Friday, July 29, 2022

Books, Chapters, and Vows Release Fun!

Guess what? It's release week for Books, Chapters and Vows! I'm so excited to celebrate this new installment in the Independence Islands Series with author, Chautona Havig. This week the authors in the series are sharing about weddings and what could have gone terribly wrong with our big day if God hadn't intervened. Look below for my wedding story, read more about Chautona's new release, and don't forget to enter in the giveaway!

My (almost) Wedding Disaster...

It was a month before our wedding when I started feeling very ill. At first, I thought it was a stomach bug, but in the middle of the night it became clear it was something much worse. I ended up in the ER with appendicitis and had to undergo emergency surgery.

Over the past few months, I'd been carefully planning out the wedding and working out so I would look great in my dress. However, now all those plans were put on the backburner. I had to focus on recovery. My future husband and I were also trying to find a place to rent for after our wedding. He moved into the duplex a few weeks before the big day. On the mend, I decided to go over and see how the unpacking was coming along. However, when I arrived, I started feeling out of breath and my lips turned blue, leading to another couple of days in the hospital. I'd had a rare reaction to a prescription medication after surgery.

Stuck in the hospital with weeks before my wedding, I became very emotional and discouraged. However, with God's help and plenty of support from my family and friends I made it through the difficult time. By the wedding date I had fully recovered, and it turned out to be a beautiful wedding day I'll never forget. 

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Falling in love with Benjamin wasn’t in the plan, but Mallory finds she’s all but lost her head and her heart after two and a half years of banter, memories, and now shared books.

But when her ex-fiance (does it count if it was just for a few hours?) shows up right in the middle of a writing project with Benjamin, the guy manages to ruin her happiness… again.

Benjamin has been keeping one tiny part of him back from Mallory–just the one thing that’ll repel her for good.
So when the ex-boyfriend-slash-fiance shows up, and things look serious again, he takes a giant step back and prays he can keep his heart intact in the process.

They’re clearly meant for each other. God obviously has a plan. So what’s it going to take for Mallory and Benjamin to work things out and get those vows made?

This Breakers Head novel is Chautona Havig’s final book 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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Kari Trumbo: July 28

Sandra Barela: August 1

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Rebuilding Hearts Release Fun

Rebuilding Hearts is Here! To Celebrate Carolyn Miller's new release in the Independence Islands Series, all the authors in the group are sharing our favorite books! To read about my favorite and hear about the new book, please scroll down. Also, don't miss out on the giveaway. :)

My Favorite Book...

Choosing a favorite book is a difficult task because I love reading so much. There are books that hold special significance in my life, reminding me of my childhood. So, I will talk about my first favorite book. An introvert growing up, books were like good friends I could spend time with during free time at school when everyone else socialized. Ironically, I never particularly enjoyed books until 6th grade because I always struggled with reading. I had an awesome reading teacher who introduced me to The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I loved the series because it was full of adventure, survival, and suspense. My teacher read the first book out loud in class and after that, I checked out every book in the series to read at home. Over time, my reading skills improved because I found books I enjoyed, and it no longer felt like a chore to read them. To this day, I still enjoy books with adventure weaved into the storyline. I'm thankful reading The Hatchet inspired me to read and enjoy many more books in the future.

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Who knew a bank robbery could show a girl that good guys still exist?

Tim Franklin. Quiet, shy, almost incapable of speaking to a girl, and a budding horticulturist. Oh, and he survived a bank robbery five years ago, not to mention its resulting trauma.

Bookworm Bella Dwyer just wants to feel safe, and Tim’s actions during the robbery made her believe there might be guys who live up to her fictional heroes. Trouble is, a chance with Tim seems as remote as this year’s celebrity heartthrob.

Instead, she settled for a relationship with a guy who’s commitment-phobic.

So when Bella encounters Tim on tiny Sparrow Island, the challenges of her past and present collide, and she questions whether there really is a future with a man who can't commit.

In a leap of faith, Bella dumps her boyfriend, even before shy-guy Tim can make a move. But in wanting to live by faith and conquer fear, has she made the right choice, or are her hopes for freedom and a future destined to fail?

Read the next Sparrow Island novel 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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Carolyn Miller - June 28

Chautona Havig  - June 29

Melissa Wardwell - June 30

Kari Trumbo - July 1

Rachel Skatvold - July 2

Tabitha Bouldin -July 3

Sandy Barela - July 4

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

From Shore to Shore Release Fun

It's Release Week!

I'm excited to announce the next installment in the Independence Islands Series, From Shore to Shore by Tabitha Bouldin is here! To celebrate, all the authors in the series are sharing our favorite memories near the ocean. Scroll down to hear my favorite ocean memory. Also, don't forget to follow the other stops on the tour this week and enter for a chance to win the giveaway!

My Favorite Ocean Memory...

Growing up with an airline mechanic for a father, my family had the perk of discounted standby flight tickets. Because of this, even though we lived far away from the ocean in the Midwest, we had the opportunity to travel longer distances for family vacations. The only drawbacks were, we had to wake up super early to catch a standby flight, sometimes we would have to sit apart from each other, or risk becoming stranded in the airport if the flight happened to be full. However, for the most party, it was fun traveling places that would have been too expensive otherwise.

We traveled often to visit my uncle and his family in North Carolina. We also went to Arizona, Colorado and California, among other places. However, my favorite vacation was our trip to Hawaii. During our trip we were able to go snorkeling in Hunauma Bay. I felt nervous at first and paranoid about sharks but seeing all the underwater sea life around the reef turned out to be a wonderful experience I'll never forget. Some of the fish were so curious they would come right up to our masks and bump into it with their mouths. The parrot fish were my favorite because of their rainbow of colors. Later on, in a different part of the island we also saw sea turtles resting on the beach. Someday I would love to return to Hawaii so my kids can enjoy the wonderful sights and experiences too.

More About the Book...

Can one captain show her the deep love of the ultimate Captain without falling in love himself?

Bree Jamison comes to Sparrow Island for one reason: to study coral reefs. She's not interested in happily-ever-after and certainly won’t allow her handsome boat captain to sway her into believing these islands are different from any others. But when she finds an old shipwreck and learns the history of pirates and treasure, Bree finds herself searching for something that always feels just out of reach.

Cooper Carmichael takes the job as boat captain for the enigmatic Bree to further his career. He never expected her to be so driven—or so painfully opposed to God.

All Cooper wants is his happy island life. He wants for nothing. In fact, he's made it his mission to be content. In every aspect of his life. Bree throws a wrench in his plan as her presence pushes Cooper to want for things he deems unnecessary.

A man striving for contentment. A woman who believes God is picking on her.

It takes one to show the other that no matter which shore you find yourself on, God got there first.

Read the next Sparrow Island novel 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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Kari Trumbo: June 4

Rachel Skatvold: June 5

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Stranded on Sparrow Release Week Fun

It's official ... Stranded on Sparrow is here! I am excited to share my new book in the independence Islands series with you. To help celebrate, the authors in the series are all sharing our idea of the perfect unconventional date. Scroll down to read story about an unconventional date and to find out more about Stranded on Sparrow. Also, there is a blog tour going on all this week you can participate in, with a chance to win some great prizes. I'm looking forward to seeing you on the tour!

My Idea of the Perfect Unconventional Date...

Zach Nolan hasn't had time to date in years, since taking on the role of a single dad. So, when he starts to fall for outspoken and adventurous Lia, some unconventional dates are in order. I don't want to give too much of the story away, but you'll find out what original and humorous dates he thinks up in Stranded on Sparrow.

When my husband and I were dating we went on a lot of dates I'd consider unconventional. For example, our very first date was a picnic at the park on an unseasonably warm day in February. We did go on some traditional dinner and a movie dates, but besides those, parks around the area became our favorite places to be. We'd walk trails and even went biking one time...even though I accidently ran into a tree once! That's a story for another blog post. :)

One of my favorite unconventional dates was the time we went with some friends four-wheeling. It had rained a few days before and so there were plenty of mud puddles. It was fun splashing through them and watching the mud fly everywhere. When it was my turn to drive, I came up with a crazy idea to drive through the granddaddy of all mud puddles. Once reaching the middle of the puddle the water rushed around our legs and I realized it was much deeper than I thought. I had gotten us stuck in the middle. I trudged through the mud back to the edge of the trail and my future husband was able to retrieve the mud caked four-wheeler out of the mud. I was so embarrassed I'd gotten us into such a mess. However, in the end we were able to laugh about the whole ordeal. We returned to my friend's house covered in mud but smiling. It was a fun and adventurous date. 

Have you ever been on an unconventional date? I'd love to hear about it in the comments! 

More About Stranded on Sparrow...

If His eye is on the sparrow, where does that leave her?

Lia Diaz’s life has become an illusion. Fired from her perfect job, she’s living a lie to avoid censure from her critical family. So when Lia gets a call about her nana’s recent fall, she heads to Nana’s house to help out and regroup.

Things are looking up until she discovers that her childhood refuge, Nana’s home on Sparrow Island, has been condemned in the wake of Hurricane Arley. Time to regroup—again.

Getting stranded on Sparrow Island while visiting the house was not in those revised plans.

After “rescuing” his niece and a motley crew of animals, some might say Zachary Nolan has a hero complex. Zachary never thought that he would live life as a single dad. However, as a web designer he is able to spend lots of time with Violet, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. A call for help when Lia gets stranded there sends him rushing to the rescue. That hero complex thing again.

A hero and his niece offer new hope to Lia—maybe God’s eye is on Sparrow Island after all.

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Read the next Sparrow Island novel 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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Rachel Skatvold: April 26

Tabitha Bouldin: April 27

Carolyn Miller: April 28

Chautona Havig: April 29

Melissa Wardwell: April 30

Kari Trumbo: May 1

Sandy Barela: May 2

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Sweet Rivals Release Fun


I'm excited to announce the release of the next installment in the Independence Islands Series, Sweet Rivals by Kari Trumbo! To celebrate, the authors of the series are having a blog tour and awesome giveaway. We are also sharing a time when God turned our grieving into a time of dancing. You can read mine below and please don't forget to enter the giveaway the follow the tour this week through the links below!

When God Turned My Grieving into a Time of Dancing...

It was my first writers' conference in 2012 and my emotions were on a rollercoaster. An introvert by nature, I braved the first few hours by faking confidence but deep down I was terrified of rejection. I'd written my first manuscript and worried myself sick the editors in attendance would hate it. I hid away from the crowd as all my insecurities came crashing down. I cried, remembering how social anxiety had plagued me most of my life and prevented me from being my true self.

After calming down, I looked at the conference schedule and saw an encouragement class for new authors. I hadn't been planning on attending but I felt God's urging to go. I'm so glad I did. The teacher for the class was Kat Crawford and she offered such encouragement! I realized through her that God had called me to be a writer and I didn't have to hide any more. Throughout the conference there were many others who also provided advice and encouragement. It was a weekend I will never forget.

The next year when I attended the writers' conference, I had the opportunity to thank Kat and the others who had been so encouraging. I also had improved my manuscript and felt ready to share it with publishers. While I didn't have sucess in having my first book published, it did start me on my path to becoming an indie author and eventually having some of my books be traditionally published by Celebrate Lit. It has been a trying journey with many ups and downs since, but God had turned a difficult time into a time of dancing. 

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Fay is about to lose her business…

…to the only guy she’s ever thought might be good for her.

Fay Ravven has spent years building a floral business on Mimosa Island. Too bad a chain florist has moved in right down the street. As her business wanes, she realizes her rival is none other than Corbin Lowel, the very man who swept her heart away at her friend’s wedding.

Corbin knows he’s not good enough for Fay. His friends remind him all the time that, as a florist, he’s not really man enough for anyone. That doesn’t stop him from stepping out of his comfort zone and going to Fay’s store to see if she remembers him. That’s when he discovers that his business is killing hers.

What are rivals to do when they can’t stop thinking about each other? Plan the flowers for someone else’s wedding, of course.

When Corbin and Fay must see each other and work together, will they dive through their pain and reach for the stars? Or will the roses be too prickly for two hurt hearts?

Read the next Sparrow Island novel 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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Kari Trumbo: March 29
Rachel Skatvold: March 30
Tabitha Bouldin: March 31
Carolyn Miller: April 1
Chautona Havig: April 2
Melissa Wardwell: April 3
Sandy Barela: February 28

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Blended Lives Release Week Fun

It's Release Week!

I'm excited to announce the release of Blended Lives by my friend, Melissa Wardwell. This is the next installment in the multi-author Independence Islands Series, set on Sparrow Island. To celebrate, all the authors are sharing how they found their wedding dress. Look below for my wedding dress story. Also, please don't forget to sign up for the giveaway and follow all the stops on the tour this week!

My Wedding Dress Story

I met my husband-to-be in 2006 through mutual friends at church. Our first date was a picnic at a park. Afterward we took a walk on a trail around a pond. I was a very shy person who rarely went on dates but talking with John felt natural. He was sweet, funny and a good listener. We both loved animals and spending time outside. After our date, I realized he was someone very special. Only eight months later we were engaged.

As our August wedding approached, I started dress shopping online to look at styles. I was set against trying on any strapless dresses because I didn't think they would look good on me. At first, I fell in love with a dress with cap sleeves. My mom went with me to the bridal store during a sale and we found the dress to try on. I also picked two more, including a strapless because it was in my size and I loved beading design on the dress. I thought maybe I could add sleeves if I really loved it.

To my surprise, when I tried on my pick from online, I didn't like it at all. However, I loved the strapless dress so much that after trying on all the dresses I'd picked out, I tried it on one more time. Looking at myself in the mirror, I could only smile. It was my dress. Now, I think I didn't really know what I wanted until I actually tried the dresses on. If I hadn't been willing to step outside the box and try out something new, I never would have found the perfect dress for me. Now my husband and I have been married 14 years. I'm so glad God brought us together.

More About Blended Lives

Wedding bells are ringing on the islands, but more than romance is in the air.

Seth Mikels experienced a fulfilling marriage with his wife until her sudden death left him alone to raise their two daughters. As they approach their teens, it’s obvious that they need a woman’s influence. He’s not looking for love, but he could use the partnership of a wife. Between his handyman business and playing Mr. Mom, time is fading fast.

Sarah Reid has spent the last four years caught in the middle of one island drama after another. Following the most recent fiasco, she hopes to find refuge on Sparrow Island with her two little boys. Climbing bills and a dwindling bank account leaves her no choice but to sell out and move to the mainland. Enter Seth’s handyman skills and an unexpected romance.

With Beth and Scott planning their own Merriweather wedding (complete with a Momzilla), will wedding bells ring out on Sparrow, too?

Read the next Sparrow Island novel 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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Melissa Wardwell: February 22

Kari Trumbo: February 23

Rachel Skatvold: February 24

Tabitha Bouldin: February 25

Carolyn Miller: February 26

Chautona Havig: February 27

Sandy Barela: February 28

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Finding a Memory Release Party


It's release day! I'm excited to announce the next book in the Independence Islands Series. Chautona Havig's new release, Finding a Memory is inspired by a sad song. So, this week we are all sharing our favorite songs that choke us up every time we hear them. Although they might make us cry, they are still some our favorites. Please scroll down to find out more about the book and to find out my favorite sad song. Also, please don't forget to follow the release tour this week and enter in the giveaway.

My favorite sad song...

"Why do you like to watch movies that make you cry?" my son asked the other day. I didn't really have a good answer except to say that the whole movie wasn't sad, just certain parts and that it was okay to cry sometimes.

I'm not completely sure why I'm drawn to sad love stories. Maybe they help me appreciate the blessings I have. Life is fleeting and unfortunately, we all face some kind of loss eventually. Sometimes a good cry can help us feel better afterwards. Weird right?

Confession...I am a crier. Even kids movies make me choke sometimes. Who else tears up during the opening scene of the movie, Up or the ending of Marley and Me? 

Sometimes songs hit me hard too. Growing up, I listened to a lot of different genres of music, but country music was in my top three. I still love Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and others. One of my favorite sad songs is by Rascal Flatts called, "What Hurts the Most."

After watching the music video, I loved the song even more, even though it always choked me up. I wished the couple in the video would be in an actual full-length movie I could watch but they were just characters for the song. I wanted to know more about this couple and in my head, I would rewrite a happy ending for them. One of the lessons I took away from the song was to not take the ones you love for granted and treat each day as a gift from God.

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He loved her then. Will she love him now?

When Mallory Barrows finds an old diary in a box of books, the story she finds within sends her on the hunt for the owner–and maybe more.

Theirs is a story ripped from a country song. A wedding, a former love presumed dead, her new love stepping aside. And over forty years later, their story is one few remember.

With Mallory determined to find the people in the pages of that diary, one couple is offered the second chance of a lifetime.

This “second-chance / seasoned romance” novel 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 25)

Rachel Skatvold  (Jan 28)

Tabitha Bouldin  (Jan 29)

Carolyn Miller  (Jan 30)

Celebrate Lit (Jan 31)

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Sometimes God’s “why” comes too late… and just in time.

Tiffany Hill is a master at concealing her emotions. She can’t admit she has her own questions about God—like why He allowed her Marine husband to die in action. A single mom with three children to care for and the general store on Merriweather to run leaves little time for philosophizing. She has more pressing issues to deal with. Like how her dream of running the family business has become a burden.

Is keeping the business afloat even worth the effort anymore?

After high school and an unfortunate falling out with his father, Liam Hadler left Breakers Head, determined never to look back. He failed on that one, and one of many regrets was leaving his high school sweetheart behind to chase an impossible dream.

When his mother calls after his father becomes ill, Liam has a tough decision to make. Will he return to a place he’s avoided for sixteen years, and is making amends with his father even possible?

A chance encounter with Tiffany after so many years never occurred to him, but memories of their time together rekindles something he thought he’d lost. What’ll it take to persuade her to give him a second chance?

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