Friday, August 15, 2014

Strange Dreams & Why I'm Still Blogging

So lately I haven't been able to give much attention to this blog, because I just had my fifth baby and turned in my fifth book to my publisher! But I also didn't want to give up and wasn't sure how to juggle everything.
Here's a pic of me and that sweet baby boy!

Can you believe that I have been blogging for almost 7 years?! I was surprised when I looked back to see and I definitely don't want to quit now because I've met so many great bloggy friends over the years.
A few days ago, I read this lovely post by J. A. Bennett and felt inspired to just let go and blog for the fun of it again.

Here's the result of that freeing feeling--I'm going to tell you about the crazy dream I had last night. Be ready, it's pretty silly, it made my hubby laugh and shake his head when I told him.

In the dream I was at some sort of parade, sitting next to my husband. I noticed that my publisher, Shadow Mountain, was there and some other book friends. Then I noticed that there were some book reviewers walking along and one in particular had a big poster with her review of my latest book, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She came right up to me and I glanced at the poster and noticed the review was less than glowing. The reviewer started talking to me in kind of a negative way and my husband started arguing with her so I whispered to him, "Don't argue, just listen."
Then the reviewer with her big yellow poster started telling me how she didn't like how I wrote the book in a Sci Fi (Science Fiction) style. *Here is where you note that this is an especially strange dream*
I told the reviewer that my book wasn't Sci Fi, it was a mystery, but she didn't agree and wanted to bash my book. So then I said, "If you think my book is Sci Fi, then I don't want to talk to you. Go and talk to my publisher."
And then my dream moved to the set of "Shark Tank" where I was a spectator listening to some guy talk about how he had a chocolate breakfast shake every morning and Mark Cuban nodded and said, "Yeah, I do that too. I haven't ate breakfast in fifteen years."

See I told you my dream was bizarro!
My analysis with a few chuckles: My new book is definitely on my mind a lot because I hope that people like it and I'm excited to see what they think and I guess a little worried too! My reviews have been great though so I better remind my dream self not to worry so much.
I definitely know how the Shark Tank entered my dreams. My hubby and I recently discovered the show and are hooked! We've been watching reruns a couple nights a week. We watched the episode where Danny presented InvisaRack and Robert Herjavec cried when he talked about his factory worker father. I'm thinking that's why Shark Tank entered my dream land.

See, now that was fun and I'm reminded why I enjoyed blogging at the very beginning when I started almost seven years ago. I'm going to try my best to update this blog every Friday with a more personal post, delving more into my journaling style. On Wednesday, I'll continue to review books and products. I love to share reviews, especially about great books!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The 2 Minute Marriage Project, My Review

I'm happy to share my review of a new book with you that will re-ignite the love and happiness in your marriage. The 2 Minute Marriage Project by Heidi Poelman is an easy read that will give you great tips and simple steps to improve your marriage in just 2 minutes or less!
 This book is a shot in the arm for your marriage. It will help rejuvenate those feelings you had that brought you and your spouse together in the first place. Heidi's writings style is fun to read and her tips are great reminders about what is most important and where our focus should lie. I read a chapter or two each day and then made a conscious effort to utilize the ideas that Heidi provides. I noticed myself smiling more at my amazing husband, noticing the good things about him, feeling more loved by him and all around lucky that I landed such a great guy.

I think this book is for every marriage in every stage because it's easy to forget the little things and those are most important. I think it'd be a great wedding gift too!

Here's a little more info about the book:
The Two-Minute Marriage Project is a book for everyone because it focuses on how little things in relationships make the biggest differences. After all, falling in love is easy; it’s staying in love that takes work.

Supported by expert studies, interviews with happily married couples, and years of personal experience, author Heidi Poelman shares the simple secrets that keep love alive. Key themes from the book include:
  • The importance of perspective
  • The power of loving words
  • Little deeds that make a big difference
  • Learning how to handle conflict

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Fun Giveaway $175 Amazon Gift Card

What would you do with a 
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11 authors (including me!) have come together
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review of The Husband Maker by Karey White

Husband Maker Tour

I'm a big fan of Karey White's books and I'm pretty sure that I've read all of them so far. She writes sweet contemporary romance with a dash of humor. I love her heroines because they're down to earth, realistic characters who have problems thrown at them, but deal with those problems in smart ways.
In The Husband Maker, Charlotte seems doomed to always date and never marry. Then when she meets the Senator's son, Kyle Aldsworth, things seem to be changing. This was a unique situation because Charlotte comes face to face with the gritty side of politics and media and she must decide what she really wants from her life.

This story has a great romantic plot line with challenges that really made me think and wonder what I might do in a similar situation. Of course, Karey leaves us hanging and wanting more so I'll be first in line to check out the sequel to this book. Keep reading to find out more!
The Husband Maker by Karey WhiteThe Husband Maker by Karey White Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next. Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed? When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?
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  Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.  
Coming Fall 2014 - Charlotte's Story continues in The Match Maker
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