Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Everyone loves frozen custard!




Too cute!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Do You Review?

So many people, myself included, buy and read a book then move on without another thought. Whether you enjoyed the book or not, leaving a review is so helpful, not only to other potential readers but to the author as well. Reviews don't have to be long or professionally edited ; >) Anything you liked or didn't like about the book will be beneficial to the next person who's considering reading it.

It could possibly even help the author improve his or her writing. If there are things that you really enjoyed or didn't enjoy about the book, leaving a quick review noting a couple of things, good and/or bad, might draw the author's attention to something they hadn't noticed before. Perhaps even leading to changes that make the book or future writings even better.

Not much can be done about personal taste. If you don't like the style of writing or if there is too much or too little of things you are or aren't looking for (sex, drugs, violence), it's okay to make mention of that in your review, too. It might help someone else decide if the book is something they want to read. I think it's only fair to mention in the review that the book was well written (if it was), just not something you enjoyed.

I think the main thing to remember is that every book is written by a human being. Please be kind in your reviews! You don't have to sugar coat anything but you don't have to tear the work to shreds either. ; >) A simple "The book had too many typos for my taste." as opposed to "The book must have been written by a five year because no adult could write that bad." would be good. The first statement can be improved upon. The second, well unless the book was written by a five year old, that's just degrading the author without adding any useful input that could help improve the work.

If you usually don't, start leaving a review for every book you buy. "Great plot." "Great characters." "Slow start." "Lots of typos." If you feel like leaving something longer and more detailed, all the better! If you already do leave reviews, that's great! I'm sure every author you've left a review for appreciated it! (Unless it's the five year old comment from above. ;>)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Are you ready for Christmas? Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah 9:6
King James Version (KJV)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Monday, December 9, 2013

FREE Holiday Fonts

FREE Holiday Fonts

There are a lot of fun fonts for Christmas here. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Scinegue Series

Buy books 1 and 2 now to get ready for book 3, The Forest!

Book one, Scinegue, introduces us to Billy and Sarah Roth and the secretive company Billy works for, appropriately named Scinegue. Coded messages and an evil conspiracy take Billy and Sarah through a whirlwind of revelations and hard choices.

Book two, The Pledge, finds evil targeting the Roth's unborn child! Evil has an assignment and is determined to complete it. Billy, with help from The Protectors, is even more determined to stop it. Even if it means walking away from his destiny.

Book three, The Forest, opens with a wedding and ends with a funeral. In between, Scinegue is under attack by a eugenics company with evil intent. It wants Scinegue's medical records in order to target those people for elimination. The Protectors are once again busy trying to track down the evil and find a way to stop it. Even at great loss to themselves.

I hope you'll enjoy all three books. Leave a comment and let me know which is your favorite. And don't forget to leave a review on Amazon or wherever you purchase your books!

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Treasured Christmas Tradition

The Christmas season is a wonderful time for upholding annual traditions and starting new ones. One of my favorite 'traditions' started as a craft project when my girls were little bitty. I would make a batch of what we called salty dough (I'll add a recipe at the end) and instead of hand prints we made foot prints. I then made them into Christmas tree ornaments!

(Yes, the ornaments are heavy. They put a pretty big strain on the branches the last time we had a real tree. I have no trouble with them on our artificial tree, though.)

I love to pull out the prints every year and marvel at how tiny my girls were.

Not exactly a tradition you probably want to start if your 'little' one already wears a size 10, but if those feet are still little bitty, trust me, it makes for a fun memory.

Salty dough recipe:

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Mix the ingredients (This is also a fun dough for the kids to play with if they don't have issues with gluten. If you're making it to play with, you can divide it and add some food coloring to make it even more fun.)

Add a bit more flour or water to get a good consistency for the dough. Shape the dough the way you want it. I used circles and rectangles but stars or hearts would be nice too.

Capture your little wiggly one (or was it only mine who were wiggly?!). Press their foot gently but firmly into the dough and make sure you're happy with the print. If not, just smush up the dough and start over. If so, add a small hole to the top for the ribbon and it's time to dry your print.

You can patiently wait for it to air dry or pop it in a 250 degrees F oven for about 2 hours (Time will vary depending on thickness so just keep an eye on it.)

When it's really dry (maybe even wait a day or two), paint it with acrylic paint in the color you choose (I used gold). When that dries you can add any information you want to the front or back with a paint pen: name, date, age, a bible verse?

Thread a ribbon through the hole and you're ready to add a new ornament to the tree and a new tradition to your holidays. Repeat every year until those little feet just aren't quite as cute ; >) and you'll make some memories you'll treasure forever.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Looking for a 'cozy suspense'?

The Scinegue series might be just what you're looking for.

Books 1 and 2, Scinegue (The Scinegue Series (Book 1))
and The Pledge, are available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Nobles and iBooks.

Book 3, The Forest, is in the editing stages and should be released early next year. Give the series a shot and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Can clean (or cozy) books be successful?

I'm counting on it! ; >)

I love to read and will read almost anything (almost) but over the years I've realized I don't like reading a book that leaves my stomach in knots from stress or fear. Life can be stressful enough without adding fictitious drama to it.

With the Scinegue series I've tried to write books about things that could really happen (probably wouldn't happen, but could) but without capitalizing on the violence and/or sex or just plain horror that sometimes really does happen in real life.

Okay, so I just lost a bunch of readers right there who are looking for just those things that I'm trying to minimize in my books. And that's okay. We all have different tastes. What I'm hoping is that there are others out there with tastes similar to mine. People who want to read stories that aren't squeaky clean with unicorns and rainbows (huh? guess that's how I picture something REALLY happy ; >) but clean enough that they aren't stress inducing.

***I've found myself getting a little emotional with the ending I've written for The Forest, the 3rd book in The Scinegue Series. But...I don't think I'm stressed and I really don't think the writing will cause stress for anyone else, even though it is kind of involved. At least it is for me...

I can't wait to release The Forest so I can get some feedback on how others are affected by it. Will anyone be stressed by it? Touched? Bored?! (Yikes! I hope not.)

I'm writing stories that I like to read and that's what makes writing fun. I'm so happy to share them with others who enjoy them too!

Do you choose to read or write clean fiction? What are your reasons?