Fun Fall Frolicks

Fall is whizzing by in a swirl of colorful fun. I’ve slowly been regaining my confidence on my mountain bike since my accident. It feels good to be out again. I love being out and seeing views like these…

I also did a road trip with my sister to Washington. It was a long drive (11 hours one way), but it went by faster than I expected with visiting and seeing cool settings out the car window. We surprised my brother and niece for their birthdays, which was so much fun! Totally worth the drive.

That’s a taste of why I’ve been absent for a little while from the blogging world. But I’m back…and so excited to give you some book news soon. I’m madly rushing to get the last book edited and ready to release in November or December. Eeeek! Yea!!! Have a great week!

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I know I’ve been gone from the blogging world for a while. October has been full of fun vacations and other things that I’ll tell you about a little later. Yet, I’ve managed to fit in some reading time and this was one of the better books I read this month. This story had some of my favorite loves in it–painting and kisses (ha ha).

Painting Kisses is a contemporary romance with charming characters that made me laugh. Seriously, these girls in this book were funny. I found myself wishing I could meet Lia and her sister in real life because the way they talked to each other was hilarious. (WARNING: it’s fiction, so you won’t be able to meet them, so don’t get your hopes up).

This story is set in Salt Lake City and introduces you to Lia, a cynical ex-painter who has left her glitzy New York life to be a humble waitress in a diner. She vows to never be hurt by a man again, but with her combination of wit and beauty, several men seem bent on entering her life…and heart. And when a mysterious commission worth lots of money is dangled before her, she finds herself torn between giving into her art passion to help those she loves at the risk of losing herself once more.

If you like painting or art at all, you’ll love this book. Reading about Lia and her art made me see things differently from her creative viewpoint, and I loved that experience. You will learn to see emotion in the mountains, the clouds, and people as you follow Lia through a hard point in her life where she must decide whether to continue in mediocrity or soar with the eagles.

This blog tour will continue through tomorrow, so stop in at the other blogs to read more about this book.


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A review of Life (really!)

Today I am reviewing Life. Not the all-encompassing Life we all live; that would take too long. No, the Life I’m talking about is Rebecca Belliston’s new book: Life–Citizens of Logan Pond.

This story is set in the future after America has experienced a fatal financial collapse. Life as we know it doesn’t exist anymore. Freedoms have been stripped away and citizens are heavily monitored and worked by the government. Carrie is 17 when her parents leave Chicago and head back to Logan Pond to live with their good neighbors who have citizen cards. Five years have passed, and Carrie is part of a clan of about 30 non-citizens who are based around May and CJ Trenton’s home. With the risk of weekly raids by government workers, they’re sole source of safety is Oliver, a policeman who is sympathetic to their clan because of his feelings for Carrie. But when May’s daughter and handsome grandson find their way back to Logan Pond, life changes drastically Continue reading

Olympic Beauty

DSC02768Before school started, we took a trip to the Olympic Peninsula to relax, see my brother, and pick up my daughter (who’s been working there all summer). I thought I’d share a few of my pics. I absolutely LOVE this area of the country. It’s so green (although they did have yellow lawns this year because of record-low water this summer). Still, compared to Idaho, it’s super green and lush.

Last year, I posted a series of my top 10 reasons I love Washington, so I’ll spare you a rehash. But we did Continue reading

The Reckoning (blog tour)



Only One Can Survive The Reckoning

Erin Radkey has always known the day would come when she would have to personally confront the Triad leader of the power-hungry Emporium. But she never thought it would be with a snake in her head that feeds on her energy. Or that she’d be in the company of an uncertain ally who might turn on her Continue reading

Sink or Float

DSC02460Starting off my summer with a broken arm didn’t lend itself to lots of extracurricular activities, but I did manage to have some fun despite my bum arm.

In July, we took a day trip up to McCall, Idaho to canoe up the river. My arm still was healing, so I had to be careful with it, which meant I didn’t have to row. Yippeee!!! My husband and son rowed me while I sat in the middle like the Queen of Sheba. That was pretty nice. I could get used to having people row me around, although I would demand a more comfortable seat next time.

Wanting to please me (or terrify me, more likely) my son stood and pretended he was a Gondola driver. He made me quite nervous that he would tip our canoe and drown me since I was wedged under the bar…but thankfully Continue reading