterious events that plagued the colonists in the first two. 
 I was eager to continue the story with familiar characters.

The Characters:
This final book details the story of Angeline, a woman with a dark past, and James, a doctor who hates the sight of blood and has become the colony's pastor. I had seen their interactions in the past two novels and had been awaiting their story the entire time, and was not disappointed. 

The Plot:
This plot definitely kept me intrigued. The entire series, I have been wanting to know what was going on with the mysterious occurrences that have been plaguing these colonists, so I was eager to keep reading! The romance between Angeline and James was kind of predictable, but I did not mind it that much.
The Setting:
All alone in the wilderness of Brazil? This definitely posed some challenges for the colonists, and made for a good story. The setting was unique and well done.

Overall:
A great read! I definitely recommend starting with Book 1, Forsaken Dreams, and working from there. You will be glad you did! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Catch Up Friday: Am Reading!

Hey everyone!
Lately I have been catching up on my reading. I am kind of in a lull between working on projects, so now I have some peaceful time to READ!

I just finished Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall, and now I am reading The Westward Brides Collection, which is a series of novellas written by many authors. I am enjoying it so far.

Also, I wanted those of you who were wondering that my TV feature on Fox 4 is still going to happen. However, because the Royals (Kansas City's baseball team) kept winning and is now in the World Series, my feature has been bumped back a few times. I will let you know when it plays!

In the mean time, enjoy this photo of a blue fountain in KC, celebrating the Royals' success!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Monday: Guest Post by Rachel Skatvold



Hey everyone! I have a guest post for you today from one of my friends, Rachel Skatvold! Her novel Beauty Within, debuted recently and I am so excited for her! Take a look at her book here, and enter to win a copy of it!


Beauty Within
Riley Family Legacy Novellas, Book 1
by Rachel Skatvold

Book Summary

A young widow returns to her hometown in search of a new beginning…
A handsome police officer running from dark shadows in his past…
Together, will this unlikely pair be able to move past their circumstances and discover the Beauty Within God’s plan?

Excerpt

Officer Ryan Hudson watched the young woman’s face blush cherry red when she recognized him. He was just as surprised to see her again but didn’t let on. Instead he remained stone faced and all business. “Good afternoon, Ma’am. I’m Officer Hudson.”
She pushed a few strands of brown hair out of her face and shook his hand. “I’m Katherine Arnold.”
The natural blush on her cheeks brought out the red highlights in her hair. It made her even more beautiful than at their first meeting. He cleared his throat and attempted to concentrate. “I’m assuming you’re this child’s mother? I found her crying over here by the bakery counter.”
She bit her lip and squeezed the little girl’s hand tighter. “Yes, thank you for finding her. I assure you, this will not happen again.” She peered down at her daughter. “Right, Lillian? You’re going to stay with me next time?”
Lillian nuzzled closer to her. “Yes, mommy.”
Katherine nudged her daughter. “Don’t you have something to tell Officer Hudson?
She peeked up at him with a sheepish grin. “Thank you for the cookie, Officer … Handsome.”
Katherine covered her mouth but a giggle still escaped. “Sorry, she has a little trouble with names.”

Click the links below to purchase Beauty Within


Enter in the giveaway contest here!



About the Author:

Rachel Skatvold is an inspirational author and stay at home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance, devotions, encouraging blogs. Rachel is currently working on the second installment of the Riley Family Legacy Novellas and her first full length novel, Enduring the Flames. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.

Places to follow Rachel:

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Catch-Up Friday: A Week of Homework...

Hey everyone! I have been super busy with homework all week. Especially physics and math homework. Ugh.

Did you take physics in school? Did you like it or dislike it?

This weekend I am also really busy. Yesterday I went to an event called Waterfire Kansas City. It was an outdoor event on the Plaza where local performers sang songs from this year's show season. I got to hear everything from The Book of Mormon to Violet to Fiddler on the Roof and many in between. This was awesome. I am so proud of Kansas City's theatre scene!

So, what are you doing this weekend?

Friday, October 3, 2014

TV Interviews and Book Signings!

Hey everyone! I am so sorry that I have neglected the blog lately, but I am here to tell you what has kept me so busy.
Last week, local news station Fox 4 News came to interview me. This was part of their Reaching For Excellence Award. I had an absolutely great time and can't wait for it to air in a few weeks. I will post a link when they put it online as well.

Here they were filming me talking to the yearbook staff.
Also, I was part of the Maranatha Book Fest this weekend. This was really fun for me, since I love doing author events. I signed copies of Swept to Sea and also spoke to a group there about what it is like being a teenage published author. I also gave advice for writers who are starting out. I love doing events like these and hope to do more in the near future.
At my table at the Book Fest. 

Speaking to the group. They asked some great questions!
And finally, I have something pretty awesome for you. The extremely talented Monica over at Novel Characters illustrated some of my reader's favorite scene from Swept to Sea!
Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her how amazing the artwork is, but until then, I will share it with you here. Please stop over and look at her blog too, though. :)



Monday, September 29, 2014

Hello!

Hey guys, I have really been neglecting this blog. I know these are simply excuses, but I have been extremely busy. Between my writing, my editing, preparing for an author event, and being interviewed for television, I have hardly had time for this blog.

I will start back on my schedule on Wednesday, and give you a nice post on Friday explaining what  I have been up to.

I would also like to explain that for the time being, I will be skipping my Music Thursday posts. I love them, but during the times I am busy, they won't be around much. I will post some when I can, though.


Thank you so much for sticking with me! I hope to hear from you all. Thanks so much.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

So Much News!

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry that I have left you all without a post for a few days. How thoughtful of me!

Truth be told, though, I have honestly been extremely busy lately. Just this weekend, I was volunteering at a Renaissance Festival. That was pretty fun, but it took up most of my day!

But other than the little things that I have been up to, I have some big news to share with you!

First of all, I am going to be taking part in a BOOK FEST! How exciting is that? I will be signing books and may even be reading a selection from Swept to Sea. That should be super fun! Other authors will be there, so make certain you attend! This is specifically for Christian readers and writers, so please attend and find some new books!

Second. I found out that I am going to be on my local news station, Fox Four News! I will be interviewed later this month and it should air in early October. I am thrilled about this, because I was so excited for my last TV appearance.

How are you doing? What is one good thing that happened to you last week?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Music Thursday: Bridges of Madison County

Hello everyone! How is your week going? Mine has been pretty busy!
Today I song from the lovely The Bridges of Madison County for you. I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bible Verse Wednesday: In the Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Monday: Am Reading

Hey everyone! I haven't had a lot of time for reading since school started, but I thought I'd let you know what I am reading.

Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall! You all know MaryLu is one of my favorite authors, so I am really enjoying this one.
What are you reading? Have you read any of MaryLu's books?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Catch Up Friday: This Week

Hey everyone!
This week was pretty busy for me. I mostly did school and not that much else! I'm sorry my posts have not been as regular as they should be. School has just kept me pretty busy!
What have you done this week?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bible Verse Wednesday: the Favor of the Lord


May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Monday: The Wrangler's Inconvenient Wife

Hey everyone! How are you doing today? What is one thing you did this weekend?

I have a review of The Wrangler's Inconvenient Wife by Lacy Williams for you today.


"With no family to watch over them, it's up to Fran Morris to take care of her younger sister, even if it means marrying a total stranger. Gruff, strong and silent, her new husband is a cowboy down to the bone. He wed Fran to protect her, not to love her, but her heart has never felt so vulnerable.

Trail boss Edgar White already has all the responsibility he needs at his family's ranch in Bear Creek, Wyoming. He had intended to remain a bachelor forever, but he can't leave Fran and her sister in danger. And as they work on the trail together, Edgar starts to soften toward his unwanted wife. He already gave Fran his name…can he trust her with his heart?"

My Thoughts:
The Idea:
I really liked this book. It's about Edgar and Fran, who fall into a "marriage of inconvenience." Edgar marries her to ensure that she and her younger sister are safe. However, he never intended to get married. He and Fran work on the trail together, and start to grow close. 
The Characters:
Fran is a young woman who will do anything and everything to get her little sister, Emma, to safety. She was admirable in her selflessness to protect her sister. 
Edgar has not trusted women after he was abandoned by his mother at a young age. He planned to never marry, but he finds himself with a wife in this book. 
I liked the characters. 
The Plot:
This was a short and sweet book; perfect for the summer! I really enjoyed it. The plot was somewhat predictable, but I certainly enjoyed it nonetheless. 
The Setting:
I really liked the setting of rural Wyoming! It was perfect for the story and I tend to like western stories. 
Overall:
A lovely book!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Music Thursday: King of Anything

Wow! Can you believe today is Thursday already? I can't!

Although a large percentage of songs I listen to is made up of showtunes, I do listen to some non-showtunes as well. Here is one from one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bible Verse Wednesday: You Have Done Wonderful Things

Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago
Isaiah 25:1


Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Monday: A Table By the Window

Hey everyone! How are you doing this week? I hope well.

Today I have a review of A Table By the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge.
Here's a little about the book.

"Heirloom recipes, family secrets…and a chance for love
The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?

After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.

Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother’s story can help show the way?"


My Thoughts:
The Idea:
This story focuses on Juliette, a food writer from a food-oriented Italian/French family. When her grandma dies, she leaves behind a deep secret that Juliette wants to get to the bottom of. Then she unexpectedly enters a long-distance relationship with a man in Tennessee who is completely unlike her family. Will she choose him, or the food-writing career she has begun to dislike?
The Characters:
There is really only one main character to this story, and that is Juliette. I liked her! I was really invested in her life by the time the book was done.
The Plot:
The beginning was a little bit slow, but I was really interested in it by the ending. This has a pretty tame, slow-moving plot, but interesting nonetheless.
The Setting:
This is set in the West Coast of modern-day US. The setting fit the story, and it made the struggle even harder on Juliette when deciding what to do about her long-distance relationship.
Overall:
This was a nice, light, summer read. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Catch-Up Friday: Disney World and School Started

So, what have I been up to lately?
Well, last week, I was at Disney World. If you know me, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with Disney World, so this was thrilling for me.
What's your favorite ride at Disney? Tell me in the comments. Mine is Pirates of the Caribbean. I rode it three times on this trip and five times when I went to Disneyland a few years ago. (Maybe that's why there are pirates in my books!)
Here are some pictures of the fun I had.
It was my first time riding Splash Mountain. I loved it!

I resort-hopped some. The Boaardwalk was really nice!

When I get married...

The Beach Club Resort was pretty cool as well. 

I loved it there!

The Be Our Guest restaurant was Beauty and the Beast-themed. 

I wanted to meet Gaston, but he wasn't there, so I had to settle for his statue. 

Waiting for the monorail at the end of the day! I spent 16 hours total at Disney World in one day. And I wouldn't have had it any other way!




Other than that, when I got home, I started typing up my edits for Carried Home. Then, school started. On Thursday, I began senior year of high school!


So, tell me in the comments. What is your favorite Disney World Ride?

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:
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.
Overall:
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a touching read!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hiatus

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Monday: Am Reading

Sorry this post is late! I had an absolutely terrible internet connection last night and couldn't get a post up!

Anyway, right now I am reading A Table By the Window.

It's pretty good! What book are you reading right now?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Catch-Up Friday: My Keyboard

The last few days, my poor keyboard has felt neglected. I used to use it all the time as I wrote. Now, I am editing, and I don't see my keyboard that much anymore.
Is it weird that I feel emotionally attached to my keyboard? Probably. But here's what it looks like:
Can you tell I use it quite a lot? Most of the keys are to the point where they are completely unreadable. When other people use my computer, they have no idea what they are typing. 
Somehow, I must have all of the keys memorized, because I never have any trouble finding a key. 

Does your keyboard  look like mine? Would you be able to use this one?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Which Character from Swept to Sea are You?

Hey everyone!

This is soooo much fun...I made this quiz and the response has been pretty good. So now, I want you to take this quiz and tell me and your friends which character you get! I got Eden.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Catch-Up Friday: A Little Library!

Have you heard of "little free libraries"?

I first heard of them when a kid in a city near me created one in his front yard. He had a box outside to serve as the library, and the rules were simple: take a book, leave a book.

I simply love this concept, so I was really happy to hear that an area near me created their own Little Library. 

So, what did I do this week? I dropped Swept to Sea off at my local little library, of course! I hope it goes to a good home. 



Besides that, this week I began editing "Carried Home," my sequel to "Swept to Sea"!
I really like editing so I am happy about that. What have you been up to this week?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bible Verse Wednesday: Sharper than a Sword

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Monday: Stuck Together

I've been meaning to post this review for a while now and I thought I already had! Silly me.

Today I have a review of an excellent novel that I finished reading a while ago, Stuck Together by Mary Connealy. 

Here's a little about the book:


"When a lawman who values order gets stuck with a feisty crusader who likes to stir things up, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Now that she's settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel's saloon closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.
Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them.
With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger."

My Thoughts:
The Idea:
If you know me, you may know that Mary Connealy is one of my all-time favorite authors. Stuck Together did not in any way disappoint.
Tina Cahill is determined to shut down Broken Wheel's tiny saloon. 
Vince gets stuck with his very interesting family when his father runs away on them. 
I have been following the Trouble in Texas series ever since the first book, and I was very excited to read the final one. 
The Characters:
As always with a Connealy book, I adored the characters. They were so funny, and yet they had such real, painful backstories that they were dealing with. I really grew to care for them and want the best for them. 
The Plot:
There was never a dull moment. At every turn I was laughing or anxiously awaiting what would happen next. 
The Setting:
A very rural town in Texas made for an excellent place for the main characters to be "stuck together!"
Overall:
A FANTASTIC read! Seriously, if you have never tried a Mary Connealy book before, do so NOW. I promise, you will thank me later. 
One of my favorite quotes from the book. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cover Reveal: Crossing the Ice

Hey everyone! What have you been up to this week?

I have a cover reveal and excerpt for you for my friend, Jennifer Comeaux's new book, Crossing the Ice.

Here's a little about the book and the author:

Release date: August 2014


BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though...

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. 




Now, here's an excerpt: 

I turned to Josh with my arms folded and my head cocked to the side. “So, you’re an athlete, a dancer and a musician? If you tell me you’re a skilled artist, I’m gonna have to hate you.”
He laughed. “I can barely draw a stick figure.”
“Whew.” I swiped my hand across my forehead.
“Even if I was the next Picasso, though, I wouldn’t have told you.” He paused and held my gaze. “I don’t like the idea of you hating me.”
My stomach fluttered. Josh didn’t often make extended eye contact, but whenever he locked those sinfully blue eyes on mine, I became a mesmerized puddle of swoon.




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