Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday Links

With all the abrupt changes, I needed to be reminded to simplify my life. Thanks to William Emmons for sharing what I needed to hear:

Motivating Daily also gave me an encouraging quote:

God bless.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Favorite Book Friday

Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs by Johnny Walker and Jim DeFelice nonfiction. What a fascinating and inspiring book. I appreciated the opportunity to read about the war in Iraq from the point of view of an Iraqi fighting for his love of his country. I have it as an ebook, but I'm buying it in paperback as a keeper. There is some language, typical of most military books I've read.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Holiday, USA Anthology 2016-17

It's here! My thanks to my sister for her covers for my novellas and to Carol Fiorillo for combining them with a beautiful cover for a paperback.

Re-discover Holiday, where love is in the air and God is in the mix, in the 2016-17 collection of the Holiday, USA ebooks, for the romantic heart.

In "Leap of Faith Day," Belle Carlisle wants a fresh start. Plumber Vince Timmons is certain the pretty EMT could never be interested in a younger man. God looks on the heart...

In "All or Nothing," secretive Angela Goodrich's dream job is being Holiday Sweets' new manager. EMT Caleb Bronson's anger dominates his life and could cost him his dreams. God knows the pain hidden in the soul...

In "Giving Thanks," Michelle Bronson ran away. She's back and the new assistant baker at Holiday Sweets, secrets and all. EMT Theodore Williams III lives his life as Mr. Straight Arrow, no secrets. Placing God first opens doors never imagined...

In "Christmas Lost," Townie Karen Little is the resident quintessential spinster. Holiday Diner's owner, Alexander Hamilton, is Holiday's most eligible silver fox bachelor. God's moving all the pieces into place, in His time...

Enjoy four complete novellas all in one book.

Available on Amazon:

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 24:8

He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saturday Links

Jill McIlreavy creates a brilliant "Recipe for Heavenly Humble Pie," over at Mustard Seed Blog:

Jill also gave a timely reminder that "Every Day is a Gift!"

God bless.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Favorite Book Friday

Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern by Seth Adam Smith fantasy. Mr. Smith gave the Rip Van Winkle story his own twist, interwoven with elements from several fairy tales. An enchanting read and added to my keeper list.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What the Announcement means for me...

My series published through Desert Breeze Publishing, Endless Possibilities, Endless Knights, and The Silver Locket Sisterhood, are being pulled from all markets, a total of 13 books and 1 short story. Desert Breeze will leave them at their own site until June 30th. In July, rights to my books will be returned to me. I will have the opportunity to secure my book covers. The cover artist has agreed to work with me.

My options: Work with a different publisher or self-publish. I'm choosing to self-publish.

I think all the books could use a fresh look. I'm going to review each one. I hope to add more descriptions and depth, using what I've learned in the last six years. I haven't decided on a release schedule yet.

My Holiday, USA series is not affected in any way. It will remain available.

I'm saddened by the decision. Desert Breeze has been a wonderful publishing house to work with, and I have been honored to be a member of their family. I'm grateful for Gail Delaney believing in me, and for Jenifer Ranieri overseeing all my cover art. Carol Fiorillo designed my covers, which I love. Jenifer arranged for sized covers and avatars of my covers to use on social media. I've enjoyed the company of both Gail and Jenifer at conferences. I'll miss working with them but look forward to seeing them on social media. Who knows but we might catch up at another conference. May God bless them on their new adventures.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

An Announcement

Posted on social media by Desert Breeze Publishing:

It is with gratitude to our readers, and great pride in our authors and artists, that we at Desert Breeze Publishing announce we will be closing our literary doors as of July 2018.

We opened nearly ten years ago with a dream and a vision. We truly believe that in many ways we succeeded. But it is time to step back and say goodbye.

All DBP books currently available will be purchasable at the DBP website through the end of June. Some online stores will have them until the end of the month, but the take down process will begin immediately in order to close by the end of the month.

Blessing to everyone.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 24:5

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday Links

Dyan Diamond, over at #BeInspired!, wrote an inspiring piece about "Rewriting Old Stories." Do it.

Team Never Quit interviews Chris Cassidy, NASA astronaut, Navy SEAL, combat veteran, MIT graduate, 31 hours 14 minutes space walking. Amazing.

God bless.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Proof Ordered

I've ordered the proof for "Holiday, USA Anthology 2016-17." It will take a few weeks to arrive. I can't resist sharing another picture Carol Fiorillo created for me:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Coming Soon...

The amazing cover artist Carol Fiorillo created the new cover for my paperback Holiday, USA Anthology 2016-17. Isn't it lovely on that virtual shelf? I appreciate that she incorporates the covers my sister created for the individual novellas. This book will include novellas 9-12. How soon it will be available depends on the reviewing process, much of which is out of my hands.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 24:3-4

 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday Links

The Fuzzy Fanatic Blog shares animal stories.

For the writers, Laurie Schnebly Campbell teaches online classes and presents at conferences. I've enjoyed the opportunity to participate in both. She recently shared a post over on Seekerville about making face-to-face pitch at a conference:

God bless.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Favorite Book Friday

Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard inspirational fiction. It's worth the read. I didn't read the author's own experience added at the end. I tried to read it, but what I'd gained was being overwritten by the author's perspective. I stopped after the first few pages. I'll keep the book, but I've added a note in the book to stop reading when the author's personal perspective begins.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tuesday Tidbit

The most recently added unedited sentence to "The Blessing Basket," novella 13 in the Holiday, USA series:

Twitchy wasn't a sensation Trace enjoyed.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 24:1

Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Saturday Links

Mustard Seed blog addresses trusting in God's strength:

Jim Denney, over at Christians Read, shared an interesting post about Viktor Frankl, author of "Man's Search for Meaning," a book my counselor assigned me to read.

God bless.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Favorite Book Friday

Welcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home book 1) by Cathleen Armstrong clean contemporary Christian romance. Enjoyable read. I want to read the next one.