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a work in progress


Facebook is a great place to connect with friends and, for authors, it’s a great place to connect with readers. I’ve had an author page on FB for several years – maybe you already follow me there – but the ways FB chooses to show our business pages keeps changing and now it’s even harder to get people who like that page to see my posts. So if you aren’t seeing my posts, how are we going to connect? Ugh.

I’ve heard that a better way to connect there is to have a group connected to my author page, and I’ve actually been thinking about having a private group where I share things first – cover reveals, snippets of what I’m writing, what I’m working on, new releases, etc. for a while now. So I went for it. THE GROUP IS NOW LIVE and I’d love for you to join me there.

When considering a name for the group, I brainstormed several but kept coming back to “a work in progress”, because it perfectly describes not only the books I’m working on but me. Especially at this moment when I’ve been focusing so much on my spiritual life and having more quiet time with God. I am a constant work in progress, and I’ll probably share some of that journey with you all in that group as well.

So if you enjoy my books, come on over and join the group HERE. If you haven’t read any of my books yet but would like to, join the group and you’ll get a free book to get you started. :)

side by side

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One of the things I really loved about writing Until Then was the fact that several of the scenes and situations from Goodbye, Magnolia were told from Michelle’s perspective, giving her view of some of those key events in Maggie’s life, which happened to be key moments in her own life as well. To me, once Michelle’s story was told, it really filled in the events of Magnolia and beyond and made the series feel complete.

Since it’s nearing Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share part of the Valentine’s Day scene from both of the girls’ viewpoints side by side. Read Maggie’s from Goodbye, Magnolia first on the left, then go back and read Michelle’s from Until Then to get the things that were going through her mind at the time. :)

GOODBYE, MAGNOLIA | Valentine’s Day
Maggie’s perspective

The door jingled again. “Maggieee!”

She was startled, but jumped up as soon as she saw who it was. “Michelle?” Maggie hugged her former roommate. “Oh my goodness! What are you doing in Hastings?”

“Can’t I just stop by and visit my roomie?”
 The girls took a seat together on the sofa.

“Of course. It’s been way too long.” Maggie tucked her legs up under her.

“It’s good to see you,” Michelle said.

“You, too. You look great.” She noticed Michelle’s usually long brunette tresses had been trimmed just above her shoulders. It was a good look on her. “How’s Jeremy? Any big plans tonight?”

Michelle shrugged her shoulders. “I have no idea how he is. We aren’t seeing each other anymore.”

“Oh, Chelle.” She was sad for her friend. Michelle and Jeremy had been dating for a couple years. “I’m so sorry.”

“It’s no big deal, Mags.” She dismissed it casually. “We’ve been broken up for a few months now.”

Maggie was a little shocked that this was the first she had heard of their breakup. “I guess it’s been longer than I thought since we last talked. Are you seeing anyone new?”

“Not really.” Michelle paused. It seemed like she was going to say more, but she didn’t. Instead, she dug into her purse for some money. “How ‘bout you? Any big Valentine’s plans?”

“Just me and Billy.” She nodded toward Bill, who happened to look up at her at that moment and grin.

“Friend of yours?” Michelle asked.

“He and his sister own the place.”

“Ah.” Michelle laid her purse next to Maggie. “Be right back.” She walked to the counter and ordered.

Maggie watched out the front window as more couples and groups of couples passed by on the sidewalk. It was a clear night, not a cloud in the sky, which made for bitter cold temperatures. She imagined all of the couples snuggling to keep each other warm and suddenly felt a little sick to her stomach.

Michelle returned to the sofa and turned to face Maggie. “So, what’s it like having another studio right down the street from yours?” She took a sip of her coffee.

Maggie tensed up at the mention. “It’s nice that he wants to help his uncle and everything, but what about his studio in Grand Rapids? Who’s taking care of that?”

“Oh, he hired someone as his office manager,” Michelle replied. “Some pretty young thing just out of college. And he travels back and forth. He works some days here, some days there.”

She rolled her eyes. “Well, he should just stay out of Hastings and leave me alone.”

“So you’ve seen him,” Michelle remarked.

Maggie nodded.

“Hmmm, I’m sensing a little bitterness.”

She didn’t feel like rehashing their run-ins over the past couple months. “The thing is, he’s everywhere in this little town. And I can’t seem to get through an entire week without him bringing up his darn proposal.”

“What proposal?” Michelle sounded concerned.

The door jingled again.

Maggie scrunched up her nose at Michelle. “Speak of the devil,” she whispered.

“Oh, sorry,” Michelle spoke quietly as she stood up. “Did I forget to mention that I asked him to meet me here? We’re going to dinner.”

Simon greeted Michelle with a bear hug and a quick kiss on the lips. “You ready to go?” he asked.

Michelle pointed in her friend’s direction. “Coffee with Maggie.”

Maggie held her hand up and shook her head. “Oh, no, that’s OK. Don’t let me keep you.” As much as she liked catching up with Michelle, she hoped they would leave.

Simon glanced over at Maggie. “Coffee sounds great.”

She suddenly felt like bolting as she watched Simon walk to the counter.

“I guess we’ll have to finish our conversation later.” Michelle nodded in Simon’s direction. “You’re welcome to come out with us tonight. It’ll be like our old college days.”

“Oh, please, no.” Maggie had always hated being around Michelle and Simon when they were in college, and there was nothing that would convince her to go out with them now.

Michelle took another sip of her coffee.

Simon returned and took the seat closest to Michelle. He gave her knee a squeeze. “Long time no see.”

Michelle grabbed his knee and squeezed back as tight as she could. This was a game they played in college. Who knew why they found this type of pain amusing. Michelle was never a match for Simon and always ended up screeching as he tightened his grip on her knee.

Ow! Uncle! Uncle!” she cried.

“Well,” Maggie spoke as she stood. “That’s enough of a college flashback for me.” She tucked her magazine in her bag and slid her coat on.

“Hot date tonight, Canon?” Simon’s gaze was intense.

She gave him a sarcastic grin.

“Come with us, Maggie,” Michelle begged her friend one last time. “Simon will pay.”

“What am I paying for?” He grabbed her knee again.

“Our dinner.” She smacked his hand off.

“You guys have a nice time.” She leaned over and gave Michelle a hug. “We’ll get together again soon and finish that conversation.”

“You bet.” Michelle kissed her on the cheek. “Call me.”

Maggie was ten steps down the sidewalk when she realized she had forgotten her half finished coffee. She walked back to get it, but stopped when she spotted Simon watching her through the window. They held eye contact for a moment before he looked back at Michelle.

She decided to abandon her poor latte.

  UNTIL THEN | Valentine’s Day
Michelle’s perspective

When she opened the door to the quaint coffee shop, she was hit with the wonderful aroma of coffee beans. She was elated to find Maggie sitting on a cozy leather couch just inside the door.

“Maggieee!” she cried.

Maggie was startled. “Michelle?” She jumped up as soon as she realized who it was. “Oh my goodness! What are you doing in Hastings?”

“Can’t I just stop by and visit my roomie?” They sat together on the couch.

“Of course. It’s been way too long.” Maggie tucked her legs up under her.

“It’s good to see you,” Michelle said. Maggie looked beautiful, as usual, but her eyes appeared tired.

“You, too. You look great.” She grinned. “How’s Jeremy? Any big plans tonight?”

Michelle shrugged. “I have no idea how he is. We aren’t seeing each other any more.”

Two years was a long time to stay in a relationship that was going nowhere, but that’s exactly what Michelle had done. Jeremy was nice and treated her well. He was respectful and loved God. He had filled a void left in her life when Simon became too busy to spend time with her.

… (left out a big chunk of the story about her relationship with Jeremy only for this post because it was quite a long section and I wanted to focus on the conversation) …

“Oh, Chelle,” Maggie said sadly. “I’m so sorry.”

“It’s no big deal, Mags.” She dismissed it casually. “We’ve been broken up for a few months now.”

Maggie looked a little shocked. “I guess it’s been longer than I thought since we last talked. Are you seeing anyone new?”

“Not really.” Michelle paused. She wanted to mention going out with Simon, but she didn’t want to spoil their conversation. She opened her purse to find some cash instead. “How ‘bout you? Any big Valentine’s plans?”

“Just me and Billy.” Maggie nodded toward the goateed man with the hipster glasses standing behind the counter. He looked over at her and grinned.

“Friend of yours?” Michelle asked.

“He and his sister own the place,” Maggie explained.

“Ah.” Michelle laid her purse next to Maggie. “Be right back.” She walked to the counter and ordered a latte from Billy.

While she waited, she glanced over at Maggie, who was staring out the window at the people passing by. She looked deep in thought, and Michelle wondered how she was really doing. As far as she knew, Maggie had not dated anyone since Ben. This worried her, because Maggie was so capable of love. She hoped and prayed that one day her friend would find happiness with a wonderful guy.

Michelle returned to the couch and sat facing Maggie. “So, what’s it like having another studio right down the street from yours?” She took a sip of her coffee.

Maggie tensed up at the mention. “It’s nice that he wants to help his uncle and everything, but what about his studio in Grand Rapids? Who’s taking care of that?”

“Oh, he hired someone as his office manager. Some pretty young thing just out of college.” She had never met Simon’s new assistant, Anna, but he had described her as a blonde bombshell. “And he travels back and forth,” Michelle continued. “He works some days here, some days there.”

Maggie rolled her eyes. “Well, he should just stay out of Hastings and leave me alone.”

“So you’ve seen him,” Michelle remarked.

Maggie nodded.

Hmmm, I’m sensing a little bitterness.”

“The thing is, he’s everywhere in this little town. And I can’t seem to get through an entire week without him bringing up his darn proposal.”

Michelle got a nervous feeling in her stomach. “What proposal?” The bells on the door jingled.

Maggie scrunched her nose at Michelle. “Speak of the devil,” she whispered.

“Oh, sorry,” Michelle spoke quietly as she stood. “Did I forget to mention that I asked him to meet me here? We’re going to dinner.”

Simon greeted Michelle with a bear hug and a quick kiss on the lips. “You ready to go?” he asked.

Michelle pointed in her friend’s direction. “Coffee with Maggie.”

Maggie held up her hand and shook her head. “Oh, no, that’s OK. Don’t let me keep you.”

Simon glanced over at Maggie. “Coffee sounds great.” He walked to the counter.

“I guess we’ll have to finish our conversation later.” Michelle nodded in Simon’s direction. “You’re welcome to come out with us tonight. It’ll be like our old college days.”

“Oh, please, no,” Maggie replied.

Michelle took another sip of her coffee, amused by her friend’s response. Maggie obviously still couldn’t stand Simon, and that gave Michelle feelings of satisfaction and relief.

Simon returned to the table and took the seat closest to Michelle. He gave her knee a squeeze. “Long time no see.”

Michelle grabbed his knee and squeezed back as hard as she could. He squeezed harder.

She cried out. “Ow! Uncle! Uncle!”

“Well,” Maggie spoke as she stood. “That’s enough of a college flashback for me.” She tucked the magazine she had been reading into her bag and slid on her coat.

“Hot date tonight, Canon?” He had a look in his eye that Michelle recognized—a flirtatious look she’d seen him give many girls in the past. She hated that he was looking at Maggie that way, and tried her best to ignore it.

Maggie gave him a sarcastic smirk, which pleased Michelle.

“Come with us, Maggie.” Michelle repeated her invitation. “Simon will pay.”

He grabbed her knee once more. “What am I paying for?”

“Our dinner.” She smacked his hand off.

Maggie leaned over and hugged Michelle. “You guys have a nice time. We’ll get together again soon and finish that conversation.”

“You bet.” Michelle gave her a final squeeze and kissed her on the cheek. “Call me.”

Michelle glanced over at Simon, whose gaze was fixed on Maggie as she walked out.

To continue reading and get the complete story, THE CORNERSTONE SERIES is on sale for Valentine’s Day – 50% OFF the original price NOW thru February 14th. CLICK HERE!

18 Hours To Us! It’s HERE!


She struggles w/storms of the past. He has the world in front of him & still feels lost.

No matter how many books I publish, the giddy feeling I get when one releases into the world never gets old. I’m excited for you to read Natalie and Colton’s sweet road trip romance, but this story is about more than just that. It’s about having the whole world in front of you and feeling lost. It’s about the storms we face in life, about letting go of the past, about forgiveness.

There are some tough topics in this story, and I have no idea who will read this book or who God intends to use it for, but I pray it will touch someone right where they’re at.

This story also has plenty of sweet, funny, romantic moments. These two characters have been so fun to hang out with since they first hit the page in June. I LOVE a good road trip and have actually taken the route they took to Virginia Beach in the book (minus one national park and a couple fictional stops).

I hope you enjoy 18 Hours To Us. The book will remain on a release week special of just 99¢ thru Cyber Monday.

GET YOUR COPY HERE!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday here in the US.
Happy reading!

2 FREE BOOKS


One of my Amazon readers, Enid, recently reviewed my Cornerstone boxed set and made the comment that if she had read the books separately, she would have probably given them 4-stars each, but reading all of them together made her want to give them more than 5-stars.

Here is what she said:

Usually I rate every book separately and believe all books should stand alone. If I did that with the Cornerstone series I might only give each of them a four. But reading all three I will give them a 5 plus. I can’t even begin to pick out a favorite character. The characters are so well developed that I even liked the ones that maybe you weren’t supposed to like. And I’m thinking I’d like to go back and get a degree in counseling. I recommend this book for anyone whose life has not been perfect, who has at one time or another been angry at God and questioned why he does things his way.

I totally agree with her! The books as a set tell a more complete story, which is why I’m so happy that they are all bundled in a boxed set now. The 3-book boxed set is $7.99. But for two days, you can GET THE FIRST TWO BOOKS for FREE (HERE and HERE) and then pick up Until Then for just $3.99. That’s 60% off the individually priced books, and you get the whole series for less than that pumpkin spice latte you know you want even though it’s not even officially fall yet. ;)

P.S. Her counseling comment has to do with Michelle’s story in Until Then.

Happy reading!

cover reveal | 18 Hours to Us

The title and cover for this novel came pretty quickly to me after I started writing it in early June, and so many times this summer I was itching to share. This past weekend, my newsletter subscribers got the first look. So now I’m revealing it to the world. No release date set in stone for this one yet. I’m hoping by the time the leaves fall and the first snow hits the ground that it will be in your hands (or on your Kindles). ;)

If you’re on Goodreads, the book is listed there and you can hop on over and add it to your “to read” list.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

When Natalie Rhodes left her house early that fateful morning to catch the bus to her senior class trip, she never expected to end up in a car with Colton Daynes–the guy she’s had a crush on since first grade, the guy who has no idea who she is. But when Colton’s irresponsible driving causes them both to miss the bus, the unlikely pair set off on a road trip from Michigan to Virginia Beach to catch up with their classmates.

From the tiny village of Middleville, the popular football star and the quiet gymnast will navigate back roads and highways, travel from lake towns to waterfalls to mountaintops and beyond, all the while fielding texts from Colton’s friends and mean girl, Lexi, who also happens to be Colton’s girlfriend.

Hours spent together on the road will lead them to places they’ve never been, discovering hidden talents, revealing secrets and fears. And they just might realize they have more in common than they know.

:)

3 books for 99 cents!

BoxedSetSALE
Yes, you read that right!
The Kindle boxed set of my Cornerstone series is only 99¢ NOW thru July 6th.

Pass this great deal on to your friends before the set goes back up to regular price next week!

I’ll be back soon with updates on what I’m writing this summer.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend and lots of happy reading!

the Cornerstone series

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May has always been my month for releasing my books. In May 2014, my first novel, The Truth About Drew, came out. The following year it was Goodbye, Magnolia, and then last May I released Until Then. So when this May rolled around, it left me feeling a little sad that I didn’t have a new release for you. I am writing my next novel right now, but it might not come out until next May. I’d love to get it to you before that, but I’d be OK with another May release. And it takes place in the summer, so it’s going to be a nice beach read.

For quite a while now, I’ve been wanting to put all of the books in my Cornerstone series into a boxed set eBook. I loved the idea of having them all in one eBook so readers could gobble them all up at one time. ;)

One major change I made when putting this eBook together was to move the epilogue of Goodbye, Magnolia to the very end of the series. At the end of that book, we jump forward in time nearly a year and you see where Maggie and Simon end up. The second book, Hello, Forever, which is the sequel novella, then jumps back to the same night Goodbye, Magnolia ends and continues on for a couple months into the early days of Maggie & Simon’s relationship. The final book, Until Then, tells Michelle’s story, but also goes back even further for a glimpse at their college days and continues on through the days following Hello, Forever. So the epilogue from Magnolia really belongs at the very end of all of the books and that’s exactly where I put it. It felt right to have it end that way. It made sense to me, because my brain likes things to be chronological in order.

And since I hadn’t originally planned to write a series, making this big 3-book boxed set allowed me to put everything in its proper order. Yes, I am a little bit picky when it comes to my books.

Is this the end of the series?

I don’t think so.

I still have plans to write Emma’s story at some point. And there are some other side characters whose stories I would like to tell eventually. But for now, these three books tell a complete story and I’m fine with that. Other books that may come in the future will probably stand on their own, so you won’t have to have read the other books to read them. But I’m sure Maggie, Michelle, and Simon will make an appearance in those, because I love my characters and already miss writing about them.

The CORNERSTONE SERIES can be purchased HERE or read for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED.

sweet moments on Mackinac


The Mackinac Island wedding at the end of Goodbye, Magnolia is pretty much one of my favorite things about the entire book. Besides the fact that some very sweet, swoony moments happen there, I truly love the place and I just could not have imagined setting that important wedding anywhere else.

Get your copy of Goodbye, Magnolia FREE today for Kindle and journey with Maggie, Simon, and their wedding photography team to Mackinac Island.
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around here

Remember when I used to blog? Like all the time? Every week? Sometimes daily? I really did. I love blogging, always have, but I think now that I’m writing full time, my brain is more focused on my fictional stories than the stories of my everyday life. I started this blog to share pictures and stories about the kids with family and friends. It’s become much more over the years, now a place for me to share about the books I write. But I still want it to be a space where I can share about our life, where you can get to know me as a person, not just a name on the cover of some books.

• A TALE OF TWO JOB INTERVIEWS
When Jake lost his job in January 2016, we just knew that God had a plan in all of that. And I just have to share this story of his two VERY different job offers. Jake interviewed for a job in a town two hours from our home. Not ideal, but we were willing to relocate if it was the job God wanted him to have. All went well there. It wasn’t exactly what he had been doing before (running the eBook department), but it was still in his skill set in publishing. This company worked with many different magazine publishers and the guy who interviewed Jake told him that they sometimes work with Playboy. A job offer came in from them for 20% more than he was making at his previous job. Tempting, right?

He had another interview set up for the following week with a Christian publishing company much closer to home. This job was pretty much exactly what he had been doing at his old job – he would be in charge of the eBook department and more. He got an offer, which was much less than the “Playboy” job, as I teasingly call it, only about 5% more than he was making before.

When Jake and I were discussing everything, I told him it was like an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. One company that publishes wonderful Christian content and another that … doesn’t. The decision was a no-brainer really. We got to stay put, he got a job he absolutely LOVES – a job that clearly God had in the works for him all along – and he would not be part of a company that helps publish photos of naked women.

What I loved about the whole thing was just how clear cut it was for us. It was just another reason that we knew God had it all planned out. With the two offers staring us in the face, the choice was so obvious. Wouldn’t it be nice if all decisions in life could be that easy?


Last fall, Jake traveled to New Hampshire for a work conference, and I was able to join him and visit New England for the first time. It was such a blessing. I even took a little day trip down to Concord, Massachusetts and visited Orchard House, the Alcott’s home, where Louisa wrote Little Women. That was such an incredible experience for me. To walk through the rooms where she and her family walked and talked and laughed. To see the little table in her bedroom where she wrote Little Women and glance out the window she must have looked out so many times while writing. To hear the stories of so many of the little details of the house and learn more about their family. The entire trip was worth it just for that. But I also got to spend some time with my hubby and even take a little drive across the bridge into Maine one evening. It was a wonderful trip and all because of this new job of his.

• BACK AT GYMNASTICS
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you probably saw my post last year at the end of gymnastics season when we thought Chloe was done with it for good. Despite working really hard all year, she only medaled twice the entire season, which I think was a big disappointment for her. It just wasn’t fun for her anymore, so she said goodbye to competitive gymnastics.

Fast forward six months and she was really starting to miss it, but she did not want to go back to her old gym. She wanted to try someplace new. One of Chloe’s former teammates switched to Grand Rapids Gymnastics (GRG) a couple seasons ago and they had great things to say about it. So when Chloe started mentioning gymnastics again, I decided to give GRG a call. I spoke to Coach Emily, who invited Chloe to come try a practice with the team and see if she liked it. Pretty much from the moment we walked in the door, we felt welcomed and Chloe felt like this was the place for her. At the end of that first practice, Emily told me that Chloe fit right in with the other girls. No surprise there. She’s not shy and tends to make friends very quickly.

It took a bit for her to get back some of the strength she lost during those six months off and she had to basically relearn a lot of things that she was never taught properly at the old gym, but she has been improving on every event all season long. And out of 7 meets, she medaled at all but one, earning 11 medals.

Switching gyms was the right decision. Absolutely. :)


• 14
Our girl also turned 14 in February. Hard to believe. We spent the weekend at Heather and Jeff’s and brought along her BFF Jenna. Heather took us all ice skating for Chloe’s birthday. It was Chloe’s first time and she pretty much clung to Jenna or the wall the entire time, but we had a blast.

On that Sunday, we had a nice lunch and birthday celebration at my parents’ house. I just love Chloe and Jenna’s friendship. They are truly like bickering sisters sometimes, but they love being friends. And after all of last year’s middle school drama, it has been wonderful for her to find some new friends this year that get her and accept her and are drama-free for the most part.

This sequence of pictures makes me smile. :)

• COLLEGE PLANS
Zach will soon finish his junior year of high school, so we are all about discussing college lately. He loves architecture, so we’re looking at schools in Michigan that have programs specific to that. Looking back, he has always had a love of building and designing – from Legos to Minecraft to other computer games he’s played over the years.

This year, he took an architecture class and has really enjoyed that. Next year, I think he’s going to take an engineering class, so we’ll see if he changes his mind and wants to study that instead. Maybe he’ll follow in his grandpa’s footsteps (my dad is an industrial engineer).

• MY DAD
Speaking of my dad … at the end of last year, he fell off his tractor and broke a few ribs. He was in a lot of pain and had some swelling in his abdomen that was not going down. So the doctor called for a CT, which revealed that he has cirrhosis of the liver due to fatty liver disease, which he was diagnosed with a couple years ago. Looking back, mom said he was starting to show signs of it for a while now, but they didn’t know that’s what it was. We think the fall just made things worse. So in February, we traveled back and forth to the University of Michigan Liver Center for tests—-lots of tests—-and he is now on the list for a transplant.

I’ve learned a lot more about the liver and transplants over the past month than I ever thought I would. It could be a while before he gets his new liver. His place on the list is determined by blood tests taken every few weeks. On one hand, we want him to be able to go on with his daily life as normally as possible. On the other, we want him to get a new liver soon, which means his health would have to deteriorate so he can move up the list. I know God has a plan and it will all work out in His perfect timing. In the meantime, our family would appreciate prayers for us, for the doctors, specialists, surgeons, and the family of the person whose liver my dad will one day get.

• GETTING HEALTHY
For a really long time now, I’ve led a mostly sedentary life. I’ve sat for hours upon hours writing and editing my books, staring at my computer, not really getting up and moving as much as I should. And I have felt it in my body. I have been sluggish and tired, no energy to do anything else, moody. So at the end of 2016, Jake told me I should join the gym with him (he has been a member for a while). I said no at first. I didn’t want to spend the extra money each month. It was too far to drive. I made excuses. But then I thought that the small amount of money I would spend each month is going toward helping me to be healthier and happier and more productive in both work and home life. So I did it. I signed up at Planet Fitness.

Starting the first week of January, we have been at the gym at least once a week – most weeks 3 times – working off the fat, getting stronger, losing inches and pounds. I am down 14 lbs. now and have lost a combined 8 inches off my waist, hips, and thighs. It’s nice to put on my jeans and not have to squeeze into them anymore. And the amount of energy I have is so much more than I’ve had for many years now.

We’re also preparing weekly meals ahead of time. Chicken and veggies usually. We separate them into bowls so they are easy for Jake to grab for work or me for lunch at home. Just pop them in the microwave and voila. Easy, healthy meal.

This all seems even more timely now that we’ve learned of the condition of my dad’s liver. I was already on a path to a healthier life, and now I understand how very important that is.

• WRITING
Yes, I am still writing. Currently, I’m working on two very different projects. One is the young adult dystopian novel I wrote a couple years ago during NaNoWriMo. The other is still mostly in research phase, but I did write the first lines of chapter one recently, which was awesome! This one will be a historical romance. I’m excited to share more about both when they get closer to completion. The YA book will most likely release first, hopefully later this year, but I don’t have a set date for publication yet. There’s still a lot to be done on this one as I edit through it. The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to get the novel out of your head and onto the page, so it’s very rough and needs a lot of filling in at this point.

For now, the pictures above give you an idea just how different the settings are for these stories. :)

Thanks for sticking by me through this long post. Hope the rest of your week is wonderful. This will be our first weekend in a month without a gymnastics meet. It will be strange not traveling somewhere, but also kind of nice.

Blessings,

the truth about drew FREE


It seems crazy that it was three years ago that I was editing this book and getting it ready for publication. Out of all the books I’ve written so far, this is the one that I get the sweetest posts, emails, and reviews about. And all I can say is that God gave me the idea for this book and He has used it in ways I could not have imagined when I wrote it.

The Truth About Drew eBook is FREE today. Add it to your Kindle now.

If you read (or have already read it) and enjoyed it, please remember to stop by Amazon and leave a brief review. Thank you.

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