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show me your grin | selfie contest

So … last weekend, my hubby and I got into a disagreement about what a grin looks like. When you’re reading along in a book and it says “she grinned at him”, what do you picture? What does a grin look like to you? I thought it would be fun to do a little selfie contest to see what you all think a grin looks like and have a giveaway at the end of the week.

To enter:
• Take a selfie of you grinning
• Share it in the comments of my Facebook post HERE

On Friday, I will share the whole story and draw a name. One person will win a signed paperback copy of any one of my books. (US residents only. Sorry!)

Thanks for your help! :)

Black Friday Sales

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thought I’d check in and share a few sales I’ve got going on this weekend.

Goodbye, Magnolia eBook is FREE from Black Friday thru Sunday.
That’s right. FREE! So make sure you click over to Amazon on FRIDAY to get your copy.

Both of my books are on sale this weekend in paperback form.

to get $1.99 OFF each book.
You can order multiple copies and the code will take that amount off each copy as well.

Goodbye, Magnolia • $11.00 (originally $12.99)
The Truth About Drew • $8.00 (originally $9.99)

* Note: The above coupon code only works when you purchase paperbacks through my Amazon Createspace Storefront, so make sure you follow the links to each book from this post, then enter the code there. The code will not work on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere else my paperbacks are sold. Thanks. :)

Happy shopping & Happy reading!

hello, monday

Happy Labor Day! The unofficial last weekend of summer before school starts around here. It’s actually been a quiet few days here for us as I’ve been sick since last week with the virus my kids recently had, so we stayed close to home, watched lots of reruns of Parks & Rec, quietly celebrated Zach’s 15th birthday together, and missed a family reunion. :(

It’s not exactly the end of summer I had in mind, but sometimes you have to rest when you don’t want to, slow down when you don’t feel like you have the time, and stay home when you’d rather go out. This sickness has had me in a bit of a fog, too, which I can’t stand. I started feeling a little “off” the last week of August, which I now know was the beginnings of this virus.

Here’s a little recap of the last couple weeks of our summer break.

On the 26th (our 20th anniversary), I took Zach to the high school to get his schedule, get his photos taken, and find his locker. We walked down my old hallway, where I showed him my locker from my four years there. :) That was fun for me. I walked straight to it, like my mind and body just remembered the path I had walked all those days and weeks and months so many years ago.

Jake and I went to Olive Garden for lunch to celebrate 20 years of marriage. Love me some chicken parmigiana. After lunch, we browsed around Kohl’s, where I got some new running shoes and a pineapple corer. Random, yes? But I’ve been wanting to pick one up. We stopped by Barnes & Noble next. It’s been a while since we did that. I used to go there all the time when the kids were younger and I needed a break. I would browse, get coffee, sit and write in my journal. Every once in a while, I would buy a book just because I liked the cover and the blurb on the back. Now that I have published books of my own, I appreciate books even more. So much work to get them to their place on those shelves in Barnes & Noble. Maybe one day one of mine will find its way there, too.

That week, Goodbye, Magnolia was on sale for 99¢ and by Friday morning, I discovered that it had moved up the best seller charts to #9 in Christian Contemporary Romance in both the Books and eBooks lists. Such a blessing. And I was excited to see it right next to The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay, whose books I adore. Magnolia hung out there in the Top 100 all weekend. It was a lot of fun!

We spent the weekend with Jake’s Mom and our nieces, but I just didn’t feel like myself and ended up not being very energetic. The kids spent a lot of time outside, except when it rained, and Chloe and Scarlett baked brownies with MiMaw to celebrate Zach’s birthday.

We celebrated Zach’s birthday at my parents’ house this past Friday with a movie night (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2) and Jets Pizza. It’s hard to believe my little baby boy is 15 years old already. Soon he will be driving and I don’t even want to think about graduation and going off to college, but it’s inching closer with each passing day.

This week was also about Chloe’s middle school open house. She got her schedule, her school pictures taken, her locker found and opened (several times) and decorated. She ran into a bunch of her friends and had to take pictures with them, of course. The halls were a flurry of activity, and it gave me that excited and nervous feeling I used to get when it was almost time for a new year of school to begin. I’m excited for the year ahead for both the kids. I hope they will learn lots of new things and have great 7th and 10th grade years.

Chloe had an eye exam this week, too, and got new glasses. So cute. She also got contacts for the first time. She’s very excited about them and is getting much better at putting them in and taking them out of her eyes. It took her like 30-45 minutes to do it the first time she tried. She was so frustrated and in tears, but she had to do it before they would let her take the contacts home. Once she did it a couple times, it was no big deal.

As this new school year begins tomorrow, so does my writing schedule. It’s full steam ahead on edits and rewrites for the new book. And I plan to blog more, so stay tuned for that.

i love book bloggers

A few months ago, I decided to reach out to a handful of book bloggers to see if they would be open to reading and reviewing Goodbye, Magnolia for me. My expectations were low as I knew these ladies receive lots of books from major publishers every month and have busy reading schedules, but I was surprised and so impressed to hear back from more than half the bloggers I contacted. Only a few said they were too busy, which I completely understood. But the group of lovely ladies below all said they were more than happy to review my little book. Every one of these ladies has been so kind and I just don’t have enough wonderful words to say about them all.

What does a book blogger do, you ask? They read, read, read a lot of books and share their honest opinions on their blog. Sometimes they host giveaways or author interviews. Mostly they just love books, they love talking about books, sharing what they thought of a book, and spreading the word about new releases.

Not everyone gave my book 5 bright shiny stars, which was expected. Most loved it, some just liked it, one did not care for it. I took everyone’s comments to heart, and it just made me realize how different we all are. We all sit down to read with our own life stories and backgrounds and perspectives. Some people will see my books one way, others will see them from a whole different angle. I get that and I’m fine with it. I appreciate everyone’s honesty. I really do.

I don’t think I could ever be a book blogger. It would be fun to read tons of books for free, but I’m not very good at rating books. I tend to give 4 or 5 stars to every book I read with simple comments like “I loved it!” or “I really liked it!”. :D

I think I’ll just stick with writing books and leave the book blogging to these girls, who are really good at it.


Thank you so much, ladies. I can’t say it enough.

Also want to give a shout out to my launch team girls, who also shared reviews of my book on their blog when the book launched in May.
Thanks to Anita, Laura and Nicole.

hello, monday

This week, I started reading Goodbye, Magnolia again. It’s been weeks since I last touched it, and I find that each time I read through it, I’m further away from the editing mindset and more able to enjoy the story itself. As I’m about to get back into editing the new book, I felt I should read through Magnolia again to make sure that all of the things that happen in Maggie’s story fit with the timeline of the new book. So far so good. Just a couple small things so far that I want to incorporate into Michelle’s story. So excited about this one.

Last night, I was thinking about the young adult novel I want to write next. The story is in my mind and in a very large text file filled with notes about characters and story. I have finally settled on names for the two main characters and I LOVE them! Not sharing yet, but very excited to work on this one, too.

So many stories, so little time. ;)

If you have yet to read either of MY BOOKS, this week would be a great time to pick them up at $1.99 each. Available on Amazon, B&N and iTunes. Click HERE or the “books” tab above if you’re reading from my blog.

4th of July EBOOK sale

The Fourth of July fun is starting early around here with BOTH of my books on sale in EBOOK format for only $2.99 each now thru July 5th.
Go to my BOOKS page to learn what each book is about and choose your eBook format of choice.

One of my favorite scenes in Goodbye, Magnolia takes place on the 4th, where Maggie has joined her family and friends to watch the fireworks at the lake house owned by Simon’s uncle. It’s the perfect summer evening – lawn chairs and blankets, fireworks, bonfires, hanging your feet over the edge of a dock down into the cool water, watching boats out on the lake, a bazillion stars in the sky. And, of course, an accidental tumble into the lake with the guy you claim you can’t stand. ;)

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy precious time with family and friends. Stay safe.


give me coffee

I’m tired today. Very tired. I woke at 3:45 am and could not stop thinking about my new book. I just laid there staring at the ceiling, listening to the hum of the fan in our room, thinking about each part of this character’s story and how I was going to transition from one major event in her life to the next in a way that makes readers understand her and not want to smack her. She really does some stupid things sometimes. The basics of her story are there now. And I think readers of Goodbye, Magnolia will really like certain scenes. I think you could read this one without reading Magnolia first, but there will be an added clarity to this story if you know Maggie’s story first. So I think I’m going to consider it a series and call this Book #2.

I think I finally drifted back to sleep around 5:45, but my alarm went off at 6:30 a.m. because I had to follow my mom to the auto repair shop, where she had to leave her car to get fixed after a deer ran full speed into the side of it. So, I’m pretty much a zombie and will be drinking several cups of coffee to get me through this day.

Only one more day to enter the GIVEAWAY! Ends tomorrow at midnight.

And only five more days to get the eBook for the introductory price of $4.99 before it goes up to regular price.

quiet blog = new book progress

It’s been a little quiet here on the blog lately. After a full week of blasting social media with the book release, I was a little burned out. But I’m still here. Working away on the next book. And I’m so excited by all the sweet messages I’ve been getting from those of you who have finished Goodbye, Magnolia. So much love for my characters and their story. I’m so happy that it’s been so well received.

But now is the hard part. Getting my book into lots of people’s hands. For me, this is the downside of choosing to self publish because I’m a complete introvert, through and through. I was not born to sell things. It’s not in me.

So, if you enjoyed the book, please tell your friends. Word of mouth is the best way to get it onto lots of people’s summer reading lists. :)

As far as the next book, I hit the 12,000 word mark last night as I ended the fourth chapter, which turned out to be so emotional, I was crying all over my keyboard. I had a very loose idea of where I wanted this book to go, but it has already taken me in different directions than I originally planned. I prayed over this book before I even started typing. I’m used to writing characters that are very like me. But I asked God to help me tell this character’s story because she comes from a completely different place in life. I think it will be a bit of a challenge to put myself in her shoes for a while, but I know we’ll grow together.

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:



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