Mine, mine, mine!


I’m super excited to announce the release of Taylor Dean’s new book, Girl of Mine. Taylor’s a super fun author friend of mine. I beta-read this book and LOVED it! She’s a great writer. I’ve read all her books and love the unique stories she creates.

It’s a fast-paced read that switches back and forth between present day and past and between love and heartache. The story starts out with desperate action as Luke kidnaps his ex-fiancée in order to explain choices he made that he sincerely regrets. Jill doesn’t know if she can ever forgive him for breaking her heart…and besides, she’s now engaged to another man, Troy’s best friend. Luke and Troy have been best friends since they were in diapers. A tragedy in their youth changed both of their lives, leaving one bitter and the other filled with guilt. The characters in this romantic saga are well-developed—even the villain will claim a piece of your heart—and you will lose your heart in this emotional journey. I highly recommend this book to all those who love to read about once in a lifetime love that can endure any challenge or hardship and forgiveness and letting go of painful memories and grudges.

Dream Cast for GIRLOFMINE
(Brown eyes, blond hair, and only 4’11”)

Katherine Heigl


(Muscles and sinew, ruggedly attractive, masculinity at its finest.)

Chris Pine


(Slight of frame, beautifully handsome.)

This is a pic of a model. Don’t know his name, but he’s perfect for Troy.
A note from Taylor Dean:
My hubby served in the Army and has been gone twice for long periods of time. Once he was gone for three months in Korea. We would’ve been separated for a year, but he was able to make arrangements for us to join him, thank goodness.
The second time he was gone for 14 months to Iraq.
In Girl of Mine, Luke comes home on leave, traveling with other soldiers. A news crew is there to record the precious moment. While the news crew is filming and interviewing the other soldiers and their families, Luke and Jill sneak away and avoid being interviewed by the news. 
In the broadcast that evening, the other soldiers and their families are featured in a touching segment. As the screen goes black, the newscaster says, “And Lucas Graham came home too.”
Awkward at best, right?
Image courtesy of [Gualberto107] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
This is a TRUE story. This happened when my hubby came home from Iraq. We grabbed our chance to sneak away, not wanting to be on public display during a very emotional moment.
Later, some friends told us about the newscast. As the screen went black, they announced my hubby’s name.
It always gives us a good giggle and I couldn’t help including this story in GIRL OF MINE.
Although this story is not specifically about the war, I give special thanks to my hubby for his invaluable knowledge of the war in Iraq and the enlightening stories he was able to come home and share with me. And now you have the privilege of hearing a few of those stories in GIRL OF MINE.
Just a few though, because, well, that would be another entire book altogether—and this is a romance novel.
Most of all, hubby, thank you for coming home.
 I hope you get to read this unique love story…and don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter $100 Giveaway (Ends 6/15/2015). Taylor’s books are the best kept secret out there! Let’s make them more well known! Have a great week!

New Biblical Fiction by H.B. Moore

Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.

Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.

When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses’s direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he’s been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave—he must find out who he really is.

A gripping account of the events that led to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

My Review

I love Heather Moore’s Bible stories. She makes the characters and simple scriptural verses come alive through her storytelling. This is the first installment in Moses’s life, and I found it completely fascinating. The characters described above as well as Moses’ Egyptian mother (the daughter of Pharoah), Bithia, became so real to me and Moore made the few clues from the Bible make sense of possible reasons why Moses would have fled Egypt after killing a taskmaster and what his life might have been like in the royal court before he learned of his Hebrew heritage. I couldn’t put this down…it was extremely good!

During the blog tour (scheduled below), you can enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this book and $25 Amazon gift card. Don’t forget to enter–it’s easy!

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Amazing Spring Reads

DSC03185 Spring is here! I’ve been enjoying it to the fullest by walking around my yard everyday to see what new color iris blooms will surprise me. I’ve also been busily working on my new book (which is tentatively titled “Giving up Hope”…but that could definitely change over time). And last, but not least, I’ve been reading.

One author that has become one of my new favorites is Jennifer Peel. I’ve mentioned her before after reading House Divided, but I’ve now finished all her works and loved every single one. I thought I’d spotlight each and interview her so you can Continue reading

Blessings or Burdens

DSCN9570It’s spring! How can I NOT be happy? Seriously. There are green buds on the trees and tulips and blossoms on the fruit trees. My grass is looking alive again after having the tromped on, beat-up look of winter. I’m working on revisions and edits for another story that keeps me smiling because there are all new characters and plot twists from what I’ve worked with on the Bending Willow Trilogy for the last five years. Life is good.

My cute daughter who’s in South Korea wrote me yesterday and made me smile even more. It helped that she sent pictures of pretty flowers in Korea so Continue reading

Unmasking a Prince

I always look forward to reading a new book by Jennifer Moore. In the past, I’ve reviewed Becoming Lady Lockwood and  Lady Emma’s Campaign  by her and both stories had characters I came to adore. Her newest regency romance was the same. In this one, Meg has sailed from colonial America (Charleston) to sacrifice herself upon the altars of the English ton in hopes of ensnaring a rich man to marry and save her merchant family from financial ruin during the time when England has just declared war upon America and is seizing merchant ships and forcing men into the English army.

Prince Rodrigo of Spain has also come (or fled, really) to England because his country is being ripped apart by Napoleon’s armies Continue reading

Between Now and Forever

Between now and never

If you follow my blog, you know I love to read as much as I love to write. I just finished this new YA book, and wanted to give it some love, as well as lead you to a giveaway for a chance to win $50.

Buh boom, buh boom.

My heart thrusts with a force that takes me by surprise. Telling me something I don’t understand. A splitting pain, a longing to slip back under. They tell me I was in a hit-and-run, but I can’t remember what happened that night. All I know is that I woke up with pictures in my pocket, a card from one of those photo booths in the mall. And I’m in the pictures. Cody Rush. Me and… Continue reading

Because He Lives

I love Easter because of the hope and life it brings, both physically with the new buds and flowers as life soars into trees and vegetation once more after winter, and spiritually with the message of hope our Savior’s resurrection instills in my heart, reminding me that there is light and life because He lives. Hope you enjoy this short video and remember Christ this Easter and always! Because He lives, we have hope for a brighter future. Because He lives, we will live again after the winter of our mortal life. Because He lives, we can change and be better. That knowledge brings me joy!

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