Friday, February 12, 2016

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

EYES OF LIGHT--FREE!

The novel, EYES OF LIGHT, by Charissa Stastny is available for FREE for a few days.
Grab your copy now!


This is a novel that is filled with intrigue, suspense and romance. It will grab you and not let you go until you turn the last page. But that's okay, the ride continues in this spellbinding trilogy. You'll be on the edge of your seat and loving every minute of Suvi's story.



A cast of three very different heroes come together in this suspenseful trilogy. Austan Sandoval is the master of disguise and deception. James Hinton is a clean-cut missionary out to save the world. Suvi Goldstein seems like she has it all, yet secrets bind her to misery. After swindling millions from a Central American drug cartel, Austan stumbles upon the location of the daughter of an Israeli Mossad assassin and determines to recruit her to his team. Meanwhile, James serves as a missionary in Guatemala and sacrifices all to help others. When Suvi Goldstein tries to escape her past, she’s torn between violent men in one world and a kind, forgiving man in another as she battles darkness to discover the light within herself so she can love again.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Sherry!

I liked her answer entitled:




Image courtesy of [debspoons] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

WHERE HAS MY LOVE GONE?

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 [Iamnee] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Our love breaks the mold"


My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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 8, 2016

MONDAY MUSINGS

CHASING FIREFLIES is back from the editor . . . so now you know what I'll be doing this week.

Editing, editing, editing.


However, the edits are not extensive and it won't take me terribly long to complete them. After I edit, I will complete a few final read-throughs of the book before sending it to the ebook formatter, so it does take time for me to declare: IT IS DONE.
Up to that critical moment, I know I can make changes. Once I send it off for formatting, I don't want to make any more changes.
At some point, I just have to say the book is finished and I can't tell you how hard that is sometimes!

My daughter is my editor. She worked for two years as a copy editor and now she teaches Freshman English. She's a grammar nazi and I love having her as my editor. She does a great job.

CHASING FIREFLIES takes place in China and it is based off of my daughter's experiences while she spent a semester there teaching English. Yes, the same daughter that is my editor.
Hence, as she read the book, she was also reading it for accuracy to make sure I got all my China facts correct.

There were a few things she suggested I add and, as usual, I found these little tidbits fascinating.

The book takes place during the Fall semester. During this time the Chinese celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. They hang red lanterns everywhere.


Below is one of the pictures she took.



In Chinese culture, a huge full moon represents completeness. They associate the meaning of the full moon with reuniting family members together. It is one of the biggest holidays in China, even bigger than Christmas in America.

My daughter said the red lanterns hanging everywhere were beautiful.

Traditionally, Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated while eating moon cakes. 


In the middle is a hard boiled egg yolk.


They don't appeal to me, but my daughter said she LOVED them. The other teachers in her group didn't care for them, so when they were offered in the cafeteria they always gave them to her. She said she had a stock pile of them in her apartment.


Another little tidbit she told me I should work into the novel is that the Chinese consider wasting food to be very rude.

They were each given a tupperware container by their Chinese Native Coordinators, (the Chinese teachers assigned to help them throughout their stay,) to use whenever they ate at the cafeteria at the school she worked at. If they did not want to finish their food, they were told to put the leftovers in the tupperware container and take it back to their room. Once in their room, they were allowed to throw it away. They just had to do it in private where no one was watching. (She said she had Hello Kitty tupperware!)



Before they left for China, they went through training to help them prepare to live in another culture. They were told that they were absolutely not allowed to talk about or teach about Christian religion to the Chinese people. It is forbidden by the government.


There are actually "plants" who are assigned to walk up to them and say, "Hey, can you teach me about being a Christian?" To which they were told they must say, "I'm sorry, I can't talk about that." My daughter said they had a guy approach them in McDonald's. (Yes, they have McDonald's. But it ain't like an American McDonald's. Oh no! Read the book to learn more!!) You can tell if it's a plant because if a Chinese citizen really wanted to seriously ask about being a Christian, they would do so privately and secretly. Not loudly and in public.

At any rate, I could go on and on, but if I did, you would have no reason to read the book! I have loved incorporating all of her interesting stories into my novel.

In the end, the book is a love story. But the setting and the interesting little facts about Chinese culture made it fascinating to write. I could research all day and never learn about the things my daughter has told me. I'm so glad she let me share her experiences. I feel like she gave me the inside scoop and it lends an authentic and unique view of China as seen through an American's eyes.

More posts like this are on their way! I have so many fascinating things to share with you!

Okay, back to work for me. Time to give CHASING FIREFLIES its final polish!

Have a great Monday!

Friday, February 5, 2016

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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

I thought this was a pretty clever example.



              

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: BN!

I liked her answer entitled:



Image courtesy of [hyena reality] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

TUGGING ON MY HEART STRINGS

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 [debspoons] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Waiting on love"


My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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 1, 2016

MONDAY MUSINGS



RELEASING TODAY!

The next installment in the Power of the Matchmaker series!


Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She's learned 
to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother's bed and breakfast. She's also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment.
But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.
As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.

What people are saying:

Loved it! A great escape and like always a lovely story that drew me in and wouldn't let go until the very end. Highly recommend! —Kathy, Goodreads.com

A very quick and beautiful read that made me want to move here and live among the locals. —Maureen, Goodreads.com

NOW AVAILABLE AT:


GRAB YOUR COPY!

Read the Matchmaker's Story in the prequel novella.


Image courtesy of [podpad] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net





Friday, January 29, 2016

FRIDAY FAVORITES


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

This is an AMAZING invention! I want one!



   

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Christy!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [lekkyjustdoit] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

STAGES OF 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 [hyena reality] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Letting love go"


My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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, January 25, 2016

MONDAY MUSINGS

2016 IS THE YEAR OF THE POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER!


The prequel novella tells the story of the matchmaker.
It's a fascinating read.

Available now on AMAZON for 99 cents.


I recently read the first book in the series, BROKEN THINGS TO MEND.
It's a truly beautiful story about two broken people and how they find one another.
I loved this story and wanted it to keep going! Perhaps Karey White will consider writing a sequel? I'd love to hear more about Silas and Celia's life.

Available now on AMAZON



I also had the opportunity to read an ARC of February's installment, NOT ALWAYS HAPPENSTANCE.
This book takes place in Hawaii and had me drooling over the location, location, location.
It's another beautiful love story that takes place in a fascinating setting. I loved it!

Available for pre-order right now on AMAZON.

Not Always Happenstance (Power of the Matchmaker)



March's novel, IF WE WERE A MOVIE, is also up for pre-order on AMAZON. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

If We Were a Movie

And the April novel, LOVE IS COME, is up for pre-order on AMAZON as well! So excited to read this historical Victorian romance.


Love is Come (Power of the Matchmaker)


Join us for a year of GREAT reads!






Friday, January 22, 2016

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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

I'm an Introvert reader. 
But, every once in a while, I'm a Neurotic Reader if I can't find a book I like.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Natalie!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [Mister GC] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

INTERNET STALKING

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 [lekkyjustdoit] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "A show of love "


My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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, January 18, 2016

MONDAY MUSINGS

This recent post meant so much to me.
Check out the actual post on


Books that help you get through the rough and ugly parts of life – I’m with You by Taylor Dean

Today I found out the teacher of my youngest lost her baby. She was quite early on in her pregnancy, and unfortunately miscarried. Eight and a half years ago I lost a baby, and it changed me. At first I was on autopilot trying to keep myself together. I never imagined I could feel such grief and loss, and it took me a whole while to feel like I was me again.

I remember I was not so far along, so not many friends knew I was pregnant. When eventually I started telling people (I was literally balling all the time), I got many reactions. I had many sympathetic people asking me how I was holding up, lots of hugs and a few visits, and then someone telling me maybe it was God’s way of telling me I had enough with 2 healthy children, and I was not meant to be a mother of more children. That stung! I was constantly struggling to accept this loss, and move on. I kept seeing all the women around me get pregnant, and there I was left without a baby.

What finally helped me gain perspective, was talking to women who had gone through similar experiences. They knew what I was facing, and they knew the emotions I was facing. It helped me immensely, and I slowly found myself moving forward and finding happiness again. I was one of the lucky ones to be blessed with a successful pregnancy 11 months after my miscarriage. We named our precious son Seth, to always remember the miracle he is, and the loss he helped us move beyond.

                                            

After hearing the news of my daughter’s teacher today, I couldn’t shake this feeling of compassion for her, and all the women in the world that face this loss. Each story is unique, but the loss we have shared ties us together, and helps us understand each other in a way no one who hasn’t faced this particular trial can.

When going through the rough and ugly in life, there are certain lifelines that pull us through it all. For me a book can be just that lifeline. When I read I’m with You, it hit home really hard. Chloe’s story is different to mine, but her emotions, inner turmoil, devastation, were all identical to mine. This book helped me put the last of my struggles with this trial aside, and find the peace I so desperately needed, craved. If you have ever suffered any kind of loss, pain, desperation, this is the book you need to read.

                                                                

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.




Review

I have read all of Taylor’s books, and each book is amazingly great in it’s own way! My favorite has always been For Nick, but after reading this one, I may have to review my opinion.

I’m with you follows the story of Chloe who at the beginning of the story is being left by her husband Mark. Not long after he leaves a stranger comes pounding on the door. He turns out to be the husband of the woman Mark ran of with. This man, Jack, soon becomes friends with Chloe.
I don’t want to give away to much of the storyline, but let me tell you it is such a great read! The heartache Chloe goes through is so touching. I have gone through a similar loss, and I could relate to the way Chloe felt, the feelings she describes, Taylor hits it spot on! It is a difficult subject, but it is brought with such care, compassion and feeling, any reader reading this will be moved. After reading the book (I finished it in 1 day straight) I had to take time to process all of what I read and the feelings it evoked in me, as it hit so close to home.

This book is a real emotional rollercoaster, with really high highs, and very low lows. It is a book that will leave an impression on you for quite some time after you finish reading it. Taylor has such great talent, and her work just amazes me time and again. This story was based on a personal experience of her daughter who lost a child due to this syndrome. I cannot imagine the strength it must have taken to pen down this story and bring it to us as readers. As always, Taylor takes a hard situation and brings it to us in a way we as readers can relate, leaving us forever changed in the process. I look forward to more!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on I'm With You, Mylissa. It means so very much to me.

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Another exciting thing that happened this week is an author friend included two of my books in her top faves for 2015. How cool is that?!
Check out the post here: Joy in the Moments.
Thanks, Charissa!!

  1. The Evolution of Thomas Hall by Kieth Merrill
  2. These is My Words & Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy Turner
  3. Horstberg Saga by Elizabeth D. Michaels
  4. Met and read all of new author-Jennifer Peel’s booksHouse Divided, Professional Boundaries, The Girl in Seat 24B, Other Side of the Wall, Trouble in Loveland, Jessie Belle,
  5. The Husband Maker series Karey White
  6. An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series by Chanda Hahn
  7. Maze Runner by James Dashner
  8. Rules in Rome A.L.Sowards
  9. Song of David by Amy Harmon
  10. Girl of Mine by Taylor Dean & her new one due out this summer—Chasing Fireflies (I beta-read this, so it’s not in my count, but it’s seriously A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I can’t wait for you to read it. Probably one of my favorites she’s written so far.
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In closing, I'd like to give a little shout out to a legend.


This past week brought the news of pop icon David Bowie's death.
We have always called Labyrinth our family movie and considered ourselves David Bowie fans.
I know, we're such nerds. But we were so excited to get these t-shirts!

You're forever in our hearts, Goblin King.


            

Friday, January 15, 2016

FRIDAY FAVORITES

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

Hmmmmm . . . I'm in!!!
That's a great list to work from.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Quilt Lady!

I liked her answer entitled:

Image courtesy of [Iamnee] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

DON'T WALK AWAY FROM LOVE

This answer made me think of the below song. Get ready for a classic from the fabulous movie, Xanadu.



 
Great song, right?

To view the last WW, go here.

And now let's get started with this week's WW!

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 [Mister GC] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What WORD/WORDS does this picture evoke within you?

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

I'll start: "Finding love online"


My favorite answer wins a $5.00 dollar Amazon gift card.
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
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.