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 →

Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. About The Book Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity? Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? WhenRead More →

Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Woohoo! It’s Friday! Time for some weekend reading. Week #4 on my blog. Grab the book nearest you and leave a comment with the first line. My book to share is Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman–one of my favorite authors. And the first line is… “‘Okay, smile pretty–hot guys at three o’clock.’” “Shannon O’Bryen smiled, more because of her friend Margo’s mumbled man alert than the need to charm any ‘hot guy.’” Bonus, I gave you the first two lines so you could get aRead More →

So writers, you want to write. Now what? Make time to write. But life is so busy. As a type-A mama, I struggle with my to-do list on a daily basis. If I could have my way, my home would be spotless. I’d spend half the day playing with the kids on the floor and cuddling with my husband at the end of the night. Of course, I’d also have hours to work on blogging and writing my latest novel. But there’s this pesky thing called reality. When you have a three-year-old and a one-year-old, spotless doesn’t exist. By the end of the night, I’mRead More →

Hey ya’ll. This week I am going to share a short excerpt from my current work-in-progress (often referred to as WIP.) “He plucked the strings and the beautiful melody filled the apartment. It swept him away to green fields with blue skies above him and Ryley standing by him in a stunning, white dress. A world of color restored.” Writers, if you’d like share an excerpt from your current WIP. Readers, if you’d like share a line that resonated with you from a favorite book. Be sure to tell us the name of the author and book.  Read More →