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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.

wonderful chaos

“Being a part of the Gilbert family Thanksgiving, complete with several guests of the Bed and Breakfast, was absolutely joyful. There were so many different conversations going on all at once, it was hard to keep track. Claire soaked it all in. Thanksgiving at her grandparents’ house was always a little more subdued. Her family had a good time together, but this was a completely different experience, a wonderful chaos that made her feel warm and happy.”

THE TRUTH ABOUT DREW is on SALE for just 99¢ thru Monday.

I hope your time with family this holiday season is filled with good conversation, laughter, wonderful chaos, and so much love. Hold those you love close, savor your time with them. Don’t let the days go by without letting those you love know it!

Drew is FREE!

The Truth About Drew, my first published novel, came out in 2014. It’s a sweet story of 14 yr. old Claire, who has a quirky best friend, Drew. He’s different than her other friends. He talks differently, speaking only in quotes and clichés and Bible verses. He disappears all the time. Sometimes she turns around and he’s gone. It isn’t until she’s a freshman in high school that it really starts to bother her. Her friends and family have never met him, yet he’s always been there. So she becomes determined to find out who he really is or if she’s going a little crazy, wondering if he’s real. It’s a wonderful story of friendship, family, first love, and Claire’s journey to faith, as well as her finding out who Drew really is.

Today (July 9th) is the first time The Truth About Drew has ever been FREE on Amazon. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll pick up a copy today.

THEN check out the two books in my Cornerstone series, which are only $2.99 each. :)

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!

the truth about drew | 99 pennies

Goodbye, Magnolia has had plenty of sales lately, so I thought it only fair to give Drew a little discount as well.
Now through Sunday, October 4th, The Truth About Drew is only 99¢ on Kindle ebook.
Get The Truth About Drew HERE!

Happy reading!

fall photo finds

Fall is my favorite! I’ve loved the cool breeze, the leaves changing colors, cozy sweatshirt & jeans weather, for as long as I can remember. On Saturday morning, I opened the door and discovered several leaves in shades of red on my back steps and it made me really happy. :)

This morning, as I was browsing through some old photos of locations from The Truth About Drew, I discovered some wonderful fall photos of Chloe that I had forgotten about. I originally shared some location pictures HERE on Pinterest and there are a couple of her up on Mt. Baldy, one of the most important locations in the book, only the bench she’s on is not the one I pictured while writing the book. So today, when I found these, I was ecstatic.

They were taken in mid-October 2010 when Chloe was 7 at Mt. Baldy Scenic Lookout near Hastings.

The railroad tie steps to the top.

And the very bench from the book. :)

I love these so much. Really need to frame the one of her on the bench.

When I look at that bench, I can almost picture Claire and Drew sitting there, her head leaned on his shoulder. This scene comes to mind:

On Sunday afternoon, Claire decided to take a walk up Mt. Baldy. It had been kind of lonely lately without Drew around as much, and she missed his presence. In those quiet moments with him, when no words were necessary, she felt the most like herself. She didn’t really care for the anxious, confused insomniac she had become.

Old leaves from autumns past crunched under her feet as she walked along the familiar path. A squirrel ran across in front of her with a large nut in its mouth. There was rustling in the bushes to her right. Every sound seemed amplified and she was beginning to feel a little paranoid. She had walked this path dozens of times before, but always with Drew. Never alone. Where she normally felt happy and peaceful walking up that hill, now she felt sad and lonely.

She glanced over her shoulder at nothing, then took the old railroad tie steps to the top as quickly as she could. As she pushed past the branches of the big pine tree at the top, she spotted someone sitting on the bench. Her heart nearly burst out of her chest with happiness. She felt like running to embrace him, but she approached slowly, afraid she was dreaming or that it wasn’t actually him. But it was. That sandy blond head of his was bowed forward a bit, his eyes were closed, and it looked as if he was deep in prayer. He opened his eyes and smiled at her without a word.

The Truth About Drew is a young adult novel, but I’ve had so many adults read it and tell me that they were moved to tears. I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already. You can get your copy here:

Thanks, guys! Happy reading!

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.


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

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