Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stealing the Preacher from Karen Witemeyer

I haven't gotten a chance to read this novel yet because of being behind on my own deadlines, but I can NOT wait. I love all of Karen's books, and how adorable is her cover? :)  I know from experience with Karen's previous novels that this one will surely be a crowd-pleaser as well. I've had the privilege of meeting Karen and teaching at writer's conferences with her, and this author knows her stuff - and knows romance.   

If you're going to take a chance on an author you might not have read before, chance it on Karen!! You won't be disappointed!!


           Book Info 
 
About Stealing the Preacher:

A cowboy who wants to be a preacher. An outlaw's daughter who wants to change his mind.
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape-which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request.

For months, Joanna had prayed for a minister. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. But just when it seems her prayers have been answered, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett he ended up right where he was supposed to be?

With her signature blend of humor, history, and lively western romance, two-time RITA Award finalist and bestselling author Karen Witemeyer delivers a Texas love story sure to steal your heart.

Purchase a copy here: http://ow.ly/lnKcM

Meet Karen:

Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
Find out more about Karen athttp://www.karenwitemeyer.com. 
Book Trailer 
 

Stealing The Preacher book trailer
Stealing The Preacher book trailer

 Blog Tour Schedule


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another amazing story from Becky Wade!!!

           Book Info 
About Undeniably Yours:

When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.

Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship-and their belief that God can work through every circumstance-survive?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/kGPEI

Watch the Trailer:

Undeniably Yours Book Trailer
Undeniably Yours Book Trailer

 Meet Becky:

Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas.

Visit her website at www.beckywade.com. 

 Blog Tour Schedule

Landing page: 

AGGGGH!!! I love this book. And I love Becky. And her first novel. All of them are fabulous :)
If you love realistic, heartfelt, "could be you and you wish it was" relatable characters, this story is for you. Don't miss it!! 




“Undeniably Yours” by Becky Wade | Kindle Fire Giveaway and 5/29 Facebook Party!
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Becky Wade is celebrating her latest swoon-worthy novel, Undeniably Yours (Bethany House), with a Kindle Fire giveaway and hosting an Author Chat party on Facebook {5/29}!



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One winner will receive:



  • A Kindle Fire

  • Undeniably Yours and My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 28th. Winner will be announced at the "Undeniably Yours" Facebook Author Chat Party on May 29th. Connect with Becky for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Becky will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.





So grab your copy of Undeniably Yours and join Becky on the evening of May 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)




Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

Friday, May 17, 2013

The O'Malleys are back! :)


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story
Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
by
Dee Henderson


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 15 previous novels, including the acclaimed O'MALLEY series and UNCOMMON HEROES series. These days, most authors are out there energetically promoting their books in print and broadcast and via social media—wherever they can get attention. But Dee Henderson keeps a low profile. She avoids telephone interviews because of hearing problems, declined to provide a current photo, and will say only that she lives in Illinois.

 ABOUT THE BOOK

 It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce him to her family--she's the youngest of seven--and thinking about marriage.

She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn't expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story, go to HERE.

Buy your copy here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764211129


Friday, May 10, 2013

AND THE WINNER IS!!!!!

And the winner is.....


ASHLEY!

Congrats! :)
Email me your mailing address for me to pass on to the publisher.
betsystamant@yahoo.com


Thanks to everyone who entered! :)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Mother's Day Giveaway!!

I'm doing a giveaway, straight from the publisher!

Just leave a comment below, singling out something you love about your mother, and you'll be in the drawing to win!

I'll do the drawing Friday, May 10th!  :)

ONE THOUSAND GIFTS, by Ann Voskamp.

Aside from being a New York Times bestselling author and popular blogger, Ann is a homeschooling mother of six. She is no stranger to the difficulties of motherhood – and life.
 
In the book and on her blog, Voskamp shares her own journey through hard, dark days and hidden fears as she seeks to answer one of life’s greatest riddles: how do you discover joy—right where you are?
 
This book is encouragement for mothers to find joy and gratitude in the midst of the worn-ragged days by counting their 1,000 gifts.

I Can't Find My Big Girl Panties

I Can't Find My Big Girl Panties
www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com


Thursday, May 02, 2013

Susan May Warren strikes again!

           Book Info 
 
About Duchess: Book Three in the Daughters of Fortune series.
When her country needs her, will she have the courage to surrender her glittering world and her one true love?
The golden age of Hollywood is in the business of creating stars. Rosie Worth, now starlet Roxy Price, has found everything she's wanted in the glamour of the silver screen. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul husband, she's finally silenced the voices-and grief-of the past. Her future shines bright...until the fated Black Friday when it all comes crashing down. When Roxy loses everything, she finds herself disgraced and penniless. Her only hope is to join forces with Belgian duke Rolfe Van Horne, a longtime film investor. But Rolfe is not who he seems, and he has other plans for Roxy and her movies-plans to support a growing unrest in Europe, plans that could break her heart and endanger her life. Find out more about the series by clicking on these links. Heiress. Baroness.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/jZmj7

Meet Susan: Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com
 
 
MY REVIEW: I love love love this entire series. They keep getting better as they go on. I've always loved family saga type historicals, where the family line/heritage continues as the story progresses. You stay so connected to the characters, and if it's a book by Susie, these characters are going to live on in your head long after "The End" anyway ;)
 
Susan May Warren is one of those rare finds that seems to rock any genre she attempts, and her historicals live up to the hype. You won't be disappointed! :)
 

 Blog Tour Schedule
 
Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of Duchess with a Kindle Fire HD Giveaway.

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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 4th. Winner will be announced on 5/7/13 at Susan's blog.



Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

A fabulous historical new read by Sarah E. Ladd!

I love historicals!

If you do too, don't miss this one. (and what a beautiful cover!) Sarah E. Ladd has written a beautiful story of intrigue and romance that touches the heart and keeps the reader flipping pages as quickly as possible. This story has a little bit of it all, and you'll want to savor it.

I can't wait to read more by this talented author!

           Book Info 

About The Heiress of Winterwood: Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?
Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.
Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend's baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word-even to the point of proposing to the child's father-a sea captain she's never met.
When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.
Amelia's detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she's forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.
Graham's strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.
Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them. 


Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/jXbHV

Meet Sarah: Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
Find out more about Sarah at http://www.sarahladd.com.

  Blog Tour Schedule

 
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    Monday, April 29, 2013

    Official Announcement!

    Hello friends!

    I'm officially taking a hiatus from this blog for a while, to concentrate on my other blogs that right now, have my heart.

    I'll be likely posting book reviews here from time to time still, though I hope to focus my book reviews eventually at www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com.

    SO! That means...

    You can find me 5 days a week at: www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com
    You can find me every Wednesday at www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com
    You can find me the 10th and the 24th at www.girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com

    And you can find me the first Saturday of every month at Nicole O'Dell's CHOOSE NOW ministry, where I write a monthly column "On Good Girls". http://nicoleodell.com/2013/04/on-good-girls-get-out-of-way-already/  (most recent article)

    Also, look for my frequent articles at www.ibelieve.com  (a division of Crosswalk)
    I'm still on FB and Twitter as well.

    Blessings! :)

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Perspective - a twist

    Visit me today and let's chat on perspective (is your glass half full or empty? Are you Eeyore or Pollyanna?) at www.girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Faith Like You Mean It

    Hey friends! I created a new Facebook community page today. I hope it ministers to you!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faith-Like-You-Mean-It/406556049442736

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    Fearing the finish line?

    Visit me today to read a super-naked-real post from my heart on Fearing the Finish Line
    www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    Concert madness

    So I just found out Hillsong United is coming to concert a few hours away from me in June, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to do whatever it takes to go!! AGGGH! Love them. The catch? Middle of the week. At 7 pm. 3 1/2 hours away. Hmmmm.

    Who are your fav bands? Do you like Hillsong United?

    Here's a taste of them if you haven't heard their stuff.


    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Writing prompt!

    Visit us today at www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com and take part in our super fun writing prompt :)

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Debating...need opinions!

    So I'm debating deleting this blog.

    I hesitate, because this is where I post book reviews, and I can't stop doing that or else I wouldn't get free books anymore ;)

    But my heart is over at www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com now, and I feel like I need to focus there. Plus my group blogging once a week at www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com and twice a month at www.girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com  PLUS my monthly column for Nicole O'Dell's Choose Now ministry, PLUS my once a month (on average) articles for www.ibelieve.com   - something's gotta give. lol  

    And uh yeah I didn't even mention these things I also do like raise a child practically alone, work full time, freelance, and write books ;)  Suddenly this blog doesn't seem like much of a give-up!! snort. Hmmmm.

    I feel like this blog has become random and filler and I hate to get rid of it, since I have the most followers here and its on my business cards and such. But I hardly ever get comments anymore, and I don't think I'm offering anything substantial here anyway, so I don't blame you.

    It's hard to let go.

    What do you guys think? (the few of you actually reading this! LOL!)  Will you join me at www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com and come there regularly instead? For those already familiar with the heart of that blog, do you think posting book reviews there sometimes would be...offensive? Like, taking away from the heart of the blog? I don't want to do that.

    Help! I just know I can't keep spreading myself so thin or I might disappear altogether.

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Random update

    A little excited today (and no, not because I got new shoes. I haven't yet, and it's truly sad) ;)

    Anyway....it's because...

    I'm going to my first Miranda Lambert concert tonight! Woohoo!

    I've always loved her, since I first saw her singing on her debut "Me and Charlie Talking" video many moons ago. She's really developed her style since then, and while I don't carry the nearly the grudges (wink) as she does, (jk) I really enjoy her music. And like watching Blake on "The Voice" (her husband) and think they're really an entertaining couple. They seem so real, and while they aren't necessarily role models in a lot of ways, I admire their commitment to each other in today's crazy celebrity culture. Cue hearts and arrows here...

    I also am friends with a girl who graduated high school with Miranda in East Texas, so that's pretty fun. She says Miranda appears to be the same way she's always been, which is also refreshing in today's Land 'O Celebrities.

    Do you like Miranda? Ever seen her live? I'm polishing my boots! :)

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    But what happens when I DO?

    Posted today on giving up over at www.girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com
    Based on the verse "Do not grow weary in doing good"...but what happens when we DO?

    Tuesday, April 09, 2013

    Mama needs a new pair of shoes...

    So springtime always makes me want to buy shoes.

    Embroidered cowboy boots. Cute little ballet flats with polka dots. Peep-toe 4 inch heels in a solid neutral. Low-heeled open sandals with bows.

    I think it's time to find a shoe sale.

    What about you? Does springtime ignite the whole "new shoe" fever in you too? :)

    Monday, April 08, 2013

    Come get real!

    Visit me today at www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com

    Friday, April 05, 2013

    Book signing tonight!

    Hey friends!

    I'll be having a book signing for my new release, THE RANCHER NEXT DOOR, at Barnes & Noble in Shreveport at 6 p.m. tonight! (Friday!)


    Can't wait! Hope to see you there. Candy, a drawing for a giveaway basket, and more :)

    Gonna be fun. I'll post pics next week! Prayers appreciated. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

    http://www.familyfiction.com/authors/betsy-st-amant/books/the-rancher-next-door/

    Wednesday, April 03, 2013

    Grandmas, Single Moms or Workaholics?

    Visit me today at www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com and see if you know the answer :)

    Tuesday, April 02, 2013

    Blah humbug

    So this is me today, just substitute the teddy bear for an advanced copy of Max Lucado's newest novel "You'll Get Through This".



    The day home completely alone, to relax and read and doze, is actually pretty nice...would be nicer if my stomach wasn't in knots and I could eat more than Raman noodle soup and saltines. ;)  But hey. Take the good with the bad.

    Hence, this is all the blog post you're getting today.

    Monday, April 01, 2013

    Sunday, March 31, 2013

    Happy Easter!!

    Happy Easter!! He is RISEN! He is RISEN indeed! :)







    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    A new historical...

    Book Info 


    About Love in the Balance
    Handsome Cowboy or Debonair Tycoon.
    How's a Girl to Choose?
    Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey's poor prospects, she just can't fit the two dreams together.
    Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town-and her life-and for the first time Molly wonders if she's met the man who can give her everything. But he won't be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can't quite get Bailey out of her mind.
    What's a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance? 
    Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/iTdiA          
    Meet Regina:  
      
    Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. 
    Find out more about Regina at 

    PS - Don't you seriously love the cover of this book??? :)

     Blog Tour Schedule

    Landing page: 

    MY REVIEW:

    I have to admit, I haven't been able to read this one yet, but needed to post because of a scheduled day on the blog tour. I have to admit, as well - it looks fabulous and as soon as I'm done with a project I have to read to endorse, I'm jumping on this one. I hope you will give it a chance too!! :)  It sounds great. I never thought I'd devour historical romance as I've been doing the past two years, but if you've never given the genre a try, I hope you let this novel by Regina attempt to win you over!!!


    CHECK OUT THE BELOW COOL STUFF!!!




    Win a Kindle Fire

    Regina Jennings is celebrating the release ofLove in the Balance with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on 4/4!Love-in-the-Balance-giveaway-300One "lovely" winner will receive:
    • A Kindle Fire
    • A copy of Regina's Sixty Acres and a Bride and Love in the Balance
    Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 3rd. Winner will be announced at the "Love in the Balance" Author Chat Party on April 4th. Connect with Regina, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!So grab your copy of Love in the Balance and join Regina on the evening of April 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

    Don't miss a moment of the fun,RSVPtoday. Tell your friends viaFACEBOOKorTWITTERand increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Whatcha reading?

    Whatcha reading this week?

    I just finished Julie Klassen's new novel THE TUTOR'S DAUGHTER, which was fabulous!! I'll be reviewing it soon. Now I'm working on Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge, which is nonfiction. Also fabulous. What are you reading?

    Guess what? My new release comes out April 1st - THE RANCHER NEXT DOOR - yet some people have already seen it on the shelves at Wal-mart! Cool! Hope you find one :)


    Here's the first few paragraphs of the story! :)

    Caley Foster really wanted to put out a fire.
    Or, for that matter, do anything more exciting than unload the rest of the boxes secured in the back of her beat-up red truck.
    But that wasn't going to happen today. With a resigned sigh, Caley hiked one booted foot on the tire, shimmied over the edge of the truck and landed with a thump in the bed crammed full of boxes and tubs. She'd have thought after living in nine different cities in the past three years that she'd be used to moving by now—but this time felt different. Maybe because this time, she had to stay awhile.
    Too bad whoever said you can't go home again hadn't meant it literally.
    Caley's two-year-old black Labrador barked at her from the driveway as she began to shove yet another box across the rusted bed toward the open tailgate. "Scooter, like I told you before, it's going to take me a while to find the dog biscuits." She grunted as the box caught on an exposed bolt, and pushed again. Some days she almost regretted rescuing the hyper stray from a warehouse fire. But it was nice to take a friendly face along on her many travels, one who actually seemed to understand her.
    Scooter barked again, and she wrinkled her nose at him. "Be patient, unless you want to do this work yourself."
    A sudden giggle floated on the breeze toward Caley and wrapped around her ears like a cozy set of muffs. She glanced up with surprise, midpush, just in time to see a young blonde girl perched on the fence dividing her meager property from the sprawling acres of the Double C Ranch next door—and just in time to send her cardboard box tumbling over the edge of the tailgate.
    Caley winced. Hopefully that wasn't the kitchenware, though it wouldn't have been the first time after a move that she ended up at the discount store searching for dinner plates. She slid her petite frame off the tailgate and righted the box on the ground.
    The girl timidly hopped off the fence and approached her. "Do you need help? Did anything break?" Her blue eyes widened with worry, and she twisted a long strand of hair anxiously around one finger as if she thought the accident was her fault.
    Caley straightened and smiled at the girl, who looked about ten or eleven years old. The golden years. It was sweet of her to be concerned. "It's all good. Thankfully, this was a box of pillows." She rummaged through it one more time to be sure. "And apparently an apron. And a bird feeder." She winked. "No wonder the box wasn't labeled."



    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Scribble Chicks!

    Have you visited SCRIBBLE CHICKS lately? :)

    www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com


    Monday, March 25, 2013

    NO more lemons

    I posted yesterday at www.girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com  on the topic of when you shouldn't make lemonade from your lemons...

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Peek a boo!!

    Visit me today at www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com  - we're talking about hiding behind our characters!

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Ch-ch-chaaaanges

    I'm going to be a little hit and miss this week blogging, because I'm getting ready to start a new job next week and there's a lot of prep. Prayers appreciated :)

    That said, there WILL be a fun announcement made sometime soon....so stay tuned!

    Hope you have a great Monday! (they're really not THAT bad. and um, Starbucks helps...)

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    PS....

    I guest blogged today over at God Is Love on the topic of DREAMS! http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com/2013/03/guest-post-by-published-author-betsy-st.html

    More wrong than right...

    I posted today at www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com on the recent episode of History channel's "The Bible" and all the ways they got Samson and Delilah wrong. Did you notice too? What are your thoughts?

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    The End?

    Secrets to a great "The End" at www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com  today :)

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    I'm back!

    I'm back from my long weekend in Colorado, where I attended the Captivating event hosted by Stasi Eldredge (www.ransomedheart.com) It was fabulous! And it snowed - we were deep in the mountains in the middle of nowhere (2 hoursish from Denver Airport) and it was beautiful. Absolutely breathtaking.

    I'll be blogging over the next few days some of the invaluable things I gleaned from the retreat over at www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com  so please come check it out :)

    Wednesday, March 06, 2013

    Scribblin'

    Visit me today at www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com and talk about storyboarding! :)

    Tuesday, March 05, 2013

    Don't miss this!

    I blogged in a two day series on my thoughts and questions regarding the popular BIBLE show on the History channel. I'd love to get your opinions! Come comment.

    www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com


    Friday, March 01, 2013

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    Girls, God & The Good Life!

    Girls, God & The Good Life

    Posted here on Dreams! And the risks/challenges/rewards of going for yours :)
    Come chime in!

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    A few things...

    A few links for you today -

    If you're looking for encouragement and want to hear about someone else's "real" faith journey and what's helped them...go here.

    www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com


    And in a totally different vein, if you want to read about the craft of writing and the importance of writer's conferences, go here.

    www.scribblechicks.blogspot.com

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    You can't NOT read this...

    Gotta love a double negative :)

    I'd like to direct you today to my Confessions Behind the Mask blog! www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com

    Encouraing message there today from John Eldredge and Ransomed Heart Ministries. This is a word we all need. Please come read!

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Breakfast of champions?

    Do you eat breakfast?

    They used to say that people who ate breakfast weighed less overall  but now they're changing those stats to not necessarily be true. I guess it depends - maybe people who eat a granola bar or oatmeal for breakfast vs. those who eat the Denny's Grand Slam? ;)

    I usually eat a small breakfast like a granola bar or some fruit but some days skip it altogether. I love eggs and bacon and all that but just can't do it first thing in the morning. I don't like feel heavy in my stomach all day. IHOP for dinner however... haha.

    What do you think? Jumpstarting your metabolism in the morning good, bad or neutral?

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Happy Valentine's Day?

    If this Valentine's Day is a little down for you, for whatever reason, please let this minister to you.

    www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Scribble Chicks

    Visit me today at Scribblechicks while we talk about writing and pressing on when we don't think we can.

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    A sacrifice of WHAT?

    www.girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com


    A sacrifice of WHAT???

    Friday, February 08, 2013

    The best thing in life is....?

    Sometimes, the best thing in life is support. Working together for a cause. And it's a lot easier to deal with our own problems when we take the time to look away from them and focus on someone else's journey.

    So if you need a breather today, come check out my good friend's blog on her adoption journey.

    http://katieganshert.com/adoption-2/adoption-good-bad-ugly/

    And if you feel led to contribute financially to the cause...

    http://ganshertadoption.blogspot.com/2013/02/puzzles-pieces-t-shirts-and-tax.html


    Thursday, February 07, 2013

    Wednesday, February 06, 2013

    Friday, February 01, 2013

    Lucy had it right...

    I love Lucy! Truly.

    Are you tired? Run down? Listliss? Do you poop out at parties?

    If you are, and do, then come here :)

    www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    If you HAD to pick...

    If you were allowed to only pick ONE major holiday to celebrate each year, which would it be? Christmas or Easter? And why?

    Second question - if you were allowed to only celebrate one small holiday in ADDITION to Christmas or Easter, which would you choose? (Valentine's Day, New Years, St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, etc.)

    GO! :)

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    What is your greatest fear?

    Over at Scribble Chicks, we're talking about our biggest fears (writing related or otherwise) and how to break through them.

    What is your biggest fear's name?

    Come join the discussion and see how God can see you free of it.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    What does your candy heart say?

    I really can't believe January is almost over! Can you? I love February though. The whole month just seems pink :)

    Do you celebrate or protest Valentine's Day?

    In honor of the pending holiday, here's a fun little quiz ;)

    WHAT DOES YOUR CANDY HEART SAY?

    My results:

    YOUR CANDY HEART SAYS HUG ME

    A total sweetheart, you always have a lot of love to give out.
    Your heart is open to where ever love takes you!
    Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a surprise romantic evening that you've planned out

    Your flirting style: lots of listening and talking

    What turns you off: fighting and conflict

    Why you're hot: you're fearless about falling in love


    What'd you get??


    Monday, January 28, 2013

    Encouragement?

    If you're in need of encouragement today, come on over to www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com   and check this out.

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Just in time for Valentines...

    A four part romance just in time for Valentines!! :)  AND - by some of your favorite (and mine!) authors!

    About Secretly Smitten:
    Summer, fall, winter, spring -Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!
    There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic-a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?
    The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters-Tess, Clare, and Zoe-and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?
    Join popular romance novelists-and real-life BFFs-Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.
    Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/gM679

    Meet "The Gals":

    RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including "Tidewater Inn", and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. * Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include "A Billion Reasons Why" and "What a Girl Wants." * Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including "A Cowboy's Touch" and "Sweetwater Gap." She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.


    Find out more about Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt here.

    Secretly Smitten

    An Evening of Giggle, Gab & Prizes



    The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They'll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They'll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don't miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.
    Blog Tour Schedule - http://litfusegroup.com/author/Smitten

    Friday, January 25, 2013

    Happy weekend!

    Hope everyone has a good weekend!

    I'm heading to a cabin with a hot tub, a pool table, and 3 fireplaces. Bring it on.

    My deadline will be waiting for me when I return ;)

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    A new chick in town....

    Visit me today at SCRIBBLE CHICKS and meet our new Chick!!!

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    A day off....

    Taking today off from posting because my Little Miss is testing today for Magnet - meaning her test today will determine potentially where she is going to kindergarten next Fall. EEK. When did she get this old??? Prayers appreciated for her best job. I'm proud of her regardless. She's already in the advanced gateway preschool program, so at this point, I'm just praying for God's wisdom in potentially giving us the choice to change schools next year or not. I'm happy either way!!

    Have a great week :)

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    MLK all the Way....

    Happy MLK day!

    I'm off work and living the high life today with Little Miss - pjs, reading, cartoons, late breakfasts, Wii bowling, Princess Dominos, and lots of snacks and Valentine candy. I think there are chicken nuggets and more cartoons in our immediate future.

    Hope you're having a good one :)

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Escape with...

    Some days, you just want to escape.

    NEED to, really, so you don't actually go insane.

    Running away to a warm deserted beach island isn't a possibility for me today, though at this point I'm sort of like "well heck just charge that too".  (Yeah, just found out last night our heater repair in our house is going to be $948)

    My friend posted on FB yesterday about how hard it was to be on bedrest (with her third child) and uncomfortable and forbidden to do anything her OCD nature demands (housework, laundry, babyroom prep, etc.) And how her nerves were shot and she needed an OCD break. I can totally relate! I told her on FB after getting the bill for the heater - "I understand. I was just thinking how great it'd feel to punch a hole in the wall, but I don't want to have to deal with sheetrock dust."  haha. Been there?

    So, (as a much less messy and less painful and less expensive alternative to beach trips and wall punching)  I'm planning on escaping tonight inside a few more chapters of Carol Cox's "Love in Disguise". Fabulous historical about a Pinkerton detective who is playing the part of an older woman and a vivacious younger woman to undercover the truth about some mine thefts...and falls in love with one of her suspects who has no idea she isn't any of her roles!

    Talk about bigger problems than mine  ;)

    Where do you escape?

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Poll time!

    Okay, we're going to do a poll!!

    Pick your favorite from each line of the below choices and leave your entry in the comment section of this post.

    No explanations, just answers :)    It'll be fun.

    1. Wal-Mart or Target
    2. Print book or ebook
    3. Romance or suspense
    4. Black Friday shopping or sleeping in
    5. Christmas or Easter
    6. Apples or oranges
    7. Board games or computer games
    8. Grease 1 or Grease 2
    9. Gummy bears or lemon drops
    10. Nicholas Sparks or Karen Kingsbury

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Spring cleaning in January

    So I'm suddenly in the mood to spring clean.

    I mean, like, scrub behind the refrigerator, de-clutter, throw everything away that we haven't touched in 6 months, every closet/every drawer/every crevice, spring clean.

    You'd think I was 36 weeks pregnant and nesting or something.

    Sigh. It's actually sort of horrible, because it's so overwhelming and there's no time or money to really do all I want to do. And this is definitely not what I need to think about 4 weeks away from my book deadline!

    I need a spring cleaning fairy.

    Though I'm actually still just riding the high that I changed out our computer monitor and keyboard (monitor was dying) all by myself with only one brief phone call to my tech-genius Daddy. Woot woot! Maybe that'll distract me from the clutter.  ;)

    And the dust bunnies behind the fridge that I can't see but I know are there....

    Are you spring cleaning yet for the new year? Or procrastinating? Or is your house so perfect and clean 24/7 you don't even need to?

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Starting 2013 with an addiction...

    That's right. I'm addicted to the Big Bang Theory.

    Have you ever seen that sitcom?

    HILARIOUS.

    It's basically about 4 genius/nerds who work together at a science lab, and their attractive neighbor Penny that lives across the hall in their shared apartment complex. The most quirky character is Sheldon, and he gets all the good lines. Frankly, I don't see how he even delivers them with a straight face. They must do 98945 takes per episode.

    KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK Penny. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK Penny. heheehe.

    The recorded reruns are my 2013 addiction! And I'm so happy Bunheads is back for a new season! YAY!

    What's your 2013 addiction of choice??