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. 

More about the Book...

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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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Follow the Tour:

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.

More about Finding a Memory...

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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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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Reclaiming Hope Release Fun

It's Release Week!

Reclaiming Hope by Carolyn Miller is the newest addition in the Independence Islands Series! I'm so excited to share more about this book, but first, allow me to explain the release week party the authors in the Independence Islands are planning. This week our topic is Dream Island Escapes! Follow all the posts on this tour to read each author's idea of the perfect island escape. Today, mine is below. Also, don't forget to enter in the amazing giveaways offered this week. 

My Dream Island Escape...

I've had the opportunity to go on two island vacations in the past. One was to Hawaii with my parents when I was a young teen. Then for my senior trip, my older sister and I took a trip to St. Thomas. Both were amazing destinations I will never forget. In Hawaii I had the opportunity to sit next to a sea turtle who had come right up on the beach. My dad and I also climbed Diamond Head. In St. Thomas my sister and I went to an amazing cove with crystal clear water and hardly any waves. It was one of the most beautiful places I've seen in my life. 

If I had the opportunity to go on another island escape, I think I would like to travel to either St. Thomas again or one of the less populated islands in Hawaii. It's very hard to choose because both places were amazing and the people were so welcoming and friendly. The only thing I would do differently is finding a resort right by the beach, so I could sit on my beach chair and enjoy the calming sea views.

What is your idea of the perfect island escape? Please tell me in the comments below.

More About Reclaiming Hope...

Opposites attract—and repel. But which is more powerful?

Callie Steele might be a bit…focused on work, but despite what her employers say, she enjoys her well-ordered, productive life.

When she’s sent to meet the owners of an estate requiring post-hurricane landscaping, Callie meets their son, Kai Brody, a super-chilled pro surfer, who is as opposite from her as they come. Though initially smitten, Callie knows a relationship with Kai is a bad idea—a very bad idea.

Kai, however, can’t help but be intrigued by someone who challenges him to make something of his life again. He’s determined to pursue her, if she’ll give him half a chance.

The more time they spend together, negotiating the challenges of work, illness, and family, the more their opposing outlooks clash and connect. What do these unlikely friends really want from life? Is it best to focus on work or recreation?

As Kai and Callie seek answers from the Lord, they also must consider if such complete opposites have enough in common to make a relationship last.

Reclaiming Hope concludes the Hooper Island stories 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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Carolyn (Dec. 7th)
Chautona (Dec. 8th)
Melissa (Dec 9th ):
Rachel (Dec. 11th)
Tabitha (Dec. 12th):
Sandy (Dec. 13th):


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Footprints on Her Heart Release Party Fun!

It's release week for Footprints on her Heart! To celebrate with Author Tabitha Bouldin on her new release, all the authors at Celebrate Lit are sharing stories about our funniest pets. Keep reading to hear about my pet. Also, please don't forget to enter in the giveaway and follow the other authors in the blog tour! 

My Funniest Pet...

I've had many funny pets throughout the years. Growing up my siblings and I had a house full of pets. including cats, dogs, gerbils, turtles, fish, and more. It was always an adventure and they all had unique and funny personalities.

If I had to choose the funniest one however, I think I'd have to choose the newest addition to our family, Nala. We found her...or rather she found us last October. It was below freezing outside and I looked outside to watch the snow flurries when I happened to see two green eyes staring at me from the porch. They belonged to a tiny gray feral kitten. She was very dehydrated, thin and shivering in the cold, but we were able to catch her and take her to the vet. As the months passed, she started to trust us and grew into a beautiful and affectionate kitty cat. Since we already have two other cats, we had originally decided to find her another home once she was healthy enough, however, Nala snuggled her way into our hearts. Now she has a fur-ever home with us. :) 

(Nala, my writing assistant...)

Now, you may ask, why is Nala my funniest pet? Well, that's because she acts more like a dog. She comes when called, likes to play with dog toys, sleeps in the dog's bed, steals my wooden pencils so she can chew on them, enjoys belly rubs, and makes little whining noises when she wants to cuddle. We affectionately call her our cat-dog and can't imagine our lives without her now.

What is your funniest pet? Please leave your answer in the comments below. 

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More about Footprints on Her Heart...

He’s saving the world, one animal at a time.

Trent Raines’ opinion, happily ever after has four paws and doggy breath. He spends his days isolated at the shelter, taking care of animals. Especially now that romance seems to be spreading across the islands faster than fleas in summer.

She lives a safe life behind the camera lens.

Kara Parker’s job at the animal shelter keeps her too busy to worry about romance. Sure, the boss is cute and all, but her introverted nature is perfectly happy as a photographer and website designer, thank you very much.

Even a quick trip to the mainland to retrieve a truckful of animals won’t change their minds.

Or so they think.

As Trent comes to understand Kara, he discovers there’s more than meets the eye in his quiet employee. Together, they plan a Christmas adoption festival that’s certain to empty the animal shelter in record time. Until a blast from Trent’s past puts all the animals in danger.

Sure, Trent and Kara are fine on their own, but they’re even better together.

What will it take for these soulmates conquer their fears and rescue the animals before it’s too late?

Footprints on Her Heart continues the Hooper Island stories 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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Monday, October 25, 2021

Hooper Safe Haven Release Party!

I'm excited to announce the release of Hooper Safe Haven! This has been my favorite book to write so far in the Independence Islands Series. It is not only a love story, but there are also secrets to be revealed and a mystery solved. You'll have to read the book to find out more!

To celebrate this new release, the Independence Islands authors have gotten together for a release week party. This time we are discussing how our favorite pair of shoes match our personality. Keep reading to find out what my favorite shoes are and why. Also, you are invited to follow the release party this week through the other authors' blogs. There will be fun giveaways to sign up for so don't forget to enter! Thank you for helping us celebrate Hooper Safe Haven's release. 

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My Favorite Pair of Shoes

For as long as I can remember, I've always loved wearing flip flops. Even when the weather started to turn cold, I'd attempt to run out of the house in them. I didn't like wearing regular shoes, and especially not heels. I guess I have something in common with Alicia, the main character in Hooper Safe Haven. She is a jeans and flip flop kind of girl and so am I. Most days I go for a casual look and do not really pay attention to fashion trends. The most important quality I look for in a pair of flip flops is comfort. They have to have fabric between the toes and not plastic because it hurts my feet!  LOL.

Flip flops match my easygoing personality. I like to go with the flow and enjoy spending time relaxing at home and reading a good book. However, I do like to be spontaneous on occasion and love a good adventure. If you're planning a fun road trip, or a camp out in an RV, count me in!

So, how about you? What are your favorite shoes and how do they match your personality?

More About Hooper Safe Haven

Harbors should be safe havens, but what if you’re harboring secrets?

When Alicia Roberts accepts a job with mobile veterinarian, Kendall Mulligan, she hopes the Independence Islands will give her a safe place to start over. And as much as she appreciates the Mulligan girls’ offer to stay with them while she gets settled, Alicia knows she needs her own place. ASAP.

Hooper Ear Cove Apartments on Hooper Island offers a beautiful ocean view as well as one of the landlord’s hunky son—all at an affordable price. Just what she needs to start a new life. Isn’t it?

When life knocked Jace Young in the head with a literal curveball that ruined his major league chances, he was forced to return to Hooper Island and a job as the maintenance guy at his father’s apartment complex. On the side, he leads the contemporary song service at church as his heart heals.

 When Alicia moves to Hooper Island, Jace is drawn in by her sweet personality. However, something hides deep beneath the surface, and Alicia resists any discussion of God. What will it take to convince her to anchor her heart to God and to confide the secrets she harbors?

 Hooper Safe Haven continues the Hooper Island stories 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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