Romancing Daphne

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This newest book by Sarah Eden was completely delightful. Regency romance at its best. Last month I attended a writer’s conference where Sarah was the Emcee along with James Dashner (Maze Runner). She’s this short, cute redhead with a bubbly personality. I loved listening to her banter about with Dashner and learn from her wisdom during one of her classes. I’ve read lots of her books, and she is an expert at writing emotionally gripping characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Continue reading

Blessings

IMG_20170204_133331Sorry for dropping off the blog planet (besides book reviews). My mom died a month ago and it’s been difficult getting back into a routine again. I miss her. It’s that simple. I’m grateful for the beautiful life of service she lived and for all that she taught me. She was the best of moms. We’re all moving on, but it’s hard to not have someone around who has always been there for you your whole life. But God is merciful and has comforted me a lot over this last month. There are times when I just must cry, but He has wrapped His arms around me and helped me remember all that I still have. And truthfully, I still have Mom. She’s just not here in body for now. But her spirit can still touch mine. And I am grateful beyond measure for Christ’s sacrifice on this earth so that that is possible, and that I can live with Him and her again. Feel her hugs. Bask in her smiles.

Book 1-Playing for Love.jpgI’ve been staying busy writing and reading–my two favorite hobbies. My latest story, Playing for Love, is out to a few beta-readers. I already can tell there are some slight plot points I’ll have to adjust, then I’ll send it to a few other new readers for their opinion. After that, I’ll send it out for editing in the summer and get a final cover made for it. Here’s my latest idea. It could change though. Parker and Meridee’s story makes me smile. Hopefully, it will do the same for you when it comes out in the fall.

My book, Hands of Mercy, is FREE until the 23rd. So if you haven’t read that one, grab it now while the getting’s cheap. It’s the 3rd book in the Bending Willow trilogy, and is still one of my favorites.

I titled this post Blessings because though sad things have happened (Mom’s death and my father-in-law suffering from a incurable brain tumor), I still feel so blessed. After my mom had her horrible stroke that left her without speech and movement on her right side back in September, I felt God had given me such a great trial. My siblings and I had to take time out of our busy family and work schedules to care for her a week at a time because she needed constant help, and it just seemed so hard.

IMG_1699.jpgNow I look back and am so grateful God let us have six extra months with her, even though they were hard. I cherish the weeks I had with Mom one-on-one where I could feel her love through her smiles and soul-feeding hugs. I cherish the time I had to read to her. I read her my last book, Between Hope and the Highway, and she just beamed as I read each part. Though she couldn’t talk, she seemed to find ways to convey deep thoughts and feelings through her expressions and affectionate actions. She taught me clear to the very end, nourishing my faith as she made sure we said family prayers together and blessings over meals…and she always said Amen. She couldn’t say hardly anything else, but she quickly learned to say Amen and I love you. Those few words symbolized her Faith and Love. Two qualities that described her life perfectly.

So though I won’t purposely pray for God to flood my life with trials, I’m going to try to not be so quick to gripe or complain when trials come in the future. Because sometimes our trials really are our greatest blessings. We just have to faith to have our eyes opened to see the whole picture.

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Defiance

Defiance

Wow! This one really took my breath away. Defiance by A.L.Sowards is not a romance like I normally read. This is a story set during the latter part of World War II, and it is a gripping journey. Our young hero is Lukas. He’s just barely graduated from high school and is anxious to be drafted and go serve his country. His older brother, Bastian, who is home after losing his leg, tries to warn him about what he will see and experience. But Lukas, like most normal 18-year-olds, wishes his brother would leave him alone. He already knows everything, right? Continue reading

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart BannerHere’s a unique book set down under in Regency times. Sarah Whitaker travels from England to Australia (which is called New South Wales at this time period) as a little girl to see her father. But when she learns that he has died just a few weeks before she arrives, her and her aunt are placed in a tough position. Australia is filled with criminals shipped  there from England, but Sarah believes in her heart she must run her dad’s sheep ranch to honor his memory. Continue reading

A Fine Gentleman

bookOkay, this title might sound boring, but the book is anything but! And I’m not talking about the type of pork butts that my husband smokes up outside. I’m just saying (in a long round-about way) that this book is incredibly awesome. It’s one that made me smile the whole way through as characters became friends, and their trials and triumphs became mine as well.

Let me first give you the riveting blurb for A Fine Gentleman so you know it’s anything but boring. Continue reading