Wednesday, June 13, 2018

When Writing At The Computer Isn't Working

Well, my work-in-progress is stalled. I just sit there and look at the computer screen and the words are not flowing.

I really hate it when that happens.

It's partly because it's summertime and my kids want to go out and do something. My writing time is limited more than usual, but it's also because my motivation seems to have taken a nose dive.

So, this is what I'm doing to combat my motivational issues. I'm going to long hand my story. I used to be a journalist and it's comfortable for me to write things out. I bought myself a little notebook and I've transferred in my character sketches and outline. So now I'm going to work on the story.

Wish me luck.

What do you do when you're not motivated?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bellon Family Summer Book Club

Every summer I do a Bellon Family Book Club. Each child reads a book of their choosing and they write me a little paragraph about it. Then, we go to an ice cream shop, they pick out their favorite flavor, and we get a table to discuss our books while we eat our ice cream.

I love the time I get to spend with them hearing about their thoughts on the book. I have so many memories of just the animation in their faces when they tell me about their favorite parts or what they felt at the end. I wouldn't miss this experience for the world!

My seven-year-old is really loving The Great Brain books right now and it is so fun to see his face when he reads of some of the experiences the brothers have. That's going to be his book club choice for most of the summer I'll bet and I've already got a smile on my face thinking about what he'll tell us in our book club meeting.

Do you do a summer book club? What is your family reading?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Review: Fields of Glory

If you love World War II historical fiction, you will love the new novel, Fields of Glory, by Anna Jones Buttimore.

The Fields family is just trying to survive the war, but when their son doesn't return, and their mother is taken into custody for questioning, it's up to the daughters of the family, Patricia and Eleanor, to keep the farm afloat and get answers to the ever growing number of questions. Can they trust anyone around them, even those who claim to love them? And can they unravel the web of lies to get to the truth before it's too late?

Ms. Buttimore has created a book that is obviously well-researched, with each detail adding a richness to the story. The characters are relatable and both Patricia and Ellie are trying to uncover the secrets that everyone seems to be keeping while at the same time, navigating the twists and turns of love in their lives. I particularly enjoyed Ellie and Jim's story and wished we would have had more of them. They were definitely a highlight for me. But the pacing and tension of the mystery surrounding the family also added another angle to the family's story and will definitely keep readers guessing about all the connections until the end! This wartime story will definitely sweep you back in time and remind you of the strength found in families and love.

Here's the back copy:

Thundersley, Suffolk, 1942: A young man named Jim Walker shows up at Westleigh Farm, home of the Field family, demanding to be taught how to be a farmer but reluctant to reveal anything about himself.

When Thundersley Hall is bombed by a German spy, and Violet Field is taken into custody by the Ministry of War, it is up to her daughters, Patricia and Eleanor, to work out the connection between their new farmhand and the spy.

But suspicions in wartime run deep. Everyone seems to have a secret, even the Hall’s owner, the aristocratic and handsome Alex Farrell. If his romantic intentions toward Patricia are sincere, why is he so unwilling to help her discover the truth about the bombing? And can Eleanor trust her growing fondness for the taciturn Jim, or is her affection for him because he reminds her so much of the brother she lost to the war?

You can get your Kindle copy here

Friday, June 8, 2018

My Interview With Carla Kelly!

As I mentioned yesterday, I had the chance to sit down with award-winning author Carla Kelly to ask her a few of the questions every reader wants to know!

In this first clip, she tells us what the strangest thing she's come across in her research is:

Carla Kelly is known for her westerns and regencies and in this clip she answers which time period she would love to have lived in!

Carla Kelly is so knowledgeable about history and in this clip, she answers who she would like to meet if she had the chance AND when her next book is coming out!

In the last clip, Carla tells us what the best part of being a writer is:

I really enjoyed getting to know her better and I hope you'll check out some of my favorite books of hers like, Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping. Well worth your time!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Hanging Out With Carla Kelly

I was lucky to have award-winning historical author Carla Kelly as the guest author at my book club. (And Heather Moore came along as well! Love her!)

Carla had such an amazing writing journey to share. I loved hearing about how she got her start and what her writing process is. Carla is one of my favorite writers because of her ability to pull her readers into the story and I wasn't surprised to hear how meticulously she researches. She spent over two years researching mines before she wrote My Loving Vigil Keeping! She talked about how invested she is in those characters and I was thinking of how truly invested I was as well when I read that book. She brought her brand new book, One Step Enough, the sequel to My Loving Vigil Keeping and I can't wait to start reading!

Carla was so gracious and did a quick interview for us. I'll be posting that video soon!

You can find out more about Carla at her website here

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Book Review And Giveaway!

Since Sarah Eden is one of my very favorite authors, I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour for her new one, Loving Lieutenant Lancaster.

Arabella Hampton has experienced a lot of loss in her life. When her parents die, she is put in the care of an aunt and uncle who make her life miserable. The only bright spot is her neighbor, an earl and his family of boys that live next door. But even that is taken away from her when the earl passes away. Years later, she now has the chance to be a lady's companion to the late earl's wife, and she eagerly accepts. But once she arrives, it's not clear exactly where she fits. And when a dashing stranger seems to understand how she feels, Arabella is drawn to him, especially since Linus Lancaster has also experienced loss in his life and is wondering where he also fits. But can she ever truly find the love and acceptance she's longed for? And will Linus allow Arabella into his heart?

I loved the characters in this book. Arabella was so relatable with her insecurities and trying to figure out her place in a world that didn't seem to have a place for her. Linus was a believable hero who really was trying to do what's best for everyone, even if it was at his own expense. I loved how these two dealt with each other and the twists and turns on their journey to love. One of the very best parts of the book, though, was seeing so many of the Jonquil family members and catching up with them, as well as the Lancasters. The Duke of Kielder also has a large role and I really loved seeing him and Persephone again. The secondary cast really adds another layer of depth to the already sweet and emotional love story of two wounded hearts finding healing, acceptance and love.

If you love sweet regency romance, you simply have to try Sarah Eden. She will pull you in and let you experience all the emotions of her characters as they find their happily ever afters.

You can get your copy here

Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway

Here's the back copy:

Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady’s companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.

Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters’ scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he’s impossibly drawn to the dowager’s quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their worlds?

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My Book Was Reviewed!

I got a great review for Love's Journey Home from InD'Tale Magazine today. I was so happy to see so many positives, especially since this is only my second ever romance without any suspense.

Here's my favorite part:

"Love's Journey Home is a refreshingly sweet tale of how love really can change lives and about two people who find home together."

Isn't that awesome? I've been smiling all day.

You can read the entire review here

If you haven't read this one yet, you can buy your own Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Olivia Dalton has a reputation in the DA’s office---tough, thorough, and fierce when she’s closing a case. Those skills are essential in the courtroom, but not in the relationship department---until Mick Donovan crosses her path. Everyone thinks he’s a player, but when an unexpected situation arises, she glimpses an honorable man instead. Olivia is drawn to him, but he pushes her away, unable to shake the past that still haunts him.

Mick Donovan learned at a young age never to let anyone close because those you love never stay. Keeping people at arms-length has never been hard for him---until he meets Olivia Dalton. Mick is caught up in a case she’s prosecuting, and he can’t deny his attraction to her, but when she uncovers the past he’s kept carefully hidden, he’s sure she’ll turn away. Yet, even with all his secrets in the open, Olivia reaches out. Can he let his guard down long enough to let her in and take a chance on love?