Monday, January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 There are so many great Martin Luther King Jr. quotes out there, but this one struck me today:

The last year has been full of challenges and I've watched family and friends really stand up and meet everything life has thrown at them. I admire so many of you in hearing how you've dealt with your trials. You all give me something to work for with how amazing you are!

I hope you have a wonderful day today!

Friday, January 15, 2021

Friday Freebie for Romance Fans


Do you love romance? Annette Lyon's novella collection of six romances is FREE today on Kindle! Perfect for a holiday weekend. 

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy: The ANNETTE LYON COLLECTION contains brand new contemporary romance novella OUR SONG, as well as five hand-picked readers’ and reviewers’ favorites of Annette’s popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Readers will love this selection of three contemporary and three historical romance novellas. 

In OUR SONG, a charming romance novella, Cassie and Matt have been dating in the Yellowstone area for two years, and things are, well, average. When Cassie meets up with two college friends who are visiting, their love lives like sound like fairy tales: rose petals, chocolates, candles on the beach… Cassie goes home feeling like she’s missing out. After all, repeatedly watching Old Faithful erupt and walking through sulfur-smelling gases at Fountain Paint Pot don’t exactly say “romance.” Maybe things with Matt aren’t going anywhere, and it’s time to move on. Then she discovers that perception and reality are completely different things. Now she can only hope it isn’t too late to show Matt how much she really cares.

In the sweet novella GOLDEN SUNRISE, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she's putting her heart in harm’s way a second time.

FIRSTS AND LASTS, an enchanting novella, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.

In the compelling novella WAR OF HEARTS, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test.

The captivating novella BETWEEN THE LINES follows Jane Martin, who is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find true friendship. The program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected, and unknown to Jane, one of the men in her city becomes her writing friend. Thomas Allred has always known shy and quiet Jane, but reading her letters written to his secret persona, opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. The only trouble is, Jane doesn’t know that the man who she is falling in love with through letters is also Thomas, the man who is falling in love with her in person.

In the charming novella A TASTE OF HOME, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of the past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday, with William.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Will No One Notice?

I haven't gotten my hair cut since March of 2020 and it had grown to the middle of my back. I really needed it cut, it was just way too long, so I went ahead and made my first appointment at a salon in ten months. I had EIGHT INCHES cut off. There was so much hair on the floor! (I should have taken a picture.)

I went home and my husband didn't notice. Like, at all. It's been over a day and he still hasn't noticed! I wonder how long it will be before he notices something is different. My hair barely touches my shoulders now. That's a pretty big change in my book! LOL

It makes me wonder about the details I miss. I like to think I'd notice something like that, but maybe not! Do you think you're a pretty observant person?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I Need Your Opinion

So, I have this shiny new idea for a spy series and it's been simmering in my head for the last couple of months. I want to start on it so bad, but I have a few other projects that need my attention before I can. 

But while the idea is still simmering, my author friend Becky Monson mentioned one of her new favorite actors is Theo James. I looked him up and now I want to use him for character inspiration in my new series. 

Here is my question for you: Do you see him more as a spy with a dark past? Or a member of an elite military task force?

Monday, January 11, 2021

I Need Another Weekend!

I saw this today and it made me smile. If it's a weather question, the answer should always be, "go inside and read." Am I right? LOL

This was a crazy busy weekend for me. Do you ever feel like you need another weekend to recover from the weekend? Haha. We had socially distant basketball games for two of our boys, we're on baby watch for my daughter-in-law to have her baby, and we're going through everyone's clothes/rooms to declutter. I honestly never realize how much stuff we have until I try to organize it. 

I started the year out reading Sarah Eden's new book, Best Laid Plans, and I'm just starting Becky Monson's romantic comedy, The Accidental Text. I love her sense of humor! Have you read any good books so far this year?

Friday, January 8, 2021

Freebie Friday for Historical Romance Fans!

I've enjoyed Michele Paige Holmes' books before and her historical romance, A Promise for Tomorrow, is free today Jan. 8th through Monday Jan. 11th. It looks like it's a sequel and I haven't read either book in the series, so I'm not sure if they are standalone. It looks good, though!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Marriage to the Laird is not what Katherine expected, but when she's used as a pawn between two warring clans, Katherine finds unexpected love and security in the man she thought had no heart.


Scottish Highlands, 1761:

Barely two weeks have passed since Laird Collin MacDonald first darkened Katherine Mercer’s doorstep and married her. Marriage has hardly been what she expected, given their grueling and adventurous days of travel to the Scottish Highlands. Along with the discovery that Collin’s twin Ian would like to see her dead, Katie must now face her own clan, whose chief wants to kill Collin and take her to wife himself. All because Katie possesses the Campbell gift of sight, passed down through centuries of her ancestors.

With little more than faith in her grandfather’s vision and her unique bond with Collin to guide her, Katie steps bravely into an unknown future, where the glimpses afforded her may bring more danger than direction. When the misuse of her gift takes Collin from her side, she is left alone and vulnerable. Help arrives in the most unexpected form as Ian MacDonald makes good on his threat to attack the Campbells and Katie learns that the bond between brothers and love knows no bounds.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Reading Challenges---Do You Do Them?

I've been doing the Reading Challenge on Goodreads for a long time. I love challenging myself to stretch and read a few more books than I was planning. I know some people feel like it's overwhelming, though. 

Do you do yearly reading challenges?

This year I challenged myself to read 121 books. I'm excited! I totally think I can do it. If you are doing a challenge, how many books are you going to read?