Monday, June 7, 2021

The New Podcast is Up. Have You Listened?

 


I'm just checking to see if you listened to the May episode of Authors Off the Page, yet?! 

In the little clip above you can hear us discussing book boyfriends and movie boyfriends and what would redeem Theo James after his recent Sanditon controversy. LOL 

This episode was a lot of fun! We shared turning points in our lives, debunked myths about being authors, and read an excerpt from our newest projects that you won't hear anywhere else! 

You can download the full episode on Amazon, Audible, Spotify, Pandora, or wherever you get your podcasts! Or click here

Friday, June 4, 2021

And the Winner Is . . .


I am so humbled by those of you who entered the giveaways and shared a little bit of yourselves with me. I LOVED reading all about your firsts, your vacations, your songs, your impressions, and really feeling like I had SO much in common with so many of you! Thank you!

And I have to thank all my author friends who graciously donated their books for my blogaversary. I am so blessed to know them all!

If your name is announced as a winner, please email me at juliecoulterbellon AT gmail DOT com to claim your prize. 

Here are the winners!

*drum roll*

$5 Amazon gift card---Debbie P. 

$5 Amazon gift card---Winnie

A copy of Crown of Rosemund by Michele Ashman Bell and a crown necklace--Sarah! (Your answer was 1/3/19 on the blog post)

A copy of Kiss Me Now by Melanie Jacobson---Kim Hansen

A copy of A Torn Allegiance---Miranda Okleberry

The Super Suspense Bundle---CM Jeppsen

The Riveting Romance Bundle--Melanie Stott

A copy of Falling to Pieces by Annette Lyon---Natalya

A copy of Eye for an Eye by Stephanie Black---Kambria

The Swoony Romance Book Bundle--Katie W.


and the FANTABULOUS BOOK BASKET is--- Lily!


Thank you again to everyone who entered. I appreciate you!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Freebie for Western Romance Fans!

Heather B. Moore's book, One Summer Day, is free today! I haven't read this one, but it looks cute and is part of a series.

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

She’s desperate to start over. He represents the past she wants to leave behind. But falling in love is never about logic.

Macie’s divorce has left her at rock-bottom, and she uproots everything and takes her young daughter to visit Prosperity Ranch for the summer. Every kid deserves to know her grandparents, right? Macie hopes for some healing time, even if she is staying at her ex in-laws ranch. What she isn’t expecting is her ex-husband’s brother, Holt Prosper, to fit every ideal she’s ever hoped for in a man.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

I Am SO Glad It's June

I don't know about you, but May was an incredibly busy month for me. Professionally, I'm working on my new book, researching a lot, and proofing an audio book (The Viscount's Vow. I'm so excited for this one!)

Personally, we had a LOT of family events. A baby shower, a baby blessing, Mother's Day, a birthday, a high school graduation, a year-end dance recital, and seemingly never-ending year-end activities for elementary, junior high and high school. We left for a family getaway right after school got out and I can't tell you how badly I needed that vacation. I was so tired. 

That family trip was everything I needed. I had almost all of my children and grandchildren there (and missed dearly the ones who couldn't come!) but we sat by the pool, we fed goats, we rode a train, we had picnics, walked in nature, visited a zoo and rode the carousel, stayed up late and played board games, and just enjoyed being together and laughing until our sides hurt. It was just the recharge that I needed and I'm starting to feel more like myself again!

We just got back and I don't mind telling you I'm having a hard time getting back to work and real-life. I think I'll take one more day of relaxation before I dive in again. 

Do you have any fun vacation/stay-cation plans this summer?  

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Giveaway Wrap-Up! Come See Which Ones You Still Need to Enter!


Okay, this is your LAST CHANCE to get entered for any of the prizes from my month-long celebration of TEN YEARS of blogging! Click on the links below and then follow the directions on the blog. Thank you so much for playing, partying, and celebrating with me! Winners will be announced right here on Friday, June 4th!

First of all, look at yesterday's blog to enter to win the Swoony Romance book bundle giveaway! Then click below for the rest of the prizes.

Click HERE to win Eye for an Eye by Stephanie Black

Click HERE to win Falling to Pieces by Annette Lyon

Click HERE for another entry into the grand prize drawing for a Fantabulous Book Basket

Click HERE for an entry for the Riveting Romance Book Bundle

Click HERE to get an entry for the Super Suspense Book Bundle

Click HERE for another entry into the grand prize drawing for a Fantabulous Book Basket

Click HERE to enter to win an autographed copy of A Torn Allegiance 

Click HERE to enter to win a copy of Kiss Me Now

Click HERE to win an autographed copy of The Crown of Rosemund and a crown necklace

Click HERE to win a $5 Amazon gift card

Click HERE for an entry into the grand prize drawing for a Fantabulous Book Basket

Click HERE for another entry into the grand prize drawing for a Fantabulous Book Basket

Click HERE to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card

Monday, May 31, 2021

The Last Giveaway!


It is so hard to believe we are already at the end of May! I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day. I'm so grateful for all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 

Today is the last day of giveaways. It has been so fun celebrating ten years of my blog with you. There are a lot of great giveaways for you to enter, and there will be a wrap-up post for you tomorrow, so you won't miss any! All the winners will be announced on Friday.

But today's prize is SO AWESOME! If you love romance, you won't want to miss either of these books. The Swoony Romance Book Bundle includes The Accidental Text by Becky Monson. This one will hit you in all the feels and leave you with a smile on your face. Then, there's The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson that has all the butterflies of meeting your person and working through a twisty-turny journey to love. Both of them were so good! 

All you have to do to be entered to win is answer two questions: have you ever accidentally texted someone? And have you ever met a celebrity? Tell me all about it in the comment section! 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Are You A Scaredy-Cat Like Me? And a Giveaway!


If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know how I feel about Stephanie Black books. She is the queen of mystery and suspense and the author I always read with the lights on. You see, I'm a bit of a scaredy-cat. It's not that her stories are scary, they just have that delicious tension that makes you want to turn the page to see what's going to happen, but then close your eyes! You know that point in the movie where the music comes on and you just KNOW something is going to happen? Yeah, it's like that. Her mysteries are so, so good.

And her new novella, Eye for An Eye, is our giveaway today! In order to enter to win it, all you have to do is tell me in the comments one thing that scares you. For me, it would be snakes. Your turn!

Friday, May 28, 2021

Sweet Romance & the Last Scavenger Hunt Item!


Scavenger hunts can be so much fun! And the prize for finding the item is Annette Lyon's romance, Falling to Pieces. You'll definitely want to read this sweet, sigh-worthy romance!

So here's what you have to do to be entered. If you've read my blog before, you know that I have had several features on it. I used to have an East Coast editor that did first page critiques for me every week. I used to review my favorite TV shows every week. And I have someone who does non-fiction reviews for me. Your scavenger hunt quest is to go to one of those features and tell me a blog title/article/review that you liked and why. There were some really fun ones over the years!

Freebie Friday for Western Romance Fans!

If you love historical romance, you won't want to miss this western collection and it's free today!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: OLD WEST COLLECTION: Readers will love this collection of six historical western novellas, all with one thing in common: Romance.


In BREAK A LEG, a charming story by two-time Rita Award winner Carla Kelly, hospital steward Colm Callahan is ready to move away from army life at Fort Laramie. His only regret is leaving behind exotic Ozzie Washington, easily the prettiest woman on the post. As a maid to the lieutenant colonel's wife, Ozzie is no wilting flower when it comes to hard work. When the post surgeon leaves for an extended week, Colm must handle several medical emergencies on his own. He pleads for Ozzie's help at the hospital. While they spend long days and nights working together, Colm, a shy man, realizes he can't hide the truth of his feelings for Ozzie. He needs a little help, though. Enter from stage left, Lysander Locke, Shakespeare tragedian on his way to Deadwood.

THE SOLDIER'S HEART, an enchanting novella by Sarah M. Eden, follows Gregory Reeves has fallen in love with a woman he’s never met. Her brother’s dying wish is that Gregory checks on his family, and after the war, Gregory is only too happy to meet the woman he’s been dreaming about. Helene mistakes him for a hired hand and sets him to work immediately. As time passes, Gregory finds it more and more difficult to reveal his true connection to her family, fearing that a woman who loathes liars will turn her disapproval on him.

HIDDEN SPRING is an enthralling novella by Liz Adair, in which Susannah Brown is just getting her life back together after becoming a widow. She still misses Wesley with a fierce longing, but when she meets his half-brother, Douglas, she learns her heart is not completely dormant. Over the next several weeks, Douglas helps Susannah with repairs on her small ranch in exchange for supper. The exchange becomes more and more meaningful as Susannah realizes that Douglas might be the one to finally heal her heart.

In Annette Lyon’s delightful story, THE SWEETEST TASTE, Della Stafford hates being a farm girl in the tiny town of Shelley, Idaho. She’ll do anything to live in a big city and experience real city life. Her only regret is that she’d have to leave Joseph behind, the young man who makes her heart flutter. But she's convinced that moving away is for the best; her dreams and Joseph's dreams are too dissimilar. Then Della takes a job as a maid in Los Angeles and must face the truth that what she thought would make her happy and what really will are totally different things.

THE SILVER MINE BACHELOR, by Heather B. Moore, is a sweet romance between an unlikely pair. Lydia Stone has a checklist for men who qualify as the eligible bachelors in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado. Her new boss, Mr. Erik Dawson, is about to be struck off the list when she sees him coming out of the town brothel. Lydia doesn’t know that Erik Dawson’s sister has been living the brothel lifestyle for years, and he’s set on redeeming her soul. When Lydia discovers Erik’s secrets, she learns that life is not as black and white as she thinks.

In the captivating novella, FAITH AND THE FOREMAN by Marsha Ward, Faith Bannister is forced to travel west to earn a living as a school mistress in Arizona Territory. Faith soon learns that living the frontier lifestyle of a single woman has many harsh challenges. But when she meets Slim McHenry, she discovers that life doesn’t have to be so lonely. Unfortunately the dangerous Rance Hunter stands between her and Slim, and she must act with courage before everything is lost.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

My New Book's Cover Reveal!

I just got the cover for my new romantic suspense, Second Guess, and I am so excited to share it with you! This is Eden and Elliot's story, the next one in the Griffin Force series. 

I love this one and can't wait for you to read the book!

For a secret entry into the Fantabulous Grand Prize, tell me which book cover of mine do you like the most in the comment trail!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Another AMAZING Giveaway Basket for Romance Fans!


If you love romance in the Regency or Victorian period, you are going to LOVE this prize! Even *I* want to win this one. It includes Anneka Walker's book, Refining the Debutante, Heather B. Moore's Until Vienna, and Jennifer Moore's brand new book, Inventing Vivian. They all sound SO good!

What do you have to do to win? Well, it's another blog scavenger hunt! Yay!

I've done a lot of book reviews on my blog over the last ten years. So, in order to get an entry for the amazing Regency Book Basket, you have to find a review that I did of a book that you also enjoyed. Tell me in the comments the name of the book and the date of my blog review. That's it!

Good luck!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Spy Quiz: Come and Win a Book Basket of Suspense!

 


I am SO excited for today's prize. Do you love books that keep you on the edge of your seat? A little suspense? Mystery? Spies? Bad guys? Well, this is the giveaway for you!

This prize includes Second Look by me, In Harm's Way by Traci Hunter Abramson, and Treacherous Legacy by Kathi Oram Peterson. So much romantic suspense goodness in ONE prize! 

All you have to do is take the quiz below and put your answers in the comments. A random commenter will be chosen as the winner. 

What Kind of Spy Would YOU Be?

1. Do you know any other languages?

2. Where would you want to go on an overseas mission?

3. If you had five hours to prepare for a mission, how would you use your time? Would you pack? Learn some basics of a language? Study your cover ID? Go out to eat?

4. The tech guy gives you some cool gadgets to take on your mission. Which one would you be most excited to use? Hidden lockpicks in boots? Google contact lenses? Lipstick-shaped stun gun? Truth serum pen?

5. What would you like to wear on the mission if you knew you were going to be in the same outfit for twenty-four hours? Comfy clothes, jeans and a sweater, flirty dress, or an all-black ensemble?

6. You check in to your hotel room and the concierge calls you by your real name. What do you do?

7. What would be your code phrase to abort the mission?

8. A bunch of men in suits approaches you from all sides. What would you do?

9. If you could pick your own cool spy nickname, what would you pick?

10. When the mission is over and you were successful, where would you choose to go on your vacation?

Monday, May 24, 2021

Need Another Entry for the Grand Prize Giveaway?

If you need another entry for the grand prize giveaway of a Fantabulous Book Basket, just answer this question. All commenters will get another entry for the grand prize!

What is your favorite family vacation? And how many books did you bring?

My favorite family vacation was when we all went to Hawaii. It was a dream of mine to go and when I won a vacation house stay, it was like the universe was making my dream come true! And I brought my Kindle so I had all the books I could ever want. 

Your turn!

The Immortals Book Launch Event is TOMORROW!

 


You aren't going to want to miss this Virtual Book Launch for The Immortals by Steven T. Collis. This looks like so much fun! This book is one that will stay with you for a long time after you close the book. You can see our full review of it HERE.

I hope to "see" you at the launch! Everyone who signs up gets a free bookplate signed by Steven T. Collis and there will be lots of fun giveaways. Click HERE to get your tickets.





Friday, May 21, 2021

Here Are The Prizes You Can Win So Far!


I am so excited for all of you to join in the celebration and enter to win some great prizes. We have a suspense book basket prize coming up and some more scavenger hunt entries, so keep checking back!

Just in case you've missed any of the prize posts, here is a recap so far:

Click HERE to enter to win an autographed copy of A Torn Allegiance 

Click HERE to enter to win a copy of Kiss Me Now

Click HERE to win an autographed copy of The Crown of Rosemund and a crown necklace

Click HERE to win a $5 Amazon gift card

Click HERE for an entry into the grand prize drawing for a Fantabulous Book Basket

Click HERE for another entry into the grand prize drawing for a Fantabulous Book Basket

Click HERE to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Answer This Question and You Could WIN!

 

I am SO excited about this prize. Jen Geigle Johnson has graciously offered a copy of her brand new novel, A Torn Allegiance! It looks so good! 

In the book, the heroine is asked to spy on someone she loves. My question to you is: have you ever eavesdropped or spied on someone? Could you do it if you were asked to? Why or why not? Tell me in the comments, then your name will be put into the hat and you could be drawn as the winner. Easy peasy!

Here is the back copy of A Torn Allegiance. I can't wait to read this one!

Peace is tenuous in the small kingdom of Oldenburg, and the looming threat of invasion from Napoleon weighs heavily on the royal family. Their country's best chance for safety lies in strengthening their alliance with the English. So it is that Prince Hayes Wilhelm finds himself returning to England, where he hopes a prominent duke can help him protect his country.
 
Lady Elsie longs to make a difference in the world, but spying was not quite what she had in mind. So when her father, the Duke of Shelby, approaches her about keeping a close eye on the visiting crown prince of Oldenburg, she reluctantly agrees. But the outspoken young woman did not anticipate finding in Hayes a man who shares--and respects--her progressive ideas. Their mutual attraction is undeniable, but Elsie cannot forget her charge to spy on the man who is quickly stealing her heart. With the threat of war looming ever closer, Elsie and Hayes must consider carefully whom to trust--before their secrets tear them apart.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Do You Love Romantic Comedy? Then This Giveaway is for You!

 


Melanie Jacobson is so good at chemistry and romantic comedy, I would LOVE to win this one for myself! But this is a party for you, so you won't want to miss this giveaway!

All you have to do to enter is answer this question in the comments: Have you ever made a bad first impression on someone?

I didn't have a great first impression of my husband. After we were introduced, he said hello and then talked to the girl next to me for the rest of the time. I thought he was "stuck up" (as I wrote in my journal.) Later on, he told me that he was tongue-tied because he thought I was so beautiful. (Nice save, am I right? haha) What are your bad first impression stories?

Here's the back copy of Kiss Me Now by Melanie Jacobson:

Ian would do anything for his grandmother, so when Gran suddenly announces she’s leaving the family property to her pretty new neighbor, Ian is on the case. He’ll use every one of his sharply-honed skills as a private investigator to expose the gold digger and save Gran.

Brooke is living her best life far from the city and career that tried to destroy her. She’s happy spending her summer renovating the house she inherited and gardening with her elderly neighbor, Miss Lily. But when Miss Lily’s handsome—and obnoxious—grandson shows up, making wild accusations and dragging up Brooke’s past, Brooke must convince Ian he has her all wrong.

But what happens when their chemistry proves even more dangerous than Ian’s accusations?


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The First Day of the Blog Scavenger Hunt AND a Giveaway!


I am SO excited to be starting the blog scavenger hunt! As you know I'm celebrating ten years on my blog all month long. Have you entered to win all the other prizes? I hope so!

This one is going to be fun. I got to have lunch with Michele Ashman Bell today and we talked a little bit about her new YA medieval adventure story, The Crown of Rosemund. She graciously offered to give an autographed copy of the book along with a crown necklace! I honestly wish I could enter my own contest for this one! 

But here is the scavenger hunt clue. In ten years on my blog, I talked a lot about things I was researching. (So many things!) Your challenge is to find one blog about research I did and tell me the month and day in the comments. Then YOUR name will be entered to win!

Good luck! There are about twenty to choose from, so it shouldn't be too hard!   

Monday, May 17, 2021

I Need Your Vote!


The audio book of The Marquess Meets His Match is up for a RONE Award! Woohoo!

I need your vote so the audio book can move on to the judges' round. Could you take a minute and vote? (You do have to have an account, but it's easy to do.) 

I appreciate your help! Thank you! 

Click HERE to go to the page

Thursday, May 13, 2021

In the Non-Fiction Corner With Lauren: The Immortals


In the Non-Fiction Corner With Lauren



The Immortals by Steven T. Collis is not your ordinary World War II novel. Collis looks into the lives of four chaplains that became heroes in the midst of war. The writing style is unique in that it is able to switch from person to person seamlessly and weave together a beautiful story that is entertaining as well thought-provoking. These men deserve to be hailed as heroes, and the author does a great job at honoring their memory.

I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of this book, and getting to know each man through their background story. Their heroics are much more meaningful when you think of all the sacrifice it took to get to where they were that fateful day. Each man had a unique life experience that prepared him to help others in their time of need. For example, Alex is treated unfairly in the US because he is a Jew. He questions how he and others are going to fight for the lives of Jewish people in Germany when they aren’t even treated fairly in these soldier's home country. Even though each of these men were from different religious and cultural backgrounds, they joined together when they needed to most and set aside their differences for greater good. The end of the book is particularly touching, and if you enjoy WWII stories, it is one you don’t want to miss.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

The celebrated story of the Immortal Chaplains is now joined for the first time in print by the largely untold story of another hero of the sinking of the Dorchester: Charles Walter David, Jr. was a young Black petty officer aboard a Coast Guard cutter traveling with the convoy who bravely dived into the glacial water over and over again, even with hypothermia setting in, to try to rescue the men the chaplains had first helped and inspired to never give up. Through his efforts, he joins the Chaplains as one of “The Immortals.”

Thoroughly researched and told in an engrossing non-fiction narrative, the book alternates between accounts told from the perspective of the Nazi U-boat captain and his crew (as found in their journals and later interviews), and the hunted—the men of the American convoy. Using his expertise as a law professor specializing in religious freedom and constitutional law, the author, Steven T. Collis, also paints a thought-provoking portrait of religious life in America during wartime and how American views of faith affected the chaplains and the men they served.

Page-turning and inspiring, The Immortals explores the power of faith and religious conviction and powerfully narrates the lives of five heroic men who believed in something greater than themselves, living lives of service and sacrifice for their country and their fellow man.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I Have a Question for You! And Another Giveaway!


 As I look over the early years of my blog, it is sort of like a little writing journal---the things I was writing, thinking about, and worrying over. I admit, I've kept a real journal since I was twelve years old. I love writing about my day and little insights I've received. There's also something very therapeutic about journals, at least for me. I write down my feelings, get things out of my head and on the paper so it isn't hanging over me, if that makes sense. 

At first, I was thinking that someone should probably burn all my journals after I die, because I am very honest in them since no one reads them but me, but now I'm starting to think that my journals show a true picture of my journey. I am a mess sometimes. I get angry and frustrated. I handle things badly and regret not thinking before I speak more often than I'd like. But I look back at those entries now and I see how far I've come. The older I get, the easier it seems to just love myself and the people around me, and not care so much about what the world thinks or what "should" be done or what I could have done differently. I'm feeling more and more comfortable in my skin. 

So, long story short, I love journals! I love see my progress as a human being. I love that I have my "writing blog journal" that marked where I was in my writing journey at the time.

But here's my question to you: do you keep a journal? Why or why not?

All comments will be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card. Maybe you could put it toward buying yourself a new journal!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Freebie for Regency Fans!

If you love regencies, you'll want to pick up the Timeless Romance All Regency Collection that is free today! You get six Regency novellas that will give you all the feels.

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, May 10, 2021

Do You Have a Song? And Are You Entered to Win?



Okay, I have a question for all of you. When you hear a song on the radio, does it remind you of a book couple? Or a movie/TV couple? When I hear "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" by REO Speedwagon, I always think of Lee Stetson and Amanda King from Scarecrow and Mrs. King. It fits them so perfectly i think! Do you do that? Or is it just me?

I have playlists of songs I listen to when I write characters, but I don't think I've ever given any of my couples a "couple" song,. Maybe I should!

So, in order to get another entry in the grand prize drawing, tell me, do you think of book/TV/movie couples when you hear certain songs? And do you and your husband/wife/significant other have a "song" that is yours? I'd love to hear it!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Next Prize . . . Are You Entered?


And the celebration continues! 

There is a grand prize of a Fantabulous Book Basket filled with all kinds of books, goodies, and swag! There will be several posts like this one, where if you comment, your name will be put into the hat to win the GRAND PRIZE!

I started this blog in 2011. It doesn't seem that long ago! But back then, I had teenagers and toddlers and life was extremely busy for me trying to balance writing and mothering. I loved Castle and Hawaii Five-0 and I was on an organizing kick that year. Crazy!

Rolling in the Deep by Adele was the #1 song that year. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the #1 movie. NCIS, Dancing with the Stars, and Football were the top 3 TV shows. And Prince William married Kate Middleton!

Can you remember what you were doing in 2011? Tell me one thing you remember about that year in the comments and your name will be entered in the Grand Prize drawing!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Free Book!

 


I hope you all had a chance to visit my blog yesterday and enter the giveaway there. Today's prize is a FREE party gift for all! 

I'm giving away my very first published romantic suspense book, Through Love's Trials to all of you! 

Get your free copy HERE

Here is the back copy:

Attorney Kenneth King can't wait to get away on vacation and leave the courtroom behind. He only has one last errand to do for his boss―drop off a flash drive to fellow attorney Emma James. But as soon as the drive is in his hands, his boss is murdered and Kenneth becomes the next target. With nowhere left to turn, he reaches out to Emma for help―but that only puts them both in danger.

Emma James just wants to settle into her new job and provide a good life for her little girl. That is all threatened when she gets a flash drive with information on it that points to an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil. With her choices dwindling and her vulnerabilities made crystal clear, Emma is pushed to the limit by those who want her dead and the rest of the country to suffer. How far will she be forced to go to save the lives of everyone around her, including those she loves?

Kenneth and Emma have to find a way to work together to stop the terrorists, but it's the most difficult trial of their lives―and the verdict will be life or death.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

It's My TEN Year Anniversary! Let's Party With a Giveaway!


Can you believe it? TEN years ago today, I started this blog when the Six LDS Writers and a Frog blog ended after five years. I've been blogging for fifteen years! Time has flown by.

To celebrate I'm going to be having a party for the rest of the month! I have some amazing prizes by award-winning authors, gift cards, swag bags, and there will be party games and scavenger hunts, it is going to be so fun! I hope you'll join me.

For the first party game, I want to talk to you about FIRSTS.

Here is my very first blog post on the LDS WriterMom blog, May 4, 2011:


 Getting Started

I'm so excited. And also a little nervous. I've been a part of the Six LDS Writers and a frog blog for five years and I've often thought about having my own blog as well, and here we are. It's sort of like moving away from home for the first time. Remember that? The tears at saying goodbye to mom, looking at her waving in the front yard as you drove away, then the smile as you walked into your own apartment for the first time, and the frown when you looked into the empty fridge. Did you ever wonder how many days you could live on Ramen noodles or counted out pennies at the grocery store till? (Not that I did that. Noooo.)

Anyway, this blog will be talking about things I've learned as a writer, a mom, and a few thoughts of a spiritual nature every now and then. I want to post writing tips, tell you about the new writing journey I'm on, and review some fiction that I'm reading. (Because everyone knows a good writer is also a good reader.) I hope you'll stop back often and leave a comment.

This is going to be fun. 


So, in the comments, I'd like you to tell me about a "first" in your life. Your first book, first pet, first love, first date, first kiss, first day at school, first celebrity crush, any first. And anyone who comments will be entered in the FIRST drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card!

Happy Blogaversary! Thank you for being here! 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Military Appreciation Month!


May is Military Appreciation Month and I am so very grateful to the military men and women and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us to enjoy the freedoms we have. I have had the privilege of coming to know some soldiers in the course of research for my books and they are amazing people that I know represent the best in our military. I hope those who serve know they are never forgotten and always appreciated!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday Freebie!


If you need a cute Victorian historical to read this weekend, A Proper Scandal, by Esther Hatch is free today and tomorrow!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse.

It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Free Small Town Romance!


Do you love small town romances? Love's Journey Home is free today! 

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Olivia is a D.A. with a job to do. Mick is a man with a hidden past. When their lives collide, choices must be made--and nothing will ever be the same.

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?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

In the Non-Fiction Corner: When the Atonement Becomes Personal

In the Non-Fiction Corner With Lauren



Toni Sorenson’s new book When the Atonement Becomes Personal is a powerful and personal book that really brings the atonement to new life. Because of her unique life experience, Sorenson is able to offer a perspective on the Atonement that most other books can’t capture. While many authors quote prophets and apostles when speaking of the Savior, Sorenson quotes inmates and gang members. While other important religious sources are not ignored, the author is able to tie in with the scripture lessons that we can learn from every day people who have experienced the Atonement first hand. They have come to know Christ in a deeply personal and meaningful way, and the author is on a mission to share these truths with others.

I was very interested to learn why there is a whale on the cover of this book and what that could possibly have to do with the Atonement. Throughout the book, Sorenson talks about scars and how whale watching guides are able to tell which whale is which by the scars that they have. We are the same way, she says. We are identifiable by what we have been through, what we have overcome, and what we have conquered with the Savior. We identify Him by His scars, too. We are engraven on the palms of His hands and He invites each of us to come and see. This book has brought me closer to the Savior by teaching me to love myself and that every person matters to Him.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is our hope that life can get better . . . that we can get better. To find strength in our struggles, it is vital to look to the One who understands our pains and afflictions, the One who never forsakes us. Christ atoned for our sins, but what does that really mean, and how can we harness the relief He provides? The answer to this question and many others is made simple in When the Atonement Becomes Personal.

As one who works with the downtrodden and marginalized, author and therapist Toni Sorenson offers unique insight into the individual nature of the Atonement. Her signature warmth and engaging tone become a powerful catalyst for understanding as she intersperses scripture with personal narrative, not shying away from real problems and solutions. She outlines ways we can reconnect when we feel distanced from our Creator. She sheds light on paths we can take to restore self-worth when life has grown impossibly hard and dark. In this unique and hopeful approach to the gospel’s most complex topic, embark on a journey of self-discovery into why the Atonement does not become truly powerful until it becomes truly personal.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A New Podcast and a Giveaway!



In honor of our latest podcast featuring everything spring AND our guest host, Heather B. Moore, (who was talking about her new book, Until Vienna and it was so fun!) we are doing a giveaway over in our Authors Off the Page Facebook group! I hope you'll join us there so you can enter to win!

Click HERE to join the group!  

And here's a sneak peek of the podcast. Heather was telling us who she would cast if Until Vienna was ever made into a movie. I could totally picture those actors and actresses! 

If you want to listen to the entire podcast, you can find us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, ask your Alexa to play it or click HERE




Monday, April 26, 2021

The Thriller and Crime Writers Conference



I got to go to an online writers conference last week for Thriller and Crime Writers. It was SO interesting! They had lawyers and detectives giving all the behind-the-scenes for crime scenes and criminal cases, not to mention how detectives can work with other agencies for terrorism threats. I was fascinated! There were some gruesome cases discussed, a few discussions of what happens to unclaimed bodies, and many stories of strange cases they'd had. 

There was one detective who told a couple of stories about how he'd relied on his intuition and was able to bring closure to families by following it. Of course there are all sorts of evidentiary procedures to follow, but I thought it was interesting that he went "off-book" if you will, to follow a hunch that paid off. I really think that happens more often than we think in solving cases. But this particular detective had been on the force for many years and I'm sure his experience in the field made a big difference as well. 

I loved all the strange and gritty stories and I wished some speakers could have gone longer with their presentation, they were so captivating. This was definitely an enlightening conference for me! Not to mention that it is always motivating when I'm with other writers and learning from field experts. It makes me want to get back to writing and bringing characters and stories to life.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Freebie Friday for Young Adult Romantic Comedy Fans!


If you love young adult romantic comedy, Janette Rallison has THREE books that are FREE today! My Fair Godmother, My Unfair Godmother, and My Fairly Dangerous Godmother. I haven't read any of these, but they look super cute! 

Get My Fair Godmother HERE 
Get My Unfair Godmother HERE
Get My Fairly Dangerous Godmother HERE

Here's the back copy:

My Fair Godmother

An incompetent fairy godmother. What could go wrong?

Some girls steal their sister’s clothes. Savannah’s sister steals her boyfriend. Yea, that was a really bad day.

After such a dramatic breakup, Savannah needs a true prince–and fast, because the prom is only weeks away.

But looking for love can be a Grimm experience.

Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah's gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she's only Fair―because she's not a very good fairy student―Chrissy sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White.

Being a fairy-tale princess is so not what it's cracked up to be.

Finally, Chrissy sends Tristan, a cute guy in Savannah's class, to the Middle Ages to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. 

He and Savannah must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight.


My Unfair Godmother

Be careful what you wish forat least when your fairy godmother is in training.

Tansy Miller has always felt that her divorced father has never had enough time for her. But mistakenly getting caught on the wrong side of the law wasn't exactly how she wanted to get his attention.

That trip down to the prison was really not her best moment.

Enter Chrysanthemum "Chrissy" Everstar, Tansy's all-too-teenage fairy godmother. Chrissy is still training, so Tansy's three wishes don't exactly go according to plan.

And if mistakenly bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn't bad enough for Tansy, being transported back to the Middle Ages to deal with Rumpelstiltskin certainly is.

That fairy tale is so much creepier when it’s happening to you.


My Fairly Dangerous Godmother

A fairy godmother can be a dangerous thing.

Some people bomb singing auditions. Sadie throws up on live TV during hers. So yeah, there’s no way she’ll ever be able to face strangers again, let alone the people at her high school.

Her performance on America’s Top Talent is so bad it earns her a fairy godmother through the Magical Alliance's Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Sadie’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing fairy godmother to save the day—or perhaps make it even more horrible.

Wishes are, after all, unpredictable things.

Sadie finds herself thrown back in time to be first the Little Mermaid and then one of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Wishes are permanent, and if Sadie wants to get back to her home, she'll have to strike a magical bargain—one that involves stealing a goblet from a powerful fairy queen.

Worse yet, Sadie has competition from a handsome thief with an invisibility cloak. He may not only steal the goblet, he may make off with her heart too.

Tansy will need the help of her blended family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief's son to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Doing a School Visit and I'm Bringing Gifts!


I was asked to go and speak to a third grade class about being an author and I'm really excited about it! I thought it would be fun to give each student an "author's survival kit" and included a tote, a notebook and pen, chocolate, and a story starter page. I hope they like it! Can you think of anything else I could include?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

We Have A New Group---Come Join Us!



Guess what? We've started an Authors Off the Page Facebook group! If you want to chat about books, audio, life in general, get behind-the-scenes pics from the podcast or little "extras" from the authors, you're definitely going to want to join this group!
 
Click HERE to join! 

Never listened to us before? Here's a little clip from our March podcast. Come laugh with us!




Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Which Project Should I Work On?


I was going through some old files the other day and found a book that I'd started, but never finished. I read the first three chapters and it's not bad! I kind of want to finish it now . . . but Second Guess is still calling to me. Elliot was in big trouble when I left him last.

Sometimes being a writer and having to make decisions is hard! LOL I wonder if I can write both of them at the same time? I'm just not sure! But I do love the premise of the story I found and I'll definitely finish it someday if not now. 

One of the questions I get asked a lot is where I find the ideas for my stories. Honestly, I have so many book ideas I will never live long enough to write them all. Story ideas come to me all the time. Usually when I don't have paper or a computer handy, haha! I've even written story and scene ideas on napkins just so I could get it down before I forgot. I've found it's always a good idea for me to have paper of some sort nearby. And I'm super grateful for YOU, my readers that always read the stories I finish. 

So tell me, what are you reading these days?

Monday, April 19, 2021

Here's a $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!


Do you want to win a $200 Amazon gift card? Or win one of these fabulous books? Then you should enter the Spring Fling giveaway! Who couldn't use some more book money, am I right? And it's so easy! I'd love to see one of my readers win! (U.S. residents only.)

Click HERE to enter  

Friday, April 16, 2021

Freebie Friday for Romantic Comedy Fans!


Susan Hatler's Driven to Date is free today! It looks like a cute romantic comedy, perfect for snuggling up with this weekend.

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Career-driven attorney, Jill Parnell, has worked long and hard to become a partner at Corbett, Gray, & Shaw. When the coveted position is given to the boss’s nephew, she does what any intelligent employee would do—attends a colleague’s wedding and schmoozes a high-powered partner at another law firm.

Her potential new boss has only one condition for her, that she demonstrate a personal life that will support a thriving career. Pretending to have a boyfriend is outside Jill’s comfort zone, but she invites the best man to act the part and Ryan is all-too eager to play her significant other. Sparks fly between them, but she reminds herself she’s only driven to date to get back on the partner track.

When Jill discovers Ryan is the lawyer who stole her promotion, her charade threatens to implode. But breaking off their pretend relationship could cost her the job of her dreams. And the more she gets to know Ryan, the more she’s tempted to tame the bad boy, and make him her own.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Book Review: The Healing Summer


In the Fiction Review Corner with Lauren


The Healing Summer by Heather Moore is a romantic story of two neighbors who go on an adventure to get closure and find ways to move forward in their lives. They set out to find the man who saved Maggie’s life in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 so that she can try to repay him. Jo, her recently divorced neighbor, agrees and they set out on their journey. Maggie, although she is 94 and spent much of her life married to another man, seems to have her heart set on finding her hero. At her age, though, she knows this may be an impossible task. Almost immediately upon their arrival and after a few phone calls, they are able to track down some of his relatives and they find out what happened in the many years since Maggie had last seen her first love. An unexpected love story unfolds that help both women heal from lost love and broken hearts.
 
This book is a short, sweet read that made me feel like I was reading a Hallmark movie. I found the storyline of the book extremely interesting and enjoyed reading about the character’s back stories. However, everything in the story came so easily to the characters that I kept expecting drama to unfold or something bad to happen, but nothing like that came along. It was just a happy story of a woman who finds everything she was looking for. If you are looking for a cute read with a happy ending, this was a fun one to pick up.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

At the age of ninety-four, Maggie Howard’s final wish is to return to San Francisco and find out what happened to the young man who saved her life in 1906 after the disastrous earthquake and fires that devastated the city. They’d been trapped beneath a collapsed roof for hours, injured and unable to call for help.

The morning of their rescue, Orlando Gallo promised he would find her again. But Maggie hasn’t seen or heard from him in over seventy years, and now, widowed and childless, Maggie hopes to leave her estate to Orlando’s descendants. She invites her neighbor, forty-year-old Jo Sampson, to travel with her, and as the two women return to San Francisco to track down Orlando, they form a strong bond of friendship and healing that transcends time and place.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Sneak Peek of Second Guess!


I've been working on the next Griffin Force book, Second Guess, today. It's Elliot's story and I'm really loving it so far. Here's a little sneak peek from the first page: 

**SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read the end of SECOND CHANCE do not read this or you will be spoiled.**

The wings of the planes dipped as they turned and headed away from the airfield where Griffin Force had been waiting to board. What a mess. He should have seen Fahad boarding or felt some sense of danger when he’d wheeled Atwah into the plane, but he’d felt safe. They were so close to finishing the mission, he’d let his guard down. Elliot pressed the compress tighter to the side of his head, trying to stop the bleeding and wincing at the pain. He wouldn’t make the mistake of letting his guard down again.

He lifted his gaze to Fahad. Fahad had seemed jittery and angry until the plane had finally leveled off. Ever since then, he’d been a bit more relaxed. Somehow that probably didn’t bode well for Elliot.

Fahad finished speaking to the man guarding the cockpit and started back toward Elliot. His mouth was once again pulled into an angry line and Elliot’s stomach tightened. What now?

“Get up,” Fahad commanded, when he got close.

I can't wait to share this story with you!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Book Review: Until Vienna


I was excited to read the next installment in the Orient Express series. Heather Moore's Until Vienna was a tender romance with lots of detail and depth. (Isn't that a great cover?)

Gigi is asked to travel with her Aunt Rowena on an art tour across Europe. Their tour director is handsome Clyde Haskins, but when it becomes clear Aunt Rowena is trying to play matchmaker for Gigi and Clyde, Clyde informs them he is a confirmed bachelor after having his heart broken. But as the tour continues, Clyde and Gigi find an unexpected friendship. Could it ever be more?

I really enjoyed the backdrop of the Orient Express for this sweet romance. The details and descriptions made it so easy to feel like you were right there with the characters! Gigi has hopes and dreams, some of which have been dashed. When the secret comes out about why her beau abruptly left her, Gigi has to examine her thoughts and feelings and decide if she's ready to move on. The friendship and blossoming romance between her and Clyde was paced well and had some really great moments---and swoon-worthy kisses! Clyde was a solid hero, and his kind attentions to Aunt Rowena and her friends would make the hardest heart melt. And of course, Gigi slips behind his wall of defenses and burrows her way into his affections in a way that takes him by surprise. It's really sweet, actually. Readers will root for this couple to find their happily-ever-after, and enjoy the exotic setting locations.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Georgina Ballard has been disappointed in love more than a few times, a fact that she is uncomfortably aware of amid her sister’s wedding preparations. When her elderly aunt Rowena bids Gigi to accompany her on an art tour across Europe, Gigi hesitates but eventually resigns herself to the train journey alongside a group of aged art connoisseurs, if only to mollify her aunt.

Once aboard the Orient Express, Gigi is pleased to discover that not everyone on the tour is in their twilight years: Clyde Haskins, an energetic young art professor from the University of London, will serve as the group’s tour guide. Clyde is equally intrigued that a young lady has joined the tour, and Aunt Rowena and her friends immediately set out to play matchmaker. Clyde and Gigi both find humor in Aunt Rowena’s antics despite knowing that each is determined to keep their heart carefully guarded. Yet, the enchantment of their European exploration weaves an undeniable spell between them. When their journey ends, can their holiday love story endure the obstacles of real life?

Monday, April 12, 2021

A Big Surprise!


Our family had a big surprise this past week when my little grandson was born eight weeks early. He was tiny at only 4 lbs. 2 oz., but he's a fighter! We're so happy he's here.

Have you ever had an experience with someone born prematurely?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Mission Stories and a Giveaway!


There was a big announcement today from Excel Entertainment! They have created a new media franchise called, MISSION STORIES, which will focus entirely on telling stories of missionaries for The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. The franchise launched with the theatrical release of MISSION STORIES, a moving retelling of three true stories of missionary work. The feature film opens exclusively in theaters on Friday, May 7 and is distributed jointly with Purdie Distribution.

Assembled as an anthology of three stories told over four chapters, the project was created by the filmmaking team of Bryce Clark (writer, producer, director), Jason Allred (producer), Crystal Myler (writer) and Arthur Van Wagenen (executive producer) after meeting with a full room of former mission presidents and their companions. 

“We heard so many incredible stories -- story after story of events that cannot be simply coincidences,” explained Bryce Clark. “Every story shows that God has his hand in the work and people’s lives are being transformed and saved through this work.”

“People assume they know what a “mission story” depicted on the big screen will be like,” said Arthur Van Wagenen. “Our goal in this film and the entire MISSION STORIES franchise is to tell stories from not just the perspective of missionaries, but from the perspective of people who make the radical choice to become disciples of Jesus Christ.”

The film tells three true stories, including “Hermanos” that focuses on a father overcoming a crisis of faith so that he can baptize his family. “Chuck” tells the story of a man questioning whether God truly loves him and learning to see himself as God does. Finally, “Full Circle” is told in the opening and closing chapters of the film, and shows that the power of faith applied over years or even decades can ultimately bear fruit in overcoming spiritual issues as serious as depression and addiction. 

“Full Circle’ is an especially personal story for me because a character is based on me and the culmination of this story played out as we were developing this project,” explained Clark. “When people watch the film they’ll see when people struggle the Lord never gives up on them, and how the faith of others can help rescue them. I hope sharing this story may inspire others who are facing similar challenges.”

“The MISSION STORIES film is only the first step in creating a full Mission Stories brand and media franchise,” said Van Wagenen. “We are creating an avenue where people can submit their own mission stories which can be shared with the world to help increase people’s faith and sense of worth.”

Going forward, Mission Stories will become an incubator for up-and-coming writers and directors who will continue to tell these important stories for years to come.”

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

Here is the theatrical trailer: 



Monday, April 5, 2021

Freebie for Historical Romance Fans!


If you love historical romance fans, I've got a deal for you! The Timeless Romance Anthology: Mercer's Belles is free today! All of the stories in the collection are based on real-life events, so that makes it even more fun to read.

Get your free copy here

Here is the back copy:

When Mr. Mercer sends out a call for single women to travel to Seattle for teaching positions and the potential of forming marriages, 45 answer his call, becoming Mercer's Belles.

The following collection is based on based on true events during the 1860s:

ONE DANCE by Heather B. Moore:
When Harriet Silverman arrives in Seattle for a fresh start and a new teaching position, the last person she expects is to meet is a fisherman who seems to be every place she turns. As she gets to know Caleb Munns, Harriet discovers they are a perfect match--for friendship. They both have solid reasons for not pursuing marriage. But as their paths continue to cross, Harriet begins to see a completely different future than she imagined.

A JOURNEY TO LOVE by Teri Harman:
Cora, a nurse and surgeon's assistant who learned her skills during the war, joins Mercer's expedition in hopes of finding a job in the West. She's a widow and does not want to marry again. When she meets Albert, a surgeon who is traveling on board the Continental, she finds herself intrigued. Yet, Albert's determined to open his own practice in Seattle, make it a success, and has no plans to look for a wife. But the more time Cora and Albert spend together on the voyage, the more they are drawn to each other.

A FARAWAY LIFE by Linda Carroll-Bradd:
Teacher Sorcha Geraghty yearns for a fresh start after the death of her beau and a factory accident maimed her hand. Asa Mercer’s call for teachers for Washington Territory provides a new opportunity, and she joins his ocean-going expedition. Upon arrival, she learns of the expectation for the women to become wives to the many bachelors. Sorcha needs a new plan and fast. Logging manager Lang Ingemar wants a teacher to provide basic English instruction to his Swedish-speaking crew and keep them out of trouble when they go to Seattle. When he convinces Miss Geraghty to relocate to the logging camp, he has no idea the ways his life will be changed.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Weekend is Here!


I am so excited for Easter weekend! I love all the family traditions and being able to relax and reflect.

We always do a ham and potatoes dinner, have an Easter egg hunt for my little kids, and I do a money hunt for my oldest kids. (I put dollar bills in eggs and hide them.) We also color eggs. 

And then on Easter Sunday we talk about our Savior and his resurrection and the events that happened. It is just a sweet time for our family.

Do you have any traditions?

I thought it would be fun to have a little celebration with you, too, I'm doing a fun little giveaway on my Author Facebook page. So head on over there and enter to win a little Amazon gift card!

Just click here

Thursday, April 1, 2021

April Fool's Day!


Happy April Fool's Day! Do you love it or hate it? Have you ever had any good pranks played on you?

One year my husband, who works in the computer tech industry, went to work early and put a piece of clear tape over the bottom of everyone's computer mouse. It took some people a really long time to figure out why their mouse wasn't working! Haha. 

Today, my daughter is trying so hard to prank my son, but he hasn't fallen for anything so far. It's sort of funny to watch, though.

What about you? Have you been pranked?

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Book Review: The Crown of Rosemund



Michele Ashman Bell has a new YA adventure romance out called The Crown of Rosemund, and it is so good! (And don't you love the cover?)

Princess Rosemund has an idyllic life with her parents---until they are murdered. A kind servant hides her away in the forest until such time she can go back and reclaim the throne that is rightfully hers. Rosemund spends the time wisely, training and learning who and how to trust. But when the country is nearly falling to ruin under the selfish new ruler, Rosemund must return earlier than expected. But danger lurks around every corner and the window she has to put their plan in motion is quickly closing. She has one chance---and if she fails, she will die.

This is such a fun adventure story with a little bit of romance. Rosemund is a relatable character who is thrown into extreme circumstances and muddles her way through trying to adapt. She has good people around her that help strengthen her for the hard road ahead---including Maxwell, a warrior who has captured her heart. But it is his love and support that sustains her and helps her as she works to get her kingdom back. The romance is definitely in the background, however, as the political intrigue is front and center. There are specific trials that have to be overcome before Rosemund can claim her throne and the danger level is ratcheted up with nearly every chapter. Halfway through the book you won't want to put it down, just so you can see what happens to Rosemund as she claims her birthright. A really fun read!

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Anduron, 1498

The king and queen are dead, murdered by one who will stop at nothing to rule. But the young princess—Rosemund—has survived, spirited deep into the forest by her parents’ most trusted advisor. There, she finds refuge in a small cottage and a new life, one in which she must play a role that will ensure her survival. Soldiers are combing the countryside, searching for the lost princess, and they will not rest until she is found—and executed.

Rosemund’s strength grows as she trains for battle and endures the hardships and dangers of peasant life. When chance brings Maxwell, a young man from the nearby village, into her life, Rose finds in him an ally and a friend. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, the time has come for Rose to reclaim her birthright, and in a court controlled by a vengeful new ruler, she must play a deadly game of politics in order to seize the throne that is rightfully hers.