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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meet and Chat with Pelican Book Group Authors

Tomorrow night, readers will have the chance to meet and chat with PBG authors. Details to follow.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Review of Faith Departed: First love, then marriage, then….infertility treatments

Faith Departed deals with a tough topic that affects roughly one in eight couples: infertility. Though a painful subject, Maddrey does a good job of handling it through realistic scenarios. The main character, June, not only must deal with infertility, but other life stresses as well--in this case, problems at work. This was similar to my own infertility experience, during which my dad was dying from ALS.

The characters were realistic and questioned their faith. Having experienced infertility, I could easily identify with many of the struggles that the characters experienced. Also, Maddrey did a good job of including the POV of the men in the story (Toby and Gareth). Men and women handle infertility differently. Sometimes, these differences can be a source of discord among infertile couples.

I would recommend this book to infertile couples. During my infertility journey, it was sometimes hard to read story after story where the hero and heroine get married and a month later (usually in the prologue) have a baby. It’s nice to see a story that depicts the harsh reality that many couples face.

I’d also recommend the book to others who know someone experiencing infertility. It can be hard to understand the heartaches infertile couples face, but this story does a good job of providing an inside look into the lives of infertile couples.

I’d also recommend this book to anyone who has suffered a miscarriage, as this topic is discussed as well.


I received an e-copy of Faith Departed from the author in exchange for an honest review. In full disclosure I am also one of the authors Elizabeth mentioned in the upcoming infertility devotional.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Hop

I was invited to a blog hop by fellow authors Julie Arduini and Jackie Layton. As part of the blog hop, I had to answer four questions:

What am I working on?

My first book was a suspense novel from Pelican Book Group, so I’m definitely working on something different this time.

I’m currently co-authoring an infertility devotional for Chalfont. My fellow co-authors include Donna Winters, Julie Arduini, Paula Mowery, Kym McNabney, and Elizabeth Maddrey.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

The devotional is written by six authors, and before we started the project, we looked at the available devotionals and discussed how ours should differ. We definitely wanted to provide readers with encouragement and to avoid sounding patronizing.

Why do I write what I do?

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 tells us God comforts us so that we can comfort others. I’m co-authoring this devotional with the hope of sharing comfort and encouragement with women experiencing infertility.

How does your writing process work?

For this project, the group of co-authors divided the work into sections, and we’ve edited round-robin style.

BTW, I'm giving away a copy of Dog Tags. For more info, click here.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Free Reads and Giveaways Today (1/7/14)

Romance/Historical
Out of Control by Mary Connealy - Kindle.
Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon - Kindle
Jenna's Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater - Kindle
Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin - Kindle
Rescue Team by Candace Calvert - Kindle
God's Daughter by Heather Gilbert - ebook giveaway

Suspense/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Crime
Dog Tags by Heidi Glick - ebook giveaway
Back on Murder by Mark Bertrand - Kindle
Inescapable by Nancy Mehl - Kindle
Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason - Kindle

The giveaways and free reads are valid on 1/7/14. Check Amazon and giveaway websites after 1/7/14 to determine when offers end.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Trivia

Little known facts about me: 
  • Personally, I love stuffing and prefer stuffing in the bird because it is more moist. 
  • Also, I prefer light turkey meat to dark meat, which is good, because I married someone who prefers dark meat, so it all balances out. 
  • My favorite dish to make for Thanksgiving is baked corn. 
  • My hubby and I have hosted several Thanksgiving dinners on our own. 
  • The secret to good turkey: buy an oven bag! 

Little known facts about my characters:
  • Bill and Tim Wilson, like to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with their mom and dad in California.
  • Bill always carves the turkey (Tim would secretly like to have the honor of doing so).
  • Tim tried to talk his mom into making chip stuffing (http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2011/11/10/5656/) last year. Sadly, he was vetoed. Instead, his mom set out a bag of chips for him to eat with his stuffing. 
My favorite Thanksgiving-related quote from Dog Tags: "Who knew? By the time Thanksgiving rolled around, she might even have forgotten about what happened during her eighth grade year. Anything was possible."

A woman is shown with a hand over her mouth.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Traditions

When I was in high school, my friends and I would go to another friend's house in December. Her step-mom provided food, and we decorated their family's tree. Also, we'd watch White Christmas



A few years ago, I bought a copy of White Christmas and have tried to continue the decorating tradition with my husband. The movie reminds me of good memories with my friends. 

Speaking of traditions, at Christmas, Dog Tags character Beth Martindale likes to spend time in the kitchen with her mother, baking and making holiday treats and sweets, including chocolate and peanut butter buckeyes

Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas traditions?

It’s a Holly Jolly Blog Hop
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