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?

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!"
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

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?

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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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Music Thursday: Godspell

I just absolutely love the musical Godspell, and I can't get enough of its songs!

Here is a wonderful medley of a few songs.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Monday: Am Reading

Hey everyone!
Unfortunately, I don't have a book review for you today. I am, however, going to have a book-related post for you on Friday, so you can look forward to that.

Right now I am reading Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings.

What are you reading?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Catch Up Friday: This Week

Hey everyone!
This week was a pretty uneventful week for me--which is nice for a change! I did, however, start work on my third novel in Swept to Sea's trilogy, and have announced it's working title: "Tossed Together." What do you think of my new title?

I have been making character profiles so I have all of my characters' information in one easy place. I've been using this book to help me along the way as I do at the beginning of each book!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Music Thursday: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

The Tony Awards are always my favorite awards show of the entire year. It's just the best! So, I have decided to share one of  my favorite performances during this year's show. I have never seen this musical or really known much about it until the Tonys, but this song was pretty entertaining! Here is "I've Decided to Marry You" from A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bible Verse Wednesday: His Unfailing Love

The Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Psalm 147:11