Merry Christmas

DSC04007.JPGI love this time of year. There is snow on the ground and anticipation in the air. The holiday decorations are out and lights twinkle everywhere. The house smells of baking happiness and the kids want to do something fun as a family or take goodies to others.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the white stocking.  Continue reading

December Deals

11-decMy books are FREE or discounted for a limited time. Between Hope & the Highway and Eyes of Light are absolutely FREE and books 2 & 3 of the Bending Willow Trilogy (Secret Keepers & Hands of Mercy) are only 99 cents. What that means is you can grab all 4 books & pay less than $2. Here are the links so you can grab these deals & make December merry & bright.

Between Hope & the Highway

Eyes of Light

Secret Keepers

Hands of Mercy

Grateful

DSCN9570It has been a rough few months, but there is still so much to be grateful for in my life. I just spent a few days down in Vegas with my mom and youngest daughter, and that made me realize just how precious each moment in life really is.

My mom suffered a severe stroke in September which stole her speech and movement on her right (dominant) side. It’s been a long recovery (and probably still a lot more to go), but I am so tickled pink by her progress. She is learning to communicate again and each word she manages to utter is completely precious. Seriously. I already love the power of words because I’m a writer. But seeing her lack that gift right now makes each word even more powerful when they leave her lips. Continue reading

Waves of life

DSC03586Have you ever noticed that life comes at you in waves? You’ll experience waves of joyful moments and then some stronger waves of pain might wash in, sweeping you off your feet and dragging you through the sand and whipping you around as you choke and try to get your head above water.

We experience both kinds of waves in life–the fun ones we can play and surf in, and the tidal waves that wring almost everything out of us.

Fall brought several rogue waves into my life. You can read more about them on my other BLOG if you want. But what I learned is that kindness trumps all, and that even bad times can bring blessings. We just have to open our eyes to see them. Continue reading

Goodbye Summer

Summer has gone by like a whirlwind, and Fall is peeking around the corner. I thought I’d share my second book trailer today to give you a few more peeks into my new book that will be released in three weeks. Squeal!!!!

I’m super excited for you to read this book. It’s been so fun to write…and I’ll admit, I’m in love with my characters–Liz, Rawson, Benny and Addie. They’re fun imaginary friends (we authors have lots of those).

As I say goodbye to Summer, I wanted to pay tribute to some awesome books I’ve read in the last month that have made my summer better. Continue reading

Sneek Peek of my new book

Here’s a sneek peek of the trailer for my new book coming out September 20th. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon (eBook only right now), so get excited! This one makes me so incredibly happy I want to squeal.

Here are also a few peeks at what’s been happening on the home front as well. My husband (with a bunch of help from family) has been madly working on our basement. I think he’s Super Man. Continue reading

Highway to Visualization

file2431291017257My fourth book is done and going through the final stage of polish and makeup. It’s getting a final edit and a glamorous cover so it shines. I’m super excited for you to read it in September. My characters in this one have really come to life.

In honor of my new title–Between Hope and the Highway–I thought I’d take you down the highway I take to visualize characters, scenes, and cover. This highway has lots of routes and learning curves, but I’ve found it so vital to writing believable scenes and characters. Continue reading

Settling in

DSC03841I’ve been in Utah for three weeks now. Most of my boxes are unpacked and I’m settling into my new house and area. It’s now time to get back to blogging and connecting with friends again. I love my new house, especially the views from the windows and deck. I’m falling in love with sitting outside in the evenings and watching the sunset. It’s spectacular and fills me with joy. The neighbors seems super nice. My kids are all together again in one place (at least until the end of the summer), and that is probably the best thing about moving states. I’m close to family again.

One of my new house guests is Bentley. He’s my married daughter’s English Retriever, and is a big sweetie. When they got him last year as a puppy, he was this size (just a baby polar bear). Continue reading

Moving on

Life has been crazy around here for the last few months. I sold my house in Idaho last month, but am renting it back from the new owner until my daughter graduates. My husband’s job is moving him to Utah this summer, so we’ve been driving there way too much looking for houses. We found one, and it officially closed today so that I can say I own it. Here’s a picture. Isn’t it cute? I like it, but there will be lots of work to do since it’s new (window coverings, landscaping, finishing the basement, and probably other things I haven’t thought of; ugh). I swore I’d never get a new house again…but I fell in love with this one when we came across it almost finished. Now I’ll swear again…that I will never get a new house after this. We’ll see if I listen to myself in the future.

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Readin’ is Eatin’

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. So is eating. And they sort of rhyme…hence my title today. Readin’ is eatin’ for my mind and heart. And I really like how reading calories don’t make me gain weight (unless I throw M&M or some other chocolate into the mix, then all bets are off). Since I haven’t posted for a while, I thought I’d do a quick review of the reading I’ve done this last month…and why.

1499952Daddy Long Legs – This was one of my favorite books as a young teen girl. I’d kind of forgotten the plot, so I reread it (since classics are free on my Kindle)…and I thoroughly loved it! The way the author tells the story through Judy’s letters all through college to her mysterious donor is lovely (and funny too). Continue reading