Saturday, July 3, 2021

Regaining Mercy Release Week Fun

It's release week for Regaining Mercy by Carolyn Miller! It's hard to believe this is the last book for Elnora Island. It's been quite an adventure and I hate for it to end. However, luckily there are three more islands to visit and lots of adventure to experience. Carolyn's story follows a young mother who has gone on a TV reality show, so this week all the authors are discussing reality shows they have watched. Keep scrolling to find out about which reality shows I've watched and to find out more about Regaining Mercy.

Reality TV you watch them? Enjoy them? I've had several that I've watched, but most I've eventually lost interest in. Bachelor was one I watched for a while. It was interesting for the first few seasons, but I ultimately grew weary of how shallow the relationships became or the fact most of the couples ended up breaking up after the show. Another I watched was survivor, but after a while the drama between the people on the show made me lose interest. I also watched the Biggest Loser for a while and liked it.

One show I am enjoying right now is Alone. Ten people are sent off to a secluded area completely alone and have to survive as long as they can without tapping out. I enjoy outdoor activities with my family like camping and hiking, so this show is interesting to me. They have to build a shelter, and find water and food. It also shows tips for how people can stay alive in a survival situation.

So there are some shows I have watched. What about you?

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About the Book...

A mom ready to do anything for her son. A man determined to win the woman he loves.

Going on Love at First Glance had seemed like such a good idea. She didn’t care about finding Mr. Right. No, Mindy Murray chose the reality TV show for more mercenary reasons.  A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do when it comes to feeding her son.

When Mindy returns to Elnora, the girl from the “wrong side of the island” just wants a chance to rebuild her reputation. Too bad the folks at church don’t practice what the preacher preaches.

Enter Dermott Reilly. The interim boss at Greener Gardens has always had a soft spot for Mindy and her son, but with his new responsibilities, an important garden competition, and a few other concerns, he finds it difficult to prove himself to her.

A tropical storm and a missing child prove that sometimes grace appears in the most unusual ways.

Regaining Mercy concludes the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series, featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

Thank you for taking time to read about Regaining Mercy. Please follow the tour and enter in the giveaway below! Blessings!

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Stealing the First Mate: Release Week Fun!

This is release week for book 11 in the Independence Islands Series! Stealing the First Mate by Tabitha Bouldin, is a story about best friends, so this week we're talking about that. Please read about my best friend below, learn more about the book, and remember to enter in the giveaway! Also, remember to follow the tour this week for more chances to win. :)

Best Friends...

I have many friends who are special to me. Some friends I have known from childhood and keep in contact with. There are some that have moved away, but we still try to keep in touch. However, my best friend who is someone who's been with me my whole life. She is my mom. We have always had a good  mother and daughter relationship, but now that I'm an adult, we are also very good friends. We enjoy quilting together, shopping for fabric, going for walks, talking about good books, and sharing recipes. She's the friend I can talk to about anything and I'm blessed to have her in my life. Do you have a best friend you'd like to share about?

A little more about the book...

Sometimes, happily ever after is as elusive as a pirate's treasure.

Darcy Riggins dove headfirst into the online dating pool and sank. Every time.

Her lifelong dream of becoming a wife and mother becomes more elusive every year. So, taking the lack of a Mr. Right in her life as a decided “No!” from God, Darcy gives up altogether.

Single and happy is not an oxymoron. Right?

Nigel Jones has loved Darcy for ages, but her father (his boss, of course) ordered him to keep his feelings to himself, thanks to a stupid mistake that Darcy (thankfully) doesn’t know about.  Too bad her dad does.

Being single and content turns out to be tougher than Darcy imagined, and when she begins doubting everything she’s ever known, Nigel decides it’s time to admit his mistakes, tell the truth, and trust God for the outcome.

In this “forbidden-love-meets-friends-to-more” novel, Stealing the First Mate continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Stealing the First Mate is now available on Amazon!

Please enter in the giveaway and follow the tour this week!

Tabitha Bouldin - May 25th

Carolyn Miller - May 26th

Chautona Havig - May 27th

Melissa Wardwell - May 28th

Denise Barela - May 29th

Rachel - May - 30th

Sandra Barela - May 31st

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Elnora Monet Release Week Fun!


The Elnora Monet is here! I can't fully express how excited I've been about this new book. To celebrate, all the authors in the Independence Islands Series are sharing our favorite thing to create. So, today I'll be talking about mine, and sharing a little about the new book. Also, please don't forget to enter in the giveaway below, and follow the other authors' blog posts this week for more opportunities to win!

Ever since writing Kendall's story in Her Merriweather Hero, I've been looking forward to sharing about her younger sister. As a writer, it was a challenge creating a character so different from myself. However, in the end, it was fun capturing Carly's outspoken and spontaneous personality. She is a unique character who makes plenty of mistakes, but also has big comebacks. After finding salvation in book one, she is more than ready to discover God's purpose for her future.

When a house call to treat a rich angora cat, leads to meeting a French billionaire, Carly finds him arrogant and moody. However, her curiosity is piqued after discovering an abandoned art studio in Jean-Luc Belshaw's mansion. Seeing the landscape paintings, similar to the style of Monet, reminds Carly of her passion for art.

Art is one of the main themes of The Elnora Monet, because it has always been a passion of mine. Although I haven't painted in years, I still enjoy admiring art in museums. Works by Claude Monet are some of my favorites because of his talent for capturing the changing light. However, there are many different ways to create art, besides painting.

So, what is my favorite thing to create? It's hard to choose just one because I enjoy several different hobbies. Sewing, quilting, making pottery, graphic design, and singing are some of my favorites. However, I'd have to say my top choice is writing. It has been something I've been passionate about since childhood, when I'd create little picture books about my pets. Now as an adult, my love for writing has continued to grow, and creating an inspirational message within my stories is an important aspect of my craft as well. Until recently, I didn't think of it as an art, but now I know differently. While Carly and Luc create beautiful brushstrokes on a canvas, writers create art with words and phrases that paint a vibrant picture in the minds of readers.

What is your favorite thing to create? Please tell me in the comments. 💗

A little more about the book...

Islanders call him the Elnora Monet.

Is that island speak for “pompous, arrogant jerk?”

When Carly Mulligan volunteered to make house calls on Elnora, she never imagined treating the richest cat on the islands. What other feline has his own wing in a mansion like the Belshaw Estate?

After a wrong turn in the mansion, Carly stumbles across a secret room—one filled with incredible paintings. Perhaps there’s something more to the man than she first thought.

Most people envy Jean-Luc Belshaw’s position. The heir to a lucrative business and family fortune, he should have everything he could dream of.

But Luc dreams of days past. Days when he traveled the world with his wife and painted the breathings of his soul disappeared with Angeline’s passing.  Faith and inspiration gone, he wonders if returning to France to take his place in his father’s business is the right thing to do.

Carly has a few relational demons of her own, and she’s reluctant to trust him, but Luc’s paintings draw her in even as his story touches a long-empty place in her heart.

Only God can transform two broken pasts into a work of art.

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The Elnora Monet continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

***Giveaway Below!***

Please follow the rest of the blog posts this week for more chances to win!

Rachel Skatvold - April 27 Tabitha Bouldin - April 28 Carolyn Miller - April 29 Chautona Havig - April 30 Melissa Wardwell - May 1 Kari Trumbo - May 2 Sandy Barela - May 3

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Matchmakers Best Friend Release Fun

Matchmaker's Best Friend by Kari Trumbo releases this week! To celebrate, the authors in the Independence Islands Series are sharing our favorite part of a wedding. Continue reading this post to discover my favorite part and learn more about Kari's new release! Also, don't forget to enter in the giveaway and follow the blog stops all week for more chances to win. 

My Favorite Part About a Wedding:

Being a hopeless romantic, I have always loved weddings. It is hard for me to choose my favorite part, because I love all of it. However, I've chosen one part very high on my list.

My sister was married last summer and I had the privilege of being the maid of honor. Where I was standing provided the perfect view. Not only to see my beautiful sister walk down the aisle, but of her future husband. Seeing how he looked at her with so much love and joy in his eyes was heartwarming. I had a difficult time holding my emotions together and many happy tears were shed while watching my sister start her happily-ever-after. I'll never forget the special moment.

About the Book:

You’re just like a brother to me. I don’t like you in that way.”

When they dated ten years ago as teens, it almost destroyed their friendship. So Pen Reese did the only logical thing.  She lied about how she felt—and still feels—about him.

She’s still paying for that lie.

A brilliant plan to set Mike and a friend up and get over him has one problem.

It’s breaking her heart.

When Pen pushed him away, Mike Gaines assumed she just didn’t understand his faith. People like her persnickety aunt even claim he’s part of a cult—ridiculous, but it’s true. Still, if she wants him to play the part of a big brother, fine. At least he can stay close this way.

At first, Pen’s attempt to set him up with one of her close friends hurts. But what if it’s the perfect opportunity to show her what she’s missing if she sees him with someone else?

In this friends-to-more-meets-second-chance romance, The Matchmaker’s Best Friend continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.


Blog Tour:

Kari Trumbo - March 29th

Rachel Skatvold - March 30th

Tabitha Bouldin - March 31st
Carolyn Miller - April 1st
Chautona Havig - April 2nd
Melissa Wardwell - April 3rd
Celebrate Lit - April 4th

Friday, February 19, 2021

Heart Pressed Release Fun!

It's time for a new book in the Independence Islands Series! Are you ready? I know I am...especially with all the cold weather we've been having in the Midwest. It will be nice to read a story set on an island with warm weather. This week, to celebrate the release of Heart Pressed by Melissa Wardwell, we'll be sharing our best cookie recipes.  Don't forget to enter in the giveaway below and follow the rest of the tour for more chances to win! 

I love classic chocolate chip cookies. It reminds me of my childhood making cookies with my mom. Here's my favorite recipe. The cookies have a nice combination of chewy and a little crispy on the outside. Sometimes it's fun to replace the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips or do half and half. Yum! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

2 cups chocolate chips or peanut butter chips


Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls before combining. For a fluffier cookie, refrigerate dough for half an hour before baking.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

A Little More About Heart Pressed...

Crushes are great for grapes, wine, and romance—not so great for hearts.

The Sweetheart Festival, an Elnora Island institution, has sparked more than a few romances over the years, but who would have thought it would light a fire in two hearts from two of the island’s oldest families. When Amara Martin and Dante Greco meet, sparks fly that may ignite more than romance.

Two wineries, old feuds, generations of traditions.

Seeing the attraction at Amara and Dante’s chance meeting, Beth Stevens and Scott Anderson join forces to do a little matchmaking, not realizing the pressure it would bring to both households and their own hearts. The new couple must decide if they will adhere to tradition or break free from expectations and choose love. Pressure on every side threatens a love that hasn’t yet had a chance to ripen—for both Amara and Dante as well as for Beth and Scott.

In this “forbidden love” novel, Heart Pressed continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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Before you go, Be sure you check out the other posts from the author’s and enter their giveaways:
Melissa Wardwell – Feb 23
Kari Trumbo – Feb. 24
Rachel Skatvold – Feb. 25
Tabitha Bouldin – Feb. 26
Carolyn Miller – Feb 27
Chautona Havig – Feb. 28
Sandra Barela (Celebrate Lit) - March 1

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Bookers on the Rocks Release Week Fun

The release for Bookers on the Rocks by Chautona Havig is this week! To celebrate, all the authors in the Independence Islands Series thought it would be fun to share some of our best marriage advice. Read mine below and don't forget to check out the other posts in the blog tour! Please enter in the giveaways, too! 

What Canoeing Taught Me About Marriage...

Of all places to learn something new about my marriage, I never thought it would be on a Niangua River canoe trip. 

About four years ago, when my sister invited us to go on a camping and canoe trip with her family in the Ozarks, I was excited for a fun weekend getaway. My oldest, then about six was thrilled about the prospect of a canoe ride while my youngest, about three and scared of water, wasn't enthused at all. However, after a while he calmed down and fell asleep in the canoe, but that's another story.

I sat in the front, while my husband sat in the back, with the kids in the middle. Not canoeing for several years, we were in for quite a learning curve. At first we were all over the river, trying to stay in a straight line. We were actually working against each other without realizing it.

When we reached the rapids, I would see an obstacle and try paddling as much as I could to avoid it and thinking my husband saw the obstacle too, but my paddles had little impact in the front of the canoe. As a result we'd end up going sideways or end up stuck on a rock. It didn't take long for us to become frustrated with each other. It wasn't until we started communicating that we were able to keep the canoe straight. I had the best view from the front, so when an obstacle came, it was my job to tell my husband in the back so he could make the wide turn to avoid it. At the end of our trip, I couldn't help thinking canoeing was almost like marriage counseling. We had to learn to communicate effectively to make it down the river successfully.

Being an introvert, communicating has never been my strong suit, however in a marriage it's vital. I used to keep my concerns bottled up inside, afraid of causing an argument or undue stress on my spouse. However, I learned talking to my husband about things helped our marriage to bloom. The crazy thing is, there is always something new to learn about him, even though we've been married for thirteen years. Talking things out, even if I'm worried it might cause a disagreement is worth it, because we learn more about each other and as a result our relationship becomes deeper and stronger. Communication really is one of the keys to a happy marriage...and occasionally maybe a weekend canoe trip. 😀

A little more about Bookers on the Rocks...

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If it ain’t broke, why’s she so intent on fixing it?

Tessa Booker hates romance.

For twenty-five years, Tessa Booker has insisted that romance is something Hollywood cooked up to sell books and movies. Yes, she knows the word existed before movies.  She doesn’t care. That’s her story, and she’s sticking to it.

So when Ross gets a gentle nudge from Mallory Barrows to look into what Tessa’s doing every day while he’s at work, he discovers a romance in the works–one that sounds a little too “ripped from the pages” of his life!

Who is this woman, and what has she done with his wife? 

Armed with advice from 101 Ways to Romance Your Wife and a copy of the manuscript he printed while she was napping, he’s determined to figure out what’s up with his wife… and if maybe a little romance wouldn’t be a good thing after all.

In a twist of the “on the rocks trope,” this book introduces the next island in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.


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Chautona Havig – Jan 26

Melissa Wardwell – Jan 27

Kari Trumbo – Jan 28

Rachel Skatvold – Jan 29

Tabitha Bouldin – Jan 30

Carolyn Miller – Jan 31

Sandy Barela – Feb 1

Friday, December 11, 2020

Restoring Fairhaven Release Week Fun

It's release week for Restoring Fairhaven, book six in the Independence Islands Series. To celebrate with author, Carolyn Miller, we thought we'd have a garden party, showing off our own gardens, sharing gardening tips and more. Today, I'll be sharing a little about low maintenance gardening with children. Look at my pictures and post below. Also, don't forget to read more about Restoring Fairhaven and sign up for the giveaway! :)    

Around my house, we have lots going on all time. When I'm not busy writing or homeschooling, there is always some project to work on. However, we still love having pretty flowers around our house and my kids love to help plant and water them. For us, the best flowers are perennials or hardy annuals that don't constant maintenance. Today, I'd like to talk about some of my favorite flowers to have in our flowerbeds and planters. 

My 3 Favorite Annuals...

1. Begonias

These are pretty flowers, coming in dark pink and white. I love how they really fill out a planter and last all spring and summer. I also enjoy their dark green leaves. They make a nice addition to my rock garden when planted in pots.

2. Petunias

These are not quite as hardy, but so beautiful with big blooms! There are many different colors, but for this particular year, my youngest picked these pretty pink ones out for me. They last until about mid summer and then start dying off a little. They do need a little shade too. 

3. Marigolds

I love how vibrant these flowers are all season long. This year, mine lasted until late October. They love sun and I've also heard they help keep away insects, because of their smell.


Along with the bright and easy to care for annuals, we also love perennials that some back every year. For mother's day this year, my husband and kids made me a new flowerbed and these are some of the perennials we chose. 

1. Salvia

These are by far my favorite. I love their rich purple color and they come back bigger every year. 

2. Graffiti

This was our first year trying these. Their magenta blooms are very pretty, but unfortunately, they were overtaken by some other flowers in our garden and didn't thrive as much as I thought. I hope they return next year. 

3. Lantana

These were the rock stars of our garden this year. We bought this color and some pink ones. They are a bushy plant and very hardy. I'm excited to see them return in the spring. 

4. Wildflowers

My husband wanted to try some wildflower seeds this year and I was surprised at how beautiful they turned out. However, I wouldn't recommend having them in a flowerbed with smaller plants. By summertime they overtook most of the garden. I think we'll still plant them, next year, but in a different area of our property.

Thanks so much for participating in the blog party for Carolyn Miller's new release! Please scroll down to learn more about the book and enter in the giveaway!

More About Restoring Fairhaven...

Love hurts, or so the songs say, so who wants it?

Taking on her ailing father’s gardening business on Merriweather Island, Samantha Green only wants to escape her ex and to make her father proud.

But Sam gets more than she bargained for when Greener Gardens accepts the job of restoring the gardens of a reclusive writer, Max Fairhaven, whose historical novels about romance and unrequited love litter bookstore shelves and movie marquees all over the world.

Max much prefers the fictional world to the real, and the gardening girl’s interruptions means he’s driven from his writing cave far too often for his liking.

How’s he supposed to craft stories with her distracting him all the time?

Things change when he learns something of Sam’s family challenges, and his admiration slowly kindles. With his secretary’s goading, he’s forced to confront the past, while facing the fact that he needs to change in order to avoid a lonely future.

Gentle pruning and a whole lot of banter forges a friendship between this not-so-Southern belle landscaper and the half-British author. But is their budding attraction enough to grow into a flourishing happily-ever-after?

Restoring Fairhaven is the final “Merriweather book,” but don’t forget to embark on a tour of the next island in this series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Island Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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 Follow the tour throughout the week to enter in the giveaways!

Carolyn Miller – December 8

Chautona Havig – December 9

Melissa Wardwell – December 10

Kari Trumbo – December 11

Rachel Skatvold – December 12

Tabitha Bouldin – December 13