Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Do You Love the Dentist?


So, my dentist recommended that I get an older crown replaced. It would be a simple procedure, he said, just take the old one off and put a new one on. Easy, peasy, right?

I went yesterday morning for the appointment and when I got there, they put me in the chair, with a pillow under my head, and offered me one of the softest blankets I've ever felt. I was super comfortable for being in a dentist chair and thinking, oh, this might not be so bad.

I was wrong. They had to numb me because the older crown wasn't coming off easily. (I should have known. I never have good luck with stuff like that.) They ended up having to cut it off. The new crown was placed, but my jaw was so sore yesterday and is still sore today. I do love my dentist, but dental work is the worst, especially when it doesn't go as planned!

How much do you love going to the dentist? Is it no big deal for you?

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Six Romance Stories for Free!


Are you needing a little romantic escape this week? Some of my favorite regency authors have novellas in this collection and it's free today! 

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection. Readers will love this collection of six regency romance novellas.

In THE WEDDING GIFT: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE STORY, an enchanting novella by Anna Elliott, the story opens two weeks before Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding to Mr. Darcy. He has given her the perfect wedding gift, and now she must come up with one for him. But what do you give a man who has everything? Elizabeth soon discovers that the gift of love is more important than any one thing.

DREAM OF A GLORIOUS SEASON, a sweet novella by Sarah M. Eden, we meet Elizabeth Gillerford who envies her sister only one thing—that she’s been intended for Julian Broadwood since they were children. The trouble is that Elizabeth is hopelessly in love with Julian too. When Julian discovers that Elizabeth has been denied a Season because her older sister is yet unwed, he undertakes his own stealthy measures to introduce her to society, only to find himself falling in love with her himself.

In THE MENDER, a captivating story by Carla Kelly, Thankful Winnings takes a sea voyage with her cousin on the Ann Alexander, in a last adventure before she settles down to marry one of her beaus. Unexpectedly they come upon the aftermath of a fierce ship battle, and Thankful is commissioned to help in the place of an injured surgeon on one of the Royal Navy ships. Adam Farnsworth, surgeon, has been at sea for years. Tired of war, but devoted to his post, it takes a resourceful lady such as Thankful to give him the hope of love and help heal his own wounds, the ones that show and the ones that don’t.

In BEGIN AGAIN, a charming novella by Josi S. Kilpack, Regina Weathers gives up on marrying for love the day that Ross Martin walks out of her life. Now, fifteen years later, Ross shows up at a ball and thinks he can woo Regina. But she is set on her lonely path and stitched-up heart, no matter the excuse Ross gives for his years of silence and neglect. When Ross insists he wrote many letters during his military years, Regina discovers a secret long-since buried by her father, and the revelation might be enough to thaw the coldness of her heart.

In Annette Lyon’s endearing story, THE AFFAIR AT WILDEMOORE, Mrs. Ellen Stanhope escorts her three daughters to a ball. As her oldest flirts with a beau, Ellen is reminded of her courtship and early years of marriage with Anthony, before tragedy struck with the death of their infant son. The marriage has faded and dulled. Not until she sees Anthony dancing with a woman he courted years before does Ellen realize how much she misses him, still loves him, and yearns for him to yet feel the same way for her.

In the delightful novella, THE DUKE’S BROTHER, by Heather B. Moore, Mr. Gregory Clark is having an awful day, and it only gets worse when he’s ran over by … a woman. Mabel Russell reluctantly visits her sister in London for the Season, even though she’d rather stay in the country cataloging insects and aphids. When she runs into Gregory Clark, quite literally, she’s afraid to show any interest, especially since he’s a member of the dreaded ton. But getting to know Gregory becomes an unexpected delight.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Would You Drink This?


There are some new soda choices at my neighborhood store today. Kick-a-poo Joy Juice and Kick-a-poo Fuzzy Navel. They are described as non-alcoholic peach drinks and flavored citrus! 😂 What do you think? Should I try them? Would you?

***Update: I tried the Fuzzy Navel. It was okay, but definitely not a favorite. Joy Juice is next!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Buy A Book And Help Save A Child!


Today is the day that you can help save a child by buying a book!

All the proceeds from the sales of my bestselling Griffin Force series books will be donated to Operation Underground Railroad, a non-profit organization that rescues children who are being sex trafficked. If you already own my books, there are 85 other authors are also participating in the event, so there are lots of books for you to choose from!

You can get the direct links to my books here

And see all the other participating authors here

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Do You Love Podcasts? I've Got a Giveaway For You!


I have a fun GIVEAWAY for you today! Do you love podcasts? 

Authors Off the Page features me, Jennifer Peel, and Becky Monson and we have a lot of fun talking about books and everything else "off the page." This month we featured special guest author Lucy McConnell! We talked about Everything British and found out which author met Princess Diana, which one had a mystery man who walked a dog inspire a character, and which one melts into a puddle when a Brit says, "love." We had a lot of fun and laughed so much!

So, back to the giveaway. If you would like to win an autographed copy of:

Jennifer Peel's Facial Recognition

Becky Monson's Thirty-Two Going On Spinster

Julie Coulter Bellon's The Viscount's Vow

or 

Lucy McConnell's books Quarantined in the Arena, His Kissing Penalty, Blue Christmas, or The Cowboy Songwriter's Fake Marriage

then all you have to do is listen to an episode here (you can also find us on Apple podcasts or Spotify) and then tell me right here in the comments what you liked best about it!

For extra entries you can:

⭐️ Subscribe to the Authors Off the Page podcast

(Be sure to tell me in the comments if you subscribed!)

Winners will be randomly chosen from the comments and announced on July 31st.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Heart of Africa Movie Review & A $50 Giveaway!


This movie, The Heart of Africa, is unlike anything I've seen before. It was filmed entirely in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it shows the raw and visceral feelings of a people who have suffered from decades of oppression. The movie is mostly told in the native language with English subtitles, adding to the feeling of being immersed in another culture.

We first meet a young man named Gabriel who is trying to find his place in the world. His parents have died and he's been taken care of by a revolutionary leader who assures him of his great destiny. However, Gabriel soon finds himself running away after a terrible accident. Homeless and hungry, Gabriel meets the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is first drawn to the church because they give him food and shelter, but then joins and serves as a missionary. He's given a white companion and a charge to build an orphanage---in the hometown he's escaped from. There, Gabriel must face his demons and find his true identity.

This is a story that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. There is a wild beauty in the setting and a chaotic stillness as we experience Gabriel's search for self. The story is sometimes hard to follow because there are flashbacks that aren't clearly delineated and if you look away for even a moment, you will miss the subtitles and possibly necessary information that would further the plot. I wish there had been more time to flesh out the secondary characters, as well as the deeper issues of Gabriel's conversion and how the losses he's experienced affected his relationships, including with his companion. However, the story presented is heart-wrenching and inspirational and reminds us that faith gives us strength---no matter where we are in the world or what road we're on in our mortal journey.

Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

You can get your DVD here

Here is what it's about:

A Congolese man runs from a terrible accident and finds himself at a revolutionary camp, where he is told that he has a great destiny. He tries to escape and start a new life by going to another town, joining a new religion, and becoming a missionary. Ultimately, though, he finds himself back in the very place he had tried to leave. He must face his fears and his shame—but also his magnificent possibilities.

Heart of Africa is the first full-length, faith-based film to come out of the nascent Democratic Republic of Congo film movement. After decades of colonial oppression and civil war, the country's scars run deep. Cinema is emerging as a cathartic new medium, and director Tshoper Kabambi is a leader of a new kind of revolution: one driven by stories that he hopes will heal the hearts of his people and the DR Congo.



Friday, July 24, 2020

It's Christmas in July!


It's Christmas in July! Do you need some Christmas magic in your life? There are some sweet deals going on for Christmas stories right now. 

My own book, Truth or Dare is on sale for just .99 cents! Get your copy here 

But there's more!

You can see ALL the Christmas books on sale here  They look like stories you'll want to cuddle up with!

Here's the back copy for Truth or Dare:

Two wounded hearts. Two matchmaking dogs. One miracle needed.

After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Kami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Kami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a miracle---or at least two matchmaking dogs---for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.