Monthly Archives: May 2015

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hello, tuesday


It’s always nice having long weekends together. The kids always have Memorial Day off, of course, but they also had no school Friday due to some extra time that was added to the school day to make up for excess snow days. I guess we earned enough extra time to have that day off. Jake only had to work half a day on Friday, so we had a really nice long weekend together.

FRIDAY
We did some gardening on Friday with my Mom. She brought over a whole lotta bags of mulch, and we weeded the garden and around one side of the house. Mom and Zach worked on replanting some things that needed to find new homes. Both the kids were pretty good helpers, except for the constant complaining that they were hungry. They are always hungry. ;)

On Friday evening, we went to our niece Kaylea’s graduation. Whenever I attend a graduation ceremony, it takes me back to my own. What I remember most about that day is this overwhelming feeling of importance, like I just accomplished something, this huge milestone in my life. It’s so funny how feelings like that can come back in an instant. I felt it again on Friday for Kaylea and her classmates. So much hope for the future.

It’s hard to believe our nieces and nephews are graduating. And we’ll be attending graduations for the next three years as our nephew, then our niece, then our baby boy Zach all reach this milestone. I don’t even want to think about it.

SATURDAY
It was a morning for sleeping in. I needed it after a long, busy book launch week. The kids, especially Zach, will sleep until noon if you don’t wake them. And Zach pretty much did. It was a work day around here in the afternoon. Chloe reorganized and cleaned her room. Zach mowed the lawn. Jake and I worked on de-cluttering the front porch.

SUNDAY
We had a family day at my parents’ farm. Mom grilled up so much food – burgers, dogs, brats, chicken. All very tasty. We hung out and played two very long games of Settlers of Catan. I do enjoy the game, but I suck at it. I always put my settlements on places I think have so much promise – with numbers that are rolled fairly often and locations that have the possibility to get me lots of resources I need. But it never fails that numbers that were rolled so often in one game just never get rolled in the next. ugh!

MONDAY
I put off all the household chores this weekend. By Monday, there was a huge pile of laundry and dishes stacked sky high. All afternoon, I ran loads of laundry and folded them. By 9 pm, I had no energy left for the dishes and I went to my desk to write this post. The dishes can wait.

COMING UP
Things at school are coming to an end over the next couple weeks. I knew once Spring Break was over the rest of the year would fly right by. It always does with all the end of school year events and such. Chloe’s new season of gymnastics training (three days a week now!) will begin soon, too.

THANKS AGAIN!
I just wanted to start this week with another big THANK YOU to those of you who have ordered your paperback or downloaded the eBook of Goodbye, Magnolia. I’ve started to hear from some of you already with the sweetest compliments about the book. It makes me so happy. I hope you’ll tell your friends and family about it and leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can pick up your own copy HERE.

What’s up next for me?
I’ve been asked this a few times lately and in one of the interviews I did last week regarding the book. I’ve started writing my next book. It has no title yet since I’m in the very early stages of this one, but it will be another book in the same world as Maggie and Simon, taking place along the same timeline as Goodbye, Magnolia, but from another character’s perspective. I’m not giving away any more than that right now, but I think it will be a good story and give even more insight into the characters you are all loving from Goodbye, Magnolia.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

what a week!

This week has been so crazy full of sharing on social media, answering interview questions, and generally just posting everywhere to get the word out about the book release. I’m pretty much exhausted and don’t quite know where to start on this post.

A few months ago, I asked some friends and family to join a book launch team to help spread the word about Goodbye, Magnolia. I also posted on some Goodreads Groups I’m a member of and on Facebook and Instagram asking if anyone was interested in joining. A handful of ladies responded and we all gathered in a private Facebook group to get to know each other. They were also a huge help in giving me honest feedback on the manuscript before it was in its final form.

Last year, when I was releasing my young adult novel, The Truth About Drew, I did it all by myself. I hit the “approve” button one day when the proof was ready and that was it. No excitement, no big fanfare, and I had no clue where to start. I sent out an announcement to my e-newsletter subscribers letting them know and spent several months sharing on social media about the book. Friends and family shared a bit, too, but it was mostly just me.

This time around, I felt so supported having this launch team. Thinking about it now, I’m getting a little teary-eyed, because this experience has been so much more fun than last year. The launch team girls have shared like crazy about the book this week, some with blogs have interviewed me, there have been giveaways going on, selfies taken, and just so much love for the book.

So, as we end this wonderful LAUNCH WEEK, I just have to say

I appreciate each one of you and all you’ve done for me and my sweet little book.

 

I’d like to give special shout out to a few of the girls, who have blogs. They all interviewed me this week, so I wanted to make sure to share links to those here.

ANITA’S BLOG & GIVEAWAY: Anita had such great questions. We chatted about writing and photography and coffee. She also shared a picture of my workspace. When Jake saw the photo, he said, “The picture on Anita’s blog is a lie. I’ve never seen your desk that clean.” ;)

LAURA’S BLOG & GIVEAWAY: This is the second time Laura has interviewed me for her blog. She did a fun interview when The Truth About Drew came out, too, (you can read that one HERE if you want to), so it was fun to do this again with her.

NICOLE’S BLOG & GIVEAWAY – Nicole’s questions were so fun. We talked about the book, but also about fun stuff like food and travel and what I’m planning for my next book.

And, of course, I must end the post with this fun little beach banner. Click the heart eyes emoticon to go to the launch day post, where you’ll find all the links to purchase paperback and ebook versions of the book.

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy reading! <3

It’s HERE!


Well, after nearly seven years of writing, re-writing, procrastinating, and lots of editing, this book is finally making its way out into the world. Finally. ;) My hope is that you enjoy the story, connect with the characters, feel the emotions right along with Maggie, and envision all the pretty weddings, of course.

Goodbye, Magnolia is now available in paperback as well as for all the eBook readers. Click one of the links below to purchase in your desired format:

EBOOKS:
      

HAPPY READING!

hello, monday | It’s BOOK LAUNCH WEEK!


This weekend seemed long. Like it was really stretched out and time slowed down. I enjoyed that slow feeling when I was reading a book in bed on Friday night, when I was drinking my coffee and reading the local paper on Saturday morning, and when I was having some quiet time to just sit and think and pray. Not so much when I was doing laundry and dishes and other housework, though. I kind of wished I could fast forward through all of that.

I stepped away from my computer this weekend, after being planted in front of it far too much lately. It was the nicest break and much needed. My time was filled with wonderful things like reading (Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade was great!), catching up on some television shows (Grey’s Anatomy!), and starting the devotional Savor by Shauna Niequist (love her writing style!). It was also filled with household chores (as I mentioned above) and an upset stomach that I’ve had since last week. But overall, it was a very good weekend that ended with Jake grilling us some delicious chicken and salmon and veggie packs for dinner (leftovers for a few days of lunches! yay!) and watching some TV together after the kids went to bed.

And now we’re on to a new week. A very exciting week for me as Goodbye, Magnolia officially launches.

Also an exciting week for our niece, Kaylea, who is graduating from high school. And we’re heading into the last few weeks of school, which is both sad and wonderful. Love summer time with the kids, but sad that another year of school has passed and they are that much closer to leaving our little nest.

You might see more posts from me this week here on the blog as well as on Facebook (follow my author page), Instagram, Twitter, etc. as the book releases and I share where to get it as well as some special posts that will be going up this week around the internet.

Have a wonderful Monday!

sweet words and giveaways


In just a few days, Goodbye, Magnolia will be officially released into the world. I’m excited for everyone to pick up their copy and to hear what you all think. Yesterday, I woke to the sweetest review on Goodreads from one of the winners of the Advanced Reader Copy of the book. Here’s a bit of what she had to say:

“I don’t have a BFF but I have to say reading this book felt like having one. The only thing I did not like was having to close the book because it was a busy work time of the year for me when I started reading it. I couldn’t wait to get back to reading it.

I absolutely love how the beginning and end of the story come together; I also love everything in between. I want to share this book with people I know but am afraid I won’t get it back. I feel like I have secrets to share and if I talk about them it will ruin the experience you will have from learning the secrets yourself.

I loved reading as a child and got away from it in junior high. I found Goodreads in January and decided to start reading again. I am so thankful I did because after having read Goodbye, Magnolia I remember why I loved reading as a child. I missed my BFF.”
Tressie L, Goodreads

That was definitely the nicest way to start my day. I’ve been feeling a little frazzled and chaotic this week, even though I know I’m ready for this book to launch. It’s still scary to put it out there and let other people read something I’ve been working on for so long, something that is so special to me. And I appreciate every one of you for taking time from your busy lives to sit down and read this book. It means so much to me.

So, I’m running a couple of giveaways through the end of next week.

 

 

ENTER HERE to win an eBook copy of the book in the format of your choice.

 
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Goodbye, Magnolia by Krista Noorman

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by Krista Noorman

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See ya’ next week!

throwback thursday | the bench


Since I’m sharing lots of location photos and quotes from the book this week, I thought it only fitting that I share a little throwback photo that is book related as well. This one was taken in August of 2005 on a little Mackinac Island getaway for our 10th wedding anniversary. And THIS BENCH is the one at the end of the book where a pretty important conversation takes place. Only it’s nighttime in that scene. But this is the exact bench I envisioned. Right across the street from the elementary school. Almost at the end of the boardwalk. Gosh, I love Mackinac Island.

I seem to have a thing for benches in my books, huh?

much more than 50,000 words

As I’ve mentioned, Goodbye, Magnolia was written back in November of 2008 during NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. From their website: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

I have always loved to write and felt like I was much better at saying what I wanted to say on paper than verbally. In high school, I was all about writing notes to my friends. There were no cell phones or even emails back then, so that’s what we did. My school was in a different district than a lot of my close friends from church, so we would write each other during the week and exchange notes on Sundays and Wednesdays. Some were just quick descriptions of what I did that week or what my biggest crush said or did, and some were my deeper thoughts and feelings poured out for my friends on a weekly basis.

As far as writing creatively, I can remember writing silly stories for fun when I was maybe ten or eleven, and I think I was 9 when I won a creative writing contest in the 4th grade and got to go to a nearby college to receive a certificate. I vaguely remember that, but I know it was a medieval story about two brothers and a princess. Pretty sure my mom has that packed away in a tub somewhere. If I ever find it, I’ll be sure to share that masterpiece here. ;) But I never saw myself as someone who would pursue writing someday.

Jake took part in NaNoWriMo once or twice before I did. He’s always been a creative writer – stories and lots and lots of poetry – and has had a zillion stories in that brain of his for as long as I’ve known him. We joke now about how he was the one we always thought would publish a novel someday, but now his interests lie elsewhere, and I’m the one writing novels.

Honestly, that first year (2008), I only did it to see if I could actually write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It was one of those things that you challenge yourself with just to get that feeling of completing a task. But I never expected to fall in love with writing like I did. I never expected it to make me happy, almost giddy at times. I never expected to be sitting at my keyboard with tears streaming down my face, like Joan Wilder in the movie Romancing the Stone.

This photo was taken at the halfway point. November 14, 2008. I was already way past half of the required word count, which I was pretty excited about.

At that point in my life, I thought photography was it for me. It’s funny how something comes into your life and changes things. Changes you. I knew from the moment I wrote this book that it was special. Maybe every author says that about their own books, but I don’t care. I’m saying it. I’m a sucker for a good romance and Goodbye, Magnolia is just that.

One of the themes in the book is trusting God with your future, trusting His plan. It’s kind of exciting, right? I’ve had things happen in recent years that threw me for a loop, for sure. But when I got past them, I was a better person, stronger for having gone through them. And I could look back and see how God led me through it. That’s how I feel about this whole writing thing. Writing is healing for me. Writing is hard work and frustrating at times, but so worth it.

getting closer

Only ONE WEEK from today, Goodbye, Magnolia will be out in the world for everyone to read. That fills me with happiness, excitement, and a whole lotta nervous energy. So this week, over on my Facebook Author page, I’m sharing some quotes from the new book as a fun way to lead up to the book release on May 19th! There’s so much going on in Goodbye, Magnolia that it was hard to narrow down what quotes I wanted to share, but I think I chose ones that show some of what Maggie is going through.

I wrote Goodbye, Magnolia back in 2008 after shooting weddings every weekend in the month of October. My mind was already on weddings, so when it came time to write, I had plenty of inspiration. One of the weddings I shot that October was Laura & Steve’s and I thought it would be fun to share the slideshow I put together from that beautiful and very fun day! Click the “play” button in the center to start. Enjoy!

hello, monday


What a glorious weekend!

We visited Heather & Jeff and the girls. Mom & Dad O were there, and we celebrated Mothers Day on Saturday with a cookout. It was so nice out, but it had rained a ton on Friday, so their yard was very wet. Chloe and I were outside all afternoon with Scarlett and Violet, both of which ended up falling down in the mud. But they just kept playing and having a ball. They blew bubbles, carried buckets of water around, splashed in the one mud puddle in the yard, and dragged their feet (legs in Chloe’s case) in the mud under the swingset. They were quite a sight.

On Sunday, we drove home and went to my parents’ farm for Mother’s Day lunch with my family.

My dad read a few of the verses from Proverbs 31 for us:

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:25-31

After lunch, there was some playing of Settlers of Catan and some basketball watching, then we headed home. We weren’t there long before our power went out, which didn’t help with the pile of laundry I needed to get done. Ended up being something with the electric lines right on our street, so it was just our little part of the neighborhood that went out. But thankfully, we were back up in no time.

We’re down to a week until the official launch of Goodbye, Magnolia. But you might want to sign up for THE NEWSLETTER today, if you haven’t done so yet. Just sayin’! ;)

hello, monday


Ahhh, lovely blooms of spring. This was actually taken five years ago, but the trees are beginning to blossom around town. I love it.

• Went shopping on Friday with Mom and Chloe. Kohl’s is always the best when Mom’s got a 30% off coupon. Plus, you earn all the Kohl’s cash to use later. Chloe had some money burning a hole in her pocket and she picked up some cute summer dresses.

• Jake was on Skype this weekend with some crafting friends. One guy is Australian, so I had to “suffer” listening to that glorious accent for a couple hours one night. It was such a hardship, I tell ya. ;)

• We had a 4.2 earthquake on Saturday. In Michigan. So weird. It originated in Galesburg, which is about 45 minutes south of us. Jake and the kids were outside, and I was on our front porch moving boxes and stuff, so we didn’t feel it. I did feel kind of off balance at one point, but I thought that was just because I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. Could have been the shaking and I just didn’t notice it. Who knows.

• Chloe spent the night at her BFF’s. Those girls love hanging out together.

• Spent lots of time working on eBook formatting. I thought I had the final versions ready, but there were some glitches, so I fixed those. And now I think the eBooks are ready. Two weeks! Can’t believe it!

• Saw today that William and Kate named their little baby girl, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. So sweet. I was hoping Diana’s name would make it in there somewhere. A nice tribute to the grandmother she never got to know.

• Had a nice walk with my mom this morning. We’re getting back to it. I’m thinking more and more about getting the FitBit so I can better track my daily steps. I’ve heard such good things about them.

• Looking forward to a nice Mothers Day weekend ahead with family.

• Hope you had a happy Star Wars day. May the 4th be with you! ;)

AJAXed with AWP