Friday, December 9, 2022

Refining Josie Release Fun

Refining Josie is here!

The time has arrived! The very last book in the Independence Islands Series has been released. It's a little bittersweet since this has been such a wonderful one to be a part of. Carolyn Miller's book brings the stories of the islands to a close. To celebrate this new release, the authors are all sharing some stories of our own. This time the theme is mistakes. You can read my story below. Also, please don't forget to read more about the book, enter in the giveaway and follow the tour this week. Blessings!

A Gardening Mishap...

Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. It's just a part of being human. When I heard this theme, I couldn't stop thinking about a mistake I made as a young teen. My parents were away for the weekend one summer, leaving my older siblings in charge. We all had chores we were supposed to take care of. One of my chores happened to be watering the garden. I made sure to take care of my responsibilities by putting the hose inside the garden fence and turning it on. My dad said to give the tomato plants a good soaking, so I planned to leave it on for a few minutes and then move it to another section of the garden. However, I must have gotten distracted. The next day my dad received a phone call from the neighbor. A steady stream of water was heading out of our yard and down the street like a miniature river. The garden was flooded, the yard was a muddy mess, and I was in deep deep trouble. I felt horrible and offered to pay for the extra amount on the water bill with my allowance. Ever since that day I always check the water spigot twice just to be safe. It was a mistake I learned from the hard way.

I've made more serious mistakes I regret as an adult. Some in the form of sins that have brought deep sorrow and regret. However, I know God offers forgiveness when we mess up. Jesus died on the cross for our sins so we no longer have to carry them ourselves. What a wonderful gift! 

More about the Book...

What’ll it take for the prodigal daughter to share her deepest secrets… and her heart?

Josephine Green returns to the islands in an attempt to reconcile with her family, but with a cloud over the family business, and little in the way of gardening skills, Josie’s painful past and flaky ways prove less than endearing for Greener Gardens’ hardworking crew.

Stuck without any other options, Josie is forced to accept her sister’s offer of a job that takes her to Breakers Head where she encounters Aussie teacher, Lachlan Jones.

A long-lost relative might’ve brought Lachie to a tiny music recording studio on the Independence Islands, but it’s also brought questions about how to care for someone he barely knows, especially considering he’s the last family she has. Questions regarding his future soon pale when he encounters the vibrant-haired Josie, whose sass and attitude takes some getting used to.

Neither imagined more until they began to bond over music and environmental causes. Both discover that first impressions need not be lasting ones.

But with the future of Greener Gardens looking shaky, and Josie’s faith and self-worth just as tenuous, can deepening a friendship into something more ever work? And what happens when Lachlan’s work means he has to return to Australia after Christmas? What’ll it take for two hearts to heal and make a future possible?

This Breakers Head novel is Carolyn Miller'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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Carolyn Miller -December 6

Chautona Havig  -December 7

Melissa Wardwell - December 8

Kari Trumbo - December 9

Rachel Skatvold - December 10

Tabitha Bouldin - December 11

Sandy Barela - December 12

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Waiting on the Tides Release Fun

 Waiting on the Tides is Here! Congrats to Tabitha Bouldin. <3 

To celebrate this new release all the authors in the Independence Islands Series are sharing something about their own experiences with forgiveness. In Tabitha's book, the main character is faced with forgiving someone who is difficult to forgive. I will be sharing my experience below. Also, don't forget to read more about the book below and enter in the giveaway!

Forgiving even when it's hard...

During high school I endured my first heartbreak when my boyfriend ended our relationship. It wasn't just that we broke up, it was that he stopped talking to me and offered no explanation. We lost our friendship which was more heartbreaking than anything. We were both young and naive. It's hard to know what to do in those kinds of situations or if I could have done something different to preserve our friendship. However, it was a painful experience and hurt for a long time. After about a year or so, I finally worked up the courage to see him again. I smiled, said hi and invited him to an event hosted by the youth group. He said he'd try to come. He didn't end up coming and he didn't talk to me again, however, when me met that last time, I forgave him in my heart. It was a moment of healing and a good life lesson. When we harbor unforgiveness in our hearts, it's like a poison. Through forgiveness, God provides healing and peace.

Have you ever had to forgive someone who was difficult to forgive?

More about the book...

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People are more than the sum of their mistakes.

After a life lived in her older brother’s shadow, Abby Solomon is ready to take on the world—or at least a teaching position that puts her face to face with the one guy who thinks she's nothing more than an immature nuisance.

When his daughter's mother abandoned them, Christian Johnson swore off women and the trouble they bring. No wife—no drama. Just how he likes it.  But as Christian struggles to juggle his job as a cop with raising his daughter and tracking down a runaway teen, he's forced to ask the one woman who reminds him of his wife for help.

Abby is thrilled with the opportunity to show Christian that there’s more to her than what he thinks. But just as Christian begins to trust Abby, she makes a colossal mistake that threatens to ruin everything. 

She just wanted to be accepted.

He wanted to be left alone. 

It’ll take a runaway teen to show them that love is not measured by a single mistake.

This Breakers Head novel is Tabitha Bouldin’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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November 29: Tabitha Bouldin
November 30: Carolyn Miller
December 1: Chautona Havig
December 2: Melissa Wardwell
December 3: Kari Trumbo
December 4: Rachel Skatvold
December 5: Sandy Barela

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Returning to Breakers Release Week Fun


Today’s the day! The release of my last book in the Independence Islands Series. I can hardly believe the series is coming to a close, can you? I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Thanks to everyone at Celebrate Lit for making my dream of becoming a traditionally published author come true. While excited to share the conclusions of some of my favorite fictional characters’ stories it is also bittersweet, like saying goodbye to old friends.


In Returning to Breakers, Tiffany and her kids go on a much needed staycation to spend time together as a family. So this week, the other and I will be sharing our idea of the perfect staycation. Look for my story below and find out more about my new release. Also, please remember to enter in the giveaway and follow the other authors this week! 


My Favorite Staycation…


We usually try to go on a small vacation every summer but one year we couldn’t afford to travel out of town. Instead, we found different activities to do around our city. We went downtown, rode the streetcar, went to a children’s museum, and saw an amazing model train display. Later in the week we went to the zoo and then camping. We had a memorable week even though we didn’t go far from home. Sometimes it’s not the location that’s the most important thing. It’s the people you are spending time with. 


More about the Book…

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 suffers a stroke, 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?

This Breakers Head novel is Rachel Skatvold’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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October 25: Rachel Skatvold
October 26: Tabitha Bouldin
October 27: Carolyn Miller
October 28: Chautona Havig
October 30: Kari Trumbo


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Blessings in the Bargain Release Week Fun

I'm happy to announce the newest installment in the Independence Islands Series. To celebrate Blessings in the Bargain by Kari Trumbo, the authors in the series are talking about opposites. Do opposites really attract? Find out in my story below. Also, don't forget to read more about Kari's new release and follow the tour this week!

Do Opposites Really Attract?

My husband and I have a lot in common. To name a few examples, we are both quiet and somewhat introverted, we enjoy the outdoors, and like watching funny movies together. However, we are also opposite when it comes to some things. While my husband is always at least fifteen minutes early, makes lists, and likes to plan ahead, I'm much different. I'm often fashionably late, despise making lists, and like being spontaneous. At times, our differences can annoy each other, but they are also a good thing. Our differences complement each other, and we are a stronger couple when we use our strengths to work together. 

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Despite a career in logistics, Courtney is unprepared to get lost at sea…

A fated trip to the docks with her closest pal Annie leads to disaster. Ship Captain Lex Ford agrees to take Courtney and two of her friends on what was to be a quick trip to test a new boat. A dangerous storm traps them against a reef, damaging communications and stranding them at sea.

Lex knew this was a bad idea…

He hated having people on his ship with him. Ever since his partner left, he doesn’t share his life with anything but the seagulls. So, when Courtney’s friend Rafe offers him a deal on a new boat, he’d rather ignore the offer.

His heart isn’t ready for how he feels about Courtney, and watching her brave the elements after the storm makes him want to protect her. But the last woman he loved just walked away. And what about their age gap? He’s far older than her. The Lord is good at turning bad situations for good, but can even He make this mess right?

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Kari Trumbo: Sept 27
Rachel Skatvold: Sept 28
Tabitha Bouldin Sept 29
Carolyn Miller: Sept 30
Chautona Havig: Oct 1
Melissa Wardwell: Oct 2
Celebrate Lit: Oct 3

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Delicious Devotion Release Fun!


Delicious Devotion by Melissa Wardwell is here! 

To celebrate, the authors in the Independence Islands Series are sharing our heirloom stories. This one sounds so interesting! Make sure to follow all the blogs this week to hear each author's story and make sure to enter in the giveaways.

My Heirloom Story

When my future husband and I were getting close to our engagement, it was exciting to look at possible engagement rings. I searched online and saved pictures, imagining what a ring might look like when he asked me to marry him. However, when the time came, I was even more excited when the ring he proposed to me with was a family heirloom. That made it more precious and special than any new ring I could have received from a store. I still treasure having the special heirloom that was his grandmother's ring. We have now been married for fifteen years this August and I am blessed to have him in my life. 

More about Delicious Devotion

Why do weddings do their best to ruin relationships? Friends, family—even the couple!

Beth Stevens didn’t come to the Independence Islands to find a guy, but thanks to her beloved Gram, she had a place to go and the skills to start a business she loves. Meeting Scott again and getting engaged was a bonus she only dreamed of.

Now, in the final weeks before their Christmas Eve wedding, she can’t imagine not having him in her life. They have endured one hurdle after another in their two-year relationship and have remained devoted through it all.

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And then months of wedding planning begins to fall apart as one person continues to undermine Beth’s choices.

Scott has waited for this day to come but as he witnesses Beth unravel, he does everything he knows to do to protect and stand by her.

The question is, will things ever come together enough to get them both to the altar before it’s too late?

This Breakers Head novel is Melissa Wardwell's final 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: August 30
Kari Trumbo: August 31
Rachel Skatvold: Sept 1
Tabitha Bouldin Sept 2
Carolyn Miller: Sept 3
Chautona Havig: Sept 4
Celebrate Lit: Sept 5


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. 

More About the Book...

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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.

More About Rebuilding Hearts...

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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