Saturday, September 26, 2020

Secret Beach Boyfriend Launch: Choose Your Party Table

Exciting news! Kari Trumbo's new book in the Independence Island Series is coming out soon! To celebrate, all the authors in the series are sharing their themed table decorations. Be sure to vote for yours by clicking on the links below. 

Without further's my themed table. I chose the farm theme because that is the theme of my kitchen and we live out in the country. We love having lots of room to run, fresh air, and love raising chickens and growing a garden.

Many of the items on my party table have a special meaning for me, so I will go through all six of them to explain. This will be fun! I hope you enjoy!

1 & 2. Something Floral / A Gift : These farm vases were a wonderful housewarming gift from my mom. When my husband and I had two wonderful boys, we started dreaming of moving somewhere with a little more room. So, three years ago we moved out to the country and love it. We don't miss the city at all, except for the grocery stores being close...LOL. 

3. Something unique to me: I love collecting chicken figurines. One of the things I looked forward to the most about our move to the country was getting chickens. So....within a few months after moving in, we got five little hens. Now our flock has grown to nine! We love our girls. They give us fresh eggs and provide hours of entertainment with their quirky personalities. If you read my books, you might see a few chickens included in my stories. 

4. Something Crystal: This crystal dish was given to me by my mother in law. It is a very pretty addition to my china cabinet and a wonderful family heirloom from my husband's side.
5. Something Gold: This beautiful tea cup and saucer set was passed down from my grandmother. You can't see very well in this picture, but the handle and rim are lined with gold. These are very special to me and remind me of Grammy. She loved to play the piano and had a very strong faith in the Lord. 
6. Something that represents my writing Part 1: My upcoming Independence Island release! I can't wait to share this one with you all. 

7. Something that represents my writing Part Two: My writing notebook is something I carry around when I travel. When my computer isn't present, I have to record my ideas somewhere right? LOL! As a writer, ideas are always coming to me, no matter where I am...yes, even on vacation, when I'm not supposed to be writing. 

Thanks so much for looking at the items on my party table. Don't forget to vote for your favorite on Sandy's Post below.

Follow the links below to see each table setting and enjoy the fun.

Chautona Havig

Kari Trumbo

Tabitha Bouldin

Caroline Miller

Sandy Barela of CelebrateLit

Six authors, five islands, and all the romance and happily-ever-after you can handle.

Join Chautona Havig, Kari Trumbo, Rachel Skatvold, Tabitha Bouldin, Carolyn Miller, and myself as we take you to the Independence Islands.

The Independence Islands are a group of seven fictional islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Their history began pre-colonial period and continues until this day.

Mimosa is large, touristy, and everything the lower five islands don’t want theirs to become.  However, locals do miss having some of the amenities that come with higher populations and those dratted tourists. They’ve always voted to keep strangers from destroying their tranquil lives, but with a changing world, will they have to adapt to modern revenue makers?

When Mallory Barrows comes to the island to care for her ailing uncle, (Christmas at Breakers Point by Chautona Havig) a plan begins to develop to help the islanders and a few savvy businesswomen at the same time with a one-of-an-island kind of business model.

Mobile Businesses

Merriweather collection

Starting July 2020

Dual Power of Convenience by Chautona Havig

All they wanted was a happily-never-after. It was supposed to be a match made on paper. With him halfway across the globe, they’d never have to see each other again. So what’s Richard doing back on Merriweather?”

Scrumptious Independence by Melissa Wardwell

Armed with an inheritance she never expected and orders on how to use it, Beth sets off for Merriweather Island and fulfillment of a lifetime of dreams.

Or so she hopes.”

Secret Beach Boyfriend by Kari Trumbo

She met Rafe on the beach when she was just five and it seemed like fate tied them together. When a chance encounter returns him to the islands twenty years later, Annie finds her beach friend has grown up and now needs her help.”

Her Merriweather Hero by Rachel Skatvold

Falling in love wasn’t in Tyler’s orders, but a new deployment to Iraq is. How can he convince Kendall not to go AWOL when she hears? What can he do to convince her that they’ll make it… together?”

Mishaps Off the Mainland by Tabitha Bouldin

Everything’s falling apart, and Mel’s dream transforms into a nightmare. She thought this was what God wanted for her life, but can you blame her for second-guessing everything?”

Restoring Fairhaven by Carolyn Miller

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?”

I hope you will sail along with us as we travel through the islands. It is sure to keep you entertained and wanting more. Stop back for more information as it comes available, this journey will last for a quite some time. Until then, feel free to pre-order these amazing stories and share images. Let’s spread the word.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Launch for Scrumptious Independence by Melissa Wardwell


 Welcome to the 3rd day of our week long “foodie” kick off for Scrumptious Independence. We hope you have been enjoying each stop and had fun casting your votes.

Today, we thought it would be fun to vote for your favorite dessert. Look at each picture below, then click on the giveaway to cast your vote!

Before you go…have you seen all the fun in Scrumptious? Be sure to check it out HERE

Annnnddddd…..Christmas on Breakers Point on Audiobook? Yes, please! Find out more about that HERE

Next month’s release for the Island Series is Kari Trumbo’s Secret Beach Boyfriend. Want to know more? Check it out HERE

Rachel's Dessert
Strawberry Shortcake

Sandy's Dessert
Cherry Pie

Kari's Dessert
Rhubarb Blueberry Crisp

Chautona's Dessert
Lavender Blueberry Icecream

Carolyn's Dessert

Tabitha's Dessert
Ice Cream Brownie Sundae

Melissa's Dessert
No Bake Cheesecake


If you haven’t had a chance to visit the other stops to enter their giveaways by voting on their “foodie” items, click on each link below!


Day 1 (today) you will “best meal” plate right here, with Melissa Wardwell

Day 2 you will vote for your favorite place to go when we don’t want to cook with Kari Trumbo

Day 3 you will vote for your favorite dessert with Rachel Skatvold (ME!)

Day 4 you will vote for your favorite kitchen gadget with Tabitha Bouldin

Day 5 you will vote for your “favorite meal” with Carolyn Miller

Day 6 you will vote for your “go to spice” with Chautona Havig


Don’t forget to enter to win by clicking on the link below to cast your vote for your favorite dessert below!


Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentine's Countdown: Day 13

What is your idea of the perfect date?

For me, often the most inexpensive dates with my husband have been my favorite. The location doesn’t matter as much as the person I am with.

My husband and I first met at church in the young adult Sunday school group. We were both too shy to speak to each other at first. However, after a few months, one of my friends mentioned he wanted to ask me out on a lunch date after church to get to know me better. Imagine my disappointment when I came down with the flu, laryngitis and a bad eye infection on the morning he was going to ask me out! He was sweet enough to give me a call to see how I was doing and promised we would reschedule lunch for a later date.

When I recovered, I couldn’t wait for another free weekend. Instead, I ask him out on a date, since our first attempt didn’t work out. It was an unseasonably warm day in February, so I packed a picnic lunch for two and we had our first date at the park on his lunch break from work. Afterwards, we walked the trail around the park together, talking and laughing about everything under the sun. To my amazement, we were no longer shy around each other. It was a simple date, but my absolute favorite. We were engaged eight months later.

Leave a comment below with your favorite date story! ❤

Click Here to Pre-Order for 99 cents!

Now, I’d like to share about my new book. A Searching Heart is a stand-alone Valentine’s Day story in the Whispers in Wyoming Series. For a limited time, this book is available for pre-order for only 99 cents! Read below, for a summary of my new story. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a blessed Valentine’s week!

Can a lost heart find a new home?

Non-profit business owner, Hannah Evans, enjoys her busy life in London helping families in need. Planning out every little detail of her schedule in a worn leather planner is her favorite pastime. Yet, when an unexpected phone call turns her life upside down, she makes a spur of the moment choice to visit her friend Charly in the United States to gain some perspective.

When Hannah arrives in Wyoming, she never expects to run into a past love and get caught up in the chaos of a celebrity wedding taking place at Morgan Stables. Will this organized business woman learn to let go of her plans and open her heart to love for a second time?

Fall in love while reading this sweet valentines tale of faith, second changes and forgiveness.


Also, before you go, don't forget to download a free book! Guardian of Her Heart is FREE for Kindle, February 13th &14th only! Hurry and download your copy now!

Click Here for a Free Kindle Book!

To follow the rest of the Valentine's Countdown and
enter in the giveaway, click the link below!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Lady Airell's Choice Release Day!

I'm so excited about this new release! As you can tell from the cover, I have switched to a new genre this time, but don't worry, I will still be writing contemporary and western stories in the future as well. Lady Airell's Choice is quite different from my previous books, as this one is set in the middle ages. However, it is still a Christian romance and includes themes of faith, forgiveness and redemption. Are you ready to go on an epic medieval adventure with Lady Airell? Read below to find out more about my new release. Blessings!

Will one choice save her kingdom from destruction?

During a time of peace and prosperity, Princess Airell of Daireann is given the rare privilege of choosing her own suitor. As eligible rulers from all over Ardena vie for her hand, a betrothal to Prince Tristan of Ă“rlaith seems to be the clear choice. Yet, in the midst of Lady Airell’s happiness, the winds of change are coming.

When an evil usurper from the north rises to power and his forces attack the southern kingdoms, peace in Ardena is shattered. With Daireann under siege, the princess must find the courage to protect her people. Will Lady Airell choose to sacrifice her own happiness in order to save her kingdom?
Get swept up in an epic adventure while reading this Christian medieval romance filled with themes of faith, redemption and forgiveness.

Lady Airell's Choice Book Trailer

Monday, July 2, 2018

New Release and Party Invite!

It's officially summer--the time of year when my family starts planning for camp outs, swimming in the pool and eating fresh tomatoes from our garden. One of our favorite events happens at the end of summer. Here in the Midwest, we have a Christian music festival called the Nehemiah Fest. It includes three days of camping out, surrounded by music stages. Christian music groups of every genre come together at the free event to sing throughout the day. It's a wonderful time of worship, fellowship and fun.

Psalm 40:3 says, "He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord."

The verse is so inspiring because it reminds me that the way we live our lives in public is a testimony to others. In my new book, Melodies of the Heart, the main characters find themselves in the middle of a music competition with a chance to win prize money and a record deal in Nashville. However, being Christian singers, they also have to remember that glorifying God through their music is the most important thing of all.

To find out more about my new book, read the description below!

About the Book

An old acoustic guitar has collected dust in Hope Dawson’s closet for years, serving as a bittersweet memory of her father’s legacy. She has been running from the music stage for years, until wandering into a little music store in Tipton one morning. Will an unexpected meeting with a young guitar instructor revive her love of music?

Zane Wallace’s dream of becoming a country music performer vanished the day he lost his sight. Instead, he works in his parents’ music shop and mentors young musicians, hoping they will achieve the dream he failed to reach. When his students secretly enter him into a music competition, Zane is inspired, but will need help from a new acquaintance to show his students anything is possible.

Can God weave two broken pasts into a beautiful melody?


You're invited!

You are invited to an Independence day blast! Join us on the Whispers in Wyoming page tomorrow, starting at 1pm central. Also, don't forget to join the page so you can see our posts and giveaways! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Treasures in Heaven

Last summer my husband and I invested in an above ground pool for our backyard. It was nothing too fancy—only a small, above ground, supermarket special that we hoped would last a few years and be fun for our kids. After a season of fun in the sun, we drained the water and packed the pool up for safe storage in the shed. So, imagine our surprise when we rolled it out for this season and noticed three large holes!

Later, my husband found the culprit—a little mouse (still very much alive, I would like to mention…eek!) who had hidden inside the filter hose. During the winter, the little creature had done a lot of destruction by building a lovely nest out of our investment.

Even though my wonderful handyman husband was able to patch up the pool for this season, it still serves as a reminder that nothing here on Earth is guaranteed to last.

Mathew 6:19-21 says, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Photo Credit: "Pearlescent" by Gracey at

As a child, I struggled to grasp the concept of storing treasures in heaven. It’s still difficult to understand completely as an adult, but sadly I do know that bad things happen all the time—animals eat our carefully tended garden vegetables, people lose their jobs, storms and floods damage homes, thieves steal our possessions. Even our bodies wear out eventually. This is a depressing thought, but praise the Lord, we have something to look forward to someday. Earth is only our temporary home, but one day we will live eternally in heaven.

Recently, three wonderful mentors from my childhood passed away, only weeks apart from each other. While I grieve that they have left this world, I also rejoice that one day we will be reunited in heaven. In remembering them, I am also reminded of the way that they lived and why they inspired me. They were generous and lived to serve. They took time out of their day to greet a young, shy girl (me!) with a smile every Sunday and be a Godly example in her life. Wealth and recognition didn’t matter to them. They knew that the real treasure—the one stored in heaven—is our relationship with Jesus!

When we think about our lives and hardships here on Earth from an eternal standpoint, it changes everything. One day, we will have our eternal reward in heaven, so whatever wealth, resources and talents we have now are gifts—not to be squandered or hoarded selfishly for our own ambitions—but to be used to serve God. I once had someone tell me that their two main goals in life were to make it to heaven and to take as many people with them as they could. Wow! I want those goals to be mine, too, don’t you?

In memory of three wonderful sisters in Christ who are now enjoying
the treasures they stored in heaven.

~Wanda, Ladonna and Nina Fey~

Thank you for serving the Lord.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Marry Me Katie Release

I'm excited to announce the 7th installment in the Whispers in Wyoming Series is here! Marry Me Katie by Lisa M. Prysock is a wonderful love story full of humor, romance and faith. Right now it's available for only $0.99 for a limited time! Read a little more about Lisa's new book below.


Senator Andrews never dreamed he’d have to crash land his plane on a ranch in the middle of Wyoming. It’s love at first sight for the handsome Wyoming wrangler, McGuire Halston, when the Senator’s daughter, Katie Andrews, steps off the plane and onto his horse; but not for Katie, a successful fashion designer with no regard for ranching. She hates dirt and isn’t fond of animals. Stuck on the ranch while the plane is being repaired, Katie has a knack for getting in trouble and is unpredictable.

About the Author

Lisa M. Prysock is a Kentucky Indie Author, happily married to her husband of 19 years. Together, they have five children; three grown, two she homeschools. S...he generally writes faith inspired, clean, Christian Historical Romance and devotional/Bible study materials. Born to write, she actually vividly remembers writing her "very first book" in kindergarten... her own version of "Curious George" with the teacher's help and a stapler. She won several awards in school for poetry, a short story, and a painting. Lisa purchased a typewriter with her first babysitting earnings and has been writing ever since in one capacity or another. A few of her loves when she is not writing include gardening, cross stitch, crochet, sewing, walking, swimming, working out, volley ball, badminton, cooking, reading, drawing, chocolate, horses, cats, doll houses, flip flops, shoes, long dresses, and hats... Her motto is hold on to Jesus and never let go. She is a strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish people. You can find out more about Lisa and her books at A generous portion of her book proceeds supports missions.

If you'd like more information about this series, you can visit the WIW page on my website or join the Facebook group to keep up on new book releases and have chances to win free books from all the contributing authors! Just click the links below to visit. Hope to see you there.