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 →

About The Book Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. When Dani wakes with no knowledge of who or where she is–no memories of her life at all–David and Dani Weeks discover that “til death do us part” takes on an entirely unexpected meaning. Practically speaking, Dani died. But she didn’t. What’s a gal to do? In a desperate attempt to separate the old life from the new, Dani insists on a new name, a twist of her old one–Ella. Ella’s doctors can’t explain what happened. Her children can’t understand whyRead More →

Happy Friday! It’s Friday which means it’s time to share first lines from our favorite books. Today, I’m sharing the first line from the book I reviewed today. (I’m cheating and giving you two lines.) “Her arms stretched out from beneath the covers. Later, she would admit that in that moment her world changed irrevocably.”  I love Chautona’s writing and you can also check out my review here. In the comments, leave the first line from the book nearest you and then head over to see first lines from some of my blogging friends: Reading is My Superpower Bookworm Mama Singing Librarian Books Faithfully BookishRead More →

Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Dialogue. It has the power to give information, show personality traits, add humor, and convey tension. It moves the story along—and when done correctly, hooks the reader. There are so many aspects of dialogue that we could hash over, but today, I want to keep it simple and talk about dialogue tags and physical beats. In school, you learn to add variety to compositions with tags such as replied, stated, exclaimed, screamed, whispered, etc. However, in fiction, there is a much stronger way to convey dialogue.Read More →

Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Father’s Day is in 5 days! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday edition is on my favorite fathers in Christian fiction, but before I go there. I have to mention my amazing husband. The picture below is from Father’s Day last year when Little Man was 9 months old. I just can’t get enough of this pic. Now, to my top ten list of fictional fathers. Dan Justice I read this book for the first time over a decade ago and I loved every minute of it, andRead More →

Birth to 6 Months Baby Must-Have’s I am a victim of advertising. My husband teases me all the time because there’s this picture at Subway of a sandwich and the tomatoes make my mouth water. I stand there in line and I really want tomatoes on my sandwich. There’s one problem. I HATE tomatoes. Seriously, if I had more money, you could sell me on almost anything. As long as there’s a cool picture. When I was pregnant with my daughter, we went into Babies R’ Us. I was amazed by all the stuff. I’m thinking–what in the world? I mean, this baby will beRead More →