Happy Friday! Can you believe that tomorrow it’ll be July? It’s First Line Friday–when we share first lines from our favorite books. Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Today I’m sharing the first line from Karen Ball’s Shattered Justice. I read this book for the first time as a teenager–and it stayed with me. At the time, I had recently dealt with the loss of my mother and this book handled grief in a very real and raw way. Now, as an adult, I remember little tidbits and I’m thinkingRead More →

Writing is filled with ups and downs as you learn, grow, and continue to write. Not everyone will like your writing. In fact, even best-selling authors have critics. God designed us all differently. So our tastes are different. That means what we write will be liked by some, and disliked by others.  When it comes down to it, you can either give up or keep pressing on. So, what do you do when something happens to discourage you on your writing path? Pray.  In many ways, this is a given. As a Christian, my writing is a calling. I’ve felt it since I was aRead More →

About The Book Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Whether you’re an indie author or traditionally published, finding readers who will buy your book may be the hardest part of the process. But it doesn’t have to be! Learn how to find your target audience, reach new readers when your book launches, and turn them into avid fans eager for your next release. Each chapter contains pro tips specific for both traditionally published authors and indie authors, and there’s even a bonus section with tips to make marketing manageable –Read More →

It’s Work-in-Progress Wednesday. This week, I’m sharing an excerpt from a short story I’m writing. Three years ago, Leilani’s life changed in an instant. She’s learned how to live with her blindness, but when her best friend returns to their small town in Pennsylvania, she doesn’t know how to tell him. After ten years in the military, Zander is home for good, but what will he do when he discovers the truth? I’m writing this specifically for you. Subscribe to my newsletter if you’d like to receive it on August 1st. Your Turn: In the comments below, share an excerpt from your own work-in-progress.  Read More →

Some books just stand out, don’t they? It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Today I’m sharing the top ten books I’ve read in 2017. These are not necessarily new releases, but books that stayed in my mind long after I closed the book. His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman This book doesn’t release until August 2017, but it is available for pre-order. I was given an advanced reader copy. You’ll get my full review soon so I’ll just leave it at that, but this is definitely a 5 star book. Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade I don’t know what it is about this book, butRead More →

I’m a Type-A organized mess who always plans five steps ahead. So when Brookie was only a few months old, I started thinking about potty training. I did so much research and decided on the 3-day-potty training method. I made a list of potty training readiness signs . One problem: Brookie didn’t agree. She had no understanding of the articles I read on signs of potty training readiness. She only knew that she liked her diapers, even if she didn’t like being dirty. Around the time Brookie was eighteen months old, I found out I was pregnant with Little Man. I was certain she’d be potty trained beforeRead More →

Happy Friday! It’s Friday which means it’s time to share first lines from our favorite books. Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Today I’m sharing the first line from Karen Kingsbury’s newest release Love Story. Amazing, amazing book. “Cody Coleman took the football field alone, the way he did most things these days.” I have ready every one of Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter books and I can’t get enough. In the comments, leave the first line from the book nearest you and then head over to see first lines from someRead More →

Writing fiction is a craft–one that can be complicated. The road to publication is filled with competition. Even for the most talented writers, there’s so much to learn. From head-hopping, point-of-view, dialogue tags, beats, and inciting incidents, there are millions of terms we writers use to teach how-to’s when it comes to the rules. Then, add that in the fiction-world, rules can be broken. This means that you need to know the rules so that you know when it’s okay to break them and when it’s not. How do you learn what you need to hone your craft? How can you improve? Most of myRead More →

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic: book series I’ve been meaning to start. I love book series. Once I’m introduced to a new character, I can’t get enough. Series’ allow you to continue the journey and to connect more with your favorite characters. Here’s my list. The Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck I have all of these books sitting on my shelf–part of my TBR pile. I love Rachel Hauck’s books and I’m slowly making my way through them. Actually, I’ve read one of these books and you can see my review here for a Royal Christmas Wedding. Alaskan Courage Series by Dani PettreyRead More →

Marketing convinces us that we need it all, but really babies don’t need much. Younger babies need different items than older babies. For this reason, I split my list in two. While you are most likely still using the items from my Top Ten Baby Must Have’s for Birth to Six Months, these are some additions for your active, older baby as they learn new skills. Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Exersaucer An exersaucer is a great toy for young babies. It’s good for their gross and fine motor skills asRead More →