Posts Tagged ‘family saga’

Spend Three Days (or so) on Mimosa Lane…Win a Kindle PaperWhite!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Three Days on Mimosa Lane BLOG TOUR Time! Grand Prize…

WIN a Kindle PaperWhite ;o)

Follow me to the stops below (dates at the end of the post), learn more about Three Days, leave a comment (a RAVE, if you like the book, LOL!, but any comment will do) and you’re in the running for a new reader. And at every stop I’m giving away a digital copy of the best-selling Book 2 of my Seasons Of The Heart series.

Let’s celebrate this amazing new book!

The Instructions:

  1. Visit each of the below stops and leave a comment (you’re automatically in the running to win a free digital copy of TDoML!).
  2. Register for the giveaway at the bottom of this Book Monster’s Post…keep scrolling down, you’ll see the place.
  3. IF YOU DON’T REGISTER, YOU’RE NOT ENTERED, even if you comment on all posts.

Now for the pretty blog tour graphic I’d LOVE for you to share ;o)

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The Guest Post List

Visit them all and comment
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August 19th

Book Monster Reviews

So Many Reads…So Little Time

August 20th

Darker Passions

Sassy Book Lovers

August 21st

Kelly P’s Blog

August 22nd

Miscellaneous Thoughts of A Bookaholic

August 23rd

Flirting with Romance

August 25th


“Real” Family… Real sacrifice. What’s that about?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

What wouldn’t you sacrifice for the ones you love? What makes family real? Small communities are so beautiful and picturesque…but what’s going on under the surface?


When I create and explore character, current events inspire me and challenge them. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles must be tackled, for the families in my books to be happy and succeed. And isn’t that pretty much a slice of every day life for the rest of us, too? We learn what life and family and love are really about, when we’re faced with the very real possibility of losing everything.

We see who and what we really are, by how we respond to life’s unpredictable curves and twists.

I love flawed families. I write happily-ever-after, but I do it as realistically as possible–which means I hold my characters feet to the fire a bit more than the average writer. My heroine in Three Days on Mimosa Lane, Sam Perry, and her husband Brian have fought their way back from an unimaginable tragedy–Sam witnessed 9/11 first-hand, as a preschool teacher in one of the many schools at the base of the World Trade Center Complex. She’s still wounded by her experience, but she’s still fighting for the life she wants, the way the rest of us must get up each day and struggle to make that day mean more than the last. Her struggles and her determination to overcome them are inspiring. Her marriage seems strong, if strained, and she’d do anything to become the kind of mother her children deserve. Anything?, I find myself asking…

How far is Sam really willing to go? As she and Brian face the truth about what their next step together needs to be, will they step up or back away?

Are any of us really ready to win the freedom we’ve always wanted–when it will mean putting everything we’ve thought we needed on the line? Are we ready to see what loving ourselves and our families with all of our hearts can really look and feel like?

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Freedom from past loss and mistakes and fear. Freedom from being chained to confusion and protecting ourselves and failing even when we’re “succeeding.” Freedom from what we are, despite ourselves, so we can claim what we were always meant to be. What would that freedom feel and look and be like? (more…)

Hope for the Holidays: What we think we know…

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

We think we know people. We think we understand what places and seasons and even holidays mean to us. Then in an instant something shifts that changes our lives forever. We see so much of that these days, on TV news and the Internet and social media. Lives changing with so little warning the new directions they take are riviting and heartbreaking AND inspiring to watch. What do I see when I look at scenes like this? Hope. I see people learning how to come together and become stronger for the community and families they’re making stronger…and learning how to hope in the midst of what should be breaking them.

hope hand candle jar

Holidays can be hard, especially for people who need that “perfect” holiday experience more than others. These are times when we’re looking for a shining light to lead us. We’re wanting a reason to believe. We’re hoping…and praying we won’t be disappointed.

Those are the holiday stories I see and try to tell. The ones where heroes rise out of difficulty and find a way to keep fighting and wanting and believing. As much as pure escape would be nice, it wouldn’t be my ideal. Reality is always there, and I’m looking as a reader and a writer for a reflection of what life is really like when it’s hardest, and THEN what it becomes when we push our way through a difficult time to that rewarding, hopeful moment when we’ve proven to ourselves and the ones we love that everything actually is going to be okay.

hope rhinestones

Christmas on Mimosal Lane is built that way. It’s not a straight ride from a page one to a happy ending. (more…)