Friday, May 30, 2014

Catch-Up Friday

This has been a crazy week!
So much has happened.
Last weekend, I got a lot of writing done. I passed 60, 000 words in Carried Home, Swept to Sea's sequel! That means my first draft should be finished pretty soon.
I hit 60k!

Then, I did something fun...
I made all of my couples from my series as "Frozen" characters.
Eden and Caspian, Ivy and Gage, and Aimee and Matthew!
Aren't they cute? I just love them.

Currently, I am meticulously planning a Facebook Party for Swept to Sea's Half Anniversary!
It is going to be so much fun, and there will be a lot of giveaways, so be sure to go and invite your friends! I can't wait to see you there. 
These are some of the Half Anniversary Party Giveaways!

Well, I'm going to go get some writing done. See you Monday!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Music Thursday: A Whole New World

Guys! I found Hadley Fraser singing "A Whole New World." Sorry there isn't a video you can watch, but at least you can hear it, right? Enjoy! 

In case you didn't know, this song is from Aladdin.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bible Verse Wednesday: Love

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13

Monday, May 26, 2014


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Book Monday: Through the Deep Waters Review

Hello everyone! I am hopefully finally back in the swing of a normal schedule. However, you can expect more posts to come about New Orleans and the Romantic Times Convention.
I wanted to let you know I have a Facebook Party scheduled to celebrate Swept to Sea's Six Month Anniversary!
You are all invited! There will be prizes, giveaways, and fun, so don't miss it.
Also, I'll ask everyone who told them about the party. Whoever's name gets mentioned the most gets a prize, so be sure to invite your friends.
You can join here.

Anyway, today I have a review of Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

About the Book:
"Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn't old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive."

My Thoughts: 
The Idea:
I picked up this book because I was very interested in the concept of Harvey Girls. I have always loved the idea. But this book is more about a young girl who wants a job as a Harvey Girl. This is about Dinah, a girl running from her terrible past, where she was born to a prostitute and raised in a brothel. She wants nothing more than to work her way to a point where she feels worthy of the people around her at the respectable hotel, but she learns that she shouldn't be judged by her past or how hard she can work. All that matters is that God loves her as his child. It was an inspiring read.
The Characters:
I really liked Dinah. She seemed very realistic and although she had faced many struggles she worked hard to try to make a better life for herself. I also liked Amos, the crippled chicken farmer who desperately wants a wife and children. I loved following their story.
The Plot:
Definitely great. I couldn't put the book down.
The Setting:
I really liked it! Especially because part of it was set in Kansas City....this book is near me! Haha
A very inspiring read following the journey of a young woman pursuing a good life and  learning that God's love is all she needs to feel better.

About the Author:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

New Orleans: Day 3 and 4

Hello, everyone! This is another post covering my time in New Orleans for the Romantic Times Convention.
First, I got my badge! Complete with my "Published Author" Ribbon. Which then proceeded to try to fall off after a few days. :(
Later in the day, I went for dinner with my amazing publisher and some fellow authors!

My first event: Scrapbooking! Tuesday was more-so a reader-oriented day. The real workshops began on Wednesday.

I wore a different striped dress every day. 

I got this mask!

After dinner with my publisher, I grabbed a snack of Pinkberry frozen yogurt. Yum!

After Wednesday's first events, I went out for lunch at the FABULOUS Ruby Slipper Cafe where I met this awesome waitress. She was so excited about the book convention.

At night, I got ready for a Pirate Party and Mardis Gras Party at Mardis Gras World.

The lines for the shuttle to Mardis Gras World were REALLY LONG.

This was inside at Mardis Gras World! It was gorgeous.

They even had a marching band for us!

Inside were all the real Mardis Gras floats. So cool!

Giant flowers! I loved it!

And I ended the evening by returning to the hotel with ALL of these beads and a stomach full of Bananas Foster, red beans and rice, and beignets. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Orleans Days 1 and 2

Hey everyone! I thought I would give you a few posts about my trip to to New Orleans for the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, two days at a time. So much happened that I need to spread it out a little bit!

Here are some things I did on Sunday and Monday, told through photographs.
An awesome cemetery! Bodies are put in mausoleums because otherwise the water in the ground pushes traditional burials above ground. 

Some of the gifts put at the burial place of Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. 

See what I mean about the flooding and the high amounts of water in the cemeteries!

Such a wide variety of tombs.

First, I had to get some beignets. 

Then, I toured the fabulous Evergreen Plantation!

It felt like it came out of a history book!

Here are some slave cabins--not reproductions! It was so cool to see.

The plantation from the road.

Then, I had lunch at the FABULOUS Ruby Slipper Cafe. Seriously. It was the best food I had that entire trip. (Their grits are stunning!)

Then, I went on some cemetery-photographing escapades. I loved it.

The plantation!

The gorgeous cathedral.

French Quarter Tour!

So on the first two days, I basically did all of this. I enjoyed everything!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I'm Still Here!

Hi! Just wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about my blog. :) I've just been trying to get back into the  hang of things after the RT conference.
Expect a post from me in the near future about the conference!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Catch-Up Friday: Book Review

Hey all!
Today I will be posting next week's review early and then I will be gone for a while....

This week was much less busy than last week but it still seemed like I had hardly any time. On Sunday, I had my Coterie Young Playwright Festival which went amazingly.
Then, I came down with a cold. Which wasn't fun. But anyway, I wanted to let you all know that next week's post will be sparse if I even post them or not. Why? Because I am going to be at the RT Booklover's Convention, and I unfortunately won't have much time to write any posts.

Until then, here is my review of To Die Once by Miranda A. Uyeh.

About the book:

Two men, one woman, a rosebush …
… a terrible past, an uncertain future
Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything
Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most.
Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer.
Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not?
From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no
different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a
man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does,
and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking
Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks
she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life,
old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone
unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.
Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions.
Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?
… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy."

My Thoughts:

The Idea:
It was certainly interesting! This was an inspirational romance involving things like dark pasts and life choices. Some points were heartrendingly  sad, and it really kept my interest throughout the entire book. This is about Jennifer, who marries a man with a bad past and is devastated when he disappears. I loved the story.
The Characters:
There were a few times, I have to admit, that I wanted to slap both Jennifer and Rodrigo in the face. But I think I only felt like that because I cared about them. Really, I was rooting for them and hoping for them to finally have some peace and happiness.
The Plot:
This book had a GREAT plot. It really kept me interested no matter what was happening. I finished it much ahead of time and enjoyed every second of it. I look forward to more from this author!
The Setting:
Very unique! I don't think I have ever read anything in this genre/setting. I loved the setting of Italy because Italy just seems like a wonderful place to set a book! A few scenes were also in London and Africa. It was very interesting!
GREAT book that I recommend to friends! I hope you enjoy!
About the Author:
Miranda A. Uyeh is an assistant lecturer at a local college in Makurdi City, Nigeria, where she teaches two geology courses. Her love for books goes as far back as when her father placed Disney’s Rapunzel in her hands—her very first storybook! By the time she was thirteen she knew she was going to be a writer. You can find Miranda on her blog where she shares her love for books, entertainment and Christian spirituality with her readers. Miranda holds a B.Tech (Hons) in Applied Geology from ATBU, Nigeria. To Die Once is her debut novel, #1 of the Child of Grace book series.

"A little mystery, a bit of intrigue, a lot of romance. To Die Once is a Christian romance with real characters facing deep issues. The emotional writing is truly heart-felt. This is Ms. Uyeh's debut novel and thankfully, this won't be the last." —K. Victoria Chase, Bestselling author of From Across The Divide, Virginia Justice, Raphael: volume 1, Santiago Brothers book series.

"Miranda Uyeh has penned a novel full of heart. To Die Once is a story alternately thorny and tender that tackles the various forms of love - romance, friendship, and faith - in unique settings and situations. Often surprising, consistently intriguing, Uyeh's debut is a bold start to her blossoming writing career." — Amber Stokes, Author of "The Heart's Spring" Series 

 "A fun inspirational romance read" — Rektok Ross, Best selling YA Romance author of Prodigal

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


Hey everyone!
I just wanted to let you know why I haven't been posting too much this week.
I have had a really bad cold since Monday! Basically, each day I had enough energy to get through school and then I was super exhausted and feeling yucky.
But now I am starting to feel better and hope to get into the swing of things again!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Monday: Am Reading

As you could see by Friday's post, I was really busy this weekend. So I had no time to read or write a review! Sorry!

I am reading Through Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

What are you reading?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Catch-Up Friday: Crazy Week!

Hey everyone! Sorry I am posting this on Saturday instead of Friday
This week has been very crazy but very fun!

On Tuesday, I got to leave school early to head to my first-ever author event! I took part in a writer's panel at Maple Woods College, where I and five other authors read excerpts from our books, answered questions, and talked about writing to an audience. It was SO MUCH fun and all the other writers were super nice. Then, we had a booksigning (my first ever!) where I got to meet some new fans and friends. I absolutely LOVED it and cannot wait to do something like this again.
Reading my book excerpt.

Ready to autograph!

Talking to fans.

After the event, I headed straight to rehearsals for my Coterie show! I watched rehearsals for the play I wrote, "Letters to Romeo and Juliet." My actors are absolutely fabulous and I cannot wait to see the show on Sunday! After this, I had rehearsals for the play I am performing in, "Literary Armageddon." You can purchase tickets for Sunday, May 4th, at 7:00 at the Coterie's website.

Next, when I got home, I found out my Vistaprint order had arrived! I got a Swept to Sea T-shirt and Phone case.

Then, on Thursday, I attended my tech rehearsals for these plays. This day was a little crazy because it was also my final day of my Audition Lab classes, and it was the day I had to audition before the Coterie's artistic director. My audition went pretty well! I did my monologue, sang, and then performed my pantomime piece. I really enjoyed this!

After my Coterie activities were over, I changed into a dress and ran over to my school's award banquet. There, I received the Student of the Year Award!
Receiving the Student of the Year Award.

Student of the Year!

Me with the award.

The text read before the award was presented.

All four awards I received that night.

It was very cool.
All in all, I have had an insanely busy week, but I wouldn't trade it for a thing in the world.