Friday, July 19, 2019

Freebie Friday for Romance Fans!

If you want a weekend romance to read that will whisk you away to Hawaii, Rachelle Christensen's book, Hawaiian Masquerade is free today!

Download your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

When Lexi Burke escaped the remnants of a cold winter in Chicago for the beaches of Kauai, it wasn’t a random vacation. She left the hectic pace of Burke Enterprises behind with enough money to retire at age thirty-two, intent on settling into the idyllic existence of island life. Until she met local photographer Derek Mitchell—a talented man with a grudge against rich tourists.

From art night to snorkeling lessons, hiking, and chopping coconuts, Lexi can’t talk herself out of spending time with the handsome, hardworking man who knows the value of every dollar. She also can’t find a way to tell him the truth about herself. But then Derek is selected to help in a benefit at a masquerade ball as one of the eligible bachelors up for auction. Lexi must decide whether to wear a mask or unveil her true self and risk losing Derek’s trust and a chance at love. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Look What I Did!

Well, look what I got to type on my manuscript! I feel like I have been revising this work-in-progress for FOREVER! And today I finally finished it!

This writer’s retreat has been amazing! I soaked up so much creative energy and the words flowed, but I also ate yummy food, laughed, and stayed up way too late with my incredibly talented writer friend Annette Lyon. I’m sad it’s over, just because I was able to focus and really get some uninterrupted writing time, but I’m going home refreshed and revitalized and ready to put on my mom hat.

I can't wait to share this new book with you all!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Writers Having Fun

I'm still at my writer's retreat. We've eaten so much yummy food, talked, walked, laughed, and written so many words. (So. Many!) And I can't wait to share more about my current work-in-progress.

This has been such a recharge for me and I'm so grateful. One strange thing about me that I was worried my fellow writers might think was weird is that when my kids were little, I could only sit at the computer and write for 30 minutes while their favorite kid show was on. So, even though I don't have to do that anymore, my brain has been trained to write in 30 minute increments and then I have to get up and do something else for a bit before I can sit down again. I know, it's a bit strange, but it works for me. And my writer friends didn't judge me at all! Yay!

Have you ever been worried your friends might think something you do is strange? Care to share?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Freebie Friday for Sports Romance Fans!

If you are a fan of sports romances and need a weekend read, Jennifer Youngblood's, The Persistent Groom is free today!

Download your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

A love he couldn't forget. A chance to make things right.

In the game of life only three rules apply: play hard, love more, and never give up!

When single mom Silver Coulter gets a chance to plan the bachelor auction event of the season, she has no idea it'll bring her face-to-face with the very man she's spent years trying to forget--Ace Sanchez, superstar running back for the Texas Titans, whose devastating good looks and quick-silver personality make him one of the most eligible bachelors in Texas.

Long-held attractions sizzle to the surface as Ace tries to get back into Silver's life. But Silver has a sordid past that includes a nasty ex-husband and ruthless ex-mother-in-law who'll stop at nothing to keep Silver in her clutches.

Torn between her need to protect her young daughter and her desire to be with Ace, Silver must decide if she's willing to give up on her dreams or lay it all on the line for love.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

I'm Going On A Writing Retreat!

I'm so excited to be going on a writing retreat this weekend! I have so many goals that I want to accomplish and having that precious time to do it in will be invaluable. I can't remember the last time I had truly dedicated writing time, so I'm really looking forward to this. And I'll be with fellow writers and absorb all that wonderful writing energy. (It will be tempting to just visit and not write, but I'm determined to be wise.)

 Of course my little boy is worried about who will tuck him in at night, which pricked my mama's heart, but I assured him his daddy would take over that special privilege.

So, hopefully, when I come back I will have some wonderful writing goals accomplished and something to announce very soon!

Do you ever go to retreats for a recharge or for your occupation? Were they productive?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What I'm Reading Wednesday

As you all know, my favorite genre is historical fiction and I just started Jen Geigle Johnson's new historical romance, A Lady's Maid. It's definitely different than most romances out there and the research into the time period is awesome. I'm learning a lot as I go along with the characters!

I'll be doing a full review really soon.

Here's the back copy if you're interested:

Molly O' Malley, lady's maid to the progressive Lady Amanda Halloway, is determined to continue the life's work of her lost love, killed in the Peterloo Massacre. But when her efforts and a trip to Lady Halloway's charitable orphanage culminate in her own abduction, Molly's eyes are opened to the horrifying crimes transpiring in the city's slums. Despite the risks, she broadens her mission and is drawn ever closer to the peril all around them.

Thomas Flaherty, a footman in the Halloway household, has been with Molly from the beginning, but he fears she will never trust him with her heart. Even though her cause and happiness are of foremost importance to him, his loyal patience is tested by the fears that keep her at a distance. But with their safety on the line, Thomas is resolved to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves.

Risking their lives and their love, Molly and Thomas and a team of nobles on their side will stop at nothing to empower the powerless, no matter the personal cost.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Arm of A Martyr

My son has been in Spain the last three weeks and he went to a beautiful cathedral in Valencia. While there, he saw the arm of a saint. A preserved detached forearm. I was so curious I had to research to find out why they would just have the arm displayed and who this person was.

His name was St. Vincent of Saragossa. According to legend, he was born in the last part of the third century and ordained by Bishop Valerius. Apparently, Valerius had a speech impediment, so Vincent was his spokesman and preached throughout the diocese. When the Roman Emperor started persecuting Christians, Vincent was imprisoned and only offered release if he would consign the scriptures to the fire.

Vincent refused.

Once he did that, he was stretched on the rack and his flesh torn by iron hooks, then salt was rubbed in the wounds. He was also burned alive on a hot gridiron, then his body thrown in a room with broken pottery all over the floor, which is where he died. His body was put in a bag and thrown into the sea. Ravens protected his body until his followers could recover it. And his arm is now displayed in the Valencia cathedral.

So interesting (and awful.) Have you ever been on vacation and come across something you had no idea existed that made you research to know more?