Monday, June 1, 2015

#AmWritingChallenge

Here's a fun Photo Challenge for June (for Instagram, Twitter or Facebook):

I'm going to participate in a Twitter (and sometimes FB) Challenge called #AmWritingChallenge.

Each day, I will post an image following a calendar of ideas (see schedule below). For example, June 1st will be "From Where I Write" and will feature the view from my writing area, or what's around me. I'll encourage my fellow author friends and their readers to participate on as many of the days they can with the hashtag #AmWritingChallenge. I hope you will join us and share a bit about what being an author looks like!

If you're up for it, I'd love for you to join me in the June Challenge posting as many times as you can throughout the month.


view from where I write

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Family Reunion!

Oh the last couple of days have been fantastic! This is the first time in nearly three years that all of my children have been home at the same time. Love them!!! Here are a couple of snapshots:

 
 
 




 
 
Families are awesome. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Idaho Writers Guild Presentation

I truly believe that when you steep a scene with contrasting goals, emotions, or ideals, the imbedded tension will keep the reader engaged and turning pages. Tuesday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Idaho Writers Guild Literary Luncheon, and together, we discussed "Infusing TENSION Into Your Writing." Here are a few snapshots of the event:





Monday, May 18, 2015

School Visits - The Best Thing Ever!

I had an absolutely wonderful time today with the 8th Grade Book Club out at Sawtooth Middle School in Meridian, Idaho. The librarians were delightful, and the students had the best questions ever! And ... oh, my ... their plot suggestions for a sequel to WHO R U REALLY? were fantastic! (But no, for now a sequel is not in the works.)

Thanks ... you guys were AWESOME!!


 
 
If you'd like me to come and visit with your school, library, or other group ... click on the "appearances" tab above for more information. I'd love to come and speak with your group.

TAINTED DREAMS by @ChristiCorbett

Interested in #reading a great new historical fiction #book? Then check out TAINTED DREAMS by my gal pal and critique partner, Christi Corbett!!!


 
 
Title: Tainted Dreams
Author: Christi Corbett
Series Info: Tainted Dreams is the standalone sequel to Along the Way Home.
Genre: Historical Western Romance/Frontier and Pioneer Romance
Tagline: They survived the Oregon Trail, but claiming a legacy would be their biggest challenge yet…

 

Back cover copy:
Sometimes, the end justifies the means…
Kate Davis arrived into Oregon City transformed from a pampered daughter of fortune into a determined woman with a plan--fulfill her father's dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory.
She quickly discovers a harsh truth--even thousands of miles from home, on an unsettled land America doesn't yet own or govern, gender still takes precedence over ability. Refusing to be ruled once again by the stifling laws and societal norms she'd escaped by leaving Virginia, Kate begins creatively claiming what is rightfully hers.
Until a visit to the land office changes everything.
Jake Fitzpatrick guided Kate across the Oregon Trail, and fell in love with her along the way. Now he wants to marry her and build a life together, but a ruthless man from Jake's past threatens to reveal a dark secret, and destroy everything he's worked so hard to achieve.

 

Excerpt : (Jake, Kate, and two people they rescued on the Oregon Trail, William and Margaret, have entered Oregon City. They are looking for the hotel.)

At the end of the block a man burst from the saloon and stumbled into the street, stopping mere inches from Jake's horse, Plug. Instead of backing away, the man lurched forward and reached for Jake's saddle horn.

"Hey there!" Jake said. Raising his left leg, he ignored the resulting twinge of pain and shoved the stranger aside with his boot heel. "Watch it!"

The man drew back and stared at him, his eyes bloodshot and unfocused. He raised an unsteady finger, slurred an unintelligible response, and then fell face-­first into a patch of mud.

"Drunken fool," Jake muttered, then faced the others. "Let's keep moving."

High-­pitched squealing foiled his plan.

On the upper deck of the saloon a horde of harlots stood clustered together, giggling and shrieking as they pointed toward him. Clenching his jaw, he focused on the street ahead, all the while hoping Kate didn't notice one woman in particular who'd separated herself from the others and was now hanging over the railing, calling him by name.

Jake pressed his boot heels into Plug's side, urging him to a steady trot. Thankfully the others followed and they quickly left the saloon behind.

Minutes later, Kate motioned to the end of the street. "William, we're running out of road and I still don't see a hotel."

William pulled a rumpled paper from his pocket. He studied it briefly and then eyed the surrounding buildings. "My uncle sent me a rough sketch of where it's located, but there are so many new buildings, it's useless. Jake, do you know where it's at?"

Jake shook his head. "There wasn't a hotel the last time I was here."

"Perhaps one of those men sitting in front of the apothecary would know?" Margaret suggested.

"We'll find it ourselves," Jake replied. He led the group around the corner and onto the next street.

Buildings, so new their fresh pine scent still hung in the air, lined one side of the street while the other side held only two—an enormous livery and a two-­story building with the word Hotel prominently displayed on a white sign with black lettering. A matching sign beside a light-­rimmed window read Rooms Available by the Day or Week.

They dismounted, secured their horses to the empty hitching posts in front of the hotel, and headed for the door. William reached for the glass knob, then turned to the others with a worried frown.

"I haven't seen my uncle in over seven years, so I don't know what to expect. Though from what I've observed so far, living out west doesn't seem to improve manners." He stepped inside and ushered Margaret and Kate through the doorway. Jake followed them, then stopped cold.

Behind the hotel's front desk sat Theodore Martin—the one man Jake never wanted to see again as long as he lived.



About the Author:
Christi Corbett, winner of the 2013 RONE Award for Best American Historical novel, lives in a small town in Oregon with her husband and their twin children. The home's location holds a special place in her writing life; it stands just six hundred feet from the original Applegate Trail and the view from her back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the Oregon Territory and beyond.



 
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Buy TAINTED DREAMS from the following retailers:
 
And thanks, Christi, for the sweet shout-out in the acknowledgments:
 
 
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy #Mother's Day from Hawaii

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Not everyone has the blessing of being with their moms for Mother's Day, so BYU-Hawaii students decided to make a tribute for moms with kids who are far away to an arrangement of "Hey Mama" by Kanye West and "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars.


My three kids are in three different states this year, but my sweet daughter is in the video above. I love her TONS and miss her a little. ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

#IWSG: A Boost to My #Writing Esteem

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/

The first Wednesday of the month means it's time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post!

If you've not yet joined this wonderful online group ... check them out: www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

Today, I could share a really long list of my current writing insecurities, but instead, I've decided to share a recent boost to my writing esteem. ;)


http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/04/19/3760190/idahoan-bases-gripping-novel-on.html
 
 
There's nothing quite like getting a write-up in the newspaper! Thanks, Idaho Statesman!
 
 
Have a fantastic week. Write something ... good, bad, or ridiculous ... just write!
 
 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Zapkode Marie & Zen Habits

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @Zapkodemarie  & @zen_habits



Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


Z is for Zapkode Marie and Zen Habits.


Zapkode Marie has a delightful book blog called Just One More Chapter. She regularly features book reviews and is a great contributor to the blogging community. I thoroughly enjoy reading her reviews.


Zen Habits is a calming site - and what a perfect way to end the A to Z Challenge! The site reads,
"Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. ... Zen Habits features a couple powerful articles a week on: simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment."
 



Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = Yvonne Ventresca & YA Asylum

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @YvonneVentresca & YA Asylum


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next set of bloggers.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


Y is for Yvonne Ventresca and YA Asylum.

Yvonne Ventresca is a wonderful YA author, but she is also an advocate for teen writing. In a recent post, she shared details about other sites that also support teen writing. During the A to Z Challenge, Yvonne is sharing productivity tips - - - which I think we can all benefit from! ;)

YA Asylum is a fantastic book blog. The site reads, "YA Asylum is a collaboration book blog with a focus on young adult. We have way too many books for our own good, but are constantly adding to our TBR shelves. YA Asylum is a book blog with a touch of horror, since we’re all lovers of the genre."  


Please take two minutes to stop by these two awesome blogs and thank them for all they contribute to the blogosphere!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Best #Bloggers = XoXo Book Blog

Featured for today's #AtoZChallenge: @ilovebooks1117


Over the years I've learned so much, made so many friends, and been uplifted by so many great bloggers! As a result, I'm recognizing some of the best bloggers for this year's A to Z Challenge. These bloggers have shared knowledge, promotions, jokes, guidance, support, and more. Scroll on down to meet the next blogger.

To the BEST BLOGGERS in the world - I say, "Thank you!"


X is for XoXo Book Blog.

I love blogs that support writers and readers, and Mel over at XoXo Book Blog does just that! She regularly features book reviews, giveaways, and book tours. So hop on over there and check out her current giveaways, and if you're a writer who needs a book reviewed - send her a request.


Please take a minutes to stop by this awesome blog and thank her for all she contributes to the blogosphere!