Friday, February 27, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Emily

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com

NO MAP NEEDED WHEN YOU FOLLOW YOUR HEART

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of [tungphoto] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "Love Equation."

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email! You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, February 23, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS: TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON



This quote, from Les Miserable, inspired me while writing
GIRL OF MINE.
So much so, that I quoted it at the beginning of the book.

GIRL OF MINE is about sacrifice and love.
It's about being truly selfless.

Please enjoy this excerpt from Les Miserables, in which the above quote is highlighted.


                            

My newest book, GIRL OF MINE, coming your way very soon.
Release date: TBA



Saturday, February 21, 2015

I'M WITH YOU IS FREE FOR FIVE DAYS!



Grab your copy on AMAZON KINDLE



Can three little words irrevocably change your life? 

When the doctors inform Chloe Brennan that her pregnancy is “incompatible with life,” her subsequent choices will change her path forever. 

She becomes one of the quiet, unsung heroes of this world, incredibly strong, yet somehow wrongly looked upon as damaged. 

Three people will pierce Chloe’s existence: her husband, a stranger, and a precious baby. 

One will say goodbye, one will say hello, and one will say both at the same time. 

I’m With You is a novel about selfless love and the sacredness of life. 

Please note: While this book is a romance novel, it also deals with the sensitive issue of baby loss grief. 
The emotions are real, and sometimes dark. 
If you are sensitive to this issue, this may not be the book for you.


              

Friday, February 20, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!




I would have to say:

ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS

It holds my earliest memory of being "hooked" on a book.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Natalie!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com

LOVE LASTS A LIFETIME

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!



Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "FOLLOW YOUR HEART"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email! You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, February 16, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS: DREAM CAST FOR GIRL OF MINE



Girl of Mine is now in the beta-read stage.
Can't wait for the valuable feedback I will soon receive from my beta readers.

In the meantime, it's fun to imagine my book as a movie and cast it accordingly.

Just last night we were watching a movie and I said to my hubby, "Hey, that guy would make a perfect Luke." 

(I do this all the time with all the characters from my books.)

Below is pretty darn close to how I imagine the characters from Girl of Mine.


Jill
(Brown eyes, blond hair, and only 4'11")

                             
Katherine Heigl


Luke
(Muscles and sinew, ruggedly attractive, masculinity at its finest.)

                           
Chris Pine


Troy
(Slight of frame, beautifully handsome.)

                                              
This is a pic of a model. Don't know his name, but he's perfect for Troy.

Friday, February 13, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!

This describes why I became an author!




What do I look for in a book? The following quote says it all:

There is only one plot—things are not what they seem.
~Jim Thompson

What do you look for in a book?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER


Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Rita!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com


SOMETIMES LOVE CAN BE PAINFUL

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!



Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "FUNCTIONAL HEART"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email! You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, February 9, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS: PLEASE SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER!


Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A while back, a reader contacted me to see if I had a newsletter that would let her know of new releases.

I felt horrible telling her I did not have a newsletter as of yet.

Well, now I finally do!

See the cute little typewriter on the right hand side of my blog? Just click there to sign up for my newsletter OR just click here.

If you are not someone who likes to follow blog posts, then the newsletter is the perfect way to keep informed. You'll be alerted when I have a new book release or if I have a book on sale, or if I'm offering a free book promotion.
Win-win!

(PLEASE NOTE: I will not share your email, and I promise the newsletter will come out no more than once a month, if that. I will use the newsletter to announce a new book release or special promotions for my books. THAT'S IT!)

Thanks so much for your interest!


Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Friday, February 6, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!

My sister in law tagged me on Facebook and posted this on my page.

Above it she wrote:

I'm With You . . . For Nick . . .
Sierra . . . I Have People . . .

While reading is a huge escape for readers, imagine what writing is to authors! Yes, I escape into my writing. I have an empty nest and all of my children and grandchildren live far away.
Writing fills a huge void in my life.

What does reading/writing do for you?


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to last week's WORDLESS WEDNESDAY winner: Christy!

I liked her answer entitled:

(All of the answers were fantastic. I had a really hard time choosing the winner!)

Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com

LIFE IS COLORLESS WITHOUT LOVE

To view, go here.

Wordless Wednesday is actually filled with words--the words, thoughts, and feelings that pictures or images evoke within each of us without uttering a single word!


Image courtesy of MorgueFile.com

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

Or, in other words, "TITLE THIS IMAGE."

I'll start: "BLEEDING LOVE"

My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email!

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


Monday, February 2, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS: THE TREE HOUSE IN GIRL OF MINE

The tree house featured in my newest upcoming book, GIRL OF MINE, is inspired by an actual tree house that my father built on his property. It is AMAZING!


On occasion my parents let friends use their property for a wedding reception. The bride climbs to the top and throws her bouquet from the highest level.


Even as an adult, the tree house calls to me and brings out my inner child. I want to spend hours wandering the many levels while imagining grand adventures in my head.


When my siblings and I were young, my Dad promised to build us a play house. He had impressive plans for making it into a storybook cottage, similar to what Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs lived in.

Time passed, life interfered, and the play house was never built.

Then the play house was going to make an appearance for my children, his grandchildren.

But, alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Now my children have children. My father is retired and lives on property. He still has plans to build the play house.

The tree house took precedence, however, and was created by my father and one of his grandchildren.




I think he has more than redeemed himself over the play house promise, wouldn't you agree?



Now my grandchildren have an AMAZING place to play when they visit.
(And my adult children . . . and me! Let's face it, you're never too old to enjoy an amazing tree house!)



Good job, Dad. Good job!



And now, the tree house has made its way into one of my books.
It has made an impression on me, no doubt!
You might even say Jill and Luke fall in love in the tree house.
It's a great place for a budding romance.

GIRL OF MINE . . . COMING SOON





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Saturday, January 31, 2015

HANDS OF MERCY

On Tuesday, I shared EYES OF LIGHT.
On Thursday, I shared SECRET KEEPERS.

Today I'm sharing the final book in the
Bending Willow Trilogy,
HANDS OF MERCY.
I'm really looking forward to reading this!





Released 1.26.15 - In the finale to the Bending Willow Trilogy, love, loss, and forgiveness weave a tapestry that will touch hearts as James, Suvi, and Austan are tried by separation, death, grief and revenge. As they struggle to survive, they will discover that when all seems lost, the only hope comes from unseen Hands of Mercy.

About the Bending Willow trilogy:


This series has religious undertones about not judging others and being more aware of hidden secrets people carry, but I tried very hard not to come across as preachy (I hate books that give me a sermon instead of letting me draw my own conclusion from the character’s actions). This is a story about several characters’ journeys as they take different paths in life, from very religious to agnostic to atheistic (yet I love them all, especially the troubled ones). The characters will sometimes ponder upon their spiritual life, but not in a preachy way. That would have made my daughters throw my book out if they thought mom was trying to pull one over on them.

BOOK TRAILER

       


Meet the Author: Charissa Stastny



Charissa Stastny hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled the handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. Since 4th grade, she has envisioned herself an author after writing the creative work, The Creature from McGool, and continuing in shame to pen some cheesy romance scenes as a teenager. Thankfully, she has matured somewhat and is a member of the Idaho Writer’s Guild and tries hard not to spread too much cheese around in her writing now. She graduated from Brigham Young University and enjoys writing, reading, hiking and biking. She resides in Idaho’s Treasure Valley with her husband and children (where card shuffling isn’t required).


Q & A

Tell us a little about your family. 

My husband and I are high school sweethearts and married after his mission. We have four children—3 daughters (one married, one serving a mission in Korea, and one still in high school) and one son (in high school). We love being together and our favorite activities include biking, hiking, camping, and going to Disneyland.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? 

Quite a lot. There is always one character I identify with—usually the shy, awkward one with a good heart who doesn’t know how to accessorize. My cool characters are my dreams of how I wish I could be. It’s fun as a writer to live vicariously through our characters. 

Where do your ideas come from? 

My characters. A vivid character creates their own action, tension and stories. 

Do you have a favorite character? 

I love Suvi and wish I could meet her in real life. Austan’s pretty cool too (he’s a hoot to write), but I don’t know if I’d be brave or confident enough to meet him in person. I wouldn’t be able to come up with witty comebacks fast enough.

And now . . . the question that features my favorite answer!

Most writers are readers. What are some of your favorite books?

I love The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, any of the Harry Potter books, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and anything by C.S. Lewis. Contemporary romance authors I can’t get enough of are Amy Harmon and Taylor Dean. I can reread their stories over and over and not tire of them.

Wow! Thanks, Charissa! What an honor!

I hope you've enjoyed this three part introduction to Charissa's books!

Giveaway
(ends March 1st)

Comment on post or sign up for Charissa's newsletter, here.

Up for grabs:

13 lucky winners! (1 each-$20, $15, $10 Amazon Gift cards; 10 eBook winners)







Friday, January 30, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites include my favorite images on reading or writing!
(taken from Facebook)
 Enjoy!